Term 4 Week 6 - 18th November 2022


Congratulations to Year 11 student, Hannah Jennings, who has been selected to perform in “Callback 2022” for two of her nominations in HSC Dance. Hannah has been selected, from over 650 students, to perform her Core Composition and Core Performance piece in Sydney early in 2023. Our 2023 Year 11 Dance students will be able to watch her perform when they go to Sydney for their Senior Creative Arts excursion in February.

Well done, Hannah. The first SJRC student to perform in “Callback”!


Year 12 Graduation Dinner

I sincerely thank the many staff who were involved in setting up and packing up the Year 12 Graduation Dinner held at Port Panthers last Saturday evening. In particular, thank you to Mrs Tracy Pares, for the amazing coordination of the decorations on the evening; Tracy along with the Graduation Decorations committee truly transformed the auditorium into a spectacular space.

To Mrs Kellie Croft, Year 12 Leader of Student Wellbeing, thank you, for your guidance and support of our Year 12 students during their senior studies and for your organisation of all the end-of-year celebrations for Year 12.

The real stars of the evening were our Year 12 cohort who gathered for the final time in celebration of their 13 years of schooling. Year 12, you will forever hold a special place in the hearts and minds of the staff and current students of St Joseph's Regional College. You should certainly be proud of the fact that you are celebrating your graduation after many years of challenges and changes. Year 12 you have certainly displayed your character strengths and as a result, flourished as individuals.

We wish you, Year 12, all the very best as you journey forward, whether you are heading to university, working or taking a gap year, may you always remember the words of our College prayer...

'May the lessons of our school days prepare us for the challenges of tomorrow".


Transgrid Relocation Work - 24th -27th November

Possible disruption to traffic.

Next Thursday 24th - Sunday 27th November, transmission line cutover works will be occurring between existing structures on the land adjoining the College. Cranage is required to do these works and needs to be located on the side of the road on the eastern side of the small bridge. Traffic disruption may occur and traffic control may be in place. Please keep this in mind if you are arriving for Aladdin Jr performances or if you are dropping children to perform in Aladdin Jr.

Tanya Daley

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Code of Presentation - College Uniform 2023

The following uniform items have been phased out and are no longer available to purchase or wear in 2023:

  • old style plain black SAPSS sports shorts
  • white SAPSS sports socks 
  • white formal socks
  • grey formal socks. 

Sports Uniform
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may still wear their grey formal shorts, however, will be required to wear the new style black socks with white stripes.

Girls will be required to wear the new black socks, either with or without the white stripes.

Not Permitted

  • Invisible “sockette” style socks or branded socks such as Nike or Adidas.
  • Jewellery items such as beaded anklets

These items are not part of our College uniform and are not permitted to be worn at school.

I thank families for their assistance in ensuring the high standards of our Code of Presentation are maintained.

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Vaping: Information & Awareness

Vaping is on the rise in Australia and has become popular amongst teenagers and young adults. Alarmingly, a recent study has also shown that there is an increase in the number of primary school-aged children who are experimenting with vapes. There are many misconceptions about vapes being fairly harmless and that vapes in Australia do not contain nicotine.

Our school is committed to the health and wellbeing of our students and will be including a series of informative resources for our parent community over the next 3 editions of our newsletter. We hope parents and carers use these helpful resources to:

  • learn the facts about e-cigarettes and vaping,
  • recognise what a vape looks like,
  • understand why vaping is attractive to young people and
  • engage in positive conversations at home.

By working in partnership we hope to support our young people to make healthy choices.

Please watch this informative 2 minute video which provides some key information about vaping and e-cigarettes.

Key Information:

  • Vaping is the act of smoking e-cigarettes or ‘vapes’ that can look like metallic pens, USBs and other hand-held systems.
  • Vapes use cartridges filled with liquids, which typically contain nicotine, artificial flavouring, and various chemicals. These can be harmful to the developing body.
  • Research shows that 1 in 5 young people have vaped and nearly 80% of young people say it is easy to get a vape illegally at a shop or online.
  • Nicotine is especially addictive for young brains. It can cause long-lasting negative effects on brain development and can include impaired attention, learning, memory and changes in mood.
  • You can find out more about vaping from NSW Health.

