361 Sandy Bay Road, Sandy Bay, Tasmania. Postal: PO Box 217, Sandy Bay, 7006 p: 03 6216 7900 fax: 03 6216 7999 e: [email protected] w: www.mountcarmel.tas.edu.au Issue 6 12th March ‘15 A WORD FROM THE PRINCIPAL Dear members of the Mount Carmel College community, As we commence Week 6 and I glance back at this year's calendar, already I note at least ten opportunities for College families to get involved in the life of the school, to meet and discuss the year ahead or to share information and ideas. A few of them include: welcome cuppa for new parents on first days of school year; Kinder and Prep evening; Year 7 parent barbecue; Information Evenings for Grades 1-5 and 8-10; Parents and Friends meeting; Fish & Chip night… and the list goes on. I am confident that all who came along to our first primary assembly last week would have been impressed by the focus on values and on affirming others. Parents who attended our Information Evenings were hopefully reassured about our shared commitment to building a respectful and rigorous learning community. Families who travelled to Lake Barrington on the weekend to cheer on and support their daughters involved in rowing would have enjoyed, not only the pleasant weather and beautiful outlook, but a sense of community, and an opportunity to see their daughters/sisters thrive as part of a team. A close working partnership between home and school is so vital to student achievement. There are plenty more opportunities to visit the College and get involved. Coming up this month, we invite you to consider the following: Year 8 Mother/Daughter Evening, hosted by Bill Jennings on Monday 16th March 7-9pm Primary Parent Teacher Interviews, Tuesday March 17th Twilight Fair, Friday 20th March, 3:30 - 7:30pm Autumn Concert, Monday 23rd March Secondary Parent-Teacher Interviews, Monday 30th March. UPCOMING DATES MARCH Friday, 13th Monday, 16th Tuesday, 17th Friday, 20th Monday, 23rd Tuesday, 24th Wednesday, 25th Thursday, 26th Friday, 27th STCPSSA Primary Swimming Carnival Year 8 Mother/Daughter Evening 7pm – 9pm Primary Parent Teacher Interviews Year 10 Reflection Day Twilight Fair Autumn Concert Year 8 Camp 1 departs Year 7 Varicella and DTPa Immunisations SATIS Swimming Carnival Primary Parent Interviews Year 8 Camp 1 returns Year 8 Camp 2 departs Junior SSATIS Swimming Carnival Kindergarten Open Afternoon 1.30 – 2.45pm Year 8 Camp 2 Returns School Fees Many families have already taken advantage of the Early Bird Discount of $60 per student and paid their fees and levies in full for the year. The College has direct debit and direct credit facilities to assist you with fee payments throughout the year. If you require assistance with your fees in 2015, please contact me on 62167902, or the Principal, Susan Ryan on 62167905. Kerrie Loveluck Finance Officer FROM THE PRINCIPAL cont. An opportunity that I highly recommend to you is on Wednesday, 22nd Aprilthis date is not noted in your MCC calendar but I do strongly encourage you to mark the date as it is the first week of Term 2 and should not be missed. We have been fortunate to engage cyber expert, Susan McLean, to come and speak to students, staff and to host a parent information session. More details about the evening are included in this newsletter – having worked with Susan on several occasions, I strongly recommend this to all parents. We know that cyber safety is one of the most confronting issues for young people and their families today, and being aware of the responsibilities is a critical challenge for parents and educators. The evening will be relevant for ALL parents as it is never too early or too late to be informed about this important topic. I urge you to mark the date now and join us for this Cyber Safety information evening. I look forward to seeing you at any or all of the above occasions. Do remember that you are always very welcome. AUTUMN CONCERT On Monday, 23 March our students will be staging the annual Autumn Concert to celebrate some of the outstanding musicmaking that goes on at Mount Carmel College. God’s blessings for the week ahead, Susan Ryan Principal PARENT-TEACHER INTERVIEWS Dear parents and carers, A letter has recently been sent to you outlining the arrangements for booking Parent-Teacher Interviews. For secondary students these interviews will be with Homeroom teachers and will be between 3:30pm and 8:00pm on Monday, 30th March. Interim reports on student progress will be handed out to parents on that evening, so we look forward to seeing you there. See the letter home for an explanation of the interview booking procedure, including login and password details. The concert will extend from 7.00pm 8.30pm in the College Hall. Featured in the concert will be the Mount Carmel College Secondary and Chamber Choirs, College Orchestra, some Elective Music and Instrumental Music Students, as well as all Year 9/10 students in the third annual House Sing-Off. It promises to be a great night of entertainment, showcasing some very talented musicians. All performers need to ensure that they are well presented, in full summer uniform and that they arrive no later than 6.45pm to prepare for their performance. I would like to invite you to come along to support the students and enjoy this evening of music. Mr Dave McNamara Head of Department (The Arts) Regards, Mr Kevin Lindorff Acting Director of Teaching and Learning Athletics Carnival The Secondary Athletics Carnival will be held on Wednesday, 1st April and is coming up soon. Students will receive a letter in the coming days with details of the event, with a return slip to indicate preferred transport home from the Domain after the carnival, and inviting parents or friends to volunteer. Mount Carmel College Issue 6 – 12th March, 2015 FROM THE HEAD OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION - PRIMARY In last Sunday’s Gospel we listened to a passage when Jesus came to the temple and found a lively trade going on in animals and birds for sacrifice, and money changing. Jesus was angry and he drove the traders out of the Temple and overturned the tables of the money changers with the words: ‘Stop making my father’s house a marketplace!’ Jesus was angry not only because the Temple was being desecrated but also because these traders were part of a system which used the Temple to exploit the poor. This allows us to think about all those in our society who are exploited and who are living in poverty. It is this concern for the disadvantaged that drives Caritas Australia to support programs such as the Centacare Wilcannia-Forbes Manage Your Income, Manage Your Life Program, which aims to break the cycle of poverty and malnutrition for First Australians in remote NSW. While there is abundant food in Australian cities, the story is vastly different for some Australians living in rural communities, where low incomes and limited access to nutritious, affordable food reduces the health and well-being of families. Karen, a sole mother-of-six living in remote Central NSW, had few places to buy food and prices were high due to freighting costs, and lack of local competition. Karen had neither the skills nor the money to provide a nutritious diet for her family – until two years ago when she enrolled in the Centacare program. Through a series of budgeting and nutrition workshops and monthly budget planning sessions and cooking activities, Karen has gained the tools she needed to take control of her money, and provide regular, healthy meals for her family, ‘food for life’. Your donation to Project Compassion 2015 helps Australians in remote communities gain the skills to make healthier food choices, building a better future for their families. Please continue to fill the Project compassion boxes that you received three weeks ago. Every little bit can go a long way especially in helping the marginalised in our own country, Australia. www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion 1800 024 413 Ida Saracino Director of Mission / Head of Religious Education - Primary SURF LIFESAVING The Nippers Surf Life Saving State Championships were held throughout Australia on the weekend and Tasmanian Surf Life Saving Clubs competed in Burnie representing Clifton Beach Club. Ella Chapman, Maya Chapman, Jenna Stacey & Aimee Stacey had a fun weekend competing after training all season, and competed in around 8 events each including: board rescue, board relay, swim, beach sprints, beach flags and the iron person race. Maya came first in her age group for the swim and the board race and second in beach flags. Jenna toughed it out for the iron person race in exhausting conditions. Aimee did very well in her swim, board race and beach flags events. Ella made the finals of the board rescue and also did really well in her swim and iron person events. There was tough competition from all round the state and the girls did extremely well! Kath Chapman Parent Mount Carmel College Issue 6 – 12th March, 2015 FROM THE DEPUTY PRINCIPAL National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence The fifth National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence will be held on Friday, 20 March 2015. This annual day provides a focus for all schools to say Bullying “No Way!” and to strengthen their existing everyday messages that bullying and violence at school is not okay at any time. Mount Carmel will be taking part on the day with activities organised for students to promote the College's antibullying work in our community. In the week leading up to the event, secondary students will focus on this issue in Wellbeing lessons whilst primary class teachers will be working with their students during class time. On the day, activities have been organised that will include all students to highlight this important issue. College Uniform Review As an outcome of our Strategic Direction Plan, we are undertaking a review of Mount Carmel College’s uniform and will be setting up a uniform review committee. The committee will comprise current staff members, those with a historical connection, senior students and parents. The committee members are as follows: Lyndal Tewes (Chair), Anne Haward, Robyn Bessell, Mel Sluyters, Sussan Riley, Anthony Chapman, Jodie Willcox (P&F), Megwyn Mosenthal and Zoë d’Orey (College Co-Captains). I will lead this committee which will have the collective task of gathering input from key stakeholder groups, developing a brief of what we are hoping to achieve. Critical to the process would be the sensitivity to the history and traditions of the College, whilst at the same time leading the College in the direction of a contemporary and refreshed look. The first part in the process will be to collect the data. This will be undertaken through a survey of parents, which will be sent via the Bulletin email list. All College