Newsletter Volume: 36 No: 19 4th December 2008 Phone: (02) 4754 1022 Fax: (02) 4754 3558 Website: www.stcolumbas.parra.catholic.edu.au Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Diary Dates: Dear members of the St Columba’s community, Term 4 Waiting in Joyful Hope 13th Oct – 19th Dec Sometimes it seems as though we spend our lives waiting. Our days are often filled with anticipation and anxiety over what the WEEK 8 future holds. 3rd December As Catholics, we too spend our lives waiting. But we are waiting Yr 10 Mass and Presentation for something much bigger than any of our daily concerns: we are waiting for the return of Jesus in glory. During Advent we 4th Dec Yr 10 Dinner Dance are in anticipation of Jesus Christ’s final coming as well as remembering His birth over 2,000 years ago. WEEK 9 We can allow the rush of the Christmas season to overwhelm us: the cards to be written 10th,11th,12th and sent, the presents to be bought and the Christmas dinner to be prepared. For many, Yr 10 Duke of Ed. Colo River the Christmas season is greeted with cynicism or disbelief. However, every Sunday we hear the words, "wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Saviour, Jesus Christ." To 10th Dec Year 7 & 8 Disco celebrate Christmas fully we need to welcome Jesus Christ into our hearts. I encourage you to share some special gifts. WEEK 10 16th December Special Gifts Presentation Day a firm handshake to a shaky soul, 17th December a kind word to a lonely person, HSC results and BBQ a warm smile to the disheartened, Year 11Study Day a sincere concern for someone troubled, a feeling of compassion for the neglected, Year 7,8, 9 Pool Day at a comforting thought for the bereaved, Lawson a respect for the dignity of others, 18th December a defense of the rights of individuals, Last student day for 2008 a word of witness to help a seeking soul, Clean up a Merry Christmas to all. 19th December Staff Retreat Day (anon) Mr Adrian Heim announces his resignation It is with some sadness that I announce that our Business Manager, Adrian Heim has Term 1 – 2009 accepted a position as Business Manager at Frances Xavier College, Canberra. Adrian has 27th Jan– 9th April served our community so well over the past six years and will be greatly missed. However, this is an exciting opportunity for him. There are many improvements made to WEEK 1 St Columba’s that can be directly attributed to Adrian. Adrian is a person of great Tuesday 27th Jan Staff return integrity and possesses fine skills in all areas of finance management. I wish him the very best for this new stage in his career and know that Frances Xavier are very fortunate to Wednesday 28th Jan have his services. Years 7, 11, 12 students commence. Full day. Year 10 Activities Thursday 29th Jan Year 10 have been actively engaged in project learning over the past week and finish this Whole school attendance. week with presentations on different post school activities. I would like to thank Mrs Full day Vandermolen, her team, Mr Stewart and Dr Taccori and his team for all of the work that has gone into the past two weeks. I am very proud of the majority of our students who have ensured that they have given 150% to the activities. They have been role models to those students who have not given their best. This Wednesday we join with Year 10 students and their families to thank God for the past four years and to acknowledge the achievements of a great group of young people. Year Ten with enjoy a Dinner /Dance on Thursday evening. To those students who are not returning next year, I wish you every blessing and hope that you find success in all that you do. God Bless, Mrs. Delma Horan, Principal From the Office Second Parent Copies for Reports On December 12th Semester Two reports will be issued to students. If you would like a second copy to be sent to the non-custodial parent, please ask him/her to contact the school in writing. The letter must clearly