Hennessy Catholic College Yearbook 2022
H E N N E S S Y C A T H O L I C C O L L E G E
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Principal's Report Teaching and Learning Wellbeing Report Religious Education English Matters Mathematics Report Science Report HSIE TAS/VET Report PDHPE Report Art Report Music Nagle House Report Gallagher House Report Rice House Report McAuley House Report Man Cave
Remembrance Day Presentation Day House Cup
Swimming Carnival Athletics Carnival Cross Country Rugby League & League Tag
Soccer Netball Chess Colour Run Careers Report Peer Support HSC Prizegiving Year 12 Graduation
‘ Living Spiritually’ has been our theme for 2022. We have promoted the notion from the Edmund Rice Foundation that ‘We invite all people into the story of Jesus and strive to make his message of compassion, justice and peace a living reality within our community.’ There have been many examples of students and staff in the Hennessy community living out the Gospel values in an authentic and caring manner during 2022. This year we welcomed many new students to Year 7 and Year 11 as well as other year groups. Our new Year 7 cohort has enjoyed the challenges of high school and making new friends. Our Year 12 Class of 2022 has now left and eagerly await their HSC results, this class will be greatly missed for their positive influence in the community due to their enthusiasm, generosity and great work ethic. Due to the strong job market, quite a few students have left during Year 11 and 12 to take up apprenticeships. Whilst it has been sad to see these students leave, it is also wonderful to see them embarking on their career dreams. Special recognition must also go to our student leadership team led by Sarah Dillon and Damon Xia. The student leadership team have worked tirelessly to be a student voice, they were particularly proud of their initiative to make RUOK Day an RUOK Week with a variety of activities and a strong message of inclusion for all. The Hennessy staff also deserve a big thank you. They are caring professionals, who no matter what their role, go above and beyond to make each student feel known and cared for. The quality of teaching at Hennessy continues to be outstanding which was clearly shown in our impressive 2021 HSC results and the growth evident in NAPLAN results. This year the teachers continue to work on the archdiocesan Catalyst initiative to look for ways to further improve their teaching, particularly considering High Engagement in the classroom.
This year we bid a fond farewell to Mrs Sharon Hibbert, Miss Bonnie Chen and Mrs Mergard. Mrs Hibbert has been an outstanding leader and teacher. In her role as Assistant Principal - Teaching and Learning, she has worked tirelessly to refine and improve teaching and learning at Hennessy. Mrs Hibbert will also be missed for her excellent teaching skills in the HSIE subjects. Miss Chen has been a much loved maths teacher because of her extensive mathematical knowledge and skilful and engaging pedagogy. Mrs Mergard has made a real difference to many students by assisting them to improve their reading skills through the Macqlit Reading program. Thank you to all those parents and carers who have supported the College this year. Student outcomes will always be at their best when supported by a strong school/home partnership. A special thanks must go to Natalie Turner, as Chairperson and the Community Council members who so generously give their time to be a voice for parents and to give advice on school matters. It was great to see the Movie Night initiative being held as a community event.
Father Jiss has been an important part of our Hennessy community. His guidance and involvement in masses and liturgies has been much appreciated.
My most sincere wishes to everyone in the Hennessy community for a happy and special Christmas.
Hennessy is a great school where students can achieve their dreams. It is certainly a place where we strive to live out our Vision to: ‘Live Spiritually, Learn Dynamically, Act Justly … inspiring futures of hope.’
God bless Kathy Holding
“ Learning Dynamically...inspiring futures of hope” TEACHING AND LEARNING
2022 started with much promise as the cloud of COVID was hopefully passing and the disruptions to learning would end. This has proven to be true and it has been wonderful to see students back into a normal routine and able to experience the many additional curriculum opportunities such as incursions and excursions. Six further teachers undertook the Catalyst training and two teachers joined the Lead group so that our learning agenda continues with a more widespread use of several key strategies. These include full participation tactics in which every student contributes to the lesson as well as using hinge point questions to assess learning throughout lessons. Being a learner is also a great experience for teachers as it does place us to look at how we learn and how we then teach. Next year, even more staff will undertake the Catalyst training and we continue to use the many opportunities available to use both online and in person as we develop as a staff. Congratulations to the class of 2022 who achieved exceptional results in the Higher School Certificate with more than 10% of students gaining an ATAR in excess of 90. The College Dux was Amy Knapman who achieved an ATAR of 98.45, was named a NSW All Rounder for achieving a Band 6 in every subject and was also =6th in the State for Studies of Religion 1 - an incredible effort.
