College Newsletter

Term 4 Week 10 Friday 11 December 2015

A Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Staff and Students

As Cerdon College closes its academic year, students have been acknowledged for their academic, social, sport, Visual Arts, TAS, Music and performing arts achievements. The awards presented to students are a tribute to their hard work and effort put into a variety of subject areas by our students.

It is especially encouraging to see so many students being acknowledged for their contributions in the classroom, the school and in the community.

May I take this opportunity to thank parents and staff for their support and co-operation over the past year. It is especially encouraging to see students, parents and staff continuing to work together to ensure that each of our students continues to strive to be a confident, articulate and well informed young citizen who can use their values to make a real difference in our community.

As a community at Christmas, may we continue to keep Christ at the centre of our lives.

As we wait in anticipation for Christmas, the time when Christ humbled

himself to share in our humanity, may we be open to God’s call.

Just as Mary said “be it done unto me according to your word”

may we look forward to a 2016 where we may be the face of Christ to others.

And so we pray:

Loving God, Help us remember the birth of Jesus,

that we may share in the song of the angels,

the gladness of the shepherds,

and worship of the wise men.

Close the door of hate and

open the door of love all over the world.

Let kindness come with every gift

and good desires with every greeting.

Deliver us from evil by the blessing which Christ brings,

and teach us to be merry with clear hearts.

May the Christmas morning make us happy

to be the children of God,

and Christmas evening bring us to our beds

with grateful thoughts,

forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus’ sake.


School Recommences for 2016

Year 7 on Thursday 28 January at 8:45 am

Year 8-12 on Friday 29 January.

Friday 29 January is the College Swimming Carnival Day. Students in Years 7 to 10 will need to wear their Sports Uniform. Students in Year 11 and 12 may wear mufti on this day.

God Bless

Mrs Patricia Baker

College Uniform Shop

The Uniform Shop will be open on Monday 14 and Wednesday 16 December

8:00 am to 2:00 pm

Opening Times for 2016

Monday 18th January 9:00 am—3:00 pm

Tuesday 19th January 9:00 am—3:00 pm

Wednesday 20th January 9:00 am—3:00 pm

Thursday 21st January 9:00 am—3:00 pm

Friday 22nd January 9:00 am—3:00 pm

Monday 25th January 9:00 am—3:00 pm

Tuesday 26th January CLOSED

Wednesday 27th January 9:00 am—3:00 pm

Thursday 28th January 9:00 am—3:00 pm

Regular Trading Hours

Monday and Wednesday 8:00 am—2:00 pm (Terms 1 and 4)

Mondays only 8:00 am—2:00 pm (from Week 5 Term 2 and all Term 3)

Cerdon College Uniform Shop Management

Telephone: 8724 7329 (During trading hours only)

Change to the Student Transport Scheme

As from 2016, students using the student transport scheme will be issued with a School Opal Card for transport to and from school. This replaces the old paper travel pass your daughter currently holds.

Parents of students commencing at the College in Year 7 2016 will need to apply online at and return the completed application to the College for endorsement.

Student already attending Cerdon College who use the transport scheme do not need to apply for the School Opal Card. It will be sent to the College at the beginning of the school year in 2016.

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Food Donations 2015

I wish to extend a very much deserved thank you to the students and families who supported the Cerdon College Food Drive of 2015. All the donations ranging from essential food and toiletry items were donated to the House of Welcome, located at Carramar.

Every week, the House of Welcome provides a foodbank service for refugees and those seeking asylum. With access to little or no income, the foodbank is an essential support for many people.

Foodbank is stocked thanks to kind and generous donations.

The work of the House of Welcome can be viewed at:

or you can follow the House of Welcome on Facebook.