state the student’s name and homeroom, the relationship to the student, and the address the report is to be sent to. Please address this correspondence to Mrs. Karen Delany, Principal’s Secretary. (2nd parents who received a copy of the first semester report are still on record and do not need to contact us.) Please note, all parents requesting this second copy must make themselves known to the school by the beginning of Week 9, Term 4 (8th December). CANCELLATION: Funny Money Night The Annual Funny Money night scheduled for Friday 5th December from has been cancelled due to lack of numbers. We apologise for disappointing our regular punters but look forward to a big night next year. Uniform Shop Shop Prices: There will be a small price increase applicable to some garments in the uniform shop to reflect price increases by suppliers. New prices take effect 1st January 2009 and increases have been kept to an absolute minimum –All garments in the uniform shop are selected for their quality of fabric and manufacture, excellent wear and tear, and reliability of supply – nearly all items are still Australian made. Please note our prices have not changed for 5 years. Senior Uniform: Students going into senior years require white blouses and shirts. Please don’t leave your purchase of these until the last minute – come in now for the best selection of sizes. And don’t forget our layby system for new garments. Please note, a deposit must follow all orders. Mrs. Pauline Buckley, Uniform Shop Manager Year 7 & 8 Disco To mark the end of a good year for years 7 & 8, we will be holding a disco for them on Wednesday 10th December from 7pm to 10pm. Please ensure your child is aware that normal school rules apply, that dress must be appropriate for a school function and that students need to be picked up promptly at 10pm. Each student will receive an individual; letter containing all details. Mr Paul Holmes Mrs. Kate Sanderson Year 7 Co-ordinator Year 8 Co-ordinator Attention all parents – Lost school items Over the past three and a half terms the school has lost a large number of St Columba’s football jerseys and touch football shirts. Could you, along with your son/daughter, please take some time to thoroughly look around the house to see if one of these rather expensive items has been unwittingly taken home. If you are able to locate some of this school property, could it please be returned to school ASAP. Thank you for your assistance Mr. Jaie Skinner, PDHPE Department The Diocesans Catholic Schools Parent Representative Council (PRC). St. Columba’s Rep: Barbara Cuthbert. Reports to the Parent & Community Support Group. (Next Meeting Wednesday 4th March 7-8pm at school) Next PRC Meeting: – Monday March 9th at Blacktown. The PRC is connected with the CEO and actively works at creating a partnership between home, school and parish for the children’s benefit. It brings parent representatives together to receive information, discuss issues of interest and concern in Catholic schools, exchange ideas and work on practical strategies. Interest groups include: special needs students, promoting and maintaining P&F associations, bullying, and transition to school/high school/beyond school. At each PRC meeting, time is spent, in interest groups, sharing ideas and working on strategies for development in these areas. At the NSW Catholic Schools Parent Conference, held in November, presentations by keynote speakers and numerous workshops was FANTASTIC. St Columba’s is very fortunate to already have an active PCSG and a supportive staff that want parent involvement and support for our school. Let’s not take it for granted but get involved. Research shows that where parents are involved in their child’s school life and community there are measurable benefits for their children in their success at school – academically, socially and emotionally. Next year the PRC is planning to hold “Education Evenings” once a term