16 June 2023 - Newsletter (Vol 40 No 9)
On Wednesday 7 June 2023 we were invited to a Youth Vape Forum to represent our school and the youth in our community. We spent the day consulting with key agencies to understand the current situation, the local need, knowledge, and perceptions of youth vaping in our community.
As part of a coordinated and community-informed approach, the goal was to initiate action to protect young people from the harm of e-cigarettes. We started the process of co-designing initiatives to empower young people to make positive decisions about their health, particularly around such a complex issue as vaping.
These suggested initiatives will form the basis of a Regional Action Plan to coordinate collaborative actions to reduce uptake and the harms of youth vaping.
We focused on important questions such as;
- What are the concerns you see with vaping?
- What solutions are needed to reduce the impact of youth vaping?
- Think about the steps needed to make it happen? What strategies and resources are needed to be involved and when should it happen?
- Next steps and future involvement
We found it very interesting that during this experience there was a disconnect between adults' perceptions of vaping in our community and the perception of youth. We also assumed that the rates of youth (14-21 years) vaping would be higher than the researched 16.5% daily users.
What was also interesting was looking at a teenager's behavioral relationship with vapes and the complications with trying to target action. We learned that this relationship is not just based on whether teens vape or not but on how this relationship exists on a continuum.
Furthermore, we were intrigued by the prevalence of nicotine addiction among young vapers and the associated concerns, especially that it can lead to long-term dependence and a potential gateway to other risk behaviors.
We were very privileged to be a part of and witness the process of the government and healthcare response to the needs of adolescents and working collaboratively with health professionals to initiate action to reduce uptake and the harms of youth vaping.
Yarning Circle Opening
Last Friday morning staff, students and parents came together for the official opening and blessing of our school's new Yarning Circle. This momentous occasion brought together our school community to celebrate and honor the rich Indigenous culture of our local Gumbaynggirr people. Central to the opening ceremony was the blessing performed by Father Michael (and Zippy!). This blessing made the Yarning Circle holy and elevated it to a higher purpose, transforming it into a place that lifts people up and gives God praise.
Local elders Uncle Ian Brown and Aunty Vicky Filewood played significant roles as well by leading the smoking and water ceremonies. The smoking ceremony cleansed our hearts and minds while the water ceremony reminded us of our Baptism and our belonging to this community.
The presence of many parents added to the significance of this occasion, as they joined us in celebrating our school's dedication to fostering a deep understanding and appreciation of Indigenous cultures as we work together towards reconciliation.
Throughout the project, there was extensive consultation and collaboration with the local Indigenous community, ensuring that the design and implementation of our Yarning Circle truly reflected their cultural values and traditions. The positioning of the Yarning Circle holds strategic significance, located in close proximity to both the St John Paul II bust and the College Chapel. This intentional placement creates a profound link between Catholic Tradition and Aboriginal spirituality, symbolizing the harmonious coexistence of these two rich cultural traditions. The Yarning Circle serves as a tangible representation of our commitment to honoring and integrating Indigenous perspectives within the fabric of our educational institution, fostering a deeper sense of reconciliation and shared spirituality among our school community.
We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the P & F and the Catholic Schools Office for providing the funds to make this project possible. We also wish to thank Father Michael, Uncle Ian Brown, and Aunty Vicki Filewood for their invaluable contributions to this special event. May the Yarning Circle serve as a constant reminder of our shared commitment to reconciliation, healing and unity.
Assistant Principal - Mission/RAP Working Party Member
Lyn Sharratt’s Assessment Waterfall Chart
As the College continues with Lyn Sharratt’s Assessment Waterfall Chart it is important that families understand this approach to assessment and feedback that has been making a positive impact on our students' literacy skills. In line with our commitment to student-centered education and continuous improvement, we have integrated Lyn Sharratt's Assessment Waterfall Chart and peer feedback strategies into our learning and teaching.
