School Newsletter

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Emmaus Village

St Agnes’ Catholic Parish is hosting an ‘Open Day’ at the new Emmaus Village (co-located with Emmaus Home at 16 Colonel Barney Drive, Port Macquarie) on Saturday 1 June, 10:00am-2:00pm.

There’ll be info sessions, tours, stalls, live performances, face painting for the kids, sausage sizzle, and more - the onsite café ‘Breaking Bread Café’ will also be open for those who love a good coffee. Everyone is welcome to come along to join in the Open Day celebrations.

Find out more by joining the event page https://bit.ly/3y9tS6T or visiting the Emmaus Village website https://bit.ly/3wHGS36.

St Agnes' Parish News

Parent-Teacher Interviews - Years 8, 9 & 10

Monday, 20th May 2024
4:00pm- 7:00pm

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Parent-teacher interviews are an important opportunity for parents to discuss the progress of their sons/daughters with teachers and to help formulate strategies to assist their children in their educational journey.

  • As many teachers have a full programme of interviews through the night, I would ask that parents respect the 5-minute time allocation for interviews (if an extended discussion is needed, a separate time should be booked through the College office to see the teacher).
  • Also, I would ask that parents adhere to the allocated time slots – if a teacher appears to be “free” it may be the only break they have all night

Year 7, 11 & 12 Parents have recently had interviews, however, if there is anything you wish to discuss with your child’s class teacher/s, please contact the College. There will be another opportunity for parents of students in Years 7-12 to meet with teachers again on 26th August 2024. 

How to book a Parent-Teacher Interview:

All interviews are to be booked via the Compass App.

Further information regarding the evening and the link to book an interview, will be sent out via the Compass App on Monday.

Bookings are now open
and close on Monday, 20th May at 10:00am

We look forward to meeting with you.

Mr Ian Lutton
Assistant Principal - Learning and Teaching


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“Tell Them From Me” Survey

All parents are warmly invited to complete our annual “Tell Them From Me” survey. The survey platform is easy to navigate, with the survey taking around 15 minutes to complete. Students and staff also complete a version of the survey. Data and feedback from the survey responses are analysed to inform decision-making and to shape our school improvement focus. We encourage all parents to please take the time to complete the survey so the feedback is as comprehensive as possible. As parents are such a vital part of our school community and play such a key role in their children’s education, we really value parent voices and want to ensure we capture as many parent experiences of our school as possible. Please click the link below to access the survey:

http://tellthemfromme.com/regional2024

Mrs Jennifer Furney
Assistant Principal - Pastoral Care

Merits Update

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Congratulations to Oxley 7 - the PC that has achieved the most merits in the first few weeks of Term 2. They were offered a chance to select a track for our bell that would play at each usual bell time on Friday. In true house spirit, they selected Yellow by Coldplay. Congratulations to the students of Oxley 7 on being noticed for the positive approach you take to life and learning in our College community.

Year 12 Retreat

This week, our Year 12 students attended their annual retreat at The Francis Retreat, Bonny Hills. This event is one of the absolute highlights of our calendar.

I was fortunate enough to spend a few hours with the group on Thursday and was impressed by the positivity and openness of everyone present. Within this safe space, it was truly wonderful to see students embrace the opportunity to share openly about their hopes and dreams for the future, reflect on their views of God, and consider where God might be present in their lives. The retreat's activities also gave space for the cohort to strengthen relationships with their peers and the teachers who facilitated the experience.

I wish to express my gratitude to the staff members who left their own loved ones behind for a few days to create one of the most special memories for our Year 12 students.

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Mr Matthew Bushe
Assistant Principal - Mission

Living on University

Many thanks to Jonathon Billingham and former St Joseph's Regional College student Tim Kobelke who recently visited our College to speak to interested students in Years 11 and 12 about living at University, specifically in Sydney.

Attendees were urged to consider a range of criteria when selecting their preferred college of residence, including catering, room-type, extra-curricular opportunities, academic mentoring, and more.

Save the Date Year 12

Year 12 students and parents/caregivers - this is one not to be missed.

