Week 4 Term 3
The Feast of the Assumption
This feast commemorates two events - the departure of Mary from this life and the assumption of her body into Heaven. Some mistakenly believe Mary "ascended" into heaven, which is incorrect according to the Bible. It was Jesus Christ who ascended into heaven, by his own power. But Mary was assumed, or taken up, into heaven by God.
Observed as a Holy Day of Obligation by Catholics and as a public holiday in some countries, devotees consider the Feast of the Assumption as the Holy Mother’s "heavenly birthday" and this is not a day of mourning for her loss, but a celebration of joy for the union of the mother with her beloved son.
The Church's official doctrine of the Assumption says that at the end of her life on earth, Mary was assumed, body and soul, into Heaven.
During these COVID times, the day which is normally a Holy Day of Obligation (a requirement to attend Mass) is now not a requirement. Nevertheless, students will today participate in a special prayer to honour and venerate our Lady.
Uniform - Jumpers
I want to reiterate the rules around College uniform for families so there is no confusion. When students are out of uniform for any reason, it is a requirement that parents/carers write a note in the child’s diary explaining this. There are two aspects of this that are required:
- An explanation of what item is incorrect and the reason why.
- An acceptable timeframe in which it will be corrected.
So for example - “Please excuse Jude for wearing the wrong shoes, they are broken. I will have this rectified next week". This is fine.
Example 2 - “Please excuse Mary for wearing a hoodie because she is cold”. This is not acceptable.
If your child is cold, and the jacket is not enough for their warmth and comfort, then you are required to buy a jumper to wear underneath or as an alternative. Please do not send them in hoodies and expect that simply writing a note is good enough. We have a uniform for a reason and we request parents to respect its value as a defining part of College life in our community.
Simply wearing the wrong thing and writing a note to excuse it, without any attempt or desire to rectify it, is not permitted. Parents cannot simply write notes giving students permission to break the rules. This is no different to writing a note allowing your child to do no work in class, be rude to a visitor or to break College property.
A Day in the Life for Year 6 Students
Many will have seen the advertisement to all Year 6 students who have not yet enrolled at the College, to come to an orientation day on August 26th. This was an attempt to maximise our ability to provide an opportunity for visits to the College during COVID restrictions. This fits perfectly well within the current guidelines. Since announcing this, it has become evident that some families whose child is already enrolled, would like to take advantage of this opportunity. Our response is - “Let’s do it”. We will open this invitation up to all Year 6 students, enrolled or not, to enjoy this day.
Be aware - this is not the official Orientation Day - two of which are planned for later in the year. Any inability to attend this day in AUGUST will in NO WAY impact your ability to enrol, or to attend the orientations in Term 4. If you can’t come in August - that’s perfectly fine.
We look forward to welcoming one and all.
Kevin Lewis BEd (Syd) MEd (ACU) GradCertRe (Uon)
Parent/Teacher Interview Zooms
Thank you to all the parents who zoomed in for Parent/Teacher night last Monday 10th August. Despite some minor technical problems, both staff and parents enjoyed having the chance to discuss the progress of students and it was a worthwhile experience. I apologise about the small turnaround time between receiving notification letters by email and the closing of the booking portal. In the event that this needs to happen, again I will act on the feedback that I have received and endeavour to improve the experience.
Year 10 into 11 Subject Selections
Year 10 into 11 subject selections should be finalised by the time you get this newsletter. Students have now made their digital subject selections and I am currently generating the Year 11 subject lines. If students miss out on courses because of a lack of numbers they will be able to make alternate selections.
Bus and Canteen Lines
I will be making changes to the school canteen lines as of next week in order to relieve congestion. The students/families who utilise https://www.flexischools.com.au/ should be rewarded and these students will be prioritised so that they receive timely access to recess or lunch orders. Access to the canteen will then be organised in stages with Stage 6 (Years 11 & 12), first followed by Stages 4 and 5 (Years 7 – 10).
Some concerning behaviours are starting to manifest themselves at the bus bay during the afternoon peak traffic time. Senior students and parents should collect passengers whilst parked in the parking area and not at the bus bay. Students need to follow the path to the parking lot and NEVER cross the road to jump into a car that pulls up in the middle of the road. I ask that all parents abide by this directive. We all know how dangerous this area can be, and I would hate to see an accident occur that puts any of our students in danger.
COVID – 19 Reminder
Can parents please avoid interacting with any students other than their own children if you are on the premises. We are still working under COVID restrictions and would like to maintain the safety of all members of the community. Appropriate social distancing, and use of the available hand sanitisers, are encouraged when collecting your children from school and signing them out in the usual fashion.