to hear guest speakers, ask questions and find out more information on current areas of interest. Want to know more? Feel free to contact me on 0417 548 496 or at email@example.com. Barbara Cuthbert - parent Mr. Whitby’s Summer Reading Challenge The Executive director of schools, Mr Greg Whitby has announced a Summer Reading Challenge for all Catholic systemic school students in the Parramatta diocese. By independently reading ten or more books during their summer holidays, students will go into the draw to win one of three iPod Nanos. Students must record all the books they read on a log sheet, which is signed off by a parent or guardian. Entries must be received by Mr. Michniewicz in the Library by Thursday 5th February. The draw will take place on Monday 9th February and the winners will be published on the Catholic education website. Entry forms, terms and conditions and log sheets can be downloaded from the Catholic education website www.parra.catholic.edu.au Let us give thanks for the Child whom we celebrate this Advent season – the child who came to Earth as an infant, died, rose as our Saviour; and for whose coming again we wait with anticipation and love. For I Was Hungry and You Gave Me Food" (Mt 25:35) Help generate the true meaning of Christmas with the Vinnies Christmas Hamper Appeal. Each year, St Columba’s is proud to be part of the St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal, and this year will be no exception. As always, each home has been assigned a family in need, and this year, due to the increased need in our own community, your generosity will remain locally. These families who will receive our hampers are in dire need of our help, so please be as generous as you can. Every student in the school is asked to provide at least one non- perishable food item for their home wins hamper. This is one very practical way of really spreading the joy of Christmas! Merry Christmas and God bless, from all of us at Vinnies Year 8 Geography Talent Early in November a team of six talented geographers took on teams from across Sydney and some country schools in the annual Year 8 Geography Trivia Day run by WeSSSTA (Western Sydney Social Sciences Teachers Association). The tournament took place at the Rooty Hill RSL Club. There were 48 teams from around 30 schools who took part in the competition. Many of the schools were selective state schools, and a number were exclusive private schools. Our team distinguished themselves by running equal second on the day. This was by far our best ever result, previously we had only had one top-ten finish. The students were asked a variety of geographical skills and content based questions, along with questions testing their general knowledge. The day got off to a good start with Bowen Van der Voort winning a CD in an individual game of True/False. The team was made up of Jacob van der Walle, Kaitlin Mort, Mitchell Gawthorne, Amelia Hatton, Grace Buckle and Bowen Van der Voort. These students are to be congratulated not just for their success, but also for the great way they represented our school and the enthusiasm they brought to the day. All six students enjoyed thoroughly themselves. Students were chosen in the team for the hard work and excellent results they had produced in their Geography classes. Thanks to Mrs. Van der Voort who assisted with transport on the day. Mr. Michael Griffiths, Assistant HSIE Co-ordinator Engineering Studies Students Get Hot Under the Collar On Thursday the 27th November the Year 12 Engineering Studies class, accompanied by Mr. Leighton went on a cross- country jaunt (Excursion) to Port Kembla. We left school at 8.40 and headed straight for the underparts of Lennox Bridge. This historic local landmark is recognised by the Institute of Australian Engineers and we were left wondering in awe about its creation and the methods used. The spell of its shape and construction was broken when someone noticed