Term One, Week Two - 5 February 2021
Message From the Principal

Message From the Principal

In my recent letter home I mentioned some of the exciting adventures ahead over the next year or so. Strategic planning and Master planning will help us develop coherent and dynamic strategies to take us forward into the next phases of the College. But they are valuable only in that they support our mission – to build a learning community, dedicated to excellence and equipping to serve, through the power of Christ. In 2021 we are reviewing our teaching and learning framework (sometimes called QILT) so that it focuses on the whole child – academic, social-emotional and spiritual.

From an academic perspective, we’re working with Dylan Wiliam’s Embedded Formative Assessment strategies, supported by over 30 years of international research, to help teachers target learning in the classroom more effectively, but also activate students as resources for their own learning and for their peers.

We’ll be exploring what we mean by “Christian education”. We are an inclusive school, and we respect and value students of all faith backgrounds – or those with no particular faith affiliation at all. And yet faith is one of our values, so we seek to provide opportunities for all students to understand and appreciate the Biblical Christianity that is our foundation.  We believe that the teachings of Jesus provide hope, meaning, purpose and joy to a world that desperately needs it. We desire to grow young people who understand the meaning of grace, love, community and the enriching power of serving others. Ensuring we do that respectfully and openly needs careful consideration.

We are also very excited to be chosen as one of 12 schools in NSW working with the Association of Independent Schools NSW (AISNSW) to develop our whole College wellbeing framework. We already have a great pastoral care system at the College – it’s not just tokenistic! However, this process will provide us with the support and time to explore the latest research into wellbeing and mental health and develop how we integrate it into all aspects of school life.

As we grow as a College, it’s absolutely vital that we continue to review and evaluate our structures, programs and tools to ensure we maintain the exceptional quality of academic, wellbeing and spiritual care that we provide. It’s an exciting and challenging journey ahead!

Mrs Megan Hastie
Head of Junior School

Head of Junior School

I am very thankful for our great start to 2021. We have over 50 new students in the Junior School, a full Prep and many new programs underway. Most of all there is a happy and energetic vibe around the place. Kindergarten children have found great play areas, 3-6 courts are alive with cricket and soccer and the library is active at lunch with a variety of opportunities.

With some relaxation of COVID-19 regulations this term we are able to welcome parents and carers of Prep, Kindergarten and Stage 1 onto the school site for drop off and collection. I am looking forward to rules relaxing further so that the morning assembly, class helpers, special information sessions and other face to face events can go ahead. One positive thing – this Friday’s swimming carnival is open for parents and family to visit and support the children. I look forward to seeing many parents there at Oak Flats pool.

This year we have introduced a new leadership role in the Junior School. Mr Matt Low is the Pastoral Care coordinator for Prep to Year 6. Mr Low will coordinate the Anglicare counselling procedure, provide support and resources to staff and students, and work across the school in developing our wellbeing framework.

We also welcome Mrs Shannon Peters, our new PE teacher in the Junior School, and Mrs Julie Rosten, teachers’ aide in Prep and Kindergarten.

Instead of our usual parent information evening, we will hold individual Zoom sessions in week 5 so that staff can catch up with parents and carers early in the term. More details will be sent via email in the coming weeks.

Mr Andrew McPhail
Head of Senior School

Head of Senior School

Starting a new year

2020 involved a lot of very big adjustments. But amongst all this confusion and at times angst, I am convinced there is always a reason for hope.  Let’s take the lessons learnt from the last year and combine them with the faith of a promising future. I read an article on the weekend which presented the following ideas to help start this year on the right note.  

1. Start with a posture of possibility 

Human potential has always found a way to thrive, regardless of circumstance. Start the year with a posture of possibility. Watch how this inspires others around you.

2. Start with ambition  

Do something important and meaningful with your life. Rip into this year with a spring in your step and run to win. It doesn’t matter if you don’t win. It is not about a ribbon, it’s about an attitude. Nelson Mandela once said “I never lose, I either win or I learn.”

3. Start with an intention to fail

Failure is not final, it’s a gateway to something better. Starting with the intention to fail is the only real pathway to realise what we are capable of. 

4. Start to frame your world in way that is helpful

Perspective is a mind altering tool to shift our thinking. Allowing the past to steal your future is not how you want to spend 2021. So move on any way you can. 

5. Start by being present 

Our devices distract us from strengthening relationships that are true. Stop staring at pixels of people and look into the eyes of a real person and connect. 

There’s much to look forward to and be excited about in Senior School this year. I’m looking forward to sharing this year’s journey with you.

Mr Peter Gibson
Chaplain

Chaplain

It’s Sunday night and I should be going to bed instead of watching Big Bash cricket. But it’s finals! What can I say? The team batting right now are in trouble. And as I watch, another batsman is out and the chance of the team putting together a decent total score is becoming more and more slim. The pressure mounts. Each time a wicket falls, hopes are pinned on the next player, and so on, until gradually it becomes clear that victory is a pipe dream. 

