PSY-berFEST 2013: Third Place!
Congratulations to the Year 9 team which was awarded third place in the Inaugural PSY-ber (Privacy and Safety for You) FEST 2013 Film Competition at Mary MacKillop College Wakeley on 20 November. The competition focusses on the importance of safety online and the negative effects of not following appropriate online behaviour. The St Ursula’s film explored cyber safety in relation to social media apps that can be used anonymously.
The Archdiocesan RE Test
The 2013 Archdiocesan RE Test results for Years 8 and 10 were pleasing with Year 10 Students achieving 17 High Distinctions, 81 Distinctions and 47 Credits in the first Pilot Test. Year 8 students were awarded 22 High Distinctions, 62 Distinctions and 66 Credits. Congratulations to all students!
Launching the Ursuline Learning Framework
On Friday 25 October the College celebrated St Ursula’s Day and launched our Ursuline Learning Framework “Ignite the spirit” which elucidates the way we want learning to happen at St Ursula’s.
Over the past three years, the St Ursula’s community has discussed, surveyed, held student and parent focus groups, and had staff development days devoted to designing and forming this learning framework. This learning framework is the culmination of all of these activities and something that the community, particularly the staff, has developed to ensure it inspires in students a love of learning and enables them to reach their full potential.
“Ignite the spirit” seeks to unlock in students the potential to be the best they can be. It seeks to give them confidence in an environment that helps them to learn and it seeks to be responsive to their individual needs. There are four ways that this can happen:
We “ignite the spirit” through...
• Quality relationships
• Collaborative partnerships
• Flexibility and responsiveness
• Creativity and imagination
It is these four elements that describe the variety of ways learning can happen in the classroom at St Ursula’s.
The Archbishop of Sydney Award for Student Excellence
The Archbishop of Sydney Awards for Student Excellence was held at St Mary’s Cathedral on Tuesday 3 September. It is always such a lovely occasion and very humbling to hear all the wonderful ways our young people are active in their communities. This prestigious award is an annual recognition, by the Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, of the outstanding young women and men in our Catholic schools. It is an important way of highlighting the very positive contribution that young people make to their school and local communities. It is also an affirmation of the support that families offer their children, and public acclaim for the commitment and dedication of their teachers.
Our very worthy College recipient for 2013 is Year 12 student, Juliana Hasham for her involvement in social justice activities and for being an outstanding role model for other students in living a live of faith. Congratulations Juliana!
Vocational Education and Training News
It is with great pride that we announce that Zanetta Potestas (Year 12 2012) has won the very prestigious 2012 Australian Vocational Student Prize (AVSP). The AVSP recognises Year 12 students who have demonstrated exceptional skill, commitment and achievement while undertaking a Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Schools program or an Australian School based Apprenticeship as part of their senior secondary studies. The prize includes the recognition of their achievement and $2000 cash. Five hundred AVSP’s are available across Australia, ninety-three were won in NSW in 2012, forty went to the Catholic sector and sixteen to the Sydney Diocese. By studying VET Entertainment, Zanetta was able to participate in a wide range of experiences both in and out of school. These included working with Opera Australia during work placement, being made Stage Manager of the College production “Intergalactic Spectacular” and then Head of Visions in the production of “Beatlemania” In each of these situations Zanetta was able to demonstrate excellent communication and team skills as well as being able to remain calm under pressure. Zanetta developed a passion for the Entertainment industry and went on to being accepted into JMC Academy to complete a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Film and Television Production). She is aiming to work in the live television sector of the industry whilst waiting to be accepted into NIDA for a Bachelor of Dramatic Art. Congratulations must also go to Mrs Frino who was her Entertainment teacher
NSW CCC Soccer (Football) Champions!!
Congratulations to our Open Soccer team who won the NSW CCC competition against Trinity Lismore last week and became the top Catholic school in New South Wales. What an achievement!!
On Wednesday 11 September, our Soccer champions competed against Pymble Ladies College in the Open Combined Catholic Colleges vs Catholic Independent Schools at Seymore Shaw Park at Miranda. It was a closely fought match but unfortunately we lost 1-2.
Special congratulation to super coach, Mr Trevor Ratcliffe and Manager, Ms Corrine Warnock.
CaSPA Student Ensemble Program
The 2013 CaSPA Student Ensemble Program was well supported by twelve talented St Ursula’s students: Year 7 - Alyssa Hawkins, Giuliana Quibell, Rebecca Daher; Year 8 - Michelle Issa, Kirita Emosi, Stephanie Boccanfuso; Year 10 - Danielle Aguilar, Zabrina Potestas; Year 11 Liana Pinna-Cartwright, Elizabeth Daher; and Year 12 - Chantell Nohra. These girls participated in a 15 week skill-building, rehearsal and performance program. The CaSPA team commented on the growth of the girl’s talent, their level of confidence, social skills and performance.
