Star of Peace

St Patrick's Marist College

Newsletter Number 11 - 21 October 2020

From the Principal ....

Welcome back

I hope that families and staff had a relaxing break over the September/October holidays. Year 12 commenced their HSC on Tuesday. They were certainly very excited to get started, after a long year. We gathered together to ask for God’s blessing on each of them as they commenced this final stage of their schooling and each student was given a gift of aspirational cookies from our P&F - U GOT THIS, STAY POSITIVE, BREATHE. I have every confidence in the success of each of our students and believe that our students have worked hard and have been very well prepared by our staff.

In the coming week, Year 12 families will receive a letter regarding the Year 12 Graduation that will now take place at 5:30 pm on the 12th November, 2020.  Year 10 and 12 students will also receive letters regarding their formals this week.

As you drive by, you will still see the fencing up around our new building. There is a great deal of frustration by all, however, we are still in the process of repairing piping around the school before we can get the Occupation Certificate. We hope it will be ready next week. Given the ongoing COVID restrictions, we are unsure of when we will be able to have open times for our current families to view the spaces. However, we do plan to use Catholic Schools Week next year to invite current families in to see our learning in action.

The ongoing frustration with the young people’s online consumption:

COVID has brought with it many challenges. We have seen in our recent TTFM data an increase in our young people’s levels of anxiety and depression. We have begun to unpack that data and will work with both staff and students in identifying areas of concern in both wellbeing and learning and work together on next steps . 

One of the effects of COVID,  with less activities available outside the home,  has been an increase in young people’s time on social media and  streaming services such as Netflix. Firstly physical exercise is key to feeling well. “About Kids Health, May 2020” reminds us that physical activity keeps the body strong and healthy and can improve mental health by decreasing symptoms of depression, anxiety, pain and loneliness. Physical activity can also improve focus, school performance, sleep and energy levels. It is important that we encourage physical and other activities and interests that will take young people away from in front of the screen.

Social media use has become so pervasive in the lives of young people. There would be very few young people who are not active users of social media, streaming services and other online platforms. Most log on multiple times daily (and sometimes late into the night) to their social network pages and these have become spaces where much of the social activity of teen life is echoed and amplified—in both good and bad ways.

In my lifetime, magazines and advertising have long been criticised for upholding dangerously unrealistic standards of success and beauty, and in my youth these images did create the normal levels of self doubt, but not only did I come to understand that these photos were made-up, retouched, and photoshopped, I also did not spend endless hours reading them.

With the rise of social media, it is not only celebrities or models that present these impossible standards, it is all around us. For us adults, it is friends and colleagues, for students it is the wide group of connections that they have on social media they define as friends. With social media, people can curate their lives, and the resulting feeds showing only the best and most enviable moments while concealing efforts, struggles, and the merely ordinary aspects of day-to-day life. And there’s evidence that those images are causing distress for many young people.

This is creating a much greater prevalence of social media feeds becoming fuel for negative feelings that young people have about themselves. Kids struggling with self-doubt read into their friends’ images what they feel they are lacking and that self doubt sometimes spreads itself to all areas in a young person’s life.

“Kids view social media through the lens of their own lives,”  says Dr Emanuele (Clinical Psychologist at the Child Mind Institute). “If they’re struggling to stay on top of things or suffering from low self-esteem, they’re more likely to interpret images of peers having fun as confirmation that they’re doing badly compared to their friends.”

Despite efforts to educate young people on the impact of cyberbullying on others, many young people at some time have experienced hurtful things being said. There seems to be an increase in these kinds of behaviours and an unwillingness or fear, to turn it off, to unfriend someone, or challenge. This is in some ways understandable. Online life is a key part of a young person’s identity and how they interact socially. Belonging and connectedness to others is so key to young people. 

I recently read an article on ways to help young people feel good about themselves. One area encouraged parents to focus on self compassion rather than self esteem. I have included an excerpt for thought.

Focus on self-compassion (not self-esteem)

Because self-esteem is a global evaluation of your overall worth, it has its dangers. What am I achieving? Am I good enough? How do I compare with my peers?

What would happen if we could stop judging ourselves? Researcher Kristen Neff claims that self-compassion—treating yourself with kindness, openness, and acceptance—is a healthy alternative to the incessant striving and performance orientation often tied up with self-esteem. 

