What an active end of term we have had, as we celebrate the month of the Sacred Heart, a time filled with wonderful events demonstrating our goals ...
10June KRB News – Edition 9
- From the Principal
- KRB Leadership Committee 2021 - 2022
- Special Events
- Sacred Heart Day
- National Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week
- Sport and Community Building Trip to Wagga Wagga
- ELC Students in Action
- Joigny Centre Marks World Oceans Day
- Junior School Students in Action
- Year 4 Ozobot Coding
- Senior School Students in Action
- Cultural Diversity Assembly
- Déjeuner avec Sœur Shanahan
- Artist of the Month – Lily Fletcher
- Mosman Youth Art Prize 2021
- Waverley Youth Art Prize 2021
- Year 8 Visual Arts Workshop
- Writing Club
- ELC Music
- Junior Choir Update
- Brass in Training
- Flute Students and Friends Concert
- KRB Music Instagram Page
- Music Tutor Profile: Ms Anna Cross – Violin & Viola
- Sport Updates
- North West Equestrian Expo
- KRB Dancers at the Sydney Eisteddfod
- Athletics Champion
- Term 2 Sports Competition Results
- KRB Winter Sport Skill Development
- Sports Achievements
- Procession of the Lanterns
- From the Advancement and Community Office
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From the Principal
What an active end of term we have had, as we celebrate the month of the Sacred Heart, a time filled with wonderful events demonstrating our goals and priorities and highlighting our strong KRB spirit which makes us so unique as a School.
Today we celebrated Sacred Heart Day at the School where students and staff dressed in red and white to recognise this traditional day. Students began the day with a Mass celebrated by Father Phillip Watkins SSS. There was certainly a spirit of joy as this was the first time that we as a School have had the opportunity to celebrate Sacred Heart Day as a whole School. During the Mass three of the Sisters of the Society of the Sacred Heart, Mary Shanahan rscj OAM, Rita Carroll rscj and Esmey Herscovitch rscj renewed their vows. This was a very special and significant moment. Mass was followed by a morning tea, both in the Junior School and Senior School. Our Senior School and Junior School students then “buddied” to work together and make a kite. These formed an amazing display in the Kite Parade held later that day.
We also celebrated KRB’s rich diversity during the Mass with students from different nationalities reading a Prayer of the Faithful in their own language. This celebration continued with the Cultural Diversity stalls and International Food Fair in the afternoon. We still have a group of international boarders who have not been home in almost two years due to COVID restrictions, so it is very special when we have these opportunities to celebrate and share their culture, food and traditions with the whole School.
As tradition has it, the day finished on a high note when every student came together as a whole School for the Sacred Heart Day dance. This dance is a beautiful display of the KRB spirit and one of my favourite moments of the year.
Thank you everyone for all the preparation and the enthusiasm that went into this fantastic day.
We were also very happy to have Year 12 parents back at our Boarders Dinners this year, followed by the Procession of the Lanterns. This is a historic Sacred Heart tradition involving our boarding communities and a very significant and much loved occasion for our boarders, particularly for those in Year 12 who lead the Procession. It’s a very special evening and I am glad we had many boarding parents here to see it in person. We will shortly be sharing a video of the evening, so all parents who weren’t able to attend can share in the evening.
Thank you to all the mothers and special friends who attended our Mother’s Day celebrations last week. Friday saw over 400 mothers come together to enjoy morning tea and a concert with the Junior School children. We had a wonderful Sunday lunch with over 500 Senior Students and Mums at Cyren Restaurant in Darling Harbour. I would like to give a special thank you to Claudia Finlayson for her wonderful speech on the importance of her mother and other mothers who have supported her. I would also like to thank our other speaker Katherine Reilly, mother of Anna for her time sharing on the values that her daughters have gained through their KRB education, the importance of showing kindness to each other and of caring for those less fortunate in our society.
I would also like to acknowledge the achievements of our new KRB Senior Leadership Committee for 2021 and 2022. Each girl has demonstrated strong leadership potential and I am very much looking forward to seeing the positive impacts you make in your positions over the next year.
- Head Girl – Isabella James
- Head Boarder – Adelaide Haddrill
- Head of Boarding Student Representative Council – Lara Towler
- Head of Global Citizenship – Erica Eather
- Head of Justice & Peace – Audrey McDonald
- Head of Liturgy – Abbey Ridgewell
- Head of Sport – Lauren Whiting
- Head of Student Representative Council – Philomena McDonald
- Head of Student Wellbeing – Chilli Evans
Tomorrow we have a staff day, on the Feast of the Sacred Heart. This is a reflective day for our staff focusing on this year’s Sacred Heart Goal, A personal and active faith in God. It is a day for each staff member to share in activities and reaffirm their mission as Sacred Heart educators.
We have a short week next week due to the long weekend, therefore this is our last newsletter of the term. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for making this such a successful and positive term around the School. We have remained vigilant in providing a safe environment for our students with ever changing conditions due to COVID and have seen some exceptional achievements from our students and the greater community.
I wish you all a safe and happy winter break and look forward to seeing everyone back for Term 3.
