MSPC Newsletter - Term 1 Week 7, 17th March 2022
The flood disaster gave me reason to ponder the different ways we react to things. I can kick my toe and jump around and yell like it’s the end of the world. A little thing in your house might be that the last tim tam has been eaten. I am sure you can think of a situation where you have overreacted. If you don’t react to little things like that, you know someone, your mum or dad, brother, who does. But when something big happens like the flood disaster we just face it, we just get stuck in and do what we have to do.
I don’t think people in Murwillumbah are different in this respect to Lismore, or to Mallacoota in the 2019 bushfires or to Tonga with its tsunami in January, or what is happening in Ukraine. People, all made in God’s image, no matter their nationality, race or religion, find a spirit to face these adversities. I think all these people are amazing. The difference here is we have been part of it or seen first hand the magnificent way humans can rise when they need to. You are these people.
Jesus said, “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” We would hope that people would come to our aid, so of course, we should come to help others when they are in need.
Friday, after the water had subsided, there were students, former students, staff and parents helping to clean up at the College. I am not mentioning names because I will miss people. I saw some other students walking past the school and asked what they’d been up to and they’d been helping a friend. We can never make judgements about who is doing what because people have been helping each other all over this area. That’s another lesson that we can take from this disaster. On Sunday I saw more students helping in the community. On Monday I found out they had been cleaning out their parents’ business in the days before and then on Sunday had come to help others. Amazing human beings. I use the old College theme of “be the good” as I sign my letters and I can see that good in action in our community.
The best of us comes out in times of need. What we can take this and, what might be special for Mount St Patrick College, is that we can aim to operate with this spirit all the time.
We Choose Hope that we can work together to lift people up and move forward. One of the ways we will do this is by helping St Joseph’s Primary School South Murwillumbah who were impacted far worse than ourselves. We have hosted them since Monday 14th March. That will mean some disruption for us. These disruptions are us being the good and helping St Joseph’s.
Be the Good and God Bless,
Assistant Principal - Mission
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!
Year 7 students in Berchmans, Chisholm and Doyle Learning Groups experienced the Currumbin Treetops Challenge last Friday 11th March. Year 7s in Gilroy, MacKillop and O’Connor will travel to Currumbin next Monday 21st March to complete the ‘challenge’!
The Year 10 Retreat at Camp Bornhoffen is well underway as I write this article from my room at the Camp.
In 2022 students in Years 7 and 10 are being offered free vaccinations in the NSW School Vaccination Program. Parent Information Kits outlining all the details for Year 7s were sent home with students in late February. There is still time to return signed Consent Forms as the immunization date has moved to Wednesday 18th May. Year 10 students will receive their Parent Information Kits re Meningococcal Injections in Term 3
ID/Portrait Photos of all College students will be taken on Thursday 7th April in a timetable based on year groupings. All students are to have their dress uniform shirt on for the photo. So if a student has prac PE or Sport timetabled on this day which is Day 9, they need to bring their dress uniform shirt for the photo.
The photo is a head and shoulders shot only. The group and sibling photos will take place early in Term 2. We are using a new company this year called Advanced Life. Order envelopes will be given to all students next Monday 21st March to take home, although the orders can be done online.
Advanced Life says that group and portrait photographs can be purchased by following the link below or by returning the order envelope with your payment to our photographer on school photo day.
advancedlife now offers Latitude Pay! To take advantage of LatitudePay and split the cost of your order into 10 small easy payments, simply order your school photos online as usual, set up a Latitude Pay account in just a few clicks and pay no interest or fees when you pay according to your payment schedule; it’s that easy.
3 easy ways to purchase:
- LatitudePay – Click on the link below, set up an account during the online order process and split your payments across 10 weeks with no interest or fees, if you pay on time
- Visa, MasterCard or PayPal
- Cash – complete the envelope supplied and return it to our photographer on photo day
Or visit: www.advancedlife.com.au
And enter online order code: B8V DPW 9YB
School photography information:
- Online orders - do not require an envelope returned to your school
- Sibling Photos - Don’t forget to pre-order your sibling photos online up to 24 hours before photo day. We provide your school with a list of sibling orders right up to the day of photography, so no one misses out. If you miss the online order deadline, you can submit a completed sibling order envelope first thing in the morning of the day of photography, so your school is aware you want the photo taken and can bring your children together in time for it. Sibling photographs only apply to children enrolled at your school.
