MSPC Newsletter - Term 2 Week 6, 1st June 2023
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
Love grows the more we give it away. Can you name anything else that does the same?
Last week I spent 3 days on a retreat as a participant being led. I took part in the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius. It was an amazing privilege to be in that space of peace. Ignatian Spirituality directs you to be in touch with where you are and your actions. Our retreat leader used to be an Assistant Principal in a boys school and he would work out a plan of improvement for particular students that were sent to him. One of the things he would say was, “catch yourself doing something good”. Being the good is often behaviour directed towards others. He is saying be aware of those graces that you may show others.
This week is Reconciliation week and students will have opportunities to take part, to grow to understand more about the need we have for reconciliation in our country. In 2023 we have the first referendum for over 20 years and Australia has a history of voting ‘No’ to referendums. The referendum is that First Nations peoples would be recognised and that they would have a voice in their future. This is something that they have not had and it has left a gap in many areas for them compared to the rest of Australia’s population.
Looking through a Catholic lens, Reconciliation is a Sacrament instituted by Jesus Christ in his love and mercy to offer us forgiveness for the times we have sinned and turned away from God. In Reconciliation, we acknowledge our sins before God and the Church. We express our sorrow in a meaningful way, receive the forgiveness of Christ and his Church, make reparation for what we have done or not done, and resolve to do better in the future.
To reconcile is to restore relations between people.
For First Nations people, reconciliation, at its heart, is about strengthening relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples, for the benefit of all Australians. It is an ongoing journey for us as a nation. There have been significant steps taken over the past fifty plus years. In 1967 there was a referendum where Indigenous Australians were formally acknowledged as part of our nation’s population. It signified a change in government policy away from assimilation towards policies based around self-determination, reconciliation and, more recently, ‘closing the gap’. In 1975 there was the beginning of land rights made famous in the Kev Carmody\Paul Kelly song “From little things big things grow”, which could be a theme for the whole slow movement. The Mabo decision of 1992 and, of course, the 2008 National Apology to the Stolen Generations.
In 2017 the Uluru Statement from the Heart put forward a plan for real and meaningful change. Voice, Truth and Treaty. The Prime Minister has put the implementation of this plan on the nation’s agenda and we should be proud of this. The Catholic Church, other major churches and the major sporting codes in Australia, have all offered support. It should not be divisive. Non-indigenous people should not feel threatened by reconciliation or by the Uluru statement, it is an invitation to all Australians to come together. It can and should be a unifying moment for us as a nation. It is consistent with our Christian beliefs and values.
It is an opportunity for us to show love and to be the good.
Be the Good and God Bless,
You can access the Uluru Statement from the Heart here.
Assistant Principal - Mission
Loreto (Blue) and Doyle (Pink) Family Mass and Meal Saturday 20th May
What a great evening we had enjoying an eventful mass and then a range of delicious warm meals in the Learning Hub. Loreto and Doyle students and staff read at Mass and the House Leaders Mrs Cripps and Mr McCulloch shared the histories of their House.
MSPC Parents and Friends Meeting
Next Monday 5th June from 5.30pm in the Learning Hub. All welcome.
Year 8 Outdoor Challenge Camp 7th – 9th June
Year 8 students are gearing up and getting excited for their Camp which begins next Wednesday 7th June. They need to brings lots of warm clothes and co-operative energy.
Date Saver: Peter Kearney Concert, Sacred Heart Church Sunday 30th July
Advance Notice for Year 12 Parents/Carers – Graduation Mass and Year 12 Formal
The Graduation Mass will be held on Thursday 21st September commencing at 10.30am in the Sacred Heart Church followed by a light luncheon in the Gilbey Basement and the Graduation Assembly beginning at 1.30pm in the Gilbey Hall.
The Year 12 Formal and presentation evening will take place on Friday 10th November commencing at 6pm in the Gilbey Hall. There will be a 2hour rehearsal for students on Thursday morning 9th November beginning at 9am.
