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Successful Learning: How can data help?

I was very encouraged to see so many parents at our recent annual parent engagement evenings. Our focus area for 2020 is 'successful learning: how can data help?' I trust that the plenary sessions helped parents to appreciate that our teachers take information about our students seriously and invest time making adjustments to their teaching practice to cater to student need. Where the data reveals a possible weakness, we are keen to acknowledge this weakness and take specific steps to address it.

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Talk of the coronavirus (COVID19) is widespread in the Australian community. While some people might joke or shake their heads in disbelief that supermarkets have run out of toilet paper, the risks associated with the virus mean that schools need to respond appropriately to reduce the risk of members of the school community contracting the virus when they are on the school site or at a school activity.

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Mr Paul Carter

On Friday 20th March we will be holding our first Junior School Assembly in the School Hall. The assembly will begin at 8.50am and will finish by 10.00am. This will be the first time that the Junior School will be using the new seating in the hall which I am sure will be very exciting. We will present our weekly awards and Year 6 are organising a presentation for us to enjoy. Parents are welcome to attend.

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Peer Support program launched with pizza lunch

One of the ways we seek to foster healthy relationships between all students at Shire Christian is by running the Peer Support Program, where Year 11 students mentor and guide Year 7 students.

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Drawing selected as finalist in prestigious exhibition

Lani Jackson, Year 11, was recently selected as one of 50 finalists in the Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize, a prestigious annual exhibition that sees over 400 entries from artists from across the country each year.

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Meet new HSIE teacher - Mr Cameron Mitchell

I studied at the University of New South Wales and in 2019 taught here at Shire Christian casually, so many faces are quite familiar. I moved to Australia from England when I was about 4 and have been in the Shire ever since! I go to Church at St Luke's Anglican Church in Miranda. I spend my time off playing soccer and spend a few late nights watching my team Everton FC!

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Meet new Year 6 teacher - Miss Mahlia Ohlmus

I am born and raised in the Clarence Valley, but have lived in Sydney for long enough now to consider myself a 'country/city hybrid'. My parents and younger sister still live up north so my older sister and I regularly endure the 8-hour slog of a drive to visit home (always worth it!). My wonderful church family since moving to Sydney is St George North Anglican Church in Carlton.

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Girls team bow out of CIS cup in close game

On Wednesday 4th March, our open girl’s side competed against Inaburra at the CIS knockout cup at Seymour Shaw. The girls did brilliantly to dig deep and score late in the match to draw level at 1-1 at the end of regular time. Unfortunately the girls lost in the lottery of penalty shoutouts. 

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Let not your heart be troubled

The situation the disciples found themselves in as Jesus warned them about what was about to happen to him was very stressful and discouraging, and very hard for them to get their heads around. Their Lord and Saviour was well aware of their concerns as he encouraged them with many comforting words including these: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me” and “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counsellor to be with you for ever - the Spirit of truth.

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Employment Opportunities

Brass tutors who are willing to mainly focus on teaching the trumpet are encouraged to submit the completed Peripatetic Tutor Application Form to our Principal, Mr Brett Hartley ( 

We are seeking expressions of interest for a Secondary School Maths Teacher to begin in Term 2. Please email for more information. 

We would also like to hear from casual teachers interested in employment at the School, both Junior and Secondary. Please send an expression of interest to

2021 Term Dates

January Staff Week
(no students)
Tuesday 19 JanuaryMonday 25 January
Term 1
(10 weeks)
Wednesday 27 JanuaryThursday 1 April
Term 2
(10 weeks)
Monday 19 AprilFriday 25 June
July Staff Week
(no students)
Monday 12 JulyFriday 16 July
Term 3
(9 weeks)
Monday 19 JulyFriday 17 September
Term 4
(9 weeks)
Tuesday 5 OctoberFriday 3 December
December Staff Days
(no students)
Monday 6 DecemberTuesday 7 December


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Bus overcrowding

I would like to thank Mr Williams who has invested many hours researching and proposing possible solutions to bus overcrowding. We recently met with 4 senior Transdev representatives to consider possible solutions. The discussions were very constructive. Over the next few weeks Transdev will be proposing solutions to the Department of Transport. If the department agrees with these proposals I am confident that the overcrowding will be significantly reduced.

Brett Hartley

Music Ensembles

Each of our 12 ensembles have started up for the year, with students enjoying collaborating with like-minded musicians.

If you would like more information about our ensemble program or if you’d like for your child to join an ensemble, starting from Term 2, please send an email to

Shire Christian Runners shirts available

We are pleased to announce that we are now taking orders for more 'Shire Christian Runners' shirts. You may have seen them doing the rounds this year, they look amazing!

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Props needed for school musical

The Visual Arts Faculty are in need of the following items for the upcoming school musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat:

  • Cushion inserts of various sizes (e.g. 30cm to 50cm squares)
  • Standard pillow inserts 
  • Boho fabric of various colours - any lengths & widths
  • Old Boho rugs - any size & condition
  • Silver paint in a can or spray can - any quantity
  • Gold paint in a can or spray can - any quantity

Please leave at the front office labelled 'Joseph - Visual Arts Faculty'.

Thank you in advance for any help you can give us.

Joseph cast - email sent to parents

Rehearsals are well underway with our Junior and Secondary Joseph casts! An information email has been sent to parents who have returned a permission note. If you didn't receive this email, please contact Kathryn Breen as it has some important information.

After School Study Space

The Secondary School Library is open until 3.45pm Monday - Thursday. This is an ideal time to make use of library services and facilities.

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Edstart - an alternative fee payment option

Shire Christian School is pleased to offer an alternative payment option to assist families with managing their school fee payments.

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What's on - Week 7 and 8

 Junior SchoolSecondary School
Week 7
Mon 9 March
 CSSA Primary Swimming Yr 9 Commerce Excursion
Tues 10 March  Yr 10 Geography Excursion
Wed 11 March  Yr 10 Young and Confident Seminars
Thurs 12 March  HICES Debating
 South Met Zone Touch Football
 Yr 11 Geography Excursion
Fri 13 March Prep 2 Colour Day 
Week 8
Mon 16 March
 CIS Primary Girl Football Trials Yr 10 Drama Excursion (after school)
Tues 17 March Prep 1 Colour Day Yr 9-12 Elective Music Excursion
Wed 18 March  Yr 11-12 IST Excursion
Thurs 19 March  Yr 11 Legal Studies Excursion
 Yr12 Adv English Excursion
Fri 20 March Junior School Assembly CIS Secondary Football Trials

The latest careers information

Year 10 MyStrengths Program Incursion with Young and Confident Wednesday 11 March.


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For prayer and praise

We are asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, so that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God. Colossians 1:9-10

  • Pray for God to fill us all with the knowledge of His will, with wisdom and spiritual understanding.
  • Pray that the staff members may walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him and bearing fruit in every good work. Thank God for the great example they set for the school community.
  • Pray that the students may be growing in the knowledge of God, and may always know Him through Jesus Christ the saviour.
  • Praise God for Parent Engagement Evenings over the last two Wednesday nights.
  • Pray for safety for staff and students as they travel to and from school each day.