O'Connor Newsletter

01 March 2019
Issue Two
R.E News
Principal's Report
 Assistant Principal's Message
Pastoral Academic Care
Leader of Pedogogy
College Information
Around the School
Agriculture News
O'Connor Catholic College
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39 Kirkwood St
Armidale, NSW, 2350

R.E News

Youth Mass

The 5.30pm Parish Mass at the Cathedral last Sunday was the first Youth Mass for 2019. Thanks to all students and staff from O’Connor who gave their time to help and participate in the Mass. The music was really terrific. Youth Mass is on twice a term at the Cathedral and it would be wonderful to see as many families from O'Connor as possible there. The next Youth Mass is on March 24th.  Mass is on at the Cathedral every Sunday at 8.00am, 10.00am and 5.30pm. There is also a vigil mass at 6.00pm every Saturday.



March 6 (Ash Wednesday) marks the beginning of Lent. Lent is the period of preparation before the great feast of Easter, the cornerstone of our faith. To prepare for Lent, Catholics worldwide embark on programs of prayer, abstinence and almsgiving or charity. 


Ash Wednesday

Our students will attend a solemn Mass presided over by Father Roel in the De La Salle Chapel at 9.15am on March 6. Year 11 students will join our Catholic Community in the Cathedral for Mass at 12.30pm. Both groups will receive the ashes of the burnt palms from Holy Week last year on the their forehead with the message “Repent and believe the Gospel.”  So if your child comes home with a black mark in the form of a cross on their forehead, it's a good thing!


Project Compassion

The eldest child in each family will be given a project compassion box to take home over Lent. Project compassion is a fundraiser for the great Church charity, Caritas. During Lent it is traditional to give up something such as chocolate and donate the money you usually spend on this to Project Compassion. These boxes need to be returned to the College at the start of next term.


Lenten Group

Mrs. Fittler will be leading a Lenten group in the De La Salle Chapel on Thursday afternoons at 3.30pm. Students, parents and parishioners are very welcome to attend.


Shrove Tuesday

The St Vincent de Paul Society at college will be celebrating Shrove Tuesday (March 5) next week. They will be making pancakes and selling them with proceeds to Caritas. Bring $2 and enjoy some delicious pancakes.





Damian Roff


Principal's Report

Dear Parents and Carers

You will have seen media reports of the conviction of Cardinal George Pell. The
Archbishop of Brisbane and President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference,
the Most Rev. Mark Coleridge has released a statement to the Catholic community. A
copy is below for your information. There is no doubt that news of this verdict of Cardinal Pell will bring with it a range of emotions. The legal process will now run its course.
If you or your child requires support, please contact me.

We should never forget, that in any matter of this nature, our concern and prayers are
with victims and their families. Please be assured that our school system works
tirelessly to ensure the safety of every child in our schools, and will continue to do so
as together we share the responsibility for the wellbeing of your children.



Over the last week, I have been a delegate at two conferences. Firstly I attended the Learning Environments Applied Research Network (LEaRN) ‘Talking Spaces 9 - The decade Ahead’. This conference brought together educationalists, architects and project managers to look at how space and buildings can affect learning and how we use spaces to ‘amplify’ the learning. This is especially relevant to us as we embark on our building works with the funding announced last year.


As part of this conference, I went on a number of school visits. I visited the following

  • Caroline Chisholm Catholic College, Braybrook

  • Kolbe Catholic College Greenvale

  • Prahran High School

  • Richmond High School

  • LCI Collingwood


The school visits allowed me to see spaces that are working and spaces that are not and look at ways we could take the good and use it at O’Connor. The visits also affirmed our learning agenda and the path we have taken over the last few years to know and grow every student. From what I saw, it makes me proud of how our community has adopted the dispositions of collaboration and problem solving in buildings that are designed for a more industrialised approach to education. Our teachers have taken on the challenge of adapting our learning environments to our 21st century learners with focus and vision. Our teachers use of the learning spaces and agile furniture to move from direct instruction to collaboration to problem solving and everything in between is outstanding. We are building a community who can articulate what we do and why we do it.