In her study of adolescents and young adults, she found that participants with higher self-compassion demonstrated greater well-being. Why? They were okay with their flaws, acknowledged that they struggled just like those around them (“Everybody makes mistakes; you are not alone”), and treated themselves with the same kindness they would extend to a friend (“It’s okay; you did your best”).

I have always found a great technique to use, that is, to ask “what advice would you give/what would you say to a friend if they were feeling like this?  Please remember we are always here to talk to if you want some advice, or are worried about your son or daughter.

I would also like to sincerely thank Dr Todorov, who is a Psychology Lecturer from Macquarie University (and a parent of the College), who took the time this week to give a presentation to our Year 11 Community and Family Studies class, along with the Year 11 Society and Culture classe on Research Ethics.


As we move into Term 4, I ask that if your child/ren won’t be continuing here in 2021 that you let us know as soon as possible, we have waiting lists in every year group.

Mrs Angela Hay


Assistant Principal - Mission and Wellbeing

Mental Health Month

October is Mental Health Month, which is held yearly in Australia and coincides with World Mental Health Day held on 10 October.

With the theme, Share the Journey, Mental Health Month aims to raise awareness about mental health and wellbeing, promoting activities and ideas that can have a positive impact on individual's daily lives.

Recently, youth health experts warned about the ongoing mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic which has put thousands of young people in Australia at risk. 

In particular they said young people, in the final years of school, have experienced unprecedented levels of study stress due to COVID-19-related disruption and uncertainty.

In January 2020, a nationally-representative survey of young people, by youth mental health service ReachOut, found that around 30 per cent of young people rated study stress as one of their top concerns. When surveyed again in July 2020, this had increased to more than 38 per cent of young people surveyed.

Many young people are also stressed about what the economic outlook means for work and employment.

New research showed that the number of young people in Australia concerned about work and/or finding a job has increased from 25 per cent in January 2020 to 37.5 per cent in July 2020.

ReachOut has released new online resources, including classroom resources, to help young people manage the stress due to the economic impacts of COVID-19. 

The Australian Government has also released a new national Suicide and Self-harm Monitoring System website to support the national goal of working towards zero suicides.  

Deputy chief executive officer of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Matthew James said this brings together the most comprehensive collation of data to date for suicide deaths and self-harm across eight states and territories in a single, web-based, interactive and integrated platform.

"The National Suicide and Self-harm Monitoring System will support governments, services, and communities to better respond to suicide and self-harm,” said Mr James in a statement.

National Mental Health Commission chief executive officer Christine Morgan said preventing suicide and suicidal behaviour is a key priority in Australia. 

"Every life lost to suicide is one too many," she said. "We can all take action to prevent suicide with some understanding of who is at risk with simple steps.

"This new national system and the representation of the data, will help facilitate public conversations about suicide, self-harm, and suicide ideation, potentially saving lives.”

Find student support resources

Sleep Connection

Did you know that over 30% of primary school children and 70% of teenagers experience insufficient sleep?

This is having a significant impact on many areas of their lives such as:

  • Learning and academic performance: Good quality sleep is essential for both pre and post learning. Poor sleep decreases motivation, concentration and memory consolidation.
  • Mental health and resilience: Poor sleep negatively impacts relationships, overall mood and can be associated with depression, anxiety, negative body image and low self-esteem.
  • Behaviour and decision making: Poor sleep impacts decision making capacity, has a negative effect on behaviour and increases risk of accidents.
  • Physical Health: Poor sleep affects children’s physical growth, brain development, immune system and plays a key role in weight gain.

St Patricks Marist College and P&F are hosting The Sleep Connection Seminar by Lisa Maltman. Lisa is the founder and owner of The Sleep Connection and is passionate about improving lives through healthy sleep. Through The Sleep Connection Lisa delivers a comprehensive solution from education through to pathways to professional help. She collaborates with specialists from SleepShack, which delivers the clinically proven online sleep program for pre-teens and teenagers, along with the Woolcock Paediatric and Adolescent Sleep Clinic. The Woolcock Institute of Medical Research in Sydney is a world leader in sleep and breathing research.

Details of Seminar:

Date: Wednesday 4 November at 7.30pm via zoom.  The seminar will go for approximately 1 hour.

RSVP: For zoom link please RSVP to

Mr M. Paton

Assistant Principal Mission and Wellbeing


School Travel for 2021

2021 School Travel Applications are Now Open  

Applications for student travel in 2021 opened from Monday 12 October 2020.