In Corde Jesu
National Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week
As a school community, we remembered and acknowledged
As a school community, we remembered and acknowledged National Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week from Wednesday 26 May – Thursday 4 July. On National Sorry Day the school wore a ‘touch of purple’. The colour purple comes from the purple five-petal Native Cotton flower, which was chosen by Kimberly Stolen Generation Aboriginal Corporation’s members to symbolise the scattering of the Stolen Generations and their resilience to the policies of Australia. We also acknowledged the 20th anniversary of National Reconciliation Week. This year’s theme ‘More than a word. Reconciliation takes action’, prompted us to consider what brave and impactful actions we can commit to as individuals to ensure we collectively work to advance the reconciliation movement. To do this, each student and staff in the school wrote down their pledge or commitment to reconciliation. This included: “I pledge to research about Indigenous cultures so I can deepen my understanding and knowledge about our First Nations peoples.” “I pledge to show more care for the land and its animals.” “I pledge to help, support and build relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.” “I pledge to start more conversations on the topic and encourage people to make a different in their own community to promote equal respect.” “I pledge to take action and listen to Indigenous voices to ensure I work towards reconciliation. I pledge to stand up to racism.” On Wednesday 2 June we gathered as a whole school community to show our commitment to reconciliation by ‘planting our pledges’. This ceremony was led by our Indigenous students. Elle Harbrow, Year 8 student, provided a reflection on her own family’s story and the importance of reconciliation to her. My name is Elle Harbrow. I am in Year 8 and a proud descendant of the Murrawari Nation. As an Indigenous student of KRB, I support the vision and pride of Reconciliation Week, and its efforts to bridge the gap of knowledge found between indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. One such gap can be found in the Aboriginal events of the Stolen Generation. My great-grandfather Charles Bonda Mason, was part of the Stolen Generation. When he was only 10 years old he was taken away from his family and land, and sent to Cummeragunga Mission located on the Victorian border. It was here that children were gathered in mass waiting to decide their fate. My great grandfather was taken to a sheep station in Goodooga in Northern NSW and forced to work to survive. However, great grandfather met the love of his life there, my great grandmother Aileen Gibbs. They had 15 children & the eldest of the 15 was my grandfather, Kevin Charles Mason. Later great granny became sick with renal complications and this is where things turned for the worst. Granny later died of renal failure and great grandfather suffering from a broken heart joined her in the Dreaming just one week later. Whilst it is true Australia has a dark beginning, it is also important to acknowledge the progress that we as a nation have achieved. It is through the induction of events such as Reconciliation Week that a process of healing may be achieved for Aboriginal people by acknowledging the past harms of the Stolen Generation & building upon our knowledge of indigenous lores and culture as a nation. I hope that as we move forward together as a School that the gap of knowledge between our two cultures may be learned.
As a school community, we remembered and acknowledged National Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week from Wednesday 26 May – Thursday 4 July.
On National Sorry Day the school wore a ‘touch of purple’. The colour purple comes from the purple five-petal Native Cotton flower, which was chosen by Kimberly Stolen Generation Aboriginal Corporation’s members to symbolise the scattering of the Stolen Generations and their resilience to the policies of Australia.
We also acknowledged the 20th anniversary of National Reconciliation Week. This year’s theme ‘More than a word. Reconciliation takes action’, prompted us to consider what brave and impactful actions we can commit to as individuals to ensure we collectively work to advance the reconciliation movement. To do this, each student and staff in the school wrote down their pledge or commitment to reconciliation. This included:
“I pledge to research about Indigenous cultures so I can deepen my understanding and knowledge about our First Nations peoples.”
“I pledge to show more care for the land and its animals.”
“I pledge to help, support and build relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.”
“I pledge to start more conversations on the topic and encourage people to make a different in their own community to promote equal respect.”
“I pledge to take action and listen to Indigenous voices to ensure I work towards reconciliation. I pledge to stand up to racism.”
On Wednesday 2 June we gathered as a whole school community to show our commitment to reconciliation by ‘planting our pledges’. This ceremony was led by our Indigenous students. Elle Harbrow, Year 8 student, provided a reflection on her own family’s story and the importance of reconciliation to her.
My name is Elle Harbrow. I am in Year 8 and a proud descendant of the Murrawari Nation. As an Indigenous student of KRB, I support the vision and pride of Reconciliation Week, and its efforts to bridge the gap of knowledge found between indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. One such gap can be found in the Aboriginal events of the Stolen Generation.
My great-grandfather Charles Bonda Mason, was part of the Stolen Generation. When he was only 10 years old he was taken away from his family and land, and sent to Cummeragunga Mission located on the Victorian border. It was here that children were gathered in mass waiting to decide their fate. My great grandfather was taken to a sheep station in Goodooga in Northern NSW and forced to work to survive. However, great grandfather met the love of his life there, my great grandmother Aileen Gibbs. They had 15 children & the eldest of the 15 was my grandfather, Kevin Charles Mason.
Later great granny became sick with renal complications and this is where things turned for the worst. Granny later died of renal failure and great grandfather suffering from a broken heart joined her in the Dreaming just one week later.
Whilst it is true Australia has a dark beginning, it is also important to acknowledge the progress that we as a nation have achieved. It is through the induction of events such as Reconciliation Week that a process of healing may be achieved for Aboriginal people by acknowledging the past harms of the Stolen Generation & building upon our knowledge of indigenous lores and culture as a nation. I hope that as we move forward together as a School that the gap of knowledge between our two cultures may be learned.
Sport and Community Building Trip to Wagga Wagga
On Thursday 3 June, 14 girls arrived at the school to get on a bus at 6.15am to head to Wagga Wagga. The trip was approximately 7-8 hours long with...
