My name is Janet Cartwright and I am relieving as the Principal for Trazel as she goes on some much deserved leave, until the end of Week 5 this term. Welcome to Term 3!
It was wonderful to be asked to take on this role and I am looking forward to my time at Hennessy. I have been made to feel exceptionally welcome on the playground and in classrooms by your children and I am grateful that they have been so friendly towards me (often without a clue as to who I was as they chatted away). This is a great testament to your children and the school. Previously I was the Principal at Sacred Heart, Cootamundra and this year I have been caring for parents and taking the opportunity to enjoy more time with my family. I still live in Cootamundra with my husband, who is a teacher at St Anne’s in Temora. I grew up on a farm west of Forbes and have many fond memories playing netball or swimming in Young as well as following the football (AFL) since I had two older brothers who played. I also spent some time after I finished Year 12 cherry picking on a farm just outside Young which was my first job!
We had an excellent number of Year 6 students from around the district join us on my first day, Tuesday 30 July. The students were very excited and participated with enthusiasm in the activities planned to assist them to become familiar with Hennessy. Students created a spinning top in woodwork, baked delicious M&M cookies in Food Technology, earned their “Bunsen Licence” in Science and enjoyed fun and games in PE, out on the oval. It was terrific to see how inclusive all the students were, making new friends, encouraging everyone to be involved and taking on new challenges in this important step in their education. It can be very daunting to transition to High School but with the help of our College Leaders, Year 11 helpers, House Leaders and teachers who ran activities throughout the day, our students were feeling much more relaxed about starting at Hennessy by the end of the day. Thanks to everyone involved, especially Maria Payne for organising and running such a great program for our students.
We are very thankful for the safe return of our students and staff who took on an immersion experience in Cambodia over the holidays. In speaking to several of the attendees, they had a fantastic time and were very grateful for the opportunity to help those less fortunate. Please have a read of the article from Jenny Hayes and the students who attended to hear more about their adventures.
Our Year 12 students are (hopefully) busily preparing for HSC Trials which commence on Monday 12 August. The old saying “failing to plan is planning to fail” rings true around Trials season.
If you’ve got five subjects to study for and no plan on how you’re going to tackle it, you’ll end up cramming last minute and feeling completely overwhelmed. So, having a HSC Trials study plan is really important for doing your best, and also for staying sane.
Below is taken from an article from Catholic Weekly and outlines some great advice for parents and students undertaking the HSC.
5 Things HSC Students Need to Hear from their Parents
It’s the last term of school for HSC students, the pointy end of this gruelling year, and the end is nigh.
Or so it can seem for many parents! Having a child doing the HSC can be a confusing and stressful time for parents. It can be bewildering to know exactly how to support your child, how to encourage them to study without pushing them too far, and how to support their dreams but also stay realistic.
In this last term of your child’s Year Twelve, what exactly do they need to hear from you?
Post-HSC students and their teachers told us what they wished they’d known and heard from their biggest supporters, their parents.
- You have lots of options.
As a HSC student, it can sometimes feel like your world shrinks down to those three letters and your entire future rests on one single number, your final ATAR.
Speaking to post-HSC students, many said they wished they’d know how many options they had. They’d heard again and again, “you are more than your marks” but they didn’t know practically just how many options there are out there.
There are many universities offering a huge variety of courses. There are TAFE courses and trade apprenticeships. Even if your child doesn’t get the marks they want, there are always backdoors and side …. Your kids need to hear that, while the HSC is important, as one parent pointed out, “there are so many pathways out there to success and success looks different for everyone.”
- Hard work matters.
While there are lots of options out there, the HSC is a great opportunity to put in the hard work that bears fruit later. Many careers today require undergraduate or graduate degrees and it’s often a lot easier when you have the good marks to get there.
Of course, no HSC student wants to hear about how they need to work harder but very often, it’s still what they need to hear. That’s why it’s a great idea to focus on their effort — which they can control — rather than their results.