cracks in the supporting sandstone and, despite having driven the “Dove” over it (without any perceptible movement), we beat a hasty retreat back to the bus and sought refuge under the Victoria Bridge over the Nepean River. The brickwork on the piers was most beautiful and the boys also noticed the flood level indicator, the figures on which perplexed them until they realised that we were not about to be inundated by 40 metres of water but rather 40 feet. The traffic passing on the bridge made quite a noise so, once again, we hastened to return to the comfort of the bus. With Lachlan Hill navigating we made it down to Australia’s Industry World at the Pt. Kembla Steelworks. Our guide, over the deafening rumble of 13 teenage stomachs, suggested that we had some food then return for our tour. Off to Macca’s we went where Sam Williams – unwisely we all thought – ordered a one-pounder. He hasn’t eaten since, for reasons unknown. Our guide was a former employee at the steelworks and he took great care to ensure that we knew and understood everything. We also got plenty of inside knowledge and the students spent around 45 minutes asking him questions after the tour. The size and scale of the operation is HUGE and now some 450 people produce more steel than the 20 000 previously employed there. Home we ran, looking in vain for a KFC and returning to the familiarity of St. Columba’s. The boys pronounced it to be “The best excursion ever” which has no doubt set the standard for any future experiences. Mr. Adrian Leighton, HSIE Department November Bronze Awards 7 Lauren Addy 7 Caroline Thomas- 8 Madeline Catanzaro Williams 7 Ashleigh Atkins 7 Kristen Trouve 8 Charnont Chaicharncheep 7 Jack Beckhaus 7 Dominic Walker 8 Brianna Clark 7 Victoria Bekfi 7 Dominic Walker 8 Amy Coultas 7 Ashleigh Bishop 7 Joshua Zolfel 8 Brendan Cummings 7 Julian Borrowdale 7 Matilda Alex-Sanders 8 Megan Darroch 7 Jessica Bosman 7 Chloe Ayers 8 Ciara Devlin 7 Jack Branley 7 Olivia Creagh 8 Samantha Fisher 7 John Carn 7 Grace Davies 8 Vendella Gauld 7 Katelin Chambers 7 Madeleine Dennis 8 Mitchell Gawthorne 7 Kassandra Cottee 7 Cassandra dePedro 8 Sarah Griffiths 7 Kassandra Cottee 7 Alisha Dyson 8 Scarlett Johnson 7 Carly Dale 7 Reece Frankham 8 Mitchell Kazmierczak 7 Louis De Couvreur 7 Abbey Frazer 8 Nina Kimura-Budzyniak 7 Nathan Ellis 7 Boo Jon Khoo 8 Dominic Legras Thomas 7 Sarah Evans 7 Benjamin Kuzma 8 Mary Lennon 7 Angela Fallon 7 Jasmine Lovelock- 8 Daniel Marie Dorfler 7 Loesje Fletcher 7 Jordan Lunam 8 Jordan McAnulty 7 Emma Florey 7 Brandon Macklan 8 Memphys McCallum 7 Nicholas Gane 7 Leonie Nadarajah 8 Paige McGovern 7 Natalie Hissey 7 Tia Richardson 8 Kaitlin Mort 7 Phillip Hughes 7 Joelene Rupesinghe 8 Manon Nyssen 7 Samuel Hunt 7 Jessica Russell 8 Manon Nyssen 7 Rhys Merriman 7 Jessica Vernon 8 Rebecca O'Rourke 7 Luke Morgan 7 Rhiannon Walker 8 James Page 7 Nicholas Morley-Sattler 7 Dimity Edwards 8 Adam Parigi 7 Phillip Murko 7 Alyce Noney 8 Alice Parry 7 Bradley Paul 7 Micah Pace 8 Jared Bryan Robinson 7 Avalon Ross 7 Annalise Rimmer 8 Leah-Maree Shannon 7 Khalieda Rowles 8 Cameron Attard 8 Chelsea Shepherd 7 Ryan Sims 8 Stephanie Baker 8 Zachariah Smith 7 Mitchell Sloan 8 Alison Bjornberg 8 Daniel Stopford 7 Caitlyn Smith 8 Olivia-Rose Bohman 9 Rachel Cefai 7 Brendan Starkey 8 Tara Campbell 9 Bethanie Coleman 7 Keegan Taccori 8 Sarah Carter 9 Eden Cottee 7 Madeleine Talbot 8 Elizabeth Carter 9 Jonathon Creagh 8 Madelaine Ventura 8 Jordan Sztelma 9 Oliver Povic 8 Hannah Voura 8 Emily Thomas 9 Stephanie Wyburn 8 Emma Webster 8 Jack Tunks 9 Brittany Fletcher 8 Stephanie Yakimov 8 Joseph Usherwood 9 Michelle Ludenia Samuel November Bronze Awards 8 Kimberley Brooks 9 Zan Cross 9 Catherine Patterson 8 Katy Christensen 9 Harry Cuthbert 9 Charlotte Strasiotto 8 Kate Hannen 9 Kate Field 9 Natalie Tai 8 Morgan Hukins 9 Patrick Hill 9 James Walsh 8 Maddison Hunter 9 Benjamin Lawrence 9 Jake Wright 8 Nicholas