Dear Parents and Caregivers,
We have had a great deal going on in the school for the last 2 weeks including quite a bit of sport in various parts of NSW and the ACT.
I would like to thank Ms Christine Hamilton our Aboriginal Education Worker, the Staff of yr 5 and 6 at St Mary’s Mr Mark Birks and Mr Andrew Casey for allowing the students from both schools to participate in reconciliation week activities last Friday here at Hennessy. The theme was “Grounded in Truth.” We were able to strengthen the links between both schools and participate together with loads of games and yummy kangaroo sausages and damper.
I would like to congratulate 2 of our staff members Ms Debbie Livolsi and Mr Dale Prindable, both of whom graduated yesterday with a Certificate IV in Learning Support. Congratulations.
The annual Vinnies sleep out was on last night and was a huge success. Lots of tired and cold teachers and student are at school today!
Have an excellent long weekend.
There are 36 Year 10 students still to notify Mr Cowan or me about their choices for work experience.
The details again:
Work experience is on in Term 4, week 8, 2-6 December. Alternate dates can be arranged but only if the employer is unable to host the student at this time. Students or parents need to advise us of:
Please discuss this with your child and advise us by Friday 14th June. Work experience week may seem to be a long way off however, there is a lot of documentation to be completed and returned and this takes time. Your cooperation is appreciated.
Basketball Coaches x 2
- Location: Canberra ACT, Braddon ACT
- Commitment: Regular - more than 6 months
- Time Required: Friday Nights from 6pm - 7pm
Support in the preparation of skill sessions and activities for athletes - Monitor and provide feedback regarding athlete development - Provide a supporting environment that encourages athletes to achieve their personal best - Excellent organisational and communication skills - Ability to inspire and motivate others to believe in the Special Olympics Mission - Ability to work within set boundaries - Understanding of relevant WH&S requirements - Ability to be flexible and to improvise when needed
Further information and requirements can be found at
Volunteer for Special Olympics events in Sydney
There are several other Special Olympics events being held in the coming months – you and your family might like to volunteer
For further information, locations and dates go to:
University and College - Open Days and Events
National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) Open Day - Saturday June 15
From backstage tours to alumni and course talks, free shows, NIDA Open classes and more, we have a jam-packed schedule of events to showcase everything that makes NIDA one of the top 10 drama schools in the world.
Time: 9am - 4pm
Location: NIDA. 215 Anzac Parade, Kensington. NSW
Details and Registration: https://s.myfeedback.io/survey/?c=50176&id=285
Endeavour College of Natural Health Open Day - Saturday June 15
If you’re thinking about studying natural health, Endeavour College of Natural Health's Open Day is your opportunity to discover more about the degrees, meet the academics and current students and tour the campus.
Here’s what you can expect from the Open Day:
Meet academics and teaching staff
Chat with current students about their experience
Tour the campus and visit the teaching clinic, library, student areas and teaching rooms
Discover what career options are available to you after graduating
Find out more about the courses including what you’ll learn, assessment types, hands on experience and more
Meet with student enrolment advisors to discuss your study options, which course is right for you, fees and payments, applying and enrolling
Location: All Endeavour Campuses (Adelaide, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney)
Details and Registration: https://www.endeavour.edu.au/open-day
SAE - Sydney Study for a Day - Saturday June 15
Are you creatively inclined and thinking about studying creative media? SAE are offering an exclusive one day workshop event in the June holidays – get behind the scenes and pursue your passion!
SAE Sydney Campus is opening its doors this June for SAE Study For A Day, a one day program to expand your skills and work on inspiring creative projects in the fields of Animation, Audio, Design, Film or Games.
Don’t miss out on your chance to experience life as an SAE student, and discover what it means to be a creative professional in state-of-the-art facilities with industry experts by your side!
Across the fun workshops, SAE Study For A Day attendees will work towards building a creative piece of work to take away for use in a portfolio or showreel. Attendees will receive a certificate of participation to acknowledge the creative work they have undertaken.
Due to the tertiary level of the workshop content, this event is open to anyone aged 15yrs and above (Year 10 and over).
Spaces for this event are extremely limited.
Time: 9am - 4pm
Location: SAE Sydney - 39 Regent St, Chippendale
Details and Registration: https://sae.edu.au/news-and-events/events/sydney-study-for-a-day/?date=2019-06-15&id=894
Southern Cross University Online Information Sessions
Online session – Wednesday 19 June 6pm-7pm
Can't make it to the Mid Year Info Sessions nearest to you? Ask your questions here. Places are limited so register to reserve your place here:
Sunday June 16, 2019 | 1:30 PM – 6:00 PM AEST | Sydney Masonic Centre
Hear from recently admitted students, speak with uni reps and learn how you could make a difference on the world stage by studying at Harvard, Princeton, Oxford and more.
