College Newsletter

Term 2 Week 2 Friday 6 May 2016

A Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Staff and Students

As we return to school for a very busy Term Two, we are reminded that we begin the term in the month of May. In honour of our Marist tradition we pray the Angelus together as a community each day at midday. You will find the Angelus below.

In the past two weeks Year 11 and Year 12 have been on retreat and we thank Mr Mulheron, Ms Ackaoui, Mr Freeman, Sr Kate and the RE team, as well as Mr Bridges and Ms Rimac for their organisation and work with the students. We also observed the ANZAC Day Remembrance last Wednesday and Kayla Furness read a moving tribute to her great, great grandfather. You will find the transcript below.

Next week students in Years 7 and 9 will sit the NAPLAN examinations starting on Tuesday, May 10 and concluding Thursday, May 12. Friday, May 13 is set aside as a catch up day for any student who misses an exam owing to illness. We ask that in the event of illness that parents please inform the school by 9:00am.

In the coming weeks, Years 9 and 10 will sit for their half-yearly examinations, Year 11 and Year 12 will continue to complete a number of assessments and the school community will prepare for the both annual Athletics Carnival and Chavoin Day. In particular, at this Chavoin Day will we mark the centenary of the signing of the Marist Pledge at Fourvière. More information in future Newsletters.

The Parent-Teacher Nights will be held this term. Details for each evening will be advertised to you via the newsletter and Skoolbag (we ask all parents to download the Skoolbag app as soon as possible). Dates for each night are as follows:

Year 12 Wednesday 18 May

Year 7 Wednesday 25 May

Year 11 Wednesday 8 June

Year 8 Wednesday 29 June

Year 9 Wednesday 20 July

Year 10 Wednesday 27 July

As in the past, all appointments can be made via School Interviews.

Owing to an unseasonably warm April-May students have been given the opportunity to wear their summer uniform until today. All students are reminded to be in full winter uniform on Monday, 9 May.

A reminder also that the P&F meeting will be held on Monday, May 9 starting promptly at 7:00pm in the staff lunchroom. All parents, as always, are encouraged and most welcome to attend.

The Angelus

The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary,

And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

Hail Mary, full of grace;

the Lord is with thee.

Blessed art thou among women,

and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God,

pray for us sinners,

now and at the hour of our death.


Behold the handmaid of the Lord,

Be it done unto me according to your word.

Hail Mary, full of grace;

the Lord is with thee.

Blessed art thou among women,

and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God,

pray for us sinners,

now and at the hour of our death.


And the Word was made flesh,

And dwelt among us.

Hail Mary, full of grace;

the Lord is with thee.

Blessed art thou among women,

and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God,

pray for us sinners,

now and at the hour of our death.


Pray for us, O holy Mother of God,

That we may be made worthy of the

promises of Christ.

Let us pray

Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord,

your grace into our hearts;

that we to whom the incarnation

of Christ your Son was made known

by the message of an angel, may

by his passion and cross,

be brought to the glory of his resurrection.

Through Christ our Lord


God Bless

Mr Frank Caristo

Acting Principal

Year 7 and Year 9 NAPLAN Testing

Below is a list of required items for Year 7 and Year 9 for the NAPLAN Exams that will take place May 10-12 (catch up day - May 13).

The students will need to bring:

· Pencil (must be 2B or HB)

· Black ballpoint pen

· Pencil sharpener

· Eraser

· A calculator that is approved for use at school

The following information was previously sent home to parents of students in Years 7 and 9. A copy is attached for your reference.

School Photographs

Dear Parents,

School photographs are scheduled to be taken by advancedlife Photography on Thursday 19 May 2016.

Whilst an envelope and flyer has been distributed, if possible it is our preference that ordering be completed online to reduce administration and potential security issues related to the return of cash and envelopes on photo day.

Orders for packages and sibling photographs can be placed securely online at using our school’s unique 9 digit Online Order Code (see below).

Portrait and group package orders are due by photography day.

Should you wish to purchase a sibling photograph online, the order must be placed no later than the day before photography day.

Sibling photographs will only be taken if an order has been placed.

Should you have any queries concerning school photographs or online ordering,

please direct them via email to

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Introducing Skoolbag

We are pleased to introduce the Cerdon College (CCM) Skoolbag app. Skoolbag will be used to communicate alerts, messages (including SMS and email) and some news items and videos straight to your mobile phone, iPad and/or tablet. Skoolbag will also be used to share excursion permission notes with you and you can respond via the app to provide permission for these rather than complete and return a slip. You can use Skoolbag to keep up to date with school events, notify the school of your daughter's sickness or changes to important contact information.

