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Rebecca McCann

Year 11 Biology students investigating Biodiversity at Wonga Point Rock Platform

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Year 11 Biology students recently had the opportunity to take their learning outdoors to Wonga Point, Bateau Bay.  The fieldwork activities gave students a practical way to extend their learning about biodiversity.

It was fantastic to see most of the student’s displaying resilience and donning smiles amongst the wet weather.

Final Outdoor Classroom – Abseiling

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On 15 September we held our final outdoor classroom for the year at Narara.

The students enjoyed a morning of abseiling, followed by a ‘graduation’ BBQ and distribution of certificates.  It was good that a few parents could attend the event.

We hope we have made a valuable contribution to supporting these students socially, academically and in their mental wellbeing.  You can certainly see a different side to them when given the outdoor space to learn.

Bushfire Expo

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On Saturday 16 September our entertainment students attended the Bushfire Expo at Murrays Beach.  Liam D and Sophie H from the Entertainment Class provided the sound desk service during the event.  They also provided music tailored to the demographic, which was very well received.

This was a voluntary opportunity to gain valuable ‘live’ workplace experience and I am very grateful to these two students who did a magnificent job on the day.

Connecting Catholic Coasties at St Patrick’s East Gosford

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Last Friday afternoon, an exciting Youth Ministry event, “Connecting Catholic Coasties,” unfolded at St. Patrick’s Parish in East Gosford.  With participation from students representing St. Brigid’s, St. Peter’s, St. Joseph’s, and Mackillop schools, this event was a testament to the strength of our faith community.

The program featured engaging icebreakers that brought young minds together, setting the stage for meaningful connections.  Following this, a Mass with confession and adoration provided a moment of reflection and spiritual rejuvenation.

The day culminated in a delightful BBQ, where attendees enjoyed good food and continued their conversations.

“Connecting Catholic Coasties” was a memorable gathering, reinforcing the bonds of faith and friendship within our Catholic youth community.  It’s events like these that remind us of the importance of unity and shared values.

Stay tuned for more updates on our Youth Ministry events as we continue to grow in faith and fellowship together.

Intermediate Girls AFL

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Last week our Intermediate girls (year 9&10) competed in their first AFL Broken Bay Gala Day. What a great day it was, to see our students get in and have a good go at a new sport to all of them.  It’s really something special and great to be a part of.  Our girls played extremely well and together as a team.

The day was filled with Laugher and so much encouragement on and off the field.

Well done to our AFL team for 2023.

Zack M – Black Belt

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Congratulations to Zack M in Year 8 for achieving his Black Belt.  Achieving a black belt martial arts is a significant accomplishment that requires dedication, commitment, and continuous effort.  It signifies a high level of competence and knowledge.

Well done, Zack! We are proud of you.

St. Mary’s Church – Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

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Would you like to become a Catholic? Or would you simply like to know more about our Catholic faith and the Sacraments?

A new RCIA process is beginning in our Parish this month and you are invited to come along to St. Mary’s Church each Tuesday evening from 5:30-6:45 where we will explore our Catholic faith and, if you wish, prepare to receive the Sacraments next Easter.

No meetings during school holidays.

For enquiries contact Sarah-Jane at the Parish Office 4396.4455 or Alison on 0424 737 911.

Year 11 Exams – Assistant Principal

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Dear Year 11,

As you enter your exams next week, I want you to know that we believe in you and your abilities.  You have worked hard to prepare for these exams, and we are confident that you will do your best.

Remember that the results of these exams do not define you but be very clear on this, your effort does define you.  There are many more things about you that will determine the life you have.  They can’t test the person you are, your creativity, your courage, your wisdom, and your potential.  So, give it your all, but know that your worth is not measured by these exams.

I want to wish you the best of luck with your examinations!  You can accomplish your objectives if you keep believing in yourself.  Ignore your nerves and concentrate on all the positive things and your thorough understanding of the subject.  You have all the resources that you need for passing the exams.

I hope that these words of encouragement and support will help you feel confident and motivated as you sit your exams.  Remember that we are behind you, supporting you, no matter what.

Good luck and all the best!


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Understanding the growing challenges related to mental health among young people is an important consideration. Anxiety, depression and self-harm – are all causes for concern. Factors like academic pressure, social media, family dynamics, and societal expectations, are contributing to these issues. It’s therefore crucial for parents and caregivers to take action early, remove the stigma around discussing mental health, and offer accessible support to address these issues and the wellbeing of their children.

R U OK? contributes to suicide prevention year round by urging people to invest time in personal relationships and empowering informal support networks to identify signs of distress. We urge all families to take part, emphasising the value of genuine human relationships and reminding everyone to ask the important question, “Are you OK?”

Engaging in R U OK? Day activities goes beyond the classroom; it’s a commitment to our students’ overall development. By talking openly about mental health, schools create safe spaces where students feel understood, valued, and supported. As parents and caregivers, you can contribute by fostering open conversations, normalising feelings and breaking down mental health stigmas. Participating in R U OK? Day promotes compassion and shows our dedication to the wellbeing of the entire school community, reaffirming that together, we can truly make a difference.

This Special Report provides guidance on how to talk to your child about mental health and engage in meaningful discussions. We hope you take a moment to reflect on the information offered, and as always, we welcome your feedback. If this raises any concerns for you, a loved one or the wellbeing of your child, please consider seeking medical or professional help.

Please click here to read the special report.