Secondary Curriculum

2022 Secondary Class Requirements

The stationery and equipment lists for Secondary 2022 are provided here for your planning.

Published on: 13 Dec 2021

Sport Spot

Swimming Carnivals 2022

A few dates for your diary:

  • St Raphael’s Swimming Carnival: 10 February
  • Southern Region Swimming Carnival: 22 February-Orange
  • Diocesan Swimming Carnival (Secondary): 8 March-Dubbo
  • Diocesan Swimming Carnival (Primary): 9 March-Dubbo

Mrs Nicole Twohill-Scott - K-12 Sports Coordinator

Published on: 13 Dec 2021
Published on: 08 Dec 2021

Faith & Life

In a world where worry, not peace, prevails, stir up that good news again. This Christmas, make it real in our hearts. Never have we needed Your joy and peace more than now. Thank You for the gift of Jesus, our Immanuel, the Word made flesh. Forgive us for forgetting—that Your love never changes, never fades, and that You never abandon the purpose for which You came: to save us from our sinful condition, and to give us life eternal, the joy of relationship with a holy God. Your birth—and Your death—sealed Your promise to us forever.  Amen.

Altar Servers at St Raphael's Parish

Saturday 18 December - Charli Raynolds & Sara Rush

Sunday 19 December - Kaiden Bischof & William Allan

Published on: 08 Dec 2021

This Week's Birthdays

Tuesday 14 December

Happy birthday to Charlie Graham, Michael O'Leary & Jimmy Smith

Wednesday 15 December

Happy birthday to Rosemary Bennett, Koby Dluzniak, Jackson McLeish & Sophie Richmond

Thursday 16 December

Happy birthday to Kaiden Bischof

Friday 17 December 

Happy birthday to Melissa Mood

Happy birthday to Ava Allan, Flynn Bennett & Harrison Chalker who celebrate their birthdays this weekend, and to all students celebrating birthdays over the summer holiday. Enjoy your special day!

Published on: 08 Dec 2021
Published on: 08 Dec 2021

Primary Curriculum News

Australia Day Literary Competition

What wonderful news! The Australia Day Literary Results have been decided. We are proud to announce the following award recipients. These prize awardees will have the opportunity to attend the Cowra Council Australia Day Celebrations and receive their prizes.

  • Kinder   1st place    Violet Pye 
  • Year 1   1st place - Sarah Langfield
  • Year 1   2nd place - Grace Langfield
  • Year 1   3rd place - Digby Delaney
  • Year 2   1st place - Elsie Meyers
  • Year 2   2nd place - Rory Rue
  • Year 2    3rd place - Toby Woodhouse
  • Year 3   1st place - Evie Smith
  • Year 4   1st place - Ruby Lazanski
  • Year 4   2nd place - Sienna Launders
  • Year 5   1st place - Milla O'Reilly
  • Year 5   2nd place - Charli Raynolds
  • Year 6   1st place - Laura Bennet
  • Year 6   2nd place - Georgie Anning

2022 Primary Class Requirements

The stationery and equipment list for Primary 2022 is provided here for your planning.

Primary Writing Compositions

Expand your imagination... by READING this Summer!

The  Summer Reading Challenge will begin on November 15th and we are encouraging all students to read, read, read! Students can read anything they like to enter the challenge, whether it’s a comic, play, book, e-book or graphic novel. 

Read to Learn… Read for Fun… Read to Win

The Executive Director’s Summer Reading Challenge is open to all students enrolled in our systemic Catholic schools in the Diocese of Bathurst. Students need to independently read 10 or more age-appropriate books (5 full length novels for secondary) during the summer holidays to go into the draw to win one of four iPads.

How to Enter

Keep an informal record of the books you have read over summer and complete the personal reading log. Once your challenge is complete, enter your list of read books online to go into the draw for a prize. A parent or guardian must confirm that the books were read prior to entry.  Entries must be received by 5pm, 6th February 2022. The winners will be announced on Friday 11th February 2022 and published on Monday 14th February 2022,on the Catholic Education Website.

