Trick Shot Challenge
Show off your skill and talent in a creative and entertaining manner to demonstrate a “Trick Shot”.
Design your Trick Shot using a BALL of any description and film your entry, post it to the St Mary’s Trick Shot Shared Google Folder. Videos will need to be loaded as a YouTube clip. Make sure your entry is clearly labelled with your name and Tutor Group.
There will be $20 iTunes vouchers for the winners in several categories.
Need some inspiration: Check out these real-life trick shots!
Study Skill Tip for May
TOP TIPS FOR STAYING FOCUSED IN AN ONLINE LESSON
By now we are all starting to get a bit more used to different modes of learning. Over the next few weeks we will experience the continued online space and a gradual return to the face to face classroom.
If you are still finding it challenging to stay focused in online lessons, here are some tips to help you:
- Have clear distinctions between schoolwork time and your personal time. If you let those two worlds collide you will end up never really feeling like you can have time to yourself without feeling guilty. Then in the learning times you can make a more conscious effort to stay on track.
- If you know you canât stay focused in your bedroom, then do your learning in another part of the house where someone can check up on you. Working in an area of the house where you will be supervised can help you stay on track.
- Take notes when you are listening to the teacher talk or make a mind map about what is being discussed in the lesson. If you are writing about what you are learning it will help you to be more focused.
- Turn off all notifications and make sure your mobile is on silent (or preferably in another room). Don't have other windows or applications open on your computer. Take away the temptation so you don't send messages to other students or work on other tasks during a lesson when you are meant to be focused.
- Every 20 minutes look away at something 20 feet (about 6 metres) away for 20 seconds to reduce eye strain. Stand up and stretch if you need to.
Access via Seqta Portal or Visit www.studyskillshandbook.com.auto learn more about how you can
make your life easier by being a more effective and efficient learner.Username: stmarysnsw Password: 15success
Also remember there is plenty of support at St Maryâs including your class teachers, your TG Teacher, House Coordinator, PLC Staff and the Kulilla Centre.
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Moments of Joy
Here are some Moments of Joy during Isolation from your Captains.
Hope you are all well and making the most of the situation and having some fun at home.
We are keeping ourselves occupied by baking, enjoying movie time with family, loving our pets, making too many trips to the kitchen cupboard, solving puzzles,
cutting our own hair and photo-shopping some other people to talk to.
What are you girls doing to fight boredom? It is important that we remind ourselves of what we have to be happy and laugh about, recognising moments of
joy. Stay at home and stay safe, we will see you soon!
Interesting Activities to keep us busy
● Want a new Netflix series, give ‘The Last Dance’ a go. A documentary about the great Michael Jordan, along with his other teammates from the Chicago Bulls such as Scottie Pippen, and Dennis Rodman. Well worth the watch!
● Be creative! We would love to see videos and photos of you being creative during isolation and we will upload them to our Instagram. Just send to @SMCSPORTS on Instagram, an example is a homemade ninja warrior course
● If you are looking for guided workouts check out Netfit on Facebook. They post workouts and have live workouts at 6.00pm every night (great for you netballers)
● Don’t forget you can go for walks on the beach or enjoy the beautiful surroundings we have here in the Illawarra to keep happy and healthy
From the College Captain
These last few weeks have been a big shift in our lifestyles. Eight weeks ago we were celebrating Lenten activities together as a community and now our world has been changed drastically. We are adjusting to staying and schooling in our homes to minimise the effects of COVID19 and I would like to begin by thanking the response from both students and staff to transition swiftly into our new normal at this moment in time.
Life in the era of social distancing has created a major modification in our lives and it has opened society up to a range of new activities and hobbies.
We’re seeing families and communities coming together to support one another in a combined effort to minimise the curve. People are coping by partaking
in a range of activities, whether it be cooking, trying new hobbies, bingeing Netflix, or if you're anything like my family, buying copious amounts
of chocolate milk for no apparent reason.
During this time in social distancing, it is important to be present, to be able to stop and breathe, just breathe. By taking moments to observe mindfully. Whether it be meditating or gardening, it's important to let your mind and body heal in this very stressful time.
