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1 STELLA MARIS NEWSLETTER Term 3 Issue August, Dear Stella Community, from the Principal NAPLAN update (from CSNSW Weekly Bulletin) Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) welcomed the consideration given to NAPLAN reporting at a meeting with the Australian Education Senior Officials Committee (AESOC) this week. Following the recent detailed work, ACARA believes there is strong confidence in the integrity of the 2018 results. It was agreed that ACARA will, next week, provide states and territories with the data to enable them to commence the process of issuing student reports. Remembering the Feast of the Assumption (15 August) God in heaven, all creation rightly gives you praise, for all life and all holiness come from you. In the plan of your wisdom she who bore the Christ in her womb was raised body and soul in glory to be with him in heaven. May we follow her example in reflecting your holiness and join in her hymn of endless love and praise. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. It was confirmed that parents and teachers can expect to receive the student reports within the usual reporting period of August to mid-september. Detailed analysis and a national report will be provided separately, as in previous years. School Funding Last Friday I attended a meeting of the Federation of Religious Institute and Ministerial PJP Catholic Schools in NSW and the ACT. There were about 30 principals of non-systemic Catholic schools in attendance. Members of the Education Policy Committee gave feedback on where our schools stand in the education funding debate. The Association of Independent Schools (AIS) and Catholic Schools NSW (CSNSW) represent the largest bodies at the funding table but our group, the federation, represents 30% of the Catholic sector and needs to have a voice in the funding debate. Federation members agreed to continue to work with both AIS and CSNSW to progress our case for an equitable share of the education funding in the future. Visit This week we welcomed a visit from previous Stella Maris College Principal, Vicki Comerford. Mrs Comerford was unable to attend the opening of the Scholastica Building and has toured the building this week. We thank her for her vision in imagining the space and working with Fulton Trotter Architects in the design of the science library building. Vicki was most impressed with the new spaces. Reminder: Providing a Term s Notice If your daughter is changing schools in 2018, the Registrar, Kerrie Dudley, must be notified by or letter by the end of Term 3. Please note that late notice will incur additional administration charges. Celebrating Science Week Thank you to the Science staff who have led the students in a week of activities that celebrate Gamechangers and Changemakers. The activities offered our girls an opportunity to be involved in science in the real world, like considering the plight of native bees that are in decline throughout the world. Elizabeth Carnegie, Principal Page 1

2 Upcoming Events and Important Information Aug HSC Trial exam 22 Aug BOW Night 23 Aug Rescheduled - School Photos 31 Aug Father's Day Breakfast Stella Maris College warmly invites you to our Father sbreakfast Day The significant men in our girls lives are invited to attend our Father s Day breakfast on Friday 31 August 7.30am am on the College Deck Please click on the Try Booking link below to RSVP by Monday 27 August Please advise Bernie at if you have any special dietary requirements. Page 2

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7 ...Stella Communtiy continued YEAR 11 LEADERSHIP DAY A wonderful group of Year 11 students attended our annual Leadership Training Day as part of the formation of our new senior leadership team for Students explored the heart of Benedictine servant leadership that is shaped by the legacy of the Good Samaritan Sisters. Year 11 will now begin the process of nominating and voting for formal College leadership positions which will be announced before the end of this Term. Carolyn Collins, Head of Community & Social Justice Last Wednesday about 45 girls from Year 11 attended a leadership day from 9am - 6pm in the Theatre. Nine hours is quite a long time to sit in the Theatre, however, it was a jam packed day full of many different and exciting activities, speakers and lots of talking, which made the day go extremely quickly. The day started with the leaders of the school speaking about their leadership journey then to talking about the different types of leadership and how special leaders are inside and outside of school. We learnt that Leaders require values, however, every individual person has their own unique style of leadership. Every person in the Theatre had diverse qualities, however, every person had the qualities that leaders require. Many people remember past leaders for the smallest gestures they do. It was a day that left us all inspired to leave and become leaders in our own lives by doing big and small things. Sienna Smyth, Year 11 SPACE SCHOOL INTERNATIONAL STUDY PROGRAM Stella Maris College is pleased to announce that we are offering students the opportunity to join the CASE Space School International Study Program in CASE Space School is an amazing opportunity for students seeking to pursue success in a STEAM career. Students will be immersed in enriched and exclusive space science activities to explore the multi-facets of STEAM. Students will also learn and engage in an inspiring personal and leadership development program to truly empower them for changing times. Junior Space School is astronaut training for youth and is an engaging, hands-on adventure. Students learn about space travel, the development of space-related technologies and are lead through several simulated missions. This program is focused on providing relevance to, and inspiring passion for STEAM through exposure to space and broader earth science exploration. Every step of the way they are guided to build skills in goal setting, project planning, critical-thinking and problem-solving. Senior Space School is the MBA for Youth. With greater program depth, students have incredible access to NASA. They visit areas not accessible by the public; and engage directly with NASA experts to design and plan their own space mission within a given budget. It is an immersive program that hones their individual leadership, project management, resource allocation crisis management and team work skills. Students learn from NASA experts and other leading organisations to foster new levels of collaboration and teamwork. Students are meticulously cared for by dedicated Group Managers who are trained and certified by the California Association for STEAM Education. All Group Managers are Working with Children and Australian Federal Police checked, and hold current CPR, asthma and anaphylaxis certification. Students return with big dreams and lasting confidence, inspired by the ultimate STEAM experience at NASA. An information evening will be held on Tuesday 11 September, The Small Auditorium, Monte Sant Angelo Mercy College, where students and parents can learn more about the program. Click here to RSVP. Page 7