Kramhoft 9 Jacob MacKay 10 Rachel Addy 8 Lachlan Menzies 9 Audrey Marsh 10 Hugh Bennett 8 Joanna Signorelli 9 Alice Melton 10 Elizabeth Bentley 8 Jacob van der Walle 9 Bridgette Moore 10 Gabrielle Edwards 8 Jacob Wills 9 Katie Morfoot 10 Thomas Eisenhuth 8 Luke Wynands 9 Jessica O'Connor 10 Grace Hughes 8 Mikaila Baker 9 Max Peake 10 Caitlin Hunter 8 Aaron Bissett 9 Alexander Robins 10 Martin Rosa 8 Grace Buckle 9 Emma Sloan 10 Estelle Rust 8 Chevonne Fabre 9 Liam Smith 10 Margaret Whitehouse 8 Hannah Fehon 9 Sarah Swarbrick 10 Phillip Clear 8 Benjamin Martin 9 Alexander Synnott 10 Benjamin Rowe 8 Angus McCorkindale 9 Brianna Trigg 10 Clare Carter 8 Emily Thomas 9 Isabelle van der Zee 10 Declan Clear 8 Olivia Vallieres 9 Tess Wilson 10 Danielle Crichton 8 Megan Wallace 9 Thomas Winn 10 Kate Hughes 8 Ashleigh Wolthers 9 Alison Cater 10 Liam Isaksen 9 Emilie Adams 9 Sally Gorman 10 Martine Lappan 9 Caitlin Buckingham 9 Creegan Phillips 11 Nicholas Balzer 11 Christopher Davies 11 Kate Pascolini November Silver Awards 7 Matilda Alex-Sanders 7 Tia Richardson 8 Lachlan Menzies 7 Chloe Ayers 7 Joelene Rupesinghe 8 Joanna Signorelli 7 Olivia Creagh 7 Jessica Russell 8 Jacob van der Walle 7 Grace Davies 7 Jessica Vernon 8 Jacob Wills 7 Madeleine Dennis 7 Rhiannon Walker 8 Luke Wynands 7 Cassandra dePedro 7 Dimity Edwards 8 Mikaila Baker 7 Alisha Dyson 7 Alyce Noney 8 Aaron Bissett 7 Reece Frankham 7 Micah Pace 8 Grace Buckle 7 Abbey Frazer 7 Annalise Rimmer 8 Chevonne Fabre 7 Boo Jon Khoo 8 Kimberley Brooks 8 Hannah Fehon Thomas 7 Benjamin Kuzma 8 Katy Christensen 8 Benjamin Martin 7 Jasmine Lovelock-Dorfler 8 Kate Hannen 8 Angus McCorkindale 7 Jordan Lunam 8 Morgan Hukins 8 Emily Thomas 7 Brandon Macklan 8 Maddison Hunter 8 Olivia Vallieres 7 Leonie Nadarajah 8 Nicholas Kramhoft 8 Megan Wallace November Silver Awards 8 Ashleigh Wolthers 9 Michelle Ludenia 10 Benjamin Rowe 9 Alison Cater 9 Catherine Patterson 10 Clare Carter 9 Sally Gorman 9 Charlotte Strasiotto 10 Declan Clear 9 Creegan Phillips 9 Natalie Tai 10 Danielle Crichton 9 Oliver Povic 9 James Walsh 10 Kate Hughes 9 Stephanie Wyburn 9 Jake Wright 10 Liam Isaksen 9 Brittany Fletcher 10 Phillip Clear 10 Martine Lappan Sport News Great Touch Football Effort Recently our Year 7 + 8 touch teams competed in the State Finals of the NSW Touch Association All Schools Championships. The teams qualified for this event by winning the Parramatta regional carnival, and were up against the other regional winners from across NSW. Both the boys and girls teams performed very well on a day. The girls team made the quarter finals, meaning that they are one of the best eight teams in NSW. This was an outstanding achievement, and matches the success of the Year 9 + 10 girls team who were also quarter-finalists earlier in the year. This has been a great effort from all of our girls in 2008. In previous years when we had qualified for the State Finals the best we had done was one win and one draw in our pool games. The boys teams won two games and lost two of their pool games, finishing third in their pool. They lost to Chatham High School, Illawarra Sports High, and then defeated Bowraville Central School and Mudgee High. The team was made up of Anthony Corocher, Johnny Hildon, Shaun de la Mare, Angus McCorkindale, Brad Jervis, Matthew Ranse, Joe Bilby, Greg Lekkas, Jared Robinson, Ben Fisher, Taran Gauld and Aaron Bissett. Mr. Clunes was the coach of the team. The girls were undefeated in their pool games, and were first placed in their pool. In the pool games the girls defeated Calroosy High 2-1, drew with Singleton High School 2 - 2, then defeated Tweed River High School 2 -1, and Illawarra Sports High 4-0. In the quarter-final the girls were defeated by Woolaware High 2-0. The team was Hannah Voura, Anneliese Hughes, Chelsea Shepherd, Dimity Edwards, Chloe Weaver, Megan Gaudiosi, Chloe Lynch, Ali Bjornberg, Keely Gregory, Emma Murray, Clare Belfanti, Leanne