Term 1 Week 8 - 19th March 2021

Year 7 2022 Enrolment - Catholic Primary School Visits

The Year 7 2022 Enrolment process has commenced. This week Mrs Tanya Daley, Mr Tim McCosker, Mrs Kelly Biddle, Mr Jason Berry, Mrs Carly Taylor, Mr Nathan Thurlow and myself have had the privileged to be accompanied by the following students to visit:

  • St Joseph's Primary, Wauchope: Elijah Koivu and Charlie Smith
  • St Joseph's Primary, Port Macquarie: Savannah Beard and Jhed Monckton
  • St Agnes' Primary: Elijah Koivu and Charlie Smith
  • St Joseph's Primary, Laurieton: Liv Armstrong and Maksym Buckley

I am very impressed by how quickly students can grow in confidence, to be able to truly articulate the spirit of St Joseph's Regional College. The students have simply been tremendous in discussing their life and learning experiences at St Joseph's Regional College.

Year 7 2022 Information and Open Evening

An Information and Open Evening will be held next term on Monday, 26th April 2021 at 5.00 pm. The night will consist of a College Tour followed by a presentation. Information regarding booking an online enrolment interview will be provided on the evening.

Enrolment Welcome Pack

Prospective families are invited to collect an Enrolment Welcome Pack from our College Office. These packs will be available from Tuesday 23rd March 2021. The pack contains important information about the enrolment process.

Online Enrolment Application

Our College is moving towards an Online Enrolment Application. 

Access to the application is via our College website. -


Please note: the Online Enrolment Application will be active from Monday 22nd March 2021. It would be appreciated if Online applications can be submitted by 25th April 2021.

Do you know someone who would like to enrol at SJRC in 2022?

It would be appreciated if you are aware of friends or siblings wishing to enrol for 2022 that you inform them about the upcoming Information and Open Evening.

For further information please contact our Enrolment Officer, Mrs Michelle Reynolds at our College Office on 5525 4100.

Mr Jim Dempsey

Principal's Message Enrolment

National Day Against Bullying 

Today is the National Day Against Bullying! St Joseph’s Regional College has a zero-tolerance policy against bullying. This week highlights the need to know ‘Bullying is Never OK’ and that we all need to 'Take Action Together'. Students will be involved in Pastoral Care and lunchtime activities. 

On our Canteen glass wall, students are able to read words of encouragement and support. 


The below YouTube video was presented to students during PC time.

Student Leadership Committed to Caritas- Project Compassion 

Over the past few weeks, keen basketball players in Years 7 to 12 have been playing in a Student Leadership run House Basketball Competition. The results have been tallied and the Junior and Senior Grand Finals will take place in the Hall this coming Monday.

To raise money for Caritas, on the day, the Student Leadership Team will be selling Zooper Doopers for 50 cents at both Recess and Lunch at the front of the Hall.

All students are invited to come and watch the game and purchase a Zooper Dooper for a great cause.



We have been notified of a case of Impetigo at the College.  Impetigo is a bacterial skin infection caused by Streptococcus and Staphylococcus bacteria. It is commonly known as ‘school sores’ because a majority of cases are in school-aged children. However, it can also affect infants, adults and adolescents. Impetigo is highly contagious. Students displaying symptoms must seek treatment from their Doctor.

For further information about the treatment of Impetigo, please refer to the below NSW Health fact sheet.


Mrs Tanya Daley
Assistant Principal - Mission

Assistant Principal - Pastoral


North Coast Area Health Service is holding an Immunisation Day at St Joseph’s Regional College on Monday, 29th March for Year 7 students

A Parent Information Kit has been sent home today with students in Year 7. The kit contains information about the following vaccinations and the disease that it protects against as well as a consent form.

Immunisations offered to Year 7 students on Monday, 29th March are:

  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)- Dose 1 of 2 (given six months apart), and 
  • Boostrix (Diphtheria, Tetanus & Pertussis) 1 Dose only


Signed consent forms are to be returned to the Area Health Nurse on Immunisation Day.

Please do not return completed forms prior to this day.

A record of vaccination will be kept by the Area Health Service and a copy will be provided to the vaccinated student for their records.