Please save the date for our annual "Successful Transitions Information Night" for post-school options. We cover all things University, including application timelines, special entry schemes, gap year, Scholarships and financial issues, moving away from home, etc.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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Mrs Leanne Tinsey (Mon-Thurs) & Mrs Karen Bale (Fri)
Leader of Future Pathways
Careers Year 12

Encounter Youth

Where: The Youth Hub
When: Every Friday from 5:30-7:30pm
What do we do: Dinner, games, and a great time
Who can come: You and your mates
Cost: $5 for dinner.

Called to be Saints (24th of May)

Ready to embrace your inner calling?

Join us on a journey of discovery at Youth Group this Friday, where we're diving deep into the truth that we're all called to be saints. Let’s unlock our unique gifts and talents, and together, let's spread the light of the Gospel.

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Encounter Kick-on’s (Sunday’s after the 5pm Mass)

New Group: Encounter Kick-on’s. Now that we’ve moved the Youth Group to Friday nights, we want to ensure that there is a space for the youth who once could make the Sunday night Encounter, to have fun and fellowship. So, each Sunday after the 5:00pm Youth Mass there will be a large group game and supper for all young people.

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Looking forward to seeing you there!

Zac Parnell

Youth Coordinator
St Agnes' Catholic Parish
49 Hay Street, Port Macquarie NSW 2444
T 02 6588 7444
E zac.parnell@stagnesparish.org.au

St Agnes' Parish News
Weekly Lunch Specials
Term 2 Week 4 Lunch Specials $6.00
Monday Spaghetti Bolognese
Tuesday Chicken Caesar Wraps
Wednesday Teriyaki Chicken Stir fry
Thursday Chicken Quesadillas
Friday Bacon & Cheese Stuffed Potatoes

The Canteen opens at 8.00 am every school day.

CLICK HERE for the Canteen's everyday menu.
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Breeanna Stone
Food Services Manager

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St Joseph's Regional College Year 12 student, Tom Jenkins has once again proved himself as one of our communities top athletes. A sincere thank you to Tom's father, Peter Jenkins for keeping us updated on Toms success. Peter has kindly provided the following report from the recent event.
"Tom has been selected to the Australian team (18-19yrs) for the World Triathlon Multisport Championships in Townsville in August in Cross Triathlon and Cross Duathlon. Recently, Tom travelled up to the Sunshine Coast, Qld to compete at the National Duathlon Championship taking the win in his age group (15-17yo) making him the Austriathlon National Age group Duathlon Champion and a valuable hit-out before the World Champs in August."
You may have noticed Tom feature in the Port News recently too!
Congratulations Tom on all your hard work and training. Best of luck at the the World Champs.
Mr Kelly
2024 Leader of Sport
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19th March 2021

Congratulations to Ava Nowlan who was selected in the North Coast Academy of Sport Under 16’s Netball Team again this year & was just announced as Team Captain!
She has competed at the "Your Local Club" Regional Academy Games in April and will contest the Netball Academy Challenge in Port Macquarie from 28th - 30th September 2024.

Sophie Marchment was also selected by NCAS in the elite umpire pathway.

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Congratulations Ava and Sophie on your efforts in the community on the Netball court.

Damien Kelly
Leader of Sport

10th May 2024

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As part of the newly developed Port Macquarie PCYC facility, Hastings Physio and Health are offering a Youth Performance Academy. Applications will be taken all year.

If you are interested in being involved in the program please read the flyer below.

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Leader of Sport

10th May, 2024

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19th March 2021

Congratulations to Brinkley McHugh who played in the first ever Lismore Diocesan Netball team at the CCC Trials in Sydney this week.

This is a fantastic achievement with Lismore being involved in a number of close games against the large metropolitan diocese.

Congratulations

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Damien Kelly
Leader of Sport

10th May 2024

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Finalists have been announced & online voting is now open!

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Community Choice voting will close on Sunday, 16th June 2024.

The 2024 A4Art Prize has once again sparked a surge of creativity across our six St Agnes’ Parish Schools, with over 480 participants - representing more than 10% of the student body - contributing to the event, marking yet another year of growth. 

