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Welfare

WELFARE

I would like to thank all of our wonderful students who have tried hard all year to meet the expectations of our College. It is the little things that help keep our standards high and we need to always work together on this aspect of school. Thanks also to all the parents and carers who have supported us this year. I hope that as we break up to enjoy the holiday season, we get to have a well-earned break and spend time with our loved ones.

I would like to thank Dean Bressan and Stewart Grant for their hard work this year as Leaders of Wellbeing as they are not continuing in the role next year. I would like to particularly thank Josh McCormack for his dedication to Lucan House over a number of years. Josh is moving to St Joseph’s College Banora Point in 2022. I look forward to seeing everyone safe, healthy and refreshed in 2022.

HELP AGENCIES OVER THE HOLIDAY PERIOD

Christmas is often a time of mixed emotions and heightened expectations. Whilst the opportunity to come together with family and friends is usually welcomed (especially following a year like we’ve just had), it can also be a time of stress, conflict, loneliness, and disappointment. The pressures can lead to increased emotions and conflict over the holiday period.

Remember there is always support available to you, and we all need a little help sometimes! Following are a few numbers that might be useful.

Headspace-Tweed Heads- 55898700 Headspace Lismore- 66250200
Headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds. Headspace can help young people with mental health, physical health (including sexual health), alcohol and other drug services, and work and study support. They have a range of information and resources available on their website, including web chat: https://headspace.org.au/eheadspace/

Parent line Call 1300 1300 52
Parent Line is a free telephone counselling and support service for parents and carers with children aged 0 to 18 who live in NSW. Trained, professional counsellors are available 9am to 9pm Monday to Friday and 4pm to 9pm on weekends.

Kids Helpline- 1800 55 1800
Kids Helpline is Australia’s free (even from a mobile), confidential 24/7 online and phone counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25. Qualified counsellors at Kids Helpline are available via WebChat, phone or email anytime and for any reason.

Mental Health Line- 1800 011 511
If you or someone you know needs help, the Mental Health Line offers professional help and advice, and referrals to local mental health services. It is staffed by mental health professionals who will ask questions to determine if you or the person you are concerned about, needs ongoing mental health care and how urgently it is needed. They can put you in contact with the most relevant mental health service for children, teens, adults and older people.

The Mental Health Line is available to everyone in NSW and operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 1800 011 511.

Emergencies

If someone has attempted, or is at immediate risk of attempting to harm themselves or someone else, call Triple Zero (000) immediately. Or go to a hospital emergency department, where they may refer you to a mental health service.

This weeks wellbeing focus is Meaning & Purpose. The character strength is Bravery. Below is a resource that as parents, may help us.

  Louise Shields
  Leader of Student Welfare

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Assistant Principal - Mission

PARISH CHRISTMAS RAFFLE

Thanks to those who were able to sell their family’s allocated book of tickets in the annual Parish Raffle. I don’t know about you but I was unsuccessful in winning any of the prizes on offer. Maybe next year! 

YEAR LEVEL PRESENTATION ASSEMBLIES

As I write this article I’ve just returned from my 5th year level assembly for today! Well done to all those students who have done their best this year, in and out of the classroom. Congratulations to those students who received Academic Excellence, Academic Merit, Exemplary Student and Special Awards at their Assembly. Reports for Year 7 – 11 students will be emailed home soon. 

CHRISTMAS WISHES

Best wishes to all members of the College community for a restful and enjoyable break over Christmas. May you spend quality time with the ones you love. I hope all our students keep safe and well and are kind to their parents and siblings. Try to attend a Christmas Mass or Carol Ceremony to acknowledge ‘the reason for the season’.

Mary-Anne McShane
Assistant Principal: Mission

 

MINISTRY

YEAR 10-12 RETREATS 2022

The 2022 Year 12 Retreat will take place from Wednesday 16th February to Friday 18th February (Week 4, Term 1) and the Year 10 Retreat from Monday 16th March to Friday 18th March (Week 8, Term 1) at Camp Bornhoffen. This is an important opportunity for students to reflect upon their lives in a very busy year, especially their relationships with family, friends and God. A letter regarding details (eg cost $220.00) and more specific information will be given in the first week of next year.

The early notification of the Retreats is to enable families to plan and budget for these important occasions (they are part of School Fees), as the early part of the new College year is always expensive. As the Retreats are seen as integral to the philosophy and ethos of the College, the Retreat is compulsory and all students need to make sure that work or other commitments do not prevent them from attending. It is also an essential part of their holistic development. Parents are asked to ring the College if further clarification is needed.


MEALS ON WHEELS (MOW) 2022

Parent drivers are still needed to assist with this very worthwhile endeavour ……. delivering meals to those in our community who are unable to look after themselves. 

All parents, especially Year 10 parents (2022), are invited to become a part of this by volunteering to drive from 11.00am till 12.30pm. Our College does MOW once every 5 weeks, and we need 4 drivers for that week. So, if we have 16 parent drivers, then your commitment would be one day (for 11/2 hours) every 20 weeks. Students would also be involved approximately once every 10 weeks. As per COVID requirements, parents would need to be fully vaccinated and have a volunteers Working with Children Check (no cost).

