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

This week, the St Joseph's Regional College community came together to celebrate and honour the graduating class of 2023, marking the culmination of their formal secondary education. The final week of school for our Year 12 students was filled with various activities and memorable moments.

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

This week, we celebrated Year 12 academic and cultural achievements for 2023. It's always an emotional day as we welcome Year 12 families to their final award ceremony.  I refer you to my address below:
To our parents and carers of our graduating students, I offer my deepest appreciation for your enduring loyalty and support throughout your child's time at our wonderful College. I would like to express our deepest gratitude to you for entrusting your sons and daughters into our care during this critical phase of their lives. Your support and guidance have been invaluable in helping them navigate their journey through St Joseph's Regional College. Thank you for partnering with us. 
To all extended family and friends who have joined us for this momentous occasion, thank you for being a part of this special day in the lives of our graduates.
To the stars of the show - the Class of 2023, I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to you. It has been my privilege to watch each of you grow and achieve personal success in so many ways over the past 6 years. Your high school journey has thrown many challenges at you along the way, particularly in your junior years. The bushfires, floods, three years of a global pandemic, cancellations, face masks, and RAT tests are just a few of the hurdles you had to overcome. Throughout it all, you have exhibited incredible resilience and unwavering determination. Your ability to remain focused and hopeful in the face of adversity is truly inspiring and will hold you in good stead in the future.
You have consistently demonstrated your character strengths and have been there for one another, embodying the quiet, wise, and humble spirit of St Joseph through your genuine care for others. For this, we sincerely thank each and every one of you.
As you gather here for your final assembly, it's important to recognise the stabilizing and grounding influence you have had on our College community as a whole. Your leadership, dedication, and unity have been exemplary. I would like to take a moment to pay special tribute to our elected Year 12 leaders and staff who have played a pivotal role in guiding and shaping our College.
To College Captains:  Sarah Garrett and Findlay Marshall,
we thank you for your great service and loyalty to our community. You have been outstanding role models and ambassadors of the College.  
To our Vice-Captains:   Hannah Jennings and Luke Squires,
thank you for your support and leadership and for always stepping forward when needed.
To our ….
  • 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
Thank you for playing a crucial and essential role in realising the College's aspiration to nurture the qualities of our future young leaders. Your enthusiasm, engagement and your efforts to transform the culture have been remarkable.
To House Leaders: 
  • 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
You have cultivated a robust sense of House spirit, encouraged friendly rivalry, and passionately supported your Leaders of Student Wellbeing. Together, this student leadership team has undeniably made a positive impact on our College. Furthermore, I can only express that Year 12 as a whole has been an exceptional group, and their families should rightfully feel proud.
I would also like to extend a special thank you to key staff members who have been instrumental in the achievements of Year 12.
Leader of Student Wellbeing: Year 12 –  Ms Flanagan, thank you for your exceptional stewardship and genuine care. Your commitment has made a meaningful impact on the journey of Year 12, and your guidance has been greatly appreciated. 
Leader of Future Pathways - Mrs Tinsey thank you for you have spent countless hours preparing the Year 12 cohort for the exciting life that awaits beyond St Joseph's Regional College.
  • 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.
To Year 12 Pastoral Care teachers: 
  • F12 - Mrs Jensen
  • H12 - Mr Johnston
  • I12 - Mr Manning
  • M12- Mr West & Mrs Mrs Gerke
  • O12 - Mrs Mahon
  • W12- Mrs Twomey & Mrs Morgan
Thank you. The caring and nurturing manner in which you have supported our young people in your care is truly remarkable. Your dedication to their well-being and growth is greatly appreciated and has undoubtedly made a positive impact on their lives. 

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.


George Abdelnour
Kaleisha Alchin
Calum Aldridge
Caidance Attard
Finlay Baird-Philp
Riley Bate
Katie Bell
Madi Bloomfield
Tenay Bonney
Teiki Bower
Harrison Brown
Mitchell Bruce
Aidan Buckley
Rory Bush
Tomas Bush
Sophie Cheers
Jett Cherry
Lila Chuwen
Molly Cicak
Melinda Collado
Toby Colless
Siena Cooper
Kiara Dalton
Cooper Dimon
Giordano Dionigi
Lorena Dionigi
Mitchell Dorahy
Isabella Dragos
Kate Dulovic
Olivia Duncan
Jim Dwyer
Emily Edmed
Piper Facer
Ayden Fisher
Dakota Fitzgerald
Madison Forsyth
Samuel Fox
Emma Freeman
Jack Friend
Sarah Garrett
Rohan Gibson
April Glew
Zoe Gray
Mckinley Halls
Sienna Heaton
Madeline Hele
Aidan Hill
Tayla Hopper
Joshua Hyland
Isabel Jeffree
Hannah Jennings
Ella Juric
Jeffrey Keena
Jakeb Kenny-Fyfe
Bridie Kilmore
Bella Kilmurray
Ellouise Kirkman
Isabel Krige
Isabelle Leslight
Chelsea Lewis
Finlay Magnus
Findlay Marshall
Patrick McGahon
Ned McRae
Juniper Mea
Briella Meyers
Dina Mihalopoulos
Lily Monckton
Monica Murphy
Harry Newman
Brodhie Newman
Aaron Nguyen
Alice Overton
Kohan Pepper
Denzil Praveen
Liam Ross
Jared Schmidt
Jemima Scott-Branagan
Milla Seale
Dylan Sheehy
Lachlan Shields
Savannah Smith
Emersyn Smith
Ethan Smith
Nate Smith
Ethan Smith
Lilly Snook
Jacob Somers
Luke Squire
Ellyra Squires
Chanel Tate-Whalley
Franjayla Tyson
Jasmine Van Der Houven
Chester Wade
Eve Walker
Brendan Walsh
Jessica Watts
Jasmine White
Marcus Wright
Josie Yardley

