Term Three, Week Eight - 10 September 2020
Message From the Principal

Message From the Principal

Positive and proactive mental health is an essential part of any school’s support and equipping of their students. We’ve just celebrated RUOK? Day and are following up with some skills development so they know what to say next. However, there are some students who need more specialised support for mental health and relationship issues. As a consequence, I’m excited to announce that we are trialling having Anglicare counsellors on site two days a week to support those students who need further help. This is a vital backup to our already strong pastoral programs.

This is new for our school, and so we want to make sure expectations are realistic and families are reassured about what might be happening – more details will come separately. In short, there will be a referral process that goes through our pastoral care team, parental consent will be required for all children under 14, and strongly encouraged for older students. We will continue to work as a team with the families when students are struggling.

Secondly, a few weeks ago after we  appeared on the news for making the Makuta masks, I challenged all students to get involved in other ways – I know that sewing is not for everyone! I’m proud to say we will have some Year 10 boys taking the plunge and getting “Mullets for Mental Health”. Again, mullets are not for everyone! As a College we want to support these young men who are prepared to wear a mullet to raise awareness and funds. Statistically 3 out of every 4 young person who commits suicide is a male, we love that they want to do something about this! We’d love you to support our College team (click here) and we’ll have a communal haircutting with South Coast Academy’s barber team coming in on Monday! Does this mean it’s a haircut or uniform free-for-all? Absolutely not! We are proud of our exceptional uniform standards and will continue uphold them for all our students! The mullets are for a short period of time, to raise awareness and funds for mental health – all haircuts will be back to normal next term! We are prepared to have our students getting a haircut like this, because mental health is bigger than a uniform policy, and the very strictness of our uniform requirements, means that it stands out all the more!

We will continue to promote awareness about wellbeing, open conversations and helpseeking in our College and community beyond. We want to encourage all our students to be advocates in our community. I am so grateful for our awesome staff pastoral care team – and all our staff – and the incredible way they help our students grow into compassionate, hopeful  and courageous young people!

Mrs Megan Hastie


Head of Junior School

Head of Junior School

Last Friday was our first sport event since the lockdowns of late Term One and what a welcome time it proved to be. Students from Year 2 right through to Year 6 gave their best effort to running, throwing and jumping at our 2020 Athletics Carnival, held at Myimbarr ports fields, Shellharbour. There were several records broken and the relay events at the end of the carnival were very exciting.

Congratulations to Chiswell for winning the House competition and to the age champions:

Junior – Lucinda Hartenstein and Harrison Hallam
Under 11s – Alex De Mesa and Aidan Williams
Under 12/13s – Zoe Bayo and Seth Gutterson

In 2021 we are expanding our Stage 3 classes to include a fourth class. Currently we have three classes and there is significant interest in the College. Stage 3 prepares students for a smooth transition to Year 7, caters for differentiated learning and academic growth, and offers a great community where students can belong.

This week Stage 3 engaged in class activities based around the R U OK Day? focus for our community. Age appropriate strategies for friendship, support and conversations were presented as part of our ongoing wellbeing and PDH curriculum.

Mr Andrew McPhail 
Head of Senior School

Head of Senior School


When everyone returned to school after the remote learning period earlier in the year there was a buzz around the school! It was wonderful to watch you enjoying being together again. Many of you reported that the worst thing about that time was that you missed seeing your friends. I think one of the good things to come out of the remote learning period was the reminder of just how important our relationships with others are. Nothing beats face to face time. Time with family and time with friends. Staying connected with friends, family and school is important.

We all experience life’s ups and downs: grief, relationship difficulties, failure, the list can go on and on. These moments can really challenge us. Sadly, there are many people who feel they don’t have anyone to confide in. We can make a difference to the people around us who are struggling with life. We can do this by investing more in the time with people around us. When we see those signs or notice a change, we must be courageous and reach out to them. The earlier, the better. It can sometimes feel uncomfortable especially when a person says ‘no’ I’m not OK,  and that’s fine. There are conversation steps to take and this week our students learnt about these in their tutor groups.

Making time to look after those around you helps people feel connected. It helps them feel appreciated, helps them feel they are valued and important. An increased sense of belonging when you are connected can make a massive difference to someone.

I’d like to thank Mackenzie Weare and Cameron Hayne for being proactive in making RUOK? day at the College a reality. Also a big thank you to Ms Liddiard for what she has contributed to the organisation of our activities.