Ward and Fiona Erich. Special thanks must also go to Kate Hughes and Emelie Bjornberg who were our referees for the day. Thankyou also to the many parents who came to support our students for this event. Mr. Michael Griffiths Girls Touch Football Coach NSW Netball Selections Congratulations to Josh Devrell of Year 10L who has been selected in the NSW Under 17’s Netball team. Josh travels to Queensland for the National Championships on the 10th April 2009. The St Columba’s community congratulates Josh and wishes him all the best of luck at the tournament. St Columba’s Music Program – Individual and group Music Lessons 2009 Beginning in Week 2 of Term 1 2009, we are pleased to offer Group Music tuition conducted by the Springwood School of Music, 210 Macquarie Rd, Springwood. Background Information Springwood School of Music has been operating as a Music School for over twenty five years. The School has been under the leadership of Principal, Elizabeth Newman since 1996. Elizabeth has tertiary qualifications in both Education and Music and has many years experience as a private music teacher, classroom teacher for Dept of Education and lecturer in education and music in tertiary institutions. The staff at the Music School come from diverse musical backgrounds and are ‘working musicians. Most of the staff already possess tertiary qualifications, whilst others are presently undertaking tertiary studies. About the Music Program The Springwood School of Music has been successfully running group music tuition at St Thomas Aquinas School for the past four years and a similar music program has now begun at St Columba’s Subject to numbers, we will provide tuition for beginner, intermediate and advanced students, in the following: Acoustic/electric guitar Bass Rock Band Trumpet Keyboard Flute, clarinet, sax, oboe Voice Violin It is anticipated that students will be withdrawn from their regular classes, for a half- hour per week. A rotational time system will be implemented ( subject to numbers ), so that withdrawal will not be at the same time each week. Timetabling will also take into account any special whole School events. Priority for any lunch-time lessons will be given to Senior students. Group sizes will be limited to a max of five students. The cost of the group lessons will be $88.00 (10 week Term ) with fees payable to Springwood School of Music, at the beginning of each Term. Please contact the school for individual lesson pricing. Instrument rental is usually available, for all the above-mentioned instruments, through our instrumental dealer. The price we charge for rental is exactly the same price as is available online to customers, e.g instruments start at $30.00 per month. If you wish to purchase an acoustic or electric guitar package, we can supply what our teachers consider a “good” quality beginner instrument at a very competitive price. Please contact the Music School if you would like further information on renting or purchasing an instrument If you would like to enrol a student in the Music program, please return the Enrolment Form with Term fees to the Springwood School of Music by 10th December, 2007. The Music School office is open from 1.30 to 7.30 pm Mon.-Fri. Due to time constraints, places in the program will be allocated on a “first-in basis”. As the Music School is closed during the holidays, late enrolments will be accepted by Mail or Phone during the school holidays. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ring the Music School on 47513845/0410 582 615 Individual tuition is also possible at St Columba’s, during school hours. Please contact the Music School if you would like information. If you are interested in this program, please complete the form on the next page. St Columba’s Music Program Enrolment Form I wish to enrol my child in the St Columba’s Group Music program Student’s Name:…………………………………………………D.O.B:……………..