The AWC, developed by Dr Lyn Sharratt, provides a clear and structured framework for assessing student work and providing meaningful feedback. It allows teachers to guide students through a process of self-assessment, peer assessment, and teacher feedback, enabling students to take ownership of their learning and become active participants in their literacy development.
One crucial aspect of this approach is the incorporation of peer feedback. Peer feedback allows students to engage in constructive discussions, exchange ideas, and provide valuable insights to their classmates. It empowers them to not only receive feedback from their teachers but also learn from and support one another's growth.
Here's how the AWC and peer feedback work together to improve every students' literacy growth:
- Self-Assessment: Students begin by assessing their own work using the teacher’s criteria. This process encourages self-reflection and helps students identify their strengths and areas for improvement.
- Peer Feedback: Students engage in peer feedback sessions where they share their work with their classmates/critical friends. They provide constructive feedback based on the criteria from the Assessment Waterfall Chart, focusing on areas where their peers can enhance their literacy skills. This process promotes collaboration, critical thinking, and effective communication.
- Teacher Feedback: After the peer feedback stage, teachers provide additional feedback, highlighting key areas of improvement and offering guidance for further development. This step ensures that students receive comprehensive feedback from both their peers and their teachers.
- Reflection and Revision: Students reflect on the feedback received and make revisions to their work based on the insights gained. This iterative process encourages students to refine their literacy skills, reinforce their learning, and strive for continuous improvement.
By incorporating peer feedback into the AWC, our students benefit from multiple perspectives, diverse insights, and collaborative learning experiences. They learn to appreciate different viewpoints, develop empathy, and refine their critical thinking skills.
The aim of this approach is to foster a supportive classroom environment where students actively engage in their own learning and support one another's growth. It empowers them to become responsible, independent learners who take ownership of their literacy development.
As part of this continuing journey, I would like students to begin to utilise the options of where they can receive feedback beyond the traditional classroom teacher input. Our students can engage in every lesson’s Learning Intention & Success Criteria and then seek feedback from self assessment and peers as part of the AWC process.
Learn more about the ‘managing stress’ resources through the units on www.studyskillshandbook.com.au . Our College access details are:
School’s Username – stjohnpaul
School’s password – 89success
In addition, our subscription to Elevate Education may assist in this area.
This online platform contains resources and useful study tips that all SJPC students will find effective. We encourage them to access this Student Portal and try some of the strategies. Students have the password to this site. The password can also be found on the Curriculum Noticeboard.
Goals give us something to work toward, purpose to keep us motivated and – with a little luck and a lot of hard work – something to celebrate.
Learning how to set goals is a vital skill for young people. After all, it's hard to get somewhere without knowing the destination you're heading to. Goals help teens focus on the journey to whatever they want to achieve, helping them to make plans, use their time and resources wisely, and identify the places where they may need some help.
For teens, learning how to set goals has many benefits, such as:
- achieving the desired end result
- increasing self-confidence throughout the process
- understanding and developing their work ethic
- learning what works best to motivate them
- building their perseverance when things don't go as planned
- learning when to ask for help or support
Setting goals helps teens put action behind their ideas. These skills will serve them well personally, in school and in the workforce.
Coming up with a goal is easy, but creating an action plan to reach it can be challenging. SMART goals are a way to write goal statements that include the actual steps that you need to take to achieve the goal.
"SMART" is an acronym to help guide the goal-setting process. Goals should be:
Specific: The goal does not need to be broad – it needs to be specific enough so that teens can focus their efforts and clearly define what they are going to do.
Measurable: The goal should be measurable. When they can measure a goal, they see changes occur.
Attainable: The goal should be attainable. If they set a goal that is too far out of their reach, then they will not commit to it for long.
Realistic: The goal should be realistic. Set the bar high enough for a satisfying achievement. It must require some effort.
Time-bound: The goal should be achievable in a reasonable amount of time. Some teens can lose interest.
When thinking of the goal they want to achieve, teens should check that it's a SMART goal, meeting the criteria above. Then, it's time to consider how they will measure the goal and within what time frame.