staff together with students from Grade 4 to Year 10 will have an opportunity to comment via input to the same survey. From the brief, the uniform review committee will invite several uniform suppliers to respond with a detailed presentation of sample garments. The committee will then make the recommendation to the Leadership Team as to which company would be best placed to take on the task of manufacturing our revised uniform. Any modification would be communicated to families and a phase-in of any new garments would be considered. Homework Homework Timetables, read in conjunction with the Homework Policy, indicate the amount of time students should be spending on homework for each subject, each night. An additional copy of each secondary class’s homework timetable can be downloaded from our webpage for parent reference. Working in partnership with your daughter and her teachers is the key to obtaining the best educational outcomes. If students or parents have any concerns about the amount of homework being set (too much or too little), please do not hesitate to make contact with the relevant subject teachers. Immunisations Immunisations for Year 7 (Human Papillomavirus), Varicella/Varivax (Chicken Pox) and dTpa (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertusis) will be held at the College on Tuesday, 24th March 2015 at 9.30am – 10.30pm. Only those students who returned a consent form will participate. Students receiving these immunisations are permitted to wear their full PE uniform on this day. Please avoid appointments for these students on this day. Lyndal Tewes Deputy Principal Mount Carmel College Issue 6 – 12th March, 2015 ROWING Our girls had an amazing weekend of rowing at Lake Barrington. They rowed well, above even coaches’ and parents’ expectations. Sunday was a turning point for all the girls, with them realising what it takes to perform at this level. The Under 16’s started the day off with two solid double rows. The Under 15’s then took to the water and won their quad against a very strong field. It was neck and neck all the way with a strong Fahan boat. Our girls took the win by half a boat length. Great healthy competition. Then they all took to the water in the 8’s. They came 3rd in the Under 16’s with five of our girls being only 15 years old. It was a very strong row; after only being in an 8 board a couple of times, the girls came up against teams who have been training all year for this. Our girls were only 6 strokes off the winning boat – a fantastic achievement for a young crew! The 8 then rowed back to the ways where four of the girls jumped out into doubles and raced up to the start line to compete in the Under 15’s doubles races. The first team pulled out an amazing feat and won their race and the second double came 2nd. This is an extraordinary feat which led to one of the coaches jumping into the water of the ways after losing a bet with the other coach that they wouldn’t be able to pull it off. As parents and coaches, we couldn’t be prouder of the girls who have fought so hard and worked together as an amazing team, supporting each other through the whole weekend. We are looking to recruit some more rowers for next year! The girls have learned so much from the time they have spent rowing, and have developed lasting friendships. The early mornings are made enjoyable and social with breakfast at the rowing sheds together after training, then off to school. The camping at Lake Barrington is fantastic, and such a social time meeting with friends from other schools. Lyn Haley Rowing Manager 0407 566 986 Mount Carmel College Issue 6 – 12th March, 2015 The College Orchestra has made a great start to the new year. Rehearsing every Thursday for an hour after school, this group is comprised of 5 violins, 2 cellos, 4 flutes, 2 clarinets, 3 alto saxophones and 5 trumpets. The level of experience ranges from students who have been learning to play their instrument for several years to students who are beginning this year. Having had an outstanding year in 2014 as a new Grade 5-10 orchestra, this year’s new, larger group is already making some excellent music together in rehearsals, improving their ensemble sound with each week that passes. Their first performance for the year will be at the Autumn Concert on the 23rd of March where they will be playing excerpts of pieces by Handel and Beethoven amongst others. Students wishing to join the Orchestra can get in touch with Mr McNamara or Ms Lincoln for more details. OHSC The College provides Outside School Hours Care for students aged 4 to 13. Located on College grounds in our Kindergarten centre, the aim is to provide a nurturing environment that is home away from home. We have spacious open areas, quiet rooms, excellent educational and play resources, and a playground designed to meet the needs of the younger age group. We recognise that some students will need to complete school activities and homework and we always allow for free play as well as some quiet time. Students who attend Outside School Hours Care also have supervised access to the College’s main facilities such as the library, hall, computer labs, music rooms and physical education spaces and equipment. A well-balanced afternoon tea is provided in accordance with our Nutrition policy, with the day’s menu displayed in the Centre. Services Provided: Before School Care After Kinder Care After School