Assistant Principal: Mission
The Ignite Conference is back this year! This is an awesome opportunity for our students from Years 9 -12 to deepen their faith and relationship with God.
The Ignite Conference is a four day Catholic event for real-world formation, renewal of faith, meeting great people and having powerful worship experiences. This is a chance to experience the church fully alive in faith. There will be a range of worship opportunities, powerful keynote speakers and life-changing encounters with God. This is a place to be inspired, whether you are taking the first steps of your faith journey, or seeking to go deeper. We gather to share ideas, new concepts and learn about the heart of God and His plans for our lives. Ignite Conference is so much fun and a wonderful opportunity for students.
When: 21-24 September 2023
Where: St Laurence’s College, Brisbane
If you have any questions or want to attend please contact Miss Grace Molloy
Festa Christi is a gathering at the Coffs Coast Adventure Centre for selected Year 8 students from parish secondary schools in the Diocese to celebrate their faith. The two-day retreat experience involves activities that focus on ‘walking in another person’s shoes,’ having the students overcome their fears and gain a greater awareness of social justice. The students will participate in heaps of fun activities and games over the two days!
Festa Christi allows time for prayer and reflection and concludes with the celebration of the Eucharist. The gathering will be an overnight experience that will allow relationships to be built with other students from throughout the Diocese, as well as a chance for students to talk and share about their faith journey. This is a wonderful experience and great opportunity for our Year 8 students to be a part, to spend time with friends, have some fun and learn more about their faith.
Ministry Assistants Halle and Eliza have been around to all Year 8 classes to speak about this event. Students who wish to attend need to submit an application as there are very limited places per retreat. Students will be notified if they are able to attend. There are seven places per retreat.
When: Boy’s Retreat: Tuesday 1st – Wednesday 2nd August, 2023
Girl’s Retreat: Wednesday 3rd – Friday 4th August, 2023
Where: Coffs Coast Adventure Centre, Bonville
If you have any questions please contact Miss Grace Molloy, Leader of Evangelisation.
Leader of Evangelisation
Assistant Principal - Learning & Teaching
“Mount St Patrick College is a good school” because we are a good community. Last week on assembly I thanked the students that take the time to say good morning to me and other staff members each morning. I walk around the College every morning and students take the time to greet each other and staff members and this creates a positive environment. This week I have had the pleasure of interviewing some of the 200 applicants for Year 7 next year. When I ask the question “Why do you want to attend Mt St Pats” one of the answers is that it has a great feel. Greeting each other creates that great feeling.
Last week Year 11 and 12 parents attended Parent/Student and Teacher conferences. These conferences were well attended and provided valuable feedback to all involved. The students were affirmed for their efforts and provided with strategies to improve. Student learning benefits from a strong family/school relationship.
Year 11 students were acknowledged for their efforts during Semester 1 at the last assembly. Students received Excellence certificates for First Place in a subject and Merit certificates for effort. Congratulations to all award winners! I hope students will set a goal to receive a certificate in Semester 2. (A list of all the award winners can be found at the end of this newsletter)
Year 10 have completed their assessment block and now begin the process of choosing their next pathway. Yesterday and today, Thursday 1st June, Year 10 students attended a round robin where each subject teacher presented the benefits of studying their subject. On Tuesday 6th June an important Information night will be conducted for parents of Year 10 in the Gilbey at 6.30pm. Details of the HSC and possible pathways will be presented. It is important for parents to accompany their children on this very exciting journey by being well informed so they can help with their choices.
We welcome Ms Amy Simpson to our College as the Careers teacher. Ms Simpson will be available to help students navigate their career paths. Amy is replacing Miss Keeley Serone whilst she is on Maternity leave. We will miss Keeley but are very lucky to have Amy as a replacement.
