St Agnes Catholic High School

March Newsletter - Term 1, Week 9 2022

From the Principal

As Term 1 draws to a close, I want to say that it has been a privilege to lead the St Agnes Community during this time. Covid has continued to challenge our community during this time but we have tried to continue to keep the school experience for our students as normal as possible by holding community and sporting events. I would like to thank the parents, students and teachers for their support during this difficult term. 

During this time I have witnessed the Franciscan charism which focuses on contemplatives in action with the focus on being of service to others and actions which contribute to the work of justice for the greater Glory of God. The St Agnes Way of Being  includes dignity, compassion, integrity and inclusivness.

  • Dignity relates to the way we carry and present ourselves standing up for our rights and those of others. 
  • Compassion is evident in the way we imitate the person of Jesus by demonstrating respect and concern for others. 
  • Integrity involves being honest and taking ownership and responsibility for our actions.
  • Inclusiveness has a focus on being attentive and welcoming with a sense of openness and acceptance.

Our core work is to help our students develop spiritually, intellectually and socially.  When young people are nurtured by their parents/caregivers and supported by a caring and committed teaching staff, they have a wonderful environment in which they reach and exceed personal goals. I am looking forward to the possibilities next term where students take responsibility for their learning and engage in their learning. 

Easter reflection

'So it is written that the Christ would suffer and on the third day rise from the dead' (Luke 24:46)

Lent is a liturgical season of preparation, as we prepare for Easter - the Church’s greatest celebration. In contrast to Advent, Lent is more solemn. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is where we seek God’s grace, and forgiveness becomes more prominent during this time. The Stations of the Cross is often held at schools, by youth groups and in Catholic churches, allowing the community to come together and pray as one, reflecting on Jesus’ final hours. 

Three key pillars characterise the Lenten season, they are prayer, fasting and almsgiving (charity). We are reminded through the Conference of Catholic Bishops that during Lent, “we seek the Lord in prayer by reading the Sacred Scripture; we serve by giving alms; and we practise self-control through fasting.” 

Most Catholics are familiar with “no meat on Fridays” during Lent, for fasting is an important component  throughout Lent. This may vary through individual interpretation, however what is given up, is replaced with prayer and reflection. Almsgiving reminds us of Jesus’ call to serve and connects us in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in need. 

Year 7 Camp

Year 7 had a great time at their Camp. The feedback from the students was positive and assisted their transition to St Agnes. When I attended the camp I was pleased to see the students enjoying themselves and participating in a range of team building activities and a liturgy in the evening. They had so much fun. The Year 7 camp at Yarramundi will be a memorable St Agnes school experience for all students. A big thank you to Mr Conte and Mr Scarpin for organising the camp. Also, the staff who gave up three days away from their families to attend the camp; Mr Adam Scarpin, Mr Christian Conte, Mr James Wilson, Mrs Jubilee Bedi, Mrs Rachel Vincent, Mr Luigi Zucco, Mr Michael Fisher, Mrs Jenet Chapman, Ms Bronte Dunne and Ms Jaskirat Panesar.

More photos can be found on our website HERE

Harmony Day

An important community building day at St Agnes is Harmony Day. The students thoroughly enjoyed the day where we celebrated our diversity. There are so many talented students at the school and I would like to thank the many students who were involved in this community event, either performing or helping out by preparing and/or selling food. 

A big thank you to the staff who assisted to make this day happen, especially Ms Gale, Mrs Karafotias, Miss Clark, Mrs Vincent, Mr Mangion, Mr Vellio and Mr Hilder. A great deal of energy and effort goes on behind the scenes to make the day a success.  Thank you to all Learning Advisors who collected money for the flood victims and our support staff who counted the donations at the end of the day.