On Monday, the College leadership team attended the Schools Summit in Sydney. This was organised by Sydney Morning Herald and consisted of lectures and panels of teachers, principals, system leaders and politicians. As part of this Summit, we heard from the Hon Rob Stokes, NSW Minister for Education, Mr Jihad Dib, NSW Shadow Minister for Education, Hon Dan Tehan Federal Minister for Education and Hon Tanya Plibersek, Federal Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Education. Education reform will play a major role in the upcoming elections both at a state level and a federal level. It was interesting to hear the passion from our politicians to help and encourage all students to be their best. It was reiterated by every one of the speakers that a student who studies in a rural or remote location should have the same chance to succeed as a student from the city. This will play out in the next few months as each party releases and explains their education funding policies.


As part of this summit, representatives from NSW Education Standards Authority discussed the curriculum review, the HSC and ATAR, as one panel member stated ‘there is a lot of heat around this at the moment’. There have been calls to change the ATAR and the way it is calculated to reduce stress and increase depth of learning. From the speakers at the Summit, this will be a long process and not one that will happen overnight. I look forward to seeing the results of the curriculum review.


Leadership Team with Chris Smyth, Director Catholic Schools, Diocese of Armidale.

Left to Right - Chris Smyth, Damian Roff (Religious Education Coordinator) Mellissa Bell (Leader of Learning Pastoral Academic Care and Wellbeing), Eli Simpson (Leader of Pedagogy), Simon Fleming (Assistant Principal) and Regina Menz (Principal).



Compass is Coming for Parents and Students -

Compass is an internet communication link for teachers, parents and students. Teachers have been trialling the use of Compass for roll marking, excursions and student information.  
All parents and carers will soon be able to log on to Compass with their unique username and password.

Compass allows parents and carers to view their students profile including:
- Student’s timetable
- School notices
- Attendance
- Chronicle reports (Chronicle reports will cover both positive and negative reports on the students including issues the students may have with uniform, attendance, work due and behaviour).

The parent/carer Compass portal also allows parents and/or Carers to:
- Update their contact details
- Approve absences and indicate future absences
- Email the student’s teacher
- View a student’s report as an electronic PDF file

We will be running some parent workshops and sending information home over the rest of this term on how to use Compass.




What new learning will you undertake this week?


Regina Menz


 Assistant Principal's Message

Parents & Carers

This week O'Connor's leadership team attended the Sydney Morning Herald Schools Summit in Sydney. Whilst there was a great deal of politicising from the various speakers there were also some common educational themes that emerged.


One was the ongoing review of the NSW Curriculum and why this process will not conclude quickly. The kindergarten to year 12 curriculum review, which is being undertaken by education expert Professor Geoff Masters is due to be handed down later on in the year and will also include the HSC.

On a much more enlightening note it was very refreshing to hear and witness Eddie Woo a young Mathematics teacher who has received much acclaim due to his innovative style and fame on Youtube.

Mr Woo spoke about student engagement and in particular ‘igniting the fires’ in young learners.

To maintain and motivate student learning no matter what the subject, Mr Woo spoke about 3 essential dispositions.

Firstly, he spoke about playfulness and the use of games in teaching. He provided a short analogy of himself taking his young children to the park where they were unbuckling their seat belts before he had even come to a halt, such was their
anticipation on getting to the playground equipment. I’m sure many of us can relate
to this experience. The point he was making is that playing and games are an innate reaction
for children. He also gave an example in the modern context by providing data on the number
of hours teenagers are either watching or playing video games online. He then provided examples of how games can be used to stimulate learning
in Mathematics and that how this can be applied to all disciplines.
The second disposition was collaboration within the classroom. As a school we have endorsed the assessment as a learning model in a collaborative context. We understand the value of peer to peer
support and not leaving anyone behind. This enables more students to effectively participate in the lesson and therefore learn from each other.
The third deposition related to' teacher passion'. Students feel confident and inspired by teachers
who demonstrate a real passion for their subject. This comes across in their teaching.
A confident and inspiring teacher knows the content and is able to use a variety of teaching devices and at the same time monitor the learning of all students.