At the beginning of each year we spend time discussing this acronym with our Year 11 group as they begin their senior years of study.
Here are five ways to support teens in their goal-setting efforts:
Model what goal-setting looks like in your life
When your teen sees you set goals and work to achieve them, it’s one of their most direct ways to experience goal-setting. Be open with them throughout the process, share what steps you’re taking to achieve your goal and be candid about setbacks and changes.
Some examples of goal-setting that adults can model for teens might include:
- Making a plan to find a new job
- Implementing a new healthy habit, like journaling or getting enough sleep
- Sticking to a budget to save toward something
Make a plan
Once they've decided on a goal to work toward, your teen should make a plan for how to achieve it. Writing it down often helps make it feel real and gives your teen a sense of accountability.
Let teens lead the way
The best goals for teens are the ones teens pick themselves, plan for themselves and go after themselves. Self-driven experiences are often the most motivating and the most rewarding, with plenty of lessons to learn along the way.
It’s OK if the goal changes
Today’s youth have a lot on their minds and busy schedules across academics, social life and more. It's OK if their goal changes. We've all experienced this at some point when working toward something. In the end, it's far healthier for your teen to acknowledge what's going on with them, share why something isn't working and how they're feeling about it, and make a plan to reset – instead of continuing to stress out over something because they feel they need to, that you are expecting them to, etc.
Always celebrate when a goal is achieved
In a busy world where we often maintain a rapid pace, it's never been more important to take time to celebrate. Ensure your teen takes time to celebrate a job well done, and as the adult in their life, be sure to model this in your every day.
Goals help teens make a plan and go after it, building skills that will last a lifetime.
Until next time:
Assistant Principal - Pastoral Care
It is difficult to believe that we are now approaching the year’s half-way point! I hope that this newsletter finds you happy and healthy in this often hectic world.
In a recent homily, Father reminded us of the great comfort in praying to the Holy Spirit and that this distinct person within the Holy Trinity is so often neglected.
I immediately realised that I too had been neglecting the Holy Spirit, and instead regularly prayed to God the Father and God the Son. And I wondered, WHY? Sometimes we just need a prompt!
We are reminded of the great healing power of this essential person, reflecting on (Galatians 5:22-23) “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Pretty powerful stuff! We are all in need of daily strength, yes? Of the gifts that we can then share with others, yes? Look no further than the Holy Spirit!
I explained this to my students using a real world example- from my own recent experience- to show them the absolute joy and comfort that belief and faith can bring them. Allowing “space” in your heart, being quiet and still to welcome the gifts that are waiting for us. Our days are filled with noise and so let’s focus on creating moments of stillness.
Bishop Greg’s Homily this week, observing Corpus Christi , reiterates the importance of “being alone” with God, and the centrality of taking “Communion” as the heart of being Catholic: “ for ONE moment in the week or the day, spend time quietly alone with Him”, acknowledging the joy and solace of being part of something so powerfully nourishing, something that unites us as a community: the Holy Eucharist.
Friday, 16 June: The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
Benedict XVI wrote: “By encouraging devotion to the Heart of Jesus, [we exhort] believers to open themselves to the mystery of God and of his love and to allow themselves to be transformed by it. After 50 years, it is still a fitting task for Christians to continue to deepen their relationship with the Heart of Jesus, in such a way as to revive their faith in the saving love of God and to welcome Him ever better into their lives. Catholic Culture
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COFFS HARBOUR PARISH
|St Augustine's Church||
|Woolgoolga St Francis Xavier's Church||Sunday 9:00am|
|Coramba St Therese's Church||Sunday 10:30am|
|St John Paul College Chapel||Tuesday 9.15am (school term only)|
|Coffs Harbour Reconciliation||Saturday - after 9am Mass|
|Woolgoolga Reconciliation||Sunday, before Mass|
|Mary Help of Christians Church||Saturday 6:00 pm
Sunday 7:30am & 9:00am
Tuesday 9:30 am
Wednesday 9:30 am (OLOW Chapel)
Thursday 5:00 pm
|Reconciliation||Saturday 11:30am-12:30pm or on request|
Interview with Sarah de Byl - Leader of Catechesis
1. What is your favourite place you have visited and why?
Croatia, I loved the scenery, history, people, and food.
