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19th February 2016                   Term 1, Week 4            

Welcome reader:

Well done and congratulations to SJRC students on a tremendous day at the swimming carnival on Tuesday. Follow the report in the sport section of this newsletter and view additional photos online at the College facebook page.

Dates to Remember

MONDAY, 22nd February (Day 1)  - PUPIL FREE DAY- Real Schools- Staff Development Day Parent Digital Citizen Talk at MacKillop College (Ocean Dr) 6.30pm Senior Music Excursion to Sydney Year 12 EES Excursion to Sydney Senior Music Excursion to Sydney Flute/Clarinet Ensemble 8.00am–8.45am Percussion Ensemble 8.00am–8.45am Senior Jazz Band 3.30pm–4.30pm Saxophone …     Read more.

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Acting Principal's Message

Aiming for Excellence

Last Friday we celebrated a beautiful Beginning of Year Mass as a College community. The theme for the Mass was our 2016 College them - “Excellence”. Father Roland, our new College Chaplain shared some great words of wisdom for both students and staff around striving for Excellence. Below are just some extracts from his homily: Excellence is …

Read more about the special invitations and opportunities available to parents of SJRC .

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Cyber Safety / Digital Citizenship Parent Presentation 22nd February 2016

Parents and Carers are invited to attend the Cyber Safety / Digital Citizenship Parent Presentation at MacKillop College (Ocean Drive) at 6.30pm on Monday 22nd February 2016. Follow this link to view further information Cyber Safety Digital Citizenship Parent Presentation      

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Restorative Practices


We would like to invite parents to be a part of this wonderful partnership. Parents have the opportunity to learn the same strategies teachers are using and to gain a greater understanding of the approach teachers will be using with your sons and daughters. Come along and gain some valuable tips in raising sons and daughters to be caring young …

Read more about SJRC pupil free day on Monday 22nd February and Parent Information session on Tuesday 23rd February.

Back to School meet and greet

Assistant Principal- Curriculum 

Year 7 Parent-Teacher Meet and Greet Evening

On Monday, 29th February the College will be holding the annual Year 7 Parent-Teacher Meet and Greet Evening from 4.00pm – 7.00pm. This night provides parents the opportunity to have a five minute meeting with each of their child's teachers, as well as have a BBQ dinner with other staff and parents. Students …

Read more about HSC High Achievers & Yr11 Information Night wrap up.

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News from the Leaders of Catechesis and School Evangelisation

Inaugural Mass

Last Friday our new College Chaplain Fr Roland Agrisola gathered together with staff and students of St Joseph's Regional College as we celebrated the beginning of the scholastic year at our Inaugural Mass. This was our first opportunity to come together this year to celebrate the Eucharist as a part of the St Agnes Parish Faith Community. It was …    Read more.

Yr7 Homework Timetable 2016

News from the Leader of Curriculum

Year 7 Homework Initiative

The following is an initiative we will be undertaking with Year 7 starting Week 5. It is aimed at assisting students with time management and getting used to daily homework and establishing effective study routines. We know that achieving student potential is largely dependent on high levels of organisational skills. Year 7 students heard from our 2015 HSC High Achievers …      Read more.

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Message from St Agnes' Parish

St Agnes’ Parish Secondary Schools Parents’ Consultative Committee

The role of the St Agnes’ Parish Secondary Schools Parents’ Consultative Committee (SAPSS PCC) is to operate as a collaborative partnership between the SAPSS Leadership Team, Parent Assembly and Parent Representatives, which includes, but is not restricted to activities such as: • to affirm, support and validate ideas, policies and initiatives; • to …     Read more.


Message from St Agnes' Parish - Invite to The Francis Retreat Blessing

Dear Parents and Carers, Please join us for the Blessing and Opening of The Francis Retreat on Saturday, 27th February 2016 at 11.00am. Further information is available in the invitation below. John McQueen Coordinating Executive Officer Parish Education St Agnes' Parish 49 Hay Street, Port Macquarie NSW 2444 T 02 6588 7444 | F 02 65887440

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Meet the Learning Enrichment Team

I would like to introduce you to the Learning Enrichment Team- My name is Janine Handley I am the Leader of Learning Enrichment,  together with SJRC Teachers Assistants- Ms Debbie Nicholson, Mr Jason Berry, Mr Nathan Thurlow, Mr Jason Bryant, Mrs Nicole Williams, Mrs Mary Ann Wright, Mrs Rhonda Worthing, Ms Jennifer Glover and (Indigenous Education Workers) Mr Adrian Daley, Ms Jackie Howard and Mrs Sara-Jane Oakeshott our …

Read more about the great work the Learning Enrichment Team does.