Australian Catholic University
Thursday 25 July | 6.00pm – 7.30pm | ACU Strathfield Campus
Is your teen thinking about tertiary study? Do you want to know how you can support them on their journey to university? Hear from staff and students, learn about the application process and discover how ACU can help you and your teen get ready for university.
Find out more and register: https://www.acu.edu.au/about-acu/events/2019/july/parent-information-sessions-strathfield
Registrations for Internationla College of Management Sydney (ICMS) Open Day
11 August. 10am to 2pm
Explore courses, tour the beautiful 'castle' and campus, and discover how a management qualification from ICMS will help you open opportunities.
Saturday 24 August | 10.00am – 1.00pm | Academy of Information Technology (AIT)
Open Day is a great way to meet your future teachers. They will be around to tell you more about the courses and subjects and answer any questions you may have. Across all our subjects – animation, 3D design, IT, film and digital design, we will be showcasing the high quality of work our students create.
Find out more and register: https://info.ait.edu.au/attend-open-day-1
Western Sydney University (WSU) - Design Portfolio Day
12 September - Parramatta South Campus
Western Sydney University’s Design Portfolio Day is an exceptional merit pathway for those wanting a career in graphic design, photography, illustration, art direction, digital media design, or design education. Students can attend an interview and show their original creative work to determine eligibility to receive an early offer into the Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication) degree.
Interviews will take place on Thursday 12 September at Western Sydney University’s Parramatta South campus. Find out more and register your interest.
Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) – Studio 19 day
To find out more and register, visit: cit.edu.au/studio19
Are you interested in a career in the Police Force?
Eligibility Quiz for the NSW Police Force
Take the quiz to see if you may be eligible to commence an application to the NSW Police Force.
NSW Police Recruitment Information Session – Sydney and Wagga Wagga
Apply by 13 June for Sydney
Apply by 20 June for Wagga Wagga
Saturday 15 June - 9.00am –12.00pm - NSW Police Headquarters Parramatta
Sunday 23 June - Wagga Wagga Police Station, 217-219 Tarcutta Street, Wagga Wagga
Come and join us for an information session about the NSW Police Force recruitment process. There will be speakers from the NSW Police Force and Charles Sturt University who will provide an overview of the academic and professional suitability requirements for entry into the NSW Police Force including information on the University Certificate in Workforce Essentials (UCWE) and the Police Academy. Recruitment Officers will be on hand to discuss your current or future application and to answer specific questions relating to the process.
Find out more and register here:
Australian Federal Police (AFP) Recruitment Public Group Facebook
If you are keen to join the Australian Federal Police Force, join this group and keep an eye on developments here.
School Holiday Workshops and Special Events
JMC School Holiday Workshops Sydney
561 Harris St, Ultimo
Music, recording, digital TV and more. We will be holding Introductory Workshops during the July school holidays at our JMC Sydney Campus. Tickets are now available. These popular workshops fill very quickly
The workshops are a great opportunity to check out the JMC Academy campus while getting a taste of what studying your passion with Australia's leading Creative Industries provider is like at this fun, engaging and hands-on program!
These workshops are strictly for high school students in years 9 - 12.
AFTRS Teens Workshops for high school students are the perfect way to develop your skills and meet other aspiring creatives.
AFTRS run a variety of courses in the school holidays. Their workshops are taught by industry professionals using industry standard equipment and, where appropriate, are held in AFTRS’ state-of-the-art film, TV and radio studios.
Visual Effects on Screen: Grades 7-11
Monday 8 to Wednesday 10 July | 9.00am – 5.00pm | AFTRS Sydney
Do you want to learn how to create cool animated sequences for your video content? Using Adobe After Effects you can impress audiences with your opening and closing titles and more.
Writing a Short Film: Grades 7-12
Monday 8 to Wednesday 10 July | 9.00am – 5.00pm | AFTRS Sydney
Working with an experienced screen writer, learn the art of writing a short film – from initial conception through to the development of your story. This is an intensive and rewarding course if you’re interested in creative writing, writing for the screen or if you are developing screen content as part of your HSC studies.
