ACTING PRINCIPAL'S LETTER
FRIDAY 27th SEPTEMBER
Last Day of Term 3
MONDAY 14th OCTOBER
Term 4 Commences
THURSDAY 17th OCTOBER
HSC Examinations Commence
FRIDAY 18th OCTOBER
MCCS Tennis Gala Day
Year 8 Mathematics Activity Day
Year 12 2020 Ancient History Excursion
WEDNESDAY 23rd -
FRIDAY 25th OCTOBER
THURSDAY 24th OCTOBER
Year 7 Vaccination Clinic
FRIDAY 25th OCTOBER
Year 7 Science Excursion
Darcy Road, Westmead NSW 2145 Phone: 9849 9100 Fax: 9849 9199
Email: email@example.com Website: www.mcauley.nsw.edu.au
This week we celebrated the graduation of our Year 12 students 2018-2019. It was a very special week for the girls and the whole community, including their wonderful 'Thank You Morning Tea' for staff, the girls final Year 12 assembly, their farewell assembly to the whole school, the formal Awards Day presentations and our Graduation Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral, concelebrated by Bishop Vincent and Father Walter Fogarty.
Thank you to Ms Leah Morrison, Year 12 Coordinator, Ms Debbie Grigson, Ms Katie Patterson, Miss Sharon Brincat, Ms Genevive Banks, Ms Ellen Lonnergan, Ms Kate Picone, Mrs Marianne Nakhoul, the Year 12 Homeroom teachers, Mrs Lisa Richardson and all the staff who have worked so hard to ensure that these activities were a success, as well as the students themselves, whose sense of the occasion was a tribute to their understanding of our Mercy spirit and values. They now have their final HSC examinations ahead of them and I ask you all to keep them in your prayers.
Thank you to Sarah H. and Jamelle T., our Captains who have been inspirational leaders throughout the last twelve months. As a school we thank all of Year 12 for their contributions as well as their leadership and friendship. They have more than upheld the traditions and history of Catherine McAuley Westmead.
On Thursday, 5th September,
Gabrielle R. received the Bishop of Parramatta Student Excellence Award. This award highlights outstanding contribution to the school and the wider community, of a student near the completion of his/her secondary studies. The following is the citation for Gabrielle, which was read in the cathedral by Avegail M., Year 11.
Gabrielle is a young woman of Mercy who in her parish, school and wider community witnesses to her Catholic faith. She is involved in parish ministries at Mary Immaculate Catholic Church and serves at school Masses. She has shared her musical talents in various choirs and ensembles. Gabrielle generously offers her time to school functions, volunteers for Vinnies Van, tutors at Ronald McDonald House and supports the fundraising of local sporting groups. She has a love of learning and continuously challenges herself in her academic pursuits. Gabrielle is a most worthy recipient of the 2019 Bishop’s Award. .
Our new student leaders in Years 10 and 11 attended their leadership camp last week. At camp they worked together to form their leadership direction for the next twelve months. We look forward to hearing what next year's theme will be. The new leaders will present this to us at our first assembly next term.
Last week, Bishop Vincent, Father Walter Fogarty and other senior Catholic leaders, announced the plans for the Westmead Catholic Community. An email was sent to all parents with a letter outlining the plans in more detail. A letter can also be found at the end of the newsletter. Please note, a website with information about the project as well as being a forum to provide any feedback, has been developed and can be accessed at www.westmeadcatholiccommunity.org
As Term 3 draws to a close I would like to thank all Catherine McAuley staff for their hard work and I wish all our students and families a very restful and enjoyable break over the holiday period. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the school community for their support over the past two terms while I was in the Acting Principal position. Once again, we thank Ms Richmond for her years of service and wish her all the best in her new role as Principal of Brigidine St Ives. We look forward to welcoming Ms Mary Refalo to the school community as the Principal beginning Term 4.
Ms Silvana Rossetti
in this issue
NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR THE CATHERINE McAULEY COMMUNITY
TERM 3, ISSUE 15
27 SEPTEMBER 2019
Catherine McAuley - A member of the Westmead Catholic Community
ACTING PRINCIPAL'S LETTER
LEARNING AND TEACHING
STAFF & STUDENT NEWS
Dear Parents and Students,
A FAREWELL FROM SCHOOL PRINCIPAL
MS TEASH RICHMOND
I have been truly fortunate and privileged to have worked with the Catherine McAuley community for the past six years and it’s with much sadness that I say goodbye as Principal.