Other outstanding results include:
Ethan Smith (97.30) Rylee O’Brien (94.15) Ellie Croker (93.60) Rory O’Brien (93.25) Charlotte Hudson (91.90)
A total of 12 student results (including three accelerated students from Year 11) were placed in the Distinguished Achievers List for being awarded a Band 6 or E4 result (which is equivalent to an HSC score of 90 or more) and 2 students were awarded a notional Band 6 for Mathematics Extension 2. Furthermore 11 students were placed first in their subject across the Canberra Goulburn Diocese in 18 subjects and almost 35% of results were in the top 2 performance bands with just under 10% achieving Band 6/E4 results. Considering the challenges with COVID and a twice delayed HSC examination period, this is truly a testimony to the resilience of Year 12 and the dedication of the teachers. Congratulations to all the students who received early entry and main round university offers, continued their education at TAFE or who gained employment including apprenticeships and internships. Hennessy continues to have an amazing success rate for post school destinations that fit with the plans each student has. NAPLAN Our NAPLAN results showed encouraging trends. NAPLAN is best used to identify student growth but both Year 7 and Year 9 students did not sit NAPLAN in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions. Therefore, growth data does not exist this year in any of the five testing areas: grammar and punctuation, spelling, reading, writing and numeracy. Year 9 Of this year’s Year 9 cohort, 10% of Hennessy students scored consistently in the top 2 bands on all five test domains. This is an exceptional achievement. Average NAPLAN scores for female students were particularly notable. Year 7 Year 7 results continue to reflect results from their last 18 months of primary school and the first term of high school. This year’s Year 7 cohort produced average NAPLAN scores equal or above that of similar schools. It is evident that there is quality teaching occurring that continues to challenge students and develop their skills in these fundamental areas. This year we welcomed Mrs Liz Igoe-Taylor (English), Mrs Helen Close (English), Mr Joe Kershaw (PE/Maths) and Mrs Mary Wright (Religion/Music) to our wonderful teaching staff and Mrs Mandy Hughes and Mrs Amy Mergard to our support staff.
It has been wonderful to attract so many talented educators to our community. We also welcomed Miss Rogers who took on various classes for 6 months. Congratulations to those staff who took leave this year - Miss Worner and Miss McLachlan. Mr Conor Quinn (Science), Miss Buchanan (Religion), Mr Mergard (Director of Studies/Acting Assistant Principal), Miss Worner (TAS/VET), Mr Croese (Acting TAS/VET) and Mrs Janice Dunk (Acting Director of Studies) also commenced leadership roles for which we are grateful that they were willing to share their knowledge and expertise with their KLA Teams. Having so much talent without our community continues to be a strength of our learning community. Teachers at Hennessy continue to provide learning opportunities that reflect current research into what works in the classroom. While the past few years have been challenging with home learning, I have continued to be humbled by the effort and dedication each and every teacher has shown to provide quality instruction. The KLA Leaders are always flexible to changing needs and I personally thank each and every one of them for their dedication and support over the years. For me, this is farewell. I will miss Hennessy as I move to another position in 2023, but have thoroughly enjoyed my time here, all the opportunities to develop as a teacher and leader that I have received and the friendships that I have made. Hennessy is a special community, and I would also like to thank the staff, students and their families for making this community such an important part of my life. I sincerely wish the Hennessy community all the very best for the future. Our KLA Leadership team is:
Mrs Hibbert Assistant Principal
Mr Mergard Director of Studies
Miss Buchanan Religious Education
Ms Stadtmiller English/LOTE
Miss Jasprizza HSIE
Miss Carberry Maths
Miss Worner TAS/VET
Mr Quinn Science
Mrs McLachlan CAPA
Mrs Cullen Diverse Learning Needs
Mrs McCann PDHPE
Mrs Dunk PDHPE
“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”
Sharon Hibbert Assistant Principal - Teaching and Learning
As my first year at Hennessy draws to a close I have been blessed with being able to witness a truly holistic Catholic Education community in my role as Assistant Principal Mission and Ministry. This year has seen the beginning of many fabulous programs in pastoral care and ministry and the continuation of many excellent resources and relationships within our College and the wider community. The year began with COVID restrictions still in place and cohorting proving to be challenging at times, however, the Pastoral Team rose to the challenge in finding creative ways to still be able to conduct our vertical Pastoral Care classes. We navigated through strike days and strike hours, pupil free days, slept on floors for those less fortunate and kicked off RUOK week with celebration. Our teacher versus student games became show stoppers at break times and we are able to say with pride that the staff of Hennessy Catholic College have walked away victorious from every challenge - especially Netball. At Hennessy Catholic College we are challenged by our motto to 'Seek the Truth'. This year has seen many times where students, staff and parents have had to work together in recognising the face of Jesus in each person as our ultimate truth has been truly wonderful. Our vision statement holds us to account in the ways that we are encouraged to live out the truth in our community. This year we celebrated the theme of 'Living Spiritually'. Although this is sometimes hard to find tangible evidence of in our everyday lives, our focus this year was to be a welcome place of community. Through our ability to live spiritually we concentrated on welcoming the stranger, as a newcomer to Hennessy it is a theme that I have truly felt in being welcomed into such a caring community. Throughout the year we have had many comments on the friendliness and openness of our students and staff who welcome all into our lives. Living spiritually has been really evident in the Pastoral Team at Hennessy. The House Leaders, Emily Nowlan, Luke Miller, Jorja McGrath and Peter Igoe-Taylor and Director of Students Jessica McInerney have shown living spiritually through their thought and care of those around them through their everyday support of the students and families in their care. We celebrated a number of liturgies and masses and were so pleased to be able to join together as a community to worship towards the end of the year.
