Week 6 Term 2
The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity – Sunday
Because of God’s great love for us, he sent his Son, Jesus, to save the world. Jesus, in turn, sent the Holy Spirit so that our faith in God and his love would be strengthened. The nurturing experiences of family life also help us to understand and have faith in God’s love.
And so that we don’t forget, amid the ups and downs of life, the joyful destiny that awaits us, the liturgy invites us to celebrate and contemplate the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity: one God in three Persons, whose definitive possession and enjoyment will bring us the goal of our existence.
It is very significant that, precisely upon once again beginning ordinary liturgical time, the Church invites us to raise our heart, our voice and our eyes to the Most Holy Trinity. This should be the ambition of all men and women while still here on earth, because we were created to know and love God now and to enjoy him afterwards for all eternity.
COVID-19 Response – Give Us Your Feedback
This week, I emailed to staff, students and parents a separate survey to gather responses and thoughts on how COVID-19 impacted each one, how they responded and what their thoughts were around the support offered to them during and after the most serious period of the outbreak. Many things were done wrong, while still more were done well. But sometimes we don’t know what we don’t know. For this reason, I encourage you to check emails and find the link to provide your formal feedback. This survey goes to the Catholic Schools Office in Lismore to gather a Diocesan-wide picture, but will also be sent back to individual schools so we can see what our own community response is. Please be honest and constructive in your feedback and we will ensure we act on your concerns if a bigger picture emerges for the whole community.
Professional Learning Days – (Pupil-free Days)
During the COVID response, the Catholic Schools Office provided schools with extraordinary days of Professional Learning to spend time developing online and blended learning resources. These four days at the end of Term 1 were considered as extraordinary and not counted as part of the normal allocation of four that all schools are entitled to. As such, having only used one of these so far, St Paul’s could be entitled to take another three more throughout the year. It is my belief that this would not be well-supported in our parent community. There has already been enough hardship in the home as I hesitate to impose more than is necessary.
We have moved an already paid for day with Adam Voigt and REAL Schools. This was planned for Monday, July 20, which will now be a normal school day. It is now on Friday, 25 September. Any further use of Professional Learning Days will be kept to a minimum and only if absolutely necessary.
National Reconciliation Week
This Wednesday just past, we finalised our commemoration of Reconciliation Week with a wonderful mural created by Mr Angus Crowley and contributed to by our students. It features the flame of Proclaim with hand-prints of students from all year groups to demonstrate our support for our Aboriginal community. When complete, it will exhibit a praying mantis, the totem of the Dunghutti nation and it's peoples.
School Fees Support
By now, you will have received invoices for the next installment of school fees, the school service levy and elective subject fees. Within this statement was a letter from me outlining the support being offered by the Diocese to families impacted by COVID-19. While it would be ideal to be able to support families no matter what the circumstances, the Director and the Bishop took the view that, with limited ability to spread support, a single category of eligibility would be formally identified and offered that support – specifically, those families who are eligible for Job-Seeker payments.
This does not count out any potential support for families impacted in other ways. This College will always provide support to families in any circumstance and I always take the opportunity to listen to families and the impact of their particular circumstances on school fee payments. If you feel that some assistance is required, I encourage you, as always, to make contact with the school fees officer, and/or me to discuss how we can help you through these difficult times.
Devices for Online Learning Beyond 2021
Until recent years, the iPad has been the preferred device for junior students, while for seniors the recommended device has been a Windows-based laptop. Recently, this has been expanded to allow for BYOD – Bring Your Own Device with the only restrictions being a suitable connection to a browser. For some classes, this variability has caused some issues around management and functionality and, as such, has stirred up conversation around how to better provide for families and classes together, for the benefit of student learning. We are currently discussing the option of providing a standard device for our junior students (7–9) and building the cost into school fees (estimated at around $10 per week). As more information becomes available, we will let families know. There is no intention of changing the situation for current students, but rather setting in place a workable system for incoming students.
P & F Meeting
Our next meeting will be held at 6 pm in the College lunchroom on Wednesday, 10 June – all welcome.
Kevin Lewis BEd (Syd) MEd (ACU) GradCertRe (Uon)
The Catholic Diocese of Lismore is seeking applications from suitably qualified persons for the exciting new role of Catholic Chaplain, Mid North Coast Correctional Centre (Kempsey NSW). A Chaplain is required for a position of seventy (70) hours a fortnight to provide high quality transformational pastoral care and spiritual support to inmates, their families/carers, and staff. The Chaplain works inclusively with people of diverse backgrounds, issues and needs, of faith or not, to sustain and empower the individual to enable holistic well-being and care. The successful applicant will be an essential support to the Diocese’s Vision and Mission in a dynamic community.
