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2494 George Bass Drive
Broulee NSW 2537

Phone: 02 4471 5600

21 March 2018

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Principal’s Letter

Dear Parents, Students and Friends of the Carroll College Community

The last two weeks have seen much distress and tragedy for members of our community. I am always humbled by the support that this community shows each other in times of need. I’m reminded of Pope Francis who asks Mother Mary to “Guard our lives in your arms: bless and strengthen every desire for goodness, revive and grow faith, sustain and illuminate hope, arouse and enliven charity, guide all of us on the path of holiness”.


I would like to thank the many parents who completed the recent survey on College communication and uniform. I will publish the final results in the next newsletter, after I present them to our Carroll College Community Council. There was some very interesting feedback from parents. Briefly this included 95% don’t believe that they receive too many emails from the College, 90% wish to continue receiving emails about their child’s assessment, 66% don’t want a gender neutral uniform, 51% want a separate summer and winter uniform and 80% want a separate Senior and Junior uniform. The feedback is very much appreciated and will be used by the College and the Community Council to inform future directions.

Social Media

Social media has, in a very short period of time, come to play a significant role in Australian society. Sites such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter feel like they have always been there but in fact each of these is only about 10 years old. Others like Snapchat and Instagram are a bit younger and are only five years old. However, for our children they seem to have always existed – especially when you consider that for today’s youth the Internet has always existed. Many of kids spend more time interacting with other people via these than they do dace to face.

In recent years these sites have led to the emergence of a new type of internet user – the Internet Troll. For those who may not be aware a Troll is a person who uses the Internet to deliberately start arguments, stir-up trouble or upset people by posting comments or images that they know will cause distress. In other words they are online bullies. Interestingly many of these people are not aware that their actions, as well as being simply mean, are also illegal.

The online world is one that offers incredible opportunities. Students can gather information with a few clicks of a mouse, participate in video conferences with classes on the other side of the country and be involved in a whole host of simulated classroom activities. Those who go on to university will discover that many of their classes are delivered via video conferences with lecturers hundreds of kilometres away. Others who go into employment may find that they, like a number of our parents, can live in the local area and work from home via the internet for employer’s based in other states.

We do a lot of work with our students in regards to online safety, both in our classroom teaching and through special information sessions that students participate in. One great source of information for parents can be found at the eSafety website.

The Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner is Australia's leader in online safety. It is a fantastic resource for parents to have a look at. The eSafety website can be found at the link below. It has excellent information on a wide range of topics including cyberbullying, privacy protection, staying safe online and online gaming. The site has a dedicated parent’s page, which is a great resource, especially for parents who may not have a lot of experience in the online environment themselves.

There is also a section on the website where students and parents can make complaints about issues involving cyberbullying.

I would encourage you to spend time talking with your children about which social media sites they are accessing and what they are doing when they are on them.

Steve Bath

College Calendar

*The College calendar can now be accessed through the staff and student portal on Sentral.

Congratulations Adam!

Congratulations to Adam Zutt who represented Carroll College and the Eurobodalla by attending the Back 2 Bush Youth Tourism ProjectDiscovery tour with other members of the Eurobodalla Shire Council's Eurobodalla Youth Committee.

Adam participated in a range of Youth targeted Tourist operations including; Moonshadow - TQC Cruises, Irukandji Shark & Ray Encounters, Melaleuca Surfside Backpackers, Newcastle Afoot and Sand Dune Adventures with the aim to incorporate similar methods into the Eurobodalla.

Congratulations Elodie!

Elodie recently competed in the next level for the Lions Youth of the Year Competition in Sydney. She was the outright winner! Elodie now proceeds to the state final to be held in April in Bankstown. We wish Elodie the very best of luck!

RE Matters!

Friday 16 February, was National Day against Bullying and Violence. The Prime Minister has called on students and schools to imagine a world which is free from bullying. The Gospel imperative calls each of us to treat others with respect and dignity, and in return, receive the same respect and dignity. As a Catholic College we look to Jesus as the great includer who provides the model and guide for us all; at least to attempt, to emulate. Fail as we might, we must not avoid our responsibility in answering the call to the Gospel. As a College we attempt to educate about bullying. This is a proactive and preventative approach. This happens through the formal curriculum in subjects such as PDHPE and Religious Education specifically, but also in all subjects, through the study of media, literature, history and the like.

