School Newsletter

Here is a repeat of the information from our last Newsletter, effective from the from the 8th November

Parents and carers onsite to support school operations

The NSW Government, supported by Catholic Schools NSW have announced that fully vaccinated parents and visitors are permitted onsite to support curriculum delivery, wellbeing programs and school operations. These include programs such as reading support, canteens, uniform shops and gardening.

As schools are not yet in a position to welcome visitors back en masse, please ring the school for an appointment should you wish to visit the school for other reasons. I rely on your understanding that appointment numbers and times are limited and are at the discretion of the school.

Please remember to bring your proof of vaccination when you come to school. You’ll be asked to show this proof at the front desk as you sign in to the school system and to Services NSW. Please remember these rules are required by the NSW Government. Your respect and patience towards our front office staff is appreciated. 

OTHER COVID INFORMATION

Assemblies and presentations
Fully vaccinated visitors, including parents and carers are only allowed to attend if completing a specific role, such as presenting and at the invitation of the school.

All visitors must check-in using the school check-in and show proof of vaccination.

Community use
Community use will be allowed outside of school hours, per general community settings and with a COVID-19 Safety Plan, including any specific plans required under Public Health Orders. This includes P&F meetings.

Excursions and incursions
Some excursions will be allowed outdoors and indoors if the class cohort has sole use of the venue. Transportation to and from venues must maintain class cohorts.
Incursions will be allowed indoors or outdoors in cohorts. 
Overnight camps or retreats are not permitted.

Transitions and orientations
Transitions and orientations will be allowed with restrictions. This information will be provided to parents of Year 6 students. 

Mask Wearing, Hygiene practices and social distancing

All staff, students and visitors are to wear masks when indoors. (except where exemptions apply). Everyone is expected to bring their own mask to the College.

All staff, students and visitors are to adhere to good hygiene and health practices, which includes regular washing and use of hand sanitiser, coughing and sneezing etiquette, and wiping surfaces regularly.

Sport

Sport has resumed this week, under COVID safety regulations, to align with community settings.

Schools can make use of school facilities or local outdoor facilities (e.g. parks, ovals) but must minimise contact with those outside of the school cohort.

Transport arrangements will minimise mixing between cohorts. Masks are required on buses for staff and students in Year 7 and above (unless exemptions apply)

Kate Thomson

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It is with great excitement that we inform our school community that Year 10 student Janet Irwin has been announced as a finalist in the ABC Heywire competition. 

The annual Heywire competition is open to people aged 15-22, living in regional or rural Australia. Heywire encourages young people to tell stories about their life outside the major cities in text, photo, video or audio format. Over the past 23 years, more than 11,500 young Australians have taken part.

Janet worked closely with her English teacher Mrs Rouse to write her story which focuses on how art, and in particular,  painting, has helped her deal with the challenges around her disability. Mrs Bindon and Janet produced an accompanying video for the entry.

ABC journalist, Peter Gunders, informed Janet a few weeks ago that she was a finalist and since then Janet has been involved in facetime interviews and also a recording at the ABC Coffs Harbour radio studio.

Winners will be announced in mid-December. We wish Janet the best of luck in this competition and we are extremely proud of her and the way she has represented our school community.

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Over the past couple of weeks, the student leadership team has gained many new members from the current Year 9 and 10 groups. These students; Eva Patricks, Sienna Clifton, Finla’e Cassidy-Thomason, Theo Lobsey from Year 9 and Jorja White, Stella Van Leest, Jude Kreis, Levi Veryken from Year 10 will become the future Year 10 and 11 student leaders for 2022. We would like to congratulate and warmly welcome our new team members. 

In the previous week, Mr Butcher has started an initiative to promote fitness amongst students. This involves a weekly fitness challenge held each Thursday during lunchtime. Previously the ‘Sally up, Sally down’ pushup challenge was held and this time everyone is invited to participate in a plank challenge.

Briefly mentioned in the last newsletter, the student leadership team’s long term goal for the near future is to plant a single tree for each year group which will be placed around the school. The specific species of tree have not been decided but suitable candidates may be the Tulipwood, Lacebark, Yellow Ash, Eumundi trees which are native to Australia.  

