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TERM 2 - WEEK 4 - 2020
From the Principal's Desk

Return to School
Monday 25 May will be a significant day in the 2020 school year as it represents the day that all students return to the College fulltime. And whilst there will be ongoing social distancing, hygiene protocols and restrictions that we will all have to adhere to, we all certainly hope and pray that there will be no further disruptions to face to face teaching.
 
Due to some of the COVID-19 restrictions that remain in place, students will need to be understanding of the fact that subjects that would frequently engage in learning off site will not necessarily be able to return to that mode of delivery immediately, but we will continue to monitor the advice of our health services and liaise with our Catholic Schools Office consultants.
 
I would again like to thank everyone for their patience and support over the past months and we look forward to all students being back on site next week.
 
Workplace Learning 
There has also been some wonderful news relating to the College Workplace Learning Program. After continued discussions between Catholic Schools NSW, the Department of Education and The New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA) it has been decided that for students studying a Vocational Education and Training (VET) course, that a staged return to workplace learning can commence from 1 June. Below is the release from the Catholic Schools Office (CSO) Lismore outlining the staged nature of the return.
 
On a number of occasions over the years I have acknowledged and thanked the employers of Port Macquarie for their support of the College for more than 40 years. Without them, we could not offer the type of educational pathway that we do. As we are all aware, the pandemic has had an enormous impact on the world economy and our Port Macquarie region has been impacted in the same way. As a result, we ask that students and families continue to be understanding of the fact that not everyone will be able to recommence workplace learning at the same time, as a number of employers will not be in a position to give students the opportunity to do so. Other industries, such as Human Services, have very important rules and restrictions in place about who is allowed to be on their sites due to the vulnerability of their residents.
 
As with everything related to the current situation we will have to continue to work together and support one another as we transition back to what will become our new norm into the future. Below is the announcement that schools received yesterday regarding workplace learning.
 
"Re-commencement Dates for Work Placement Students:
  • Year 12 VET students may commence from 1 June 2020 (Term 2 Week 6)
  • Year 11 VET students may commence from Term 3 2020.
Year 11 students requiring a VET Work Placement, must make an application to the school and be authorised by the VET Consultant. 
 

SBATS will continue to attend work and those with contracts on hold, may commence once the employer is able.

Workplace Service Providers will be in contact with the schools to plan possible upcoming placements in the next few weeks.

Consideration for the economic status of employers and their ability to take on a WP student may impact on the availability.

Health and Safety in the workplace will be the focus for all students attending a workplace.

This is the duty and care of the school.

Please note that Work Experience has been postponed until further notice and is not included in this directive."
 
Have a great weekend.


Mark Nunan
Principal
Every day is a new beginning. Take a deep breath, smile and start again.

Assistant Principal's Message
Learning and Teaching


Hi Students and Families

As you would be aware, next week all students are returning to school.

A new timetable was emailed to all students on Thursday at 5.00pm. This timetable is a return to the original classes that we started the year with.  Please make sure you are familiar with your classes and rooms etc.

The video message above from Mr Ryan and myself was also sent to students on Thursday that explains this process.

We are looking forward to having all students back on Monday.


Andrew Banham
Assistant Principal - Learning and Teaching

Throughout the lockdown, Fr Paul from our Parish of St Agnes has provided us with a daily Gospel reading and reflection.
Click on the image to explore his thoughts. 


Assistant Principal's Message
Mission

It is interesting that at the beginning of this pandemic and subsequent crisis, we also commenced the Lenten season - a time of reflection, sacrifice and contemplation. Throughout Lent many of us were forced into changing the way we lived and may have allowed us to think about Lent a bit more than we may normally have. 

Since then, we have celebrated a very different Easter, adjusted our everyday actions and are now slowly moving back to a more recognisable lifestyle. Yesterday was Ascension Thursday, which marks 40 days from the Resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday to His ascension to heaven.  This event in the Church calendar shows that time does indeed pass quickly and that the pattern of waiting and preparation is an opportunity for us all. As we wait for a return to the routines and patterns we took for granted before the pandemic, let’s use this time for our healing and growth and for reaching out to others, so that we may serve our community well in the post COVID-19 world.

Nicole Prior
Assistant Principal - Mission
Returning to School Tips for Families
Anxious feelings are normal and expected in children and teens returning to school after a change to normal school experiences. Some students will be excited to return, while others will be worried about different school-related issues.

Click on the Returning to School Tips for Families link to read some helpful tips to help with the worries.

Supporting Our Families
The Coronavirus pandemic has caused economic, wellbeing and health challenges to many in our school community. We know that as a result, some families are facing a wide range of difficulties they may not have experienced in the past. As a Catholic school, we care for and value every member of our community and we want to ensure our families feel supported at this time. We hope the information below can be a starting point for getting the support and assistance you need during this difficult time.


