Dear Parents, Students and Staff ,
Welcome to Term 4. During this term we get to see and to celebrate the culmination of a year of learning and personal growth. In the coming weeks our teachers and students will finalise the assessment that will then be reflected in our Semester 2 reports and in the determination of our end of year awards. Once again encourage students to give their personal best for the rest of the year. Our St Agnes Way of Being articulates in our pillars of integrity and compassion, that we all aspire to grow and support one another.
In Term 4 we get to see and to celebrate the culmination of a year of learning and personal growth. In the coming weeks our teachers and students will finalise their assessment programs that will then be reflected in our Semester 2 reports and in the determination of our Annual School Awards. In the first two weeks of this term I have met with many year groups to strongly encourage our students to work hard and to take up all of the great opportunities that they have here at the School. Our focus is on doing one’s personal best each day: always seeking to be a good person and a good student is our core message.
World Teachers’ Day
Today is World Teachers’ Day in Australia. On this day we acknowledge and celebrate the exceptional work of our teachers. It is important that we take some time to thank them for all that they do for our students and the school community. I am always inspired and impressed by the generosity and care shown for our students by the staff at St Agnes. As an illustration, in recent weeks our teachers and staff have given countless hours to supporting our current Year 12 students as they undertook their final preparations for the HSC. This is simply one example of how our teachers support our students and I know that there are so many more ways our teachers go the extra mile for our students, in the academic, sporting, social and extra curricular activities.
God of Love, Thank you for every teacher who notices a child’s special gift. Thank you for teachers who are listeners and gentle guides.
Thank you for teachers who expect much and love enough to demand more. Thank you for the special teacher each one of us remembers.
God of Mercy, Sustain teachers who give everything they have. Strengthen teachers who assume the blame for so many problems beyond their control. Help exhausted teachers rest.
God of Strength, Encourage teachers to care and inspire them to nourish. Motivate teachers to keep on learning for the fun of it and to make learning enjoyable for children.
We wonder at teachers who know how to quiet a class of five year olds or help fourth graders be empathetic. We admire teachers who enjoy middle school writers, or teach physics or math of history. Bless the people who are expected to accomplish these miracles and who know how to comfort children when miracles don’t happen.
God of Justice, help and support teachers in their special calling, wherever they teach and whatever obstacles they must face. We pray these things in the name of our great teacher, Jesus Christ.
Year 11 and 12
Year 12 students are approaching the end of their coursework and their Trial Examinations commence Term 3, Week 3. Before this, many students have major works that contribute to their final HSC.
Similarly, Year 11 students are nearly half way through their courses as their Year 11 Examination Block occurs late Term 3. A practical way to support your sons and daughters is by ensuring that they have a dedicated quiet time and space each evening to complete work and study.
Year 11 2023 Subject Selection Evening
On Wednesday, 27th April, St Agnes held its Year 11 2023 Subject Selection Information Session. The focus of the afternoon was to inform students and parents of the possibilities beyond Year 10. Thank you to the parents and the students who took the time to attend this meeting. This was an important afternoon because it commences the transition to Year 11 for our Year 10 cohort. At St Agnes we strive to make sure that our young people are future ready. The way we do this is by connecting them to purpose, linking them with the most relevant tertiary and industry opportunities and, by immersing them and exposing them to a range of experiences in and out of the classroom. We are fortunate that we have multiple partnerships with various universities and the wider community. I would like to thank all of the teachers who attended this meeting and presented. A special thanks to Mr Kemmis, Mrs Tomich and Mr Scarpin for organising the night.