Term Two, Week Seven - 2 June 2021
Message From the Principal

Message From the Principal

Growth in our student numbers requires change in structures and an increase in staffing to ensure that learning and the student remains central as the College grows. The need to bring in highly experienced and skilled staff to lead across the whole College, from Prep to Year 12, is key.

One of the new roles we have introduced is a Deputy Principal – Strategy and Innovation (P-12) to help us bring about our vision for a dynamic and innovative learning community. After an extensive search, we have appointed Liam Bailey to be our new Deputy Principal. Liam comes to us from Inaburra School, having been Director of Teaching and Learning and previously Director of Curriculum. He has been at the school for a number of years, also having moved from teaching Senior School Science to Head of Science and Head of the Middle School prior to the Curriculum and Learning roles. He began his teaching career at William Carey Christian School and has also taught at Newington College.

Liam’s vision is to see all students passionately engaged and invested in their own learning, and enabling staff with the skills, dispositions and approaches to help foster this in every interaction with students.

In his time at Inaburra, Liam helped develop a learning design framework, and is now embedding the focus of the new Principal, Dr James Pietsch, into the framework to make the best of the old and integrating it with the new. His experiences in this dovetails beautifully into our own goal to rework our existing learning framework by embedding faith and wellbeing into it.

Liam has a range of other significant experiences, including, sitting on the Executive Committee for the AHISA Director’s of Studies group, having organised and spoken at a number of conferences. He has also been involved in Curriculum writing – being on the writing committee and then the exam writing committee for the new Investigating Science HSC course, as well as being a HSC Senior marker and judge for Earth and Environmental Science.

Liam is married to Sandy and has two children, Noah and Danika who are in the latter stages of high school. He loves the outdoor life, everything from surfing to gardening and photography, as well as basketball – both playing and coaching. He is a skilled musician and is also heavily involved in the music ministry at his current Church.

Liam is committed to a meaningful and authentic integration of faith into the life of the College, commenting, “Students and staff should feel encouraged to understand and develop the fruits of the Holy Spirit found in Galatians 5. Learning with love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control at the fore could lead to a Christian character of learning, creating a community of learners that are ready to positively impact a rapidly changing society and not simply look out for themselves.”

We look forward to welcoming Liam to the College in Term 4 2021!

Mrs Megan Hastie
Head of Junior School

Head of Junior School

Last week, Stage Two travelled to Sydney for their first excursion of the year. ‘Australia – Our Story’ is the theme and the focus will be on early settlement and indigenous story. This week Stage Three travels to the Central West to stay overnight at the chilly Bathurst. This Goldfields History trip will give a context to the significant events that mark the expansion of settlement in the early 1800’s.

This coincides with Reconciliation Week and the Schools Flag Walk. Today College students will join hundreds of students from other local schools to remember, support and build future harmony amongst all Australians, particularly our indigenous community.

Our value of Respect points us to an inclusive and humble desire to serve all in our community, and look for ways to build kindness and compassion. Wisdom gives us that ‘lighthouse’ of guidance in making good decisions as we learn and grow. Faith gives us the road map for reconciliation, ultimately shown in the Christian message of God’s love for all humanity in his son, Jesus Christ.

Mr Andrew McPhail
Head of Senior School

Head of Senior School

The Importance of Language

I attended Wollongong University for my undergraduate degree and lived in one of the University Colleges, International House. I had an experience there where I got myself into a fair bit of trouble. One night I was lying in bed and just before I drifted off to sleep I had an unnerving thought, ‘I’ve got no clean underwear for tomorrow!’ I had a small hand basin in my room so I got up, washed some underwear and hung them on a coat hanger attached to the bar heater that was on the wall above my bed. I figured that they’d dry out over the course of the night. 

I awoke the next morning, turned on my room light, got my things and headed off to the showers. What I didn’t realise was that in my semi-conscious state I had not only turned on my room light but had also turned on the bar heater, as the two switches were located very close together. As I walked down the hall on the way back to my room after my shower, I saw smoke coming out from underneath my door. I sprinted to my room and opened the door. My room was full of smoke and large flames were leaping out from my bed! To cut a long story very short, I lost my bond and nearly got kicked out of International House! Please don’t tell my parents about this because I still think they are totally unaware of what happened!

