‘ Challenge Accepted” was the theme of the Year 12 Class of 2020, however, I think this should have been the theme for the whole school. I knew my first year back at Hennessy would provide many opportunities for learning and reflecting, getting to know staff and students and communicating to the Hennessy community - I did not vaguely imagine this would be under the cloud of a worldwide pandemic. It would be easy to reflect on lost opportunities in 2020 or frustration concerning the frequently changing COVID guidelines but why not reflect on the positives to come from 2020?
The greeting at the Front Office remained as welcoming as ever and the playground continued to be a place of laughter and friendship on the beautiful shaded lawns. Students quickly moved on from initial dis- appointment when an event was cancelled or changed to embrace the ‘new version’ of the event. At the start of 2020 we welcomed the largest Year 7 cohort for many years as well as new students in Year 11. Throughout the year many more students joined the Hennessy community. One of the big positives for me was the way the staff worked together to develop quality online learning with very little warning. Staff took this opportunity to develop new skills and to look for ways to value add for their students whether this was in their use of Google Classroom or in providing virtual year assemblies and the very popular ‘treasure hunt’ from your home. All staff worked very hard to keep in touch with students and their families and to reassure them that we were doing all we could to make Hennessy a safe place. One of the things I really missed was not being able to have parents and carers attend meetings and events. For this reason I felt the Year 12 Formal was an occasion which I will always remember very fondly. It was so wonderful to be able to invite parents and carers (at very short notice) to share in this last very significant Hennessy event with their sons and daughters.
What did 2020 teach us? - to not take our lives for granted, to see that things can be done in new ways, to be grateful, to be kind to others.
Thank you to everyone for making me feel so welcome in my new role and thank you for all you do to make Hennessy a place where we strive to: ‘Live Spiritually, Learn Dynamically, Act Justly … inspiring futures of hope.’
God bless Kathy Holding
Well Being Report
At the beginning of the year our Year 11 cohort were lucky to attend their retreat at Galong. It gave them the op- portunity to bond as a group and get to know the new Year 11’s. It was here that they looked at the formal leader-
ship roles of the vice captains and voted for them the fol- lowing week. We were privileged to have many Year 11 stu- dents stand for the re-established Vice Captain role. It seems a lifetime ago that we sent our new Vice Captains to
Wagga to be involved in a national forum where they were fantastic voices , raising the concerns of rural students. These voices were mentioned in the federal government’s report on Educational Pathways.
We then were challenged by the Covid- 19 Pandemic. The Colleges Wellbeing Team rose to the challenge to ensure that even though students were not on campus they were still part of the Hennessy community. This saw the College Captains along with House Leaders running a weekly Zoom meeting which included dance off, check in, birthday shout outs and scaven- ger hunts. The College Wellbeing Team was recognised for their outstand- ing efforts with a Catholic Education Service Award. Hennessy was the only College to be recognised for their efforts.
The College ran a Positives Behaviour survey. The results of the survey were very positive and identified that students wanted a greater voice at the College and to address sustainability. The Student Wellbeing Action Group - SWAG group was formed to provide another avenue for students to address their concerns.
We continue to structure the College’s Wellbeing Framework which will engage students, commit the staff and inform parents to the Colleges approach to Wellbeing.
It is with sadness that we farewell Marie Payne as she leave the College. Marie has been a great founda- tion RICE House Leader and she has brought a passion to her role. We will miss her energy and vibrant presence and wish Marie the very best in her future endeavours .
With thanks Mark Chifley
Teaching and Learning
2020 has certainly presented some challenges for teaching and learning thanks to COVID. Starting smoothly, we had to quickly flick into an online learning environment and master ZOOM classrooms. However the students and the teachers adapted quickly, no doubt aided by the familiarity with the technology platforms we already use. Google Classroom became a ‘life saver’ and we managed to keep students learning as effectively as we could. It was not easy and I know some students found it harder than others but we did. It was a very happy day when we could have students back in our classrooms. Who would of ever thought so many would be happy to go back to school? Coming back to school also presented its challenges as students were at different points in their learning and so we focussed on Term 2 being a time to catch up with students needs individually. Unfortunately many extra curricular opportunities were not available but we did have some online lectures available to seniors, a vast amount of HSC study lectures offered (which we normally could not access) and a few performers were permitted to come in to the school. So a year to remember. Students should be proud of their resilience and adaptability in ever changing and uncertain times. Special mention needs to be made of Year 12 - what should have been a year full of lasts - carnivals, celebrations, the Sydney trip - turned into something different. However wherever permitted, events were organised to assist them and they have shown amazing maturity in dealing with the disappointments and positivity in looking to the future. A focus this year was again cementing our Teaching and Learning cycle and developing the 5 period day even further to make the best use of learning time. The PEEL strategy continues to be used throughout the College and we look forward to examining the NAPLAN data next year to evaluate the effectiveness of this. Having visited classrooms throughout the year, I have witnessed not just the great effort of teachers developing quality learning activities but also students who are engaged and understand why they are learning it. In Term 4 teachers are revisiting the CUPS strategy where students check their work thoroughly before submission:
Capitalisation - are capitals used appropriately
Understanding - do my sentences make sense?
