MSPC Newsletter - Term 3 Week 4, 5th August 2021
GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS
Our news has been filled with COVID-19 stories for 18 months now, which can be repetitive and depressing. The Olympics have come at a good time to give us some positive news. It seems strange that they could be held at all during these strange times but they are certainly a nice distraction for us, as are the various domestic sporting competitions that manoeuvre around the country avoiding the latest outbreak. There is a great joy and inspiration for us in seeing these people excel in their chosen fields.
The last few weeks have seen the effects of the pandemic come closer to us than previously. As a school we are still on Level 2, which means parent access is limited and students are encouraged to wear masks. Our teaching staff have been preparing for a move to remote learning as a precautionary measure. I hope that it is like carrying an umbrella on a walk, it only rains when you don’t have one. It is important to discuss issues of the world with the young people in your care, but please be positive and optimistic in your discussions. We want our young people to be filled with hope and optimism for the future. Starting with gratitude keeps us on the positive side. I am certainly grateful for living on the beautiful North Coast and being able to go about my life with relative normality. I am also grateful to be part of the Mount St Patrick Community and see the students and staff face the changes and challenges that occur with good grace. I am confident that the skills and resilience borne of this time will stand the students in good stead as they move forward to live lives of purpose.
Amongst the disruption, life at the College goes on. The HSC Trials finish this week and I have spoken to numerous students before and after their trials who have had the usual exam emotions ranging from anxiety to relief. The time for feedback and fine tuning will begin next week. Students can be a little flat after the Trials, but this is a crucial time for students to get as much as they can from the classroom prior to graduation. So please ensure that they are attending. Currently graduation is planned to go ahead in Week 10 as usual. We are planning so that we can meet multiple contingencies that may be thrust upon us. While ideally parents would be able to attend, this looks unlikely at present. The event will certainly be live-streamed whether or not parents can attend as this was a success last year.
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
This quote which is mostly attributed to Abraham Lincoln but is thought actually to be a saying of lumberjacks. Nevertheless what it says about being prepared is on the money. Spend time preparing for the task and you will prepare for success. Imagine the years Olympians have spent to complete a race that can be over in seconds. Excellence begins with preparation and hard work.
Be the Good and God Bless
Paul Reidy: Principal
Assistant Principal - Mission
ATHLETICS CARNIVAL THANKS
We had a great day at Walter Peate Reserve in Kingscliff on Tuesday 20th July. This was a first for us, bussing most students to the Athletics Carnival, but being able to have multiple field and track set-ups with some electronic gates recording times made for a great day of competition. Thanks to Kingscliff Little Athletics for the use of their equipment, Canteen and toilet facilities and their expertise on the day, made the Carnival flow smoothly. Unfortunately due to our COVID-safe plan, parents, grandparents and friends weren’t able to enter the Reserve. Despite this some enterprising parents were able to get excellent views from behind our see-through fences!
I would like to thank the following families who made monetary and/or food donations for the MSPC P & F BBQ and Cake Stall which we were able to run on the day (without the actual assistance of parents on site!). Apologies in advance if I have omitted anyone, especially those who donated baked goods, as it was quite hectic at the beginning of the day setting up tents and tables and many parents sensibly used disposable plates without names attached. Thanks to the Sullivan-Butt, Peters, Fisher, Gradisnik, Abbott, Rogers, Arnold, Bagnall, Ruddy, Hudson, Julian, Buchanan, Pryke, Moore, Holliday, Masterman, Hayward and Larkin families.
FREE DENTAL HEALTH CHECKS FOR YEAR 7 - 11 COLLEGE STUDENTS
The Dental Health Van will be visiting the College on Monday 8th November, 2021 for those students whose parents want to take advantage of this free service. Information leaflets containing a Consent Form were recently handed out in homerooms for students to take home for your consideration. If you want your child/ren to take advantage of this offer the signed Consent Form needs to be given to your child’s homeroom teacher by Monday 30th August. There are still plenty of Information Leaflets available at the Front Office and in homeroom folders.