We will continue to publish a fortnightly newsletter which will be emailed to parents, but you will also find that each newsletter will also appear in the Skoolbag app.

As Skoolbag will become an integral part of our communications with you we'd like to encourage all parents and students to download the app. Instructions for doing so are located below.

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Updated advice for HSC students about examinations

Advice for HSC students about examinations has been updated on the Students Online website to include important information about the 2016 HSC examinations.

It covers a range of topics including revised syllabuses, changes to specifications and courses where personalised answer booklets are being introduced.

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Launching for students

Exciting news! Cerdon has recently subscribed to for all students and teachers. provides access to high-quality, current, and engaging video tutorials presented by recognised industry experts in the fields of technology, design, education and business. For student learning, teachers may integrate courses (or parts of courses) into lessons to support the development of skills in particular areas (for example, in learning how to use Photoshop for an art project or learning how to create an iBook for an English or LOTE assignment). Students can use independently at home to develop skills in areas in which they have a particular interest (for example, photography or web design). can also be used to help students troubleshoot issues they may encounter when using technology or to further develop their tech skills from a beginner level to an intermediate level or higher. is useful not only for developing tech-related skills but for developing skills in other areas as well (such as public speaking skills, memory skills and note-taking). New courses are added every week. You can access via the web, or through the app for iPad or mobile devices. Click here for details on how to access This information has also been shared with students via their school email address. Watch this introductory video for a quick overview of

Mrs Sylaprany

A few suggested courses for learning new technology skills:

· iBooks Author Essential Training

· Google Apps for students

· Google Drive Essential Training

· iPad tips and tricks

· iMovie 10.0.2 Essential Training

A few suggested courses to support study skills and school work in general:

· Improving Your Memory

· Presentation Fundamentals

· Public Speaking Fundamentals

· Communicating with Confidence

· Managing Stress

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ELES Online Study Skills Handbook

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Ever leave your assignments until the last minute? Well here are 5 reasons to start work on your assignments immediately:

  • GET YOUR BRAIN THINKING ABOUT THE TOPIC: At the very least, read through the requirements of the assignment on the day you get your assignment. Even if you are not thinking about it directly, your subconscious will be hard at work.

  • FIND LIBRARY RESOURCES: Although the library may not be your main source of reference, you should drop in soon after receiving the assignment. Reference books, resources and magazines will disappear quickly. It is not a good idea to only use Google.

  • DISCOVER OTHER RESOURCES: You could also ask your local librarian for any additional direction on where to look for resource material for your assignment. Librarians know how to help people access relevant information, in books, journals and in computer based references.

  • STARTING EARLY MEANS MORE TIME TO EXPLORE & ASK FOR HELP: Your initial research might be on assignment points you’ve identified through the library, references your teacher may have given you, school textbooks, and/or general internet search engines. If you start this early, you could discover that you don’t actually understand important concepts and that perhaps you need to speak to your teacher to get further clarity.

  • CREATE A SAFETY NET: Starting your assignment immediately will give you a safety net in case you get sick, or something unexpected happens. You should always have a schedule that allows for the unexpected.

You can learn more about being more effective with assessments in the ASSIGNMENT SKILLS unit of by logging in with these details:

Username: cerdoncollege

Password: achieve

Astronomy Night

All students and their families are invited to an Astronomy Night (weather permitting) on Monday 9th May from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on the school oval.

This is the night of the Parents and Friends meeting. It is anticipated that parents will stay to share the evening with their daughter unless attending the meeting.

Entry to the oval is via the Sherwood Road car park.

Dress warmly and you may bring a device with a sky watch app on it, a folding chair and/or a telescope if you have one.

Please let your science teacher know if you are attending.

Formal permission notes are available in the science noticeboard outside KL7.

Religious Education Department News

Year 12 Retreat

In an attempt to provide a quality formation experience for our Year 12 students, the Year 12 Retreat was held in the beautiful setting of the Edmund Rice Retreat and Conference Centre. The young staff of the Youth Mission Team who work out of St Michael’s Baulkham Hills once again led the days for our students. Topics for the days included: knowing myself, knowing others and knowing God. The staff of YMT provided thought provoking drama presentations so as to open students to the possibility of creating better relationships. Students had the opportunity to share their ideas and opinions in small and large group settings. We were also treated to the excellent hospitality of the kitchen staff of the Edmund Rice Retreat Centre, with the girls being very well fed throughout the day. The day concluded with a liturgical celebration before returning to school and the rigors of what lay ahead for the remainder of the HSC year.