- Late fees- a late fee will be applied to each package purchased after photo day due to the additional cost of producing these packages separately
- Package delivery- photographic packages will be returned to your school for distribution approximately six weeks after photos are taken
- Previous Years’ photos- Past years’ photographs including sports, co-curricular and representative groups are also available to order under the “previous years or group photo” tabs at your school’s advancedorder site when you click on the “Order School Photos Here” button above. You can also order past packages, portrait images and gifts from your child’s unique, individual and secure advancedyou image archive site using the unique 9-digit image code found on packages you have ordered in the past
advancedlife would like to express our appreciation to Mt St Patrick College for placing your trust in us. Please remember we offer a 100% money back guarantee on our products to ensure your peace of mind. We would also love to receive your feedback or resolve any issues you may experience as fast as possible, to ensure your satisfaction. If you have any questions, comments or feedback relating to your advancedlife experience please contact us at: www.advancedlife.com.au/contact
Lola Ruiz Diaz (Client Coordinator)
A Year 7 2023 Parent Information Evening will be held in the Sacred Heart Church from 6.30pm on Thursday 7th April. There will be light refreshments to follow in the Learning Hub located next door to the Church. We look forward to meeting you on this evening.
Assistant Principal: Mission
YEAR 12 RETREAT
Year 12 attended their amazing retreat on 16th-18th February at Camp Bornhoffen. A time-honoured Patties tradition, Year 12 took it all in their stride. They participated so well in the wonderful activities, as well as enjoying some outdoor time in the beautiful mountains of Springbrook.
A big thank you to all the staff who attended: Mrs Narelle Sherrah, Mr Mitchel Rice, Mr Stewart Grant, Miss Grace Molloy, Mrs Natalie Webster, Mrs Clara Cahil, Mrs Maureen Reynolds, Miss Ellen Seller, Mr Rick Van Den Driest, Mrs Vanessa Galvin, Mr Blake Reynolds and Mr Michael Levick and our two wonderful YMOs, Emma Wilkinson and Mikayla Greenhalgh.
A few words from Year 12:
The much anticipated trip has arrived. Boarding the bus, we drive through the grey fog that feels like we are reaching the edge of your Minecraft world. The moors unknown, just past the rolling mountains off in the distance, upon a winding road we come to a stop. We are here!! Various emotions arise among the cohort. Excitement, some apprehension and some fear. We offload our luggage from the bus and descend on Bornhoffen. Now is the time that we learn of our cabins and our fellow room mates who we will be coddled with for the next three days. Prison versus paradise, a common thought for all. The girls score with the Camp One cabins beneath the beautiful peace of the mountain side, with modern facilities; ensuites and all. The boys however, remain ensuitless at Camp Two, with their shared bathrooms and bleak décor.
The catalyst for bringing our grade together were the icebreakers. We took part in small games, which helped us bond through laughs, cries and several near fatal injuries. There was quite a diverstity of activities. For instance, volunteers partaking in role play games where they had to manipulate other people’s body parts into some questionable positions and some raucous dancing to the Macarena and the Nutbush. The excitement was palpable! Collectively, we may all agree that these icebreakers certainly allowed us to see people’s other sides – both to who we knew and to those we’ve never shared words with before. On the way to camp, many of us thought the bus could potentially crash on the narrow winding road, but we didn’t expect the real life simulation through the plane crash activity which saw us throwing ourselves around at death defying speeds to save ourselves from impending doom.
Even with the icebreakers, the atmosphere still needed a little lightening, so a different strategy was in place for everyone to feel comfortable and open up. The year group was split in to two camps with activities for each camp to partake in. The division of the group allowed each individual to express themselves and truly feel connected with each other. We opened ourselves to the opportunity of forming new connections with people we have never spoken to and we were surprised by the things that we learnt. To strengthen the connection, we split into smaller groups so that everyone had the opportunity to speak their voice and open up. There was plenty of healthy competition between groups when presenting skits and career ideas and plenty of heart felt laughter.