Mr Leon Robinson - Acting Assistant Principal - Learning and Teaching
PASTORAL CARE TIME REVIEW 2020
I look forward to strengthening the wonderful connections that students forge in Pastoral Care groups.
The Mission of the College
With Christ as our light, in the spirit of blessed Edmund Rice and Catherine McAuley, through education, service and compassion, we aim to bring to life God’s Kingdom on earth.
The Vision of the College
St Paul’s College is founded upon the Gospel teachings of respect, equality, justice and peace, and incorporates a pastoral care system, which exists within a Catholic environment and ethos. We acknowledge that parents are the prime educators of their children, and recognise that we work in partnership with families to promote the development, learning and self-esteem of our students.
We actively promote the development of the whole person, recognising the worth of each student and allowing them to aim for personal excellence in a safe and supportive environment. Students are encouraged to develop a responsible attitude and desire to learn. We emphasise leadership, responsibility, service and the dignity of the individual.
St Paul’s College fosters the Catholic tradition of active involvement in the wider community. We promote celebrations, which develop our sense of identity, sense of belonging and culture. We believe that students graduating from St Paul’s will possess a strong sense of hope, resilience, sound values, generosity of spirit and an awareness of the importance of responsibility within their community and in relationships with others.
Mrs Bronwyn Shipton - Assistant Principal - Mission and Wellbeing
Feast of the Assumption
The Assumption is the Catholic belief and teaching that, at the end of her life on Earth, Mary was assumed Body and Soul into Heaven. Mary is the greatest Saint, and we honour her especially on this Feast.
Often, Mary is misunderstood by Catholics and non-Catholics, and it is important to mention here that we do not worship Mary, but rather we pray to her and ask her to pray to God for us. She is the first and model disciple, who literally carried Jesus with her, so we can be confident in her prayers in our times of need.
On Wednesday’s whole school Zoom Assembly, I showed a video about Mary and her struggles, by American priest Father Mike Schmitz. It’s only seven minutes so check it out.
Year 8 ‘Catch the Wave’ Retreat
Our YMOs, Calissa and Darcy, have been busy planning for the Year 8 Catch the Wave Retreat Day, which is coming up in Week 6 on Wednesday 26 August. We look forward to welcoming Youth Ministry Officers from other diocesan schools to help in facilitating this day, along with members of our Senior Ministry Team.
Catch the Wave will be an excellent opportunity for the Year 8s to be able to explore their faith with their peers in a non-threatening, relaxed atmosphere, as well as to learn about what being in a Youth Ministry class may be like.
All Year 8 students are invited to apply to be in a Youth Ministry class for Years 9 and 10. Application forms will be made available on the retreat. More information has gone home with the Year 8s in a letter.
Year 12 Reflection Day
In Week 8, after our Senior class concludes their Trial Examinations, they will experience their final school retreat at their Reflection Day. The aim of the day is to give our soon-to-be graduates an opportunity to spend some meaningful time as a cohort reflecting upon their schooling years, upon both the joys and the struggles, as well as looking ahead to what the next steps may bring for them.
Notes have gone home with the Year 12s with further details about the day. Please keep them very much in your prayers as they embrace their end-of-schooling journey.
Year 12 Graduation Mass – Photos
Due to the ever-changing situation surrounding the coronavirus, we are yet to finalise what the Year 12 Graduation Mass will look like this year. We are still planning for it, and to make this culminating ritual special, we are asking ALL Year 12s to send in a baby photo, a Kinder photo and their Year 6/7 photo. These can be brought into the office where the ladies can scan them for you. Please write your names on the back so that you get yours returned to you.
Year 12 Prayer Sponsors
An initiative that we are offering to the Year 12s this year is to have a parishioner ‘adopt’ them as a Prayer Sponsor during their HSC Exams. The prayer sponsors will receive a card of one Year 12 student and the dates of the HSC exams, so that they can pray for them specifically during this crucial time. This is an opt-in opportunity, so if there are any Year 12s who would like to take part, they need to contact me to arrange this.
Parish Sunday Masses
As we continue to navigate our way through the Coronavirus pandemic, our Parish Priest, Father James, is generously celebrating some additional weekend Masses, to enable as many people to be able to attend weekend Mass as possible! To attend one of these Masses, please contact the Parish Office.
For the time being, weekend Mass times will be as follows:
- SATURDAY 9:30 AM – South West Rocks
- SATURDAY VIGIL 6:00 PM – Kempsey
- SUNDAY 7:30 AM – South West Rocks
- SUNDAY 9:30 AM – Kempsey
- SUNDAY 11:00 AM – Kempsey
Sunday Mass will continue to be live-streamed via the following platforms for those who are unable to make it:
- 8:00 am in Lismore with Bishop Gregory Homeming
- 10:00 am with Father Rob Galea
- 10:30 am from St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney
Our Youth Ministry Officers (YMOs), Calissa and Darcy, have come back with plenty of enthusiasm for Ministry here at St Paul’s this term, despite the current restrictions.
