Term One, Week Seven - 10 March 2022
Message From the Principal

Message From the Principal

It has been fantastic to begin moving back to a sense of normality in school life – come Monday we will be officially mask-free across the campus!

We have lots of new people in our community, and after two years of disrupted learning, and minimal opportunities to spend time together, I wanted to touch briefly on who we are and what we value as a learning community. I am hoping that you have seen on the cover of the student daybook our four values – faith wisdom, compassion and respect. These values guide who we are and how we behave.

I could spend time giving you a definition of each, but instead I want to look bigger than that, at what holds our values together. One thing you should notice about our values is that they are all outward facing; they reflect the nature of Jesus. By that I mean they are for the benefit and service of others. When we are all compassionate, and respectful, wise and faith-filled, then it builds exponentially across the community.

I know that when we think about it, that’s how we want to be treated, and how we want to treat others. But as the political journalist P.J O’Rourke once said “everybody wants to save the earth, nobody wants to help mum with the dishes.”

What does that mean?

Often, we have the right idea, we think about big things like climate change, pollution, war. But many of these things are actually beyond our direct day to day control, and so it’s easy to think about those big ideas, but in the little daily things that are the reflection of those issues – like helping mum or dad do the dishes, cleaning up your mess, avoiding single use plastics, being kind to that person in your class who makes annoying comments, we can overlook those things and not see the connection. We think globally about the big problems but we don’t act locally to make a difference and serve others in the smaller things.

So, I will rephrase O’Rourke’s statement – Everybody wants to stop climate change, but nobody will put their rubbish in the bins.

Everybody wants to stop the war in the Ukraine, but nobody will stand up to the bully in your class who’s picking on someone.

When we talk about who we are as a College and what we value, it is in the little things we show what we really believe. Our actions speak louder than our words. For our students, whether it’s ensuring you put your rubbish in the bin – or picking up someone else’s mess, or helping someone who is struggling in class. Our actions show if we really are respectful, compassionate, faithful and wise.

How can we as a community, and as individuals demonstrate what it is we value and believe? By serving each other, living out our values and making a small difference in our big world.

Mrs Megan Hastie
Deputy Principal – People and Culture

Deputy Principal – People and Culture

Key staff at our College have undertaken a comprehensive process (entitled “Compass”) aimed at upholding and promoting our students’ wellbeing. This process has been supported by the Association of Independent Schools, NSW, who have provided resources and frameworks to help us understand each aspect of wellbeing and to apply this to our unique context.  

Informed by research, the Shellharbour Compass Team have developed a definition of Wellbeing that aligns with our context and the heart of our College. Our definition is: 

 As a Christian learning community, wellbeing is at the foundation of who we are. Wellbeing is flourishing through: 
  • Healthy relationships, minds and bodies, 
  • Hope-filled futures of purpose and resilience, and 
  • Hearts of compassion, justice and mercy. 

We invite parents and College community members to reflect on this definition and if you wish to provide feedback or ask questions, we would love to hear from you. 

Talking with your child about digital content 

One of the challenges of parenting in this millennium is supporting our children’s safe use of digital media. It can be so difficult to keep track of how your child’s wellbeing is being shaped by what they see on their phones, tablets or laptops. As powerful and valuable as parental controls and web-filtering products are, we have to expect that at some point, your child will encounter something you would prefer they hadn’t seen. Regular open conversations are shown to increase the likelihood that, when inappropriate or distressing content comes across their screen or that of a friend, your child will be able to have a healthy conversation with you about how it has affected them and how they might avoid it in future. Along with limitations on the amount of time devices are used and rules about where devices are used and stored while charging (keep both of these in the open) I urge you to engage in safe and open conversations with your child about their use of their devices and what they have been viewing. For some great ideas and resources on eSafety, visit https://www.esafety.gov.au/parents  

Adam Lear
Deputy Principal – People and Culture
Deputy Principal – Strategy and Innovation

Deputy Principal – Strategy and Innovation

Harness the benefits of doubt

Have you ever wondered if you were good at anything? Sometimes things don’t go the way you thought they should. What does this make you think about yourself? If you are anything like me, you go through these thought processes often. Our students go through this many times a day, both at school and at home. What do we expect of them when they don’t know something? I am sure that we all hope that they will be resilient and learn how to accept things and move forward. Psychologist Andrew Fuller says that what creates resilience varies at different stages of our lives. The clear indication is that people thrive when they connect with one another, protect one another and respect one another. We want our students to thrive every day and in every lesson.