8 ...Stella Community Continued Year 9 Making a Difference This week, Year 9 stepped up with various initiatives to make a contribution to the community. Mia Martin and Isabella Chapman organised a Fiver for a Farmer bake sale to raise money for drought affected farmers in NSW. Thank you to all our Stella bakers and buyers we raised $1130! Left over cakes were also donated to the Manly Salvation Army by Carla Krnel, Year 11. A large group of Year 9 girls also volunteered to participate in the GIFT (Giving in Faith Together) Cook-off at St Kieran s on Monday night. The girls made around 200 serves of bolognaise which will be distributed to families in need through the Link Community Care program. Thank you to Mrs Christina Burke who joined the girls for the evening. Carolyn Collins, Head of Community & Social Justice Page 8

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10 The latest NAPLAN controversy Innovative Learning As we hit mid-august generally around this time, depending on your interests, people are talking about who will make the finals in their favourite winter sport, the lengthening days, and which show is coming to town for the summer. Invariably as has also become customary around this time of year, the discussion in the media and schools also turns to NAPLAN. This year s most recent controversy, which has resulted in a delay in releasing NAPLAN results is in part about whether scores from paper and online tests can be statistically compared. Will the data collected this year be comparable, both between paper and online tests, and with tests from previous years because they will be compared on a common scale? Jim Tognolini, Director, Educational Measurement and Assessment Hub, University of Sydney penned a good summary which I have shared with you below. What s the issue? This years preliminary release of NAPLAN data, which was due out August 8, has been delayed. We don t yet know when it will be released. State education department heads questioned whether the paper and online tests were too different to be statistically comparable. The Victorian Minister for Education, James Merlino, criticised the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) over its management of the online test. What is comparability? It s important when considering comparability that we understand it has different meanings. In a measurement sense (the way it s used with NAPLAN), it means we compare the achievement of the students on a common mathematics scale. This does not mean they are the same. That is, doing the test online is different from doing the test in a paper-and-pencil mode. But both forms provide evidence of what the students know and can do in numeracy and literacy. This type of comparability happens regularly. For example, if you want to compare Australian dollars and Chinese yuan, you make them comparable by putting them onto a common scale (one AUD = five yuan). You can then compare them in terms of an amount of money, but they are not the same. Similarly, when we construct an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank(ATAR)( we convert scores in different subjects to make them comparable on a common scale, add the scores up, then calculate an ATAR. This makes it possible to compare them in terms of the general ability that characterises the combined Higher School Certificate (HSC)( score. The subjects are not the same, but they are comparable on a common scale. In the same way, scores can be compared when the NAPLAN tests have been done in paper-and-pencil format and online. Comparing the results across years when we move from paper-and-pencil NAPLAN tests to NAPLAN online is much the same. In this case ACARA has carried out significant research to examine the impact of how the test is administered on the results. This has shown there is little if any major impact in terms of the purpose of NAPLAN. Storm in a teacup NAPLAN isn t the only test ever to move from paper-and-pencil to online. The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) ( numerous other high-stakes international assessments have recently moved online. The OECD website explicitly states: Student performance is comparable between the computer-based and paper-based tests within PISA 2015 and also between PISA 2015 and previous paper-based cycles. There is no doubt the controversy over NAPLAN comparability is a storm in a teacup. Students would have all attempted goodquality NAPLAN tests and done their best. The results will give them an indication of how they re going on this occasion. When the results do come out, my educated guess is teachers will find their students will have done pretty much as expected, based on all the other information teachers have about student achievement through their classroom-based assessments. NAPLAN provides one more bit of evidence, from a different perspective, that contributes to the overall image of the student. Brett Foster, Director of Innovative Learning Page 10