Upcoming Events

Year 9 Information Evening will be held Monday 4 March at 6pm in AG 4/5. The purpose of this evening will be to provide information around NAPLAN, HSC Standards, The RoSA, Reporting and grading, Year 9 Excursion and Pastoral, Academic Care.

An information Evening will be held for Year 10 Tuesday 5 March commencing at 6pm. This evening will focus on the HSC Minimum Standards.

The Science and Engineering Challenge at UNE will be held during Week 6.

Ash Wednesday is 6 March. We will be having a whole school Mass at 9.15 except for Year 11 who will join the Parish at the Cathedral at 12.30.

Students will also be involved in Stage 5 and HSC Music Workshops.

Enrolments 2020

Do you have a child or know someone with a child starting Year 7 in 2020? Our first Year 6 STEP (Stage Three Enrichment Program) Transition Day for students will be held on Thursday 21st March. Our Information Night for parents/carers will be held on the same date. To register your interest in both or either event, please contact the College office on 67721666 or email. [email protected]

Please share with friends and family.


Staff Development Days 2019

We wish to advise parents/carers of the dates for staff development days for the remainder of the year.

Term 2 - Tuesday 11th June and Wednesday 12th June. The College will be closed as all staff will be attending the Systems Conference run by the Catholic Schools Office.

Term 3 - Monday 22nd July. The Library will be open for senior students wishing to study.

Term 4 - School concludes on Wednesday 18 December.


Thank you ..

For your ongoing support & Cooperation



Simon Fleming


Pastoral Academic Care


Pastoral Academic Care (PAC) Focus

This week’s Pastoral Academic Care focus is VALUING AND ORGANISING TIME

Wellbeing Element: MEANING AND PURPOSE
Character Strength: JUDGEMENT
Wellbeing Fitness Challenge: OTHERS MATTER
Wellbeing Reflection Activities: Middle – VALUING AND ORGANISING TIME,

Parent Wellbeing: Social-emotional resilience is made up of optimism and hope for the future, regulating emotions, controlling impulses, thinking flexibly, having empathy, self-belief and building social connectedness. What does each mean to you? (Acknowledgement: Reivich and Shatte)


Many students believe they ‘have their acts together’ and don’t need to organise their time in a structured way. The reality for most of them is the exact opposite. Making the choice to create a timetable of their commitments and responsibilities will actually provide them with more time to do what they want to do and sticking to it will also build their resilience to distractions.

After living by their timetables for three weeks, they will realise themselves how it is making their lives better. Doing this requires deliberate practice and a sustained effort which will create patterns for their brains to tune into.

The self-regulation strength encourages students to take greater ownership of their learning progress, because their Personal Timetable is a contract with themselves. They develop a sense of meaning and purpose for being at school, which will actually provide them with more time for themselves by reducing “nothing time” between activities.

The Timetables (see student diary) show the suggested number of weekly Home Learning/ Study Sessions for each year level.

Use the teamwork and leadership strengths at home to help students stick to their timetable. A good strategy is to place a copy on the fridge.

Year 7

Year 7

Year 7 are settling in well at O’Connor and are already displaying a focus on their learning. Already year 7 have been receiving commendation awards for a range of reasons such as assisting in masses, focusing on and application towards their learning and many others.


Congratulations to those students who have both participated in the the swimming carnival and received an award, a photo has been attached of students who received awards at O’Connor’s swimming carnival. Good luck for the diocesan swimming carnival in Moree.



