Make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred, let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
where there is despair, hope
where there is darkness, light
where there is sadness, joy.
Mary Peacock 1942 – 2019
It is with sadness we share the passing of Mary Peacock after a ten-year battle with Alzheimer's. Mary was the wife of Bob Peacock, the immediate past Principal of Marymount College 1996-2009. The unimaginable happened to Mary and Bob, as Bob retired. After wonderful and fulsome commitment to Catholic education by Bob—and by Mary and the family— they were met with Alzheimer's. Retirement became, other than they had anticipated. The family retreated to be nearer to family support in Warrnambool, south-west Victoria and have experienced some difficult days over the past ten years. Bob returned as we opened a building or two since his retirement in 2009, however, was unable to attend any of the celebrations of our 50th Year in 2018, as he cared for his family. Mary died on 14 June 2019.
We keep Bob and his family in our prayers: O Lord, we pray that in their despair, God’s mercy might assist in coming days, months and years, as they gather up their loss and their grief, and each other, to go on.
May the souls of all mothers, spouses, daughters and sisters who have departed, rest in peace. We pray especially for Mary: Eternal rest grant unto Mary, O Lord. May she rest in peace.
Bundaberg Open Netball & Rugby League Carnivals
Netball – QISSN
Congratulations to Captain Emma Riddell and Vice-Captain Halle Geyer, on the team’s success at Queensland Independent Secondary Schools Netball in Bundaberg during the first week of the holidays. In a competition with 64 teams, the girls competed for a place in the top eight in the most difficult pool. They were defeated by three teams that finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the top eight to narrowly miss a place to in the top eight by half a point. The teams in the next eight felt their wrath as they won their quarter-final, semi-final and grand final decisively to finish winners of Division 2 with the Lara Neilson Trophy and 9th overall.
Rugby League – QISSRL
Charlie Murray’s team were also in Bundaberg at the same time. Competing in the ‘Confraternity Shield’—Queensland Independent Secondary School Boys Rugby League—Carnival where they finished 2nd in the pool games and met The Cathedral College Rockhampton in the semi-final for a chance at first position among the 68 teams. The forwards in both teams were evenly matched and the match was a torrid affair with our boys losing to play-off for third place. With a subsequent emphatic victory however, they recorded the best-ever result of 3rd place in the top division since Marymount played in the inaugural ‘Confraternity’ in 1980.
For both the Netball and Rugby League teams, luck was the fortune they didn’t have, and their great skill and character earned both teams the respect of their opponents and the admiration and appreciation of the coaching staff and many parents who travelled to Bundaberg to support them. Marymount people ‘on the road’ supporting their teams are terrific company and their presence was greatly appreciated by the players and coaching staff: Nicky Browne, Ellie Rushworth, Cathy Cooper, Jason Hamilton, Matt Geyer, Aaron Turner, Kris Symons and Jim Dick.
Principal Awards & Catholic Education Week
As we announced Catholic Education Week commencing on Monday, we were privileged to have, recently retired, Michael Fren address the Senior School Principal’s Awards today. He acknowledged Bob Peacock and Bill Bruce, who established these awards. All present were moved by his address and his love of teaching, of Marymount and of helping young people to know God, and to understand and be prepared for the adversity that life will bring as they continue in life. He spoke of Frank Shine and the Parish decision to purchase the land for a Catholic Secondary School. How lucky we are that Parish Priests, Religious Brothers and Sisters, and many outstanding lay people like Michael Fren in our schools have contributed to make Catholic Schooling and schools such as Marymount available in this country.
Congratulations to all the students who received Principal’s Awards today, whether for Excellence in Attitude and Conduct, Academic Merit or both. We have fine students at the College and while they all deserve our love and appreciation, we acknowledge those who achieve almost all ‘A’s’ for effort and/or for Achievement each Semester. The awards acknowledge that teachers and students have worked hard throughout Semester One. They encourage all to do the things that matter. Our Vision for the classroom, the sporting field, the theatre stage and for life is to build character from which capacity follows and success becomes possible.
Teaching is demanding and learning is challenging, lifelong and life-giving. Teachers parents and students are in partnership to ensure each learner develops their intellect, skills and character. We want each student to finish twelve years of schooling with this understanding of learning, and with the qualifications that will take them to work, further education/training or to university education. We hope they will live the College Prayer—The Peace Prayer—in the spirit of Deus Meus Et Omnia, My God and My All.
Term 2 Welcome
Deborah Dowdall, who joins us as a Senior English, English and Religious Education teacher covering Jane Dwyer’s classes until she returns from leave in week 5. Ms Dowdall will take Veronica D’Arcy’s classes from week 5. Tamara Sharpe, covering Ebony Horn’s classes from Week 1-4. (Aliesha James will be moving from Veronica D’Arcy’s classes to take Ebony Horn’s classes from Week 5.) Annette McMahon returning from a semester’s long service leave and we thank Lauren Mitchell and Leigh Dornan for their work in Annette’s absence Kara Mallory covering various classes following the timetable shuffles to cover for Michael Fren and the return of Annette McMahon. We thank Nicky Browne and Cameron Francis who step up to Head of Year Nine and Assistant Head of Year Nine with Michael Fren’s retirement. We also thank Geoff Browne and Katrina Nicholson for putting in place the solutions to finalise the Semester Two timetable.
Year 11 Parent Evening 6:00pm Monday 5 August
Please note this important parent information evening when we will provide information on the progress with the implementation of the ATAR system and the results of the recent Parent Survey regarding Year 12 Formal and Graduation arrangements for 2020.
Jackson Lake - QLD Champion
Jackson is winner of the Queensland Plain English Speaking Final in Brisbane on 13 July and Yasmin Dickinson was a runner up. This followed their success at the Regional Final on the Gold Coast. Jackson will now contest the Australian Final in Brisbane on 12 August and we wish him well.
