5 June 2023 - Newsletter (Vol 40 No 8)
Embracing National Reconciliation Week - How do Catholic Social Teachings encourage us to Act?
Dignity of the Human Person: At the core of Catholic Social Teachings lies the inherent dignity of every human person, regardless of their race, culture, or background. During National Reconciliation Week, we are reminded of the intrinsic worth of Indigenous Australians and their cultural heritage. There is an urgent need to acknowledge and honour the historical injustices inflicted upon Indigenous peoples, and stand in solidarity with their calls for recognition, respect, and self-determination.
Solidarity and the Common Good: Reconciliation is not an individual endeavour but a collective pursuit that requires solidarity and a commitment to the common good. By embracing National Reconciliation Week, we are called to foster a sense of solidarity with Indigenous communities and work towards a just and inclusive society. This involves supporting initiatives that empower Indigenous Australians, advocating for policies that address systemic inequalities, and promoting genuine dialogue and understanding across cultures.
Preferential Option for the Poor and Marginalized: Catholic Social Teachings emphasise the preferential option for the poor and marginalised. In the context of National Reconciliation Week, this means prioritising the needs, rights, and aspirations of Indigenous communities who have historically been marginalised and dispossessed. We are called to actively listen to the voices of Indigenous Australians, amplify their stories, and collaborate with them to address the ongoing issues of social, economic, and health disparities they face.
Care for Creation: Recognising the deep spiritual connection that Indigenous peoples have with the land, National Reconciliation Week offers an opportunity for us to reflect on our responsibility to protect and preserve the environment. Engaging in practices that promote sustainable living and respecting Indigenous knowledge and practices related to land management contributes to both reconciliation and the care for our common home.
National Reconciliation Week has been a focus for us during classes, assemblies and other times of gathering here at SJPC and it has provided a crucial moment for all of us to align ourselves with the principles of Catholic Social Teachings and actively participate in the ongoing journey of reconciliation.
I invite you to seize this opportunity to listen, learn, and work together towards genuine reconciliation, guided by the rich teachings of our faith and the spirit of National Reconciliation Week.
Together We Connect
We are delighted to share the exciting news from the recent Parent and Friends (P&F) meeting, where the Parent’s theme for our Emmaus Project was chosen. After thoughtful deliberation and enthusiastic participation, the theme "Together We Connect" emerged as the clear favorite among the parents & carers present.
This theme compliments the Gospel passage selected by the parent community in Term 1, "To hear my children are walking in truth" (3 John 4). As a Catholic high school community, we embrace the essence of this passage, emphasizing the importance of fostering connections and promoting truth within our families and school.
"Together We Connect" encourages us to strengthen the bonds among parents, teachers, and students, reinforcing the foundations of faith and love that guide us on our collective journey. The parent aspect of the Emmaus Project is an opportunity to deepen our connections and nurture a sense of unity as we walk together in truth. Stay tuned for more details on this unique project as we embark on this journey together.
Assistant Principal - Mission/RAP Working Party Member
“A teenager’s brain is only about 80 percent developed,” says Gurinder Dabhia, MD, a pediatrician at Scripps Clinic Rancho Bernardo. “Teens have extra unconnected synapses in the area where risk-assessment occurs, and this gets in the way of judgement. In addition, the prefrontal cortex is underdeveloped, which makes teens more sensitive to peer pressure and risky, impulsive behavior.”
The concept of peer pressure in adolescents, over time, has tended to have negative connotations. When in fact influence from our peers may also present itself in a manner that helps us to grow and thrive. At times, our young people may need guidance in choosing their peers as they navigate through these formative years.
Peer influence is when we choose to do something we wouldn’t otherwise do, because we want to feel accepted and valued by our friends. It isn’t just or always about doing something against our will.
We might hear the term ‘peer pressure’ used a lot. But peer influence is a better way to describe how teenagers’ behaviour is shaped by wanting to feel they belong to a group of friends or peers.
Peer pressure and influence can be positive. For example, our young people might be influenced to become more assertive, try new activities or get more involved with school.