Year 8 parents and students are invited to an Information Evening on 14th June at 6.30pm in the Gilbey Centre to introduce elective options for Year 9 and 10. For the first time in their education the students will have a choice in what subjects they would like to study.
A great initiative in the College is a program run by Mr Tiziano Morosini that provides opportunities for students to work on practical projects as a break from regular lessons to support their emotional development. When at the College ex-student Riley Ryder was very interested in Cricket and worked with Mr Morosini on making a cricket bat.
Recently I was on a trek in New Zealand and met the wife of former Australian cricketer Bradley Hodge, Emma, and I told her of Riley’s passion for cricket and his work in the program. To his surprise Bradley sent Riley a signed cricket cap which was presented to Riley by Mr Morosini recently. Thank you to Bradley for his generosity and support of this highly successful program.
Assistant Principal: Learning and Teaching
The College offers a range of initiatives during school time to help students with their holistic development. Below are some community events which will extend our services outside of school hours. I have recently met with a leader associated with Tweed Coast Youth Service who will speak at one of our College Assemblies next term to inform students of the activities they provide - often free of charge, or for a small fee. Below are two such initiatives. There are also holiday programs available. More information will be given about this shortly.
Leader of Welfare
THE FUTURE CAN'T WAIT
Year 12 Earth and Environmental Science students recently attended a Circular Economy Forum. Forum 2023 gathered together forward-looking thinkers and doers and presented the game-changers in the circular economy and was organized and hosted by Southern Cross University.
Through keynote presentations, practical workshops, in-conversation sessions and deep dive sessions: the students learnt about the national state of circularity; the role of technology in designing for circularity; and the barriers and technical solutions to creating a local circular economy. As we are predicted to reach 1.5OC warming in the next 5 years, this becomes increasingly more important.
Earth and Environmental Science Teacher
We had the pleasure of hosting senior Town Planners Ben Zagami and John Lynch from Tweed Shire Council, as guest speakers in our Year 7 Chisholm (7C) Geography class. Their visit brought excitement and sparked the students' imaginations as they explored ways to revitalise Murwillumbah's streetscape for the 21st century.
During the workshop, our young geographers enthusiastically brainstormed and collaborated, sharing their fantastic ideas for transforming the town. They incorporated green spaces, bicycle lanes, sustainable buildings, and supports for local businesses, displaying both innovation and consideration for the community's well-being.
The presence of Ben Zagami and John Lynch enriched the students' learning experience, providing valuable insights into the practical aspects of town planning and sharing real-life examples. Their expertise inspired our students, fostering a deeper understanding of their role in shaping the future of Murwillumbah. We extend our gratitude to Ben and John for their time and expertise, which made a lasting impact on our students.
I commend the 7C Geography class for their enthusiasm and creativity during this workshop, and I hope this experience propels them toward further exploration of geography, urban planning, and community development.
Zoe Boxshall (Geography Teacher)
Leader or Learning: HSIE
FROM THE SPORTS DESK
Kiana travelled to Bathurst and trialled for the NSWCCC Open Girls Hockey team on Monday 15th May. Over 85 senior girls attended the trials, a day of skills, drills, cuts and possible and probable games. Demonstrating her skills on the field, Kiana was successful in gaining selection in the team. She will now represent NSWCCC Hockey in June in the Tri Series against Combined Independent Schools and Combined High Schools. Kiana continues the tradition of girls from MSPC in the NSWCCC team after Fiona Laybutt’s selection last year also.
The next day, Kiana joined her MSPC team for the Championships, also held in Bathurst and led the team to 3 wins from 3 games. Unfortunately for the team, Kiana had to make a swift exit after the 8am game on Wednesday morning to make it to the NSW Rugby League High Performance centre to meet her Northern NSW Country Rugby League teammates for a tour through the facility and a guest speaker (Ruan Simms) talking about pathways to professional sport.
