Term 3 Week 2 - 29th July 2022


I sincerely thank our team of Indigenous Education Workers:

Braden Saggers - Indigenous Education Worker
Carly Taylor - Indigenous Education Worker
Nelson Young - Indigenous Trainee
Kylie Wallis - Leader of Wellbeing / Indigenous Student Mentor

for their outstanding efforts in bringing our College community together to celebrate and recognise NAIDOC Week. The team organised an array of inclusive activities to encourage students to learn about, and celebrate the many individuals who have driven and led change in communities over generations.

I refer you to the following NAIDOC Week article by the Indigenous Education team.

Apex Public Speaking Challenge


Congratulations to our three courageous and intrepid speakers, Bella Lahey, Sophie Kahler and Oska Johnson who recently participated in the Wauchope Public Speaking challenge, sponsored by our local Apex Club. I acknowledge the effort in attending the weekend competition and giving up their time to participate. I also thank Mr Cameron McKee and Mrs Marchment for their organisation of the speakers and for attending this event.

Mr Mckee said, "I was very proud of how all speakers presented themselves and how well-prepared they were with palm cards, a positive attitude and a practised delivery." Students were able to deliver a speech of their choice. Oska made strong arguments around isolation and homophobia, Sophia gave us a lesson on a variety of horse riding styles and Bella, who won the division, spoke confidently and convincingly about bullying. All three students were relieved, yet pleased with their efforts and enjoyed the opportunity. We thank Wauchope Apex Club for organising such a valuable experience for our students to participate in.

I thank Bella who has written a few words about her experience:


I saw the public speaking/debating team call out in the notices and wanted to see what it was all about. I decided I would enter the public speaking competition and was happy that I got to choose the topic I spoke about, which was 'Bullying'.

This was my first time entering such a competition and I enjoyed writing about Bullying as I have witnessed it and I am passionate about this topic. 

Whilst I was very nervous and it was a little daunting having to stand up and speak in front of a high group of people it was a very valuable experience that has not only boosted my public speaking skills but has given me renewed self-confidence to put myself out there.

I would encourage others to step outside of their comfort zone and explore what public speaking has to offer. It is rewarding, a chance to share your ideas with others and you can walk away feeling proud of your personal achievements. Just like I did!

Bella Lahey


Over the last three days, we have had six Year 10 students Grace Kruk, Alaska Webber, Jack McManus, Logan Bourke, Tom Jenkins and Cora Puttick attending the Luminosity Youth Summit at the Glasshouse. Luminosity is a dynamic national youth forum that hosted 25+ amazing speakers, masterclasses and live performances.
The aim of the Youth Summit is to inspire young leaders and give them an opportunity to experience motivational speakers and be challenged to aspire to great things.
We look forward to hearing from our six Year 10 students upon their return to school.

TransGrid relocation notice of works - Sovereign Hills community

I have received notification from the Lewis Land Group who will be working in the College vicinity relocating the TransGrid infrastructure. Works are scheduled to start on 11th August for approximately four months. I ask that both pedestrians and road traffic be vigilant and care to be taken when entering and leaving our College grounds.
Please find below the correspondence I received in regards to the works being undertaken. TransGrid Relocation Information

Mrs Tanya Daley
Acting Principal

Principal's Message


This year's NAIDOC theme is GET UP! STAND UP! SHOW UP! It is a call to action for all to continue the push for change in our lives. It was important for us as a College to create opportunities for students to learn more about influential Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have Stood Up and Shown Up for change.

There was a wide range of activities on offer for students to ensure that all interests and ability levels were catered for. These activities provided students with the opportunity to secure points for their houses in the hopes of winning the NAIDOC Shield which was first introduced in 2020 and has been on a COVID hiatus until now.


Students were encouraged to get involved by taking part in traditional Indigenous games from nation groups all over Australia. Games played were wide and varied originating from Far North WA to NSW. This variety of games allowed us to demonstrate how traditional games can be used as an effective learning tool. It also showed students the ingenuity of these community members.

The week started with art activities in the library where students tried their hand at completing some Aboriginal designed puzzles. Over 30 students submitted a piece in our NAIDOC Poster competition with our selection panel working together to award Esther Cummins and Matilda Shields as our winners. Both winners received some fantastic Spencil stationery.