Supporting Our Families Flyer

Student Services News

Hi Newman family

We are almost at the halfway point of Term 2 and ready to move back into face to face teaching. Whilst the blended learning was a necessary procedure, we now look ahead and move back to a normal timetable. 

Students are reminded to use their independent learning day to stay on top of any outstanding work and assessment tasks. More importantly, please make use of our expert teachers at the College and ask for assistance if you are unsure.

As winter starts to arrive on our doorstep, please be mindful of what you wear each day. The College jacket and Year 12 jersey are the only jumpers to be worn. If you do not own a College jacket, they are available at St Agnes Uniform Store ph: 6584 1076. If you need any assistance in purchasing a jacket or any other uniform requirements, please contact the Student Services team at the College.

Looking ahead, students will be taking part in Reconciliation week. Reconciliation is about strengthening relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples, for the benefit of all Australians. 

Have a great week and let your smile change the world, but don't let the world change your smile.

Adrian Ryan 
Student Services Manager


Mathematics News

The COVID-19 pandemic has provided a real-world “teaching moment” of the concept of exponential growth, which is explored in the Year 12 Mathematics topic, Non-Linear Relationships. Exponential growth can occur when something tiny begins to multiply at a constant rate, and ultimately becomes extremely large within a surprisingly short time period. This mathematical law has driven the growth of the virus on a global scale, at least until measures such as handwashing, travel restrictions and social distancing were introduced to “flatten the curve” of transmission. 

As we move back into the face-to-face learning environment, I would like to thank our students and families for your efforts in supporting our “blended delivery” of Mathematics education. We are grateful for the way the vast majority of students engaged in online learning, and also to those who supervised, facilitated, provided technology and answered questions about course content that is probably unfamiliar and long-forgotten. Most of all we move forward with a greater appreciation of how important it is to have courses delivered in a classroom environment with “live” teachers and students.

Please everyone, take care and stay safe.

 
Wendy Schumann
Mathematics Teacher
The Pathways & Careers Team News

Please read College Principal Mark Nunan's article above regarding students returning to workplace learning. 

National Careers Week
This week was National Careers Week although every week is careers week for us in The Future Hub! I hope students and parents took the time to check out the many online events that were on offer such as Year 13 Digital Expo. Next week is the HSC & Beyond Virtual Careers Expo Wednesday 27 to Sunday 31 May and Wednesday 24 to Sunday 2 June 2020.

During these dates you can visit virtual stalls, connect with universities and higher education providers, access HSC strategies for success in the interactive environment including:

  • Joining live chats and Q&A sessions with expert HSC teachers, career advisors & other experts

  • Booking time to speak to specific faculties or course advisors. 

  • Participating in webinars, view recordings and download resources across all major HSC subjects.


Registration is free for all students, parents and schools via:  www.inspired.edu.au/hscbeyond.
If you have any questions regarding careers or workplace learning please contact me

What is Networking? 
You might have heard that networking is important for building your career. But what is it, and why is it important?
 
Get the lowdown on networking and why you should start building your connections as soon as possible. 

 

Kylie Ham
Pathways & Careers Team Leader

Year 12 Workplace Learning Calendar 2020

Newman College Job Board

Available now
Full-time Traineeship: Retail/Hospitality
Casual: Care Support Employee
Casual: Community Support Worker
Full-time: Client Service Officer
Casual: Bartender 
Full-time/Part-time: Customer Contact Officer
Casual: Receptionist
Full-time: Automotive 'Electrical' Apprenticeship 
and many more...

Head over to the Newman College Job board on our website to view all of the latest jobs.

https://www.newman.nsw.edu.au/job-board/
St Agnes Uniform Store Opening Hours
 

Trading hours at our Boronia Street store will be Mon - Fri 1.00pm to 5.00pm until further notice.

Online orders are available for click and collect or delivery

We can be contacted through email – uniformstore@stagnesparish.org.au or phone: 6584 1076
School Bus Service Update

Service operations
School services will continue to operate as normal, with no student to be left behind. NSW Health advice is that children are at lower risk of contracting COVID-19. Transport for NSW and Busways have increased cleaning measures on board bus services and will continue to monitor transport usage to support students travelling safely to and from school.

Our policy is that no school student will be left behind and as such, school students will be given priority over other passengers on regular route services even if this means a service goes over physical distancing capacity. Adults may have to wait for the next service or choose to get off if they’re not comfortable with how many customers are on a service. All services will continue to operate to a normal timetable until advised otherwise. Please remind students that they are still required tap on and off with their Opal card or show their school bus pass when boarding.

Current COVID-19 advice
It’s important to continue communicating to students that we all have a responsibility to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Where possible, students should maintain social distance from each other on board bus services. If different school groups are boarding a bus, each school should maintain social distance from the other and students should always maintain a safe distance from their bus driver, where practically possible.