This is a simple yet effective way of giving visible witness to the message of Jesus: "Whenever you did this for one of the least important of these brothers of mine, you did it for me" (Matt 25:40-41). 

If any parents are able to help, please ring the College (66722340) and leave your name, phone number and preferred day(s). Thank you in anticipation of your help.

PRAYER SPONSORS FOR YEAR 12 HSC STUDENTS

With the HSC Examinations over, on behalf of the Staff and Year 12 students of Mt St Patrick College, may I thank all those people (parents, students, staff, especially parishioners, staff and students of their former Primary schools) who prayed for our Year 12 students during their HSC Examinations. We appreciate your generosity in being a Prayer Sponsor for them and be assured that your prayers have made a difference.

Michael O’Donohue 
Leader of Evangelisation

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COMPASS

ST VINNIES CHRISTMAS APPEAL

Many thanks to the students, families and teachers who supported the Christmas Appeal at MSPC this year. MSPC Vinnies ended up raising $1050 with both the Coin Line and Candy Cane/Gingerbread Man sales. With this cash, we purchased 50 x $20 Coles / Myer Gift Cards. Thank you to Coles Murwillumbah store for also donating an additional $50 voucher. All the Gift Cards were presented to Denise from the St Vinnies Conference, Murwillumbah last week. It is wonderful to think that these vouchers will assist local families in our community.

Add to the $1050 another donation of $300 from the Year 9 and Year 10 Ministry classes. Thank you to Mrs Finkel and Mrs Van Den Driest and all of the students of the two classes. Mrs Finkel will spend this money on gift cards at local businesses. This means that our total amount for the 2021 Christmas Appeal is in fact $1350. Congratulations MSPC!

Finally, a huge shout out to the MSPC students who are a part of this Vinnies group. They attend meetings each term, correspond and communicate to each other (and with me) via our Google Classroom, never complain about all of the jobs that need to be completed for these fund-raising events to occur. This is a commitment that they volunteer to do each term. They spend many of their lunchtimes promoting this worthy cause, fundraise, design and stick up posters around the school, attend to the stalls that we run, collect money, cook and deliver items. They look out for each other also, which is wonderful to see. When exams are on, other students within the group will step up and lead the activities.

 I am excited to see what we can achieve next year as we have a strong group of Year 10 students, who will be inducted as our Senior Vinnies Leaders in 2022. Equally as exciting are the juniors (some in Year 7 and others who joined Vinnies in Year 7) who have worked tirelessly this year. It has been an absolute pleasure working with such compassionate and selfless students. Go MSPC Vinnies!!!

Wishing all students and their families a very Merry Christmas and a safe and relaxing holiday season.

Susan Waters
PDHPE/RE Teacher

Santa visted the students during DEAR on Thursday

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Principal

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

We come to the end of 2021 a bit tired after a tough year in schools,  across Australia and the world. As I look back I am grateful that we were able to hold many of our events such as Swimming, Athletics and Cross Country Carnivals, Year 10 and 12 Retreats, Year 7 Currumbin Challenge and the Year 8 camp. I am sure you can come up with more reasons to be grateful. It is important to recognise the good in our lives rather than bemoan what we’ve missed. 

Here’s to 2022 having these events and more. It would be great to have more teams being able to represent the College in sporting events and more excursions to broaden our experiences. While we hope that 2022 will be back to normal, as 2021 shows us there can be no guarantees. I am confident that our community has the skills and resilience to handle anything that comes our way. I will communicate with you if there are restrictions before students are due back on  February 1. The high number of people in the community with vaccinations are a big part of the reason we will be facing less restrictions over the holidays and I thank those people for assisting in keeping our community safe. I encourage everyone to follow the rules to ensure that we all can have a safe and happy holiday.

Our Year 12s graduated and had their formal on Friday night and it was great to be able to send them in style. They looked the part and they enjoyed themselves immensely. It was a huge job by many people across the College but I need to highlight Katherine Swift, Grace Molloy, Stephanie Carroll-Bennett and Lesa Swift for the crucial work they did to make it happen.

Year 12 being finished of course means the HSC examinations are over, which is a big sigh of relief for the students, staff and no doubt parents. I hope their goals will be realised as they move into the next phase of their lives. Thanks to our Leader of Curriculum Jo McDonald and all the teachers for their support of the students on their journey at the College.

As with every year there is a change in staff. I thank all staff for their contribution to the College and students. I would like to highlight the following staff you have made a considerable impact to the College over a long period of time. These people are what the culture of the College is built upon and we will endeavour to follow their example into the future.

I often say to students that Jesus’ message is a simple one, love one another. As I was out walking the old hymn “They’ll know we are Christians by our love” came to mind. Have a wonderful, well-deserved and Holy Christmas and share the love with each other.