Also, our last fundraiser, Socktober was held on the 29th of October and we managed to raise $323.75 which will go to Catholic Mission to support vulnerable and disadvantaged children in Thailand.

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Laura Hoade (Year 9) 

Laura has consistently been a high achiever at McAuley Catholic College.  She is an incredibly conscientious learner who excels in all of her studies. Laura involves herself in extracurricular activities and is involved in music, both at the College and within the Grafton community. Laura is a musician in the flute ensemble at the Clarence Valley Conservatorium, as well as a member of the junior ensemble at McAuley Catholic College. Laura is also a 2021 Junior Jacaranda Queen Candidate. With her hard work, effort and consistent high achievements, Laura continues to be a leader amongst her year group.

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Timothy Van Der Vlist (Year 8)

Timothy is a Year 8 student here at McAuley Catholic College. Tim has achieved consistently across a range of subjects including Mathematics, History, Food Technology, Music and French. He particularly enjoys Science, Maths and French. Tim balances his school studies with walking the dog and archery. He also enjoys reading, playing soccer, martial arts, doing geometric drawings and athletics. Timothy has many talents and works diligently at all times.

eSafety Parent Guide to Digital Technologies and Mental Health

The Council of Catholic School Parents NSW/ACT invites you to a free one-hour webinar designed for parents and carers of young people aged 10–18.

Details:

Monday 22 November 2021, 7.30-8.30pm

It will cover:

  • what do to about accidental exposure to content about suicide, self-harm or eating disorders
  • using games, apps and social media to support mental wellbeing
  • the pros and cons of digital mental health platforms
  • strategies for young people to support friends online.

Register here.

Questions should be directed to clare.dunstan@ccsp.catholic.edu.au

Resources: 

CCSP – Guide to digital tech and mental health – A3 Poster

CCSP – Guide to digital tech and mental health – A5 Flyer

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Sextortion & Teens: What You Need To Know

"If you don’t send me a nude in 60 seconds I will send this image to some of your friends and say it is you"

This is the exact message a 16-year-old student received in her Instagram DM’s recently.

When she ignored the message, the perpetrator sent a cropped image of a naked young woman laying on a bed to some of her Instagram followers.

There was nothing she could do to stop it.

This is just one of many examples of sextortion we are hearing from students younger and younger. Sextortion is on the rise and we need to be able to talk about it.

So…what exactly is sextortion?

Sextortion is the practice of extorting money or sexual favours from someone by threatening to reveal evidence of their sexual activity.  This is commonly played out when teens are sexting with peers (as a means to build trust) but once nudes or photos are shared they are then threatened with money - or their photos will be revealed to their friends, family, or Instagram/Snapchat followers.

In my business, Safe On Social, I have worked directly with students  (like the 16-year-old girl mentioned above) who have experienced this. It’s an extremely traumatic, fearful, embarrassing, and stressful situation for the child at hand. Encouraging them to speak up is the most important thing we can do. They need to understand that if they are being threatened in any way we, the adults in their lives are here to hear them and help them.

Here are 3 top things you should be discussing with your teenage child or student today:

  1. Never accept DM requests through Instagram, assure them it will never be a friend (if it is, they will contact through other means). There may be a sinister side, and accepting a DM request is not safe.
  2. Let them know that they can always speak to you without judgment, that you will help them if they make a mistake online, and something goes wrong. They need to know that they should never be afraid to speak up.
  3. Know what to do when things go wrong.  Make sure they know not to pay or respond to the demands at all. They should not engage at all. Teach them that they should take screenshots if something happens to have evidence if the authorities need to be notified. Report to local Police or Crimestoppers at 1800333000

      HSC

      Our Year 12 students are continuing their HSC Examinations. Please keep all of these students in your prayers and thoughts as they complete their remaining exams over the next fortnight.   