Years and years later, I still remember my own parents saying they were more impressed by my regular study schedule (however distracted I was!) than by my final marks. They praised me for working hard in that crucial period and that helped me to succeed in the long run.
- Get some sleep and live a little!
It can be tempting for students to feel like they need to put everything on hold because of the HSC. For some, this means pulling all-nighters, spending fruitless hours at the library, or constantly using junk food as a reward for studying.
Encourage your kids to take care of themselves: get an eight-hour night’s sleep, eat fruit every day, and keep playing sport or go for a walk. Regular exercise, healthy eating and taking active breaks from studying are well-known to help reduce stress, regulate emotions, and make the time your kids spend studying more productive.
But also tell them it’s a good idea to enjoy a break with friends and blow off some steam as well. HSC students need to know that “self care is important, take a break to do something fun or relax.”
- Trust God with the future
One of the most important things that your child needs to know is that they can trust God with the future. Many students put pressure on themselves to have their life planned out — or feel embarrassed because they have no idea what they want to do.
We can trust God with our future because God knows and loves us more than anyone does. The Bible says that God works all things together for the good of those who love God. (Romans 8:28) When we love and trust God, we give God the freedom to make amazing things happen in our lives. How many of us, at age 17 or 18, could have predicted the way our lives would turn out?
“The best choice you can make”, one uni student said, “is to trust that God has a plan even if you can’t see the next step of it.” Another added, “I would honestly tell myself that the next 5 years are going to be so much greater than now.”
- I love you
Finally, relax a little. If Year 12s put a lot pressure on themselves, parents do as well — if not more so!
But none of the university students or recent graduates I spoke to said that they wished their parents had done anything very differently. They understood — sometimes with a few years hindsight — that this is a stressful year for students and parents.
In the end, the one thing your HSC student needs to hear is the same thing they’ve always needed to hear.
“I love you. I’m here for you. And together, we can get through anything.”
Lord our God, open us up to your Spirit living within us,
that we may live fully each day of our lives.
Bless us, that we may become more aware of all that is around us,
growing in a sense of wonder and awe,
and in appreciation for all that we see and hear and touch and taste and smell.
May we live in such a way that we never take anything for granted,
but always be appreciative and express our thanks to those who are part of our lives.
I hope that all have a productive and enjoyable Term 3. The start of the term has already been very busy with many events taking place. Thanks to all the staff involved in organising these events and providing such wonderful opportunities for our community. Please make yourself known to me if you see me around the school. I look forward to getting to know our students throughout the coming weeks.
- Miss Bonnie Chen who will be teaching Maths and Science
- Miss Aleisha Ford who is replacing Mr McAllister this term
- Ms Barbara Granger will continue with Ms Tyrrell’s classes 4 days per week; the other day will be covered by Mrs Cullen and Miss Tabesh.
- Mrs Janet Cartwright joins us as Acting Principal while Mrs Scott is on leave.
AFTERNOON STUDY CHANGES – TERM 3
From Term 3 onwards afternoon study will be held from 3.30-4.30 only on Wednesday of each week. We have found that very few students are requiring study assistance and possibly utilising:
- Google docs – and getting feedback on tasks as they go
- Greater class time – therefore their teachers can assist them more readily
- Using the ongoing assessment model means no huge assessment tasks all due at once
In weeks 2 and 3, study will be staffed for Year 12 students after 4.30 up until approximately 6pm if they wish additional support in the lead up to the HSC Trial Examinations.
YEAR 11 2020
Year 11 2020 have started selecting their subjects – a reminder this closes Friday at 5pm. Students can access a copy of the booklet via the Student Drive and the House Google classroom page.
Well done to Year 8 and 9 who have now completed their selections; the lines will now be constructed and students will be informed of their choices in Term 3. The lines and classes will be released through Compass.
HSC TRIAL EXAMINATION TIMETABLE
All exams have been entered onto Compass and students need to check this as well as their timetable each day. They are only required at school for their exams but may come in to study in the library.