For further information please contact the Diocesan HR Manager on 02 6621 9444 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications close 5pm, Wednesday, 10 June, 2020.
Year 10 into 11 Subject Selection for 2021
The Year 11 – 2021 Course Selection Market will be held on Monday, 27 July (Week 2 – Term 3) between 4–6 pm for students who are currently in Year 10. The Market includes representatives from all of the courses which are on offer in 2021. There will also be opportunities for you to speak with Leaders of Learning and course teachers from all areas of the curriculum, including the VET Co-ordinator and the Careers Advisor. I strongly stress the importance of your attendance, and that of your son or daughter at this meeting. Please ensure that you bring the Course Selection Booklet which your child will have been issued.
Please Note: It is not necessary to attend the Course Selection Market for the entire time scheduled. Parents and students ask questions and visit booths at their own discretion.
Following the Course Selection Market, there will be an information session between 6 – 6.30 pm. Here, NESA and CSO requirements for both the Preliminary and HSC courses will be discussed, and any questions or queries you may have will be answered. This Subject Selection Market and Information Session could be conducted via Zoom depending on COVID 19 restrictions.
The entire process for Course Selection includes:
Week 5 – Term 2
2021 Subject Selection Booklet given to Year 10 for discussion with parents throughout Term 2. All students should now have a Year 11 – 2021 Subject Selection Booklet.
Week 1 – Term 3
Class teachers and Leaders of Learning will discuss HSC subjects choices with students in Year 10 during Periods 3 and 4 on Wednesday, 22July .
Monday, 27 July
Week 2 – Term 3
4 – 6.30 pm. Year 10 Course Selection Market and Information Evening. This could be conducted via Zoom depending on COVID 19 restrictions.
Monday, 3 August
Week 3 – Term 3
This is not a normal school day for Year 10 students as they are not required to attend school for lessons.
Year 10 students and their parents are asked to attend school for interviews with the Leaders of Learning in regard to suitability of course choice. Please bring with you the completed 2021 Course Open Selection Form for discussion at the interview. It is anticipated that this form will be left with the Leader of Learning so that Course lines can be generated. Please also bring your Application for Enrolment Form for 2021 Senior School and your $50 enrolment levy (Non-Refundable). Both forms will be available at the Course Selection Market and Information Evening.
Bookings for these interviews will be taken at the Course Selection Market and Information Evening, however, if necessary, they can be made at the school office up until 3.30 pm Friday, 31 July. NB Parents will be expected to discuss any outstanding subject and/or school fees with Mr Lewis prior to their child’s enrolment being accepted into Year 11.
Tuesday, 4 August
Week 3 – Term 3
Students will be emailed an electronic subject selection form and will need to complete this by Friday, 7 August at 3.30 pm. Mr Robinson will clarify this during his subject selection presentation.
Full Return to Class
As of last week, all students are now back to full attendance and the normal school routine. I would like to thank parents who have been helping guide their children through the minefield of Online Education and have done this extremely well.
This term, you will be receiving modified reports which will have comments, grades and some class marks for Years 7–10. Year 11 will receive the normal Mid-Course Report. Please note that the junior school (Years 7–10) do not have an official assessment block this semester. Consequently, students in Years 7–10 will not be completing across the year assessment tasks. They will, however, be completing class tasks and these tasks and formative ongoing assessment, will be used by their teachers to generate marks and grades for Semester 1 reports.
Year 10 and Year 7 Catch-up Vaccinations - Tuesday 16 June – Week 8
On Tuesday, 16 June, all of Year 10 will be given their Meningococcal ACWY Vaccination (single dose) and Year 7 students can catch up on vaccinations which they may have missed earlier this year. This is part of the NSW Government vaccination program and there is no cost to families. Your child has already been given information for you to read and a form for you to fill in earlier this year. These forms are still available from Mr Pollock, if you missed out, and need to be returned to school on or before the day of the vaccinations. Vaccinations will be administered by nurses from the NSW Department of Health and your child is encouraged to bring a water bottle. Please ensure that he or she eats breakfast on the day of the school vaccination clinic.
Mr Leon Robinson - Acting Assistant Principal
School Communities Working Together
The role of schools is to work in partnership with parents to provide an environment that encourages students to connect with each other and their community, so they can succeed and thrive. Parents, teachers and the community all play a role in fostering this environment. Schools have well-established systems which support student well-being and address instances of anti-social behaviour such as bullying, threats of physical violence and other offensive acts. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of the relationship between schools and families in regard to student well-being.
