Term 2 Week 2 - 6th May 2022

St Joseph the Worker Feast Day

This week we saw several significant events at the College, among them was the celebration of St Joseph the Worker Feast Day. Thank you to Assistant Priest Father Prodencio who conducted a wonderful Mass today. Thank you to Acting Assistant Principal, Mission Mr Michael Walsh for your organisation of today's activities and to Mr Timo Gobius, Leader of Evangelisation and his team for coordinating the special Mass, to our PC teachers and Teacher's Assistants, thank you, you are a true example of what service is. And finally, to our students who enthusiastically engaged in a variety of Pastoral Care activities including a talent quest, trivia and PC Challenge activities. I am very proud of how our students immersed themselves in the St Joseph the Worker Feast day celebrations.

Father Prodencio's homily was well-received by students and ended in an unprecedented round of applause as a genuine show of gratitude and appreciation for his wise words.

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Father Prodencio spoke to the students about being part of a unique community, the community of St Joseph’s Regional College. He encouraged students to reflect on what they would take away from their time at school over their 6 years here and why that makes them unique. What will it be about being part of this community that will become part of their DNA for the rest of their lives.

He also encouraged students to work on their limitations, to always strive to be the best version of themselves and not to compete against each other in unhealthy ways. In summary, he encouraged the students to make sure they always take the initiative to do something when they saw a need and not ignore what they see in front of them. He compared this to Saint Joseph who, when called upon to love Mary and be a father to Jesus, did not hesitate but moved forward with faith that he was doing his best.

At Mass, Ms Cheryl Hyde gave the following address to our College community.

Good morning and welcome to staff, students and family members of St Joseph's Regional College. As a faith community, we come together to celebrate the Feast of St Joseph the Worker, the Patron Saint of our College. This is a significant event in our liturgical calendar and as Catholics, it is important that we celebrate the life of our patron Saint and remember his contribution to our faith.

On December 8, 2020, Pope Francis published an Apostolic Letter Patris corde, meaning (With a Father’s Heart), commemorating the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To mark the occasion, the Holy Father has proclaimed a “Year of St Joseph”, running from December 8, 2020 to December 8, 2021 last year.

Joseph was a carpenter by trade, a humble man who worked hard to earn a small income to provide for his family, Mary and Jesus. He was a quiet, unassuming man full of compassion and mercy. Mary Mackillop once said, “Joseph’s noble heart never faltered, never was deterred by the most trying obstacles”.

We know that Joseph was a man of faith and was obedient to whatever God asked of him. He cared deeply for Mary and loved Jesus very much and went to extraordinary efforts to keep them safe at all times.

Joseph treated Jesus as his own son, he taught him the importance and dignity of work, passing on his carpentry skills. He was also totally devoted to God and made sure Jesus was brought up in the laws of Jewish tradition. Saint Joseph, the carpenter and foster father of Jesus, is but one example of the holiness of human labour and putting others’ needs before his own. He was an excellent role model for Jesus.

The way Joseph led his life can provide inspiration and an example to all of us on how to make the most of life and to accept challenges that arise. It is fitting that he is the patron saint of the Universal Church, of fathers, carpenters and of social justice.

St Joseph the Worker Mass


Feast Day PC Challenges


Feast Day Talent Quest


Year 7 2023 Information & Open Night

The enrolment process for Year 7 2023 has now commenced. Last Tuesday evening the College welcomed approximately 600 visitors who attended guided tours and an information session about enroling into Year 7 at St Joseph's Regional College in 2023.

The evening was a great opportunity for prospective parents and students to not only inspect the physical surroundings and also experience the many static and active displays highlighting the vast array of subjects and extra-curricular activities on offer here at the College.


During the information session, Year 7 students Millie Paine & Timothy James addressed our guests. Millie & Tim spoke about their experiences starting Year 7 and gave our potential students a lot of encouragement. Thank you for your contribution, Millie & Tim, and for showing a great sense of pride in your school.

I would like to thank all our staff, who not only attended the night but went to considerable effort with displays and talks for tour groups. A special thank you to the approximately 60 students who volunteered to be tour guides on the night. These students did a fantastic job and elicited many very positive comments from parents who were so impressed by the caliber of our student tour guides. We are very proud of your generous spirit. 


We also enjoyed the delightful tunes of our College Concert band as our guests arrived. Thank you to Mrs Sharon Green & Jorjia-Rose Styles for preparing our musicians.