Winter Uniform

A student’s sense of belonging and identity is aided by wearing a school uniform. Pride in the school is often demonstrated by the manner in which a student wears his/her school uniform. A reminder that students are expected to wear their winter uniform when we return to school next term. These additions include:

  • Opaque black tights (girls)

  • School blazer 

  • School jumper 

  • Plain black scarf 

  • Plain black gloves  

  • St Agnes tracksuit for sport

If you are not sure of the requirements refer to the student diary or the St Agnes website.

If you have any difficulty in providing the correct uniform for your son/daughter please contact your Learning Mentor or Pathways Leader. We are here to assist and support you.

Murama 2022

Sovereign Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leaders joined one another across the Diocese to embrace the pillars of their culture:

Interconnectedness - Building confidence in using their strong voices "I am"  and identifying culture and heritage and telling every Australian that this is their heritage too. 

Murama is a Leadership Project which provides students with an opportunity to participate in a series of cultural events across the year.

In 2022 the Murama Leadership Project includes a variety of workshops where students develop

skills as a young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leader within their community. The following St Agnes students were selected to be part of this program. 

Eli Kendrigan, Aiden Priestley, Bailey Wright, Trystan Bartlett, Chloe Ross, Jewel Osbourne, Alkira Field

On 31st March and 1st April our students participated in a two day workshop where Sovereign Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leaders joined one another across the Diocese to embrace the pillars of their culture These pillars are:

Interconnectedness - Building confidence in using strong voices "I am"  and identifying culture and heritage and telling every Australian that this is their heritage too. 

Belonging - Who am I and how do we relate, connect as Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people's. 

Mastery - Students participated in workshops which included dance, language, weaving, artefacts, art. Students mastering skills which they will then teach to primary aged students. 

Generosity - gifting elders beautiful artwork 

Our students thoroughly enjoyed the first day of this conference and below are some photos from day 1.

Murama 2022

2023 Enrolments

I am pleased to announce that we have commenced enrolling for Year 7/2023 students. The Leadership and Diversity team began interviewing prospective students on Thursday 31st March and offers made to students. It was a pleasure to meet so many parents and year 6 students. During this meeting we discussed the St Agnes Way of being, including students taking responsibility for their learning and the expectations we have at the school.

 All students who wish to enrol at St Agnes need to complete an application  form, including the siblings of students who are currently enrolled in the school.

ACARA Notice to Parents

This message was emailed to parents on 31st March regarding the data sent to the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). If parents do not want their data sent to ACARA please email the school on by Thursday 28th April. 

Notice to Parents/Carers

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) collects data from schools to determine the Index of Community Socio-educational Advantage (ICSEA). The type of data collected includes student birth date, grade and gender, parent/carer and a student's main language, and parent/carer occupation group. Data collected will not contain any identifiable personal information​​. 

As part of its compliance requirements, Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP) is currently working to provide relevant details to the Catholic Education Commission of NSW. 

If you do not want your child's data included in this report, please advise the school by Thursday 28 April 2022.

Jeanette Holland



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5 AprilYear 12 Retreat (held at school)
6 AprilYear 11/12 TAS excursion
7-8 AprilYear 8 Camp
8 April

Journey to the Cross (Passion Play)

Term 1 Concludes

25 April

Anzac Day

26 AprilTerm 2 Commences
27 AprilYear 11 2023 Parent/Student Information Session 5.30pm
3 MayAthletics Carnival, Charlie Bali Reserve
13 MayYear 10 CathWest Information Session Meeting
16 MayYear 12 Report Distribution
18 MayYear 7/8 Vaccinations, Year 12 Careers Market
25 MayYear 11 Biology excursion

From the Assistant Principal - School Culture

Mobile Phones

Mobile phones are not to be seen during the school day from 8.15am until 2.25 pm. If a student has his or her phone out during the school day their phone will be confiscated and handed to their Learning Mentor or Pathways Leader and parents will be asked to collect the phone.  

From the Assistant Principal -Learning Transformation

We are almost at the end of the first term of 2022 and it has indeed been a busy one! 