Punctuation - have I done this correctly?
Spelling - did I check this?
Some classes are also utilising peer-to-peer feedback where students check one another’s work before it is submitted to the teacher. The drafting process, including acting on feedback is an important skill that we will continue to focus on in 2021.
Congratulations to the class of 2019 who achieved excellent results in the Higher School Certificate. The College Dux was Annabelle Hudson who gained an ATAR of 93.40. Other outstanding results include:
Pipi Coddington - 93.15
Angus Johnson - 89.75
Emilie Quinn - 89.00 Travis Whybrow - 87.70
Furthermore 8 students were placed first in their subject across the Canberra-Goulburn Diocese in 12 subjects - an fantastic effort. The post school destination survey has shown that most Hennessy students received offers to university, TAFE or employment very soon after finishing their HSC exams (if not before). Mrs Parkman again is to be thanked for all her work in preparing students for their life beyond school. This year we welcomed Miss Lucy Woods (PE/Maths), Mr Simon Quinn (RE/History), Miss Jess Buchanan (English/RE) and Mr John Krakue (Science/Maths) to our wonderful teaching staff. Their experience and expertise has continued to enhance our ever changing pedagogical approach. We also welcomed back Mrs Kathy Holding as College Principal - she has been instrumental in assisting us to navigate through the changes this year. This year we also farewell Miss Caroline Devlin from the KLA Leadership Team - she has been a wonderful teacher and Religious Education leader, truly living spirituality during her time at Hennessy. I wish her every success in the future.
Our KLA leadership team have worked tirelessly to ensure that learning adapted to student needs and continued to support every student through unchartered territory.
Mr Fouracre - Director of Studies
Ms Stadtmiller - English/LOTE
Mr Schmidt - TAS/VET
Mrs Cullen - Diverse learning
Mrs Dunk - PDHPE
Mrs McCann - PDHPE
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
- William Butler Yeats
MRS SHARON HIBBERT
Assistant Principal - Teaching and Learning
Religion Report It is often said that in our trials we find our strength. 2020 has certainly given us all many opportunities to find our strength. The year began with a wonderful Opening Mass. Students from all year groups, including Year 7 volunteered for the various services , reading, dressing the prayer space, carrying and hanging and placing names on the sign post, the symbol , which is a symbol that Hennessy is a district school not just a town school, the offertory and the Prayers of the Faithful . Mr Foley’s Liturgical Music Group provided a wonderful accompaniment for the Mass. The Ash Wednesday Liturgy was another special moment with the Student leaders again ministering to the Students and Staff by Ashing their respective Houses. Due to the COVID Lockdown our traditional
Holy Week Liturgy went online this year with staff from across the College reading reflections and scrip- ture. This Zoom Liturgy was recorded and made available to the wider College Community via Compass.
The RE Department has been working hard this year to implement a new curriculum for Stage 5. The new programs are operating on a two year cycle and Year 9 and 10 will have a greater choice on how they learn and access the content needed to study the concepts of Religious Education. This year the Students in Stage 5 studied the concepts of Religious Diversity, Prayer in the context of Social Justice, Lent and Advent, and Stewardship. Thanks to BYOD and Google Classroom the RE Department were able to transition into online learning during the lockdown and amend programs and Common Task so that students could access content from home. I am very grateful for all the hard work the RE Staff accomplished to make this transition the success that it was.
As the COVID restrictions began to ease we were able to welcome the Choizes Team for the Year 8 Retreat. The day was a great success and many of our Year 8 students reported that they enjoyed the boys and girls programs. The Parish farewelled Fr James Onoja this year with the Year 12 Class of 2020 Graduation Mass being his last duty for the College. We wish Fr James all the best with the next phase of his journey. We have now welcomed Fathers Jiss Sunny and Fr Yoseph Neonbasu. We are delighted that Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 will be able to celebrate Mass in the Church with Fr Jiss and Fr Joe before the end of the Year. Year 10 will be having a Leadership Liturgy as part of their incursion which has been organised in lieu of the Year 10 camp. The students were truly blessed this year with their RE teachers: Ms Leonie Green, Mr Damien Foley, Mr Simon Quinn, Miss Alice Riley, Mr Owen Pippard, Mrs Suzie Duff, Mr Luke Miller, Mrs Catherine Riordan, Miss Jessica Buchanan, Mr Mark Chifley and Miss Caroline Devlin. We have all learnt so much from our students and truly enjoyed walking their faith journey with them this year.
