28 July 2023 - Newsletter (Vol 40 No 11)
Use of Generative Artificial Intelligence at SJPC
At SJPC, we recognise the importance and influence of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the educational landscape. Below is an outline of the principles and practices of AI use within our school. These principles will assist students in using AI safely, ethically and effectively, ensuring academic integrity, compliance with NSW Education regulations and CSO guidelines, and our commitment to preparing students for the future.
AI and Assessments
AI can be used in various capacities in assessments. However, the original work must always be produced by students. Generative AI tools (such as the popular chatbots ChatGPT, Bing Chat and Google Bard) can serve as a support tool for brainstorming, note-taking, and editing, but should not be used to generate entire assignments. This will be regarded as malpractice, as outlined in our updated assessment policies on the College website Curriculum page.
Over the next few weeks our students are being made aware of the updated assessment policies and their responsibilities, along with the possible consequences associated with AI misuse in assessments. AI usage should be explicitly acknowledged in assessments, if used. The College is currently reviewing assessments to minimise AI misuse, whilst maintaining NESA and syllabus requirements.
Academic integrity is crucial to our school ethos. Students are expected to acknowledge AI assisted content in their work, thereby ensuring transparency and originality. Work submitted as a student's own should be an accurate representation of their understanding and abilities.
Data Privacy and Protection
In using AI tools, data privacy is paramount. Personal information should not be disclosed to AI systems without explicit consent. It should be ensured that the AI systems used have robust data protection protocols.
Preparing Students for an AI-Influenced World
AI ethics will be incorporated into our curriculum, ensuring students understand their responsibilities in using AI tools, the potential implications of AI, and the need to respect and protect their own and others' data privacy.
We aim to ensure students understand the implications of AI, can critically evaluate AI generated content, and can leverage AI tools to support their learning and development. Students will be informed of the new requirements regarding the use of AI, with the importance of the ethical use of AI being highlighted. Students will also be assisted in navigating potential privacy, accuracy, and reliability issues associated with AI.
Our AI guidelines will be reviewed and updated annually, or as necessary, to keep pace with the rapidly evolving AI landscape and we encourage and value open dialogue within our community about AI.
The College Leadership team is currently working with staff to develop clear guidelines and expectations regarding Generative AI use. The College will provide access to training for our staff in understanding, using, and teaching using Generative AI. Technical support has also been provided via the Catholic Schools Office to ensure seamless and effective use of AI tools.
Empathy in Action
Do you know that there are more than 122,000 Australians experiencing homelessness? Alarmingly, more than 58% of the homeless population is under the age of 35 and more than 17,600 children under the age of 12 don’t have a stable place to call home. The face of homelessness in Australia has changed.
With these frightening statistics in mind, it is awesome to see 30 students sign up for this year’s Vinnies Winter Sleepout! It really shows how amazing our students are, willing to step out of their comfort zones to raise awareness about homelessness in our community. Their dedication and compassion will make a real difference, and it's heartwarming to see them come together for such a meaningful cause. Together, they're not just experiencing a night out in the cold; they're also shining a light on the struggles faced by those who don't have a place to call home. Kudos to these incredible students for being the change they want to see in the world!
While numbers are limited, it's not too late to sign up! Any student who would like to jump onboard and put their faith in action can still sign up via the invitation in Compass.
So far, we have raised $1,190. Please help us reach our fundraising goal of $10,000 by donating via this link:
In addition to raising awareness and much needed funds, we are also seeking donations of BLANKETS, TOWELS and BEANIES. If you are able to donate any of these items (in new or very good condition), please drop them off at the College Office. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
Assistant Principal - Mission
Welcome back to Term 3 and the second half of the year. I trust your family had the opportunity to relax and recharge the batteries.
A past colleague of mine once likened Term 3 to the third quarter of an AFL match, or any other sport with four terms. The third quarter is often referred to as "The Premiership Quarter", and Term 3 of a school year is much like this too.
Term 3 is the time to action the feedback each student has received from their teachers in their Semester One report. Term 3 is the time to make improvement in one's approaches to learning so as to maximise their learning growth for the remainder of the year. And Term 3 is the term to see that, while the year is half over, there is much that lies ahead - and in this expanse of time there are so many learning opportunities for all our students that lay ahead.