Be the Good and God Bless,
Paul Reidy
Principal

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Awards

CO-ORDINATOR'S, PRINCIPAL'S AND COLLEGE AWARDS

LISIEUX CO-ORDINATOR'S AWARDS

Year 7: Giselle Boot, Ayala East, Willa Hoffmann, Dougall Hughes, Jackson Arthur, Elijah Keyes, Tobias Neilson, Tara O'Donnell

Year 8: Patrick Corby

Year 11: Hamish Forsyth, Charley Vrbanic

LISIEUX PRINCIPAL'S AWARDS

Year 7: Giselle Boot, Ayla East

LORETO CO-ORDINATOR'S AWARDS

Year 7: Bryan Cunial, Elissa Hawkins, Darcy Irby

Year 8: Ella Ewing, Leon Morgan, Payten Nash, Ari Sampson-Jones, Delilah Teague, Kathryn Warren

Year 9: Monique McDougall, Gabrielle Stella

Year 10: Isobel Gresham, Elizabeth Warne

Year 11: Anna Dubois, Sullivan Foster

LORETO PRINCIPAL'S AWARDS

Year 7: Darcy Irby

Year 8: Leon Morgan

Year 10: Elizabeth Warne

Year 11: Sullivan Foster

LORETO COLLEGE AWARDS

Year 10: Elizabeth Warne

Year 11: Sullivan Foster

LUCAN CO-ORDINATOR'S AWARDS

Year 7: Milla Hartwig-Costello, Isaac Heath, Brody Johnson, Grace Johnston 

Year 8: Jesse Barrett, Freda Biles, Ewan Bourne, Billi Hutton, Matilda Leeson

Year 10: Mahalia Ashforth

Year 11: Michael Todd

LUCAN PRINCIPAL'S AWARDS

Year 7: Brody Johnson, Grace Johnston

Year 8: Matilda Leeson

Year 11: Michael Todd

LUCAN COLLEGE AWARDS

Year 11: Michael Todd

NAGLE CO-ORDINATOR'S AWARDS

Year 7: Erin Lanyon, Renten Sasse

Year 8: Isabelle Biersteker, Isiah Doevendans, Brodie Ferguson,Uriah Gilson, Zarli Hughes-Davies, Ava Parsons, Benjamin Wilson (2)

Year 9: Maxwell Crawford, Kiah McCarthy (2)

Year 10: Katie Macdonald, Rhiannon Nolan-Stiens, Bailee Pedlow, Punwatsa Phattharapraphakorn

Year 11: Hudson Bosnich, 

NAGLE PRINCIPAL'S AWARDS

Year 9: Kiah McCarthy

Year 10: Rhiannon Nolan-Stiens, Punwatsa Phattharapraphakorn

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FROM THE SPORTS DESK

CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS

Parents of students in Year 8 2021 if you are struggling for Christmas gift ideas or stocking fillers, here’s a thought. In Term 3 next year as part of the new integrated sport program, your son or daughter will be involved in a 4-week Hockey coaching clinic at the Tweed Border Hockey Associations fields. It is a mandatory requirement that participants wear both mouth guards and shin pads when playing. The school will be purchasing a number of shin pads to distribute weekly. Mouth guards will be available from the College prior to Term 3. Many private Health Care suppliers have the option of a free mouth guard each year. If your coverage does not extend to this, could you please think about purchasing one for your child prior to Term 3. All students will be reminded of this prior to the start of integrated sport.

CRICKET OPPORTUNITIES

While many of us look forward to relaxing summer holidays spent with family and friends at the beach or at summer barbeques, some enjoy the solititude of fielding fine leg to fine leg or silly mid-on for long hours in hot humid conditions. Nathan Pryke, from Yr 10, is one of these people and will spend his summer in Sydney playing for Manly Warringah in an attempt to further his Cricket career. An opportunity to impress many selectors and high level Cricket officials. We wish him every success. 

NSW ALL SCHOOLS ATHLETICS

Erin Lanyon is in Sydney this weekend to compete in the NSW All Schools' Athletics event which was postponed earlier in the year. Let's hope this is a sign of things to come and the sporting opportunities restart for all our students at the College.The NSW All Schools event is a three day Competition in Sydney. We wish Erin and her team of supporters all the very best.

News just in- Erin jumped a PB of 9.87m in triple jump to finish 5th in yesterday's event. 

Tim Whitney

Sports Coordinator

SCIENCE

YEAR 9 ACCELERATED SCIENCE CLASSES 2022

After much testing and deliberation the Year 9 Accelerated Science classes have been chosen for 2022. The 50 students involved have received a letter of offer and a brief explanatory note which explains the acceleration process. In addition to this, a video has been placed on the College Moodle site  detailing acceleration, as we were unable to host a meeting this year. Please watch the video which I hope makes the process clear. If you require more information, please contact me at the College.

Sherree O’ Brien
Leader Of Learning Science 

JOURNEY TO BECOMING A SUSTAINABLE SCHOOL


Mt St Patrick College is pleased to announce that in Term 1 2022 we are starting a whole school sustainability initiative, beginning with a multi-sort bin system in the canteen basement. These bins are manufactured in Australia from 100% recycled plastics, reflecting our commitment to a circular economy.  The lids feature differentiated apertures around which educational text and graphic symbols are printed. This bin system will be rolled our incrementally into different areas of the school playground throughout 2022.

While the cost saving and fundraising opportunities are clear, it is the benefits beyond this that have driven us to start this initiative. These include: significant litter reduction in the school, growth in the environment club, student growth and the multiple curriculum links.

We are also continuing to build support and opportunities for the Environment Group, as the group grows, engaging further with their local community to respond energetically to the climate change crisis.

More initiatives will be implemented throughout 2022, so WATCH THIS SPACE!!!

