St Benedict's Catholic College
Newsletter - Friday 5 May 2023
On behalf of the entire school community, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to Mr Tim Logue who provided us with a memorable Anzac address and to all staff and students for your outstanding efforts in organising and participating in our ANZAC Day ceremony on Friday 28 April.
The ANZAC Day ceremony is a significant event in our national calendar, and it is an opportunity for us to honour the memory of the brave men and women who have served and sacrificed for our country. This year's ceremony was particularly poignant, as we commemorated the 108th anniversary of the ANZACs landing at Gallipoli.
Your participation in the ceremony, whether it was through music, readings, or simply by standing silently in respect, demonstrated your commitment to honouring the sacrifices of our ANZACs and their legacy of courage and resilience.
I would also like to thank those students who congregated together for the 2023 Anzac Day March. 30 students of the College marched along the streets of Camden, representing our community, remembering victims or war and recognising the role of their armed forces. Thanks must also go to Mrs Wardley, Mr O'Donnell and Mrs Logue.
Parent Teacher Meetings - Term 2
Parent Teacher meetings will be conducted via Zoom this term commencing with Year 11 and Year 12 on Wednesday 10 May. These meetings are an essential part of your child's education at St Benedict’s, and we encourage all parents and carers to attend. They provide an opportunity for you to meet with your child's teacher, discuss your child's academic, faith and wellbeing progress, and gain insight into their strengths and areas that may require extra attention. We aim for our parent teacher meetings at St Benedict’s to provide:
Communication: Attending parent-teacher meetings allows you to establish a relationship with your child's teacher and create open communication channels. This communication helps you to stay informed about your child's progress and any concerns that may arise.
Understanding: These meetings provide you with an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of your child's academic performance, wellbeing and strengths, and also their behaviour in class. This knowledge can help you to support your child's learning at home and encourage them to excel in their studies.
Collaboration: Parents/carers, and teachers working together can create a supportive environment that fosters academic success. When you attend parent-teacher meetings, you can collaborate with the subject teachers to identify any challenges your child may be facing and work together to find solutions.
- Advocacy: Attending parent-teacher meetings demonstrates your commitment to your child's education and shows that you are invested in their success. This advocacy can help to ensure that your child receives the support they need to achieve their academic learning goals as well as supporting their faith and wellbeing.
At our school, we value the partnership between parents and teachers and recognise that your involvement in your child's education is critical to their success. We encourage you to attend our upcoming parent-teacher meetings, where you can discuss your child's progress with their teacher and work together to support their academic growth.
Tell Them From Me Survey
Once again our College will be participating in the Tell Them From Me survey. This survey is an important tool that helps us to gather feedback from our students, parents/carers, and staff about various aspects of our school's culture and climate.
The Tell Them From Me survey covers a range of topics, including student engagement, school safety, communication, and relationships between students, parents, and staff. By participating in this survey, you will have the opportunity to share your thoughts and opinions about our school, and help us to identify areas of strength and areas where we can improve.
The survey will be conducted online, and parents will receive an email invitation to participate. The survey is anonymous, which means that your responses will be kept confidential, and no identifying information will be shared with the school or any other organisation. To take part in the survey please click this link.
We encourage all parents and carers to take the time to complete the survey, as your feedback is valuable to us in ensuring that our school is a safe, supportive, and engaging environment for our students to learn and grow.
Information in this calendar list is correct at the time of publication but is subject to change without notice.
- Monday 8 May - Year 7 Science Zoo Excursion
- Wednesday 10 May - Year 11 & Year 12 Parent/Teacher Interviews (3.35pm - 8.00pm)
- Thursday 11 May - Immunisation Program
- Friday 12 May - P & F Mother's Day Morning Tea (10.15am - 11am)
- Friday 12 May - Year 10 English - Riverside Theatre Excursion
- Monday 15 May - Whole school athletics carnival (Compulsory for all students)
- Tuesday 16 May - Year 11 D&T Curry Reserve Excursion
- Wednesday 17 May - Year 11 Ancient History Chau Chak Wing Museum
Welcome to Term 2 - 2023
I hope that Term 2 has started off on a positive note for all students and families. The beginning of a new term brings about new opportunities for all staff and students. At our recent school assembly, I highlighted the importance of being involved in school life and wearing your uniform correctly.
Being involved in school life is a critical part of a student's education. Studies have shown that students who are actively involved in school activities and events are more likely to feel a sense of belonging, develop stronger relationships with peers and teachers, and experience greater academic success. This term, there are several exciting events happening at our school, including our Athletics Carnival, co-curricular activities, and the highlight of our year, the College Feast Day. I strongly encourage all students to participate in these activities and make the most of the opportunities that are available to them.