      Assessments and Reporting Periods:

      Term 4 historically moves very quickly, and this year has been no different. We have flown past the halfway mark and the assessment window is upon us. Students are encouraged to continue to revise their work and do their best with all learning experiences and assessments as we move towards the end of the school year. Students must work collaboratively with teachers to meet deadlines, implement feedback and improve the quality of responses. 

      For staff, these final weeks of the academic year mean extra marking and analysing collected data to complete each child’s report. Much thought, time and energy goes into this process ensuring the feedback and comments reflect each student’s ability to meet subject outcomes and school focus areas of Responsibility, Safety, Respect and Effort. I thank the teachers for their commitment to this process.

      Many of our Year 11 students are also completing their first HSC assessments over the next few weeks. It is essential that our year 11 students re-familiarise themselves with our school assessment policies about absenteeism either the day before or the day of an assessment. 

      School Improvement:

      Learning and Teaching Goal 

      In 2022 we will focus on learning for continual growth so that each student can continue to improve their academic outcomes. 

      • We will be focusing on growth in all areas but zooming in on writing
      • We aim to ensure students know what they are learning about and what success looks like for each lesson
      • We will help students understand assessments and how to improve
      • Our students will be expected to take responsibility for their learning and individually set goals 

      This week at assembly, we spoke to the students about the above points and asked them via a survey to give us some feedback on ways we can best help them engage in their learning. The student feedback will guide our understanding of what our students experience and support planning for 2022. 

      Professional Learning

      Our staff meeting last week focused on Cultural Competency. The aim of the session was to ensure all staff developed knowledge and understanding of the Traditional Land and the History of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, as well as to ensure our school upholds inclusive and collaborative practices to meet the diverse needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. 

      The activities enhanced the teacher’s knowledge of the correct terminology, protocols around excursions and advice for planning cultural lessons, and relevant guest speakers. We also spent some time unpacking the 8 ways of learning pedagogy and how these may be embedded in teaching programs.

      It was a wonderful opportunity to support McAuley staff to ensure the best possible outcomes for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. 

      A special thanks to the presenters, the McAuley Indigenous Education Workers Taylor Jarrett and Wil Bancroft as well as Aunty Doreen Flanders from the Catholic Schools Office.

      Di McGowan
      Assistant Principal, Learning & Teaching

        Year 11 QLD Uni Tour

        Unfortunately, the Queensland University Tour has been cancelled this year due to the COVID-19. We hope to resume this very beneficial excursion in 2022.
        Year 10 Work Experience
        Unfortunately the annual Year 10 Work Experience has been cancelled for the cohort this year. Some individuals are still doing the week of experience in an attempt to gain apprenticeships/traineeships in their chosen field. We wish them all the best in their endeavours.

        Careers in Animation and VFX

        Tuesday, 23rd November, 10 am – 11 am

        This session is delivered by TAFE NSW and employers from the Animation & VFX industry. Learn about a career in post-production, digital and the VFX industry, a sector experiencing significant growth and opportunities across the North Coast

        Register Launch Your Career in Animation and VFX - Launch your Career (eventsair.com)

        Information Sessions for Students and Parents

        Girls on Fire (Part One)

        Monday, 22nd November 9:30 am – 10:30 am

        • Overview of emergencies & how they are managed.
        • Who are our emergency services and what roles are available.
        • Fundamentals of community safety.
        • Introduction to resilience

        Register Girls on Fire (Part 1) - Mon 22nd Nov @ 9.30am - 10.30am

        Girls on Fire (Part Two)

        Thursday, 25th November 9:30 am – 10:30 am

        • Meet the firefighters in our Emergency Services.
        • What’s it’s like to be a firefighter & what is involved?
        • Pathways to employment & building blocks to success.
        • The need for inclusive, multi-skilled teams that connect with our communities.
        • Community impact of emergencies & disasters.
        • Building resilience

        Register Girls on Fire (Part 2) - Thurs 25th Nov @ 9.30am - 10.30am

        Rod Paton
        Careers Adviser

        Goodness is the theme of this week's edition of The Soul. We have included here extracts on Goodness that might interest you. 

