We thank you Lord, for this term. For the challenges, the successes, and the mistakes from which we have learnt. Be with us as we spend our time with family and friends. Give us strength and courage to do what is right; to be witnesses of our faith. Help us to be a practical Christian these holidays, to appreciate what others do for us, to give time and effort to help others, to be peacemakers in our family. Keep us safe in our activities; give us good rest and good fun. Bring us back refreshed and ready for a new term. May we always be conscious of you in our lives.
Many of us may be missing out on our winter escape overseas but one thing for which we can all be very grateful, is that we have the most scenic island state to call home and holiday in. So get out and enjoy it! Stay safe.
WHERE ARE WE AT WITH COVID-19?
Mr Cameron Brown, Director: South from CET, contacted Principals to inform them that this week we will receive a new set of directives around easing COVID restrictions. He also stated that Principals would be having a zoom meeting to clarify any questions arising from these directives.
Later today I will forward these directives to you so that you know where we stand for the start of term 3.
The College is currently seeking applications from suitably experienced candidates for the following positions:
Teacher Assistants x 2
Huntingfield Campus: Grade 5-10
Monday – Friday
Term time only - 28.75hrs per week
Teacher Assistant positions commence: Monday, 27 July 2020
An application package can be accessed by visiting the College website -
Please direct confidential enquiries to Mrs Rachael Adams on 6229 0102 or email@example.com
Candidates are to forward applications to: Mr Joseph Sandric, Acting Principal firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW STAFF MEMBERS
At the commencement of Term 3, we welcome to the College the following new Teacher Assistants to our staff:
Kingston Campus – Mrs Clara Little and Mrs Justine Rollins
Huntingfield Campus – Miss Tessa Brinsmead
Congratulations to these new appointments and welcome to the team.
A MESSAGE FROM THE TCSPC COUNCIL
A very warm greeting from all the Tasmanian Catholic Schools Parents Council members.
We are delighted to say that we now have 19 Council members representing parents of their respective schools, which is fantastic. The St Aloysius Catholic College member is Mrs Phillipa Morgan.
This communication is to draw your attention to our Facebook page and website.
We are now ensuring we post relevant articles, news and information to our Facebook page, and we have updated much of the information on our website.
SACC EXTENSION - YEARS 11 & 12
As you are aware, from the College and Parish community email distributed last Wednesday, a public announcement was made at Parliament House last week confirming that, following the detailed investigation and pre-preparation process, Catholic Education in the southern region will be extending three colleges, St Aloysius Catholic College, MacKillop College and St Virgils College to Years 11 and 12, .
The final confirmation from His Grace Archbishop Porteous that the planned extension will officially proceed, gives us the opportunity to begin consulting with the extended SACC community. We look forward to working with many of you as part of this process.
Did you catch the article in last week’s Mercury newspaper?
The latest edition of the Sisters of Charity publication can be viewed at the link below
With the move to Compass for student reports we remind parents of the need to access Compass with the log in details that were sent home earlier in the year. Further information about Compass can be found in the attached documents.
Explorers are back! We are very excited to announce that the College's Explorers program will recommence in Term 3. We look forward to welcoming our Explorers and their families back to the College.
We have recently been advised that students named uniform items have been misplaced. Staff do their best to return the named clothing to students. Can you please check that your uniform items are named and that the items belong to you?
A reminder that each campus office does have a collection of unnamed lost property items that both students and parents/guardians can come and check for any lost belongings.
NATIONALLY CONSISTENT COLLECTION OF DATA ON SCHOOL STUDENTS WITH DISABILITY (NCCD)
Every year, all schools in Australia participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). The NCCD process requires schools to identify information already available in the school about supports provided to students with disability. These relate to legislative requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, in line with the NCCD guidelines (2019).
Information provided about students to the Australian Government for the NCCD includes:
- year of schooling
- category of disability: physical, cognitive, sensory or social/emotional
- level of adjustment provided: support provided within quality differentiated teaching practice, supplementary, substantial or extensive.
This information assists schools to:
- formally recognise the supports and adjustments provided to students with disability in schools
- consider how they can strengthen the support of students with disability in schools
- develop shared practices so that they can review their learning programs in order to improve educational outcomes for students with disability.
The NCCD provides state and federal governments with the information they need to plan more broadly for the support of students with disability.
Further information about the NCCD can be found on the NCCD website
If you have any questions about the NCCD, please contact the College.
PLASTIC FREE JULY
This month is Plastic Free July. This is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution so we can have cleaner streets, oceans and beautiful communities.