The following suggestions may help to begin this term with a positive approach.
- The first thing you need to do to increase your enthusiasm for learning is to determine a schedule and study duration.
- Everyone has their own learning style. Some study style while doodling in books or some while listening to music. Applying the preferred learning style will make the subject matter easier to understand and increase the enthusiasm for learning. Sometimes you can also combine several learning styles so you don’t get bored easily.
- Mind and body need to rest regularly. So, on the sidelines of studying, there’s nothing wrong with taking a break to just take a break.
- No matter how busy you are while studying, try to always exercise regularly.
- It is undeniable that sometimes the gadgets that are on the study table or the TV that is on can interfere with concentration for studying. Therefore, while studying, try to eliminate all possible distractions.
- Although it looks simple, creating a learning atmosphere is also very useful for increasing enthusiasm for learning. How to create a comfortable atmosphere for learning for each person can be different. However, generally a comfortable working atmosphere can be created by cleaning the study table from all items that do not support the learning process.
- At times there’s nothing wrong with studying with friends. Because sometimes when learning the subject matter being studied can be more easily mastered.
Remember all at the College are here to support you. All you have to do is ……ask.
At SJPC August is Kawalazi month. It is a time of the year we do all we can to support our sister school in Malawi. This has been a long running development project of over 20 years. There are 3 attachments included with this article:
- An outline of the Kawalazi Development Project from Mr Joseph Nolan (ex staff member at SJC and one of the founding members of the project)
- A copy of the Google Slides that each of the Homerooms will explore in coming days.
- A sponsorship form that can be returned to the College with payment to sponsor a student.
- The Kawalazi Assembly that will feature a guest speaker who will reflect on their experience at Kawalazi High School - Week 5, Wednesday 16 August.
Please do all you can to support this tremendous initiative.
Until next week:
Assistant Principal - Pastoral Care
NAPLAN Update - from the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority.
This week, families of Year 7 & 9 will receive NAPLAN Individual Student Reports (ISRs) that more clearly and simply show their child’s NAPLAN achievement against the higher national standards agreed by all education ministers earlier this year. This will help parents, carers and teachers to make sure children are getting the best out of their schooling and learning the skills they need to succeed at school, and beyond.
The new reporting shows how students are achieving in literacy and numeracy skills against challenging but reasonable expectations at the time of testing, based on previous years of schooling.
The new reports have 4 levels of proficiency:
- Developing; and
- Needs additional support
NAPLAN tests are a point in time assessment and only one aspect of each school’s assessment and reporting process. As they are held once every 2 years for each student, they cannot replace the extensive, ongoing assessments made by teachers about student performance.
This new way of reporting means that NAPLAN results from 2023 will not be comparable to the NAPLAN results from previous years. Reporting on NAPLAN changes over time will start this year, building upon the 2023 results.
Additional information for each year level is available on the ISRs and on the National Assessment Program (NAP) website that makes it clear to parents and carers what their child’s literacy and numeracy skills are at the time of NAPLAN testing and supports discussions with their school on their child’s progress.
The new approach replaces the previous numerical NAPLAN bands and the national minimum standard. The proficiency levels on the new reports are based on the expert judgement of teachers who used student responses to NAPLAN questions linked to the Australian Curriculum to identify what students should be able to answer at the time of testing in each year to be considered as having met a challenging but reasonable expectation.
Student reports continue to show the national average and the range of achievement for the middle 60 percent of students in their year level, allowing comparison of a child’s achievement against these measures. Detailed information on the assessments is at: https://www.nap.edu.au/
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.
Celebrating Intergenerational Ministry
On Wednesday we celebrated the feast of Saint Anne and Saint Joachim. Anne and Joachim were Jesus’ grandparents and Mary’s parents. They were great examples of faithfulness and trust in God and they taught Mary to be compassionate, kind and caring. Mary taught these qualities to Jesus, and we can see how Jesus lived these out in his own life.