It’s normal to worry that our children are being influenced too much by their peers, or that they’re compromising on their values (or ours) to fit in with their friends. It’s also normal to worry that our child won’t be able to say no if they get pressure to try risky things, like truancy or vaping. But listening to the same music and dressing in the same way as friends doesn’t necessarily mean that your child will also do antisocial or risky things.
If your child is happy with who they are and their choices and values, they’re less likely to be influenced by other people. Your child might choose to do some things that their friends do, but not others. And your influence is important here – it’s the biggest factor shaping your child’s values and long-term choices. This is closely related to my last newsletter where I discussed the need to keep communication lines open.
As a parent, the rules really aren’t that different from when your child was a toddler:
- *Keep a good watch over them
- *Communicate when they’re entering a danger zone
- *Intervene when necessary, especially if their physical and mental health are at stake.
It’s important to remember that peer influence and pressure is a normal part of adolescence. As your child starts moving away from the parent-child relationship and seeking their own independence and identity, their peers will become more important to them.
While peer pressure can be difficult, it isn't always a bad thing. Positive peer pressure can be a valuable part of learning how to socialise and even growing as a person. The type of peer pressure your child is experiencing depends on the peer group they socialise with as well as the larger social groups they interact with, both in person and online.
Until next time:
Assistant Principal - Pastoral Care
Yr 12 Ignite the Future- Pentecost Mass
On Wednesday, the Year 12 students gathered to commemorate Pentecost, the significant day marking the birth of the Church. The Mass was designed to align with The Emmaus Project, emphasizing the gospel message "You are the light of the World" (Matthew 5:14-16) and its theme of igniting the future.
During the Mass, our school chaplain, Father Joe, skillfully incorporated the senior retreat theme of "Quo Vadis" (Where are you going?) along with the celebration of Pentecost. He aimed to inspire our students by reminding them that, like the Apostles, they are blessed with the presence of the Holy Spirit. Father Joe encouraged them to identify the "Salt" in their lives—the driving force that would ignite their passions and endeavors. He further emphasized that the Spirit would infuse them with courage as they embark on their journey beyond our school, illuminating the world with their unique gifts and talents.
It was lovely to spend time after the Mass with our seniors and celebrate the birthday of the church with a cake. Fr Joe also enjoyed talking with Yr 12 and finding out what their plans were for the future.
Interview with Bronte Ford - Year 7 Student
What is your favourite colour and why?
I love all colours but if I had to pick some I would pick Yellow, Orange and Red because they are vivid and bright. It makes a warm feeling in my soul when I see them.
What is your favourite place you have visited and why?
I think Fiji because I love how peaceful it is and you can just chill at the beach all day!
Why do you choose to come to the lunchtime ministry activities?
I think it's a great opportunity to meet new people and learn more.
Describe one way that Jesus has changed your life?
Jesus changed my life by teaching me what is right and what is wrong.
Ashlinn de Dassel & Kalob Stone
Parents are reminded that if a student needs to borrow a device they must bring a note from home stating that their device is not working and is being repaired.
Devices are lent for 2 weeks free of charge and are charged at $60 per month after that. Please note that there is a limited number of these Chromebooks available for short term loans.
All parents are advised to check the condition of their child’s device. Many are not working efficiently and your child is having difficulties meeting daily technology requirements. Please consider replacing these devices.
Please take into consideration the following:
A student's device:
- should be under three years old and running an up to date operating system
- must be able to operate without charging whilst at school
- should be portable and comfortable for the student to carry
- must have a minimum screen size of 9.7 inches
- must be able to switch off bluetooth communications
A Sneak Peek of the 2023 SJPC Archibald Prize
Our Year 10 Elective Visual Arts class has risen to the challenge of completing their portraits for the 2023 SJPC Archibald Prize. The students wrestled with the immense challenge of immortalising a member of our extended SJPC community in paint. The fourteen-week project challenged every student, stretching them beyond their comfort zones as they worked tirelessly to complete a portrait of their chosen sitter. The result? All students have produced diverse, high-calibre portraits.
Take a sneak peek of some close-up details before the grand reveal. More to come soon!
Leader of Learning - Visual Arts
Year Gr8 Student Spotlight!
This week's Yr Gr8 student spotlight is on Ollie Jones who is part of the College Student Leadership Team as a Year 8 representative. She also has an enjoyable and busy time juggling school work plus training and competing in Gymnastics outside of school.
