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St Patrick's Marist College

Newsletter Number 19 - 4 December 2019

From the Principal ....

Last Sunday was the first Sunday of the Advent season; this is the beginning of our Liturgical year and a time of renewed commitment to our faith. During the four weeks of Advent, we prepare for the celebration of Christ’s birth through prayer and reflection. Pope Francis reflected recently on how the Advent Season reminds us that Jesus constantly enters our lives. He said with certainty, that Jesus will return at the end of time, which urges us to look to the future with confidence and hope. We contemplate the First Coming of Jesus as Saviour and anticipate his promised Second Coming. Amid the busyness of Christmas preparations in this joyful time, we look for practical ways to observe the holiness of the season in our everyday lives. In this first week of Advent, we pray for Hope, of promise and of our responsibility to assist those without the basic necessities of life that we can so often take for granted.

Our Social Justice group Chance for Change has successfully led our St Vincent de Paul Christmas Hamper Drive, we are close to our 100 hampers and I would ask that we make a final push to help the many needy members of our community. Jane Ryan from St Vincent de Paul attended our Advent Liturgy and shared with us the work of this wonderful group. She deepened our awareness of the plight of those in our community and the increase in the number of homeless people in our local area.

Creative and Performing Arts is alive and strong here at the College with two outstanding events over the last week. Our Talent Quest was a highly professional, highly energetic event that allowed our students to demonstrate not only their passion but their incredible talent. I thank our College Leaders; Sam, Jaymelee, Gabby and Joseph for hosting the event. Significant work happened behind the scenes with the VET Entertainment team, led by Ms Lyons, who were responsible for the lighting and sound. I thank Mr Berner, Ms Andrews, Mr Heffernan, and Mr Nguyen for their organisation and to the wonderful staff performers;  Ms Andrews, Mr Heffernen, Mr Hornby, Ms Lyons, Mr Malkoun, Mrs Padden, Mr Quigley and Mr Zhang.

Wednesday night held our 2019 Creative Arts Show, supported by our wonderful student musicians from Years 9 - 12. I was very impressed by the music and the quality and creativeness of the artworks across all years.  I thank the many parents, staff and families who attended and I especially thank Ms Andrews, Mr Heffernan, Mrs Donnelly, Ms Mojsiejuk, Ms Robinson and Ms Yee for their work and their ongoing passion for and contribution to Creative and Performing Arts in our College.

I would like to thank all of the parents who attended our final P&F Meeting and celebration for the year. After a short meeting we gathered as a community to celebrate the strong partnership, friendships and the great support the P&F have been to the College this year. The P&F play a vital role in the College and their feedback is critical in assisting us in future planning and feedback. I thank our P & F team and our President Chrishani Cogger for another great year.

Peer Support plays a very important role within our College, for both our Year 7 students in assisting them in the transition to high school, it also provides opportunities for our Year 10 students to develop their leadership skills and make a very important contribution to our Marist Family. I thank Mr Flew for his leadership of this program.

Last Monday our Staff professional learning centred around sharing teaching and learning successes, and work on College and Faculty Team Goals for 2019. I was very gratified and pleased with the outstanding work presented. The sharing of great pedagogy and learning strategies and the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback, made for a very successful afternoon. I am very proud of the student centred work that our staff have been doing in working towards our goals and I thank our Instructional Leader / Learning Coach Ms Maish for her excellent leadership in this area.

Yours in Jesus, Mary and St Marcellin

Mrs Angela Hay


Assistant Principal - Mission and Wellbeing

Swimming Carnival - 2020

The 2020 College Swimming Carnival will be held on Friday, 31st January (first week back to school) at the Sydney Aquatic Centre, Homebush. Students and parents are reminded that this is a compulsory school event which aims to promote both House and College spirit. Students are expected to be at school by 8:30am and will return by 3:15pm.

Students are to wear their full sports uniform to and from the carnival, and are encouraged to bring suitable house theme and coloured attire to be worn throughout the day. See your House Captains for ideas on theme appropriate attire.

A reminder that students will need to bring their own lunch as canteen facilities will not be available on the day.

Participation is expected in at least one event, unless a Doctor’s Certificate is provided by Thursday, 30th January to Mr James.

Looking forward to a fun and enjoyable day with lots of College and House spirit displayed!

Mr R. James

Acting Sport Co-ordinator

Lions Youth of the Year Quest

The Lions Youth of the Year quest aims to select an outstanding youth to be an ambassador and travel overseas under the auspices of Australian Lions Clubs and is open to students in Year 11 and 12, 2020.  The quest has two separate stages in the judging process; personal interviews which will be conducted on Sunday, 1st March, 2020 and the Public Speaking phase which will be conducted in conjunction with a special Dinner Meeting of the Carlingford-Dundas Lions Club held on Tuesday, 3rd March, 2020.  The chosen student must be prepared to proceed through the various levels of judging and ultimately undertake the travel which is part of the award structure, should he/she be successful.

Please make yourself know to myself or your Pastoral Leader of Learning if you would like to be considered for this program.