Students who require a School Opal card or travel pass for 2021 can now apply online. A new application should be submitted if a student is applying for a school travel pass for the first time or requesting an additional pass as a result of a new shared parental responsibility situation (e.g. joint custody).

Students who have changed school/campus, changed address, repeated a year or received an expiry notification from Transport for NSW for their school travel entitlement should re-apply or update their details. *Applications must be completed by the student's parent or legal guardian if the student is aged under 16 years. Students 16 years and over must complete the application form themselves.  Where there is a change of distance eligibility based on a student’s grade, the system will automatically update a student’s entitlement if they meet the new criteria. If they do not meet the new eligibility criteria, they will receive an expiry notification via email. Students who have an entitlement approved under a medical condition which is due to expire will receive a notification advising them to re-apply.

Term Bus Pass holders will receive a notification to re-apply.

If a student needs to update their information or re-apply, they should go online to

Applications need to be submitted before 31 December 2020 to ensure that current student entitlements are updated and their current entitlement/card remains valid. If their application is submitted after 31 December 2020, the system will automatically cancel an entitlement/card and a new one will need to be issued.

Students in the Opal network applying for a SSTS or Term Bus Pass entitlement for the first time will receive their card at their nominated postal address. Cards will be mailed out from January 2021. 

OPAL Card Expiry

From January onwards, there will be a number of School Opal cards expiring, as the physical card has reached its lifespan.

These are cards for students who will be in years 8 to 12 in 2021, and only those Opal cards which haven’t been replaced in the last five years.

Impacted students and/or their parent/guardian will be contacted directly by Transport for NSW via email or post. They will be asked to confirm their details online in order for a new School Opal card to be sent to the correct postal address in time for the new school year.

If contacted by Transport for NSW, details should be submitted online by December 1, 2020 at the latest. Affected students who do not confirm their details in time will have a new School Opal card posted to the address we currently have on file.

New Concession Entitlement Cards

Transport for NSW will be replacing the below cards with Transport Concession Entitlement Cards (TCEC) from October 2020:

  • Senior Secondary Student Concession Card (16 years and over) – also used by Mature Secondary Students (18 years and over), Distance Education Students and Home School Students
  • Proof of Age card (when a student under 16 years of age looks older)
  • Boarder Rail Pass.

All previous cards will be valid until they expire. A letter will be sent home with students in Years 10 and 11 requesting parental permission to supply the required data to Transport for NSW for those students who require a Transport Concession Entitlement Card.  Please note the permission notes will be required to be returned before a card can be issued and the College requests that they are returned promptly.

Enquiries can be submitted at:

Assistant Principal - Innovation, Teaching and Learning

Welcome to Term 4!

I hope you and your families are well as we commence another busy term. If you would like some additional details regarding the information below please mail me at

HSC Written Examinations

It’s been a great start to the examinations and our Year 12 students have been exceptional (as usual). Thank you to Mr Bonora, Miss Hagarty, Mr Byrne (our Presiding Officer) and our HSC Supervisors for all of their planning and care.

A reminder to students that if they have any questions please contact

Year 11 Reports

Students will receive their final Year 11 report this week.

Year 11 Parent/Student/Teacher Zoom Meetings:  4 November, 2020 from 4.00pm - 7.00pm

Students will receive a note with details of this important opportunity to provide feedback this week.

Year 12 2021 Information Evening (Zoomed Event): 25 Nov 6.00 pm start.

Students will receive a note with details of this important event this week.

HSC 2021 Preparation Day:  4 November, 2020

This day is designed to assist our Year 11 students to transition into Year 12.  Students will receive a note with details of this important event this week.

Year 10 Finalisation of Subject Selections

To complete the process of our Year 10 students transitioning into their Year 11 courses for 2021 each and every student meets with a member of our College Leadership Team to confirm and discuss their selections. This process begins this week.

Years 7-10 Final Assessments

This is a very busy time for our students over the next few weeks as they complete their final assessments in preparation for their Semester 2 Reports. If you have any questions regarding your child’s up and coming assessments please contact their Pastoral Leader of Learning.

Some Very Important Reminders…

  •  It is very important for parents/carers to be involved with their child’s learning. You may have a question or a query regarding homework, attendance, motivation, or study techniques just to name a few areas. If you would like any information regarding your child’s education you could email or call during school hours.
  • If you have a question/concern it is very important that you contact the Subject Teacher (if it relates to a particular course) or the Pastoral Leader of Learning. 

