Text Book Returns
SMC College Band
Last Saturday, our College Band had the pleasure of playing at St Brigid's Primary School, Gwynneville, at their annual School Fete. It was a fun experience for all and
girls would like to thank Mrs Kenshole for her organisation and dedication to band.
We would like to take this opportunity to invite students and staff to join us, we are looking for new players from beginners upwards, everyone is welcome!
Reflection on Year 7 Social Day
On Thursday, 12 September, students enjoyed a Social Day with Edmund Rice College followed by a Disco held at St Mary's. There was a variety of enjoyable activities students participated in throughout the day, these included sports, dancing and trivia.
The sporting activities were a great way for the girls and boys to socialise. Each group of 10 rotated through different sporting activities including basketball, touch football and volleyball. There were many smiles and encouraging words among the various students within the sporting rotations.
Dancing rotations were held by talented dancers who compete internationally and nationally in ballroom dancing competitions. These dancers helped the St
Mary's students with their dance steps whilst encouraging them to dance with the boys. This activity was challenging for the students as they were
feeling embarrassed and shy!
The most enjoyable part of the day was when groups of girls and boys gathered together to participate in the thrilling trivia! It was exciting to watch
the groups work together to find the correct answer. There where many different winners throughout the day, I would like to congratulate all of them.
In conclusion, this was a great day, from meeting the other students in their groups to participating in trivia. It was filled with joy and excitement!
PERSONAL PROJECT WRAP UP
Year 10 students have now completed the PERSONAL PROJECT and have received their final Grades. On Wednesday the students celebrated with a surprise pizza lunch and viewing of footage from the PP Exhibition. There was an enormous sense of pride and relief!
The skills developed over the last 12 months will provide Year 10 students with a strong foundation as they move into senior school next year.
Here are some comments:
“Persistence pays off”
“Effective time management the big test for PP students at SMC”
“Choose Your Own Adventure: Independent thinking and learning can be rewarding if you put in the effort.”
“Products which are imaginative and creative in their design”
“Do what you love and the results will shine”
“Thinking outside the square”
“The opportunity to explore your passion in a challenging and innovative way”
“PP opens up possibilities”
Congratulations to all of the students on completing this long-term project, with special acknowledgement of the following students who achieved Grade 7:
- Laura Borg
- Liana Cavdarosvski
- Aoibh Costello
- Alexandra Downie
- Melanie Filan
- Emma Franjic
- Macey Hawkesby
- Alanah Hogan
- Mikayla Kotsofski
- Georgia Lintescu
- Tahlia Morris
- Adysen O’Brien
- Hollander Peterson
- Kasey Prosperi
- Caitlin Ramirez
- Sofia Rundback
- Elena Ruscigno
- Tess Ryan
- Layla Tarhan
- Alana Todorovski
- Ashley Todorovski
- Taylah Vourliotis
- Samantha Whittington
- Alyssa Wilson
- Imogen Woolnough
WHY DO YOU READ…..IN TWENTY WORDS OR LESS
To celebrate National Reading Hour students were invited to enter the Library’s “Why do you read...in 20 words or less” competition . Here are some of the entries:
|“I read to escape from everything, I get to go to a new world and have a new and different life”|
|“I love to read because it takes me places that I could never imagine! “|
|“I read because it keeps my mind occupied and it makes my imagination go places I know don't exist!”|
|“I read to escape reality and transport my mind to another world.”|
|“Reading allows my mind to escape the stresses of school and my busy life. I feel good when I read.”|
|“I love reading because when reading I forget everything going on in my life and just be in the book.”|
|“I read because it is entertaining, fun and action packed. If is much more exciting then technology.|
|“I read for education, to escape reality, enjoyment, excitement, inspiration and learn new things.”|
The Library now subscribes to Teen Breathe magazine. It provide tips, fun activities and inspiring ideas to explore how paying attention, being curious, kind, and staying positive can bring out the very best.
Are you a young person interested in creating your own Start-Up idea? Join us for our next KickStarter Program. For more information please see the download section.
From the Principal
We have reached the end of another wonderful term and we have done so with great excitement and a little sadness as we farewell our Year 12 girls. This last week has been a flurry of celebrations as we have recognised the academic achievements of Year 12 students, celebrated their Graduation Mass and luncheon and tonight we attend their formal. It has been an emotional week for the girls as they leave school and cope with the realities of having to decide what to wear every day, get used to not meeting in the senior study for a catch up and a coffee and begin to start the study routines that they will continue through to the end of the HSC. We will miss our Year 12 girls as they have been excellent leaders, community members and students. We wish them every good wish for the HSC and beyond.
Prayer for our HSC Students
God, we ask that our girls feel your closeness during the HSC exam period. Give them calm hearts and quiet confidence in the knowledge that you hold them in the palm of your hand. Bless them with keen understanding and retentive memory. Give them the ability to grasp things correctly, be exact in their explanations and the ability to express themselves clearly. Guide them to read questions fully, identify what is being asked, direct their progress and help them in the completion of each of their responses. Holy Spirit send them your gifts of wisdom and knowledge.