HSC Video Intensive: Grades 10-12
Tuesday 9 to Thursday 11 July | 9.00am – 5.00pm | AFTRS Sydney
This course is a skill and story development workshop for emerging filmmakers tackling an individual project for the HSC. The workshop helps you hone your screen skills to create a high quality year 12 video project.
Teens Digi Animation: Grades 7-11
Monday 15 to Wednesday 17 July | 9.00am – 5.00pm | AFTRS Sydney
If you’re inspired by animated films such as The Lego Movie and the Pixar library then this is the course for you! Working with an industry professional, you will learn digital animation skills to advance your animation journey.
The Real Filmmaking Workshop: Grades 7-11
Monday 15 to Friday 19 July | 9.00am – 5.00pm | AFTRS Sydney
The five-day Real Filmmaking Workshop is the number one filmmaking workshop for young people in Australia. It is an excellent opportunity to collaborate with a group of creative young people for a ‘real filmmaking experience’.
Special Effects Makeup: Grades 8-11
Wednesday 17 to Friday 19 July | 9.00am – 5.00pm | AFTRS Sydney
If you’re interested in learning about creating special effects make-up for film and TV – learn some of the techniques and special applications from a movie make-up specialist in this three-day workshop.
Find out more about all of the workshops on offer and enrol: https://www.aftrs.edu.au/courses/?q=°reelevel=teens-workshops
Do you have a passion for gardening, nature and the environment? Do you want to learn how to grow your own garden or run a bee farm, but don’t know where to start? You might be interested to know that the University of Newcastle runs several one-day courses on the weekend at their Sydney campus, including:
These courses have sessions running throughout the year, so check out the links above and see if there is a date that suits you.
You can read more about all of the Gardening & Horticulture options available at the University of Newcastle here.
Friday 12 July | 10.00am – 9.00pm | Torrens University, Pyrmont Campus
Interested in a career in Health but unsure which path to take? Register for our Day In The Life workshop, and get a chance to see exactly what it’s like to work and study Nursing, Naturopathy, Nutrition, Beauty & Aesthetics and Health Science.
Find out more and register: https://www.torrens.edu.au/about/events-and-workshops/day-in-the-life-health-workshop-july-2019-sydney
Saturday 13 July | 9.30am – 1.30pm | Torrens University, Ultimo Campus
Still deciding which creative course or career to aim for? Spend a day with us, at Uni, and discover what a day in the life of a design or gaming student is REALLY like. Our workshops are free, and an ideal way to get a feel for what you like, what you don’t like and where you might see yourself in the future. You won’t know until you try!
Find out more and register: https://www.torrens.edu.au/about/events-and-workshops/day-in-the-life-creative-workshops-sydney-2
Monday 8 – Friday 12 July | 10.00am – 3.00pm | $697.39 | Whitehouse Institute of Design, Sydney
This five day workshop is a recommended starting point for those wishing to develop their illustration skills in the fundamental areas of fashion illustration. No drawing experience is necessary to undertake this program.
Monday 8 – Friday 12 July | 10.00am – 3.00pm | $697.39 | Whitehouse Institute of Design, Sydney
Immerse yourself in the creative experience of learning photography as Whitehouse introduces “Photography and Creative direction”. You will learn fundamental aspects of a professional shoot and image styling through an intimate and hands-on approach. Initial concept development through to final shooting will all be covered.
The Questacon Regional Invention Convention
Registrations are now open for the Albury-Wodonga Invention Convention, 9-11 July
This is a free, three-day workshop that lets you explore design, technology and innovation with other young innovators. Use any of the tools and materials provided, from robotics and electronics to hot glue and pop sticks, to help you build and prototype your ideas to themed challenges.
The regional Invention Convention is open to 14-18 year olds attending an Australian secondary school.
- Fri 12 Jul 2019, 7–9pm
- Fri 16 Aug 2019, 7–9pm
- Fri 27 Sep 2019, 7–9pm
Whether you’re a budding astronomer or just interested in learning more about the night sky, go along and see the rings of Saturn, the craters of the moon, and beautiful star clusters and nebulae. On the night attendees will be taken on a ‘tour of the universe’ with talks by astronomers from Mt. Stromlo Observatory and observations on several telescopes.
Bookings are essential and entry is by gold coin donation. Warm clothing is recommended
Location: Mount Stromlo Observatory
For more information, bookings and updates (weather may determine if the event needs to be cancelled) check https://www.anu.edu.au/events/mt-stromlo-public-astronomy-night-16
- Sun 14 Jul 2019 | 9.30–11am
- Sun 18 Aug 2019 | 9.30–11am
- Sat 28 Sep 2019 | 9.30–11am
- Sun 10 Nov 2019 | 9.30–11am
A walking tour of Mount Stromlo Observatory and earn about the history, the science, and the future of Mount Stromlo Observatory.