Busways has continued to exercise additional procedures for all Busways employees to follow in order to limit any chance of the virus spreading. This includes issuing employees with hand sanitiser, requiring employees to wash their hands every time they enter and leave a worksite, employees staying home if they’re unwell, and minimising the handling of cash.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Busways at infoline@busways.com.au

Regards,

Sarah Langthorne
Customer Experience Manager

LitFest 

LitFest was due to be held at Newman College in June, but due to the ever changing COVID-19 LitFest has been transitioned online. See below for online workshop dates.

Let the storytelling fun begin!
 
Our College counsellor can now resume face to face appointments as needed. For students who have previously seen the counsellor please email or go to the counsellors office to make an appointment.

For students who feel they would like some support please follow the procedure for referral.

Students are able to fill out a referral form or your teacher can help you with this and the counsellor will make contact with you. The referral form is located on the Newman Moodle website (see link below).

Newman Moodle page - Wellbeing - Student Referral Form

Counselling is a process of talking about and working through what is on your mind or what is going on in your life. Through talking and getting things out, you are often able to find some clarity for your concerns. In this current situation it may be helpful to talk about what is happening for you.

Everything in the counselling session is kept private and confidential, however if we believe you are going to cause harm to yourself, or someone else or could be involved in a highly illegal activity, our counsellor or teachers are mandated to report.
 
Our College counsellor, Linda McGuire is located upstairs in the Futures Hub – Pathways and Careers area.

Availability:

Monday 9.00am - 3.00pm
Tuesday 9.00am - 3.00pm
Thursday 9.00am - 3.00pm
Friday 9.00am - 3.00pm

Click here for Tips for Parents returning to school
Click here for the Counselling Brochure

Online support options and information
This current environment may bring more challenges so please reach out if you need assistance. I have added some useful links and information below including 24hr supports.


Local Essential Services
Mental health access line 
1800 011 511
Suicide call back service 1300 659 467
Beyond Blue  1300 22 4636
Lifeline 13 11 14
Kids helpline 1800 55 1800
Parent line
Raising children
Head to health
Headspace
Smiling mind
Reachout tools and apps 
Centrelink


Any Questions? You can call Linda McGuire on 6580 3800 or email linda.mcguire@lism.catholic.edu.au

Stay safe and take care.
 
Catholic Care Of The Aged Currently Taking New Admissions
 
The situation that is facing us regarding Corona-virus (COVID-19) is a constantly changing one.

Catholic Care of the Aged services including Residential Care, Respite Care, Home Care and Independent Villages remain operational in our community. It is our intention and our aim to be able to continue taking new admissions, to welcome and support individuals and their families at their time of need.
 
Our priority remains the health, safety and wellbeing of our residents, clients, team members and communities. To minimise contact and maintain the guidelines specified by the Australian Government, we have introduced several changes to the way our services are delivered.
 
We are enforcing mandatory sanitisation for staff and authorised visitors on the site, COVID-19 screening continues along with temperature checks to ensure reduced risk of exposure. Staff are utilising personal protective equipment (PPE) and practising high-level sanitisation procedures and our routine quality infection controls remain in place.
 
If you or someone you know is considering Residential Care, Respite Care or Home Care we are currently taking new admissions and would welcome the opportunity to answer any questions you may have. Simply contact our Client Relationship Team on 5525 3600, or email enquiries.cca@stagnesparish.org.au
Charles Sturt Advantage Early Offer Program

Our Charles Sturt Advantage early offer program helped more than 700 students secure an offer to study with us in 2020.  Applications for this year’s program will open soon. Register now for updates so you don’t miss out.

We’re looking beyond academic skills and searching for people with soft skills – things like communication skills, resilience, empathy and a motivation to create a world worth living in.

Successful students will unlock a world of possibilities. Benefits include:

1.  A conditional study offer before students sit exams.
2.   An adjustment to the ATAR required for entry.
3.  An exclusive support program to help students step into life as an official Charles Sturt student full of confidence.

Applications open - 1 June 2020
Applications close - 31 August 2020
We'll tell you the outcome - mid-September 2020
Start your course -  March 2021

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Missed out on getting your Year 12 Jersey? 2nd order round is now happening, don’t forget to hand in your order forms to the office by Friday.
Welcome back Year 12, looking forward to seeing you today, We think Mrs Dempsey's been watching too much Tiger King.
This week Year 11 participated in a wellbeing activity that saw them compete against each other in trivia and physical challenges.
Welcome back Year 11, we can't wait to see all your fresh faces back at school today. #don'tforgettoshave #backtonormal
Dates for your Diary

All Students at College
Mon 25 May

National Reconciliation Week
Wed 27 May - Wed 3 Jun

Queen's Birthday Public Holiday
Mon 8 Jun

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