- PRINCIPAL'S REPORT
- ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL'S REPORT
- FROM THE CURRICULUM OFFICE
- UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER
- NEWS FROM THE FINANCE OFFICE
- YEAR 11 NEWS
- YEAR 12 NEWS
- NEWS FROM LEARNING SUPPORT & SPECIAL EDUCATION
- CAREERS NEWS
- ASSORTED NEWS
- RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
- NEWS FROM THE LIBRARY
- DEFENCE FAMILY NEWS
- CANTEEN NEWS
- P&F NEWS
- SHOALHAVEN COMMUNITY OF CATHOLIC SCHOOLS
- COMMUNITY NOTICES
We are all looking forward to the holiday break and whilst we look to our break it is important to celebrate our successes. This week we have celebrated the graduation of our Year 12 students, a wonderful group of young people. They will take with them their learnings from St John’s along in peaceful and just relationships along with their scholarship skills.
I have shared with you the Principal's graduation address:
YEAR 12 PRINCIPAL’S GRADUATION ADDRESS
Well Year 12, this year has certainly been unique
You came to your HSC year as a year group that was ready for the challenge.
You had your goals set and you were ready to peak in this, your HSC year.
And then the changes came, bringing with it whole new challenges. The arrival of COVID-19 moved the goalposts.
As a group of young people you have faced many challenges this year and your response to these have been admirable.
In reflecting on role models and those who have been there before, I call to mind a young woman, who once attended St John’s, for whom I have nothing but admiration.
She also has been inspirational in taking on such extreme challenges.
Turia uses quotes to inspire her and there is one that I often consider….
And recently Turia said:
I am not the person I thought I would be, I am better.
And it has been your quiet persistence that has brought you to this point.
You have taken on the challenges and with the support team: your parents, teachers and fellow students, like the river, you have cut through the challenges and continued your journey to this day.
I have been impressed at how quickly and with generous hearts you have taken every opportunity to engage with social justice.
As we have chatted about your future plans I have been overwhelmed at how many of you have gained early entry into universities or other post school options.
You have plans, and some of you are still waiting for that inspiration, but you have given it your best.
And now it’s time to shine.
Our Gospel reading today called you to ‘Let your light shine’.
Here in the Shoalhaven we are blessed with one of nature’s most beautiful spectacles.
When the water glows with tiny lights in the darkness.
It is spectacular to see.
However, it's the science behind the glow that truly tells its story.
Is there anything more beautiful than living light?
Light that is released by living things is called phosphorescence.
What really glows are millions of tiny algae in the water. Each small algae glows with its own light and the collective glow is created by each piece of algae glowing brightly.
I learned recently that apparently all living things glow, even humans.
We have all encountered people who radiate goodness and inhabit a kind of joy.
People who brim with life, peace and light.
The vibrant and... slightly frightened Year 7 students who came to us in 2015 are now graduates of St John’s.
They know how to be People of Peace inspired by a great sense of hope and belief that they can make a difference.
Hold onto your dreams and create new ones.
Be thankful for the gifts God gave each of you and use them every day.
We have challenged you to let your light shine and this you have done.
As you leave St John’s ensure it always glows brightly so that the seeds of peacemakers continue to flourish.
Be measured not by what you do for a job but who you are: shining lights and people of peace.
I would like to acknowledge our wonderful young people. They never cease to surprise us with their ingenuity. They take on the challenges and they support each other. I would also like to thank our parents for their ongoing support. Your support enables us to ensure that all our young people are encouraged and supported to reach their full potential.
Following our Year 12 graduation on Wednesday, we have received many notes of gratitude. It is nice to hear so much positive feedback and we thank those who have taken the time to write to us.
Have a restful and fun couple of weeks holiday.
Mrs Sandra Hogan
As I have mentioned in past newsletters, Term 4 marks the change to summer uniform. We receive many comments on the outstanding manner in which the students from St John’s present in the Shoalhaven community. This is the result of the school working with the students to understand the importance of personal presentation and the family support for excellence in this area. It is essential that every student takes pride in the wearing of the school uniform and wears it according to the guidelines indicated in the School Diary. All students should be in their correct summer uniform from the first day of Term 4.
A reminder that:
- Girls may wear their long pants as a part of the summer uniform.
- The girls’ skirts must reach the knee. Please check your skirt lengths during the holidays to ensure that they are at knee length as there were many girls wearing short skirts in the last week of term, resulting in a playground withdrawal.
- All boys and girls are to wear the school socks with the summer and sports uniform, although girls have the option of socks or tights with the summer uniform.
- Boys wear a short sleeved shirt which is to be worn untucked. They have the option of pants or school shorts and socks.