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Another popular event was the Patty Mills 3-Point ShootOut. This shootout provided an opportunity to highlight an incredible role model and athlete in Patty Mills. Mills is a proud Muralag man from the Torres Strait and Ynunga man from South Australia. He has incredible achievements in the NBL, Olympic Basketball, and the NBA. Patty is a passionate contributor to his culture and a true example of how to Get Up, Stand Up and Show Up.

Students had 9 shots each from the 3-point line in an attempt to score as many points as possible. This year our 2 winners, Roy Stevenson and Preston Croft both finished on 60 Points. They each received a limited edition Official NBL Indigenous Design Basketball.

This year we had over 500 participants who decided to Get Up, Stand Up and Show Up for their House and community which created a tight competition for the shield. This year we also introduced two NAIDOC Spirit prizes that were awarded to students who showed great passion and leadership while participating in as many NAIDOC initiatives as possible. A big congratulations to Cooper Preston and Levi Watts who are our NAIDOC spirit winners. Both students participated consistently and always displayed great enthusiasm and spirit.

The week was a great display of College spirit and enthusiasm and all students who took part should be very proud of themselves. Congratulations to our winning House, HASTINGS who had a range of students from Years 7-12 take part, resulting in a tight win over the close second, MACQUARIE. Hastings students will be presented with the shield at their next house meeting.

Finally, a big thank you to all who got involved. We hope you enjoyed our NAIDOC activities and that you continue to Get Up, Stand Up, Show Up in your everyday lives. It is important that we all strive to be leaders and role models in our communities.

Indigenous Education Team

Kylie Wallis - Leader of Wellbeing / Indigenous Student Mentor
Janine Handley - Leader of Diversity and Inclusion
Braden Saggers - Indigenous Education Worker
Carly Taylor - Indigenous Education Worker
Nelson Young - Indigenous Trainee


Indigenous Education

Year 11, 2023 Enrolment

Please find below a timeline that outlines the transition process that will take your daughter/son into Year 11 either here at St Joseph’s Regional College or at Newman Senior Technical College.

Should you have any questions about your child’s impending transition into Year 11, please do not hesitate to contact me at the College.

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Year 11 2023 Timeline

Please find below a timeline for students in Year 10 who intend to enrol in Year 11 in 2023 at St Joseph's Regional College. The following are important dates to mark on your calendar.

Monday 1st August  Year 11 Subject Information Day at SJRC
Monday 1st August  Online interview bookings close at 10.00am
Wednesday 3rd August  Year 11 2023 Enrolment Interviews for students at SJRC in the College Library for students & parents
By Appointment after 3rd August Year 11 2023 Enrolment Interviews for students at other schools. Please call the College Office to organise an interview.
Monday 22nd August Students will be contacted by this date regarding the reselection of subjects if necessary
Monday 29th August  Alternative choices (if necessary) finalised
Monday 12th September Confirmation of enrolment letters sent to parents

Year 11 2023 Subject Information Day 

On Monday, 1st August 2022, students will attend a series of information sessions at the College on subjects of their choice to assist in their subject selection. Students have received a program for this day so they can plan their programme in advance.

Should my child attend this day?

Yes, we encourage all students to attend the Subject Selection Day to assist with their future pathways. However, if your child is absolutely certain that they are not attending Year 11 at St Joseph's Regional College they do not have to attend school on this day.

Year 11, 2023 Enrolment Interviews

On Wednesday 3rd August 2022, interviews will be conducted for students intending to enter Year 11 in 2023 at St Joseph's Regional College.

When and Where are the Interviews?

  • Face-to-Face Interviews will be conducted in the College Library from 8.00am to 6.00pm. 

What students need to bring to the interview:

  • Subject Selection Survey,
  • Parent and Student Agreement.

I feel unwell, should I still go to the interview?

No. Should you feel unwell or display flu-like symptoms, please contact Michelle Reynolds, our Enrolment Officer in the College Office on 5525 4100 to arrange an alternative time.

How do I book an Enrolment Interview?

All enrolment interview bookings are made through an online platform. You will need the following booking code: s2db3 to access the times available.

Click on the following link to book your enrolment interview


Online bookings are now open

Online bookings close at 10.00am on Monday, 1st August 2022


Elevate Education - Free Parent Webinar

Elevate is an award-winning organisation that has been working with us to help students to become more effective learners. We realise that these are challenging times. Your child’s ability to self-motivate, manage their time, and prepare effectively will be a crucial factor to guarantee their success over this academic year.

I encourage you to join this exclusive webinar series where you will be shown – as parents – how to best support your child through school.

