St Catherine’s School
St Cath’s News
Issue 32 3 November 2011
Contents FROM THE HEADMISTRESS
From the Headmistress 1
From the Deputy
From the Head of Junior
School 3 Welcome also to the Year 8 -11 girls who will
be joining us next year. We look forward to
From the Chaplain 4 welcoming you all!
From Community Relations 4 Congratulations, gymnasts!
Dr Julie Townsend Well done to our rhythmic and artistic
From Head Academic Care 5 gymnasts who competed at the IGSSA
Beyond the Curriculum Expo gymnastics carnival on Friday. Our rhythmic
Beyond the Curriculum 6
and Zumba gymnasts came 1st in Division 2, and the
Senior School sports news 8 artistic gymnasts came 2nd in Division 2.
Thank you to the 900 girls, parents,
Overall, we came 10th out of 26 schools –
Junior School sports news 9 grandparents and friends who joined us last
a very creditable performance!
Saturday for an absolutely wonderful expo,
From School Counsellor 11 where we had the opportunity to see displays
and performances from students in our BTC
Music news 12 Please join us for the P&F Art Design Show
programs. We watched gymnastics displays,
this Friday 4 November at 6pm. It will be a
drama sketches, dance routines, cardio
Service education 13 lovely opportunity to enjoy a glass of wine
workouts and tennis matches. We listened
and see our girls’ glorious art work. Entry is
School news 14 to Chinese songs and our wonderful bands
free, although please register at
and choirs, and admired beautiful artworks.
P&F news 16 http://www.trybooking.com/SUC
Parents kindly organised a barbeque and cake
for catering purposes.
stall, which added to the fair-like atmosphere
Diary dates 17
of the afternoon.
The expo ended with our record-breaking
zumba attempt. Over 700 girls, teachers,
parents, grandparents and friends – all in red
- danced together for 30 minutes. We may
not have broken the Guinness world record,
but we created a spectacular display and had
an enormous amount of fun. As for the world
record – perhaps next year?
Please have a look at the absolutely fabulous
photos of the day at
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date with the action at school! Year 7 2012 Orientation Day
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FROM THE DEPUTY HEADMISTRESS
many current parents. We are excited about these students
Mrs Anne Johnstone and families joining our community in the Senior School and
we were thrilled to observe many new friendships made
over the course of Orientation Day!
2012 new students Orientation Day We now look forward to another important event on our
Our Orientation Day for incoming Year 7 students (and new school calendar: the P&F Art Design Show and cocktail
students from other year groups) on Tuesday was a great party, this Friday evening 4 November at 6pm. It promises
success. to be a wonderful event for our community to come
Following some testing, fun activities and a lively lunch together to celebrate the creativity of our students – we do
break, these girls had the opportunity to participate in some hope you can join us.
exciting learning experiences offered by a range of faculties.
In Biblical studies, students considered the opening scene
of C S Lewis’ Narnia and examined a letter from C S Lewis
himself explaining the parallels between Narnia and the
Bible. As a practice run for next year when tablet PCs will
be implemented for the incoming Year 7s, students used
electronic workbooks on the tablets, colouring scenes
directly on to the computer screen and writing with the
computer stylus. The students particularly enjoyed being
able to see each other’s work as the booklets updated in
real time on to everyone’s computer.
During science, through a series of experiments, students
explored some of the principles of chemistry. They began
by observing a chemical reaction that is produced in ‘glow
sticks’. As a demonstration, in a darkened classroom, they
mixed a concoction of chemicals and produced a brilliant
blue glow. The students were then shown properties of dry
ice (carbon dioxide). Students made their own carbonated
lemon or lime drink with bubbles flowing from the top
and were delighted to then enjoy drinking these fizzing
creations! They also observed how, when carbon dioxide
dissolves in water, it makes an acid - noting that this gas is
denser than air. Students also enjoyed generating lots of
bubbles when carbon dioxide was placed in hot water and
detergent. Some students were shown how to blow-up a
balloon using just dry ice and had fun discovering how an
automatic water pistol can also be made from the dry ice!
Meanwhile, in design and technology, students were
challenged to design on paper their own female super hero
with inspiration from a series of current strong female
super heroes. There were many original and unique designs,
prompting our Head of Design and Technology, Miss Kate
Sonter, to comment: “I think these students will be a
At the conclusion of the day, it was wonderful to have an
opportunity to meet many new parents at the afternoon
tea, and also to warmly welcome from the Junior School
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FROM THE HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOL
Winner Savannah Schonberger
First runner up Georgia Appleton
Second runner up Lisa Guo and Madison Wiltshire
St Cath’s Idol is a wonderful celebration of the performing
arts and we are very proud of all girls who entered the
competition. These amazingly talented girls provided
delightful entertainment which we all greatly enjoyed. Our
Ms Sarah Guy House Captains are also to be congratulated on providing
wonderful assistance to Mrs Dwyer in the organisation of
this event. They are pleased to announce that through ‘Idol’
Year 6 cake stall we raised $495.60 for the Gastroenterology Service at the
Thank you to the Year 6 girls and their parents who Sydney Children’s Hospital.
baked so many delicious treats for the cake stall held last
Wednesday at recess. It was a tremendous success, and was
enjoyed by the Junior School girls and staff, raising $992. A charity bin for Anglicare has been placed near the Junior
Well done and thank you to all involved! School end of the Sports Centre. Parents, staff and students
are welcome to place old items of clothing in the bin.
