- COMMUNITY NOTICES
- PRINCIPAL'S REPORT
- ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL'S REPORT
- FROM THE CURRICULUM OFFICE
- UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER
- NEWS FROM THE OFFICE
- NEWS FROM THE LIBRARY
- CAREERS NEWS
- YEAR 11 NEWS
- YEAR 12 NEWS
- NEWS FROM THE TAS DEPARTMENT
- ASSORTED NEWS
- REPRESENTATIVE SPORT
- CANTEEN NEWS
- RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
- P&F NEWS
- SHOALHAVEN COMMUNITY OF CATHOLIC SCHOOLS
The staff at St John’s make the wellbeing of students a consistent priority. Each student is supported to meet their potential in academic, physical, social and personal outcomes. This may extend from feeling a welcome member of the school community, managing mental health concerns to developing the skills required to living a life engaging in peaceful relationships. This is well supported by the pastoral care structures and processes.
For each student their teachers and especially their PALS teachers believe that every child is unique and they endeavour to discover their talents and use them to enrich their lives and those of the people they encounter.
Each PALS teacher is a member of a pastoral team that is under the guidance of a Year Coordinator. Our Year Coordinators are true middle leaders who are highly trained to deliver the support that each child needs. The Year Coordinators are:
We also have stage pastoral coordinators who resource each year group with programs to ensure that your young people develop skills that enhance their wellbeing. The stage coordinators are:
And finally these teams and leaders are well supported by our highly experienced and competent Pastoral Coordinator Mr Eirth and our Assistant Principal, Mrs Pearce.
This team provides both a proactive pastoral program to upskill our young people along with ongoing support to help them develop skills by dealing with complex situations in all areas of wellbeing as they arise.
Pastoral support has many facets. Some of these are:
- Staff engage with students in conversations to help them develop an understanding of how their actions affect others.
- Behaviour is managed using Restorative Justice processes that focus on learning the right relationship and becoming accountable and responsible for your own behaviour. Consequences are in line with the actions. Through these processes students learn to become an effective member of the community.
- Students are taught skills to manage mental health concerns and maintain physical wellbeing.
- Students are supported to develop skills that will assist them in their learning and set goals in these areas.
- Many students have personal plans to provide individual support.
- Staff also offer students the opportunity to explore and express their spirituality.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact the school as support is always available.
NEW TEACHER LUNCHEON
This week we welcomed our new teachers who have joined St John's this year, including the following;
SHOALHAVEN VET STUDENT OF THE YEAR
Winners of the 2020 Shoalhaven Schools Excellence in Vocational Education and Training (VET) Awards were announced this week and we are pleased to announce students from our school achieved 'Student of the Year' in each of the VET courses delivered at St John's.
Madisson Powick was named Hospitality Student of the Year and William Pratt Construction Student of the Year!
This is an exceptional achievement. Congratulations Madisson and William!
Mrs Sandra Hogan
There has been a very important change in the way our Year 10 students and their parents have engaged with the key information provided to help them make an informed decision about future educational pathways: subject selection for the senior pattern of study. A huge thank you to Mrs Lisa Murphy and the KLA co-ordinators for all their time and efforts to ensure that our Year 10 students and their families can make informed decisions using the newly created web page which is full of helpful information.
There are many points to consider in making the decisions around subject selection. It is helpful to be having conversations at home as the students make their way through the process of finalising choices. In those conversations it is important to encourage your child to choose subjects that emphasise strengths and interests. By supporting your child in choosing subjects they are good at, interested in and can see themselves using in the future, you are helping to assist your child being a successful student, and hopefully doing well in the HSC. It is important for all students to give themselves as many future options as possible.
Today's Year 10 students will quite possibly have several careers over their working lives, including job descriptions that may not even exist yet. At this point, students will need to find out about the subjects on offer. Students have had the opportunity to listen to the Coordinators explaining the aspects of the courses and I encourage any students with further questions to talk further with the KLA Coordinator or the teacher of that course. Students should read about the subject in the booklets that have been distributed. Importantly, students should listen carefully when teachers talk about the subject in class time and ask questions in class. Remember you can always speak to Mrs Carla Hill, Careers Coordinator or Mrs Lisa Murphy, Curriculum Coordinator for further advice in relation to suitable pathways. It is an exciting time for students, but it can also be stressful. The most important thing is to get the accurate information and make an informed decision from there. I hope all goes well with this.
Mrs Leonie Pearce
PARENT TEACHER INTERVIEWS
Years 7-11 Parent Teacher Interview bookings are now open and will be held via Zoom Thursday 2 July 3.30pm - 8pm, and Friday 3 July, 8.30am - 3pm.
Parent Teacher Interview bookings are to be made online via the Compass Parent Portal app. Select the top left corner menu bar, select 'Conferences'.
