Year 12 Pastoral Care Seminar
24 May 2023
Year 12 students at the Pastoral Care Seminar.
Through song and story telling, Chris Doyle, from Karis Ministries, led a seminar for Year 12 students, with the theme of Respectful Relationships and Resilience.
By sharing aspects of his own story, Chris encouraged the students to reflect on the importance of resilience as they journey through their final year of school.
The morning’s activities reinforced cohesion amongst the students and an acceptance of difference. One group activity required the students to create their own “10 commandments” outlining their expectations from a relationship - and the results were interesting!
The morning started with the students and Year 12 Wellbeing teachers sharing light refreshments and I commend the students on their positive approach and involvement in the seminar.
Overall, the seminar day allowed us to not only grow closer as friends and a grade but enabled us to realise and reflect on the significance of setting ourselves high standards for our partners and friends, because if anything as girls who strive for higher things, we all deserve truly nothing but the best for ourselves.
I found the day enjoyable and extremely educational as to how to respect myself and others around me. I had a lot of fun singing and dancing with my friends and becoming closer to our year as a whole.
The seminar with Chris Doyle was both insightful and empowering, providing a valuable opportunity for us as a grade to reflect upon our high school and life experiences, uniting for one of the final times. Chris himself provided such wisdom that has and will continue to resonate with not only me, but the rest of our grade and teachers for many years to come, using song, laughter and love to remind us to treat others how we want to be treated, a lifelong lesson that he made sure we knew and integrated in our words and deeds.
I felt more optimistic about the future and grateful to be able to become closer with my friends.
A great session letting us spend time with our friends and learn about self-love
The seminar with Chris Doyle was both fun and affirming; understanding ourselves and setting boundaries for other people in our lives and never accepting the bare minimum was hilarious and entertaining. Most likely a Year 12 core memory!
I really enjoyed the opportunity to take some time to connect on a deeper level with my peers. I especially loved how I was able to sing and dance with my friends and I was surprised how much we learned about each other in a small amount of time.
The seminar was a really lively and great experience. I appreciated how we were able to come together as a grade, comfort each other, and sing songs together, particularly before HSC. Our seminars with Chris will be a memory of high school I won't forget.
04 Jun 2023
National Reconciliation Week has just been celebrated across Australia, with the theme ‘BE A VOICE FOR GENERATIONS’. Reconciliation Week helps us to acknowledge the Stolen Generation and the mistreatment of Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders and explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. Students across the school were able to contribute by writing a message in homeroom or directly on the message board to highlight the importance of Reconciliation Week.
03 Jun 2023
Live Music in Mercy Square🎶The Culture Leaders put together an group of talented music students from Year 11 and 12 to play live music in Mercy Square for everyone to enjoy! Thank you to all the students and teachers for the amazing entertainment, and to Naydeen from the Year 11 Media Team for the photos!
03 Jun 2023
Last night 140 students in Years 11 and 12 slept out at the annual winter sleepout, an event designed to build empathy with others who sleep out every night. Students had $2.00 each to spend on dinner and they made the best of the cold winter night.
01 Jun 2023
This week Year 10 spent the day thinking about their next few years of school and the world beyond during their careers day. Students were inspired and motivated by Kathyrn Taylor, who spoke about the trends for the future of work and insights into choosing subjects for senior school. They also heard about the Western Sydney Airport production, and jobs in marketing, construction, engineering. Finally, students participated in a panel discussion, with ex-students and current Year 12 students to help aid in the Year 10’s approaching decisions regarding their subjects!
01 Jun 2023
BAKE SALE🧁🍬On the 31st of May, house leaders from Mercedes and Ryan put together an amazing bake sale to raise money for the Parramatta Women's Shelter! Thank you to all the Mercedes and Ryan girls who donated so many wonderful treats for the stall.
01 Jun 2023
Year 10 Careers Day
On Tuesday, 30th May, Year 10 had the opportunity to participate in a Careers Day run by Ms Xuereb.
31 May 2023
On Friday, the Year 7-9 PDSSSC football gala day team headed to Jamison Park for a day of battling it out on the footy field. They were victorious in 6 of their 8 games, showing great effort, talent and camaraderie. Football has a bright future at McAuley with these girls in the team!
30 May 2023
🪐🧑🚀 The Australian Space Design Competition has begun at Catherine McAuley! Girls from STEM Club in Years 10-12 have entered two teams into the qualifying round where they will respond to an RFT (Request for Tender) to create an inhabitable space settlement. ASDC is an ‘industry simulation experience’ and allows girls to develop skills in teamwork, research, marketing and more!!
29 May 2023
Last week the Assistant Leaders were invited to the Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta Women in Leadership Forum. It was an opportunity to be inspired by renowned women from a variety of fields, as they shared their perspectives on women in leadership and discussed how each of us can be courageous advocates with limitless opportunities. The forum speakers were Tracey Spicer, Multiple Walkley Award winning Author, Journalist and Broadcaster. Dr Louise Koelmeyer, Head, Department of Health Sciences and Director of ALERT. Jayne Steer, group manager, internal communications, John Holland. Lana Taylor, Entrepreneur, Author and Co-founder & Director of Three Birds Renovations.
29 May 2023
Students remember Indigenous Veterans
Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese (CSPD) students, staff and members of the Jarara Culture Centre attended a moving ceremony at the 2023 Indigenous Veterans Commemoration Service at Hyde Park.
28 May 2023
Catherine McAuley Visual Arts students have created beautiful and interesting artworks this year. These have just been hung outside the Visual Arts classrooms. We hope you enjoy them as much as do.
26 May 2023
A nice way to end the week with some beautiful artworks from Year 7 Visual Arts students! 🥰 The students have been creating zentangles, images created by drawing structured patterns. These examples are from Ms Huang’s class. #studentartworks #catherinemcauley #catherinemcauleywestmead
26 May 2023
Catherine McAuley’s Social Justice Leaders, Claudia N. and Alyssa A., as well as Jordan B. from Year 9, attended the Indigenous Veterans Commemoration Service, held annually during National Reconciliation on 26 May. This important day provides an opportunity to recognise and honour Indigenous veterans.
25 May 2023
Are you from a house of readers? 📖📚The library is holding a challenge to see which house in the school has the most readers. Every student who borrows a book will receive a coloured token for their house, which is then placed in their house jar. The competition will run until next week, so a reminder to students to get reading and have a look at the display in the library!
25 May 2023
Year 12 Legal Studies students visited the Downing Centre last week to learn more about how the legal system works.