Term Three, Week Ten - 17 September 2021
Message From the Principal

Message From the Principal

We made it!! Well done!

What a Term! I want to celebrate the finish and acknowledge the hard work everyone has put in. I want to acknowledge the tears shed by many, the hair pulling and the arguments. BUT I also want to acknowledge the golden moments of reading together, baking, riding a bike and those moments when you watched your child achieve something amazing! It has been such a term of highs and lows!

I have written and spoken previously – some may say relentlessly – about pearls, about grit and the like– the pain and the irritation in your oyster was creating a pearl of great beauty. That the pearl took much irritation and time to form, and that it is up to you to choose if it stays as an irritation or becomes a pearl. I’m sure some of you might be saying “Mrs Hastie I have a whole string of pearls by now!!” And you do! Treasure them – make it so that the difficulties you have faced through this time is turned into something beautiful and lustrous, of great worth. This is how we need to look at this term – will it be another pearl to add to your string?

Today’s newsletter is one of farewells! I want to honour our outgoing Year 12’s and the way they have finished their schooling. Instead of Year 12 being a pinnacle of their learning journey – a time of great work, of joy, of pain, but also exploration and adventure, it has been a time of zoom, uncertainty, change. They have certainly experienced plenty of firsts and lasts, but not the ones they were expecting. In the midst of this I have seen this cohort’s resilience, grit – and its sense of humour! Despite the shifting sands beneath their feet and the fact they have had little choice in the decisions being made around them, they have made the choice to get on with things. They have adapted, almost uncomplainingly – almost! They still face a hard battle ahead. It is not the relatively straightforward run to the HSC exams. They will have to continue to persevere to stay focused and engaged longer than any HSC group previously – seven weeks!. Again, another pearl to add to your string!

I want to particularly acknowledge the leadership of the outgoing team. They have been focused, they have had passion and vision and have kept going in the midst of this. In particular I want to acknowledge the team who worked to get our first NAIDOC celebrations up and running. They had a week of activities planned – a local elder was coming and there was a celebration of our First Nations people. Then the inevitable happened. They pivoted they developed an online celebration, and for that I thank them. I want to thank the Leadership team for the continued focus on supporting all students, through their wellbeing videos, their work in the Houses and for RUOK day. Again, plans had to be adapted and changed but they did it! They also had big dreams about developing a student representative group to help create more voice and engagement for all students, and institute House mascots, working with our indigenous community and our Junior school leaders to strengthen our House culture, but again this was put aside. They kept going, they kept leading – by serving to make our community better. Thank you!

I also want to farewell Mr Tony Wong, our amazing TAS teacher and Assistant Head of House for Allen! In his short time at the College, he has had an amazing impact on the students in his classes and House. His warm relational style and care for each person, his passion for design, for building and creative solutions has been inspiring!

He heads off to Macarthur Anglican School, where he began his teaching career, and we wish him all God’s very best in this endeavour – we will miss him!

To our families, rest well, take time to breathe, relax and enjoy your family, after a trying term – you deserve it!

Mrs Megan Hastie
Head of Junior School

Head of Junior School

“When faced with a challenge, look for a way, not a way out.” David Weatherford

Let’s be frank. This term has been hard! None of us could have predicted that Term 3 this year would be a full term of online learning. It has been a time of significant change and disruption to our normal lives. Not one of us could say that we have been unaffected by the global pandemic unfolding around us.

Many in our community have faced considerable struggles and challenges. Work suddenly disappearing or needing to be done from home. Dealing with online learning as everyone grappled with the seemingly constant changes to restrictions. Social isolation from friends and family. Trying to maintain a healthy state of wellbeing for all in our care under difficult circumstances.

We teach our students about the idea of a growth mindset. We know that from struggle, growth can occur, depending on our attitude and the way we choose to react. We know that we learn from mistakes and develop stronger learning pathways as we try but don’t succeed. Instead of giving up, we should try another way. Well, we have certainly been put to the test! 

Staff at the College have worked hard to provide our students with learning experiences that have enabled them to continue to grow and develop in a very different educational landscape. Our students have shown substantial adaptability and perseverance. As educators, we have been amazed at their resilience and diligence in completing tasks set. We applaud you, their parents and carers, for the immense task you have undertaken and the loving support you have shown to your children throughout this time.

We would like to wish you a restful holiday, even though it will be a staycation at best, or perhaps just an opportunity to get your work done without the added pressure of your children’s learning needs. Enjoy the break from school and the increased opportunity that will bring for more free time and fun activities.

In the words of Jesus: Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 

Mrs Sonia Rose
Head of Senior School

Head of Senior School

What could a holiday in Lockdown look like?

I’ve been attempting to answer this question for the past week. Normally as the final days of the term tick away, thoughts of holidays inspire all sorts of ideas and dreams of how we’ll spend them. There is a wonderful feeling of anticipation that we are going to be refreshed by taking some time off, free from the business of school. The lead into these holidays feels very different for obvious reasons. How can we have a refreshing holiday when we are in lockdown, with COVID restrictions dictating what we can do and where we can go?

Here are some thoughts which may be helpful in the way we approach these holidays.