My thanks to the YMT staff and the Cerdon staff who gave up their time to ensure that our students not only participated in an effective formation experience, but who were supervised at all times. It is now hoped that the Year 12’s look at the relationships in their lives in a new light.

Mr N Mulheron

Year 11 Retreat

This year saw Cerdon College look at the delivery of our Year 11 retreat experience. It was felt that a new model needed to be employed so as to “get the best” out of the day for the students. Therefore, our Year 11 students were provided with an experience at the Edmund Rice Retreat Centre at Mulgoa, run by Sr Kate McPhee SM, where the theme of the day was to listen. The students were taken through a number of activities where they were challenged to be attuned and to be in the present moment. All too often we bombard ourselves with information and technology that we forget to live in the present moment, or to be attentive to what is happening around us. Sr. Kate challenged the girls to be silent so as to open to the opportunity to listen to God in the everyday. Year 11 participated in activities of quiet and peaceful reflection, something that we very rarely allow for ourselves in our fast paced world.

The culmination of the day was the celebration of the Eucharist with Fr Peter OSPPE of St Margaret Marys Parish, Merrylands. My thanks to Fr Peter and Sr Kate for their work in the day, as well as the Cerdon staff who attended to share in the experience with the students.

Mr N Mulheron

Powerhouse Museum Excursion

On 17th March, Year 10 and 11 Design and Technology students visited the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. It was an exciting day for all students as we participated in two lectures, one about the sustainability of products in our industrial world and one about a game designer who is currently developing a new computer game with DIY controllers. We also experienced the major works of past HSC students to get inspiration for our own designs. These works included a chopping board for people with Parkinson's disease, an electric guitar, a video game, various clothing items and bins which were specialised for processing dog waste. We then took part in designing our own logos. This was done by using computers and special printers which cut out vinyl stickers. While designing our logos we got to experiment with different shapes and colours. We were only able to select one colour as the vinyl stickers were one colour and time was limited, however, this did not limit our creativity. During our various activities we were also joined by several other schools whom were extremely inviting.

Overall, the excursion was a great experience for all students who attended.

Elise Cribbin 10FD1

Year 11 Physics Excursion

In late March, the Year 11 Physics class went on an excursion to Luna Park related to the Moving About topic. They were able to apply their knowledge in a practical sense such as using Newton's Laws of Motion on various rides. Throughout the day, students worked on a booklet based on Dodgem cars and how inertia was applied. They spent the rest of the day going on rides, eating and enjoying how Physics is used in our daily lives. Although the weather was not the best, everyone still had an enjoyable learning experience.

Theresa Nguyen and Mikaela Hanna (Year 11)

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ANZAC Day Ceremony

Cerdon College held its ANZAC Day ceremony on Wednesday 27th April at 11:00 am. The ceremony was conducted by the School Leaders. The moving ceremony was an opportunity to display the pine tree which now belongs to the College, seeded from the original Lone Pine from the tree which gives its name to one of the main battles at Gallipoli. The commemorative address outlining a soldier's experiences was given this year by Kayla Furness of Year 10.

My Great Great Grandfather, Arthur Esdale Chapman like many other men of the early 1900’s was a veteran in the First World War.

Growing up in the country town of Uralla and later moving to Armidale he became a shearer.

At 19 years of age he was married to Blanche Anderson and later that year they welcomed twins However the twins died days later. This was 1916, 2 years into the war. After grieving the loss of his children he enlisted on the 14th of February 1916. Due to the circumstances he was allowed to remain in Armidale Australia for a couple months and assist in conducting of the initial training of other soldiers. By October he had embarked and was on his way to England and by 1917 he had arrived on the Western Front, along with his battalion - The 33rd. The 33rd battalion was one of the greatest Australian battalions to make the most advancement without losing territory during battle. While he was away fighting in France his wife gave birth to their daughter and named her Frances Mons in honour of her husband’s leave. In June of 1917 he witnessed and was injured in a German shell attack. In this his 3 mates were killed. He was then admitted to hospital for shell shock. Once recovered he was back in the trenches being involved in the war. Arthur fought in a number of places along the Western Front including, Battle of Messines - Flanders, Belgium; Battle at Villers - Brentoneux; Battle of Ypres and First Battle of Passchendaele. In 1919 he finally returned home. Although he had a relatively easy transition back into “normal life” he was constantly haunted by the atrocities that had occurred just as many returned soldiers were. Over his lifetime he fathered a further 3 children one of whom is still alive today and resides in Tamworth. In 1952 he died due to a complication with the anaesthesia admitted prior to an appendectomy. These complications arose because of the gas attack Arthur Chapman suffered during war service.