Every day is an opportunity to make a difference to someone. You aren’t expected to know all the answers, listening can be good in itself, as can being genuinely interested. Listening shows you care. Let’s not just have one RUOK? day at Shellharbour Anglican College, let’s make everyday an RUOK? Day.

Mr Peter Gibson


I did something last Sunday that I haven’t done for years and years. I slept in the car while we were driving home. Relax – I was a passenger; my wife Sally was driving. My 6 year old calls them ‘magic sleeps’. You close  your eyes in one place, and then you’re home. It’s magic! It’s a part of childhood, right? Late night drives home, with dreamy memories of our parents carrying us to bed when we arrived home. 

On Sunday I came to see it as a beautiful metaphor for trust. It was Sunday afternoon and I was just plain tired. I guess Father’s Day is exhausting! And so when Sal offered to drive, I gladly took her up. And – along with my 6 year old – promptly fell asleep. Sleeping while somebody else drives requires trust. I’m hoping – and believing – I’ll arrive safe at home. And it’s being vulnerable, because I’m helpless if something goes wrong (which crossed my mind when the lane change warning went off at one point, and I woke up!). But it’s also real peace and joy. To open my eyes, find that I’m home and know that I was carried safely home.

All of which is a great metaphor for the childlike faith that Jesus suggests. He says in Luke 18:17 that our entry to the Kingdom of God needs to be like that of a child. Our eternal hope doesn’t hang on our working and scheming. It doesn’t come from our performance or our success. Like my magic sleep in the car, it comes through resting in the work of another to deliver me safely to the driveway of heaven itself. I wonder what in our lives right now is proving hard to navigate or negotiate? I wonder what it would look like to step back and trust in the power of God to deliver?

Mr Dan Odell
Prep News

Prep News

In Prep library time we have been reading books about wombats. This week we read Mrs Luke’s favourite wombat book called ‘Sebastian Lives in a Hat.’ We learnt about baby wombats and what they need to survive. The prep classes then drew their own wombat. Some of them even drew a backward pouch and a baby wombat peeking out.

Mrs Helen Luke – Teacher Librarian
Junior School News

Junior School News

Stage 2 Sustainability – Buena Vista Farm Incursion

Stage Two has been learning about sustainability and ways of caring for our environment. As part of our investigation we have been exploring sustainable farming practices and were fortunate enough to have Adam and Fiona Walmsley speak to us about the farming practices utilised on their Gerringong property, Buena Vista Farm. Adam spoke passionately about their philosophy and the many and varied tasks of running a productive farm. Students learnt about the importance of resting and rotating pastures, caring for a myriad of goats, chickens and ducks and the vital role bees play in our environment. Students in each class listened intently and asked a range of thoughtful questions. Thank you to Adam and Fiona for taking time out of their busy schedules to help us gain an insight to life on the farm.

Mr Barry Luke – 3-6 Coordinator
Kindergarten Athletics Carnival

On Friday 4th September Kindergarten’s excitement was high as they participated in the inaugural Kindy Athletics Carnival. Children brought in their own gumboot for events such as Gumboot Toss and the Gumboot Relay. Everyone experienced a running race where it was quite tricky to stay in the one lane for the whole duration of the event! Kindergarten proved to be good sports throughout each event with lots of cheering for their team members and excellent individual participation. 

Mrs Rebecca Scarratt – Kindergarten Teacher 
Junior School Athletics Carnival

The 2020 carnival had some challenging requirements that were influence by COVID 19 restrictions. Despite certain aspects of the carnival being done differently, such as sanitising equipment between each event, the carnivals went rather smoothly. Although we missed the community feel with parents unable to attend, there was still plenty of enthusiasm in the students participation. The carnival was completed with favourable conditions with records further broken in 2020. Congratulations to the following athletes and houses.

Mr Shawn Duffy – PDHPE Teacher
Age Champions

Juniors – Harrison Hallam and Lucinda Hartenstein

11 Yrs – Aidan Williams and Alexandra De Mesa        

12/13 yrs – Seth Gutterson and Zoe Bayo

House Champions

1st           Chiswell

2nd          Booth

3rd           Allen

4th          Chapman

Senior School News

Senior School News

Year 12 Cake Competition

Year 12 students and Senior School teachers gathered outside the kitchen in K block for what has become an annual event, the Year 12 Cake Competition. The Captains and Prefects invited the students and staff to this gathering. The staff put their baking talents to the test as they created the cakes for the students to consume. This year the COVID restrictions required them to make cupcakes that were individually packaged. The students just turn up, eat cake and judge the exhibits. The Captains and Prefects decided on the categories for this year’s competition and awarded the following staff as the winner in each category.