Free time was somewhat of a highlight on retreat. Whether it was people loitering in the cabin or playing shirts versus skins in basketball, there was never a dull moment. However, I think most will probably agree that the greatest part was the icy cold water of the local water fall. Although it was a bit of a trek to get there, parkouring across the stream (some unsuccessfully) and walking straight past the “DO NOT ENTER” sign, once we were there, it was paradise. Although the water was freezing and the leeches were plenty, I think I speak for everyone, when I say that we all had a blast. The weather was pristine, with the previous day’s light rain ensuring the stream was the perfect height for relaxing in. It was truly a spectacle with everyone laughing and shivering collectively. The comradery was evident and the anticipation for that night’s semi-formal dinner was running high.
After visiting the waterfall, the race was on for dibs on the first hot shower. With the childish joy of swimming in the fresh water creek over, we had just over an hour to prepare for the biggest event of our lives. Year 12 2022 mock formal. From the waterfall began a roughly 500 meter cross country trek through treacherous grounds with high stakes. Who will get the first showers? After many ungracious falls and slipping in creeks, we arrived on mass to the heaven of hot water and decent water pressure. We delved in, washing off any tiredness and fatigue along with the mud and insects. Before we knew it, showers were done and we still had 50 minutes before the big event. However, a spectacle of outfits began to grace the students and teachers. The opshop outfits smelling somewhat musty, created a joyous atmosphere as we posed for pics with our peers. The stars of the show truly were Oscar and Levi who both sported dresses, which will probably be plastered on the powerpoint slides of our next assembly. After the sensation of humourous outfis began to calm down, we entered the hall and sat with our small groups. A group of faces widely unfamiliar when we first met, but now able to carry a conversation over a beautiful two course meal with one of the greatest restaurants in the area waited on by our trusty teachers.
So now, here we are with the retreat coming to an end, embracing the theme of ‘Choose Hope’, bonding with our small groups and finding a safe space to share and be honest, doing the heal and toe and awkwardly holding hands with strangers. Then there was the walk down to the water fall (a small hidden oasis infested with blood sucking leeches), watching games of touch footy and basketball and Mr Van Den Driest’s acrobatic pool tricks. All of this leading to most people’s highlight of the retreat. The mock formal. This was a broad spectrum of outfits ranging from uggs to Oscar and Levi’s outfits. This magazine article couldn’t be finished without special mention to Mrs Sherrah’s new friend, the funnel web spider, who fund itself connected to the end of her shoe leading to its premature death. All in all, the retreat was an emotional rollercoaster. We went to retreat an eclectic mix of 17 and 18 year olds and came back a strongly bonded year group.
YEAR 10 RETREAT
This week from Wednesday 16th to Friday 18th, our Year 10 students are on their Retreat at beautiful Camp Bornhoffen. We look forward to hearing all about their experiences and fun upon their return. Look after your wonderful teachers: Miss Mary-Anne McShane, Mrs Angela Finkel, Mrs Cathy Cripps, Mr Corey Nix, Mr Jamie Harvey, Mrs Susan Waters, Mr Rick Van Den Driest, Mr Jake Hetherington, Mr Blake Reynolds, Mrs Anne Edwards, Mr Brett Mcculloch as well as our YMOs, Mikayla Greenhalgh and Emma Wilkinson!
Unfortunately the Year 7 Transitus Retreat which was due to take place in Week 8 has been cancelled to allow schools and communities to focus on their recovery after the floods. Thank you to all those Year 7 students who got their applications in so promptly after our return to school. If this event does happen to be rescheduled, we will let you know.