Recently Ollie competed in Port Macquarie and her Mum reported that “She did very well…placing 2nd on Floor competition, 2nd on vault, 3rd on beam and 5th on bars making her place 3rd overall, winning a bronze medal”. Well done Ollie and keep an eye out for her in the Olympic team in Brisbane 2032!
If families have any photos or stories to share, please forward them to firstname.lastname@example.org and they could become our next Year 8 student in the spotlight.
Year 12 Fundraising 2023
Our second major fundraising event for 2023 is fast approaching (Friday 23 June) and tables are selling fast. Please contact the College office to purchase your trivia table ($15 per seat / $150 per table). There are a limited number of tables available so get in quick to avoid disappointment.
We have a number of items available for purchase through our silent auction and eftpos will be available. Also, lots of raffle and lucky door prizes on offer! We look forward to a great night of fun and frivolity and don't forget the "Masquerade" dress-up theme.
Your ongoing support of our fundraising efforts will ensure that Wesley Mission https://www.wesleymission.org.
Once again, the staff at SJPC have registered a team to participate in THE PUSH-UP CHALLENGE 2023. The challenge runs from 1st to 23rd June with participants completing 3144 push-ups. Tragically, this represents the number of people who died by suicide in Australia in 2021.
|Jesse ‘DESTROYER’ Druzinec||Paul ‘HULK’ Harrison||Maree ‘MUSCLES’ McKelvie||Sharon ‘REPS’ Reeves|
|Claudia ‘BICEPS’ Brown||Jessi ‘RIPPED’ Reeves||Nataleigh ‘BENCH PRESS’ Baxter||Jeremy ‘THOR’ Thewlis|
|Brad ‘PECS’ Poidevin (planking on chairs!)||Dave ‘ENERGISER’ Ellis (absent in photo)|
|Rylan Jones||Lily Hallawell||Riley Andrews||Koko Nichols|
|Lily Betland||Julian Na||Cooper Lawlor||Taj Hosking|
The Push-Up Challenge is a unique way to engage people in mental health. As participants, we improve our physical and mental fitness. Working with the College SRC, we will also share the daily tips that are offered to participants, so that, as a college we raise awareness and learn more about mental health.
In addition, we are raising funds for mental health. All funds raised will go towards mental health and crisis support services helping to break stigmas and provide hope to those struggling with their mental health.
Help us push for better mental health.
Hit the link below and donate to our staff push-up team
Literacy Coach & Fellow Push-up Team member
Official Opening & Smoking Ceremony for the Yarning Circle
Join us as we take tangible steps towards reconciliation and cultural understanding together. The Yarning Circle will serve as a space for meaningful conversations and connections within our school community.
We’re excited to announce that Elevate Education will be hosting another free webinar for our parents on:
Wednesday 7 June 2023
'How to Help Your Child Prepare for Exams'
- High Priority Work: The kinds of work students should be focusing on in the build-up to exams to maximise marks
- Time Management: How to ensure your child has enough time to prepare for their exams
- Practice Papers: How to prepare effectively using past questions and practice papers
In conversation with Year 12 this week I pointed out that even though it is 18 weeks until their first written HSC examination, they have only 10 weeks of class time left of their HSC courses.
This came as a shock to some, as they have not effectively utilised term planners or calendars as yet.
REMEMBER; in addition to texts, and staff expertise, the College provides access to the following resources; Edrolo, Elevate, Study Skills Handbook, and links via the HSC Curriculum Matters Google Classroom to support Year 12 in their preparation for the HSC and in class assessments.
The Trial examination timetable has been released this week to enable students to plan their study regime well in advance. All students should be focussing on what they want to achieve and be putting into place strategies to succeed. This may mean speaking with employers regarding changes to work hours to enable more time to implement their study plan
All students are now half way through their Year 11 courses and are practising the skills required in Year 12. The focus, literacy and metacognitive skills required in these courses highlights the need for all Year 11 students to implement a comprehensive study regime and a proactive approach to learning.
