Term Four, Week Eight - 4 December 2020
Message From the Principal

Message From the Principal

Well that’s a wrap!

It was fantastic to be able to celebrate with our students the wonderful successes for the year, although we did miss our families! The depth and range of talent across the College, from our smallest to our biggest was awesome to see, and after the year we’ve had, it’s been great to celebrate the year’s exciting learning journey and the successes along the way!

As I noted previously, we are growing as a College, and that is exciting, but does require some changes as well. The College is in the Master planning process, and our focus is on how the spaces we have, will create and foster dynamic learning and a strong community. In the meantime, it’s getting very squeezy in the College!

Firstly, our fourth Stage 3 classroom will go into C block, and our Junior School Music room will move down to E block (behind the Junior School Library). Our Preloved Uniform Shop will also move in here.

Consequently, over the break we are bringing in four demountable classrooms. Three classrooms (plus a staffroom) will be placed on South grass near the Canteen. They will be Senior School classes plus the Maths faculty staffroom. The fourth class will be a new specialist TAS Design workshop placed between J block and the MPH.

We are excited knowing that very shortly we will begin a transformation that will enhance our learning and community at the College! We will build spaces that will foster our students’ capacity to develop the courage to be creative, curious and bold!

Finally, to our families and students – thank you for a wonderful first year! I would not have wanted to “do COVID-19” with anyone else – it’s been a joy and privilege to be part of the team that offers such an authentic education where learning is an adventure! I look forward to working with you as we continue to form a dynamic vision for the College’s future together!

Thank you to all our staff for all your energy, passion and care this year – you can now enjoy a well earned rest! We wish God’s blessing on those staff who are leaving us, knowing He will bless the communities to which you go!

May the blessings of Jesus’ love shine through this Christmas!

Mrs Megan Hastie
Head of Junior School

Head of Junior School

Saying thanks is important, so important that it is one of the first words parents teach their kids.

Imagine growing up in a world where no one recognised your effort, your care, your help, your fun or your love!

Instead of ‘thank you’, it was ‘give me’. Instead of saying, ‘I appreciate who you are and what you’ve done’, it’s ‘what can I get from you?’

What kind of a world would that be? What kind of a family would that be? What kind of a school would that be?

Instead of our values being Faith, Wisdom, Compassion and Respect, they would be something like darkness, ignorance, indifference and arrogance – in other words ‘it’s all about me, and only me!’ We start our College Prayer with ‘Our Father God, we thank you…’ and that’s a good thing. It means we recognise good things come from God, that it comes from His love and grace rather than our brilliance or beauty, and we are grateful. 

I am so glad for the lesson my parents taught me of saying ‘thank you’ because it made me see the other person, and see the difference they made in my life, and to be grateful for them being alive in our world.

And so we say thanks to all who have made this year such a memorable one – to our expert teaching staff, our dedicated administration and operational staff, the College Council, to our families and especially to our students. What a year! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, as we stop and thank God for the best Christmas gift ever, Jesus Christ his son, our saviour.

Mr Andrew McPhail
Head of Senior School

Head of Senior School

Thank you for the year

I have recently read through the Year 7 and 9 reports. This process always causes me to stop and take notice of the large amount of effort so many students have put into their education, in a year which has thrown so many curve balls at them. The commitment so many students display to our community through service, representation and general citizenship is simply impressive to say the least. Likewise, the guidance, care and direction the students have received from teachers and parents is considerable as we have journeyed the year together. 

I’d like to thank the students for their effort and engagement in their learning, houses and the College community. There have been many challenges to face this year and perseverance, resilience as well as ownership and creativity has been required by everyone. I’d like to thank the students for their willingness to help others around them as it is often easier to simply focus on oneself. Thank you for your contribution to making our Senior School a good place to be. I encourage the students to thank their teachers and parents accordingly.

Thank you to the staff. Lesson preparation for both remote and face to face teaching, pastoral care, coaching sport and co curricular activities, planning and coordinating camps keeps our teachers very busy. Our teachers give so much so our students can grow into young men and women who will make a positive contribution to the communities in which they are a part now and in the future.

Thank you to parents for your support this year. Educating a child takes teamwork and we appreciate your part in this. The COVID-19 restrictions have meant that parents have been isolated from our community this year and I’m sure this hasn’t been easy for many. Personally, I have missed all my usual interactions with parents. I look forward to the day when we can welcome parents back on site again.

Finally, I hope and pray that the holiday period is a safe, restful and enjoyable one. Best wishes for Christmas and Happy New Year.