LEAD CONFERENCE NEW DATE
As many of you may be aware, the LEAD Conference was meant to be held in Week 6 but was postponed due to the flooding. It has been rescheduled for May 19 - 20 (Week 4: Term 2). LEAD is a Student Leaders’ Conference that enhances Senior Ministry Teams of Year 11 and 12 students to be equipped for ministry in their schools by nurturing their own faith and developing them into supportive communities. Returning from LEAD, these students will be encouraged to meet regularly to support each other and to facilitate Youth Ministry initiatives within their own school communities and at regional events such as SHINE. Students in Year 11 and 12 still wishing to go or would like to attend after hearing all about it need to collect an information and permission note from our YMOs, or Miss Molloy. Students who have already submitted a note do not need to re-submit another. The note needs to be returned by Thursday 31st March. The cost is $20. Notes and payments will be sent and finalised through the Compass App. It is not too late if you would like to go if you are a Year 11 or 12 student. See YMOs for more information.
YEAR 11 LEADERSHIP/RETREAT DAY
The Year 11 Leadership and Retreat day will now take place on the 6th May Term 2, Week 2. This is a compulsory school day for all Year 11 students. It will be a wonderful day of fun, games and activities run by the Passionist Youth Retreat Team. Students are asked to wear their college sports uniform on this day.
ST PATRICK'S DAY LITURGY
A big thank you to the SRC and Miss Molloy's and Mr Doepel's Catholic Faith in Action Classes for putting together a wonderful St Patrick's Day Liturgy on Monday 14th March. It was our second time back in the Sacred Heart Church all together, and we even managed a bit of singing and Irish Dancing! It is so wonderful to be back in our Church celebrating our special events again!
Happy St Patrick's Day for today 17th March!!!
Thoughts and prayers to all our College and surrounding communities after the floods.
Leader of Evangelisation
This week the Wellbeing Focus is Engagement & Mindfulness - Mindfully Resilient and the character strength is Perspective. I feel this is a very fitting wellbeing focus given what the community has gone through in the last few weeks.
I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to members of the College and the wider community who have made donations of school bags, vouchers and other goods to our students and families impacted by the recent floods.
Leader of Pastoral Care
Assistant Principal - Learning & Teaching
Each year at the St Patrick’s Day Liturgy students from previous years are inducted into the College Wall of Excellence to recognise extraordinary achievements. This year the achievements of the past two years were acknowledged as we had not gathered as a school on St Patrick’s Day due to COVID restrictions. These achievements may be Academic, Cultural, or Sporting.
This year’s inductees were-:
Max Davis - 10th in the state for Multimedia
Anthea Warne - 8th in the state Ancient History
Georgia Freier - 7th in the state Standard English
Jimmy Keogh - 1st in the state Multimedia
- 2nd in the state Earth and Environmental Science
Hamish Bunney - HSC All Rounder
Jessie Wright - ATAR 99.85
Simone Ogg - 3rd in the State Music
Imogen Evans - AFL all Australian Team Member
Jame Bagnall - 1st in the state Earth and Environmental Science
Cecelia Ryan - 2nd in the state PDHPE
Jack Orr - NSW Catholic Colleges Triathlon Team
The excellent achievements of 2021 will be recognised at next year‘s St Patrick’s Day liturgy.
I am hoping that our students are proud to attend a College that encourages excellence and that they will be inspired to do their best during their time at the College. The is situated in the Presentation House foyer and the Gilbey Centre Foyer.
Assistant Principal: Learning and Teaching
It has been a difficult time for many of our students and families. As a result, Term 1 Assessment tasks for Years 7 to 11 will now be completed as a formative task. This means that students will still complete a task for the experience and to receive feedback from their teachers on their learning, but the task will not count towards the student's summative assessment program and Semester 1 Report.
The College is very mindful that many students have been profoundly impacted by the recent flood and lack of internet access. Teachers will therefore adjust tasks accordingly and assist students to complete their tasks with confidence. We are encouraging students to attempt tasks to the best of their ability for the important experience and feedback that these tasks provide.
The Year 12 Assessment Block Schedule has been pushed back to begin on Wednesday 30/03/22 and will conclude on Thursday 07/04/22. Year 12 classes will not run during the assessment period. Year 12 students need only attend school to complete their assessments during this assessment block with the exception of Thursday 07/04/22 when they need to have our ID Photos taken between 10.30 - 11.30am at the Learning Hub.
