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Team Captain Under 15’s Touch Football

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Last week at the School Sports Australia Under 15’s Touch Football Championship held in Wagga Wagga, where Sienna was named team captain and part of the winning NSW team defeating QLD. At the conclusion on the tournament Sienna was named in the Australian merit team. Sienna this week has also been named in the Under 16’s Australian Tagaroos Oztag team. Well done, Sienna we are all very proud of at St Brigid’s.

This month on SchoolTV – Bullying

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Bullying is an ongoing or repeated misuse of power in relationships, with the intention to cause deliberate psychological harm. Bullying behaviours can be verbal, physical or social. It can happen in person or online, via various digital platforms and devices and it can be obvious or hidden. Bullying in any form or for any reason can have immediate, medium and long-term effects on those involved, including bystanders.

Despite the efforts made to reduce bullying behaviours, the research tells us that one in four students still report being bullied every few weeks. However, not all negative behaviour should be considered bullying. The key difference is that bullying does not stop on its own. It’s important young people learn how to identify behaviours that are rude, behaviours that are mean, and behaviours that are related to bullying.

Often the reasons for bullying can be complex. Some young people do it to get approval from others, some do it to regain control, whilst others may do it because it makes them feel safe. Supporting young people as they work through their emotions will help them unpack the motivation and reason behind the behaviour.

In this edition of SchoolTV, caregivers can better understand why some young people engage in bullying behaviours and what to do to support a child experiencing it. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this month’s edition, and we always welcome your feedback.

If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the school for further information or seek medical or professional help.

Here is the link to this month’s edition https://sbccdbb.catholic.schooltv.me/newsletter/bullying

 

Inflame Raw Challenge

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Our Stage 5 Inflame Students participated in the Raw Challenge on Wednesday. An obstacle based course containing balance beams, logarythms, lilly pads, mud wading, tyre walls, wolf mountain, rope swings, quicksand, and Giant Slide. Testing the strength, endurance and team work of our students. All students conquered the course, with both shoes still attached. Well done everyone.

Inflame Bubble Soccer

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A group of year 9 Inflame students showed off their talents at Bubble Soccer on Wednesday. Soccer skills went out the window and students at times had a little trouble getting back to their feet. Lots of fun was had by all! Thank you to Mr Nield for driving the bus!

A Century of Entertainment

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CAPA Showcase

A Century of Entertainment

Last Wednesday we held our CAPA Showcase, ‘A Century of Entertainment’. Our CAPA students performed during the day for Year 5 and 6 from St Brendan’s Catholic Primary school, before the evening showcase for our students’ family and friends.
The evening demonstrated the immense talent that we have at our school. Various dances, drama performances and musical pieces provided a summary of the last century of entertainment in just one hour. Thanks to everyone who came along to watch our students perform and congratulations to all our students who represented themselves, and our school, so proudly.

Stage 5 Agriculture

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Mrs Adamson and our stage 5 students have successfully incubated chickens this term! Our babies have been hatching since yesterday and we currently have 8 newcomers to our agriculture family!

Students have been learning about the nutritional requirements for animals at different stages of their life and are well equipped to handle these new additions.

2023 Student Leaders Ceremony

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On 1 November 2022, St Brigid’s held a Leadership Ceremony for our Senior Student Leaders for 2023.  It was great seeing so many families attend the ceremony.

Congratulations to our new Student Leaders: Isla Anderson, Kahli Burgess, Chloe Debono, Noah Ellis-Helmers, Brooke Elwell, Layla Hepplewhite, Braydn Hoile, Cooper Jones, Tom McMahon, Ben McCulkin, Bridget McLear, Laura Peters, Nathaniel Remaili, Holly Ross, Riana Sherrin, Cooper Sweeney and James Vipan.

Engaging in your Child’s Education

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I had the opportunity on Wednesday night along with Mrs Walters and Mrs Smith to head down to Catholic Schools Broken Bay to hear about the Diocesan vision for increasing family engagement within our schools.  It was great to hear from Danny Casey, our Director of Schools who outlined the progress that had been made on the Towards 2025 Strategy and it was abundantly clear how much Danny values parent voice and how keen he is to drive family engagement across all schools.  We also heard from Cath Garrett-Jones who is the Executive Director for Council of Catholic School Parents NSW/ACT.  Cath is an exceptionally passionate advocate for inclusivity in schools and spoke about the need for the school and its families to work in partnership with the goal of bettering the educational outcomes for our children.

 

 At St Brigid’s we are very keen to hear from our wider community.  We appreciate that not everyone is able to be physically involved in the life of the College, but we do have a high expectation that you will be engaged with your child’s education.  Our wonderful Parent Advisory Group is already considering ways we can build an even stronger community at St Brigid’s, and we will have more news on these initiatives in coming weeks.  In the meantime, I encourage you to think of ways that you can show your child how much you value the importance of their education.  It really can be as simple as staying up to date with Compass, reading College communications and sharing that with your child, reading for pleasure with your children, helping with homework, discussing College events, attending College functions or volunteering when opportunities arise.

