Term 4 Week 1 - 16th October 2020

On behalf of the College community, I welcome all students back to Term 4. Hopefully this term we can return to a greater sense of normality. This week, we particularly want to keep our Year 12 students in our thoughts and prayers as they commence their HSC examinations on Tuesday, 20th October. We give thanks also to our many Parishioner Prayer Sponsors who keep our students' intentions close to their hearts.

At the start of each exam, students and staff gather in prayer of support. All the very best Year 12.


HSC Prayer

Today, let us especially pray for our young people as they begin the HSC.
God, we ask that they feel your closeness during the HSC exam period.
Give them calm hearts and quiet confidence
in the knowledge that you hold them in the palm of your hand.
Bless them with a keen understanding and retentive memory.
Give them the ability to grasp things correctly,
be exact in their explanations
And an ability to express themselves clearly.
Point out the beginning,
direct their progress and help them in the completion of their responses.
Holy Spirit send them our gifts of wisdom and knowledge.
We ask this through Christ our Lord,


God Bless

Mr Jim Dempsey

Principal's Message

HSC Exams

HSC exams commence next Tuesday, October 20th. On behalf of our school community, I wish our Year 12 all the very best in their exams, and I am confident that when results are released on December 18th, students will be suitably pleased with the fruits of their efforts.

I would remind students and parents of the following important points relating to the exams.

Students should know their exam timetable – starting times can vary from exam to exam and no allowance can be made for arriving late or missing an exam entirely due to a misreading of the exam timetable.

Students have been reminded of the importance of obtaining a currently dated medical certificate to explain any absence from an exam.

This year, any student displaying flu-like symptoms should immediately get a Covid test, obtain appropriate documentation, and present for exams when they can present evidence of a negative test result. Students who display flu-like symptoms in an examination room will be asked to leave the exam, and to follow the procedure outlined above. Students will be asked to sanitise their hands on entry to the exam room, and all desks and chairs will be cleaned between exams.

Exams next week are as follows:

Tuesday 20th October 2020 English Advanced and Standard Paper 1
Wednesday 21st October 2020 English Advanced and Standard Paper 2
Thursday 22nd October 2020 Ancient History
Friday 23rd October 2020 Investigating Science
Community & Family Studies
French Continuers

Mr Tim McCosker

Assistant Principal - Curriculum & Administration

Ph: 5525 4100

Assistant Principal - Curriculum


Library Spaces

The spaces in the Library serve a myriad of purposes. In addition to the obvious activity – reading – people also use the resources in the Library to make and create.

Sami Bayly

Former student Sami Bayly is now a twice-published author, with her books “The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals”, and “The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Dangerous Animals” being received by readers, consumers, and the publishing world to high acclaim. Sami's first book, The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals, won the Children's Indie Book of the Year Award and has been shortlisted for the CBCA Eve Pownall Award, the ABIA Book of the Year for Younger Children, the Australian Book Design Awards, and longlisted for the ABA Booksellers' Choice 2020 Book of the Year Awards. This week, Sami appeared on ABC News 24 as a special guest. We love the fact that Sami attended SJRC, used our Library, and is using her passion and expertise in illustration to such admirable levels.


Significant Literacy Date

This week we celebrate the iconic author Ursula K. Le Guin, born on 21st October, 1929. Ursula is best known for writing speculative fiction, including the “Earthsea” series. First published in 1959, her literary career was prolific. Ursula passed away in January 2018.


We love catching up with past students and following their journeys since graduating from St Joseph's Regional College. The breadth and variety of career paths and life choices are amazing and make for such interesting reading. Our current students will find inspiration in these stories.

This week's alumni update is Lauren Bartie. Lauren graduated from SJRC in 2016 and has since studied and worked towards her goal of a career in the very exciting world of animation and special effects. We will definitely be seeing some of Lauren's work on a screen in the near future!

Mrs Leanne Tinsey
Leader of Careers and University Transition


Meaning: yarning is about building respectful relationships.
The use of a Yarning Circle is an important process within Aboriginal Culture and Torres Strait Islander Culture.

We celebrate the new Yarning Circle created for our College.


Prayer through Music

Listening to music is a powerful way to relax and manage stress. A slower tempo song can soothe the stress of the day by quieting your mind and relaxing your muscles.

Check out some of the great music featured this week on the SJRC Digital Ministry Blog https://sjrcministry.wixsite.com/digitalministry

Featured Music

Enjoy Smile by Sidewalk Prophets. This song reminds us of the simple joy that comes when we take the time to Smile.

Watch this fun-filled film clip to put a smile on your face today.

Digital Ministry


We invite you to click on the links below to see the great resources on the SJRC Digital Ministry Blog and Instagram Page put together by our Youth Ministry Officers, Chloe Nash and Amelia Stennett.

