Welcome to Week 5!
What a memorable night last night, we celebrated and formally farewelled our Class of 2020. We were absolutely delighted to be able to invite parents and carers to this special event due to a very recent change in COVID guidelines. Bec White and her catering team rose to the occasion of suddenly catering for 180 instead of 80 and presented delicious meals. Meg Worner and Suzie Duff developed and managed a very successful mocktail bar. Many students worked at the formal last night and were a credit to the College in their presentation and work ethic.
Jess McInerney presented each of the graduates with some highlights of their time at Hennessy. Students enjoyed their evening in a stylishly decorated hall. A huge thanks must go to all the Hennessy team who worked so hard to transform the College hall into a brightly decorated marquee space.
I would like to sincerely thank all the Hennessy staff who have worked with these young students over their schooling years. They must be very proud of the wonderful young men and women they have grown into. Likewise, parents and carers should be trullly proud of their sons and daughters. For some of them this was their final Hennessy event after connections of many years. We wish these families all the best and encourage them to keep in touch.
Next Tuesday, another chapter begins as we welcome our new Year 7’s for 2021. They will complete a two day orientation program.
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YEAR 12 HSC EXAMS
Year 12 HSC examinations concluded on the 11th of November. We thank Year 12 2020 for their dedication and focus during this time. We also acknowledge the hard work behind the scenes of all families in supporting these students.
Every student must bring the correct equipment each day.
- Fully charged laptop
- PE clothing (when appropriate)
- Specialised equipment (for specific classes)
- An exercise book (as a back-up)
Students should check Compass each evening to pack their bag for the following day with all necessary equipment so they can access learning appropriately.
Teachers are constantly reminding some students who are not equipped for class and consequences may be given to help them remember! Presently they are being loaned equipment which is often not returned and/or damaged so this will not be an option in future.
If you have any questions about this, do not hesitate to contact myself or your child’s class teacher.
Acting Assistant Principal - Teaching and Learning
Acting Director of Studies
We have had a busy last few weeks. Last Tuesday was the Melbourne cup which was an amazing success! We encouraged students to dress up as their favorite Aussie icon and boy did everyone dress to impress! Everyone brought a gold coin donation to donate to St Vincent De Paul and as a school we raised $353.55!
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Which will go towards helping people less fortunate than ourselves. Fashions on the field saw amazing winners such as the Happy Little Vegemites, the Bondi Rescue lifeguards and Steve Irwins ‘crew’. Finally we had the Hennessy Derby Obstacle Course that challenged the likes of our amazing winners - Year 10 Rice.
Over the last week, there have also been lots of activities in PC such as the among us challenge, wellbeing workshops, and NAIDOC week celebrations which include a colouring in competition offering canteen vouchers to the winners.
On November 11th we recognised remembrance day. We went to the Young service and laid our Hennessy wreath to honour all the fallen soldiers. Whilst at school the students and teachers came together to also commemorate Remembrance day, holding our own service and laying wreaths.
As we say a final farewell and congratulations to the graduating class of 2020 on their formal, this Thursday night, we are excited to welcome the new year sixes of 2021 who enjoy their first two orientation days next week.
Grace Gibson - Rice House Captain
Mia Hennock - Nagle House Captain
Congratulations to the below students
Brydee Forde, Lily Meacham, Olivia McLennan and Claire McRae.
Who have now received a Hennessy House Award for their efforts and engagement in the College community. Each student has demonstrated they have lived spiritually, acted justly and learned dynamically.
Last week the college celebrated the Melbourne Cup. Students were invited to dress up as iconic Australian characters, a gold coin donation was requested for the privilege. Our generosity managed to raise $359.00 for St Vincent De Paul.
Each year group participated in a varitey of activites including, Volleyball, Big Ball, All in Netball and of course the Derby.
The overall winners of the Derby were Rice House's Year 10 Boys team. Congratulations.
The Students have been busy painting the above banner for the opening of the Bunnings Store in Young at 288 Boorowa Street. The store provided the materials and asked to generate a banner that incorporated the essence of the Young Cherry Festival. Each participating school will receive a $25 gift voucher, and the winners in the two categories being Primary and High School will receive a $500 voucher to spend at the new Bunnings Store.
The Banners will be displayed at the Young Store on the exterior timberyard fence to showcase the students work. The Community will then be able to vote by way of a letter box drop near the timber yard from 7am Monday 16th November 2020 to 6pm Thursday 26th November 2020. Please be sure to pop down and vote as the students worked really hard on this project. Thank you in advance and DON'T FORGET...... VOTE VOTE VOTE!!!
Year 12 Work Studies started a 3 x 1 hour voluntary sessions at the local St.Vincent De Paul store yesterday Tuesday 27th October. While in the store we learnt about the services provided to the local community learning very quickly that it is not just a store for clothes, toys and books. The local community and its surrounds is lucky to have the provision of so many services allowing those in need to have more comfortable living, and also provide the opportunity to volunteer for those who are wanting to give back to their community.
While attending the store the students helped out with behind the scenes chores in order to help catch up on regular daily tasks within the organisation. The students washed down toys, checked to see that batteries were working, removed damaged items, labelled books with price tags and ironed clothes ready to be placed on the shelves. We would like to thanks Ms Bronwen Grovenor and look forward to our next visit in two weeks
Remembrance Day was observed at Hennessy this year at the Memorial that is within the college grounds. Part of the memorial is a pine tree that was planned from a seedling that came from Lone Pine in Gallipoli. The College is honored to house this special monument to the brave sacrifice of the Young men who served their country in the first global conflict.
Our two College Captains Liam Jewitt and Joy Cass led the service and laid the wreath with Mrs Kathy Holding.
Student volunteers from Year 7 to our new HSC Class participated in the service in a variety of ways; from reading the prayer, a reflection on the poem In Flanders Fields with recitation of the poem, and a group reading of The Hon. Paule Keating’s Eulogy for the Unknown Soldier. As well as performing the Last Post and Rouse for the Flag ceremony and the traditional minutes silence at 11am.
2020 marks the 75th Anniversary for the end of the Second World War. A conflict that saw the grim specter of global war touch our shores for the first time. Hennessy Catholic College is a proud war memorial school with not only the Lone Pine pine in our rounds but E Block being constructed for the memory of the fallen of World War II.
The students and staff offer our prayers for all those affected by war.
We celebrated NAIDOC week this week with a range of activities, including a colouring competition.
Congratulations to every student that got involved!
Our winners for the competition were Kadence Hardy (yr 7) and Sarah-Louise Hector-Steed (year 11), with Tyler Lacey (yr 7) and Imogen Noakes (yr 11) awarded with runner-up\
Movember has so far, been a hit in the Hennessy community. The original fundraising goal was $500, we can confirm that so far after 10 days, we have raised a total of $2,837. Between the 40 applicants, comprised of teachers and year 12 students, we've walked/ran almost 400 kilometres. Our school community is ranked 8th in terms of donations, out of 584 participating schools.
It's great to see the enthusiasm of everyone involved and every donation, no matter how big or small is appreciated. Movember is for a great cause - raising awareness concerning men's mental health. Thank you all for your continued support and we look forward to seeing the "mogress" as the month continues.
Thank you, Liam Jewitt.