Over the next two days Kiana and her team played a series of games in front of selectors against teams from across the state with one aim, to make the first ever NSWCCC Open Girls Rugby League team. The quality on display at the trials was exceptional (Kiana included, by all reports) but unfortunately, she was unsuccessful in making the team.
To wash away the disappointment of this she was safe in the knowledge that her teammates had lifted to win the semi-final of the hockey against Red Bend and lost to Trinity College - Lismore, your sister collected your silver medal. What a week, time to rest up. Congratulations, Kiana!
NORTHERN NSW SELECTIONS
Jack Thornton played exceptionally well at the Under 15 NSWCCC Rugby League Championships held recently in Sydney. His strong performances in all three games over the two days, gained him selection in the Northern NSW U15 team.
Jack will now join the Country Team at St Greg's Campbelltown for a week-long development camp and tour in the school holidays.
NSWCCC OPEN GIRLS HOCKEY SILVER MEDAL
The MSPC girls hockey team displayed an exceptional performance at the recent NSWCCC Hockey Tournament in Bathurst. With a team ranging from Year 7 students all the way to Year 12 students in an Open’s division, the players demonstrated immense talent and determination.
Their remarkable journey consisted of four exhilarating matches that showcased their incredible skills and teamwork. The tournament kicked off with an outstanding victory against St Mary’s Star of the Sea College Wollongong, where our girls dominated the game, securing a resounding 5-1 win.
Energised by their triumph, they carried the momentum into their next match against James Sheahan Orange, triumphing with an impressive 5-0 victory. The team's attacking prowess was on full display as they overwhelmed their opponents, leaving no doubt about their capabilities.
The third match witnessed an astounding performance by our team, as they secured an emphatic 8-0 win against Santa Sabina College Stathfield, displaying their sheer dominance on the field. The cohesive play and precise execution of their strategies left their opponents in awe and cemented their reputation as a force to be reckoned with, securing the win for their pool in the tournament and moving the MSPC girls into the Semi Finals.
The Semi Final match against Red Bend Catholic College Forbes proved to be a fiercely contested battle. Despite facing adversities with the umpires, our girls persevered and showcased their resilience. They demonstrated exceptional skill and determination, securing a hard-fought 2-0 victory against Red Bend to secure their place in the highly anticipated Final.
As fate would have it, our team faced Trinity Catholic College Lismore, a formidable opponent boasting a lineup of experienced senior players. Despite the absence of our most senior player, Kiana McCabe, who was called away to Rugby trials in Penrith, our girls displayed remarkable courage and tenacity. They capitalised on numerous field opportunities but struggled to find the vital touches needed to secure a goal. Trinity's well-executed short corners ultimately proved to be the difference, as they emerged victorious with 4 penalty corners finding the back of the net.
The girls from MSPC should be immensely proud of their accomplishments throughout the tournament. Each player contributed to the team's success, showcasing their exceptional talent and commitment to the sport throughout the tournament. The midfield trio of Kiana McCabe, Ava McCabe, and Bailey Kirby provided a formidable presence, controlling the game with their excellent ball control and distribution. Ulani Uhlmann and Ayla East excelled as attacking midfielders, constantly posing a threat to the opposition's defence. In the striking line, Lillian Corby displayed exceptional skill, while the determination of Kiani Byrnes and Yohanna Uhlmann provided crucial assists and many opportunities for deflective goals. In defence, Ava Parsons, Matilda Stuart, and Mia Harvey showcased their strength, shutting down opponents' attacks time and time again. Whilst the impressive goalkeeping skills of Ari Sampson-Jones kept the team in contention throughout the tournament.
Despite falling short in the final, the girls' demonstrated immense growth and potential. Their performance showcased their dedication to the sport and their ability to excel under pressure. The tournament not only highlighted their hockey skills but also their resilience, teamwork, and sportsmanship.
As the girls return home, they not only carry with them the silver medal but also the invaluable experience gained from the tournament. With such a young team entered into an Opens division, the future looks bright for this MSPC team and hopefully we can take on the win next year!