I would like to remind all students of the importance of wearing their uniform correctly. School uniform is not only a requirement, but it also represents our school and our community. When students wear their uniform correctly, it promotes a sense of unity and respect for the school. I would like to remind students that they are expected to wear their uniform correctly and this includes wearing their blazer to and from school, correct shoes, socks, and accessories and ensuring that their uniform is clean, neat, and tidy. Parents play a crucial role in supporting their children to wear the correct uniform. Please ensure that your child's uniform is in good condition, fits well, and is worn according to the school's guidelines. If you have any questions or concerns about the school uniform, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.
I want to encourage all students to get involved in school life and to wear their uniform with pride. By doing so, we can create a positive and respectful learning environment that benefits everyone in our school community.
Please click here to see our uniform guidelines.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
Year 11 & 12 Reports & Parent, Teacher, Student Meetings
Year 11 and 12 reports are released at 2:45 on Friday.
Bookings for Parent Teacher Student Meetings close on Monday, 8 May 2022 at 9am through Compass Conferences.
Zoom conference links will be emailed on Monday as well.
The month of May is one in which Catholics honour and remember Mary, the mother of Jesus, in a special way. It is also the time when Australia and many other countries acknowledge and commemorate the importance of Motherhood with the celebration of Mother’s Day.
Whether we are a mother or not, Mary is a role model for all of us to follow. Often we can think of Mary in an angelic form and forget that she embodied all of the human qualities and frailties that we do. From the gospels we see that Mary was young and poor and like many mothers throughout the world, she faced struggles and fear. It is through meeting her own challenges, that we too are inspired to meet our own trials head on.
The greatest lesson we can learn from the life of Mary is to put our trust in a God who was active in Mary’s life and in our lives. There would have been many times in Mary’s life when she would have felt like she was doing it all on her own and certainly would have desired an easier path. All of us share similar experiences. Our lives rarely follow the paths that we think or desire that they do. When we encounter an experience that we do not desire we can ask ‘where is God in this?’.
Often the loving hand of God may not seem very clear to us. With the passage of time, that loving hand is evident; it is just that through our fear and emotions we may not have been able to see it. In the same way if we look at the Gospel accounts of Mary it is only through viewing them in their entirety that we can see God truly at work.
One of my favourite hymns about Mary - is HAIL MARY, GENTLE WOMAN Hail Mary - Gentle Woman
In May let us remember the person of Mary as someone who continues to show us that God is with all of us at all times in our lives and that although we too will experience fear and uncertainty, we should use her example and lovingly respond to the call and challenge of our day to day lives.
ANZAC DAY CEREMONY - FRIDAY 28 APRIL 2023
On Friday, the College held its Anzac Ceremony. A wonderful ceremony was organised and put together by Ronan from Year 12.
Congratulations to the students from 303 Squadron City of Camden Australian Air Force Cadets for their involvement too. Leading Cadet Ronan C, Leading Cadet Flynn W, Leading Cadet Owen P and Leading Cadet Bruno C, Cadet Dillon M, Cadet Charlotte H and Cadet Terence N.
Ronan began the ceremony with a wonderful introduction, which I have included below:
“Anzac Day has long been a tradition that found its origins from the thousands of Anzac soldiers who served and who lost their lives not just in Gallipoli but in the many armed conflicts Australia and New Zealand has been and continues to be involved in.
Today we are called to remember not just the fallen but those who have put their lives on the line for our nation and the freedom of others. Anzac Day continues to be a day that holds an infamous position on the Australian calendar as we remember those fallen, those still in service and those who have made contributions that have allowed Australia and the world to flourish as it does today.
To quote the eternal words of former Prime Minister John Howard "The Anzac legend has helped us to define who we are as Australians."
The 25th of April each year allows moments such as these, where people throughout our country and the world can remember the actions of dear family and friends who once put their lives on the line as well as those still doing so. Through this day we find a deeper connection with one-another and understanding of just what it means to be an Anzac and truly what it means to be an Australian.
Their legend lives on, their memory lives on, and for their enduring actions, we shall never forget them.
Lest We Forget”
The main Anzac address was presented by my husband, Mr Timothy Logue - who as a Sapper and part of the Royal Australian Engineers deployed to Afghanistan in 2012. Tim spoke with passion about the significance of Anzac Day but also shared some of his experiences during his time in the army - Afghanistan and in Cambodia. Students and Staff were completely captivated by what Tim shared. It contained a lot of home truths and good values.