As I mentioned in my last post, students are encouraged to be proactive and seek advice from their teachers if they are struggling or unsure of what is required. Sending an email to a teacher can be an effective way to ask for clarification or assistance.
There is an electronic study planner that can be downloaded to help students keep track of their coursework, homework and assessment tasks for each of their subjects. Students can detail their commitments on a daily, weekly and term basis. Students can find planners on the MSPC Assessment Portal on their year group page.
The Assessment Policy is detailed on the front page of the Assessment Portal which can be accessed on the MSPC Moodle Page: https://moodle.mursclism.catholic.edu.au/
If a Year 12 student is sick and unable to complete an assessment on the due date, a medical practitioner is required to complete the MSPC Assessment Variation Illness Form. A copy of this document can be found on the student’s year page of the Assessment Portal.
Our teachers and Leaders of Wellbeing are keeping a watchful eye on our students.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns regarding curriculum matters or Leaders of Wellbeing for wellbeing concerns.
See photos below of students hard at work during Period 5 on Tuesday 15th March.
Leader of Curriculum
FROM THE SPORTS DESK
POSTPONED SPORTING EVENTS
Communications have been sent via the compass app for the following:
Our recent weather event has caused havoc with several Diocesan and local sporting fixtures as follows:
- Diocesan Swimming was moved to Tuesday 15th March in Coffs Harbour
- Diocesan Individual Touch Football trials have been rescheduled for Monday 21st March in Toormina (Back up venue)
- Diocesan Tennis Championships have been postponed until later this term or early Term 2 to a date yet to be confirmed
- Diocesan Open Boys and Girls Football trials have been postponed until later this term or early Term 2 to a date yet to be confirmed
- Girls League tag. Postponed to a date yet to be determined
- Diocesan North Open Soccer will go ahead as now on the new date of Tuesday 29th March at MFC Murwillumbah.
- Diocesan Open Basketball will go ahead in Coffs Harbour on Thursday 24th March. MSPC team will leave Wednesday 23rd March at 3.30pm.
- NRCC Netball Boys and Girls Monday 28th March.
- College Cross Country Monday 4th April – Fingal – Kingscliff.
After rescheduling the Diocesan event, 21 students travelled to Coffs Harbour War memorial pool for the 2022 Diocesan Carnival.
All swimmers need to be congratulated on the way they have dealt with the change in venue and how seamlessly they have coped.
There were some outstanding achievements throughout the day by all swimmers, here are some of the highlights. Official results have not been received as yet prior to newsletter publication. Some results and times still need confirming.
Achievements for the day:
1st 50m Freestroke (New Record) 31.09
1st 50m Breastroke
1st 50m Backstroke
1st 50m Butterfly (New Record) 33.32
2nd 200m I.M
2nd 100m Butterfly
1st 100m Breastroke
2nd 50m Freestroke
2nd 100m Freestroke
2nd 50m Backstroke
1st 50m Breastroke
2nd 200m I.M
1st 100m Breast
1st 50m Freestroke (New record) 28.37
2nd 100m Freestroke
2nd 50m Backstroke
3rd 50 backstroke
3rd 100m Freestroke
1st 12-14 BOYS RELAY TEAM this team now represents Lismore Diocese at the NSWCCC event:
Ethan Fitzsimmons, Jack Bourke, Alex Wellm, Stephen Pelican
Parents who have not already done so, please try to download the Compass app on Apple or Android smart phones. Some initial bugs have been ironed out and the system is now up and working. There will be some issues that arise from time to time, but the speed of response for the most recent excursions with consent forms and payment has been awesome. Thanks for making the effort to adapt to the new operating system.
Compass excursions allows notifications to be sent in real time and eliminates the delay of untimely meetings and lost notes and money etc.
If you are still experiencing problems, please call the school and speak to someone for assistance.
The Year 12 Catholic Faith in Action Classes (CFiA) spend each Friday doing community service around the College and have been doing so since Year 11.The students always help out in the canteen and have also been making rosary beads for some lucky younger students!