Ellen Seller - Girls Coach
NSWCCC OPEN BOYS HOCKEY
After a long and arduous road trip spirits were high upon arrival at our accommodation at the base of Mount Panorama. The fog that greeted us on the morning of the competition, lifted at around midday which meant at times we were lucky to see across the pitch during our first game against James Sheehan College, Orange. A promising start saw our midfield combination of Vann O’Keefe and Patrick Corby dominate and set up several scoring attacks. 5 different goal scorers saw honours shared.
Our second game was against Trinity College Goulburn. They were big, skilled and well- drilled and a slow start saw us chasing two goals within the first seven minutes. From there we rallied, Ben Hendrikse and Ty Loughman repelled many attacking raids and Zane Booth in goals saved shot after shot. Having only the bare 11 players, fatigue started to set in and the attack suffered with limited opportunities that we did not convert. After a poor start to only concede two was a credit to the way the team lifted.
A must win game to start Wednesday morning drew us against the tall timber of the boys from Red Bend CC Forbes. These guys were huge and skilled. They only had 11 players on the field and 7 on the bench and the rotation kept them fresh. Our 11 kept fighting until the final whistle, with the game finishing at 8-0 to Red Bend.
At times you learn more about character from a loss than a victory. Our boys, while obviously disappointed, were able to take some consolation in knowing that all 11 boys gave 100%. Our young team has several more years of attending this tournament and hopefully we keep improving as we did throughout. Hopefully assisted by a few more players. Congratulations boys!
Tim Whitney: Boys Coach
DIOCESAN CROSS COUNTRY
When it comes to competitive sports, few activities demand as much endurance, determination, and mental strength as cross country running. 27 students from MSPC took on the challenging course in Grafton, where they had to tackle undulating hills, dodge potholes and battle the sweltering sun. Despite the tough conditions, our athletes pushed themselves to their limits and outstanding results were achieved.
Sam Hynes’ competitors did not stand a chance, taking out first place in a dominant run. Other notable performances on the day were Amali Moore (2nd), Mason Diplock (3rd), Willow Seamer (5th), Mikkel Gronholt (5th), and Seth Moore (6th), who have progressed to the next stage of competition, the NSWCCC Cross Country at the Sydney Equestrian Centre on Tuesday 13th June.
All students who competed should be proud of their perseverance and determination, and for representing the College with pride.
Ben O'Brien and Alex Lyster
COCHRANE CUP RUGBY LEAGUE
Mt St Patrick College U14's Rugby League Team Shine with Impressive Victories in Cochrane Cup
On Wednesday 24th May, the Under 14's Rugby League College team showcased their exceptional skills and teamwork as they competed in the highly anticipated Cochrane Cup tournament held at St Joseph's College Banora. The young athletes left an indelible mark on the tournament, securing convincing victories in all three of their games.
In their opening match, Mt St Patrick College faced off against Xavier College and emerged with an outstanding 44-0 victory. Zayd Alexander proved to be a formidable force on the field, showcasing his remarkable talent by scoring an impressive total of four tries. Zayd's exceptional performance set the tone for his team's success and established him as a standout player of the game.
The team's second game was against St Joseph's College, the reigning champions from the NRCCC tournament, with determination and a hunger for redemption, Mt St Patrick College delivered an impressive 24-0 triumph over their opponents. One player, in particular, stood out during this game: Sunny Waters. Displaying remarkable skill and unwavering determination, he delivered man-of-the-match performances in all three games. Sunny’s exceptional athleticism and strategic decision-making proved invaluable to his team's success.
In the final game of the tournament, Mt St Patrick College faced a formidable opponent in St Mary's Casino. Despite the challenge, the team displayed unwavering teamwork and resilience, ultimately triumphing with a 16-4 victory. Throughout the tournament, the halves pairing of Darcy Irby and Max Palmer demonstrated exceptional coordination and control over the game, making crucial plays that allowed their team to secure decisive victories.