The calibre of artwork in this year’s competition is truly outstanding. We've witnessed a diverse array of genres, from painting and drawing to origami, digital art, and 3D works, each accompanied by thoughtful artist statements. It's remarkable to see such a wide range of creativity stemming from a humble A4 sheet of paper.
After careful consideration by expert judges, 143 finalists have been chosen across 14 categories spanning from Kindergarten to Year 12, along with a special category for St Agnes’ Education Staff. This number includes artworks that have also been chosen as Packing Room Finalists, a category created to highlight outstanding pieces that may not have made it to the finalist stage but were recognized by the Creative Arts Nest Team.

All finalist artworks will be featured in the A4Art Pop-Up Exhibition, which will visit each of the St Agnes’ Parish Schools during Term 2. Visitors will have the opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice Award during the exhibition. Furthermore, the artworks will be showcased at ArtWalk 2024 on June 7th in the Creative Arts Nest Tent at PMQ Town Green.

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428 artworks have been shortlisted and are now available for viewing online. Community members can cast their votes for the Community Choice Award at: www.artsnest.com.au/submission_2024/

Category and award winners will be announced at the Finalist Awards Night on June 17th, with all winners having their pieces displayed at the Wauchope Creative Hub Art Gallery post-event.

The Creative Arts Nest extends its heartfelt gratitude to our sponsors for their generous support including: St Agnes’ Education

Toms Creek Nature Domes
Port Macquarie Surf School
Sunset Framing & Gallery
The Seed Creative Workshops
Wauchope Creative Hub
Stoney Park
Innervision Surf & Skate
Alice in Paperland
Drawn to Art
Eckersley’s Art & Craft
Wildnets Adventure Parks
Got Ya Back Productions
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“Tell Them From Me” Survey

All parents are warmly invited to complete our annual “Tell Them From Me” survey. The survey platform is easy to navigate, with the survey taking around 15 minutes to complete. Students and staff also complete a version of the survey. Data and feedback from the survey responses are analysed to inform decision-making and to shape our school improvement focus. We encourage all parents to please take the time to complete the survey so the feedback is as comprehensive as possible. As parents are such a vital part of our school community and play such a key role in their children’s education, we really value parent voices and want to ensure we capture as many parent experiences of our school as possible. Please click the link below to access the survey:

http://tellthemfromme.com/regional2024

College Representative Expectations and Behaviour

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It is a fantastic time of year for our sporty students with so many Winter Sports opportunities on offer. Our staff, led by the very talented and capable Mr Damien Kelly (SJRC Leader of Sport), give generously of their time to ensure students are able to experience a wide range of co-curricular sporting activities, often giving up their lunchtime, extending their working hours and travelling away from home or overnight to accompany students on these experiences. All students and parents are therefore reminded that students are learners first and foremost. Application to learning and respectful conduct in all learning spaces must underpin College representation of any kind. Expectations of exemplary behaviour and sportsmanship are well-communicated to students prior to any off-site or representative participation. High expectations underpin these experiences in terms of selection, participation and game time.

We thank our parents for their support in this area as we work to support the holistic learning and development of the students in our care.

RealTalk Australia

Earlier this year, a presenter from RealTalk Australia visited the school to deliver respectful relationships and consent education talks to our students. SJRC parents can now access the RealTalk Australia resources, thanks to the Diocese of Lismore Catholic Schools, who have purchased a parent subscription accessible to parents within our Catholic schools. All parents can now access a comprehensive online resource created by RealTalk Australia that provides access to a collection of resources to support parents and caregivers explore a diverse range of topics including:

  • Puberty and personal development and identity
  • Online Safety
  • Friendships
  • Consent and respectful relationships
  • Impacts of Pornography

For information about how to access this resource see the FLYER.  We encourage all parents to proactively view the resources and to dip into the resources as you encounter moments of growth and challenge with your young person.

