School Newsletter

Dachshund Reading Companions Visit

Today we welcomed seven very well-dressed Dachshunds to the College. Lollies, Coco, Ruby, Millie, Lewis, Lily, and Georgie were accompanied by their owners Carol Strohmayer and Jean Ballands. The visit from the Dachshunds formed part of the end-of-course celebrations for students in the Intensive Literacy Program conducted over the last six months. The Dachshunds are Therapy dogs trained to go into schools to encourage students to read and comprehend. Students are able to instruct the dogs in learning about cooperation and focus on the task at hand. 

We would like to thank Mrs Liz Lees for her time at the College and for her dedicated work with our students.

Reading_Dogs_031221_43_.jpg

Janine Handley
Leader of Learning Enrichment

Perseverance

Meaning: Persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.
Perseverance.jpg
Literacy Enrichment

Alumni

Tiare Lanser (nee Purss), is currently working as the Senior Speech Pathologist at Early Connections, locally.

Tiare is a former student, a graduate of the University of Newcastle, and has practised in Queensland.

#speechpathologist

Tiare_image_for_social_media_etc.png

Positions Vacant

positions_vacant.jfifWe have received notification of the following positions. If you are interested, please email Mrs Tinsey for the contact details.

  • Apprentice Butcher - suit Year 10-12 student. There are two positions in the Lake Innes Area. The position involves completing a Certificate 3 in Meat processing and retail over 3 years.

Medical_position.JPG

Mrs Leanne Tinsey
Leader of Future Pathways

email: leanne.tinsey@lism.catholic.edu.au
school: 02 5525 4100 

Careers
Macquarie University logo.png

Once again, Macquarie University will be holding its Camp Aspire’ camp in January 2022. 

Our current Year 10 and 11 students were eligible to apply to attend the camp. We would like to congratulate the following students accepted to attend, Year 11 students: Charlie Ross, Luke Banks, Lillian Sadler and Year 10 student, Teiki Bower.   

Students will have two nights/3 days staying on the Macquarie University campus at the Dunmore Lang College in Sydney. They will experience activities that will allow them a taste of what their dream degree would involve, meet external organisation representatives and get involved in Cultural activities with the Walanga Muru Staff. The students will also attend a faculty of the university they have chosen based on their interests. 

By attending the camp, students will be able to gain knowledge and experiences that will help them decide what their tertiary study options are once they finish high school.

Ross_Charlie.jpg
Charlie Ross
Banks_Luke.jpg
Luke Banks
Sadler_Lillian.jpg
Lillian Sadler
Bower_Teiki.jpg
Teiki Bower

Mrs Carly Taylor
Indigenous Education Worker

Indigenous Education

Most popular reads in November

If you've been wondering what the most popular books were over the past month, well here you are. As always, there's a mix of genres, there's an award-winner, and also an interesting title from ABC Australia's new program "Books that Made Me". We love that our Library is inclusive and caters to all tastes and is up-to-date.

Most_popular_reads_November_2021.png

A different type of Library user

Earlier this week, Mrs Bale got the shock of her life when a library patron of the feathered variety made a surprise appearance in the Library space. It's not only humans who appreciate the ambience, extended opening hours, and variety of content that adds to the value of St Joseph's Regional College Library.

Mrs Karen Bale (Mon-Thurs)
Ms Karyn Mooney (Fri)

Teacher Librarian
Library

Rounds Classes 2022

Change_Request_Form.png

Rounds classes for 2022 have now been published. These classes are constructed in consultation with current teachers and Leaders of Pastoral Care. Every effort is made to consider the many needs of over 200 students in each year group.

Occasionally, a student may wish to request a change of Round classes. The process for a request to change Round classes is as follows:

  • Students obtain a form from the office. Forms will be available on Friday 3rd December- week 9.
  • Complete the form and return it to the office.

We would ask that parents do not ring the office requesting such changes (unless confidential information needs to be discussed), as the procedure with the forms still needs to be followed.

The process of obtaining the form and interacting with staff can sometimes be a valuable learning and maturing opportunity for many students and a small step towards the independence they all need to develop before leaving the safety of a school environment.