Pat Flynn, author of 17 books for children, former tennis
champion and school teacher, visited the Junior School The next in our series of indicators of the Reggio Emilia
last Thursday to promote all things literary.Years 2-6 educational project is that of ‘organisation’, in particular
students spent an entertaining hour listening to stories organisation of the work, of spaces and of time. The
and brainstorming ideas for writing and learning about the choices made regarding organisation contribute to the
creative process. There was lots of laughter too echoing children’s identity, stability and security. At all levels, there is
through the NHC. Mr Flynn also kindly autographed and shared responsibility for consistency between the principles
donated three books to the Junior School library: The Trophy of the educational project and the organisational choices
Kid, Beeware and Alex Jackson: Grommet. made. The choices and decisions made are therefore
purposeful and reflective of a common aim which fosters
Year 2 kitchen garden project stability, continuity and a sense of belonging for the children
Last term our Year 2 girls embarked on an exciting and tasty and adults alike.
learning journey! The kitchen garden project has continued
this term, and been ably lead by our Year 2 teachers, Mrs
Communication this week
Bidwell and Miss Hanvey. The girls have planted two kitchen K-6 Term 4 events
gardens: one is in the grounds of the Nan Hind Centre and 1E Swimming lesson change
the other is in the courtyard behind Kindergarten. The
girls have embraced this opportunity to learn about the
process of planting, growing and cooking their own produce.
Please enjoy reading some of the girls’ reflections about this
Cassie Cogin 2B: I really liked how we all got to plant our
Sarah Anastasiou 2B: I liked how there was lots of room to
plant all the plants.
Dominique Grunert 2B: I thought some of the plants would
grow quicker. The carrots were small.
Mia Rogers 2H: I liked eating the spinach we planted, and
cooking the ricotta and spinach triangles.
Jasmine Birkhold 2H: I liked making and seeing ‘Catherine
the scarecrow’ in the garden.
Congratulations to all participants and especially to our
finalists who performed with great enthusiasm, skill and
confidence to a very appreciative audience last Friday. The
judges certainly had a very difficult task and after careful
consultation they awarded the following:
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FROM THE CHAPLAIN
Rev Alex Koch
The best things in life are free. It’s an old and simplistic
cliché, but it reminds us of something important: There are
many, many good things that we enjoy that we probably
don’t notice because we aren’t given an invoice for them. The Apostle James reminds us where we can direct our
Enjoying a glass of water, chatting with an old friend or gratitude. ‘Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters.
even having a relatively healthy and functioning body are all Every good and perfect gift is from above’ (James 1:16-17).
things that we probably don’t think too much about. That Although many of the things we enjoy aren’t paid for by us,
is, of course, until we are in a situation where we can’t have they are nonetheless gifts that have been given to us. Next
them! I think most of us feel that we take things for granted, time you find yourself recognising the many good things you
and would like to be more grateful for the things we enjoy have in your life, perhaps you might like to thank God for
every day. the lovely gifts he has given.
FROM COMMUNITY RELATIONS
reader. If you can assist these girls please email Mrs Robyn
Blomfield directly on firstname.lastname@example.org
P&F Art Design Show
Our sincere congratulations to the P&F Art Design Show
Committee: Tracey Frawley, Asuman Barry, Tory Bevan,
Kate Melhuish and Hannah Speller for their absolute
commitment and enthusiasm. There is certainly no doubt
that a wonderful night lies ahead for everyone on Friday
evening. I do hope you are have booked to come along.
Mrs Marilyn Rickard
Director Community Relations Boots for Ghana
Tel: 8305 6238 You will have read about the Ghana project last week –
email@example.com an initiative introduced by one of our dads, Bill Roberts.
Please do have a look at this photograph to see the
wonderful collection of trainers and boots which are
Volunteers needed now making their way to Project Ghana which supports
Deli Cantonments FC, a football club for orphans and
As I mentioned last week, please would you consider underprivileged children in Accra, Ghana.
volunteering in the Deli over the course of 2012? The
Thanks to everyone who supported this initiative.
volunteer signup form has been loaded on the portal but
you may prefer to send a quick email to Lee in the Deli on
firstname.lastname@example.org. The Deli provides a wonderful
service for our girls and your support is crucial for its
ongoing success. Lee is struggling at present to fill the
roster and we would really appreciate your support -
perhaps just once a term over next year?
Could I also call once again, for volunteer reader/writers
for the School Certificate on November 7 and 8. We have
four students for three exams each of whom will need a
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FROM THE HEAD OF ACADEMIC CARE
Mrs Deb Clancy
We will be sending out further information regarding key
dates for new students shortly, however, one to mark in the
diary for Year 7 2012 is meeting the mentors and morning
tea on Friday 27 January. This is an opportunity for these
students to meet key staff, locate their lockers and hopefully
receive their diaries in readiness for the following week.