While my great great grandfather has passed I feel as if he has been kept alive along with the thousands of other ANZACs who made the ultimate sacrifice in going to war through commemorations such as this. And may I say how interesting things turn out as his wife who lived for decades after him ended up moving to Guildford - 3 streets away from my current home. Through this I feel as if he among other soldiers are present in not only my life, but all of our lives today.

Numeracy at Cerdon

Problems, Patterns, Pictures, Puzzles: Problem Solving Workshop

On Monday 4th April, Year 10, and on Tuesday 5th April, Year 8 participated in a Problem Solving incursion facilitated by Inquisitive Minds.

The incursion was organized to assist students to improve their ability and confidence in Problem Solving, what is usually a challenging component of Mathematics. Students learnt new strategies and then worked in pairs to answer often hard problems. The work done in the classroom was reinforced by the incursion in a fun yet challenging way.

As Kiranpreet Kohli from Year 10 student reported, “It gave students the opportunity to endeavor hard maths problems and puzzles. The incursion began with our hosts teaching us quick and clever ways of finding solutions to questions. Later on when we were in pairs, we attempted similar questions and competed with everyone in the room. The winners of that round received a small prize and were given permission to move on to the next level. At the end of the incursion, Jessica Li and Emily Dang had the highest total score and received a prize. The incursion was a fun and excellent way of enhancing our skills.”

The day was extremely positive with students tackling and successfully answering many problems. In addition, the girls’ confidence in Problem Solving has increased, a lot of fun was had and chocolates were won by many!

Grace Muscat

(Numeracy Coordinator and Acting Mathematics Coordinator)


Welcome back to term two! It has already been a busy term for some of our Year 8 and 9 students involved in the Cerdon’s inaugural Bridge Building Competition. Students working in teams are competing to represent the school at the Aurecon Bridge Building Challenge at the Art Gallery later this year. Also working hard, are the Year 9 and 10 students involved in the Science and Engineering Challenge later this term. Each team is given an engineering based design and make project, which needs to be reproduced on the day of the competition. A small group of Year 10 and 11 students are researching and preparing their resolutions, as members of the Mini United Nations Assembly (MUNA). This competition, sponsored by Rotary, will take place at Parliament House later this month and we wish all participants the very best wishes in their preparation.

During the holidays Christina Kheir represented her school and Holroyd Lions Club in the District Final of the Lions Youth of the Year Competition at Goulbourn. As always the competition was of high standard and although she did not make it through to the next stage of the competition, Christina commented on how grateful she was to Holroyd Lions Club and to her school to have been part of this experience. Well Done Christina.

The Engineering Link Experience at UNSW

Almost thirty Year 11 and 12 students spent part of their holidays at the UNSW participating in the Engineering Link Project. This two day workshop aimed to provide students with a variety of insights into the field of engineering, while involving them in a variety of hands on projects.

Overall the program was very successful with organisers providing the following comments about the experience ‘Surprisingly high percentage of girls attended …All the students were deeply involved in their projects. All very intelligent students…Lots of enthusiasm for all the projects, and for the university itself.

The students also reflected on a very positive experience.

It was very practical and hands-on. It was fun meeting new people and talking to the university students and engineers….

It opened up my eyes to the facilities and programs offered at the university, as well as the work of an engineer and the application of both science and maths skills in the real world ….

This experience provided us with a deeper insight into the different disciplines of engineering and the pathways we can take. All the activities were interesting and gave us an opportunity to do hands-on work ...I wish the program was longer!

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Write 4 Fun Success

Cerdon College has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence from Write4Fun for having more than 10 students successfully progressing past the initial judging of the 2016 Schools Writing Competition. Over 9000 entries were received Australia wide for the latest competition, and Cerdon was one of 10% of schools which showed this level of achievement. Congratulations to all students who participated in the competition, and particularly those who made it through the initial judging. Best wishes for the final judging.