“ANZAC day is a time of somber reflection for our nation. It's a moment for us to take a step back and appreciate the immense sacrifices that were made for this great country. In times of war, when our interests and way of life were threatened, it was necessary for us to take up arms and defend what we hold dear. But we must also remember the families who stayed behind. They faced their own trials and tribulations during those dark times, and they were the ones who supported those who fought. Above all, on this day, we pay our respects to those who died for us. They gave everything for our nation, for Australia, and for future generations who now have the chance to live in peace. Let us never forget their bravery and their sacrifice.”
Tim also shared his experience in Cambodia as part of the Pacific Partnership with the United States. He was involved in building schools, orphanages and water wells.
“Meeting Pimola and the other children in the orphanage was a life-changing experience for me. Seeing their resilience and strength in the face of such difficult circumstances left me feeling humbled and inspired. Pimola, at just eight years old, was already taking on the responsibility of caring for two younger children, despite having so little herself. I was struck by her selflessness and her unwavering kindness, even in the face of such adversity. It made me reflect on the privilege and opportunities I have had in my own life, and I felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude and a renewed commitment to cherish and appreciate all that I have.
This experience taught me that we must never take our blessings for granted, and that we must always strive to live our lives with kindness, empathy, and compassion, no matter what challenges we may face.”
God of love and liberty,
We bring our thanks today for the peace and security we enjoy,
We remember those who in time of war faithfully served their country.
We pray for their families, and for ourselves whose freedom was won at such a cost.
We also pray for the safe return of our current servicemen and women and their families who continue to serve our nation,
Make us a people zealous for peace, and hasten that day when nation shall not lift up sword against nation neither learn war anymore.
This we pray in the name of the one who gave his life for the sake of the world:
The Big Science Competition is back at St Benedict's and if you enjoy Science and would like a challenge, then this is for you!
A 50-minute, multiple-choice competition, the Big Science Competition isn't like other tests. It focuses on how students can use their science knowledge and critical thinking skills to solve problems. The school will be provided with a comprehensive report linked to the Australian Curriculum - Science.
The Big Science Competition can also lead to BIG opportunities. All students in Australian high schools who sit the Big Science Competition have a chance to win one of four great prizes. These prizes include an Apple iPad, a Drone with optical flow and wireless over-ear headphones.
The cost to enter is $7 excluding GST and the competition will take place on 24 May. If you would like to enter, please inform your science teacher or Ms de Lima.
It's not too late.....
The NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge 2023 has commenced. However, it’s not too late for students to sign up for the challenge to read 20 books before Friday 18 August 2023. ‘Too hard’ you say? ‘Not enough time’ you say? You will be surprised how many books you have already read. You can include in your personal reading record, books you have read since September last year, 5 books from an approved series, 10 personal choice books and not to mention books you are studying for English. Easy!
Come to the Library to register and be in the running to win a great prize pack together with a Certificate from the Office of the NSW Premier when you complete the challenge which will be awarded at the end of the year at the College Assembly. You will also be awarded House Points for every book you read!
Book v Movie Trivia Competition - NEW DATE
The much anticipated Book v Movie Trivia Competition will be held in the Library on Wednesday 17 May 2023.
It will be a Kahoot Trivia competition about books made into movies. So if you think you’re a bit of a movie buff, a literary expert or you just want to join in for some fun and a chance to win some great prizes, please come to the Library with your laptop at lunchtime Wednesday Week 4 Term 2.
The Library Team
ANZAC Day 2023
On Wednesday the 26 April, Year 11 Design and Technology held a stall selling handmade ANZAC biscuits and poppy badges.
All proceeds collected will be donated to Legacy. In 1923 Legacy made a promise to help veterans’ families carry on with their lives after the loss or injury of their loved one. It was a simple promise that Legacy keeps today. Legacy supports 48,000 partners and children of veterans who gave their lives or health serving our country.
St Benedict's is proud to donate to Legacy this year. Well done to all those who supported this initiative by buying handmade ANZAC biscuits and poppy badges.
Thank you to Year 11 Design and Technology for your time and effort in designing and making the biscuits packaging and poppy badges and for making the biscuits to sell. Thank you to Mia S and Lila M of Year 7 who helped sell the biscuits and badges.
Ms Lorena Ghignone
Year 11 Design and Technology
2023 NSW Training Awards VET Achievement
Congratulations to Cooper N from Year 12 Construction who has been chosen as a finalist for the 2023 NSW Training Awards - VET Student of the Year Award - Southern, South Western Sydney Region.
Cooper's initial nomination progressed through to an interview stage where applicants were asked questions by a panel about their industry framework and why it is important to the community, the economy and the future of our country. Cooper had to detail his interest in the industry framework, what he enjoys about it and what he has learnt.