I would like to thank staff and students for their support in all that we have undertaken and for me personally as your Principal. I’m especially proud that Catherine McAuley is a successful, happy and busy school and that students rise to every challenge.
I have been constantly amazed by all that we have achieved and wish students every success in their studies and future endeavours. I know that you will leave here as women of Mercy carrying forward our values into your lives. I look forward to hearing of all your future success.
Thank you to Ms Rossetti who has done a wonderful job as acting Principal throughout this year and thank you to the Leadership Team Ms Grigson, Ms Banks and Ms Patterson for their support of me as well. Thank you to Miss Brincat who has also stepped up into the Leadership Team throughout the last two terms as well.
Thank you to the staff who work hard to make Catherine McAuley all it is. Thanks as well for your collegiality and friendship along the way.
Thank you to our parents - especially our Parents and Friends Committee who also supported me particularly in renovations and additions to our facilities here at school and your feedback and insights on the needs of our school community. I truly appreciate your partnership.
I’d like to also thank my fellow Principals of the Westmead Catholic Community: Mr Pauchsmann, Mrs Devlin and Mrs Mifsud. This is a unique site and it has been wonderful to have worked with you on the future planning and collaboration. Thanks as well to Fr. Walter our Parish Priest for his ongoing support and friendship.
As Principal I have been fortunate to have had the support of both the Catholic Education Office and the Sisters of Mercy. Thank you Sr Mary Louise Petro and her Leadership Team for their good counsel and guidance. Thank you to Mr Greg Whitby, Ms Christine Howe and Mr Mark Rix for their support as well.
Life is full of next chapters and as I leave you to embark on a new journey I take with me wonderful memories of all that is here and all that you have taught me.
Ms Genevieve Banks
Religious Education Coordinator
Last month staff and students represented Catherine McAuley Westmead at the Education Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta. This Mass celebrates all that is happening within the schools of the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta. In his homily, Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv DD spoke about how Catholic Education transforms lives. Jesus said, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). Catholic Education is not limited to academic achievement but focuses on the spiritual, physical, moral and emotional development of each student. Most importantly Catholic Education contributes to the Church’s mission to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Bishop Vincent spoke about the need to be a presence in people’s lives. As Christians we look to Jesus as our model. In Jesus’ time, he was truly present to those he met. Those encounters were so life changing that many who heard about Jesus sought him out. In building relationships we begin to build the Kingdom of God. You may have heard of the old proverb ‘that charity begins at home’. This could be applied to how we live our Christian lives.
Venerable Catherine McAuley firstly transformed the lives of those closest to her before she founded the Sisters of Mercy and expanded her mission. We cannot change the world if our own home is not in order. As we farewell the graduating class of 2019, we pray that these young women of Mercy will continue to be inspired by our school patron. Each graduand has the capacity to do so much good and be the Light of Jesus Christ in the world.
The following prayer formed part of the evening prayer at the Baggot Street Chapel on September 24th 2019, the Feast Day of Our Lady of Mercy and its timelessness speaks to all people of Mercy in 2019, especially our graduating class:
Aware of those in our world most in need of Your compassion and mercy, we take inspiration from Catherine McAuley.
She followed the path of Mercy, marked out by Jesus,
and used the resources she had to model a world of welcome and inclusion.
Guide us to be actively engaged in the protection of our Common Home as we witness to the sacredness of all creation.
May the longings and efforts of the entire Mercy family bring about the globalisation of compassion and the recognition of Your Mercy as present and active in our world.
This we ask with confidence in Your ever-abiding presence among us.
Early university offers
Higher SChool certificate
The Higher School Certificate Examinations run from Thursday, 17 October until Monday, 11 November 2019.