Mr M. Paton

Assistant Principal - Mission and Wellbeing

Lions Youth of the Year Program

NSW Police - Child Safety Handbook

Click on the following links to the new edition of the Child Safety Handbook providing valuable safety resources online.  The current edition has been updated with digital / online safety, light rail safety, metro train safety, dental health, diabetes, etc.

The Child Safety Handbook App has also been produced by NSW Police Legacy and includes everything we need as a community to protect our most valuable and vulnerable resource – our children.  From preventative measures at home to safety outdoors, from cybersafety to dealing with peer pressures, this App is a resource for every family and school community. The app can be downloaded via the Apple store, Google Play or Amazon Kindle.

Link to the digital handbook - NSW Police Legacy Child Safety Handbook. Here is also a link to the website with assets that can be used -

Business Manager

End-of-year finance close-off 2019

The finance office will close at 4pm on Monday 16th December, so that staff can complete end-of-year processes including stocktake of uniform shop items (bags, hats, ties, rep sport uniform, etc). Please ensure that payments of school fees (if not on arrangement), purchases of school bags, sports bags, hats, ties, second-hand uniform items, or any other financial matter are completed by this date.

Payments can be made via credit card over phone or EFTPOS/cash/cheque at reception.  

  • Parents/carers are to liaise with finance officer.
  • Students are to put cash/cheque into a sealed envelope with their name, homeroom, amount and what it is for, on it and put it in the drop box at the student counter (and if paying in cash, must put correct money in envelope).

The office will remain open on Tuesday 17th December for enquiries; however no further finance transactions can be taken. A reminder that school fees can be paid by billpay at your local post office.

 The office will be closed from Wednesday 18th December for staff professional development training.

Office Opening in 2020

The office (including finance and uniform shop) will be open again from 8.30am on Wednesday 22nd January, 2020.

Years 7, 11 and 12 return to school on Wednesday 29th January 2020 and Years 8, 9 and 10 return on Thursday 30th January 2020.

Lost Property

If lost property items are labelled, we contact the student to come to the office to collect it. However, we accumulate lots of items that are not labelled and we have no way of knowing who it belongs to. Please ensure your child’s name is on their belongings so that if found, we can call them to office to collect.

Unlabelled items are held in the uniform shop, so that students who can recognise their item can come and claim it. However, at the end of each term, any unclaimed uniform items are added to our second-hand uniform stock and other items such as water bottles, lunch boxes, umbrellas, etc are discarded.

Evacuation and Lockdown Drills

These are part of our WHS compliance routine practice to ensure all students and all staff are aware of our emergency procedures, know what to do and where to go! Our procedures are designed to keep students and staff safe while emergency services deal with a real situation (if it was to occur).

This term we are planning to practice a lockdown drill (date to be advised) which will be done during either recess or lunch break. The WHS Committee, leadership team and I are working on the logistics of this.

Kerb and Gutter Repairs

I have managed to convince Parramatta Council to postpone the kerb & gutter repairs until the school holidays, so this should not affect us.

Uniform shop

Whilst the majority of our school uniform is at Lowes Carlingford, our onsite uniform shop is open on Wednesdays and Thursdays (before school and during recess and lunch breaks). We sell schoolbags, sports bags, hats, boys’ ties and representative sports uniforms (which are not sold at Lowes). We also sell good-quality second-hand uniforms.

Costs of uniform items are:

  • School Bag $65;  Chiro Bag $95;  Sports Bag $15; 
  • Senior / Junior Ties $20;
  • Hats $20
  • Soccer / Rugby Shorts $30; Cricket Shirt $35; Netball Shirt/Skirt $35; Representative Socks $15

Second hand uniform and rep sports uniform items – various (please ask)

Students know the uniform shop as part of the “Book Room” (facing the main courtyard). This room is currently being renovated, so students should liaise with the Student Desk. Last day for purchases of uniform shop stock items is Monday 16th December 2019.

Lowes Uniform Shop, Carlingford

A reminder that Lowes have recently introduced a customer feedback/complaints email address ( for customers who want to know information, or have a problem that cannot be solved at the store level. Customer email and contact details will be sent directly to the Key Accounts Manager to follow up on.

Ms V. Fraser

Business Manager

School Fees

As the school year comes to an end any family that is not on a formal payment arrangement should have finalised all the school fees by now.  Reminder notices have recently been sent out by the Catholic Education Diocese Parramatta. 

Families that are on a payment arrangement and pay via cash or over the phone credit card need to note that we cannot accept this form of payment in the office after 4.00pm on 16 December until 22nd January 2020 due to end of year processes.  You can however continue to pay via bpoint, bpay or postbillpay.  Details can be found on the bottom of your school fee statement.

The 2020 Schedule of Fees has been finalised and is included in this newsletter for your information.  

If any family is experiencing financial difficulty please do not hesitate to contact me confidentially on – 8841 7955 Monday to Thursday or email

 Ms R. Wadih

School Fees Administrator


Peer Support

On Tuesday the 3rd of December the annual Peer Support Training Day was held. 

Over 70 Year 9 students applied and it was great to see such a positive response to this initiative.  The students underwent a number of training sessions that were a mix of theory lessons on how to be an effective Peer Support leader mixed in with some fun activities and challenges. 

