SJRC Term 3 Week 10 - 22nd September 2023
Important Dates in Term 4
Monday 9th October - Staff return
Tuesday 10th October - Students return
Wednesday 11th October - Friday 3rd November - HSC Examinations
Wednesday 8th November - Year 12 Graduation Dinner
Congratulations and Farewell Year 12 2023
The students participated in rehearsals, enjoyed a day of fun activities at Stony Aqua Park, and came together for a special group lunch, complete with elegantly arranged tables adorned with linen cloths.
On Tuesday evening, a beautiful Graduation Mass was held at St Agnes' Church, officiated by Fr. Roland Agrisola. This spiritual ceremony brought together staff, students, and their families for a meaningful and reflective experience.
The festivities continued on Wednesday with a Major Awards Ceremony, where we celebrated the outstanding academic and cultural achievements of our Year 12 students. It was a day filled with recognition and pride as we acknowledged their accomplishments and wished them success in their future endeavours. Thank you to Mr Matthew Bushe for organising the blessing for Year 12, sung by the staff of St Joseph's Regional College, this was certainly a special moment for all involved.
Year 12 2023 Graduation Mass
A heartfelt Mass to commemorate our graduating Year 12 class of 2023 was held at St Agnes' Church on Tuesday evening, and it was a truly beautiful and meaningful experience for families and friends in attendance. We extend our deepest gratitude to Fr. Roland Agrisola for his support, and invaluable words of wisdom shared during the ceremony.
Our appreciation also goes to, our commentator Mr Matthew Bushe, Assistant Principal-Mission, and Mr Shane Hyland for organising the Mass.
To Year 11 students Maisy Taylor and Gabriel Moore for the thoughtful farewell speech to Year 12 students that they delivered on the evening.
The Mass was made even more special by our talented musicians and singers in attendance. Thank you to Millie Read, Max Troth, Patrick McGahon, Tomas Bush, Lauren Johnston, Georgia McMahon, Aysha Wilson, Imogen Baker, Darcy Richards, Adam Cook, Aryan Vaishnav, Isabella Campbell, Mitchell Stephens, Phoebe White and Alannah Steele. Your musical contributions undoubtedly enhanced the spiritual atmosphere of the Mass.
Special thanks to Adam Jennings, Alyssa Hyland and Dane Bittu, who served as Altar Servers during the Mass, adding to the solemnity and grace of the occasion. Your contributions made this celebration truly memorable for all who attended.
Year 12 Major Awards Ceremony
- Student Leaders - Mission: Isabella Dragos, Ella Juric, Liam Ross & Jacob Somers
- Student Leaders - Wellbeing: Aidan Buckley, Dakota Fitzgerald, Isabel Krige & Josie Yardley
- Student Leader - Sustainability: Lily Monckton & Jemima Scott-Branagan
- Flinders: Tenay Bonney and Chester Wade
- Hastings: Savannah Smith and Ned McRae
- Innes: Emersyn Smith and Samuel Fox
- Macquarie: Sophie Cheers and Brendan Walsh
- Oxley: Milla Seale and Finlay Magnus
- Wilson: Chelsea Lewis and Jeffrey Keena
- Assistant Principal, Learning and Teaching - Mr Lutton,
- Assistant Principal, Pastoral Care - Mrs Furney,
- Assistant Principal, Mission - Mr Bushe and Leader of Curriculum - Ms Marchment, thank you for your leadership and guidance of our senior students as they navigate their way through the HSC.
- F12 - Mrs Jensen
- H12 - Mr Johnston
- I12 - Mr Manning
- M12- Mr West & Mrs Mrs Gerke
- O12 - Mrs Mahon
- W12- Mrs Twomey & Mrs Morgan
And let us not forget to thank the Leaders of Student Wellbeing and Junior PC teachers who guided you in your junior years.
To all KLA Leaders and teachers, thank you for your unwavering expertise, persistence and support, not only during Year 12’s senior years but throughout their entire journey here at St Joseph’s Regional College. Your dedication has played a pivotal role in shaping their academic growth and personal development.