On Thursday 3 June, 14 girls arrived at the school to get on a bus at 6.15am to head to Wagga Wagga. The trip was approximately 7-8 hours long with an interesting pit stop in Yass. We were previously scheduled to go and visit St. Patrick’s Primary School in Gundagai, unfortunately Covid preventing this visit from happening. Once we arrived in Wagga, it was time for hockey and after a tough and nail-biting game against Wagga Hockey Club Under 18’s, it resulted in a tie of 1-1. It was a really great experience playing against these girls and we were able to develop further connections with them and each other with a barbecue after the game. After the barbecue, we all made a trip to a bowling alley, where all of the girls and Ms Metcalfe, Mr Weiss and Hugh were able to showcase their absolutely incredible bowling skills. After a very tiring first day, we loaded onto the bus the next morning to return back to Sydney. Once back on the road we took a detour to St Joseph’s Primary School in Boorowa. We were shown around the school and were able to meet many of the students. We played games at recess and were able to join in with the Year 5 and 6 sports class, where we were separated into four teams and played some great matches of touch footy.
This trip was such a great experience and we are all so grateful we got to visit regional NSW with some of our boarding peers. Some of the girls were able to expand their perspective on country life, many of whom had not been to a rural area before. We were so lucky to have this opportunity to represent the school and we would like to extend a massive thank you to Hugh, Ms Metcalfe and Mr Weiss for accompanying us on this trip.
Grace Dacres-Manning and Erica Eather
ELC Students in Action
Joigny Centre Marks World Oceans Day
To mark World Oceans Day on Tuesday 8 June, the students of the Joigny Centre headed walked the short distance to the beach for a clean up and enjo...
To mark World Oceans Day on Tuesday 8 June, the students of the Joigny Centre headed walked the short distance to the beach for a clean up and enjoyed exploring many of the creatures that inhabit the ocean.
Junior School Students in Action
Year 4 Ozobot Coding
As Term 2 comes closer to an end, Year 4 has not slowed down. This week, the students have undertaken the task to learn ...
As Term 2 comes closer to an end, Year 4 has not slowed down. This week, the students have undertaken the task to learn how to code and program an Ozobot and navigate mistakes to achieve a goal.
Using their iPad, students first took the time to learn the Ozoblockly code language. Fusing their knowledge of mathematical concepts in sequencing, position and length, students inserted the ‘blocks’ of instructions for their robot to follow to complete a series of challenges. Once students had mastered the basic skills of coding, they were then given the opportunity to use the Ozobots.
Using different shapes and obstacle courses, students were thoroughly engaged and determined to get their Ozobot through to the end. It was wonderful to see that though students struggled and made mistakes, they utilised their growth-mindset to work through the challenges and come together as a team.
At the end of the lesson, it was clear that all students wanted to continue working and refining their scientific and mathematical skills. However, they are looking forward to taking part in more technology based lessons in Science and Mathematics in Term 3. So watch this space to see where Year 4 will go next!
Year 4 White Teacher
Senior School Students in Action
Cultural Diversity Assembly
Last week, we had our Cultural Diversity Assembly with students participating from Year 7 to ...
Last week, we had our Cultural Diversity Assembly with students participating from Year 7 to 12. The theme of this year’s Cultural Diversity Assembly was “Air Force KRB139”, which aimed to bring all KRB staff and students ‘around the world’ to see, value, respect and celebrate the diversity of cultures in Australia and the world. During the assembly, a range of different cultures both within and outside the KRB community was acknowledged and several talented performers performed musical pieces and dances from different countries and cultures. The hosts for the assembly, Anna, Hanke and Serenus used KRB139 as the vehicle to bring students ‘around the world’ and explore the interconnectedness in our contemporary society today.
It is a significant experience for everyone to reflect upon the diverse culture that we are surrounded by in today’s world, As well, learning to develop an appreciation towards differences and similarities between different cultures is highly valued in Sacred Heart education.
‘It was certainly one of the best experiences we have had in KRB, and our goal of leaving a legacy has certainly been accomplished.’ Anna Wang, Serenus Law and Hanke Xie
During the assembly, Anna Wang, our Head of International Students offered the following reflection on what cultural diversity means to her.
I know you have probably heard this many times before, but coming to another country was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I remember the flight that took me to Australia when I was only 14! A swirl of emotions- sadness, excitement, fear and anxiety. Just like any other international girl who is leaving her family for the opportunity for better education would do, I cried. Not only because it was the first time I travelled alone, but also I felt this enormous responsibility. From the moment I stepped onto the cabin, the only one I could count on was myself; I would make my parents proud and be the best I could be to honour all the sacrifice they had made for me for this wonderful opportunity. Little did I know at that stage that I would find a second family here at KRB.
However, it took me nearly one year to get my head around, learn and understand the culture on the other side of the hemisphere. I am just this girl who embraced all the beautiful Chinese values – courtesy, loyalty, honesty, resilience, and the list goes on and on. However, I experienced this massive cultural shock when I arrived. I saw people show their emotions fearlessly. Crying is OK – it’s a way of expressing feelings, especially when you are having a hard time, laughing out loud at moments of joy, and that’s OK – culture influences emotion in various ways. We show our feelings through our values, social beliefs, rules and expectations. I value my Chinese culture, it continues to shape me, but I admire the freedom and courage to be who you indeed are, instead of concealing your emotions. Being here in Australia has allowed me to be more open and self-confident to be myself day by day. I enjoy this version of myself, which balances the excellent quality or values I gained from both countries.