Respecting themselves is also important. Adam Grant talks of harnessing the benefits of doubt and reframing the situation when you doubt yourself so that you can see it as an opportunity for growth. “Knowing what you don’t know is often the first step toward developing expertise.” As our students make mistakes and find themselves not understanding, they should have resilience to believe that they just found out something they don’t know and therefore can now seek to understand it better. To help students with this, our teachers are thinking about ways that they give feedback to them throughout the learning process, not just at the end. This will enable students to improve as they go instead of understanding what they don’t know after they should have known it! I encourage you to have encouraging conversations with your children when they tell you that they don’t know something and make a mistake. I encourage you to challenge them to embrace doubt as an opportunity for growth. Together we can build resilient people ready to thrive and face challenges.

See you out the back.

Mr Liam Bailey
Deputy Principal – Strategy and Innovation
Head of Junior School

Head of Junior School

If you’ve ever holidayed by tent or caravan on the south coast of NSW you can almost guarantee a few wet days. If there’s no internet or TV then out come the cards, board games and sketch pads pretty quickly, and soon there’s a monopoly champion, or a Line Up 4 wizard, or a Charades natural. Recess and Lunch at the moment for Junior School looks a little like a wet camping holiday … lots of conversations, creative play and building friendships. This is the ‘incidental curriculum’, but also an outcome of the way our College sees learning – where alliances build a culture of honesty, respect and inclusiveness and attitudes of engagement and responsibility are fostered.

Yes, the day we see blue sky and dry playing spaces will be celebrated. For us in the wet days, there’s just as much to count as a blessing and a testimony to our culture of excellence.

Mr Andrew McPhail
Head of Junior School 
Acting Head of Senior School

Acting Head of Senior School


Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other (Walter Elliott)

In writing this column I was hesitant to focus on perseverance for fear of fostering a narrative of self-pity. The reality is, however, that our community has had to endure a range of disruptions and frustrations this term: COVID cases (and with that remote learning for some), restricted access throughout the college due to building works, segregated year-groups and now, torrential rain. Despite this reality, students overall have applied themselves commendably to their learning and life in the Senior School. To spur you on I would like to offer the following…

I. Think big picture

Long distance runners would be familiar with the term ‘hitting the wall.’ It’s a sensation you wouldn’t wish for your worst enemy. When glycogen stores (stored glucose) are depleted, your brain essentially tells your body to STOP. One way to avoid this is to slow down and use a different fuel source. In the same vein, as we anticipate the remaining weeks of this eleven- week term I am urging students (and their parents) to maintain a steady pace until the final day of term, Friday 8th April.

2. There’s a lot going on

With school sports and extracurricular programs now running there are plenty of opportunities for students to keep themselves engaged and connected. This week brochures have been sent home outlining what’s on offer. Each student is encouraged to involve themself in at least one initiative outside the classroom this year.

3. A final encouragement

Lastly, I would like to leave you with a bible verse. My hope is that this encourages you wherever you are and whatever you may be doing.

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

Mr. Stephen Irvine
Acting Head of Senior School


 #LiveYourBest Life. It’s such a good hashtag, that maybe I shouldn’t ask what it means. But curiosity got the better of me recently, as I wondered what my best life is. Life is filled with choices. I might eat a chocolate bar for breakfast, or muesli. If my best life is the healthy one, the muesli it is. If my best life is the one that makes me happy, then Twirl bar here I come! Is my best life the healthy one of the happy one? The problem is, I can’t see all my possible lives ahead of me, so how can I choose the best one? One the one hand famous Chinese Proverb tells me that there are many paths up the mountain; the view is the same. And yet it feels like our world of media and social media are pushing us to compare our paths – as though my best life is one that is more like someone else’s! So how do you #liveyourbestlife anyway?  

