Term 3 Week 8 Friday 4 September 2015
A Message from the Principal
Dear Parents, Staff and Students
Mother Teresa worked with the poorest of the poor in Calcutta, India. As she was dying, she reflected on her life of work with the poor and wrote:
"When you die, the Lord will not ask you how much you have done with your life, but rather, how much love you have put into the doing".
It is a timely reminder for each of us that we should always show that we value and respect the dignity of every person with whom we come in contact.
As a community we pray -
God our Father,
may all of life's experiences
lead us to grow
as people who always put love
into all that we do.
May we live in such a way
that our attitude
and words and actions
reflect to all people
their own value, dignity
to feel wanted and appreciated
for who they are
Over the past three weeks our Year 12 students have submitted major works for Visual Arts, Music, Textiles Technology and Extension II English, while HSC performances have been completed for Drama and Music. Language students have also completed HSC Speaking Exams. As these students continue to study for their HSC examinations, please keep these students in your prayers.
Mrs Patricia Baker
This is a remarkable achievement and reflects Elisa's commitment to the study of Italian.
Year 12 student Tyra Stephens received a Certificate III in Health Services Assistance at a Graduation Ceremony at Auburn Hospital on Wednesday September 2nd 2015.
Tyra has been undertaking this demanding course as part of her HSC studies for the past two years.
Congratulations to Tyra on achieving this Certificate.
On Thursday night September 3, Mrs Baker and Mrs Parker attended the Bishop's Award for Student Excellence Ceremony at St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta. This award ceremony is an annual event where one Year 12 student from each secondary school in the Parramatta Diocese is presented with an award for excellence. These students have to meet a strict criteria encompassing a number of areas including Academic, Social Justice, Leadership, a commitment to the Catholic faith and the living out of Christian values. This year the Cerdon College recipient is Catherine Le, the College Captain. Catherine Young, one of our Year 10 students read the citation at the ceremony. Both of the students did Cerdon College proud. Congratulations Catherine.
Inter-School Chess Competition
On Wednesday 26th August, 7 students represented the College in the Annual Holroyd High School Chess Competition. Games were 25 minutes in duration and played in a round-robin format. Six schools participated with 72 students competing. The students were entered into three graded divisions and performed admirably with most achieving 3 ½ points out of 7 in a modified scoring system.
Dress Up Day
Loulou Abou Sleiman 12FF2
Vanisha Prasad Adhar 12HA
Chloe Aflak 12GL4
Javiera Aguayo 8GL3
Siena Bergamin 8GL3
Sandra Bou-Ghosn 8G26
Monique Brunet 12FF8
Claudia Bryson Miguel 8G23
Emily Campos Rios 8G27
Marianne Chemuel 12FF8
Shantelle Dang 12FF6
Sarah Diab 12FF2
Caley Donohoe 8G26
Esther Duruchukwu 12GL4
Sally Eid 12FF8
Rita El Takchi 12HA
Michelle Elias 12GL4
Keti Gobena 8G25
Elissa Hadchiti 12FF6
Caitlyne Halabi 8GL3
Mariann Khouri 8G26
Kelly Hue Thanh Ly 12FF6
Nancy Maldigri 8GL3
Maree Mekdessi 12FF2
Mia Miranda 12FF3
Elizabeth Serbin 12FF2
Riannah Toufan 12FF8
Anna Tran 12FF2
Victoria Yen Vy Tran 12HA
Geena Trimboli 12GL5
Georgina Tuma 12GL4
Carina Uremovic 12FF8
Allison Vassallo 12FF2
Julie Vo 12FF3
Literacy and Numeracy at Cerdon
National Literacy and Numeracy Week: 31 August to 4 September
This week we celebrated National Literacy and Numeracy Week. This is an Australian Government initiative to promote literacy and numeracy in all schools across Australia.
Here, at Cerdon, literacy and numeracy is an ongoing focus throughout the year.
The College leaders, under the direction of Esther Duruchukwu, facilitated a modified version of the SBS program, ‘Letters and Numbers’. Girls from Years 7 to 12 participated in the game over two lunchtimes earning points for their House, winning prizes and improving their literacy and numeracy skills through games.
(Leader of Learning: Numeracy)
Enrichment @ Cerdon
It has been a very exciting few weeks in Enrichment. In this week’s entry, read about the very enthusiastic Year 7 Knowledge Challenge, the inaugural Paper Plane Challenge and reflections from the Jack Andraka’s presentation. Also, as the term draws to a close, check out some of the opportunities available for enrichment at a number of universities.
The 2015 Year 7 Cerdon College Knowledge Challenge
This week saw Year 7 participate in their very first Knowledge Challenge. A little shy at first with the buzzers, the girls soon learned that this was a serious contest and enthusiastically took to the challenge. The girls were jumping out of their seats trying to answer questions on a variety of subjects including English, Mathematics, Religion, Geography, History, Science, sport, entertainment and current affairs. Teams from every house were represented but in the end the Grand Final was contested between the two Perroton teams. Congratulations to Paula Kahwajy, Isabelle Putrus and Leah Raya from Perroton I for making the final and Czarlyn Cruz, Rose Hanratty and Nicole Wang from Perroton II on winning the 2015 Year 7 Challenge.
The Paper Plane Challenge.