Clean Up Australia Day is this week on the 3rd of March. Year 7 are ensuring they can be involved in such a great initiative to make a difference to our local environment by cleaning up around the school on Friday the 29th of February. The appeal of Clean Up the World has demonstrated that this simple Australian idea has universal appeal and the health of the environment is of concern to people and communities worldwide. Over the past three decades Clean Up Australia has evolved into an organisation that works with the community, government and business to provide practical solutions to help us all live more sustainably every day of the year. Congratulations to Year 7 for being involved in helping to keep Armidale a clean and sustainable environment. Let’s see if we can make every day ‘Clean Up Australia Day’. If you would like to be involved or would like more information about the event please visit https://www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au/


Another congratulation to Year 7 for their participation in mass on Wednesday. Students were reverent and respectful. What a beautiful way to start a Wednesday. A huge shout out to those students involved in reading, serving and other responsibilities around the mass well done.


Some reminders for parents and carers. Our deposit for camp is now overdue and permission notes should have been handed in. If you have not yet handed in forms please do so as soon as possible as no student can attend camp without handing in their permission and medical form. Why are we going on camp? To build self confidence and self esteem through taking on and conquering challenges. To learn and develop co-operative skill through working with others.To get to know each other and build new friendships. Camp is a compulsory event if you need any assistance with completing forms or require any further information please contact [email protected].


Some exciting news about our Yearly focus (Strength in Kindness). Our Leader of Pedagogy, Mrs Simpson came across the song A.O.K (Acts Of Kindness) by Adrian Eagle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FMQLTK4EIw and recommended I listen to the song. This song fits perfectly with our year focus and our pastoral team is so excited to listen to this song with Year 7 and maybe even create a short dance to the song. Listen to the song with your children and discuss the messages of the song. Alongside with this Year 7 are sprinkling kindness this week by creating kindness donuts in our pastoral period. Ask your children about this and discuss with them how they are going to sprinkle kindness this week.




Yolanda Kreuzen

Yr 7 PAC Leader

Year 8

Welcome to the halfway point of Term One, Year 8. You have all done very well settling into your new classes and making some new friendships.


Good luck next weekend to all those students who are representing the school at the Armidale Show and well done to all of the students who have won medals for picking vegetables, showing cattle, and judging animals at the other local shows.


First Term is always huge sporting wise, congratulations to all of the swimming age champions and good luck to everyone taking part in the Dio Swimming Carnival in week 7 - remember the black line will show you the way. We also have a few students representing O’Connor at the League Tag Gala Day and Netball, later in the term so wish them well as they prepare.  


Ash Wednesday is a time for reflection and repentance and sees the whole school joining together to observe the first day of Lent in the Chapel. I hope Year 8 can continue to display the wonderful behaviour they have demonstrated so far during whole school masses.

[email protected]

Again, I am looking forward to working with you all this year.


Lloyd Honnery.


Year 9

The vast majority of students have settled well into their classes and are displaying good learning habits. This is reflected by a record number of Commendation Certificates being distributed this past fortnight.

Don’t forget the Year 9 Parent Information evening on Monday 4th March commencing at 6:00pm in AG 4/5. We look forward to seeing you there. The PAC team will be available for a brief chat with you afterwards.

Also fast approaching is the Year 9 camp. 25th, 26th, 27th March. It is important for you to have permission notes returned and online registrations completed by March 4th. If you do not have copies of these, please ask your child to ask for another one or you can ask via email. This is a compulsory event and, despite the lack of water, a good time and some serious bonding is assured.

Our focus for this week’s Pastoral lesson is the role of Gratitude in Relationships (smiling and saying thank you costs nothing and is infectious), Thinking about Thinking (give your brain a few extra seconds to engage before you open your mouth to comment) and some self-calming breathing techniques (deep breathing is relaxing and stress relieving).

During the next week I will be sending an email to every Year 9 student with a link to a NAPLAN (numeracy) practise resource I have developed. It takes the form of a series of digital self-marking quizzes that can be undertaken multiple times. Ask your child to show you how it works. Are you smarter than a ninth grader?

