Term 3 Week 3 - 30th July 2021
DATES TO REMEMBER
There have been a number of cancellations due to the current COVID restrictions. Please refer to the latest calendar dates in 'Upcoming Events'on the left side menu of the newsletter.
HSC Creative Arts Showcase Cancelled
With current restrictions on parents attending College and the move of
Trial dates, it is with regret that the HSC Showcase will not be able
to proceed for 2021.
A number of sporting events have been postponed, including the postponement of the Diocesan Athletics Carnival. Please refer to the Sport website for up-to-date information.
Keeping our College Community Safe!
Families will continue to receive updated correspondence in regards to COVID restrictions as it becomes available. The safety and wellbeing of students, staff and visitors to the College are very important to us. We always enjoy parents and families being welcomed into our College for activities and events and are deeply disappointed that these current restrictions prevent this. However, these restrictions do not prevent us from our primary purpose, that is, the delivery of quality Catholic education to your children in a safe, caring, and supportive environment.
We thank you in advance for your understanding and support throughout this time. To keep our College community as safe as possible, we ask that:
ALL visitors comply with the mandatory Two-Step QR Sign in.
Under the current Public Health Order, all visitors must sign in to both the Service NSW COVID Safe Check-In AND WOL (Who’s on Location). This allows us to meet child protection and emergency management legal requirements, as well as Public Health Order requirements. Unfortunately, no one system will meet all current legal requirements.
ALL visitors MUST wear a mask when entering College grounds unless they have been granted an exemption.
Wherever possible, we ask that you stay in your car and call the office 5525 4100 for assistance.
- Only three visitors in the College Office foyer at any time.
Drop off and pick up
Parents and carers are asked to follow changes to drop off and pick up including:
- If safe to do so, when:
- collecting your child early, please stay in your car and call the office, we will send your child out to you;
- dropping off your child, please stay in your car and call the office to notify us of their late arrival.
- Maintain physical distancing by avoiding gathering outside of school gates.
- Remain outside of school grounds (note some exceptions may apply regarding schools for specific purposes, vulnerable students, or students with a disability).
- Follow mask-wearing requirements and wear your mask correctly.
Unwell students, staff, and visitors
If your child has cold or flu symptoms, please follow the health advice, get tested and stay at home while unwell. Students who are unwell and attend school will be sent home with the request to get tested. This also applies to staff who are unwell. Visitors who have cold or flu symptoms will not be permitted to enter the school.
NSW Health and Catholic Schools NSW, although not mandatory, have recommended that all staff wear masks. ALL visitors MUST wear masks upon entering school grounds unless they have been granted an exemption.
Mr Dempsey is on leave for the next few weeks. During that time, the following staff will move into these Leadership roles.
- Mrs Tanya Daley - Acting Principal
- Mr Michael Walsh - Assistant Principal - Mission
- Mrs Kellie Croft - Leader of Pastoral Care (Executive)
- Mrs Chery Hyde - Year 11 Leader of Pastoral Care.
This week we also farewell Mrs Amy Haydon, Leader of Pastoral Care-Wilson. Amy commences maternity leave today and was farewelled with a special morning tea provided by the HSIE faculty in which she works. Mrs Jessica Hulbert will replace Amy as an HSIE teacher.
We wish Amy all the very best for the upcoming birth and discovering the wonderful world of parenthood.
We welcome Mrs Heidi O'Reilly into the position of Leader of Pastoral Care-Wilson during Amy's leave.
I congratulate Mrs May and Year 9 Visual Art students who have created some outstanding lino prints during their lessons. I particularly, acknowledge and thank Abbie Morton, Lily Vinter-Forth, Jessica Barrett, Amelia Bell, Taylor Pead, Ceceailia Ducker and Mia Pepper whose prints are now hanging in my office. The lino prints represent the various natural and man-made locations found within the Mid North Coast.