I wish you all a Merry and Holy Christmas Season and safe and relaxing holiday. Miss Caroline Devlin Religious Education Leader
A year where being flexible was the key! 2020 started with the busyness of any other year beginning with us welcoming our new students in Years 7 and 11 along with the Parent Meet and Greet evenings held at Hennessy as well as our feeder Catholic Primary schools around the region. The swimming carnival was our first and only major school event for 2020 as the drastic changes of COVID were soon upon us. Luckily for Gallagher we managed to squeeze in our Dine and Donate event just before Lock-down took hold across the coun- try. Being new to the role of House Leader I appreciated these events as they allowed me to get a real feel of the spirit that exists in Gallagher House - we are very fortunate to have such a great sense of community! The theme for 2020 challenged everyone at Hennessy to “Act Justly!” With the disruption caused by the Covid Pandemic everyone was given the opportunity to be conscious of each other, to seek ways to support others and to take the time to reach out to those people who needed help. Gallagher’s sense of community was clearly on display through the daily check-ins by our wonderful PC teachers via Google Classroom and ZOOM. This was an important way to keep our students connected to both Gallagher and the wider Hennessy community. My thanks to our PC teachers for this important work, not only during lockdown but throughout this year as we have not been able to meet as a whole House due to the many restrictions placed on all of us. The work of the Gallagher staff within their Pastoral Care classes has kept the Gallagher spirit alive. The sense of community within Gallagher House has been visible through the generous donations across a range of causes such as Social Justice Day, RU OK Day, Vinnies Winter SleepOut and the Annual Vinnies Christmas Appeal. Gallagher was consistently the most generous out of all the houses! Our students were not only generous through their donations but also through their actions - which I believe is more important. Let’s continue to Act Justly with both our words and deeds as we move into 2021. My thanks to everyone in Gallagher House who made my first year as leader one to remember. My thanks goes to our House Captains, Bronte Mewton and Zach Sommer, as well as our Vice Captain for 2020, Joy Cass. They worked well together to ensure our students continued to have opportunities to remain con- nected through a variety of PC challenges. I know you will join me in wishing our new House Captains well in 2021 - congratulations to Emily Dillon and Jannat Bakri on their selection as well as Joy who was announced as one of the College Captains.
I would like to wish everyone associated with Gallagher House a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Let's hope that 2021 allows us many more opportunities to come together as a community.
Luke Miller Gallaher House Leader
MCAULEY HOUSE 2020 “GOOD TODAY, BETTER TOMORROW”
Just as 2019 ended, McAuley began 2020 in similar fashion, with a win, taking out the College’s Swimming Carnival. This was a clear demonstration of McAuley’s commitment as a House, to work for each other and to participate with enthusiasm in all they undertake. In a year where many events were
cancelled due to COVID-19, the students still managed to put their hand up to be involved in anything that was available. This included: online scavenger hunts, assisting at College liturgies, academic competitions, joining the student Wellbeing Action Group and all the lunch time sports competitions. Throughout the year, students of McAuley House continued to demonstrate the College’s theme to “Act Justly”. Students were encouraged to act in any way big or small in the school and wider community. Hangout for the Homeless and our Dine and Donate night held in Term 4 are practical examples of the students acting justly to understand more about those in need and to cook meals to support individuals struggling. A big thank you goes to Max Tiernan and Elly Sabadussi who led McAuley as the 2020 Captains. Max and Elly’s enthusiasm for participation and ability to outshine the competition on College dress up days will be missed. We have welcomed Giselle Capra and Alice Stuart as McAuley House Captains for 2021. Further, I would like to wholeheartedly thank the wonderful McAuley House Pastoral Care team for 2020, Ms Leonie Green, Mr Simon Quinn, Mr Ian Mergard, Ms Catherine Riordan, Mr Owen Pippard, Mrs Marianne McLachlan, Mrs Patricia Stadtmiller, Mr John Krakue and Mr Andrew Fouracre, for their uncountable support of their students within their classes and for encouraging the students and each other to live out Catherine McAuley’s values of Mercy, Courage and Service. A special mention goes to Mrs Janice Dunk, who shared McAuley House leader duties this year. Your attention to detail and organisation were greatly appreciated and you were an outstanding addition to the team.
As many of us will be doing this year, let's say goodbye to a dynamic 2020 and hello to a brighter 2021.
Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season.
Mrs Jorja McGrath McAuley House Leader
McAuley House 2020
Ms L Green
Mr S Quinn
Mrs McLachlan Mrs Stadtmiller
Shaye Grovenor -Peters
Sebastian Hart- man
Hannah Hewit- son Jonathon Thom- son
Hunter Grovner- Peters
Maddison Davis- Chard
Charlotte Doldis- sen
Sarah McDon- ald
Josephine Davis -Chard
Daniel Shannon Shatika Downey
Sophie Man- chester
Congratulations Nagle! In a world of uncer- tainly in 2020, you challenged yourselves to live the Nagle motto, ‘Not Words but Deeds’. I admire the way that Nagle students have risen to the challenges this year.