You might be thinking at this point, what does this have to do with language? Well I can’t remember the words I used at the time as I dived on my burning bed in an attempt to put the fire out. I can only imagine. However, I can remember what I needed to do in an effort to remain at the College. There were heartfelt apologies to the Dean, a public apology to all the residents and lots of conversions with my friends and individual students. I needed to use all the words I could muster to apologise, to inform others that I was taking responsibility for my actions and to reassure others that I wasn’t a risk to them. I had to make various undertakings and promises about my future actions as well. What people said to me ranged from humorous remarks and jibes to very hurtful statements. As I reflect on this situation now, I realise the College culture was shaken as students were split between those who thought I should stay and those who believed I should be moved on. This was very clear in the way people expressed themselves and it took a while for things to settle down.

The language we use is a significant cultural influencer. If we speak with kindness, empathy, compassion, warmth, understanding and exercise good manners, this influences the way others speak and act towards us. Conversely, if we use the language that is hurtful or inappropriate it will have an effect on another person which will impact the way they speak, react and feel. This can play out in lots of ways, none of which are helpful or positive.The language we use in our school is a vote for the culture that we’d like it to be.  

I spoke to the Senior School about this at Assembly this week. I encouraged them not to swear or use racist words or words that discriminate and hurt. These create pain and undermine our culture. I encouraged them to talk to others with kindness, understanding and respect. The students were urged to search their vocabulary for the right words for the right occasion, this can be hard I know. I also reminded them about what they already know. That is, to build one’s vocabulary by reading and reading widely, so the right words can be used. Words which build others up, articulate how we feel, what we think and help us negotiate conflict with respect. By doing so, we will all build a learning community where everyone feels connected and valued. Let’s speak the right words into our culture.

Mr Peter Gibson


I found studying HSC economics interesting, but mostly confounding. Occasionally, I felt like I had a loose grasp on a concept, but for the most part fiscal policy and marginal returns eluded me. And that was long before cryptocurrency hit the scene. If I’ve lost you, hold on. Bitcoin and the like are just ‘digital’ currencies – not governed and centralised by any government. You purchase things with it, and it’s value can go up and down – like the dollar, but faster. The big question being asked right now – it seems – is whether or not their value will go up, or down. It’s the same question we have always asked about just about every investment we make. And the answer is probably the same: we don’t really know…

But it highlights that part of our nature to tap into something which will have a lasting and growing value. Why? Because if we find it (a property, a currency, a relationship) then it will bring us security and safety. 

As I think about that, I’m again reminded of Jesus’ words in Luke 12. He sees the same desire in people in his day: to find a treasure that won’t wear out, depreciate or collapse. Then he offers the answer: something of immeasurable value that you can never lose. Something that won’t wear out, or fade away. What is it? A place in God’s kingdom; a permanent status as a loved child of God. Where do I buy it? I don’t. Jesus bought it for me, by dying on the cross. 

I wish I owned some Bitcoin. But even if I did, I’d still be wondering when it’s time to sell! I’m thankful that ‘In Christ Alone’ I find what is worth more, most needed and never fading. 

Parents’ Prayer Meeting

Our parents’ prayer meeting is held every second week on Friday mornings at 9am (we meet at the canteen). Our next time together will be on Friday June 4. Please feel welcome to join us! 

Mr Dan Odell
Prep News

Prep News

Prep have been exploring the artworks of Peter Cromer this term as they have investigated Australian animals.

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

Junior School News

What an amazing couple of weeks! First, Prep, Kindergarten and Stage One had the ‘extra’ ordinary opportunity of experiencing National Simultaneous Storytime. They watched as an astronaut read Philip Bunting’s latest book ‘Give Me Some Space’, from a space station, in space!! The students also had lots of fun doing activities, dancing, making space helmets and blasting off in the Shellharbour Anglican College rocket. Then, author/illustrator Gus Gordon came to visit. He shared how he writes and draws to create wonderful award-winning stories. Prep to Stage Three sat captivated as he explained what he does and how he does it. Stage Three also had the privilege of workshopping story ideas with Gus.

Mrs Sarah Thorpe – Junior School Librarian

Stage Two have been investigating length in Mathematics. 3/4S have been finding objects taller and smaller than a metre…so off they went to Prep to see how they measured up! 

Mrs Rebecca Scarratt – Stage Two teacher

The SASSA Cross Country Carnival was held on Friday 21 May. Students left in the rain but fortunately the weather cleared by the time they arrived at Willandra Cross Country Course. While it was a fresh start, the 48 students seemed unaware of the cold and were ready to get racing. The course is a challenging one run through paddocks and hills but students worked really hard and should be so proud of themselves. A huge congratulations to the 13 students who made it through to CIS which will be held at Eastern Creek Raceway on 10 June. A special mention to Jackson Fraser and Maiya Hewitt who won their age group. Thank you to all the parents who were able to come and support the students on the day. Shellharbour came second overall on the day and represented the school admirably.