Catholic Schools Parent Assembly

On Saturday, 15 June 2024, the Catholic Schools Parent Assembly is holding the Your Child: Nurturing Hearts and Minds conference. Unfortunately, this event has already reached the registration limit. However, if you are interested in attending this conference, please complete the Google form in the link to be placed on a waitlist, as places will likely become available. Click to Register 

Support for Tom Jenkins

Year 12 student, Tom Jenkins is taking part in the World's Greatest Shave, raising money for the Leukaemia Foundation. Tom said: "It is a way for him to show his support for the 53 Australians who are diagnosed with blood cancer per day." The big shave will happen here at the College at lunchtime on Wednesday 22nd May.

If you feel you are able to support Tom, please do so by scanning the QR code or following this link- http://my.leukaemiafoundation.org.au/thomasjenkins1

Thank you for your support

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Jennifer Furney
Assistant Principal - Pastoral Care

Student Welfare Assistant Principal - Pastoral

The Encounter Youth Program is on every Sunday at the Youth Hub.  Come along and join in the fun.

When: Every Friday
Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Where: @ The Youth Hub
Cost: $5 for dinner

Friday 10th April: Letters

When did you last receive a latter?
When did you last send a letter?
Nobody really uses them these days.
What are they for?
How do we read them?
Who wrote them?

Over the next three weeks, that’s what we’re going to be talking about at Encounter Youth.

Join us at the Youth Hub on Friday afternoon (10th of May) from 5:30-7:30 pm for dinner, games, and a great time. Bring your mates and $5 for dinner.

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Encounter Youth: Left on ‘Read’  - 17th May

Have you ever been left on read?
Left wondering if they meant to open your message or if they were ignoring you?
The big question is, do you send a second message and repeat yourself at the risk of embarrassment?

This is exactly what some of the letters in the New Testament do. The Authors really wanted people to pay attention and reply. I wonder what the message was?

Come along to Encounter Youth Friday….. to find out.

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Zac Parnell

Youth Coordinator
St Agnes' Catholic Parish
49 Hay Street, Port Macquarie NSW 2444
T 02 6588 7444
E zac.parnell@stagnesparish.org.au

Evangelisation St Agnes' Parish News
Weekly Lunch Specials
Term 2 Week 3 Lunch Specials 
Monday Vegetarian Ravioli
Tuesday Fried Rice & Honey Soy Wings (GF)
Wednesday Parmesan Potato's & Beef Sausages (GF)
Thursday Chicken Pesto Toasted Turkish
Friday Hawaiian Chicken Burger
Term 2 Week 4 Lunch Specials 
Monday Spaghetti Bolognese
Tuesday Chicken Caesar Wraps
Wednesday Teriyaki Chicken Stir fry
Thursday Chicken Quesadillas
Friday Bacon & Cheese Stuffed Potatoes

The Canteen opens at 8.00 am every school day.

CLICK HERE for the Canteen's everyday menu.
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Breeanna Stone
Food Services Manager

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St Joseph's Regional College has a number of different social media platforms. We would love for you to follow us.

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St Joseph's Regional College

Website - https://www.pmreglism.catholic.edu.au/

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SJRCPort

Instagram - @sjrcport

St Joseph's Regional College - 50 year Celebrations

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SJRC50years

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sjr50years/

Digital Ministry

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sjrcdigitalministry

Library

Website - https://pmreglism.libguides.com/home

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/sjrcexchange

Instagram - Instagram - @sjrcexchange

Careers

Website - https://www.sjrcportcareers.com/

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/sjrcportcareers

Administration News

Arise - Year 10 Spirituality Day

On Wednesday this Week, fifteen Year 10 students attended St Agnes’ Parish Hall to experience a day of spirituality. This day was developed as an extension of the Year 10 Retreat program and it offered students the opportunity to explore their relationship with Jesus Christ deeply. The day began with the group sharing where they experienced God in the Year 10 Retreat. Students also engaged in Lectio Divina (prayerful meditation on a passage of Scripture). Students spent some team reading and reflecting on the challenges of being a teenage Christian in our contemporary world. The day culminated in the students creating a closing liturgy for a time of prayerful worship. I would like to express my gratitude to Mr Hyland and Emily Burg for planning and facilitating this day. We hope to share some student reflections in future newsletters.

