2022 Year 9 Reflection Day
31 Mar 2022
Year 9 students attended their Reflection Day at St Patrick’s Cathedral Parramatta last Friday, 25th March. The students focused on the Mercy value of excellence and also had the opportunity to tour the cathedral. A highlight of the day was a Mass celebrated by Bishop Vincent where the students joined with parishioners in praying for peace in Ukraine.
Two reflections from Year 9 students are below:
Our Reflection Day was an extremely enjoyable day and was a great opportunity to enjoy our community and faith as a cohort. We extended our knowledge of the Mercy value of Excellence, learning that excellence is not confined to the single definition of excelling at something but achieving our personal best in everything we do, ‘doing the ordinary extraordinarily well’. During the day, we participated in many team building activities which enabled us to strengthen our friendships within the Year group.
This day was a great time to reflect on our term and the past two years of high school, focusing on the friendships we have built and the history of the Catholic faith. The Cathedral was beautiful to observe with both the historical and spiritual connection to our Earth. Within the Cathedral, we were able to observe the symbolism of the Holy Spirit, the crown of thorns and the tabernacle being a seed of which will grow as our faith does. This was a wonderful experience and Year 9 is grateful for all of the teachers who organised this day, the ones of who have helped in developing our faith and continue to support us on our school journey.
Elisha Z., Year 9
I enjoyed it when Father Walter spoke to us about how people in our society inspire us to show excellence. Father Walter used the example of how Ash Barty displayed excellence during her tennis matches and that she not only achieved her personal best, but also exceeded the expectations of others.
We were very privileged to attend Mass celebrated by Bishop Vincent and participate in the Consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, as it was the Feast of the Annunciation.
As a grade, we had an interesting discussion about what excellence meant to us and talked about individuals who inspire us in society, ranging from our family members and peers to inspiring women such as Malala Yousafzai. Ms Banks and Ms Morrison also taught us about how Mary the Mother of God showed excellence when on the day of the Annunciation.
Learning about the architecture of the Cathedral and the Chapel was very interesting as there were many symbols and sculptures representing different sections of the Bible. I especially liked the doors of the Chapel which was decorated with symbols of the Garden of Eden and the Creation story from Genesis.
Audrey H., 9 Ryan Liturgy Leader
30 Nov 2022
PERFORMING ARTS MINI SHOWCASE 🤩🤩 A wonderful afternoon today as the school gathered for the Performing Arts Mini Showcase! Performances from Drama, Dance and Music students. Well done to all involved!!
30 Nov 2022
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Catherine McAuley students are embracing the Christmas spirit with students donating to both the JRS Christmas Appeal and the Vinnies Christmas Appeal, whilst also decorating the trees in Mercy Square in Christmas House colours.
30 Nov 2022
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! 🎄🎄🎄 House Leaders and Assistant Leaders have been decorating the trees in Mercy Square in their House colours. Mercy Square is looking very festive!
30 Nov 2022
Year 10 History students spent the day on Friday last week exploring the Vietnam War period in Australia whilst Year 10 Geography students spent the day studying the erosion and management strategies of Collaroy and Narrabeen beaches.
29 Nov 2022
Year 10 History students spent Friday last week exploring the Vietnam War period in Australia. Students were fortunate to be able to listen to Ms Tang, Catherine McAuley teacher, who told the students the story of her mother, who came to Australia as a refugee after the Vietnam War. The students then watched an Anh Do documentary and answered reflection questions on the experiences of refugees who fled to Australia after the war. The History students finished their day listening to Mr Brett Hunt, a theatre in education performer, who shared the experiences of his father Frankie, and other veterans, who inspired the song ‘I Was Only 19’ by Redgum.
29 Nov 2022
Year 10 Geography students spent last Friday at Collaroy and Narrabeen beaches investigating the current management strategies by the Northern Beaches Council. ⛱⛱ Collaroy Beach has received much attention over the past few years due to the beach erosion and the students examined in detail the biophysical and atmospheric conditions that, combined with development, have contributed to the erosion.
29 Nov 2022
The combined McAuley and Marist school choir have been busy rehearsing each Thursday morning ready for the upcoming Christmas Concert and hopefully a performance at Parramatta Westfield. 😀
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!