……………… Parent’s Name:………………………………………………………………………………………... Address:………………………………………………………………………………………………. Home Phone:………………..…..… Mobile:………………………… Bus:……………….……… 1st Choice Instrument: Please Circle Acoustic Guitar Bass Oboe Sax Voice Violin Electric Guitar Rock Band Clarinet Flute Keyboard Trumpet Student Music Level: Please circle Beginner Intermediate Advanced If my first choice instrument is not available please enrol my child in………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 2ND Choice Instrument, Student Music Level: Please Circle Beginner Intermediate Advanced Any further information you consider necessary to tell us about your child ………………………………………………………………………………………………………… …………………………………………………………………………………………………………. I understand that I am enrolling my child in group lessons, therefore no make-up lessons or fee reduction is possible for missed lessons. In special circumstances, such as extended illness, school exams and whole school events, I will notify the Music School before or on the lesson day, so that alternative lesson arrangements may be made. Parent’s / Guardian Signature:…………………………………..……Date:…………………..…… I “Salary Spotlight” – Fire-fighter Starting Out To work as a fire-fighter you need an AQF Certificate 111 or higher education. The position involves educating the public and dealing with fires, floods, storms, Building collapses, landslides, motor vehicle accidents and terrorist threats. Tasks include extinguishing fires, treating hazardous materials, using water pumps, foams and chemicals, freeing trapped people and applying first aid. Salary Fire-fighters earn $1050 a week, according to the Federal Government. The average advertised annual salary on the MyCareer website is $81,704 with senior fire-fighters earning $140,000. Demographics There are about 10,300 fire-fighters working in Australia. The average age is 40 years and 96% are men. Unemployment is low with 98% working full-time. Prospects Employment growth is low but is expected to rise by 1% in the next five years. The vacancy level is high with 87% of jobs arising from job changes in the profession. About 12% of jobs will arise from those leaving the profession. Sources: mycareer.com.au Jobsearch.gov.au SMH Apprenticeship - Butcher and Baker Woolworths is hiring Butcher and Baker apprentices. Training will be at Kingswood TAFE. An Information session will be held Tuesday 16th December 4pm, TAFE (Kingswood) Building H, via Gate 2 – O’Connell St, Kingswood. Reminder – How to get an Apprenticeship Evening Tuesday 9th December, Penrith RSL, Free, from 6pm – will include 17 exhibitors (TAFE, Master Plumbers, Master Builders, Australian Aerospace) TAFE Enrolments Western Sydney Institute of TAFE has changes its enrolment procedures for 2009Visit its website for details: wsi.tafensw.edu.au CSI Workshops The UNSW is offering one day school holiday workshops for those students interested in real crime scene investigation experience. Ages: 15-18 years old. All dates are in January, 12th, 15th, 19th, 22nd. Details on 1800 727640 www.nsg.unsw.edu.au/CSI.html CANTEEN ROSTER WK MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY 1st December 2nd December 3rd December 4th December 5th December Anne Hortense Rita Sipione Trish Adams Karin Heggarty Gina Costa Louise Rowles Kathryn Cefai Vicki Carn Anne Hobbs Angela Killian 8 Lorraine Phillips Fiona Davies B. Wallace Marion Commens 8th December 9th December 10th December 11th December 12th December Sandra Watkins Liesle Barrat A.Gawthorne Tina Hyland Jan Campbell Karen Bishop Valeria Branley Jenny Simone Jenny Bohman Cathie Stopford 9 Linda Mortimer Anne Gaudiosi Sue Millevoi P. Van derVoort 15th December 16th December 17th December 18th December 19th December Fran Willard Therese Winn Pauline Trigg Vicki Mitchell Alison Melton Michelle Naomie Gott Donna Dunne Leanne Dale Donna Russell 10 Robinson Leonie Hampson Leisa Cabban Deanne Hearnden Wendy Humphrys Canteen hours 10am – 2pm, EXCEPT Wednesdays, 