Welcome back to Term 3. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome our new Student Leaders for 2019/2020 as they take over the reins of leadership from Year 12. Also, I offer my very best wishes to Year 12 students who commence their HSC Trial Examinations next Monday.
It is NAIDOC Week.
National NAIDOC Co-Chair Pat Thompson said “For generations, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have looked for significant and lasting change. We need our fellow Australians to join us on this journey – to finish the unfinished business of this country.”
The 2019 theme acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have always wanted an enhanced role in decision-making in Australia’s democracy.
“The history of our First Peoples is the history of all of us, of all of Australia, and we need to own it - hearing this history is necessary before we can come to some true reconciliation, some genuine healing for both sides. Then we can move forward together.”
Wujal Wujal is the home of the Kuku Yalanji, Kuku Nyungul and Jalunji clans – the 'rainforest people', the traditional owners and custodians of Yalanji. Country north of the Daintree.
It was a wonderful and challenging experience. We were welcomed into Country by the Elders. During the week we met the most amazing women and men who shared their lives and stories with us. A number of the Elders were taken (Stolen Generations) into the Mission and sent away to other parts of Qld. Each shared these stories as well as their strong desire for reconciliation and understanding.
Mrs Scanlon and I will now begin the process of setting up an immersion program from 2020 for our girls, so they too may share the same experiences we had. Stay tuned for further information.
Our second Open Morning Tour was held this morning – thank you to all students and staff involved.
The Alumnae Welcome is tomorrow night. There is much value for ex-students of staying in touch with OLMC through the Alumnae; each Mercy girl is already part of a network. We have a long and wonderful Alumnae tradition dating back to 1922 and this event is a great way to welcome our newest graduates into that rich tradition.
Save the dates:
Towards the end of the Term we will celebrate Mercy Day and our Graduation week as we farewell Year 12, 2019.
Term Dates for 2020 are now available – see below. Please be sure to book your holidays outside of term time.
Mr Stephen M Walsh
|2018 Alumnae Event (4.30-6.00pm)
|5 - 19 August
|HSC Trial Examinations
|Year 8 Reflection Day
|Year 9 2020 Course Preference Evening
Thank you for your Lego donations. Your contributions have been tremendous and this has enabled us to start creating masterpieces this week.
Click here for information for Parents/Carers.
Ms Marisa Zadro
Leader of Inclusive Learning
Women in STEMM
The talents of women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) are vital to secure Australia’s health and economy into the future. Since the 1980s, over half of all Bachelor and PhD graduates in the life sciences have been women. While the number of women in the physics, maths, technology and engineering fields is not as strong, new initiatives are offering both study and career opportunities. Here are some opportunities for OLMC girls interested in STEMM.
Girls in Engineering Club - just launched by the University of NSW Engineering faculty - a fun, inspiring online community for high school girls in Years 7-12 who are interested in STEM and want to explore what engineering is all about! The club is free to join. For more info and to sign up head to unsw.to/gie.
University of NSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing 2019 - Theme: ‘Not-so-smart technology’; entries close 27 August. We are in the midst of the fourth industrial revolution. We’re living in a new era where pioneering technologies are altering every aspect of life. As far as we’ve come, there are still many problems that are yet to be solved. Scientists are issuing dire warnings about climate change, machine technology is redefining the workforce and diseases like Alzheimer’s are on the rise as we face an ageing population. Read more here.
Sydney Science Festival: Speed - Meet a Scientist on 17 August. 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm at Woollahra Library at Double Bay, 451 New South Head Road, Double Bay. Do you have a budding scientist in your midst? Or burning questions that you have not been able to answer? This is an opportunity for families and anyone who wants to talk to researchers from fields including astronomy, neuroscience, medicine, geophysics and biology. Ask our scientists about earthquakes, volcanoes, the immune system, DNA, careers in science, x-ray vision, and the human brain. This free event is part of Inspiring Australia’s Talking Science library speaker series for Sydney Science Festival in National Science Week. Register here.
UTS Science in Focus: Curing Diseases in Space - 14 August, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, Australian Museum,1 William Street, Sydney: Join Dr Joshua Chou as he prepares for the first Australian space mission, looking into the biology of our cells outside of Earth. The evolution of our cells has been shaped by the physical forces of our home planet. But how will the space environment shape us, and how will we accommodate to this new biology as we delve further into space exploration? Be a part of brand new research in cell biology and biomedical engineering, to uncover the effects of space travel on human biology.