2. Describe something about you that most staff or students wouldn’t know?
I make an awesome lasagne! It fixes everything in my household.
3. Why did you choose to be a Religion Teacher?
Since I was young I have always admired St Mary McKillop and aspired to be just like her. She is the reason I became a teacher and continue to work and lead in Catholic Education. I'm also a huge bible nerd!
4. What role does God play in your life?
My relationship with God is the most important in my life. If my relationship with him isn't good none of my other relationships work either.
Ashlinn de Dassel & Kalob Stone
Week 9 A - Monday 19 - Friday 23 June
|Mon 19 - Fri 23 June||Year 10||Optional Work Experience Week|
|Tues 20 June||Sport||NRL CRL Regional Finals Port Macquarie|
|Wed 21 June||All||College Assembly - Sport Awards|
|Staff||Cancer Council Biggest Morning Tea|
|Thurs 22 June||Sport||Katrina Fanning Cup Girls Tackle|
|Inter Dio Football Knockout Finals - Coffs Harbour|
|Thurs 22 - Fri 23 June||Year 11||Street Retreat Brisbane|
|Thurs 22 - Fri 23 June||Year 9||Duke of Edinburgh Practice Journey|
|Fri 23 June||Sport||Fast 5 Netball, Port Macquarie|
|Mountain Bike Event Woolgoolga|
Yr 12 Fundraiser - Trivia Night 6.00pm
Week 10 B - Monday 26 - Friday 30 June
|Mon 26 June||Sport||Diocesan Touch Football Gala Day - Port Macquarie
|Year 9||Catch the Wave (Hall)|
|Year 9 & 10||
Drama Eisteddfod Yr 9 & Yr 10 Drama Students
Yr 11 & 12 from 4pm onward
|Tues 27 June||Year 10||Curriculum Handbook Distribution - Theatre|
|Year 7 & 8||'Write a book in a day'|
|Year 12||Reflection Day (Hall)
Wildfire am - Boambee pm
|Sport||Bill Turner Cup Soccer at SJPC|
|Sport||Cochrane Cup - Coffs Harbour|
|Wed 28 June||Year 7 & 8||Students at Public Speaking Selections|
|Thurs 29 June||Years 7-10||Academic Reports published via Compass|
|Fri 30 June||All||Last day of Term 2|
Term Dates 2023
|Fri 30 June||Last day of Term 2|
|Mon 17 July||Staff Development|
|Tues 18 July||Students First day of Term 3|
|Fri 25 Aug||Staff Development / Pupil Free Day|
|Fri 22 Sept||Last day of Term 3|
|Mon 9 Oct||Staff Development|
|Tues 10 Oct||Students First day of Term 4|
|Tues 24 Oct||Staff Development / Pupil Free Day|
|Fri 10 Nov||Staff Development / Pupil Free Day|
|Friday 15 Dec||Picnic day Boambee Bay Reserve *Last day of Term 4|
Compass - Attendance and Permission to Leave School during the Day - Early Departure
Please note early departures or late arrivals cannot be submitted as an attendance note via the Compass App. Only full day absences can be submitted using the attendance note via the Compass App.
Students must have a written note from their parents/carers, giving an explanation and requesting permission to leave the College at a specific time. Students must take the note to the College Office before school and a Compass reminder notice is uploaded on the student's dashboard. At the allocated time, students must return to the College Office to formally sign out for the day and return the handwritten note. If students return to school later in the day they are required to sign in at the College Office.
For urgent appointments or requests to leave the College without a written note, parents/carers are required to collect their student from the College Office. Students will not be dismissed from class until parents/carers arrival at the College Office. Please allow enough time for the Office staff to retrieve students, as there could be delays leaving the Office. If students are able to bring a note in the morning this will alleviate any delay.