Alternatively the Compass Parent Portal is accessible on the school website. www.sjedow.catholic.edu.au
Bookings close at 3pm, Wednesday 1 July and a list of teacher zoom links will be sent via email Monday 29 June.
If possible, we encourage your child to attend Parent Teacher Interviews.
Click here to access information to assist you in booking interviews.
Click here for information to assist in the use of Zoom for these interviews.
Every effort has been made to ensure all parents/carers Zoom with the teachers with whom they wish to discuss their child's learning. In the event that a teacher is fully booked, or has unsuitable times available, please email email@example.com to request the teacher to make contact with you early next term.
If you are experiencing difficulties with the Parent Portal, please contact our office on 4423 1666.
YEAR 10 INTO YEAR 11 2021 SUBJECT SELECTION
Students have had a number of subject specific talks and they are now starting to complete their green interview forms ready for individual discussions next week. After their interviews students will go online and enter their choices in order of preference. This is very important as the timetable is based on the choices this cohort makes. Students must also carefully select their reserves as not all subjects are guaranteed to run and some students may have their first choices on the same line.
The link is also available on our school webpage.
YEAR 10 HSC NATIONAL MINIMUM STANDARDS
Students need reading, writing and numeracy for everyday life after school.
This is why students in NSW are being supported to meet a minimum standard of literacy and numeracy to receive the HSC.
Students have many opportunities to meet these requirements, the first being in Week 10. They have recently had the opportunity to practice these tests, however if they do not achieve a level 3 or 4 they will have other chances to do so.
SUBJECT SELECTION YEAR 8 AND YEAR 9
Year 8 and Year 9 Subject selections will occur during Term 3.
Thurs 2 July: Parent/Teacher Interviews 3:30pm - 8pm
Fri 3 July: Pupil Free Day. Parent/Teacher Interviews 8:30am - 3pm
Fri 24 July: SJE Foundation Day Mass and Celebrations
Mon 3 Aug: Year 10 Immunisations
Week 5 Year 12 HSC Trial examinations
Week 2- Week 5
Tues 20 October - Wed 11 November: Year 12 HSC
Mon 2 Nov: Year 7 Immunisations (1st dose)
8-15 Nov: NAIDOC Week Celebrations
MESSAGE FROM THE FINANCE OFFICE -DIRECT DEBIT
ST JOHN’S UNIFORM DONATIONS
We understand many families may be experiencing financial challenges or have been affected by the recent bushfires and Covid-19 situations. Our school provides a uniform pool for those needing assistance. Our supplies of uniforms are currently low therefore we ask if you have any unwanted uniforms and able to donate to our school these would be greatly appreciated.
Second-hand uniforms may also be sold/purchased with details on our webpage or by clicking the following link.
UPDATE REGARDING ABSENCE DUE TO ILLNESS
Our most recent Covid-19 update was emailed to parents on 16 June in relation to the requirement for staff and students who have been absent from school with any flu-like symptoms to provide a medical clearance certificate prior to returning to school. This communication may be accessed by clicking here. We will continue to keep you informed of any further updates.
We continue to follow the advice provided by Health Authorities and the Catholic Education Diocese. Our cleaners have been on-site actively cleaning the premises and equipment throughout each day. We wish to acknowledge and thank our cleaners for the wonderful job they are doing in keeping our staff and students safe.
FOUNDATION DAY CELEBRATIONS
Following the postponement of our 30th year Foundation Day celebrations, we are pleased to announce this special event has been rescheduled for Friday 24 July (Term 3, Week 1).
Our initial plans for the event included a variety of community members and former St John's executives. Due to the current Covid pandemic our Foundation Day event will be limited to current St John's staff and students. We hope to hold a public event in the future to celebrate our 30th Anniversary.
A new date has been set for the 2020 NAIDOC Celebrations. We will advise a date for our NAIDOC Assembly to be held during the week of 8-15 November once confirmed.
VINNIES WINTER APPEAL
Click here or on the image below to view our students' plea to support our Vinnies 2020 Winter Appeal.
Research consistently shows that extensive reading increases vocabulary and broadens knowledge and understanding of various topics. Most middle and high school students would greatly benefit from reading more. As an educator I want to instil a love of reading in our students. Perhaps trying a new genre may encourage students to read for enjoyment.
We have a large collection of Graphic Novels in our library. The term ‘Graphic Novel’ describes any book in a comic format that resembles a novel in length and narrative development. The format is what makes the story a graphic novel, and usually includes text, images, word balloons, sound effects and panels. This format powerfully attracts and motivates children to read. This format provides young people of all abilities with diverse reading materials.
I encourage students to come and try something new!
Mrs Jenni Allchin
The roles include casual positions in a variety of departments (customer service, grocery and our fresh departments). Click here to view the job description and apply.
