2021 Reconciliation Week at Catherine McAuley
05 Jun 2021
An indigenous group of students at Catherine McAuley Westmead, known as the Strong Sisters, has coordinated the school’s activities during Reconciliation Week.
This group of 17 students spoke at a recent school assembly about Reconciliation Week and explained why it is important. They also visited the nearby Mother Teresa Primary School and spoke again to the primary students about what it means to be indigenous and why Reconciliation Week matters.
“To me Reconciliation Week is important because it is reminding us what has happened in the past and acknowledges the apology made by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd”, says Allira, a Year 9 Strong Sisters member. “Reconciliation Week is not just another date on the calendar but a week where we remember the stolen generation and the abuse which has happened to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people”.
Every morning during Reconciliation Week students from Catherine McAuley and Mother Teresa Primary School are joining together to create a sea of hands along the Catherine McAuley school hockey fields. Students from both schools have cut out cardboard hands and written a personal message of support for reconciliation, rights, equity and justice. The students are planting these hands along the field.
“Seeing everyone write something on their hands has motivated me to actually do what is written. We should put our words into action”, says Year 11 student Naveena. “The Sea of Hands represents solidarity as a community who speaks out for justice”, says Sheryn, Year 11. “We should accept our faults and become better”.
Ms Fiona Stewart-Sandeman, Coordinator of Strong Sisters, says the activities during Reconciliation Week have been quite an eye opener for many students. “It has been a learning experience for many students who were not aware of the treatment of indigenous Australians. The Strong Sisters Group aims to promote awareness of these issues within the school community and to give them a voice. One of the most rewarding aspects of Strong Sisters has been to see younger students join the group often as a shy and quiet student to then become someone with confidence who can speak about the issues that matter to them and who have become leaders”.
Catherine McAuley and Mother Teresa students will continue to plant their hands for the rest of the week. The ‘Sea of Hands’ will remain in place until mid June.
25 Nov 2022
Year 10 NINJAS 😀 Year 10 PASS students had their ‘ninja’ skills put to the test last week as they attended Ninja 101 in Prospect. The students attended as part of their Lifestyle, Leisure and Recreation Unit and participated in a variety of challenging obstacles including swinging monkey bars, balance beams, cargo nets and a series of difficult upper body challenges. A highlight of the course was the warped wall with students challenged to climb the 1.5m, 3.5m and 5m walls.
24 Nov 2022
AROUND THE CLASSROOMS ➡ Year 9 French students of Ms Nenchev have been practising conversational French. The students have been role playing how to buy a train ticket to Paris. Bon voyage girls!
24 Nov 2022
AROUND THE CLASSROOMS ➡ To finish their study on Shogunate Japan Year 8 History students of Mrs Nicolson dressed up last Thursday as Samurai. The students worked in groups to source their materials for the dress ups which were to replicate the features of Samurai armour. Shogunate Japan was within Mediaeval times and as part of their study students have learned about the range of groups in society, including the Samurai, a special class of warriors who are still well known today. Mrs Nicolson said that the students thoroughly enjoyed showing off their creativity and in the quiz afterwards the students were able to correctly name all the features and names of the armour. To finish up the lesson the Year 8 students practised the skill of origami folding, a traditional Japanese craft. Students were encouraged to make designs that could be passed onto their families or members of the community as a gesture of appreciation and gratitude.
24 Nov 2022
Year 8 Technology Mandatory students of Mr Lennon and Mr Cavill have been looking at force, energy and motion as part of their Engineering Unit in Technology Mandatory. The students were challenged to build a cardboard roller coaster which must have as a minimum a loop and a left and right turn.
24 Nov 2022
Earlier this month four Year 11 Student Leaders were invited by Student Leaders from Mercy Catholic College, Chatswood to attend an afternoon tea. Student Leaders from other Mercy schools in Sydney were also invited.
23 Nov 2022
Meet the Year 10 Newcombe Ball Champions! 🥳🥳 Year 10 students battled it out today at lunchtime for the title of ‘Newcombe Ball Champions’! Well done to all students who participated in the series of games which ended with the Year 10 grand final. Year 7 students will have their chance to compete on Friday.
23 Nov 2022
FUTURE ENTREPRENEURS 💡Last Thursday Year 7 students gathered together in the Morley Centre for the Future Anything Activate Program Grand Final. The top Year 7 teams pitched their product and solution to the wellbeing issue they were trying to solve. This year the students have been taking part in this program which has seen the students involved in lessons and activities designed to empower young people with the knowledge, skills, support, and partnerships to develop innovative ideas that solve problems. The top teams pitched their ideas to two judges from Anything Activate and the whole Year 7 Form.
22 Nov 2022
Congratulations to the Year 8 Newcombe Ball Champions! 😀 Last Friday the final of the Year 8 Newcombe Ball competition was held with three final rounds played before the grand final to determine the Year 8 Champions! Ms Pasion, Sports Coordinator, said all Year 8 teams showed great sportsmanship with the grand final a competitive and enjoyable game. The Years 9 - 11 teams will play their rounds during lunchtime over the next two weeks.
21 Nov 2022
Last night was the Parramatta Diocesan Rise Up! World Youth Day Celebration Mass held at St John XXIII Glenwood - Stanhope Gardens. ✝️ The celebration of youth and commissioning of youth and school leaders was attended by a number of McAuley students who were accompanied by Ms Refalo, Ms Grigson and Ms Banks.
19 Nov 2022
More Cupcakes!! 🧁🧁 This time it is Year 9 Food Technology students of Ms Maher who made and decorated cupcakes to reflect a theme they had chosen. Some of the themes chosen by the students included a baby shower, Christmas and Halloween. The students completed this work as part of their unit ‘Food, Service and Catering’.
18 Nov 2022
Our Science and PDHPE staff had a fantastic afternoon on Monday at the Western Sydney University The MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development. Staff learnt about the research conducted by the Institute and potential learning collaboration opportunities for our students. Thank you to Celia Harris and Caroline Jones for hosting us - it is always great to connect with our Westmead neighbours!
17 Nov 2022
Around the Classrooms ➡ Year 10 Geography students of Miss Spelman were challenged to model some of the landforms along Australian coastlines which they have been learning about. The students used play dough to model the landforms as they mimicked the formation process.