Family Prayer Scheme
You are invite to support a Year 12 student in prayer during their HSC. This is a powerful and practical way to support our Year 12 students and to let them know how all members of our community are willing to help them in this major challenge in their education
Social Justice Week
In Week 6 our College is marking Social Justice Week. This year our Ursuline focus for the week is the "Let's TAP into Justice" campaign, where we as a College community will raise money for Sr Fran Boston's Sefhare community in Botswana. Sr Fran is an Australian Ursuline who has worked for over 20 years in Botswana and her current focus is to raise money to provide taps so that the community can have ready access to water for bathing, farming and building projects. Each tap can cost up to $1000 dollars and so our generosity as a community will make a huge difference in the lives of these women.
Fundraising activities planned for the week include: Year 7 and 8 -Movie; Year 9 - Unite Team; Year 10 - Blue Day; Year 11 and 12 - Onesie Day.
In addition we will be selling "taps" and "water drops" at lunch time each day. Please encourage your daughters to be generous and to contribute from their own money to make this initiative a success.
Visual Arts News
Six of our Year 10 students have been selected to attend the After School Art School program run by the Museum of Contemporary Art MCA, beginning Thursday 1 August and running for five weeks each Thursday until 29 August. We are very excited for these students who will spend time each week in the MCA galleries, exploring their personal art practice and discovering, researching and discussing new ideas and artmaking processes. We hope they will thrive on the experience and return to class ready to share their insights with fellow students in the Art Department. We would also like to thank and acknowledge all the students who applied for the program but were unsuccessful this time round. All Applicants submitted excellent applications and we hope you will continue to seek opportunities to develop your creativity in the future.
On Friday of Week 2 this term, a number of proud staff and parents had the pleasure of attending the CSDA Grand Final at Cerdon College, Merrylands where two of our teams, 11A and 9B competed against OLMC teams. The 9Bs benefitted in the last two rounds from the mentoring provided by the experienced and generous 11As during the preceding lunchtimes. All debates were adjudicated by panels of three very experienced adjudicators with families and other Year 11, 9 and 7 supporters, watching. Unfortunately neither team won. Congratulations Grand Finalists and all our debaters and coaches on another terrific season with the CSDA.
The three Year 11 CSDA finalists also competed in the 2013 Debate the Future of America competition, a new competition for us, run by the Centre of American Studies at Sydney University this week. The team was allocated the affirmative side in the first knock-out debate, “That the US should grant amnesty to illegal immigrants” against William Clarke College. The current Australian situation is a fortuitous parallel for the girls. We were delighted with the debate win which was adjudicated by a professor of American Studies. The team continues to Round 2 next Wednesday.
Enrolment for Year 7, 2015
Applications for enrolment for Year 7 in 2015 are currently being accepted by St Ursula’s College Kingsgrove.
Round 1 Term 4 2013 - Feeder parishes and schools, siblings and alumni.
Round 2 Term 1 2014 - Applications from other students if places remaining after Round 1.
Round 1, first preference round, will include children of families that meet the following criteria:
- Baptised Catholic children of regularly worshipping Catholic families with strong demonstrable links to the local designated feeder parish or parishes
- Siblings of children already attending the College whose families have demonstrated ongoing support for the ethos and values of the Catholic Church.
- Children of families currently enrolled at the designated Catholic feeder schools who have demonstrated ongoing support for the ethos and values of the Catholic Church
- Baptised Catholic daughters and siblings of Alumni of regularly worshipping Catholic families with strong demonstrable links to their local parish.
Round 1 applicants are requested to contact the Enrolments Registrar, Karen Gibson at the College as soon as possible to obtain an Expression of Interest form and Parish Reference. Please note the closing date of Friday 6 September 2013. Any applications made after this date will incur a $200 late fee.
Karen Gibson-Enrolments Registrar | Tel: 9502 3300 ext 4 | Email:
Supporting Local Ministries
During the term each year group has been living ‘Serviam’ in a very real way by supporting local ministries by donating much needed clothing and supplies as well as visited those in need. Students have learnt about the great work these organisations do and what they can do to be responsible citizens in their community.