Thanks for your ongoing support.



Peter McLeish

Year 9 PAC Leader

(on behalf of the Year 9 Pastoral Academic Care team)

Year 10

Year 10 should now be settled into their work and studies for this term. I have the opportunity to talk to many of the students about their subject choices and core classes and I have mostly been received positive feedback from them.


I hope this continues with the upcoming Parent/Carers information night on Tuesday the 5th March 6.00pm in AG4/5. The purpose of the evening is to discuss NESA minimum standards, work experience and subject selections for students continuing into year 11 next year.


Also a congratulations to all year 10 students who participated in the swimming carnival and those who won age champions and runner up awards. Also I was impressed to see that commendation cards are starting to be awarded to students for both community service and academic commitment. I would like to see this continue throughout the rest of this term and the year.



Mark Fulloon

Year 10 PAC  Leader

Year 11

A big thank you to all of the parents/carers and students who attended the information and assessment evening on Monday 18th February. The night provided some important details on the formal side of Year 11 studies and was facilitated by Mr Mitch Smidt. If you have any questions regarding the complexities of this, please do not hesitate to contact us at school.


Youth Mass was celebrated on Sunday 25th February, and it was great to see many of our Year 11 students there. The LYL badges were blessed by Father Roel and were distributed to the students who were present. As a Lasallian Youth Leader, students have committed to being role models for our junior students, setting good examples for all. They work with our Year 7 and 8 PAC classes on a Friday, playing games, doing prayer and notices, and generally getting to know the students. There has already been much interaction and assistance given to our younger cohorts by many of our LYL’s and this is wonderful to see.

We also celebrate on the sporting arena this week. Nathan Czinner and Jake McCann came away as being named ‘Joint Players of the season for NSW Indoor Hockey’. An amazing achievement by both boys. Nathan also received a NSW CCC Half Blue for his ‘Contribution to Hockey’. He is off to Europe.



Tori Brazier is in the final round of the selection process to be

chosen in the northern eagles squad for touch football. Congratulations Tori.



Emily Meehan and Olive Tutt competed in the recent mountain bike challenge in Armidale. Olive came 1st in the Under 17 and Emily Meehan came 4th. Well done girls.


Our PAC period on Friday will be looking at collaboration in order to achieve success. Activities based on working together as a cohort will be explored. Organisation will play a key role in the success of our students and their ability to cope with school work, assessments, part-time work and family, sporting, social commitments. We will look at a weekly planner to endeavour to assist with this dilemma. Please remember that teachers are here to help you and you need to reach out if your are struggling. There are many people who can help you in these situations before they get out of hand.

Socially, I would encourage all of Year 11 to be kind and thoughtful in their relationships. I often ask the question ‘“How do you wish to be remembered”? Someone who gives of their time and concern for others?? Or someone who ignores, ridicules, lacks empathy towards others?? Have a think about this.


Just a reminder that students need to check emails and google classroom for important information, as well as for class work. It is an important form of communication.


We celebrated several birthdays this week at our student briefing, as well as some commendations and certificates for swimming achievements. Well done to all of those students who are working well and trying their best to focus on the learning.




Vicki Channon

Year 11 PAC Leader

Year 12

Yr 12 continue to motor along as a Year Group and are applying strong effort towards gains in their learning. A number of assessment tasks are approaching and the year is in full swing now with many demands placed upon students both in and outside of the school. For these reasons we are focusing on managing our time well and maintaining a balance between work, study, exercise and relaxation (hopefully somewhere in there we can also manage to get some sleep). Students have been encouraged to draw up a personal schedule for their time outside of school and to look at each of these aspects carefully and consider where they may need to make some changes. This process is extremely important in students achieving their potential in learning, but also in enjoying and a healthy, happy and fulfilled life.