  1. We live in a holiday destination. It’s easy to take this for granted. It is a fantastic area. The beach isn’t far away. We can easily get outside and enjoy our natural surroundings. We are very fortunate, unlike our city cousins. Let’s start with this mindset and look at the holidays through this lens.
  2. Opportunity beckons. Whilst we are prevented from doing lots of things we normally do and would like to do, what can we do which we’ve thought would be nice given the opportunity? Well here’s our chance. Take up an interest, a hobby or a project. It might be photography, painting or getting back into playing that instrument which you’d even up. Maybe it’s focusing on your fitness or working on a sports skill which is going to make you a better player taking up a sport like golf in your LGA.
  3. Giving back. What could you do to improve something for your family? Could you cook something, mow the lawn, could you walk the dog, could you complete an activity together, could you do some spring cleaning, is there a special DIY project you could complete?

Perhaps you have a different way of looking at these holidays which is meaningful and purposeful for you. If this is the case, that is great. One thing is for sure though, if we approach the holidays with the  mindset that we are going to make the most of it, we will feel more refreshed and be better placed to cope with whatever Term 4 brings.  

Farewell our Class of 2021

Our Year 12 students complete their HSC courses this week and we have held a variety of online farewells from Tutor groups and Houses this week as well as a Year 12 Celebration on Friday organised by the College Student Leaders for the year group.  Whilst it is disappointing that we weren’t able to have our normal celebrations, I’d like to acknowledge the Year 12 students’ willingness to make the best of a difficult situation this term and in particular this week. Based upon feedback from Year 12 students and parents we are planning a modified Graduation Assembly prior to the Final HSC Examinations next term and COVID permitting, a Farewell Dinner late in the term.

I’d like to thank Year 12 for their many contributions and service to the College. They’ve been excellent role models for the students who will follow them. Thank you to the Prefects and House Captains for their dedication to upholding their pledge of office in being servants of the College. 

We’ve had a tough term with lots of challenges and our community has done very well in coping with what has been thrown at us. We’ve helped each other out, as well as doing what we needed to do ourselves to get through. The students have done a marvellous job under trying circumstances and we are very proud of you. Parents have been incredible too; juggling remote learning, the repercussions of the lockdown on their family and working from home. I’d like to thank the staff who have worked so hard for the students and have continued to be flexible and adapt to the government announcements as well as the needs of our community. Finally, I wish to acknowledge and thank the Pastoral Care Leadership Team, Faculty Coordinators and my leadership team comprising Ms Liddard, Mr Irvine and Mr Godden for their willingness to put the needs of students and families and the well being of their teams first during a time of high intensity decision making and planning.

We all have earned the coming holiday.

Mr Peter Gibson


When did you last feel like you’d lost control? On a bike? A skateboard? I remember vividly a moment on a freeway years ago, when I lost control of my beloved 1974 Ford Landau, finding myself sliding sideways, at speed, towards another vehicle! Or maybe, it’s been this whole last three months of pandemic-induced lockdown, remote learning, working from home and relational stress. 

Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to be in full control of my life – as though I had a remote control for it, turning off the hard and uncomfortable and turning up the pleasant and enjoyable. Sometimes, I pretend that I do. When faced with uncertainty, I plan, I control, I organise and I manage. I try to convince myself that things are OK; that really I haven’t lost control. Ironically, my attempts to control things usually end up adding to my worries and reducing my peace and joy! Am I describing you too?

In John chapter 6, Jesus sends his disciples ahead of him to cross the lake in a boat. But by three in the morning, they’ve been rowing for hours and making almost no progress. A handful of scared men, in a small boat, on a dark night, in a big storm. With zero control over their plight. I’ve felt, lately, like the men in that boat. 

At that precise moment, Jesus comes to them – walking on the water. It’s as though he’s trying to show them that he is able to rise right above the very things which threaten them. As soon as they see him, they desperately ask him to get into the boat with them. And the minute he does, the storm calms and they arrive safely on the far shore.

I’m not in control. And, if you don’t mind me saying so, neither are you. I need someone in my boat who is. Someone who has control. Who can steer my boat. Who can give me rest. Jesus offers to be that person, to those who put their trust in him.  

Mr Dan Odell
Prep News

Prep News

Prep have had a busy term learning from home. We have loved watching them involve siblings and parents in their activities. Every week we have done activities based on our Pre-lit sound for the week. They have also been busy enjoying the sunshine and Spring flowers outside and doing weekly science experiments. 

Mrs Belinda Hardie and Mrs Sara Lundberg – Prep Teachers
Junior School News

Junior School News

Kindergarten Virtual Excursion

Kindergarten went on a ‘Virtual Excursion’ to the zoo. Several zoos, in fact. Kindergarten students spent time exploring San Diego Zoo and three Melbourne zoos, watching live stream videos, listening to Zoo Keeper talks, reading facts about animals and discovering fun craft activities. They were encouraged to find out about some animals they had not heard of before and as a result, they shared a wealth of fascinating and little known facts in their Seesaw journals. Obviously, a real excursion would have been wonderful but the virtual zoo excursion was a highlight of our remote learning experience.