Congratulations to the students in Years 7 and 9 who engaged very well with the NAPLAN Practice Tests last week. These tests provide an opportunity for students to become familiar with the type of questions that are in the NAPLAN test and with the tools that are available in the NAP Browser to assist them to navigate each domain. Prior to the actual event in May, the students are encouraged to access the Demonstration Tests on the Public Website so to give them greater clarity as to what is required.

A reminder that students from Years 10 - 12 must complete an Illness/Misadventure Form if they are absent from school on the day a formal assessment task is due. Students who are isolating as a close contact are encouraged to seek feedback and assistance from their teachers via Google Classroom and should submit tasks on the due date electronically when possible. Students who wish to apply for an extension for an assessment must contact their teacher before the due date of the task to discuss this.

Our Year 12 students have recently completed their next round of assessment tasks. This was done in an examination environment; where they were seated in rows, as they would in the Trial and actual HSC examinations. By all accounts, the students rose to the challenge and are aware of the expectations placed on them so they know how to operate when they are in that space again.

Year 11 Study Skills Session

On Tuesday 15th March Dr Prue Salter from Enhanced Learning Educational Services ( ran a study skills session with Year 11.  The session focused on helping students identify changes and improvements they could make to their approach to their studies in order to maximise their results in their final years of school. The main areas covered with Year 11 were working effectively in the evenings and dealing with distractions, managing time efficiently, planning for assessments, making brain-friendly study notes on a regular basis and using a wide variety of active study techniques to suit individual learning styles. Parents are encouraged to review the handout from the session with students and discuss the main areas identified where changes need to be made.

Parents can also find extra study skills tips on the following website:

All students and parents at our school also have access to a great study skills website to help students develop their skills. Go to and enter the username: stagnes and the password 24success. There are lots of useful handouts on the THINGS TO PRINT page on this site and students can work through the units where they need additional help. 

We will also be releasing a Study Skills Session for our students in Years 7 and 8 by the end of this term - so stay tuned!

Study Skills Tip for March – Top Parent FAQs

Having run over 5000 study skills seminars over the last 20 years, Dr Prue Salter has been asked many questions about study skills. Below are the top 5 questions parents ask.

  1. How much learning should students be doing each night?

Different schools will have different expectations, but the general guidelines are that junior students should be doing around 1 hour of self-learning most nights, seniors between 2-3 hours most nights.

 2. But what if students say they have no homework?

In Primary school, students are used to just doing the work their teacher specifically tells them to do. Many students do not realise that things should be different in secondary school; there are actually two types of learning students should be doing. The first is compulsory work such as homework, assignments, and preparing for tests. The second type of work is independent learning work. If students have no homework that night, they are expected to undertake some independent learning in secondary school. This could be reviewing what they have learnt that week, making a mind map, reading ahead, researching an area of interest, making study notes or reviewing difficult concepts.

 3. Can you listen to music while studying?

The general rule is that if students are undertaking learning that is not difficult, it is OK to listen to music. It makes them feel relaxed, makes them feel like the time is going quicker. However, if they are doing work that requires intense concentration or memorisation, it is best to switch the music off (or else have slower music with no vocals such as classical musical) as otherwise it will take them much longer to absorb and learn the information.

 4. Is it OK for students to do work with devices or in front of the TV?

Unless students are doing something mindless like sticking things on a poster or colouring in, it is best not to do work in front of any devices such as phones or TV. Instead, students should do their home learning in an environment that is as distraction-free as possible. It works well if students do their learning in distinct blocks of time and remove all distractions during those blocks. Some students find they have the self-discipline to manage technological distractions, others need a helping hand – such as their phone in a different room for the half-hour period where they are focusing on schoolwork.

 5. How do I stop my student getting distracted when working on the computer?

Have a discussion with students about doing schoolwork in focused blocks of time so that they can really enjoy their time away from the books (or computer). If students find it challenging to be disciplined, they can also look at self-blocking software such as Self Control (MAC) and Cold Turkey (PC). If students are still struggling, parental management programs such as Family Zone allow families to block particular sites at particular times.