Please understand that if you do not have your child immunised in the Year (eg. Year 7 – 10) that is offered by North Coast Public Area Health, you are able to access this vaccine at a later stage at your General Practitioner. The cost of the vaccine, however, will not be covered by this program.

Any questions or concerns regarding the vaccinations can be addressed by calling Kylie Wood at the Public Health Unit on 6589 2120.

Mr Mark Robertson
Leader of Administration

Year 11 & 12 Students Only

In the interest of keeping our senior students in optimum health as they work through their senior studies, the College has arranged for Plunketts TerryWhite Chemmart to provide an Influenza Vaccination clinic for students in Year 11 & 12 only. 

The clinic will take place on Tuesday, 30th March 2021 between 1.15pm and 2.30pm at the College.

The cost of the vaccination per student is $22.00

This information has been emailed to families. If you are interested in taking up this offer, please collect a hard copy of the permission note and Influenza Consent Form and return it to the College Office with your payment of $22 by Friday, 26th March.

Please note: 

  • All students are required to have parental/guardian permission, regardless of their current age.
  • Verbal permission is not accepted.
  • No student will be given the vaccination without a parent/guardian signed Influenza Consent Form and permission slip.

Mr Jim Dempsey

Year 12 Year 11

Caritas Australia is Hope in Action

The season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, which also marks the beginning of the annual Caritas Australia Project Compassion Appeal. Donations to Project Compassion allows Caritas Australia, the Catholic Agency for International Aid and Development, to work with local communities around the world to alleviate poverty, hunger, oppression and injustice. With hope, support and compassion at the core of what Caritas does, they work towards a world where all people may thrive.

We encourage you to put your compassion into action this Lent through your prayer, fasting and almsgiving by supporting Project Compassion. Families wishing to donate can do so online via the Caritas Australia website lent.caritas.org.au

Saint Oscar Romero is our inspiration for Project Compassion 2021, so in his words let’s “Aspire not to have more, but to be more.”

Fifth Week of Lent - Halima from Bangladesh

Halima is raising her two children in a refugee camp in Bangladesh while caring for her mother who has a disability. Widowed at 21, Halima fled violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, arriving at the camp with nothing.

Caritas Australia, through Caritas Bangladesh, helped Halima with shelter, cooking equipment, hygiene and sanitation training. She took on the role of community trainer herself, organising the cleaning of washrooms, wells and toilets.

Halima aspired to “Be More” and is proud that she is able to earn a small income while maintaining the health of her family and the cleanliness of the camp community.

  • In the Cox’s Bazar district, women and children make up 78% of the total refugee population where 52% of children are aged 0-17. (UNHCR)

Watch a short film about Halima’s story here.

“Aspire not to have more, but to be more.”

Please support Project Compassion: lent.caritas.org.au

Working together for justice and dignity. Walking together in hope. Building together a thriving future for all.

Walk with us towards a world of hope.


Mr Timo Gobius
Leader of Evangelisation


The annual giant Easter Egg Raffle is on again!

Each year, students from two House groups are responsible for running and contributing to the raffle. This year, it is Innes & Wilson House turn to donate Easter eggs. All students are welcome to donate.

Our Easter Egg raffle is held in the College Hall, on Wednesday, 31st March 2021.

Tickets will be available for sale from Monday, 8th March during recess and lunch. All proceeds will go towards our Caritas Australia - Project Compassion fundraising efforts.

Together, we can make this year's Easter Egg raffle the biggest yet.


Tanya Daley
Assistant Principal - Mission


Year 11 Industrial Technology Timber students are well on the way to constructing their first project, a jewellery box.

Industrial Technology Timber has been developed to incorporate content related to current and developing technologies. It offers students the opportunity to study the interrelationships of technologies, equipment and materials used by the construction industry and to develop skills through the processes of design, planning and production. Students have learnt how to construct a mitre joint which will be used to join the four sides of the jewellery box together. Equipment used includes the drop saw and festool domino machine.

We look forward to seeing their finished products next term.

Mrs Diana Walsh
Assistant Leader of TAS

TAS Year 11

What is ‘Literacy Enrichment’ at SJRC?