Thank you for your continued support.

Mr P. Finnerty

Assistant Principal

Innovation, Teaching and Learning

Business Manager

Payments at the office

We are moving to cash-free transactions, as is similarly reflected in the current retail world due to COVID. We already have EFTPOS facilities at reception and can take credit card payments over the phone.

If you want to pay school fees in cash, please go to the local post office to pay by BillPay.

Our school fees already include the majority of required resources, so there are minimal additional costs to pay. Items that are NOT included in school fees are formals, representative sport uniform, bags/hats/ties, replacement items, etc. We will be introducing an alternative cash-less app.

We will only accept cash for Lenten appeals, mufti days, etc.


The canteen has introduced weekly specials and healthier options. Due to the limited time of our breaks, we encourage students to pre-order their lunch (ie before homeroom). Lunch orders are handed out first, so students who have ordered, do not have to line up.

We are also working with the canteen operators for an online pre-ordering system. Watch this space!!!

Cleaning and COVID-19

Other than our normal end-of-term cleaning and usual weekly cleaning, we continue to provide:

  • Sanitiser in every classroom, sanitising alcohol wipes for musical instruments and other shared laptops or equipment. Science labs have sinks with hand soap.
  • Sanitisation stations inside the main reception and Wiyanga’s reception as well as in the junior breezeway and in the main courtyard.
  • Our cleaners are continuing to disinfect touchpoints in every classroom/learning space and every office, every night!
  • Students are being sent home if they are unwell. They cannot simply stay in sick bay.

Lowes Uniform Shop, Carlingford

Stocks of most uniform lines held in-store, in their warehouses and on order are sufficient for our Term 4 needs. I am meeting with our Lowes representative next week to review the status of orders from overseas which are due in October and November as well as plan ahead for back-to-school 2021.

We will also discuss the transition of school bags and sports bags to Lowes from 2021. Currently, the school sells these items, however, they are so bulky that we cannot continue to hold large quantities onsite.

Online orders are preferred, and home delivery is available for convenience of families.

Lowes customer feedback/complaints email address is for customers who want to know information, or have a problem that cannot be solved at the store level.

Onsite Uniform Shop

Our onsite uniform shop is open on Thursdays (before school, during recess/lunch break). We currently sell school bags, sports bags, hats, boys’ ties, and representative sports uniforms.

  • School bags and sports bags:  Will be transitioned to Lowes from 2021, but we will continue to sell them until stocks run out.
  • Hats:  From 2021, the cost will be included within Year 7 school fees and will be distributed together with the stationery packs at the beginning of the year.  Other year groups can continue to purchase replacement hats.
  • We will continue to sell ties and rep sport uniforms.

We also sell good quality second-hand uniform.

Lost Property

We usually accumulate a lot of lost property over the year. If items are labelled, we can contact the student to come to the office to collect it. Otherwise, we have no way of knowing who it belongs to. Please ensure your child’s name is on their belongings.

Unlabelled items are held in the Uniform Shop, so students who can recognise their item can come and claim it. At the end of each term, any unclaimed uniform items are added to our second-hand uniform stock. Other items; for example water bottles, lunch boxes, umbrellas, etc are discarded.


Over the October school holidays, as usual, we had multiple tradespeople in to do all the background servicing / repairs / maintenance work to ensure the school continues to function safely and is clean, neat and tidy. We had painting (outside La Valla and Theatre and doors along music and cooking rooms), air conditioners serviced, pest spray, fire safety tagging, electrical testing and tagging, other electrical, gutter cleaning, lift service, locksmith, gates serviced, etc. Our maintenance team also completed various jobs inside classrooms, cleaned rubbish bins, pressure washed courtyard areas, etc.

Our 3 ovals were aerated and top soil dressed, as well as additional clearing of overgrowth.

Building Works

The building project is complete, so we are awaiting the occupancy certificate! Some staff have been for a walk-through to visualise the new spaces and to start planning.  We will slowly transition classes into this space as soon as we get handover.

