Thank you to all those who have contacted me over the last week and a half to wish me the best in my Acting capacity in Craig’s absence. We as a College look forward to Craig’s return later in the term.
I hope that everyone had a restful break over the easter period, and it was great to see students back ready to get into the full swing of learning.
In Craig’s absence, there have been some changes at Junior Campus, and I thank all staff who have moved into new and extended roles at short notice, as outlined below.
Acting Deputy Principal (Junior Campus) – Sam Morey
Acting Director of Primary Years – Matthew Gardiner
Stevee Saville has also taken on extended Pastoral Care responsibilities in Matthew’s absence.
I thank Sam, Matthew and Stevee for stepping in at short notice.
Staff Spirituality Day
On Monday, April 24th, staff gathered at C3 in South Hobart for our Spirituality Day. We were joined by Fr Richard Leonard. Fr Richard is a Jesuit priest, author, educator and film critic. Fr Richard also directs the Australian Catholic Office for Film and Broadcasting.
This was a great day for staff to reflect on themselves and their spiritual journey within the context of an educational setting. We thank Fr Richard for spending the day with us.
Last Friday the College held its annual Cross-Country carnival. The atmosphere of the day was electric, with music, mascots and house spirit ever-present. We saw some wonderful performances on the day and, most importantly, enthusiasm and energy as students both participated and encouraged their fellow students.
I would like to thank Simone Skinner and all the HPE staff for a well-organised and successful carnival.
As we enter the colder months it can be tempting for some students to put on non-school uniform items. The College uniform has several different options to help keep students warm during this time of the year and I ask parents to please aid in helping us to maintain our uniform standards and expectations.
If any family has issues obtaining certain uniform items, I strongly encourage them to reach out to their respective Head of House or Pastoral Coordinator.
In conclusion, I wish all staff and students a productive term and look forward to seeing more highlights for our talented students.
Enrolment enquiries for Kindergarten, 2024 and Year 7, 2024.
Kindergarten, 2024 applications are still being accepted. If your child was born in 2019, they are eligible to attend Kinder in 2024. Families new to the College will be contacted to arrange an enrolment appointment and tour of our Junior Campus.
Year 7, 2024 applications are also still being accepted. All families will be contacted to arrange an enrolment appointment and tour of our Middle Campus.
Enquiries for all other year levels are always welcome.
Please contact Melissa Dance (Enrolment Officer) with your enrolment enquiry either at sacc.enrol@catholic.
Live Life Whole
Recently Year 7 and 8 female students at the Middle Campus have had the opportunity to take part in the Live Life Whole Project. Created by Megan Dickinson and her team of experienced health professionals, Live Life Whole is a suite of preventative health education modules and programs designed to help young women and their families understand more about their physical, mental and emotional health. The knowledge and content provided in these programs comes from a team of experienced health professionals, learning and curriculum specialists and sporting ambassadors with over 70 years of collective experience working with young women. This program helps to provide young females aged 12-25 the opportunity to learn about and discover knowledge and skills to support their overall health and wellbeing, now and for life. Our students have taken part in 3 sessions led by Megan Dickinson, which have been very successful. Many thanks to Leanne Caine for her assistance in implementing this program. For further information on the program, please refer to https://thelivelifewholeproject.com.au/
Tasmanian Premier’s Reading Challenge 2023
Are you an enthusiastic reader or someone who is wanting to get back into reading? Sign up to the 2023 Tasmanian Premier’s Reading Challenge where you will have ten weeks to read as much as you can - books, graphic novels, magazines - whatever sparks your interest and imagination.This is a ten week challenge open to students in Years 5-11. Once a week we will meet in the library at recess to read and log our progress for the challenge. If you would like more information or would like to sign up, please see or email Mrs Jinadasa at email@example.com.
Japanese Children's Day Excursion
Southern Catholic College Careers Showcase
Senior Information Night 2023
Year 3-11 Cross Country
Year 11 Outdoor Education
Camp Reflection by Seb Sabol
On 4th and 5th of May myself, Mr Kay and Matilda completed the Outdoor Education 2 Camp, Mr Kay and Tilly arrived at my house with a fully packed school van along with Mr Kay’s HiLux at 6:45am to pack my gear in, we then set off to the Fortescue Bay campsite. After arriving we packed and locked up all our stuff in the school van except for our day packs and loaded them into Mr Kay’s HiLux to arrive at the start of our 17km Waterfall Bay to Fortescue Bay walk. After challenging hills and relaxing descents with a lunch break in between, we completed our scenic walk in 4 hours and 30 minutes.
Once we arrived back at camp we set up our sleeping quarters for the night. By the time we were all done it was only 3:30pm and we decided to kayak to the William Pitt shipwreck which was originally planned for Friday morning. The water was flat, the wind was light and the sun was setting. It was so peaceful out on the water. Unfortunately because of high tide we were unable to see the full shipwreck, so we then paddled back to the beach and carried our kayaks back to camp.
We woke up at 7:45am and started to make breakfast. We then packed up camp and made our way to the springs of Mt Wellington where we started the North-South bike track. This bike track is the most challenging I've been on to date. The first 30 minutes of the track was the most challenging but once we got into the more open areas, it flowed from there. I was able to generate lots of speed in some parts of the track which was a great break from the technical sections. The track finished at Tolosa Park where we loaded the bikes into the van and dropped them back off at MyRide in Sandy Bay. We then drove back up to the springs, picked up Mr Kay’s HiLux and drove back to school, arriving at 3:45pm.
My favourite part of the trip was sending it down the North-South in its most flowing section.
The biggest challenge was climbing up the steep hills in our 17km walk.