Kellie Croft
Leader of Pastoral Care

Year 7-10 Reports

School-Reports.jpg

Reports for students in Years 7-10 will become available on Wednesday, 15th December via our Parent Portal. A reminder that all reports are now issued electronically, and paper copies will only be issued on request.

The Parent Portal is a secure web-based application that contains information about the College and your child, including timetables, attendance, semester reports, along with class and teacher information. All past reports can also be accessed on the Parent Portal, and future reports will be uploaded as they become available.

Any parent not yet registered to access reports electronically will need to create an account as the first step. For security reasons, the username for this account must be your email address recorded at the school.

Instructions on how to access the Parent Portal are below and can also be found on the College website.

Report Feedback - Thursday 17th December

Staff will be available at the College on Thursday, 17th December from 8.30am-12noon for report feedback.

Please call the College Office to make an appointment time.

Requisites

Please find following the list of requisites for Years 8, 9 and 10.

For Year 11 students, stationery requirements differ for each course. They are able to choose what best works for them in their course. Most senior students bring a ring folder with note dividers for each course.

Mr Tim McCosker
Assistant Principal - Curriculum & Administration

Assistant Principal - Curriculum Administration News

Expressions of interest are now being received for the Skill Set in Educational Support qualification. With national accreditation, this course is ideal for people seeking employment or looking to sharpen their skills as a learning support officer or as a teacher’s aide in schools, preschools, school-aged care or other educational environments.

The John Henry Institute will be delivering this course flexibly, with after school or Saturdays available. Individuals may be eligible for ‘Skilling for Recovery funding’ to assist with the cost of this course. Contact the John Henry Institute on (02) 6583 2321 or email info@jhi.edu.au to find out more.

John Henry Institue

Christmas Hamper Appeal

The St Agnes' Parish Christmas Hamper Appeal has wrapped up this week and once again the response from SJRC families to give so generously is inspiring. St Joseph's Regional College has put together 19 hampers which will be amongst the 95 hampers delivered on Sunday.  
The hampers look amazing; full of delicious treats and gifts. We sincerely appreciate your support. It is truly wonderful to see the joy on the faces of those who receive one of the hampers.
Once again, thank you, for your generosity and may the blessings and light of Christmas shine upon you.
Christmas_Hampers_2021_5_copy.jpg
  
Sincerely
The Evangelisation Team at SJRC
St Agnes' Parish News Evangelisation SJRC in the Community

iSTEM

Year 9 iStem students have just completed a unit on 'Mechatronics' to design and create new robotic solutions to self-directed briefs. They utilised Arduino microcontrollers to read and control sensors and actuators to create the intended outcome such as movement or LED lighting.
iSTEM_cars_1_.JPG

Mrs Diana Walsh
Assistant Leader of TAS

Year 9 TAS

St Agnes' Uniform Store

Sale of Discontinued Stock

INSTORE SALE ONLY. Not available online

All uniform items that will not be sold after the end of this year are on sale at 50% off.

NO REFUND OR EXCHANGE ON SALE ITEMS

On sale from Monday 4 November until Friday 10 December

St Agnes' Uniform Store Trading Hours

Monday to Friday - 12 noon-5.00pm
Saturday - 9.00am-12 noon

 6 Boronia Street, Port Macquarie

Last day of trading for 2021 - Friday, 10th December

January trading from Tuesday, 4th January 2022

10.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday
9.00am – 12 noon Saturday

Uniforms can also be purchased online at any time via https://saus.org.au/

Uniform Changes 2022

Families have received a letter via email notifying them of uniform changes for 2022.  I would like to assure you that there is a transition period in moving towards the new uniform. Any current uniform item is able to be worn until the item no longer fits, or is worn out.
2022 SJRC Uniform Changes - please click to download the full list of uniform changes.

Purchase of new Uniform Items for 2022

The new uniform items will not be available for sale until the Uniform Store opens for January trading on 4 January 2022, however, Lay-by is available prior to that time. Please find the new price list below.

This is how lay-by will work:-

  • Sizing can be gauged using the existing uniform items.
  • The lay-by will be set up and a deposit is taken.
  • Progress payments can be made.
  • Lay-by can be collected in January.
  • Sizing will be checked at the time of collection and adjusted if required.