ARBORICULTURE TRAINEESHIP available with Shoalhaven City Council.
During the traineeship the successful candidate will complete a Certificate III Arboriculture over 36 months through a combination of formal training with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and practical on-the-job experience with the Host Employer Shoalhaven City Council.
Throughout the formal training and practical experience in the workplace, the candidate will have the opportunity to perform the following tasks:
- Routine planting
- Simple plant identification
- Tree trimming, pruning, hedging and raking
- Operating small plant equipment and hand tools
- EWP Operations
- Traffic control duties
- Various manual handling and routine labouring tasks
This role will be commencing immediately. Click here to apply.
CABINET MAKER APPRENTICESHIP
Culburra Kitchens & Bathrooms is looking for a new First Year Apprentice. The apprenticeship is a 4 year term in Cert. 3 Cabinet Making. Drivers licence is preferred & you will need a WHS white card. Please send resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact their office on 4447 2496.
CYBER SECURITY VIRTUAL TECH SUMMIT AND HACKATHON
Join the IBM - Charles Sturt University - ITIC - Virtual Technology Summit and Hackathon on 22 - 23 June 2020.
IBM, CSU and ITIC are pleased to present this event, to be held online over 2 days. The technical summit brings together a group of distinguished speakers from Industry, Government and Academia and will be a unique opportunity for those interested in Cyber Security. The Hackathon is a great way to network with peers and there are some great prizes on offer including $4,000 in prizes and gifts, cash and vouchers, certificate of achievement for top 3 performing teams. Click here to register.
HSC AND BEYOND CAREER EXPO FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS
Given the cancellation of the careers expos this year, we know that Years 10-12 students and parents are struggling to get the information they need to understand their options and make informed decisions about the admissions process, course choices and career paths. HSC & Beyond Careers Expo aim to fill this void.
WHAT'S ON OFFER?
- Exhibition Hall Visit with over 50 universities, TAFE and education providers representing NSW, VIC and QLD. Live chat, video chat, schedule a meeting or download course handbooks, videos and other resources at each booth. In addition to all tertiary exhibitors, major career paths are represented including Hospitality, Aviation, Culinary, Hotel Management, Sport and Creative Arts.
- Auditorium Over 120 live daily sessions about time-sensitive scholarship opportunities, early entry programs, campus life, UAC & NESA updates, subject-specific exam insights by senior teachers and markers (across all major subjects), inspirational speakers, career guidance and maintaining a positive mindset throughout the senior years of high school. Download the speaker program here.
- Resource Hub UAC, NESA and senior teachers and markers by subject are available for live chat. Parents and students can also download free guides and resources to help navigate course, career and admissions process information.
WHEN IS IT?
- HSC & Beyond will be open from June 17-21, 2020. Please note that this event was previously scheduled for June 24-28.
- Live chat and live sessions will be available Saturday and Sunday 10am-2pm.
HOW DO STUDENTS & PARENTS ATTEND?
YEAR 10 UOW - SUBJECT SELECTION WEBINAR
University of Wollongong will be running a Year 10 Subject Selection webinar on Monday 22 June, 6pm.
The Year 10 Subject Selection webinar is for students thinking about studying at university who would like to know more about UOW degrees and choosing subjects that provide a good foundation for each study area. Staff from the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will go through the ATAR, how it is calculated, and touch on scaling.
It will also cover:
- UOW Early Admission
- Opportunities for High Achievers
- UOW campuses
- Student Accommodation
- Pathways to University
- Costs of University
- Student Life
Staff from UOW will be on hand to answer all your questions throughout the webinar.
Students and parents can click here to register.
YEAR 12: SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY KENVAL COLLEGE
Students who are keen to take a step up towards their hospitality career, here is the opportunity to nominate for a scholarship if you have a real passion for Hospitality, Cookery or Events!
The High Flyer Program is designed to give selected students a real head start in their career and offers them a chance to learn from award-winning, industry-leading lecturers.
Selected students will experience two days of hands-on training and visit a prestigious hospitality establishment, winners of the program with outstanding performance will be awarded $3,000 towards their tuition fee & a trip to New Zealand for a week of work experience in a leading hospitality venue (all expenses paid for!), and become part of Kenvale College’s successful Alumni members.
Entries Close: Friday 5 July. Click here for details.
Mrs Carla Hill
Transition and Pathways Specialist
‘SMART’ GOAL SETTING IN PALS (PASTORAL AND LEARNING SUPPORT)
Year 11 will be revisiting a goal that they value as important for learning growth after having received their reports last week. In extended PALS and then over the next several weeks until the end of term, we will work with our PALS students to create SMART goals centred around learning reflections based on their reports.