11 Sport SPORT REPORT BBSSSA Basketball Congratulations to the Stella Junior and Intermediate Basketball teams who competed at the BBSSSSA Basketball Championships at Terrigal on Thursday, 16 August. Both teams had fantastic results: The Junior Team had a great start to the day, winning all pool games convincingly. They played Mater Maria in the semi finals and had a good win to progress through to the grand final against Mount Saint Benedict. It was an extremely close game, with the scores locked at at half time. The second half was very exciting, but MSB took the lead with less than a minute to go and went on to win by 2 points. Well done to all members of the Junior Team: Abi Gartner, Holly Wickham, Kiana Carty, Grace Shanahan, Leilani Cannon, Kylah Whyte, Ava Seibold, Laila Perillo, Chloe Hatvany and Grace Burke. The Intermediate Team also started the day strongly and progressed through to the semi finals. In the semis this team also had a good win against Mater Maria, and moved through to the grand final, also against Mount Saint Benedict. This was another close game, but this time the Stella team took the lead with 50 seconds to go, and ended up winning by 3 points. This team will now progress through to the NSWCCC Championships. Well done to our intermediate team: Beth Moran, Emily Bran, Issy Stein, Lily Grenenger, Bella Seibold, Millie Ford, Molly Crotty, Kayla Kimball, Millie Prior, Jade Taylor A big thank you to Danni and our student coaches: Molly Dignan and Audrey Tan who did a great job in coaching the girls on the day. Well done to all involved on a fantastic day of basketball! NSW Government Active Sports Grant A notice to all parents that at this stage Stella Maris is unable to process the $100 Government Active Sports Grant to families. This is not set up to be used in school sport registrations, but rather through local sport clubs. We will investigate ways that this can be used in our Manly Warringah extra curricular sports in Touch Football A reminder to students in Years 7 and 8 that they must Mrs Jenny Wickham before Friday, 24 August if they would like to play in the Year 7/8 regional touch gala day in September. Golf A reminder that all students who would like to play in the BBSSSA Golf Championships must Mrs Jenny Wickham by Monday, 20 August. Details have been ed to all students. Jenny Wickham, Sports Coordinator Page 11

12 Canteen and Uniform Shop CANTEEN ROSTER: Hours are 9.30am pm. If you are unable to attend on your rostered day PLEASE call Bernie to arrange a replacement on Mon 20 Aug Tues 21 Aug Wed 22 Aug Thurs 23 Aug Fri 24 Aug Tania Williams Louise Lewcock HELP NEEDED PLEASE Amanda Arnold Christine Campbell HELP NEEDED PLEASE Nina Gosford Leoni Graham Petra Weiss Jennifer Wood Margot Knaap Kate Caraccio Brigid Tysoe Lesha Evans Michelle Malouf Nicole Mackee Jane Hathaway Elia Royle Sandra Berryman If any volunteers can change their day we would appreciate it very much. UNIFORM SHOP Opening Times During School Terms: 8.00am-4.30pm Tue/Wed/Thu. Entry via Scholastica building on Eurobin Ave. My Student Account - UPDATE The facility to recharge Student Cards over the phone has been discontinued. The current options are: Deposit online through your daughter s MSA login (funds available after 30mins to 3 hours -depending on your bank) accessed via the portal; or recharge using BPay (funds available after 3 working days) through internet banking. Please see full details on the Portal. Purchases at the Uniform Shop can be made using the Student Card or cash. Credit card details can also be provided over the phone. Second Hand Uniforms The Uniform Shop is not accepting winter uniforms until next February. If you have summer dresses to sell you can bring them in now. We are only accepting dresses with the zipper down the back. Summer Uniform From 21 August there will be limited winter skirts and blouses available as the winter stock has been packed away. Summer dresses will be available to buy from Thursday, 23 August. Dresses cost $80. Cream socks are $8. New students who started at Stella from Term 2 will need to buy their dresses before the end of this term. Year 9 will also need to buy their senior dress before the end of the year. The summer dress is to be worn from the start of Term 4. Full Uniform and Stationery Price lists These are available on the website. Please refer to Enrolments>Our Uniform. Winter Uniform Prices Junior (Years 7 to 9) Senior (Years 10-12) Extras Skirt $70 Skirt $120 Jumper Wool $72 Stockings $9 Blouse $35 Blouse $35 Jumper Cotton $72 Scarf $10 Blazer $165 Blazer $200 Gloves $7 Collapsible Stella umbrellas $15 Sports Uniform Prices Netball $88 Water polo $115 Sport shorts $34 Tracktop $67 (Limited sizes of previous style sports uniform at reduced prices Sport Polo $43 Trackpants $45 aravailable for Year ) Previous style water polo costume (can be used for water sport) $65 VOLUNTEERS None required - Thank you We are desperate need of helpers on 2nd Tuesday of the month, WEDNESDAY, 29 August and Friday, 31 August. Gail Hickey & Maree Sewell, Uniform/Book Shop Supervisors or Page 12

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15 ...Community continued GIRLS CRICKET COMPETITION JOIN THE FUN! COMPETITION/S: Sixers Girls Cricket League - U11, 13 & 15 TIME: Sat am or 1.00pm LOCATION: Girls cricket hub. David Thomas & Millers Ovals, Manly Vale COST: U11 $150 U13/15 $175 COME & TRY SESSIONS: Sunday 9,16 and 23 September 3pm pm At Lionel Watts nets, Belrose CLUB: Harbord Devils Junior Cricket Club (HDJCC) CONTACT: Kylee Davidson OTHER INFO: For further information refer to website Competition starts 20 October TO REGISTER TODAY GO TO PLAYCRICKET.COM.AU Page 15

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