Compass - Permission to Leave from SPORT - Early Departure
Students must bring a written note from their parents/carers to the College Office before they depart for sport. Early departure from Sport cannot be submitted via the Compass App only a written note will be accepted. Only full day absences can be submitted using the attendance note via the Compass App.
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Georgia Pierce - SRC - Year 10 Student
I chose to become a leader because it helps me learn about my peers and having more responsibilities.
What makes a quality leader?
Being caring and being open to new ideas and opinions.
How do you plan on leading your year?
By asking people what they need and helping them though our school journey.
I think fearless is having fears but jumping anyway" - Taylor Swift
Reflection Day 2023
Last Friday Year 8 were fortunate to be involved in a wellbeing opportunity designed to improve their understanding of themselves and the social world around them. This allowed them to improve their ability to interact positively and be responsible participants in their relationships with others.
During the morning the boys and girls split into groups to discuss important issues that aim to develop an understanding of key terms such as image-based abuse, sexual harassment and coercion.
- Gaining a thorough understanding of the concerns, dangers and legalities around the issue of sexting.
- Understanding the powerful role of empathy and encouraging students to be an upstander rather than a bystander.
- Evaluating the unhealthy belief that their value is determined by the way they look: reframing value to be more than skin deep.
- Gaining an understanding of the popularity myth and the power of true friendship: what science has to say about quality friendship over quantity.
- Considering the impact of social media and the way it can be affecting their understanding of themselves and the way they view relationships.
- Reframing ‘asking for help’ as a positive course of action and a sign of strength. Identify the key personnel in their world they can turn to for help.
Afterwards, they travelled to Boambee Bay for an afternoon of fun games and activities and it was great to see many smiles and laughter on the day. With the support of their Homeroom teachers, the students played games such as ‘44 home’, Tunnelball, Tug-o-War and held a sand sculpture competition, all designed to allow them to reflect and spend quality time together to build friendships and confidence as a group.
This was a valuable opportunity that added to the student's social knowledge and understanding, making them more resilient and a better contributor to their relationships.
Year 8 and The Values I See In Others - Survey
It's always important to recognise the values we hold important, and also the values we see in those around us. Sometimes they match exactly and sometimes they don't. That's what makes a vibrant community.
In life, often we gravitate to those who hold similar values to us and can find it difficult to interact with those who don't. However, life has a way of throwing us together in so many different ways.
Following on from our discussions and activities at Wednesday's Pastoral time, Year 8 has been contemplating the importance of identifying their values and what they are.
They are now invited to complete a survey to recognise the values they see in other people in Year 8. Using the information from this survey we will be creating visual representations for homerooms (example).
The survey link has been emailed to students and is in the Year 8 Pastoral Google classroom as well. The more students we can get to fill it in the more visuals we will be able to create.
Year 11 & 12
Year 11 & 12 students hosted a beautiful family breakfast on Tuesday 13 June. There were lots of smiles, warm coffee and delicious breaky treats while we were entertained by the talented students of SJPC. A wonderful way to start the day.
Year 12 Fundraising Trivia Night 2023
Our second major fundraising event for 2023 is next Friday 23 June and there only a few tables still available. Please contact the College Office to purchase your trivia table ($15 per seat / $150 per table).
We have a number of items available for purchase through our silent auction and eftpos will be available. Also, lots of raffle and lucky door prizes on offer! We look forward to a great night of fun and frivolity and don't forget the "Masquerade" dress-up theme.
Your ongoing support of our fundraising efforts will ensure that Wesley Mission https://www.wesleymission.org.
All things Literacy, because Literacy matters in all things
Mrs McKelvie and Mrs Brennan have registered SJPC in the WRITE A BOOK IN A DAY competition for 2023, and they have opened this opportunity up to students from Year 7 and Year 8. It will all happen in the library in Week 10 from 8am to 8pm on Tuesday 27 June.