Being part of this community, I’ve learned that despite the difference in hair colour, the languages we speak, or the customs and traditions we have, we have one thing in common -the loving heart. We have the same interests- music, fashion, friends and family. I’m sure the other international girls like me appreciate all of you who help, support and empathise with us, especially during one of the most challenging times of this century, Covid-19, where 12 of us haven’t been able to go home and see our families for over 16 months.
Recognising the importance of cultural diversity within KRB means a lot to us. Being able to practise and share aspects of our culture, we feel good. It’s our voice, and each of us here today benefits from our School’s cultural and linguistic diversity. It’s how we grow in empathy and understanding; we begin to relate better to one another. We can grow in our understanding of ourselves and be enriched by another way of thinking about the world.
Let’s continue to open ourselves to humbly learning about a different worldview.
Déjeuner avec Sœur Shanahan
La classe de français de l’année 10 apprend à parler de la vie d’autrefois et des souvenirs de l’école primaire en...
La classe de français de l’année 10 apprend à parler de la vie d’autrefois et des souvenirs de l’école primaire en utilisant les verbes à l’imparfait et au passé composé. Nous avons décidé d’inviter Mère Shanahan (comme on appelait les Soeurs religieuse) pour partager avec nous ses souvenirs.
Le lundi, 24 mai, notre classe a passé l’heure du déjeuner avec Sœur Shanahan. Nous avons écouté ses récits avec beaucoup d’intérêt. En mille neuf cent cinquante-trois, Sœur Shanahan est allée en France en avion avec une jeune religieuse. En arrivant, elle devait aller de Marseille à Montpellier en train.
Elle a eu une expérience intéressante dans le train. Elle avait acheté un billet et elle s’est assise dans le wagon première classe. Quand le contrôleur lui a demandé son billet, il lui a dit qu’elle était dans le mauvais wagon ! Quelle horreur !
Après le voyage en train, elle est arrivée à l’école située 24 Rue St. Vincent de Paul à Montpellier. Au début, Mère Shanahan trouvait que parler en français était un peu difficile. Mais elle a persévéré et a été encouragée par toutes les jeunes étudiantes quand elles lui disaient que son français s’améliorait de jour en jour. Elle enseignait l’anglais aux jeunes filles en sixième à Montpellier.
Un autre souvenir c’était qu’il y avait un grand-père d’une élève qui doutait que Mère Shanahan puisse enseigner l’anglais bien qu’elle soit australienne. Elle a dû passer un examen pour prouver qu’elle pouvait parler l’anglais sans accent.
Son séjour en France était après la seconde guerre mondiale. La nourriture était peu abondante. Donc, les élèves devaient faire une sieste l’après- midi pour se reposer. C’était aussi un temps difficile en France politiquement, et elle n’était pas autorisée à aller en ville. Elle pouvait y aller seulement pour renouveler son visa. Elle ne pouvait pas révéler qu’elle était religieuse.
Elle jouait aussi à “Rounders” et à “Cache” avec ses élèves. Il n’y avait pas d’équipement sportif pour jouer au softball et Soeur Shanahan a construit une batte qui ressemblait plus à une batte de cricket. Ses élèves du Couvent de Rose Bay lui ont envoyé une batte de baseball pour jouer avec les étudiantes françaises. Elle était très touchée par leur geste. Elle est restée à Montpellier pendant six mois, et puis elle est allée à Rome.
Sœur Shanahan nous a conseillé de continuer d’apprendre une autre langue, car cela nous amène naturellement à nous intéresser à la culture à laquelle elle est liée. La compétence culturelle est essentielle, dans ce monde de plus en plus globalisé.
Nous avons apprécié notre temps avec Sœur Shanahan!
The Year 10 French class is learning to talk about life long ago and memories of primary school using the imperfect and perfect verb tenses. We decided to invite “Mother Shanahan” (as religious Sisters were called at the time) to share her memories with us.
During Lunch on Monday, May 24th, the Year 10 French class spent time with Sister Shanahan. We listened to her experiences with great interest. In 1953, Sister Shanahan flew to France with a young religious sister. On arrival, she had to go from Marseille to Montpellier by train.
She had an interesting experience on the train. She had bought a ticket and she sat in the first-class carriage. When the ticket controller asked her for her ticket, he told her she was in the wrong carriage! How awful!
After a voyage by train, she arrived at the school, located at 24 Rue St. Vincent de Paul à Montpellier. At first, Mother Shanahan found speaking French a bit difficult. However, she persevered and was encouraged by all the students when they said that her French was improving day by day.
She taught English to young girls in sixth grade in Montpellier. Another memory was that there was a grandfather of a student who doubted Mother Shanahan could teach English even though she was Australian. She has to take an exam to prove that she could speak English without an accent.
Her stay in France was soon after World War II. Food was scarce and students needed to rest after lunch by having a “sieste”. It was also a difficult time in France politically, and she was allowed out into town only to renew her visa. She was not allowed to reveal that she was a religious sister.
She also played ‘Rounders’ and ‘Cache’ with the students. There wasn’t any sports equipment to play softball and so she built a bat that looked more like a cricket bat. Her students at Rose Bay Convent sent a baseball bat to play with the French students. She was very touched by this gesture. She stayed at Montpellier for six months, and after that, she went to Rome.
Sister Shanahan advised us to continue learning another language, as this brings us to have a natural interest in the culture of that language and things related to it. Having a competence for culture is essential in this increasingly globalising world.