I would also like to express my gratitude to all the support staff for your generosity of spirit in assisting Year 12. Your willingness to help has made a significant difference in ensuring their success and well-being. Thank you for your invaluable support.
Finally, to our Year 12 graduates. Last night, at your Graduation Mass, Fr. Roland shared some reflections on your time here at St Joseph's Regional College. He encouraged you to consider that your education here has not only prepared you academically but has also instilled in you the values of gratitude, hope, truth and love. Fr. Roland reminded you that at every stage of your life, God is always with you.
As you embark on your final exams in the coming weeks, we hope that you approach them with confidence, knowing that you have acquired a wealth of knowledge and life skills during your time here. It is our sincerest wish that you use these exams as an opportunity to showcase all that you have learned over the past years.
Beyond these exams lies a world full of exciting possibilities, waiting for your energy, dedication, and generosity of heart. Remember that you are well-prepared not only academically but also in terms of character and values. We have every confidence that you will continue to make a positive impact on the world, and are immensely proud of each and every one of you.
May God bless you abundantly in all your future endeavours, and may you continue to live out the values and lessons you have gained here at St Joseph's Regional College. Your journey has only just begun, and we are confident that you will make a positive and lasting impact on the world.
Congratulations, Class of 2023, and thank you, for being a cherished part of our College community.
Jasmine Van Der Houven
Year 12 Major Awards
|Student of the Year||Findlay Marshall|
|College Leadership Award||Sarah Garrett
|Father Donnelly Outstanding College Service Award||Sarah Garrett|
|College Commitment Award||Lorena Dionigi|
|Quiet Achiever Award||Chelsea Lewis
|St Agnes’ Parish Service Award||Ellyra Squires|
|ADF Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Award||Hannah Jennings|
|ADF Future Innovators Award||Jack Friend|
|Rotary Club Citizenship Award||Sophie Cheers|
|Federal Member’s School Community Service Award||Jacob Somers|
|St Joseph’s Regional College Spirit Award||Katie Bell
|Instrumental Award||Tomas Bush|
|Vocal Award||Lorena Dionigi|
|Senior Sports Person of the Year||Samuel Fox|
|Father Donnelly Champion House Shield||Flinders|
Congratulations Major Award Recipients
First Place in Course
|Business Studies||Emma Freeman|
|Design and Technology||Isabelle Leslight|
|Earth and Environmental Science||Zoe Gray|
|Engineering Studies||Jeffrey Keena|
|English Standard||Madi Bloomfield|
|Food Technology||Ellouise Kirkman|
|Industrial Technology - Timber||Calum Aldridge|
|Investigating Science||Kohan Pepper|
|Mathematics Standard||Monica Murphy|
|Harrison Brown||Modern History|
|Software Design & Development||Ethan Smith|
|Community and Family Studies
Studies of Religion 2
Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
|Mathematics Extension 1
Mathematics Extension 2
English Extension 1
English Extension 2
Studies of Religion 1
Congratulations to First Place Award Recipients
Academic Excellence Award
Awarded to students who have been ranked in the top 10% in four or more of their courses.
Senior Sports Person of the Year
Oustanding Involvement in Sport
House of the Year
Community Service Award
The Community Service Award is awarded to those students who have volunteered their time for ten or more hours. Congratulations to the following students:
I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the local businesses, organisations and families who have so generously sponsored our awards.
On behalf of the College,
we express our sincere appreciation to each and every one of the sponsors.
Photos of the Ceremony of Light, Year 12 Graduation Mass and Major Award Ceremony have been uploaded to our Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/SJRCPort
On Wednesday, we gathered as a College community to witness the announcement of, and inauguration of our Student Leadership Team for 2024. I sincerely thank our Senior Leaders of Student Wellbeing, Mrs Croft and Ms Flanagan for their careful work in preparing the students to undertake these positions.