Anne and Joachim are recognised as the patron saints of grandparenting. In 2021, Pope Francis proclaimed the first World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly to be celebrated on the fourth Sunday of each year. This date coincides with the Feast Day of these two saints. Speaking about the role of Joachim and Anne in Mary’s life and in our faith journey, the Pope reflected:
Saints Joachim and Anne were part of a long chain of people who had transmitted their faith and love for God, expressed in the warmth and love of family life, down to Mary, who received the Son of God in her womb and who gave him to the world, to us. How precious is the family as the privileged place for transmitting the faith!
The family, being the primary domestic church, is an essential part of this intergenerational ministry within the Catholic school. In line with the biblical teachings found in Titus 2:1-2 and Psalm 78:4, our school actively encourages older generations, both within the school staff and the wider parish community, to play a significant role in partnering with parents in nurturing the spiritual growth and development of young believers. Older men and women are called to intentionally build relationships with the younger generation, becoming mentors and guides in their faith journey. Additionally, the entire faith community is encouraged to pass on the stories of God's praiseworthy deeds to the next generation, ensuring that the faith is handed down and cherished through the ages.
In essence, a Catholic school serves as a place of intergenerational ministry, where the richness of different age groups coming together enriches the spiritual experience of all involved. By valuing and incorporating the wisdom of older generations and the enthusiasm of the youth, the school embodies the true essence of the Body of Christ, fostering a nurturing and spiritually vibrant environment for all its members, both within the school and within the families it serves.
We celebrate the people in our lives, like our grandparents, who show us how to be compassionate, kind and generous. We pray that God helps us to follow their example and to value their wisdom and knowledge. May we serve them now as they have served others.
Let us pray…
Lord Jesus, you were nurtured and cared for by your grandparents, Saints Joachim and Anne.
We ask you to help us value the wisdom and knowledge of those around us, especially our grandparents.
May we love and cherish them, value and respect them, and always be grateful for them.
We ask this in Jesus’ name.
We’re excited to announce that Elevate Education will be hosting another free webinar for our parents on:
Wednesday 2 August 2023
'How to Help Get (& Keep) Your Child Motivated'
Here's what Elevate will be covering on the night:
- What impact does praise and reassurance have on your child's motivation?
- What are the best type of goals to be setting with your child?
- How can you help your child create meaningful and lasting motivation?
It was wonderful to see Year 12 students utilise the Library during the winter holidays as a study venue. Many staff volunteered to work with students during this break, and I would like to thank them for their time and the expertise they shared with our students.
The Trial Examination period begins next week, starting with English. The examination timetable is available on the HSC Curriculum Matters Google Classroom, as are the instructions for students.
We remind students of the following;
- you do not attend timetabled classes during the Trial Examination period
- you are encouraged to use the College library when not in exams to continue your preparation.
- read the Assessment Block Students Information on Google Classroom so that you understand the examination protocols and your responsibilities.
- if ill or late due to misadventure ring/email school immediately.
- keep up to date with resources and NESA information via this link HSC Student Guide
Preliminary Examination Block
All students will now have received the timetable for Year 11 Final Examinations via their Curriculum Matters Classroom. This examination period starts on Wednesday 30 August and finishes Friday 8 September.
This will be the first-time students will experience an HSC style examination environment. It is important to be aware of the requirements as outlined in the Assessment Block Students Information document provided.
Students will not be attending timetabled classes during this time. Students may choose to travel home to continue their exam preparation or work in the College library. College uniform must be worn if students are on the College premises.
We encourage students to have a nightly study regime in place in the lead up to this examination block, and to make effective use of the many resources the College provides.
The Year 10 subject selection process for Stage 6 has continued this term with students sitting in on different course presentations led by the Leaders of Learning (LoL) of each Key Learning Area (KLA).
The Parent and Student Information Evening will be held in the College Hall on Wednesday 9 August starting at 6:30pm.
This evening is a wonderful opportunity to not only learn more about the options and requirements for Stage 6 study pathways, but also to meet specialist teachers and receive specific answers to any questions you may have.
At SJPC student choice determines which courses run in 2023. Once choices have been finalised, students will receive confirmation packs with information needed for continuing at SJPC, ready for Round Table Conferences in Term 4.