University Open Days
ACU – Passion for Business early entry program now open for direct entry
ACU has streamlined the Passion for Business (P4B) early offer program.
For the 2020 intake, you can apply for direct entry into an ACU business course and be made an early offer in Year 12, if you have completed Year 11 and a business-related subject. This means that you can rest assured well before Year 12 is over that you have been awarded a place in the degree of your choice.
You will need to complete Year 12 to satisfy ACU’s English prerequisite requirement before entry.
Students apply for the P4B program directly to ACU – which means you don't have to apply through UAC to receive an offer.
ACU Passion for Law Early Entry
Closes late September
Choose a path empowering others. If you’re in Year 12 and driven by ideas such as justice and fairness, our Passion for Law (P4L) program offers you early entry into ACU and gives you the opportunity to take your first career steps while you study. Fill out and submit our P4L online application. Include a 200-300 word written statement addressing the following:
Why you are passionate about law?
Why you want to study law at ACU?
What are your future career goals and aspirations?
Community Achiever Program - Open Now
The Community Achiever Program (CAP) offers future students who are active in their community early entry to their undergraduate course of choice. It also provides opportunities to enhance leadership and volunteering skills. If you’re successful in applying for the CAP, you could receive an offer to study with us in August. Apply:
Talk With Industry Series
Join ACU online or on campus for a Talk with Industry event to hear from health practitioners, business graduates or teachers on what it’s really like to work in their field. You will hear from graduates about their experiences and get tips and advice for pursuing a career. For a list of upcoming events and to register visit
UOW - Important dates for Early Admission
1 August 2019 - Applications open
30 August 2019 - 5pm - Applications close
3 August 2019 - Come to UOW Open Day to learn more about studying at UOW via Early Admission. Early Admission information sessions will be on at 10am, 12pm and 2pm. The Early Admission Application Hub will be open from 10am to 3pm, so you can start your application with help from the UOW Early Admission team.
16 September 2019 - Invitations to attend engagement activity (or activities) sent
30 September-3 October 2019 - In-person engagement activities
14-16 October 2019 - Official UOW offers sent to successful applicants.
UTS - Co-op Scholarship Bachelor of Information Technology
Closes 8 September
Are you at the top of your game? With the Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT), you’ll join a cohort of high achieving students who are passionate about using technology to drive business outcomes. This is a three-year, fast-tracked IT course designed to mentor the next generation of IT and business leaders.
SCU - Application Support for Indigenous Australians
If you are an Indigenous Australian who has applied to study at SCU but have not yet been made an offer based solely on your application, there is an alternative entry scheme available.
The Testing and Assessment Program allows you to sit an assessment task which will be assessed by an academic who will then discuss your options for University admission.
This may include you receiving an offer into the course you have applied for or considering an alternative pathway into your preferred course. Alternative pathways may include the completion of the Preparing for Success Program or articulation via another course.
Special Subject Bonus Scheme
We believe that your ability to undertake a university course can be measured by looking at a combination of the Year 12 subjects you have taken at high school and your overall score, rather than looking at your ATAR alone. SCU may award bonus points to you based on your performance in selected Year 12 subjects that we believe will better prepare you for the demands of your chosen university study. To make things easy for you the Year 12 Special Subject Bonus Scheme does not require a separate application. If you are marginally below the course cut-off, bonus points will be applied which may make you eligible for an offer. These offers will be made in the UAC and QTAC main offer rounds https://www.scu.edu.au/study-at-scu/high-school-students/entry-pathways/atar-and-op-bonus-points/
Your Future at TAFE Open Day
Saturday 14 September, 9AM - 1PM
TAFE NSW Design Centre Enmore
TAFE NSW Granville
TAFE NSW Mount Druitt
TAFE NSW Northern Beaches
TAFE NSW Ultimo
Join us at TAFE NSW Open Day for interactive workshops, live demonstrations, explore our world-class facilities and meet your expert teachers! If you're looking to kickstart your career with a diploma or degree, become an aspiring apprentice, launch your small business, or gain exciting new skills, TAFE NSW can help you be in a career you love. Register here: https://events.tafensw.edu.au/open-day
There’s never been a better time to start an apprenticeship in NSW. The NSW Government is paying the course cost for 100,000 new apprenticeships – meaning students no longer face a qualification fee of up to $2000. Apprenticeships are a great career pathway. They combine on-the-job training with classroom study to give you the skills and experience employers are looking for. An apprenticeship generally takes 3-4 years to complete and apprentices earn a salary while they learn. There are more than 120 different apprenticeship courses available in NSW, in a range of industries including construction, cooking, aviation and automotive.