Our House Captains: Sid Sell and Kara Mooney, and Vice Captain, Mia Hennock, ensured that in this year of COVID, that Nagle students felt that they belonged. They were diverse and dynamic in organising activities via zoom and later in the year
House challenges from Uno, Connect Four to ‘Among Us’ during morning PC.
Nagle has participated in all activities with enthusiasm and determination. This year, has allowed us to create new ways to do things and it has been a delight to see the students challenge themselves and learn from these new experiences. Some of the significant events this year included Zoom assemblies in year groups, Scavenger Hunts, Hang out for the Homeless, Hennessy Day and Melbourne Cup activities, Amongst Us challenge, Dine and Donate and the multiple Christmas hampers for Vinnies Christmas appeal. This year we have won the House point for 2 terms. This year the College theme was to ‘Act Justly’ Dine and Donate saw around 40 butter chicken meals being donated to the local St Vincent de Paul. The kitchen was abuzz with students and staff mixing spices and creating delish meals. A special time where we then share a meal together, although socially distanced.
Another fine example of Nagle students embodying our motto was Hangout for the Homeless, a new initiative this year. Hennessy raised over $2000 and a hamper of essential items was donated to a local crisis accommodation. Although we could not be together at school, students and staff slept rough for the night. This event raised awareness of the plight of homelessness within Australia and the Young community.
Our College swimming carnival was well patronised. Little did the stu- dents recognise that this would be the only sporting event for the entire College to take place this year. Students embraced the theme ‘into the jungle’, wearing a variety of green togas, Tarzan impersonations and green hula skirts, visually supporting the Nagle house. We were the clear winners with the war cry where students used a megaphone to assist with our Nagle call into the jungle. Students were challenged to participate in at least 3 events. I am proud that most students met this challenge, with several competing in 6 events. This is an outstand achievement from the student group. The Nagle PC teachers have been committed to the growth of the vertical system. They are an exceptional team who support the students, fostering them and allowing them to flourish. Thank you to Mr Andrew Bigwood, Mr Mark Schmidt, Mrs Michelle Cronin, Mr Warren Bell, Mr Bruce Hem, Miss Jess Buchanan and Miss Alice Riley. Their support and dedication has been greatly appreciated.
Mrs Emily Nowlan Nagle House Leader
Well, what a year it has been! With the challenges of COVID-19 changing the way we learn, the importance of the wellbeing of the Rice students have been at the forefront of my mind and how we can challenge ourselves to develop our wellbeing using non-traditional methods. As a House, we continue to grow from strength to strength with each student being challenged to step outside of their comfort zones each term. It has also been really encouraging to see the development of those with- in our House to act in ways that are not only ‘Just’, but in ways that benefit our wider community. Some of the highlights for 2020 have included various students succeeding at Archdiocesan levels for swimming, those who have volunteered their time at local charities, the many young men that raise pivotal funds for Movember and Rice winning the Hennessy Melbourne Cup festivities. I would like to wholeheartedly thank the wonderful Rice House Pastoral Care team for 2020, Mr Damien Foley, Miss Lucy Woods, Ms Camille Carberry, Mr Paul McAllister, Miss Bonnie Chen, Mrs Brooke McCann, Mrs Janice Dunk, Mr Conor Quinn, Mrs Leanne Parkman, Mrs Suzanne Duff and Mrs Donna Tyrrell for their uncountable support of their students within their classes As we move into 2021, it is with great sadness that I say good- bye to Hennessy. I would like to publicly thank the students, parents and staff of Rice House for all of their support during the years and I pray that you continue to find ways to let the ‘good seed grow.’ It is with the greatest confidence that I hand over the House to Mr Peter Igo-Taylor who I know is excited to take Rice to the next level.
Ms Marie Payne
In this year that has been like no other, our students have been learning important life lessons in their English class- rooms, homes and local communities. Please enjoy their words of wisdom .
This year has been a different year and a chal- lenge for many students to en- gage and learn Mathematics
online; and a steep learning curve for many staff trying to prepare lessons online. Well done to everybody! Congratulations to the 12 students who partic- ipated in the ICAS Mathematics Competition this year to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in a wider setting. Special mention to Charlie Tuckfield and Sajika Polgolla for at- taining outstanding results.
A big thank you to the wonderful Mathematics staff in 2020 for all their efforts this year: Mr Smith, Mrs Nowlan, Mr Fouracre, Miss Chen, Mr Cullen, Mr Krakue and Miss Woods. On behalf of the Mathematics staff I would like to wish everyone a happy, restful and holy Christmas holiday and to continue to strive for success in 2021.