To Mrs Michelle Reynolds, Principal's Assistant-Student Services for the many hours of preparation to ensure the evening was a success. 

It's not too late to apply!

If you are aware of friends or siblings wishing to enrol for Year 7 2023, please ask them to either contact our Enrolment Officer, Mrs Michelle Reynolds or visit our website for information about how to enrol at St Joseph's Regional College.

Enrolment Welcome Pack

Prospective families are invited to collect an Enrolment Welcome Pack from our College Office or alternatively view our Welcome Pack on our College website. The pack contains important information about the enrolment process.

Online Enrolment Application

Please submit your Enrolment Application and access to the application is via our College website:  https://www.pmreglism.catholic.edu.au/how-to-enrol

Traffic Management


If you collect your child from the College in the afternoons, you will know that the traffic at student pick up time is heavy and often at a standstill. There have been a number of safety concerns lately and we are in the process of reviewing the system.

The safety of the students, your children, is our number one priority. Too often we witness students walking across the road in unsafe places to meet parents. Over the coming weeks, please be mindful of collecting your child/ren ONLY from the pickup zone. Please be mindful of not parking in the pickup zone or other “No Parking” areas and “Bus Zones” in the College.

As we work with the CSO and Parish to review our traffic management, please be aware that we will be trialing new procedures. I will inform you of any trials or changes before they occur and I thank you for your understanding as safety is essential.

Mother's Day

I sincerely wish all our mum's a beautiful Mother's Day. 

Mrs Tanya Daley
Acting Principal

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Caritas Australia Update


I sincerely thank families for their generosity during the Project Compassion campaign. As a College community students and staff have raised well over $5000.00 to support Caritas Australia.

Catholic Schools Week, 2-6 May 2022 - Community, Care, Compassion


Catholic Schools Week is a time to celebrate our shared faith, educational excellence and the importance of every student. Catholic Schools offer an educational foundation for living life to the full through the development of the student’s spiritual, intellectual, physical, moral and emotional growth.

Catholic schools respond to and serve the needs of parents who seek a Catholic education for their children. Catholic schools contribute to the Church’s mission to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ.

We are well served by dedicated principals, teachers and support staff who are determined to provide high-quality education and accompany students on their faith and educational journeys.

ANZAC Day Services and March


I like to recognise and thank the many students and staff, just over one hundred, who were involved in the ANZAC services and marches at the end of the last holidays. Our College Captain, Loe Hunt, gave an insightful student address at the Port Macquarie Service and then again at the College’s service on the first day back at school. The College was well-represented at the Port Macquarie, Wauchope and Laurieton services. We are very proud of all our students who were involved and supported ANZAC Day, as we recognise the sacrifice so many have made, and are continuing to make, on behalf of our country and ourselves. We are truly giving witness to our Mission of Service.

ANZAC College Commemorative Service


As a College community students and staff attended a special ANZAC commemorative Service last Wednesday. Thank you to our special guest Mr Paul Davey, ex-servicemen representing the Port Macquarie RSL sub-branch. Mr Davey presented College Captain with a medal for his address at the Port Macquarie Commemorative Service. Thank you also to Mrs Green and the band members. A special mention to thank you to Year 10 student, Jack Downing for playing the Last Post.


Ironman Thank you!

Around twenty students, staff and parents volunteered last Sunday with Ironman. The College has a tradition of assisting with the Ironman and this year we were able to support this important community event. They were a credit to themselves, their families and the College. A number of people gave compliments about the way that they conducted themselves while assisting at the run aid station. Again this was a witness to the invitation to serve others through community service.

Save the Date!

Volunteer mass followed by light lunch on Friday, 27th May at 12 midday, followed by a light lunch in the Parish Hall.
All registered St Agnes' Parish volunteers are welcome.

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St Agnes' Parish News Bulletin

Each week the Parish produces a news bulletin. In this week’s bulletin:

  • Interesting Homily by Richard Leonard
  • May - A month to celebrate Mary
  • Feast of Our Lady of Fatima - 13 May
  • Series of Church Renewal Zoom events across May
  • Big Thank you to those who donated wool for Wraps with Love
  • Volunteers needed for Pre Marriage Education Team
  • Human Struggle & Hope Interfaith event 17 May
  • Annual Parish Volunteers' Mass - Friday 27 May
  • Mass times & COVID safe rules for attending Mass

Click to read this week's Parish News Bulletin

Mr Michael Walsh
Acting Assistant Principal - Mission

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Yr12_HSC_Midcourse_Awards_040522_9_edit.jpgLast Wednesday, we had the pleasure of presenting academic awards to our Year 12 students, based on their Mid-Course Report results. A total of 76 students from a cohort of 85 were presented with awards which is an outstanding effort.