We wish all the girls the very best for these exams and beyond. In preparation for the exams I recommend all HSC students visit the following NESA website pages:
Rules and procedures of the HSC https://www.educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/
HSC student guide https://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/
learning and teaching
Year 12 Thank you to staff morning tea
Additional photos available on the School Facebook Page
The following students have received early entry offers to Macquarie University through the Macquarie Leaders & Achievers scheme
Rheanna G : Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce
Lauren M : Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
Beula K : Bachelor of Security Studies
Vanessa A : Bachelor of Speech and Hearing Sciences
Sara H : Bachelor of Music
Ananya A : Bachelor of Arts
Kaiya S : Bachelor of Arts
Raelene P : Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Information Technology
Sarah C : Bachelor of Arts
Mary R : Bachelor of Professional Accounting
Chantelle C-M : Bachelor of Media and Communications and Bachelor of International Studies
Elizabeth P : Bachelor of Security Studies
Tyra L-C : Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
Giuliana D'A : Bachelor of Media and Communications and Bachelor of International Studies
Darpreet K : Bachelor of Information Technology
Amber P : Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Information Technology
Gabrielle H : Bachelor of Arts
Sirena A : Bachelor of Commerce
Samantha G : Bachelor of Business Analytics
Jessica G : Bachelor of Combined Studies (Bachelor of Advanced Science and Bachelor of Medical Science)
Margareth K : Bachelor of Arts
Akon K : Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce
Ms Katie Patterson
Acting Assistant Principal
(Learning and Teaching)
Year 7 pastoral care morning
The Pastoral Care Morning was one to remember as Year 7 participated in sing-alongs, activities and enjoyable games, all run by the sensational Chris Doyle from Karis Ministries. He really showed us how we should act and how we should run our lives as positive people and positive moments. There was one thing that really stood out for me, and I quote from Chris Doyle, “Life is not pointless”. He showed us that life should not be wasted and we should run our lives with positive outcomes. This really reminded us of the true sense of life and the importance of love and trust with the people around us and that it is good to show our care for each other. The morning may have only gone for three hours but it gave myself inspiration and knowledge that I will use in my whole lifetime. Georgia C., Year 7
We were taught that the key to building strong relationships is to respect those people around you and recognise them for the people they are. As a grade we all connected with this message in various ways by looking at our lives and how to implement it. We considered how we can respect ourselves and the decisions we make. The morning helped Year 7 to reflect on the way that we treat other people and ourselves. It also taught us that we are able to do and strive for anything as long as we have built strong and respectful relationships. A quote that sums up the lessons that we learnt from this morning is from Dave Willis, “Show respect even to people who don’t deserve it; not as a reflection of their character, but a reflection of yours.” Zoe A., Year 7
Our Pastoral Care Morning taught us many things about how to treat others and we participated in many activities in groups which showed us how to communicate better with each other. We also boosted each other's self-esteem and wished them a happy and good life for the future. By the end of the day we had learnt how to respect and communicate with each other and we left with a positive mindset. Chris Doyle came to us with a goal which was to show us how to treat each other well in a respectful manner using a variety of fun ways and that is exactly what he accomplished by the end of the incursion. Charlize R., Year 7
All students return to school on Monday, 14th October 2019. For Term 4 students return to school in their summer uniform. The Dress Code is outlined in the Student Planner. The scarf is not part of the summer uniform. Please ensure the skirt is 5cm below the knee. A reminder that the sports shoes for PDHPE practical lessons and Thursday Sport are to be predominantly white. Students need to ensure they meet the requirements of the grooming section of the dress code when they return to school,
Farewell the Year 12 Class of 2019
This week the Catherine McAuley Community has celebrated through prayer, morning teas and assemblies, acknowledging the achievements and friendship of the Year 12 Class of 2019, the end of their journey of formal schooling. I wish the girls every success as they continue their journey beyond the gates of Catherine McAuley. I especially thank Ms Leah Morrison, the Year 12 Coordinator, and the Year 12 Homeroom Teachers who have supported the girls through the high and lows over the past six years. Their dedication and commitment to the students as they challenged and listened to the girls each day in Homeroom is to be commended.
YEAR 7 and 10 VACCINATION CLINIC
A reminder to parents that the final School Vaccination Clinic will be held on Thursday, 24th October.
Year 7 students will receive their 2nd dose of the HPV vaccine. For any Year 7 student who did not participate in receiving this vaccination in 2019 they will have the final opporturnity to receive this vaccination. Parent Vaccination Forms can be collected from Mrs Richardson in the Front Office.
Year 10 students who were absent on the day of their Vaccination Clinic will be provided with the meningococcal ACWY vaccine.
Ms Debbie Grigson and Year 12 students at the Staff Morning Tea.
Ms Debbie Grigson
Jade E., Mercedes House leader and Claudia W., ryan house leader presented the cheque to
Mr kingsley edwards, mercy works.
House Leaders from Mercedes and Ryan Houses presented a cheque for just over $4300 to Mercy Works representative Mr Kinglsey Edwards at the school assembly last week.