Throughout isolation, there has been a pressure to achieve something useful in the endless hours of isolation. In saying this, it's okay not to have added to your portfolio and whilst you may not be able to speak fluent Italian by the time we go back to school, it’s just as important to invest that time in yourself.
It isn't wasteful to focus on your wellbeing by taking moments to recuperate as this is an experience like no other. Being present has opened up many new experiences, whether it be sitting down for dinner every night with your family, playing trivia online or taking up a newfound passion for puzzles. It’s important to appreciate the time we spend together. As modern philosopher and street poet Nicki Minaj once said “Cherish these nights, cherish these people. Life is a movie, but there'll never be a sequel.”
During this time we must support one another, to get through this together and overcome the challenges we face. There has never been a more important time to be part of the St Mary's community, to support the sisterhood we’re all part of. As we continue the journey through these uncertain times, stay safe, be present, be kind to your neighbour and BREATHE.
Easter Egg Guessing Competition
422 Students entered the competition to guess the number of eggs.
Talia from Year 10 (Lyons 1) was closest with 192.
There were 193 eggs in total. We hope Talia didnât eat them all at once!
The Diocesan Touch carnival was held on Monday, 2 March with great summer weather conditions and infectious players attitudes to match. Six girls were
selected in the Diocesan Team but unfortunately the CCC Carnival had to be cancelled.
Girls selected :Paris Bamford, Cleo Fein, Evie McGrath, Lily Riolo, Zoe Morris and Logan Garrat
Thank you to all the teams for their outstanding efforts, as well as being positive ambassadors for our College! Special mention to the girls selected
on the day, you should be proud of your achievement. Thank you to all teachers who supervised and coached on the day, as opportunities like this would
not be possible without you.
In other sporting news, we also had girls of all ages represent the college at the Oz tag carnival. We would like to thank all students and coaches on
the day for their outstanding team spirit with a special mention to the Year 9 and 10 teams who won the girls competition undefeated on the day!
Creativity and Generosity in Isolation
Matilda Povea-Purcell, Year 7
Matilda has been very busy during the school holidays working with her robotics team on creating mask extenders using an available template. She and her
team should have been preparing to travel to Rio de Janeiro in June to represent Australia after winning the National Championships earlier in the
year. However, this event was cancelled so they looked for ways to use their skills to help the community in trying times.
Matilda contacted the local Area Health Service and was surprised when they responded with an order for one thousand mask extenders and were prepared to pay for them. In Matilda’s words,” We only wanted to donate the extenders, as it was just a STEM project and we were honoured they liked the idea so much. There is no way that we could put a price on these when they would be helping those who are putting their own lives at risk every day for us.” The robotics team used the funds raised for their overseas trip to personally finance this project.
Matilda and her team worked through the holidays to produce and deliver the one thousand mask extenders to the Area Health Service. The mask extenders have been so successful that the girls have been asked to produce another two thousand. Matilda is hoping to get some help from our STEM students and College 3D printers to produce them as soon as school resumes.
We are very proud of Matilda’s initiative and generosity. Her holidays in isolation have been very productive!
Please see the download section to read more on Matilda's brilliant work.
Creativity and Fun with Textiles
Menegazzo's Year 8 Textiles class were very creative in the time-frame of a double lesson resulting in many beautiful and innovative textile creations.
The girls were instructed to find textiles they could re-purpose from their home.
The students did a great job and some of them went on to create extra items. It was great fun!
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Hayes Captain, Ella Dickson has shared a great Chocolate Chip recipe for all to enjoy! Follow the link in the Downloads.
Happy birthday to our students who are having a birthday in the coming week!
|Saturday||Lily G - GIB6, Lilian B – HAY5|
|Sunday||Lily S – SUL8|
|Monday||Gabriela W – GIB2, Arian L – KEL6, Sydney T – FOL2, Ashleigh J – BAS8|
|Tuesday||Charlotte D – KEL2, Charlotte H – KEL1, Lillian H 0- KEL6, Isabella H – FOL5|
|Wednesday||Jessica Y – GIB3|
|Thursday||Tahlia T – BAS7, Michaela G – BAS8, Jessica H – UNG7, Adelaide K – BAS1|
|Friday||Taylor B – HAY4, Molly D – FOL7|
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Bashir House Report
Bashir had a very successful Term 1 and I am so proud of the girls for the outstanding House spirit and enthusiasm even through a difficult time.