Jackie Tilsley
Earth and Environmental Science Teacher

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Curriculum


Well, we are here at last. The 2021 HSC has been a marathon but it has finally finished. God Bless our Year 12s and accelerated Year 11 HSC students - they have been magnificent. They should be very proud of their efforts and the fine young men and women they have become. I know their parents, carers and friends could not be prouder.  It was wonderful to see Year 12 finally relax and enjoy their graduation ceremony and formal last week. It was a fitting tribute. They have been wonderful role models for the College and we wish them every happiness and success for their future endeavours.

Our Year 11s are currently completing the final phase of their first term of HSC studies. We met on Monday to discuss the importance of reflecting on their approach to senior studies and their goals for 2022. We encourage our Year 11 students to be proactive and examine carefully the feedback their teachers have provided and seek advice on ways they can improve their learning. We discussed the importance of having high expectations, setting goals, being organised and staying focused. After enjoying Christmas and New Year, Year 11 should consider what they need to do to start 2022 in a positive manner. This entails being organised, having a planned study routine and factoring in ways to look after their wellbeing. Year 11 have been given a study and assessment planner to help them program their time efficiently. Their goal should be to work smarter with a focus on improvement.  Students should now have carefully read the NESA (NSW Education Standards Authority) 2022 Rules and procedures Guide. Important resources such as the NESA Guidelines, Assessment Calendars, Assessment Rules, Assessment Handbook, Illness and Misadventure Forms  can be found on the MSPC Assessment Portal: https://moodle.mursclism.catholic.edu.au/

Term 4 has seen Years 7 to 10 busily working on their final units to consolidate their studies for the year. There is a sense of excitement in the air as students look forward to Christmas and a well deserved break. This Friday will culminate in assemblies acknowledging academic excellence and students will be presented with excellence,  merit awards and exemplary student awards. The admirable recipients of these awards should inspire others to want to achieve their best and be the best version of themselves in all that they do. The end of the year is always an opportunity to reflect on the positives throughout the year and what areas of a student’s learning journey could be improved. This can provide an important focus for goal setting for 2022. 

I wish all of our students and College community a safe and holy Christmas.

God bless.

Jo McDonald
Leader of Curriculum



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Assistant Principal - Learning & Teaching

As we finish  the academic year I would like to congratulate all students who set realistic goals and worked towards achieving growth in their learning. Year 12 students were acknowledged last Friday night at the Formal for academic excellence and consistent effort in their studies. Academic Excellence is awarded to students who achieved first place in a subject. A special medallion, The Presentation Sisters Award, is presented to the top 10% of the cohort based on the aggregate of their assessment marks. Abbey Kuhnell was awarded the Nano Pathway Award for dedication to her chosen pathway. Congratulations to those students.

Many of the cohort have been awarded early entry into university courses based on their academic record and Principal recommendation. Three students: Miranda Quantrill, Georgia Hutton and Chloe Hillcoat have been presented with significant scholarships. Congratulations girls and good luck to everyone with your future studies.

The night was a great celebration of six years of dedication to growth in learning. The ATAR’s will be released on 20th January, 2022. The College is not notified of these ATARs so we ask students to please email myself or Miss Serone so that we can acknowledge your achievements. The HSC results will be released on 24th January 2022. We wish all Year 12 students the best in receiving the results. There will be a morning tea on the day of the results in the Upper Canteen Basement for Year 12 students to come in and celebrate 12 years of schooling.

Success in Year 12 is based on the building blocks that have been cemented in the earlier years at the College. Developing strong study and learning strategies is imperative. On Friday 10th December Year 7-11 students will be rewarded for their hard work with Academic Excellences and Merit Awards. I hope all students will strive to improve next year. The Semester 2 reports will be released this week and parents are asked to read through the reports with students to assist in evaluating the semester’s work and to set goals for next year, 2022.

I hope all students have a well earned rest after a difficult year and we all come back refreshed and keen to do our best together in 2022.

Narelle Sherrah
Assistant Principal: Learning and Teaching

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Welfare

The end of year is quickly approaching. Formal assessment is completed but work is still being covered in classes. It is important that the students remain on task over these last few weeks to avoid the opportunity for misbehaviour and unacceptable issues occurring. 

We are hearing that vaping is happening in the toilets at the College and students are hiding the vapes on their person to avoid being caught if they are asked to empty their pockets. Some students are afraid to use the toilets because of being labelled a “snitch” or simply because they don’t want to be caught up in it. We believe that some students may be selling/distributing the vapes at school. We also feel that vapes are being shared (for a fee) and some students are being pressured into using vapes. None of this behaviour is safe and it is not accepted at MSP. Please speak to your children about this issue and I encourage you to contact the College if you have any information that we can follow up. 

Can I please also ask that you help the College in maintaining our high standards with regards to uniform, nails, piercings and hair styles right through to the end of school. The College won’t relax standards over the last few weeks. Everyone- students, parents and staff- are all getting tired after a difficult year. If we all support the rules it will reduce conflict for all as we approach the holidays.

Thanks again for your ongoing support.


This weeks wellbeing focus is Engagement & Mindfulness. The character strength is Prudence. Below is a resource that as parents, may help us.