Students are reminded that they are on the HSC pathway. This is the highest academic qualification that a secondary school student can acquire in NSW. Such a qualification not only requires commitment, hard work and an organised approach, but a supportive environment in which to grow. We at SJPC are committed to supporting students and are experienced in helping students take on this responsibility as learners. Use the resources we provide and ask for help when needed!
This is a term of contemplation and planning for Year 10 students. They have already begun thinking about their future as they attended the Careers Expo in Week 5 with their Homeroom team and Mr Corsalini.
In Week 8 they will be asked to complete a Personal Profile Reflection Booklet, which will require students to think about what they want to do with their life, what they want to study next year and where they see themselves in 2, 3 and 4 years’ time. Many are already finding the high expectations of Year 10, and meeting NESA requirements a challenge, so this is an opportunity for them to assess where they are and to set new goals.
In Week 10 this term students will be presented with their Curriculum Guide to Stage 6, with access to a website that has supporting materials, as well as opportunities to learn more about Stage 6 options and the different pathways of study available. Information regarding this process will continue to be forwarded via emails and the College Newsletter.
Years 7 – 9
Students in Years 7 – 9 have been receiving feedback and having conversations with their teachers about their learning and level of achievement. These conversations are vital in order to help them recognise their strengths, as well as identify areas that need further development.
This will enable new goals to be set and strategies for improvement to be implemented.
I encourage parents to also ask these questions of their children;
- What are you learning? Why?
- How are you doing?
- How do you know?
- How can you improve?
- Where can you go for help?
Leader of Curriculum
All things Literacy, because Literacy matters in all things
THE BEAUTY OF POETRY
The beauty of poetry can be found both as a reader and creator, for poetry gives us voice and allows us to connect to something larger than ourselves. When we accept the invitation to write poetry we engage in an opportunity to navigate complex topics and difficult themes and find beauty and meaning in our world.
Poetry can be therapeutic for both the reader and the writer. Poetry allows us to find solace in times of grief, joy in times of beauty and celebration and hope in times of despair and question.
Enjoy this read as Paul Kelly shares ways that we can embrace poetry.
Word of the Week
DEFINITION assisting or intending to assist memory
IN A SENTENCE I taught my young children mnemonics so that they could remember emergency information.
DEFINITION: Unselfish concern for other people’s happiness and welfare.
IN A SENTENCE We should celebrate those who show genuine altruism and dedication and commitment to helping others.
Our writer of the week has found value and beauty in writing poetry. She is to be commended for her passion for poetry and her effort to seek advice on improving her craft.
Well done, Bonnie.
In our commitment to fostering the holistic development of our students, St John Paul College embarked on an exciting venture as part of our enriching Pastoral program. Welcoming the spirited participants from Year 9, we organized a three-day camp at the picturesque Great Aussie Bush Camp located in the serene Tea Gardens. This extraordinary opportunity allowed our young adults to step out of their comfort zones and explore new horizons, reinforcing their role as the future leaders of our society.
Aligning seamlessly with our Emmaus Project Gospel and its corresponding theme of Luke 6: 27-36, which encourages us to "Love your enemies," the camp imbued the students with a profound sense of purpose and provided a unique opportunity to emulate the teachings of Jesus himself. Through their participation, they were encouraged to respond to challenges by embodying love, leadership, and unwavering support for their peers, thereby reinforcing the values that underpin our educational mission.
The overarching objective of this transformative camp was to foster the growth of meaningful relationships among the students, encouraging them to forge bonds that extend beyond the conventional confines of the classroom. By engaging in a series of carefully curated challenges, the participants were afforded the chance to not only gain a deeper understanding of their own capabilities but also develop a profound appreciation for the diverse strengths and talents within their cohort.
Despite the inclement weather that cast a shroud of rain and cold over the camp, the students demonstrated remarkable resilience and unwavering enthusiasm throughout the entire experience. They embraced the opportunity to challenge themselves and their peers, propelling each other forward on this collective journey of personal growth. Walking side by side, they embodied the essence of solidarity and camaraderie, truly epitomizing the notion of "walking with others" as espoused by our Emmaus Project Gospel.