Whole School Assembly
6:00pm Year 11 2020 Subject Selection Information Night
6:00pm Marymount Carers Expo
10:30am Year 10, 11 & 12 Music Excursion
Year 12 QCS Practice Test
Year 10 Immunisations
6:00pm Year 11 Parent Evening (Graduation & Formal Events)
9:00am & 11:00am College Tours (Bookings Essential)
3:30pm Drama Excursion
Gold Coast Junior Council
QCS Practice Test (P1-6)
AGCC Round #4
6:00pm Year 8 & 9 Science Night
Year 5 Science Day
Principal's Awardees. TOP: Year 10 MIDDLE: Year 11 BOTTOM: Year 12
It was again a pleasure to present the Principal’s Awards this week. It is always an important opportunity to acknowledge just how hard many students are working to the best of their ability and thus achieving the best results they are capable of. Congratulations to those very many awardees.
We will be again publishing assessment schedules for the semester by the end of week 3. Under the revised digital system parents receive onto the portal your child’s individual set of subjects and assessment tasks. This remains a live document, as there are the occasional, but necessary alterations to due dates. The tasks themselves will not be altered.
Students in Year 10 and Year 12 have the opportunity to request subject changes up until the end of Week 3. After that, they must remain in their subjects for the remainder of the Semester. Students must collect a form from SAO and have it signed by both parents and the relevant Head of Department. There must be room in the classes as well. Year 11 students are already well into their new Unit (General) subjects, and their 3 week opportunity to change subjects has already passed.
Please make note of important dates of curriculum events coming up this term. These are available in this newsletter and the school portal.
Tertiary institutions Open Days are coming up. Please find links to their website pages here for some of the major universities in SEQ here, including the Tertiary Expo in Brisbane:
Catholic Education Week is celebrated from Sunday 28th July – Saturday 3rd August.
This year’s theme Many Voices One Spirit encapsulates the energy and spirit of the 149000 students and 20000 staff in the 306 Catholic schools in Queensland, and certainly the enormous vitality that is a feature of the everyday life of Marymount College.
Year 8 Mass
On Thursday morning the Year 8 cohort attended Mass which was celebrated by Padre Morgan Batt but this one was somewhat different, it was a catechetical or teaching Mass.
Year 8s are currently learning about the Mass in their current RE unit and attending Mass in this way will hopefully help them to assimilate their new learning and understanding the words, gestures, symbols and scripture connections.
Padre introduced the new Parish Youth Worker, Darcy, to the students. His presence will provide new opportunities and activities for all the youth of the parish.
Students and staff have expressed appreciation for the “very interesting” Mass experience of yesterday.
Year 10 Parish Connect Mass
Parents of Year 10 students will receive an invitation to attend the Year 10 Parish Connect Mass on 18 August at 10.00am. This comes from the Parish for each year group and it offers the opportunity for students, and their family to say hello to the many others who are part of Burleigh Parish beyond the school community.
Sleepout for the Homeless
The College annual Sleepout for the Homeless will be held on Friday 2 August. All participants will be together in the Doyle Centre Hall for the night and will be very closely supervised. It is an awareness-raising activity and presenters form Vinnies Youth will attend early in the evening to lead some activities. Students are asked to make an appropriate donation given our reasons for having this activity. All funds raised will be given to St Vincent de Paul for their work supporting homeless people in our area.
On Monday, Kerry Drysdale of Caritas will visit our assembly. Kerry will tell the students about how the Project Compassion funds are distributed and used and something of the various projects Caritas is involved in. The College Interact group raised $500 of the total of $5000 which students raised for Caritas during Lent. A member of the group will present Kerry with a cheque for this.
Kerry will work with Year 11 Religion and Ethics classes throughout Monday presenting workshops on Catholic Social Teaching and Australian Catholic Bishops’ statements on poverty, ageing and refugees and asylum seekers.
In that same period, students raised $2000 for Townsville St Vincent de Paul for flood victims and $1500 for Rosies.
It was wonderful to have Mr Michael Fren as our special guest at the Principal’s Awards ceremony this morning. Given Michael’s enormous popularity, outstanding service as a Catholic teacher and more than 20 years service as Head of Year 9, it was incredibly appropriate that it was the beginning of our celebration of Catholic Education Week.
Dolores Maitland Assistant Principal Religious Education
Goal Setting for Term 3
Welcome back to Term 3.
Hopefully, the holiday break provided rest and family fun but also an opportunity to reflect with your teenager about their Semester 1 reports. I encourage you to reflect with your teen on their results and have a conversation around goal setting. Maybe your child complained about a poor Maths grade or an effort mark in Religion. This is a wonderful opportunity to empathise with your teen: ‘Sounds like you are frustrated with your result in Maths. Would you like me to support you in setting a goal for Maths this term?’
As we know teenagers reject being controlled and told what to do. It is important their goals for Term 3 are theirs. Goals are not a should; they are a must. Goals help us achieve our dreams. During pastoral care time and in class students are being asked to record their goals and map out actions and a time line to achieve them. Everyone feels satisfied when goals are met. It brings happiness and a sense of achievement. Meeting goals feeds our self-worth. Goals can increase motivation and self-efficacy; they encourage organisational and planning skills. Goals give families and teachers the opportunity to partner with teenagers to support their interests and passions. Goals constantly challenge us to be better.
People working together to achieve a goal will always result in achievement beyond their expectations and the collaboration between staff, students and parents go a long way to the progression of learning for each and every child. I encourage our youth to set new, improved and well-informed goals for the rest of the year.
Simple Strategy for Goal Setting
Set a goal that the teenager owns and has control over.
Create a list of tasks (steps) required to reach the goal.
Get specific – start working on the steps.
Reassess - Reflect. Is it working? Make changes if required.
Tick off the steps once achieved.
Congratulations, the goal is achieved, it is now time to set another.
Uniform – Working in Partnership
Last term I addressed the College uniform and sought support from our families. Uniforms illustrate unity, they show each participant is part of an organisation, a community. Wearing it says we are all in this together. When a student wears the uniform correctly and with pride, it means they are buying into the school.
We ask tracksuit jackets are only worn on a Thursday and students do not seek a variation to wear sports uniform on non-sport days.