To foster and maintain an inclusive community, we run whole days for students to form and develop relationships across year groups and strengthen those within their cohort. In the last fortnight year 8 took part in their Formation Day Who Am I and Year 10 Launch into the Deep Formation Day. The College hosted St Bernard’s and St Mary’s Year 2 Reconciliation Day. The CSYMA (Catholic Schools Youth Ministry Australia) Team ran the Day supporting our combined school’s pathways.

Fr. Steven Bevans SVD said the church “is a mission with a community, not a community with a mission”. The mission comes first. The community serves the mission. It is not a community that creates a mission for itself. Bringing God’s love and the Good News of Jesus into the world is the mission; it is why we exist as a community. Our CSYMA students realise that: first – there is a mission. Second – there is a community. Then – there is the call to lead that community. The gifts the Lord has bestowed on them, that they have chosen to respond to develop, mean they bring something to this mission our community has judged valuable and admirable.

Watching these young leaders facilitate the Year 8 Formation Day and the Reconciliation Day was a credit to the College, themselves and their families. Their maturity and commitment to each activity was praised by our visiting teachers and parents. My hope is for these students to continue to grow in their awareness of the many graces granted to them as they serve the community this year. That their gifts and insights enrich us all.

As we journey into this fifth week of Lent Pope Francis suggests:

Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others… Fast from grudges and be reconciled…

Fr. Francis Carroll … Pray for Us
Live Jesus in our Hearts … Forever

Mrs. Charlotte Nicoletti
Coordinator of Religious Education and Faith Formation


“Don’t worry, be Happy!”- In Praise of sadness

People tend to worry unnecessarily that they are not happy. I do sometimes. Now, as I reflect on the deaths of my two sons, I am reminded that sadness will ease with the passing of time and deep support from my community. This I know.

In the late 1980’s Bobby McFerrin sang a chart topper called “Don’t worry be happy!” However, being happy all the time is not only rare but can also be deleterious to our own personal development.

There is a stigma attached to feelings of sadness. Advertisements such as Coca Cola make a virtue of inanely giggling youths bouncing beach balls or chatting over a burger with the brown fizzy liquid in plain sight. Sadness presumably is not being in the mix (or perhaps preferring water)

We have been genetically engineered to experience a range of emotions and so must appreciate that sadness is part of the natural cycle of things.

“By propagating the myth that uninterrupted happiness is possible and desirable, it makes people feel worse than they otherwise would”. This excerpt from the British Journal of Cognition and Emotion goes on to state that occasional feelings of sadness for short periods are less likely to make judgemental errors, are more sensitive to others’ needs and are more reflective than intensely “happy” people.

Being sad does not indicate we are not coping. It can be a good thing to process what has caused this feeling in the first place and to move on to more positive feelings.

Sadness in small measure is NOT depression and we should not strive to avoid it. If, of course, it persists for more than two weeks or so then help is required because it could be a form of depression and should be treated but…we should not be too hard on ourselves. As an English teacher, I can only think of two authors who reportedly did not suffer from “sadness” or melancholy. Jane Austen was one and…sorry, I cannot even think of the second one.

The wellsprings of great creativity are boredom and sadness. “Aye, in the very temple of Delight/ Veiled melancholy has her sovereign shrine”, the poet Keats wrote and he is right. How much poorer would our lives be without the genius of Dickins, Turner, Van Gogh, Tolstoy, Plath, Beethoven and others. Yes, even sportspersons experience well-publicised bouts of sadness and have pushed on to success.

If your child is occasionally sad, don’t be alarmed. It is a completely natural response to living. Monitor but accept it as part of the natural rhythms.

In the novel Brave New World, the protagonist John rebels against a perfect society obsessed with “calm and happiness” (does that sound like social media to you where everyone is “up”?) When he says at the end: “I don’t want comfort, I want God. I want danger, I want freedom, I want goodness and sin. In fact, I claim the right to be unhappy. I claim them all!”

My family is deeply appreciative of the phone calls and e-mails from parents, colleagues and my students. They mean a great deal.

Paul Cullen

Rugby Gala Day

On the 7th of March, Carroll College participated in the Brumbies Rugby High School 7s Gala Day. 115 of our students in 11 teams joined in the fun at Captain Oldrey Park, Broulee. For many it was their first experience of playing rugby union.