On Tuesday the 25th of March we were  fortunate enough to have the University Roadshow at the College. Students listened to a very informative and engaging presentation about the process of applying for university, life as a student and the benefits of tertiary study. They were then provided opportunity to chat with students from a range of regional universities to discuss their questions and concerns around university and to look at options for study. This was an extremely worthwhile presentation with some excellent information. I encourage all students and their families to engage in discussion around potential pathways for students beyond school. If you ever have any questions or concerns please contact me to discuss them. Thanks to Mrs Lemon for organising this excellent presentation.




     James Russell

      Yr 12 PAC Leader


Leader of Pedogogy

LOP Message

Tonight, when your child comes home don’t ask them, “How was school?”, especially if you know that the answer is most likely going to be a predictable grunt, or shoulder roll, an eye roll, or all three. Try asking them this question: “What feedback did you receive today?” If they reply ‘none’, then probe a little further: “What conversations about your work/contributions/answers did you have with your teacher(s) or classmate(s) today?”


Much of the feedback we provide your child happens in the moment. It could be affirming, through paraphrasing and/or building of a student’s answer, which they have contributed to during the class discussion. It might be the passing comment that helps them to up-level their work or perhaps it’s the demonstration of a particular skill. What this very small set of examples shows, is that the feedback isn’t about saying “Good Work” or “Great Job”, nor is it about saying “That’s not right” or “You have failed to…”. What the ‘in the moment’ or Descriptive Feedback provides to students, are practical, direct and useful insights that outline how to move their learning forward, in order to achieve the intended learning goal. The power of this kind of feedback is that it avoids marks, grades, or comments that judge the level of achievement. This results in, when translated into the cognitive learning space, the student not being blinded by the mark but rather remaining open to continued improvement. This is the kind of feedback we want your child to not only be receiving in every class, but to know that they are receiving it. By shifting the focus of your child’s motivation to move learning forward from an external drive of a mark or grade, to an internal desire to improve, we are succeeding in ensuring the vision of the school, which is to ‘develop students who are creative, confident and informed people, ready to make a real difference in our world.’


The progressive learning journey that the O’Connor Community is on, promotes  deep value embedded in descriptive feedback to move your child’s learning forward. With no summative assessment in Years 7-9, the feedback that we provide students is absolutely crucial, in not only providing ways of improvement for students but also in providing teachers with a deepened understanding on how to improve or modify instruction, so that O’Connor students have every opportunity to access the curriculum and demonstrate learning success.


Descriptive Feedback also helps to give information to you, the parents and caregivers, about how your children are progressing in relation to the curriculum expectations. It also powerfully ‘promotes student ownership, responsibility and accountability for the learning.’ To help you negotiate the conversations about learning and feedback that you have with your child, Lyn Sharratt has outlined the three types of Descriptive Feedback- Oral, Written, and Demonstrative.


  • Oral – in the moment and on the spot. This form of feedback can be specific to an individual student or open to a whole class discussion

  • Written – directly connected to the curriculum expectations and the success criteria. Generally, this type of feedback includes one praise point and one or two instructional points that will help move the student’s learning forward

  • Demonstrative – teacher modelling the learning for students


Armed with this knowledge, you can truly help your child to consider the learning beyond the content. So tonight, tomorrow night and every future school night , ask your child “What feedback did you receive today?” They might not have an answer for you tonight, but in a week, a term, a semester, a year… see how their understanding of learning changes!





Eli Simpson

Leader of Pedagogy

College Information

Stoney Ridge School Bus

From Monday March 4th Stoney Ridge school bus will pick up opposite the College in the Bus zone, on the Showground side of Kirkwood Street.

Also from Monday March 4 the Martins Gully red bus transfers will be moved to Drummond Memorial School.

Practical Parenting


Uniform Shop

Opening hours

Monday - 8am - 12pm

Wednesday - 12pm - 4pm

Friday - 10am - 2pm

International Women's Day


New England Art Grant

Here’s an opportunity for young musicians.