Mercedes and Ryan joined together in Term 2 to raise money for Mercy Works with the focus for the fundraising on the Catherine McAuley Child Care Centre in Kiunga, Papua New Guinea. Both Houses organised the lip sync competition, a Mother’s Day stall, hair braiding, hot chocolate stall and more.
Thank you to all the families who contributed to this wonderful effort!
cheque Presented to mercy works for over $4000
pop up library
On Tuesday, Emily O. and Sophia B. from the Library Ambassadors Group opened a Pop Up Library in the playground during lunch. They took a trolley of books around Mercy Square and Dobson Green to give students the opportunity to take a great read home for the holidays. Many students took up the advantage of the Pop Up Library and will enjoy hours of reading over the holidays.
If you missed grabbing a book from the library over the holidays, don't worry!!! Head to the library site and browse the ebook and audiobook collection!
Mrs Kirra Lorenzutta and Ms Janine Sabeh
library ambassadors emily o. and sophia b. with their pop up library.
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Year 12 Graduation Mass
Go to our Facebook Page to view more photos.
Year 12 Graduation Day - Friday 27th September 2019
Outstanding Academic Effort
Year 12 2019 Academic Awards
Ms RICHMOND AND SAMANTHA
Outstanding Academic Achievement
The Catherine McAuley Award Academic Excellence Award The Sr Eugene Dobson Leadership Award Samantha G. Rebekah N. Sara H.
Culture, Service and Sports Awards
Culture - Gabrielle H.
Service - Isabella R.
Sport - Ella T.
Elite Sportswoman Award
Olympic Change-Maker Award
The Reuben F Scarf Award for Commitment
The ADF Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Award
AusSIP School VET Student of the Year Award
Caltex Best All Rounder Award
Sister Barbara McDonough School Spirit Award
SR MARY LOUISE PETRO AND REBEKAH
dobson house winners of the house cup
student Sport Leader Olivia L. accepting the Mcauley shield on behalf of year 12.
Congratulations to Dobson House who are winners of the Catherine McAuley House Cup for 2019.
The House Cup is awarded to the House who has collected the most House points throughout the year. Points are obtained in a number of ways including achievements at the swimming and athletics carnivals, lunchtime activities and the number of merit certificates and Year Coordinator awards received by students throughout the year.
House Cup 2019 won by Dobson - House Leader Sinead E. and Assistant Leader Chantelle Y-A. with acting Principal Ms silvana Rossetti.
The Staff vs Year 12 student competition, known as The McAuley Shield, has a long tradition at the school with staff and Year 12 students competing against each other in a number of fun activities including Singstar, handball, netball and others.
The Year 12 students were the winners for 2019 and Mr Grant Johnson, the organiser of the competition, along with the School Principal, presented the McAuley Shield to Olivia L., Leader of Sport, who accepted the shield on behalf of Year 12 students at the final Year 12 assembly this week.
year 12 students win the mcauley shield for 2019
Staff and student news
fi cars designed by the students
The three mcauley teams who took part in the fi in schools competition - Photo 1 of 3
mcauley students compete in 'fi in schools' competition
Three teams of McAuley students competed in the F1 in Schools regional competition over two days on 12th and 13th September. Whilst our three McAuley teams didn’t place, we much enjoyed the competition. There were three teams - named Athena, Kibou and Volar. Two teams were made up of Year 10 students and one team was made up of Year 9s.
Team Athena came 5th and Team Kibou came 6th in the Professional Class Racing, whilst Team Volar came 4th in Development Class Racing. Despite the stress, we worked hard until the very end, constantly maintaining the cars throughout the competition day while attending various meetings with judging panels to gain constructive criticism on our car, how well we knew the regulations and processes of manufacturing and our presentation work. These are skills we can take from here and into our careers in the future.
We have been working towards this competition since February right up until mid-September. We created our model F1 cars to be as fast as can be, whilst keeping to strict regulations, through the use of aerodynamics. We researched and experimented several times while keeping a portfolio of our findings and manufacturing process. We all had to work as a team and assign roles, teaching us how to cooperate efficiently and effectively as a team.
F1 was a memorable experience, and as Girls in STEM we would like to encourage more girls to join the STEM clubs and activities offered by the school!
Year 8 medieval europe incursion
The Year 8 History classes have recently been studying Medieval Europe - what it was like and the effects it has on our world today. Students had the opportunity on 12th September to attend an incursion to further deepen their understanding of what Medieval Europe was like at the time through role plays and interactive activities.