Conversation Starters at Home

Start conversations about vaping with your child early. You could consider the following questions or conversation starters:

  1. Are a lot of kids vaping at your school? Are your friends vaping? Be sure you don’t react, just listen.
  2. What do you think about vaping?
    You may hear your child say that vaping is harmless. It’s important to share some good information with your child about the impacts of vaping.
  3. Do you know what is in vapes?
    Share with them that they’ve tested vapes and they do not contain only water vapor and flavouring. Vapes can contain very high levels of nicotine and other toxic chemicals that damage lungs.

Mrs Jennifer Furney
Assistant Principal- Pastoral Care

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Year 11 Reflection Day

On Monday, our Year 11 students attended a reflection day at the Wauchope Country Club. As the students begin their final year of school, this Reflection Day gave them an opportunity to reflect on how far they’ve come. The aim was to open up the support structures that are in place and to create and strengthen friendships within the year group.

The students had the opportunity to assess what unique skills and abilities they possess and were challenged to consider how they can share these for the betterment of their year group and wider College Community.

The day was structured to focus on three elements of their journey.

The first session enabled the students to reflect on where they’ve been and invited them to share their journey so far within small groups.

The second session focused on each individual; the choices they make, the values they prioritise and the influence they have on others, and the skills and abilities that they have to share.

The third and final session of the day gave the students time to identify how they can go forward from the retreat with what they had learnt during the day. They were asked to ‘look with our hearts’. After reflecting on where they’ve been and who they are, this session aimed to direct their eyes to the person they are becoming.

I would like to thank Ms Flanagan, the Year 11 Leader of Student Wellbeing and Mr Gobius, who planned and facilitated the day. Our Youth Ministry Offices Emily and Ella, who shared their personal stories as well as the Year 11 Pastoral Care Teachers and other staff who supported and worked with the students.
Finally, congratulations to our Year 11 students who engaged in the Reflection Day with openness and maturity. Some students may have found the activities challenging, but it is through this experience that they grow as a person.

“The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord Looks at the heart”
1 Samuel 16:7


Mr Michael Walsh
assistant Principal - Mission



We invite families to enter into the real spirit of Christmas, the spirit of giving to others. At school, each of our Pastoral Care groups will be collecting goods to make up a Christmas Hamper for families within our Parish who are in need of assistance. This year, as we do every year, our College will support 20 families through the Christmas Hamper Appeal. This is a real opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives and it’s a real pleasure to see the joy on other's faces when they receive a hamper unexpectedly.

Your child/children may ask you for items to support our Christmas Hamper Appeal! Below is a list of items that are suggestions. A typical family may be made up of a Mother and Father, 2 sons and 2 daughters of varying ages from 18 downwards or, a Mother and four kids.

Hamper Items

  • Christmas Cake Biscuits(Sweet/Savoury) Shortbread Sweets/Chocolates
  • Pavlova Base Fruit mince pies Nuts/Chips Custard/Tin Fruit
  • Cereals/Rice/Noodles Juice/Soft drinks Tea/Coffee/Milo Non-alcoholic drinks**
  • General groceries Candles/Decorations Bon Bons Fruit/Veg/Meat (or Vouchers)
  • **(Please avoid used goods, alcohol or tinned goods from the cupboard)

$5 cash (A Gift will be purchased for each family member with the cash)

Hampers will include a gift for each member of the family eg. a game or toy matched to the age and sex of the child, aftershave, perfume, jewellery or chocolates for adults.

We also suggest that you could include your ‘adopted family’ in your prayers during Advent & Christmas. Ask your child about the family their PC is supporting.