PwC Higher Apprenticeship Program
Applications are open. For more information go to www.pwc.com.au/higher-apprenticeship.
Apprenticeship Positions – Sydney Trains
Sydney Trains will be recruiting approx. 100 new apprentices across electro-technology and mechanical engineering fields for 2020. Advertising will commence in early July via the I Work for NSW and Seek websites. For further information please contact Rhonda Moore at Sydney Trains:
Landscape Solutions Apprentice Information Session
26 September. 4pm to 6pm
Landscape Solutions, 16 Distribution Pl, Seven Hills
Are you wanting an apprenticeship? Come and meet the team at Landscape Solutions and find out how you can be a part of this dynamic company. Talk to current and former apprentices and meet our business leaders. Perfect opportunity for anyone that wants to get ahead of the pack.
If you have problems booking or tickets have been sold out- please email firstname.lastname@example.org
NIDA - Applications Open for 2020
Applications to study at NIDA, Australia’s leading education institute for the performing arts are now open. Learn within an immersive, collaborative and future-focused environment. Choose a Bachelor of Fine Art or Diploma across courses in acting, costume, design, make up, musical theatre, properties, scenic construction, technical theatre and stage management. Apply now at https://apply.nida.edu.au/
Kenvale College - Open Day - Free Entry - Food Festival
38 High St Randwick
Find out more about future career possibilities from our industry leaders > Get first-hand advice from our current students > Tour the campus and get your questions answered. More info: email@example.com / 02 9314 6213 (9am-5pm AEDT).
SAE – Open Day
11 August. 10.00am onwards
39 Regent Street, Chippendale
If you're considering studying creative media (Animation, Audio, Design, Film or Games) this event is a great opportunity to speak to our experienced team and find out more about this dynamic and expanding industry. You can check out our amazing equipment and facilities, meet your future mentors, talk to current students and discover the career opportunities that await you after graduation. We offer Bachelor, Diploma and Certificate courses in a relaxed and friendly learning environment. https://sae.edu.au/news-and-events/events/sydney-campus-open-day-11-august-2019/?date=2019-08-11&id=557
JMC Academy Open Day - Audio, Animation, Games Design, Music, Film
17 August . 9.30am - 3.00pm
561 Harris St, Ultimo
On the day you can take a tour of our facilities, get your hands on some of our serious gear, grab a bite to eat and learn why JMC continues to lead the way in Creative Industries education. You’ll also have a chance to chat with current students and heads of department about studying abroad, industry internships and scholarships. Don’t forget to listen to our student bands and stop by the studios to see and hear live film and audio productions.
College of Event Management – Event Boot Camp
Ever wondered what an event manager actually does?Interested in getting behind the scenes of a major event?Would you like to meet events professionals on the job? Event Bootcamp is designed for people with an interest in a career in events but who need a clearer idea of what it’s all about. The course is a low-cost, high-intensity backstage pass to the world of events. By the end of this short course, you will have a good understanding of the role of an event manager while gaining first-hand experience behind the scenes of a major event.
AIE – Open Day
18 August. 10.00am to 3.00pm
Sydney, Canberra & Online
Discover the courses designed to get you started in game development, 3D animation and visual effects. We will be opening the doors to visitors eager to find out about full-time and part-time courses starting in 2019. The day will include presentations on different areas of industry to get into as well as information about AIE full-time and part-time courses and entry requirements. Student work will be on display and our teachers will be available to speak with you one on one about our courses and how AIE can get you into a creative career.
Academy of Music and the Performing Arts - Open Day
136 Chalmers Street, Surry Hills
You'll have the chance to speak to staff and students to get a taste of what life is like on campus. Find out what our recent graduates are up to, join one of our campus tours and bring all of your burning questions. If you're interested in a career in the Performing Arts, RSVP now to discover why more and more musicians, producers and dancers are making the switch to AMPA. We'll see you there!
