Week 10 Term 3 2021
From the Principal
Dear Staff, Students and Parents,
We nearly made it! Sincere thanks for your outstanding level of support throughout Term 3, especially during our weeks of extended Lockdown. The strength of any community is best measured not in the good times, but when things have not gone to plan and I am very pleased to say that our Woodlawn community has more than risen to the challenges Term 3 has presented. Special thanks to all families for the many ways you encouraged and supported your sons and daughters in the Blended Learning space.
As you would all by now be aware, the Lismore LGA goes into Lockdown again from 6pm tonight for an initial seven (7) day period. This means that the College will only be open tomorrow (Friday) for the children of essential workers. A casual teacher will supervise these students. Given we are one day out from the September Holidays, we will NOT be reverting to Blended Learning for the day – students can enjoy an additional day’s break as a ‘reward’ for their efforts over the last several weeks. Please refer to the attached letter from Dr Sally Towns, Director of Catholic Schools, for further information.
There will be a number of staffing changes at the College in Term 4. We welcome Mr Chris Mason and Ms Christina Hazell back from leave next term and farewell Mrs Sharni Garrington, Mrs Summa O’Brien and Ms Jessica Godfrey who each commence periods of Maternity Leave. Mrs Karen Davies has been appointed Acting Leader of Catechesis for Term 4 and Ms Beth Hobbs, Mr Grahame Hartley and Ms Ellen Seller will each be taking on roles for the term. We offer our very best wishes to each of these staff for their time away and return to work respectively.
Our House Captains and Vice-Captains were appointed this morning so I am now in a position to announce our Student Leadership Team for 2022 in its entirety:
College Captains: Alana Rojo and Finlay Buchanan
College Vice-Captains: Eva Crotty and Luka Venables
Ministry Captain: Molly George
Student Representative Council: Harry Baker, Madeline Ewing, Jillian Gao, Leia Golding, Esther Lees, Tarryn Rathbone, Jack Taylor (SRC President), Liam Weekes.
Bell House Captains: Madeline Ewing and Jack Taylor
Bell House Vice-Captains: Stella Youngberry and Lachlan Mahon
Carroll House Captains: Alexandra Donaldson and Tom McKeown
Carroll House Vice-Captains: Felicity Hajjar and Sebastiano Astone
Kennedy House Captains: Ebony Roder and Harry Baker
Kennedy House Vice-Captains: Megan Elliott and Jackson Kempshall
Segrief House Captains: Ruby Hussey and Cormac Campey
Segrief House Vice-Captains: Georgia Weissel and Liam Weekes
Congratulations to each of these students who I’m sure will do the College and their families proud. We are really looking forward to what 2022 has to offer.
I have written, under separate cover, to families and Year 12 students earlier in the week with a basic outline of what the first weeks of Term 4 will look like for them on a daily basis. This will be updated and reissued early next term with any additional information that comes through in the interim.
Lismore CSO is again offering fee relief for families adversely affected by the current COVID-19 Lockdown. If any families are recipients of the COVID-19 Disaster Payment – NSW or COVID-19 Business Grant, full relief for Term 3 School Fees is available. Please contact Mrs Vicky Fitness, College Manager, or Ms Carolyn Hope, Finance Officer in the first instance to discuss your specific circumstances, in confidence.
A reminder that Monday, 4 October is a Public Holiday. The first day of Term 4 will be Tuesday, 5 October which will be a teaching day (ie. not Student Free). I expect to be in communication with you before school resumes with an update of Term 4 COVID-19 restrictions.
Finally, as we move into yet another period of Lockdown, this fortnight’s reflection exhorts us to appreciate the little things each of us has been blessed with:
‘There is only one thing about which I shall have no regrets when my life ends.
I have savoured to the full all the small, daily joys.
The bright sunshine on the breakfast table;
the smell of the air at dusk;
the sound of the clock ticking;
the light rains that start gently after midnight;
the hour when the family comes home;
Sunday-evening tea before the fire!
I have never missed one moment of beauty, nor ever taken it for granted.
Spring, summer, autumn, or winter.’
(Agnes Sligh Turnbull)
With best wishes for your continued good health and a relaxing holiday break. Thank you for your ongoing support.
From the Assistant Principal - Mission
This week we acknowledge the Senior students in the College who have excelled in their commitment, desire to serve and contribution to our community. It is my pleasure to announce the winners of the Special Awards for 2021.
The Jean Claude Colin Award for special contribution to College life and culture was awarded to Skylar McQuilty. Skylar involves herself in all aspects of College life in the Marian way of presence, simplicity, love of work and her capacity to see a need and do something about it.
Molly O’Toole was awarded the Woodlawn Ex-Students' Association Award for the most consistent effort and desire to improve. Molly also received The Father John Webber Award for positive leadership promoting a spirit of unity in College and the J.C. Reilly Award for Senior Mathematics and Science.
The Ex-Students' Award for most consistent effort and desire to improve was also awarded to Lachlan Watts for his commitment to his studies.
The Aden Ridgeway Award for Indigenous Cultural Ambassadorship was awarded to Coen Moran for his outstanding achievements in the Arts and being a humble role model.
Servant leadership is acknowledged through the College Leadership Award for meritorious contribution. This was awarded to both Daniel Westerman and Tiana Riley for their stewardship during their year as College Captains. They are commended for their contribution across all areas of College life and for the authentic way they expressed their leadership through words and deeds.
