Santa Sophia Catholic College Newsletter

August Newsletter - Term 3, Week 5 2020

Welcome Address by Mark De Vries

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Primary Update: Term 3 2020

Kindergarten and Year 1 students have been engaged in some exciting learning so far this term. Read about it on our website here.

Celebrating 100 days of learning in Kindergarten!

Year 8 Italian - Language, Culture and Idenity

This term in LOTE (Italian) students have begun exploring the interrelationship between language and culture. As part of our project launch students reflected on the topic of “The Relationship Between Language Culture and Identity”. Students had the choice of writing about the Australian culture, the Italian culture, or their own culture. In this website article are some student responses to this reflection. 

Reading Bonanza Day

We ended Term 2 with a Reading Bonanza Day with activities in Secondary and Primary. Read about it on our website here.

Kenyan Music Outreach

Our Music teacher Phil Rooke, is providing music outreach to a community-based school in Kenya and has involved our Year 9 students in this project. This was featured recently in the National Catholic Education Commission newsletter which you can read about here:

Message from Fr Carlos

Dear Friends in Christ

My name is Fr Carlos Walker, the new Parish Priest of Our Lady of Angels. I only arrived a few weeks ago and have already met so many wonderful groups and people of this vibrant Church community.

A native of Argentina, in previous assignments I have been parish priest in New York, have been several years in Rome working on behalf of my Religious Order, and have also spent some time in Taiwan, studying the Mandarin language. I now have much to learn from the local customs, culture and ethos of this portion of God’s flock on this beautiful side of the world.

I have been also introduced to Santa Sophia College, its Principal Mr Mark De Vries and staff members as well as its students. I have heard truly wonderful things about Santa Sophia College, its vision for education and the high degree of commitment of its leadership and teachers. Together with Fr Omar Mazzega, serving with me at the Parish, we will be visiting the College on a weekly basis.

Needles to say, Santa Sophia College together with OLA School are a particularly important part of my mission. I do want to make myself available to help in anyway I can. Looking forward to meeting you, 

Fr Carlos

If you would like to organise a time to meet with Fr Carlos you can make an appointment using the Parish Office number: 8883 4063

Wellbeing Update

by Mrs Anoushka Houseman

New Students

We were very pleased to warmly welcome five new students and their families to our College at the beginning of this term. Great to see them settling in well and getting to know the staff and students of our wonderful community. 

Group Programs

We have now completed our social skills group but continue to work with some of our secondary students around managing anxiety and stress and we are planning to commence our second anxiety group in a couple of weeks.

Given our 1 2 3 Magic and Emotion Coaching Parenting program for parents of primary students only had 1 of 3 sessions go ahead (we could not complete the course due to COVID-19 restrictions), we are currently reviewing options to provide the content of this course online since it does not appear likely that we can re-commence this face-to-face. We will keep you posted when this becomes available.

Positive Behaviour Support for Learning - PBS4L

We have been working on further refining our behaviour expectations matrix aligned to our four school values of Faith, Hope, Love and Wisdom so that we have one matrix for the entire school.

Although the original primary and secondary versions were aligned in content, we felt it was important to have language that was understandable to all and consistent K-12 (see attached).

Of course, when we explicitly teach each of these behaviours, the lesson plans themselves remain different as they reflect the different developmental stages and needs of the students. 

As you have also been made aware through the Skoolbag app, we have also refined our award system with the PBS4L certificates leading to the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards.

When a student has received a Gold Award (at 15 certificates), they will also receive a small Gold Award badge that they can then commence wearing with pride on their uniform. We're excited to see who will be the first recipient of this prestigious award for our College.

CEDP Primary and Secondary Sport Update

Please note the important changes to Diocesan sport in Term 3:

1. All Primary and Secondary inter-school sports scheduled for Term 3 have been suspended until further notice.

2. All Primary and Secondary Gala Days scheduled for Term 3 have been cancelled.

3. All Primary and Secondary Athletics Carnivals scheduled for Term 3 or Term 4 have been cancelled. 

4. All Primary and Secondary Intra-school sport is permitted, as long as appropriate COVID Safe plans and procedures are in place.


Dates for your Diary:

Due to Covid-19 many of our school events and activities have had to be postponed until further notice. 

Sunday 6th September:

- Father's Day

Thursday 17th September:

- Santa Sophia Feast Day

Friday 25th September:

- Last day of Term 3