Our charities for the term were:
Year 7: Matthew Talbot Hostel
Year 8: Exodus Foundation
Year 9: House of Welcome
Year 10: St Louise Women’s Refuge
Year 11: Night Patrol
Year 12: Redfern Community Connect
“Hooray for Hollywood”
It was a cast of thousands that took to the stage in Merici on Thursday 13 June to transform the cold winter night into the famous Hollywood Hills. With the smell of fresh popcorn in the air, our fearless hosts Jodie Pestana and Bridget Ryan directed the evening, which included music, drama, dance, and fashion - all drawn from the considerable pool of talent St Ursula’s has to offer. Thanks to the mighty efforts of Creative Arts captain Laura Jarimba, the performing arts teachers (Mr McCrudden, Mrs Frino, Mr Schneider and Ms Warland) and an army of volunteers and helpers, the audience was treated to a night of razzle-dazzle, glitz and glamour. Special thanks go out to the Year 11 and 12 Entertainment classes, who provided the staging, audio, and visual technology, as well as hours of planning and operating. Backstage was abuzz with hair and make-up artists, paparazzi (Ms Burton) and stage crew. Special thank you goes out to Elizabeth Daher who designed the tickets, posters and program for the show.
Last week the Environment Committee invited the College to celebrate Enviro Week with a wide range of exciting and enviro-friendly activities. This week acted as a reminder to our community to care for our surroundings and showed that maintaining the planet can be enjoyable. We started off on Monday 17 June with quizzes and challenges in the Daily Notices that continued for the rest of the week. On Tuesday, colourful posters “20 Ways to Help the Planet” were given out educate everyone about how they can help the environment through their own actions, and an environment movie, “George of the Jungle” was played at lunchtime, illustrating the importance of preserving our natural environment. Wednesday was Green Ribbon Day, where girls and teachers wore extravagant green ribbons in their hair and a stimulating game of enviro-trivia was played at lunch. Envrio Week came to an end on Thursday with Nude Food Day where food wrappers were left at home and food was brought into school in containers for recess and lunch. It was a great day and the Environment Committee would like to thank everyone for their involvement.
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Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) Stage 6 Trial
As part of our commitment to creating a 21st century learning environment, St Ursula’s College is implementing a Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) Trial for students in Years 11 and 12. Participation in the BYOT trial is strictly optional and requires the completion of the BYOT Parent and Student Responsible Use Agreement following registration of successful completion of the BYOT orientation. In summary, the BYOT trial is not a substitution for the current 1:1 laptop program but a means by which the College allows students to use their own preferred device to support engagement and personalised learning advantages afforded by mobility and Cloudshare computing. BYOTs will connect to the College’s wireless network ensuring that access to the internet while on the College site is through the filtered CEnet Zscaler login. The BYOT trial also encourages the appropriate and ethical use of personal media devices that students bring to College as everyday personal digital devices for educational use in class. This includes devices such as Apple and PC laptops, netbooks, eReaders, iPads, Android Tablets, Windows Tablets, iPods, iPhones, Android Smartphones, and Mp3/4 Players. Students will be solely responsible for the full cost of their devices and for the security, care and maintenance of their device while on the College site. The College’s Technical Support Officers will only assist with connection to the College’s network. All other technical support is the responsibility of the student.
Yamatsuri School Visit
On Thursday 9 May, twenty-five Japanese students and their teachers from Yamatsuri Junior High School spent half a day with our Year 8 Japanese students. Students from both schools enjoyed communicating in a blend of Japanese-English and playing a variety of games from both countries. The Japanese students were hosted by Rockdale Council and the Deputy Mayor, Mrs Liz Barlow, visited the school to spend time with the girls.
Catholic Schools Week Competition - ‘Every Child Counts’
Congratulations to Year 10 students Francine Furnell and Hemans Feng for being awarded finalists in the group division of the Every Child Counts Competition, which was held during Catholic Schools Week in March this year. The pair created a 30 second short film depicting how and why every child counts. Over 300 students across New South Wales and ACT participated in the competition with 110 films being entered. There was a winner and two finalists for each of the divisions of Primary, Secondary and Group division. The girls won a $100 JB Hi-fi voucher for the College and a $100 iTunes voucher each.
Success at the Easter Show!
Congratulations to Siobhan Kenna (Year 12 2012 HSC), who submitted her Textiles and Design Major Project into the Arts and Craft Competition (Class 82 section: Mixed Media Garment or Article), at the Royal Easter Show 2013, and was awarded 2nd place. The garments or articles submitted for this section of the competition are created using various techniques including knitting, crochet, tatting, felting, embroidery, beading, screen printing etc to achieve an artistic result.
Blood Ambassador Conference
On 14 March, four Year 12 students and a staff member represented the College at the Youth Blood Ambassador Conference in Alexandria. The conference featured a variety of guest speakers who presented information about current blood donation shortages in Australia and spoke about strategies that could advocate blood donation within our community. The day consisted of a variety of fun and challenging collaborative activities as well as a special appearance of the Red Cross Mascot “Billy the Blood drop”. Overall, the day was both highly entertaining and informative for all involved and the girls look forward to working with the College to promote Blood Donation in the future.