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Make A Difference (MAD) Foundation Fundraiser - Opening of Thrumster Business Park

On Thursday, five senior students and three staff members, who typically participate in our regular Wednesday MAD shift, assisted in hosting a launch breakfast at the new Thrumster Business Park site. This event was a significant fundraising endeavour for MAD, yielding $1300 for the foundation. These College members served as exemplary representatives of our school, showcasing the remarkable charitable spirit for which we are renowned in our local community.

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Ironman 2024

On Sunday, we had a large number of students and staff crewing a Run Aid Station for the Ironman Australia event held in Port Macquarie. These members of our College community braved the rain that eventually cleared to support the athletes, keeping them hydrated and nourished for their race. It was another fine example of the wonderful, community-minded spirit that exists in our College and is becoming our calling card within our local area. It was inspiring to see how our students cheered on the women and men as they ran. The competitors all moved a little faster after visiting the Run Aid Station - spurred on by the positivity from our students.

Journey in the Catholic Faith for Teens (JCFT)

JCFT has commenced this week; however, if you are interested in attending, you may still do so. Expression of Interest. The 10-week program is held at the College on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:30pm.

Who is JCFT for?

  • Students who have received their sacraments but would like to understand more of their Catholic faith.
  • Students who have been baptised but not confirmed and would like to become full members of the Catholic Church.
  • Students who have received no sacraments and would like to be fully initiated into the Catholic Church.

What would JCFT look like? A 1-hour session with:

  • Afternoon Tea and Icebraker/Grabber/Activity
  • Essential knowledge to understand the Catholic Faith
  • Prayer
  • Small Group Discussion / Reflection Questions
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St Agnes' Church Gospel Reflections 

Fr Paul Gooley is continuing to provide Gospel readings and reflections via email and online Monday to Saturday for those interested in connecting with their faith in this way.

Click to watch Fr Paul's Gospel Readings and Reflections.

St Agnes' Parish News Bulletin

The Parish news bulletin is produced weekly. In this week's bulletin:

  • FA letter from Fr Paul
  • Our Place Update
  • Sacrament of First Holy Communion Narrated Masses
  • Feast Day of Our Lady of Fatima
  • Clergy Retreat 13 - 17 May
  • Encounter Youth
  • Encounter Young Adults
  • Kathleen Briscoe Tuition Scholarships

The latest edition is available via this link Parish News Bulletin

Mr Matthew Bushe
Assistant Principal- Mission
Assistant Principal - Mission Evangelisation

Pupil Free Day

Friday 31st May - Proclaim Staff Day

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On Friday 31st May, all Catholic Schools in the Hastings area will be closed as all staff are attending an important event, Proclaim 2024.
Proclaim, is an initiative of the Diocese of Lismore Catholic Schools launched over a decade ago and has been instrumental in fostering vibrant Catholic communities within our schools. It began by prioritising the New Evangelization in 2013, followed by a focus on our Catholic vocation to work and teach in 2017. In 2019, it emphasised that all are welcome and called to discipleship. Proclaim 2024 marks a significant day for all school staff across the Lismore Diocese as we renew our commitment to advancing the Gospel in our schools.

Year 7 2025 Information and Open Evening

Prospective families attended our Year 7 2025 Information and Open Evening on Tuesday, 7th May. Thanks to our maintenance team, the College was beautifully presented, and the classrooms were impressive. I thank the Leaders of Learning and class teachers for ensuring the spaces were welcoming and well-presented.

The night was very well attended and I sincerely thank our Enrolment Officer, Michelle Reynolds, for her expertise in the enrolment process and in the organisation of the night. Also, to Assistant Principals for Teaching & Learning, Mission and Pastoral Care for presenting on the evening. Families were greeted by our amazing Jazz Band conducted by Chris Trotman. I also want to thank the many staff who volunteered to park cars, welcome families and supervise students, staff who presented in classrooms, staff who made us afternoon tea and cleaned up. The evening was truly another awesome SJRC team effort.

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Year 7 2025 interviews commence this week and I thank all staff involved in the process of conducting those interviews over a period of days.