Reading Suggestions

You may also like to refer to the NSW Premier's Reading Challenge Reading List for some ideas of books to read to get the summer reading challenge started.

Published on: 08 Dec 2021

Primary Wellbeing

Class Parties

Tomorrow Tuesday, 14 December (Tuesday, Week 11) all Primary classes will be having their class Christmas parties.  Students are encouraged to wear Christmas themed mufti for our celebrations. Class parties will be held in our classrooms from approximately 12:30pm until lunchtime.

Due to COVID restrictions around sharing of food, we are asking that each student bring $2 to cover the food that each classroom teacher will purchase for the day.

Published on: 08 Dec 2021

Canteen

This week's canteen roster is as follows

  • Tuesday 14- Lisa Mallon + HELPERS PLEASE
  • Wednesday 15 - CLOSED
  • Thursday 16 - Pupil Free Day
  • Friday 17 - School Holidays!
Published on: 08 Dec 2021

Administration

For Your Calendar

  • If you are a member of staff you start with Staff Orientation Day on Friday, 28 January.
  • If your child is in Year 1 - Year 7 or Year 11 or a Year 12 Leader then you start on Monday, 31 January.
  • If your child is in Kindergarten, then they start at 10am on Tuesday, 1 February.
  • Everyone else starts at the normal time on Tuesday 1 February.

Staff Departures

Whilst we have several staff members taking some sort of leave in 2022 (Mrs Kristie Cooley and Mrs Laura Moodie will be away on Family Leave, Miss Danielle Gibbs will be away on leave), three people are leaving St Raphael’s for good – that is; leaving this place of work (they can never leave the St Raphael’s family … that’s permanent). Mrs Benjie Healy, Mrs Jenny White and Mr Michael Gallagher.

Staff Role Changes in 2022

  • Mrs Peta Bischof will no longer be REC Secondary, Miss Karla Slaven will take on the REC role K-12.
  • Miss Gabriella Zideluns will take up the role of KLA Coordinator (Secondary)
  • Miss Melana Pearce changes roles in 2022 and will work with Year 5 with Miss Renae Downes.
  • Mrs Rachel Butcher will continue to work with Learning Enrichment but will also take up a role in Primary Music.
  • Mrs Anne Hickman will take up the role of Assistant Coordinator - Primary Curriculum
  • Mrs Michelle Coombes will take up the secondary Wellbeing role addressing post COVID re- engagement.
  • Mrs Larissa Gallard will take up the role of Sports Coordinator K-12
  • Additional allocations for Indigenous Dance and Agriculture Startup have been incorporated into allocations at secondary level.
  • Indigenous Pathways coordination will be appointed in the new year.
  • The role of Family Educator has been withdrawn by the Diocese.

Primary Class Allocations 2022

  • Kindergarten: Anne Hickman, Jodie Colemane, Kirsty Stephenson 
  • Year 1: Georgina Gough, Karla Slaven, Catherine McGoldrick
  • Year 2: Kylie McNamara, Monica Blazley 
  • Year 3: Davina Smith, Carolyn James
  • Year 4: Luke O’Reilly, Nicole Twohill-Scott, Kathy English
  • Year 5: Darrel Colemane, Renae Downes, Melana Pearce
  • Year 6: Grahame Statham + Support TBD

Additional appointments at Secondary level are yet to be finalised.

2022 School Fee Schedule

The St Raphael's 2022 School Fee Schedule has been released and is attached for your reference. 

Published on: 08 Dec 2021

Principal's Report

Dear Parents,

Staff members of our school invest hugely and personally in the lives of your children. The time, the commitment, the personal investment is extraordinary and I am privileged to work daily alongside such wholesome people. To aid learning is an investment in the future and, between the works of good families and good staff members, our children here have a very sound foundation.