Billy Blue College of Design - Open Night
3 September. 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
46-52 Mountain Street, Ultimo
Learn about our courses. Take a tour of our studios. Speak to our Lecturers and Faculty staff, and
Hear from current students about what it’s like to study at Billy Blue. Open Night isn’t like your typical Open Day, you’ll have the opportunity to speak one on one with the Faculty staff that teach and write our courses, work in the industry and have first-hand experience of what it’s like to follow your passion and turn it into a career.
Teacher Education Scholarships Now Open
Closes 30 August
$5,000 per year of study and $3,000 appointment allowance and a permanent job.
Get a head start with your teaching career. If your future plans include studying teacher education in the subject areas of mathematics, science (with physics), selected technological and applied studies subjects or special education (K-12), or you’re already enrolled in one of these courses, then this scholarship is for you! With up to 220 Teacher Education Scholarships on offer there’s never been a better time to apply! https://www.teach.nsw.edu.au/getpaidtostudy/teacher-education-scholarships
Like Aviation? Be part of the Airforce Cadets
Be on top of the airforce cadets’ news. Check out these great opportunities.
ABC TV Q&A - Join the High School Panel
Could a high school student join the Q&A panel? Yes!
Q&A is looking for senior high school students who are keen to tackle the big issues from behind the desk - right beside our top politicians and commentators.
Send us a one-minute audition video answering the following questions:
Why would you be a good addition to the Q&A panel?
What issues are you passionate about?
How would you deal with the big issues going head-to-head with our politicians?
The 2019 Q&A High School Special will be broadcast live from the ABC studios in Sydney in August.
Planning Ahead: Your US & UK Application Timeline
28 August, North Sydney
Are you in Year 9, 10 or 11 and thinking about applying to universities like Harvard, Stanford, Oxford or Cambridge? The single biggest mistake Australian students make is leaving the application too late.
Many students try to start their overseas application during a busy Year 12. With a steady stream of exams, many students simply don't have time to put together every element of their US or UK application. At this event, expert speakers from Crimson Education will use successful student case studies to map out all the steps you can take to give yourself the best chance of gaining admission to top US & UK universities. JobJump members an exclusive discount that can be accessed here:
SAT and ACT Admission Tests - What's the Difference?
Internationally Educated has updated our article comparing the SAT and the ACT tests which are used for admission purposed to US universities. Any queries, contact us 8006 9737 or click here.
Study in the US or UK Info
Various dates to select
U.S. Consulate General, Sydney, Level 10, MLC Centre, 19-29 Martin Place
One-on-one information session with an EducationUSA Adviser. EducationUSA is a U.S. Department of State network of over 400 international student advising centres in more than 170 countries. The network promotes U.S. higher education to students around the world by offering accurate, comprehensive, and current information about opportunities to study at accredited postsecondary institutions in the United States.
Mrs Louise Weihen
Leader of learning, VET/Careers
The first weekend of the holidays saw the final events of the Parramatta Eisteddfod, a competition spread over seven weekends in May and June. Nearly two thousand entrants were involved in this competition and over sixty of these were OLMC students.
The results in the final events continued the amazing run of success by our girls. There were two sections of Individual Prepared Speaking on the day. Tia Monga was placed first, while Vedika Kothekar and Isabella Samaha were second in their respective sections. Ria Sallakonda was placed third in her section and Yasmin Sampaio received a Highly Commended certificate. Our other entrants also performed very well. Congratulations go to Allison John, Olivia Nesci, Anishha Raychaudhuri and Jacinta Ritchie for their efforts. All girls are in Year 7, a sure sign that public speaking at OLMC will be in good hands for years to come.
2019 has been our most successful year yet in this competition. Almost three-quarters of our students were among the prizewinners, a truly remarkable result. In summary:
Congratulations to all our girls, to their parents who listened patiently to endless rehearsals and to the teachers who attended events to support our students.
Australian Individual Debating and Public Speaking Competition (AIDPSC) and Speakfest
Over the holidays, the students selected to compete at the Australian titles in Melbourne in September attended an all-day workshop in preparation for their competition. The senior team of Yasmine Alwakal, Veronica Chacty, Anne Nguyen (all Year 10) and Daphne Fong (Year 11) will be striving to make the Australian team to compete at the world titles held in Shanghai, China, at Easter 2020. While the junior team does not progress to world titles, their competition (known as Speakfest) gives them good experience should they be selected in the senior team in the years ahead. The junior team comprises Ainslie McNally, Ambeikaa Mishra, Tijana Pavlovic and Freya Scothern, all of Year 8. Tijana was overseas over the holidays so a big thank you must go to Julia Kable of Year 9 who volunteered to participate in the workshop so the practice debate would be possible. In fact, Julia’s contribution throughout the day was significant. Her experience in competing at Speakfest last year was evident in the way she helped in the training session.
