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27.01.23 Parent Connection
Correspondence Emailed Home – Term 1 2023
Please see below correspondence emailed home in Term 1, 2023   Year 10 Information Evening - Sent 30 January 2023 SEC Learner Profile - Sent 25 January 2023 Year 7 2023 - Letter to Parents - Sent 25 January 2023 Year 8 2023 - Letter to Parents - Sent 25 January 2023 Year 9 2023 - Letter to Parents - Sent 25 January 2023 Year 10 2023 - Letter to Parents - Sent 25 January 2023 Year 11 2023 - Letter to Parents - Sent 25 January 2023 Year 12 2023 - Letter to Parents - Sent 25 January 2023 Year 11 Information Evening - Sent 24 January 2023 - Sent 25 January 2023  
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13.12.22 Parent Connection
Holiday and 2023 Commencement Information
Please see below for holiday contact information, stationery and back to school dates.   Enrolment Including New Enrolment Enquiries for Year 7 commencing 2023. Positions for Year 7 commencing 2023 have become available, please email Chris Millar to express interest.  During the Christmas break all other matters relating to enrolment at the College including vacancies and notice of withdrawal can be directed to Mr Chris Millar, the Director of Enrolment and Marketing via email For all new enquires please see the link below: [embed][/embed]       Commencement Dates 2023 Group Return Dates 2021 Staff Friday 27 January 2023 Years 7, 11 and 12 Tuesday 31 January 2023 Years 8, 9 and 10 Wednesday 1 February 2023 Student timetables for 2023 will be available on the Portal from early January 2023. Stationery Year 7 will receive a book pack on their first day of school.  Years 8-12 are responsible for purchasing their own supplies. Please find the link below for stationery lists for Years 8-11 for 2023.  Year 12 should be advised by their teachers of ongoing requirements for their HSC year. [embed][/embed] Uniform Shop Opening Hours The West Gosford warehouse will have their last day of trading for 2022 on 20 December 2022.  Trading will recommence on 4 January 2023 Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.  Closed Australia Day. [embed][/embed] Contact Information Pastoral Care If students or parents have any pastoral care concerns, they should contact the Director of Pastoral Care via the following email, Click Here If you become worried about your child’s mental health over the school holidays, you can contact one of the 24 hour phone numbers listed below: In case of an emergency please call 000 immediately. Mental Health Crisis Line – 1800 011 511 Lifeline – 13 11 14 Kids Help Line – 1800 55 1800 Beyond Blue – 1300 22 4636   Enrolment During the Christmas break all matters relating to enrolment at the College including vacancies and notice of withdrawal can be directed to Mr Chris Millar, the Director of Enrolment and Marketing via email For all new enquires please see the link below: [embed][/embed]      
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13.12.22 Curriculum
Annual Award’s Assembly
On Tuesday 13 December, the College community celebrated our students' academic success at the Annual Awards Assembly. To receive an award students need to have received nominations from their teachers across the entire year (Semester 1 and Semester 2). Each Semester all teachers nominate students in their classes who they believe have performed consistently or academically well. The students receiving an 'A' in their courses will automatically receive an Academic nomination. Students who receive a determined amount of 'consistent effort' nominations across the year will receive an award in that category. Students who receive a determined amount of 'Academic' nominations or A’s across the year will receive that award. Any student receiving A’s in the majority of their courses will receive an Outstanding Academic Award. During the event, College Special and Memorial Awards were also announced including Edmund Rice Awards.  We congratulate all students who received an award, your hard work and dedication to your studies is something to be proud of. Please see the links below for Award recipients. Award Recipients 2022   Images from the Assembly [smallgallery fooid="42027"]
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07.12.22 Sport
2023 College Swimming Carnival