 

Mr Paul Lynch

Assistant Principal

Marine Studies Excursion to Irukandji Shark & Ray Centre

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On Wednesday the 26th of October, Stage 5 Marine Students plus their teachers, Mr Nicholas McFarlane and Ms Courtney Harvey, attended an excursion to the Irukandji Shark & Ray Centre in Anna Bay. Students and staff received hands-on education experiences with qualified professional marine biologists, exploring different species of sharks, rays, fish and eels all cared for at the Shark & Ray Centre, as well as gaining valuable knowledge about the plight of sharks throughout Australia and the world.  

Students were offered the opportunity of a lifetime, with up close and personal encounters with the resident leopard sharks in the large lagoon environment. Students waded into knee deep water and allowed the sharks to swim all around their legs, using the opportunity to feel the rough, sandpaper-like skin of the sharks. Simultaneously, another group of students engaged in a meet and greet with the youngest, smallest shark in the centre, watching her frolic in the currents and request scratches from the students as she swam by in the nursery tank. 

To conclude the experience, students had the opportunity to feed the various species of stingrays by hand, step into the stingray lagoon and enjoy their slimy, snot-covered bodies glide over their feet and watch as the monstrous, 300kg smooth rays swam past. Many students found the stingrays friendly nature to be enjoyable, with the rays having no problem sitting on the feet students attempting to get more food! 

After a quick visit to the gift shop, we then set out for home, stopping for lunch on the way, with the students busily chatting away about their favourite parts of the day. 

Quotes from students: 

The excursion at the Irukandji Shark and Ray centre was enjoyable because we had the opportunity to feed the stingrays as well as pat the sharks. This was an interesting excursion as we learned about the sharks and stingrays in the centre. 

Yesterday at the shark and ray centre I enjoyed learning about sharks. It was cool to find out about their behaviours, habits, getting to pat them and the baby shark. Feeding the stingrays was also really interesting. 

In terms of the marine excursion, I thought it was a really great opportunity for the class as a whole to finally get out and do something marine related. For the last year and a half, we’ve been promised this excursion so to finally get out and do it was something really fun. Being at the shark and ray centre was something different but it was actually really cool. 

The interactive hands-on experience of the Shark and Ray centre made it an easier way to comprehend and learn the content that the instructor talked about throughout the day. It captured our attention with live experience and gained an appreciation for these marine creatures. Being able to touch these creatures in a safe environment gives us the opportunity we wouldn’t be able to have in the wild.  

I thought that the marine excursion to Irukandji Shark & Ray Encounters was educational and helped us gain first-hand experience with sharks and rays. The instructor that took us around the site helped us to learn new things about sharks, rays, and pretty much everything about them 

I really enjoyed when we had the talk on sharks at the start. The information given was clear and very interesting. Did you know that Australia is home to a couple hundred different species of sharks but only three have accidentally attacked humans? These three are the Great White Shark, Bull Shark and Tiger Shark. I enjoyed the talk because not only did we get to watch a variety of different small sharks feed and learn more about the large nurse shark. 

I thoroughly enjoyed swimming with sharks and the rays. The sharks were a very unusual texture and they felt kind of rough like sandpaper. The rays however were how I expected to feel, they were very slimy and most of their outer layer is made of mucus and alcohol. 

Nick McFarlane 

Vacancy at Toukley Parish

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Vacancy

Parish Secretary vacancy – Toukley-Lake Munmorah Parish

Permanent, part-time

 

Could you see yourself as the face of the Toukley-Lake Munmorah Parish, providing high level administrative support and a warm and inviting welcome to visitors?

 

The Catholic Parish of Toukley-Lake Munmorah is seeking to recruit a new permanent part-time Parish Secretary, Mondays to Fridays, 9:00am to 2:00pm. This role plays an important part in the Parish team, providing support for Parish communications, administration, financial processes, Parish property, compliance and Diocesan support. If you have high developed administration skills coupled with well-developed relational and rapport building skills  and this role interests you, please email a brief cover letter and CV to recruitment@bbcatholic.org.au

 

Applications close Friday 25 November 2022.

The Diocese of Broken Bay is committed to and promotes a culture of safety and care for all people, especially for children and others in the community who are vulnerable. Our Diocese has no tolerance to Child Abuse and is committed to ensuring our staff and volunteers understand the joint responsibility to safeguard all those within our community.

 

The successful applicant must have the right to work in Australia and will be required to undertake a National Police History Check and Working With Children Check.