This fun and creative team writing competition is managed by the Kids Cancer Project, raising funds for childhood cancer research to find better treatment and ultimately a cure.
Students work in teams of 5-10 to plan, write, edit and illustrate a book in a day. Every story grows from a unique set of parameters given to each writing team on the morning of the competition. While covering some curriculum outcomes this also provides a hands-on collaborative learning experience, teaching empathy, teamwork and sharing creative and literacy skills. This also results in hours of entertaining and inspirational reading for sick kids in hospital.
Once teams have been finalised, participants will receive a sponsorship page to share with family and friends and fundraise for this cause. It is not, however, compulsory to fundraise. Family members will have an opportunity to witness the final products during the evening of the competition.
We look forward to your future support.
Mrs McKelvie & Mrs Brennan
Literacy Coach & LOL Technologies & Librarian
WORD OF THE WEEK
DEFINITION To make easier or bring about
IN A SENTENCE: Children’s capacity for learning has been greatly facilitated by the use of technology.
Our classroom furniture facilitates robust discussion and accountable talk.
Cutting taxes may facilitate economic recovery.
DEFINITION: A fictitious name, used especially by authors, to conceal identity.
IN A SENTENCE
A lot of people use pseudonyms when posting controversial comments online.
Bitcoin’s still anonymous inventor went by the pseudonym, Satoshi Nakamoto.
In legal proceedings, the pseudonyms, John Doe, Jane Doe, Richard Roe and Jane Roe are used when a person’s name is being kept anonymous. Such names are also called, anonyms.
Writers of the Week
Congratulations to the following students for their expertise in sentence structure and the use of complex punctuation with accuracy. These students excelled in their comic representations of Photosynthesis in Science.
On Friday of Week 7, the English faculty had the pleasure of welcoming Will Kostakis to the college to conduct workshops with our Year 12 students. Will is a widely published Australian author who has extensive experience in working with senior English students on improving their creative writing skills, as well as providing advice and expert tips on how to best prepare for the upcoming Trial and HSC exams. It was a valuable learning experience for both our English Standard and Advanced groups. They were given a range of practical strategies to implement within their preparation for their final assessments, while being entertained by Will's engaging approach and energy. His passion for writing was evident and was a great motivator for our seniors to continue their pursuit of excellence in imaginative writing. We thank the organisers of the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival who provide us with opportunities to host authors every year; but especially we thank Will! Your time and wisdom is much appreciated by the English faculty and our senior students.
The College library will be opened between 9am and 12pm for Year 12 students during the winter school holidays on the following dates in July;
Monday 3rd, Tuesday 4th, Wednesday 5th, Monday 10th, Tuesday 11th, Wednesday 12th.
Some staff will be holding workshops outside these hours for specialist classes. Information regarding these workshops will be made available to the students closer to the break.
Plan your revision and study time over the coming weeks and winter break, with reference to the HSC Trial Examination timetable posted on the HSC Curriculum Matters Google Classroom and in study areas.
Ensure you are meeting the requirements of all Week 9 and 10 Assessments.
Remember that the Curriculum Office is open to all students if you have any queries regarding procedures and processes linked to assessments.
A reminder that Year 11 students must successfully complete over 50% of in school assessments to be eligible to continue on to the HSC course of their subjects.
As parents of Year 10 already know, Year 10 students worked on a Personal Profile Reflection Booklet this week in preparation for making decisions about what the next 2 years look like for them.
A reminder that parents and carers are to complete the last page of the booklet, which then needs to be returned to the College by Week 10, which is when the students will be presented with their Curriculum Guide to Stage 6, and given access to a website containing many supporting materials, including information about Stage 6 options and the different pathways of study available.
Years 7 – 9
All students should now be receiving feedback regarding their learning. It is important for students to now re-evaluate Semester 1 goals and determine what they want to achieve in regards to their learning in Semester 2.