The school theme of National Science Week this year was “ Deep Blue: innova- tions for the future of our oceans ” and featured the establishment of the Blue Economy Cooperative Research Centre that was created to develop insights and inquiries into workable solutions that generate healthy oceans, healthy economies and healthy communities.
This theme was explored by students in Stages 4 & 5 by an immersive and hands-on experience called Deep Blue: Escape Room. In this scenario students
were assigned the role of crew in a submerged research vessel, to complete a series of challenges in order to prevent the failure of the mission. Student’s learnt about ocean exploration and innovations for the future of our oceans. To solve each challenge, they needed to draw on their scientific knowledge from a range of different disciplines. Fortunately, students in the iSTEM elective were able to compete in person at the Regional Science and Engineering Challenge which is held annually in term 1 at the Young PCYC. This year after an intense period of preparation, the Hennessy teammade up of Year 9 students achieved our highest ever score since entering the competition, coming a close second out of a field of eight schools. Elective STEM has continued to be a popular subject. Every year we aim to build upon the technology available for the students and develop new ideas and projects. This year students have undertaken more technical design tasks in fields such as microbiology, structural and hydraulic engineering, robotics and more complex 3D printing incorporating vacuum forming, to name a few.
During the period of remote learning, the Science faculty realised how fortunate we were to have been on the front foot with a platform we had adopted a few years ago called STILE. Stile which stands for “Student Teacher Interactive Learning Experience”, is a Science specific platform which gives the teacher the capacity to differentiate for the diverse range of student’s learning needs, all within the 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. Minecraft for Education was trialled during remote learning with some science classes. We found the students appreciated having a meaningful and fun way to interact with each other as multiplayers in the same “world” whilst they were unable to spend time with each other in the classroom. We have since used Minecraft for Education on occasion to explore such things as Sustainable Energy, Biomes and even Human Anatomy such as the Eye. In total 19 students participated in the ICAS Science competition and were awarded 2 Distinctions, 5 Credits and 1 Merit. In all year groups in Science we utilise a range of practical strategies including experimentation, modelling, simulations and the engineering design process. The photos which have been selected are representative of a wide range of student experiences in 2020. In 2021 we look forward to students undertaking Stage 6 Earth & Environmental Science which is being offered for the first time at the College. Students are also able to undertake Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Investigating Science in Years 11 & 12.
This year the PDHPE Department welcomed Miss Woods to the PDHPE team and she has been a fantastic new addition! Online learning was very entertaining for the PDHPE staff who received video's and impressive photos and diary entries on the types of physical activity our students engaged in while at home. We wish we could engage in the wide range of sports and activities that students were able to partake in at school. It would feel like we were back in the pre-2000 era! We continued to implement a whole new syllabus, which has been a massive task, however, we love a challenge. All units have a fresh new feel with loads of interactive and engaging strategies to help address the extensive and
important PDHPE outcomes. Brooke McCann & Janice Dunk
Visual Arts - Yr 12
What an amazing class 2020 has been, not only working through very unusual and challenging times with COVID-19, but managing this and creating extraordinary works of art. Viewing the completion of their works is a highlight for me, watching the skill develop and the production of unique and thought provoking works of art truly makes me proud. Well done class of 2020, your work speaks for itself.
Victims of Introspection by Bridie Minehan This work conveys conceptual ideologies of belonging, introspection, the enduring value of art and self confidence. Based on the works of
Artemisia Gentileschi, Johannes Vermeer and Gustave Courbet, it intertwines aspects of the sitters personal life with art history through the imposition of family members into well-known works of art.
Bridget Summerfield: “SuperNova’ The Body of Work 'SuperNova’ reflects upon Japanese culture, history and Takashi Murakami’s artworks. The middle panel that captures the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki through the mushroom cloud combines burnt images of many of the fallen. As the book unfolds it is evident that all sides have been considered. The outer book covered in fine leather and transferred images to the fabric printed work of Murakami provides a sense of value, as well as, nostalgia. The 14 inside concertina panels have been collaged with pasted articles covering the atrocity and create a storyline of the destruction and aftermath of the bombing, with both sides coming together in the middle panel with the mushroom cloud. The collage is soaked in coffee and worked back into using charcoal, alluding to the burning and destruction that took place. When the book is fully opened the storyline is emotionally powerful and captures the annihilation that the event incurred. The opposite side presents Japanese life prior to the incident and each work is filled with colour and expression and small Murakami symbols are embedded throughout. The whole work has been visual enhanced with the use of stitching alluding to the stitching of life back together and pockets of collaged images enticing the viewer to re engage with the work.
Visual Arts - Yr 12
Elizabeth - By Molly Thackeray
Elizabeth is an unfolding story that has many layers. My intent for this artwork was to tell a story but let the audience create their own meaning to it. The photographs present in the artwork all correlate with each other in some way, which allows the viewer to link them together to create their own story of what is happening within the artwork. By doing this, it invites the audience to be a part of the artwork as they have to discern what its meaning is and what is happening within it.