  • Demountables:  The new demountables built early last year will be relocated to another school (after the HSC). The new furniture from these will be moved into our existing demountables, after these are painted in the next few weeks.
  • Library Disability Access:  We now have a disability ramp that connects the upper level of B block to the library. The ramp provides shade for students sitting in front of the art rooms. We will put in more seating in that area.
  • Gates:  Our new gate in front of reception (Gate E) has a disability access ramp. This gate and the new one in front of the new building (Gate F) are electronic. Once we get handover, these gates will be locked at all times for safety of students, staff and visitors. They use an intercom system that can be buzzed and unlocked from reception. We will set these gates to be unlocked in the morning hours, for easy access by students.
  • Landscaping – we recently met with the landscape architect (again) who designed the landscaping for A block building. We are looking into design options to landscape the rest of the front of the school, so that it flows from where the building works end to the bus bay, fix the concrete pathways and put in disability access into reception.

 Vicki Fraser

Business Manager

School Fee Statements / Assistance

Just a reminder to families that the third School Fee Instalment Statement was recently issued by the Catholic Education Diocese Parramatta (CEDP) to provide an update to parents of what fees are owing.  

If any family is experiencing financial difficulty please do not hesitate to contact me confidentially to discuss options available to you. 

If you are not experiencing any financial difficulties, there is the option of paying your fees in weekly, fortnightly or monthly instalments. Please contact me at or 8841 7955 to work out a suitable payment arrangement.

 Ms Rolla Wadih

School Fee Administrator


Year 12

The Year 12 students are now involved in their HSC Exams. Our prayers and well-wishes to all students. A reminder that it is extremely important that students arrive well ahead of time as the exams will commence on time.

Our Year 12 students have also received a note regarding the Year 12 Formal. Payment of $130 has to be made prior to the 30th of October with the Formal taking place on Tuesday, 17th November. We look forward to seeing all Year 12 students there on the night.

Mr D. Bonora

Pastoral Leader of Learning - Year 12 

Year 11

October is Mental Health Awareness month. Year 11 students have been working on various initiatives to raise awareness throughout the month.

For example, in Week 3, which is Wellbeing week, the students have planned break out rooms on Wednesday and Friday during break time, to offer a safe place for students in Stages 4, 5 and 6 to enjoy a quiet place, for meditation, or to complete mindful drawing, amongst other activities.

On this note, I would like to thank and congratulate the following students on assisting with Year 10 Pastoral lessons around student wellbeing: Lara van Rooyen, Alex Bozanic, Chris Litsas, Natasha Biason, Imani Cogger, and Jake van Rooyen.

The students shared their perspectives on personal experiences at school and how they have overcome challenging situations.

Last week, some Year 11 VET students completed work placements for Hospitality and Business Services. They have been very successful and some have even been offered part-time positions!  This is a great testament to the quality of our students, who represent our College so well. There are more placements taking place in the coming weeks and I wish the students involved all the best with this fantastic opportunity.

Finally, a reminder that Parent Teacher interviews will take place via Zoom, on 4th November (Week 4). 

 If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact me here at the College.

Mrs Cécile Dunston

Pastoral Leader of Learning - Year 11

Year 10

Welcome back to Term 4.

We want to ensure the expectations of the College are being met at all times throughout the final term of the year. Particularly around engagement in our learning and also the uniform. 

The Year 10 formal date has now been finalised for Monday the 30th of November, 2020. More details to follow.

Mr Jarod Hornby

Pastoral Leader of Learning - Year 10

Year 9

Year 9 have launched National Recycling Week (Week 5:  9th-15th November) and are busy thinking of ways to help the school community embrace recycling and helping the environment. This is connected to our Catholic Social Teaching of Stewardship. Year 9 students were asked what Stewardship means to them and here are some of the responses they came up with: 'Stewardship is the job and responsibility of caring for something or someone' - Annabella Mejalli'

Looking after and taking care of the earth as best as we can' - Holly Stone

'The ability to responsibility use and protect something or someone, that is given from God' - Adrian Pangan

Stewardship to me is that we should look after the world of God' - Steven Talampas 

This week in Pastoral Care, Year 9 learnt about what happens to plastic bottles when they are thrown away, and the different journeys between plastic bottles in landfill, the ocean or recycling bin. They were also asked to brainstorm problems or issues they see around the school community relating to the environment: 'There is rubbish in the courtyards and basketball courts, and excess plastic packaging instead of paper. Maybe we need to be promote sustainability and being stewards of creation to all students.' - Sara Maree Wakim

In the next few weeks, Year 9 will learn more about the importance of recycling and sustainability, in order to promote stewardship. They will then come up with practical ways that the school community can embrace this to build better recycling habits here at St Pat's! To kick start National Recycling Week, students were asked to create a launch poster to be shared with the school community (online of course!!) to promote National Recycling Week in Week 5. Some examples are included here: (attached images) Watch this space to see the initiatives of Year 9 in the next few weeks!