  Louise Shields
  Leader of Student Welfare

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Assistant Principal - Mission

LUCAN HOUSE CELEBRATES

In the Catholic Church’s calendar, the 21st November is celebrated as the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is actually a feast coming from the Eastern rites of Christianity about the dedication of the Church of Our Lady Near the Temple in Jerusalem in 543. It celebrates Mary’s childhood dedication to God when her parents, Ann and Joachim, presented her for a blessing at the Temple.

Nano Nagle decided to make this feast the celebration day of her new order of nuns when they changed their name and crest to ‘Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary’ shortened to ‘PVBM’. At Mt St Pat’s Lucan House celebrates this day because the Presentation Sister’s convent in Lucan, Ireland was where the first sisters came from who accepted the invitation of the Bishop of Lismore to come to Lismore in 1886. A small group of the Lismore sisters then came to Murwillumbah in 1904, when they began Mt St Patrick Primary and, later, Mt St Patrick High School in 1926.

Lucan Leader of Wellbeing, Mr McCormack, student leaders and year group representatives from Lucan House pre-recorded a special prayer and presentation of their icons which was shown today as part of a zoom assembly. It was very informative and was well-received in the homerooms.


REUSABLE MASKS AND GENEROSITY

Currently we all have to wear masks at MSPC (unless a written medical exemption is provided). Obviously it is much better for the environment if we have washable cloth masks which can be re-used rather than running through countless single-use paper masks. 

Mr Reidy emailed parents a few weeks ago to advise that our very large supply of boxes of masks was running out and that students would have to supply their own mask or parents would be contacted to help rectify the situation or the student would have to go home. As a consequence, the re-using of masks has improved dramatically with most students bringing in their own mask and taking responsibility for looking after it during the day. 

The Purnell family, their youngest children currently in Year 12 and 9, decided to help out the College community by sending in a large supply of boxes of re-usable masks. This generosity means that there will be masks available at the office when there are emergencies i.e. one elastic breaks; the dog eats the mask on the way out of the house or the mask drops out of a pocket in the bus or car! Thanks to the Purnell’s for their generosity and thoughtfulness.


CHRISTMAS CARNIVAL, NATIVITY TABLEAU AND PARISH RAFFLE

Many people in the school, parish and local community look forward to this annual harbinger of Christmas. Traditionally the Sacred Heart Parish organizes the Christmas Carnival including the staging of the Nativity Tableau (by St Joseph’s PS South Murwillumbah, MSPP and MSPC students) on the last Saturday in November. It is the Parish's major fundraiser and this will be the second year that it has been cancelled (2021 should have been its 60th year of being staged). 

It is customary for the Parish Office to send all school staff and families of students a book of 10 tickets to sell in the Parish Raffle, via the youngest student in the family at the College, which has three major cash prizes and some supplementary Christmas treats like hams and fruit cakes. Most of these ticket books were handed out in homerooms on Wednesday 24th November. I would encourage students/families to get behind this fundraiser and sell/purchase the 10 tickets. The tickets need to be returned sold (with the money in the envelope) or unsold with the unsold tickets in the envelope by Friday 3rd December via homerooms. Thanking you in advance.

Mary-Anne McShane
Assistant Principal: Mission

 

MINISTRY

YEAR 10-12 RETREATS 2022


The 2022 Year 12 Retreat will take place from Wednesday 16th February to Friday 18th February (Week 4, Term 1) and the Year 10 Retreat from Monday 16th March to Friday 18th March (Week 8, Term 1) at Camp Bornhoffen. This is an important opportunity for students to reflect upon their lives in a very busy year, especially their relationships with family, friends and God. A letter regarding details (eg cost $220.00) and more specific information will be given in the first week of next year.

The early notification of the retreats is to enable families to plan and budget for these important occasions (they are part of School Fees), as the early part of the new College year is always expensive. As the retreats are seen as integral to the philosophy and ethos of the College, the retreat is compulsory and all students need to make sure that work or other commitments do not prevent them from attending. It is also an essential part of their holistic development. Parents are asked to ring the College if further clarification is needed.


MEALS ON WHEELS (MOW) 2022

Parent drivers are still needed to assist with this very worthwhile endeavour ……. delivering meals to those in our community who are unable to look after themselves. 

All parents, especially Year 10 parents (2022), are invited to become a part of this by volunteering to drive from 11.00am till 12.30pm. Our College does MOW once every 5 weeks, and we need 4 drivers for that week. So, if we have 16 parent drivers, then your commitment would be one day (for 11/2 hours) every 20 weeks. Students would also be involved approximately once every 10 weeks. As per COVID requirements, parents would need to be fully vaccinated and have a volunteers Working with Children Check (no cost).

This is a simple yet effective way of giving visible witness to the message of Jesus: "Whenever you did this for one of the least important of these brothers of mine, you did it for me" (Matt 25:40-41). 

If any parents are able to help, please ring the College (66722340) and leave your name, phone number and preferred day(s). Thank you in anticipation of your help.

Michael O’Donohue 
Leader of Evangelisation

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College News

NEW COMPUTER PURCHSE SYSTEM FOR YEAR 9 STUDENTS GOING INTO YEAR 10 2022

Most parents of the 2021 Year 9 cohort will now be aware of our new laptop purchasing portal system, which replaces payment of laptops via school fees. This is just a friendly reminder for parents that the portal is now open for purchasing. Ideally payment should be made before December 8th so that the school can have the devices imaged and ready to roll out for the first day of school in 2022. The latest date for up front payment or a payment plan to be enacted is January 26th. The links and instructions for purchase are below. Feel free to contact me on natalie.webster@lism.catholic.edu.au if you have any issues with the portal or questions regarding the new system.