It is timely that we remind students not to come to school if they are sick even if they have an assessment. It is important students are well and thinking clearly if they are to perform their best in all learning activities.
Leader of Curriculum
Year 8 Pop Art
Year 8 Visual Art students have explored the vast realm of popular culture from the past and present-day and how it greatly influences our everyday lives. Artists and their artworks from the Pop Art period of the late 1950s and early 60s were investigated and where objects from everyday life were used as subject matter in their artmaking. Students explored the idea of party food as a concept where they developed their problem-solving skills by transforming a drawing into a 3D form using a variety of sculpture-constructing techniques including papier mache. As you can see, these food forms are visually exciting and capture the viewers' attention immediately.
Leader of Learning - Visual Arts
CCC Cross Country
Congratulations to the 7 students who represented the Lismore Diocese at the NSWCCC Cross Country Championships in Sydney on Tuesday 13 June.
Finn Klinkers 7th, Rhys Mulholland 9th, Riley Woods 20th, Diaz Voglsinger 33rd, Adelaide Keating 35th, Maddison O'Leary 37th and Riley Andrews 45th. Our students performed incredibly well considering more than 50 runners were entered in each event from across the state. Well done!
NSW All Schools Basketball
Recently, Charlotte Cougle and Kira Juffermans were part of the NSCCCC 16s female Basketball team who played in the tri-series against CHS and CIS. The CCC team defeated CIS 90 - 81 and went down to CHS by 1 point on the buzzer! Congratulations to Kira Juffermans who was selected in the NSW All Schools team.
Congratulations and Good luck!
- Congratulations to our Bill Turner Cup boys who successfully defeated BDC in extra time golden goal. They progress to Round 4 and now take on Coffs Harbour High at SJPC on Tuesday 27 June. Kick off is at 11.15am.
- Our 14 years Cochrane Cup League side has unexpectedly progressed through to the regional final and now plays at Geoff King Motors Oval on 27 June.
Year 7 and 8 Sport
Please check your Compass notifications as events have been sent to parents regarding Weeks 1- 5 and Weeks 6 - 10 of Term 3. Students are expected to attend the sports outlined as part of the compulsory sport program but are required to have parental consent to leave the College grounds.
Year 9 and 10 Sport
All payment and consent for offcampus and paid sports close on 20 June. If an extension is required, please contact the Finance Department directly as failure to consent and pay by the due date will result in your child being removed from their selected event and placed in to a fitness based group (not Multisport). Once this is completed it is not able to be reversed.
Coming Up - Term 2 & 3 2023
|Term 2 2023||
|Tuesday 20 June||
NRL CRL Regional Finals, Port Macquarie
|Thursday 22 June||
KFC Girls Tackle Regional Finals, Coffs Harbour
Armidale v Lismore Football, Coffs Harbour
|Friday 23 June||
Fast 5 Netball (Year 11 and 12), Port Macquarie
Mountain Bike Schools Event, Woolgoolga
|Monday 26 June||
Diocesan Touch Football, Port Macquarie
|Tuesday 27 June||
Cochrane Cup League Regional Finals, Coffs Harbour
Bill Turner Rd 4 v Jetty @ SJPC
|Term 3 2023|
|Tuesday 25 July||
KFC Girls Tackle Northern State Final, Coffs Harbour
|Wednesday 26 July
NRL CRL Northern State Final, Coffs Harbour
|Wednesday 30 August||
Netball Cup Regional Final, Port Macquarie
|Friday 28 July||
SJPC Athletics Carnival, Stadium
|Tuesday 8 August - 9 Aug||
Diocesan Junior and Intermediate Basketball, Port Macquarie
|Tuesday 15 August||
NSWCCC Netball (Yr 9 - 12), Homebush
|Wednesday 23 August||
Diocesan Athletics Carnival, Coffs Harbour Stadium
|Thursday 31 August||
Diocesan Netball Carnival, Port Macquarie
Forty Marine Studies students have just returned from a extraordinary week of diving and exploring the reefs and ecosystems of Heron Island, near Gladstone. Each day started at 6 am, with all kids snorkeling out to the wreck to swim with an abundance of sharks, rays, turtles and a myriad of other amazing creatures and organisms.
