St Mary's College Gunnedah Newsletter

28 February 2020
February 2020 Newsletter
Principal Message
Important Dates
Religion and Parish News
Sports News
Happenings at the College
Careers News
Student Support 
Gunnedah Catholic Schools Combined P&F
From the College Office
Bring Your Own Device Program
General Information
Community News
St Mary's College Gunnedah
(02) 6742 2124
151-189 Bloomfield Street
Gunnedah , NSW, 2380

Principal Message

Message from the Principal 

Dear Parents, Staff, Students and Friends,

Welcome to our 2020 school year. We welcome all new families to our St Mary’s school community. We hope that your child is settling well into their new school and beginning to feel quite at home. There have been 78 students beginning in Year 7 and 380 students in total. These are good numbers for St Mary’s and I thank those parents who have entrusted their children to us for their secondary education.

We say St Mary’s is a Community of Faith and a Place of Learning. As a community of faith we recently celebrated the 2020 Opening School Year Mass along with the students and staff from St Xavier’s School. This is always an uplifting experience where we call for God’s Blessings on our new school year. We pray that we will be kept safe and happy at school and that we all use our time wisely to improve our learning; students, staff and parents. The Mass also incorporates the induction and blessing of the new student leaders for the year and we pray for them in their task of leading the school community in various capacities to build a strong and supportive school community.

We recently recognised at a Monday Student Briefing the achievements of last year’s Year 12 students in their Higher School Certificate. Each student who gained a Band 6 in any subject was awarded a Silver Mercy Medallion in recognition of this achievement. The College Dux also receives a Gold Mercy Medallion and this year that went to Stefanie Woods with an ATAR of 89.15. There were many other pleasing results from the 2019 HSC class and many happy graduates who are now moving off to the next important stage of their lives in either further studies or the workforce.

Stefanie Woods - Dux



The 2020 Swimming Carnival was held in Week 4 with very good attendance and a great spirit on the day. There was strong competition with Mercy House the overall winner and McAuley House winning the Participation Shield. We congratulate all who attended, got involved and made the day such a success.

St Mary’s joined with St Xavier’s School for the Ash Wednesday Mass which marks the beginning of Lent. The first reading captures the meaning of this Lenten period:


Max Quirk




Important Dates

Upcoming events

Click here to view the St Mary's Calendar

This calendar link is constantly updated, please check it regularly.  The calendar is also on the College website.


Tuesday 10 March 

Year 7 Immunisation

Thursday 12 March 

Dio Swimming

School Advisory Council Meeting

Monday 16 March - Wednesday 18 March

Year 7 Camp

Tuesday 17 March

2021 Enrolment Information evening

Wednesday 18 March - Friday 20 March 

Year 9 Camp

Friday 20 March

Deb ball

Monday 23 March - Friday 27 March

Yr 12 Half Yearly Exams

Tuesday 31 March 

CCC Swimming

Monday 6 April - Thursday 9 April

Warraymalaya Retreat

Wednesday  8 April

Yr 12 Parent Interviews

Yr 7 Parent Interviews

Thursday 9 April

Cross Country & Pink Stumps

Last Day of Term

Friday 10 April

 Good Friday

Monday 27 April 

Pupil Free Day

Tuesday 28 April

First day of Term 2


Enrolment Information Evening for 2021


Religion and Parish News

2019 Wrap-Up ACYF

At the end of Term 4 2019, St Mary’s sent 3 students and 1 teacher to the Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) in Perth. Lily Jensen, Imogen Taylor and Thomas Bush, accompanied by Miss Brooks, travelled as pilgrims to Perth to take part in the 3 day affair. The theme for the Festival was “Listen to What the Spirit is Saying” and it focused on making the Catholic faith accessible to a whole new generation.

The ACYF is a biennial event that encompasses worship, music, lectures, panels and plenaries. Students attended morning and evening sessions with other young people from the Armidale Diocese, before spending the day attending the workshops and sessions of their choice. Highlights included performances from Fr Rob Galea, panels on the anti-slavery movement and interfaith dialogue, Eucharistic adoration, Christmas card making for children in detention and our pilgrimage to the Closing Mass site. Upon our return to Sydney, we visited St Mary’s Cathedral and witnessed the outstanding Christmas Lights display on the buildings facade.