From this interview Cooper was then selected as a finalist. Cooper will attend an awards presentation in June with his class teacher and family.
St Benedict's Catholic College would like to congratulate Cooper on this amazing achievement and we wish him all the best as a finalist at the awards presentation!
On Tuesday 2 May we had the opportunity at our College Assembly to present the awards from both the Swimming Carnival and Cross Country Carnival held in Term 1.
Swimming Age Champions
- Under 12’s Boys Age Champion - Leonardo F
- Under 12’s Girls Age Champion - Elizabeth C
- Under 13’s Boys Age Champion - Wyome O
- Under 13’s Girls Age Champion - Georgia B
- Under 14’s Boys Age Champion - Dylan G
- Under 14’s Girls Age Champion - Hunter G
- Under 15’s Boys Age Champion - Cameron M
- Under 16’s Boys Age Champion - Ted C
- Under 16’s Girls Age Champion - Jenna S
- Open Boys Age Champion - Sebastian W
- Open Girls Age Champion - Madeline B
Cross Country Age Champions
- Under 12’s Boys Age Champion - Lachlan S
- Under 12’s Girls Age Champion - Seanna W
- Under 13’s Boys Age Champion - Noah H
- Under 13’s Girls Age Champion - Emilie P
- Under 14’s Boys Age Champion - Gabriel V
- Under 14’s Girls Age Champion - Emily D
- Under 15’s Boys Age Champion - Jude H
- Under 15’s Girls Age Champion - Abbey O
- Under 16’s Boys Age Champion - Lincoln J
- Under 16’s Girls Age Champion - Claudia C
- Under 18’s Boys Age Champion - Simon M
Congratulations to all of our Swimming and Cross Country Age Champions!
Year 9 Visual Arts students are currently working on creating an A2 sized acrylic painting which captures an aspect of Australian culture using rich symbolism and referencing Australian fauna and flora. Students have undertaken the study of the artmaking practice of Mulga to inspire their own style and techniques. Here are some images as a sneak peak for what is to come from the class. Works will be on display later this term.
Year 10 CEDOW Transition and Pathways Program
On Friday 28 April, the whole Year 10 cohort engaged with the Transition and Pathway Program (TAPP). This program represents a new era in Careers Education at St Benedict’s Catholic College and indeed the whole of the CE Diocese of Wollongong. Over the past 3 years, a program of Careers Education across Years 7-10 has been developed through CEO lead consultation and a Steering Committee.
This year, all CE Diocese of Wollongong Secondary Colleges will continue with the Transition and Pathway Program (TAPP) to deliver quality Careers education to year groups across Years 7-10 so they are better prepared for the important Career decisions they will make in Years 10, 11 and 12.
The Year 10 cohort began their Careers/TAPP day with a highly acclaimed guest speaker Adam Newman, an MBA University Lecturer and digital entrepreneur who travels NSW delivering engaging career seminars to students. Click the link below to learn more about the benefits of attending Adam’s Seminar: How to land your dream job - The Careers Guy
The Year 10 students then completed the following Careers Lessons as part of the CEDoW Transition and Pathways program (TAPP).
CAREER PROFILING AND INDUSTRY RESEARCH
HOW TO APPLY FOR A JOB
DEVELOPING JOB INTERVIEW SKILLS
VIRTUAL WORK EXPERIENCE
The feedback from students was overwhelmingly positive as they could truly understand the importance of the day. Thank you to Mrs Holland, Year 10 Coordinator and Mr Wisbey for your invaluable input on the day.
Mother's Day Morning Tea / Friday 12 May 10.15am - 11am
St Benedict's Catholic College P&F warmly invite Mothers/Carers to the 2023 Mother's Day Morning Tea to celebrate and give thanks for all that they do.
To RSVP to our P & F Mother's Day Morning Tea, please click on the below link as places are limited: https://forms.gle/7CE7JijT5Q7hn9TG8 RSVP required by Tuesday 9 May.
Ranier School Wear - Winter Uniform Update
College P & F Uniform Pool Orders
The P & F preloved Uniform Pool is open. For all enquiries please email: email@example.com Our wonderful P&F volunteer Tracey will contact you.
Items can be paid for and collected from the SBCC College Office. We do not return, exchange or refund on 2nd hand clothing as these are donated by families. Cash is the only option to pay with.
Donations of items in good condition can be left at the College Office.
The College has a large number of water bottles in our lost property tub. These water bottles have no name on them. Unfortunately the office staff are unable to return them to the students.
If you child is missing a water bottle please get them to come to the office as soon as possible.