NEW DATE FOR YEAR 12 FORMAL AND PRESENTATION EVENING – 19th November, 2021
NESA has released new dates for Year 12 students to submit majorworks, complete orals tasks and performances. The HSC Written Examinations have also been moved one week later than previously published. They will now commence on Tuesday 19th Octoberwith English Paper 1. College students will complete their exams, Hospitality (VET) and Earth & Environmental Science, on Wednesday 10th November. As a consequence the Mt St Patrick College Formal and Presentation Evening will be held on Friday 19th November at the College. We look forward to a great celebration.
Mary-Anne McShane: Assistant Principal - Mission
Assistant Principal - Learning & Teaching
Today Year 8 students were allocated to their 200Hr electives for Years 9 and 10. The subjects running are-: Physical Activity and Sport Studies, Timber, Food, Music and Multimedia. All students were allocated to their first or second choice. Some students were disappointed with their second choice but have shown resilience and sent a polite email requesting to be placed on the waiting list for their preferred choice.
I was watching the Olympic swimming on the weekend and was so impressed by Cate Campbell after being disappointed with her 50m swim, backed up to win Gold in the Medley Relay. In the interview after the race Cate said “You find out what you are made of when things do not go your way. You have to be brave and get back out there.”
Resilience is very important for students to develop so that they can take disappointment and make the best of all situations. Well done Year 8.
BIG DAY OUT
The College is busy preparing for our annual BIG DAY out on Tuesday 31st August. Each class chooses a theme to come dressed in and an activity or food stall to run on the day. This is about coming together as a College to enjoy some College spirit before Year 12 graduates. Can’t wait to see what Year 12 have in store for us.
YEAR 12 TRIALS
Proud of the Year 12 students with their attitude and commitment in completing their Trial HSC Examinations. In this world of unknowns we are grateful to have these completed. It’s time for a rest now and then we can get back into preparing for the HSC. They have time to reflect on feedback, keep working consistently to just do their best without stressing too much. The next 6 weeks is an opportunity for the Year 12 community to display leadership and enjoy preparing for the graduation and the fun activities that remain. Have fun Year 12!
Narelle Sherrah: Assistant Principal - Learning and Teaching
Tomorrow 6th August is the final day of our Trial Examinations and Year 12have worked hard preparing for their exams. Industrial Technology Timber and Multimedia will be completed on 18/08/21.
The Trial Examination provides Year 12 with important feedback on where they are at in the final stages of their courses. After allowing time to rest following the Trial Exam, It is vital that students remain focused on their studies in the lead up to the external HSC Examinations which begin in October. The HSC exam itself contributes 50 percent of a student's final HSC mark for a course. Now is the time where Year 12 can continue to grow and consolidate their knowledge, skills and understanding of the complex texts, content and concepts studied. They should be completing past exam papers under timed exam conditions, attending classes and tutorials, seeking feedback and refining their revision notes and materials. Additionally, the NESA website provides a range of materials including rubrics, past HSC papers, marking criterias and feedback from the HSC Exam Centre.
Students can access their HSC Timetable on the NESA Website:
The Year 11 examination block will begin at the end of Week 8 and run all of Week 9.
THE KALEIDOSCOPE PROJECT
It was an absolute pleasure to witness our amazing Kaleidoscope Project students at work with Matt Ottley, who is an internationally acclaimed and multi-award winning artist. Matt has been working closely with students, sharing his expertise in the fields of literature, visual arts and music. In this session students worked towards transforming their written and visual narratives into a musical score. The project continues this week.
Jo McDonald: Leader of Curriculum
FROM THE SPORTS DESK
Due to the ongoing restrictions, the following events have been cancelled for Term 3
- NRCC Aussie Rules Junior (9th Aug) and Senior (16th Aug) Gala Days
- Diocesan Athletics Championships at Coffs Harbour (12th Aug)
- NSWCCC Hockey Championships – Newcastle August 18th and 19th
- Diocesan Netball Championships – Port Macquarie 2nd September
- NSWCCC Athletics Championships – Sydney September 3rd
- NRCC Basketball – Lismore September 8th tbc
SURF LIFE SAVING NEWS
Bede Curnow from Year 11 competed in the QLD state IRB titles last weekend. He competed for Kirra in team events as crew and patient. Due to Covid lockdown it was a substantially shortened programmed, with only about a third of events being able to be run to finals. That was just long enough for Bede to get a gold medal with one of his teams.