Design and Technology success
Recent graduate of the College, Anastasia Attia (HSC 2012) has just had her major project for Design and Technology, an IPhone Game App to promote recycling mobile phones to aid a cancer charity, published as a free App in the Apple App Store. Anastasia worked very closely with the charity during the design process. The app, called Youcan Support was also nominated for inclusion in the 2013 DesignTech display at the Powerhouse Museum. Anastasia received a very good ATAR and received a Bachelor of Information Technology scholarship at UTS. WE congratulate her on her continuing success.
We are now in the fourth week of Lent and as in previous years the Social Justice Captain, Madeleine Smith, and the Social Justice Committee have been busy promoting fund raising for Project Compassion. Twice a week during Morning Rollcall every PC class passes around the Project Compassion for individual donations. In addition to this each year group has been involved in organizing different activities for the whole College community to raise additional funds. Last week Year 9 held a ‘Stylish Sock Day’ where staff and students could wear an alternative pair of socks during the school day for a gold coin donation. This week Year 12 have held a Zumba lesson during lunch and on Wednesday Year 7 are holding a ‘Pigtail and Purple Ribbon Day’ on Thursday. Next week the lolly guessing competition organised by Year 8 and the Raffle organised by Year 11 will be finalised, and the following week will see the popular ‘Bling It Up’ day make a return, organised by Year 10. All these creative initiatives help to inspire aand educate the school community about the work of Caritas in communities in dire need of our financial support.
College Swimming Carnival “Cheer Off”
Thursday 21 February saw the “Cheer Off” take place under a surprisingly sunny sky. Teachers and students dressed up and put on a real performance under the watchful eye of our three independent judges. Amaroo (Gold), Dulkara (Green), Girralong (Blue) and Mirrabooka (Red) displayed creativity and a very entertaining show and our judges had a tough decision on their hands. Our deserved winners, Dulkara, were awarded the trophy, very closely followed by a stunning performance by Mirrabooka!
After the doom and gloom forecast earlier in the week, the College Swimming Carnival went ahead with the weather supporting our event with dry skies! Always a hotly contested event, all four houses were supported well throughout the day, both in and out of the pool. In the pool a special congratulations must go to our Year 7, 8, 11 and 12 students who showed great team spirit by having an extremely high rate of participation in most events at the Carnival.
Final Standings for the Carnival were as follows:
Clean Up Australia Day at St Ursula’s
On Wednesday 6 March, St Ursula’s participated in the School’s Clean Up Australia Day during the second half of lunch. The Environment Committee and Ms Lemon would like to extend a special thank you to all the 177 volunteers for getting their hands dirty for a worthy cause. Clean Up Australia Day is a simple way we can take action in promoting a cleaner and more beautiful environment. Even though we had a few setbacks with rescheduling the event from Friday 1 to Wednesday 6 March, because of poor weather, the amazing enthusiasm of all the girls was astonishing, collecting rubbish amongst the bushes, under tables, and even in the drains. The secret to this success was the competitive spirit between the house colours, with the colours competing against each other to see which colour could gather the most number of environmentally-friendly volunteers. We would like to congratulate Dulkara with 56 volunteers, not far behind Amaroo with 51 volunteers, Girralong with 37 volunteers and Mirrabooka with 33 volunteers. Well done to everyone for their fantastic participation on the day!
Visual Arts News
Congratulations to Jessica Ticchio Year 12 (2012), for being selected to exhibit her HSC Body of Work in the ART RULES exhibition held at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre. This exhibit showcases a selection of 2012 Higher School Certificate artworks by students from the St George and Sutherland Shire districts. Jessica’s artwork titled “Proceed with Caution” portrays a Postmodern approach towards technology her work has generated much interest.
Celebrating another year of HSC success!
The HSC Class of 2012 has achieved outstanding results in the Higher
School Certificate and we are delighted to congratulate and celebrate
Each year, the Board of
Studies showcases exemplary student projects and peformances. We are
proud to announce that five of our students had their Design and
Technology project nominated for DesignTECH.
- Top performing Catholic systemic school in the Sydney Archdiocese in 2010, 2011 and 2012
- Ranked 60th on the Sydney Morning Herald’s list of top 100 schools in the state
- 94% of courses above the examination mean, with twenty courses achieving exam results of five or more marks about the State
- Highest ATAR 99.1
- Five students named on the All Rounders Merit List for scoring 90% or above in 10 or more units
- Two students ranked in the top ten in the State in Studies of Religion I
total of sixty-seven girls (44%) appeared 167 times in the HSC
Distinguished Achievers List of students who scored 90 or more marks in a
- The College has received advice that 43 students (28%)
have gained an ATAR of 90 or above, with 17 students (14%) gaining an
ATAR score of 95 or above.
In the Music 1
course, two students were nominated for ENCORE for their performance
programs, one student’s musicology elective was identified as exemplary
and one student was nominated for Callback for Dance.
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