Please do not write a variation request for your child unless it is absolutely necessary. Parents can expect a phone call from the Head of Year seeking clarification for uniform variation requests. Parental support is an essential ingredient for ensuring the College uniform is worn well. The uniform gives our young people a sense of belonging and when worn correctly, creates a positive identity for our school in the community. We thank you for your ongoing support in helping our young people make good choices around wearing the College uniform.
Cathy Cooper Assistant Principal Pastoral
NAIDOC Week was celebrated in the second week of the school holidays.
NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
Each year, there is a unique theme for NAIDOC Week, and in 2019 we celebrated with the theme of Voice. Treaty. Truth. These were the three key elements of the 2017 Uluru Statement from the Heart, which was written following a convention of 250 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander delegates calling for constitutional change and in particular greater scrutiny and clarity with regards to agreement-making and truth-telling between the Australian government and our Indigenous peoples. National NAIDOC Co-Chairperson, Pat Thompson explains, “For generations, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have looked for significant and lasting change. We need our fellow Australians to join us on this journey.” As 2019 is also the UN’s International Year of Indigenous Languages, it is an opportune time to promote and advocate for the hearing of our Indigenous voice. Only once our history is heard can we come to true reconciliation and bring about genuine healing for all Australians.
In the last week of Term 2, Indigenous students from Marymount College, Marymount Primary and St Augustine’s gathered in the Doyle Centre for a NAIDOC Week assembly led by 1R. We then had a celebratory morning tea and learnt about Aboriginal artefacts from Uncle Steve Chadburn, staff member at Marymount Primary.
Lauren Mitchell Indigenous Mentor Teacher
Year 9 News
The last day of Term 2 was a sad one, with the Head of Year 9 – Mr Michael Fren retiring after 24 years at Marymount.
The Year 9 cohort will miss his sense of humour and the care that he always displayed for each and every student. Students from across all year levels came to see him on his last day to wish him well. As Mr Fren’s assistant, I will miss him greatly. He has been a wonderful mentor over the year and a half that I have worked with him.
Due to Mr Fren’s retirement, I was appointed Head of Year 9 until the end of the year, with Mr Cameron Francis appointed as the Assistant Head. Mr Frances — who teaches PE and Religion — has worked at Marymount for the past year and a half and I am looking forward to working with him in our Pastoral role. We continue to have an open-door policy where students can feel free to see us throughout the day.
The students have presented themselves very well so far this term. The cohort was reminded of the uniform policy at last Friday’s assembly as we have been having some issues with students wearing the sport jacket during the week when it is only allowed on Thursdays. If a student is wearing the jacket when they shouldn’t it will be taken from them. They will be able to retrieve it on a Wednesday afternoon and wear it on Thursday.
With Science Night quickly approaching (week 4), many students are working hard to complete investigations and reports. We encourage all students to continue their hard work and keep the lines of communication open with both teachers and coordinators if they need help.
It is wonderful to see so many Year 9s receiving Principal’s awards for all their hard work. We are also aware that a number of student’s just missed out on receiving an award and we encourage you to keep working hard towards your goals. We congratulate the following students:
Overall Achievement Award: Kate Buchanan, Mikayla Cameron, Holly Favot, Jarah Frogley, Kate Glancy, Jack Isaacs, Kyan Jackson, Caitlin Marshall, Olivia Marshall, Remi McLellan, Hannah Mitchell, Zara Nunan, Sienna O’Connor, Lily Puffett, Nicholas Ranson, Charlie Ricketts, Lana Robilliard, Jaxon Rodgers, Cooper Swain, Makishi Tanaka and Charlotte Threlfall. Effort Award: Charli Ackerman, Lakota Aldridge, Mackenzie Boycon, Kate Buchannan, Keira Café, Mikayla Cameron, Taine Dawson, Lilli Dickson, Holly Favot, Lachlan Fraser, Jarah Frogley, Kate Glancy, Charli Greedy, Andre Groves, Jack Isaacs, Grace Ivens, Kyan Jackson, Samantha Jennings, Kiana Logan, Samantha Marchmont, Caitlin Marshall, Olivia Marshall, Chelsea McCarthy, Shae McGregor, Remi McLellan, Hannah Mitchell, Corey Nolan, Zara Nunan, Sienna O’Connor, Tate Parker, Tara Penfold, Jack Peterson, Laila Pinhati, Lily Puffett, Luke Rached, Nicholas Ranson, Linda Restaino, Charlie Ricketts, Lana Robilliard, Taylor Robinson, Jaxon Rodgers, Sophia Sanders, Marice Sheahan, Makishi Tanaka, Charlotte Threlfall, Alexander Troy, Cahill Wharton, Zachary Wren and Hannah Yates.
Nicky Browne & Cameron Francis Head & Assistant Head of Year 9
The Holocaust on a Jewish Perspective
These last two terms some classes have been reading the novel, Hana’s Suitcase. Hana’s suitcase is a fiction novel but is based on a horrible event that happened during World War ll- the HOLOCAUST!
Mr Fitzgerald’s and Miss King’s Year 7 English classes were delighted to have Jan Marriott from Temple Shalom, Jewish Temple Gold Coast as a guest speaker to give us the Jewish perspective of the Holocaust.
During the Holocaust Adolf Hitler was responsible for the deaths of over 6 million Jews. They were killed simply because of their beliefs. Hana, unfortunately, did not survive but her older brother George Brady did. He was able to carry out not just her story but many other Holocaust victims that were sadly murdered. Year 7 was delighted to have Jan tell them lots of new things about the Holocaust. However, we were left with one question, Why?
Marymount’s winning streak at the Starbound Dance Competition has continued in 2019.
Congratulations to our dancers from Years 7-12 on their wonderful performances at Starbound Entertainer’s Festival in Nerang, in June. It was a fantastic start to the eisteddfod season and we achieved the following places.
1st place Year 9 Bollywood,
1st Senior Extension lyrical
2nd place Year 11/12 lyrical
3rd for Junior Extension lyrical.
Once again, Maddy Clay’s stunning lyrical choreography cleaned up and Ms Tamara Meade’s Bollywood dance won the variety section.
All of the dances received very impressive comments from the adjudicator and it was particularly exciting for our Extension Dance Teams to premiere several new items.
Also, a big thank you to Ms Therese Mullins for being our patient dance manager for the long evening.