CONTACTING STAFF MEMBERS
This is a reminder that all communication to staff must be through the College via email or calling the College directly. Staff are only required to respond during reasonable school hours and when they are able too.
Students in Year 11 and 12 will be trialling the use of ATOMI in Term 3. ATOMI provides short videos and quizzes aligned to the context of numerous Stage 6 course. Many students in Year 11 and 12 will be provided with additional training this week.
SHARON HIBBERT | Assistant Principal - Teaching and Learning
Year 11 - Canberra Careers Expo Excursion – please return permission notes quickly
On Thursday next week, 8th August, all Year 11 students will be going to the Canberra Careers Expo at Exhibition Park in Lyneham.
Students have received a permission note with all details about the trip – it has also been posted on the Year 12 2020 google classroom page and emailed to parents. Please return these as soon as possible.
This the first time students from Hennessy have attended this Expo, which will provide a valuable opportunity for them to be exposed to new ideas and opportunities. They will enjoy hands-on activities and can speak with exhibitors about university, trades, vocational training, employment, volunteering and scholarships. Many businesses and government departments will attend and students can see the 'real skills for real careers' exhibition, the Indigenous Exhibition and the School to Work exhibition. It will be highly relevant for ALL students, regardless of their future career plans and I encourage you and your child to support this new College initiative.
Year 10 - Work Experience
Most students have now received their information package for work experience. In it is an important form called a Student Placement Record – this form needs to be completed by the
- host employer
- the student
- parents/carers and finally
- the school
It must be returned to the school by the end of this term – Friday 27th September. Your assistance with this matter would be greatly appreciated.
Subway Young have several positions available for students
2 gap year full time jobs starting in November 2019
Several part time jobs
You will be involved with customer service, money handling and food preparation and night work and weekend work will be required. If you are interested, please have your resume ready and contact Gaye McShane at the Subway store. If Gaye is not available when you call please leave your name and contact number and she will ring you and arrange an appointment. If you need any help with these jobs or developing your resume, please see Mrs Parkman.
There are a number of apprenticeships currently available in the Canberra/ACT region for plumbing, horticulture, carpentry, wall and floor tiling, stonemasonry, telecommunications and security equipment– see Mrs Parkman if you are interested
Bachelor of Cognitive and Brain Sciences – new undergraduate degree
Deciphering the operations of the mind and brain is one of the greatest scientific challenges facing human society in the 21st century. The Bachelor of Cognitive and Brain Sciences is for anyone interested in exploring how the mind and brain work. It offers a solid background in a wide spectrum of exciting research methods and disciplines within the cognitive and brain sciences.
This degree – the only one of its kind in Australia – will provide students with a strong foundation in the rapidly growing fields of cognitive science, neuroscience and computation, with an emphasis on building critical-thinking and research skills in areas such as science communication, statistics and programming.
Bachelor of Cyber Security – new undergraduate degree
This brand new course is the most up-to-date degree in cybersecurity in Australia. It will prepare students to be an in-demand cybersecurity professional by building their awareness of the motivations, mindsets, capabilities and skills of cyber criminals; and by developing their technical expertise in data privacy, ethical hacking, secure coding and artificial intelligence.
Students will also have access to leading cybersecurity experts from the Optus Macquarie University Cyber Security Hub and undertake industry-based projects to solve real-world problems.
Renewed Bachelor of Arts course
From 2020, Macquarie University will be the first university in Australia to offer a Bachelor of Arts with an additional e-portfolio of skills, enabling students to super-size their resume.
Macquarie has consulted with industry, including major consulting firms, technology firms, banks and recruitment firms, as well as public sector institutions, to build a renewed Bachelor of Arts with a focus on preparing students for a lifetime of careers.