Acacia Bloom: ‘Flight of the Consumer’
‘Flight of the consumer’ is a 3D construction 50cm x 61cm x 40cm, birds made from disposal and thrown away products have been used to create small birds that are held by string within a wooden frame and capture a sense of move- ment. Consumer product tags hang between the birds and present factual accounts of the destructive nature of waste to bird communities. The work can be viewed and appreciated from all sides and casts shadows depending upon the light. Due to the light weight thread used to suspend the birds movement is constant and reiterates the title, “Flight of the Consumer.”
Visual Arts - Yr 12 Azaria Arthur: ‘The Passage of Time’ The Body of Work, ‘The Passage of Time’ consists of 7 digital prints, 3 black and white and four colour printed images on linen ranging in size from 41cm x 20cm to 42 x 30.5cm. The works capture a sense of time passing and the destructive nature that the human footprint leaves through the overworking of the land and climate change. The black and white images expose the erosion of the land over time, and the lack of colour emphasises this. The work reads as a series and the curving road in the black and white image eludes to the continual destructive cyclic nature of the human footprint.
Ambiguity of freedom غموض الحرية
Freedom is not a certainty and cultural hybridisation creates contradiction and uncertainty The work consists of one large board (121cm x 98cm x 25cm) that presents a Jackson Pollock style application of almost fluorescent paint that turns and moves with naturalistic curves . Text in rubbed back areas captures the plight of the boat people and text upon the tags captures aspects of the travesty of the boat people though not always consistent with the sub headings presented. The work is boarded with driftwood, allud- ing to floating in on the current. The work is presented on a plinth of timber that has been hardened with gravel and hammer and which 5 barbie dolls sit with miniature life jackets. These stylised icons of wealth and consumerism is just another irony to the serious- ness of lives striving to live and make a new life.
Visual Arts - Yr 12 Brock D vis: ‘Saint Jimmy and What’s Er name ’ presents 6 original digital prints capturing relations between a boy and a girl; in this case ‘St Jimmy’ and ‘What’s Er name’. The quirky pun in the title suggests that the female role will be replaced time and again, where as, ‘St Jimmy’ can never do wrong. In panel 1 and 2 the characters and their characteristics are introduced, through a still image of each character and text that introduces them. Panel 3 and 4 contradicts panel 1 and 2 as there appears to be a role reversal and St Jimmy appears not so much the saint through image and text. Panel 5 and 6 see the two go separate ways and ‘St Jimmy’ appears saddened by the episode where as ‘What’s Er Name’ is happy to move on. The work reads as a young man finding his way through early relationships and is well presented on the 6 panels, printed on linen clearly and concisely. St Jimmy’s heart loses all distinction and colour throughout the panels whilst the eyes in the skull of What’s Er Name become red and angry. Text is a necessary tool enhancing the sub story.
Emily Lindsay: ‘Warping Nature’ presents 2 photographic montages (25 x 35cm) printed on linen. A sense of destruction through drought and fire is captured in image one through montages of dry cracked earth, dust and flames. Image 2 captures a sense of regrowth through the single tear of rain captured upon the branch and montaged through with images of fresh petals and regeneration.
Visual Arts - Yr 12 Henry Grace: ‘Django’ consists of 6 photographs ranging in size from 28 x 25cm to 35 x 25cm. The photographs capture a romanticised view of early morning to late at night where images of the landscape, trucks, lizards and trees come together through a soft pink haze evident in aspects of all works but clear and sharp during the hours of day. Image 1 is of an early morning flight of 2 birds and the silhouette of trees on the right. Image 2 captures a lizard's first view of a new day which is highly in focus in the foreground and melts away in the background.
The lizard itself has a shimmer of pink on its back and reflected in the eye, with detailed focus on his head capturing the shedding of skin. Image 3 again has a soft pink focal point, and captures the stream line lines of a B double truck. The truck is presented as a clean streamlined engine that reflects the world around it in its shimmering cleanliness. The work is strong in foreshortening and captures the linear lines of the ma- chine. Image 4 captures the silhouette of a working dog at dusk after the work is done. He is the salient image of the work and with his ears alert appears to be keen for his next task. Image 5 presents the end of the day through colour and lack of objects within the image suggesting that all work this day is com- plete. Image 6 captures the night through long exposure and ties with the other works through the pink/ red haze of late afternoon and the capture of the new moon.