A NOTE FROM THE ENVIRONMENT DESK
SCHOOL COMPETITION !!!
Parents, guardians and students
As you know, the school canteen is serving meatless meals every Monday, and students are encouraged to bring a meatless lunch. The meat industry accounts for roughly 14.5% of our greenhouse gas emissions. If the world is to meet its target of limiting global warming to “well below” 2oC, some degree of diet shift is necessary.
For the remainder of this term, and early next term, I will be running a Meatless Monday Meal competition. The prize is a box of organic fruit and vegetables. Please email me your best Meatless Monday Meal photos. Photos with the # Meatless Monday Meals will be posted on our school Instagram page.
People who wish to enter the competition can email their Instagram worthy photos to: email@example.com and I will upload them to the school Instagram page.
Finalists with be posted on the 10th June on the school Instagram.
Earth and Environmental Science Teacher
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF BUNDJALUNG COUNTRY
WE ACKNOWLEDGE THE TRADITIONAL CUSTODIANS OF THE LAND WE STAND ON TODAY, THE BUNDJALUNG COUNTRY. WE CONTINUOUSLY WALK ALONGSIDE THE ELDERS; PAST, PRESENT AND EMERGING. WE EXTEND OUR ACKNOWLEDGEMENT TO ALL ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLES HERE TODAY. WE PREPARE TO LEARN, SHARE AND CELEBRATE ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER CULTURE. THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLES AND NON – INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS NEED TO BE BASED ON JUSTICE, EQUITY AND THE PROPER RECOGNITION OF ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLES’ RIGHTS. AT MOUNT ST PATRICK COLLEGE, WE BUILD THESE RELATIONSHIPS THROUGH OUR EDUCATION, COMMUNITY, RETAINING KNOWLEDGE AND WISDOM FROM OUR ELDERS AND DREAMING. WE STAND HERE, WILLING AND READY TO GET UP, STAND UP, AND SHOW UP FOR OUR MOB, ELDERS, AND COMMUNITY.
In 2022, MSPC teachers Dean and Kirby Bressan gifted this Bede Tungutalum painting to MSPC. Some years before, a friend of the couple gave this painting to them. Their friend lived and worked on Bathurst Island and was a friend of Bede’s, and, to whom Bede often gifted his artwork.
Born 1952, Wurrumiyanga (Nguiu), Bathurst Island. Tiwi people. Country: Minupi, Melville Island. Skin group: Yarrinapinilia (Red Ochre). Dance: Train
Bede Tungutalum was born in 1952 at Wurrumiyanga (Nguiu), Bathurst Island. He lives and works independently at Nguiu, Bathurst Island across a range of media, including carved and painted wooden sculpture, etching and painting. Tungutalum learned carving from his father, the well-known sculptor Gabriel Tungutalum. He was first taught how to cut woodblocks for printing while attending Xavier Boys School at Nguiu and refined and developed these techniques in the late 1960s and early 1970s. His earliest prints. date from the late 1960s. In 1969, with fellow Tiwi artist Giovanni Tipungwuti, he established the innovative and experimental Tiwi Design, an art centre dedicated to the production of hand-printed fabrics featuring Indigenous designs.
We would like to acknowledge and thank Dean and Kirby for their kind donation of such a beautify artwork.
The artwork is located in O45/46 walk way.
Mt St Patrick College is situated within the Yugamba-Bundjalung dialects. When designing these paintings, I wanted the totems to be incorporated. The platypus, wedgetail eagle, turtle and the echidna are totems of the Yugamba-Bundjalung community. I also wanted to portray the theme of community throughout. Community is the foremost important value in any culture, especially within the aboriginal heritage. Community isn’t simply family or blood relatives, it’s a place where individuals come together, engage and watch each other grow.
The MSPC community is at the centre of the artwork as it is the communal ground bringing all individuals who step onto its campus together. All members have a specific role for the community to thrive and without you being present the community cannot function to its full capacity.
Indigeneity is in our everyday life from the way the wind blows to grass we live and play on every day. I invite you when observing these paintings to stop and pause for a moment and really connect with your inner self. Because being Indigenous or not you are part of a community, and you have a bigger impact than you think.
