St Bishoy- Imagine

March 2019

Principal's Message

2019 has seen a great start with many smiling faces and happy students. We have seen great attendance from the commencement of school-year until now and it is pleasing to see so many eager students ready to work. 

In secondary, Last week students have been busy with Mrs Narouz completing ‘all my own work’ and VET induction as part of their mandatory studies for 2019. It’s great to see student completing these requirements so early in the term.  

On Friday 1stMarch, our Annual Swimming Carnival was held. It saw an awesome attendance from a great majority of students, more pleasing being the fact we had almost 100% participation whether it be in general races or novelty events. The day was a real buzz. The day would not have been a huge success without all the staff who survived the heat helping out on the day. A big thanks also goes to a number of Year 12 students including Macarious Girgis, Mark Kassis, Jerome Yassa, Bishoy Ashamalla, Samuel Boshra, David Tawadrous, Yustina Awad, Silva Alhamwi, Mariam Assaad, Daniella Wasif, Veronia Ghattas, Randa Dimitri, Raneen Shamon, Ramy Shamon, Kirolos MIkhail who helped out during the day with photographs, timekeeping, sheet runners, the swimming support and the packing up. Thank you also to the parents and community members who came along to support our carnival.

The hot weather has not dampened the enthusiasm of students and attendance has been high. It is pleasing to see the K-6 numbers increasing and Year 7-12 numbers stabilising. 

Work on the installation of new high-speed internet is completed and the installation of our new servers have been completed successfully. The power upgrade will now take place next weekend. It was postponed from last weekend due to the extreme weather.  

In the coming weeks, the school community will be consulted on one of our wellbeing policies. A review of the existing Anti-Bullying Policy 2015 is being undertaken. Teaching and non-teaching staff will review existing policy and work towards preparing an initial draft Anti Bullying School community member will then have an opportunity to review the draft policy at meetings held after school hours. Following the meetings, a second draft will be prepared for further consultation.  

School activities are only truly successful when they are supported by all members of the school community. Student attendance, participation, parents/friends and community support ensured a very successful swimming carnival last Thursday. I take this opportunity to thank all who were in attendance on the day.  

Finally, secondary students need to be at school before 8.15am and primary students should be on ground before 8:20. Students are supervised from 8.00am and parents are reminded that they should ensure that students starting their school day on time, relaxed for a day of exciting learning.  

Every minute counts…when your child misses just 10 minutes a day that equals 50 minutes per week which is nearly 1½ weeks per year so please let’s be prompt.

Looking forward to serving your children in Christ Jesus.

Michael Atteya

Important Dates

Friday 5th April- Year 5 Assembly

                           - Year 12 Western Sydney University Excursion

Friday 12th April- Primary Easter Assembly

                             - Last day of Term 1

Wednesday 1st May- First day of Term 2

Primary Awards

Swimming Carnival

3-12 students attended their annual Swimming Carnival. The day was fabulous! Thank you to all the staff and students who assisted on the day.

7-12 Debating

On Tuesday 5th May, selected High School students from Years 7-12 represented their houses in an internal debating competition. 

All participants were commended for their deliveries; however, in each round, only certain contestants qualified for the Best Speaker and Best Rebutter awards. 

Congratulations to the following students for winning the Stage 4 Round: Girgis Moawad (Ardour) for achieving the Best Speaker and Allayna Anna Sachin (Fidem) and Youliana Hanna (Halcyon) who tied for the Best Rebutter.

In Stage 5 Round, adjudicators were unanimous in their decision to reward Marie Ann Girgis (Halcyon) for the Best Speaker and Best Rebutter, as well as Patrick Ayad (Ardour) for his compelling arguments during the rebuttal round. 

Special mention must be made to the Stage 6 participants who joined on short notice. Congratulations to Markos Gibryal (Tharros) for winning the Best Speaker and kudos to the best rebutters Jerome Yassa (Fidem) and Mark Anthony Awadalla (from Stage 5, Ardour). 

Thank you to the High School SRC and the following teachers for organising and/or adjudicating the event: Mrs Seach, Ms Mayes, Mrs Keenan, Mr Joseph and Mrs McGuinness. 

We are so proud of all the students who represented St Bishoy in this year’s debating competition. Not only did they did use critical reasoning and clear communication skills to convince the adjudicators of their stance, but they also conducted themselves with humility throughout the competition.

The Debating Teams from Stage 5 would like to thank Mr Joseph for his support and encouragement in the lead up to the final competition.

Miss Hara 

Debating Coordinator 

PM Visit

The Hon Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison was invited to St Mark's Coptic Orthodox Church on Sunday 17th March, 2019. Mr Atteya, along with Mrs Narouz and our School Captains went to meet him. It was a great experience and a lovely opportunity to speak to him about the College. 

Design and Technology

Year 11 Design and Technology students went on an excursion to the Powerhouse Museum to look at past HSC projects and the Ecohome expo. Students will create their own sustainable home for their formal task. 

Soldiers of Christ

It was lovely to announce this year's Soldiers of Christ. May God bless them for their love, dedication and support.

Term 1 Liturgy

Thank you to Father Botros and Father Gabriel for praying the mass for the students this term. It was a beautiful service.

Harmony Day 2019