O'Connor Newsletter

25 August 2016
Issue Two
Principals Message
Career Corner
College News
Community News
O'Connor Catholic College
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Armidale, NSW, 2350

Principals Message

Dear Parents and Friends of O’Connor

By the time you receive this newsletter our Year 12 students will be half way through their trial HSC Exams. After many years of experience it has been my observation that many students go through a flat period while they recover from the various emotions that the trial exams put them through.

Our role as teachers and parents I believe is to firstly acknowledge this ‘flat’ period and to support them back into good study routines and habits.

At school we will be introducing Year 12 to a ‘Ramp It Up’ program to help our Year 12 students gain the most during this short period of time between their trial exams and their HSC exams.

There are at least three phases to getting the best out of an exam.

Firstly there is the preparation. Without this phase none of us can expect to perform to the best of our abilities.

Secondly there is the sitting of the exam. For this we need to be alert, well rested and in good health. Finally there is what we do with the feedback. I encourage all students in all exams and assessment tasks to carefully analyse the feedback provided by their teachers. The hope is that at least these particular mistakes won’t be made the next time.


Fathers Day

As we approach Fathers Day I think it is timely to recognise the role of fathers and what kids learn from their fathers.

It is also important to recognise that for an increasing number of our students a different family structure exists. In some cases a father, not the biological father takes on this role. In other families an uncle, a grandfather or a family friend may undertake the role. I hope you find this article from Michael Grose affirming and worthwhile.


Both versions of the following article are subject to copyright, and should not be altered or added to in any way, or used for purposes other than those outlined within the current commercial arrangement.


Michael Grose

Director Parentingideas 2016

Full Article


What kids learn from fathers By Michael Grose

High work ethic, honesty, supportiveness and loyalty were all values that men attributed to their fathers.

A Galaxy Research study found that three quarters of Australian dads nominated their father as the person from whom they learned their most important life skills.

Shaving, riding bikes, driving and changing tyres are the skills that men attributed to their dads.

At first glance these may not appear too startling but dig a little deeper and you find that they attribute vital lifelong success characteristics to their dads.

High work ethic, honesty, supportiveness and loyalty were all values that men directly attributed to their dads.

The results of the study show that dad is the 'doing' guy. Mothers tend to interact with their kids differently. They are more verbal, more astute at developing interpersonal skills and more likely to reveal what is on their mind.

The language of fatherhood is about activity — dads teach many of their important lessons through activity. Learning to be a good sport, to share and to work toward a goal are lessons that dads teach their kids in very hands-on ways.

The study also showed that it was through activity that men formed their relationships with their dads.

Playing, tinkering, building and pulling things apart are the modus operandi of many dads.


What do dads teach girls?

Dads teach girls fundamental lessons about interacting with males. As my girls were growing up I wanted them to expect to be treated well and respectfully by males (both present and future) as well as having the confidence to be assertive.

That meant that I needed to treat my daughters kindly, while allowing them to speak up to me (in the nicest possible way) when needed.

Numerous studies have linked fathers with the healthy development of girls, including self-esteem and confidence.

Certainly dads should complement their daughters genuinely and persistently in adolescence when body image doubts are very common. But they also need to let their daughters grow away.

This is a challenge as dads tend to be protective of their daughters and hard on their sons. It's lucky then that most mums are protective and super-supportive of their boys! The yin and yang that mothering and fathering provides is a fabulous balance for kids.

Boys grow into their dads

Little boys want to be like their dads. They attribute superman-like qualities to their fathers. Dads need to make the most of this while they can because their sons become teenagers and try hard to reveal their feet of clay.

The GOOD NEWS is that the Galaxy Survey showed that most men still want to be 'like their dad.' That boyhood dream doesn't diminish in adulthood. That's lucky as most men become like their fathers, hopefully better versions!

  • A better version of a father appears to be one who is involved with his kids but also one who can balance and support the parenting style of his partner.
  • A better version is one who plays with his kids but also one who disciplines too. He balances softness with firmness.
  • A better version is not being a quasi-mother or a gender-neutral parent but confident enough to learn from his partner while retaining the maleness of fathering.
  • A better version is one who talks openly to his partner and engages in a dialogue about parenting.
  • A better version is one who remembers what it was like being a kid and bringing that into parenting as much as possible when you are with them. And fathers need partners who support them in their parenting efforts, actively share the parenting enterprise, and recognise that DADS DO IT DIFFERENTLY.


Career Corner

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!


Good Luck

Glenda Lemon

Librarian/ Career 

College News

North West Girls League Tag Knockout


On August 24th the O’Connor 14’s and opens league tag teams travelled to Tamworth to contest the North West Girls League Tag Knockout competition. Conditions were wet, slippery and less than favourable, however despite the conditions the day witnessed a fantastic display of football skills.


The junior team played Tamworth High School in their first game narrowly losing in the second half 2-1. In their second game they took on Quirindi High School securing a 5-nil win.


The open girls team played Tamworth High School in their first game winning 7 tries to 1. They then took on Uralla Central School winning 5 tries to 2. In their final match they played Quirindi High School where the score was nil all at half time. With both teams eager to win tensions were high and O’Connor unfortunately went down 1-nil.


Both teams now progress to the North West Peels Schools Regional Finals at Bingara on Tuesday September 13th.


Thank you to Mr Russell and Mr Honeysett for transporting the players by bus and car and to Miss Clydsdale for coaching the teams.

Best of luck to both teams in their next round of league tag.


Camilla Clydsdale

Sports Coordinator


Chess News

Chess results from yesterday against Gunnedah High.


It was a tough round but the O’Connor team are getting stronger and stronger.  


On Board 4 Jacob Minehan lost his queen earlier but stole a very clever victory with his two rooks pinning his opposition King on the back rank for a sound victory.


On Board 3 Cameron Roan got a piece up early then wore his opponent down to an end game by exchanging pieces until his was able to promote his pawn and check mate his opponent in a classic rook queen position.

On Board 2 Elisabeth Lee was neck and neck with her opponent with lots of permutations on the moves each of them could make.  Eventually Elisabeth made a decisive break and had her opponent on the rack with two pieces up.  At this point the Gunnedah team had to leave after a game of over an hour and a half.  We have sent the game away for adjudication but we are pretty confident of a victory for Elisabeth.


On Board 1 a similar situation arose as on Board 2 with Tim Hanrahan in a dire struggle against his opponent.  The difference being that intricacies were far more complicated at this level.  You really do get some very elite players on the Board 1 circuit and so far Tim has not been beaten in this region for two years.  Eventually Tim forced his opponent to the wall and was in a commanding position when Gunnedah had to leave. again we have sent the game away for adjudication but we are pretty confident of a victory for Tim.


So four victories in the chess which is admirable for this late stage of the competition (although we are in the losers side of the draw and fighting for 2nd spot).  Congratulate all the team members but a special mention to Elisabeth who drew the short straw (no one wanted board 2) but played the best game of her season.


Cheers Ian Tonkin

Chess Coach


“Chess club motto If it moves take it”

Ag Quip Awards

Congratulations to Skye Danieli and Kieran Sullivan who both recieved awards at the presentation of the Local Land Services Schools Property Planning Competition at AgQuip.



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