Term Three, Week Three - 29 July 2021
Message From the Principal

Message From the Principal

Welcome back to Term Three, albeit a remote start to the Term! Despite the fact most students are not at school, there is still plenty of wonderful learning going on!

With the push of the Health authorities and government for families to keep their children at home, we know that the remote learning time has the potential to be stressful. For parents – and for our staff and children – please remember that self-care is absolutely vital if you are to make your way through this positively. As the pressures mount up you may feel caught between your work obligations, your children’s needs and the remote learning context, self-care can be the first thing that goes out the window. You are the person best equipped to look after your needs, and we encourage you to do so. Whilst we can’t change the lockdown and remote learning setting, we can change our choices, our habits and our perspective on it. We know that this too will pass.

As a College we want to encourage you to take the pressure off in terms of your expectation of yourself and your children. You are not a teacher and you are not home-schooling, you are supporting your child as their teachers teach them remotely. As parents, sometimes we jump in too quickly to help our children. Remember that in a face-to-face classroom, your child is one of many children. A teacher can’t necessarily answer a question or meet a need immediately. Just as important, there are many times when it’s actually good for your child to struggle for a little while and to look for solutions – that’s at the heart of learning that sticks! If, however your child is really struggling and you can’t help them with it, let their teacher know!

There are lots of great resources that can support you, including Beyond Blue’s page on working from home as a parent or carer. Another that looks at lockdown more generally is Raising families’ page on managing isolation during the pandemic. It can be a really difficult time, but there is help available here at the College and in the community. Caring for yourself and your family is the first priority!

Finally, a big thank you to our community for your fantastic support of Pyjama day on Friday!! For us it had a dual purpose –

  1. Help our students have a bit of fun and connect in the midst of a difficult time.
  2. The research highlights it’s good for our mental health and wellbeing to give to others. We need to remember that this lockdown situation is temporary. There are people who are in need, and it will continue long after we are all vaccinated and are regaling our grandkids with stories about the grand ol’ days of lockdown. Pyjama day supports foster children – and their awesome, big-hearted carers – by providing funding to support education and promote positive relationships to break the cycle of damage.

As in our last experience of lockdown and remote learning, we know that when we work together as a community, we are stronger. When we care for those around us and seek to serve those who are most vulnerable, it is a mark of character and culture. Let’s be a courageous culture of compassion and mercy.

Mrs Megan Hastie
Head of Junior School

Head of Junior School

During the last holidays I was able to visit Bathurst for a few days. I visited a few used furniture shops, recycled and collectable stores, and looked for somewhere that takes old sewing machines (don’t ask!). I was amazed at the amount of ‘stuff’ that was for sale! And I did find someone who collects sewing machines…why I’m not sure.

We find ourselves collectors of something, or anything, at different points in our lives. I have some collections in my office – feathers, coffee mugs, pebbles and shells. At home I have paintbrush and painting collections, photo albums (up to about the year digital storage took over) and books. I used to collect butterflies and cicadas.  And there are memories as well. I think we collect memories because that’s part of our story.

I have encourages our Junior School students to enjoy their collections, start a new one or research about someone else’s. There are some fascinating museums in Australia that really started as one person’s obsession with a collection, and a desire to share it with others. There are many links if you do an online search.

During our current lockdown I want to encourage you and your family to collect things. Memories are a great place to start. Why not begin a card night, a table tennis comp, a family cook book or a real photo album? Restrictions are tough for many of us and it’s easy to make negative memories of this time. When it’s all over and we are back to work, school and travel, what will we have collected?

Mr Andrew McPhail
Head of Senior School

Head of Senior School

Feels Like Groundhog Day

After the lockdown in 2020 it is incredible that we are back into another one with remote learning again. As we have been here before, I suppose the good news is that we’ve learned from the previous experience and are better equipped to make the necessary adjustments this time around. The importance of routine, organisation, regular exercise, being proactive in reaching out and staying connected are things we learnt which are really helpful in effectively managing this situation. 

Cyber Safety

Now is an excellent opportunity to talk to your children about what they are doing online. Make sure they are using safe and age-appropriate platforms and know the steps to take to stay safe online. Make sure they can talk to you about this without fear of getting into trouble if something online is  making them feel uncomfortable.

Encouraging and reinforcing positive social values is extremely important. We all need to be kind, respectful and responsible whenever we are online. Understanding why this is so important can help keep your child safe online. 

Screen time

As students are spending more time on their devices during remote learning, it’s important that they are discerning about being on screens during their breaks and recreational time. Perhaps think about having no devices at dinner for the whole family or after a particular time. During our assembly this week I’ve gone as far as to recommending a screen free weekend! However, you are best placed to manage this, keeping in mind that your children do use their devices to connect with their friends and family. 

It is crucial that you also find some time to do offline activities with children and encourage them to do things that we often don’t get a chance to, like baking, craft, art, and gardening. You might find that your children develop a new passion that isn’t online! 

Seeking Help

Should you seek help and assistance about cyber bullying, image-based abuse, illegal and harmful content, and adult online abuse, visit www.esafety.gov.au. If contact includes threats of harm, suspicion of grooming, and child exploitation, contact your local police or Crimestoppers immediately. 