The Queen’s passing threw a spanner in the works for our Graduation Mass plans, however, a beautiful and meaningful mass was held on the night of the Graduation dinner. The launch of our CSYMA (Catholic Schools Youth Ministry Australia) program displayed our fabulous students who wanted to not only connect with their faith but lead others in their faith journeys. To 'learn dynamically' has been demonstrated throughout our engaging classrooms, however also throughout our Pastoral Care program. Our Student Wellbeing Sessions have included topics such as resilience, study skills, goal setting and inter-house competitions all thoughtfully prepared by the House Leaders. We were able to push through some tough talk with the Cyber Safety Project and our use of devices, listened to Choicez give us some guidance on healthy relationships, learnt about resilience with a visit from Troubie, and work with local community ventures such as Rotary and our Police Youth Engagement officer who assisted in the delivery of the DARE and Love Bites program. Our camps and excursions came back in full swing and we became more connected with our year levels and House groups as the year progressed. 'Acting Justly' is in the nature of our College. Students regularly attended the Young North Food van, assisted and volunteered at Vinnies, raised funds and awareness for their Winter and Christmas appeals and worked extremely hard to raise over $1000 for CARITAS during Lent through many activities. Students created their own socks for Socktober and drew on moustaches for Movember all while understanding that loving thy neighbour is the true form of acting justly. The year ends as the first in three years without a lockdown. I have enjoyed every minute of walking alongside the staff, students and families and am proud of our Hennessy community who are truly 'inspiring futures of hope'.
Mary Wright Assistant Principal - Mission and Wellbeing
In 2022, our Hennessy Catholic College students have been involved in a number of extracurricular programs to support their faith formation and connections with their Catholic faith. Our liturgies, masses, retreats and programs aim to make faith real for our students, highlighting our commitment to social justice and personal development. As a part of their studies in Religious Education and the Year 7 Pastoral Care program, Year 7 students participated in the DARE program run by the Youth team from St Vincent De Paul. The students participated in a variety of activities and discussions to build a greater sense of identity, foster healthier relationships and take positive action in the community. The DARE program aims to build the behaviours, skills and strategies needed to be DARING, AUTHENTIC, RESILIENT and EMPOWERED. Through the activities and discussions of the day, students were challenged to build deeper friendships with their peers and left with practical tools, strategies and resources to support mental well-being in the classroom, at home and in day-to-day life. In Semester 2 of 2022, Hennessy launched our Catholic Schools Youth Ministry (CYSMA) program for Year 10 students. The CYSMA program gives students the opportunity to explore their faith and relationship with Jesus in a small group setting while also giving them the practical tools to be leaders in their communities. This program is run at all schools across the Canberra-Goulburn Archdiocese. 25 Year 10 students began working with Mrs Mary Wright exploring the topics of leadership and faith while gaining valuable skills in running retreats. Students identified the qualities of a Christ-centered leader and their personal faith journeys. These students attended the SHINE Youth Ministry Conference at the beginning of Term 4, with students attending workshops centered around how to share faith, the importance of social justice and how to incorporate music, games and other key skills into retreats and youth ministry. During Term 4, 60 Year 6 students from our area’s Catholic primary schools attended a ‘Journey with Jesus’ retreat day. This was run by our CSYMA team who were able to share their experiences and new found leadership skills. Not only did the Year 6 students have a lot of fun, they also were able to see their faith in a new way and made valuable connections that will help their transition into Year 7 in 2023.
We will be expanding the CYSMA program to include both Years 9 and 10 in 2023 and are excited for students to have this opportunity to make Jesus real in their lives. In Term 3, Miss Buchanan’s Year 10 Religioious Education class embarked on an exciting journey with Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA). The Global Classrooms Project links young people from around the world to learn with and about each other, while exploring some of the world's most important issues. Our students were partnered with an all-boys secondary school from the Republic of Ireland, CBS Kilkenny, Ireland, to share their teenage experiences. Students exchanged video introductions, packages of iconic snacks and Australian music playlists. Students participated in two online discussion sessions sharing stories of life in Young and our unique community features. Other topics ranged from pandemic experiences, the importance of social justice, music and popular sports. Our students demonstrated their maturity, proved themselves to be great leaders and built positive connections with students from across the globe. We look forward to continuing this partnership in 2023, giving more students the opportunity to participate in this great program.