Tiana Riley also received the Bishop Carroll Award for positive energy, upholding Marist values and for mentoring and being a role model for all those whom she encounters. The Chanel Award exemplifies a life lived with courage, kindness and participation as a witness for the marginalised. This was awarded to Courtney Hanson who also received her Gold Badge in 2021.
Being an 'all-rounder' at the College is acknowledged through the receipt of the Caltex Medal. Being an all-rounder means that Innes McLaren, the recipient, involves himself in all aspects of College life. This includes involvement in Social Justice initiatives, involvement in the Spiritual life of the College and sporting achievements at a Diocesan level.
The Father Stephen Maloney Award for the students displaying outstanding Christian concern for others was awarded to Grace Carey and Jack Leslie.
The Anne Jones Award for Public Speaking in 2021 was awarded to Lily Fisher for her advocacy of those who are marginalised and on the fringes. Lily also openly promotes stewardship of creation by being a passionate voice for care of the environment.
Zoe Leadbeatter-O’Reilly received the Thomas George Award for civic leadership and contribution to the school and the wider community.
The Reuben F. Scarf Award for consistent effort and desire to improve whilst persevering to attain their goals was awarded to Riley Barrett.
In 2021, the Paul and Robyn Davies Challenge Award for perseverance in the face of adversity was awarded to Brigid Richardson and Roy Czislowski.
The Matthew Johnston Memorial Prize for outstanding dedication to creative arts was awarded to Ossian Quinn-Jarvis for his talents in the creative pursuits of Drama and Music.
The Academic Achievement Award for Senior Humanities was awarded to Isabella Wilson and Olivia Mosse.
I hope you all have a restful break. I would especially like to commend our Year 12 students for their maturity and their resilience in these unusual times.
Assistant Principal - Mission
From the Assistant Principal - Learning & Teaching
The last few weeks have been a difficult time for our entire community. I would like to congratulate our students who were forced to snap into the Blended Learning environment with very little warning. Year 12 students deserve a special mention, as they have been the most affected by the current COVID outbreak. They had to prepare for and complete online modified Trial HSC Examinations. This style of examination was foreign to us all, but Year 12 handled the situation with distinction!
Have a safe break. Term 4 starts on Tuesday, 5 October for all students.
Assistant Principal - Learning & Teaching
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
Congratulations on making it to the end of a very challenging school term. Our students have coped well with the challenges of Blended Learning, but it has been lovely to see them back at the College this week. We hope they have a restful holiday and are recharged, mentally and physically, for Term 4.
If the young people in your care are needing support during the holidays, there are many online services available to them:
Lifeline (lifeline.org.au or 131114)
Kids Helpline (kidshelpline.com.au or 1800 55 1800)
Beyond Blue (beyondblue.og.au or 1300 224 636)
Headspace (eheadspace 1800 650 890)
Leader of Student Welfare
The full version of the Careers Update can be found at this link. Newsletters are listed on the left side of the page. Select the week for the most up to date news. Don’t forget to check the Calendar for Open Days, events, Career Expos, new dates and closing dates, etc.
A local prestige automotive dealership is seeking a first year apprentice to join their team.
If you are interested, please contact Mr Maginnity for further details.
Medical Reception Traineeship - North Coast Radiology
NCR are currently seeking a Trainee Medical Receptionist to join our Lismore and Ballina team.
We are looking for candidates who are interested in gaining a 12-month Medical Receptionist Traineeship commencing in 2022.
The successful applicant will gain work experience through on the job training and theory based learning, where you will work towards a Certificate III in Business Administration (Medical), a nationally accredited qualification.
Upon successful conclusion of the 12-month program, there will be potential opportunity for the Trainee to gain a full time clerical position.
The successful candidate will:
- Be enthusiastic, motivated and hardworking;
- Display excellent interpersonal skills;
- Have a demonstrated ability to work as part of a team;
- Pick up new computer systems quickly;
- Pride themselves on their meticulous attention to detail;
- Provide exceptional customer service in person and over the phone;
- Be able to balance competing priorities and tasks, while ensuring timely service.
Whilst the position will predominantly be based within our Lismore branches, the successful applicant may be required to travel to our surrounding branches as required.
Vocational Pathways Coordinator
All students have now received a package which includes the portrait set, Home Group photo and ID card.
Additional photos and specialty group photos will be at a 20% discount until Tuesday, 21 September. Please note the discount will be automatically applied at checkout.
Orders can be placed securely online at www.advancedlife.com.au using the unique code M7D 2VN G2F.
Should you have any queries concerning school photographs or online ordering, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Services Office
Catholic Schools Parent Assembly
The Parent Assembly supports parents as they seek to improve their understanding of child development and parenting skills. Opportunities are provided for parents to enhance their knowledge and skills through seminars, topical workshops and expert guest speakers. Since its beginning in 1995, the Parent Assembly has provided parenting education opportunities for parents in the following areas:
- Prayer and family life
- Drug and alcohol education
- Christian personal development and human sexuality
- Cyber safety
- Bullying in schools
- Boys and girls education
- Parenting skills
School Locker - School Uniforms
Student Uniforms and supplies are available at the following stores. Please click on the links below for more information and opening hours.
Creative Kids Vouchers
Creative Kids Vouchers are available. This is an excellent way for your students to use their Creative Kids voucher for art and craft supplies ... which can be delivered directly and contactfree to their homes.
More information on how to obtain your Creative Kids Vouchers in the flyer attached.