The Most Delicious Cupcakes: Mrs Coulthart
The Most Colourful Cupcakes: Mrs Muscat
The Most Creative Cupcakes: Ms ten Kate
The Best Presented Cupcakes: Mrs Young
The ‘Is that a Cupcake?’ Cupcakes: Mr Lindeback

Thank you to all the staff and students involved for a fun and enjoyable afternoon.

Ms Jodie Liddiard – Coordinator of Pastoral Care


Snacks for the Movies!

Year 9 and 10 Food Technology students have been completing the practical element of their assessment task which required them to create, produce, brand, package and market a Snack Food themed appropriately to eat at the movies. They were required to set their own criteria for success and develop a marketing strategy.

Kayla Zarantonello created a toffee apple to enjoy while watching Alice in Wonderland. Rachael Ristevski created a delicious cupcake to enjoy while watching Batman.

Mr Gregory Thornton – TAS Coordinator


Athletics Carnival

The Senior School Athletics Carnival took place in Week 6 of Term 3 at the Kerry McCann Athletic Centre, Beaton Park. Due to strict protocols it was a competitor event only. This was disappointing however students and staff made the most of a great opportunity. Conditions on the day were ideal. Blue skies, a gentle breeze and warm weather (for a winter’s day!). There were a range of highlights including 17 records being broken and the traditional House relays. At the end of competition Chiswell House, led by Mr Lindeback, were convincing winners on the day.

Age Champions
12yrs William Thomson Jaylee Marino
13yrs Mason Norval Ella Hewitt
14 yrs Toby Johnson Naomi Gibson
15 yrs Thomas Harrison Eliza Schweitzer
16 yrs James Dejkovski Georgia Williams
17 yrs Tiana Reardon Nikita Romankin
18 yrs Deakin Southern Annie Schweitzer

House Champions
1st Chiswell
2nd Chapman
3rd Booth
4th Alllen

The College would like to thank the students for their participation and also Mr Duffy who did an outstanding job organising and running this event.

Mr Stephen Irvine – Coordinator PDHPE
Library News

Library News

Book Week

Next Term in Week 3 we are looking forward to celebrating Book Week in the Junior Library. We will be celebrating Book Week with a two day visit from local author Sue Whiting and a virtual incursion with Taronga Zoo. A full list of nominated books are available on The Children’s Book Council of Australia website: https://cbca.org.au/shortlist-2020

This year we are celebrating the theme ‘Curious Creatures, Wild Minds’ and students from Prep to Stage 3 are invited to take part in our Book Week Competition celebrating this theme.  

Students are encouraged to enter our book week photo competition by creating a photograph that embraces the theme ‘Curious Creatures, Wild Minds.’

Book prizes and certificates will be awarded for outstanding efforts in each stage. Students should send their entries in to the Junior Library by Friday 30 October.

Entries can be sent to info@shellharbourac.nsw.edu.au with the subject Junior Book Week Competition. Please include your class, name and title of your photo in the body of the email and attach photographs as a JPEG file (minimum 300 DPI).

Stage One Library Dog Illustrating

In Stage One library time we loved looking at the book ‘When Billy was a Dog’ written by Kirsty Murray and illustrated by Karen Blair. In the story Billy is so desperate for his own puppy that he cheekily acts like a puppy for a whole day. It was a very funny book especially when Billy played fetch with a stick. We liked looking at the end papers of the book that had beautifully illustrations of lots of different breeds of dogs. Stage One were inspired to create their own dog illustrations. Mrs Luke and the Stage One teachers were very impressed with the students’ attention to detail in their drawings.

Stage One Parrot Making

In library Stage One have been making parrots. We read the book ‘I Need a Parrot’ by Chris McKimmie. This was a very funny book about a boy trying to persuade his parents to buy him a parrot. Over two weeks Stage One painted and decorated their own parrots. They have created some very colourful and beautiful birds.

Mrs Helen Luke – Junior School Librarian
P & F News

P & F News

Time to think about Summer Uniforms! Book in your appointment! https://10to8.com/book/ywfpeojvgkammztvak/



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 in the Administration building.

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