Well done to the Year 7-10 St Aloysius Volleyball teams who participated with great energy, sportsmanship and team spirit. They managed to win two divisions and place as runner up in another, which is a brilliant effort.
Year 3 and 4 visit to the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
The Year 3 and 4 students will be attending the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra concert called “Deadline to Showtime” on Friday, 16th June. It will be held at Federation Concert Hall. Students will be joining in the piece called "Powerup", composed by Holly Harrison. The students will be playing the body percussion parts which we are learning in class.
Senior Drama presents Commedia dell'arte!
Kingborough’s Got Talent
Congratulations to students Ned, Alex and Dominika for their fabulous performances at Kingborough's Got Talent.
Kinder ‘On Country’ Excursion to Boronia Beach Reserve
After being very successful last year, we are excited to be re-commencing our Bush Kinder program in 2023. We will be visiting nearby Boronia Beach regularly and last week embarked on our first excursion there. The inaugural walk each year is always led by a local Aboriginal guide so children have opportunities to learn about Country from an Aboriginal perspective. This year Anthony King was the sharer of knowledge. He taught the groups about traditional plant use and animal habitats. We crushed and smelt eucalyptus leaves, tasted saltbush and were amazed to see a penguin in its burrow. We also spotted many wallabies and pademelons.
Research has indicated that contact with nature is critical for our physical, mental, social and spiritual wellbeing. It has positive effects on our ability to concentrate, learn, solve problems, relax and be creative. Children who learn outdoors ‘on Country’ improve their nature-literacy, become more confident and empathetic towards the natural world and it importantly allows children to make a connection with nature, building the future generation of advocates and custodians of our land.
After our first excursion, Mrs McWatters arranged for our classes to borrow some taxidermied animal specimens from the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. We now have a tara/pademelon, a juvenile taraba/Tasmanian devil and two seagulls in our classrooms. In the coming weeks we hope to borrow a tomeniena/penguin. These specimens offer students unique opportunities to closely observe the physical characteristics of animals and deepen their understanding of the natural world.
National Reconciliation Week 27th May - 3rd June
Youth Speakout 2023
Easter in the Parish
The Easter Triduum was a busy time as many of our students took part in various Kingston-Channel Parish liturgies. Some primary students and those in the Sacramental Program assisted with dressing the altar for Holy Thursday Mass, while some of our 2023 Student Leaders participated in the re-enactment of the washing of the feet with Fr Mike. On Good Friday, the youth presented a very moving Stations of the Cross.
College Captains Bella and Harry, along with Senior Prefect Seb, represented the College by laying a wreath at the Kingston Beach ANZAC Day Dawn Service. Thanks to all families who braved the very early start and met at the Junior Campus at 6:00am to attend the service together.
Kingborough Helping Hands
Our Food Studies students have been hard at work producing over 200 nutritious homemade meals and home baking for local people in the community. Frozen in single portions, these meals will be distributed by Kingborough Helping Hands on Loui’s Van to those in need.
Kingborough Helping Hands have also assisted us by becoming supporters of our Breakfast Club, which provides breakfast to Middle Campus students 3 mornings a week.
Vinnies students have been looking at practical ways they can support the needy in our community and cooked up two delicious pots of soup, pumpkin and creamy potato and leek. This was happily collected by Elle Bates, Youth Officer for Vinnies who has passed it on to the city branch of Vinnies to be given out on Loui’s Van in the upcoming cold winter nights.
Elle also popped into the Junior Campus to meet our Year 4 SRC students and Term 2 House leaders and share some information about the upcoming Vinnies Winter Appeal.
Mother’s Day Breakfast
The Mother’s Day Breakfast was a fabulous success with hundreds of mums, grandmas, carers and special ladies enjoying a delicious bacon and egg brekkie as well as some fabulous cakes, muffins and slices whipped up by our Senior Students’ Food Studies class. Special thank you to the Junior Campus staff and our Year 10 student helpers including all those who arrived early, helped set up, welcomed, cooked, and cleaned.
With supporting local businesses in mind, we made every effort to purchase local and would like to thank Abel Pakk for their compostable cups, Sun Valley free range eggs, Kingston Town Butchery for sourcing the bacon, and Cripps for the bread rolls.
Mother's Day Stall magic!
A special thank you to Jane Whitney and all the P&F helpers who assisted with the Mother's Day stall. This was a mammoth undertaking but so worth it to see the smiles on the students faces as they carefully picked out their gifts for their special people.
Call for Donations
Get your Tickets for Trivia Night!
Life Without Barriers
Term Two Kingston Hub Youth Services
Tennis Tasmania, in conjunction with the Kingston Tennis Club, will be conducting Junior coaching sessions which commenced on Tuesday, 16th May for 7 weeks, for young people aged aged 4-18 years.
There are 3 session times available: 4.00pm, 5.00pm or 6.00pm (duration of lessons will be 45 minutes). Cost: $100 for club members $120 for non-members.
Register below and have some fun, whilst getting some great coaching from Tennis Tasmania qualified coaches.
Go to: https://play.tennis.com.au/KingstonTennisClub/Coaching
Rosie Psychology Live Webinars
Rosie Psychology's upcoming webinars will be in the evenings to allow parents to attend to the live component. The webinars will be recorded and available to be viewed at a later time for 3 months.
Upcoming topics include:
- Understanding Anxiety in Children & Adolescents (1st June)
- Managing Anxiety in Children & Adolescents (15th June)
- Understanding Learning Disorders (29th June)
- Early Entry to Kindergarten (TBC)
Kathmandu Salamanca special offer!