Undoubtedly, this immersive camp proved to be a profoundly enriching and unforgettable experience for all involved. Furthermore, it extended beyond the students themselves, offering a rare chance for our dedicated homeroom teachers to forge stronger connections with their homerooms in an entirely novel environment. Witnessing the transformative power of this camp, our teachers had the privilege of gaining fresh insights into the unique qualities and potentials of their students, fostering a stronger sense of community within our year level.
The Great Aussie Bush Camp provided an invaluable platform for our Year 9 students to explore their leadership potential, cultivate essential interpersonal skills, and strengthen the bonds that form the bedrock of our school community. The resounding success of this camp serves as a testament to the transformative power of experiential learning and the indomitable spirit that thrives within each and every student of St John Paul College.
Diocesan Cross Country - Friday 19 May
44 students headed to Grafton to represent the College at the Diocesan Cross Country Championships. Students ran a punishing hill course on what turned out to be a very warm day. We has some excellent results and a number of personal bests. Congratulations to Finn Klinkers (Year 12) and Riley Woods (Year 10) who both finished 2nd in their races respectively to be named Diocesan Runner Up Age Champions.
The Diocesan team is made up from the top 6 runners in each age division. Congratulations to Year 12’s Diaz Voglsinger, Lily Betland, Rhys Mulholland and Finn Klinkers who will compete for the Diocese in the 18 years division. Riley Andrews (Year 11) 17 years, Riley Woods (Year 10) 16 years, Maddison O’Leary (Year 10) in the 15 years and Adelaide Keating (Year 8) in the 13 years who have all qualified to run at the NSWCCC Cross Country Championships in Sydney.
SJPC Cross Country Age Champions
Congratulations to our College Cross Country Champions who were crowned based on their Diocesan Cross Country finish:
12 years - Holly Johnson and Zavier Martin
13 years - Adelaide Keating and Max McKeon
14 years - Matilda Newton and Levi Newton
15 years - Maddison O'Leary and Jack Harrison
16 years - Jade Newton and Riley Woods
17 years - Riley Andrews and Flynn Oates
18 years - Diaz Voglsinger and Finn Klinkers
Australian Schools Futsal Championships - 23 - 26 May, Coffs Harbour
During Week 5, we had 8 teams compete in the Australian Schools Futsal titles in Coffs Harbour.
Tuesday 23 May- three 13 years teams played, with one of the boys teams and our girls team making it to the grand final. The boys came away champions and our girls finished runners up.
Wednesday 24 May - we had one boys and one 14 years girls team enter. The boys finished 1st in a shootout with BDC in the grand final while the girls were unfortunately knocked out in the semi finals.
Thursday 25 May - Our 15 years boys came up against a combination of 15 and 16 years teams throughout the day. Fortunately, they went through to a final and despite finishing second, were excellent sports and represented the College with pride..
Friday 26 May - Two 19 years boys teams represented us on the final day of the tournament. The Year 12 team was knocked out in the semi finals, however the Year 11’s went through to the Grand Final against BDC, winning 5 - 3.
Congratulations to all players and coaches. Five of the teams have now qualified for the Champions of Champions round on 20 - 23 June.
CCC Open Girls Basketball Champions - 29 and 30 May, Port Macquarie
As the champions of the Diocese of Lismore, the SJPC Girls Basketball team headed to Port Macquarie for a 2 day championship against the best from across the state. Our team, made up of primarily Year 9, 10 and 11 students competed in the Open female division.
Coach: Ms Trish Furey, Tully Jarvis, Charlotte Cougle, Eve Genrich, Diaz Voglsinger, Kira Juffermans, Bella Wiffen, Charlize Morrison, Maya Duncan, Brooke Dart, Ausrae Harrison (injured), Manager Mrs Danielle McAra (taking photo)
On day one of the event, the ladies came up against All Saints Maitland (W 33 - 25), St John’s Dubbo (W 39 - 21) and St Patrick’s Sutherland (W 49 - 22) placing them first in Pool A.
Tuesday marked a day of finals. A quarter-final against James Sheehan High School from Orange saw the girls comfortably win 44-19. The semi-final against McCarthy College Tamworth followed, although the score, 32-14, was not a reflection of how tough the game turned out to be. The grand final against All Saints College from Maitland was a relentless and hard-fought battle, where it was goal-for-goal for the majority of the game.