At Mount Stromlo Observatory Visitor Centre
Cost $6.15 per person
To read more about it or book your spot go to https://www.anu.edu.au/events/mt-stromlo-observatory-site-tour-4
Early Entry – Universities and Colleges
International College of Management (ICMS) Early Entry Now Open
Applications are now open for Entry Pathways to ICMS. Securing a higher education position BEFORE writing final exams means a student's hard work, personal success and commitment throughout the year is recognised. We believe it's a more holistic approach to admissions. Pathways include: Early Entry, Leadership Entry Program, Elite Athlete/Performer. Ph: (02) 94661240.
Uni Of Wollongong (UOW) Early Admission
Opens 1 August
Closes 30 August
Applications for the 2019/2020 Early Admission program will open on Thursday 1 August at the UOW Early Admission website. Any student who is completing their final year at an Australian high school is eligible to apply. More details will be communicated soon. In the meantime, UOW encourage students to register for updates so they can keep them across Early Admission key dates and application details.
Macquarie University Leaders and Achievers – Early Entry
- 3 June – Applications open
- 15 August – Offer round 1
- 12 September – Offer round 2
- 3 October – Offer round 3
Macquarie Leaders and Achievers is a new early-entry program that recognises a student’s academic performance alongside their extracurricular activities that demonstrate leadership, community service and personal achievement. Year 12 students who meet the criteria are offered a place in their preferred degree before the HSC examinations.
How to apply - Students complete an online application and have a school representative endorse their application.
Wednesday 12 June 2019 | 5pm start | Online
Get Deakin Uni applications broken down in easy-to-understand steps and get help making your application stand out.
THIS WOULD BE USEFUL FOR ALL UNIVERSITY APPLICATIONS, NOT JUST DEAKIN
Get the best tips, advice and knowledge from our experts to help you ace your application.
To register go to https://www.deakin.edu.au/about-deakin/events/apply-webinar
Awards and Competitions
Closes 1 November
If you like animation, games design, fashion design, photography, web design, interior design, graphic design.
The Bright Awards is a rare celebration of creative craft within secondary schools around Australia. Designed to highlight emerging young creative talent and brought to you by Torrens University.
Need another reason to enter? Your school could be in the running to win the Bright School of the Year Award, demonstrating the school’s ability to produce talented students in the fields of digital and traditional design. Each winner will receive $1,000 for themselves and $3,000 for their school. Entries for 2019 are now open.
The Australian Life and Photography Competition is looking for engaging and intriguing photos that depict Australia beyond the icons.
You may capture any aspect of Australia – everyday occurrences, fleeting moments, unusual places, comical characters, celebrations or rituals, natural or artificial environments.
Entry is free, and open until Sunday 16 June.
Find out more and enter: https://www.artandabout.com.au/australian-life-photography-competition/
Crown Resorts Limited is taking an innovative approach to sourcing art for the Crown Sydney Hotel Resort, Sydney’s first 6 star hotel, by creating an initiative that endeavours to showcase photography by Australia’s most promising emerging creative talents.
Winners and finalists will have their work showcased within the Crown Sydney Hotel Resort, featured on the Crown Sydney Artist Initiative website, published in the Art of Crown hardbound book, which will be featured in all Crown Resorts properties, and exhibited at the 2019 Crown Sydney Artist Initiative Finalist Exhibition. Winners will also receive a cash prize.
Find out more and enter: https://artistinitiative.crownsydney.com.au/submit
“WE NEED YOUR HELP”
Could you spare one hour twice or three times a year to help your local catholic church?
The work is not hard or strenuous and training will be provided.
We really need your skills and passion to continue to grow our church community.
We need volunteers in cleaning the church, flower arrangements, music, childrens ministry, cleaning the linen, readers, alter servers, greeters, gardeners, to name a few.
Please have a think about how you can contribute to your church and perhaps make new friends and improve your church.
We understand everyone has busy lives and finding that extra time for volunteering is hard. However just a couple of hours per year can make a huge difference. We are flexible and will work with your availability.
As stated in Matthew 9:37 “Then he said to his disciples – The Harvest is plentiful but the workers are few”.
If you feel you might be able to contribute your time, even for a short period, please give Monique Griffin a call on 0428 488 927. Thank you.