        GOODNESS

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        “Truth helps us discern what is good” and “Goodness manifests as the flourishing of myself and others through love.” Bishop Greg reminds us that “I become good through correctly choosing good things,” while twentieth-century Catholic philosopher, Dr Jospeh Pieper, describes beauty as “the glow of the true and the good that flows out of every ordered state of being”.

        Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven". St Therese of Lisieux understood that to be like a child is to recognise in one’s humility a way forward towards goodness. For her, humility reveals that we are good because God made us that way.  She reminds us that Jesus is there to help us to overcome our weaknesses so that we can bring love to situations and people we find difficult. In this, Therese lived a life around becoming small; "Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, thereby a small kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love."

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        PRAYER

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        HEALTH & WELLBEING

        Burned out, overworked or depressed? Pope Francis is praying for you - Pope Francis has asked the world to join him in praying for people with depression for the month of November, drawing a connection between depression, overwork and burnout. “Overwork and work-related stress cause many people to experience extreme exhaustion,” the Pope writes. “Sadness, apathy, and spiritual tiredness end up dominating people’s lives, who are overloaded due to the rhythm of life today.” 

        Watch a video of the Pope’s address here:

        WORLD YOUTH DAY - 21 NOVEMBER 2021

        Pope Francis invites young people to stand up (arise), to endeavour to live the call of the Lord, and to spread the Good News. Inspired by the original translation of St. Luke’s Gospel which gives the meaning of 'to rise up,' 'to awaken to life’ to what the Virgin Mary did after pronouncing her 'Here I am'.

        The song, Jesús me dijo: Levanta-te!, ¡Levántate!, was written after a Lectio Divina experience, by Brother Ricardo Grzona, to offer an international experience to unite all young people to praise the Lord.

        PRAYING WITH MUSIC

        Happy Birthday to the following Students:
        Bailey Chivers-Smith, Molly Imeson, Maddison McKee, Tayla Willis, Ashlee Zimmerman, Eli Honeyman, Tahj Lisowski, Gus Lobsey, Kasey Broderick, Amelia Adamson, Zoe Bailey, Grace Fels, Alex Grant, Willow Johnson, Braith Martin, Eve Van Leest, Tylar Donohoe, Ryan Gorton, Rachel Lister, Aila Giggins, Azari Higgins, Toby Snowling, Lily Nash, Bennett Stainlay, Noah Young.
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        Dear Parents & Carers

        There were a number of celebrations and acknowledgements this week at McAuley! 

        Congratulations to Anna Gillies on winning The University of Newcastle Business Plan Competition 2021! In our week 3 Newsletter, we announced Anna was a finalist in this competition with her Business Plan - “Lines and Designs” and her product concept -The Flippa Line On Friday, Anna presented her business plan and product design to a panel of judges selected by the University of Newcastle and the 3 other finalists, via Zoom. Following the presentations and feedback to each of the finalists, it was so exciting to hear Anna announced as the winner! Anna receives a scholarship to the University of Newcastle and a generous monetary prize. The school also receives a prize for supporting Anna. We are so very proud of Anna and her achievement. She has been supported through this adventure by her family, friends and her teacher Mrs McLennan. Well done Anna! 

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        Student Leadership - Year 10 & 11 leaders for 2022

        Our student leadership team for 2022 has been finalised with our current Year 9 & 10 students voting for their representatives last week. Thank you to the numerous students who were nominated for these positions, and who presented a speech to their year group. It is encouraging for the community to know so many students are prepared to put themselves forward as a leader and represent their school and give their peers a voice. Congratulations to our Year 11 Leaders for 2022 - Jorja White, Stella Van Leest, Jude Kreis, Levi Veryken; and our Year 10 leaders for 2022 - Eva Patricks, Sienna Clifton, Finla’e Cassidy-Thomason, Theo Lobsey. A Badge Presentation will take place at the end of the year.