Learn more this year about how to improve your results and be more efficient and effective with your schoolwork by working through the units on Our school’s access details are:

Username: stagnes

Password: 24success

Mr Kemmis

Assistant Principal - Learning Transformation

From the Head of Mission

Pace e bene

Peace and blessings to you all.

As the term comes to a close, we find ourselves in the midst of our Lenten journey. For our community, we have participated in various initiatives throughout this time, raising money for Caritas and raising funds to support those in our community that have been, and continue to be affected by the recent flood disaster. The outpouring of love and compassion shown throughout these initiatives makes me extremely proud to work in such a remarkable, faith driven, compassionate community. I wish to thank everyone in our community for your support throughout this term and look forward to continuing to work alongside you at various times throughout the year.

 Lenten Promise

Dear Lord Jesus,

By Your Passion and Resurrection, You brought life to the world.

But the glory of the Resurrection came only after the sufferings of the Passion.

You laid down your life willingly and gave up everything for us.

Your body was broken and fastened to a Cross.

Your clothing became the prize of soldiers,

Your blood ebbed slowly but surely away,

and Your Mother was entrusted to the beloved disciple.

Stretched out on the Cross,

Deprived of all earthly possessions and human aid,

You cried out for Your Father that the end had come.

You had accomplished the work given to You,

and  You committed into His hands,

As a perfect gift, the little life that remained in you.



Teach me to accept all afflictions after the example You have given.

Let me place my death in Yours,

And my weaknesses in Your abandonment,

Take hold of me with Your love,

That same foolish love that knew no limits,

And let me offer myself to the Father

With You so that I may rise with You to eternal life.

Caritas Update from the Assistant Leader of Mission- Mr Sadsad

From the launch of Project Compassion this year at our Ash Wednesday Liturgy, student leaders at St Agnes promoted two initiatives to help raise funds as well as generate awareness to the global work of Caritas.

Our popular "Easter Egg Guessing Competition" challenged many of our school community  and a new initiative is our “ Hoops for Hope” where staff and students participate in a basketball shootout, with the staff/student who was able to shoot the most baskets in 60 seconds wins. Winners will be announced Monday, Week 10.

Hoops for Hope

Good Friday Night walk - Students in Years 10-12

Our students have been invited to join the Catholic Youth Parramatta and clergy of the diocese, to participate in the Good Friday walk, which moves off from Our Lady Queen of the Family Parish in Blacktown and concludes at St Patrick’s Cathedral Parramatta. The entire walk is 20 kilometres with break stops at Parishes in Seven Hills, Toongabbie, Wentworthville and Westmead for prayer, reflection, rest and refreshments. NSW Police and NSW Ambulance Service will also escort the walk.

Date: Friday 15th April 2022


9.45pm Gathering at Our Lady Queen of the Family (Allawah Street, Blacktown)

10.00pm Commence Walk 

6.00am  Arrive at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta

This event is strictly limited to 750 participants from across the diocese. If you give your child permission to take part in this diocesan youth event, please complete the online registration form

Journey to the Cross - A Passion Play

On Friday the 8th of April we will come together to reflect on the Passion of Jesus through our re-enactment of Passion week, Students will come together in both the Junior school (7-9) and Senior (10-12) to observe the performance. Thank you to all students who participated whether reading, performing, singing, or playing in the band.

Thank you to Mrs Millwood, Miss D'Aprile, Mr Sadsad and Mr Mangion for your vision in bringing this significant event in the Christian calendar to life for our community.

I hope that you all take care of yourselves over this upcoming holiday period. I hope that you will be able to find time to be together as a family and to celebrate the Easter period and continue to be safe.

Peace and Blessings to you all.