My name is Chloe Saddler, I am a descendant of the Wiradjuri tribe, I am 22 years old, and I am a local Aboriginal artist. I have been painting my whole life but started getting into Aboriginal art around when I started high school. Over the years I have developed my painting style into a more storytelling design, with dreams to inspire individuals when they connect to each painting. My basis of paintings really is to make people smile each time they look at it. Painting is a time-consuming process, but the outcome is very rewarding and totally worth it. The one thing I have learnt through painting that I would teach to people is that life is hard and we all over-thinking to some extent. I advise to stop, remove all negative self-talk and simply start on the task at hand. Taking and applying it to any activity in everyday chores can make life a little easier. It doesn’t have to be perfect but just starting is the hardest part.
Written by Miss Chloe Saddler
Chloe's artwork is located in the Canteen Basement near the elevator
19th Mar - National Close the Gap Day
30th Mar - Cultural Day
31st Mar - Harmony Day
26th May - National Sorry Day
27th May - 3rd Jun - National Reconciliation Day
Indigenous Education Worker
What is it?
The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is a ‘point in time’ assessment of literacy and numeracy skills. Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 participate in the annual tests in writing, reading, conventions of language (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy. These assessments provide schools and teachers with valuable data about students’ capabilities and growth in these key learning areas. All NSW schools will sit NAPLAN online in 2022.
When is it?
Mt St Patrick College will be participating in NAPLAN between 10 and 20 May 2022 (Term 2, Week 3).
In preparation for NAPLAN, our school will also be participating in practice tests in Weeks 8 and 9 of Term 1, with a mandatory Coordinated Practice Test for Year 7 students on Thursday 24/3. The practice tests are a key preparation activity for NAPLAN in May. They are not an assessment of student ability, the tests will not be marked, and no results will be provided to schools, parents, or students. The practice tests are an opportunity for students to become familiar with the test environment and for the school to test technical infrastructure, administration process and procedures, and to identify and correct any issues that may arise well in advance of the actual tests.
What do parents and/or students need to do to prepare?
Students will need to have a fully charged laptop and their own headphones on the day of each test - both practice and actual. For hygienic reasons the College is unable to loan headphones to students at the moment. Students will also need to download the NAP Locked Down Browser to their school devices. This will be done at school, but if your child is unable to attend school at present please let us know so we can make alternative arrangements for them to download this software.
Students can also use the public demonstration site to familiarise themselves with the types of questions and tools available in NAPLAN, although excessive preparation for NAPLAN is not recommended.
Please follow these links for more information:
- How to support your child during NAPLAN
- information for parents and carers
- FAQ’s about NAPLAN
- Subscribe to ACARA’s monthly parent newsletter, Parent Update
If you have any questions about NAPLAN, please contact us at the College.
Mr Simon Holder Mrs Catherina Cripps
Leader of Literacy Numeracy Coordinator
CHOIR IS BACK!
Choir is starting back next week, Monday Lunchtimes in M22/23. Regrouping after a two year break (Covid). All are welcome, especially new students. Just turn up with your lunch! A mixture of modern and traditional repertoire. Keep your ear out for more Music groups starting up this term. Students are encouraged to speak with any of the music teachers if they are interested.