Payment portal parent instructions

ASI Payment Portal Link

Natalie Webster

Leader of Learning Technologies

NEW COLLEGE JACKETS

The new College jackets have arrived and are available from the College Clothing Pool. They are $35 which can be paid at the Front Office. These jackets can be worn as well as the current sloppy joes and are able to be worn with both the day and sport uniform. 

Unfortunately parents are unable to come into the College Clothing Pool at this time due to the current restrictions. However, students are able to visit the Clothing Pool before school or at recess and lunch to try them on for correct sizing. They are available in sizes 14 - XXL.

The new zipped jackets are comfortable, versatile and smart looking and will add a new dimension to the Mt St Patrick College uniform. 


KALEIDOSCOPE UPDATE

The Arts Project, ‘Kaleidoscope’, is drawing to a close and the dedication and outstanding products created by the participants has been an absolute pleasure to observe. Due to Covid regulations, the Showcase planned for 8th  December has been postponed until Term One, 2022. To this point, ‘Kaleidoscope’ has involved seven specialist workshops as well as stimulating dance workshops and music recording sessions coordinated by the talented Miss Molloy, Miss Baker, Mrs Bowe and Mr Rice. The quality of the work is truly inspiring and we can’t wait to share it with you in the near future.

Kaleidoscope Coordinators

HEADING WEST FOR WILCANNIA 2021

The Wilcannia Journey began in 2018/19 when 10 students were selected from the Year 9 CSYMA class to travel to Wilcannia. The students and staff travelled for 2 days before settling in at their accommodation. The MSPC students visited St Theresa’s Community School in Wilcannia and formed an ongoing relationship with students and staff. When our current Indigenous Education Officer, Tayah, heard the severity of Covid-19 in the small remote community, she organised a team which included Brandy (other IEW) , the YMO’s (Bree and Cooper) and students who have been to Wilcannia in the previous 2 trips. With the support of the College Leadership  team we were able to start a donation drive to send to Wilcannia as we wanted to do more for this small remote community. 

Tayah and Brandy, along with their team organised a donation drive of many small goods which included pencils, textas, crayons, pens, exercise books, colouring books, sketch books, hand sanitizers, shampoo and conditioner, body wash and bars of soap, antibacterial wipes, masks, soft toys, small reading books, toothbrushes, toothpaste and much more. Along with these items, Tayah, Brandy, Cooper and Bree had organised 2 fundraisers, which enabled us to purchase more school items for St Theresa’s. 

Tayah was lucky enough to have a connection with the Australian Red Cross Community Resilience Project Officer of the Tweed/Byron Shire. She had many conversations with the Community Resilience Project Officer of the Tweed/Byron and managed to make a plan so that Red Cross could assist MSPC in the shipment of goods to Wilcannia. 

On Friday 5th November the donations were picked up from MSPC and delivered to Australian Red Cross Head Office in Lismore to be transported to Wilcannia. The next leg of the journey for the donations will be a road trip to Dubbo, then delivered to St Theresa’s Community School in Wilcannia. Without the help of Australian Red Cross, Tayah, Brandy, Bree and Cooper this wouldn’t have been possible. Over the next few weeks Tayah will be receiving photos of the handover of donations until they get to Wilcannia. 

Tayah, Brandy, Cooper and Bree would like to thank all the staff, students and families who have donated supplies to the Wilcannia Donation Drive.  

ST VINNIES CHRISTMAS APPEAL

Thank you to everyone who donated coins (and notes) on the Vinnies Christmas Appeal Coin Line.

The total sum raised by MSPC Coin Line was a whopping $377.95 

(that's $152 more than last year).

The winning House for 2021 is....

1st Place - Loretto

2nd Place - Nagle

3rd Place - Lucan 

4th Place - Lisieux

Congratulations Loretto... 

The true winner of course, is actually St Vinnies and all of the families they will assist this Christmas.


Thank you MSPC. Outstanding effort. Very generous of you all... and very much appreciated!

MSPC Vinnies

PS Next Newsletter, we will update our fundraising total for St Vinnies Christmas Appeal (with sales from Candy Cane/Gingerbread Stall) and other generous donations. 

COMPASS AT MSPC IN 2022

This week at MSPC we have been discussing the elements of Compass an electronic administration system we are introducing in 2022; and therefore, what will be available to parents through the Parent Portal. Although Compass provides a wealth of options, we think the most important thing is to make the platform as practical as possible for parents, students and staff at Mt St Patrick College.

Our hope is to make the Parent Portal your one-stop link to everything at MSPC. The portal will allow parents to view calendars, reports and awards; view and pay for excursions and fees; access links to educational websites; notify the College of absences, and communicate efficiently with staff. In addition, many of the programs parents have become familiar with, such as Flexi-Schools, will remain in 2022, but will also now be accessible easily through the Parent Portal.