Easts Soccer


Safer Driver Course


 Five Cent Friday

"The Brazier boys, didn't know much about melanoma until father of four Mark was diagnosed with the disease in 2015. Mark's melanoma progressed rapidly and he passed away the following year. Not wanting to see other families go through what they had, Mark's four sons - Harrison  (who attends O'Connor Catholic College year 7), Angus, Thomas & Hugo - decided to raise money for research into the disease. They launched 'Five Cent Friday', a community fundraising campaign that swept across NSW and raised more than $25,000 for Melanoma Institute Australia. "Hopefully this money can help save lives so no one else has to die from melanoma," said Angus. The boys aren't stopping there , they have selflessly shared their story as part of the Melanoma March 2019 campaign and have organised a March from Guyra to Black Mountain on the 9th March. If you are interested in joining the March please check in on their Five Cent Friday facebook page."




Kathryn Brazier

Around the School

Z Club News

2018 saw a very exciting and successful year for the O’Connor Z-club.  Last year we welcomed many new members and became involved in new and exciting projects to support and serve our local community, as well as continuing past projects including the packing and fundraising of 600 birthing kits.

Through the support of our members and donations we assembled care packages which we distributed to various local organisations including the local foster care agency Pathfinders, Vinnies and to the women’s prison.  

We would like to thank the school community for their support last year and we are excited for the upcoming year and the various new opportunities Z-club will bring to our members and local community.


Congratulations to our new executive team for 2019 who were announced at our first meeting for 2019 last Thursday.  Past President - Claire Giles, Vice President - Maria Alkhouri and Secretary - Georgia MacMahon handed over to the new executive team for 2019: President - Georgia MacMahon, Vice President - Emily Meehan, Secretary - Chloe Brown.

We hold one meeting each month on the last Thursday in the library in Break B. Some meetings will be held in the Textiles room when we are packaging up products for our care packages.

We welcome all of our new members joining Z-Club including many Year 7’s students.

We are looking forward to the year ahead. Our first major function will be attending the International Women’s Day Breakfast, where a small contingent will represent our club.


Young Women in Public Affairs Award

Maria Alkhouri has received the prestigious Young Women in Public Affairs Award given by Zonta. Maria is an excellent ambassador for our school, Z club and our community. She works tirelessly in an endeavour to advocate for women and girls locally and internationally.



Great learning in Year 11 Chemistry 3D mapping the trends of the Periodic Table.


Ancient History

More great learning- Year 11 Ancient History mapping Tutankhamun’s tomb.


Agriculture News

Ram Sales

Years 8,9,10 & 11 Agriculture Classes visited the Northern Ram breeders Housed show and sale on 5 February . The morning was designated for Junior Judging events to encourage youth in Agriculture. Students judged fine wool merinos (loaned by Alfoxton), and fleeces from the TAFE collection. 
Junior Competition finalists 
Matilda Brown, Quinn Dalton, Ben Jones, Abbey Jackson, Jasmine Hockey, Vanessa Simpson and Angela Ryan.

Fleece Winners:

 Angela Ryan –  1st 

 Matilda Brown – 2nd

 Vanessa Simpson – 3rd

 Quinn Dalton – 4th

 Jack Deshon – 5th

Sheep Winners  

Jasmine Hockey – 1st

Abby Jackson – 2nd

Vanessa Simpson – 3rd

Matilda Brown – 4th

Ben Jones – 5th

Senior Competition Finalists
Sam Graham, Hain van Eyk, Isabel Hine, Kareena Dawson, Max Robertson, Chloe Rollan, Jamie Jordan, Lucy Barley, Tahlia White.
Fleece Winners:

 Tahlia White – 3rd

  Lucy Barley – 4th

  Max Robertson – 5th

Sheep Winners:

 Kareena Dawson – (ex Student)

 Hain van Eyk – 4th



Glen Innes Show

Celtic Cattle Feature

Saturday was cattle show day with Celtic cattle being the feature.
'Not A Lot Haylee' (owned by O'Connor )and her calf were sashed as Champion Celtic exhibit. Congratulations to Allie Carson on her preparation and exhibition of the cattle team.