The Prep Centre in the library continues to be popular with
Senior School students who are looking for a quiet space to
work and study, with assistance when required. Can I please
remind parents that girls in Years 7-10 must have parental
permission e-mailed to me before they go down to the
Charing Cross area. There have been some instances where
girls are taking themselves out of Prep Centre and not
proceeding directly home. Please note that your daughter
will have Prep Centre clearly stamped in her diary if she
attended with the exit time noted. If there is no stamp
there was no attendance.Your daughters are responsible for
approaching the staff in the Prep Centre to get their diaries
Thank you to those students (and parents) who have let
down their summer tunics. There are still some instances of
girls wearing short tunics, and this needs to be addressed
urgently. Our students represent our school each time they
are seen in uniform, and in general, they do look very smart.
A reminder to all that earrings, piercings and makeup are
not permitted whilst wearing the school uniform. The
student diary advises all students who are contemplating
having their ears pierced to have it done at the
commencement of the end of Term 4 holidays so they can
be removed on return the following year.
If you have any comments or suggestions please email us
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Beyond the Curriculum
Yoga for Year 5-9
This program concentrates on these adolescent years
which can often be difficult both emotionally and physically.
Yoga practice can help find inner peace, confidence as well
as ensure physical fitness.
Mrs Jackie Gilson
Yoga for the HSC and beyond Year 10-12
This program is specifically designed to establish
a foundation for coping with the unique pressures
experienced in these years and for students to create
The new 2012 Beyond the Curriculum program and positive habits for their future through the practice of yoga
activities booklet and the summer holiday program is exercises, breathing, mental focus and relaxation.
available for download in the BTC area of the portal. This program will help students cope with issues they are
Enrolment is now open for both the holiday program and faced with every day – the enormous pressures to fit in,
Term 1 activities, 2012. increasing exam schedules, lack of sleep and the questions
surrounding career choices and futures.
Beyond the Curriculum Expo and Zumba Aside from the clear physical benefits of better posture,
event core strength and muscle flexibility, yoga assists teenagers
with improving mental concentration, enhancing breathing,
Last Saturday afternoon, many girls involved in Beyond relaxation and sleep and helps to encourage a deeper and
the Curriculum programs performed at St Catherine’s more balanced relationship with their bodies.
first extra-curricular Expo. There were performances by
our dancers, Trinity drama students, rhythmic and artistic Yoga for parents and daughters
gymnast.Our Chinese students sang two songs and there This class will be offered before school and will allow both
were interactive demonstrations in yoga, tennis, art, cardio parents and girls to start their day together in yoga practice
fitness and group drama. All girls who were involved should before heading off to the normal busy daily routine.
be congratulated on their fine performances.
We concluded the Expo with the world record attempt for
the largest Zumba class, and although we were not quite
successful this time around, more than 700 St Catherine’s
girls, parents, siblings and friends in the community danced
up a storm and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Yoga in 2012
Yoga instills an inner sense of calm, allowing teens to make
clear and conscious decisions and choices for themselves.
This is an invaluable life skill and one that would be precious
to learn early in life.
The benefits of yoga include the release of mental and
physical stress, developing clarity of thought and mental
processing, increased ability to remain focused, maintaining
and encouraging a healthy lifestyle, assist with physical
strength and flexibility and develop and maintain good
The following Yoga programs will be offered in 2012:
Yoga for Kindergarten – Year 2
Stories, themes, music and co-operative yoga games are
included in this fun and creative class. Students will develop
body awareness, self-esteem, flexibility and strength through
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When you dance,
your purpose is not
to get to a certain
place on the floor.
It’s to enjoy each step
along the way.
Mr Ryan Cameron
Director of Sport
Senior School sports news
Please note an email will be sent to all Year 7-12 parents
outlining the new direction of netball at St Catherine’s. It is
a big change for netball and one that will see improvement, A reminder to parents and guardians if you have
with a real potential for success. The new head coach Nick exciting news on your daughter’s achievements at higher
Athas, manager and parent support leader Mrs Morrissey representative carnivals/competitions, to please share
and myself are very excited about the proposed changes to these with the sport department so we can highlight
netball for 2012. these in the newsletter. Please attach a relevant photo
Gymnastics news 2012 IGSSA carnival if you can. Email the Director of Sport at
What a day,. The girls who competed in artistic and
rhythmic gymnastics did so with such skill and enthusiasm.
Before and after their performances the girls hurried to
support other St Catherine’s students who were competing,
and this highlighted a strong feeling of unity which shone
through into the overall results. I would like to thank the
head coaches for their impeccable preparation, gymnastics
coordinator Renee Wright for her role in overseeing
the preparation of IPSHA and IGSSA teams and also our
Captains Sasha Lian,Yu Mei Lim, Molly Measday and Sarah
Wise, who by example led the way all day and offered
support to the team and Miss Wright. Special mention to St
Catherine’s sport prefect, Emma O’Sullivan, who competed
in both rhythmic and artistic gymnastics. Emma spoke about
the team’s success at the Senior School assembly this week.
Louisa Moore and
Results Ella Deane –
10th overall, an improvement on last year’s result of 12th rhythmic gymnasts
overall, a wonderful achievement considering there are 26
IGSSA Schools who can contest the IGSSA carnivals.
The rhythmic team won Division 2 and our artistic team
finished runners up in Division 2, well done team!