This week in Chapel we read Psalm 1. And you could sum it up – and answer my torrent of questions above – with this one phrase: #YourBestLifeIsaLifeConnectedToGod. It is too long for a hashtag now that I look at it. It might not take off.  

Regardless, Psalm 1 says that those who “delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night” (in other words, trust in God’s wisdom for how to live and make God’s priorities their own), are like “trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit in each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all that they do.” According to the Bible, a life connected to God, trusting in Him is a strong, prosperous, and resilient life – like a huge tree! Some of us are sceptical – we have this lingering suspicion that including God in our lives might reduce our joy and purpose in life. In fact, the Bible says the opposite.  

Psalm 1 – I encourage you to read it all – says that Led Zep were right: “there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run” the path that leads to joyful, purposeful, eternal life is the life lived in relationship with God. #YourBestLifeIsaLifeConnectedToGod. I had to say it again… 

Mr Dan Odell
College Chaplain
Prep News

Prep News

Wet weather has not dampened the enthusiasm for learning at Prep!.

After letting the butterflies free, we have made a giant collage caterpillar, cocoon and butterfly. Students made coloured rice for measuring the capacity of containers. They investigated making volcanos by mixing bicarbonate soda with coloured vinegar and were treated to a sensory delight by mixing water colours with shaving cream!

Mrs Lundberg, Mrs Ballard and Mrs Hardie
Junior School News

Junior School News

Junior School Leaders 2022

We would like to congratulate the following students who have been appointed as Junior School Prefects and House Captains for 2022.


Lucia Binns
Emma Low
Ellie Linsley
Harper Mackey
Harrison Mann
Kailin Mudaly-Naidoo
Samuel Vonk
Cruz Wraight

House Captains

Chiswell – Daniel Martin & Hannah Petrovski
Chapman – Lani Graham & Ivy Walmsley
Allen – Taj Clare & Bella Janssen-Low
Booth – Cameron Fredericks & Arjah Patino

We look forward to acknowledging the 2022 Junior School leaders at their Induction Ceremony next Thursday!

Mr Matthew Low
Junior School Pastoral Care Coordinator
Senior School News

Senior School News

Year 12 students headed off to Kiah Ridge for a three day retreat. This was an enjoyable experience for them, as they considered the best ways to approach their final year of schooling.

Quotes from some students:

The Year 12 retreat was a fantastic and memorable few days which included many educational, interactive and inspiring seminars, and allowed enjoyable time to bond with fellow peers and members of staff. CB 

Year 12 students were given an excellent opportunity to engage in a variety of activities at our retreat. A highlight certainly was connecting as a year group and creating some unforgettable memories. RR

I really enjoyed having the free time to get to know our peers and teachers in a different environment. CS

The Year 12 Retreat was a great three days where we learnt some important study skills to help us in our final year of schooling. There was also free time where we could hang out with our friends and participate in fun activities. LW

Ms Jodie Liddiard – Coordinator of Pastoral Care

Year 10 are currently studying World War One in History. This week they have been able to gain a greater appreciation for the experiences of those who participated in the war by viewing an Australian War Memorial archival box. This box contains artefacts from the war, surplus uniforms and some replica pieces. As the students prepare to complete an assessment task on an Australian Service Person from World War One it is wonderful to see so many making personal connections with relatives, places and people who were involved in The Great War, such a significant event in Australia and the world’s history.

Mrs Claire Calvert – HSIE Teacher
Swimming Carnival 2022

A very disrupted start to the Senior Carnival being postponed due to Covid restrictions at the original venue. The carnival was then moved to a new venue at Warilla Swimming pool.