Uniform St Agnes' Parish News

Weekly Lunch Specials

Term 4 Week 10 Lunch Specials 
Monday Vegetarian Ravioli w/ Pesto
Tuesday Hawaiian Chicken Burger
Wednesday Beef Nachos
Thursday Chicken Parni Burger
Friday Chicken Pumpkin Feta Macadamia Salad

The Canteen opens at 8.00 am every school day.

CLICK HERE for the Canteen's everyday menu.
lunch_orders.jfif

Ms Donna Hamlin
Food Services Manager

Canteen

Congratulations Fr Paul

Fr Paul 1.JPG

On Tuesday, 30th November Fr Paul celebrated the 31st year of his Ordination to the Priesthood. He was Ordained in 1990 at St Augustine’s Church in Coffs Harbour.

Fr Paul also celebrates a ‘special O’ birthday on 3rd December. 

Many happy returns and all God’s blessings for the future.

Nourishing our Faith

Advent: How are you getting ready to welcome Jesus?

Jesus_stable.png

The four weeks before Christmas is a time of preparation - of getting ready to welcome Jesus into our lives and our world! How will you prepare? By dedicating a moment each day to remembering the gift of his love or perhaps you'll share this joyous time through the use of an Advent calendar.

This link gives 25 meaningful DIY ways that you and your family can do just that!

Have you heard?

If you've ever wondered about how our Youth are engaging with faith, the music video 'Have you heard' by Proclaim Lismore Wildfire* goes some way to answering that question. It features people in our Diocesan community who are spreading the word of God. Can you spot any familiar faces? Watch the full video here.

* Proclaim Lismore 'Wildfire' is an Australian Catholic Worship Band created in 2018 within the Diocese of Lismore (CSO). Wildfire is an evangelisation initiative that creates music to speak Christ into lives and radically spread the Gospel message.

Students Required to Wear a Mask

mask.jfif
I would like to take the opportunity to thank parents and guardians for their wonderful support in regards to students required to supply and wear masks in the classroom. As mentioned in the previous newsletter it is the responsibility of each student to bring a face mask to school each day and a spare if their mask breaks or is lost. Students need to wear masks correctly over their noses. 
After supplying thousands of masks free of charge, students will still be supplied a mask if required, however, we will ask them to make a donation of $1 to our Christmas appeal. This appeal supports families who are in need of our community at Christmas time.

Once again, thank you for your support.

St_Agnes_Church.jfif

St Agnes' Church Gospel Reflections 

Fr Paul Gooley is continuing to provide Gospel readings and reflections via email and online Monday to Saturday for those interested in connecting with their faith in this way.

Click to watch Fr Paul's Gospel Readings and Reflections.

St Agnes' Parish News Bulletin

Each week the Parish produces a news bulletin. In this week’s bulletin:

  • Health Update from Fr Paul
  • Information about the COVID Vaccination Policy
  • Update on the Clergy changes this week
  • How you can contribute to the Christmas Hamper appeal this year
  • Dates for the Liturgy of the Word with Communion
  • Mass times & COVID safe rules for attending Mass

Click to read this week's Parish News Bulletin

Mr Michael Walsh
Acting Assistant Principal- Mission
COVID-19 Assistant Principal - Mission

Congratulations Mrs Karen Bale

Karen Bale, our much-loved Teacher Librarian, leaves us at the end of the year for a well deserved year of Long Service Leave. While this is not goodbye, it would be remiss of me not to pay tribute to the wonderful service of Karen for the past 33 years in Catholic Education within the St Agnes' Parish schools.

Karen_Bale_podcast.JPG"2021 marked my 33rd year of employment in St Agnes' Parish Secondary Schools. I am so grateful for the experiences, opportunities and access to professional growth that has been afforded me over those years. I have forged great friendships and collegial partnerships, was permitted to explore projects such as #LitFest2444 that I hope contributed to the creative and collaborative strengths of those participating while exploring the idea of 'story', was enabled to stay abreast of developments in technology and library science. I have encountered students who were inspirational, or who inspired me to be 'better' at my job. Feeling much gratitude". Karen Bale

Karen has developed the attached infographic as a "snapshot" of the great work carried out in the College Library during 2021. We will miss Karen in 2022 but hope to see her again in 2023.