Replicas of weapons and armour prevalent to Medieval Europe were available for students participating in the role plays and this enabled students to have a visual understanding of how battles might have been. We were taught about the different tribes who slowly overpowered the Roman Empire and were also taught about different fighting strategies used amongst armies during the time.
Some students had the chance to learn how the weapons were used as they were able to hold the weapons and try them out for themselves. Other students were given armour to wear to help demonstrate the difference in what a knight might wear versus a peasant or king. A fun fact we learnt during the incursion was that an average sword during Medieval Europe weighed the same as a 500ml water bottle!
Overall, the day was a very enjoyable experience for all students of the current Year 8 History classes. Not only was it enjoyable but educational at the same time, helping us to understand Medieval Europe in a clearer sense.
Year 8 Student Media Team
year 8 medieval incursion
Big science competition and science education perfect championships.
A number of certificates were presented to students at the school assembly last Wednesday, 18th September. Congratulations to these students.
debating and public speaking certificates presented to students who participated.
maths challenge certificates for credits and distinctions.
school assembly certificate presentations
A special mention to Nikita B., Year 8, who received a High Distinction and Aimee H., Year 10, who has competed for four consecutive years and achieved an award each time.
“I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to be a part of this educational day learning about melanoma and why it is so important to protect your skin from the sun. The information provided was extremely relatable as high school students are the ones that aren’t protecting their skin and conforming to the sun safe strategies. When Jess and I heard from the patient who survived from melanoma, it really confronted us about the severity of not putting a hat on. She was a mother with three children and didn’t know if she was going to survive to see her kids grow up. Following this heart touching story we had the opportunity to work with students from other schools to develop our own presentations on melanoma. I am so excited to share this important information with Year 7 and Year 8 in Term 4. Cassie W .
students attend sunsafe ambassador program
The two Year 8 students, Cassie W. and Jessica H., attended the SunSafe Ambassador Program at the Westmead Institute of Medical Research on Wednesday, 18th September. The SunSafe Ambassador program is an initiative of the Melanoma Institute Australia and aims to educate young people on melanoma and the importance of sun safety.
On the day the students heard from a survivor of melanoma and a medical oncologist, who spoke about what melanoma is and why young people should care about it. They then spent the morning learning to be SunSafe Ambassadors and how to bring the message of sun safety back to the school community. They worked with a TEDx Coach on presentation skills and had the opportunity to collaborate with students from other schools. Next term, Cassie and Jessica will present a short presentation to Year 7 and 8 students on melanoma and how to protect ourselves from the sun.
Miss Sharon Brincat
Acting Director of Studies
cassie W. and jessica H. who attended the sunsafe ambassador program.
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YEAR 8 GEOGRAPHY 'WATER IN THE WORLD' TOPIC
Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta Wins Award at NSW Training Awards
Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta has taken out the award for Small Provider of the Year at the prestigious NSW Training Awards.
Mr Greg Whitby, Executive Director of CEDP, says that “winning Small Provider of the Year is big news for Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta” and gives recognition to the leadership of CEDP in Vocational Education and Training (VET). “Massive congratulations to our extraordinary and highly professional VET Team, and of course, our dedicated teachers!”
VET courses offered here at Catherine McAuley are aligned to specific needs of the industry and include Hospitality, Business Services, Retail and Fitness; as well as external VET courses such as Health Services, Design Fundamentals, Property Services and Animal Studies.
For parents who have enquires about VET they may wish to email Ms Katie Patterson, Director of Studies, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Miss Sharon Brincat
1. Name and Position?
My name is Miss Sharon Brincat and my current position is the PDHPE Coordinator.
2, When did you commence teaching at McAuley?
I started teaching at Catherine McAuley in Term 3 2002.
3. How long have you been teaching for?
I have been teaching for 17 years this being my 18th.
4. What other schools have you taught at or what other positions have you held?
McAuley was my first school. I have also been a Year Coordinator whilst here at Catherine McAuley.
5. What are your qualifications?
My qualifications are a Bachelor of Health Science, Diploma of Secondary Education and I have a Certificate 3 and 4 in Fitness.
6. What do you enjoy teaching at McAuley?
I enjoy teaching Senior students the Stage 6 PDHPE course and reminding all students of the importance of being physically active and living a healthy lifestyle.