All three of our students were outstanding representatives for our school and Diocese – both during the Festival and whilst visiting sites in Perth.

We would like to express a huge thank you to the school community and the people of St Joseph’s Parish for supporting our fundraising efforts.


Students from the Armidale Diocese with Bishop Michael Kennedy on Day 1 of the ACYF

Imogen, Lily and Tom before our pilgrimage

Visit to King’s Park Memorial and Botanic Garden in Perth

Closing Mass site

St Mary’s Cathedral facade, Sydney – Christmas Lights Display


Lent 2020 – Project Compassion 

Ash Wednesday will mark the beginning of the Lenten season in the liturgical calendar of the Church. During Lent, we are asked to do three simple acts: to pray, fast and give to the poor. Praying, fasting and giving to others strengthens us spiritually. We commit to these actions so that we can be one with others, empty ourselves of things that are not necessary and make room for God.

At St Mary’s, we commit to helping others every year through Project Compassion. This years Project Compassion theme is ‘Go Further Together’. This theme asks “Australians to come together in solidarity with the world’s poor to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity” (Project Compassion 2020).

Each year group will be responsible for a fundraising event that will raise money for this charity. The table below details the ideas of each Year group, and when their fundraiser will be held.


Year Leaders will provide more information to their Year groups shortly.

We will also be conducting a whole school fundraiser in the form of our Term 1 School Social. This will be held between 6pm and 8:30pm on Thursday, 2nd April.

If you would like more information about Project Compassion and the Lenten Appeal you can access their interactive website:

Students will be working with the resources Caritas send out for their Project Compassion appeal during their RE classes. The prayer for Project Compassion 2020 will be used throughout our Lenten season.

Thank you for your continued support of our work with Project Compassion!


Term 1 Mass and Class Visit Schedule


Tuesday, 25th February – No Mass

Wednesday, 26th February – Ash Wednesday Mass – 0930 – St X Hall

Wednesday, 26th February – Ash Wednesday Mass – 1730 – St Joseph’s Church


Tuesday, 3rd March – Mass at 0915 – Year 7 – NBRO, NLEA & TBOY (7.2 in Week 10)

Tuesday, 3rd March – Class Visit at 1030 with Fr Vince – 7.3 RE – Language Lab - SHAR


Tuesday, 10th March – No Mass

Tuesday, 10th March – No Class Visit


Tuesday, 17th March – Mass at 0915 – Year 12 – LKNA, JLAW, GVIC, MMAS, JYOU & ONEA

Tuesday, 17th March - No Class Visit


Tuesday, 24th March – Mass at 0915 – Year 10 – RCAR, VISB & SGAR

Tuesday, 24th March – Class Visit – 9.1 RE – Room 8 – NBRO

Wednesday, 25th March – Annunciation Mass – 0915 in Chapel. Volunteers?

WEEK 10B -

Tuesday, 31st March – Mass at 0915 – Year 9 & 7.2 – NBRO, DBUR, SCUL, RYOU & MCOL

Tuesday, 31st March – No Class Visit

Friday, 3rd April – Staff and Student Leader Mass – 0700 – Chapel. No breakfast.

WEEK 11A –

Tuesday, 7th April – No Mass

Tuesday, 7th April – No Class Visit

Mass Timetable

St Josephs’ Parish would like to invite all students and their families and friends to their weekly scheduled Masses at St Josephs’ Church. Saturday Vigil Mass takes place at 6pm and Sunday Mass is at 830am. The timetable for the next 2 weeks:

Easter Mass Times

St Josephs’ Parish would like to invite all students and their families and friends to their Holy Week and Easter Mass services. Please see the timetable for these services below:  


Sports News

Swimming Carnival

The School Swimming Carnival was held on Thursday 20th February on a pleasant warm, sunny day. There was a mixture of serious and fun events with the day ending with several relays. It was good to see the enthusiasm of the students competing in the various events with the House Swim proving the most popular event. Year 12 had all but one student in attendance which was terrific to see and there were many great races between the Year 7 students. 