We appreciated the presence of many parents, relatives and friends at the awards ceremony, and acknowledge their crucial support of our Year 12 students.

Our Year 12 students have obviously been working hard over the past 2 terms, and I spoke to them about the importance of looking after themselves both mentally and physically so they can maintain their effort into the Trial HSC exams, and then beyond, so they are ready to do their best in the HSC exams, with the written exams starting on October 12th.

Congratulations to all our award recipients, and we look forward to a continuation of the effort that has very obviously been made up to date.

Outstanding Achievement

Alvin Benny
Madeleine Clark
Hannah Dakin
Aislinn Doyle
Leo Hunt
Samuel Kobelke
Dylan Lambert
Sea McManus
Amelia Stubbs

Outstanding Applications

Jayde Attkins
Aimee Jai Dietrich
Harrison Freudenstein
Jonah Garven
Erasmus Gray
Bronte Hudson
Kiera Inman
Amahli Kennedy
Eden Lewis-Bain
Kurt McGregor
Olivia Montgomery
Hayden Pepper
Daniel Ryan
Bayden Smith
Makayla Steele
Georgie Stewart

Community Service

Hannah Dakin
Dylan Lambert
Harrison Freudenstein
Eden Lewis-Bain
Daniel Ryan
Makayla Steele
Sophie Batchelor
Don Bittu
Kellie Burke
Astrid Fairhurst
Charlie Ross
Dylan Sheehy


Mr Tim McCosker
Assistant Principal - Curriculum & Administration

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Year 8, 9 & 10 Parent-Teacher Interviews 

Monday, 16th May 2022
4.00pm- 7.30pm

Bookings are now open and will close on Monday, 16th May at 10.00am


On Monday, 16th May, we will be holding Parent / Teacher interviews for students in Years 8, 9 & 10 in the College hall, starting at 4.00pm and concluding at 7.30pm. These interviews are an important opportunity for parents to discuss the progress of their sons/daughters with the 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 22nd August 2022. 

How do I book a Parent & Teacher Interview?

Interviews are 5 minutes in duration. To book please visit the following website https://www.schoolinterviews.com.au/

You will need to have a copy of your child’s timetable (in their diary) with their subjects and their teacher's name for each subject.

Enter the School Event Code from the box below and then follow steps 1, 2 and 3.


When you click finish, your interview timetable will be emailed to you automatically – check your junk mail folder if you do not receive your email immediately.
You can return to the site at any time, and change your interviews – until bookings close.

Please REMEMBER to bring the email with times on it to the evening as this will be the only way of knowing your interview times.

Mr Tim McCosker
Assistant Principal - Curriculum & Administration

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Chewing Gum


All students at SJRC are aware that chewing gum is not permitted at our school. Particularly in these Covid times, the disposal of chewing gum poses a foreseeable risk to the health of our community members. It also compromises the beautiful school environment we are privileged to enjoy and are responsible for maintaining.

We thank you for your support of the College Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct can be found on page 15 of the College Diary. 

Tuning in to Teens (12 years +)


This is an emotion coaching skills group for parents, grandparents or carers. This program is an excellent starting point for parents/carers who are helping their teens learn to manage big emotions and challenging behaviour.

  • Scheduled start date: Thursday, 12th May 2022
  • Day/time: Thursdays 6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Sessions: This training is delivered over six sessions

More information -  http://grouptherapypractice.com/index.php/tuning-in-to-teens/

Contact Group Therapy Practice Website - http://grouptherapypractice.com/

Contact Group Therapy Practice - http://grouptherapypractice.com/index.php/contact/


Mrs Jennifer Furney
Assistant Principal - Pastoral Care

Policies and Procdures Year 7 Assistant Principal - Pastoral

Success at the Taree District Dance Eisteddfod

Last Friday, 29th April a group of 16 dance students from Years 7-12 travelled to Manning Entertainment Centre to compete in the annual Taree District Eisteddfod. The eisteddfod was set up in two sections; Primary and High School, where SJRC were competing against other local High School dance groups in the area.