Cancellation of Parent / Teacher InterviewsDue to the current COVID restrictions, it has been necessary to cancel the upcoming Year 7-12 Parent / Teacher Interviews.
Mrs Tanya Daley
Changes to Catholic Trial HSC Exam Period
Yesterday, the Catholic Secondary Schools Association announced that the Catholic Trial HSC period will be moved back one week. The new trial period will run from Wednesday 18th August until Wednesday 1st September. This change has been made to accommodate the return to face-to-face teaching of Year 12 students in the Greater Sydney region as defined by NSW Health. As a consequence of this change, all Catholic schools using the Catholic Trial exams must adjust their exam schedule to match the new schedule. Year 12 students have been briefed on these changes and a new copy of the timetable has been provided. A copy of the new timetable can be accessed on the link below. If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact Mr Ian Lutton, the Leader of Curriculum at the College.
Mr Tim McCosker
Assistant Principal, Curriculum and Administration
Year 11 2022 Subject Selection Process
After this process, we start constructing timetable lines, and once again I will see any students whose subject choices may not fit on the timetable structure. This will occur over the next four weeks or so.
By the end of this term, parents will receive a letter from our office confirming student subject choices for Year 11 2022.
Should there be any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact the College.
2022 Year 11 Enrolment Timeline
Assistant Principal - Curriculum & Administration
Beanies for Brain Cancer Fundraiser
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
Each week the Parish produces a news bulletin. In this week’s bulletin:
- An exert from His Holiness Pope Francis' Message for the First World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly
- Prayer for the First World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly
- An excellent short article by Fr Roland Rolheiser for Adult Formation
- Sacrament of Confirmation Mass Updates
- A reflection from Dianne Bergant
- Remember in Prayer
- Mass and reconciliation times across the Parish
Acting Assistant Principal- Mission
Paul Dillon (Paul Dillon is the Director and founder of DARTA - Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia) is facilitating a Zoom session for parents on Wednesday, 11th August at 7.00pm.
Please see the flyer below to register via the QR code.
Mrs Kellie Croft
Acting Leader of Pastoral Care
Vinnies Winter Appeal
The Senior Youth Ministry Team turned out in numbers to heat milk and make Hot Chocolate early last Friday morning in the Hospitality room. Working together with the Youth Ministry Officers they poured 150 cups of Hot Chocolate. In the half-hour from 8:15am to 8:45am. Selling out of the 150 cups and raising $310.00 to go towards the Vinnes Winter Appeal.
In addition, this week saw quite a few donations of great quality warm jumpers and clean blankets and throws for Vinnies stores. Thank you!
A huge thanks to the community for your generous response to our Vinnie Winter Appeal this winter.
The Appeal activities resume next Friday, August 6th with Bacon and Egg Rolls selling before school at $4 each.
The Evangelisation Team
Year 8 Food Technology
This semester, Year 8 Food Technology elective students are studying different countries. Investigating the geography, customs, religions and types of foods eaten. Their first trip is to Italy and this week the students made Spaghetti Bolognaise, a traditional Italian pasta dish. A simple dish to begin their gastronomical world experience!
Mrs Diana Walsh
Assistant Leader of TAS
Our College canteen is in need of volunteers. If you are able to spare an hour or so of your time, we would love for you to join us. Please contact Donna Hamlin through the College Office on 5525 4100 to arrange.
Weekly Lunch Specials
|Term 3 Week 4 Lunch Specials|
|Monday||Hawaiian Chicken Burgers|
|Wednesday||Chicken Noodle Soup|
|Thursday||Cheese Burger with Coleslaw|
|Friday||Mango Chicken & Rice|
The Canteen opens at 8.00am every school day.
Ms Donna Hamlin
Food Services Manager
The St Agnes' Uniform Store Trading Hours
Monday to Friday - 12 noon-5.00pm
Saturday - 9.00am-12 noon
6 Boronia Street, Port Macquarie