Newsletter

Next week we will not be producing a newsletter. Instead, there will be a final newsletter in week 11 that will feature all our award recipients from the upcoming ceremonies.  

End of Year Celebrations & Ceremonies

We are fast approaching the end of the 2021 school year with the last day for students being Wednesday, 15th December. We have many great achievements to celebrate and fun activities planned at St Joseph's Regional College before the final bell rings.

  • Friday, 10th December we will gather at Newman Senior Technical College to celebrate Year 12 2021 at their Graduation & Major Awards Dinner. 
  • Monday, 13th December we will celebrate the many sporting achievements of our students.
  • Tuesday, 14th December Year 10 will enjoy a wonderful day of end of year activities at Stoney Aqua Park.
  • Wednesday, 15th December we will be live streaming our two Year 7-10 Award ceremonies. 
  • Wednesday, 15th December Year 11 will be participating in 'Future Pathways' and a Study Day at the College.

2021 AWARD CEREMONIES

Once again, due to restrictions, we are unable to have families attend the College for award ceremonies. We are, however, most grateful for modern technology that allows us to live-stream all award ceremonies. Families who are unable to watch the live-stream at the time of the ceremonies can still access the recording by clicking on the same links below.

Students receiving awards

Families of students who will be presented with an award will be notified via SMS prior to the event. 

Year 7-11 Sports Awards - Monday 13th December 2021

The 2021 Year 7-11 SJRC Sport Awards will be held on Monday, 13th December commencing at 9:15am. 

Awards to be presented include:

Intermediate Sportsperson of the Year (Yr 9/10)
Junior Sportsperson of the Year (Yr 7/8)
Team of the Year
Ryley Batt Award
Excellence in Sport
Oustanding Involvement in Sport

Students receiving awards will be emailed closer to the date of the ceremony and are expected to attend the awards in full school uniform (white shirt).

SJRC 7-10 Sports Award Live Stream link


Year 7-10 Awards - Wednesday 15th December 2021

Reminder: Students are to wear their full College uniform on this day.

Christmas Mass: 9.15am -9.30am

Due to COVID19 restrictions, we are unable to come together as a College to celebrate Christmas Mass. A Christmas Liturgy will be live- streamed from 9.15am - 9.30am before the commencement of the following award ceremonies.

Please note: use the same link as the Academic Awards Ceremony below to view the Christmas Liturgy.

Academic Awards Ceremony: 9:30am - 10:40am

Outstanding Application Awards
Outstanding Achievement Awards
1st Place in Subject Awards
Dux and Runner-up to Dux Awards

Live Stream link - Academic Awards Ceremony

 

Year 7-10 Service and Spirit Awards Ceremony: 11:10am - 12:00pm

Community Service Awards
100% Attendance Awards
House Person of the Year Award
Special Awards
SJRC Spirit Awards

Live Stream link - Service and Spirit Awards Ceremony



Early Departure on Wednesday, 15th December 2021

Students are permitted to go home after the Service & Spirit Awards ceremony at 12:30pm on Wednesday, 15th December.

Supervision will be available for students who are unable to go home at this time.

All buses will run as normal on this day.

Inportant_information.jpgImportant - Please read

It is important that you read through the following procedures so both you and your child are aware of pickup arrangements. 
  • Our College Office ladies will not be phoning home to make travel arrangements for students.
  • Parents are reminded to remain in their car when collecting their child/ren.

Please note the following arrangements for early departure on Wednesday, 15th December 2021:

  • All students will return to PC at the conclusion of the Service & Spirit Award ceremony to collect their Application Awards and to say their Christmas farewells.
  • If you are collecting your child early, they MUST have a signed note from you.  
  • If your child will be going home with another parent, they MUST also have a signed note from you, stating who your child will be travelling home with. 
  • Students will not be permitted to phone home from the College Office or their own mobile phones to make travel arrangements on the day.