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Library News

“Old School Friday” Fridays are “old school” in the Library. Students will be expected to disengage from technology if in the Library before school and during lunchtimes, and other, device-free pursuits can be undertaken. Last week, our first proved to be a positive experience for everyone, with students and staff playing Chess and Scrabble, students using dictionaries to help with …

Read more about SJRC book club, Library Lovers Day, E-Collections & more .

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Careers News

Taree Health Careers Forum – Tuesday March 1st If anyone is interested in attending this forum, please see either Mrs Tinsey or Mrs Bale for more information.   MHS CAREERS SJRC subscribes to mhscareers, a careers service which allows students and parents to be kept up to date with careers news and events nationwide. To access this information click on …

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Europe Study Tour Jan 2017 - Expressions of Interest

Europe Study Tour - January 2017

For Year 11 & 12 and selected Year 10 students of Ancient History, Modern History, French and Studies of Religion. Please see the image to view further information about the planned Europe Study Tour taking place in January 2017. ..... Read more.


Immunisation Clinics 2016

A Parent Information Kit will be sent home with students in the coming weeks. The kit contains information about the vaccine and the disease that it protects against as well as a consent form. NO VACCINATIONS WILL BE ADMINISTERED TO STUDENTS WITHOUT A SIGNED CONSENT FORM, VERBAL CONSENT IS NOT SUFFICIENT  YEAR 7- Signed consent forms …     Read more.


Reporting of Special Days 2016- Attendance

The 2016 yearly reports for all students in Year 7-12 will now have attendance at special events such as Masses, Feast Days, Retreats, Camps and Sporting Carnivals recorded on their report. The report will simply indicate if they were in attendance on these days irrespective of sickness, leave etc. If you would like further explanation of this new reporting initiative, please contact …

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Medical alert

Medical Alerts

Dear Parents & Guardians  Please be mindful of informing the College of any diagnosis or change in medical condition for your child so that College plans and records are current and accurate. This is especially important for those students with Anaphylaxis, Asthma, Seizures, Diabetes, Epilepsy and any other medical conditions. Students who may suffer from serious medical conditions, the College …     Read more.

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Year 7 Family BBQ

The Parent Group at St Joseph’s Regional College have been working hard to put in place some social gatherings to continue to encourage our parent and family networks within our schools. These are important for - welcoming new families to the College, meeting new friends and supporting our families in challenging times. Our first event for 2016 is our Year 7 …

Read more about how you can make the night a success.

Tutors 2016

At times families request the names of tutors. If you require details please contact the College office who can pass on details of tutors available.

Cath Eichmann Assistant Principal- Pastoral Care

Tim McCosker Assistant Principal- Curriculum  

Homework Hub

Homework Hub

The “Homework Hub” was established to provide students with a chance to complete set work and study away from the distractions that can occur at home. All students who attend the Homework Hub must sign-in at the Library by 3.30pm. It takes place in the library on the following times: Monday and Wednesday:  3.15pm to 4.30pm Tuesday and Thursday:  3.15pm …

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Apple Charger Recall

Some of you may be aware of this already. Apple has recalled certain models of chargers worldwide. Please see the link below. Can you please take your charger to any Apple supplier in town - Leading Edge, Harvey Norman, JB HiFi, Office Works etc. They will exchange the charger free of charge for you.... good way to get rid …   Read more.

2016 SJRC Swimming Carnival Report

2016 SJRC Swimming Carnival Report

Under clear skies and very hot conditions, Port Macquarie Olympic Pool hosted the annual SJRC Swimming Carnival yesterday.  It was the biggest Carnival in the school’s history with 1100 students and staff  in attendance. With so many students, it put added pressure on our staff to run the program as efficiently as possible and they were definitely up to the challenge. We managed to …            Read more.