Year 12 Semester One Award Ceremony

This week, I had the pleasure of presenting the Semester One awards to our Year 12 cohort. What a marvellous group of humans they are! I encouraged the cohort to keep focusing on the end goal, to challenge themselves to do more and to maintain a healthy balance as they near the completion of their secondary schooling.

To parents and caregivers, the end of Year 12 is in sight for you and your child. Thank you for your unwavering support, which has been instrumental in guiding these exceptional young individuals through their journey at St Joseph's Regional College.

Congratulations to the following award recipients:

Outstanding Achievement (Gold)

To receive an Outstanding Achievement award, students must have achieved Excellence and Application Awards in there or more of their subjects.

Abhishek Amada
Sophia Dominguez
Keiana Dreelan
Rhea Edden-Moore
Lauren Johnston
James Merkus
Gabriel Moore
Olivia Moore
Hudson Potter
Charlotte Shee
Aryan Vaishnav
Jamie Vinod
Aden Young
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Outstanding Application (Green)

Students must have achieved Application Awards in five or more of their subjects to receive an Outstanding Application award.

Adam Cook
Isabel Dickinson
Elokin Harrison
Ava-Grace Hawker
Nicholas Honeysett
Thomas Little
Bailey Moore
Cora Puttick
Laura Smith
Maisy Taylor
Madeleine Tunbridge
Alaska Webber
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Community Service 

Awarded to students who have participated in 10 or more hours of community service.

Zoe Copeland
Liam Cusack
Ziggy Ewart
Alexander Farley
Cooper Farrington
Grace Kruk
Annie Mepham
James Merkus
Gabriel Moore
Cora Puttick
Lucas Pynaert
Charlotte Shee
Maisy Taylor
Aryan Vaishnav
Jamie Vinod
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Congratulations Year 12

Finally, to all the mothers, grandmothers, stepmothers, carers, aunts, sisters and other women in our lives who care for us, and love us unconditionally. Happy Mother's Day.  May your day be filled with love, joy and laughter.

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Principal
Pupil Free Day Year 12 Enrolment Principal's Message Award Ceremonies
Former student Daniel Waldow has shown how to move effortlessly between different sectors using transferable skills gathered along the way. From a career in the medical sciences to finding his passion for technology that now sees him in the software engineering space, Daniel shows how different paths can converge. Well done Daniel!
#wherearetheynow #aHSC4opportunity #softwareengineer
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Alumni - Where are you now?

St Joseph's Regional has a rich tradition spanning over 50 years, so if you're a parent, grandparent, community member, interested bystander, and a former student, we would love to hear from you. Our alumni program showcases former students with a story about their post-school journey. Our ex-students can be tradespeople, business owners, entrepreneurs, professionals, and more. They can be dealing with people on a daily basis, researching in a scientific lab, caring for our vulnerable members of society, keeping a protective eye on our communities, writing the stories that make up our history, caring for our environment etc.

If you would like to have YOUR story showcased in our fortnightly newsletter, broadcast across our social media channels, used in information sessions for our students, and spotlighted in our Senior Study, then please send the following to pmreg-careers@lism.catholic.edu.au:

  • a bullet point list of what you have done since leaving Regional (please include the dates)
  • a short statement outlining advice that you would give to your younger self, knowing what you know now, and
  • an appropriate photo of yourself, possibly depicting you undertaking the work that you conduct as part of your career.
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Mrs Leanne Tinsey
Careers Pathway

Alumni
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Port Macquarie Sea Scout Group

The 1st Port Macquarie Sea Scout Group has spots available for all school children aged 5 to 18.

Some of the amazing facilities available are the Scout Hall based in the centre of Town, and right on the Hastings River. Many Canoes, Sailing Boats, and Watercraft. Access to amazing Campsites, with most camping gear provided.
A BRAND NEW sailing facility has been built.

At Scouts, children learn life skills such as independent thinking, leadership and problem solving skills, social interaction and responsibility. They experience weekly physically and intellectually challenging activities in the Scout hall, outdoor activities such as bushwalking and water sports, and large-scale events such as Jamborees, where Scouts from around Australia and the World come together.