What a fantastic year for our staff and students in the Religious Education Department! 2022 saw the first year of the full implementation of our new Religious Education curriculum in years 7-10, with students having a new focus on world religions, social justice, and the history of the Catholic Faith. A huge thank you to our hardworking team of teachers who have gone above and beyond to help their students make Jesus known and loved in our community. The teachers on our amazing 2022 Religious Education team were Miss Jessica Buchanan, Miss Emily Rogers, Miss Emily Coffee, Mrs Leonie Hill, Mr Peter Igoe Taylor, Mrs Elizabeth Igoe-Taylor, Mr Simon Quinn, Mrs Mary Wright and Mr Luke In their first year of High School, the Year 7 cohort explored the fundamentals of our Catholic faith. In Semester 1, students learnt about our Parish community, considered the ways that they can participate in the faith life of Hennessy, explored the lives of our College Patrons, and took a deep dive into the lives of Jesus and the Apostles, focusing on the message of love and mercy. Semester 2 saw Year 7 explore the major beliefs and rituals of the Catholic faith, the common good and living a good life. A Year 7 highlight has been the involvement of the cohort in the faith life of the Hennessy and Parish communities. Year 8 Year 8 saw the continuation of their religious studies with a deep dive into Abrahamic religions, purpose of faith and the workings of the Holy Spirit. Semester 1 saw students explore prayer and liturgy with them designing their own Mass on 'Living Spiritually', Hennessy’s theme for 2022. The common history shared between Christianity, Judaism and Islam, exploring the different covenants between God and his people over time was studied in Term 2 with it being continued into Term 3 with a specific focus on the mission of the Church and the development of faith in the Middle Ages. The hands-on learning activities where students have designed objects and presentations to highlight the development of faith have been a highlight of Year 8 2022. Year 9 Year 9 Religious Education classes have shown their knowledge in some interesting and fun ways in 2022. This year students studied the key beliefs of the Catholic faith and considered how these beliefs in the Paschal Mystery and the Sacraments can provide hope and healing in current day events. Catholic Social Teachings were explored through a range of social justice issues relevant to teenagers. Miller. Year 7
Year 9 expanded their knowledge with understanding the similarities and differences of a variety of world religion core beliefs. A highlight of the year has been making a memory box for a significant Catholic figure who fought for justice in the 19th century. Year 10 Year 10 continued their studies of World Religions, taking on topics relevant to the world today and explored Jesus’ message of love in present world events. Students broadened their knowledge of world religions through consideration of life's big questions, “Who is God? '', “What is the purpose of life?” and “What is my responsibility to others?”. Semester 2 saw students explore the topic of ecology and consider ways that scripture and church teachings can provide a framework for moral living. A major highlight of the year has been the amazing class discussions about how faith can bring joy and hope into our lives, and how current events can be addressed through the lens of faith. Year 11 In the first year of their senior studies, our Year 11 Studies of Religion students have explored the impact of religion and beliefs on contemporary society. Through studying Christianity and Islam, students saw these religions as dynamic. Students developed their understanding and critical awareness of the nature and significance of religion, and the influence of belief systems and traditions on individuals and society. Students have examined the key features of Indigenous spirituality, Islam and Christianity and explored how each tradition provides a distinctive answer to the enduring questions of human existence. Year 12 In their final year of high school, Year 12 students studied Studies of Religion (SOR) or Studies in Catholic Thought. Students in both courses explored how religion responds to the key questions of the human experience. Through their studies, students evaluated the significance of religion and the influence of belief systems and religious traditions on individuals and society. In SOR, students have explored the topics of Religion in Australia, and the ideas, practices, significant figures, and ethics of Islam and Christianity. A major highlight of the year was visiting the Lakemba Mosque in Sydney during the Year 12 excursion.
Jessica Buchanan Religious Education KLA Leader
In the words of Pope Francis, education enables us to “grow and helps us to love life, even when we are not well, even in the midst of many problems. True education enables us to love life and opens us to the fullness of life” (2014). Thank you to the English team for 2022 – Mrs Close, Miss Hayes, Mr McAllister, Mr Bell, Mrs Igoe-Taylor, Mrs Duff, Mrs Cullen and Mr Bigwood. Your expertise, professionalism and willingness to work collaboratively to facilitate optimal teaching and learning is highly valued. Thank you to our Diverse Learning Needs staff - Mrs Wark, Mrs Livolsi, Mrs Cusack, Mrs Hughes and Mr Prindable who are such an integral part of our differentiated learning programs and enrich the educational opportunities for our students. Thank you also to Mrs Cullen for overseeing the coordination of Diverse Learning Needs within the College. Importantly, thank you to all our students, their parents and care-givers for their commitment to dynamic learning in English. Within the English Department in 2022 we have been focusing on providing engaging and effective teaching and learning within the “five quality lessons each day” whole school model. Our English students have been honing their English skills and knowledge in preparation for the increasing academic rigour they will experience in 2023, developing their appreciation of the rich and varied literary world particularly in relation to creative and critical writing, historical fiction, multi-media texts, picture books and poetry. This year our Year 7 and 8 students had the pleasure of participating in the live performance of Poetry in Action titled “The Poet’s Quest” where a time travelling adventurer brought the joy and frivolity of language to life. Students witnessed the transformation of a protagonist unable to express himself discovering how poetry allows him to find his voice and his sense of self too. Years 9 and 10 were similarly highly engaged when watching a performance of “The United Nations of Poetry”. They were taken on a poetic journey from love poetry written on scraps of papyrus in Ancient Egypt to the poetic traditions of Australia and New Zealand’s first nations and the heightened worlds of William Shakespeare.
Our English staff have been privileged to journey with our students and their families throughout 2022. We wish all our teachers, students and families a safe, happy and holy Christmas season.