We have a number of students keen to take up the challenge. It would be fantastic if families could get involved too. It doesn’t mean you have to go completely plastic free; you could just aim to cut out one thing; ditch disposable coffee cups and bring your own reusable cup, find plastic-free alternatives when buying fruit and veggies or bring your own reusable shopping bags and help reduce plastic waste.
If you are interested please contact Mrs Michelle Dance email@example.com or you can sign up to the challenge below and you’ll be emailed tips and recipes throughout July.
If you don’t know where to start, attached is a list of ideas.
SECOND HAND ITEMS FOR SALE
In celebration of the end of Term 2, Prep held a Pyjama day and movie afternoon.
The movie day was held on Wednesday, 1st July, where children were invited to come dressed in their comfiest pyjamas, robes and slippers. We asked that students bring in a $5.00 donation in support of the Vinnies Winter Appeal, which will be the Prep's contribution to the upcoming College fundraiser, 'Imagine a Family'.
We viewed the movie Inside Out as this connects to the explorations and discussions we have been looking at as part of our Health and HASS units over the course of Terms 1 and 2. This links to zones of regulation, growing and changing, developing a positive self identity and learning to regulate our emotions.
This was such a fun way to celebrate the end of an extraordinary term and everyone had an amazing time.
GRADE 8 VISUAL ARTS
Students have been exploring lino carving techniques and created their own lino prints. They studied artists like Rachel Newling and Barbara Hanrahan. Students created detailed carvings and printed black and white prints as well as hand coloured their work. They also completed observational and compositional drawings of still life objects.
Tomasz Juszcrak is the Director of Youth Evangelisation with the Archdiocese of Hobart. He recently came to speak to Grade 8 male students on the topic of 'real manhood.'
Tomasz spoke to students very powerfully and honestly about the challenges he had faced and overcome on his path to becoming a man. He also spoke about real happiness, what we can learn from Jesus, respecting women and the importance of friendship. Tomasz built much of his talk around characters from the movie ‘The Avengers.’ He especially focused on the personal growth undertaken by the character known as Iron Man/Tony Stark.
It was a great opportunity for the students listening to think and reflect on the type of man they want to be. A big thank you to Tomasz for visiting us.
Grade 9 students have been spending the term studying plate tectonics, volcanoes and earthquakes. As a STEM challenge, the students were required to build an earthquake resistant building from spaghetti.
Extended Science students have been busy looking at equations of motion this term. This has involved students conducting experiments measuring their speed and acceleration. This culminated in students trying to beat Usain Bolts 100m, 200m, and 400m sprint times.
VET HOSPITALITY STUDENTS
Hospitality students have been practising their hot chocolate making skills by offering steaming hot chocolates to students and staff for a $2.00 donation. Funds raised are going towards The Alex Gadomski Fellowship and the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital. You can find out more information about these wonderful charities in the links below.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, it is unlikely that many of the normal Community Group fundraising events will go ahead this year. With the Entertainment Book as an all online option starting this year, this is a great opportunity to support the College and local Tasmanian businesses by purchasing the app. $14.00 from each sale goes towards the Community Group to help purchase items for the College.
Futher information can be found in the link below.
COMMUNITY GROUP MEETING
The next Community Group Meeting will be held on Tuesday, 4th August in the Sisters of Charity Centre at the Kingston Campus from 7:00pm. We welcome families to come along, meet other parents and help discuss ideas for fundraising options.
2020 NAIDOC WEEK DATES AND POSTER WINNER ANNOUNCED
National NAIDOC Week 2020 celebrations will now be held from 8th-15th November.
The November dates follow the decision by the National NAIDOC Committee (NNC) to postpone NAIDOC Week from the original July dates due to the impacts and uncertainty from the escalating Coronavirus pandemic across our communities and cities.
NAIDOC is an acronym for National Aborigines and Islander Day Observance Committee. This year's theme is 'ALWAYS WAS, ALWAYS WILL BE', recognising that First Nation's people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years.
Waigana wins coveted NAIDOC 2020 Poster competition
Tyrown Waigana, a Perth based artist and designer, has been named as this year’s winner of the prestigious National NAIDOC Poster Competition.
ABC SCREENING OF 'IN MY BLOOD IT RUNS'
This heart-warming observational documentary about history, learning, love and resistance premieres on Sunday, 5th July at 9:30pm on ABC and ABC iview. This day (Sunday 5th July) is known as Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Sunday.