7. What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time, I like to catch up with family and friends. I also enjoy to travel and watch sports.
8. What advice would you give students in approaching their studies?
I would advise students to maintain their focus, to be organised, to ask questions and to be confident.
Year 7 Student Media Team
MEET THE TEACHER
Virtual Reality For Year 9 IST Students
Year 9 Information and Software Technology students were assigned the task of integrating hardcopy documents such as flyers, brochures or children's books with interactive panoramic scenes. The 360° scenes, accessed by scanning QR codes in the documents, may be viewed on a variety of devices including virtual reality headsets. Each panoramic scene had embedded hotspots that contained additional information in the form of audio, image or text.
Click on the link to view a sample page designed by the students: https://seekbeak.com/v/X60qZORB1rB
History Incursions for Years 9 and 10
Both Year 9 and 10 History students attended incursions this month to coincide with work they are currently studying on World War I for Year 9 and The Vietnam War and Australia’s Involvement for Year 10.
Year 10 students enjoyed a performance by Mr Brett Hunt in his performance piece ‘Dusted Off’ which tells the story of his family’s experiences during and after the Vietnam War. Meanwhile Year 9 students are learning about Australia’s involvement in WWI. The students viewed a performance called ‘Fightin’ the Kaiser’ which tells the story of the Anzacs.
AROUND THE CLASSROOMS
Congratulations to Year 12 student Claudia W. who has received a CallBack nomination for her HSC Dance Major Study Composition work. CallBack is a showcase of exemplary HSC Dance exam pieces, which is held at the Seymour Centre in February 2020.
Well done Claudia!
Congratulations to Year 12 student Tyra L-C. who has received an OnStage nomination for her HSC Individual Drama performance. Tyra adapted a scene from Moliere's play 'The Misanthrope', a 17th Century French High Comedy, for her performance piece.
Well done Tyra!
two mCauley students make nsw all schools u16 cricket team
callback nomination for year 12 student
Two McAuley students have made the NSW All Schools Under 16s Cricket Team. Congratulations to Grace P., Year 9 and Lily H., Year 10. They will both represent NSW when they take on QLD in the first week of the holidays at the event in Queensland. This is a spectacular achievement and we wish both girls luck in the upcoming tournament!
Ms Brooke Robson
onstage nomination for year 12 drama student
mCCS SENIOR basketball team.
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McAuley Defeated in MCCS Basketball Grand Final
Our Junior and Senior Basketball Teams were both defeated in the MCCS grand final last week but it was a wonderful effort to make the grand final and both teams played tremendously well.
The Junior Team, coached by Ms Tyszkiewicz, played against St John Paul II, and fought hard all game. Ms Tyszkiewicz says that the girls are to be commended on their efforts throughout the season.
The Senior Team, coached by Mrs Finnerty, played against Bethlehem College, Ashfield in what was a nail biting game with a close score until the final minutes. Unfortunately, time was not on our side and our team lost with a final score of 26-32.
McAuley Participates in National
Health & Physical Education Day
National Health and Physical Education Day was on Thursday, 12th September and Catherine McAuley staff and students participated in a game of matball before school to do our part in helping each other take steps towards leading healthier and more active lives.
National Health and Physical Education Day is an Australian wide initiative to promote a healthy lifestyle through advocating school communities to get enough sleep, eat well and be active!
Olivia L., Student Sport Leader says - “HPE day was a good opportunity for us to get active in the morning. Often people don’t make time for themselves, so being able to participate in physical activity before school was great. We played matball together as a school community, which is an extremely inclusive and enjoyable game, but in the end it was all friendly competition, we were all there to be active!
Ms Brooke Robson
mCcS junior basketball team.
PDSSSC Athletics Carnival
On Friday, 30th August, the PDSSSC Athletics Carnival was held at Blacktown International Sportspark. Even though it was raining and very windy, our students performed to the best of their ability and represented McAuley with pride.
We congratulate all students who represented our school on a fantastic effort! We also congratulate the following students who participated in the NSWCCC Athletics Carnival which was held on Friday 20th September.
Year 7 Tasha R. - Discus and Javelin
Samantha T. - 1500m Walk
Year 8 Chelsey T. - 1500m Walk
Clare G.- Discus and Shot Put
Year 10 Ashleigh G.- Hurdles
Jacqueline H. - 400m Run
Jacinta R. - Discus
MCCS Senior Soccer Grand Final
After being undefeated for the whole year, the MCCS Senior Soccer Team lost in a penalty shoot out to St Patrick’s Dundas in the grand final which took place last Thursday, 19th September. It was an exciting game! Well done to all players.