Individual Year Champions on the day were -

The Participation Shield was won by McAuley [547 points] from Lourdes [537], Mercy 465 and Loreto [388].

The Relay Cup was won by McAuley [160] from Mercy [155], Loreto [130] and Lourdes [110].

The winning House on the day was Mercy [1115] from McAuley [937], Loreto [783] and Lourdes [776].

During the carnival each House passed around a bucket to collect donations for the Vinnie Bushfire Appeal with a total of $327.55 being raised.

Well done to the House Captains for the way they got their House in order for the day and thanks to all students who attended and competed in events. Your cooperation on the day was very much appreciated. Thanks as well to all the parents and families who were there on the day to support your children - they may not say so but they do appreciate your presence.


The Armidale Diocesan Secondary Swimming Selections will be held at Gunnedah on Thursday 12th March. Students in the College Swimming team will receive further details about the event this week.


Representative Sport

There has been a change in name and website for the organisation responsible for running NSW Combined Catholic Colleges Sport [NSWCCC]. Catholic Schools NSW Sport [CSNSW Sport] has taken over from the Catholic Schools Sports Services [CSSS]. The new website can be located at the following www.csnsw/sport 

Parents/Carers will need to create an account and register their child for all representative sporting events at NSWCCC level. Students involved will be given more information following their selection and information is also posted on the Sport Noticeboard at school.

Important contacts for CSNSW Sport are available under the “Contacts” button at the top of the homepage. The “Help” button is also very helpful as the school can only give limited assistance with the website which is run by CSNSW Sport.

Upcoming Sports Dates

Monday 2nd March NSWCCC Tennis Parramatta

Wednesday 4th March Dio U15 Rugby League Trials South Tamworth

Thursday 12th March Dio Secondary Swimming Gunnedah

Friday 13th March NRL Girls League Tag Narrabri

Monday 16th/Tuesday 17th March Dio U15 Rugby League team to Lismore trials

Thursday 26th March Dio U15 Touch selections Inverell [U18s nominations close]

Tuesday 31st March NSWCCC Swimming Homebush

Wednesday 8th April NSWCCC Touch Nelson Bay

Thursday 9th April SMC Cross Country + Pink Stumps Day

Quirindi Horse Sports

Our first event will be Willow Tree Horse Sports held at Quirindi Show Ground on Friday 20th March. Permission notes available from the front office. Please return notes before 28th February so we can get our entry in. Dates of further events will be announced to students in coming weeks.

Happenings at the College

College Leaders

Student leaders were inducted at the 2020 Opening School Mass.  


College Captains: Jesse Dick and Chelsea George

College Vice Captains: Kaleb McIlveen and  Bridie Kemp

Senior Council: Zac Bower, Chloe Devine, Alice Dorrington, Deagan Marchant, Holly Miller, Sophie Williams 

House Captains: 

Mercy - Brock Paull & Holli Rodstrom

McAuley - Lily Jensen & Ashlynn Summers

Loreto - Bradley Miller & Yasmin Thomas

Lourdes - Annalise Martin & Aaron Osmond



Student Representative Council: 

Year 11 - Annalise Martin and Imogen Taylor 

Year 10 - Charley Atkins and Lucas Jensen

Year 9 - Emma Doyle and Thomas Donaldson

Year 8 - Olivia Fenton and Jesse Giles-Smyth


TVET Students

Our TVET students have begun their courses for 2020.  In Year 12 our continuing students are -  

  • Bayley Stewart and Wil Patterson are completing their Certificate III in Electrotechnology

  • Carissa Eather is completing her Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics

  • Kate Bishop is completing her Certificate in Retail II and her traineeship at Enchanted on Conadilly

  • McKenzie Jones is completing her Certificate III in Human Services(nursing) and her traineeship at Gunnedah Hospital.

In Year 11 our beginning students are - 

  • Nicholas Maunder is studying  Automotive.