A big Congratulations to our Year 7-12 Dance group, their amazing performance seen them take first place in the High School section.

Firstly, a big thanks must go to Ms Roxy Montgomery who came in early to do the incredible makeup for the students. Secondly, a big thank you to Port Macquarie's 'Dancing Fabrics - Costume Conundrum' who helped provide and alter all of the amazing costumes for the students. Thirdly, thanks to Mr McKee who stepped in at the last minute to give up his time to drive our students to and from the eisteddfod. Finally, thanks to Ms Oppedisano who choreographed the winning number for our students.

However, a massive thank you must go to the students who participated in the eisteddfod group. The talent and dedication of these 16 students are what made the dance work a professional and wonderful piece of artistry, allowing SJRC to achieve such a great result.

The performance was based upon the Mexican festival 'Dia de los Muertos' (Day of the Dead), and at times the choreography required the students to work as individuals, sometimes in pairs or threes, and other times work as a unified dance troupe. This group of students are now looking forward to attending other local eisteddfods to showcase this work.

Thanks also must go to our wonderful dance teacher Mrs Woods, who has just returned from maternity leave, for her support and enthusiasm on the day.


St Agnes’ Education is proud to introduce the Creative Arts Nest!

There was such a buzz in the air at this week's assembly when the St Agnes' Education representatives for the Creative Arts Nest were introduced to students and staff at SJRC. The first of the programs, as detailed below, was announced at the assembly. Interested students were then able to attend a workshop. Representatives were "blown away with the enthusiasm and how quickly students picked up the choreography" well done to those students who attended the workshop.

Please find below information about the program. We encourage you to like the Creative Arts Nest Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/creativeartsnest

Building upon the wonderful tradition of creative and performing arts, St Agnes’ Education is proud to announce the launch of the Creative Arts Nest.
The Creative Arts Nest is dedicated to fostering powerful, inclusive artistic experiences and a creative exchange of ideas across St Agnes’ Parish Schools in Port Macquarie.

Our purpose is to inspire, educate, connect and entertain through our engaging cultural and artistic offerings.

The Nest is committed to enriching our students' education experience by generating opportunities for participation in the arts, partnering with our schools, collaborating with local artists and forming connections within the greater community.

“This is a significant development in how our schools utilise our size and effectiveness and work together to provide for students something that no other individual school can offer,” said Stephen Pares, Regional Services Leader Hastings Region, Diocese of Lismore Catholic Schools.

Taking centre stage, The Nest is proud to announce the first of its programs for 2022. Students in Years 5-8 from all schools within St Agnes’ Education are invited to perform in a collective production of Disney's Aladdin Jr. With a cast of more than 100 students, a choir of 50 and the renowned St Agnes’ Education Drumline, it is set to be spectacular!

The second program kicking off on May 2nd, is the A4Art Prize which is the first Parish wide school art competition of its kind. With a prize pool of more than $3500, students and staff are invited to take one A4 size piece of paper and create an artwork by using the paper in any way they choose. Entries close May 20th, 2022. Shortlisted Artworks will be showcased in an online exhibition, along with a touring exhibition to each of the six St Agnes’ Education Schools.

More details regarding the St Agnes’ Education, Creative Arts Nest and its programs can be found at www.artsnest.com.au which will be live Monday 2nd May.



It is not too late to join. Please visit https://artsnest.com.au/aladdin-jr/ for further information regarding rehearsals and to complete the Online Expression of Interest Form. This completed form is essential to be considered for cast.

Poem Forest Writing Competition


After receiving over 5,000 student poems and planting over 5,000 trees last year, we're thrilled to be launching the POEM FOREST Prize 2022 in celebration of World Poetry Day and International Day of Forests.

Red Room Poetry and The Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan invite students to enter the POEM FOREST Prize and use their words to create positive climate action.

How to enter

  • Visit the POEM FOREST webpage for full details - https://redroompoetry.org/projects/poem-forest/
  • Download our free Learning Resource + sign up to our Education eNews for free workshops and events
  • Write nature poems and enter via the online form (closing 23 September 2022)

Key outcomes

  • A tree is planted for every poem received
  • $5,000 in prizes to win including $500 cash for each category, book packs from Magabala Books, Pantera Press and Wonderground as well as Garden tours, plants, seeds and more
  • Digital publication for all entries and selected poems published in the POEM FOREST

This week's Alumna is Savana Purss, who is currently working as Clinical Dietitian at Dubbo Base Hospital. Savana's post-school story is so interesting and you can read it here:  https://docs.google.com/.../1IShnXY9BOPg.../edit?