Five students have been selected into the IGSSA gymnastics
team - Molly Measday, Sasha Lian, Hannah Scaffidi,Yu Mei
Lim and Sarah Wise. Sarah Wise,
Report from the Artistic Captains O’Sullivan
On Friday the 28 October, St Catherine’s sent a team of and Yu Mei
about 20 girls out to Homebush to compete in the IGSSA Lim – artistic
Gymnastics carnival. The artistic squad performed extremely gymnasts
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well with girls competing in almost every level. Even with
a 6am start, all the girls pushed through the day with most
staying to the end supporting the team until 5pm. There Parent supporter polo shirts are available from the
were some outstanding results with our St Catherine’s team uniform shop. They look smart and are not expensive.
placing 2nd in division 2 which is a great improvement on Please rush and purchase one of these polos and wear it
last year. There were also some excellent individual results to sport on Saturday when cheering on St Catherines!
with Hannah Scaffidi,Yu-Mei Lim and Sarah Wise making it
through to the CIS gymnastics competition representing
IGSSA. Well done to all the girls who competed at IGSSA. Water polo
Sarah Wise and Yu Mei Lim Team result B&F
Report from the Rhythmic Captains STC 1 (Sen 1) won 11-2 Emily Miers
As the rhythmic gymnastics captains, we would like to STC 2 (Sen 2) won 4-1 The team
thank all the rhythmic girls who competed at the IGSSA
STC 3 (yr 8/9. 1) won 9-6 Danielle Morrissey
gymnastics carnival on Friday. This year we had some
amazing results. In level four we had Ella Deane placing STC 4 (yr 8/9. 2) won 10-2 Molly McKenzie
5th in ball and 3rd in rope and Louisa Moore placing 1st in STC 5 (yr 8/9. 3) won 19-3 Rachel Wren
clubs. Well done girls, you should be so proud!
STC 6 (yr 7. 1) won 17-4 Lili Edser
Throughout the carnival there was a great sense of St
STC 7 (yr 7. 2) lost 9-7 Emily Winterbotham
Catherine’s spirit and lots of support, making it a fantastic
day. We’d also like to thank our coaches and the sports STC 8 (yr 7. 3) bye
department for all their support along the way as we Touch Round 2 was washed out.
couldn’t have done it without them.
Winning Division 2 is an amazing achievement and one that
we are very happy with. Hopefully we can perform just as
well at the CIS championships next week.
Molly Measday and Sasha Lian
Water polo news
St Catherine’s sent 5 students to contest the IGSSA water
polo trials last Monday at Queenwood. All the students
performed well and proudly represented St Catherine’s,
showcasing the talent in our water polo ranks.
Tori Morrissey was selected into the IGSSA under 17 team
and Amy Ridge, Emily Miers, Emma Whaling were selected
into the IGSSA under 18 team. They will contest the
NSWCIS trials in two weeks’ time. Good luck girls!
Competitive sport results from Round 3
Team result B&F
Senior 1 won 2-1 Emma O’Sullivan
Senior 2 lost 1-2 Ruth Kemper
Senior 3 won 3-1 Nathalie Meier Junior School sports news
Senior 4 won 5-4 Georgina Burnett Competitive sport Term 4
Yr 8/9. 1 won 8-2 The team Water polo – Year 6
Yr 8/9. 2 won 7-3 Courtney James St Caths 1 played OLSH 5 and won 7-2.
Yr 8/9. 3 drew 2-2 Alex Anthony B&F was Lucy Murdoch.
Year 7. 1 won 6-1 Lara Molle St Caths 3 played St Clares 7 and won 7-3.
B&F was Amber Speller-Kearnan.
For any water polo queries please contact ecairns@stcaths.
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IPSHA cricket competition full school uniform will be required. A letter has been sent
The Year 4 and 5 cricket team played against SCEGGS and home with all information regarding this day and it can
B&F were Bianca Naumann and Laura Heath. For any cricket also be found on the sPortal. There is a list of the girls that
queries please contact email@example.com are in each photo, the running order of the day and the
uniforms that are required for each sport. Please check this
IPSHA tennis competition Round 3 – 29/10/11 information prior to the day so your daughter arrives at
Acers lost 31-17 games against Queenwood 3 school knowing when she needs to be at her photos and
B&F Georgia Thomas that she is dressed accordingly.
Grand slammers won 28-20 games against Santa Sabina 2 Junior School competitive sport
B&F Jessica Prout registration Term 1 2012
Top shots lost 33-15 games against Kincoppal Rose Bay 6 Please remember that if your daughter would like to play
B&F Nadya Rykina-Tameeva football (soccer), softball or water polo (Year 6 only) next
Top spinners won 20-13 games against Pymble 8 year then online registration is now available on the sPortal
B&F Helena Moloney and Aisling Harrison for Term 1 2012 and the closing date is 18 November 2011.
Should you require any assistance with this process then
Hotshots won 41-15 games against MLC 1
please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Sports
B&F Ruby Neagle and India Allen
Office on 8305 6282.
For any tennis queries please contact
Please feel free to contact me at any time regarding any
Junior School sport matters.
Representative sport Elaine Cairns
IPSHA gymnastics carnival Head of Junior School Sport
The IPSHA gymnastics competition was held on Thursday email@example.com
27 October at Homebush.
We had a team of 41 gymnasts compete across the artistic
and Rhythmic sections.