- Our lunchtime youth group, REACH, continues with a good core group coming along to explore and nourish their faith. The REACH Instagram page is still up and running – there is some great content posted there! Follow it using reach_kmc
- Look out in the Macleay Argus (both online and in print) for an article that highlights the great work that Calissa and Darcy have been doing at both St Paul’s and St Joseph’s Primary
- Something that our YMOs have been working hard on is to host a local Street Retreat here in Kempsey. The ladies have put an enormous amount of work into this event, which will hopefully go ahead (restrictions permitting) on Friday 20 – Saturday 21 November, in Term 4. This will be an opportunity for ALL STUDENTS to learn about some of the social justice issues affecting people right here in the Macleay Valley and to put their Catholic faith into action. Watch this space for more details over the coming months.
Without You - Wildfire
At the end of last term, the Diocesan worship band, Wildfire, called for staff and students to submit artworks to create the music video for their new song “Without You”. Students from St Paul’s participated in this and Year 9 student Blair Hughes had his artwork chosen to be included in this video. Blair's artwork, along with all of those submitted and chosen, seeks to capture the essence of the lyrics of this song.
Macleay Valley Catholic Parish Website
School Retreats Update
It is our intention, to hold the following Retreat and Reflection days during the second half of the year. Some have been postponed/changed due to the coronavirus pandemic, however as a Catholic school, the spiritual formation of our young people remains of utmost importance. More details will be forthcoming as we get a better idea of the ‘lie of the land’. Here is a tentative list of what we hope to hold this semester:
- Year 8 ‘Catch the Wave” Retreat (Week 6, Term 3)
- Year 12 Reflection Day (Week 8, Term 3)
- Year 9 Retreat Day (Week 2, Term 4)
- Year 10 Retreat (29 – 30 October, Week 3, Term 4)
- Senior Retreat (4 – 6 November, Week 4, Term 4)
- Kempsey Street Retreat (20 – 21 November, Week 6, Term 4)
- Year 7 Reflection Day (Week 8, Term 4)
Unfortunately, both the 2020 SHINE and IGNITE gatherings have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus situation. We look forward to being able to attend these amazing, faith-filled gatherings again next year (hopefully)!!!
Acting Leader of School Evangelisation
Over the next two weeks I will be taking some more paternity leave to enjoy the time with my new daughter, as we settle in as a family of four! Miss Megan Henry will again serve in the role of Leader of School Evangelisation, and I know that she will do an amazing job once more in journeying with our school community in its spiritual growth.
If you have any ideas about how to improve Ministry and Evangelisation at St Paul’s, then please let me know.
Mr Dominic MacAndrews - Leader of School Evangelisation
HSC Trial Exams and Major Works
Trial Exams start next Monday 17 August and finish on Friday 28 August. Students have been emailed a copy of the timetable. If any students miss an exam for any reason parents should contact myself or Leon Robinson as soon as possible and students will need to follow the usual misadventure procedure by completing a misadventure form (this can be found in the HSC Assessment Guide or collected from the front office).
A number of students also have major works due around this time (see below) and should have factored this into their study schedule.
NESA Advice for HSC Exams
The following information is taken from the NESA website in relation to the upcoming HSC exams:
COVID-19 INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS ATTENDING HSC EXAMS (Updated: 4 August 2020)
Students attending HSC performance, Languages oral or written exams must follow NSW Government requirements and advice.
If you have COVID-19:
If you experience any COVID-19 symptoms:
Year 7-11 Grades
Students should be aware that grading is an ongoing process of both teacher observation and both informal and formal assessment of students’ knowledge and understanding. Therefore, when teachers are allocating grades at the end of a semester they will be basing their judgement on more than just the formal assessment tasks.
|Important Diary Dates|
|Year 12 HSC Trial Exams||
Monday 17- Friday 28 August (Term 3 Weeks 5 & 6)
|HSC Practical Submission Dates||21 August - 14 September|
|English Extension 2||Friday 21st August|
|Industrial Technology||Thursday 27 August|
|Textiles and Design||Monday 31 August|
|Visual Arts||Monday 14 September|
|Year 11 Preliminary Final Exams||
Monday 14 - Friday 18 September (Term 3 Week 9)
|Year 12 HSC Exams||Tuesday 20 October - Wednesday 11 November|
Mrs Catriona Martin - Leader of Curriculum
From August 17, we’ll be online and live with:
- 30+ Q&A sessions with expert staff about specific subject areas
- Immersive 360-degree virtual tours of campuses and state-of-the-art facilities
- 24/7 access to on-demand video
- Live chat with study advisers to guide you through our courses and application process
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Early Admission – Final Week. Applications close TODAY 14 August 5pm
Students that have already hit ‘submit’ are still able to manage their application and change their responses and course preferences up until 5pm TODAY.
Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilization). Applications close Wednesday 19 August 5pm
Applications are also open for our Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilization) degree, closing at 5pm 19th August.
This degree runs alongside the UOW Ramsay Scholarship; a $30K per year scholarship for the duration of the students degree (up to 5 years, when students choose a double degree option).
CHARLES STURT UNIVERSITY
There are two Early entry programs available for Charles Sturt University:
- Charles Sturt Advantage early offer program – apply online direct to Charles Sturt for up to three courses. We have a Charles Sturt Advantage zoom workshop for students on completing the application and answers to the questions. It is on the 18th August from 6:45 – 8pm. To register visit: https://charlessturt.zoom.us/j/99261085800
- Schools Recommendation Scheme (SRS) – select this in UAC and complete the information required, and submit. This allows you to be considered for an early offer for any of the courses in your preference list (as it is on 20th September) – for a range of universities – including Charles Sturt University. Offers through SRS can be unconditional – i.e. – the offer is yours/you have the place regardless of your ATAR - OR it could be conditional – you will need to reach the required conditional ATAR listed in your offer. Unconditional offers will be formally made to you in the November early offer round and will be given to your highest preference eligible that round.
Virtual Open Day
CSU have a virtual Open Day running over 4 days. The 15th, 16th and 17th September, and also Saturday 26th September. Students, parents and the community can register interest now and then sign up for information sessions, check out videos on courses, speak with academics and current students, as well as residential and support staff.
Charles Sturt are currently hoping to open their campus tour program up again in mid to late August. This is a great way to see the campus, the facilities, get a feel for the university and meet with a current student to ask any questions you like as they show you around. Currently you can register your interest in doing a tour and we will send out the information to book, once we confirm that we can go ahead.
Book a one-on-one video chat
You can book a time that suits you best to chat one on one about your study options, plan out the best preference order for you and ask all the questions you want. You can invite mum and/or dad or a friend to the meeting too.
Medicine is new to Charles Sturt in 2021. Applications are now open for Medicine in UAC.
Check out the Entry Requirement in the link above, which includes the following steps (but in much more detail):
- Students need to have completed the UCAT
- Apply through UAC
- a community member confirmation form as proof of rural residency.
If selected, they will complete the Medical Admission Questionnaire (MAQ) and sit a Multi-Station Mini Interview.
There is a focus on rural medicine in this degree and will be aiming to take up to 80% of students from regional and rural Australia.
Engineering: An opportunity to experience this unique degree and get a head start. These are free to do and can be given as credit if the student is successful in getting into the course later on. www.csu.edu.au/engineering/curriculum
Social Work and Humanities Taster: There is no credit here, but a little taste of what the career area and study is all about. Not necessarily designed for school leavers, but if someone is interested it might be something they could do.
If your ATAR doesn’t work out for you, remember that is just one way into university. We have many other solutions for you:
- Diploma of General Studies – a one year accredited diploma that prepares you for university study. It is available on campus and online or mixed mode. Completion guarantees you into most of our degrees and can give you credit into the course you enter – reducing the length of time and cost of your degree.
- Charles Sturt Pathway Program is a free four-subject pathway that prepares you for university study and guarantees you entry into many of our courses and can, in some cases, provide credit into the degree of choice as well. This is not a formal qualification but guarantees entry to Charles Sturt degrees. This can be completed on campus, online or a bit of both.
- General degrees – if your ATAR is not enough to get into your preferred degree, we have degrees that have a lower ATAR and will allow you to start your study in your chosen area. Often you can even study the same subjects as your preferred degree. Once you have successfully completed subjects in this degree, you can apply to transfer after 6 – 12 months into your preferred degree. These degrees include Bachelor of General Studies(Science), Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Liberal Studies(Arts).
- TAFE is another option. If you have a Certificate III or higher you are eligible for entry to many Charles Sturt degrees. Some degrees will accept Certificate III, some Certificate IV and some a diploma for entry. Another benefit can be that if the study is in the same area as the TAFE qualification you may even get credit. Sometimes a diploma can give up to nine subjects credit – one full year of a degree!
- Indigenous Access Program (IAP) is a 5 day program where students are mentored, assessed and given support to prepare for university study. Successful completion of the program guarantees entry to many Charles Sturt degrees.
Leader Learning - Technological and Applied Studies, Careers Advisor
and remember…Wash Your Hands and Keep Your Distance
Mr Peter Garty - Teacher/Librarian
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