As my time closes in the role of Principal at St Raphael’s I want to thank parents for the support and loyalty to the school that you have given. There isn’t a school anywhere that survives without active support of parents. Our school continues to grow due to your good will and help. I am sure that Mrs Deschamps, the incoming Principal, will lead the school community to new heights of care and excellence.

I want to specifically acknowledge the extraordinary work of the School Leadership Team this year. They all taught and carried out their executive duties with professionalism, energy, thoroughness and good will in an extraordinarily challenging environment.

In 2022 there is a particular change of staffing that is important in our school. Mrs Peta Bischof will step away from the role of Religious Education Coordinator (Secondary). We have been immensely blessed by the quality and style of Peta’s work as REC. We experience the most beautiful liturgies, retreats and opportunities for outreach that enable engagement with our inner self and with our God. The depth of the impact of Peta’s work has been profound for hundreds of people over many years and we pray for Peta with gratitude as she spends more classroom time with students and the coordination of our highly awarded VET department.

A reminder that Thursday and Friday of this week are Pupil-Free days. Wednesday is the last day of student attendance.

Finally, our patron Saint, Raphael, is also patron saint of travellers, physicians and young people. I pray that this Christmas Jesus will be brought to life in your family and in our world and that St Raphael protect our travellers and our young people and bring healing through Christmas to those who suffer.

Michael Gallagher 

Principal

Published on: 08 Dec 2021

Primary Award Recipients

Congratulations to our wonderful award recipients in Week 9. We are very proud of you.

Published on: 06 Dec 2021
Published on: 03 Dec 2021

Faith & Life

Dear Jesus, you are the hope in our messy world.

This Advent, help us slow down, listen to your voice, and focus on what’s really important. We place our hope in you as we prepare our hearts to celebrate your birth on Christmas.

Dear Jesus, you entered our world on Christmas as the Prince of Peace. This Advent, as we strive to become the-best-version-of-ourselves, fill us with a deep and abiding peace. Help us share that peace with everyone we encounter, especially those who need it most.

Dear Jesus, help us focus on you during this busy season. May we stay aware of the joy you bring into our lives. We want to find you in the everyday moments and come with hearts of gratitude to your manger on Christmas.

Dear Jesus, may the light of your love always shine in our hearts. As Christmas draws closer, we marvel at your great love for us. Let your love transform every aspect of our lives and touch everyone we encounter. Our hearts are open to you, Jesus.

 Amen.

Altar Servers at St Raphael's Parish

Saturday 11 December - Jack Graham & Ryan Clarke

Sunday 12 December - Leuwin McGill & Oscar McGill

Published on: 03 Dec 2021

This Week's Birthdays

Tuesday 7 December

Happy birthday to Cameron Forsyth & Emily Savage

Thursday 9 December

Happy birthday to Alice Jennings

Friday 10 December 

Happy birthday to Holly Wilson

And happy birthday to Archie Frazer and Natasha Smaluck who celebrate their birthdays this weekend!

Published on: 03 Dec 2021

Community Connections

Published on: 03 Dec 2021

Primary Curriculum News

2022 Primary Class Requirements

The stationery and equipment lists for primary 2022 is provided here for your planning.

Primary Homework

Students can be very proud of their reading improvements this year. Dedication to reading homework has contributed to some pleasing achievements and we congratulate those children who have maintained regular daily reading. Unfortunately, as the school year draws to a close it is time to collect all of our school books. Therefore there will be no homework expectations from Week 10 until the end of the school year. It is important to rest and play, however, students are encouraged to take some time to read throughout the holidays.

Swimsafe Wrap up

St Raphael’s Swimsafe program has finished. The weather was mostly kind to us and we were lucky to sneak in the majority of lessons without being tormented by heavy rain. Swim Instructors have completed each of the children’s checklists and the certificates will be given out this week, showing your child's progress in the intensive swimming programme.