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Create Computer Games at The Girls Programming Network (GPN)

The University of Sydney is holding its next GPN workshop for Term 2 on Sunday 5th June! This is a fantastic opportunity for girls who want to learn more about computer programming.
The workshop is free, and held from 10am to 4pm in the undergraduate labs at the School of IT, University of Sydney. Lunch, snacks and chocolate are all provided, thanks to support from the National Computer Science School.
In this workshop we will be creating games! We will write programs that turn classic games like Snap and Trivial Pursuit into computer games. Students do not need any programming experience to come along, we will teach them everything you need to know, and we will have extension activities for students who do have experience.

If you are interested in participating in this exciting opportunity you will need to register on

For further information please see Mrs Agius.

Village Art –Rio 2016

An exciting opportunity is available for all students to support and inspire the Australian athletes at the 2016 Olympic Games. For the first time the Australian Olympic Committee has invited secondary school students to participate in the Village Art Program. Students are asked to submit an art work on A3 paper which depict or demonstrates an appreciation of the Olympic Games. This could include a moment in Australian Olympic history, their favourite Olympian both current and retired, or sport in general.

Students’ artwork will be used to decorate the Australian quarter of the Olympic village in Rio, for the upcoming Olympics.

For further information visit

Entries are due to Mrs Agius at the end of the term.

Young Archie 2016 Competition

Budding artists are invited to submit a portrait for the Art Gallery of NSW as part of the Young Archie competition. As part of the family focused activities, students need to enter a portrait of a person who is special to them- a person is known to them and plays a significant role in their life. There are fantastic prizes on offer and finalists’ work will be exhibited online.

Further information is available on

School entries are due to Mrs Agius by June 2nd, 2016.

The Dorothea Mackellar Poetry awards 2016

All Australian school students are invited to participate in the 2016 Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards 2016. This is an exciting competition for all students who enjoy writing and would like the opportunity to win some fantastic prizes. Students have a choice to use the optional theme ‘waiting’ or use any subject. All poems must be the student’s own work. Entries must be submitted to Mrs Agius by June 5, 2016 for processing.

For further information visit

Mrs S Agius

Enrichment Co-ordinator

PDHPE/Sport Report

PDSSSC Open Football

Our Open Soccer team performed to a high standard at the PDSSSC Football Gala Day held on Monday April 4 2016 at Jamison Park, Penrith. The team registered a 1 all draw against Marian Catholic College, Kenthurst, followed by a 4-2 victory over St Andrews College, Marayong. Unfortunately, this was followed by 6-1 defeat against St Mark’s, Stanhope Gardens. Overall, the Open team finished equal second in their pool, which is a great result against some strong opposition. Thank you to the following players for their efforts on the day:

Siena Bergamin, Jessica Stipic, Isabelle Stipic, Alysha Biber, Chantal Cassar, Chantelle Chan, Natasha Chan, Alexia Abouhamad, Jessie Finch, Melissa Barron, Katerina Bonovas, Marisa Incognito, Mikayla Ozols, Louise O’Neill and Janine Udan

Thank you to Mrs Roberts for her efforts in preparing and coaching the squad, to Mrs Bonovas and Mr Biber who refereed two games on the day and to all the parents who attended and supported the girls.

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Congratulations to Katerina Bonovas of Year 8 and Kaitlin Allan of Year 12 who were selected in the PDSSSC Open Football team. Katerina performed exceptionally well on the day and impressed the PDSSSC selectors. Kaitlin was invited to join the squad after being unable to attend to Gala Day due to HSC Half Yearly exam commitments. She was able to impress the selectors as part of the training squad. This is a significant achievement for both players with Katerina being selected for the second year in the Open team as a junior student and Kaitlin being selected in her final year at the College. We wish the girls the very best of luck at the NSWCCC Open Football Selection Trial on Tuesday May 17.

NSWCCC Swimming Championships

On Friday April 29, Emerson Walshaw and Elise Noble of Year 9 and Katarina Planinic of Year 11 represented PDSSSC at the NSWCCC Swimming Championships at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre. It is a great achievement for the girls to be acknowledged as the best swimmers in Parramatta Diocese and from all reports they swam against very high quality opposition from around the state. Unfortunately, only the top 3 competitors in each event were able to progress to the NSW All Schools Swimming Championships. We wish the girls well in the sport of swimming for the remainder of the year and look forward to many fine performances in 2017.