Care Vacation Care & Students Free Days 7.30 – 9.00am 12.00 – 3.00pm 3.00 – 6.00pm 8.30am – 6.00pm How to Book: All bookings must be made through the College Office. Registration forms can be obtained from the College Office or online and must be completed if permanent or casual child care places are required throughout the year. We also provide care for School Holidays and Student Free Days. For more information: http://mountcarmel.tas.edu.au/afterschool-care/ The Child Care Benefit and/or Child Care Rebate is available to all parents & carers using the Outside School Hours Care Service who meet eligibility requirements. Mount Carmel College Issue 6 – 12th March, 2015 FROM THE SPORT ADMINISTRATION OFFICER Primary Swimming Carnival We had a wonderful day at the Glenorchy Aquatic Centre on Monday 2 March for the Primary Swimming Carnival. The weather was great and the atmosphere was electric, as the houses chanted and cheered for their team mates, under the wonderful direction of their house captains, dressed in coloured costumes. The infant students enjoyed a morning of fun novelty events in the small pool, while the primary swimmers competed in a range of races in the big pool. The 50m events were run first, followed by the 25m and then the novelty events. Carmel finished the day on top with a massive 1161 points, followed by Loreto on 763 points and Lourdes on 608 points. Congratulations to everyone who took part, it was great to see all girls putting in their best efforts. The Age Champions and Runners-Up have also been awarded to recognise those girls who performed particularly well in the 50m and 100m events. They were as follows: Grade 3 Champion – Coco Erin Runner Up – Heidi Preshaw Grade 4 Champion – Olivia Nichols Runner Up - Felicity Wilson-Haffenden Grade 5 Champion – Imogen Nation Runner Up – Cleo Bortkiewicz Grade 6 Champion – Tessa King Runner Up – Sarah Wilson-Haffenden A number of individual records were also broken on the day. Congratulations to the following girls for their fantastic individual performances: Student Olivia Nichols Grade Grade 4 Felicity Wilson-Haffenden Maya Chapman Tessa King Grade 4 Grade 4 Grade 6 Event 50m Backstroke 50m Freestyle 25m Freestyle 25m Backstroke 50m Breaststroke 25m Breaststroke 25m Backstroke New Record 49.58 40.78 14.84 18.37 55.47 22.87 16.40 Old Record 53.14 (Elly Muller) 40.92 (Alice Sutton) 15.33 (Alice Sutton) 20.61 (Christina Koerner) 1:01.80 (Elly Muller) 22.96 (Elly Muller) 16.65 (Elly Muller) Thank you to all the people that assisted on the day, and made it a great success: Mrs Caroline Wilson-Haffenden, the primary teachers and assistants for their organising, timing, marshalling and house supervision. Miss Kirstin Palfrey, Miss Sophie Roe and Miss Ashton Ferguson for their work in the preparation for the day, and for their pivotal roles on the day. Mr Anthony Borghesi for being the chief recorder. Year 10 students Zoë d’Orey, Megwyn Mosenthal, Lucy Watt, Charlotte Sutton, Brooke McDermott, Urshla Connor, Sophie Scott, Madeleine Fasnacht, Molly Hibberd and Mackensie Belbin, who gave up their valuable class time to assist. All the parents who very generously volunteered their time, and without whom such events would simply not be possible. Mount Carmel College Issue 6 – 12th March, 2015 Primary Swimming Team From the results of the Primary Swimming Carnival, a team has now been selected to represent Mount Carmel at the Southern Tasmania Catholic Primary School Sports Association (STCPSSA) Primary Swimming Carnival on Friday 13 March and the Junior Southern Sports Association of Tasmanian Independent Schools (JSSATIS) Swimming Carnival on Thursday 26 March. Congratulations and good luck to the following students: Grade 3 Heidi Preshaw Josephine Cooney Coco Erin Lita White Isla Gerathy (Reserve) Grade 4 Olivia Nichols Charlotte Webb Felicity WilsonHaffenden Maya Chapman Lillian Harris (Reserve) Grade 5 Zara Hart Adele Hart Imogen Nation Ruby Erin Cleo Bortkiewicz Matilda Cameron (Reserve) Grade 6 Christina Koerner Tessa King Olivia Farrell Dayna White Sarah WilsonHaffenden Term Two Sport With Term 1 sport now underway, we now need to think about Term 2 sport. A new round of sports is on offer for both primary and secondary students. Information regarding carnival/roster dates, days and times for most sports, uniform requirements and other guidelines and Sign Up is available online for both Primary and Secondary sports, on the school website, http://mountcarmel.tas.edu.au/sport-activity-sign-up/. If you haven’t already, please visit this page and download a copy of the Sports Information Booklet/s. By visiting the sports hub on the Mount Carmel website and clicking on the “Sign Up” button you will be taken to an online form to nominate students to play sport. If you are able to help out with coaching, managing or umpiring, please note this on the sign up form or contact Nikki Stuart directly. Teams are entered based on the number of students that sign up, so please consider all other commitments and only sign up if you are able to keep that commitment. This includes transporting students to and from games. There is also space on the sign up form to nominate other students that you may need to be with, for transport requirements. Please Sign Up for Term 2 Sports by Friday, 27 March. Below is a snapshot of what is on offer this term: Secondary Sport: Grades: Day: Dates: Water