After breakfast, we would then load up the boats and head out to the reef rim to see more of the incredible coral habitats found on the Great Barrier Reef. The students were blessed with good weather this year and we managed to use the dive boats nearly every afternoon as well. Keen students could also take up an optional wreck dive in the last hour of each day, with some kids getting 7 dives in per day!
Our nights were spent in the lab completing research tasks or taking a guided low tide reef walk. I am very proud of how this group behaved during this trip. They were polite, well behaved and as keen as mustard. I am also very grateful to our wonderful staff who worked very long hours to ensure that this expedition was safely and successfully conducted. David Attenborough has called this part of the world his favorite spot on Earth. If you ask any of our marine studies kids, they can tell you why.
The best present we can give our children is our presence!
On a glorious Friday afternoon 60 men and boys gathered at the college for our 5th annual Year 7 Men and Boys Camp Out. It was inspiring to see a vast array of camping set ups gradually erected on the grass netball courts at the back of the college.
The focus of the event was for Year 7 boys and their fathers/guardians to simply spend time together, socialise with others, engage in some sporting and engineering challenges and feast on a big BBQ cook up.
Later in the evening everyone settled around the bonfire, where conversation flowed freely and plenty of marshmallows were cooked. Eventually the men and boys began drifting off to their air mattresses to rest their weary bodies.
The next morning started early with a bacon and egg cook up before the men and boys dispersed for their various weekend commitments.
Staff members Will Gregson, Mark Hoare, Michael Stubbs, Brad Poidevan, Tracey Baillie, The Stocks Duo, various finance and front Office staff as well as the maintenance crew, were once again outstanding support and without whom the event would not have run so smoothly! Thanks also to those who sourced and brought in the generous donation of firewood and kindling that kept us warm late into the evening.
And finally to the Men and Boys who took a risk and invested their various relationships by attending, the feedback was extremely positive, thanks for making the evening a success. We look forward to possibly another gathering when the boys hit Year 9 and are always open to anyone wanting to drive a similar initiative for the women and girls. I’d be happy to support it if you felt inspired to do so, simply get in touch.
The strong turnout paves the way for the continued growth of this important initiative in the years to come.
THE PUSH-UP CHALLENGE 2023 is well underway and the staff team has already gone beyond their fundraising target of $1000. The challenge continues through until 23 June with participants completing 3144 push-ups. Tragically, this represents the number of people who died by suicide in Australia in 2021. Each day the number of push-ups is linked to a statistic or fact about mental health and we have been sharing our learning from this with the college through daily updates on the walk-through sub-way. The SRC team have also been rigorous with their push-ups and competitive spirit.
If you haven’t yet donated, you still have time!!! All funds raised will go towards mental health and crisis support services helping to break stigmas and provide hope to those struggling with their mental health.
Help us push for better mental health.
Please hit the link and donate to our staff push-up team
Think of us and our shoulders as today we complete 163 pushups and tomorrow we smash out 200!!!
|Jesse ‘DESTROYER’ Druzinec||Paul ‘HULK’ Harrison||Maree ‘MUSCLES’ McKelvie||Sharon ‘REPS’ Reeves|
|Claudia ‘BICEPS’ Brown||Jessi ‘RIPPED’ Reeves||Nataleigh ‘BENCH PRESS’ Baxter||Jeremy ‘THOR’ Thewlis|
|Brad ‘PECS’ Poidevin (planking on chairs!)||Dave ‘ENERGISER’ Ellis (absent in photo)|
SRC Student team consists of:
|Rylan Jones||Lily Hallawell||Riley Andrews||Koko Nichols|
|Lily Betland||Julian Na||Cooper Lawlor||Taj Hosking|
Literacy Coach & Fellow Push-up Team member