All Year 8 students should now have explored their Stage 5 elective options by reading the information contained in the Stage 5 Elective pack and the Course Information Website. Both of which were provided in Week 1 this term.
Later this term students will be emailed the link to the online form through which they will register their elective preferences.
I’d like to thank Year 8 students for their responsiveness and positive approach to this process thus far.
Leader of Curriculum
The second half f the year has begun and our students have received their halftime ‘pep talk’ from their coaches (reports) and are now primed for an improved second half performance. Apologies, but being a PDHPE teacher, I’m always finding myself using sporting analogies with our Year 8’s to try and link school/life lessons to their own personal experiences. That being said, we can view this year as the game we are playing and how no matter what has occurred in the ‘first’ period, it can be learnt from, developed, enhanced, or changed to improve our ‘next’ period of play.
Personal, academic and spiritual development are all a lifelong journey, and even more so for our young people. To improve our second half, we need some reflection on our past performances (good and bad) and to think about what we can do to improve. This will see us potentially triumph in our future endeavors but if not, at least put us in a better place to handle them. So let's get out there and put some points on the board.
Apps, websites, games and social media are all rapidly creating new and exciting opportunities for our young people. In our roles as Leaders of Student Wellbeing for our year groups, we are often having discussions with parents with concerns about what their children are exposed to and whether the applications are safe or not.
The eSafety Guide allows parents, carers and families to learn about the latest games, apps and social media platforms, including how to protect your information and report harmful content. (The guide is for information purposes only and inclusion does not imply eSafety endorses a service or platform.)
It’s a great start to look into your child's online habits which enables families to have more knowledge to discuss some of the things that are being used that are new, or may not be familiar. For example:
Threads is a microblogging platform similar to Twitter that is developed by Meta. The app allows you to post messages of up to 500 characters and include links, photos and videos up to five minutes long.
What is ChatGPT and GPT-4?
ChatGPT and GPT-4 are artificial intelligence (AI) chatbots or large language models built by OpenAI, which allow people to interact in a conversational way.
What is Twitch?
Twitch is an online streaming platform and social network where you can watch or broadcast live streams and pre-recorded videos, and chat with other users.
Thinking Like Elon Musk: Enterprise & Creative Thinking Elective
Calm Cap - Anna and Mannat
We are aiming to prototype a device that uses electroencephalography (EEG) technology to detect overstimulation, stress and other irregularities and then counter these. We’re endeavouring to code an app prototype that can analyse the data collected by EEG sensors to give suggestions to a person in the moment. We have planned to have it all encompassed in a cap/hat.
Request to the SJPC community:
Mannat and Anna are seeking a specialist in the field of neurology and EEG technology to assist with their research. If you can assist, please contact Mr Dewhurst and email@example.com
Monkey & Co is an eco-friendly brand of gum producers targeting the young, active and lazy. With the ability to easily digest your gum with an added health benefit, eating gum has never been more recommended. Forget the old days of eating fattening, gut rotting and outlawed gum, and welcome to the new age of gum so good that your doctor will recommend it. Our preliminary prototype, which we are soon to put into testing, includes the following ingredients: xylitol (natural sweetener), gum base (Starch, Beeswax, Calcium Carbonate, Chicle), peppermint oil (flavouring), food colouring (colour), aspartame, probiotic.
Battery to Pottery Chamber - Gabriel Wark & Finn Baker
Our product, the Battery to Pottery Chamber, is a machine that extracts and recycles expired lithium batteries to reduce landfill and contamination. The product extracts the lithium from electric car batteries and converts it into a gas that can be condensed and used in the production of pottery glazing. It uses the reaction of lithium when it is exposed to pure oxygen to convert spent lithium into white lithium oxide which is one the the critical agents in the glazing for pots.
All things Literacy, because Literacy matters in all things
The Importance of Spelling
Why Spelling Matters!
- Accurate spelling shows that we respect our own work and we respect the reader’s time. In the same way we tidy up our living space for visitors, we tidy up our words for our audience.
- Error-free writing shows professionalism and credibility and indicates we, as the author, are a reputable source. If we can’t get the little things right, how will we handle the big things?