The exceptional performances of Zayd Alexander, Sunny Waters, and the halves pairing of Darcy Irby and Max Palmer as well as the entire team, contributed significantly to Mt St Patrick College's success in the Cochrane Cup tournament. The team's comprehensive victories in all three games demonstrated their exceptional skill, determination, and ability to learn from past defeats.
Coach Brendan Campbell expressed his pride in the team's achievements, commending their relentless effort and sportsmanship throughout the tournament. "The boys showcased remarkable talent and determination," said Coach Campbell. "Their ability to work together as a cohesive unit was truly impressive. I am incredibly proud of their achievements and look forward to witnessing their continued growth on the rugby league field."
The outstanding performances of Mt St Patrick College's Under 14's Rugby League team in the Cochrane Cup tournament serve as a testament to their hard work, dedication, and passion for the game. With their resounding victories, they have established themselves as a force to be reckoned with in the local rugby league scene, leaving a lasting impression on both their opponents and spectators alike. Coffs Harbour here we come!
Coach: Brendan Campbell
ENDURANCE HORSE RIDING
On 13th May Sanjay Nix competed in the Snowy Mountains Zone Championships in the town of Dalton about an hour North of Canberra. Sanjay needed to complete the entire 160 km to qualify for the National Championships (Tom Quilty Gold Cup) on the 23rd June.
32 elite horse and rider combinations started the 160 km race at 2 am Saturday morning in sub-zero temperatures. Sanjay rode brilliantly all day on his wonderful horse Macrocarpa Kaos and after 16 hours 50 minutes and 6 seconds he completed the 160 km, qualifying him for the National Championships. Only 13 of the 32 were able to complete the entire distance and Sanjay placed second out of 4 in the under 18 division.
Sanjay will be competing alongside his brother Talyn Nix (Year 12) and his father Mr Corey Nix (Staff) in this year's National Championships. Talyn Nix will be competing for the fourth time, whilst Mr Nix will be competing for the 19th time.
COUNTRY CUP RUGBY LEAGUE
U15 Rugby League - Country Cup
The U15 Rugby League squad had beautiful conditions for the 2023 annual Country Cup Carnival in Banora Point on Tuesday 30th May. The squad were itching to get a few strong hit-outs after weeks of training and it seems as though the stars were aligning for a strong showing at the Carnival.
The teams first game was against St Joseph’s College Banora Point. After a solid start from the team they were able to take the lead through some classy ball playing from Ky Scott who put Max Palmer through a hole, who in turn sent Jack Bourke over for a try. Later in the match the team was able to capitalise on a knock and score through Ky Scott. A solid 2-0 win to start the day.
The second game brought on a tougher match against Banora Point High School. The team found themselves behind after a slow start to the game and some sleek play from Banora High. Simon Smith gave the team a lift with a sneaky try in the corner on half time. The squad came together in the second half and produced a classy hands play for the match winner through Mason Staples. This 2-1 win sent the team through to a play-off to qualify for the next level of the Country Cup.
The teams final match was against Kingscliff High School. After a disastrous start that led to a try to Kingscliff from the kick-off the team was able to claw their way back in what was a fantastic match by both teams. Kye Thierjung scored a try to lock the scores at one try a piece and that is how the match finished. Unfortunately, due to count back (scoring first) the Kingscliff team were given the victory and progressed through to the next round.
All players should be proud of their efforts and played in the correct spirit on the day. Thanks to all involved.
Brendan Campbell and Sam Priddis
SMILE STREET DENTAL
Many families at the College may have regular visits to Smile Street Dental in Murwillumbah. Last week a representative from the business came to school to give away 12 free tickets to Gold Coast Titans matches. Smile Street, as a major sponsor of the Titans are offering tickets to games and as well as that special promotions on mouthguards to students playing in contact sport. If you are interested just call and make an appointment and mention that you have read about the schools’ initiative in our college newsletter for special rates.