So far, 2020 has been a whirlwind, although Bashir has made some fantastic achievements and memories already.
The swimming carnival was brilliant. We gained the most participation points and we won the Year 12 relay. Throughout the day the girls had high spirit
and cheered on their peers. AND….. We won the cup!! I am so proud of all the girls who participated and gave their best.
Year 7 girls have quickly adjusted to the new stage of their life - high school. At a House bonding BBQ after school, the girls performed a routine with a war cry in front of all their parents and took part in many fun activities throughout the afternoon.
For Lent Bashir made Nutella pizza with strawberry and banana toppings. It was a HUGE success! We sold 360 slices in no time. A huge THANK YOU to 'il Porcellino' in Balgownie who donated the pizza bases and Nutella. The day raised $700 which is such a big achievement. It couldnât have been done without the support of you, girls. Also a special thank you to the amazing helpers who supported me and allowed the day to work smoothly.
Bashir House spirit is strong and I know that we will bounce back and become an even closer community than before.
Thank you for all your help and support so far this year I really appreciate it. Bashir for life!
Movies as Emojis
1. Mary Poppins
3. Dirty Dancing
4. Back to the Future
6. Legally Blonde
9. Silence of the lambs
10. Breakfast at Tiffanyâs
like to congratulate Sienna Markou and Eliza Berrell for their winning entries in the Amnesty Club Inaugural Art Competition of Inspirational Women.
Sienna Markou won the digital section with her entry of Emma Watson and Eliza Berrell won the painting/drawing section with her entry of Greta Thunberg. The winning entries and a selection of other wonderful entries will be on display in the PLC.
Runners up were:
- Charlotte Kelly – Year 10
- Mia Charteris – Year 9
- Seoyion Park – Year 9
Again we wish to thank everyone for their contributions.
âMother's Day Competition
Students are invited to enter our Mother's Day Competition to win a gift for mum.
- To enter students should write, inno more than 100 words, what is special about their mum or carer.
- The entry can be visual, a poem or a description ....use your imagination.
- Submit your entry by next Tuesday, 5 May - Email your entries to Mrs Pulford: firstname.lastname@example.org
- The winners will be posted in the next newsletter
- Winners can collect their prize at the College Reception from 2pm on Friday, 8 May.
From the Principal
Hospitality is a core value of Benedictine spirituality and what more important value might there be?
At one level, hospitality is about the acts of welcoming, giving, sharing and tending to the needs of others. But far more profoundly, hospitality is a preference of the heart that is inextricably linked with humility. It is about prioritising the needs of others over self and about expressing
a warm and open heart so that others grow in the security and confidence of uncompromising and non-judgemental love. Joan Chittister O.S.B. says this:
“Hospitality is a willingness to be imposed upon for the sake of the other’s well-being. It is the sacrament of the self. It is far and above beyond the boundaries of mere socialising. It is the heartfelt awareness of another’s needs and the determination to serve them”.
When, as a community, we find ourselves in times like we currently encounter, there is both the need and the opportunity to respond with a hospitable heart.
One of the great privileges of my work each day is that I constantly encounter people in this community who act purely with the best of intentions
for others. It strikes me as a great grace of the St Mary’s community.
Thank you to our girls who have contributed to this edition of the College newsletter. Your optimism, vitality and initiative sustains all of us. We look
forward to the day when all of you return to the College.
4 May - yLead - Year 12 Presentation
5 May - yLead - Year 11 Presentation
6 May - Kahoot!
7 May - Justin Coulson - Parenting in a Pandemic
8 May - Savvy Fitness Program
The Uniform Shop has re-opened, this is a transition time, students may wear either the summer or winter uniform but not a combination of the two.
Tuesday: 8:30am – 1:30pm Thurday: 8:30am – 1:30pm
Telephone: 4226 3722
Movies as Emojis - Week One Student Newsletter Challenge
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