The children can be very proud of their efforts in and out of the water this year. We are also extremely thankful to have had a professional team of swimming instructors who took great care of the children whilst expertly teaching water safety skills.

2 Green and Gold have written about Swimsafe and would like to share some of their journal entries and photos with you. Kindergarten Gold and Green also feature in the photos dressed in their pyjamas, ready for swimming! 

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Cowra Council Australia Day Literary Competition
Over the past weeks, Primary students have been researching Australian Paralympians. The children were absolutely amazed by the perseverance and achievements of their chosen Paralympian. As a result, some fantastic compositions have been created. We congratulate the students for their enthusiasm during this exercise and look forward to seeing the results of the competition. The diary entry below is a creative piece written by one of our Stage Three students. 

Summer Reading Challenge

Expand your imagination... by READING this Summer!

The  Summer Reading Challenge will begin on November 15th and we are encouraging all students to read, read, read! Students can read anything they like to enter the challenge, whether it’s a comic, play, book, e-book or graphic novel. 

Read to Learn… Read for Fun… Read to Win

The Executive Director’s Summer Reading Challenge is open to all students enrolled in our systemic Catholic schools in the Diocese of Bathurst. Students need to independently read 10 or more age-appropriate books (5 full length novels for secondary) during the summer holidays to go into the draw to win one of four iPads.

How to Enter

Keep an informal record of the books you have read over summer and complete the personal reading log. Once your challenge is complete, enter your list of read books online to go into the draw for a prize. A parent or guardian must confirm that the books were read prior to entry.  Entries must be received by 5pm, 6th February 2022. The winners will be announced on Friday 11th February 2022 and published on Monday 14th February 2022,on the Catholic Education Website.

Reading Suggestions

You may also like to refer to the NSW Premier's Reading Challenge Reading List for some ideas of books to read to get the summer reading challenge started.

Published on: 03 Dec 2021

Primary Wellbeing

Class Parties

The end of the year is almost upon us and it is time to celebrate!  On Tuesday, 14 December (Tuesday, Week 11) all Primary classes will be having their class Christmas parties.  Students are encouraged to wear Christmas themed mufti for our celebrations. Class parties will be held in our classrooms from approximately 12:30pm until lunchtime.

Due to COVID restrictions around sharing of food, we are asking that each student bring $2 to cover the food that each classroom teacher will purchase for the day.

Published on: 03 Dec 2021

Canteen

Please find attached for your convenience a copy of our Summer Canteen Menu for 2021. 

This week's canteen roster is as follows

  • Tuesday 7- Tammy Zarb, Karen Campbell + HELPER PLEASE
  • Wednesday 8 - CLOSED
  • Thursday 9 - Kim Horne, Kylie Kollas, Lisa Hall + HELPER PLEASE
  • Friday 10 - Jessica Newcombe, Michelle Wydmuch
  • Monday 13 - Scout Williams, Michelle Wydmuch
Published on: 03 Dec 2021

Administration

2022 School Start dates

The last day of school for students for 2021 is next Wednesday 15 December.

Term 1 2022 start dates are as follows:

  • Monday 31 January 2022 - Years 1-6 + Year 7 + Yr 11 + Year 12 Leaders
  • Tuesday 1 February 2022 - Kindergarten + Years 8-10 + Year 12

Annual Presentation Day

The St Raphael's Catholic School Annual Presentation Day will take place next Monday 13 December via Zoom. This end of year event is a celebration of the year that was, and an opportunity for the entire school community to acknowledge the outstanding achievements of so many of our students. The Primary Assembly will take place from 10:15am to 11:15am, and the Secondary Assembly will be conducted from 12:35pm to 1:35pm. The families of those students who will be receiving an award will receive a letter in the coming days with the Zoom details of how to link in with this event. The Zoom link will also be distributed to all families via Compass, by the end of the week.

2022 School Fee Schedule

The St Raphael's 2022 School Fee Schedule has been released and is attached for your reference. 

Published on: 03 Dec 2021