Our College candle represents the light of Jesus and the life and faith of our College. It assists in lighting the way for our journey through our school years and into adult life. It also represents the collective leadership shown by our past Year 12 students.
As one group graduates and departs the College, another step up to fill the role, and as such, at the Ceremony of Light, our 2023 College Captains Sarah Garrett and Findlay Marshall, passed on this symbol to the newly elected College Captains for the remainder of 2023 and into 2024, Alaska Webber and Jamie Vinod.
2024 Student Leadership Team
|College Captains||Alaska Webber and Jamie Vinod|
|College Vice Captains||Zoe Copeland and Aryan Vaishnav|
|Student Leaders - Mission||Sophia Dominguez
Rocco Polacci Byrnes
|Student Leaders - Wellbeing||Adam Cook
|Student Leaders - Sustainability||Alexander Farley
|House Leaders - Flinders||Gabriel Moore and Grace Kruk|
|House Leaders - Hastings||Ziggy Ewart and Eli Greenwell|
|House Leaders - Innes||Roy Stevenson and Lauren Johnston|
|House Leaders - Macquarie||James Merkus and Emma Wheeler|
|House Leaders - Oxley||Thomas Jenkins and Maisy Taylor|
|House Leaders - Wilson||Cooper Farrington and Olivia Moore|
We look forward to working with these tremendous young adults in their leadership roles next year.
2024 Student Leadership Team
Mrs Tanya Daley
Reminder for HSC support and supervision
Students are strongly encouraged to continue to access the full range of support services at the College and make the preparation for the HSC exams their core priority over the next month. To further support our Year 12 students, the College will be open throughout the Term 3 Semester holidays from 9.00 am until 1.00 pm each day (excluding the public holiday on Monday 2nd October) to provide a quiet supervised environment for students to prepare for the exams.
Go Red for Dyslexia
October is Dyslexia Awareness Month, aimed at raising awareness and starting conversations around Dyslexia. In support of the #GoRedforDyslexia campaign, students are invited to wear a RED accessory with their uniform on Friday 13th October in Week 1, in support and acknowledgement of those who have dyslexia.
On Wednesday of Week 1 staff and students are invited to: Talking about Dyslexia - Lunchtime Library Discussion.
Dyslexia is a neurological disability that affects 1 in 5 people and impacts on the development of literacy skills. It is characterised by problems with spelling, accurate or fluent word recognition, working memory, phonological decoding and weak phonemic awareness. Put more simply, people with dyslexia have difficulty processing/identifying the sounds in written and spoken language, which makes reading/writing/spelling difficult.
Early identification and intervention are key to helping students with dyslexia. By providing effective classroom practice and intervention where required for students, all learners have the opportunity to succeed.
If you are looking for further information on dyslexia, the Code Read website, https://codereadnetwork.org/ has some great information and resources as does the NSW SPELD website https://www.speldnsw.org.au/information/dyslexia/
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:
- Staff celebrated at Long Service Awards
- Prayer Sponsors for HSC Students
- Reflection on Forgiveness
- Changes to Lake Cathie Mass times
- Mass times and more!
Click to read this week's PARISH NEWS BULLETIN
Assistant Principal- Mission
Preparations are currently in progress for the 2023 Yearbook, a delightful means to immortalize cherished memories and honor the significant events of the year.
To cover the production expenses, a nominal fee of $20 will be billed to all families. We are confident that the upcoming Yearbook will be yet another remarkable creation, destined to hold a special place in the hearts of families when it becomes accessible in early 2024.
Ignite Your Creativity at The Wednesday Nest - Creative Workshops
Starting Next Term, Week 1, Term 4: Wednesday, October 11th
Are you ready to unleash your inner artist, actor, musician, or filmmaker? The Creative Arts Nest proudly presents a fantastic lineup of Creative Workshops, and your opportunity to dive into the world of creativity is just around the corner!
- Watercolour: Express yourself through the beauty of watercolors.
- Drama Improv: Explore your acting talents and quick thinking.