Polo 7-10 Fridays May – August Hockey 7-8 Mondays 27 April – 24 August 9-10 Wednesdays 29 April – 26 August Netball 7-8 Mondays 25 May – 10 August Volleyball Badminton 9-10 7-10 7-10 Tuesdays Mondays - 4-6pm Fridays 16 May - 4 August 4 May - 29 June 15 May - August Equestrian 7-10 Weekend TBA Mount Carmel College Nikki Stuart Sports Administration Officer Phone: 6216 7926 Email: [email protected] Issue 6 – 12th March, 2015 For Parents & Guardians Growing up Online: An informative &entertaining session for Parents and carers is delivered with Susan's famous 'no nonsense' approach & will cover the positive benefits of technology as well as what parents need to be aware of: What are kids doing online – The popular social networking sites and apps. What they are, what are the legal ages to use them & why these rules should be obeyed. The difference between an 'online friend' and a 'stranger'. Online Grooming – What is it and when/how does it occur? What are the warning signs & what to do if you suspect this is happening to your child. Cyberbullying - What it is, where it happens, what it looks like, how to prevent and what to do if it occurs. Also the legal consequences and the possible criminal charges. ‘Sexting’ – the taking and sending of explicit images...what are the REAL consequences. (Primary school kids to). Potential dangers and safety tips – how to assist the children in your care to stay safe online via parental controls and restriction passcodes. Learn the lingo…….be able to converse with your children in the language of cyberspace. Be confident in setting rules and boundaries around internet use in the home. It's OK to say NO! . The session will conclude with time for Q's. Susan also provides a range of useful handouts and information about where to go to access further up to date information. Susan Mclean is Australia’s foremost expert in the area of Cybersafety and young people. She is a mother of three and was the first Victorian Police Officer appointed to a position involving Cybersafety and young people. She took her first report of cyberbullying in 1994 and since then she has conducted extensive research and has completed advanced training in this area in both the USA and UK and is a sought after presenter and advisor to Schools, elite sporting bodies such as the AFL, GP’s, and both State and Federal Governments. She is a member of the National Centre Against Bullying (NCAB)Cybersafety Committee and is afforded ‘expert’ status on the Safer Internet Programme Data Base. She is also a member of the Australian Government's Cybersafety working group and a published author. Her book 'Sext's Texts & Selfies', is the definitive parents' guide to helping their children stay safe online. What Susan doesn’t know about Cybersafety is not worth knowing! She is absolutely brilliant and her presentations are dynamic and entertaining. She has the unique ability to connect with each audience from young people to adults. (Dr Michael Carr-Gregg Adolescent Psychologist) www.cybersafetysolutions Volunteer Coaches, Managers and Supervisors – New Working with Children Check All volunteers involved in coaching, managing or supervising sports teams are required under new State legislation to have a Working with Children Check in place by 1 April 2015. The purpose of the legislation is to significantly improve safeguards and child protection processes to help keep children safe from harm. I encourage all parents and carers to register as soon as possible if there is any chance you will be involved with a sporting team this year. Volunteers will not be able to take up their role until the WWC has been cleared, and we do not want any students missing out on playing sport because we don’t have a registered volunteer. We very much appreciate your generosity in volunteering to assist the College sporting community. Thank you for taking the time to obtain your WWC registration. How do I apply for a WWC Check and Number? 1. Complete the online application form. This is available from the website: http://www.justice.tas.gov.au/working_with_children. 2. Print the ‘Application Receipt’ which is generated when the Application has been completed in full. (If you do not have access to a printer, record the reference number and take that to a Service Tasmania Shop). 3. Take the ‘Application Receipt’ to a Service Tasmania Shop, pay the prescribed fee ($17.76 for three years) have your photo taken and have your identity confirmed. You will need to provide 100 points of identification. A Driver’s Licence is 100 points. 4. The Tasmanian Department of Justice will assess and process Applications and issue the appropriate Assessment Notice and Working with Children Card directly to the applicant. 5. Once your card is received, please bring it to the College office for copying, in order for your registration to be recorded. How long will the Checks take to process? Generally applicants will receive their results within six weeks of completing the application process. There may be delays, however, depending on the applicant’s personal information and Service Tasmania workloads. Volunteers in Catholic Education cannot commence volunteering until they have received a satisfactory WWCC. Please refer to http://www.justice.tas.gov.au/working_with_children for more details on how to apply or contact the College office.
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