I sincerely thank you for assisting us in departure arrangements and I encourage you to join us via the live streams to view our ceremonies. 

Return of Students 2022

Please find important dates below for the return to school next year:

  • Tuesday 1st February 2022 - Positive Partnership Conversations for Year 7 2021, new Year 8 to 10 students and Year 11 2021 students.
  • Wednesday 2nd February 2022 - Year 7, 11 & 12 students commence.
  • Thursday 3rd February 2022 - Years 8, 9 & 10 students commence.

Update: Movember 2021 & Gnarly Nails

Congratulations to the SJRC Movember 2021 team who have raised a grand total of $4287.00 for Men's Health.

To celebrate this awesome effort, participating students were treated to a BBQ lunch where they received a certificate of gratitude for their efforts. Special mention to Luke Banks who raised a whopping $1070.00. Well done, Luke!

I sincerely thank all those who have contributed to this total.

Movember_Certificate_presentation_1_Copy.jpg

The mo's and nails are growing nicely
movember.png

ShowVid21

The final week of our ShowVid 21 Virtual Display will finish on Friday, 10th December. I encourage all families to log onto our College Facebook page to view the wonderful work done by students throughout 2021 - https://www.facebook.com/SJRCPort

Showvid_Logo_Purple.png Please note: Photos have been taken of activities over the last four terms, hence, some photos on display will contain students without masks.
  • Monday 6th December -  Yr8 Dance, Yr11 Hospitality and Yr8 Textiles
  • Tuesday 7th December - Yr11 Music, Yr9 Timber and Yr10 Textiles
  • Wednesday 8th December - Yr12 Visual Art and Yr10 Metal
  • Thursday 9th December - Yr10 Drama and Yr10 iSTEM

Attending the College

Level 3 Restrictions apply at our College in accordance with the NSW Health Guidelines. Further information regarding the guidelines can be found in the link below.

A reminder:

  • Parents and carers MUST check-in using the NSW Service QR code, and show proof of vaccination on entry to the school site. 
  • ALL visitors MUST wear a mask when entering College grounds unless they have been granted an exemption. If you cannot wear a face mask because of a disability, physical or mental health illness, or condition, you must carry either

    • a medical certificate or letter signed by a registered health practitioner (such as a doctor) or a registered NDIS provider or
    • a statutory declaration.
  • Wherever possible, we ask that you stay in your car and call the office 5525 4100 for assistance.

  • Only three visitors in the College Office foyer at any time. 

  • If you have an arranged appointment, please ensure you sign into the QR when entering the College office.

Drop off and pick up students and/or items

Parents and carers are asked to follow changes to drop off and pick up including:

  • If safe to do so, when:
    - collecting your child early, if you have a planned appointment please send a note in with your child in the morning to obtain a leave pass, when you arrive at the College please stay in your car and we will send your child out to you; it is imperative that your child leave their class on time to meet you with this leave pass.
    - dropping off your child, please stay in your car and call the office to notify us of their late arrival.
  • Please phone the office if dropping off items for your child, a staff member will collect the item from your car.
  • Maintain physical distancing by avoiding gathering outside of school gates.
  • Follow mask-wearing requirements and wear your mask correctly.


Unwell students, staff, and visitors
sick_smily_face.jfifIf your child has cold or flu symptoms, please follow the health advice, get tested and stay at home while unwell. Students who are unwell and attend school will be sent home with the request to get tested. This also applies to staff who are unwell. Visitors who have cold or flu symptoms will not be permitted to enter the school.

Be Alert - Not Alarmed

While the community is now opening up, it is obvious that more and more schools are being impacted by COVID. The response from the College will be swift and well-planned should anything happen in our community. I ask parents to continue to ensure that their child has a mask to wear every day plus a spare mask and that appropriate hand washing hygiene is always followed. 
Together we hope to navigate any scenario if or when it arises.

COVID-19 Level 3 Restrictions

Peace and Joy

Mrs Tanya Daley
Acting
Principal

SJRC in the Community Principal's Message Award Ceremonies COVID-19 Library
  featured image

29th November 2021

The 2021 edition of the Yr 7 - 11 SJRC Sport Awards will be held on Monday the 13th of December at 9:15am.  The event will be streamed live. The link will be availble via this post.