PDSSSC Cross Country

On Tuesday May 3, the students in the Cerdon Cross Country squad competed at the PDSSSC Cross Country Championships at Sydney Motorsport Park, Eastern Creek. Whilst we were anticipating cooler conditions, it turned out to be a very warm day for running yet each student participated with enthusiasm. The Eastern Creek course is a difficult cross country course, with a lot of rough terrain, inclines and obstacles. The competition was tough, however, as always the Cerdon competitors displayed great spirit, put in their best effort and thoroughly enjoyed the day. Congratulations to the following students for making it through to represent the College at the PDSSSC level:

Jemmie Le, Audrey Afful, Annabelle Danil, Nana Ellis, Claudia Portolesi, Sophia Vicic, Natasha Ozols, Zara El-Sayed, Sophia Siderides, Olivia Achmar, Amira El-Sayed, Alexzandria Smith, Angelina Portolesi, Trina Castelino, Louise O'Neill, Christine Ellias and Mikayla Ozols

Congratulations to Trina Castelino of Year 9, who finished in 5th Place in the 15 years age group. She will now progress to the NSWCCC Cross Country Event to be held on Friday June 17 2016.

Thank you to Mrs Deegan for her assistance on the day.

Mr R Zammit

PDHPE/Sport Co-ordinator

HSC Examination and Languages Timetables are now available

You can download a copy of the HSC Languages Timetable and Rules by clicking here and advice to students here.

The full HSC timetable is now available from the BOSTES website; click here to access the full examination timetable.

HSC Dates for Practical and Performance Examinations

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College Uniform Shop

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)

Permission to Publish Student Photographs and Work

Please advise the school in writing if you do not wish your daughter's name, photograph or work to be published on our social media platforms and website.

You will also need to discuss this decision with your daughter and make sure that she understands that she has a role to play in reminding teachers that her name, photograph or work is not for publication. It is also her joint responsibility to remove herself from photos that might be published online.

Whooping Cough

Please see information below regarding Whooping Cough

Time from exposure to illness
Usually 9 to 10 days (can range from 6 to 20 days).

Starts with a running nose, followed by persistent cough that comes in bouts. Bouts maybe followed by vomiting and a whooping sound as the child gasps for air.

Do I need to keep my child home?
Yes, until the first 5 days of a special antibiotic have been taken.

How can I help prevent its spread?
Immunisation at 2, 4, 6 months and 4 years of age. A particular antibiotic can be given for the patient and those that have been in close contact. The infected child should be excluded from childcare and school until 5 days after treatment begins. Unimmunised childcare attendees may be excluded from childcare unless they take the antibiotics. Click here for NSW Health Whooping Cough Factsheet.

Urgent Safety Notice

All parents are reminded that students are not to be dropped off or picked up from the Sherwood Road or Kenyons Road staff carparks at any time.

A number of parents continue to enter the Sherwood Road Staff Carpark, putting staff and students in danger. PLEASE STOP THIS UNSAFE PRACTICE immediately.

Also DROP OFF AND PICK UP at BP is strictly forbidden and NEVER STOP IN THE T-WAY.

Parents are reminded that parts of Kenyons Road are NO PARKING zones. No student should ever be dropped off or picked up from a no parking zone.

Police and Council Parking Rangers are very active in this area and they will not hesitate to fine you for inappropriate parking or driving within the designated school zone. As this is a public road, normal penalties will apply to parents who break these laws.

Student Attendance


Regular attendance at school is critical for each student’s academic growth and social development.

Students should attend school EVERY day unless they are SERIOUSLY unwell.

Family holidays should only be taken during designated school holiday times as any absence will impact on a student’s progress and students will struggle to catch up on skills and concepts missed. Any request for leave should be made well before the leave commences.

Every student MUST bring a note explaining their absence on the first day they return to school. Any senior student (Year 10 to 12) will need to provide a Doctor’s Certificate to explain an absence from an Assessment Task or Examination. All notes must clearly state the student name, dates of absence and reason for absence and must be signed by a parent/carer.

To assist you, we have attached an absence notification that you are able to download and complete with the relevant information relating to your daughter's absence. Alternatively, a handwritten note with all the required information is adequate. If you have downloaded the Schoolbag app. you may also send to the school an electronic letter. All parents are encouraged to download and use the Skoolbag app. for this purpose.