Ms C. Basha

Pastoral Leader of Learning - Year 9

STEPtember 2020


Congratulations to all 20 staff members who participated in STEPtember – a fundraiser supporting research into Cerebral Palsy. Our team raised funds by walking (running, dancing…) 10,000 steps a day over 28 days of September. The team raised a whopping $4331.93. Amazing work!

Our winning stepper Anil Thomas from the Science Department, smashed the required 280,000 steps with a grand total of 528,914. While Sarah Duffy of the English Department, was our top fundraiser at $1070.

Thanks again to all the staff who participated – we all enjoyed the fun staff banter about our steps (“how many have you done…?” “my pedometer isn’t working!”), it was a great team building exercise. Hopefully next year we will raise even more money for this worthy cause.

Ms Sarah Duffy

English Teacher

Key Learning Areas

Learning Enrichment Centre


Disability provisions in the HSC are practical arrangements designed to help students who could not otherwise make a fair attempt to show what they know in an exam room. 

The provisions granted are solely determined by how the student’s exam performance is affected. It is not embarrassing to apply for provisions, and more than 7000 HSC students apply for provisions each year. Provisions help students to show the markers what they know and can do. Schools are responsible for determining and approving adjustments for all school-based assessment tasks. 

NESA determines disability provisions for the Higher School Certificate examinations. To apply for provisions, schools must submit an online application to NESA. This application tells us which provision/s a student is requesting and includes recent evidence. Evidence may include medical reports, reading results, spelling results, writing samples and teacher comments. 

There was a letter mailed out to students and parents asking for expressions of interest by the 23rd October. This deadline will be extended to 30 October to enable all students and parents to reply. Please find the attached link for more information.


A letter was sent home to some students in the current Year 9 inviting them to participate in Post School Options (PSO) next year for 2021. 

If you are interested in this program please ensure that you reply by Monday 26th October. If you need more information please contact either ;

Interested students please feel welcome to drop by the LEC Office in C101.


Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. It is characterised by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological (sound system) component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede the growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.

Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling. Characteristic features of dyslexia are difficulties in the awareness of individual sounds in a word (ability to identify and manipulate separate sounds within words), verbal memory and verbal processing speed.

Dyslexia occurs across the range of intellectual abilities. It is best thought of as a continuum, not a distinct category, and there are no clear cut-off points. Co-occurring difficulties may be seen in aspects of language, motor co-ordination, mental calculation, concentration and personal organisation, but these are not, by themselves, markers of dyslexia. A good indication of the severity and persistence of dyslexic difficulties can be gained by examining how the individual responds or has responded to well founded intervention.

This is a working definition of dyslexia provided by Sir Jim Rose in 2009. This definition is now used by many major dyslexia organisations worldwide 

Year 12, best of luck with your HSC exams! Also to all of the Mums, Dads and siblings supporting HSC students, thank you and good luck. It will all be over soon!  

“Nothing is impossible. The word itself says I’m possible”. 
                                                                       Audrey Hepburn

Allison Crase-Markarian

Teaching Assistant - LEC

Research Ethics Talk

The Research Ethics talk which Community and Family Studies, along with Society and Culture, both attended on Friday was quite beneficial in helping me with my studies going into Year 12. We were able to meet Dr Todorov, who is a Psychology lecturer from Macquarie University, who helped us learn the importance of research ethics. This was beneficial to me as I would be able to know what to expect in University in the context of research if I decide to take that path in life. Through this talk, I am now prepared in the skills to take into account whilst researching for my Independent Research Project. The talk with Dr Todorov was very interesting and informative to me and will remain with me during the duration of my High School years and beyond.

Mathew Phillips

Year 11


Community News

Sydney Drug Education and Counselling

Sydney Drug Education & Counselling Centre (SDECC) will be delivering another “Parents Prepared”, an online drug education workshop for parents of high school-aged children on Thursday 5th November 2020 from 4.30 to 6.00pm.

This workshop will provide parents with information about drugs, their effects and tips for talking to young people about drug use.

We would appreciate you sharing the attached flyer with your parent network.

Parents can register at