- School shoes are appropriate black leather lace-up polishable sturdy shoes.
- Hairstyles must be moderate and of a suitable length and natural colour as prescribed in diary. No facial hair. Hair should be tied back once at shoulder length.
- Only appropriate jewellery as prescribed in the school diary.
- Excessive make up: the current fashion of heavily shaping and colouring eyebrows is not to be worn at school.
We thank parents for their ongoing support in ensuring these guidelines are continually being met.
THANK YOU TO OUR YEAR 12 PARENTS AND FAMILIES
A big thank you to all Year 12 parents and carers for their support over the past 6 years. This was especially valued in the understanding and enthusiasm shown regarding the live - streamed Graduation Assembly. We were able to have a photograph taken of every student as they received their report as well as students receiving special awards. There will be quite a process to organise and identify these photos and then to send them to each family. We aim to have photos out to parents and carers by the end of Week 2 (remembering our office staff will also be having a much deserved break). I hope the lead up to the HSC is calm, positive and productive in all households.
Have a great holiday!
Mrs Leonie Pearce
EXPRESSION OF INTEREST – 2020 HSC EXAM SUPERVISORS
St John’s are taking expressions of interest for supervisors for the 2020 HSC Examination. The examination period is from Tuesday 20 October to Friday 6 November 2020.
Supervisors will assist the School’s HSC Presiding Officer, Mr Neil Parker, during the HSC exams. They will be supervising students.
Supervisors receive a roster from their presiding officer. The number and length of shifts varies depending on the number of exams held.
- be over 18 years of age
- have a valid Working With Children Check clearance for employment ($80 for five years)
- work as part of a team
- have attention to detail
- be able to carry out duties confidentially and discreetly
- be able to stand for long periods of time. Supervisors must not have a friend or close relative sitting the HSC at the same school or be an employee of or have recently been employed by the school.
The current rate of pay for supervisors is $23.82 per hour. If you are interested in being a supervisor, please contact the school on 4423 1666 or email email@example.com.
Mon 12 October : Term 4 Commences
Wed 14 October : 2021 Captains & SRC Commissioning Liturgy 9:15am
Week 2- Week 5
Tues 20 October - Wed 11 November: Year 12 HSC
Mon 26 October: P & F Zoom Meeting 6pm
Mon 2 November: Year 7 Immunisations (1st dose)
Fri 6 November: NAIDOC Assembly (livestream)
Thurs 12 November: Year 12 Graduation Dinner
8-15 November: NAIDOC Week Celebrations
30 November- 4 December: Year 10 Work Experience
Fri 18 December: HSC Students' Morning Tea
Students took part in a Reflection Day involving the Leadership program for all Year 11 students on Thursday 13 August 2020.
The concept behind this day was to further develop leadership qualities in all students. It is a program designed to encourage students to become more confident and decisive, as well as fostering an awareness regarding the importance of community and how to support each other. Students will also consider their role as senior school leaders over the next twelve months. This is an important program and a compulsory school day which all students in Year 11 are expected to attend.
The day was a careful look at what it means to be a leader, to think about the qualities of a leader and gave students the opportunity to discover their own leadership qualities which all students have and what special characteristics they could bring personally to the school community. The challenge put to students, as with any year group day, was that they interacted with someone who was out of their friendship group, get out their comfort zone and have some fun. At the end of this day leaders were given the opportunity to vote for their leaders for 2021.
LEADERSHIP FORMATION DAY
Recently the newly elected leaders took part in a formation day to:
- To build a stronger connection within the leadership team
- To develop role descriptions for the new leadership roles
- To finalise the leadership roles for 2021
Leaders are using the model of the dispositions of the school to be part of teams that will shape specific directions for activities and common purpose within the school. The areas that will be specifically developed are being led by prefects from the leadership body in the following areas:
- Academic Prefects (Inquires)
- Sporting Prefects (Ownership)
- Technology/STEM Prefects (Challenge)
- CAPA Prefects (Imaginative)
- Cultural awareness Prefects (Not only Social Justice - and maintaining that Social Justice is the responsibility of all Houses) (Connects)
- Stewardship Captain (Reflective)
All of this relates specifically to support of the school and wider community. Students broke into groups and looked at:
- Identifying the main aim of the role
- Identifying ways these leaders could specifically be engaged in the community to fulfil that role: “If these captains were to be active, what would they be doing?
- Identify the measure of success after 1 year in the role: “If these captains were to be successful, how would the school be improved?”
We are all very excited looking to the future of our leaders in 2021.
Students have been taking part in a knockout handball competition throughout the latter part of term 3 and this will continue into term 4 as a way of combining social interaction with some fitness and fun. Students have taken part in Boys and girls competitions in singles, doubles and mixed doubles. Handball does seem to be a healthy obsession with this year group!