- Correct spelling enables us to communicate properly. Think especially of legal and medical documents. We also need to pay particular attention to homophones.
- Accurate spelling can prevent embarrassment. We have all come across embarrassing errors!!!
- Good spelling aids readability. Errors can break the reader’s concentration and cause them to stumble unnecessarily.
- Error-free writing enables authors of any kind to avoid criticism and get more exposure. We are more inclined to share documents that are error-free.
- Accuracy boosts an applicant's chance of being hired for a job. This is especially the case with cover letters and resumes. Error free applications indicate that the applicant has used the time and resources to eliminate errors. Spelling errors can indicate carelessness.
All Year 7 students have been invited to participate in the Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee Challenge.
The Spelling Bee will run in Literacy Skills lessons in Week 3 and 4 with Mrs McKelvie. There is no cost involved and every student who competes receives a certificate.
Students are unable to compete unless they return a signed consent form, and these were distributed to students on Tuesday this week. Extra forms may be obtained from the front office or from Mrs McKelvie.
In this competition students are presented with 30 words and they are ranked according to accuracy and speed. The test is completed online and students must have earphones.
There will be 3 national winners in our category and they will win:
- a return flight to Canberra to meet the Prime Minister for each category winner (and their parent/guardian), and one night’s accommodation
- iPad Air 256GB
- $250 HarprCollins book pack
- Winner certificate
- School $1000 book / technology voucher
SJPC will also have a Year 7 champion and a class champion for each homeroom.
More information can be found at the website https://www.spelling-bee.com.au/
Please ensure all signed consent forms are returned by Monday, 31st July. Students without parental consent will be sitting an alternative spelling activity.
We are looking forward to having some fun with words and crowning our SJPC Year 7 SPELLING BEE CHAMPIONS!
On Wednesday 26 July, our College hosted The Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award. We welcomed speakers, teachers and their supporting guests from Camden Haven High School, South Grafton High School, St Columba Anglican School, Toormina High School and our own Year 8 student, Robbie Haig.
Robbie Haig - Year 8
The competition consisted of two parts: a prepared five-minute speech and an impromptu two-minute speech. The prepared speeches were magnificent with a wide variety of topics, with ‘Dare to be Different’ where a Year 7 student encouraged the audience to embrace their individuality. Also of note was ‘Being a Girl is No Big Deal’, where a passionate female student persuaded the audience to consider the power of their language choices. The impromptu topic was Choices, and the students continued to impress with their ability to construct an engaging response with only two minutes of preparation time! Our adjudicator, Scott Hillard, travelled from Newcastle to officiate the competition and was blown away by the talent of the young people in our area.
Year 8 student Mannat Dhariwal hosted the event as Chairperson, Anna Matthews, also from Year 8, was Timekeeper. Year 9 students Katelyn Davidson and Melinda Page were exemplary ushers assisting all visitors. Three students, including our own Robbie Haig, were selected to move on to the next phase. Congratulations, Robbie, we are so proud of you!
Year 11 Visual Arts students' exploration of a scape of their choice (ranging from city to beachscapes) resulted in them creating a small body of work in an abstract style. Their scapes are represented across several art forms such as drawing/mixed media, collage & digital. This unit enabled students to work out of their comfort zone and truly explore how their chosen scape could be represented abstractly in each of these art forms to create a cohesive mini body of work. As you can see, they did an amazing job.
Leader of Learning - Visual Arts
Meet Sydney University Workshops
This session aims to make the HSC Subject Selection as smooth as possible and equip students with the knowledge and confidence to explore and set themselves up for a pathway to university. Students will learn what university is, why people go there, technical language like prerequisites and assumed knowledge. We will explore and encourage links between personal interests and skills, higher education, prerequisites, study options, future career paths and an understanding of study options at the University of Sydney. Student laptops can enhance the interactivity of this session.
Students will engage in a suite of activities to increase self-knowledge, academic capacity and enhance their preparedness and confidence for university. Students will be challenged to evaluate where they are at, and their goals, while enriching their understanding of the university experience.