A special mention to the four Year 12 students who played their last ever MCCS game - Anastasia D., Olivia L., Ainsley B. and Caley D.
mCCS senior soccer team.
NSWCCC Athletics Carnival Update
Well done to all students who represented the school at the NSWCCC Athletics Carnival last week. (20th September)
Some of the known results are below:
Samantha Torrens, Year 7 1st in 1500m Walk
Tasha Reader, Year 7 1st in Discus
Chelsey Torrens, Year 8 4th in 1500m Walk
These students will now compete in the upcoming All Schools Athletics Championships to take place this week.
year 12 students
anastasia, olivia, ainsley and caley who played their last mccs game.
Ex Student From Class of 2016 Announced as First Female University Cyber Ambassador for the NSW Cyber Security Innovation Node
Emma Seaman, Class of 2016, has been announced as the first female university cyber ambassador for the NSW Cyber Security Innovation Node — a nationally connected hub for cyber capability and innovation. Emma is in her third year of the Bachelor of Cyber Security and Behaviour at WSU and will join a group of experts including academics and professionals in the Cyber Ambassador Program to mentor and inspire young people.
Further information via this link:
pdsssc basketball gala day
Well done to our Junior Basketball Team who won the PDSSSC Basketball Gala Day on Monday, 16th September. Our Junior Team is made up of Years 7 and 8 students and they went the whole day undefeated in all six games!
The grand final was played against Caroline Chisholm, Glenmore Park in what Team Coach Ms Tyszkiewicz describes as a nail-biting game. McAuley won the grand final 31 - 25, scoring some awesome 3-pointers from Madeline and Chelsea Lewis, as well as several free-throws from the team captain, Joanna Sebastian.
Ms Tyszkiewicz says - “Overall the entire team played fantastically and demonstrated such great teamwork and more importantly, encouragement of both our and other teams in the competition”.
The Junior Basketball Team will now be moving on to the CCC competition following their achievement.
Well done also to the Intermediate Team (Years 9 & 10) who played some great games at the gala day. They did not make it through to the grand final but did come 4th overall in the competition.
NEWS FROM OUR FACEBOOK PAGE
photography credits for the student media team
Emily O, Year 8 - School Assembly photos
Angel N, Year 7 & Jamee W, Year 7 - Yr 7/12 Buddy Morning Tea
Jacintta G, Year 9 & Egieneille T, Year 9 - Yr 12 and Staff Morning Tea
All the photos and some video from the Year 12 events this week including their final school assembly and clap out by the whole school are available on the
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A recent post on the page is below:
Our Year 7 students held a farewell morning tea for their Year 12 ‘buddies’ on Monday this week. At the beginning of the year the Year 12 students had held a welcome morning tea for the new Year 7 students so now it was the turn of Year 7 to say thank you and farewell.
Many more photos from this event are available on the page.
NSW State Emergency Service Cadet Program
The NSW State Emergency Service is running a Cadet Program that will take place during school holidays from Tuesday 14th to Saturday 18th January 2020. This program will be open to NSW students from Year 9 and above.
The program consists of activity based sessions that are conducted over 5 consecutive days. This will take place at the NSW SES Unit in Auburn along with a local excursion and an off-site activity day. Training will be conducted by highly qualified SES volunteers from local units.
The program has a focus of developing skills in Leadership, Teamwork, Communication and Safety. Students will develop a wide variety of skills and knowledge that will help build resilience and equip them with life skills for future endeavours, especially those required for working within the emergency services sector.
The 5-day program schedule includes:
Working in NSW SES and the Code of Conduct
• Safety & Wellbeing
• Looking after ourselves and others
• Principles of Emergency Management
• A visit to see other emergency services providers
• Communicating with others and on the job
• Working in a team
The final day (Saturday) will be an Activity Day where students will participate in teams to complete a number of emergency scenarios that will include floodboat operations, land search and urban search and rescue. Parents are welcome to attend this day to watch.
The program will run from 9am to 3pm on Tuesday to Friday and 9am to 4pm on Saturday. More information can be found in the printable flyer here: http://bit.ly/SESCadets
Applications will close at 5pm on Sunday 1st December 2019. Online form is here: http://bit.ly/cadets2020