We enjoyed our time with Sister Shanahan!
Year 10 French Students
Artist of the Month – Lily Fletcher
The Cycle of Consumerism
“My artwork explores the relevant, modern day issue of consumerism and the impact it has on one...
The Cycle of Consumerism
“My artwork explores the relevant, modern day issue of consumerism and the impact it has on one’s everyday life. More specifically, the work focuses on how individuals are not born with their values but rather they develop them over time due to the influences of society. In my work I wanted to bring to light the ideas of the innocence of childhood and how children are oblivious to consumerism until they grow up and develop the same values as the people around them, which is to value materialistic possessions rather than real life qualities.”
Mosman Youth Art Prize 2021
The Mosman Youth Art Prize exhibition features the diverse talents of the country’s young, aspiring and emerging artists...
The Mosman Youth Art Prize exhibition features the diverse talents of the country’s young, aspiring and emerging artists and offers them the opportunity to exhibit their work in a public art gallery. Young artists aged between 12 and 21 submit artworks in a variety of media including: painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, video, photography and ceramics.
Our Visual Arts students from Kincoppal-Rose Bay were announced as finalists in this year’s exhibition.
Congratulations to all our students!
Waverley Youth Art Prize 2021
The Waverley Youth Art Prize encourages creativity in young artists from across Sydney. All artworks are...
The Waverley Youth Art Prize encourages creativity in young artists from across Sydney. All artworks are displayed at the Waverley Library from 3 to 28 June so that future artists get to experience the joy of exhibiting and see an audience appreciate their work. Young artists also go in the running to receive encouragement awards including art packs and vouchers to attend classes at local institutions such as the National Art School.
Congratulations to Molly North! Her artwork entitled So Much More has won the prize ‘Best Interpretation of the Theme’. Congratulations also to students Eliza Murray and Alex O’Gorman.
Year 8 Visual Arts Workshop
Ceramics and Photograms ...
Ceramics and Photograms
Year 8 students created a range of ceramic works and also learnt how to create a photogram using the photography darkroom here at school. The workshop provided students with different skills and techniques that allowed them to produce an original artwork made of clay, and also a photogram that represented themselves. All the students thoroughly enjoyed the workshop day, working creatively and learning the different methods in creating a pinch pot and learning clay slab techniques, whilst also learning how to produce a photogram.
I found this Visual Arts workshop extremely beneficial and fun, it gave me a great opportunity to experiment with different glazing techniques as well as trying out the darkroom and creating a photogram. It also gave us an opportunity to work and collaborate with groups to overcome any challenges. Overall, it was a really enjoyable day that I learnt a lot from.
Charlotte Field Year 8 Visual Arts
The Visual Arts workshop was a great experience for not only people who are good at art but who have a passion for it. In small groups you have plenty of teachers help but a great deal of independence as well, working on an assigned project and extension work. I personally loved working with clay and doing hand building and glazing over the period of a term.
Milana Marsh Year 8
For the Writing Club we used this image as a story starter. Here are some of our results. ...
For the Writing Club we used this image as a story starter. Here are some of our results.
Alex peeked through the wooden fence again. Nobody seemed to be around, but the mayor always said that kids weren’t allowed outside the town walls. But she wanted to see what was there- her mum had given her a camera recently. Just a little cheap one, to show her how, and to encourage her to start taking photos.
In our town, their family’s always been the writers. They get what little news there is and somehow make a local newspaper. Alex is about… 9, I think. She’s just started going out to take photos. Alex looked like she’d decided it was safe. She slipped through the loose planks in the fence. The mayor never bothers to fix them up. I think he thinks that nobody’s small enough to fit.
I saw her walk away from the town. It’d be a while before she told anyone what she saw.
There is a crack in everything. At least that is how the world seemed to Ari at his prodigious three and a half years of age. There were cracks in the old china set his mum kept at the back of the cupboard and occasionally got out to clean and cry over; Ari didn’t understand the second part, or the first part really. There were cracks in the cane chairs they sat on over dinner which matched the cracks between the food on the dinner plates. There were cracks made by the sound of the cane rod dad whacked him with when he was naughty. These cracks were the most frequent.
Ari didn’t like cracks, so when he first noticed the crack in the fence, he treated it with severe suspicion. The kind of suspicion his father reserved for red-raggers and posties. Ari avoided the crack and the fence and the outside most days. He liked to stay in his room under his bed. He didn’t mind the spiders and creepers, they kept him company. Sometimes they felt like the most friendly faces he would see all day. Ari would saty under the bed drawing lines in the dust, imagining places that were dark and warm like his bed, caverns deep underground filled with sparkling gems.
In the Backyard
There is only one thing that shields me from what she knows is the most vile, malevolent being to grace the universe. The fence. In the bright of day, something so repulsive that the sky shifts from a muted blue tone to an empty shade of black. A cold breeze sweeps over where Dorothy stands and she shivers. She picks up Toto and hugs his frail body to shield him from the cold. Apathetic to the situation, he jumps from her clutch and runs away.
“Toto! If you run you really will be taken by her.” Dorothy warns whilst still peeking through the hole in the fence.
Once the backyard of a loving home has become a camping ground for her to peer into the cracks of the fence. All that is left are patches of grass and holes from tent set ups. It is no longer a home to Dorothy, it is a place of safety to protect her from whatever is beyond the thin alignment of wooden panels.