Students will explore connections between current studies, aspirations and university education. We will unpack the Undergraduate Guide and technical details around university applications, scholarships, admission pathways/schemes, finances and accommodation. As we dive into your students’ extracurricular activities and skills, we will prepare them to confidently apply for admission pathways, scholarships, and accommodation.
When / Where: SJPC 15 August 2023
How: Students can register their interest by completing the google form that has been posted to their Curriculum Classroom.
Engineering Summer School
Do you want to be an engineer? Then this is a great opportunity for you!
Engineers Australia will run their annual Engineering Summer School 2023. This is a 5 day residential program aimed at current Year 11 students who will sit the HSC in 2024.
Visit 5 Universities, 5 Engineering companies/iconic sites; meet over 150 Engineers from a wide variety of Engineering disciplines! Students stay on campus at University of Sydney from Sunday 3 – Friday 8 December.
If wish to apply for this experience, please complete the Expression of Interest Form
Health Careers Workshop
Are you interested in a career in health ? Well the New England Rural Allied Health Association will be presenting a practical workshop here at SJPC focusing on the pathways into a health career. Health careers include medicine, nursing, paramedicine, radiography and physiotherapy.
This workshop is focussed on educating students on the pathways and opportunities of health-based careers in rural areas. It will provide information about entry and study of degrees in the above stated health careers. The workshop will include a short presentation from each discipline represented and then a series of stations where the students have the opportunity to engage in example cases and practice skills from listening to a heartbeat to taking a blood pressure. If you are interested sign up via this google form.
When: 17 August Period 3 & 4
Where: SJPC H2
Who: Years 10 - 12
Are you interested in a career in the Air Force?
work experience placement. This placement is one day in length and there are four dates to select from. The placement is open to students 15 to 18 years old. Students must be an Australian Citizen or permanent resident to attend.
On this placement, students will have the opportunity to visit RAAF Williamtown and learn about some of the most exciting career opportunities within the Royal Australian Air Force. Students will explore the different Air Battle Manager roles on-board the E-7A Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft.
For more information, or to apply, please click the links below:
Air Force Officer Aviation Roles - RAAF Williamtown - 20 Sep 2023 (nga.net.au) - Applications close 10 August - click here to register
Air Force Aviation Officer Roles - RAAF Williamtown 21 Sep 2023 (nga.net.au) -Applications close 10 August - click here to register
If you require more information about Defence Work Experience Program, and what if offers, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Defence Work Experience website.
College Athletics Carnival
The St John Paul College Athletics Carnival was held on Friday 28 July and was an exhilarating event that showcased the incredible sportsmanship and competitive spirit of the students. The atmosphere was filled with cheers and excitement as students engaged in various events, including sprints, long jumps, shot puts, and relays. The relay races, in particular, were highly competitive, with each house vying for victory. Kelly House was able to edge out the other houses with a massive participation rate, making them champion house for 2023, with the results for the carnival as follows:
Congratulations to our top performing athletes in all age groups. The following people are 2023 SJPC Athletics Age Champions:
The stakes were high for those aiming to progress to the next level. Students who finished in the top two positions in any event secured their place in the SJPC team that will represent the school at the Diocesan Athletics Carnival scheduled for 23rd August. Notification of this will be published via Compass.
Finally, a massive thank you to all those who helped make the day so successful, in particular Mrs Tanya Slaviero and Mr Jayden Duff who took the reigns in my absence and produced a spectacular carnival for the college community.
NRL Country Cup Northern Finals
On Wednesday 19 July, our 15s League team competed in the Northern final of the NRL Country Cup. In what was a very hard fought day of Rugby League, the team came away with two wins from three games, placing them second overall. All players were outstanding in play, sportsmanship and behaviour on and off the field. Special mention to Sonny Colyer, Jack Harrison and Kden Carter for their efforts. Thank you to Mr Stubbs and Mr Kent who were stellar in their coaching of the team.
Bill Turner Cup
Round five saw our boys head to Port Macquaire to take on St Joseph's Regional in our bid to be crowned Mid/Lower North Coast championship and move into the Round of 16. Despite being 0 - 0 with 5 minutes to go, Regional scored two last minute goals to progress. The achievements of this team have been outstanding and the College has enjoyed the opportunity to watch the team live on two occasions. Thank you to the excellent coaching team, Mr Wood and Mr Hibberd who gave up their time and shared their expertise with the boys.