You can even use Active Kids Vouchers!

The POC is Tracey Walsh as the Group Leader. 
GL.1stportmacquarie@nsw.scouts.com.au

https://www.1st-port-macquarie.group.scoutsnsw.com.au/

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Community News

Year 12 Awards Ceremony

Congratulations to our Year 12 students on their reports and academic awards. At the end of the awards ceremony, Mrs Daley spoke to Year 12 about the academic pathway they have chosen and the challenges of that pathway. She asked them to reflect on the messages contained within their reports and the insightful comments their teachers have written. Mrs Daley challenged them to take these lessons into the second half of their assessment journey, continue to strengthen the gaps in their knowledge and skills and take heart in the many strengths identified in their reports.

Finally, Mrs Daley asked them to continue on the fantastic platform they have laid both individually and as a cohort, continue to grow as young men and women and maximise their opportunities as they prepare to move on to the next phase of their lives.

Well done, Year 12, on a superb performance so far.

Parent-Teacher Interviews - Years 8, 9 & 10

Monday, 20th May 2024
4:00pm- 7:00pm

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Parent-teacher interviews are an important opportunity for parents to discuss the progress of their sons/daughters with teachers and to help formulate strategies to assist their children in their educational journey.

  • As many teachers have a full programme of interviews through the night, I would ask that parents respect the 5-minute time allocation for interviews (if an extended discussion is needed, a separate time should be booked through the College office to see the teacher).
  • Also, I would ask that parents adhere to the allocated time slots – if a teacher appears to be “free” it may be the only break they have all night

Year 7, 11 & 12 Parents have recently had interviews, however, if there is anything you wish to discuss with your child’s class teacher/s, please contact the College. There will be another opportunity for parents of students in Years 7-12 to meet with teachers again on 26th August 2024. 

How to book a Parent-Teacher Interview:

All interviews are to be booked via the Compass App.

Further information regarding the evening and the link to book an interview, will be sent out via the Compass App on Monday.

Bookings will open on Monday 13th May,
and close on Monday, 20th May at 10:00am

We look forward to meeting with you.

TAFE- Boys/Girls CAN TOO Program

14 other students, recently took part in the "Boys/Girls Can Too" program, coordinated by Port Macquarie TAFE and Mid Coast Connect. This initiative aims to challenge traditional gender roles by offering students the chance to explore industries typically associated with the opposite gender.

During the program, the female participants, engaged in workshops covering fields like engineering, electrotechnology, landscaping, and information technology. Meanwhile, male participants delved into workshops on fashion & design, early childhood care, hairdressing, and nursing.

Well done to Sophie Bentley and Charlee Maher who presented an overview of the program at this week's assembly. Reflecting on their experience, Sophie emphasised how the program broadened their horizons regarding career possibilities after school. They both highly recommend the Boys and Girls Can Too! program to other students, highlighting its value in helping individuals explore potential career paths and learn about available TAFE courses.

Thank you to Mrs Janine Handley, Leader of Learning (Diversity & Inclusion), and accompanying Teachers' Assistants, Kylie Joseph and Nathan Cox for maximising the students' learning experience.

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Literacy Standards and Expectations Resource

This week, Year 7 and 9 students will receive a hard copy of our College Literacy Standards and Expectations resources, during a class visit from our College Literacy Coach, Mrs Sarah McLeod. This resource is intended to support students in their application of punctuation and grammar, alongside developing sentence and paragraph structures within their writing. Students can use this excellent resource to revise their writing carefully and purposefully, to edit and elevate their responses and to develop their accuracy, cohesion and fluency in writing. Our Literacy Standards and Expectations are transferable to all subjects from various disciplines and will be particularly valuable for students when preparing for and undertaking assessments.

Please note that Year 8 and 10 students received a hard copy of these resources in 2023 and will receive an electronic copy via Compass email in 2024. These students are encouraged to download and save these resources digitally. We sincerely hope that all students will use these valuable resources.

Mr Ian Lutton
Assistant Principal - Learning and Teaching

Assistant Principal - Learning and Teaching Literacy Enrichment Awards Reporting Curriculum