        Farewell to David Ogg

        On Friday Mr Ogg announced that he is stepping away from teaching after 52 years! David has been a casual teacher at MCC for the last few years and has contributed to the College in so many ways. He has made connections with the students and staff and the wider community through his teaching; art skills, workshops and artworks; and his spirituality and deep faith. He is a gifted storyteller and produced a series of videos for us last year which featured regularly in our newsletters. We wish David all the best in his future endeavours. 

        Janet Irwin - Heywire Finalist

        Congratulations to Janet Irwin who is a finalist in the ABC Heywire Competition. The Heywire storytelling competition is open to high school-aged students in regional, rural and remote Australia. Please read about Janet’s achievement in this newsletter.

        Congratulations to the Clarence River Historical Society - 90th Anniversary

        Congratulations to the CRHS on the achievement of reaching their 90th year as a Society. Mr Mark Bellamy represented the College at the 90th-anniversary celebration on Thursday. Mark accepted a gift from the CRHS on behalf of Jacqueline Samms, our first placed Year 12 Modern History student. We thank the CRHS for their generosity and support and wish them all the best for the next 90 years!

        COVID & Mask Wearing

        A quick reminder that mask-wearing indoors is required by all students, staff and visitors when indoors and that everyone is expected to supply their own mask. Our mask supplies are now very low and we will soon be unable to supply masks freely. It has been noted by the Office staff that some students collect a mask up to 3 times a day from the office. We are discussing options for when our mask supply has been depleted. These may include contacting parents and carers and requesting they bring in a mask for their child or charging students for masks. I will keep you updated on this matter and in the meantime request that all students attend school with a mask and a spare.

        Year 12

        We continue to keep our Year 12 students in our thoughts and prayers as they complete their final HSC exams over the next fortnight. Plans are being finalised for their Graduation and Formal and we are looking forward to acknowledging and celebrating their many achievements in early December.

        All the best for the fortnight ahead.

        Yours sincerely

        Kate

        Kate Thomson

        Principal

        “We should be shining lamps, giving light to all around us.” Catherine McAuley

        Year 12 Student Leaders for 2021-22

        “Our life spreads light when it is given in service. The secret of joy is living to serve.”
        Pope Francis
        Congratulations to 
        Matilda, Taylor, Layla, Jonathan, Jack, Ewan, Grace, Sam, Prea, Andrew, Beth, Oscar and Molly.
        Thank you
        Ryan, Jacqui, Hanna, Corey, April, Hollie, Koran, Georgia, Tom, Charleze, Tom and Alana (and to Ryley & Liam & Isaac)
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        Levi Vereyken (Year 10) 

        Levi has excelled within all of his subjects this year including Mathematics, English, Science, Religious Education and PDHPE. He received a Highly Commended in the Ipswich Poetry Feast competition.  Levi is very interested in studying medicine at University in the future and has hopes to become a successful doctor one day. In January of 2022, Levi is looking forward to participating in a medical course based in the Mater Hospital Brisbane, offered to students in Years 10, 11 and 12, who have a strong interest in a career in medicine. 

         Quote from Levi 

        “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep it balanced, you must keep moving forward.” -Albert Einstein

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        Dean Chapman (Year 10) 

        Dean is an excellent student achieving fine results in his subjects in 2021. Dean has participated in several extracurricular activities on a national and international level. He has represented Australia as a national delegate in the International Broadcom MASTERS Science program and was selected as one of 26 students in Australia to participate in the BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards camp in 2020. He also participated in the Clarence Valley's Long Way Home short story writing competition and was selected to participate in the UNSW Civil and Environmental Engineering work experience program.  

        Dean wishes to pursue a career in science and engineering in the future. An inspiring quote from Dean is, Believe in yourself, trust yourself. Surround yourself with good people and good things will happen. Stay positive!’

        Here is an update on our COVID restrictions from the 8th November

        Parents and carers onsite to support school operations

        It is with great joy that I am able to welcome back some parents to McAuley Catholic College starting from the 8th November.  

        The NSW Government, supported by Catholic Schools NSW have announced that fully vaccinated parents and visitors are permitted onsite to support curriculum delivery, wellbeing programs and school operations. These include programs such as reading support, canteens, uniform shops and gardening.