You and I both know that she would never creep over to the house next door, beyond the peephole, and beyond the fence. It is absurd to ever think so. Legend has it that underneath the house there is something so sinister that the house has begun to rot. The pungent smell coming from an equally putrid being conjures up a discourse of disgusting scents that occasionally waft into Dorothy’s bedroom window. At this point, Toto is barking at the fence, or what is beyond it, scratching at the chipped wooden planks.
“Toto! If you keep making a fuss the witch will come and get you,” Dorothy says. “Once the witch gets you, you won’t be able to see mummy, me or any of your pebble biscuits, okay?”
Another generous gust of wind hits the weakened fence and a panel collapses.
“Oh no,” Dorothy says in a panicked voice. “No, no, no, the tornado is coming and the witch has awakened.”
As the pitch in her voice becomes higher, I can feel my patience thinning out. It is already quarter to twelve. I should get her settled soon.
“Dorothy,” I call out. “Lunch time, sweetie!”
“I will deal with the witch after lunch.” she whispers to Toto.
She throws Toto to the side and his soft, plush body makes minimal impact with the fence. Dorothy runs towards, and around me as she finds her way through the back door, into the kitchen.
In regularly scheduled music classes, ELC children sing and play a repertoire of songs and games, discovering basic musi...
In regularly scheduled music classes, ELC children sing and play a repertoire of songs and games, discovering basic musical concepts through imitation and repetition, and honing skills of recall, prediction and imagination. Such activities, involving multiple senses while focussing on auditory processing, help provide a foundation for the school-ready skill of paying attention, as has been emphasised by Dr. Anita Collins, founder of “Bigger Better Brains”.
Mrs Henrich comments “Singing and moving within the structure of these songs strengthens children’s bonds with others, and, simply, makes them happy.”
We are very fortunate to have someone as well qualified and creative as Mrs Henrich as our Junior Music Co-Ordinator. She sets high standards and brings the best out of the children, fostering a love of music that they carry with them into the future. Many of these children’s mothers also began their musical journeys under her care and guidance which creates a great sense of community and continuity in our education.
Head of Music
Junior Choir Update
After a brief spell rehearsing outside and a highly successful performance at N...
After a brief spell rehearsing outside and a highly successful performance at Night of Song earlier this term things have returned more or less to normal for the boys and girls from Years 3 to 6 in the Junior Choir. Tuesday morning practices in The Gap Flat have seen the choir preparing for the upcoming Patronal Festival mass on our beloved Sacred Heart Day this week.
The children are very excited to be joining the girls of the Senior Choir in leading the School in their singing as part of our worship on our special celebration for this year’s Feast of the Sacred Heart. This will be the first time in 16 months we have been able to gather together as a full school community for the Eucharist. The choir have been also working on some light songs, one of which is attached herewith for your enjoyment. Those of you with a keen ear and a long memory may remember it as the theme music for the very popular Bugs Bunny Show. The choir will be performing in Stage 2 and 3 assemblies later this year for parents and the Barat-Burn community. Their energy and enthusiasm always sets me up for the day.
Head of Music
Brass in Training
For our school masses we have been fortunate to use the setting of the O...
For our school masses we have been fortunate to use the setting of the Ordinary by Sydney composer Bernard Kirkpatrick “Mass of Christ the Redeemer” since 2007. This setting has uplifting brass parts that we normally reserve for cathedral masses or very special occasions. To add a little extra zing to our Patronal Feast day celebration of the Eucharist this year some of our band tutors assisted by students from years 4, 6 and 9 will add to our singing and worship on trumpet, trombone and tenor saxophone. Saskia Pantzer and Mila Hall of Year 6 will join trumpet tutor Mr Dean Adams, and Lucinda Adams of Year 9 will join Mr Jacob Parks on the trombone. Alexander Kitto of Year 4 will play the Trombone 1 part transcribed for the tenor saxophone.
The students have been rehearsing these parts with the tutors and Mr Stubley in readiness for mass this week. This means in the future we can add this brightness to our overall tone colour more regularly and this is a wonderful experience for our student musicians. Being able to share in this special celebration will add to our observance of Goal 3 of the Goals of Sacred Heart Education, “The building of community as a Christian value”. These students have given willingly of their time to prepare this music for the benefit of our whole school community.
Flute Students and Friends Concert
Last week it was wonderful to attend a concert given by the students of our talented flute tutor Ms Kate Proctor in the ...
Last week it was wonderful to attend a concert given by the students of our talented flute tutor Ms Kate Proctor in the PAC on Thursday evening. They were joined by two clarinet students who are learning from Ms Catherine Thompson and Year 10 Elective Music students Lucy (piano) and Olivia (flute) who were seeking further concert performance experience.
Ms Proctor’s students from both Barat-Burn and the Senior School demonstrated the wonderful work have been engaged with in their Accomplishment flute lessons. Some Year 4 and 5 students who are learning the clarinet as part of the Band Programme also made their debut in this concert. Ms Thompson’s students Araminta and Anna, both learning the clarinet, presented contrasting works as part of the programme. Accompaniment was provided by Mr Chris Cody our school accompanist who has been very busy this last fortnight. The concert began and ended with items by Ms Proctor who played with accomplished technique, fluency and stylistic expression. This wonderful evening of sharing of musical talent concluded with a supper for the performers and their appreciative audience. I am very pleased to see the progress these students are making in their instrumental lessons.