Employers are increasingly valuing a range of transferable skills that are critical to success. Our e-portfolio will provide proof to future employers of the broad range of technical and transferable skills gained through studying, work experience, international placements and extracurricular activities. Students will receive tailored careers guidance throughout their degree from an e-portfolio advisor and career advisor.
With over 50 majors to choose from, Macquarie’s renewed Bachelor of Arts ensures that whatever one’s passion, students will graduate ready to tackle the biggest challenges facing private and public sector organisations across a lifetime of careers.
Macquarie Uni Leaders and Achievers Early Entry Scheme
Applications now open
The Macquarie Leaders and Achievers scheme is available for students completing the NSW Higher School Certificate.
If your application is successful, you will receive an offer to study at Macquarie in 2020 before you complete your final exams. Scholarships of $10,000 per year (for up to five years) will be awarded to the top 15 applicants.
Applications close: Monday 26 August 2019
Offer release dates are:
- Thursday 15 August 2019
- Thursday 12 September 2019
- Thursday 3 October 2019
SAE (Creative Media Institute)
2020 Scholarships Applications now open
SAE’s scholarships are awarded to Year 12 students who have demonstrated scholarly ability as well as strong leadership skills and creative potential. There are a range of scholarships on offer to assist students during their studies, these include:
- Creative Media Full Scholarship
- Creative Indigenous Full Scholarship
- Creative Media Partial Scholarships
Applications are now open for the 2020 scholarship program. Applications close 31 October 2019. Find out more or apply.
University of Newcastle
New degrees for 2020
The University of Newcastle has five new degrees offered in 2020. Click on the link to view more details on these new opportunities.
- Bachelor of Coastal and Marine Science
- Bachelor of Public and Community Health
- Bachelor of Science (Advanced)
- Bachelor of Mathematics (Advanced)
- Bachelor of Psychological Science (Advanced)
University of Wollongong
UOW early admission
If you require further information about the UOW Early Admission program contact the UOW Student Recruitment team to request information, brochures or a visit to your school.
There will also be Early Admission sessions at UOW Open Day this Saturday 3rd August.
UOW Accommodation pricing
UOW is happy to announce a new 2020 price structure for accommodation.
When students choose to live in a UOW residence, they gain access to a safe, supportive environment, and an extensive range of wellbeing, cultural, social, sporting and academic programs.
The newly priced offering provides a wide range of accommodation options at varying prices, with fees starting as low as $195 at Campus East for a flexi catered single room in a unit. In addition to their room, the weekly fee covers students’ internet quota, electricity, water and gas. Plus, all residences are fully furnished.
Applications for 2020 are now open. Interested students and parents can download the UOW Accommodation fees structure.
UOW Bachelor of Arts in Western Civilisation
Commencing in 2020, the UOW Bachelor of Arts in Western Civilisation is for students who are intellectually fearless and ready to ask the big questions.
Throughout this degree, students will learn:
- how to confront questions about art, literature, science, philosophy and religion as they investigate topics such as the nature of selfhood, truth, reason and wisdom
- how to engage in foundational debates rooted in the history of ideas that remain significant today
- how to engage with great works that present many, plural and diverging perspectives from within Western traditions of thought and art, while also becoming acquainted with under-represented voices and perspectives from outside of those traditions
- why focusing on great achievements of Western civilisation should never involve denigrating great achievements of other traditions, and why all of these achievements deserve our attention
- how great ideas and art can shape us – our understanding of ourselves and the world – and how ideas can make a difference for good or ill.
Students can study the Bachelor of Arts in Western Civilisation as a single degree or double degree combination with the Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of International Studies, Bachelor of Creative Arts, or Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics.
Are you interested in a law degree? Registrations for the Law Admission Test (LAT) are closing soon. On-time registration closes at 5:00pm on Friday 16 August. If you are thinking of studying a Bachelor of Laws at UNSW, you will need to sit the LAT*. Register now.