        As schools are not yet in a position to welcome visitors back en masse, please ring the school for an appointment should you wish to visit the school for other reasons. I rely on your understanding that appointment numbers and times are limited and are at the discretion of the school.

        Please remember to bring your proof of vaccination when you come to school. You’ll be asked to show this proof at the front desk as you sign in to the school system and to Services NSW. Please remember these rules are required by the NSW Government. Your respect and patience towards our front office staff is appreciated. 

        OTHER COVID INFORMATION

        Assemblies and presentations
        Fully vaccinated visitors, including parents and carers are only allowed to attend if completing a specific role, such as presenting and at the invitation of the school.

        All visitors must check in using the school check-in and show proof of vaccination.

        Community use
        Community use will be allowed outside of school hours, per general community settings and with a COVID-19 Safety Plan, including any specific plans required under Public Health Orders. This includes P&F meetings.


        Excursions and incursions
        Some excursions will be allowed outdoors and indoors if the class cohort has sole use of the venue. Transportation to and from venues must maintain class cohorts.
        Incursions will be allowed indoors or outdoors in cohorts. 
        Overnight camps or retreats are not permitted.

        Transitions and orientations
        Transitions and orientations will be allowed with restrictions. This information will be provided to parents of Year 6 students. 


        Mask Wearing, Hygiene practices and social distancing

        All staff, students and visitors are to wear masks when indoors. (except where exemptions apply). Everyone is expected to bring their own mask to the College.

        All staff, students and visitors are to adhere to good hygiene and health practices, which includes regular washing and use of hand sanitiser, coughing and sneezing etiquette, and wiping surfaces regularly.

        Sport

        Sport has resumed this week, under COVID safety regulations, to align with community settings.

        Schools can make use of school facilities or local outdoor facilities (e.g. parks, ovals) but must minimise contact with those outside of the school cohort.
        • Transport arrangements will minimise mixing between cohorts. Masks are required on buses for staff and students in Year 7 and above (unless exemptions apply)

        Kate Thomson

        Year 10 Food Tech - Service and Catering Assessment task

        Year 10 Food Tech students created menus, prepared food and drinks and served their creations to invited staff. The students did an amazing job in all aspects of the task and are to be congratulated on their efforts. 

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            Leadership 

            Yesterday, during Year Group Assembly, the candidates who applied for the 2022 College Student Leadership Team gave a five-minute speech to their peers regarding what they would bring to the role if they were voted in as a student leader.

            Prior to their speech to the cohort, the applicants were interviewed by their Year Coordinator. It was a privilege for me to work with the Year 10 Coordinator Ms Maria Rouse as we spoke to some of our future leaders. It struck me at the time that as a school we are fortunate that there are so many capable young men and women who are willing to give back to the school community. 

            Many of the candidates spoke about what they thought were the qualities of a Leader. I have listed a brief summary of their ideas below:

            • Ability to stand true to opinion
            • Able to take advice
            • Work ethic    
            • Desire to Help people
            • Confident 
            • Organised
            • Ability to express ideas
            • Kindness
            • Compassion
            • Supporting others
            • Enthusiastic
            • Open
            • Accepting

            It is pleasing that our students are able to express the values of leadership that were modelled by Jesus. Lee J. Colan in his article ‘4 powerful Leadership Lessons from Jesus’ links some of what our students expressed to the greatest leader of all time.  Below is an excerpt from his article. 

            ‘Why was Jesus Christ a great leader?’

            Putting religious and spiritual beliefs aside, no one in history has been discussed more, worshipped more, had more songs and books written about and inspired more artwork. He also created one of the world's most sustained organisations (the Church). So, Jesus was certainly a leader from whom lessons can be learned and applied in today's world. Here are timeless, powerful leadership lessons.

            Great leaders lead from the inside out. Jesus focused on personal leadership first -matters of character. At the core of these matters of character is integrity. Without integrity, no one will follow you, and if no one is following you, you are not leading. Leadership is truly an inside job. Your leadership skills will only take you as far as your character will allow. Jesus had a pure heart and unfailing character. The more you work on your heart and your character, the more others will want to follow you.