#dietitian #aHSC4opportunity #wherearetheynow


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The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is a point in time assessment of literacy and numeracy skills. Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 participate in the annual tests in writing, reading, conventions of language (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy. All NSW schools will sit NAPLAN online in 2022.

Our school will be participating in NAPLAN between 10th and 17th May 2022 and the following tests will occur on the dates indicated:NAPLAN.png

Tuesday 10th May: Writing

Wednesday 11th May: Reading

Monday 16th May: Conventions of languages

Tuesday 17th May: Numeracy

Additionally, catch-up exam times will be organised for those students who miss a NAPLAN test on one of the four nominated test dates.

In preparation for NAPLAN, our school will also be participating in practice tests on 24th March 2022. The practice test is a trial run and key preparation activity for NAPLAN in May. It is not an assessment of student ability, and the tests will not be marked.

Excessive preparation for NAPLAN is not recommended. Students can use the public demonstration site (https://www.nap.edu.au/online-assessment/public-demonstration-site) to familiarise themselves with the types of questions and tools available in NAPLAN.

If you have any questions about NAPLAN, please contact our NAPLAN Coordinators, Ian Lutton, Lisa Freeman or Matthew Bushe

Mr Ian Lutton
Leader of Curriculum

NAPLAN Curriculum

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Administration News

Volunteers Wanted


We cannot run the canteen without you; as the saying goes:

"Many Hands Make Light Work".

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.

Weekly Lunch Specials

Term 2 Week 3 Lunch Specials 
Monday Chicken Pesto Pasta
Tuesday Tuna Pasta Bake
Wednesday Beef Nachos
Thursday Bacon & Cheese Baked Potato
Friday Spaghetti Bolognaise

Term 2 Week 4 Lunch Specials 
Monday Chicken Parmi Burger
Tuesday Chicken Caesar Salad Wrap
Wednesday Meatball Sub
Thursday Meatlovers or Cheese Pizza
Friday Chicken Pasta Carbonara

The Canteen opens at 8.00 am every school day.

CLICK HERE for the Canteen's everyday menu.

Ms Donna Hamlin
Food Services Manager


Hastings Education Fund (HEF) Charity Gold Day & Annual Raffle draw

The HEF provides financial assistance and mentoring to support local students moving into further education. Typically it assists around 35 students a year with grants of up to $3000 each.

The major fundraiser for HEF is the raffle (see prizes) which is drawn at the Charity Golf Day on Sunday 29 May.

For tickets ($5 for 5, $10 for 15, $20 for 40, $50 for 200) contact Parish Administration Reception or hastingseducationfund@gmail.com

Trading Hours

Monday to Friday: 12 noon - 5.00pm

Saturday: 9.00am - 12 noon

 6 Boronia Street, Port Macquarie

Uniforms can also be purchased online at any time via https://saus.org.au/

Uniform 2022

Our Year 7 students are looking fabulous in the new look College uniform. Many students from other year groups are also wearing the new uniform.  Please be assured that there is a transition period in moving towards the new uniform. Any current uniform item is able to be worn until the item no longer fits, or is worn out.
2022 SJRC Uniform Changes - please click to download the full list of uniform changes.

Purchase of new Uniform Items for 2022

St Agnes' Parish News Uniform



The Rotary Youth Exchange Program Committee seeks potential outbound exchange students for the 2023 year.

Due to new regulations from the NSW Department of Education, outbound student applicants must be in Years 9, 10 or 11 in the year they make application to be eligible for the program. All outbound students will be required to return to secondary education in Australia to complete at least one year of schooling. The preferred age of applicants is between 15 to 17 years.

Applications close on 20 May, 2022

Further information regarding the program can be found on the Rotary Youth Exchange website. An Expression of Interest can be logged at the following website www.ryea.org.au and contact will be made with the student upon receipt of this Expression of Interest. The student will receive the actual YEP Application Form at this time.


The event is a 5km fun run and walk raising funds for breast cancer research.

Get a team together and register at www.mothersdayclassic.com.au/teams


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