What a great start for 2019! Chookas to our class and extension teams as we compete at the Beenleigh and Gold Coast Eisteddfods in the coming weeks.
Shona Press Dance Coordinator
Production Set Visit
Three lucky Year 12 film students were fortunate enough to visit a working film production set for the upcoming horror film Black Water: Abyss (to be released in 2020).
Carina, Mia and Joel, three students who have their sights set on a film production career, got the opportunity to observe a professional set with a working cast and crew. Our students spoke at length with producers about the various roles of crew on their film. They spent time discussing lighting rigs and camera operations and sat in the director’s chair for a front-row seat of the video village as they watched actor Anthony J Sharpe (known for the Miss Fisher’s Murder Series), perform take-after-take.
The set consisted of a large water tank and cave caverns that were dressed to look like the underground caves in the Northern Territory. Slowly, the set wound sink into the water to give the illusion that the water levels were rising. We watched eagerly as Mr Sharpe performed diligently and when the director called cut, he would quickly hug the nearby hot water bottles and begin to shiver.
The producers informed us the water was heated to 24 degrees, but the heat would quickly disperse in the large location.
We spoke with actor Luke Mitchell (known for his roles in H20, Home and Away and Agents of Shield), about the importance of working hard and being part of a team on a production set. He was candid with his advice and we were grateful for the time he, the producers, and other actors spent with us.
Beth O'Malley Assistant Head of Year 12
Digital Technologies News
Girls’ STEM Awareness Day Year 7
Only 16% of university and vocational STEM graduates are female, most of which report disengaging from the areas in their early teens.
In an effort to address the pre-conceived ideas circulating about who works best in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths areas a STEM Awareness Day was organised at the end of last term.
The day was full of new experiences for the Year 7 girls at Marymount. Last we trialled a day for those taking digital technologies which was a great success, and this time we offered an expanded experience, complete with guest speakers and drone flying sessions.
Female role models with the STEM fields were introduced, sharing their passion for their careers. As only 27% of STEM positions are filled by women, they are keen to encourage young ladies to join them! Emma and Eden from Boeing Defence brought their communications module to help demonstrate what their job entails as engineers. Karolyn Gainfort from KJR got their imagination going when she spoke about data and how it will be further used in the near future.
The girls looked at unconscious gender bias which begins early in our development as we pick up messages surrounding us, and the impact that has on who we become. Why is it that females are not drawn towards engineering, coding, calculating or science careers?
After becoming aware that only 1% of drone pilots are female, they were ready to have a go for themselves. I was very impressed by the careful and precise flying during the session, with many able to manoeuvre exactly onto the landing zone when it came time to land.
The enthusiasm and talent in this group of girls was obvious, with so much potential yet to be realised.
Kylie Mathers Head of Technologies
Student Showcase at QSITE Conference
Last term I put the call out to see if any of our students would like to use the first day of their June holidays dressed in their school uniform, telling teachers what they do in class. I was absolutely surprised to have so many enthusiastic students volunteer, however they came with a price – food was to be supplied.
So, Mr Cousins, Mrs Nicholson and I geared them up with some breakfast and they hosted a student showcase at the first day of the Queensland Society of Information Technology Educators’ (digital technology teachers) State Conference at Griffith University.
They demonstrated their automated robotic code development, their app interfaces, the automated drone coding, micro:bit electronics and the advantages of having one programming language (Python) from Year 7 to 12.
I was impressed by their maturity to be able to converse with teachers from all over Queensland about their classwork and being able to give advice to teachers. When speaking to them afterwards, they complained that the session was way too short!
Congratulations to Tara M, Nick S, Pierce G, Mitchell T, Dawson L, Nat P and Cooper P. The parents of these talented young men and women should be very proud of the way they conducted themselves in a professional manner, volunteering their time during their holidays.
Kylie Mathers Head of Technologies
Hot on the heels of returning from work experience at the Australian Signals Directorate in Canberra during the holidays, Tara McDonald has managed to secure a second session of work experience. This time it won’t be the cybersecurity or privacy sector she’s aiming for but space, at Gilmore Space Technologies during the next holidays.
Congratulations on your sense of curiosity and willingness to cast that net wide, Tara!
Kylie Mathers Head of Technologies
STEM Industry Visibility Days – 5 June & 26 June
On Wednesday 5 June, students (and parents) had the opportunity to attend a presentation from Boeing Defence Australia, before school, in the library.
Boeing Defence kindly approved the clearance for four of their Engineers, (Emma Haynes, Tom Duffy, Nic Bressan and Csaba Balog) who work for Project Currawong, to speak to the students about their diverse pathways to their positions. In their presentation, they encouraged working hard and choosing STEM subjects such as Maths, Physics, and Information Technology. Nic Bressan, one of the visiting Engineers graduated from Marymount College in 2004.
During the presentation, students were invited to apply for the opportunity to visit the Boeing Defence office in Brisbane as well as the Test Facility in Wacol on Wednesday 26 June. Students were required to write a summary of why they would like to be a part of the excursion in order to be selected. After the presentation, students and parents mingled, and talked with Emma, Tom, Nic, and Csaba. It was a fantastic opportunity for our students.
On Wednesday 26 June Mrs Mullaly and Mr Cousins met the students at 7:00 am to begin the adventure to the city and Wacol.
The Brisbane office is the Project Currawong Head Office and includes a System Integration Facility (the lab). All engineering design, software testing, and system integration is conducted at Ann St. with the lab being used as the main control centre.
Wacol is the Project’s Assembly, Test, and Large-Scale Integration facility for the System. Environmental and electromagnetic interference/compatibility testing is conducted at the test facility. System-level and vehicle integration are completed in the assembly area with final production assembly also occurs at WACOL.
The types of engineers the students visited included:
Electromagnetic Interference/Compatibility test engineer
While students observed and participated in some interesting tests during the excursion, no photos were able to be taken due to confidentiality/security once the students entered the facilities.
Our most sincere appreciation goes to the time and effort of the Boeing Defence team – a big THANK YOU to Chubbs and Emma - who have been supportive, on multiple occasions, in reaching out to increase the participation in STEM subjects and igniting the imaginations of students at Marymount.