  • Joseph Ritter, Ben Eveleigh and Brock Paull are studying Electrotechnology.

  • Tanisha Perrett is studying Early Child Education and Care

  • Billy Horne and Thomas Randall are studying Animal Care

  • Aimee Randall and Ashlyn Summers are studying Human Services and Ashlyn is undertaking a traineeship at Narrabri Hospital.

  • Hunter Gray is studying Graphic Design through TAFE Online

  • Thomas Bush is studying Warehousing and undertaking a traineeship with Reece Plumbing Gunnedah.

There are also four students doing Primary Industries with Mr James


School VET - Primary Industries

There are also four students doing Primary Industries with Mr James; Billy Horne, Saige Mitchell, Bradley Miller and Thomas Bush. Students have completed their unit of competency in WHS processes and are now studying conventional and electric farm fencing. During 2020 they will also be completing a week of work placement and units of competencies focussed around first aid, and the care and welfare of livestock.

The use of the School’s Ag plot is a key component in the Yr 11 Primary Industries course. Significant work in developing and fencing this area has been undertaken by Mr James and  the Primary Industries students in the last two years.

Student Planners

All students have been provided with a Student Planner.  Students are expected to have this at school every day as it is needed for activities in Mentor Groups and to record important information throughout the day.  Student Planners also contain a significant number of wellbeing resources with strategies and activities for students. Parents are encouraged to check the planner regularly.

Counselling Services

We continue to provide access to counselling services through Centacare.  Referrals can be arranged for students needing support.  Students and parents should speak to their Year Leader if they wish to access the services.

Generation Next

Generation Next is a social enterprise providing education and information to protect and enhance the mental health of young people.  Their website contains many links to resources including fact sheets and short clips on a range of issues.  A recent article that may be useful for students as they tackle the new school year can be located at:    

Sewing Club


HSIE Teachers

Year 7 Geography                   Mrs Cull, Mrs Hennessy and Mrs Young

Year 8 History                           Mrs Baker, Mr Burke, Mrs Cull, Mrs Hennessy and Mrs Law

Year 9 Geography                   Mr Burke, Mrs Cull, Mrs Hennessy and Mrs Young

Year 10 Geography                 Mrs Baker, Mrs Cull, Mrs Hennessy and Mrs Law

Commerce                                 Mrs Young

Elective History                       Mrs Young

Year 11 Legal Studies            Mrs Law

Year 11 Business Studies     Mrs Mooney

Year 11 Modern History        Mrs Baker

Year 12 Legal Studies            Mrs Law

Year 12 Business Studies     Mrs Mooney 



  • Every lesson students should have 

    • blue/black pens, coloured highlighters, scissors and glue 

    • Yr 7-10 Workbooks (covered and labelled) 

    • Yr 7-10 Learning Portfolio (display folder) which will hold all important documents

  • Headphones may be required for some lessons

  • JUNIOR ASSESSMENT POLICY has been distributed. Students must read through the policy with their parents/guardians and return to school

  • All students should have joined their Google Classroom. Homework, revision tips, assessment details and important notices are posted on this platform. 


Careers News

Southern University Discovery Tour

St Mary’s College, in conjunction with various schools in the district, staged a multi university trip on Sunday, 2nd February to Wednesday, 5th February. Students participated and benefited from the University of Wollongong Discovery Day and enjoyed additional visits to Macquarie, UNSW, Sydney & Newcastle Universities, as well as Avondale College. During the trip the students stayed on campus accommodation. It was important for our students to be given the opportunity to explore as many university and course options as possible. This will support their school pathway awareness and development, planning and ultimately their decision making. The 4 students who attended found this to be a very valuable experience and hopefully we can continue it with next year’s interested Year 11 students.



Australian Defence Force Presentation

Interested Year 10, 11 & 12 students are invited to attend an information session by the Australian Defence Force Recruiting on Thursday, 27th February at 2pm in the school library.  From all reports last year, it was a very informative talk and the students were totally engaged. There are so many options for students, whether they are keen to leave at the end of year 10 or go onto study at university.