On Friday 21 July, Rhys Mulholland and Finn Klinkers traveled to Sydney to compete in the NSW All Schools Cross Country Championships as members of the NSWCCC Cross Country team. Both men performed well in the 18 years division, with Finn finishing 22nd and Rhys finishing 28th out of 81 runners. Well done!
Congratulations to the following students:
Cooper Moore, Kden Carter and Jack Harrison were all selected in the NSW Country Rugby Union 15’s team who competed against NSW City Rugby Union on the weekend in Maitland. Well done to all boys but particularly to Kden Carter who was named best Back in the team.
Kden Carter, Jack Harrison and Cooper Moore
Noah Fluechter was recently selected to referee at the Spalding Waratah North-Easter Junior League Basketball Finals run by Basketball NSW in Tamworth this weekend. He refereed a quarter final, then was selected to referee a semi final. Based on his performance over the weekend, he was then selected to referee a grand final. Congratulations on such brilliant officiating!
Coming Up - Term 3 2023
|Tuesday 1 August||
Rugby 7s Girls, Coffs Harbour
|Thursday 3 August||
Rugby 7s Boys, Coffs Harbour
|Monday 7 August||
Boys 14s Rugby 7s Mid North Coast Finals, Port Macquarie
|Tuesday 8 - Wed 9 Aug||
Diocesan Junior and Intermediate Basketball, Port Macquarie
|Thursday 10 August||
Girls 14s Rugby 7s Mid North Coach Finals, Port Macquarie
|Monday 14 August||
13s Futsal, Port Macquarie
|Monday 14 - Tuesday 15 August||
NSWCCC Netball (Yr 9 - 12), Penrith
|Tuesday 15 August||
14s and 15s Futsal, Port Macquarie
|Thursday 17 August||
19s Futsal, Port Macquarie
|Wednesday 23 August||
Diocesan Athletics Carnival, Coffs Harbour Stadium
|Tuesday 29 August||
Netball Cup Regional Final, Port Macquarie
|Thursday 31 August||
Diocesan Netball Carnival, Port Macquarie
|Thursday 31 August||
U15 Boys AFL Mid North Coast Finals, Port Macquarie
|Monday 11 September||
CCC Athletics, Sydney
Week 3 A - Monday 31 July - Friday 4 August
|Mon 31 July - Tues 15 August||Year 12||Trial HSC Exams|
|Mon 31 July||All Students||School Leaders (Captains, SRC) Nominations open|
|Tues 1 Aug||
|Tues 1 - Wed 2 Aug||
|Festa Christi (Boys) Coffs Adventure Centre|
|Thurs 3 - Fri 4 Aug||
|Festa Christi (Girls) Coffs Adventure Centre|
|Tues 1 Aug||Sport||Rugby 7's Girls 13, 15, Opens|
|Wed 2 Aug||All||College Assembly|
|Thurs 3 Aug||Sport||Rugby 7's Boys 13, 15, Opens|
|Fri 4 Aug||Year 11||Yr 11 Visual Arts - Art Express Port Macquarie|
Week 4 B - Monday 7 - Friday 11 August
|Mon 31 July - Tues 15 August||Year 12||Trial HSC Exams|
|Mon 7 Aug||Year 8||Course Selections open online
|Tues 8 - Wed 9 Aug||Sport||Diocesan Jnr/Int Basketball - Port Macquarie|
|Tues 8 Aug||Year 8 & 9 (some)||Debating Port Macquarie|
|Wed 9 Aug||Year 10||
Parent Information Curriculum Evening
|Year 10||Course Selections open online (evening)|
|Thurs 10 Aug||Year 9||Pastoral Day - Racecourse|
|Year 12||HSC Industrial Tech Completion & Hand-in-date|
|Fri 11 Aug||All Students||School Leaders (Captains, SRC) nominations due to College Office|
Term Dates 2023
|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|
Arriving Late or Returning from an Appointment
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.
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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