We will be conducting our swimming carnival on Friday 3 February 2023 at the Peninsula Leisure Centre, Woy Woy. Given the short turnaround with the start of school and the swimming carnival, students/parents are asked to use the below link to nominate their chosen events. Nominations will be accepted until 3pm Wednesday 1 February 2023. Click Here to Nominate for Events Below are some important practical details regarding the carnival: Transport Normal school buses will run in the morning/afternoon and students will catch a bus from the College to the pool and back again in the afternoon. Other students may make their own way to the carnival if appropriate. All boys making their own way to the carnival need to be at the pool by 8.45am, unless they are competing in the 200m events (see next point). Any student competing in 200m events need to be at the pool by 8.30 am at the very latest. Buses will not be at the pool by 8.30 am so these students will need to make their own transport arrangements. All students requiring afternoon bus transport will return by bus to the College and catch the afternoon school buses under supervision as normal. Uniform For identification purposes, it is imperative that all students in Years 7 – 10 attend the carnival in their College sports uniform as they would do on a normal Friday. They can change into their colour house clothes at the pool. Only Years 11 and 12 are allowed to wear mufti/casual clothing. General Directions As maximum participation is the aim of the day, points will be allocated for every student entering an event. Any boy who attends the carnival is required to participate by:- Swimming in all events appropriate to his ability level; - Assisting teaching staff in conducting the carnival in some capacity ie: official duties; For supervision purposes when boys are not in races, they are to remain in the stands grouped according to their age divisions. Only the Years 10,11 and 12 will be permitted to gather on the grassed area. Boys need to be equally prepared for cool or warmer weather and bring appropriate sun protection ie sunscreen, as the marshalling area is outdoors. Limited canteen facilities will be available – boys are encouraged to bring their own food & drink for the day. It is imperative that students do not bring large sums of money or valuable equipment. In these situations, it is impossible for the College to take responsibility for items that may go missing.  As the carnival is held indoors, it will be held even in the event of obvious inclement weather. Boys who live locally or who are being picked up by their parents can leave to go home directly from the pool at the conclusion of the carnival, which should be at 2.15 pm. No boy will be permitted to leave the pool precinct prior to the conclusion of the carnival, as rolls need to be marked and the usual important formalities carried out. I particularly ask that we have parental co-operation in this matter.  Parents, carers and relatives are more than welcome to attend on the day however it is recommended you bring your own chair as seating is minimal. The College Prefects and Leaders will be required at the pool early in the day to assist with carnival set up and again at the end of the day to assist with packing up of the carnival. The co-operation of boys and their families with these guidelines will ensure that it is an enjoyable day for all in attendance.
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05.12.22 Parent Connection
COVID 19 Positive Reporting Link and Correspondence Emailed Home – Term 4
Please see below all correspondence emailed home in Term 4 2022, including COVID information and STUDENT POSITIVE RESULT reporting link.   Please notify the College of a positive student test result via the following link: FORM: Report Positive Student Covid-19 Test   COVID-19 Update and Continued COVID-smart Measures As advised by NSW Health, COVID smart measures continue to be in place and are vital in allowing us to keep our school operational while prioritising student and staff wellbeing. These measures include: Staying home if unwell and/or showing any symptoms Mask-wearing strongly encouraged, particularly when indoors and/or when physical distancing is not possible, and on public transport Using rapid antigen tests (RATs) when showing symptoms or exposed to COVID19 NSW Health are also encouraging everyone in the community to continue to register positive RATS with Service NSW to ensure they receive timely support and advice, including access to Antivirals for those eligible.     