SJRC Digital Ministry Blog https://sjrcministry.wixsite.com/digitalministry

SJRC Digital Ministry Instagram Page https://www.instagram.com/sjrcdigitalministry/

The Soul

Each week, the Catholic Schools Office, Lismore puts together 'The Soul' e-newsletter; packed full on great information and resources.

We invite you to click on the link below to check out this week's edition:


Timo Gobius
Leader of Evangelisation


What is ‘Literacy Enrichment’ at SJRC?

It’s opportunities in and out of SJRC that enrich students’ understanding of and experience with media, film, reading, writing, and language in general. It’s excursions, festivals, writing, debating and public speaking competitions, and live performance.

Check us out at - SJRC Literacy Enrichment

Hey you! What have you watched, read or listened to lately?

We know how much SJRC students can enjoy a book, a good movie, a podcast and music.
And we know how cool it would be to read their reviews here in their very own school newsletter.
So, students of SJRC: Now’s the time to scale the great heights of seeing your name in print and knowing that you’ve provided valuable information to your peers and friends about a book or movie or podcast that they would love - or not.

So what does a review look like?

Your review can be as short as a paragraph, or up to around three paragraphs in length.
We’re not looking for PEEL paragraphs here either. We want your reviews in your words for your peers - but mindful of course of our audience.

Sounds easy, right?


It is.

And it could be a little bit fun. 
So. Email your recommendations to Mrs McKee (penny.mckee@lism.catholic.edu.au) and let’s read your take on books, podcasts and music that is great! Or not so much.
Coming Up:
Year 8 Writers' Enrichment Day
Year 10 Writers' Enrichment Day
Dates and further details to be announced shortly. 

Stay tuned.

And don’t forget the writer/ artist / director’s name. Obvs!


The SJRC Literacy Enrichment Team

Literacy Enrichment

Thanks to a change in Covid guidelines for School Music, all Ensembles will recommence rehearsals this term. The guidelines stipulate that all wind instruments are 1.5 metres apart, with flute players in a position where they aren't facing anybody.

Please note the following Ensemble Schedule:

MONDAY Lunchtime Senior Brass Ensemble
3.15pm - 4.00pm Senior Sax Ensemble
WEDNESDAY 7.45am - 8.45am Jazz Band
8.15am - 8.45am Low Brass Ensemble
Lunchtime Percussion Ensemble
3.30pm - 5.30pm Marching Band
THURSDAY 8.00am - 8.45am Year 7 & 8 Concert Band
FRIDAY 7.45am - 8.45am Senior Concert Band
Lunchtime Percussion Ensemble

Ms Sharon Green
Leader of Co-curricular Music

Music Notes

Year 8 Technology Mandatory Timber

The class of 8TEC7 have been busy designing and creating door signs on the computer using the Adobe Illustrator program. By uploading their final design to the laser cutter, their door signs came to life. Students followed the design process and they had to change their design in some cases to improve on it and ensure it was suitable to be laser cut. This project enables students to learn the skills required to design their next project: A clock!!

Mrs Diana Walsh
Assistant Leader of Learning TAS

During the recent school holidays, local Aboriginal artist Tony Clarke has built SJRC our very own Yarning Circle. The spot chosen is a perfect location under established trees, providing the students with a tranquil area.

The Yarning Circle has been used by Indigenous people for centuries. Our Yarning Circle is designed to provide an outdoor cultural learning space where both Indigenous and non Indigenous students are able to meet and learn as a collective group. A space for teachers and students to build respectful relationships, speak openly and learn, preserve and pass on cultural knowledge whilst connecting to country.

The yarning circle features laser-cut images of Totems symbolic to the local area all designed by Tony himself. These screens are accompanied by information about the images for everyone to gain further knowledge about the significance of our local Totems.

We look forward to welcoming parents and family to join us at our Yarning Circle in the near future.

Mrs Carly Taylor & Mr Braden Saggers
Indigenous Education Workers

Weekly Lunch Specials

Term 4 Week 2 Lunch Specials 
Monday Beef Nachos
Tuesday Hawaiian Chicken Burger
Wednesday Macaroni & Cheese Slice with Salad
Thursday Chicken Pesto Pasta
Friday Hamburgers

The Canteen opens at 8.00am every school day.

The Canteen's everyday menu can be found on our College website at the following link. http://www.pmreglism.catholic.edu.au/community/parent-information/

Volunteering in our Canteen

In the current climate, Canteen volunteers will not be required until further notice.

Thank you for your understanding and take care.

Ms Donna Hamlin
Food Services Manager

The “Homework Hub” was established to provide students with a chance to complete set work and study away from the distractions that can occur at home.

It takes place in the library at the following times:

  • Monday to Thursday 3.15pm to 4.30pm.

Attendance is voluntary and is under the supervision of experienced staff.

The library is open from 7.30am every morning providing another opportunity for our students to work quietly outside of school hours.

If your son or daughter struggles to do homework and study, this may be the solution to get them “on the way” to the results they are looking for.