There were three age divisions for boys and girls. Under 14, Under 16 and Opens.

The Under 14 Boys had three teams entered. All teams played excellent rugby, with the 14A team winning the division without conceding a point.

The Under 14 Girls entered two teams. For the majority of the girls, it was their first game of rugby. They were quick learners and the 14A team were the winners of the division.

The Under 16 Boys were unfortunately without opposition. They played a series of three games, used as a selection trial for the finals. Each game was played at a very high standard.

The Under 16 girls entered two teams. Many of these girls have a lot of rugby experience and this was clear in their games. The 16A team won the division, undefeated.

The Open Boys were undefeated in the pool matches and were unlucky to go down by a conversion in the final.

The Open Girls were not able to post a win, but had a really fun day playing some talented opposition.

Our Under 14 Boys and Girls and Under 16 Boys and Girls will now travel to Canberra to participate in the ACT and Southern NSW finals in September. We wish them all the best. Thank you to all students who proudly represented Carroll College on the day, you were fantastic ambassadors for our school.

Pi Day

Year 7 and 11 Peer Support Camp

Year 7 / 11 Camp – Lake Tabourie

Much fun was had by the 140 students who attended camp this year at Lake Tabourie. Students pitched their tents before being thrown into a whole series of challenges and activities. Highlights included Bondi Rescue, Drama Room 101, Sand Engineering, Scavenger Hunt and the Jumping Pillow Challenge. This year the camp site had opened a lovely new pool which many students used during free time. The evening’s “guess the teacher on camp”, trivia quiz and lively performances from each group did not disappoint. The winning team in the challenge competition, Group 2 are pictured with their leaders Jonah Slockee Albert, Zoe Cursio and Eddie Howard. A huge thank you must go to all the wonderful Year 11 Peer mentors who led the teams of Year 7 students and to the staff who worked hard to provide a great couple of days. A special mention should go to Mrs Richards and Mrs Montgomery, ably assisted by Liam Kellend and Nelson Leslight for feeding all 150+ of us so well! Thank you.

Tim Hodges

Questacon Smart Skills Workshops

On the 26th and 27th of February all students in year 7 had the opportunity to attend a STEM workshop presented by Questacon. The students were introduced to the topic of Drones and what they are being used for. They then looked at designing bridges and what materials were stronger in compression and tension by using an app called Bridge Constructor. They were able to construct a bridge and test it in a virtual environment. This all led into the final challenge to design a landing platform for a drone to deliver a pizza to safely. The students had limited materials and time. At the conclusion all students evaluated the many different designs presented and tested the platform using a weight to simulate the drone landing.

Mrs Kerkham
STEM Coordinator

Maths Tuesday Tutes

Year 9 Activities

AR: Community News


It is important that all parents/guardians carefully read this item. There have been significant changes to the exemptions for student attendance requirements in NSW schools from 2015.

Parents/guardians MUST complete an Application For Exemption From Attendance At School for all absences when the absence is known in advance (eg. specialist appointments). If the request for absence is less than 101 days of absence it can be approved by the Principal. If the request is for longer than 101 days the Application for Exemption is forwarded by the College to the Minister of Education for his approval.

It would be appreciated if exemption forms could be lodged to the school two weeks prior to the absence. This will allow for processing time.

Unforeseen absences, for example, absence due to illness, funerals, situations of pressing domestic necessity do NOT require an application for exemption.

If an Application For Exemption From Attendance At School is approved by the Principal/Minister the school will complete a Certificate of Exemption. This is kept on the student file and a copy is supplied to parents. This must be produced upon request by the Police or other authorised attendance officer. When departing the country the certificate can be requested by customs/passport officials.

The Application For Exemption From Attendance At School can be obtained from our College website, in the link on our College newsletter (left hand column) or the forms can be emailed directly to you.

PLEASE NOTE: it is the student’s responsibility to make alternate arrangements to complete any assessment that may be missed. Students in Years 10-12 are to complete an application for extension which they can print from the College website and submit this to the relevant KLA Coordinator at least one week prior to their absence, after discussing their absence with their teacher. For students who will be absent for an entire exam period, they are to see Mr O’Neill a week prior to the commencement of exams.

Student Exemptions can no longer be used for holidays.

If you have any questions in relation to this requirement please contact the College.