Tim Whitney: Sports Co-ordinator
‘Kaleidoscope’ has reached the half way point and the Projects being developed by the participants are forming into bold and dynamic responses to the initial stimulus. The fusion of narrative, illustration and music has begun and over the next few weeks the students will explore a diversity of techniques and approaches in the transforming and transposing process.
The students were lucky enough to be immersed in the lyrical world of Author, Artist and Composer Matt Ottley. Matt has published many books and composed many musical pieces to accompany these books, as well as being involved in many other projects. Matt provided the students with a solid foundation on which to start incorporating music into their writing and illustrations. Matt was also kind enough to share some of his works and theories on where to start the compositional process. Matt was able to encourage students to "see" the music for their developing pieces by a range of drawing techniques which amazed both students and teachers. The workshop concluded with a drawing of a student's face being inverted into a piece of music on a score from which two of our students were confident enough to play on violin and piano. It sounded incredible. We look forward to working with Matt again and thank him for his valuable knowledge and vast range of skills and experience.
The participants have undertaken ‘Kaleidoscope’ with great energy and creative verve and all of the Workshop Coordinators and participating teachers have been deeply impressed by both the concepts being created and by the collaborative approach and positivity of the group.
Can you solve the puzzle below?
If you think you have the solution, please see/email Mrs Bevan. The first 10 correct answers will receive a prize.
Last Editions answer = 14 (each circle had to add to 30)
Congratulations to Sam Anderson, Darcy Hannah & Bryce Matlock for solving the puzzle.
CO-ORDINATOR'S, PRINCIPAL'S AND COLLEGE AWARDS
LISIEUX CO-ORDINATOR'S AWARDS
Year 7: Giselle Boot, Mitchell Johnston, Dannielle Kee, Elijah Keyes, Tobias Neilson, Tara O’Donnell, Billy Smith, Cain Twomey, Amelia Andrews, Elliza Campbell, Samantha Crowley
Year 8: Dallas Browning, Makaylah De Jonge, Ethan Johnston, Sid Longhurst, Petros Mackney, Rylan McGovern, Cooper McKnight, Xavier Palmer, Eliza Wightley, Lara Willis, Samuel Acret, Remy Hawkins, Van Johnson, Jimmy Keogh
Year 9: Dorian Boot, Alexander Crowley, Angel De Los Angeles, Patrick Kee, Sean Wegemund, Josie Farrell, Emily Simpson
Year 10: Lucy Foster, Ashley Gray, Sasha Hendrikse, Kloe Mills, Darcy Nankivell, Tabitha Stratton
Year 11: Edith Hampson, Amelie Holdom, Zach Simpson, Rose Hampson, Ben Longhurst
Year 12: Imogen Ball, Imogen Evans, Darcy Hannah, Lia Newland
LISIEUX PRINCIPAL'S AWARDS
Year 7: Dannielle Kee, Tara O’Donnell, Cain Twomey
Year 8: Dallas Browning, Lara Willis, Remy Hawkins
Year 9: Josie Farrell, Emily Simpson
Year 10: Kloe Mills
Year 11: Amelie Holdom
LISIEUX PRINCIPAL'S AWARDS
Year 9: Josie Farrell