Mr Mulheron

Religious Education Co-ordinator

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On the 30th November Cerdon College hosted its annual Showcase evening and once again, it did not disappoint. We were taken 30 years into the past and then Back to the Future by our wonderful MCs Doc (Rachel Muscat) and Marty Mcfly (Catalina Valdivia) who escorted us through a night of awe and wonder. The items that made the night such a success celebrated the talents of our student body in the fields of Music, Art, Drama and Design. Equally impressive to the talent displayed on stage was the sheer number of students involved in the event.
The College was well represented by students of all years and it was remarkable to see that the enthusiasm of our junior students matched the intensity and experience of our seniors. Showcase 2015 also featured a landmark event in the form of our very first fashion parade. This allowed us to celebrate the talents of our TAS students outside of a static display. Both designers and models had time to shine as the works were displayed on the catwalk. Our Creative Arts and TAS students were able to turn our humble hall into a gallery space that could have made some gallery directors blush with envy. The display included artworks of various mediums and were enjoyed by all before our Performance Artists took to the stage. All things considered, Showcase 2015 was a huge success; not only did it provide us with the opportunity for our students to develop their craft but it allowed us to celebrate their talent as a community. Even before show time the anticipation and expectations of a stellar night were present as tickets were sold out three days prior to curtain call. Through the vehicle of Showcase the school was able to raise over $3000 dollars for charities within our local community. It was a truly astonishing event and the spectacle grows annually. If you were unable to make it this year I highly recommend that you be present for Showcase 2016 to help us celebrate our school's growing talent.

Year 10 Update

Co-ordinating this year group for the past two years has been a pleasure. I have watched these young ladies mature and become a close and generous cohort. They have always extended a helping hand to those in need, not only within our school but the wider community. The girls have been making weekly trips to Holy Family Primary School in Emerton as part of a Reach-out program this term.

Term 4 has been a busy one with Yearly Exams, preparing for Senior study, voting for the 2016 Leaders and putting our coordination skills to good use in Ballroom dancing with Marist Brothers, Eastwood. It was a very successful day, new dance steps were learnt and some friendships made.

As we near the end of Term 4, we will finish with an Alternate Program. Week 10 will consist of various sessions, which I’m sure the girls will find useful in their future lives. The week will consist of Self Defence, Surf Lifesaving, Life Coaching, Safe Partying, Cyber Crime and an excursion to The Australian Catholic University, North Sydney campus. Their last day will be a formal Luncheon at Parramatta Leagues Club to celebrate the completion of Year 10.


May the road rise up to meet you.

May the wind always be at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields.

And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Congratulations on finishing Year 10 and good luck in your Senior studies.

Ms Suzana Rimac

Year 10 Co-ordinator

Visual Arts News

Artexpress Success!!

We are proud to announce that both Serah Yi and Faid Ahmad have had their artworks selected for Artexpress 2016.

Serah’s artwork will be on exhibition at The Armory, Sydney Olympic Park and Faid’s artwork will be on exhibition at Maitland Regional Gallery. The dates for these exhibitions are available via each Gallery’s websites.

We also extend our thanks to Mrs Famularo for all her hard work and guidance of our Year 12 Visual Arts class.

During the month of February two girls from Cerdon College Year 12 class of 2015, Julie Vo and Carina Uremovic will have their work on exhibition at the Holroyd Council Chambers as a part of the Holroyd HSC Visual Arts Exhibition.

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The Cerdon Archibald Prize

Wednesday 2nd December the girls in the Year 10 Visual Arts class had their portrait exhibition. Just like the audience at the Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW we give the audience the opportunity to vote for their favourite portrait. Congratulations to all the girls for their outstanding work and to Thy Mai for winning the Peoples Choice Award and to Lauren Smith, Tina Giang and Marie Portelli who each received a Highly Commended Award for their artworks.

NSW Premier's Reading Challenge

A special congratulations to the students who achieved the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge Medal, Platinum and Gold Awards this year. This is an outstanding achievement that demonstrates both a love, and commitment, to reading.

NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge Medal

(completed Yrs 3-9 inclusive)

Elizabeth Elias

Sara Haider

Samantha Jabour

Hannah Rahimi

Nicole Yu

NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge Platinum

(completed 7 years)

Daniella Elakcnouch, Year 8

NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge Gold

(completed 4 years)

Shanice Seaib, Year 7

Sarah Vella, Year 7

Well done to all students who participated in and completed the Challenge this year. Wishing you all the best as you continue your reading journey and remember to share your love of reading with others.

Mrs Sylaprany


Enrichment @ Cerdon

As the end of the school year approaches, I take this opportunity to commend all the students who have involved themselves in enrichment activities throughout the year, whether as a way of pursuing their passions or even trying something new. A number of students will also be enriching their holidays by participating in new and interesting experiences. Whether it will be an art or literature workshop, or a science or university experience, I wish to congratulate all the students for taking the opportunity. I hope your time will be fun and enriching!