With a larger student cohort the senior carnival continued to increase with high participation and increased number of heats, especially within the 13 yrs age group. This placed a strain on completing the program but with staff cooperation we were able to complete the day. Unfortunately, the house war cries were again cancelled due to Covid but was replaced with some music, creating a great carnival atmosphere for the day.  

Thank you to both the P & F who provided and organised the BBQ, this was greatly appreciated and to all staff for their help with the running of the day.

Mr Shawn Duffy

Congratulations to the following: 

House Champions:

1st            Booth                  

2nd          Chiswell

3rd          Allen                    

4th          Chapman           

Age Champions

12 yrs              Baxter Filippig                        Hannah Garcia

13 Yrs             Tobie Sanders                         Celeste Janse Van Rensburg

14 yrs              Samuel Schooley                    Lillian Schooley

15 yrs              Jared Wood                             Rhiannan Harris

15 yrs              Kai Windram                          Jazlyn Cleary             

16 yrs              Kieran Harris                          Jordyn Martin 

17 yrs              Charlie Britten                        Sydney Brown

Records broken:

Boys 17 y 100metres freestyle


Matthew Walker


Girls 18 y + 100metres freestyle


Sydney Brown


Boys 17 y 50 meters freestyle


Kieran Harris


Girls 18 y + 50 metres freestyle


Sydney Brown


Boys 17 y 50 metres backstroke


Kieran Harris


Girls 18 y + 50 metres backstroke


Sydney Brown


Boys 16 y 50 metres breaststroke


Kai Windram


Girls 18 y + 50 metres breaststroke


Sydney Brown


Boys 17 y 50 metres butterfly


Kieran Harris


Girls 18 y + 50 metres butterfly


Sydney Brown


Girls 17+ 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay






Library News

Library News

In Prep Library students enjoyed reading books about unicorns. They loved reading Thelma the Unicorn by Aaron Blabey. Mrs Luke was impressed by how well Prep listened to the lesson goal to watch the book and pictures as Mrs Luke reads. Prep are amazing story listeners. Students then had a wonderful time making unicorn puppets, playing and decorate our horses with playdough and gems, playing with rainbows and borrowing new books for the week.

In Kindergarten Library students have been exploring that the library is a place of stories. Students have been discovering different types of stories we can read and enjoy. They looked at funny stories and the characters that make us giggle. Students read Rodney Loses It! And The Duckling Gets a Cookie?! together and laughed at these very silly characters. They really loved the pigeon character and created our own pigeon artworks.

In Stage Two they are exploring how we can learn factual information. Students have been reading Matt Chun’s book Australian Sea Life. In pairs students selected an animal from the book to research more deeply. Using the information from the book and searching online students wrote summary notes about our sea creature. Stage Two talked about the importance of using images to enhance our written work. Students each used Matt Chun’s illustration to inspire their own artwork based on the creatures researched. Stage Two carefully observed the illustrations and concentrated on getting the shape of the animal before adding details using oil pastel and water colour. The final artworks are going to make an impressive display in the library.

Mrs Helen Luke – Junior School Teacher Librarian

Teacher librarians are the ultimate matchmakers. We listen to our students, get to know their interests, set them up with a book, and hope they hit it off. If we do our jobs effectively, our students  will fall in love with multiple books. And they will keep coming back for more.

February is often referred to as  the month of  Love. This is the month that the SAC Senior School Library highlights books about love, relationships, kindness and friendship. It is a timely opportunity to encourage our students to keep the love and curiosity of reading books through the “Blind Date With a Book” initiative.

“Blind Date with a Book” is an opportunity  to showcase to our students our diverse and inclusive library collection. We select a large range of books, wrap them up, and highlight their appealing factors in a fun way on the cover. In terms of providing advice or suggestions for the  reader, the more information we can put on the cover without giving away the book, the better.  Looking at a “Blind Date with a Book” display, the students  have to ask themselves: what type of story am I in the mood for? What type of books do I want to avoid? What makes me like the books that I like? 