Year 10: Kloe Mills
LORETO CO-ORDINATOR'S AWARDS
Year 7: Hugh Robinson, Maddison Shackell (3), Luca Stuart, Taylor Anderson, Beau Bevis, Georgia Biskup, Bryan Cunial, Tully Fitzpatrick, Taya Oates, Eden Petrie, Levi Priest, Hugh Robinson, Sachin Smith, Benji Tunnercliffe, Maddison White
Year 8: Mohan Aldred-Sutherland, Rhys Charman, Ella Ewing (2), Reef Kidwell, Charlotte Kilgariff, Lachlan Maclean, Jake Shackell, Delilah Teague, Kathryn Warren, Ash Wilcomes, Alexia Adams, Joshua Hawkins, Arlo Kirk
Year 9: Ochre Barnden-Panton, Nicholas Males, William Wallace, Gabrielle Stella, Deacon Streader, Ruby Trueman
Year 10: Isabella Anderson, Dylan Gale, Wyatt Gradisnik, April Parnaby, Jarrah Fitzpatrick, Isobel Gresham, Hallie Nash
Year 11: Raen Santos
Year 12: Madison McClymont
LORETO PRINCIPAL'S AWARDS
Year 7: Hugh Robinson, Luca Stuart, Bryan Cunial, Taya Oates, Maddison Shackell
Year 8: Rhys Charman, Charlotte Kilgariff, Lachlan Maclean, Kathryn Warren, Ash Wilcomes, Ella Ewing, Joshua Hawkins
Year 9: Ochre Barnden-Panton, William Wallace, Gabrielle Stella, Deacon Streader, Ruby Trueman
Year 10: Hallie Nash
Year 12: Madison McClymont
LORETO COLLEGE AWARDS
Year 7: Maddison Shackell
Year 9: Gabrielle Stella, Ruby Trueman
LUCAN CO-ORDINATOR'S AWARDS
Year 7: Eboni Rawson (2), Samantha Zambelli, Sunny Ashton, Oliver Buchanan, Brayden Drabowicz, Xavier Elliott, Kieran Forsyth, Elliott Gracie, Grace Johnston, Stephanie Mayne, Cruz McAuliffe, Luca Szandala, James Walker
Year 8: Jesse Barrett (2), Lachlan May, Emelia Thompson, Taylor Barton, Annalise Cardillo, Kayla Cotelli, Harrison Daley, Billi Hutton, Noam Litvin, Bailey Lofts, Zade Spratt
Year 9: Luca Todd, Lillian Gibb, Tom Logan, Bryce Wilson, Chloe Zambelli
Year 10: Aidan Hamilton, Amaya Scard, Lucia Alexander, Zali Belcher, Elijah Chandler, Charles Elliott, Elijah Kirk, Mackenzie Lyndon, Raffael Morrison, Cooper Shields
LUCAN PRINCIPAL'S AWARDS
Year 7: Brayden Drabowicz, Xavier Elliott, Kieran Forsyth, Grace Johnston, Stephanie Mayne
Year 8: Harrison Daley, Noam Litvin
Year 9: Chloe Zambelli
Year 10: Aidan Hamilton, Amaya Scard, Elijah Chandler, Charles Elliott
LUCAN COLLEGE AWARDS
Year 10: Amaya Scard, Elijah Chandler
NAGLE CO-ORDINATOR'S AWARDS
Year 7: Maddison Darby, Abigail Gilson, Charlize Green, Erin Lanyon, Chelsea Templeton, Matilda Dunnachie, Marley Ferguson, Arturo Molinari, Jack Peters, Nicholas Piccini, Sequoia Wadley, Ryan York
Year 8: Louie Banbury, Brodie Ferguson, Ava McCabe, Felix Morin-Graue, Sienna Peddle, Ebony Roach, Marni Simmonds, Ava Parsons, Amy Siripiboon, Skye Waters
Year 9: Savarna Wheatley, Imogen Andrews, Amanita Barnaby-Bowe, Ethan Elsegood, Kiana Tyack
Year 10: Angel De Los Angeles, Shana Kussrow, Rhiannon Nolan-Stiens, Maya O’Callaghan, Hannah Davis
Year 11: Kyan Avery
NAGLE PRINCIPAL'S AWARDS
Year 7: Charlize Green, Matilda Dunnachie, Marley Ferguson, Nicholas Piccini, Sequoia Wadley
Year 8: Sienna Peddle, Marni Simmonds, Ava Parsons, Skye Waters
Year 9: Kiana Tyack
Year 11: Kyan Avery