The whole team contributed to the amazing result, but of particular note during the Grand Final was Kira Juffermans (Year 9) who took a leadership role on court and was a focal point in both attack and defense. Charlotte Cougle (Year 11) displayed individual brilliance to steal the ball on many occasions and convert, giving the team some breathing space. Charlize Morrison (Year 11) and Maya Duncan (Year 10) took control on court and were involved in all plays, creating many turnovers and pressuring the opposition. Tully Jarvis (Year 9), was instrumental in the team's success, stepping up into the Open division for the first time. Our girls held out to win 30–24 and have been named NSW CCC champions!
We are incredibly proud of the integrity and humility our girls displayed. Their win was well deserved and a testament to their determination and high level of skill. Congratulations ladies!
Bill Turner Trophy - Tuesday 30 May, Coffs Harbour
We hosted Bellingen High at the Synthetic Fields Leisure Park for Round 3 of the Bill Turner Trophy. Our young team played hard all game and to their credit, only went down due to a golden goal in extra time. Unfortunately, the girls are now out of the competition. Thank you to Coaches Mrs Istrate, Mr Gregson (absent) and Mrs Slaviero and to our linesmen Jack Hartmann (Year 9) and Dayne Watson-Sinclair (Year 12) who officiated the game.
Cochrane Cup - Tuesday 30 May, Port Macquarie
Our 14 year old League players took to the paddock in Port Macquarie as part of the NRL Cochrane Cup competition. Starting strong the boys won their first game against St Paul’s, Kempsey. Unfortunately, the following two games against MacKillop and St Joseph’s Regional did not go our way and we went down narrowly in both. The boys represented the College well. Thank you to Mr Podesta and Mr Gregson who accompanied the team.
NRL Country Rugby League Cup (CRL) - 31 May, Coffs Harbour
Our 13s, 15s and Opens League teams competed in the Coffs Coast Country Rugby League Cup on Wednesday 31 May against a number of local high schools. Each team shone in their respective division with many great team performances throughout the day. The Opens and U15s progress on to the Regional final in Port Macquarie on 20 June.
Year 10 Challenge Day
On Thursday 25 May, while our Year 9s were away on camp, our Year 10s participated in a Homeroom based challenge for sport. The students rotated through 4 stations involving Basketball, Oz Tag, Dodgeball and Football in order to score the most points across all sports. The students were outstanding in application and attitude and approached the afternoon with maturity and enthusiasm. Congratulations to all students and thank you to the staff who made the event a success.
Year 7 and 8 Sport
Week 6 marks a change in sport for all Year 7 and 8. With the new system, all students participating in off campus sport must have parent permission via Compass to attend. As the sports program is carefully constructed to include elements of the PDHPE syllabus, it is vital that all students attend and participate in all sports offered. This is especially so for the Aquatics unit. New Compass permissions for the whole of Term 3 will be sent out over the next week; please ensure consent is given before the due date.
Competition: Opens Country Cup
St John Paul College Opens Rugby League team kicked off their Country Cup efforts with a bang, securing three consecutive victories without a single loss. The team's hard work and determination were on full display as they showcased their skills and teamwork on the field.
Match 1: St John Paul College vs. Macksville High School
Score: St John Paul College 14, Macksville High School 0
In their opening match, St John Paul College faced a tough challenge against Macksville. Both teams displayed exceptional talent, but it was the St John Paul College Opens Rugby League team that emerged victorious. Ainsley Dalton, Cooper Lawlor and Lachlan Mifsud were standouts. With a combination of powerful runs, strategic plays, and solid defense, St John Paul College outscored their opponents to secure a well-deserved win.
Match 2: St John Paul College vs. McAuley Catholic College
Score: St John Paul College 22, McAuley Catholic College 6
The second match saw St John Paul College take on McAuley. The team continued to impress with their relentless efforts and effective game plan. The players' coordination and skillful execution allowed them to dominate the match from start to finish, with the outside backs Dayne Watson-Sinclair, Drew Mowle, Gurkirit Dhariwal and Riley Carniato playing a vital role in another convincing victory for St John Paul College.