If you are interested in exploring these virtual zoo experiences, here are the links:



Mrs Sonia Rose – Prep to Stage One Coordinator

Kindergarten have really enjoyed learning about illustrators in art this term. Students read a favourite book by Mo Willems called The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! They then created their own colourful and creative pigeon artworks based on Mo Willems famous main character. Kindergarten have really developed and grown in their illustration skills this term.

This term Kindergarten have been learning about places and why they are special in Geography. As part of this unit we finished the term with some combined maths and geography map making lessons. Students made a treasure map, a map of our school and a water park map. The final activity was to create their own town map design. Kinder students had to think about all the places they would need for a town and create a labelled map. There were some very creative and innovative town maps.

Mrs Helen Luke – Kindergarten Teacher

Library in Term Three

This has not been the term we expected but it has been awesome to see the commitment of students and the wonderful work they have produced.

In Prep we have read so many books about different types birds and all kinds of pets, from the cute to the crazy. Kindergarten have been discovering what objects are made from and creating playgrounds for penguins and for the College. We might need to show the architects some of their brilliant ideas!

My playground would have…

Trampoline, slide and flying fox – Willow B

Treehouse, bumper seats and a house with baby cribs – Mia J

Flying fox jump, creepy bridge and a very, very, very high slide – Flynn

Slide, flying fox and a pool – Lily

Stage 2 have worked hard researching information about Significant people in Australia’s early colonies and were thrilled when their learning culminated in a Kahoot. Stage 3 have also been looking into Australia’s history and stories of the past, reading and researching prominent Australians. I can’t wait to see what we can achieve next term.

Mrs Sarah Thorpe – Junior School Teacher Librarian
Senior School News

Senior School News

Year 12 Design and Technology Major Projects

Enjoy viewing the major projects of Year 12 Design and Technology students, from Portable Dog Kennels to Solar Automated gate locking system, there were many innovative designs. Well done Year 12!

Mr Phil Young – Acting Coordinator of TAS

Year 7 Science

Year 7 has concluded a term learning about forces, with a multitude of improvised experiments at home involving shoes, fridge magnets, static electric charges on plastic rulers and parachutes, just to name a few. We’ve also been making good use of online simulations. Have a look at the wonderful PhET website, where you can try some of the Science simulations yourself!

The photo shows one of Trang Nguyen’s investigations, in which she exploited surface tension to balance 105 drops of water on a 50c coin.

Sven Barter – Coordinator of Science

As a community of readers, Book Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits, and joy that reading brings to our lives. Book Week 2021:”Old World, New Worlds, Other Worlds” presented an opportunity for senior school students and staff to celebrate favorite characters and books from classics through to contemporary books, (past, present or future) in the new norm our “Virtual world”

We kicked off Book week with two local author sessions: Karen Hendriks the author of “Home” and Clayton Comber the author of “100 Remarkable Feats of Xander Maze”. Both of the authors explained the writing process and writer’s craft in an informative and entertaining manner.

During Pastoral Care sessions the students engaged in a range of fun activities to celebrate Book Week by exploring the suggestions in the Virtual World Padlet. The categories included:  Book Recommendation, Read aloud, Dramatic interpretation of a scene from a book and an Artistic interpretation of a book character or scene

Our Book Week character dress day tradition continued in the “Virtual world”. Students and staff dressed as their favorite book week character or a character representing Old Worlds, New Worlds & Other Worlds for their House Tutor Group Zoom.

Throughout Book Week we ran two competitions:

Guess the Staff member and what he or she is reading from Book week trailer.

Thrifty Fifty: An opportunity for senior students to write a narrative or prose with a limit of 50 words. Winners for both competitions will be announced after the spring holiday break.

All in all we had a fantastic week. The senior school  library was decorated to reflect the Book Week theme and for those who came to visit us, were welcomed to the Madhatter’s Tea Party World.

Mrs Virginia Hand – Senior School Teacher Librarian
Alinta Shop Extended Hours

Alinta Shop Extended Hours

We want to provide both our current and new families the best personalised service so that each student feels comfortable and confident in their school uniform. To ensure the best customer service, Alinta has extended their trading hours.

Families are welcome to contact the shop with any questions they may have about sizing or ordering via email or phone (0401 663 629) during the shop hours Monday 12.30pm to 4pm, Tuesday 8am to 11am and Thursday 12.30pm to 4pm. Alternatively, families can phone the call centre (02 4321 0433) which is open 8am-4pm Monday to Friday. Orders can be placed over the phone too.

Further Information can be found on the College website – https://www.shellharbourac.nsw.edu.au/community/current-families/alinta-uniform-shop/contact-details-and-hours/

Community Notices

Community Notices

The Preloved Uniform shop is currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The Preloved Uniform Shop is located in the centre of E block (demountable building), just down from the Alinta shop. We are open 8:30 to 9:30am Monday, Tuesday and Friday during the school term.

Due to COVID restrictions we are only able to have 8 people in the shop at one time, but there is room to wait on the verandah if necessary. You no longer need to make an appointment.

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: Preloved_Uniform_Consignment_Sheet PDF 
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
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