A special mention must also go to outstanding Year 11 student Jessica D’Souza who showed the benefit of competing at this year’s World titles in Canada. Jess volunteered to help train both teams and her input into the day was most impressive, certain to give our girls a real advantage when they travel to Melbourne.
I would also like to thank Mrs Pauline Shore who assisted on the day in order to familiarize herself with the structure of the competition. Mrs Shore and Ms Bujnowski will be accompanying the teams in September.
Our new DAPS leaders
I’d like to congratulate Daphne Fong and Lily Tambrchi who have been elected Debating and Public Speaking leaders for 2019/2020. Both these Year 11 girls have a proven record of success in public speaking and debating and their energy and enthusiasm is sure to contribute much to these co-curricular initiatives.
Mr Christopher Ostrowski
Public Speaking Co-ordinator
NSW All Schools Cross Country
On Friday 26 July, the NSW All Schools Cross Country Championships were held at Eastern Creek Raceway. OLMC was represented by Lucie Francis and Summer Giddings. Both girls ran extremely well with Lucie finishing 4th in the 13 years event and Summer winning the Senior Multi-Class event. Summer and Lucie have now both qualified to compete at the School Sport Australia Cross Country Championships in late August! Well done to both girls.
Oceania Athletics Championships
Congratulations to Summer Giddings, winning the Open Women’s Multi-Class Long Jump at the Oceania Athletics Championships in Townsville in June!
Indoor Cricket National Championships
Tarni Sutton spent the second week of the holidays competing in the NSW Metro 17 and Under Girls Team at the National Junior Indoor Cricket Championships in Melbourne. The team had a very successful tournament, making it into the Grand Final against Victoria Blue but losing narrowly, to finish Runners-up for the tournament. Well done Tarni!
OLMC competed at the PDSSSC Netball Championships at Penrith on 24 July. OLMC was represented by Tara Wall, Charlotte Carter, Brianna El-Bayeh, Jaimee Abrahams, Thalia Lake, Alexandra Zito, Gemma Hawkes, Josie Connelly, Natalie Jiang, Analiese Hanna, Alexandria Deloso, Kate Sloane, Haylee Shelton, Abi Van Leeuwen, Jessica Barnes, Charlotte Gillies, Amelia Polley, Brianna Coorey, Abigail Mahoney, Chanelle Maikhael, Jemima McKenna, Brianna Weatherburn, Caitlin Alam, Sienna Stokes, Ella McGirr and Chiara Borthwick.
The Senior girls finished 3rd in their pool, just missing the Semi-finals. While the Intermediates and Juniors, finishing 2nd and 1st in their pools respectively, both made the Semi-finals but unfortunately were narrowly defeated by Caroline Chisholm and Marion. The girls played exceptionally well and should be proud of their efforts.
A big thank you must go to Charlotte Ryan, Mikeeli Lake and Alana Shehadie who umpired for us. Their professionalism and hard work must be commended.
Finally, thank you also to Mrs Cunningham, Mrs McManus and Mrs Bushell for all their time and effort with their teams.
OLMC has Duty on August 3 at ERNA. OLMC is required to supply 4 helpers in the canteen and 2 on Scorers’ Table duty every hour (7:30am – 4:30pm). You must be 15 or older to be able to help.
Could you please place your name (if you are old enough) on the roster here - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1KqN2pcY3nYnxb_n3YD8J8okHpx8a95puvh9yG_uTs8Y/edit?usp=sharing
Please also pass this on to anyone who might be able to help us out.
Action photos will also be taken this Saturday by Anthony Khoury!
You can continue to view the draw and all results here - http://erna.nsw.netball.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/draw.aspx?
A reminder that the final Round will take place on Saturday August 10. Semi-finals for the top 4 teams in each division will take place on Saturday August 17. OLMC 5 and OLMC 6 will play a Round 15 game on August 17.
Wednesday Touch Football
Wednesday Touch Football Registrations are now open. All students have been emailed a form and details about the upcoming season which starts on Wednesday September 4 at Doyle Ground.
Registration forms must be handed in by Friday August 9.