* International students and Indigenous students undertaking the Pre-Law Program at UNSW are not required to sit the LAT
Western Sydney University
HSC Enrichment Day
HSC Enrichment Day educates students in key areas of the HSC syllabus, curriculum development and examination techniques. Hosted by our academics alongside highly experienced HSC teachers, students will be taught how to best use materials and prepare for their HSC exams.
This event is aimed at students who are interested in pursuing further studies in the areas of Geography and Society & Culture.
When: Friday 23 August 2019, 9.00am-3.30pm
For more information and to register visit Westernsydney.edu.au/future.
The Academy Global Leaders Program
The Academy Global Leaders Program at Western Sydney University is a pathway for students with exceptional potential to receive an early offer and a premium experience within the Academy.
It is available to current high school leavers who have applied for a Western Sydney University course as their first preference with UAC by 22 September 2019.
If you have demonstrated a high level of academic achievement and can provide evidence of leadership qualities and involvement within your school or community you may be eligible.
Key dates for the program are:
- 17 July – applications open
- 8 September – applications close.
Western Sydney University
Book your music audition
The Bachelor of Music at Western Sydney University has an early offer pathway. To be eligible to receive an early offer into a music degree, you must book an audition in the early audition weeks.
Early Auditions are held on September 16-19
Auditions will also be held on the following dates:
- November 25-28
- December/January and early February Tuesdays and Thursday.
Design Portfolio Day
Design Portfolio Day is aimed at Year 12 students who are looking for a career in graphic design, photography, illustration, art direction, or digital media design.
Students will have the opportunity to secure an early offer into our Bachelor of Design (Visual Communications) degree by attending an interview and presenting their portfolio.
Interviews will be held on 12 September 2019 at our Parramatta South campus. Register your interest now to be notified when interviews open.
Living in Campus at Sydney University - SANCTA College Sleepover 2019
Saturday 31 August - Sunday 1 September
Student registrations close this Friday 2 August!
The staff at Sancta are very excited to be welcoming female HSC students from all over regional and metro NSW, and across Australia, to this year's Sancta Sleepover - happening in just a few weeks! To register go to
Are you interested in studying in Victoria?
VTAC Applications open for 2020 courses
Applications open at 9am on Monday 5th August for courses commencing in 2020.
Applications are submitted via your online VTAC account.
Mrs Parkman will be holding a VTAC information session for students after the trials exams conclude.
Sunday (August 11, 2019)
RMIT University City and Brunswick Campus Open Days
Explore your options for courses and study at RMIT open day 2019. Explore the campus, chat with staff and students and get involved in activities and find the course that is right for you!!
Location: RMIT City & Brunswick - Melbourne
Finally - an interesting article about boys for your information
Boys left behind with career planning
NSW boys are being left behind in career planning, with nearly half unsure what to do when they leave school compared to just 9 per cent of girls, according to new research from NSW Government.
The research, conducted in partnership with Year 13, Australia’s largest digital platform for high school leavers, indicates that parents are still highly influential in guiding students in training and career choices.
More than half (53 per cent) of students trusted their parents’ wide range of knowledge and 74 per cent thought parents ‘want what’s best’ for them.
However, the survey found parents were not promoting vocational education and training courses (VET), with 27 per cent perceived to have a negative opinion of VET.
The study of 1,600 NSW people aged 15 to 21, suggested that 85 per cent of boys felt pressured into university, compared to 74 per cent of females.
NSW Government’s Training Services NSW Executive Director, David Collins said parents need to be proactive in identifying career opportunities and consider VET.
“All teenagers need help exploring their possible careers, but it’s evident some boys need additional support.”
“Well-meaning parents and caregivers who push school leavers into university may actually hinder their child’s career options as not everyone is suited to this path.
“VET delivers employable skills and practical on-the-job experience that can lead to equally successful careers,” he said.
Also, VET employment outcomes are as high as 91 per cent for some graduates, providing a pathway to jobs in high growth industries such as healthcare and social assistance, construction and infrastructure, and education and training.
The NSW Government subsidies more than 780 VET courses, including traineeships and apprenticeships, making it a smart and affordable option.