We are always looking for companies and departments which are open to visiting – or be visited – in the STEM fields. If you are able to help engage students in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths, please contact Kylie Mathers on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kylie Mathers Head of Technologies
Canterbury Maths Challenge
On Thursday, 20 of Marymount’s elite mathematicians competed in the Canterbury Mathematics Challenge.
We had four teams of five students competing in senior, intermediate and junior levels. Students completed a team event, tasked with 10 problem-solving questions over forty minutes. Students then completed a team relay event, answering 20 questions over an hour. The students performed very well. Going into the final round, seniors were in equal second position. Our junior team also competed very competitively.
All of our students worked together, supporting and encouraging each other, to solve some very challenging questions.
A number is abundant if the sum of its factors is greater than the number. For example, 18 is abundant since its factors 1, 2, 3, 6, 9 add to 21. What is the probability (as a percentage) that a number selected at random out of the first 100 positive integers is abundant?
Congratulations to the following students for representing Marymount well:
Sefo Lo Tam
Emma Ballester Mathematics Teacher
TOP LEFT: Year 7 Overall Winners Mr Spilsted's class. TOP RIGHT: Year 7 Students who scored over 150 points. BOTTOM LEFT: Yera 8 Overall Winners Mr Carrolls' class. BOTTOM RIGHT: Year 8 Overall Maths Rockstar!
Mangahigh Medal Presentations - Thursday 18 July
In Week 1, during Year Level meetings, Mr Main from Mangahigh visited Marymount to present medals for the Term 2 Mangahigh Maths Challenge.
Students were challenged to collectively complete Mangahigh activities over 10 weeks. Activities include adaptive quizzes and games that required students to unlock a bronze, silver or gold medal.
Mr Main addressed the students;
I’m incredibly impressed by the diligence and effort shown by students at Marymount College. Here are some competition highlights:
Marymount students completed 1,574 hours actively working on Mangahigh.
Students exhibited resilience as they made up to 15 attempts on an activity to achieve a gold medal. That’s 150 questions!
Medals were awarded to the following students.
The top Year 7 class was 7AA (Mr Spilsted) with 2383 medal points.
The top Year 8 class was 8MAT2 (Mr Carroll) with 1,136 medal points.
Congratulations to our top year level students who will receive a special edition platinum medal!
Year 7 Top student: Mia A with 606 medal points.
Year 8 top student: Halle W with 597 medal points.
Special Mention to these students across all classes who will receive a gold medal for earning over 150 medal points!
Mia A - 606
Jada S - 589
Charlie S - 341
Chayla A – 272
Joseph R – 181
Kynan C - 171
Halle W – 597
Brandel L - 491
Patrick L - 242
Alexander F - 271
Nathaniel A – 180
Riley D – 168
Marymount College would like to thank Mr Main for his time and involvement with our competition.
We also look forward to having Mr Main back to present the Mangahigh State Certificate. Also, in Term 4 for the medal presentation to our Year 9s who will start their Mangahigh Competition in Week 3!
Tanya Mullaly Head of Mathematics
Australian Brain Bee Challenge
While most students were kicking back these holidays, Isabella dean from Marymount College was hitting the books in preparation for the Queensland and Northern Territory finals of the Australian Brain Bee Challenge.
Isabella was among 119 young competitors from across Queensland and the Northern Territory who competed in Brisbane in a battle of neuroscience knowledge on July 17.
While most adults would struggle to define terms like dopamine or basal ganglia, Brain Bee contestants are well versed in a range of topics related to intelligence, memory, emotions, stress, ageing, sleep and Alzheimer’s disease. The Australian Brain Bee Challenge is also designed to inspire students to consider undertaking careers in neuroscience research.
Brain Bee Queensland Coordinator Associate Professor Bruno van Swinderen said finalists had the opportunity to tour QBI’s research facilities and learn first-hand about the variety of research being done by students at QBI. “The state final brings together some of the brightest young minds we have in Queensland, who are exactly the ones we’ll be relying on to become the next generation of scientists,” Associate Professor van Swinderen said.
“Students took part in two rounds of live questioning to determine the Queensland Brain Bee champion, and were also included in various activities to educate them about neuroscience research.”The Brain Bee Challenge tests students’ understanding of the brain as learnt from an Education Perfect website curated by Brain Bee organisers, as well as a free downloadable book: Neuroscience, science of the brain.
Round 1 involved an online 45-minute multiple choice quiz administered by Education Perfect, taken by students at their school during Brain Awareness Week (March 11 – 17, 2019).
Individual and team champions were crowned on the day. Congratulations go to Isabella Dean who received a high score in the individual rounds with some tight competition. She was then chosen to compete in the team challenge, with her team taking out 2nd place overall, which is a fantastic effort.
Kristina Baker Science Coordinator
In order to reach this stage in the competition, I participated in the Round one examination, taken by students across Queensland and the Northern Territory during Brain Awareness Week – March 11 – 17, 2019.
I excelled in the exam, ranking high enough to place as one of the QLD and NT finalists, and compete in Round 2 – which then covered a range of topics related to intelligence, memory, emotions, stress, ageing, sleep and Alzheimer’s disease. There were 38 schools and a total of 119 students competing at the finals, in which students took part in two rounds of live questioning to determine the Queensland Brain Bee champion, as well as a tour of the Queensland Brain Institute campus and research facilities. Peter Susanto and Ella Gausden claimed individual honours; however, it was an extremely close competition, with five people tying for 10th place.
As well as the individual competition, I was also selected to compete in the group challenge. This involved students competing with their school or in what was referred to as a rebel alliance – made of students whose school didn’t have a big enough presence to form a team. As the only Marymount College student at the competition, I was placed into a rebel alliance. The competition consisted of challenges over 15 rounds, and whilst the team challenge was won by the Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics & Technology, the Rebel Alliance in which I was competing came 2nd, falling short by one point. This was the first time a rebel alliance has ever achieved a place at the competition. Although it was extremely time-consuming, I learnt so much and received the experience of a lifetime. I am truly honoured I had the opportunity to advance to the QLD/NT finals and represent Marymount at this competition. It was an amazing experience and I wouldn’t change it for anything.