Players from the recent Country Rugby League Day will be receiving some free tickets from their coaches shortly
Whilst it is the off season for our cricketers, some talented athletes are still working and training hard for the upcoming season. Below is a list of athletes, many from our college, who have been announced in the Cricket NSW Youth academy squads. All involved will be part of elite training camps, tours and will be required to follow a strict training regime in the off season sent to them from each coach. Congratulations to the following athletes: Nathan Pryke, Sam Acret, Jack O’Shea and Sophie Buckley
Other athletes achieving cricket success are as follows:
Far North Coast Cricket Academy
Under 16s (15 man squad): Rishabh Lashand and Menzie Tucker (Year 10); Billy Smith and Sanjay Nix (Year 9).
Under 15s (23 man squad): George Fisher, Jack O'Shea, Hugo Portus and Dougall Hughes (Year 9); Harrison O'Brien (Year 8)
Under 14s (22 man squad): Lucas Hall (Year 7)
Under 13s (31 man squad): Lucas Bliss (Year 7)
COLLEGE ATHLETICS CARNIVAL
Our athletics Carnival is approaching shortly and will be held once again at Walter Peate Oval in Kingscliff. This year the College will be holding our middle-distance events, the 800m and 1500m prior to the Carnival here at the College in an attempt to allow all students access to these events. Previously these events were held at 8am in Kingscliff and not all students could access the events. It also has other benefits; athletes are fresher for all other events during the day and it will also promote House spirit in the week leading into the big day, Wednesday 28th June. If your son or daughter would like to compete in these events they will be advertised at school in the next week or two, be sure to encourage them to sign up.
Another house-keeping note about our carnival is to all our prospective high jumpers. Once again if you wish to compete in this competition during the day, you must have completed a High Jump permission form which you can access from our wonderful sports trainee, Miss Emma Loughman any time from now. Just call in to the staff room and grab a note. This must be signed and returned by the end of Week 9.
Also, parents, can I ask that you start thinking about transport options on the day of the Carnival. The College will be providing buses to and from the event as always, we will be shortly sending a google form or note to all parents to get an indication of how many buses we will need to order.
Those students who live in Kingscliff and surrounds and can get to and from Walter Peate can still do so. However no students will be given permission to arrive late or leave before 2.30pm.
- Thursday 1st and 2nd June NSWCCC All Schools Swimming - Sydney, good luck to all our talented swimmers who are attending
- Diocesan Junior Football - Coffs Harbour 6/6
- Katrina Fanning Cup (Girl’s Rugby League) 8/6
- Dio North Netball 13/6 - Arkinstall Park
- NSWCCC Cross Country - Sydney Equestrian Centre 13/6
I am delighted to share with you the remarkable experience our Year 9 students had last Thursday 18th May. We had the privilege of hosting ‘Courage to Care’, a not for profit organisation who travel to schools spreading awareness of the Holocaust. We heard from two extraordinary survivors, Anna and Susan. These courageous women endured unimaginable hardships and shared their harrowing stories, imparting to our students the importance of being an upstander rather than a bystander. Their visit left an indelible mark on our students and teachers who attended the event.
The impact of Anna and Susan's visit was evident in the inspiring discussions that followed. Our Year 9 students engaged in thoughtful conversations about the importance of standing up against injustice and the consequences of remaining silent. The stories they heard fueled a desire within them to be active participants in their communities, to challenge prejudice, and to extend a helping hand to those in need.
Witnessing such growth and empathy in our students was a testament to the profound impact of first hand accounts and the power of storytelling. I would like to express my gratitude to the Year 9 students for their attentiveness, compassion, and engagement during this learning experience. It is my hope that the lessons our students learned from Anna and Susan will remain with them throughout their lives.
Leader or Learning: English
Year 11 Semester 1 2023 Awards
Lucan College Awards
Year 11: Maya Wheeler