- Intro to Film & the Photographic Darkroom: Discover the magic of black and white photography.
- Group Vocal Lessons: Learn the fundamentals of singing and let your voice shine.
- Beginner Jazz Dance: Get moving and work on the fundamentals of dance.
- Beginner Ukulele: One of the easiest instruments to learn, and it is fun!
- Foundations of Makeup: Master the art of makeup.
- Short Films 101: Learn the art of storytelling through film.
- Surf, Skate & Create: Discover how to upcycle surf and skateboards.
These workshops are open to all MacKillop, Regional, and Newman College students. Plus, here's the exciting part – ANY student from ANY of the above schools can attend ANY workshop at ANY location!
Starts: Week 1, Term 4: Wednesday, October 11th
When: Every Wednesday from 3:45 pm to 5:15 pm (90 minutes per week).
Duration: Running for 8 weeks
Experience Needed: No previous experience required for any class.
Each workshop is led by a leading industry professional in their respective field, ensuring you receive top-notch guidance and inspiration.
Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to nurture your creativity and expand your horizons. Whether you're a budding artist, actor, musician, or filmmaker, there's a workshop just for you.
For more information and to register, visit our website at https://artsnest.com.au/nest-workshops/
Join us in igniting your creativity and making Term 4 truly exceptional!
This week's Alumni is Sarah Freeman, Class of 2018
SJRC graduate from 2018, Sarah Freeman is now a qualified Speech Pathologist working in a vibrant multi-disciplinary environment in her chosen field whilst contributing to improving quality of life and health outcomes for those in her care. "Picture your future self and don't lose sight of your end goal"
#aHSCforopportunity #wherearetheynow #speechpathologist
We cannot run the canteen without you; as the saying goes:
"Many Hands Make Light Work".
If you are able to spare an hour or so of your time, we would
love for you to join us.
Please contact Breeanna Stone through the College Office on 5525 4100.
|Term 4 Week 1 Lunch Specials|
|Monday||Pupil Free Day|
|Tuesday||Hawaiian Chicken Burger|
|Thursday||Tandoori Chicken & Rice|
|Friday||Chicken, Pumpkin, Feta & Macadamia Salad|
|Term 4 Week 2 Lunch Specials|
|Tuesday||Chicken Caesar Salad Bowl|
|Wednesday||Beef & Bacon Burger|
|Thursday||Chicken Pita Pocket|
|Friday||Butter Chicken & Rice|
The Canteen opens at 8.00 am every school day.
Food Services Manager
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St Agnes' Parish Uniform Shop
Trading Hours as below
Monday to Friday: 12 noon - 5.00pm
Saturday: 9.00am - 12 noon
6 Boronia Street, Port Macquarie
Pineapple - events for young people by young people.
Next date: Monday, 25 September 2023 | 03:00 PM to 05:00 PM
A youth event for 12-17 year old's.
Get up late - it’s the holidays after all… then drop in to the Pineapple events at Town Beach Reserve and Amphitheatre in the School Holidays to connect with your mates. Lounge in the chill out zones, enjoy youth bands and artists and come to a movie and pizza night under the stars.
We're all about celebrating the vibrant spirit, creativity and energy of young leaders aged 12 - 17 years. Brought to you by the Hastings Youth Voice, this event is your passport to a week filled with sand, arts, music, entertainment... and pineapples!
Where: Port Town Beach Reserve & Amphitheater (near skatepark)
Wet weather: If it’s raining, events that day will be cancelled.
See attached flyer with the timetable:
This event is funded by the NSW Government Spring Holiday Break Program and PMHC. Thank you to event sponsors OPTUS, Domino’s, headspace, YP Space, Community Housing and Bluesky Community Services.
Monday, 25 September 2023 | 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Tuesday, 26 September 2023 | 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Wednesday, 27 September 2023 | 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Thursday, 28 September 2023 | 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Friday, 29 September 2023 | 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Town Beach Reserve and Amphitheater (near the skatepark)
Alban Place, Port Macquarie, 2444