How Can You Support Your Child?
- Be involved in your child’s life – dedicate time to really understand your child. Know where they are, who they are with and what they are doing.
- Be cyber-aware – regularly monitor what they are looking at on the internet and on social media sites and do what you can to reduce their exposure to inappropriate content.
- Encourage open and honest discussion at home – encouraging your child to learn about and understand other points of view is a valuable life skill.
- Encourage positive outlets for your child’s energies – sports, performing arts, hobbies and organised clubs all provide a sense of belonging and somewhere to focus their interests.
- Be a role model – modelling positive, respectful relationships, positive ways to show emotions and how to apply objective thinking skills are valuable life skills for your child
If you do have concerns about your child’s behaviour, there are a number of options for seeking advice. You may like to talk to someone from your child’s school such as their Pastoral Co-ordinator, a teacher, or a trusted staff member. You may wish to talk to your child yourself, or ask a close friend or family member to do so. Alternatively, there are government assistance and advice lines and websites. Some are listed on the right hand side of this page.
A final thought – gratitude “Gratitude turns what we have into enough." — Aesop. Living a life where we are grateful for what we have, stops us being envious of others. It is easy, especially with access to the entire world via social media, to see others with things we would like. Mostly these are material things: bigger houses; fancy cars; the latest clothes; technology; etc, but if we stop and look at what we have: living in this beautiful area; being part of a positive, supportive, resilient community, we will see that we are doing very well. I encourage you to reflect on the positive things in your life and you will see you have enough. Our community – parents, students and staff have faced the current crisis in such a positive manner. We have been open to necessary change and I am very grateful to you all. Be the Good and God Bless.
Mrs Bronwyn Shipton - Assistant Principal - Mission & Wellbeing
The Feast of the Most Holy Trinity
This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity. For Christians, the Trinity is the paradoxical understanding that although we worship just one God, there are three divine persons, namely the FATHER, the SON and the HOLY SPIRIT.
Someone once explained the Most Holy Trinity to me in this way, that it is analogous to the Sun.
God the FATHER is like the Sun itself. The Father is the creator and provider of all life here on Earth, and like the Sun, is the source of our being.
God the SON is like the light from the Sun that we see here on Earth. Jesus is God, who came into our world and we were able to see him and experience him here, just as we see the light from the Sun.
God the HOLY SPIRIT is like the heat of the Sun that we feel. You can’t typically see the heat from the Sun, but you sure can feel it and see the effects that it has (for example, melting ice). The same is true of the Holy Spirit, in that we can’t really ‘see’ the Holy Spirit with our own eyes, but like the warmth of the Sun, we feel the effects of His presence in our day-to-day lives.
Sunday Mass Update
As restrictions begin to ease, Bishop Gregory Homeming has advised that Churches are able to re-open (following strict protocols) and Sunday Mass can recommence! Bishop Greg’s memo can be found here.
Fr James has generously scheduled some additional weekend Masses, to enable as many people to be able to attend Sunday Mass as possible! Please see the Parish Facebook page for more details about how to go about attending one of these Masses.
For the time being, weekend Mass times will be as follows:
- Saturday 9.30 am – South West Rocks
- Saturday Vigil 6 pm – Kempsey
- Sunday 7.30 am – South West Rocks
- Sunday 9.30 am – Kempsey
- Sunday 11 am – Kempsey
Our Youth Ministry Officers (YMOs), Calissa and Darcy, have been doing lots of amazing things as we recommence face-to-face teaching.
- Our lunchtime youth group REACH has recommenced this week. It is great for this to be able to start up again. The REACH Instagram page is still up and running – there is some great content posted there. Follow it using reach_kmc
- The Senior Ministry Team has been beginning to gather once again, to reconnect as a group of faith leaders amongst the student body. Hopefully, as things continue to improve, we will be able to engage in some more active ministry this year.
- Following on from the celebration of Pentecost last Sunday, Darcy and Calissa visited the Catholic Studies classes in Years 7–10 this week, to give a brief explanation and demonstration about the Holy Spirit, using chocolate milk. If you’re interested to find out what this was all about, ask your child about it.
- The YMOs have continued their initiative of being present at St Joseph’s Primary School once a week, to help support and travel with our younger friends in their own faith journeys.