OZ Kids in Print

Congratulations to Felicia Aung and Erin Cahill who once again had their work published in the magazine OZ Kids in Print. Felicia wrote a poem titled The Bond we Make and Create while Erin Cahill wrote a short story titled Who Ever Loved that Loved Not at first Sight?

Both girls enjoy writing and this achievement is certainly well deserved. Well Done girls!

The 2015 Cerdon College Knowledge Challenge for Year 10

Fresh from their end of year exams, Year 10 found a fun and interesting way to relax and entertain themselves and the school community by participating in the 2015 Knowledge Challenge, the final one for the year! The competition started with a written section comprising of over 100 questions. The buzzer heats followed and as always were well contested. Students answered questions on subjects such as English, Mathematics, Science, the Arts, Sport, Entertainment and Current Affairs. In this challenge we had the pleasure of some guest compares including our librarians and Mrs Baker! After over 350 questions the final challenge was between Marcellin and Colin. Congratulations to Anadora Alejo, Nikhita Kaur and Theresa Nguyen from Marcellin, for making the final and for providing a deserving challenge to the eventual winners. Congratulations to Annmaree Kenny, Thy Mai and Emily Stoove from Colin, for their efforts and for winning the 2015 year 10 knowledge challenge.

Looking for something to do in the holidays? Some programs and workshops are still open for registration…

Science bootcamp (Sydney)

Tuesday 19 - Wednesday 20 Jan 2016 10:00am - 4:00pm

CSIRO North Ryde, Building 53, North Ryde, NSW 2113

CSIRO is inviting students in year 8 or above in 2016 to participate in a science bootcamp. Spend two days exploring acoustics, sound and personal electronics with CSIRO. See CSIRO labs and testing facilities, meet and chat with research scientists from a variety of disciplines, explore sound studies and take home your own amplifier!

In this program, you will:

· Visit CSIRO research laboratories – see the latest research in action.

· Participate in discrete lab experiences – act as a forensic investigator.

· Attend researcher presentations - meet the scientists behind the news headlines.

· Challenge yourself with open-ended investigations - design and craft your own amplifier to take home and take away further instructions on how to continue your investigations at home.

For further information and to register visit

Girls Programming Network (GPN) Hour of Code Open Day!

The Girls Programming Network is offering girls and their families the opportunity to participate in the Hour of Code Open Day. There are a number of projects available as well as Computerless Computing games to play! The Open Day will be held at the University of Sydney and will run from 10 am – 4pm this Sunday 13th December. There is no cost for the day and guests can visit at any time, however registration is essential.

For further information and to register please visit

GERRIC : The Scientia Challenge 2016

The Scientia Challenge Program is designed for gifted and talented high school students in Years 7-10. The program features a range of workshops taught over three days. The courses are developed and presented by academics at the University of New South Wales. The level of difficulty in the courses is aimed at two years higher than the students' grade level, providing a rigorous and challenging program. The program also provides the opportunity for gifted students to meet like-minded peers of similar interests.

The next Scientia Challenge Program will be held January 19-21, 2016. In this program you can learn about the brain and its anatomy, you can make an animated, interactive movie, you can learn more about personality types or find out more about composing sound and music for films. For further information and application details please visit

Mrs S Agius

Enrichment Co-ordinator

Indonesian Immersion

The following articles appeared in the Flores Pos Newspaper following the Cerdon College Immersion program that took place in November.
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Year 7 Stop Motion Videos

Some examples of the work of the Year 7 students in their ICT classes. The Year 7 cohort celebrated their work with a stop-motion film festival last week.
The Lost Dog.
Pig Love.
Bubble Gum.

Co-ordinators Awards

Tiana Antonios 8G24

Sara Mekhaeel 8G24

Trinity Taylor 8G23

Change of Contact Details

Please notify the College Office if you have changed any of your contact details ie. address, telephone number, email address, etc so that we are able to update our records accordingly.

Thank you

School Calendars

You can search for each of the Cerdon Calendars using a Google search and subscribe to them in your preferred calendar (eg iCal) or click on the links below to view the relevant calendar.

Cerdon College Calendar

Year 7 Calendar

Year 8 Calendar

Year 9 Calendar

Year 10 Calendar

Year 11 Calendar

Year 12 Calendar

Sports Calendar

Feast Days


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