On Wednesday 26th August Cerdon College held its inaugural Paper Plane Challenge. Students across all years were invited to fold the A4 page into a sleek paper plane and test their designs. There were some interesting designs, but the art of paper plane flying was best displayed by some of the more skilled staff members who joined in the fun.
Jack Andraka – Sydney Tour
A small group of Year 11 science students were fortunate enough to attend Jack Andraka’s presentation at The Kings School on Tuesday September 1st. Described as the 'Bill Gates of Biology', Jack is a teen innovator who’s project is responsible for developing new type of screening test for pancreatic cancer using a paper sensor, similar to that of the diabetic test strip. In his presentation Jack spoke about his journey in developing this test and talked about how he is proof that teenagers can achieve what they want if they believe in themselves. His message to all was that you can "pretty much do anything using the Internet... and that it doesn't matter where you come from, your age, sex or religion... your ideas are what counts!"
Experience It! Conference 2015 – Sydney Women in Engineering
If you like designing solutions to problems, want to contribute to society and make a difference to the world, come and see what engineering is about at the Experience It! student conference.
This conference is aimed at girls from Year 9-12 interested in learning what science and engineering offers. It will be a day of interactive, hands on and team based activities exploring the peculiar and bizarre applications of engineering. You will have the opportunity to participate in workshops based on their areas of interest and no prior engineering, maths or physics experience is required.
The conference is on Thursday October 1 at the UNSW. The program is free for high school students but you will need to register online.
For further information visit www.engineersaustralia.org.au/sydneywie or see Mrs Agius.
The Conoco Phillips Science Experience
This very popular program has sparked a science interest in many of our past student. The three day program runs at a number of universities across Australia and is supported by Rotary. Participating students are involved in a number of exciting activities across a number of scientific fields. Here students in Years 9 and 10 have the opportunity to explore new science interests and meet like-minded students from across Australia.
The most popular experiences for our students have been at the UNSW program which will run on the 28-30 September 2015 and the University of Sydney program which will be on the 13-15 January 2016. For other dates and further information visit: www.scienceexperience.com.au
Engineering & IT at UTS
The University of Technology Sydney is running the Engineering Link Project which allows students the opportunity to work with engineers and scientists on range of day long projects to gain a real understanding of what a career in engineering could be like for them.
Students in Year 10, 11 and 12 are invited to apply. The project runs over two days on October 1 & 2 2015. To find out more information and to register visit www.telg.com.au/register or see Mrs Agius.
The UNSW Women in Engineering Camp
The UNSW is inviting young women in Year 10 and 11 who are interested in learning more about engineering to apply for a position for its annual Women in Engineering Camp. Over the past years a number of our students have participated and benefited greatly from this program. This residential program runs over five days and places are limited. Applicants will be selected on the basis of aptitude for engineering, including performance in maths and science subjects at school. For further information please visit www.engineering.unsw.edu.au/wiec or see Mrs Agius.
Closing Soon…Write 4 Fun 2015
Entry to the 2015 Schools Writing Competition is closing soon! Students all over Australia are invited to enter their poems or short stories, and battle it out for the great cash prizes on offer.
There is no theme!! Entrants are encouraged to let their imaginations run wild and get their creative juices flowing to write on any topic. The competition is open to all students 7-12.
Poems and short stories entered into the competition will be considered for inclusion into our 2015 Write4fun anthology! Those selected will have the opportunity to purchase the edition at a discounted rate. There are fantastic prizes on offer including a $1000 cash first prize. Entries close September 6 2015. For further information and to enter online visit www.write4fun.net/competitions/
Mrs S Agius
College Uniform Shop
Last week of Term 3
Monday 14 September and Wednesday 16 September 8:00 am-2:00 pm
First week of Term 4
Tuesday 6 October 8:00 am-2:00 pm (due to Monday being a Public Holiday)
Wednesday 7 October 8:00 am- 4:00 pm (Year 7 2016 Orientation Day)
These additional hours have been organised to assist with any purchasing requirements for Term 4 when students return in their Summer Uniform.
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)
Dropping Off and Picking Up Students
The gates are clearly signposted and parents are asked to respect these instructions which are in place to protect the safety of students.
School Excursions and Incursions
For other excursions not covered by the general permission note, you may receive a permission note which will need to be completed and forwarded to school by the due date. Some of these excursions may incur a cost which will also need to be paid by the due date. There are no exceptions or extensions to the due date for payment.
A copy of each notification and permission note is also available from the College Website.
Change of Contact Details
40th Year Reunion
Class of 1973 (Year 10) and 1975 (Year 12) reunion to be held on Saturday, September 19 at Surveyor General Inn, Berrima at 12 noon. A separate room has been booked.
You will be able to buy your own lunch and drinks and catchup with friends.
If you are able to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by September 10, 2015. Looking forward to seeing everyone. Anne Healey, Helen Hrast and Lynne Power
Notre Dame’s Open Day
Help is at hand for aspiring uni students at Notre Dame’s Open Day.
Future university students will be able to get all the advice they need as they consider their future course and career path options at The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Open Day on Saturday 29 August 2015.
From 9am to 3pm, the national Catholic university will open the doors of its Broadway and Darlinghurst sites to prospective students and their families who will be able to take part in a range of hands-on activities at the various Schools; find out about the University’s unique admissions process and hear from graduates about why they rate Notre Dame as a 5 star university.