The point for parents in this is, we know this will be effective if a deep conversation can occur between parents and their sons and daughters around a simple and purposeful goal.
As part of the year groups movement towards Year 12, the Jersey design has been voted and decided upon. Well done to the Jersey design committee who brainstormed some initial design ideas with Miss Davis and Mr Vaughan. All sizing has been determined and the aim is to place the order with the jersey production company as soon as possible. The jersey will have the students Christian name on the front and have their surname or appropriate derivative of their surname on the back. These names are being approved by the school executive and if there are any changes that need to be made in line with the school policy, the students will be notified as soon as possible. A letter detailing timing of payment and costs will be sent home soon. The cost of the jersey will be around $85.
Mr Simon Vaughan
Year 11 Coordinator
At the start of this term (when we all thought we were going to be spending a lot more time remote learning!) we decided to organise some Year 12 positive initiatives The aims for these initiatives was to:
- To maintain connections within the year group during remote learning.
- To create a supportive environment for peers during remote learning.
- To foster positive energy and practices.
- To provide an opportunity for leadership for our house group leaders.
And although we came back to school earlier than expected, the aims of the initiatives didn’t change, we still wanted to laugh and smile together and share experiences.
With gracious hearts and strong minds.
Mrs Wendy Isemonger
Year 12 Coordinator
For the second year since 2015 the TAS department has seen both courses run concurrently. This has been fantastic to see such a large range of projects, particularly in D&T where students are basing their Major works around products and services including creating a dance program for students, biodegradable packaging and clever furniture design.
Remote learning for Year 11 INT has seen opportunities to build learning resources such as CAD (Computer aided design) tutorials. This has seen an increase in quality and exploration of design which will benefit students in Year 12 with their folios.
Year 12 Agriculture students are currently working on their elective. There are three to choose from and students have selected to study in their area of interest. The electives focus on current issues facing Australian agriculture and include the study of information technology, genetic manipulation, changing climate, bio fuels and robotics.
Mr Phil Gould
Please be advised that the following NSWCCC and NSW All School sports events have been CANCELLED for Term 3, 2020
- 23 July NSW All Schools Cross Country
- 1 – 2 August NSW All Schools 15s touch football trials
- 18 August NSWCCC Netball Championships
- 19 August NSWCCC Rugby League Cup
- 1 – 2 September NSWCCC Football Knockout Semi Finals/Finals
- 7 September NSW Champions School Basketball Tournament
- 8 September NSW Schools Football Challenge Cup
- 17 September NSW All Schools Netball Challenge
- 18 September NSWCCC Athletics Championships
The following NSWCCC sports events have been CANCELLED for Term 4, 2020
- 26 – 27 October NSWCCC Junior Boys Basketball Championships
- 5 – 6 November NSWCCC Junior Girls Basketball Championships
At this stage planned Diocesan Gala Day events for Term 4 will still be going ahead.
Good luck to all students who are starting back with training and preparing for games in organised sports. Please continue to keep the school updated on sporting achievements outside of representative school sport.
GREAT AUSTRALIAN CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP
St John’s continue to participate in the virtual Cross Country race, where students, staff and parents can run or walk the event, and log their time via the website. Participants can register at https://gaccc.com.au/, using the code SJEC. This will take away any fee - you should not pay anything when registering. Students can find more information about the race on the representative sport google classroom page (code hap63vs). The race can be run/walked as many times until August 31, 2020. Participants will be able to earn house points by competing in this event.
Whilst a number of students and staff have already registered (and run), only a few have managed to log their achievements. Well done to the following students and staff who have already completed one or more attempts and uploaded their times online:
Mrs Kate Davis
Close off for orders is 8.30am daily, a 25c transaction fee applies.
We have also now received approval for volunteers to assist in the canteen. Volunteers have been identified as essential workers. Vicki has prepared a roster for the remainder of this term however we have several days where assistance is required. If you are able to assist in our canteen, please contact Vicki on 4423 1666 or e-mail email@example.com. Come alone or it would be lovely to bring a friend along to assist.
TERM 2 CANTEEN ROSTER
*URGENT* SEVERAL POSITIONS NEEDING TO BE FILLED*
Mr David Comensoli
Religious Education Coordinator
CANTEEN VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
The canteen is back up and running and we are always in need of extra helpers. If you have any extra hours to spare and are able to help please contact Vicki on 4423 1359 during Business Hours.
YEAR 10 IMMUNISATIONS - CALLING FOR VOLUNTEERS
The Immunisation date for Year 10, is set for Monday 3 August 2020 (Term 3, Week 3). Students will receive a single dose of Nimenrix (Meningococcal ACWY). If you are able to help out, please contact, Mrs Jacinta Davis (Parent Liaison Officer) on 0455 173 924 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mrs. Jacinta Davis