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2024, Term 2

April

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From the Principal

Elizabeth Hanney

Principal

Term 2 has swiftly settled into a rhythm of activity and endeavour for all students and staff. This term, we welcome a number of new students, families and staff, and extend our support and friendship to them as they acquaint themselves with our community.

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Welcome to Term 2

Antonella Rosati

Deputy Principal Learning and Teaching

Term 2 promises to be another significant period at Ƶ. Next week, we celebrate St Catherine's Day with the College Eucharist at St Dominic’s Parish and various activities organised by our Student Representative Council.

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Child Safety Update and Managing Examination Stress

Minna Jewell

Deputy Principal Wellbeing

It was delightful to welcome students back to Siena after the Easter break. As a reminder, the Heads of House, the Director of Students and I are here as essential points of contact for parents and guardians who wish to discuss matters related to their daughters' wellbeing.

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Fostering Student Success with the Berry Street Education Model

Natalie Kinsella

Director of Students

This year marks the introduction of our new Wellness program, which runs fortnightly on Tuesdays during Week A, Period 5. The focus of Wellness this year is on the Berry Street Education Model (BSEM) aimed at supporting students' self regulation, relationships and overall wellbeing, which enhances student engagement and academic achievement.

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Faith and Mission

Bronwyn Ilott

Director of Faith and Mission

All staff and students are preparing to celebrate the life and legacy of our patron saint, St Catherine of Siena, whose Feast Day falls on Monday, 29 April. This week, our dedicated staff are engaged in professional learning sessions, delving deep into the essence of St Catherine's spirit in the context of 2024.

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Waratah's Successful Fundraising Efforts for Caritas

Peta Mackintosh

Head of Student Formation

During Term 1, Waratah fundraised for Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion campaign during Lent. In the first few weeks of Term 1, Gwen Michener from Caritas Australia spoke to the Waratah cohort during assembly to educate them about the problems the vulnerable face in Australia and overseas.

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Mt Rothwell Biodiversity Excursion

Nicholas Harvey

Head of Science

Year 12 Environmental Science students travelled on an excursion to Mt Rothwell where they experienced biodiversity and conservation efforts, and witnessed how Mt Rothwell and the Odonata Foundation have really helped some of Victoria’s threatened species.

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Year 8 Geography Fieldwork

Alan Anderson

Humanities and Science Teacher

In March, Year 8 Geography students participated in a day of fieldwork. Students had been studying physical geography with a particular focus on coastal environments.

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Top Arts and Josh Muir's Exhibition at Koorie Heritage Trust

Peta Mackintosh

Head of Student Formation

Our Senior Art “students from Years 10 to 12 visited the outstanding 2024 Top Arts exhibition and Josh Muir’s exhibition, 'JXSH MVIR FOREVER I LIVE' at the Koorie Heritage Trust. At Top Arts, students enjoyed a folio session where they studied the visual diaries of the exhibitors, supporting their art making processes.

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Exciting Term 2 Start for VCE Drama Students

Sandra Siapantas

Teacher

Term 2 has kicked off with excitement for our VCE Drama students in Year 11 and 12. Earlier this week, they attended the VCE Drama Top Class Drama performances at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

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Jazz Season Is Upon Us!

Daniel Sheehan

Director of Music

Jazz season is well and truly upon us, and for the many young musicians involved in the upcoming Night of Jazz, rehearsals and home practice have kicked into high gear.

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Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund Applications Now Open

Laurie Federico

Head of Finance and Services

Dear parents and guardians, applications for the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) are now open.

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