Georgina Everdell: ‘Mother Crisis’ is a sculptural work that stands 109cm tall and 61 x 40.5cm wide at its widest point. The sculpture is made of cane and covered in tissue paper that has been worked to appear as tarnished bronze reminiscent of enduring past sculptures and minimalist sculptural works of art. The bronze also is suggestive of the enduring quality of earth not just a woman giving birth. The mother appears to be birthing from her womb used and thrown away plastic bottles that are entangled within blue netting. The consumerist waste is indicative to both land and ocean connected through the bronze of the sculpture and the blue of the netting. Her womb has a sense of struggle as the tissue paper stretches allowing the consumerist waste to spurt out. Upon her shoulders three growths of blue emerge each larger than the next and reminiscent of Keifer’s ‘Women of Antiquity’. The work sits upon a plinth and can be viewed and understood from all angles. Consideration of the audience has been taken into account.
Visual Arts - Yr 12 Olivia Doolan: ‘H20: We all need to Care”
As the title suggests ‘H2O: We all need to care’, provides a consideration into the usage of water from urban environments to the countryside. Framing provides a visual representation of different urban and rural settings, where every side of the object is relevant to the topic. Each piece features a tap connecting the title and body of work together. The larger rural piece fea- tures a dry and barren landscape through the use of text and colour.
Stock, grain and farming utensils, such as cogs (suggesting life will not move forward without water) have been added to the landscape and surrounded by sawdust on the sides and corrugated cardboard on the roof. The rear of work is collaged with numerous farming images. The smaller urbanised house structure features a commercial landscape through miniature fashion items and accessories, along with money and phones. All sides of the frame are covered in coins, and the rear is a collaged landscape of commercialised products. The third piece in the series has a townhouse structure and is surrounded on all sides with min- iature vehicles. Framed within are many more cars, a road way and signs indicative of busy urbanised landscape and a consideration for the consumer to stop and be aware. All works have collaged scenes of the proposed environments relevant to each
Year 7 & 8 Art
Perspective art - the students were required to follow footage instructions on how to draw and present a one point perspective room or outdoor image. They were then encouraged to take a photo of a one point perspective area around the school
Moving to two point perspective, the students were again encouraged to fol- low instructions on youtube to complete a modern house. On completion the students were asked to get into small groups and work together to design a house on the Google application of SketchUp and then actually build it from recycled cardboard. If time allowed the students then added colour trying to replicate the artworks of Howard Arkley. Within the second half of the semester the students learnt about Indigenous art , through studying various Australian indigenous artists and their techniques, and its importance in sharing the knowledge and skills shared over generations of the Aboriginal Culture. The students first completed an online quiz which assigned them with a totem that their works would be based on for the term.
Once the animal totem is researched the students were then to write an indigenous story about their given animal and its interactions within the Australian landscape and the aboriginal people. From here there are two pieces of art presented, one dot painting and a secondly a scratch art. The scratch art involved the students choosing appro- priate colours to cover an A4 size of cardboard with oil pastels leaving no gaps between the colours. Black paint was then to be applied over the cray- on colouring and let dry. The students were then encouraged to find an in-
digenous representation of their given totem animal and this was traced with the aid of white carbon pa- per so that the students were then able to scratch the image through the black paint to reveal the colour underneath. Ms Green and Mrs McLachlan were very impressed with the outcome.
Year 7 & 8 Art
During 2020 the first group of year 8 have been studying the artists and techniques of printing during the time of lock down. The students were required to create their own prints using re- sources from home. On returning back to the classroom we all admitted that it was much easi- er to learn from each other and have a wider op- portunity of mediums to create our works. Lino printing has been the focus of each year 8 group creating their own stamps and implementing the techniques of the artists that they had studied. Both groups completed a Pop art created to re- flect a message for today’s society. Pop art - the students have been studying the frame of postmodern art, borrowing an idea from an original piece of art and then bringing it into the 21st century. This semester's group of year 8 students has utilised the background of an impressionist’s art and then placed a modern in- terpretation of issues in society today, in the foreground. Lino printing has been based on that of Marga- ret Preston. The students have been encouraged to choose an Australian animal or plant as the basis of their art design. Both classes of students have experienced varying end results as shown by the images presented.
Year 9 & 10 Art
The 2020 9/10 art class has produced an artists book, portraits, etchings and lastly murals, what wonderful creations have resulted. Well done class of 2020, keep up the good work.
Isabelle Turner Kathryn Richard
Brianee Taylor Sarah Dillon
Lucy Foster Lily Rice
Quelle année difficile! (What a challenging year!)
2020 saw a change to French, with the language being taught to all of Year 7 AND Year 8 by Miss Grantham and Mrs Cronin. This is a transition to teaching French in Year 7 only in the future. Everyone had just begun learning to introduce themselves and a range of French greetings and farewells before we headed into remote teaching. Students excelled with their independent learn- ing by engaging with Duolingo and Education Perfect. We had a range of incroyable short films created with students creating introductory videos describing themselves and life at Hennessy, highlighting favourite subjects, sports and hobbies.