Patricia Stadtmiller English KLA Leader
SINCE. That view was observed through the eyes of a person many models ago, A time in which the memories of are like old films, moving images you see once every ten years; Such pure nostalgia and sentimentality. So familiar those memories, yet so, so foreign. I cannot go there again, Not until that view is just a view And that window is merely a fragment; a memory of the person that once was. Not until that view is just a view, And she is merely someone from a past that has been healed and closed.
(Excerpt from “since.” Cybele Hewitt - Accelerated English Advanced Year 11 Student)
MATHEMATICS REPORT Students deve l oped a range of knowl edge and sk i l l s i n mathemat i cs th i s year ; by work i ng through textbooks , Educat i on Per fect , Mathspace , worksheets and hands-on act i v i t i es . Congratul at i ons to the Year 12 students who have recent l y compl eted the i r HSC exami nat i ons , and the 26 students who par t i c i pated i n the ICAS Mathemat i cs compet i t i on th i s year who demonst rated the i r knowl edge and sk i l l s i n a wi der set t i ng . A b ig thankyou to the wonder ful Mathemat i cs staf f i n 2022 for a l l the i r ef for ts th i s year : Mr Smi th , Mrs Nowl an , Mi ss Chen , Mr Krakue , Mi ss Woods , Mr Kershaw and Mrs McCar thy . We wi sh Mi ss Chen future success as she star ts the next phase of her career i n Newcast l e . A spec i a l thanks to Mrs Ho ld i ng and Mrs Hughes for impl ement i ng and fac i l i tat i ng the "Mathemat i cs Mastery" program wi th Year 7 students . On beha l f of the Mathemat i cs staf f I would l i ke to wi sh everyone a happy , rest ful and ho l y Chr i stmas ho l i day and to cont i nue to "Learn Dynami ca l l y" i n 2023 . Cami l l e Carber ry Mathemat i cs KLA Leader
This year, with fewer disruptions compared to previous years, students have been able to enjoy and explore more of the Science Curriculum in greater depth. Alongside our Junior classes, the department saw the reintroduction of Big History as a Year 9/10 Elective subject and it was a pleasure to see our Year 12 Earth and Environmental Science students finish their HSC, making them the first cohort to complete this course at Hennessy. 24 Science classes ran from Years 7-12, covering 6 different disciplines, illustrating how we cater for a wide range of interests within the Science domain. In Junior Science, students in Years 7-10 continued to use STILE (Student Teacher Interactive Learning Experience) which is a Science specific platform and gives their teachers the capacity to differentiate for the diverse range of student’s learning needs, all within an online environment. Whilst this platform has revolutionised the teaching of Science in many Australian schools, we recognise the importance of providing a wide range of activities for students and blend this in with a range of teaching strategies to suit the needs of all our students including practical work, fieldwork and research tasks. Our teaching programs have been modified to give each term a clear focus on either Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science or Physics and these subjects have a clear pathway from Year 7 through to Year 12, giving our students the opportunity to build upon prior knowledge from previous years and prepare them for the demands of the HSC if they choose to pursue that subject.
SCIENCE REVIEW2022 Big History and Design and Technology were offered as elective subjects to our Year 9 & 10 students and were thoroughly enjoyed by the students who developed new knowledge and skills. Big History provides an opportunity for students to understand the integrated history of the Cosmos, Earth, Life, and Humanity, using the best available empirical evidence and scholarly methods. Students this year enjoyed comparing and contrasting origin stories from multiple cultures and found common threads that underpinned many of them. These concepts were considered in the light of the accepted scientific understanding and the idea that origin stories are not necessarily mutually exclusive was explored. The major assessment task for Big History also fired the imagination and creative processes of our students. They designed a planet that was capable of sustaining life as we know it that had at least one major difference to Earth. Finally, students invented a life form that had evolved adaptations to best survive their exoplanet.
Design and Technology (formally known as iSTEM) involves designing, producing and evaluating quality designed solutions. Some of the projects this year included robotics with the new Lego Spike Kits, producing Computer Aided Design (CAD) drawings to be manufactured using the school's laser cutters and designing and constructing a tower made out of balsawood as part of their structural engineering challenge. This year's structural engineering challenge was won by Ben Knapman who’s tower held over 65kg which was over x500 its own weight. Another notable mention goes to Callum Holt who’s tower was voted best design due to its stylish features and complex structures.
SCIENCE REVIEW 2022 Our Year 12 students enjoyed their excursion to Sydney and students who were studying Biology, Chemistry and Physics participated in the KickStart Science Programs at Sydney University where they were given an opportunity to do experiments and explore key ideas in the syllabus that are difficult to do in the classroom. These HSC syllabus-focused workshops covered key topics and experiments that require equipment or expertise in areas that many schools may not be able to provide. Their expert science communicator teams walked our students through the theory and then hands-on demonstrations to reinforce these key topics within the University’s laboratory facilities. Earth and Environmental Science visited the Australian Museum in Sydney to explore the history of life on Earth and to develop their understanding of the environmental challenges facing Australian society. In addition, they also enjoyed an excursion to Canberra where they visited Geoscience Australia to explore the fossil collections, geochronology and to see the Tsunami Warning System. A visit to the Australian National University and Dinosaur Museum consolidated understanding about Earth’s 4.5 billion year history.