Health Careers Forum

The University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health will conduct its Annual  Health  Careers  Forum for students in Years 10, 11 and 12 students who are interested in a career as a health professional. Interested students are urged to contact Mrs Mooney and secure a place on the bus, which will attend the morning session on Tuesday, 3rd March.  

The forum includes presentations and workshops by academics, clinicians and current UONDRH students from health disciplines including; Medicine, Nutrition & Dietetics, Physiotherapy, Medical Research, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Mental Health, Medical Radiation Science, Nursing and Speech Pathology.

Whitecard Course

Seven Year 10 students will be attending the Gunnedah Community College on Thursday, 27th February to complete a Whitecard course (Prepare to work safely in the Construction Industry),.


University Roadshow

The University Roadshow will be hosted by St Mary’s College on Thursday, 27th February in the St Mary’s College Library. Five universities will be in attendance – Newcastle University, Wollongong University, University of New England, Charles Stuart University & Southern Cross. All Year 12 students will attend with information being provided on the application process, university life, early entry schemes, scholarships, costs & accommodation. At the conclusion of the presentation students will be given the opportunity of speaking with representatives from the various universities.

Important Career Dates

Tuesday, 3rd March                                                       Health Careers Forum

Friday, 8th May                                                               UNE Open Day

Wednesday, 20th May                                                 Northwest Careers Expo (Tamworth)

Monday, 22nd June - Friday, 26th June              Year 10 Work Experience

Wednesday, 1st July                                                    University of Newcastle Schools visit day

Student Support 

The Literacy Block in 2020

This year, students in Years 7 and 8 are participating in the Literacy Block, which runs for four lessons over a two week cycle. The program aims to improve student literacy skills in reading and writing by offering a tailored approach to suit student needs (which are determined by ongoing testing). 

Currently, the Literacy Block offers: one on one intervention, small group instruction and generalised Literacy classes. Students move between the groups depending on their progress. 

In Term One, Year 7 Literacy classes will be focusing on language conventions, grammar and punctuation. They will also be taught how to edit their work using the Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers and Punctuation (VCOP) Framework. This is a valuable opportunity for students to improve their foundational language knowledge and writing skills. 

For the duration of Term One, Year 8 Literacy classes will be learning about study skills. These skills include: cohesive paragraphing, effective note-taking strategies, how to decipher instructional verbs and question deconstruction. Knowledge in these areas will enable students to engage with the content they are learning across all subject areas by making it more accessible to them. It will also teach students how to break apart questions.

In addition to term long focuses, the Years 7 and 8 Literacy classes will also be promoting reading and writing. Students will have 10 minutes of silent reading and will be taught one spelling strategy each lesson. Research indicates that students should read for at least 20 minutes each day to maximise their vocabulary and reading comprehension. 

Running alongside these programs is the Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLi) Program. Year 8 participants of LLi have been engaging in these lessons since the beginning of term . Year 7 students are currently being assessed to determine their eligibility for this program. This program has been running since 2017 and many students from Year 8 to Year 11 have found it to  be of great value - helping them to read and to understand more comprehensively what they have read. The program is a small group intervention, which focuses on comprehension; vocabulary development; fluency; phonics and word study; and writing about reading. If your Year 7 child is to be part of intervention, you will receive a letter containing more comprehensive information.

Gunnedah Catholic Schools Combined P&F

Gunnedah Catholic Schools Combined P&F Meeting

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 18 March 2020 at 5:30pm in the St Xavier's staff room.  Children are welcome to play in the playground if you need to bring them.
All parents and friends are encouraged to attend.

From the College Office

Compass Parent Portal

Earlier this term we distributed to each new family their Compass Parent Portal registration and log in details. The Parent Portal will enable parents to:

  • View up-to-date class and school attendance information

  • Approve past absences for your child

  • Access your child's Student Semester Reports

  • Download, print and approve upcoming excursions

  • Update your registered email and mobile number (used for SMS alerts)

  • Access information regarding upcoming events and news

Please contact Reception on 6742 2124 or if you require assistance with logging into the Portal.