Students will be competing in the New OLMC Sports Singlet and PE shorts or bike shorts which can be purchased form the Uniform shop.
Mr Stuart Guthrie
Is your child interested in taking instrumental / vocal lessons? Click here to apply.
Our instrumental and vocal mentors are all experienced performers and teachers. Our mentors have completed, or are currently completing University degrees in Music and/or Education. They are passionate and enthusiastic about Music and Music Education. Click here to find out more about our tutors.
Mr Paul Witney
Director of Music Performance
School fees were due on Friday 26 July 2019. If your account remains outstanding, then please ensure that the Finance Office receives payment promptly.
Any queries on fees can be directed to the Finance Office on 8838 1214 (8.00am – 4.00pm) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Frances Morgano
Acting Finance Manager
This week we are celebrating NAIDOC Week. The week began with the raising of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island flags. These two indigenous flags are raised every morning along with the Australian flag.
Girls attended a special ceremony and were then led through the Aboriginal artwork called ‘The Journey’ which was commissioned by the Sisters of Mercy and painted by Aboriginal artist Danny Eastwood. It tells the story of the Aboriginal connection to the Sisters of Mercy from the time of their arrival to Parramatta in 1888.
At Assembly this week, the girls learnt a few local Darug language words, including:
Year 8 Reflection Day
The Year 8 Reflection Day will take place on 7 August at the Edmund Rice Retreat and Conference Centre in Mulgoa. The girls will hear from a range of guest speakers from a variety of Catholic organisations to share information about the people they assist and work in partnership with.
All students should have completed a TryBooking form to select workshops for this day.
Mrs Gabby Scanlon
Director of Mission, Acting
Creativity is a human quality that exists in every single person.
At this point in Term 3 the cycle of learning of designing, producing and evaluating is clearly in evidence. Year 7 students are completing their first project in Technology, while the Year 12 Design & Technology students are also completing their final projects to be submitted as part of their HSC.
This year marks the introduction of a new syllabus for Year 7. The design process, which is the backbone of all the Technology courses is still prominent, however, the focus areas have diversified and have come to reveal the importance of focusing on the future in Technology. Consequently, our new areas of study for Year 7 are Food and Agriculture and Engineered Systems.
The introduction of engineering has been an exciting process of idea generation and experimentation. Year 7 students have developed ideas around force and motion, examining materials that are both functional and aesthetic. The Food and Agriculture unit has our piqued students’ curiosity for growing their own food and developing their nutritional knowledge, with the girls growing their own sprouts in Semester One. We are hoping to embrace the spring weather later on in the term to further develop the students’ agricultural knowledge. Who knows what we might grow next?
As another year of MasterChef finishes on our television screens, so too does the introduction of our very own OLMC version of MasterChef. The Year 9 Food Technology students have studied a variety of food preparation techniques in the first semester to gain confidence in being able to combine flavours and cooking techniques. Allowing the students to develop their own recipes for a specified audience within a time frame, is a pivotal learning curve for all budding chefs and nutritionists.
The Year 10 IST students have been developing their knowledge and understanding of artificial intelligence over the last semester. The culmination of the teaching unit was for each group of students to design an AI system that could either amplify human capability, solve global climate issues or support disaster recovery.
Some of the students’ ideas were:
Year 12 Design and Technology are definitely at the pointy end of their design journey with their Major Design Projects due on 29 August. At this time of the year, the students are reflecting on the feedback received and refining their design folios, whilst simultaneously finalising their major projects.
The Year 12 Major Design Projects will be on display at the College's HSC Art & TAS Showcase on 24 August. We look forward to welcoming you to this event.
Ms Marcia Jaimes
Leader of Learning, TAS
Talking to your children about their use of social media
It is incredibly tempting to just ban our daughters from using social media in an attempt to try and protect them from the negativity that is often associated with social media. However, this does them a disservice in not allowing them to develop the skills to learn to use social media in a responsible manner. A colleague recently shared with me a wonderful resource for educators, parents and young women www.mediagirls.org. Media girls is an excellent resource to help us help our girls, navigate how to be responsible in the way that they use their social media accounts.
It is never too late to start a conversation with your daughter about what social media she uses and what steps she takes to minimise or protect herself from negativity. If you are unsure where to start, Media Girls provides both conversation starters as well as a social media contract, which can be used as is, or to help facilitate conversation and adjusted to meet your family’s needs.
Mrs Sandra Portela
Senior College Counsellor