Congratulations to Ben Duffy, Nick Stapleton, Joel O’Donnell Goodman, Matt Neilson, Tom Johnston, Angus Houston and Lachlan Burgess who were presented with Technological and Applied Science Awards for their contributions to the recent Annual College TAS Display. The boys were presented their awards by Mr Drewitt-Smith this morning.


Congratulations to William Qiu, Jack Duffy, Dom Sestanovic, Max Klapdor, Alex Sestanovic, Matt Smith and Nick Davies who were presented with their Gold, Silver and Bronze Music Pins for their efforts in respective Ensembles at our Division Meeting today by Mrs Bell.


Four of our talented readers from Year 9 and 10 did a fantastic job participating in the Santa Sabina Youth Review Forum, along with students from Santa Sabina, St Patrick’s College, Strathfield and Meriden College. The forum members, George Johnson, Daniel Gibbons, Brendan Quirk and Cameron Horne, were asked to read four of the six books shortlisted by The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) for the 2017 Book Awards in the Older Readers Category and then discuss their responses to the novels with other students, in front of an audience of around 150 Year 10 Santa Sabina students. A special mention to Cameron Horne who was the only panel member to read all six of the shortlisted books.

The nominations for Book of the year 2017 were, One Would Think the Deep by Claire Zorn, The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon, Waer by Meg Caddy, Yellow by Megan Jacobson, Frankie by Shivaun Plozza and Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley. It is a somewhat controversial selection of novels, with all but one dealing with social realism and four of the six written by debut authors.

The students on the panel, as well as the Year 10 Santa Sabina audience concluded that Words in Deep Blue was the book which most appealed to them, with The Bone Sparrow coming a close second. Their choice was not endorsed by the CBCA who awarded Book of the Year for Older Readers to Words in Deep Blue by Clair Zorn at the CBCA awards. While this was not the panel’s top pick, it was a book most of the panel members very much enjoyed reading.

This is a wonderful opportunity for teenagers from a range of schools to come together an openly discuss a range of books.

Brendan Quirk – Y9, Cameron Horne – Y9, George Johnson – Y10, Daniel Gibbons – Y10 with Paul McDonald from the Children’s Bookshop

Books & Blokes Breakfast – Paul Field – We have 20 places available

When: Tuesday 29 August, 2017 (Week 7)

Where: Resources Centre

RSVP: Click Here

Paul Field, Joeys Old Boy (79), is a singer, producer, director and managing director of The Wiggles.
His new book, Gimme Shelter, contains stories of courage, endurance and survival from the frontline and back home: For many returned service men and women, coming home is when the battle really begins.
Read the deeply personal and often hidden stories of 16 special men and women whose greatest struggles have been the return to everyday life after service or dealing with the loss of loved ones who lost that battle.


National reading hour and the importance of reading

The Joeys community once again celebrated the importance of reading by participating in National Reading Hour. During assembly, the students were informed of several successful leaders who attribute their success to reading. For example, Warren Buffet is an American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist who reads an astounding 200 books per year. When asked about his secret to success, Warren Buffett pointed to a stack of books and said, “Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will…”

It has been calculated that at an average reading speed of 200 words per minute, it would take 850 hours in a year to read 200 books. This sounds like an enormous amount of time, however, when you consider the average Australian teenager spends 650 hours a year on Facebook, 1,450 hours a year online and 1,642 hours watching TV it really comes down to priorities.

We have challenged the boys to start with a 20 Minute Reading Challenge. By increasing their reading by a mere 20 minutes a day, they will read an additional 1,800,000 words per year, which translates to an astounding 26 novels. All the research demonstrates that reading helps improve your spelling, grammar, comprehension, creative writing skills and places them in the best possible position to achieve success both at school and later in life.

The boys loved the opportunity to immerse themselves in a book during Reading Hour and some of their comments are included below…
“It gave me free time to read a book as I usually struggle to find time to read books.”
“I enjoyed reading hour because I got to just sit down in a quiet classroom and endeavour in a good quality book. I am personally not a fond reader. To be totally honest, I am not fond of reading and will also admit that I went to the library this morning with the intention of just rolling through the book. After 4 pages, I was hooked. I am excited to continue reading this phenomenal book and look forward to getting back into a more sophisticated reading schedule.”
“I loved being able to read for an hour!!!!”
“It relaxed me, with all my assignments coming up and the pressures that brought with it. It was good to take time out and enjoy reading.”

We would love for you to encourage your sons to participate in the 20 minute reading Challenge. For book suggestions please visit our student book review page: HUB Reviews


A reminder that there are free parent webinars through the Independent Schools Digital Collaboration Network (ISDCN). These webinars are a collaboration between Association of Independent Schools (AISNSW) and Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) and past recordings are also available. Please see the attached flyer or visit the website for further information:



Clare McMahon | College Psychologist- Team Leader
St Joseph’s College | Mark Street, Hunters Hill, NSW 2110 | Locked Bag 5009, Gladesville, NSW 1675
T +61 2 9816 0984 | F +61 2 9816 0812 | W www.joeys.org | E cmcmahon@joeys.org

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For a fantastic Chocolate Wheel we need lots of prizes. Vouchers, beauty products, pool toys, wireless speakers, sporting equipment, whatever else you can come up with. You can donate money via the Joeys online shop or drop prizes to the Yr.10 dorm office. Thanks very much to everyone who has donated so far. See attached letter for further information

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