Match 3: St John Paul College vs. South Grafton
Score: St John Paul College 18, South Grafton 10
In their final match, St John Paul College faced their last opponents, South Grafton. The Opens Rugby League team showed no signs of slowing down and maintained their unbeaten streak. With unwavering determination, the players put up a stellar performance, executing their game plan flawlessly. The match concluded with St John Paul College emerging victorious once again, capping off a perfect record of three wins and no losses.
Logan Lacey steered the side around well, with big performances from forwards Xavier Hartley and Ben Perin working tirelessly.
Throughout the three matches, St John Paul College Opens Rugby League team demonstrated exceptional teamwork, individual skills, and sportsmanship. Their commitment to excellence and dedication to the sport were evident in their performances, providing a solid foundation for a successful season ahead.
Congratulations to the St John Paul College Opens Rugby League team on their outstanding start to the Country Cup!
Mr William Gregson
Opens League Coach
Coming Up - Term 2 & 3 2023
|Tuesday 6 June
Diocesan Junior Football, Coffs Harbour
|Thursday 8 June||
Bill Turner Cup, 11.30am @ SJPC
|Thursday 15 June||
AFL Senior Cup State Final, Tuggerah
Active Inclusion day, Woolgoolga
|Tuesday 20 June||
NRL CRL Regional Finals, Port Macquarie
|Tuesday 20 - 23 June||
Australian School Futsal Champ of Champions
|Thursday 22 June||
KFC Girls tackle Regional Finals, Coffs Harbour
Armidale v Lismore Football, Coffs Harbour
|Friday 23 June||
Fast 5 Netball (Year 11 and 12), Port Macquarie
Mountain Bike Schools Event, Woolgoolga
|Monday 26 June||
Diocesan Touch Football, Port Macquarie
|Tuesday 25 July||
KFC Girls tackle Northern State Final, Coffs Harbour
|Wednesday 26 July
NRL CRL Northern State Final, Coffs Harbour
|Wednesday 30 August||
Netball Cup Regional Final, Port Macquarie
|Friday 28 July||
SJPC Athletics Carnival, Stadium
|Tuesday 8 August - 9 Aug||
Diocesan Junior and Intermediate Basketball, Port Macquarie
|Tuesday 15 August||
NSWCCC Netball (Yr 9 - 12), Homebush
|Wednesday 23 August||
Diocesan Athletics Carnival, Coffs Harbour Stadium
|Thursday 31 August||
Diocesan Netball Carnival, Port Macquarie
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Year 7 Adolescent Vaccination Program - Tuesday 6 June 2023
You can now provide online consent for your child's routine school vaccinations.
In Year 7, students are offered vaccines for Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (dTpa) and Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Vaccination will only be provided at School if consent has been received.
How to provide consent:
1. To complete online consent for your child’s school vaccinations, visit: NSW Health Service - Consent Online School Vaccinations
2. Click the login with ‘Service NSW Account’ button and log in using your Service NSW details. This is the same account you may already use to renew your driver’s license. If you don’t have a Service NSW account, refer to Service NSW to create one.
3. Update or confirm your personal details in Service NSW as required.
4. Complete the School Vaccination Consent Form for your child.
You will need to:
a) Enter your child’s personal details
b) Provide the Medicare card details for you and your child
c) Read the linked Parent Information Sheet and Privacy Statement
d) Provide consent
If you or your child do not have a Medicare card, consent can still be provided by requesting a paper-based consent form directly from the College Office.
For more information on routine school vaccinations, please visit www.health.nsw.gov.au/
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SJPC Communication - Facebook
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Compass - Permission to Leave from SPORT - Early Departure
Students must bring a written note from their parents/carers to the College Office before they depart for sport. Early departure from Sport cannot be submitted via the Compass App only a written note will be accepted. Only full day absences can be submitted using the attendance note via the Compass App.
Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 7:30am - 9:00am
Hours: Monday - Thursday 3:20pm - 5:00pm
The amazing Emerald Island Distillery and Skinb kindly donated a hamper worth over $400!!! Including a range of the divine Emerald Island Gins, mixers, garnishes and chocolates. Skinb donated a beautiful organic DIY skin care kit.
The raffle raised $440.20 which will be donated to Warrina Women’s Shelter.
Let’s get behind these amazing local small business owners!