Awards to be presented include:

  • Intermediate Sportsperson of the Year (Yr 9/10)
  • Junior Sportsperson of the Year (Yr 7/8)
  • Team of the Year
  • Ryley Batt Award
  • Excellence in Sport
  • Oustanding Involvement in Sport

Students receiving awards will be emailed closer to the date of the ceremony and are expected to attend the awards in full school uniform (white shirt).

Live Stream Link (TBA)

2019 Sport Awards Slide Show

Mr. Michael Cannon
SJRC Leader of Sport

29th November 2021

Web Article sports_article Sport Awards

2021 Premier's Reading Challenge

We are celebrating reading and the joy that a good book can bring. Congratulations to our 2021 NSW Premier's Reading Challenge participants who completed the Challenge. Alannah, Kieran (absent for photos), Zoe, Matilda, Eli, and Oliver committed to reading at least 20 books this year, and actually read way more than that number. Zoe has been a regular participant of the Challenge each year since Kindergarten, with this year, her Year 9 academic year, to be her final one as the rules of the challenge place parameters around participation.

Well done all! #premiersreadingchallenge

Mrs Karen Bale (Mon-Thurs)
Ms Karyn Mooney (Fri)

Teacher Librarian

Rounds Classes 2022

Change_Request_Form.png

Rounds classes for 2022 will be published to students in the coming week. These classes are constructed in consultation with current teachers and Leaders of Pastoral Care. Every effort is made to consider the many needs of over 200 students in each year group.

Occasionally, a student may wish to request a change of Round classes. The process for a request to change Round classes is as follows:

  • Students obtain a form from the office. Forms will be available on Friday 3rd December- week 9.
  • Complete the form and return it to the office.

We would ask that parents do not ring the office requesting such changes (unless confidential information needs to be discussed), as the procedure with the forms still needs to be followed.

The process of obtaining the form and interacting with staff can sometimes be a valuable learning and maturing opportunity for many students and a small step towards the independence they all need to develop before leaving the safety of a school environment.

Kellie Croft
Leader of Pastoral Care

Assistant Principal - Curriculum Administration News

Northern NSW Regional Philosothon – 2021 Runner-up Champions!


A team of 19 students from Years 7 to 11 competed in the Northern NSW Regional Philosothon earlier this month.

The SJRC team competed against 11 other schools over Zoom and placed an impressive second over the combined junior and senior divisions.

Students relished the opportunity to think, discuss and question in robust and engaging ‘Community of Enquiries’

  • Is it ever right to break the Law?
  • What does a happy life look like?
  • Can we know really different other minds?

Standout results were achieved by:

  • Zoe Copeland, placing second and receiving commendation as a Junior Division Promising Philosopher.

Will McCoubrie also scored very highly in the senior division.

Thank you to Mrs Claire Goldie and Mr Cameron McKee for guiding the students on the day.

Congratulations to the following students who represented the College impeccably and showed great potential as future philosophical thinkers.

Junior Division Senior Division

Zoe Copeland
Max Troth
Harry Turnball
Tahia Van den Boom
Esther Cummins
Samuel Duff
Lauren Johnston
Elijah Koivu
Oliver Koivu
Jack McManus
Khussh Sachan
Alannah Steele

Samuel Kobelke
Will McCoubrie
Jonah Garven
Harrison Freudenstein
Findlay Marshall
Toby Bush
Chelsea Lewis
Philosothon_group_4_.jpg
Mrs Amanda Cassegrain
Leader of High Potential Learners
High Potential Learners

Expressions of interest are now being received for the Skill Set in Educational Support qualification. With national accreditation, this course is ideal for people seeking employment or looking to sharpen their skills as a learning support officer or as a teacher’s aide in schools, preschools, school-aged care or other educational environments.

The John Henry Institute will be delivering this course flexibly, with after school or Saturdays available. Individuals may be eligible for ‘Skilling for Recovery funding’ to assist with the cost of this course. Contact the John Henry Institute on (02) 6583 2321 or email info@jhi.edu.au to find out more.

Web Article John Henry Institue

Administration News