The day was very successful and the students were engaged and participating well all day. Thanks to all the students who applied and congratulations to those students selected as leaders for next year. 

Mr S. Flew

Peer Support Co-ordinator

Learning Enrichment

The Learning Enrichment Centre is here to support all families by offering strategies for assistance with their children who may have Learning Difficulties. We will be providing information and strategies in the Newsletters to follow.

Sometimes parents can feel quite isolated when they have a child or children with a disability. It is important that they realise they are not the only ones and that there are other families out in the community who are in the same situation. There are many support groups that can be of assistance and you can find this information through the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme). They provide information that can help connect all people with a disability, their families and carers to community and other government services. Enjoy the read!

Mrs C. Thomson

Diversity Leader

Learning Enrichment Centre

Key Learning Areas

St Pat's Got Talent

Congratulations to all of the Performers who entertained the College for the annual 'St Pat's Got Talent' show. Thank you for being brave in performing in front of the College and sharing your creative talents with our staff and students.

We must also acknowledge the wonderful work from the Year 11 VET Entertainment students who spent many days setting up and running the lighting and sound equipment in the La Valla Centre with Mrs Lyons for this event.

A big thank you to Mr Heffernan, Mr Berner and Mr Hornby for their work in helping to organise the talent show and prepare the students to perform at their best. Perhaps the highlight of the concert was the final 'encore' act from the Teacher Band - what a great way to end a fabulous show. St Pat's really does have talent!

Ms T. Andrews

Leader of Learning - Performing Arts

Japan Trip

From the 4th January to the 15th January, 2020, a group of 38 current Year 9, 10 and 11 students will travel to Japan for an amazing learning experience. This will include places such as Hiroshima, Disney Japan, Tokyo and the Jaxa Space Facility just to name a few.

Students have been meeting of a Wednesday afternoon in the months leading up to and have developed an in-depth handbook to assist in getting them through all the challenges of international travel. Students will be uploading updates on to the College Facebook page daily during this time so keep an eye on the page for exciting events being shared with the College community.

Visit our Facebook Page for your daily updates.

Mr D. Berner

Japan Itinerary

Saturday 4/1/20:  Fly to Japan
Sunday 5/1/20: Arrive Tokyo and visit the Meiji Jingu Shrine
Monday 6/1/20: National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, Driver City Tokyo Plaza, Sony Explora Science Room
Tuesday 7/1/20:  KEK Particle Accelerator Research Lab, Tsukuba Station, JAXA Space Research Facility
Wednesday 8/1/20: NIMS, Tsukuba Station, Science Square
Thursday 9/1/20: Maglev Exhibition Centre, World Heritage Shiraito Waterfall, Mt Fuji World Heritage Centre
Friday 10/1/20: Tokyo Disneyland
Saturday 11/1/20: Travel to Kyoto by train, Shosei-en Gardens, Aeon Mall
Sunday 12/1/20: Fushimi Inari Shrine, Gion
Monday 13/1/20: Travel to Hiroshima by train, Ferry to Miyajima Island
Tuesday 14/1/20: Atomic Bomb Peace Park, Hondori Shopping District
Wednesday 15/1/20: Return to Sydney International Airport


Congratulations to Emily Calcagno Chalco who has been selected for inclusion in ARTEXPRESS.

Emily's piece "Melting Away" will be displayed at the Hazelhurst Arts Centre , Goulburn Regional Art Gallery during ARTEXPRESS.

All nominated works were of an impressive standard, and Emily's submission highlights the tremendous talent, commitment and hard work dedicated to her major work. 

Further information can be found at

Summer Reading Challenge

We all know the importance of reading and how a great book can spark the imagination and creativity too.  

These summer holidays, I am again launching my Summer Reading Challenge and encouraging all students to read, read, read! 

Students can read anything they like to enter the challenge, whether it’s a comic, play, a piece of poetry, book, e-book or animated novel. 

Taking part in the Executive Directors Summer Reading Challenge is easy! Students just need to read something they enjoy and tell us in 50 words or less why they loved it. The more a student reads, the more times they can enter the reading challenge and the more chances they have of winning one of two Chromebooks or one of thirty runner-up gift vouchers to the value of $30. Students can enter online by visiting the CEDP website.

Entries open on 2 December 2019 and close at 5pm on 2 February 2020. Terms and Conditions can be found here.

Let’s all make this year’s Summer Reading Challenge one to remember!

Mr G. Whitby

Executive Director

Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta


Formulas, Faith and Figures

If you haven't already managed to see article by Mr Zaouk in the latest edition of the 'Catholic Weekly', take some time to read about his passion for igniting a love of Mathematics in his students.

"With the recent announcement by the NSW government that mathematics will become a  compulsory subject for Years 11 and 12, teachers and parents everywhere are wondering how to keep students not only participating but engaged in the subject."   Click on the link to read the article in full.


Staff Student Shield

The first fixture of the Staff Student Shield (2020) was held late Term 4.

Staff were very confident of getting off to a winning start, but were quickly on the end of a 3 nil hiding from the Senior team.

Well done Seniors!

Mr J. Hornby

Staff Student Co-ordinator

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