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15th May 2015                                    Term 2, Week 4

Welcome reader:  Exams are commencing for Year 11 next week and for Years 7-10 in week 7. To access exam timetables, study guides and study tips visit our College website  

Principal's Message 

Year 12 Semester Awards Ceremony

On Wednesday morning Year 12 gathered with families members for our Mid Semester Awards Ceremony. The assembly provided well-timed opportunity to acknowledge and affirm the great work and leadership shown by this exceptional group of students. I would like to particularly thank Mr Tim McCosker, Assistant Principal-Curriculum and Mr Dave Lewis, Leader of Pastoral Care, … Read more.

Parking Concerns

For safety reasons I would ask that parents picking up their children from the College only pick up from the designated student pick-up at the front of the College or park in designated car parking spots around the College, Please do not park in front of staff or senior student cars. If possible you may wish to delay pick-up until 3.30pm to avoid heavy traffic. Thank you for your cooperation. 

College Statements and reports

College statements were either emailed on 6th May or posted on 7th May to families as per their preferred distribution method. To avoid emails being sent to your spam or junk mail folder please add the sending email address to your contacts. If you did not receive your statement, please contact Mrs Jo Williams at the College office immediately. Reports will be distributed to students in Week 1, of Term 3 and as it is College policy not to distribute reports to families with outstanding accounts, I would ask that all accounts be paid on time so as to avoid any embarrassing moments. Families who may have difficulties in meeting accounts to contact our College office to discuss alternative arrangements.

Jim Dempsey, College Principal

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News from our Assistant Principal- Curriculum


We wish our Year 11 students well as they commence their mid-year exams next Wednesday, concluding on Friday, 29th May. These exams are run under conditions as close to HSC exams as possible, so that by the time students arrive at these exams there are no “nasty surprises”. I spoke last Wednesday to the students about the …Read more.


Exam Information


I would like to take the opportunity to remind everybody of the procedures for exams. Please read carefully the items below with reference to the image of our College Moodle page. EXAM TIMETABLES AND STUDY GUIDES All students have been issued with a paper copy of their exam timetable and Years 7 – 10 will also be issued … Read more.

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News from our Assistant Principal- Pastoral 

African Children's Choir- Billet families needed 

Families are urgently needed to billet the visiting African Children's Choir. If you are interested in billeting could you please phone Cath Eichmann on 0418 832 190 asap. Billeting would be from Saturday 23rd until Thursday 28th May (5 nights). The African Children's Choir are aged 8-13 and travel the world for five months performing … Read more.

News from the Leader of Catechesis and School Evangelisation 

Volunteers- Thank you

Thank you to the many students who volunteered to assist with the Port Macquarie Volunteer Festival at the Maritime Museum on Saturday. This is another example of the wonderful community spirit and commitment that our students constantly display. Ms Nora Swain Leader of Catechesis and School Evangelisation  Read more.

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Science News

Students in Year 8 are studying the topic 'Energy'. One of the focuses of the topic is the movement of heat energy. Using food dye, students were able to track the movement of heat in liquids. Within an El Niño forecast, the effects of heat movement in the oceans  .... Read more.

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Maths News

"From the Back of the Book"

As much as I would love to use the data, probability and measurements from the Royal birth to highlight maths in action I will try to be brief and to the point. On the whole it appears that students have settled into their classes and there is some really positive feedback about …   Read more.

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Battle of the Bands

Last Thursday, 7th of May, St Joseph’s Regional College participated in the annual event ‘Battle of the Bands’ held at St Columba Anglican School. Our very own band “Rox Ferry” was sent to compete against other schools in the Hastings region for our chosen charity: Cancer Council Australia. Our boys managed to place a close …   Read more.

Band camp

Music Notes

This year, all the SAPSS Instrumental students have the wonderful opportunity of attending a Band Camp at Valla Beach Tourist Park. The camp is being held from Friday evening, 7th August returning in the afternoon on Monday 10th which is a Staff Development Day for all schools. The Camp will be run by a guest conductor from Sydney and …  Read more.

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Library News 

Premier’s Reading Challenge Any students who would like to participate in the Challenge are asked to come and see Mrs Bale so that they can be registered.   Word of the Week This week our Word of the Week is "Wily" The Library supports the Literacy initiatives across the College curriculum, and this is our contribution to elevating our vocabulary   …   Read more.

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Careers News

UPCOMING DATES May 19-  "Women in Defence" Information Session at 6.00pm, 1 Bay Street, Port Macquarie May 26 – UNSW Medicine Rural Clinical School (Port Macquarie Campus) Information Session 3.30-4.30pm May – Online applications for UNSW Co-op Scholarship Program June 6 – UMAT Registrations close June 12 – 2015 Engineering & Technology Cadetships (ETCAD) Program June 19 …   Read more.


Immunisation Clinic 2015- TERM 2, 20th May 2015

Year 7          HPV – dose 2 all students – catch-up dose 1 for students that missed the clinic in term 1Varciella (chicken pox) – all students (1 dose only)Boostrix – students that missed the clinic in term 1 Year 11 & 12   Read more.


Parents’ Consultative Committee (PCC) Meeting

Weight of backpacks - A number of parents have expressed concerns about the weight of backpacks and subsequently the schools have been addressing this issue.  …  Read more.

2015 Lismore Diocesan Basketball Championships

2015 Lismore Diocesan Basketball Championships

Congratulations to our basketball teams who represented the College in the Diocesan Basketball Championships in Coffs Harbour over three days last week.  Full results are at the link below.  A big thank you to our coaching staff - Mr. Ben Kelly, Mr. Phil Pares, Miss Ann-Marie Healy, Mr Jason Berry and Miss Shannon Murray, who escorted our students to the … Read more.

2015 NSWCCC Swimming & Diving Report

2015 NSWCCC Swimming & Diving Report

On Monday the 4th May, four of our students traveled to the NSWCCC Swimming and Diving Championships held at Homebush in Sydney.  Congratulations to Kye Gill, Georgia Hinds, Peter Hammer and Eric Hammer who all qualified for the CCC team to compete at the NSW All School Swimming Carnival on the 18th May again at Homebush. Their results follow: Name, …   Read more.