On Monday the 12th of February, three students from St Andrews College were awarded a prestigious NSW Combined Catholic Colleges Blue Award for their outstanding achievements in the sporting arena. A NSWCCC Blue signifies achievement in sport at the highest school pathway level and is limited to two students per sport, per year.
In the weeks leading up the 9th of January a number of SAC students including Year 11 Drama student Nicolas Menohous and Year 12 Drama student Guet MacAcuek as well as a number of students from two other local Catholic Colleges, were all part of the CAPTIVATE Drama Program and gave up their holiday time to rehearse and then participate in this world wide competition.
On Friday the 21st of October, two of my peers and I were invited to attend the annual mass of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) of the Archdiocese of Sydney at Glenmore Park Parish. Here we were given the privilege to experience a mass led by the Most Reverend Vincent Long Van Nguyen and Priests of the Diocese.
On Thursday the 8th of September Jessica Hostiadi, one of our College Captains, was presented to Very Rev Chris De Souza General and Episcopal Vicar for Education and Formation and Mr Greg Whitby, Executive Director for Schools as the St Andrews College recipient of the Bishop of Parramatta Award for Student Excellence.
NSW Parliamentary Education invited Laurice Gravador and Maria Granada to attend the Young Women’s Leadership Seminar on Thursday, 12th May to discuss concepts and definitions of leadership, issues that might affect women in leadership roles and to meet inspiring women leaders from our Parliament and community.
NSW Combined Catholic Colleges Diving competition took place on Friday the 29th of April at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre. This year, again, St Andrews College brought a strong team of competitors across most of the age groups with students competing in both the springboard and platform events.
On Thursday the 18th of February, Ms Mizukami organised a special Japanese study workshop for us. She invited our Senpai (the upperclassmen) to visit the Japanese Continuers class: Mr Julian Abacan Luna, Mr Tristan Bongolan andMiss Emma Webb. They are past students of St Andrews College who also studied HSC Japanese Continuers.
On Friday the 14th of August, a group of talented students represented the College at the PDSSSC Dance competition at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre. Students from Years 7-12 performed group dances in the Hip-Hop and Jazz sections with Jessica Turner of Year 10 performing in the Senior Solo category.
On the 24-26th of March, I was honoured with the opportunity to be one of the 29 youth from NSW to go to the National Schools Constitutional Convention for 2015. Overall, 120 students from government, independent and Catholic schools around Australia were selected to attend this convention, which was held at the Old Parliament House in Canberra.
The YCS first major leadership event proved to be triumphant as our Movie Night on Friday, 21 November, was an overwhelming success. With a total number of 60 people in attendance including students from Loyola, Nagle, St Andrews as well as representatives from Holy Trinity Parish, we gathered together to celebrate the past leaders of YCS.
There will be a stop work meeting Wednesday 23 July 2014 for 3 hours from the commencement of school. The action involves members of the Independent Education Union (IEU) to discuss concerns regarding the proposed new Enterprise Agreement. We do not expect any interruption to school attendance and supervision will be provided. Normal classes will resume from 11.30am.
The proposed new Enterprise Agreement was sent to all Catholic school staff and the Independent Education Union (IEU) today, Monday 7 April to begin a process of consultation to consolidate a number of existing agreements into a single state-wide agreement which supports high quality contemporary teaching and learning.