Patrick Madigan

Head of Mission

Around the Classrooms


On Friday March 11th Year 11 & 12 Visual Arts Students visited the Art Gallery of NSW along with Mr Cheung, Mr Zucco and Ms Andrews from the CEDP Captivate Unit. With the recent lockdowns over the past 2 years, students were unable to see the showcase in person. Fortunately with the weather on our side and public transportation delays avoided, the senior cohort were able to experience these unique works in the flesh, as well as catching the work of Henri Mattise before it leaves Sydney.

The ArtExpress exhibition provided the students the opportunity to gather ideas on the Body of Works and inspire them in their own practice. They looked at their desired mediums and took notes on how these student artists developed a process and resolved their materials in order to be successful. Through their Visual Arts Process Diaries, they were able to gain insight into the progress, interpretation, experimentations, ideas, inspirations and techniques of each student, and identify the process they followed in creating their Body of Work.

Shiraz who is currently in Year 12 reflected, “It was really good to see how students our age created and developed these works. For me, it really inspired me to think about my practice and see how I could develop deeper themes and ideas as well as push my materials to the max.”

The excursion also gave the Year 11 class insight into a process that they were embarking on soon. Martha and Eliana commented, “It was good to see what students across NSW are creating. I felt that it made us more motivated, more confident, and gave us insight into what to expect in the months ahead.”

Mr Cheung

Leader of Learning - Creative Arts

We can do challenging work in Maths

Our Maths classes have been working on some challenging puzzles and word problems that helped students appreciate and learn about Algebra.  Mr Peter Dennis, who is one of the CEDP’s teaching educators, visits our classes and leads the students through collaborative tasks and hard thinking questions, which required higher order levels of thinking.  The discussions and questioning that followed each lesson fostered deep learning and promoted efficient encoding of the content so it will be better accessible in the future.   The students indeed showed that they can think and work like mathematicians.

The students responded positively to the activities that required independent work when they moved around from one station of the classroom to the other.  Through these activities, the students were able to monitor their own learning.  The students also had an opportunity to work and learn collaboratively with students in other classes, where students showed their ability to take risks in sharing their ideas and strategies.   Each task was selected purposefully to make engaging in the content accessible to all students, while also promoting participation.

Nicolai Bianchi and Gilda De Guzman

Year 8 Maths Teachers

Swimming Carnival House Results

On the Friday 25th February St Agnes held our yearly swimming carnival. It was an exceptional day and the rain did not dampen the St Agnes community spirits.

 We had a lot of fun, and held the championship races such as 100m freestyle, 50m freestyle, 50m Backstroke, 50 Breaststroke and 50m Butterfly. We also had a lot of fun in the novelty events such as noodle races and kickboard races which any student could participate in.

 Students that signed up for championship races didn’t only gain a point for their house colour but if they were fast enough, they would have a chance to compete in Zone Swimming Carnival held at the Olympic pool on the 11th March. 

 Unfortunately, due to covid we were not able to partake in chants however the house spirit was alive and well.

The results of the day were as follows:

 1st- MacKillop 230 points

2nd- Xavier 166 points

3rd- Chisholm 161 point

4th- Francis 154 points

 Congratulations to all that participated and to all those involved in the 2022 Swimming Carnival. A big thank you to Mr Dempsey and all the other teachers who made this possible. Thank you to all the house and sport captains that gave a hand to the teachers.

Rylee Heinemann

Francis House Leader

PDSSSC Basketball

Junior Boys basketball were undefeated Minor Premiers. They play their Semi Final this week for a place in the grand final. 

Players in the team: James Bandal, Carlo Calleja, Eli Deganos, Ryan Deluca, Jiel Deng, Jacob Gigante, Bryant Hang Eng, Anyop Mawien, Ethan McIntyre, Liam Robinson, Deng Wol,

Coached by: Samuel Suarez (Year 11) and Mr Sarac 

2022 Annual School Cross Country Carnival

St Agnes held its annual school Cross Country Carnival on the Wednesday 30th March at the M7 Bike Path in Rooty Hill. Normally held at Morreau Reserve, this year’s carnival due to weather, was a little different. The day commenced at 9am when the students arrived at the start of the Eastern Creek end of the M7 Bike track.  The first race was the 16 and 17 years boys & girls running 6km and 4km respectively. This was followed by the 15’s boys and girls running 4km each. We had a little break between the next few races and lucky enough the rain held out. The next races involved the 12 and 13’s boys and girls running 3km. The 14’s boys and girls ended the day by running 4km.