If you are interested in finding out more about Compass and the Parent Portal, please follow the link:

COMPASS - A Guide for Parents and Families

Ms Michelle Gill

SRT Leader

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Principal

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

End of Year (Presentation Day/Last Day/Not Returning)

We are rushing towards the end of the school year. Although students have completed their assessments, we still have meaningful work to complete. I know there is some creative work going on, without the pressure of assessments, to ensure students are engaged. Therefore, there is no need to believe them when they say, “I’m all done” or “nothing is going on at school”.

We will be holding our Presentation Assembly on Friday 10th December and it would be wonderful if all our students were present to receive awards and celebrate other people’s success. Mount St Patrick College seeks to have high expectations and to celebrate the achievement of students.. It can be motivating for students to see others receiving recognition for their efforts and inspire them to aspire to this standard.

The last day of attendance for students is Wednesday 15th December.

We are currently planning classes and staffing for 2022. If you know that the student in your house is not returning to the College in 2022, please notify the College as soon as is possible. This will allow us to ensure our planning is accurate.


Father Anthony

Father Anthony Lemon, our wonderful parish priest and College chaplain, is quite ill and undergoing surgery. Father Anthony is very generous in his support of the three parish schools and we are missing his smiling face around the College. His faith is a great example for us all and he is facing this challenge in his usual positive manner. Father Anthony has been praying the Serenity Prayer:


God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, 

the courage to change the things that I can, 

and the wisdom to know the difference.


Please keep Father Anthony in your prayers.


Paul Reidy
Principal

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Canteen Roster

The following roster will only come into affect if restrictions remain lifted. If we are in lockdown due to COVID 19 and restrictions are in place then no volunteers will be permitted onsite until further notice. Thank you for you support.

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Awards

CO-ORDINATOR'S, PRINCIPAL'S AND COLLEGE AWARDS

LISIEUX CO-ORDINATOR'S AWARDS

Year 7: Annie Butt, Keesia Close, Dannielle Kee, Ryan Stuart, Alexander Wellm

Year 8: Neve Trembath, Ulani Uhlmann, Ella Wolfe

Year 9: Filippos Mackney, Raphael Paul, Charles Shepherd, Conan Twomey

Year 10: Charlotte Foster, Olivia Glazebrook, Seth Moore

LISIEUX PRINCIPAL'S AWARDS

Year 7: Keesia Close, Ryan Stuart

Year 10: Olivia Glazebrook

LORETO CO-ORDINATOR'S AWARDS

Year 7: Keira Hair, Elissa Hawkins, Callum Johnston, Rinrada Khamkaew, Maddison Shackell

Year 8: Leon Morgan, Ash Wilcomes

Year 9: Meila Abbott, Daniella Cunial, John Dunbar

Year 10: Jarrah Fitzpatrick

LORETO PRINCIPAL'S AWARDS

Year 7: Elissa Hawkins, Callum Johnston

Year 9: Meila Abbott

LUCAN CO-ORDINATOR'S AWARDS

Year 7: Stephanie Mayne, Kaulana O'Farrell-Carter

Year 8: Samuel Daley

LUCAN PRINCIPAL'S AWARDS

Year 7: Stephanie Mayne

NAGLE CO-ORDINATOR'S AWARDS

Year 8: Skye Waters

Year 9: Jaxon Booth, Hunter East

Year 10: Maya O'Callaghan

Year 11: Charli Miller-Smylie

NAGLE PRINCIPAL'S AWARDS

Year 9: Hunter East

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Puzzle Corner

Can you solve the puzzle below?

On the first day of a sightseeing tour one-seventh of the total journey is completed.

On the second day the bus travels one-third of the remaining distance.

The following day one-quarter of the remaining distance is covered and on the fourth day the bus travels half of the distance left.

There are still 75km of the journey left.

 

How far has the bus gone?

If you think you have the solution, please see/email Mrs Bevan. The first 5 correct answers will receive a prize.

Last week’s solution :  $121  (Aileen $35, Bruce $12, Cheryl $30, Denis $16, Emily $28



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Faculty News

FROM THE SPORTS DESK

2022 IMPORTANT DATES

For all our forward planners, here is a list of important sporting dates to pencil into your calendar for 2022.

Week 2 

  • College Swimming Carnival Friday 4th February

Week 6 

  • Diocesan Winter Sport Trials: Rugby League U15’s and Opens and Football Open Boys and Girls, Tuesday 1st March.  (St John’s College Woodlawn)
  • Diocesan Tennis,( Arkinstall Park, Tweed) Tuesday 1st March
  • Diocesan Individual Touch Football trials (applications open now, visit Lismore Dio sport web page https://sport.lism.catholic.edu.au/ )  Thursday 3rd March. ( Northern Rivers Football Academy, Lismore)

Week 7 

  • Diocesan Swimming Tuesday 10th March. Lismore

Week 9 

  • Diocesan North Open Soccer Tournament. Tuesday 22nd March. Lismore (Northern Rivers Football Academy)
  • Diocesan Open Basketball. Wednesday 23rd & Thursday 24th March, Sportz Central, Coffs Harbour

Week 11

  • College Cross Country Event. Monday 4th April. Kingscliff / Fingal tbc
  • NRCC Netball Boys and Girls. Wednesday 6th April. Arkinstall Park, Tweed
  • NSWCCC Swimming and Diving Wednesday 6th April. Sydney
  • NSW All Schools Triathlon. Thursday 7th & Friday 8th April. Penrith