It’s uncomfortably similar to the workings of my own heart, actually. If I’m honest I have a heart full of batsmen who I think can deliver me victory. My talent. My money. My professional connections. My popularity. My health. If a challenge arises which threatens one of them, another can rise to the occasion. If one of my rescuers fails, I just move to the next, with increasing levels of simmering anxiety and desperation. We all have a shed full of saviours, don’t we? The things, people, habits (healthy or unhealthy) which we turn to when life gets tough. I wonder which of them, this year, will have the cricket balls of life (this metaphor is becoming treacherously obtuse) smash through their stumps?

I love the words written in 1 Corinthians 15:57 in the New Testament, which says “But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ”. As I start this year, I’m reminded by that verse that Jesus promises to be the one who can rescue me, not only from the demands and trials of life, but from my own foolish tendency to look everywhere else for victory. To return to my metaphor, Jesus is the only batsman who can deliver me forgiveness, meaning and hope. And may we all find that in Him, this year. 

Mr Dan Odell
Prep News

Prep News

An exciting start to Prep! 

It has been a wonderful start to the year in Prep! Our students have been busy investigating our environment and making new friends. They have enjoyed music lessons with Mrs Coulthart and Library with Mrs Thorpe.

Mrs Sara Lundberg – Prep Teacher

Prep love Library!

In Library at Prep we read books about monsters, disgusting monsters and monsters who love school, just as much as we love Prep. We also did a monster shuffle.

Mrs Sarah Thorpe – Junior School Librarian
Junior School News

Junior School News

Back to the Library for Junior School!

It has been a fantastic start to the year in our Junior School Library. We have so many books to choose from; Picture Books, Junior Fiction, Junior Non-Fiction, Graphic Novels, Fiction, Non-Fiction and Audio books. It’s wonderful to see students already taking home their own selection to read.

In our lessons Prep have been practising great listening manners. Kinder have been reminding each other how to look after books, they are definitely not dinner plates or frisbees!! Stage 1 have been talking about what makes a great friend. Stage 2 have jumped straight into defining extinct and endangered. Stage 3 are becoming super proficient at doing their own searches for topics, titles and authors using our Library System, ‘Oliver’. Our lunchtimes are jam packed too, the highlight last week was making Platypus bookmarks at ‘Craft’.

Mrs Sarah Thorpe – Junior School Librarian
First Day of Kindergarten

On Wednesday 27 January Kindergarten enjoyed their first day of school. The teachers Mrs Rose and Mrs Luke were very eager to meet their classes and loved seeing all their happy faces. The KL and KR students had fun playing together and getting to know each other. We also had our first music lesson and enjoyed learning about words in our literacy session. It was a wonderful start to the year for both the teachers and students.

Mrs Helen Luke – Kindergarten Teacher

Kindergarten Self Portraits

This term KL and KR are exploring how to draw faces in our art lessons. Our first lesson was all about self-portraits. Kinder students worked carefully to create self-portraits of themselves using oil pastel and water colours. The teachers were impressed with their efforts and they created some very colourful and expressive work.

Mrs Helen Luke – Kindergarten Teacher
3/4S get to know each other! 

3/4S have begun 2021 with some getting to know you activities. These have included interviewing each other and using the answers in a class guessing game. We have discovered some interesting facts about each other! We have also thought about our learning goals for Term 1 and what we can do to achieve them!

Mrs Rebecca Scarratt – Stage Two Teacher
Safe Internet Day

Over the past year, the internet has brought us together to work, learn, socialise and share more than ever. Students across the college will engage in activities for Safer Internet Day on February 9 and throughout Week 3 in their classes and Tutor groups. The theme of this year is ‘Start the Chat’. We hope through engaging in these activities, students will learn more about about online issues and the best strategies for staying safe at home, at school and in our communities. 

The office of the e-safety commissioner has lots of great resources for families too https://www.esafety.gov.au/

Mr Matthew Low – Coordinator of Junior School Pastoral Care 
Welcome back to all music tutors and young musicians!
2021 is a great year to develop your musical skill, to take up a instrument for the first time, build on your current knowledge and grow your brain in the ways that learning a musical instrument uniquely does! Peripatetic Music Lessons Resume in Week Two.

Individual music tuition resumes this week and continues every week thereafter. Students come out of regular classes for 30 minute lessons.Tuition is available in the following:

Voice    Piano   Guitar/Bass    Flute    Clarinet   Saxophone   Trumpet   Trombone   Euphonium    Violin    Cello    Drums

Families interested in instrumental lessons for their child should complete the College Music Tuition  application form.

Tutors will be contacting existing students and parents/carers directly to confirm lesson times and payment arrangements for Term 1. 

“Music is worth teaching because it empowers children spectacularly” Richard Gill OAM
Mr Phillip Coulthart – Coordinator of CAPA
Senior School News

Senior School News

Welcome to the Senior School Library!

A very warm welcome from the secondary school Library!

It was wonderful welcoming students to the secondary library last week, experiencing their enthusiasm and excitement, especially when chatting about summer reading and recommending books to select and read from the library.

Students also celebrated the ‘World Read Aloud Day’. World Read Aloud Day calls global attention to the importance of reading aloud, sharing stories, and the idea of literacy as a human right by bringing communities together across the world to read aloud and change the world. 