The survey also shows girls are taking on careers that were once male dominated with one in four girls (23 per cent) considering a career in science, technology, IT or engineering – while business and entrepreneurship are a popular careers choice with both genders.
Some gender traditions continue however with five times (33 per cent) as many girls than boys (6 per cent) planning to enter areas destined for future growth, that is, healthcare and social services.
Students, their parents, caregivers and education providers are encouraged to visit vet.nsw.gov.au to find out more
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
- Tuesday 6th August - Social Justice Day, Mufti - Gold Coin Donation
- Thursday 8th August - Yr 11 Careers Exp - Canberra
- Friday 9th August - Leadership 2020 Nominations Due
- Monday 12th August - HSC trial exams commence
An annual satisfaction survey of parents, students and staff is being conducted on behalf of all Catholic schools in the Diocese this term. The surveys are designed to gather feedback from parents, staff and students about our school and will be used to inform school improvement. Responses are confidential and individuals can not be identified.
The surveys will close on 9 August 2019 using the email addresses supplied to the school. If you do not receive an email with a link to the survey, you can access and complete the survey at the following link. https://www.research.net/r/hennessyparent2019
The community council recently utilised funds raised from our Debutante Balls over the past few years to make much needed improvements around the college.
We have recently installed a much needed shade structure over the front of the canteen and have also installed 2 more solar systems.
On Friday the 5th of July, 25 Year 11 students and 4 staff members from Hennessy Catholic College embarked on the 2019 Cambodia Immersion trip. The first half of the trip was situated in the northern Siem Reap province of Cambodia, this involved travelling to the temple complex of Angkor Wat, including the Bayon and Ta Prohm temples; engaging in the organised community project which involved building two houses for local families; a visit to a local school and a Khmer cooking lesson. Student highlights included witnessing the culture and heritage of the temples, assisting with the building and developing connections with the village families. The second half of the 9 day immersion experience was spent in the capital Phnom Penh. An eventful stop at the spider village occurred during the trip to the capital where there was an opportunity to try fried tarantulas, cockroaches and crickets. While in the city, students and staff were given an amazing opportunity to go to a primary school and interact with the staff and students there by participating in lessons, reading in the library and playing ball games. Students witnessed first hand the violence and destruction of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge regime through their visit to the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum which is at the site of security prison 21. Other highlights included a trip to the Wat Phnom temple, eating Cambodia delicacies like durian fruit and fertilised duck eggs, a trip to Phnom Penh’s famous Central Markets and a cruise on the Mekong Delta. The group also visited the Sister of Mercy orphanage on the last morning where students were able to play games with the children and assist with housekeeping duties.
Hennessy would like to thank the communities of Young, Harden, Boorowa, Cootamundra and Grenfell for their continual support of this incredible and life changing program.
Last Friday our Year 7 cohort we delighted to host their grandparents for morning tea. The day commenced with a liturgy at St Mary's followed by a college tour, a presentation in the hall and a lovely morning tea. The morning is designed to celebrate the important role that our grandparent play in our lives. We would like to thank all those grandparents whom came to share this special morning with us.
We were delighted to have a large number of current Year 6 students from local Primary Schools descend upon the college on Tuesday morning for the first of their Orientation days.
The students were treated to a taster of subjects across the KLA's to prepare them for the commencement of thier Seconday studies in 2020.
If was a fantastic opportunity for the students to get a feel for Hennessy and for our staff and students to get to know our incoming cohort.
We are looking forward to welcoming them all back again for our 2nd Orientation Day on Monday 18th November 2019.
Last tuesday Hennessy College held its annual subject market and information session for current Year 10 students whom are interested in persuing senior studies. The afternoon showcased all KLA areas and what senior studies in these subject areas entailed, so that students can make an informed descion regarding thier subject selections for their senior years.
For those parents and students whom could not attend the PDF version of the information session is acessable on our website.