The following students placed in their respective age groups:

12’ s Boys

1st Hanok Woldegabre            2nd Alexander Alexiou             3rd Prince Gonzales

12’s Girls

1st Danika Robinson                2nd Marybella Shamoka         3rd Tahlia Acuesta-Lowe

 13’s Boys

1st Kyle Eastwood                  2nd Upiro Dimo                       3rd Logan Swain

 13’s Girls

1st Shayleigh Punter              2nd Angeliah Elters               3rd Yezha Manzano

 14’s Boys

1st Liam Robinson                 2nd Lincoln Johnston              3rd Cyruss Acosta

 14’s Girls

1st Andrea Plaatjes                2nd Ayuen Majak                     3rd Matilda Nicholls

 15’s Boys

1st Eyob Musgun                     2nd Patrick Mwalli                  3rd Dilan Salman

 15’s Girls

1st Angel Lomuntad              

 16’s Boys

1st Dimo Dimo                          2nd Angelo Espino                   3rd Kartik Maharaj

 16’s Girls

1st Latoya Kennedy  

 17’s Boys

1st Sean Burke

Congratulations to the many students who competed and the Year 11 Sport, Lifestyle & Recreation class students who gave up their time to marshal for the events. Also, a big thank you to Mr Cevallos, Mr Di Ienno and Mr Sarac, the day would not have happened without their assistance. Good luck to the students who came either first or second in their age group, who will now go on to compete at the PDSSSC Cross Country Carnival at Sydney Equestrian Centre on the 13th May.

Mr Dempsey

Sports Coordinator

Using Edrolo Learning Platform in Stage 6

Our teachers work extra hard every year to support our HSC students to achieve their very best. We have partnered with Edrolo to give our HSC students some extra support to complement their classroom learning.

Our students are using Edrolo to:

●      watch videos prior to class and get ahead on key concepts, so they’re ready to ask questions in class

●      revise and revisit content taught in class (especially useful if they need extra time to learn a concept)

●      catch up on content if they miss a class

●      try HSC exam-style questions, so they’re getting ready for their exams

 As a parent or carer, you can help your child get the most from Edrolo by encouraging them to use the resources as a part of their study routine. They can use the theory videos to check their understanding of concepts, try practice assessments and flag any areas where they need extra support from their teacher/s.

Edrolo is being used by 250,000+ students in 1,100+ schools across Australia, and we’re excited to be offering Edrolo to our students.

 Usman Khan

Leader of Learning-Technology

Screen time is keeping me occupied...but is it helping my wellbeing?

Screen Time has become an important part of both our’s and our young people’s lives especially throughout the pandemic. It has provided an opportunity to access school work, stay connected and keep us occupied when we are bored during isolation. 

Too much screen time has been shown to have a negative impact on our wellbeing, we can become more isolated and less motivated or even develop a dependency on screens/gaming. Finding the right balance is super important. Check out some tips from Headspace and a couple of our own too for both us and our young people. (

  • Get other activities done first before you relax online. For example, do some exercise, get your homework and chores done, walk the dog and spend time with your family before turning on your device. Treat it as a reward. 

  • Decide in advance how much time you want to spend online, then set a timer to help you stay within that time limit. 

  • Schedule in some ‘no screen times’ during your day. Set up times to ‘unplug’. 

  • Make mealtimes screen free. 

  • Make sure you have offline hobbies and interests that you enjoy regularly, like seeing friends or playing sport.

  • Exercise while you game, by getting up and moving regularly. Doing some simple stretches can really help. 

  • Work out how much sleep you are getting? Sleep should be a priority, as it is important for our physical and mental health. 