Told through the eyes of charismatic 10-year-old Arrernte/Garrwa boy Dujuan and his family, the film charts the challenges Dujuan faces both in his school and on the streets of Alice Springs. In his community, Dujuan is recognised as a child-healer and a hunter. He speaks three languages, yet despite his depth of wisdom and intelligence, Dujuan is failing in school and facing increasing scrutiny from welfare and the police.
As he travels perilously close to incarceration, his family fight to give him a strong Arrente education alongside his western education. We walk with him as he grapples with these pressures, shares his truths and somewhere in-between finds space to dream, imagine and hope for his future.
The documentary is rated PG with parental guidance recommended for children under 13 years of age. Here is a link to a movie review providing parents with more details
Here is a link to watch the official documentary trailer:
RESUMPTION OF FACE TO FACE MASSES IN THE PARISH
We are delighted to announce that Sunday Mass recommenced at the Church of Christ the Priest on Saturday, 27th June. Masses will be held on Saturday at 6:00pm, and Sundays at 8:30am and 10:00am. Please note there are currently no services at St Mary's, Snug or St Aloysius Church on Beach Road. All Masses will be in Kingston due to space requirements. Weekday Masses have returned to their usual times of Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:00am. All those attending Mass are required to sign in with their name and phone number and observe social distancing. We appreciate your understanding. Live streaming of Sunday Mass from the Chapel at St Aloysius Catholic College has finished, however we are looking into the possibility of continuing this service in a limited capacity.
Up to date information can be found at the Kingston Channel Parish Website
We are pleased to announce that the Kingston Channel Youth Group will be returning in Term 3 on Wednesdays from 4:00-5:30pm. Details can be found in the attached flyer.
SUCCESSFUL GRANT APPLICATION FROM CCI GIVING
Last term (in the midst of COVID-19!), St Aloysius Catholic College, working together with Kingborough Helping Hands, were successful in an application for a grant from ‘Catholic Church Insurance Giving’. This enabled new bedding to be purchased for Jirah House who help those experiencing domestic violence by providing safe housing, counselling and assistance in planning a violence-free future. CCI Giving assisted the organisation to purchase new bedding and linen, to improve hygiene and comfort for the families that stay there. Special thanks to Les Gardner, Business Manager at St Aloysius Catholic College and Camille Newton of Kingborough Helping Hands for their hard work and Oakley Textiles for their assistance in facilitating this project. A corresponding College wide Kingborough Helping Hands fundraiser had to be postponed due to COVID-19. However, since returning to learning@school we have been able to restart collecting hamper items and are looking into other ways of assisting this special local outreach group.
REFUGEE WEEK PRAYER SPACES
Over the last few weeks Huntingfield students have had the chance in their Religion lessons to visit a number of interactive prayer spaces set up in the Chapel around the theme of refugees.
- Praying in-tents: a tent space to sit and meditate, surrounded by images of refugee camps.
- Stepping stones: a rock meditation space based on a book about refugees illustrated by a Syrian artist.
- Lifeboats: the opportunity to fold a lifeboat and remember those who have made the treacherous journey to safety by sea including those who have lost their lives.
- Welcome mat: writing welcome in different languages.
- Refugee rucksacks: posters showing the contents of various refugee rucksacks and having the opportunity to write a prayer and put it in the rucksack.
Kingston Channel Parish in collaboration with St Aloysius Catholic College have purchased a Parish subscription to Formed. Personal subscriptions cost USD$10 per month however our Parish access allows all Kingston Channel Parishioners access for free on their own computers, iPads or phones.
What is Formed? Think of it as Netflix for Catholics! FORMED.org is an online, comprehensive site of inspiring Catholic content for every parishioner, of all ages, and every household. Discover thousands of books, audio talks, movies, documentaries and studies in both English and Spanish. There is something for every member of the family to help them grow closer to Christ.
Diving into the beauty of the Faith has never been easier: at home, on the go, or from any internet connected device.
- Go to www.formed.org
- Choose 'Sign Up'
- Click 'I Belong to a Parish or Organisation' and enter 'Kingston Channel Parish'
- Congratulations, you are now a subscriber!
VINNIES WINTER APPEAL
FESTIVAL OF VOICES BIG SING ALONG EVENT
When - Friday, 3rd July @ 5:30pm
Where - From wherever you can tune into ABC Radio Hobart or watch on Facebook - your backyard, front garden, side street with your neighbours, get creative!
How - Listen and sing along on 936AM, listen live online, on the free ABC listen app, on your smart speaker, or stream, live on the ABC Hobart and Festival of Voices Facebook pages.