Click here to log onto Compass


Government regulations require that schools document all student absences with reasons eg. illness, approved leave etc. Please provide the College with an explanation for your child’s absence within seven days via the Compass Portal or via phone: 02 6742 2124 on the day of their absence.  It is very important that students attend Mentor Group for roll marking or sign in via the office if they are late to school (after 8:45am). If a response has not been received within seven days to explain the absence, the absence will remain as unexplained and will NOT be able to be changed.

Alternatively you can email absentees to

Attendances - Leave

As per government requirements, if a student is going to be absent from school for five days or more for a sporting/extra-curricular activity, an 'Application for Exemption from Attendance' form must be completed and returned to the office before the event. For all other leave of ten days or more, an “Application for Leave '' form must be completed and returned prior to the leave taking place. These forms are available from the office.

Authority to Collect

If someone other than a parent or listed "Emercency Contact/Authority to Collect" is collecting and signing a student in/out of the college, a written note or email is required from the responsible parent/carer. Please email to

Students Late for School

The bell for the beginning of school goes at 8:45am. Students who arrive after this time are required to be signed in by a parent at the College office or recorded via the Compass Portal

Early Departure

Parents are required to sign students out when they leave the College before the normal finishing time of 3:10pm. 

Illness at School

Students are reminded that if they fall ill at school, they are to inform their teacher and report to the office where the Sick Bay is located. The College First Aid Officer will assess students and contact parents if necessary in accordance with the legal obligation of the College. Students are asked NOT to phone their parents or vice-versa on their mobile phones without first presenting to the Office in accordance with College policy on mobile phone use.

Office Hours

The College office is open from 8:30am until 4:00pm. Student access to the office is restricted to before school, recess, lunchtime and after school.


No medication will be given to a child without the written permission of a parent/guardian. All medication must be clearly labelled in it's original packaging, with all relevant information provided by a parent/guardian. Students are not permitted to have medication in their bags, all medication must be handed into the office.  Students are expected to present themselves at the office at the appropriate time for distribution of their medication.


The College strongly recommends that students do not bring valuables or large amounts of money to school. Any money brought to school e.g. for excursions etc, should be handed in at the office as soon as the student arrives at school. The school accepts no responsibility for the loss or damage of valuables.

Lost Property

Lost property is retained in the library foyer and disposed of at the end of each term. Parents are asked to ensure that their child’s uniform and possessions are labelled clearly.

Email Addresses

Please ensure that the College office has your correct email address as we use email as our major source of communication.

Update of Student Record Details

If any details in regards to your child have changed or your contact details have changed parents/carers are asked to send an email with the updated details  to to ensure that we have the most up to date and accurate information.

Media Consent Form

For any parents wishing to update the Media Consent Form for their child, please refer to the College website.

Bring Your Own Device Program

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Thank you to parents for the smooth introduction of the College BYOD program. Most students have now collected and paid for their device and they are beginning to be used in classroom learning.  A reminder that all students are asked to have a device and bring it to school from Monday 2 March.  Listed below are some frequently asked questions regarding the BYOD program.

Will students use their Chromebook in every class? 

No. The use of Chromebooks will be integrated within a wide range of teaching and learning activities determined by the teacher and the lesson structure. Students must, however, bring their Chromebook to every class (unless explicitly instructed otherwise). Students are encouraged to use their Chromebook to support their learning outside of class time and at home. 

Where should the Chromebooks be stored when at St Mary’s College?

When not in use, students should store their Chromebook in their secured locker or in their bag. A bag for the Chromebook is included as part of the package. 

Is the device insured by St Mary’s College?

No. As the device is the property of the family, it is not covered by the St Mary’s College insurance policies. We encourage families to have their device added to their home/contents insurance policy. 

Should students take their Chromebook home each day?

Yes. The Chromebook will assist students to complete homework and revision tasks. It is also expected that students will recharge their Chromebook overnight, ready for a full day’s use at school. While not at the College, supervision and expectation of responsible use of the Chromebook are the role and obligation of the parent/carers.

Do students have unrestricted access to the internet?