Isabella Dean Year 10
Bond University Year 12 Extension Program
In May, I and Tia Emert participated in the ‘Bond University Year 12 Extension Program’.
This program was designed to give us an insight into university life and to gain new skills that we can use in the last semester of our schooling. In this program, we were required to attend skill-building workshops, and create a marketing plan for a new tourist attraction for the Gold Coast. For this marketing plan, we were required to create a document demonstrating our proposal, and then present it to the other students and professors.
By completing this successfully, we were both awarded with direct entries into Bond University. We both thoroughly enjoyed the two days, made new friends, learnt new skills, and are now aware of what to expect when going into university next year. The program was very beneficial for us and definitely very worthwhile.
Jessica Shefford Year 12
Careers & Vocational Education
Marymount College “Your Future is No Game” Careers Expo Tuesday 30 July 2019 (6.00pm – 8.00pm)
There is a buzz around the College Campus with the annual Careers Expo only days away. Event posters are plastered throughout the playground and flyers are being provided in PC Groups this week to remind students.
There will be over 100 industry experts from a huge range of professions making themselves available for a one-on-one conversation with interested students and parents/caregivers. Representatives currently involved in trades, services, health, business, arts and many more will be there to guide our young people.
In addition, many of the tertiary institutions will be represented on the night and available to provide direction in terms of further studies.
This event should not be missed. If you are interested in direction, answers, and possible insight into the future, we will see you there!
QUT Year 12 School Visit (Lunchtime Presentation)
Unfortunately, QUT is unable to attend our Careers Expo this year but QUT staff/senior student ambassadors will be available on Friday 2 August from 12.30pm in the Careers Centre. Students with questions/queries are encouraged to come along and take advantage of this special visit.
2019 University Open Day Schedules
We highly recommend that students/parents attend as many University Open Days as possible.
Sunday 11 August
9.00am – 2.00pm (Gold Coast)
University of Southern QLD
Saturday 27 July
10.00am – 2.00pm (Springfield)
University of Southern QLD
Saturday 24 August
10.00am – 1.00pm (Ipswich)
Australian Catholic University
Saturday 27 July
9.00am – 2.00pm (Brisbane)
Saturday 27 July
All Day (Gold Coast)
Southern Cross University
Sunday 18 August
All Day (Gold Coast)
University of Queensland
Sunday 4 August
All Day (St Lucia)
University of Queensland
Sunday 18 August
All Day (Gatton)
Visit the institution's website for further details.
Betty’s Burgers are now hiring. They are looking for talented restaurant and kitchen casual staff who are available after school hours and weekends. To apply, upload your resume to www.bettysburgers.com.au/#contact.
Baskin Robbins at Mermaid Beach are looking for a new team member. They would like a Year 9-11 student who is available during the school holidays. To apply, email your resume to email@example.com (including your available days/time).
Griffith University – Aptitude for Engineering
Griffith University offers Year 12 students a pathway into Engineering through the Aptitude for Engineering Assessment Test. This assessment is a two and a half hour multiple-choice test. Successful students will be offered admission into the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) program at either the Nathan or Gold Coast campuses or Bachelor of Engineering Technology in Electronic and Computer Engineering at Nathan Campus:
Gold Coast Campus Saturday 28 September (9.00am – 12.00pm) Cost $150.00
For more information and to register, visit: Griffith.edu.au/aptitude-engineering-assessment. Registrations close Friday 20 September 2019.
Gold Coast TAFE Scholarships Now Open
The 2019 round of the TAFE Queensland Scholarships Program is now open for applications and will close on Thursday 27 August. Full details of the scholarship program, including terms and conditions can be found at https://scholarhips.tafeqld.edu.au/
Gold Coast TAFE Direct Entry Program
TAFE Queensland offers practical diploma and degree courses, commencing Semester 2 2020. TAFE acknowledges students committed to their high school vocational studies and offers Year 12 students the opportunity to apply for Direct Entry for post Year 12 study.
Applications close on Friday 16 August 2019. To secure Direct Entry now, please complete the online form at www.tafeqld.edu.au/directentry. See the Marymount College Careers Centre for further details.
Defence Force Recruiting August Information Sessions
Last Sunday and Monday the Queensland Cross Country Championships were held at Highfields Sports Park, Toowoomba. We had two students representing the South Coast region – Molly Sewell and Shae Rooney.
Shae has been battling shin splints and while she didn’t perform as well as she would have liked in the individual race, she was a part of the 16yr girls' team that finished 2nd. Molly finished 2nd in the 14yr Individual and 2nd in the 14yr team event. Molly’s results also meant that she has been selected to represent Queensland at the National Championships in August at Kembla Grange NSW.
Congratulations Shae and Molly and good luck to Molly for the National Cross Country Championships.
Outstanding Student Result
Last weekend Corbin Zahn competed at the Queensland Pool Rescue Championships. He came away with 7 medals: 1st U19 Manikin Relay; 2nd U17 Ḷine Throw, 2nd Open Ḷine Throw, 2nd U17 50m Manikin Carry, 2nd U19 Medley Relay; 3rd U17 100m Rescue Medley, 3rd Open Medley Relay.
Congratulations Corbin and we wish you luck at the Australian Championships in 3 weeks time.
Outstanding Student Result
Max Robertson has been tearing up the Rugby Union field over the holidays. He was selected in the Gold Coast Cyclones team that won the Queensland Rugby State Championships and from his performances Max has been selected in the Qld South Coast rugby union team and will be playing in August. Well done Max and good luck for your upcoming competitions.
Outstanding Student Result
Luke White also played in the QLD Rugby State Championships last weekend representing the U13 Gold Coast Cyclones. At the conclusion of the competition, Luke was selected as fullback to represent U13 QLD Country vs QLD City. Luke played at Ballymore Oval in front of a big crowd. The final score was a 27-27 draw however country were victorious as they scored the first try. Congratulation Luke!