Over the holidays, we have 30 girls and 4 staff travelling to New York for the Creative Arts trip and students travelling to Santa Teresa Aboriginal Community
in the Northern Territory and the Philippines to visit and work in the Good Samaritan Kinder School. The immersion students will be travelling as part
of a larger group of students from Good Samaritan Schools and they are visiting sites where the Sisters have been active in supporting local communities.
We wish all of the girls a wonderful time and pray that they gain much from these wonderful opportunities.
Your daughters are no doubt feeling a little weary after a very busy Term 3 and will be in need of a rest over the holiday period. They have worked hard
and achieved wonderful outcomes in all areas of school life. We have seen amazing progress in the achievements of our Year 7 girls across the course
of the year. They have grown as learners and as members of our community. Their contribution, for students who have only really started their high
school careers has been amazing. We wish all of our girls a restful and relaxing holiday.
To you our parents, I thank you for your great support again this term. I often say that the best education happens when school and home work together.
Through your interest in your girlâs education, you make our job so much easier. On behalf of the college staff I thank you for being there when we
need you and supporting your daughters in making the most of the opportunities that the college offers. I wish you a relaxing holiday period without
the routines of school to worry about.
CCC Athletics Report
Congratulations to the following girls on their outstanding achievements at the NSW CCC Athletics Carnival held at Homebush on Friday, 20 September:
- Montana Doubell was 4th in the 12 Yrs Age Champion points, winning the 1500m and 3rd in the 800m.
- Hannah Crinnion was 2nd in the 17+ Age point score, finishing 2nd in the 400m, 3rd in the 200m and 3rd in the Long Jump.
- Annalise Chadrawy – 1st in the 17+ Shot Put
- Brielle Masters – 1st in the 12 Yrs Javelin
- Janna Hadaya – 2nd in the 17 Yrs Hurdles
- Elena Delaveris – 3rd in the 17+ 100m
- Emer Spiers – 3rd in the 16 Yrs 100m
- Paris Bamford – 2nd in the 15 Yrs 400m
- Genevieve Bosker – 2nd in the 14 Yrs High Jump
Catholic Mission Month Launch
On Wednesday, 18 September, members of the Year 9 Leadership Team travelled to Nowra under the guidance of Ms Walsh and Mrs Todhunter to attend the Diocesan 2019 Catholic Mission Launch.
The girls attended a liturgy at St Johns alongside primary and secondary schools from the Wollongong Diocese. The ceremony commenced with an inspiring acknowledgment to country which involved traditional indigenous dance and song.
For the 2019 World Mission Month, the focus country is Ghana. The theme for this year's mission month is “Do not fear for I am with you.” This motto has inspired our girls to continue the Catholic Mission within our school community. The girls gained knowledge and understanding of Sister Stan Therese Mumuni and her facilities for helping disadvantaged youth by educating and empowering them to provide opportunities for a brighter future.
Sister Stan works at the Nazareth Home for God’s children where she ensures the children receive a quality education so that they may one day gain
employment and provide for themselves. Her dream is that they will return to their home community and show how the love and support of the church have
empowered them to develop and reach their goals. Sister Stan has dedicated 10 years to running the home which currently supports 78 boys and girls.
This number is rapidly increasing.
The event was run by Catholic Mission which supports children, communities and church leaders around the world. This organisation’s resources are inspired
by Pope Francis’s call for an extraordinary missionary month this October, which will be a worldwide occasion of prayer, sharing stories of mission,
formation and charity. During the ceremony a guest speaker from Ghana, Monsigner Thomas Anamooh, shared his own story and involvement with Sister Stan
and her work. Everyday he strives to better the lives of young boys through the teachings of Jesus. His aim is to support and guide them to a better
The Year 9 Leadership Team named below, look forward to promoting Catholic Mission Month in October. Please keep your eyes and ears open for ways to be
involved in their initiatives.
Beyond Year 12
Please read this article from the Kulilla Team in the download section.
Acrobatics Success for Jessica Adams
Congratulations to Jessica Adams, Year 11 and her team mates on their achievements at the Australian Acrobatics Club Championships on the Gold Coast last week.
The trio finished in second place for each of their events - balance, dynamic and combined routines and overall achieved a Silver Medal. This was a qualifying
event to be considered for selection in the Australian team to compete at the World Acrobatics Championships next year.
The girls were really pleased with their results after all their hours of hard work.
Well done Jessica!
St Mary's Careers Webpage
Would you like to create a cover letter, resume or a career path plan that will assist you in searching for a casual, part time or full-time job? At St
Mary's College we have a specific Careers website for students and parents to assist with all your employment and post school options.
Please click the following link https://www.stmarycareers.com.au
To register on the website, click on the FOR STUDENTS tab on the top right-hand corner. Enter the student's secure area, register as a student, parent, teacher or other.
Once you have registered you can utilise many career tools: write a resume, careers that suite you, cover letters and career path planning. This site is specific for an individual student’s personal career path. All information will be stored and saved for an individual's use only.