It was a very successful day, with all girls competing
enthusiastically and supporting one another. The new artistic
and rhythmic leotards looked amazing!
The results are as follows:
Rhythmic gymnastics (Division 2)
Beginner group – 1st Place
Intermediategroup – 2nd Place
Advanced group – 1st Place
Level 2 – 1st Place
Artistic gymnastics (Division 1)
Level 1 – 3rd Place
Level 2 – 5th Place
Level 3 – 4th Place
Levels 4-6 Teams – 6th Place
Congratulations to Maya Siva (6C) who has been selected
to represent IPSHA at NSWCIS on Wednesday 9
November. Maya competed in Level 5 at IPSHA and placed
2nd in beam and bars. Well done Maya!
Congratulations to the St Catherine’s representative
gymnastics team for a fantastic effort and great individual
and team achievements at this event.
Junior School sports photos – Thursday 10
All Junior School competitive and representative team sport
photos for 2011 will be taken on Thursday
10 November. Please ensure that you arrive at the photo
shoot at least half an hour prior to your scheduled time and
with the correct sports uniform. For non-sporting photos,
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FROM THE SCHOOL COUNSELLOR
Mrs Penni Moussa
Practice your inner goodness
We practice a lot of things! We practice the piano or violin; 2. Recognise goodness in your acts of thought word
we practice our sports in the form of training; we practice and deed - These include positive intentions, putting
languages like Japanese or French; we even practice maths the brakes on anger, restraining addictive impulses,
problems by doing homework! But...how often do we extending compassion and helpfulness to others, grit
practice ‘knowing you are a good person’? and determination, lovingness, courage, generosity,
patience, and a willingness to see and even name the
I am here to tell you that nobody is perfect! We have all
truth whatever it is.You are recognising facts; create
done things that we are not proud of. We may have acted
sanctuary in your mind for this recognition, holding at
in ways that have hurt others and even ourselves. Perhaps
bay other voices, other forces, that would invade and
we have experienced criticism, shaming, or chastising from
plunder this sanctuary for their own agenda (such as
others. As a result, we may focus on these negative elements
the internalisation of people you’ve known who made
of our life as they ‘shout louder’ than our achievements or
themselves feel big by making you feel small).
successes, but this can leave us feeling inadequate, unlovable
or worthless. We may assume from this that we are ‘morally 3. Sense the goodness at the core of your being - This
compromised’ and may not believe that we are a good is a fundamental honesty and benevolence. It’s there
person. inside everyone, no matter how obscured. It can
feel intimate, impersonal, perhaps sacred. A force, a
Just because we have experienced these events in our
current, a wellspring in your heart.
lives, whether they are due to our own ‘lapses in integrity’
or not, does not mean that you have compromised your 4. See the goodness in others - Recognising their
innate GOODNESS as a person.Your innate goodness has goodness will help you feel your own. Observe every
ALWAYS been there, and still is today! Dr Rick Hanson day small acts of fairness, kindness, and honourable
(Neuropsychologist) states, “the truth, the fact, is that you effort in others. Sense the deeper layers behind the
are a good person” in spite of any ‘lapses in integrity’. He eyes, the inner longings to be decent and loving, to
goes on to say, that if you do not feel like a good person contribute, to help rather than harm.
“you’re more likely to act this way, to be casually snippy, 5. Give over to goodness - Increasingly let ‘the better
self-indulgent, selfish, or hurtful. On the other hand, when angels of your nature’ be the animating force of your
you feel your own natural goodness, you are more likely to life. In tricky situations or relationships, ask yourself,
act in good ways. Knowing your own goodness, you’re more “Being a good person, what’s appropriate here?” As
able to recognise it in others. Seeing the good in yourself you act from this goodness, let the knowing that you
and others, you’re more likely to do what you can to build are a good person sink in ever more deeply.
the good in the world we share together.”
So, how do we practice... “knowing you are a good
From: Dr. Rick Hanson – ‘Just One Thing’ Who are you deep
The following five tips from Dr Rick Hanson may help!
1. Take in the good of feeling cared about - When you
Enjoy and celebrate your own, and others, GOODNESS!
have a chance to feel seen, listened to, appreciated,
liked, valued, or loved: take a dozen seconds or more This very humbling and moving video clip from the “X
to savour this experience, letting it fill your mind and Factor” does just that! A MUST SEE!
body, sinking into it as it sinks into you. http://www.youtube.com/embed/W86jlvrG54o
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Young composers workshop
Last Friday the Year 10 Music consolidation,Year 11 Music
2 and 1,Year 11 Music 1 girls travelled to MLC Burwood
to attend a composition workshop day. The day was jam
packed with composition activities. Our girls had their
compositions performed by Synergy percussion and
Continuum sax ensemble. In the afternoon, students formed
Mr David Gresham
into small groups and wrote a short work for percussion
Head of Music – Performance
ensemble. These were then performed by each group.
Students worked with eminent Australian composers and
the outcome was beyond expectations. As one Year 10 girl
Beyond the Curriculum Expo said “It was the most inspirational day of my life”.