- Along with other YMOs throughout the Diocese, ours are involved in a Catholic Youth in Action Initiative which is being offered through the Parish. In the coming weeks they will be agents of connection through the simplicity of a phone call to check in on those in our parish who are feeling an added isolation during this current pandemic. If you, or someone who you know of, might be interested in this service, then please contact me or the Macleay Valley Catholic Parish Office.
Vinnies Winter Appeal
Once again this year, as a College we will be joining with the wider St Vincent de Paul Society to help with the annual Vinnies Winter Appeal. Scott Edwards will once again be spearheading this important outreach, which aims to provide some warmth and security to the marginalised members of our community through physical and financial donations as the cold weather begins to settle in. Please give generously where you can, to support our brothers and sisters in need this winter.
Letters to Vincent Court
With current restrictions in place in regards to aged care facilities, we unfortunately have had to suspend our class visits to Vincent Court indefinitely. However, the important relationship that we cherish and share between our students and the residents of Vincent Court has not ceased. Over the past couple of weeks, students from our Youth Ministry classes have been writing letters to the residents, as a way to keep in touch! We hope and pray that these letters will be warmly received by our neighbours, whom we would hope to be able to visit again one day in the future.
FEATURED RESOURCE: Fr Rob Galea on ABC’s Compass
In recent weeks, the ABC’s Compass aired a documentary about Fr Rob Galea, a Catholic priest who has become widely known and loved around the world. Fr Rob has become known for his gifts of music and dynamic preaching as a way to share the Gospel, especially to young people. He has been presented and supported, evangelisation events in the life of the Church in Australia, including World Youth Day in 2008, the Australian Catholic Youth Festival and the IGNITE Conference, as well as appearing on TV’s the X-Factor.
In this episode entitled The Singing Priest, Fr Rob shares the story about the struggles that he faced as a teenager and how God came into his life to set him free from those struggles. It is a great story and well worth a watch.
If you look closely, you may just spot a few familiar faces of some St Paul’s students!
Macleay Valley Catholic Parish Website:
The Macleay Valley Catholic Parish website has a number of good resources, which are being added to weekly. I would commend these to your viewing. You can also find the parish newsletter here.
Please contact me if you have any questions about, or ideas for, ministry and evangelisation at the College.
Mr Dominic MacAndrews - Leader of School Evangelisation
HSC Exam and Trial Exam Timetables
Year 12 students all have access to their personalised HSC examination timetable through NESA Students Online. Students must be aware of their exam dates and are asked to see me if there is a problem or they have any questions in regards to the timetable. Students also need to see me if they cannot access Students Online.
Year 12 will have received a final copy of the Trial HSC Exam timetable this week. As these exams start in Week 5 of next term, students should be starting to revise now and not leaving it until the last minute.
NESA Updates on the HSC - HSC results will be released on 18 December.
Practical exams/Extended hand-in dates
The hand-in dates for the teacher marked components and the externally-marked folios have been extended by two weeks.
- Design and Technology: Thursday 10 September 2020
- Industrial Technology: Thursday 27 August 2020
- Textiles and Design: Monday 31 August 2020
- Visual Arts: Monday 14 September 2020
This information is being updated regularly and can be accessed via the website: https://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/about/news/novel-coronavirus
HSC Minimum Standard of Literacy and Numeracy
A large number of Year 11 and 12 students completed these tests in Weeks 6-8 of Term 1 and many of them have now met the Standard. Any students who were unable to sit a test, or who have not yet met the standard, will be able to sit these tests from Weeks 7-9 of this term. Students and parents who are affected have been emailed this information.
Minimum Standard tests for Year 10 have now occurred. Any students who do not meet the standards, or miss a test, will have other opportunities this year and in 2021 and 2022 to sit them.
Years 7-10 Semester 1 Assessment, Grades and Reports
A reminder that, due to the disruption to learning this semester, students in Years 7-10 will not be expected to complete any further formal assessment tasks. Semester 1 reports will include a common grade and comments, but no marks. Grades will be based upon any assessment tasks completed in Term 1 and other class work and informal tasks.
Parents can request, in writing, that their child's progress not be reported on using the common grade scale. In these cases, the student is not counted in the cohort and he/she must receive a written report in a form decided upon by the school.
Please contact Mr Lewis or me if you have any questions or concerns in regards to this.
|Important Diary Dates|
|Year 12 HSC Trial Exams||18-30 August|
|HSC Practical Submission Dates||21 August - 14 September|
|Year 11 Preliminary Final Exams||14-18 September|
|Year 12 HSC Exams||19 October - 11 November|
Mrs Catriona Martin - Leader of Curriculum
You will have read elsewhere where Ms Martin has supplied the dates for HSC Trials. Long story short…they are not far off. Since our return from isolation, at least six Year 12s have been making the Library their home, on and off, of an afternoon which is great to see. We are open until 4.30 each and every week-day so come on up and “kick some goals”. You won’t regret it.