Next Year ... Spheros, Drones, BBC Microbits
Conor Quinn Science KLA Leader
Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship (PAMS) Jorja O’Brien
The PAMS Family adventures have been fundamental in instilling an irreplaceable sense of commemoration by reminding us of what human beings have experienced to achieve a society fit for future generations. Every location and experience captured the essence of the ANZAC Spirit. Among multiple exceptional adventures, the PAMFam travelled to NSW Parliament House to meet with the Minister of Veteran Affairs, David Elliot. He discussed the necessity of Parliament and the legal system of Australia’s military in maintaining conversations and practises regarding “tradition, titles and history.” The Minister commended the soldiers for their “sacrifice, humour and service above self.” Their courage and discipline - not only on the battlefield - must never be forgotten. I n Darwin, we learnt about the bombings of 1942 and (being the 100th anniversary of such a
fundamental event that shaped our nation), we divulged deeply into such a topic. Darwin, though hot, was perhaps the most exciting and educational experience of the tour! I was eternally grateful for the opportunities we received during the two week trip. I will never forget the sacrifice soldiers have given so that we are able to live in relative peace, in comfort and learn in freedom. Jorja was selected as a recipient of the Premier’s Anzac Memorial
Scholarship in 2022. As part of the two-week tour, Jorja travelled to sites of historical significance in NSW, the ACT and Darwin. Premier Dominic Perrottet congratulated the scholarship recipients, who are being recognised for their “positive contributions to their local communities, their respect for the service and sacrifice of Australian Defence Force personnel and their passion for studying history.”
HSIE Anzac Day Writing Competition
Their Sacrifice - Cybele Hewitt Michael McCormack, Cybele Hewitt, Sonika Brits, Juliet O’Brien, Sarah Miller
Four walls; four more than they had. Clean clothes; cleaner than they had. Warm food; warmer than they had. Safe borders; safer than they had. Peace; because of their sacrifice. Education; because of their sacrifice. Stability, security, shelter; because of their sacrifice. Our country; because of their sacrifice. One day, one hour … For the years they spent in the trenches, For all the men that did not make it, Just one day; surely we can do that?
We must remember their hearts, their souls, their spirits, We must remember their mothers, their fathers, their fallen brothers, We must remember the soil and countries in which they still lay, We must remember their spirits. They were our soldiers - they were our ANZACS. They sacrificed their dreams, their lives- For their family, their mates, our country and us. A sacrifice for peace. So, when you hear the silence, When you feel at peace, When you laugh or spend time with loved ones, Remember their sacrifice - remember them.
There was a flame within - A flame that sparked a journey,
A journey of their being - soul and heart, A journey that has allowed us never to have to cross such a bridge.
HSIE Australian History Competition
Distinction Hunta McCann
Elizabeth Bigwood Stephanie Clark
Jackson Butt Hugo Davidson Thomas Grainger William Murphy Eliza Taylor
Mia Davidson Oliver Miller Drew Scott Niobe Webb
Mackenzie Blake Alice Dymock Sophie Grainger Sophie Pollock
Millie Davidson Sophie Grainger Juliet O’Brien
Ms Megan Jasprizza HSIE KLA Leader
T A S / V E T R E P O R T
In TAS/VET we have studied a variety of different topics and built or made a whole range of things.
Yr 7 Tech Students worked on Skylap where they designed and built their own balsa wood planes that when completed will fly around a powered anchor. This will give them the opportunity to test the height and speed of their plane then review, redesign and remodel to see if their modifications have improved performance of their plane.
In Agriculture/Food unit students hatched chickens, monitored growth and utilised the eggs from the chickens with tasty recipes.
Yr 7 Information Technology Students complete basic block coding each term. Once they have the mastery of basic block coding (Programming 300) they apply this knowledge to coding and flying Drones. They also learn touch typing and they spend some time researching the history of Technology and write a peel paragraph about flying drones and block coding.
Yr 8 Tech Metal Students have designed and constructed a Candelabra. They learn basic welding, metal cutting, and hand tool techniques. Most students manage to complete at least 2 Candelabras and some completed more. The standards of some of the Candelabra are very high with excellent welding and cutting of metal, including strong design elements. Australian Hamburger, Robotics/Ag/Food A full-on unit, lightly covering Australian enterprises and vital parts within Australian economics. Students discovered the diversity of technology within Agriculture and growth and production of vegetables to cook up a storm in the kitchen. With the highlight of a creative hamburger using at least 6 enterprises.
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Yr 9/10 Food Tech The 2 classes of Year 9/10 Food Tech had a busy and productive year, with their weekly cooking class (their favourite) and working through the theory components of each unit. Highlights included the decorating of their celebration cakes, with a fantastic variety of beautifully decorated birthday cakes being judged by Mrs Holding to determine who was the prize patissier in the college. The highlights of Semester 2 included students from the classes being the main helpers for the Leadership Lunch, a role usually given to Hospitality students who were out on Work Placement, and the designing and production of an interesting brunch menu. The latter saw many and varied meals being enjoyed including Frittata Burgers, Choc Berry Pancakes, Mars Bars Croissants, Salmon Bagel Sandwiches and Skillet Baked Eggs. No wasted calories at all! Yr 9/10 Ag Motivated team of students, fully engaged in Australian successful enterprises including egg layer production, wheat production, prime lamb production. The students have completed growth trials on each enterprise. The highlight is raising prime lambs from day old, to sale, including shearing.