In amongst the excitement on Saturday our Senior string Marnie-Ruth Dunstan
ensemble, Senior choir and Senior stage band performed Head of Music Curriculum
for a large crowd (pictured below). Senior strings got the
show going with a tango before the Senior stage band Upcoming Performances
performed the theme to The Incredibles. To finish, the Senior In-house Music Concert
choir combined with Senior stage band for the first time Wednesday 9 November, 5-6.30pm
for a performance of the wartime classic Boogie Woogie Year 5 IMP End of Year Concert
Bugle Boy. Friday 11 November, 9.40am, JBH
Lugar Brae Variety Concert Hear our Year 5 string, guitar and band girls at their very
On Sunday Lugar Brae Uniting Church (just across from
the Junior School) held its annual Variety Concert to raise Woollahra Festival – Saturday 12 November,
money for charity. The Intermediate stage band performed 3.15pm, Main Stage
Blue ‘n’ Moody and Jazz Hero to help raise money for charity The A cappella ensemble will be performing at the
work in South East Asia. The girls gave a great performance Woollahra Festival: Arts and Ideas.
with choreography from the brass and a solo from Tonya Twilight Dinner Concert
Hetreles (Year 7) on tenor sax. Tuesday 15 November, 6.30pm
Talk Like a Pirate! Join the music department in the early evening for a concert
On Wednesday I had the pleasure of attending the End of
Year Strings concert. All of Year 2, Junior and Intermediate Year 6 Music graduation
strings and Infants’ choir took us on a journey to the high Friday 18 November
seas. It was a wonderful concert telling the story of Pirate Hear our Year 6 string, guitar and band girls at their very
Pete and his quest to find a new crew.Year 2 showcased best
all they have learnt this year on violin and cello and the Infants Musical
audience was very impressed. Thank you to Ms Alina Monday 28 & Tuesday 29 November, 1.30-3pm
Belshaw for running such a brilliant program and creating Two wonderful performances in the lead up to Christmas.
such an entertaining concert. Thank you also to Mrs Jenny
Birrell, Ms Patricia Wong, Ms Bella Campbell-Moore and
Ms Julienne Guerbois for their support and hard work. We
look forward to hearing more of their musical adventures
in the future.
Music camp will be held from Sunday 13 to Tuesday 15
November. The Sunday will involve rehearsals at school for
the students involved in the school carol service. This is the
carol orchestra, senior choir and junior choir only. Monday
and Tuesday are off-site and will involve preparation for the
end of year events.
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Service education news
Nepal trip 2012
Students in the current Years 9 and 10 that are
considering going to Nepal in April 2012, are reminded
to please bring in their application form and $500
deposit by Friday of Week 5 to secure a place.
Pink Ribbon Day
The prefects organised Pink Ribbon Day and it was
held last Friday, 28 October. They gave all students a
pink ribbon to wear in their hair all day to promote
awareness for the Cancer Council and breast cancer. The
prefects also sold merchandise including pens, badges,
wrist bands and more! They also had a pink cake stall,
selling goodies and playing music. It was a wonderful
atmosphere, with girls smiling and having a lovely day.
In total, the prefects raised $1 300.05. Well done. girls!
These funds will go towards research and hopefully
finding a cure for breast cancer.
We are currently in the process of making Christmas
hampers in our mentor groups. Please support the
students by encouraging them to bring in their donation
for the hampers by Week 8 of this term. They will
be donated to Norman Andrews House, Bondi, an
organisation that assists those less fortunate in the
Charity donation bin at
We are proud to announce the instalment of a charity
donation bin at our school! Year 10 and Ms Herbert
arranged for Anglicare to deliver a charity bin to school.
It is located at the Junior School end of the Sports
Centre. We encourage both Junior School, Senior
School, their families, and staff to donate to this bin.
Please collect any unwanted items of clothing, shoes,
handbags, scarves, hats etc (Please no toys, kitchenware
or bed linen) and place in the bin. We would love to
fill this before Christmas to help Anglicare’s Christmas
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Year 8 outdoor education
Late in Term 3 the Year 8 St Catherine’s girls travelled
to Crosslands Convention Centre, just north of
Sydney, where they met up with their Southbound
Adventure leaders. All of the girls were split into small
groups with a St Catherine’s teacher and a Southbound
leader. This was a great bonding experience for all of
the girls as teamwork was needed in all activities.
Highlights on the camp included the expedition which
challenged the girls to camp in the wilderness. We
had fun cooking and cleaning in the dark! The main
activities such as abseiling, canoeing, high ropes and
leap of faith proved to be highlights for many girls, and
for others it was a challenge that pushed them outside
their comfort zone.
Camping in tents was a new experience for many! The
construction and deconstruction of the tents was quite
a humorous experience.
The camp taught us great team and inter-personal skills
that can be applied in other aspects of daily life, inside
and outside of the St Catherine’s community.
Jacqueline Chan, Annabelle Dryden and Melba
McKenzie (Year 8)
Years 8-9 camp briefings
for parents and students
Southbound Adventures are coming to St Catherine’s
on Thursday 17 November. This is to brief Years 8 and
9 students about the camp programs early in 2012.