Students were able to experience the sights of Paris and the regions of France using Google Earth in Virtual Reali- ty. Highlights include places like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Palace of Versailles, Mont St Michel and Châ- teau de Chenonceau.
This year students also used ImmerseMe VR to practise their conversation skills in authentic settings such as a cafe and a boulangerie with native French speakers.
A highlight this year was using Minecraft to build a chateau and then labelling a range of aspects of their world in French. It was also integrated with the work Year 7 were doing in iHi creating their Minecraft worlds.
Fortunately, Le Tour de France was postponed and not cancelled due to COVID, so students had the chance to explore the stunning regions of France as they learnt about the famous bike race.
A favourite part of the course is always learning about French cuisine. This year students created a plan for their own French Restaurant in Young. Firstly they had to choose a location, develop a name and a logo, and then create their own bilingual menu and a description of their restaurant in French. It has been a great end to a difficult year and we have finished with a cooking ex- perience for all the students in the Food Tech kitchen creating délicieuses crêpes...Bon appétit!
We are very proud of our students in 2020 Music. It has been a challenge to work without voice, gatherings or concerts due to restrictions. However, our students in the junior classes took up the challenge and worked well with guitars, keyboards and drums. The senior students were required to prepare for HSC as soloists or with an accompanist; a big change from the groups and bands they are accustomed to performing within. During the year the College was entertained in the grounds with an outdoor concert. Some highlights were Albert Cavanagh's One Crowded Hour, Brock Davis singing Fly Me To The Moon and Sophia Albino singing Somewhere Over The Rainbow. The students prepared well and benefited from the James Long Workshop, emerging with the confidence required to perform at their best on exam day. Emily Lindsay showed great improvement with her piano playing through the workshop sessions. All senior students shared their gifts at the Graduation Mass enhancing the liturgy with the steadfast accompanying talents of Zachary Sommer and Azaria Arthur. Exemplary performances by Harrison Cleverdon and Shyamlee Devi on the HSC exam day were formally acknowledged by the examiners and both are currently in the process of recording their HSC songs for submission to ENCORE. Harrison Cleverdon took out the People's Choice Award with his song and music video “Hit me while I’m Down’, which was about how young lives are affected by rejection by peers and successfully released his own album.
Year 7 & 8 Music Report
It is always exciting to meet and greet our new students and 2020 saw a new cohort come to our school with big voices and a strong commitment to the performing arts. We were particularly impressed with the high degree of vocal talent in both Years 7 and 8, and the future looks bright for the coming years of music at Hennessy Catholic College. Year 7 students undertook performance units on the Guitar, Keyboard and Voice and they complemented this with music theory workbooks and some innovative composition activities that combined graphic notation and drama skills. All four classes demonstrated a
high degree of performance ability in their second term programs as the students confidently performed songs of their own choosing in a diverse range of ensemble groups. Here the students learned valuable skills in teamwork, time management, the importance of repetition and a mature application of tempo. Our Year 8 students further developed their performance skills on the Guitar and Keyboard and it was exciting to see students build on their achievements from the previous year. Year 8 students had a strong focus on the 12 Bar Blues and they applied this knowledge by developing their own 12 Bar Blues Compositions, studying the history of Rock’n’Roll through the lens of the Blues and of course performing their own chosen repertoire as part of an ensemble. We are very proud of the high degree of performance talent displayed by this year's group across many instruments including Vocals, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards and Drums. We heard a diverse range of songs frommany genres including Folk Rock, Hip Hop, Metal and Pop. Both Mr Foley and Mrs Riordan look forward to further developing and encouraging the musical talents of our junior students in the coming years.
Year 9 & 10 Music Report
In a year like no other due to the COVID shutdowns and restrictions, elective music students did it tougher than most. We had big plans for performances in and around the natural amphitheatres of the College Campus, at Sporting Carnivals, our annual Variety Night and also at school assemblies. Sadly all of these events faded into the distance as we learned to adapt and overcome to the constantly changing landscape of rules and regulations. Our elective students performed magnificently throughout all of the unique challenges that 2020 threw at us. They displayed outstanding levels of musicianship and teamwork in successfully performing class recitals at the
conclusion of each semester. The repertoire was diverse and highlighted the students excellent decision making skills when choosing and developing their chosen songs at the beginning of each semester. We heard fantastic renditions of Billie Eilish, Metallica, INXS, Shannon Noll, AC/DC and even original songs written by our talented students. Students also completed units on Electronic Music Production, developed Jazz Harmony skills in reinterpreting the chord structure of our national anthem and they consistently reflected on their learning in their performance journals whilst learning to apply the NESA concepts of music to their musical journey’s. I am particularly proud of the level of dedication that many students took on in developing their vocal technique throughout the 2020 academic year. Most of all, this combined class of Year 9 and 10 students supported each other through thick and thin. They became a team and thus the unique challenges of 2020 will serve them well into their future years.