  • Charge your devices outside of your room or perhaps don’t have them in your bedroom at all. It will reduce the temptation to be online instead of sleeping. 

  • Turn off notifications (the “ping” or the “buzz”), these can be a constant reminder/distraction for us.

  • Connect with nature, the outdoors or with animals, we are social creatures and having a physical connection can have a positive impact on how we feel.

  • We hope these school holidays are an opportunity to connect in lots of ways and an opportunity to look after ourselves and one another.

Mitch and Fay

Wellbeing Counsellors

Congratulations to Maryam Qraquoshi who has been accepted into the Certificate III Dentistry with DAPA. This is a School-Based Traineeship which means Maryam will be working as a Dental Assistant one day a week and will complete an online Certificate during Year 11 and Year 12 with the apprenticeships Centre. It has taken a lot of time and persistence, with many adversities along the way. But the challenges were all worthwhile in the end when she was approved and finalised this month. Well done!


Any student who is interested in tutoring can access Studiosity as a resource if you sign up to your local library. This service allows you to work with specialists in the subject areas, get on-to-one tutoring online, get feedback for drafts of work, help with referencing or advice on how best to tackle a particular task or assessment. If you're interested, follow this link: Studiosity

Harmony Day

Thank you to Alfred and Niko from the PATHE and NEC program with WSU attending our Harmony Day celebration. 

Cultural Diversity Group

Aiden Priestley is Cultural Diversity Leader. First meeting has confirmed that 45 students have joined the team. If students are still interested, they can see Mr Hilder, Aiden Priestley, Ms Clarke or Mrs Karafotias. We will add students to the Google Classroom and the team will communicate when the next meeting will be in early term 2.  These students will form a committee that will give voice to all cultures and allow us to build on the Inclusive school that St Agnes is proud to boast as one of our key pillars. 

Murama 2022

Amira Field, Aiden Priestley, Jewel Osborne, Eli Kendrigan, Bailey Wright, Trystan Bartlett and Chloe Ross attended a 2 day leadership conference. This Conference was at the Healing Space in Homebush and was led by Josh from Katara and Uncle Dr John Hunter a postdoctoral researcher at Macquarie University in the Department of Geography and Planning. 

The program centres on resilience which is key to community led and self-directed cultural intervention on inter-generational trauma. The program is both trauma informed, being a foundation to understand issues such as the generational impacts of ‘Stolen Generations’, and culturally restorative, aiming to heal the next generations through the strengths of culture and identity.

Students took up and ran workshops in dance, weaving, art and knowledge of language and artefacts. 

Students feedback was that they developed feelings of confidence, self worth, independence and identity. They also said that they had a deeper appreciation of their culture and lessons they will carry with them through life. 

Nashwa Karafotias

Careers Advisor


St Agnes Catholic High School is conscious to keep parents up-to-date during the current circumstances. Communication with families will primarily be via text/email through our Compass platform. Please ensure your mobile number and email is current. This can be access through your child's Compass account.

Compass will become our primary parent communication tool for day-to-day operational matters, upcoming events, notices and notifications so it is essential that all parents download the app.

It is more important than ever that we are able to communicate effectively, especially when it involves the safety of our children. If you haven't already, we ask that parents download the Compass app onto your device for either Apple or Android. 

Compass is a web-based system allowing you to access up-to-date and meaningful information about our school and your child’s progress. Compass includes many different features, including the ability to:

  • Be informed of important updates, events and reminders
  • View your child’s timetable
  • Review your child’s attendance
  • Provide explanations for periods of absence
  • Update your contact details
  • Book Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences.

Compass is accessible on any modern web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari) or by using the Compass iOS or Android apps.

Eligible students can receive free travel to and from home and school on approved metro, train, bus, ferry and light rail during term.  Apply now.

The SkoolBag app is the easiest way keep up with school events, last minute notices, newsletters and all school communications. Click here for download instructions.

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