CO-ORDINATOR'S, PRINCIPAL'S AND COLLEGE AWARDS
Lisieux Co-ordinator’s Awards
Year 8: Giselle Boot, Keesia Close, Poppy Williams, Jared Hall, Mitchell Johnston
Year 9: Ellody Doman, Samuel Acret
Year 10: Austen Capner, Oliver Newland
Year 11: Maruia Hoggard, Eve Sharp, Nathan Willis, Jorja Evans
Year 12: Kiyana Doman, Layla Falkner, Lincoln Taylor, Mia Adams, Morgan Evans, Sophie Mason, Tenika Twomey, Zatalia Gumm
Lisieux Principal's Awards
Year 8: Poppy Williams, Jared Hall
Year 11: Eve Sharp, Jorja Evans
Year 12: Layla Falkner, Zatalia Gumm
Lisieux College Awards
Year 11: Jorja Evans
Loreto Co-ordinator’s Awards
Year 7: Millie Ewing
Year 8: Ewan Gale (2), Keira Hair, Ryder Akehurst, Callum Johnston, Luca Stuart, Maddison Shackell, Maddison White, Olivia Bagnall, Rinrada Khamkaew, Zane Booth, Grace Farrell, Taylor Anderson, Alexander Wallace, Benji Tunnercliffe, Hugh Robinson, Taya Oates, Beau Bevis, Clancy Greenbury, Georgia Biskup, Marley Abbott, Tully Fitzpatrick (2), Charli Riviere, Chloe Shoobridge, Eden Petrie, Sachin Smith, Sanjay Nix
Year 9: Lonnie Maher, Arlo Kirk, Gian Kendrick-Morosini, Reef Kidwell, Sienna Bice, Fin Kelly, Payten Nash, Angela Menzie, Honey Royle, Jake Shackell, Vann O’Keefe, Noah Scullion, Sebastian Calvino
Year 10: Chloe Martin, Taj Ruddy, Enya McCarthy, Henry Irby, Sarah Bowers, Caitlyn Bice
Year 11: Sadie Glynn, Talyn Nix, Dylan Gale, Wyatt Gradisnik, Hallie Nash, Lara-Grace Ewing, Will Harris, Jayalily Haim
Year 12: Ruby Denner
Loreto Principal’s Awards
Year 8: Ewan Gale, Rinrada Khamkaew, Zane Booth, Hugh Robinson, Taya Oates, Marley Abbott, Tully Fitzpatrick, Chloe Shoobridge
Year 9: Reef Kidwell, Sienna Bice, Fin Kelly, Payten Nash, Vann O’Keefe
Year 10: Enya McCarthy, Sarah Bowers
Year 11: Dylan Gale, Wyatt Gradisnik
Loreto College Awards
Year 10: Sarah Bowers
Year 11: Dylan Gale
Lucan Co-ordinator’s Awards
Year 8: Jack Thornton, Luke Leach, Samantha Zambelli, Sunny Ashton, Grace Johnston, Zak Anstee, Chloe Ryan (2), Hunter Chapman, Kaulana O’Farrell-Carter, Annabelle O’Grady, Milana Mutton, Eboni Rawson, Charlie Gear, Luca Szandala
Year 9: Lucy McTaggart, Isabelle Levings, Angus Lindsay
Year 10: Sophie Haywood
Year 11: Ayla Fing, Nathan Pryke
Lucan Principal’s Awards
Year 8: Sunny Ashton, Chloe Ryan, Charlie Gear
Year 9: Isabelle Levings, Angus Lindsay
Lucan College Awards
Year 9: Isabelle Levings
Nagle Co-ordinator’s Awards
Year 8: Charlize Harper-Green, Ivy Eadsforth, Maddison Darby, Shaylee Minahan, Faith Vosotros, Cooper Leeson, Jamie Garrett (2), Marley Ferguson, Sofia Dourado, Charlotte Macdonald, Tyler Seaton, Willo Fletcher, Jack Van Hooft, Kye Thierjung, Phansachon Phattharapraphakorn, Taleishia Robinson, Abigail Gilson, Tiarna Hall-Tosh, Tien Hogan
Year 9: Indiana Wadley, Martin Smith, Sienna Prendergast
Year 10: Hunter East, Zara Martin
Year 11: Angel De Los Angeles, Dylan Lewis, Mahli Johnson, Michael Lack, Rosie Davis, Georgia Lollback, Layla Marr, Jimi Wilson
Year 12: Miranda Larkin
Nagle Principal’s Awards
Year 8: Faith Vosotros, Charlotte Macdonald, Jack Van Hooft, Kye Thierjung, Phansachon Phattharapraphakorn
Year 9: Zara Martin
Year 11: Dylan Lewis, Layla Marr
Year 12: Miranda Larkin
Nagle College Awards
Year 8: Kye Thierjung
Year 12: Miranda Larkin