Year 12 Major Awards

Student of the Year Findlay Marshall
College Leadership Award Sarah Garrett
Findlay Marshall
Father Donnelly Outstanding College Service Award Sarah Garrett
College Commitment Award Lorena Dionigi
Quiet Achiever Award Chelsea Lewis
Giordano Dionigi
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
Tenay Bonney
Mitchell Bruce
Jemima Scott-Branagan
Emersyn Smith
Brendan Walsh
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
Drama Isabel Krige
Earth and Environmental Science Zoe Gray
Engineering Studies Jeffrey Keena
English Standard Madi Bloomfield
Food Technology Ellouise Kirkman
Hospitality Jemima Scott-Branagan
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
Mathematics Advanced
Briella Meyers
Legal Studies
Siena Cooper
Studies of Religion 2
Chelsea Lewis
Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
Luke Squire
Mathematics Extension 1
Mathematics Extension 2
Findlay Marshall
Ancient History
English Extension 1
English Extension 2
English Advanced
Music 1
Studies of Religion 1
Visual Arts
Lorena Dionigi

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.

Harrison Brown
Lila Chuwen
Siena Cooper
Giordano Dionigi
Lorena Dionigi
Emily Edmed
Emma Freeman
Sarah Garrett
Rohan Gibson
Mckinley Halls
Jeffrey Keena
Ellouise Kirkman
Chelsea Lewis
Findlay Marshall
Briella Meyers
Luke Squire

Senior Sports Person of the Year 


Oustanding Involvement in Sport

Samuel Fox
Milla Seale
Chester Wade
Brendan Walsh

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:

Finlay Baird-Philp
Riley Bate
Tenay Bonney
Tomas Bush
Siena Cooper
Sarah Garrett
McKinley Halls
Hannah Jennings
Ella Juric
Lily Monckton
Jacob Somers

Award Sponsors

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 -

Tanya Daley

Sport Awards Mass and Liturgies Award Ceremonies Principal's Message Dates to Remember Year 12
2023/2024 Student College Leaders

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. Congratulations_fancy.png

2024 Student Leadership Team

College Captains Alaska Webber and Jamie Vinod
College Vice Captains Zoe Copeland and Aryan Vaishnav
Student Leaders - Mission Sophia Dominguez
Mia McCullough
Alana Toogood
Rocco Polacci Byrnes
Student Leaders - Wellbeing Adam Cook
Arin Godbole
Isabel Dickinson
Jessica Glover
Student Leaders - Sustainability Alexander Farley
Hamish Hawkins
Annie Mepham
Charlotte Shee
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


College Captains & Vice Captains

Mrs Tanya Daley

Student Leadership Team

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.

Ian Lutton
Assistant Principal - Learning & Teaching

Assistant Principal - Learning and Teaching Curriculum

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, has some great information and resources as does the NSW SPELD website

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

Matthew Bushe
Assistant Principal- Mission
Assistant Principal - Mission

2023 Yearbook

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.


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Congratulations to the students who competed in the Port Macquarie Dance Eisteddfod last night. They had an amazing performance with their upbeat cheer inspired dance. A fantastic opportunity for our students to perform in a professional setting.


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!

Workshops Include:

  • 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

Join us in igniting your creativity and making Term 4 truly exceptional!


Creative Arts NEST

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


Volunteers Wanted


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.

Weekly Lunch Specials
Term 4 Week 1 Lunch Specials 
Monday Pupil Free Day
Tuesday Hawaiian Chicken Burger
Wednesday Beef Nachos
Thursday Tandoori Chicken & Rice
Friday Chicken, Pumpkin, Feta & Macadamia Salad
Term 4 Week 2 Lunch Specials 
Monday Spaghetti Bolognese
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.

CLICK HERE for the Canteen's everyday menu.

Breeanna Stone
Food Services Manager


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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:

Pineapple.PNGPineapple is a symbol of hospitality and welcome. This event celebrates youth belonging, identity, youth employment and connection. We represent youth communities working with Local Government decision makers on young peoples’ needs and planning for Youth Week 2024.

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

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