Register your attendance at -https://get.elevatecoaching.info/au/schoolwebinar


HSC Study Guide

The 2022 Sydney Morning Herald HSC Study Guide is now available!

This year’s Guide is jam-packed with information and resources to help HSC students prepare for HSC exams and look after their mental health and wellbeing

I encourage all students to bookmark the online Guide: https://bit.ly/3aT1ACp


Mr Tim McCosker
Assistant Principal - Learning and Teaching

Year 11 Assistant Principal - Learning and Teaching Enrolment

Tell Them From Me- Student Survey


As part of our focus on school improvement, St Joseph’s Regional College will be participating in an online survey for students – Tell Them From Me​® (TTFM®). The survey will provide us with valuable feedback on what our students think about school life, how engaged they are with school and the different ways that teachers interact with them.

During August, all students will be given the opportunity and time to participate in this survey during regular school hours. The survey takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. Participation in the survey is entirely voluntary. Your child will not take part if either you or your child do not wish to. Information was sent home to parents this week with an “opt out” Google Form to complete if you do not wish your child to complete the survey.

Tell Them From Me- Parent Survey


We will also be distributing a survey for parents and carers via the TTFM platform. We encourage all parents to please complete the survey so we can best improve our practice to align with the needs of our families. Please keep an eye on your inbox next week for the survey link. It is estimated the survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

Semester One - Report Goal Setting for Students


At SJRC we encourage all students to reflect on their learning and engage in goal-setting to drive their learning growth. All students are completing a goal-setting exercise in their Pastoral Care group in collaboration with their PC Teacher. The exercise can be found on page 134 of the student diary. Please discuss your child’s learning goals with them.

Thank you to our dedicated Pastoral Care Teachers who encourage our students to learn all they can and to strive for excellence every day - whatever that might look like for each young person.

Headspace August Activities

Mrs Jennifer Furney
Assistant Principal - Pastoral Care

Assistant Principal - Pastoral

Chris Doyle Retreats

Over the past few days, Year 8 and 9 students have had a wonderful opportunity to engage as a group in a day-long retreat led by, Chris Doyle.  Chris uses a combination of humour, song, direct talk and physical activities to discuss topics such as

  • What sort of future do you want for yourself, 
  • What do you want your year group community to be like,
  • Respect for women,
  • Respect for each other, and
  • What a loving community is.

Chris bases his messages on Paul’s letter to the Corinthians in which he encourages Faith, Hope and Love in the Christian community. Love being the most important.

Students were taken out of their comfort zone in many ways. For example:

  • 15 boys sitting in a circle holding hands and meditating.
  • Students played the guitar and sang to the whole year group.
  • 17 students building the Eiffel Tower and the Sydney Harbour Bridge together.

After a three-year absence, Chris has once again covered many issues that are important in the growth and development of our Year 8 and 9 students and assisted in guiding them to create a loving community within their year group at the College.

I thank our Leader of Evangelisation, Mr Gobius, for his organisation of the day and of course, Chris Doyle for his motivation and support of our young people.  


We now have another delivery of Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) Students will receive one box of RATs containing five tests. Students who are absent will receive theirs on return to the College.

Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 and close contacts are required to inform the College of their situation.

  • Students who test COVID-19 positive are required to isolate for seven days.
  • Students who are close contacts are still able to attend school, however, they are required to wear a mask and do a RAT for seven days. Mr Walsh will speak with any student who is a close contact to ensure they are aware of the requirements. 

Community Service Award 

SJRC has partnered with Wauchope Bonny Hills Surf Life Saving Club for students who are 15 years (by 9th October) to participate in this vital training to gain their Bronze Medallion certification. 

This opportunity has been communicated to students in Year 10 & 11, however, if you meet the age criteria and would like to participate please see Mr Sainsbury for further information regarding this opportunity.


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St Agnes' Parish News Bulletin

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

  • School staff changes at St Joseph's Regional College, St Peter's Primary and Newman Senior Technical College
  • Happy Retirement to Jeff Blackney
  • The Pope has announced new members of the Dicastery of Bishops
  • World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly - 24 July
  • Baptism Information session - 28 July
  • Winter Food Drive - how you can help
  • Covid and Flu Awareness
  • Year 11 school enrolments - July 25-27
  • Spirituality in the pub / on the sofa - 3 August
  • Covid Safety Rules update

Click to read this week's Parish News Bulletin

Mr Michael Walsh
Acting Assistant Principal - Mission

Assistant Principal - Mission Evangelisation


Brotherhood has officially started! The boys hang out in the Chapel every Thursday at lunchtime to gain connections with other young men of faith, who are searching for a safe environment to talk freely about their faith and personal lives.