It’s opportunities in and out of SJRC that enrich students’ understanding of and experience with media, film, reading, writing, and language in general. It’s excursions, festivals, writing, debating and public speaking competitions and live performance.

Check us out at - SJRC Literacy Enrichment

    On the Literacy Enrichment radar this week:

    Year 10 English Bell Shakespeare Period 1 Thursday, 25th March 2021:

    In preparation for later studies in Shakespeare, Year 10 will all be attending Bell Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth in Rehearsal’ next Thursday morning period 1.

    Bell Shakespeare is a nationally acclaimed theatre production that excels in bringing modern and engaging performances to high school students.

    We are thrilled to welcome Bell Shakespeare back to the College in 2021 and we know our Year 10 students will benefit greatly from their work.

    For more on Bell Shakespeare, visit https://www.bellshakespeare.com.au/whats-on/in-schools/

    Sydney Literacy Links Excursion 3-4 May 2021:

    Open to Year 10 and 11 students. This overnight excursion involves attendance at 'The Sydney Writers Festival Secondary Schools Day' and a possible 'Ghost Tour' around The Rocks as a stimulus for creative writing.

    Offered to students with an interest in and an aptitude for creative writing, this excursion is combined with like-minded students from Mackillop College. Places are limited to 12 students only and will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis.

    The cost for each student is approximately $180 and includes:

    • Transport
    • Accommodation plus breakfast
    • Entry to The Sydney Writers Festival Secondary Schools Day
    • Entry to The Rocks Ghost Tour (TBC)

    Expressions of interest are welcome. Please contact Mrs McKee at the College of via email: penny.mckee@lism.catholic.edu.au

    For more on The Sydney Writers’ Festival Secondary Schools Day visit:

    Good luck to our Kids Lit Quiz entrants who will be competing next Monday, 22nd March

    Have you checked out these writing challenges?

    1. Little Stories.Big Ideas - a Flash Fiction Competition for all students 7-12
      Visit: https://littlestoriesbigideas.com.au/
    2. What Matters? Writing Competition (Closes May 14)
      WHAT MATTERS? is an online writing competition open to students in years 5-12. What Matters? is a 'catalyst for young thinkers and young writers to develop a perspective, a point of view, on where we're heading as a society'. 

      What Matters? is an exciting way for our students to have a say, challenge themselves and develop their writing skills.

    Coming Up:

    1. Year 8 - Poetry in Action performance Term 2, Week 1 - 21st April 2021

    How Can Students Participate in Literacy Enrichment: It’s easy!

    1. Visit the SJRC Literacy Enrichment website
    2. Check daily notices on Schoolworx
    3. Read the SJRC Newsletter.

    See you next week!


    The SJRC Literacy Enrichment Team

    Literacy Enrichment

    What's Happening in our College Library?

    Currently, Year 7 classes are spending some of their time in English learning about the Library’s ebook and audiobook collection in Sora. Sora is the platform whereby students can access and borrow these types of materials.


    Research has shown that the same parts of the brain light up when listening to a book as when reading a book. Take a look at this article – “Audiobooks or reading? – To our brains it doesn’t matter”.

    Coming Up:


    Next week, our teams travel to Taree to compete in the Mid Coast heat of the Kids Lit Quiz. We wish them well as they expand on their knowledge of themes, characters, settings, plots, authors and other worlds gleaned from their strong reading backgrounds.

    Next week also we will hold our second Page Turners Book Club meeting. We can’t wait to find out what everyone has been reading since we last met.


    Our students who nominated themselves for the 2021 Premiers Reading Challenge are all registered and have commenced their participation. Best wishes to all those taking part.

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    Mrs Karen Bale (Monday-Thursday)
    Mrs Michelle Lawler (Friday)
    Teacher Librarians


    Word of the week is:


    Meaning: Develop and improve through instruction or practice
    Many clubs and people are now back to their training regimes including many school students

    We have sourced some titles in our Library which reflect this theme.

    These include the following:


    St Joseph's Regional College Library
    Literacy Enrichment

    The Yearbook is a great historic record of the 2020 St Joseph's Regional College school year. It also includes a special common section of events and information about all Parish secondary schools.