Outstanding Student Result
During the holidays Brianna Marion represented the Hinterland District Netball Association at the State Age Netball Championships. Brianna was captain of her team and played some amazing netball throughout the 4 days of competition. At times she played through the pain of a sore back as she led her team through 14 games of fast-paced netball. At the end of the championships, Brianna and her team finished state champions in the 14yr Challenge division. Congratulations Brianna!
Student Sporting Results
Any student who achieves outstanding results in any sporting field and wants to be acknowledged in the newsletter needs to make sure they let Mr Balym know about the results. This information can be emailed directly to Mr Balym: firstname.lastname@example.org
Trent Balym Sports Program Leader
Advanced Sports Program
Xavier Coates (Marymount College Sportsman of the Year 2018 & Brisbane Bronco new recruit) visited the Advanced Sports Program - Rugby League class last week.
Confraternity (QISSRL) Rugby League
The Makos Break Into The Top 4
This year’s Queensland Independent Secondary Schools Rugby League (QISSRL) Carnival hosted by Shalom College, Bundaberg, saw the Marymount 1st XIII finally break into the Top 4. This achievement has been on the radar for over a decade and is Marymount College’s highest placing since the carnival began in 1980.
The week ran very smoothly off the field thanks to the expert organisation and efforts of first-time Team Manager Mr Aaron Turner who had organised accommodation on the beach at Bargara – a 17-minute drive from the fields…PERFECT!!! Mr Turner was very ably assisted by another newcomer, Mr Kris Symons, who ensured that all meals and other requirements were looked after. We can thank Mr Symons for ensuring that there was enough petrol in the tank to finish the week strongly.
After beginning skills, strength and conditioning training, with a group of 44 Year 10-12 boys, in Term 4 2018 and grand-final victory in the Titans Cup Competition the 20 strong team was well prepared for their assault on the best Catholic and Independent Rugby League Colleges in Queensland. In the weeks leading up to departure, the group had the opportunity to vote for their leaders. Charlie Murray, in his second carnival, was voted Captain, while Max Mallory, in his third Confro, was announced as Vice-Captain.
A big thank you and well done to our two non-playing Year 11 members: Finley Rae (touch judge) and Billy Box (videographer and statistics) whose constant behind the scenes work contributed to a very successful tour.
Tries: Charlie Murray, Jay Robertson, Jacob Follett
Conversions: Lachlan Box – 1/2, Jesse Sommerville - 1/1
Ignatius Park College, Townsville
Penalties: Lachlan Box – 2/2
Marist College, Ashgrove
Tries: Charlie Murray, Josiah Glogoski, Henry Bryant
Conversions: Jesse Sommerville - 2/3
The Cathedral College, Rockhampton
Tries: Henry Bryant
Conversions: Jesse Sommerville – 1/1
Charlie Murray/Ethan Olive
Padua College, Kedron
Tries: Bede Creedy, Jay Robertson, Jarman Wilson, Jacob Follett
Conversions: Lachlan Box – 2/4
At the Closing Ceremony, Marymount’s Player of the Carnival was announced. This year the accolade went to Charlie Murray. Charlie, who is a College House Captain, played the carnival at lock and centre and was very effective as a leader and team player.
The Team Spirit Award was awarded to Max Mallory who is the College Vice-Captain. Max attended 3 Confraternities and performed very well at all of them. He sets a great example both on and off the field for other players to follow.
When it came time for the naming of the QISSRL Merit Side the Marymount supporters were over the Moon when Charlie Murray (lock), Josiah Glogoski (centre) and Bede Creddy (interchange front row) were announced. Marymount have now had 10 players selected in the QISSRL side over the years with three at one time being the most.
The biggest news of all, though not really a surprise, was the announcement that Charlie Murray had been awarded the Confraternity 2019 Player of the Carnival accolade. This award is named in honour of Mr Lionel Williamson – Australian Kangaroo, long time QISSRL Vice-President and Coach of St Augustines Cairns, The award is sponsored by the Carbine Club of Queensland. Charlie was a most deserving winner of this award – he is humble, a determined trainer and player and young man of exceptional character.
Our appreciation goes out to the Marymount College P and F, MTG Contracting, the Burleigh Bears, the Gold Coast Titans, Aussie Burleigh Heads, South East Services, Zone Planning, TAFE Qld (Gold Coast), Amazing Education and Training, Prestige Services Training, PDM Surveys and Struddys for their support of the 2019 1st XIII.
A very big thank you to the band of parents/supporters, led by Mrs Kara Mallory, who provided, amongst other things, nourishment after each game of the season.
Finally, well done to the other members of support staff who gave up their personal time throughout the season, and the first week of their holidays: Mr Matthew Foster (Skills, Strength and Conditioning Coach) and Mr Jim Dick (Trainer – activation/recovery) The depth of knowledge and experience these men bring to the team are a major contributor to The Makos’ rise.
Jason Hamilton / Matt Geyer Coaches
Attention Girls Under 14 years Rugby League
Titans Under 14 Development Program
Please see details for the upcoming Titans U/14 Development program. The boys' program has sold out with opportunities still available for the girls.
The program is open for boys and girls aged that play under 13 and 14 rugby league from across the Gold Coast and Northern Rivers region run by the Gold Coast Titans Elite Development System coaching staff. Dates are -
Sunday 4 August 9am-11:30am – Titans High Performance Centre, Parkwood
Monday 19 August 5pm-7:30pm – Burleigh Bears, Pizzey Park
Sunday 25 August 9am-11:30am – Titans High Performance Centre, Parkwood
Participants will be put through training sessions and special information lectures run by the Titans’ top junior development staff, to help young players with dreams of playing in the NRL and NRLW to reach their goals.
Numbers for the Titans Development Program have been strictly limited to ensure more direct and specialised coaching for each participant, making these truly exclusive training opportunities for young players in the Titans’ catchment area.
In 2019, the Queensland Secondary Schools Netball Carnival is in its 20th year.
It is held annually in the first week of the mid-year holidays. This year it was hosted by Shalom College, Bundaberg. With the carnival now capped at 64 teams, the popularity of QISSN has led to an extensive waiting list. The richness of QISSN’s history is evident in its success as a popular carnival for secondary school girls.