20 students and 5 head of cattle competed in Glen Innes Show.

Students competed in the junior appraisal events on Friday.  These included grain, merinos, fleece, meat sheep, vegetables and cattle.

Results as follows; 
Eliza Boland – 2nd Grain Judging
Isabel Hine – 1st Fleece

Meg Lawry – 2nd Fleece
Analiese Wark – 1st Merino Sheep
Angela Ryan – 2nd Meat Sheep


Guyra Show

35 students and 5 head of cattle went to Guyra on a decidedly cooler weekend than Glen Innes. 
Students again competed in Junior appraisal events – Sheep, Fleece Cattle and vegetables.
Results as follows;


Harry Clark –1st

Jasmine Hockey –1st

Darcy Booth – 3rd

Banjo Clark – 4th             
Quinn Dalton – 4th

Lucy Barley

Tahlia White – 1st

Elisa Boland  & Meg Lye – 2nd  

Jordan Windred –5th 

Matilda Brown –2nd

Ronald Boxall –4th
Hain van Eyk –1st

Analiese Wark 3rd


Quinn Dalton –1st

Ben Jones – 2nd

Ronald Boxall – 3rd

Heidi Ammer - encouragement

Jordan Windred –1st

Meg Lawry – 2nd  

Tahlia White – 3rd

Analiese Wark – 4th

Isabel Hine – 5th 
Several students led cattle for the first time and 'Not A Lot Haylee' was again champion Devon Female.



7 Habits of a Self Confident Person

Self-confidence is all about believing in yourself, your self-worth, your power and abilities, regardless of the situation you find yourself in. Highly self-confident people focus on the needs of others and take attention away from themselves. They are usually people of service and the more they contribute to the world, the more they are rewarded with personal recognition and success.


The Habits:

1. Keep your word to yourself and others

2. Choose positive self-talk

3. Focus on your strengths

4. Be Courageous

5. Act & feel important

6. Be grateful

7. Focus on contributing to others


 Tricks To Be More Confident For A Job Interview.

  1.  Listen to upbeat music/ watch motivational 'You Tube' videos (TED): this helps to pump you up and put you in a mood to win. In an interview you need to sound enthusiastic and excited about the position.
  2.  Smile!- smiles make people relax and look more attractive. Smile as you walk into the room and one will be returned. That's a good start!
  3.  Body Language- Stand and walk proudly even if you are shaking inside. If you slouch, slump, shuffle, fidget, cross your arms, etc, you will project a negative image.
  4.  Think Positively: This will help you to have faith in yourself, which will affect your body language.
  5.  Practise your interview at home by speaking answers out aloud, using correct enunciation. Try to hear your voice, correct any nervous intonations, pitch problems etc. Do this in front of a mirror so you can see your facial gestures also.
  6.  Look Good and Appropriate: It's hard to give a good impression when you are uncomfortable. If you look good and are appropriately dressed then you'll FEEL good. Be well dressed, have neat hair, be polished, clean and well groomed. This will boost your confidence in the opening minutes.
  7.  Do one extroverted act before your interview: Smile at a stranger, chat with the receptionist, talk to the cafe manager etc. Small talk often starts an interview in order to relax you. Interviewers are really looking for someone who can fit the team dynamic. Employers want to create a motivated, friendly environment, so you want to come across as friendly and personable. Show your personality!
  8.  Practise to have the best possible answer to the question: “Why do you want this job?" It's often the most important question of the interview and can make or break your chances and it often sets the tone for the remainder of the interview. Show you know about the company, its mission statement and how it ties with your career values and desires. 

If the interviewer doesn't ask the specific question, answer it anyway, when you have a chance to ask questions or add anything extra. State why you were excited to be granted an interview and why you feel passionate about the work they do. This is your chance to impress!




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