Mr Peter Gibson


I could not tell you how many of my Christmas evenings have ended in front of the TV, laughing at the National Lampoon’s Christmas movie. Worryingly, the older I get the more I find myself sympathising with Clark, and the various unfortunate events which befall him. What is beautiful about the movie, is that through the chaos and calamity there is – in the end – a story of beauty. Little, if anything, goes right in the movie until the end, when there is peace, joy and hope. I don’t just love it because it’s funny. I love it because it reminds me of the true story of Christmas.

As we celebrated at Chapel on Monday, at Christmas we remember the arrival of Jesus. We often start that story with angels, or a manger or shepherds. But it goes back long before that. Because to understand the meaning of Christmas we need to understand why God chose to enter our world as a human in the first place. He did it because our world needed rescuing; from sin, from darkness, from despair. We needed someone who could overcome evil, instead of being overcome by it. It was fitting that Jesus’ birth was chaotic: no proper rooms available, to a young and unmarried couple, visited by low-class shepherds. It was fitting because Jesus came to take the chaos of our messy world – the chaos of our messy and restless hearts – and bring it to peace. 

As we reach the end of a chaotic, hectic, restless and challenging year, I want to finish by pointing you to the One who offers rest and peace. The One whose plans – unlike mine, or Clark Griswald’s – always work for good. And the One whose birth – quietly, and unexpectedly – 2000 years ago, made possible a hope, joy, forgiveness and life that can shine light into the darkest night. May you look to and find that hope this Christmas. And watch Lampoon’s Christmas, remembering the God who brings beauty from chaos! 

Mr Dan Odell
Prep News

Prep News

Prep Christmas in the Library

This week in Library we celebrated Christmas together. We enjoyed reading Christmas books, having a Christmas dance and making ourselves into elves. The prep students were very creative with their elf crafting. Everyone thought it was very funny when they saw Mrs Middleton, Mrs Luke and Mrs Eagleton dancing as elves on the video they had made for the prep students.

Mrs Helen Luke – Teacher Librarian
Junior School News

Junior School News

KS have thoroughly enjoyed their weekly visit to the JS Library throughout 2020. Our favourite books to borrow have been ones filled with animal facts or funny stories about a naughty Pug named Pig. We were thrilled to enjoy an ice block from Mrs Luke on a hot afternoon.

Mrs Rebecca Scarratt – Kindergarten Teacher
IPSHA Social Issues Commendation

Zoe Mandelson and Kate Livingstone were this week presented with Social Issues Commendation Certificates by the Independent Primary School Heads of Australia (IPSHA). The girls were recognised for their efforts last year, raising awareness of the plight of NSW’s koala populations as the 2019 bushfire season took hold. The girls held lunchtime information sessions for interested students and organised the ‘Caps for Koalas’ fundraising event for the whole Junior School in Term 4 2019.

Mr Barry Luke – 3-6 Coordinator

Year Six had a wonderful time at Tenpin Bowling today, for their second last day of Junior School. Congratulations Year Six! We hope you enjoy your holiday break.

Miss Claire Donnelly – Stage Three Teacher
Senior School News

Senior School News

Congratulations to Annabelle Thorpe and Lachlan Schier, our 2021 College Captains. We also say farewell and thank you to our 2020 Captains, Jessica Livingstone and Ethan Williamson as they hand over the baton!

Years 7 and 8 Technology students had the honour of preparing Gingerbread Angel Biscuits for Kindergarten to decorate – just to say, Happy Christmas!

Mrs Cassie Garrett – TAS/Hospitality/CAFS Teacher

Camps are a great way to end the school year, and Year 7 camp was a blast. The kids were challenged, which provided opportunities for them to achieve new things; they were encouraged to stretch beyond their comfort zones, which builds resilience and independence; they formed new friendships that may well last for many decades; and bonded as a year group, building community.

Mr Sven Barter – Coordinator of Science
Library News

Library News

World Changers Exhibition Stage 3

In our last week of school Stage 3 presented their library work on World Changers for other classes to learn from their efforts. Students were able to pick a person or event that brought positive change to human rights in our world. This was part of our History Inquiry looking into how laws are made and focusing on human rights. Students chose topics such as Fred Hollows, the 1967 Referendum, William Cooper and Martin Luther King Jr. They researched these people and events and the impact they had on our world. Students were able to choose how they wanted to present their work. Students at the exhibition enjoyed exploring posters, movies, reading diaries and Keynotes. Well done to all our Stage 3 learners on the wonderful effort you have put into your work this term in library.