No, St Mary’s College internet connection is filtered, to limit students’ ability to access inappropriate content. Safe and responsible internet use is expected at St Mary’s. Consequences are imposed for those who seek out inappropriate material online. Please refer to the St Mary’s College ICT 

Acceptable Use Policy. It’s important that parents have safeguards at home when students are connecting their chromebooks to the internet.

What if my child’s Chromebook is lost or damaged?

 In the instance of a Chromebook being lost the replacement cost is the responsibility of the family. Damage due to negligence or malicious behaviour is not covered by the manufacturer's warranty. The student’s family will be responsible for covering the cost of repairs or replacement. Students are advised to always store the chromebook/device in its bag, when not in use.

Is my child required to bring a device to school?

Yes. In Years 7-9 they are required to bring a Chromebook.

In Years 10-12 they may bring their own device.

In some subjects where specialised software is required, the school will provide laptops/computers for student use.

What if a student does not bring their device?

Students will be able to borrow a device from the Library for a day. Hopefully all students will develop the habit of bringing all the required equipment for the day.

Can my child use their smart phone as their device?

No. Students are not to use their mobile phones as their everyday device in the classroom.

Can students use their devices in the playground?

No. students can go to the Library or Detention Room at breaks and use their device during breaks. The risk of damage is too high to use the devices in the playground.

Can students recharge their Chromebook/device at school?

No. WHS issues will prevent students from charging their devices at school. Students will need to charge their devices each evening at home.

General Information

College Leadership 2020

Principal - Mr Max Quirk

Assistant Principal - Mrs Catherine Martin

RE Curriculum Coordinator  - Mrs Sandra Garnett

RE Mission & Faith Formation - Miss Nikole Brooks

Leader of Pedagogy - Mr Darren Burke

Leader of Pastoral Care & Wellbeing - Mrs Jody Law


Leader of Learning English - Mr Adam Thompson

Leader of Learning HSIE - Mrs Heidi Baker

Leader of Learning Maths - Mr Michael Masige

Leader of Learning PDHPE - Ms Shelley Thurgood

Leader of Learning Science - Mr Greg Boyce

Leader of Learning TASCA - Ms Angelique Langton


Year Leader - Year 7 Miss Mikalya Lilli

Year Leader - Year 8 Mrs Maddison Collison

Year Leader - Year 9 Miss Genevieve Vickers

Year Leader - Year 10 Mrs MoniqueHannaford

Year Leader - Year 11 Mr Oliver Neader

Year Leader - Year 12 Mr Timothy Kennedy

Uniform Shop

The Uniform Shop can be accessed on Wednesdays and Thursdays  between 1pm to 4pm via the lane behind the College.

Homework Centre

The College Homework Centre is open from Monday to Thursday, 3:30pm to 4:30pm in the College Library.   It is fully supervised and students have access to the Library resources and computers to assist with their study.  A permission note is available from the front office. 

Hours of Supervision

The playground will be supervised from 8:05am. School hours are 8:45am – 3:10pm. After school, students will be supervised in the bus bay areas until the last bus leaves.

School Advisory Council 

The School Advisory Council meet once per month during term and consists of the following members:

Principal: Mr Max Quirk
Parish Priest: Father John McHugh
Chairperson: Mr Anthony Fairfull
Secretary: Mrs Benita Anderson
Teaching Staff Representative: Mrs Catherine Martin
Parents Association Representative: Jacinta Mannion
Elected Members: Mr Michael Crowhurst, Mr Patrick Paul, Mrs Lisa Sumpter, Mr Michael Kennedy


The next SAC meeting will be held on Thursday 12 March 2020 at 6:00pm in the College Library.

Reconnect Gunnedah

Reconnect helps young people aged 12-18 who are having problems at school, at home or with their housing situations. Reconnect aims to develop more positive relationships between students and their family and support connections with education, work, training and the community. Reconnect is a free and completely confidential service. Our goal is to give young people the tools to settle their living arrangements, stay connected and build supportive relationships. Reconnect works closely with other local services in a way that is sensitive to the needs of young people, their families and the community.


Students should see their Year Leader if they would like to access this service or the College Office. 

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