    Students in Year 8 and Year 11 have received their copy of the Yearbook; this cost was included in last year’s enrolment fee. Students in Year 12 (2020) are now able to collect their copy of the Yearbook from the College Office.

    For all other families interested in buying a Yearbook, the cost is $20. Please send the money to the College Office in a sealed envelope with your child’s name and PC class written on the front.

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    11th March 2021

    For all things Sport please visit the SJRC Sport Website.

    Pages include:

    • Upcoming events
    • Links
    • Sport News
    • Representative Sport
    • Sport Program
    • Sport Records
    • Sport Awards
    • Jim O'Brien Cup

    Michael Cannon
    SJRC Leader of Sport

    11th March 2021

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    19th March 2021

    The Northern NSWCCC Rugby League selection trial and training that was to be held at Smithtown on the 23rd & 24th of March is POSTPONED due to the state of the grounds and expected rain this week and next.  

    The new date is Tuesday & Wednesday the 20th & 21st April 2021.  All other details remain the same.

    Michael Cannon
    SJRC Leader of Sport

    19th March 2021

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    19th March 2021

    Congratulations to all students who represented SJRC at the Yr 7/8 & Yr 9/10 Schools Cup Netball Gala Day yesterday in Port Macquarie.  Our Yr 7/8 Boys & 9/10 Boys teams managed a place in the next round to be played on the 28th July 2021 also in Port Macquarie.  Teams who progressed to the Regional Finals in each division are listed below:

     Year 7/8 Girls

    •  Mackillop College - Black
    •  St Columba Anglican School - Maroon

    Year 7/8 Boys

    •  Mackillop College - Gold
    •  St Joseph’s Regional College

    Year 9/10 Girls

    •  Mackillop College
    •  St Columba Anglican School - Maroon

    Year 9/10 Boys

    • Mackillop College
    • Wauchope High School - Navy
    • St Joseph’s Regional College

    For full results please click the link below:

    2021 Schools Cup Port Macquarie Results

    Michael Cannon
    SJRC Leader of Sport

    19th March 2021

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    18th March 2021

    Congratulations to the following students who were named in Diocesan Touch Teams this afternoon.  Students selected now trial for NSWCCC teams at Nelsons Bay on Wednesday the 31st March 2021.

    Mr. Cannon will email more information regarding the trial when it comes to hand.

    SJRC 15 Girls Diocesan Touch Team Representatives

    • Sienna Gill
    • Ava Glassie
    • Milla Seale
    • Rhiannon Slater
    • Shadows
      • Grace Smith - link
      • Sharni Graham - middle

    SJRC 15 Boys Diocesan Touch Team Representatives

    • Jack Alchin
    • Jalin Downey
    • Blake Steep
    • Sam Watts

    SJRC Open Girls Diocesan Touch Team Representatives

    • Hannah Abi-Saab
    • Nicola Abi-Saab
    • Chloe Eichmann
    • Hannah Freeman
    • Bianca Green
    • Tahlia Hopkins
    • Shadows
      • Lilian Sadler
      • Elka Gibson

    SJRC Open Boys Diocesan Touch Team Representatives

    • Billy Sprague
    • Jye Wilcox

    Complete Diocesan Touch Team Lists

    Michael Cannon
    SJRC Leader of Sport

    18th March 2021

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    18th March 2021

    Congratulations and thank you to the following girls who helped at the Yr 5/6 Primary Schools Cup Netball yesterday.  The time spent at the carnival can be used for Community Service hours.

    • Halle Armitage
    • Isabel Cosato
    • Ashton Daley
    • Ella Hurrell
    • Charli Paine
    • Jorja Paine
    • Phoebe Stubbs
    A copy of the email received from Mrs Hough (St. Joseph's Primary School Port Macquarie):
    "The students displayed such positive and proactive attitudes. They were organised, approachable and helpful. Many parents and other staff from different schools commented on the professional way that the students conducted themselves.
    In addition to this, some umpiring students chose to assist with helping the primary students of the rules while on a break between games.
    Would you please pass on our appreciation and admiration of these students?
    Also a special note for Ashton Daley. Ashton showed such initiative to check in on teams, see how they were going and happily reminding teachers of their next game time and court location."