Year 8 will be briefed from 2.15- 2.45pm and Year 9 Japan trip 2012
from 2.45- 3.15pm in the Jane Barker Hall. Parents
are welcome to attend this briefing to gain more In the April school holidays the languages department is
information about the location of the camp programs, planning to take students over to Japan for two weeks.
activities the girls will be involved in and equipment The trip will be open to all students from Years 8-11 in
requirements. This will replace the previously published 2012. The aim of the trip will be to introduce our girls
times for the parent briefing. to the Japanese culture and history and of course to
learn some Japanese on the way. April is cherry blossom
time in Japan which is simply beautiful and the nicest
time of year to visit. The trip will include a stay in Tokyo
including a day at Tokyo Disneyland, a boat cruise on Lake
Ashi on the way to Hakone, a bullet train trip to Kyoto
with a day trip to Hiroshima and Miyajiima Island. Finally,
we will have a 5 day homestay with families from our
sister school Ohtani in Osaka. A wonderful experience
for our girls that is not to be missed! Send your daughter
to the languages department to pick up a letter of
expression of interest and a full copy of the itinerary. If
you have any questions please contact Mrs Leggat on
8305 6244 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Year 11 retreat
On Sunday 23 October 2011, the girls from Year 11 loaded
their overnight bags onto a bus headed for Tallong, Santa
Sabina’s outdoor education campus, for a two day retreat.
Over the next forty-eight hours, we interacted with two
seminars designed to inspire and motivate. We bonded
over a bizarre talent quest and we shared our experiences
as young women starting the HSC. The first seminar was
conducted by Enlighten Education, by a former dancer,
model and now motivational speaker named Nikki. We
examined the roles and expectations of young women
of the twenty-first century, and we shared our hopes,
experiences and explored our innate preciousness.
That night, we showed off our skills and strengths as
performers with the Year 11 talent quest, with a featured
performance of “The Circle of Life” by Ms Knorr and
assorted students. The next morning, well-rested and
content with pancakes for breakfast, we heard from Glen
Gerreyn, motivational educator, speaker, youth worker
and founder of the Oxygen Factory, on the importance of
focus and dedication in our studies. Glen equipped us with
the skills necessary to negotiate our way through Year 12,
enjoy ourselves and remain balanced and sane. The retreat
was a positive experience that has left us prepared for the
onslaught of academic and emotional turmoil promised by
the HSC. It instilled in us our importance as young women
of a new global setting and it reinvigorated us to pursue
our full potential. Thank you to Ms Schey for organising
this event and to the staff who came along and enabled
the year group to be together for this precious time: Mrs Year 7 academic care update
Betar; Ms Hatch; Ms Herbert Ms Hubbard; Ms Knorr; and
During academic care time,Year 7 has been considering
the value of personal strengths and the importance of
Laksha Prasad,Year 11 friendship. After lots of discussion about what makes a
good friendship, the girls were asked to write a recipe for
Duke of Edinburgh Award Breakfast friendship and each mentor group voted on the top three
recipes written by the girls in their group. Below is one of
Thursday 17 November 2011 the winners from Casterton.
Friendship Cake from the kitchen of Brooke Manning
Jo Karaolis Sports Centre
You are warmly invited to St Catherine’s Duke of 2 cups of acceptance 1 tablespoon of loyalty
Edinburgh’s Award presentation breakfast. 5 teaspoons of love ½ a cup of forgiveness
2 tablespoons of trust 1 cup of kindness
On this occasion, we will recognise, by the presentation A dash of respect
of certificates, the achievements of participants who have
satisfied all the requirements and gained Bronze, Silver or Method
Gold awards. We will hear from some of the girls about Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees. Add the acceptance,
the activities which they have successfully completed. forgiveness and kindness to a large mixing bowl. Sift in the
love then mix until the mixture is light and creamy. Add the
We would like to also welcome new and potential loyalty and trust. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes or until
participants to come along to find out more about this the top is golden and looks delicious. When the cake is
program. ready, add the dash of respect to the top.
Please RSVP by Monday 7 November to Optional: for extra flavour, sprinkle 6 pinches of laughter to
Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator email@example.com the top of the cake. Enjoy!
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Art Design Show Art Design Show 2011
A range of wonderful art works will be displayed in the Jane Here is the program of events for the Art and Design Show
Barker Hall and Nan Hind Centre on 4 November from 2011, this Friday 4 November. Remember bookings for the
6pm. Please remember to book at event are through Trybookings.
http://www.trybooking.com/SUC The event is FREE but please BOOK NOW for catering
Exciting news - we have had the final papers from purposes (and don’t forget it’s an adults only event) at
Fair Trading and registration under the Associations http://www.trybooking.com/SUC
Incorporations Act. Thank you to all involved in formulating 6.00pm Event open; Drinks bar open
and finalising our new constitution and especially Lyn West,
Melissa Fisher and Tina Donnelley. 6.00pm -7.20pm Viewing of Senior and Junior Artworks -
Jane Barker Hall & Nan Hind Centre
6.00pm-7.20pm Sale of Junior School Individual Artwork -
The P&F’s AGM will be on 17 November at 8.45am Nan Hind Centre
followed by a general meeting (Please note change of time
from last week). Take the opportunity to come along and 7.30pm Welcome Address by Dr Julie Townsend
hear our speaker, Mrs Penni Moussa, our school counsellor, 7.40pm-8.05pm Auction of Junior School Combined
and her insights into our girls. Artworks K - Year 6 Jane Barker Hall
At the AGM all of the P&F executive positions will be 8.15pm Close of Silent Auction and People’s
declared open. Please consider how you may help the Choice Award
school by being part of the P&F. Being part of the executive 8.45pm Announcement of Senior School Art
of the P&F is a great way to learn more about the school as Competition Winners
well as get to know many of the families in the school.