Mrs Helen Luke – Teacher Librarian
P & F News

P & F News

In January 2021 you will find the Preloved Uniform Shop located in the E Block building just down from the Alinta Uniform shop. (near the end of the junior school library.) Trading hours remain the same, 8:30am to 9:30am Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays during the school term. Due to the renovations in the Administration Building and the relocation of the Preloved Uniform shop, we would appreciate if parents could please refrain from bringing in consignments over the holiday period. We will be delighted to accept them when the store reopens on Monday 18th of January 2021.

The Preloved Uniform Shop will be open on Monday 18,Tuesday 19 and Friday 22 January from 8:30am to 10:30am. Trading will be from the new location in E block, just down from the Alinta shop. You can make an appointment at https://10to8.com/book/ywfpeojvgkammztvak/
Please remember to sign in at the office. Sales are cash only.


Pre-Loved Uniform Shop
The Pre-Loved uniform shop will be open every week on Monday, Tuesday and Friday mornings from 8:30am to 9:30am. Please book your appointment via https://10to8.com/book/ywfpeojvgkammztvak/ Due to social distancing and convenience appointments are necessary. Appointments are available every 15 minutes or you can book a 30 minute appointment. Please note that all sales are CASH only.
Accepting Pre-Loved uniforms! 
If you have good quality uniform items that you no longer need you may choose to donate them to the P&F for sale. Alternatively you may choose to consign your clothes. When sold, you receive 80% of the proceeds with the remaining 20% going to the P&F. All monies raised by the Preloved Uniform Shop are donated to the school for the benefit of the students. We would appreciate uniforms to be brought to the shop directly. 8.30am – 9.30am Monday, Tuesday and Friday. If this isn’t possible then please bring them to the office.
If you choose to donate, pop in a message to let us know or please fill in a Consignment Note:
Helpful hints: 
  • Clean
  • Ironed
  • Buttons on Blazers, and
  • Small tears are repaired

 We can not sell items with the following. They just don’t sell: 

  • Sweat stains
  • Pen or paint marks on front, collar and sleeves
  • Large tears:  Inside blazers, sport jacket armpits, sport shorts split, any really
  • Broken zippers on Bomber Jackets and sport jackets
  • Midford pale grey shorts and trousers
Next Meeting – Monday 23 November via Zoom

Everyone is welcome to join us in the meetings. We chat about raising funds and friends within the College Community.

The College executive also share about upcoming events and how the P&F can support the College vision. 

Community Business Directory

Community Business Directory

We want to support the businesses of our College Community. If you would like to be included in our Business Directory, please fill out this form.

7 Eleven Shellharbour – Petrol Station

Anna Interpreting – Interpreting and translating services, 0416137143

Betschwar & Co – A contemporary real estate agency focused on relationships and influenced by a love of community and a passion to connect.

Buena Vista Farm – Goat dairy farm and cheesemakers, offering cooking classes and farm tours.

Clogbusters Plumbing Services – Plumbing, 0401651457

Dance Sensations – Dance, Cheer and Acro Classes in Shellharbour Village.

Dog Gone Mad – The Canine Behavioural Specialists, dealing with all types of doggy dilemmas!

Illawarra Industrial Supplies P/L – Sale of Coatings, Construction, Landscaping and Waterproofing Products

Independent beauty guide at LimeLife by Alcone – A makeup artist and skincare Consultant. Sell professional make up and skincare and offer various services related to the beauty industry.

Rowcliff Consulting – BookKeepeing and BAS agent services for small to medium companies who need help with keeping up to date with their accounts. 0417230478

Shellharbour Accounting and Business Advisers – Chartered Accountants who specialise in helping businesses to become more profitable in a very competitive marketplace. We off full suite of services to businesses from startup, growth of the business, compliance activities (preparation of financial statements and all ATO/ASIC lodgements), business advise and guidance during the business’ lifecycle, exit strategies and pre insolvency advice – when things don’t go so well. 

South Coast Academy – SCA is a private Registered Training Organisation (RTO) offering training in the Business, Beauty and Hair industries. We offer Statement of attainment, Cert II,III,IV & Diploma courses as well SBATS.

Stirling Accounting & Financial Solutions – Accounting & Financial Services providers specialising in Retirement Planning, Accounting & Taxation, SME’s, Self Managed Superannuation, Financial Strategies, Entity Construction, Wealth Creation and Building. 0432901083

Wards Metal Recyclers – Metal recycling. For example, copper brass electric cable all no ferrous metals. 0419494644