            Great leaders are great servants. Jesus washed the feet of his disciples even during his most trying time. Great leaders today see themselves as serving their teams - equipping, encouraging and coaching them to realise their potential. Leadership is about others, not you.

            Great leaders balance conviction with compassion. Jesus held strong convictions and values while still showing tremendous compassion to others who did not share these same convictions. Likewise, today's great leaders are clear about their values and expectations while being sensitive to those they lead. This balance engages people's hearts and minds.  

            Regardless of the final determination for the Student Representative Council, all students who participated in the process should be proud of their efforts and I hope that they find a way to take on either formal or informal leadership opportunities whilst they are at McAuley. The results of the voting will be announced next week. 

            D.E.A.R

            During the year I have written about the importance of reading and the school program Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R). Our Literacy Intervention Teacher Mrs Brenda Little has worked with a group of volunteer year 10 students since term two as they supported the reading of some of our 7 students during the D.E.A.R time.

            The work of the volunteer year 10’s is yet another example of servant leadership evident at the school and I would like to publicly commend them on their desire to support others and their dedication to the program. The school supplied a morning tea on Wednesday as a small token of our appreciation.

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            Year 12 

            Our year 12 cohort have also been wonderful ambassadors for our school demonstrating leadership as they finished the academic year with distinction. We are so proud of them as individuals and a cohort, speaking often about their resilience and ability to remain positive as life has made them face difficult situations in their final two years of high school education. 

            Life brings each of us many challenges. Nonetheless, it’s ultimately how we choose to respond that defines our character. Next week some of our year 12 students will start the HSC exams. We would appreciate it if you keep them in your prayers. 

             “The future is not some place we are going, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found but made. And the activity of making them changes both the maker and their destination.” ~ John Schaer

            Di McGowan
            Assistant Principal, Learning & Teaching

              Year 10 Subject Selection

              A reminder for parents of two valuable resources on our Career Website. In the 'For Parents' tab, there is a section on Helping Your Teen with Career Planning and a section on 'How Much Do You Know About Vocational Education and Training?' These are excellent resources to assist with planning for your teen's future.

              Year 10 Work Experience

              Year 10 Work Experience is deferred at the moment; however, we are still getting prepared in Careers Class if permission is given to proceed. All students know how to access the required documents on our Career Website and the action that needs to happen in their preparation. Please assist your child by discussing their career aspirations and assisting them to find a placement for Week 9, of this Term. (November 29 - December 3)
              In the meantime, students have enrolled in Virtual Job Experiences using our Careers website. They are able to find their chosen career and participate in their work experience once a fortnight.
              Year 12 Reminders

              Year 12's are reminded to check their school email as I am regularly sending information on the university application process, important dates, University Open Days, scholarships and employment opportunities. This information can also be found on the Year 12 Google Classroom.

              Information Sessions for Students and Parents

              • Academy of Information Technology (AIT) At AIT's (Academy of Information Technology) virtual Open Day, listen live to Industry Pro's from Film, Animation, 3D Design and Game businesses on how to make a successful career in the creative industries. Get expert tips and insights and put your questions to some of the biggest names in the business on Sat 27 November, 10 am to 4 pm. Details and free register here: https://bit.ly/2021VirtualOpenDay
              • SAE Creative Media Institute CREATIVE FUTURES | SYDNEY CAMPUS DECEMBER 2nd 2021 | 6.00 PM - 7:30 pm. Are you in Year 11 or 12 and want a career where your imagination is your only limitation? Come along to SAE Sydney's Creative Futures event, to explore your interest and passion for a career in Creative Media. Register now at https://bit.ly/3nAQK6j

              • Sydney Design School Sydney Design School will be hosting an online Info Session on Wednesday 24 November 2021 at 7 pm. Find out more about their world-class accredited courses in interior styling and design. They are now enrolling for January 2022 but places are limited. No ATAR is required, VET Student Loans are available. Register online to attend https://bit.ly/3pIdELM

              Rod Paton
              Careers Adviser