Announcement of People’s Choice Award
Nomination forms for the P&F executive and also for the
Class Parents for 2012 are available on the portal and can 9.00pm Event close
be left at the office. Note: There is an opportunity to view the Art Design Show
View here: PandFclassparentnominations. with the kids on Saturday 5 November 10am - 2pm. Please
come along if you are unable to come on Friday evening or
View here; PandFnominations. would like to come back and see the art with your children.
Magnolia Fair P&F President
The time has come to spring clean and help your P&F with If you have any questions about the P&F please contact our
items for the Magnolia Fair 2012. secretary Di Misirdjieff (firstname.lastname@example.org).
From Monday 7 November until Friday 25 November
parents (and St Catherine’s staff) can leave the following Year 6 Graduation Dinner
items in the school garage in the clearly marked crates; Ms Sarah Guy,
Head of St Catherine’s Junior School
* Books * DVDs * CDs
requests the pleasure of your company
* Good quality magazines * Clothes * Bags
to acknowledge and celebrate the
Parents can drive through the Albion Street entrance at graduating Class of 2011.
Gate 1 between the hours of 8am and 9.30am and leave
their items in the garage on the left hand side. Please take
care when driving through this entrance as students, parents Thursday 17 November 2011
6.15pm – 9.30pm
and teachers use this entrance to enter the St Catherine’s
Jane Barker Hall, St Catherine’s School
premises. The safety of our school community is paramount
and we appreciate your assistance. We do encourage you to Tickets: Adult $80 per head (all inclusive)
bring along as many of these items as you have as we begin Student $60 per head
the planning and organising of the Magnolia Fair 2012.
Save the date – Saturday 5 May 2012. RSVP: Friday 4 November 2011
Bookings to be made via
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Friday 4 November 6-9pm Diary dates
St Catherine’s School Friday 4 November
Friday Friends (4K), Chapel, 2.00pm Vie
Jane Barker Hall and Nan Hind Centre
P&F Art Design Show 6-9pm Jane Barker Hall and Nan
Wednesday 9 November
In house music concert 4 Chapel 5.00-6.30pm
Wednesday 9 November
Junior School sports photos JKSC 8.30am-12.30pm
Friday 11 November
Remembrance Day Assembly SS
St Catherine’s P&F Art Design Show Parents’ prayer meeting Quiet room 8.30-9.30am
Year 6 Cranbrook dance, St Catherine’s JB Hall
Please join us for the St Catherine’s Art and Design
Show Cocktail Party. Sunday 13 November
Bread of Life St Michael’s Church corner of Albion and
We have had a fantastic response and there is still time
Flinders Street Surry Hills 7.00-9.00am
The event is FREE but please BOOK NOW for catering
purposes (and don’t forget it’s an adults only event) at
• Free entry Save the date – diary dates Term 4
• Free food Here is a list of some of the important diary dates for
• Auction – Junior School combined class artworks your calendar:
• Chance to purchase your daughter’s individual 4 November St Catherine’P&FArt Design Show
artwork (Junior school only) 6-9pm Jane Barker Hall and
• Silent Auction: Hampers of gourmet foods, wines, Nan Hind Centre
5-star accommodation, $1000 shopping spree; Sale 15 November Music dinner concert Jane Barker Hall
of a property commission free 16 November St Catherine’s Colloquium
7-8pm Dame Joan Sutherland Centre
• Cash bar – Enjoy wine, beer, champagne
17 November Duke of Edinburgh breakfast
• Music 7.30-8.30am JKSC
We want this to be a well supported event so please P&F AGM 8.45am
BOOK NOW. Year 6 Graduation Dinner
Junior School students will exhibit an individual piece of 24 November Junior School sports award assembly
art which will be available for purchase on the night for 2-3pm Jane Barker Hall
a small fee of $20 in the Nan Hind Centre. 25 November Carols on the lawn
On the night of the Art Design Show, you will have 28 November Infants musical
the opportunity to bid at auction for your daughter’s 1.30pm Dame Joan Sutherland
beautifully framed combined class art work. These will Centre Theatre
be auctioned in the Jane Barker Hall from 7.40pm. 29 November Infants musical
1.30pm Dame Joan Sutherland
All proceeds will be put back into purchasing resources Centre Theatre
for the girs. However the main aim is to celebrate your
30 November Junior School Christmas Chapel
daughter’s artistic creativity and to get together for an Service 11.30am chapel
evening of art and conversation.
1 December Senior School Physical Culture (PC)
P&F Art Design Show Committee 9-10am Jo Karaolis Sports Centre
5 December Junior School Speech Day
10am-12pm in Jo Karaolis Sports Centre
7 December Senior School Speech Night
7.30-9.30pm in Jo Karaolis Sports