Vinnies SleepOut

Once again St Joseph’s Regional College will be hosting the Vinnies School Sleepout. The event will be held at the College from 5:30pm on Friday 26th August, and will conclude at 7:30 am on Saturday the 27th August. A dinner consisting of soup and bread will be provided and breakfast will consist of some fruit donated by local grocers. Students and staff from MacKillop College will also join us on the night.

To register your intention to participate, please use the QR Code provided in the poster below.

Participants will be required to bring a pillow, sleeping bag and warm clothing and $10 towards the cost of the evening. A Vinnies School Sleepout allows students to connect on a personal level with the issue of homelessness by sleeping out as a school community, whilst raising awareness to support the work of the St Vincent de Paul Society. The event provides just a glimpse into what life is like for people facing homelessness in Australia. This is an opportunity for your child to have a real impact. 

Students have a permission note and a Fund Raising Form and are encouraged to seek sponsorship for the event. The $10 fee is due with the permission note and the Funds raised are due on the night.

Did you know?

  • $15 provides a day’s meals for a family struggling to put food on the table
  • $30 provides someone with a bed for a night in one of our crisis accommodation services
  • $50 provides school supplies and excursion fees for a child experiencing disadvantage
  • $80 provides a life skills course (cooking, job interview prep or computer skills at TAFE)


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Mr Timo Gobius
Leader of Evangelisation


Food for Thought

Wednesday, Week 2 of Term 3 presented Year 12 Advanced and Standard English students an opportunity to attend a revision seminar, run by our SJRC English faculty, in our College library. We were so impressed with the number of people who turned up ready and willing to work, attempted to extend themselves, to pose questions and clarify content and to practise their skills in preparation for their Trial examinations.

More opportunities will be offered after the Trial HSC concludes to attend English-focused, Food For Thought seminars and we encourage Year 12 to take on these opportunities as they arise. Thank you to our English teachers for giving up their time to present and assist and also to Mr Ian Lutton for his coordination of this program. Thanks must also go to our canteen staff, who provide nutritious and filling afternoon tea for our senior students, hence the aptly named program, “Food For Thought”.

Ms Marchment
Leader of English

You are invited to the HSC Showcase Evening.

IT"S BACK..... the HSC Showcase Evening of the Year!

You don't want to miss this fabulous display by our very talented Year 12 HSC students. This spectacular evening will take place in the College PAC.

Whilst this showcase is open for all of our College community to attend, we especially extend this invitation to our Year 11 & 12 cohorts. The evening commences at 5:30pm with the Visual Art display while enjoying some delicious canapés. At 6:00pm the Music, Drama & Dance performances will take place in the PAC.

This is a FREE event, however, tickets are limited, so we will require you to RSVP for both catering purposes and ticket numbers. 

Please RSVP by completing the form at the following link:

RSVP HSC Showcase

Tickets will be distributed to students via their PC group.

Creative Arts

Community Vote - Book of the Year Awards

Port Macquarie Library is holding a Community Vote for the 'Book of the Year Award'. This is so kids and adults all across the Mid North Coast can have their say and vote for their favourite short-listed books in each category of the awards. This vote is already up and running, and will be going until just before the winners are announced on Friday, August 19. 

You can vote as many times as you like.  The link to the vote is: https://mnclibrary.org.au/kids-teens/book-week/


Karyn Mooney

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 Donna Hamlin through the College Office on 5525 4100.

Weekly Lunch Specials

Term 3 Week 3 Lunch Specials 
Monday Hamburger
Tuesday Chicken Pasta Carbonara
Wednesday Beef Massaman & Rice
Thursday Mexican Chicken Quesadilla
Friday Chicken Pumpkin Feta Macadamia Salad

Term 3 Week 4 Lunch Specials 
Monday Apricot Chicken & Rice
Tuesday Beef Burrito
Wednesday Gourmet Hotdog
Thursday Beef Stroganoff & Rice
Friday Chicken Caesar Salad

The Canteen opens at 8.00 am every school day.

CLICK HERE for the Canteen's everyday menu.

Ms Donna Hamlin
Food Services Manager


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