    Well done girls.  
    Michael Cannon
    SJRC Leader of Sport
    18th March 2021
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    18th March 2021

    It was announced this afternoon that the Southern Diocesan Football Gala Day to be held in week ten is POSTPONED.  The new date is Wednesday 20th April 2021 (Wk 1 Term 2).

    Michael Cannon
    SJRC Leader of Sport

    18th March 2021

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    17th March 2021

    The SJRC Cross Country to be held next week is POSTPONED due to the state of the track and the predicted rain next week.

    The new date is now the first day back for students next term - 20th April 2021.

    For details of the day please click the following link:

    2021 SJRC Cross Country

    Michael Cannon
    SJRC Leader of Sport

    17th March 2021

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    Our College canteen is in need of volunteers. If you are able to spare an hour or so of your time, we would love for you to join us. Please contact Donna Hamlin through the College Office 5525 4100 to arrange.

    Weekly Lunch Specials

    Term 1 Week 9 Lunch Specials 
    Monday Spaghetti Bolognaise
    Tuesday Beef Nachos
    Wednesday Hawaiian Chicken Burgers
    Thursday Massaman Beef Curry & Rice
    Friday Chicken Pasta Carbonara

    The Canteen opens at 8.00am every school day.

    CLICK HERE for the Canteen's everyday menu.

    Ms Donna Hamlin
    Food Services Manager


    Web Article Enrolment

    Please download the above PDF for links to be clickable

    St Agnes' Parish News

    Rotary Club World Record Attempt

    You may have heard or read about the Rotary Club of Port Macquarie West's attempt to break the existing world record for the 'Longest washing line of socks'. The attempt is planned for 4th-5th June 2021. We are asking families to check their washing machines, under beds and lounges for those missing socks. If you find a lonely sock, bring it in and pop it in the specially marked tub in the College Office. Together we can help the Rotary Club of achieving its goal of pegging 100,000 socks on the washing line.




    Following the popularity of this program, we are delighted to announce that Arts Up is returning again this school holidays! The “Arts Up” program will be delivered by local artists and supported by Headspace.

    It is a free Art program for youth and includes complimentary lunch and all resources. I have attached all the flyers and below is a list of where we are delivering this and with which artists. Excitingly we have a new street artist joining us this holidays and again fun programs that have swopped locations which include screen printing, Batik, painting and more! The website and registration is as follows: https://www.pmhc.nsw.gov.au/Community-Culture/Arts-Culture-and-Heritage/Arts-Up


    Join Charlie Tubbs from Kanooka Creek Art -Charlie is an artist based in the Pappinbarra Valley, 45 mins drive west of Port Macquarie. Her works are inspired by nature and in these workshops, she will be presenting techniques in Batik (a wax and dye process) and screen printing with handmade stencils.

    • Lake Cathie Community Hall: Tuesday 6th April and Tuesday 13th April 11am-2pm
    • Byabarra Hall: Thursday 8th April and Thursday 15th April 11am-2pm
    • Pappinbarra, Hollisdale Hall: Friday 9th April 11am-2pm

    Damon_Moroney.JPGJoin Damon Moroney from Iknograffix professional street art (New artist)- Damon Moroney from Iknograffix is a respected Port Macquarie based street artist and does all types of custom artworks, murals and canvas and you would have seen many of his works across our region. Join Damon and find your inner street artist vibe!

    • Wauchope Arts Hall: Wednesday 7th April and Wednesday 14th April 11.00am-2.00pm
    • Emerald Downs Hall: Friday 9th April and Tuesday 13th April 11.30am-2.30pm

    Vivianne_Hazenveld.JPGJoin Vivianne Hazenveld from The Art Sanctuary- A full-time artist and tutor for over 15 years, Vivianne provides a supportive space for you to explore your creativity. With a broad range of skills and gentle personalised guidance, she helps empower you to make your own unique art with confidence while having a lot of fun along the way! Have fun splashing paint around using tools made from natural materials and/or create a personalised Ezine during our holiday workshops.

    • Laurieton Arts Hall: Tuesday 6th April and Tuesday 13th April 11am-2pm
    • Long Flat Hall: Thursday 8th April and Thursday 15th April 11.00am-2.00pm
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