9.30am – 1.30pm. Volunteers welcome as early as you wish. If you are unable to do your rostered day PLEASE arrange a swap. If you are unable to arrange a swap, please let me know as early as possible. Canteen phone 4754 8919 from 7.30am. If you could help on a Monday in particular, please give me a call. New volunteers always welcome. Come along and make some new friends. Thank you for your assistance. Your generosity is greatly appreciated by the school community. Mrs Betty Novak Canteen Manager Newsletters of the Future The school newsletter is a vital link between home and school. If e-mail is a preferred choice for you, please complete the following slip and return to Student Services. Parent Name: Yes, I would like to receive the newsletter via e-mail My E-Mail Address Is COMMUNITY NEWS Buena Vista Guitar Tuition Classical - electric - acoustic- All styles, all ages welcome. Beginners to Advanced. We can come to you or come to us in Winmalee. Call now for your FREE Introductory Lesson Ph. 4704 9463 or 0404 900 614 The Instructor Driving School The Instructor Driving School can now ONLY be found online at theinstructor.com.au. Feel free to use the email links from the site or call George directly on 4753 6260. Music Tuiton - Piano/musicianship/singing lessons Limited vacancies exist in Term 4 at the Blackheath Piano Studio teaching piano, musicianship and singing to all ages. Classical to leisure, written and practical exams, eisteddfods to HSC performance. Best student of 2007 was accepted into the Conservatorium of Music Sydney. Contact Dianne 4787 7262 Nepean College Penrith and Kingswood Campus Improve your English Language -Migrant English Classes General English in school hours: speaking, listening, reading, writing. Skills for Work & training - English and Computing. Information Day 10 am, Wednesday 28 January 2009. Room B1.13 Penrith Campus 117 Henry St, Penrith Maria Reid: (02) 4724 8264 English and Maths made easy - Reading, Writing, Spelling and Maths for Adults There are many FREE courses in school hours and at night. Courses are part-time, at the college or in your home. Trevor: (02) 9208 9351 Graham: (02) 47 24 8254 Sue: (02) 9208 9347 Enquiries are welcome at any time. Course information: Kathy Keys 4724 8200 TAFE NSW Western Sydney Institute Nepean College, Kingswood Campus 2-10 O’Connell St, Kingswood, Penrith Campus 117 Henry St, Penrith Vinnies Opens a New Store SVDP are pleased to announce the opening of their new store in Penrith. 2/144 Henry Street, Penrith, just one block away from the plaza, opposite the taxation building. Parking is available at the rear. Opening times: 9am – 4pm Mon-Fri and 10am – 2pm Saturdays. SVDP offers a large variety of good quality clothing, toys, books, crockery, glassware and many other items. 2008 Bikers Australia Charity Toy Run It’s that time of the year again… This annual toy run is set to take place on Sunday December 14th. The aim is to provide gifts and food, for families in need, to be distributed by the Salvation Army. Donations of good quality toys, games, books, clothes, bed linen and non-perishable foods, (all un-wrapped), can be left at the St Thomas Aquinas School Office. Remember – stuffed toys are of little value to families in need. Any bikes wishing to participate in the run, can muster in the St Thomas Aquinas school car park at 8.00am on the morning. Departure will be at 8.30am after bikes have been packed with donations and photos have been taken. Destination, Bikers Australia Shed at 6/7 Kellaway Place, Wetherill Park for a BBQ breakfast, then onto, en masse, to Fairfield Park to hand over to the Salvation Army.For all enquiries contact: Rob Mullen at St Thomas Aquinas School 4754 2554or Brad Cox 0413 180 501 Advent - Waiting in Joyful Hope for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Welcoming Jesus into our homes and our hearts, full of hope and joy, prepares us to properly celebrate Jesus' birth.