Correspondence Sent Home Semester 2 Reports - Sent 14 December 2022 2023 Fee Schedule = Sent 13 December 2022 Year 10 Mock Interviews - Sent 28 November 2022 Year 10 Minimum Standards Testing - Sent 21 November 2022 Year 10 Future Ready Program - Sent 10 November 2022 RAP Parent Letter - Sent 17 November 2022 Year 10 2022 Laptop Advice - Sent 10 November 2022 Year 11 2022 Laptop Advice - Sent 10 November 2022 Year 12 2023 Letter to Parents - Sent 9 November 2022 2022 Year 8 Camp Packing List and Information - Sent 9 November 2022 Year 8 Camp Consent Form - Sent 27 October 2022 Work Experience - Year 10 Minimum Standards - Sent 25 October 2022 Year 12 2023, eBook Elevate Education - Sent 20 October 2022 Uniform Compliance - Sent 19 October 2022 Vaccination Letter to Parents - Sent 19 October 2022 Parent Consultation Meetings - Sent 18 October 2022 Year 12 (2023) Parent Information Evening Information - Sent 17 October 2022 Parent COVID Update Term 4 2022 - Sent 17 October 2022 Year 10 Camp Information and Consent Form - Sent 14 October 2022 Student Led Conferences Years 7 to 11 - Sent 11 October 2022      
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29.11.22 Mission & Identity
Sun and Surf at Year 8 Camp
Well boys, we made it through three tough days of camp. I would like to commend all for coming, and for most of you this was your first camp since Year 5. It was an early start on the Wednesday but all boys arrived on time, and were eager to make their way to Killalea State Park. Thank you to all the parents for the early drop off. Day 1 entailed the boys arriving around 9:00am to be broken up into 10 different groups. They had to construct their own tent, and for some this was a challenge. All boys showed resilience and perseverance to get the job done in a strong wind. Some tents went flying, but we all eventually got there! Then it was time to sunscreen up and hit our first lot of activities. There were five activities on offer: Surfing, Beach Sports, Bush Walk, Mega Paddle plus Kayaking, and Archery Tag. It was quite a walk to each activity (and extremely hot) so I am proud of the boys for keeping up their fluids and showing a willingness to participate. Black Diamond definitely looked after us in regards to food, we received bacon and eggs for breakfast, ham and salad sandwiches for lunch, and burgers plus burritos for dinner. Day 2 had the boys rise early to get stuck into three lots of activities. There were a few burnt and tired souls come Thursday afternoon, with most of the boys falling asleep while watching a movie before bed. Once all boys entered their tent, they crashed. We were blessed with the weather as there was not a cloud in the sky for the entire trip. As a school, we are thankful for Black Diamond for going above and beyond to provide our boys with an experience that they will not forget. Mr Marks Year 8 Pastoral Leader   [smallgallery fooid="41624"]
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22.11.22 Mission & Identity
Stepping Outside Their Comfort Zone at Year 10 Camp
Jindabyne was the setting for our camp and it was certainly one that we won’t forget any time soon. The weather was extreme: snow, wind, rain, sun and everything in between! Some of our students walked up one of the highest peaks in Australia with minimal visibility - due to the blizzard-like conditions - and after conquering this 15 km hike they were buzzing with energy. Their adversity was on show and even the staff had to overcome numerous obstacles, with two members ending up in Canberra Hospital due to injuries (they survived). The cycling activity was another test of character as it combined a skills component mixed with long rides through the mountains. Abseiling, raft building, fire building, cooking and myriad other activities provided each boy with opportunities to grow and develop the resilience that comes from an experience such as this.   [smallgallery fooid="41127"]   [smallgallery fooid="41459"]
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15.11.22 Careers/Vocational Education
Alumni Event
On Friday, we hosted a fabulous Alumni Event for our Year 12 (2023) students. Students rotated between three Alumni to hear about their changing definition of success and squiggly pathways. A special thank you to our Old Boys - Phil Dibben, Danny May, Ben McInnes, Ben Cutrupi, Peter Sullivan, Paul Nicholas, Alexander Blanch, Darren Cocks and John Fisher. With industry areas covered such as Pharmacy, IT, Insurance, Trade, Education, Import/Exporting, Police, Nursing and Business, our students were very fortunate indeed. This event would not have been initiated without funding from Regional School Alumni Event Program Proudly supported by NSW Government. Special thanks to Jillian Williams RIEP Senior Project Officer. I look forward to the Alumni school program continuing in 2023. [foogallery id="40877"]
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