ATHLETICS NEWS

Year 9 student Chloe Martin was selected to be a part of the 2022 Little Athletics Queensland New Zealand Development Tour, which is / was to take place from 7th- 17th of January 2022. Along with 40 other selected U15 and 16 athletes, Chloe was set to travel to New Zealand’s South Island to compete in 3 competitions over the 10-day period, along with several training sessions throughout the trip. The events Chloe was to compete in included the 100, 200, 400, long jump and 80m hurdles. Unfortunately, due to the current Covid restrictions the tour has had to be cancelled due to the uncertain nature of the Trans-Tasman bubble. A 5-day Development Camp for the selected athletes has been scheduled in early January at the Gold Coast Performance Centre to make up for the cancellation. 

Chloe in action in the relay.

NSW ALL SCHOOLS ATHLETICS

Earlier in the year the scheduled NSW ALL Schools event had to be postponed due to COVID threats.The 4 day event has been postponed to Thursday December 9th – Sunday December 12, at Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre. Registrations for the event close next  Monday 29th November for any athletes / families interested. For more information go to nswathletics.org.au 


BASKETBALL

Congratulations to Ty Lockwood and Ethan Johnston who have been named in the U16 D League Country Basketball squad. The boys, who are both in Year 8, have been playing with the Byron Beez squad and  recently attended the trials. Both boys impressed the selectors earning them a spot on the roster for 2022. The boys will now attend a 4 day trial in January, which brings the best basketballers from the country and metro squads together to attend a training day. Before then playing a 3 day tournament from which players will be selected to attend state trials in February.  Best of luck boys.

Tim Whitney

Sports Coordinator

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Curriculum

It is now Week 8 and Year 12 have passed the halfway point in the completion of their HSC exams. It is wonderful to see the relief on the faces of our Year 12 students as they exit the exam hall with their hard work and focused efforts finally realised. While much importance is placed on the HSC, at MSPC we enable all of our students to be prepared for, and engage in, life beyond school. We endeavour to encourage excellence, a love of learning and a passion for life. Our aim is to ensure our seniors can pursue any post-school path with confidence.


The HSC is a 13 month journey and Year 11 is well underway in the study of their first HSC modules. It is important that students are proactive in their learning and seek advice to clarify their understanding of the complex content and concepts studied. Being organised and consolidating understanding in comprehensive note-making is an important element to being successful in Year 12. Having a planned home study routine is equally beneficial. There are many excellent resources available at the College and online to support students navigating their way through this last stage of their learning.


Years 7 to 10 have now completed their assessment block and are working on their last units of study for the year. Teachers have provided feedback to students and are now busily preparing reports.


A reminder that should a Year 10, 11 or 12 student be ill during an assessment or examination, they are required to have a medical practitioner complete the MSPC Assessment Variation Application form. Students can access this on their Assessment Portal page: https://moodle.mursclism.catholic.edu.au/ 

Assessment Term 4 - Weeks 8 and 9:  The following table is an overview of assessments:



  Jo McDonald
  Leader of Curriculum

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Assistant Principal - Learning & Teaching

The College is very proud of the resilience and diligence displayed by Year 12 as they have put behind them all the disruption of the 2021 year and attempted the HSC exams with confidence and determination. Only one week to go and the students will be dressing up and celebrating at the Formal. It is so pleasing to hear students say as they leave the exam room that they just gave it their best shot and felt they were prepared as best as they could by our diligent teachers. We are so privileged to have such dedicated teachers who ensure they know their syllabus and give the students the best opportunities available.

A new teacher to the College was once asked why Mt St Pats students perform so well. Her reply was the strong relationships between the staff and the students. Mt St Pats teachers will do anything they can for their students to ensure their success. In return the students do their best for themselves and for their teachers.

The students will receive their ATARs on 20th January 2022 and their HSC results on 24th January. We remind the students and parents that the school is not notified of the ATARs and would appreciate it if the students texted their ATARs to the school so that we can celebrate the students' achievements. A morning tea will be provided for staff and students on 24th January in the Canteen Basement to get together and learn what the next step is for our Paddy’s kids.

The Year 11  Accelerated students took up the challenge this year to complete a HSC Course one year ahead of their cohort. Last Monday 5 students attempted a very difficult Mathematics HSC paper. On Monday 17 students will attempt Chemistry and our last exam, Investigating Science, will be attempted by 19 students. We wish all these students a fair paper and congratulate them all on their courage in taking on the difficult challenge.

I might be biased but I am so proud of the Chemistry class for becoming such a collaborative and caring group of students who have supported each other on this tough journey. The following photo was taken at their last Monday afternoon tutorial. All the best Chem Kids!

Year 7-11 students are currently finishing up courses for the year and looking forward to their reports. Parents may notice a difference in our reports this semester. We are moving away from marks and ranks to grades and descriptions of what the students can do. Our reports are evolving to be a more meaningful representation of what the students have achieved and how they can grow. Congratulations to the students who have done their best and continued to grow in knowledge and skills. I hope students can reflect on their efforts this year and set goals for next year. Good luck!

Narelle Sherrah

Assistant Principal: Learning and Teaching

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