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Yr 9 & 10 Metal This year in the metalwork room students have been designing and making fire pits, cold chisel, mini BBQ and model tin planes. Yr 9 & 10 Timber This semester students have undertaken the construction of a dartboard developing their routing, cutting, and marking skills to accurately complete a product that is functional and practical. Yr 10 Beginner Hospo In this VET subject this year 10 students have started the beginner Hospitality course and have learnt how to create some very nice dishes. They studied units like Prepare and Present Simple Dishes, Clean Kitchen Premises and Equipment, Use Hygienic Practices for Food Safety, Participate in Safe Work Practices and Participate in Safe Food Handling Practices.
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Yr 11 & 12 Hospo (HSC) The class continued to study the 2nd year of Certificate II in Kitchen Operations. While completing this course the students studied units such as Prepare Dishes using Basic Methods of Cookery, Use Cookery Skills Effectively, Prepare Dishes Using Basic Methods of Cookery Yr 11 VET Construction The practical work completed by the Year 11 Construction students began with an Oil Stone Box. With this project measuring and marking are very important along with the controlled use of a router. The next project was a plywood toolbox including drawers in the bottom. A pair of sawhorses was the next project. Compound cutting on the drop saw and some precise chiseling were required here. The last project was a group project, being two picnic tables for the College playground. Yr 11 VET IT Senior VET IT is a brand new course at the College. Students are completing a Certificate III in IT, as well as being able to complete the NESA accredited HSC course. Areas of focus include innovation, safety, cybersecurity, working in the industry, along with computer hardware, operating systems and cloud computing. Yr 11 & 12 Timber Year 12 students have finished their Folio and Major Project with some amazing pieces of furniture that they can proudly place in their homes. Our new year 12 class have started their planning and preparation for their Major Project.
Year 12 VET Construction After rehearsing the set-up and use of various levelling equipment students spent multiple lessons learning the art of basic bricklaying. I think this left the students with an appreciation of how easy accomplished bricklayers make it look. Students also completed a group project, being a Dog Kennel, where the wall and roof frames simulated the structure of house wall and roof frames. The students did a fantastic job of this project and it may arguably be one of the neatest Dog Kennels completed by any class. Yr 11 & 12 Sports Coaching This year we had our year 12 class complete Certificate II in Sports Coaching while the year 11 group started the Certificate III course. In both classes students have looked at different coaching practices and have implemented them whilst coaching some of our junior classes. The students also assisted our local primary schools coaching and refereeing a variety of different sports like athletics, swimming, cross country and soccer.
Mr Brendan Croese TAS/VET KLA Leader
Overview of 7-10 PDHPE in 2022
Year 7 PDH - Personal identity, challenges, seeking help, relationships, rights and responsibilities, communication, bullying, health, fitness, nutrition, puberty and health products and services. PE - Initiative games, gymnastics, creative dance, fitness, lifelong physical activity, hockey, softball and lacrosse. Year 8 PDH - Well-being, mental health, body image, sexual health, cyber safety, drug use, road safety, first aid, belonging, equality, inclusion and family. PE - Netball, basketball, cricket, volleyball, touch, softball, soccer, league tag, viva 7’s, indigenous games and international games. Year 9 PDH - Support networks, mental health, risks, decision making, safe partying, alcohol, illicit drugs, relationships, power and diversity. PE - Yoga, relaxation, rock and water, gymnastics, dance, AFL, gaelic football, futsal, European handball and target games. Year 10 PDH - Life challenges, careers, resumes, leadership, road safety, fitness, nutrition and Australia’s health. PE - Coaching, invasion games, fitness testing and summer games.
PASS Aussie sports, resistance training, training principles, training programs, event management, badminton, softball, modified games and cricket.
Mrs Brooke McCann PDHPE KLA Leader
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A r t R e p o r t Y e a r 7
We started each semester off with learning about Indigenous culture and cemented this learning with the students' own stories told through symbols and dot painting, along with Dreamtime stories. The students learnt about the implementation of a totem animal or plant with the indigenous culture and then completed a survey to be assigned one of their own, which was presented in scratch art. This year's NAIDOC theme is 'Get Up, Stand Up , Show Up' and the students were asked to complete a poster with the same message as seen below.
A r t R e p o r t Y e a r 8
Year 8 students studied print artists and created reduction prints. The students were required to create, cut and then print their lino onto paper and some on calico. We also students studied Pop art and skills in painting. Each student created their own concertina book that captured the 1960’s American world of art, researching the artists and implementing their techniques into their works.
