Just as we settle back into the rhythm of school, we begin to approach the holidays! We are now officially halfway through both our schooling and calendar year. Woohoo! While there have been many complications along the way, the St Mary's community has done a wonderful job in its efforts to make this schooling year feel as routine as possible.
Reflection - A Winter Bluejay
Sullivan House Report
Anne Sullivan, a selfless, patient, compassionate, strong woman who despite all odds achieved what many thought was impossible. Through her determination and problem solving she was able to find a way for Helen Keller, a blind and deaf child to learn. As we have reached the end of term two and settled back into our normal routine at St Mary's, there are many qualities the girls have strived to follow in the footsteps of Anne Sullivan.
Ungunmerr-Baumann House Report
Year 10 Subject Selections Information Evening
Director of Teaching and Learning
Virtual Exploring and Discovering Career Pathways
Design and Technology
Design and Technology is an elective course offered to Years 9 – 12. The course involves the development of a student’s creativity and innovation through the planning and production of design projects. Students in Year 9 Design and Technology have been working towards the creation of jewellery pieces utilising resin and a range of jewellery specific tools and technology. All designs are unique and symbolic to the student and their process of design. Stay tuned for an upcoming pop up exhibition. Congratulations to the Year 9 Design and Technology students and their inspiring teacher,
Miss Ling! Ms Allison Pace
HSC Legal Studies - Guest Presenter, Mr Glenn Sant
Mrs Lisa Kendell
Data and Reporting Coordinator
Service as Action
Sportswoman of the Week
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Term 2 School Fee Instalment is due for payment OR ensure regular instalments are being paid according to your agreed instalment arrangement.
School Fee Agreement Form: If you are paying via instalments and have not returned the School Fee Agreement Form to advise the College of your intended payment option, please complete and return to the College as soon as possible. This Agreement gives the College advice regarding your preferred method and frequency of payment. Please contact the Fees Coordinator on 4253 5230 if you have not received your copy or to discuss your account further. A ‘School Fee Calculator’ is also provided on the College website to assist families to determine their regular payment.
Leaving the College: Just a reminder, if a student is withdrawn from the College one full term’s notice must be given in writing to the Principal. If one term’s notice is not given a full term’s fee will be charged.
Leave of Absence: If a student applies for leave of absence for a holiday or travel, school fees are to be paid prior to approval of leave.
Mrs Rosina Dowsett
This Edition's Challenge...
For all the SUDOKU enthusiasts!Tabitha Murray, our SCR Captain has thrown out a challenge this week!
Find the puzzle and the anwers in the downloads...no cheating now!
Developing Young People’s Emotional Smarts
As we are coming to the end of what has been the longest, but in many ways the shortest, the fastest but also the slowest first semester of school, I am certain that students, families and staff will welcome the extended break with gratitude. 2020 has been a year like no other and continues to live up to its theme of being unprecedented. There is no denying that within the context of the global situation we are in so many ways very, very fortunate. Notwithstanding we know that the experience for some families in our community has been one of heartache and particular challenge. The upcoming break will be a time for rest and renewal within the setting of lessening restrictions.
This week’s Parenting Ideas article in the downloads section outlines how to support young people with their emotional smarts. It is a useful article and offers some practical strategies. The articles also reflects some of the strategies that we use with the students here at school. Building awareness of what triggers our emotions is a valuable skill in understanding our reactions. At times the trigger can be a lack of sleep, a natural anxiety response or it may be that the situation challenges our values. This is an article that is useful for parents and students as a tool in understanding how our brains work.
Ms Emma Magill
Assistant Principal - Dean of Pastoral care
From the Principal
“Despite this crisis in empathy, compassion thrives at home, and most of the parents I have profiled love across the divide. Understanding how they came to think well of their own children may give the rest of us motive and insight to do the same. To look deep into your child’s eyes and see in them both yourself and something utterly strange, and then to develop a zealous attachment to every aspect of them, is to achieve parenthood’s self-regarding, yet unselfish, abandon. It is astonishing how often such mutuality has been realised – how frequently parents who had supposed that they couldn’t care for an exceptional child discover that they can. The parental predisposition to love prevails in the most harrowing of circumstances. There is more imagination in the world than one might think.”
And of “disability” he says this:
“All kinds of attributes make one less able. Illiteracy and poverty are disabilities and so are stupidity, obesity, and boringness. Extreme age and extreme youth are both disabilities. Faith is a disability in so far as it constrains you from self-interest; atheism is a disability in as much as it shields you from hope. One might see power as a disability, too, for the isolation in which it imprisons those who wield it. The disability scholar Steven R Smith posited, “A completely painless existence could also quite plausibly be seen as deficient for most people.”Likewise, any of these characteristics can embody strength, some more easily than others.”
And perhaps most challenging of all, Solomon says this in reflecting on the zealousness with which “cures” are pursued:
“Fixing is the illness model; acceptance is the identity model; which way any family goes reflects their assumptions and resources.”
We live in a community, including here at the College, where each one of us is blessed with different gifts, different skills, different interests and different abilities. We also live in a community that, increasingly, judges, orders and rates those differences by standards that would be at odds with our Benedictine and Good Samaritan charism. The recent response of the world community to the death of George Floyd says something profound about a deeper sense of justice and certainly a deeper value of inclusion and equity. The strength and richness of the communities in which we live, including St Mary’s, is determined by the extent to which we value and embrace diversity and difference as a gift.
I commend the book highly.
Mr Tony Fitzgerald
23 June - Social Justice Forum 2020 - PLC 3.30-6.00pm (remote version)
26 June - Last Day Term 2
20 July - First Day Term 3
College Leaders and Ms Lisa Cooper have created a news broadcast here at St Mary’s. Follow the link to view the first edition, some fine tuning still needed but what a wonderful initiative.
All students are reminded of expectations when you are in the community. Whether in your uniform or not it is important for you to be respectful and remember that social distancing regulations apply.
It is disappointing to receive a call from the local McDonalds about the behaviour of students in the morning.