'Full hearts, through service, love and courage'
Mr Simon Vaughan
Year 11 Coordinator
YEAR 12 GRADUATION - SPECIAL AWARD WINNERS
YEAR 12 GRADUATION
YEAR 12 GRADUATION - GUARD OF HONOUR
YEAR 12 GRADUATION - STAFF SONG
Thank you to teacher Ms Abbey Baker for coordinating a very special farewell tribute song for the class of 2020. Thanks also to all staff for 'putting yourself out there' for Year 12!
YEAR 7 MACKILLOP GIRLS GIFT TO YEAR 12 STUDENTS
YEAR 12 VISUAL ARTS
Our Year 12 Visual Arts students have excelled with their HSC Body of Works projects. Students and staff really enjoyed viewing the variety of artwork during the recent lunchtime exhibition.
YEAR 12 CONSTRUCTION
'Strong minds. Gracious Hearts.'
Mrs Wendy Isemonger
Year 12 Coordinator
Stephen Morgan from The University of Sydney ran a session with the Maths Club on Monday 14 September called “Meet a Mathematician”.
Karlie Payne is a SJE graduate whose career journey has seen her become a Physiotherapist and now currently working as an emergency doctor at Wollongong Hospital. Karlie gave an informative and engaging presentation during lunchtime on Thursday 17 September.
Robert Foster, a lawyer working for RMB gave a presentation to the Year 11 Legal Studies class on Tuesday 22 September. He gave information about the various fields of Law and shared his career journey with the students before answering questions.
I would like to thank these presenters for giving such informative presentations and the time it takes to do such. Students should listen out in the notices for planned future guest speakers including a Physiotherapist, Scientist, video games and films.
YEAR 10 WORK EXPERIENCE
All Year 10 students will be undertaking work experience in Term 4 Week 8 (30 November - 4 December). It is the student’s responsibility to organise their own work experience placement, the skills they learn from this activity are very similar to looking for real employment. In the current climate it is important to start early as many businesses are doing it tough and unable to take work experience students this year. PALS teachers and Mrs Hill are available to assist with the process.
YEAR 11 FUTURE FINDERS WORKSHOP
All Year 11 students undertook the Future Finders Workshop run by the In2Uni mentors from University of Wollongong on Wednesday 16 September. The presentation was delivered virtually and I want to thank the students and presenters for their patience with the technology.
Year 11 Future Finder workshops aim to reinforce the awareness of post-high school options with students and inform them of practical ways to achieve them. Delivered by In2Uni Mentors, students are exposed to information about goal setting, have the opportunity to work in smaller groups. The sessions are casual and conversational in nature, and designed to provide students with knowledge and practical tips catering to their future plans.
The content covered included:
- Future Post-School Options & Goal Setting
- 21st Century Employability Skills & Future Job Trends
- Small group focus on planning and understanding university, vocational and employment options
- Yarning circle discussions on finding your passion & harnessing your interests
- Exploration of future UOW Year 12 opportunities ahead during the HSC
The Career Expo is back from 28-30 September. This is a free virtual event for students and parents across Years 10, 11, and 12. It will be packed with information to help students consider the right steps from school toward their future pathways. There will be access to over 40 universities and higher education providers on the exhibitor floor, live speakers, resources, prizes to win, and more, this will be an event you don’t want to miss.
- Free one-on-one sessions with a Careers Advisor
- New tools to help you navigate the process and make decisions
- Improved Live Chat functionality with experts from all major universities, TAFE, and educational providers across NSW, VIC, and QLD
GAME/FILM INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE DAY
at Academy of Interactive Entertainment Wednesday 30 September
Learn about the local and international game development, 3D animation and VFX industries from experts. Free practical workshops in 3D Art, Animation, Programming and Game Design for Year 12 students. 10am-3pm, 33 Mountain St, Ultimo, NSW, 2007. Rego required. Click here to register.
INTERIOR DECORATION WORKSHOP
at Sydney Design School 7 & 8 October
Love interiors? Indulge your passion with the two day Interior Decoration Workshop at Sydney Design School. On this perfect taster course for beginners you will create a plan for your living space. Be inspired by practising Interior Designers over two fun-filled days at their creative studios. Limited spaces available 7 & 8 October 2020. Click here to book.
YEAR 12 - FUEL YOUR FUTURE PRESENTATION
Year 12 students had a presentation on how to support themselves post school. The presentation covered Centrelink payments available and how to apply, HECS and FEE HELP loans to pay for future studies, Scholarships and part time employment. This presentation is available for the Year 12 students to review from the Career Google Classroom.