A r t R e p o r t Y e a r 9 & 1 0
Another wonderful year and talented cohort of students. Students began the year working on artist's books, researching the works of Shaun Tan then delving into their own stories and creations. Term 2 students created etchings and worked through etching artists such as Francis Goya and his work “The Sleep of Reasons” and the symbolic connections to the world around them. Students have produced some exceptional portraits in Term 3. Students learnt skills in realistic portraiture and how to make connections to the 'sitters' world around them. Theory involved the discussion of postmodern and modern portrait artists and how they represent themselves.
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Students commence Yr 11 with research into Postmodern Practice through artists of their choice and then reflecting on this practice through their own works of art. Next Students immersed themselves in European art history from the 13th Century through to contemporary practice occurring today.
Year 11 students participated in an intensive HSC practicum with Tim O'Regan. Tim has over 35 years teaching experience in the arts and has successfully engages his students in their major works of art, securing many works entry into Art Express, which encapsulates the states finest HSC works of art. Students were taught through practical clay constructions how to apply the frames, conceptual framework and practice to their own works of art. The workshop was both theoretical and practical and presented ways to gain marks in their bodies of work.
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Students continue to set the goal high and this year’s graduating students have proven this. The dedication to both a conceptual and visual practice is evident. Hours of work have poured into the works of each student to attain a well rounded conceptual practice. Students are now consolidating their learning to gain marks that reflect their practical workmanship.
Mrs McLachlan CAPA KLA Leader
“The Repercussions of Monotony” Through the implementation of the alarming colour red, repeated characters, horizontal lines and intermittent vertical elements that make up the grid-like structure, “The Repercussions of Monotony” successfully expresses the mundane nature of the streetscape to encapsulates the loss of individuality and a lack of social cohesion among masses due to the cycle of everyday life. Thus, this composition visually presents a pessimistic outlook of society from the overall state of wellbeing of individuals in civilisation. CHELSEA HOUSE
"Poster Boy Propaganda" Hans George Hanke is, ‘Poster Boy Propaganda”. He is a young German boy photographed hysterically crying and breaking down at a battle held against American troops in 1945, at a town called Hüttenberg-Rechtenbach in Hessen Germany. He was 16 yrs old at the time and like many people his age in WW2 was part of the ‘Hitlerjugend’ organisation (Hitler Youth) and was trained as an Anti-Aircraft soldier or ‘Flakhelfer’ to aid in the destruction of enemy aircraft outside German forces. He grew up in a loving household with many siblings before the tragic death of his father in 1938, soon followed by his mother in 1944, leading him to unfortunately join the Luftwaffe anti-air squad in the Hitler Youth organisation to help earn money to support his younger siblings. The true colours of Hans, that are then only revealed when the audience chooses to see them through their phone, is a metaphor that speaks a volume of how media propaganda can’t always be the definitive story to somebody else's experience, the bright colours when inverted also reflect the rise of commercialised propaganda posters and the techniques of many artists of the time that would use this colour palate in their works, like Adolf Wissel, Werner Peiner and Conrad Hommel. Hans was actually a distant relative of my own, a cousin of a great uncle who unfortunately died at the age of 21 at the same location Hans was positioned at as a Flakhelfer, only furthering my drive to understand the full extent of this man's life and story beyond what the media has stated or hidden. MACKENZIE FLIEDNER
“L’histoire de Peyo” Depicts the journey of artist Pierre Culliford from beginning to end. Experiences develop artists and artists develop experiences. ALANA DUCKSBURY
“Ring Toss” Ring Toss is a game associated with throwing rings on a wooden stand with dowels , and the metaphor for my collars and the associated love and fun that coincides with my dogs. HANNAH ROLLS
"Killing Tree" The ’Killing Tree’ is an artwork which represents the tragic loss of 1.7 million innocent children and infants who were brutally murdered against a tree trunk also known as the killing tree; a killing ground located in Cambodia. ISABELLA WHEELER
“My Body is a Battlefield” Represents cultural and societal issues that effect women. MADDISON DAVIS-CHARD
"One'sMemories" The purpose of ‘One’s memories’ is to show the life of my life and how each memory is contained through early childhood to nowadays events and objects. The objects inside the 3 bags are items that represent a part of my life and to me what holds special meanings and memories. The images and quotes on the bags represent a part of what I believe and expressing that as well. TALIA ARTHUR
"Loss of Dad" Captures a sense of peace that was found after the loss of my Father. Each of his children were given a gift box, filled with his ashes, which we took to the Weddin Mountains and spread under a tree, a place of rest and
remembrance for us all. MICHAELLA MARTENS
"We need another hero" As a series of sculptures explores humanity’s ignorance through their wasteful, throw-away and destructive tendencies that continue to have great underlying impacts on our world as a whole, especially our natural world. Everyday objects have been reused and repurposed within this series to highlight the need to buy less, value more and give new life to unwanted objects so that we can preserve our earth's precious resources. (Imovie - https://youtu.be/jC0OmFOnU0Y) BRIANEE TAYLOR
Hennessy Art students were lucky enough to partake in a Victoria Anderson Workshop. The art students have been looking at murals in art and worked towards a group piece based on the Australiana presented within the works of Reg Mombasa.
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