Hampers need to be complete and finalised by Friday 2nd December (End of week 8)


Mr Timo Gobius
Leader of Evangelisation

Elevate Education - Free Parent Webinar


We’re excited to announce that parents of our College have exclusive access to Elevate Education’s Parent Webinar Series this year. Elevate works with our students, delivering high-impact workshops on study skills, motivation, wellbeing and exam preparation. By tuning in to their webinar series, you will learn how to better support your children at home by reinforcing the skills they learn at school.

I encourage you to join this exclusive webinar series where you will be shown – as parents – how to best support your child through school.

How to Help Build Your Child's Resilience

Wednesday 23rd November 2022

Register your attendance at -https://get.elevatecoaching.info/au/schoolwebinar

The presenter will share Elevate’s key research and skills, and will conduct a live Q&A so you can ask them questions directly.

If you are unable to make the webinar, don't worry! If you sign up to attend, you'll receive the webinar recording on Thursday morning:


Mr Tim McCosker
Assistant Principal - Learning and Teaching

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We would like to congratulate Esther Cummins in Year 9 on being one of only 25 students Australia-wide selected to be a part of the University of Sydney Indigenous Australian Engineering School (IAES) which will run from 15 - 22 January 2023.

The Indigenous Australian Engineering School is an annual event, established and funded by Engineering Aid Australia. The IAES is conducted in Sydney by the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Engineering on behalf of Engineering Aid Australia.

The IAES program is fully sponsored with all activities, accommodation, flights and meals covered by Engineering Aid Australia and the University of Sydney.

The week-long program will involve hands-on experiences with the engineering faculty, site visits to key Engineering companies in various Sydney locations, curriculum exercises, and participation in cultural activities.

As part of the fantastic opportunity, Esther has qualified for an Engineering Aid Australia Continuing School scholarship to help with education expenses in Years 10, 11 & 12. Also, if Esther completes Year 12 and applies and receives a place at any university in Australia to study Engineering or a related course, Esther will be eligible for an Engineering Aid Australia Tertiary Education scholarship.


Mrs Carly Taylor
Indigenous Education Officer

Creative Arts Nest - Aladdin Tickets Now on SALE


Tickets to the biggest production in town are just $20.00 and they are flying out the door faster than Aladdin’s magic carpet! Grab yours at www.artsnest.com.au

Come and see the Creative Art’s Nest production of Aladdin Jr. With a cast, choir and crew from each of our six schools, this is the first time St Agnes’ Education will see a cross-school musical of this size. Hang on to your Fez, this spectacular performance will even include our heart-stopping Jr Drumline!

We are excited to open the doors to our enchanted city, to the Greater Port Macquarie community and beyond for the following performances:

⭐️ Thursday, 24th Nov, 6pm
⭐️ Friday, 25th Nov, 6pm
⭐️ Saturday, 26th Nov, 3pm
⭐️ Saturday, 26th Nov, 6pm

Venue: St Joseph’s Regional College, Port Macquarie

Creative Arts SAPSS

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.

Price Increase - Week 4

Due to a distributor price increase, we would like to advise that the cost of all pies, sausage rolls and cheese and spinach rolls will increase by 50 cents in Week 4.  Thank you for your understanding.

Weekly Lunch Specials
Term 4 Week 7 Lunch Specials 
Monday Chicken Schnitzel & Salad Wrap
Tuesday Hamburgers
Wednesday Mexican Chicken Quesadilla
Thursday Spaghetti Bolognaise
Friday Chicken Pumpkin Feta Salad

Term 4 Week 8 Lunch Specials 
Monday Chicken Parmi Burger
Tuesday Meatball Subs
Wednesday Chicken Pesto Pasta
Thursday Bacon & Cheese Stuffed Potato
Friday Chicken BLT Salad

The Canteen opens at 8.00 am every school day.

CLICK HERE for the Canteen's everyday menu.

Ms Donna Hamlin
Food Services Manager


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