Partial Student Absences

All students are expected to be punctual to school and remain at school until the conclusion of the school day unless there are exceptional circumstances. Parents must have notified the school prior, so that students know that they must leave class early. These circumstances do not include leaving early to collect children from other schools, attending appointments that can be scheduled out of school hours, part-time work or catching a connecting bus or train. It is impossible to expect Cerdon College staff to collect students from class for parents who wish to pick them up early without notification.


Students should now be settled into their courses of study for 2016 and all students from Year 7 to Year 12 should be undertaking home study every night. Year 7 and 8 students should be spending 1-1½ hours each night on homework. Students in Year 9 and 10 should be spending 1½-2 hours each night on homework and Year 11 and 12 students should be spending 2½-3 hours each night on homework.

This homework should include some time for general reading, but also time completing work assigned in class, research assignments or projects and assessment tasks.

Students needing assistance with this homework should come to Learning Plus sessions held in the Library during each lunchtime.

Opal Cards

I would like to remind students about their behaviour on the buses, travelling to and from school each day. As we all know, behaviour matters and free travel is a privilege. With that in mind I ask that you remind your daughter of a few important points:

  • Tap on and off the bus every time.
  • Misplaced/lost/damaged Opal Card's need to be replaced by Transport for NSW.
  • Offer seats to paying customers without being asked, specifically the elderly or disabled. Remember you can't always see disability as it may be transient.
  • Respect transport staff.
  • Be safe.

As your daughter is travelling on the bus in her school uniform, she is not only letting herself down, but also the College, when she does not do the right thing.

Mrs Baker

Student Medical Information

The College is currently updating student medical information for the 2016 school year. If your daughter has a medical condition that requires an Action Plan eg Asthma and Anaphylaxis, please submit these to the school as soon as possible.

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 Excursions and Incursions

As you are aware, you have provided the school with permission to conduct certain excursions and incursions and sports activities. For those activities covered by the general permission note, you will receive a notification where it is appropriate to do so (eg for an excursion).

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.

School Calendars

You can subscribe to each of the following Google calendars by using the address provided. You need only select the calendar(s) that are relevant to you and to your daughter(s). You can subscribe to these calendars using any default calendar you currently use (eg iCal, Google calendars, etc) You can also search for Cerdon College calendars using a Google search.

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

School Zones

Parents need to take note that the area surrounding Cerdon College is designated as a School Zone. Police and Council Rangers constantly patrol the area. They will have no hesitation in prosecuting drivers for driving offences.

In NSW more than one million school students travel to and from school each day. The vast majority of students do so safely. The NSW State Government is committed to further increasing safety for children during school travel times.

There are 127 fixed digital speed cameras installed in NSW, of which 57 are in school zones.

The school zones were selected according to a number of criteria concerning the risks young pedestrians are exposed to, including a combination of high traffic volumes, the level of pedestrian use and crash history.

All NSW school zones are sign-posted with regulatory signs that list the operating times of the school zones.

What times do the school zone speed cameras operate?

All school zone speed cameras operate 24 hours per day, seven days a week and detect vehicles exceeding the speed limit. They are also programmed to detect vehicles exceeding the 40km/h school zone speed limit during sign-posted school zone times.

For most locations these times are: 8am – 9.30am and 2.30pm – 4pm on gazetted school days.

How do I know I am entering a school zone?

NSW school zones are sign-posted indicating the operating times of the school zone. There are also large, bright yellow markings painted on the road showing the 40km/h speed limit. In addition to the regulatory signs Roads and Maritime has also installed flashing lights (school zone alert systems) at a number of school zone sites, including all fixed speed camera sites that are located in a school zone. School zone flashing lights are used as an additional warning system to alert motorists to slow down, and are not legally required in NSW.

Are school zones enforced on pupil free days?

Fixed digital speed cameras enforce the school zone 40km/h speed limit during the stated school zone hours on all gazetted school days. Pupil free days or staff development days fit into this category and in some cases there may still be students attending schools on these days.

There are also some instances where double demerits apply on a school day. This will usually happen when the day before a long weekend is also a gazetted school day.

School days are defined as those gazetted by the NSW Government and which can be found on the NSW Government website and in most annual diaries. Both Catholic and independent schools, irrespective of their term dates, have enforceable school zones in line with Department of Education school terms. The fixed speed cameras enforce the school zone speed limit in accordance with the Department of Education school term dates.


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