The library is as always a hive of activity whether it be for study blocks, recreational reading, undertaking research and units of inquiry, relaxing with board games or quietly chatting with friends. The library staff are passionate about matching books with readers and guiding students in developing their identity as readers through reflection and by modelling their own reading lives.

Mrs Virginia Hand – Senior School Librarian
Welcome back to all music tutors and young musicians!
2021 is a great year to develop your musical skill, to take up a instrument for the first time, build on your current knowledge and grow your brain in the ways that learning a musical instrument uniquely does! Peripatetic Music Lessons Resume in Week Two.

Individual music tuition resumes this week and continues every week thereafter. Students come out of regular classes for 30 minute lessons.Tuition is available in the following:

Voice    Piano   Guitar/Bass    Flute    Clarinet   Saxophone   Trumpet   Trombone   Euphonium    Violin    Cello    Drums

Families interested in instrumental lessons for their child should complete the College Music Tuition  application form.

Tutors will be contacting existing students and parents/carers directly to confirm lesson times and payment arrangements for Term 1. 

“Music is worth teaching because it empowers children spectacularly” Richard Gill OAM
Mr Phillip Coulthart – Coordinator of CAPA

Duke of Edinburgh Announcements
The 2021 Duke of Edinburgh program for Bronze, Silver and Gold is scheduled to commence in Week 3. Students have been busy locating assessors for their Skill, Service and Physical Recreation components. A reminder that all assessors must fill out an Assessor Commencement form, be over 18, not a parent and be able to provide a current Working with Children number. Important Term 1 dates for each level are as follows.
 
Bronze
* Online training and registration – Friday 12 February 3.30pm-4.30pm
* Training session #2 – Friday 19 February 3.30pm – 4.30pm
* Training session #3 – Friday 26 February 3.30pm – 4.30pm
* Practice Expedition (Camp Coutts) – 11-12 March
 
Silver
* Online training and registration – Friday 12 February 3.30pm-4.30pm
* Training session #2 – Friday 19 February 3.30pm – 4.30pm
* Training session #3 – Friday 26 February 3.30pm – 4.30pm
* Practice Expedition (SAC to Shoalhaven) – 17-19 March
 
Gold
* Online training and registration – Friday 12 February 3.30pm-4.30pm
* Service Learning trip to Gilgandra (Residential Project) – 6-10 April
Gold Duke of 
Our 2020 Gold Duke of Edinburgh group managed to overcome a number of COVID related hurdles to successfully complete their Gold Qualifying journey in December. Greeted with glorious blue skies, the group travelled the Blue Mountains on their 4-day expedition. After two days of hiking along Pierces Pass, Grose River, Victoria Falls and to Wollangambe Canyon, the group undertook a number of 15m and 30m adrenaline-filled abseils at Narrow Neck in Katoomba and completed the stunning Empress Falls canyon. The final day involved a gruelling paddle along the Nepean River towards Warragamba Dam. A big thanks to Miss Yawan and Mr Thornton for their organisation and to Alumni Fin Bursill, Reagan Strong and Claire Duffy. 
 
Mr Nathan Alterator – Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator 
Staff Spotlight!

Staff Spotlight!

Meet Mr Matthew Low

Meet Mr Matthew Low, Junior School Coordinator of Pastoral Care and Stage Three Classroom teacher.

It could be argued that Mr Low is more famously known as ‘Wazza’, the star of the ‘Fitness with Wazza’ videos, a highlight for Junior School students during Remote Learning in 2020! However, more important is Mr Low’s excitement for his new role as Coordinator of Pastoral Care in the Junior School.

Mr Low says, “Every student matters at Shellharbour Anglican College, I look forward to helping students to be active and important members of our community and I look forward to helping equip and support staff as they work to make this happen for every child in their care”.

“In the classroom, I am looking forward to lots of great learning, meeting students’ needs and helping challenge and support them to build on their strengths and work on areas of learning that are a challenge for them”.

In his 16th year at the school, Mr Low is looking forward to welcoming many new families to Shellharbour Anglican College, a place that he describes in five words as a “caring, faithful community committed to learning”.

Community Notices – P&F, Alinta and more!

Community Notices – P&F, Alinta and more!

Collection Notice for parents/guardians, 2021 Student Residential Address and Other Information

The Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment (the department) would like to advise you that a request has been made for your child’s school to provide residential address and other information as required under the Australian Education Regulation 2013 (Cth).

Find more information here.

Alinta Uniform Shop

To ensure the best customer service, Alinta has extended their trading hours on both Tuesday and Thursday. All parents must sign in at the Administration building before heading down to the Alinta Uniform shop. This is to meet COVID requirements. 

Fitting Appointments will be available on the Alinta website to book between the hours of 12pm and 4pm on Tuesday and Thursday. 

Phone calls will be answered on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 12pm-4pm on 0401 663 629.

Email: shellharbour@alinta.com.au

Register with Alinta Apparel to make fitting appointments as per above sessions and to order online www.alintaapparel.com.au.

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
 
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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