Throughout the month of February our  books have  flown off the display shelves and the librarians have not only been busy replenishing these but have also  noticed the students  taking the time to seriously consider the different options available to them.  “Blind Date with a Book” is a cute and cheeky display that surprises and delights our students. 

Finally we like to add an interactive element to your program by asking participants to Rate Their Date! We include a bookmark in each wrapped book that asks the borrower to describe their experience. We ask the following:

First Impression?

Ugh   So-so   Interested   Love at First Sight

How Was It?

Total Disaster   Boring   Ok   Better than expected   Wonderful

Would you date this kind of book again? 

No Way   Doubt It   Maybe   I Think So   Definitely

What’s your overall rating for this book?

1   2   3   4   5

Mrs Virginia Hand – Senior School Teacher Librarian
Careers Update

Careers Update

The things students need to do and the decisions they must make can often feel overwhelming with all the information and instructions out there! So how do students manage things and stay sane and happy for better outcomes?

With a Career plan!

In the past week, Year 10 students participated in a workshop to develop their Career Plan. Students logged onto the secure student area of the Shellharbour Anglican College Careers website and entered details about their education, personality, work experience, work skills, achievements, future plans, goals, barriers, and an action plan. Students took the opportunity to participate in various tests/quizzes to help understand their career personality, interests, skills and abilities, enterprise skills, work values, and entrepreneurship skills.

The Career Plan that students have developed is a working document – students will change and update it as their goals develop over their schooling years. It will guide them and assist me in directing relevant information and opportunities to them.

If you have a child in Year 10, ask them about their Career Plan!

Ms Cheryl Brennan
Careers Adviser
Community Notices

Community Notices

Preloved Uniform Shop – Term One Trading 

The Preloved Uniform shop will be open 8:30am to 10:00am Mondays and Fridays. During Term One we will be temporarily located off site in a room upstairs at the Shellharbour City Baptist Church building. The address is 10A Commerce Drive Lake Illawarra. Next door to the Warrigal Blinds showroom.

Consigning clothes with us

If families have uniforms that they want to donate or consign, they can leave these at the Preloved Uniform shop offsite premises ONLY between 8:30 and 10:00am on Mondays and Fridays. At other times/days students may leave the clothes at the table outside the school administration office.

The Preloved shop is always in need of good quality clothing to supply the needs of other families. Families can choose to donate their clothing or consign it. If donating clothing, please mark the bag as a donation. If you would prefer to consign the clothing please ensure all garments are in good condition and are listed individually on a consignment sheet (attached here). If you have not yet supplied your banking details to us you will also need to provide these (see below). At the end of each term, the sales of clothing will be reconciled and any money owing to you will be calculated. You receive 80% of the value of any of your garments sold. The P&F retain 20% as commission. All monies raised by the P&F are donated to the school for the benefit of the students.

We cannot sell items with the following:

  • Sweat stains
  • Pen or paint marks on front, collar and sleeves. (Minor marks are ok)
  • Torn linings inside jackets, split seams on shorts, torn knees on pants.
  • Broken zippers on jackets or pants
  • Beare and Lay brand tunics, dresses or shirts. (Blazers and jumpers still accepted if in good condition.)
  • Midford brand pale grey shorts and trousers, or shirts without the college crest
  • Non school branded clothes

Please ensure garments are clean and ironed. If clothes are presented in this condition they will be disposed of at the P&F’s discretion.

Consignee Payments

At the end of each term we reconcile the sales made during the term and determine how much is owed to each of our consignees. Any money owing to you will be transferred directly to your bank account once our accounting processes are complete. If you have not yet provided your banking details, they can be supplied by using (this form) which can be dropped off at the Preloved Uniform Shop or returned via email to Karen Tate  (k_tate@internode.on.net) or Susan Difazio (susandifazio@gmail.com).

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