Head of Music
KRB Music Instagram Page
This week the Year 12 choir and orchestra captains launched an Instagram page dedicated to music at ...
This week the Year 12 choir and orchestra captains launched an Instagram page dedicated to music at Kincoppal-Rose Bay! The account can be found at @kincoppalmusic on Instagram, and features a unique student perspective. The Instagram page is a great way to keep up with the more informal aspects of music at KRB, and will share announcements, videos from rehearsal, sneak peaks for what’s coming up, as well as performance items!
It would be great to see many parents, family members and friends following the Instagram page, to engage with KRB students’ amazing musical talents!
Find the page here!
Olivia Deakin Bell
Music Tutor Profile: Ms Anna Cross – Violin & Viola
Ms Anna Cross started learning the violin at age 4 on a tiny 1/16th size violin and never looked back. She went on to st...
Ms Anna Cross started learning the violin at age 4 on a tiny 1/16th size violin and never looked back. She went on to study a Bachelor of Music Education degree at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music before moving to the UK where she was a member of the Sussex Symphony Orchestra and also developed her love of folk music. Ms Cross has an extensive background performing in a range of styles from classical to folk and pop music, some highlights being performing with her band The Morrisons at their sold out City Recital Hall performance and most recently recording and performing with Andrew Farriss (INXS). Anna has taught violin at KRB for four years now and is excited to be leading the violins/violas in the band program. She says:
“One of the things I love about teaching is seeing that spark of joy and enthusiasm when a student masters a new technique or piece. I’m seeing this spark a lot in my role at KRB as students discover how their practise is paying off each week. Making music together is such a rewarding experience and I’m excited to see what we can achieve over the course of the year.”
To see the messages of appreciation the children leave on the whiteboard for her is a testimony to her wonderful and encouraging work.
Head of Music
NSW CIS Cross Country
Good luck to the KRB runners competing at the NSW CIS Cross Country Carnival...
NSW CIS Cross Country
Good luck to the KRB runners competing at the NSW CIS Cross Country Carnival at Eastern Creek: Vera Febo, Lillian Wenmohs, Bianca Walter, Georgina Simpson, Leni Patane, Eleanor Miller and Eliza Murray.
School Holiday Sports Training
Due to the high demand and interest in the KRB Sports Holiday program, the following training programs will go ahead :
Hockey, Netball, Junior school Football, Cross Country & Athletics. All training programs will take place at KRB and details will be sent to the interested families.
North West Equestrian Expo
On Tuesday 3 June, KRB had a team of five riders head off to the North West ...
On Tuesday 3 June, KRB had a team of five riders head off to the North West Equestrian Expo; a landmark five day annual inter school competition held at Coonabarabran, and known more commonly to most, as the Coona Expo.
Being the largest inter school competition of its kind, KRB girls Lucy Merritt, Sophie Yabsley, Georgia Kirkby, Isabella Zuccon and Lilla Oehm were competing against another 440 boy and girl riders and 550 horses. Coona Expo offers its competitors the chance to compete across a wide range of events, managing to cater for all disciplines, from team penning to freestyle dressage, polocrosse to 6-Bar showjumping, and everything in between!
This year, whilst managing to avoid the rain until the very last day, the girls were talented enough to place in a number of events. Isabella placed 8th in her 80cm Eventing division and 2nd in Preliminary Dressage on her grey gelding Chips, a duo that then also went on to make it to the 3rd round of the 6-Bar Showjumping event, to clear the final 1.20m jump. Georgia placed 1st in Freestyle Dressage, 4th in Elementary Dressage and 4th in the Show Hunter Hack class on her grey mare Violet, as well as 7th in 60cm Eventing and 10th in the Working Horse Challenge on her bay mare Jewel. Sophie, and her grey mare Beau, placed 7th in the Senior Girls Pentathlon, a very competitive event which involved the scores of a cross-country run, a bike ride, a javelin throw, a showjumping round and a sporting event to all be combined to reveal overall places. Lilla and her bay gelding, Charlie Brown, alongside Lucy, Georgia and Sophie, placed 4th in the School Team of Four hacking class; and Lucy, our Equestrian Captain, placed 7th in her Combined Training on her bay mare Belinda, as well as leading fellow team members Georgia, Sophie and Lilla, in the Team Barrels event.
Overall, the girls and their horses had another fantastic year, and are already looking forward to next year! Thank you to the Equestrian team manager and Alumna Prue Anderson and Ms Emma Rough for attending the event to support the Kincoppal-Rose Bay team.
KRB Dancers at the Sydney Eisteddfod
The KRB Yr 7+ Senior Dance Show Troupe received a very well deserved 2nd Place at the Sydney Eisteddfod competition...
The KRB Yr 7+ Senior Dance Show Troupe received a very well deserved 2nd Place at the Sydney Eisteddfod competition on Saturday 5 June. Placing in the Secondary Schools Classical / Contemporary Yr 7-9 section, which was a tough section. The KRB dancers shone through with their beautiful contemporary piece about individual identity and group connectivity.
Little Athletics State Championship, Australian Track and Field Championship
Congratulations to Sar...
Little Athletics State Championship, Australian Track and Field Championship
Congratulations to Sarah Luey on competing at the Little Athletics State Championship in the U14 Long Jump, Triple Jump and 80m Hurdles. Sarah placed 3rd in the 80m Hurdles final, which is a great result at State level. During the April school holidays, she had the opportunity to represent NSW to compete in the Australian Track and Field Championship at Sydney Olympic Park. Her event was 90m Hurdles and she came 15th overall. Congratulations Sarah on these wonderful results. We look forward to supporting you during the 2021 School Athletics Season.