Premier’s Reading Challenge
Since the last newsletter, Alec Gorline-Singleman (Year 7) has extended his “lead” by one, to thirteen, in this year’s Challenge and Archer Northey (Year 8) has joined the other participants by going online. Remember that things wrap up on Friday, August 28. Ask your English teacher, or Library staff, if you have any questions.
Good...No...Better News from Kempsey Shire Library:
and remember…Wash Your Hands and Keep Your Distance
Mr Peter Garty - Teacher/Librarian
GiCSA Challenge, Leadership Workshop – Charles Sturt University
We, at St Paul’s, are fortunate to have students who are willing to step out of their comfort zone and succeed.
Kim Collins represented the school in the GiCSA Challenge, Leadership Workshop – Charles Sturt University. Kim had been going to travel to Wagga Wagga to participate in this program but due to the restrictions in travel and social distancing, she participated in the challenge online. Kim teamed up with two other students, Felicity and Maimuna to form their team.
Day 1: Kim and her team were to develop a business plan for a start-up company involving Cybersecurity. The team decided to develop a company that would offer an education program for Year 6 students. They thought they would offer this program in a game format to encourage students to participate.
Day 2: Kim and her team were given comprehensive tasks to complete with short timetables for completion. They developed their business case, financial and marketing plans for their project. They spent many hours working on these plans with success.
Day 3: Kim commented that day three was one of the “most stressful days in her life”. They had two hours to write a script and produce a movie that would launch their business. After technical difficulties, they were able to produce and upload their movie to YouTube as per the competition requirements.
Then they had to undertake the pressure-cooker challenge. They were given an unexpected situation that their business was faced with. The aim was to see how they work as a team and how well they were able to adapt to the situation and survive as an ongoing business.
The situation they faced was:
Their company was facing a 30% decrease in revenue to a rival company taking their customers. Kim and her team had forty-five minutes to review their business, financial and marketing plans to ensure they did not lose the revenue and to regain their customer base. They achieved all of this with two minutes to spare.
Kim stated she had not been looking forward to undertaking this challenge online, but as soon as it started, she felt she had everything under control. “It was an amazing experience” and “I learnt so many new things”.
She enjoyed being able to work with female colleagues and it has helped complement her self-confidence. She commented, - “I would definitely recommend this to any female student, even if they do not have an interest in the Cyber World”.
Kim's team won the best overall idea for the competition and won best performance in the pressure-cooker challenge. With this, they were crowned overall winners.
Charles Sturt University, who sponsored the program, have gifted Kim and her team mates a $50-dollar Visa card and a free trip to the Melbourne Cyber Security Conference in October.
Congratulations Kim, we are proud of you.
Mr Tony Lane - STEM Teacher
Years 7–10 had the opportunity to participate in the annual cross country carnival.
Although we couldn’t run all ages of the cross country all on the same day, the staff at SPC managed to get it done across five different days during the student’s sports period.
I would like to congratulate the students on their behaviour for the most part, as the majority of them stuck to the course and had a good time.
Like any carnival here at SPC, the racing quality was excellent for those who were having a go. There were some wonderful times run and those students helped put their house in a good position for the annual House Cup.
Unfortunately, we couldn’t run in age groups, so the results have been taken from the top three runners of each year group instead.
Girls Runner Up
Boys Runner Up
Drew Lancaster Nat Fletcher
Overall House Points for the Day
In fourth place, Farrelly on 143 points, in third place, McAuley on 150 points, in second place Edmund on 153 points and in first place, MacKillop on a massive 198 points.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a progression pathway this year because of Covid-19, however I look forward to next year where will be running as normal.
Keep your eyes and ears peeled for future events in Term 3, with the most prominent and nearest being our annual Athletics Carnival!
Mr Heath Needs - Sports Co-ordinator
Homework Club will once again be operating every Wednesday afternoon from 3.25 until 4.25 in Student Services. Students can complete homework or assignments with the support of a teacher and with access to computers and reference books. The Library will also be open Monday through to Friday afternoons until 4.30. All students are welcome and encouraged to make use of this valuable service. Those students being picked up, should do so from the car park behind the Science block.
Mrs Kristy Carney - Additional Needs Teacher