Mrs Shannon Peters – Junior School Sports Teacher

Junior School students enjoyed Thursday lunchtime craft inspired by Illustrator, Gus Gordon’s visit.

Mrs Sarah Thorpe – Junior School Librarian
Senior School News

Senior School News

House Music Festival

At the conclusion of the House Public Speaking competition this year, the focus during our Pastoral Care periods in the Senior School has shifted to the House Music Festival. This Festival has continued to grow in strength each year at and has been a source of many memorable moments. It is an event that challenges and grows the team skills of each House, along with the leadership skills of our Year 11 students.

During the preparations there have been a diverse range of imaginative efforts by our students to create the various elements that are required. This is in addition to planning and rehearsing all aspects of their performance. Unfortunately, due to COVID restrictions we are unable to invite guests this year but we look forward to sharing elements of the Festival with you. Each House presents a poster and DVD to initially promote their theme for the year. Here are the vibrant posters they have created this year.

Ms Jodie Liddiard – Coordinator of Pastoral Care

“Reading can be a road to freedom or a key to a secret garden, which, if tended will transform all life” Katherine Paterson

The library is central to implementing, enriching and supporting the teaching and learning program of any school. As a teacher librarian l strive to create a  library environment that is not only aesthetically appealing, but also conducive to learning and evoking a sense of warmth, humour, friendship and trust. With that said the library staff have endeavoured to create a welcoming library environment that encourages reading for pleasure by incorporating a secret garden theme. Students have been eager to add their ideas and showcase their creativity. The library staff have also introduced weekly library craft lunch sessions for students to come and relax, chat and enjoy calming craft activities. 

Mrs Virginia Hand – Senior School Teacher Librarian
Yr 12 Geography Field trip to Sydney

On Wednesday 12 May, Year 12 Geography students travelled to Sydney as part of their study of Urban Places. A number of suburbs were visited in order to observe the urban dynamics occurring in those locations. The urban village of Hurstville was studied, as were the processes of urban decay and renewal in Barrangaroo and Millers Point. The final stop of the day was the Sydney CBD where urban consolidation was very evident. The students enjoyed discovering new places and learning about urban planning. The field trip was a great way to study urban dynamics!

Ms Jade ten Kate – Geography Teacher

Year 11 Earth and Environmental students enjoyed learning about water and soil management near Cowra.

Mr Sven Barter – Coordinator of Science
The 2020 Gold Duke of Edinburgh group, celebrated completing their school-based components of the Award, at the annual Review Dinner. This is a significant achievement and they have demonstrated dedication, perseverance and commitment to achieving their goals. Each student made a speech to their peers and parents, reflecting on their experiences. 
At the College, we strive to develop young men and women of character, compassion & integrity; who will challenge themselves and serve the needs of others. Mr Greg Thornton and Ms Anna Yawan have valued the students in the Award and encourage them to continue to realise their potential. 
Miss Anna Yawan – Duke of Edinburgh 
Community Fair 2021

Community Fair 2021

SAVE THE DATE! The 2021 Community Fair will be held on Saturday 16 October. If you have a business that would like to get involved, or if you would like to volunteer your time to help on the day, please email events@shellharbourac.nsw.edu.au. We would love to hear from you! 

Community Notices

Community Notices

Wollongong University Learning Labs

The University of Wollongong invites your students to LITTLE and EARLY LEARNING LABS, an academic and creative arts enrichment holiday program. We are targeting students from Year 1 to 6 who are passionate, self-motivated and curious learners.

Dates: Little Learning Labs (Years 1 and 2): 28th – 30th June 2021 OR Early Learning Labs (Years 3 to 6): 6th – 8th July 2021

Venue: University of Wollongong (Wollongong campus only)

Applications close: Wednesday, 26th May 2021

Preloved Uniform Shop

Thank you to all our school families who utilised the services of the Preloved Uniform shop in Term One. The shop was able to raise $3,900 for the school and return $8,600 to families in consignment payments. Families are always welcome to donate good quality clothes for consignment. At the moment the shop particularly needs sports uniform items, the newer style shorts with the piping, polo shirts, and tracksuit jackets and pants worn by the Year three to 12 students.

Karen Tate and Susan Difazio – Preloved Uniform Shop

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.

Sales are cash only. Please remember to sign in at the Administration office before coming to the shop.

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