FREE PRE-APPRENTICESHIP AUTOMOTIVE COURSE NOWRA TAFE
Certificate I Automotive Vocational Preparation is a Fee Free course for people who may be interested in an apprenticeship, students will gain practical experience in automotive retail, service and repair, and explore what a job in this fast-paced industry might be like. The course starts 3 November – Tuesdays, Wednesday & Thursdays 9:00am to 3:30 pm for 6 weeks.
Mechanical (Fitter) Apprenticeships with Shoalhaven City Council.
Two positions available to commence in January 2021. This is an amazing opportunity and perfect for a school leaver.
Please note: candidates must be eligible for their P1 licence within one year of the start date.
Applications close 2 October 2020.
Business Administration Traineeship
Shoalhaven Uniforms has a full time traineeship available for a suitable Year 12 school leaver.
Located in Huskisson, Monday- Thursday 8:30am - 4pm, Fri 8:30am - 12pm.
A great opportunity offered to local students.
Call Dani on 4441 5002, to discuss and apply.
Mrs Carla Hill
Transition and Pathways Specialist
For the past 8 years, students and teachers from St John’s have given up their September/October holiday break to travel to Timor Leste, one of the poorest nations in the world. The group visits the same communities each year, immersing themselves in the communities and forged wonderful, ongoing relationships. St John’s has been able to offer support to these communities through donations of educational supplies, assistance with school fees, musical instruments, support and participation in a food and medical program and other resources which many Timorese can simply not afford.
Sadly, due to COVID19, this trip will not be proceeding. This is very disappointing for the group that was to travel next week, but more importantly, it means that none of the usual donations will be made.
To alleviate this in some way, and on the initiative of students, a fundraiser has been organised. Each Thursday, students and staff will be walking laps of the oval at lunchtime. The aim is to provide the opportunity to have a conversation about Timor Leste and the differences in the situation in our two countries. For example, the government of Timor Leste were able to provide some financial assistance to the people during the COVID crisis. Each family (not each person) received a total of $300 in aid this year.
In Timor, many people walk to their destinations as other transport options may not be available or affordable. Walking provides the opportunity for groups of people to
have a great chat while on their journey. The following distance targets have been suggested, however any level of participation is fabulous;
8 km - the distance from Dili Airport to the Dominican Orphanage
25 km - the distance from Dili to Railaco, where the food and medical program is located.
Thankfully, Timor Leste is currently Covid free, however, relatively poor services and infrastructure mean that an outbreak remains a dangerous possibility.
The fundraiser will continue through until next term. Donations can be made at the student foyer each Monday and Thursday Lunch 1, or directly to the office. Donations will be evenly distributed between the Dominican Orphanage in Dili and the food and medical program in Railaco.
So why not get a small group together and go for a walk? It is a great opportunity to spend some time with family and friends, take some time to think about people in a difficult situation and (PLEASE!) make a contribution to our friends in Timor Leste.
For any further information, please contact Mr David Muller, Immersion Coordinator
LIBRARY FOYER DISPLAY
Our school library foyer is always changing, displaying an array of quality student work. The current display of Year 7 & Year 8 Artwork is wonderful!
Mrs Jenni Allchin
Mrs Natalie Hayes
Defence School Mentor
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Come alone or it would be lovely to bring a friend along to assist.
TERM 4 CANTEEN ROSTER
*URGENT* SEVERAL POSITIONS NEEDING TO BE FILLED*
Well it’s hard to believe that another school term has passed us by so quickly. Wishing you all a safe and happy break, enjoy the time away and we will see you all in Term 4.
P&F MEETING - MONDAY 26 OCTOBER 5PM
We will be holding our first whole of school P&F meeting via ZOOM on Monday 26 October at 6:00pm. We are hoping to have a successful trial with as many people as is possible for the first virtual meeting, a link with all the details will be sent out via compass closer to the date.
Mrs. Jacinta Davis
SHOALHAVEN SUMMER SOCCER
Registrations are now open. For information please go to www.shoalhavenfootball.com.au . Visit the facebook page Shoalhaven Summer Soccer for updated details
Make your move, Shoalhaven!
We get it. There is loads to do in your spare time and organised sport mightn’t be your thing or as fun as Fortnite, Netflix or Tik Tok.
That’s why we are trying something new in the Shoalhaven. Something that’s a bit more you. Something that focuses on fitness rather than competition.
Shoalhaven is geared up to get teens aged 12-18 active by offering a great selection of active programs that aren’t just your traditional sports. These activities are also affordable with the use of the two $100 Active Kids vouchers that are available to school-aged kids each year.
- Mountain Biking
- Surf Life Saving
- Weight and Resistance Training
Click here to check which activity you’d choose to make your 2020 more active.