Term 2 Sports Competition Results
KRB had 15 basketball teams competing in IGSA in Term 2. Overall, the season was a grea...
KRB had 15 basketball teams competing in IGSA in Term 2. Overall, the season was a great success with three teams winning premierships, and several others getting close. Congratulations to KRB 1, 2 & 9 for winning their divisions! Both the Senior 1sts and the Junior 1sts finished the season undefeated. Basketball continues in Term 3 in a smaller, more local competition.
In Term 2, KRB entered 7 senior Hockey teams into SEHA and 3 junior school teams into IPSHA, and they were competitive across the board, with KRB 1, 5 & 7 all competing in the top divisions. All teams showed significant improvement throughout the season and displayed great passion for the game whilst on the field. We had a number of Junior School students playing hockey for the first time, and we hope that it will be the start of a long and rewarding journey of playing hockey at KRB. A special mention to Sophie Brown who was selected in the IGSA Open team to compete at CIS. We now look forward to Term 3 where senior hockey will continue into the IGSA season, and we say goodbye to our juniors who will be playing touch football.
This term, KRB had 4, 11 A-Side Football teams that played in the IGSA Football competition. All teams played exceptionally well developing their individual football skills and worked well as a team. Congratulations to KRB 4, winning their division and named 2021 IGSA Premiers. KRB 1 placed 2nd overall – Runners Up, and KRB 2 placed 6th and KRB 3 placed 5th overall. Congratulations to all players and teams on their efforts this term.
We look forward to the 5 A-Side Football competition in Term 3!
KRB currently has 33 Netball teams playing in the Randwick Netball competition at Heffron Park on a Saturday morning. All teams have now completed all their first round games in their division, with teams commencing the second half round games now. There are Netball games scheduled for next Saturday 19th June (first day of the school holidays). The draw for the games can be found on the Netball page on Aspire. We wish all teams the best of luck in the second half of their season.
On Saturday 5 June, KRB hosted the second successful KRB/ESA MiniRoos Soccer Gala Day which was held at KRB on the Fernon Field. At 10am, the Fernon field was flooded with excited and enthusiastic P-2 soccer players from both KRB and our partner group – the Elite Soccer Academy.
KRB had 5 teams, two which consisted of Joigny/ELC players, one team from Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2.
All teams played exceptionally well, playing a Round Robin format against the Elite Soccer Academy teams. A special thank you to two of our senior school students, Juliet Chiew (Year 9) and Year 12 Emma Chiew (Year 12) for offering to coach and assist with the Gala Day.
We look forward to our students playing in these Gala Days in Term 3.
KRB Winter Sport Skill Development
The KRB Sport Department is excited to offer a winter sport skills development program during the first week of the...
The KRB Sport Department is excited to offer a winter sport skills development program during the first week of the school holidays (Monday 21 – Wednesday 23 June, 8am-12pm). This includes Netball, Basketball, Hockey, Soccer & Athletics – and is open to Y2-12 Students.
It will give students who are motivated to improve their game an opportunity to work with KRB’s best coaches in an extended format. The focus will be on individual skill development. We are keen to get your expressions of interest/availability for this program. Clearer details will emerge as we gauge interest levels. If you are interested, please complete this form. For those who attend, a small levy will be charged to cover the cost for coaches to run this program.
Head of Sport
The sports department would like to ensure all students are recognised for their individual and team sporting achie...
The sports department would like to ensure all students are recognised for their individual and team sporting achievements throughout the year. This includes sporting achievements that may have been achieved outside the KRB Sports program, where a student has achieved outstanding results (eg., State and National level). To ensure we have the appropriate information to include in our KRB Newsletters and social media posts, please complete the form.
From the Advancement and Community Office
FROM THE ADVANCEMENT & COMMUNITY OFFICE
Many thanks to our volunteers who assisted at the Junior Schoo...
FROM THE ADVANCEMENT & COMMUNITY OFFICE
Many thanks to our volunteers who assisted at the Junior School Mother’s Morning Tea last Friday, Rebecca Vass, Charlie Norfolk, Georgina Senes, Michelle Meyer, Lam Lam Hui, Tanya Finley, Marguerite Perkins, Jodie Bryan, Chantal Gianni, Alex Hodgson, Natalie Norburn, Britt Fletcher, Leisl White, Sarah Summerfield, Susie Whiting, Jayne Davey, and Imogen Hourn.
Thanks as well to all the wonderful parents who came and supported the Sacred Heart Day celebrations. We greatly appreciate your help.
KRB LONG LUNCH 2021 – FRIDAY 6 AUGUST
“Bringing the Country to the City”
The KRB Bursary Long Lunch will be held on Friday 6 August at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
- Vince Sorrenti – MC
- Scott Finnie – The Piano Man
- Des Dowling – Comedian
All funds raised at the Lunch are directed to the KRB Bursary Fund.
We need your support to make this Long Lunch a really fun day with great entertainment and successful for the Bursary Fund:
- Tables of ten are available for $1,800 plus GST. Click here to make a payment.
- For bookings of less than ten guests, please email email@example.com
- You might like to sponsor a table for $3000, $5000 or $10,000 plus GST
- If you own your own company or are a director of a company and would like to offer sponsorship, please contact me.
Director of Advancement & Community