If your child requires help and support from a counsellor, either you or your child can contact their Head of House who will assist in arranging online counselling with our College Counsellors. Additionally the Kids Help Line can be contacted through https://kidshelpline.com.au/ or phone 1800 551 800

Mums and Dads, please look after yourselves too. Should you require help and support contact

Beyond Blue – https://www.beyondblue.org.au/ or 1300 224 636

Lifeline – https://www.lifeline.org.au/ or 131114

HSC Updates

The New South Wales Education and Standards Authority (NESA) has started to announce alternate HSC plans for particular subjects specifically impacted by the current lockdown. We will be forwarding this information on your Parent Portal Newsfeed and in the Senior School  Canvas Community Hub.

Mr Peter Gibson
Chaplain

Chaplain

Warning: DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME…

Mr Dan Odell 
Prep News

Prep News

Prep Learning at Home!

Our Prep teachers have been busy providing engaging learning activities for our youngest students learning at home.

Junior School News

Junior School News

 

 

NAIDOC Week during Library 

Our return to school this term has certainly not been what was expected. However, we have still managed to achieve so many things including celebrating NAIDOC week. NAIDOC week is a wonderful opportunity for all Australians to come together to celebrate the rich history, diverse cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year’s theme, ‘Heal Country’. reminds us that we have to look after and understand our Country and our First Nation’s People. All library lessons across the Junior School embraced NAIDOC week and were focussed on acknowledging and celebrating the contributions of Indigenous authors and illustrators. Stage 3 read the Stolen Girl by Trina Saffioti, they heard the story of an Aboriginal woman’s experience as part of the Stolen Generation and Kevin Rudd’s apology speech. They were asked to write or draw a reflection on their feelings of the theme ‘Heal Country’. Here is some of their work submitted from their online learning.

Mrs Sarah Thorpe – Junior School Teacher Librarian

Kindergarten Sunflowers Art

Last week in remote learning kindergarten students explored Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh. We read a story based around Vincent’s artworks and then closely observed his work. We looked carefully at how he painted his sunflowers and then tried to draw similar shapes and lines. Mrs Luke, Mrs Duffy and Mrs Rose were very impressed with the creative and detailed works students made both at school and remotely.

Mrs Helen Luke – Kindergarten Teacher

5/6K have been busy drawing self portraits along with designing their own COVID masks! 

Mr Barry Luke – Stage Three Coordinator

SeeSaw has been a brilliant way to deliver lessons. The students in Stage One are very young, but know how to add photos, videos, use a microphone and interact in the lessons.

Mrs Michelle Liske – Stage One Teacher 

Senior School News

Senior School News

Yellow Jersey Challenge

During the first stint of remote learning last year, the Sport Department hosted the Virtual Cross Country via the fitness tracking app Strava. There were a number of participants who were actively involved in this producing some impressive performances.

This year, following on from the success of the Virtual Cross Country, the Yellow Jersey Challenge was created. The challenge involves students walking, running or riding to see who can complete the most kilometres in the week.

The College Strava Group now has over 100 members and is continually growing. Well done to the students who have already participated in this challenge completing a combined total of over 350 kilometres.

Mr Jarrod Williams – Senior School Sport Administration

Year 11 Hospitality have been cooking remotely via Zoom. In Week Two students made Meringues with Lemon Curd Cream. Mrs Young was missing the company of her class so brought out “Manny Quinn” to keep her company and help with the washing up!! He was not as productive as Year 11 though! The end result was DELICIOUS, served with fresh berries. 

Mrs Sarah Young – VET Hospitality Teacher

The Senior School Library is central to implementing, enriching and supporting the teaching and learning program of any school, consequently the Senior School librarians have been busy creating and curating resources for the students, teachers and families to access during this period of remote learning.

Libraries are historically recognised as community hubs. In addition to connecting people to information and resources, they are important in connecting people to people. With this in mind the teacher librarians are constantly thinking of initiatives and resources that will connect our College Community during this time. These include the Secondary Library Online Resources Padlet, “Gibbo’s Cooking Challenge” and  The SAC Kerbside library. The library team is receiving and processing book request forms so that our students and their families may continue to check out books while learning online. For more information please click on this link

We have had our first customers come to the school to collect their books from the kiss and drop-off area. It was so exciting to see our families take up this offer and seeing the smiles and delight of the students as they received their books. We really encourage you to take advantage of this offer in order to keep our College Community reading.

Mrs Virginia Hand – Senior School Teacher Librarian

Year 7 Parachutes!

Year 7 are learning about forces in Term 3 Science, and friction is on the agenda, What better way to learn about air friction than by making parachutes? I’m not sure who had the most fun, the students building and testing their parachutes, or me enjoying the videos uploaded to Canvas!

Mr Sven Barter – Coordinator of Science

In Stage 4 Technology, the students have been challenged to choose a problem from around the House and then design and make a solution to the problem out of cardboard.

Year 9 Engineering students made a roller coaster out of paper, they were required to have:

  • One loop
  • Six turns
  • An uphill section
  • No longer than one metre
  • A cup at the end

Students then had to roll a marble down and it had to make it all the way to the cup. There were points for decorations also!

Mr Phil Young – Coordinator of TAS (Acting)
Celebrating Pyjama Day!

Celebrating Pyjama Day!

Thank you to our College Community for supporting and joining in on the fun of National Pyjama Day! We raised over $3000 for the Pyjama Foundation! The Pyjama Foundation offer learning skills to more than 1000 children, fund educational resources and help provide stable, positive relationships. A fantastic way to have a little fun on a Friday while learning from home!

Community Notices

Community Notices

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