Marymount College took 10 students to compete in Bundaberg. Months of an intensive training and selection process resulted in the following girls from year 12 to year 9 being successful in representing MMC this year: Emma Riddell (Captain), Teleah Martin, Halle Geyer (Vice-captain), Montana Dare, Mackenzie Lenihan, Bridie Edgar, Keely Swaddling, Zoe Riddel, Ellen McCooke, and Charlie Ricketts.
The first official engagement in Bundaberg was to attend an opening mass with 64 other school teams. The QISSRL schools were also in attendance. This fact meant that the mass and opening ceremony was full of life and a great sense of comradery. The captains of both the netball team (Emma Riddell), and the Rugby League team (Charlie Murray), were presented to The Shalom College Principal where they took part in a pledge to play hard and fair. After a night of settling in we were up the next day at 5.30am – ready to play our first game at 7.30am.
We won our first game against St Patrick’s College, Mackay by 18 goals. Our second game against Coomera Anglican College was fast and physical, and the girls played so well coming away with a 1 goal win. In our third game we seemed to struggle with our timing and confidence which resulted in a big loss to last year’s winners – Matthew Flinders Anglican College. There is always a positive to be taken away in a loss and we were able to reflect on what we could do better.
We returned on day 2 to play the host school – Shalom College. The girls played so well – coming away with a 4-goal win. We always knew that our next game against Somerset was going to be tough. Somerset had so far won every game by 5 goals or more – giving them the maximum 5 points each game. The girls played their hearts out and narrowly lost by 2 goals. It was a wonderful game and I think it instilled some self-belief into the team. With consistent play on the court we were not far off being one of the best teams.
We always knew that Wednesday was going to be a tough day. Our first game was against The Cathedral College, Townsville. They were a very physical team and managed to beat us by 7. This meant we had to win the next game against Sienna Catholic College, Sippy Downs to make the top 8. Unfortunately, we drew this game. The girls were very disappointed, but we regrouped and made a new goal which was to win the Lara Neilson Trophy in Division 2. To do this we had to win the next three games which would be played over two days.
On Thursday we met old rivals Aquinas College and came away with a convincing 11 goal win. We then played Shalom College. The winner would go through to the grand final the following day. At full time the score was level. This meant the game had to go into 6-minute extra time to be played in 3-minute halves. It was such an exciting game and the girls remained composed to win by 2 goals.
The girls arrived on the final day and played their hearts out – beating Clairvaux MacKillop 18 to 11. This meant we were winners of Division 2 – taking home the Lara Neilson trophy. The girls were an absolute pleasure to take away and many memories were created. They were supportive of each other and a culture of ‘us’ was strongly evident.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank so many people who supported both the coaching staff and the girls on the QISSN journey of 2019. Thanks goes to the girls in the team, the parents who were able to get them to all the early morning trainings, Tuesday night games and those who travelled to Bundaberg to cheer us on. Also, a thank you to all those who could not make it but watched the games on the live Facebook feed. Finally, I would like to thank the staff who helped me. Cathy Cooper – our manager extraordinaire, who had absolutely everything under control. Thank you so much Cathy. Also, to Ellie Rushworth, the wonderful Assistant Coach and strapper who has helped coach the girls throughout the year. Thank you, Ellie – you are a wonderful support on and off the court. Thank you to the Marymount Staff who supported us with kind and encouraging messages to the girls while they were away. These messages are so important and the girls love receiving them. Thank you to Jason Hamilton, Matt Geyer and staff and players of the Confraternity football team. Your presence at our games spurred the girls on to play even harder. Thanks also to Mr Noonan for travelling to Bundaberg on the final day and watching the girls play in the Grand Final match.
A special mention must be made to the girls who won awards at the end of the carnival. The best and fairest award – given by the other coaches and managers at the carnival was won by Halle Geyer. Halle was also included in the ‘Rising Stars’ QISSN team, a selection made by ex-Australian netball players - Vicki Wilson and Tracey Bruce. We also gave out special awards on the last night and these were:
Manager’s award (for spirit): Bridie Edgar
Player’s player (voted by the players): Teleah Martin
Coach’s award (for great/fair play): Halle Geyer
Throughout 2019, the girls have worked tirelessly to fundraise via BBQ’s, cake stalls and selling of drinks. The team sincerely thanks its Gold sponsor; Burns Equipment Group and Bronze Sponsors’ Coffeyco – Security and Automation, Kingfisher Realty and DAYCON Distributors Pty Ltd. Generosity and support from the QISSN sponsors is most valuable and appreciated. QISSN welcomes any new sponsors for the 2020/21 season.
Next week the girls will play in the Vicki Wilson Cup Carnival and I’m sure they will do well.
Up the Makos!!
Nicky Browne QISSN Coach
Public Speaking State champion
Marymount College Captain, Jackson Lake, is to be congratulated on a fantastic achievement.
On 13 July Jackson won the Queensland Final of the Plain English Speaking Award, the most prestigious public speaking competition in the world. He is the sixth Marymount student in the last 18 years to achieve that distinction.
The adjudicators for the final stated that the standard of competition was extremely high, but it was Jackson who excelled in all areas: the eight-minute prepared speech; the three-minute interview held in front of the audience; and the three-minute impromptu speech (with only four minutes preparation) on the topic, “The power of saying ‘yes’”. The title of Jackson’s prepared speech was “The Ghost of Frankenstein”, and in it he drew an analogy between Mark Zuckerberg’s real-life creation of Facebook and Frankenstein’s fictional creation of the monster in Mary Shelley’s famous novel.
As a result of his success, Jackson will now represent Queensland in the National Final, which will be held in Brisbane on 12 August. Should he be successful there, he will then have the honour of representing Australia in the international competition, to be held in London in May next year. This competition attracts entrants from countries all over the world, and not just from those where English is the native language.
Jackson should indeed feel proud of his achievement, but so too should our other state finalist this year, Yasmin Dickinson. Although she was unsuccessful, simply reaching the Queensland Final of such a prestigious competition was also a remarkable achievement.
The Marymount Spring Fete is a fun, exciting and eagerly anticipated biennial event on the local community calendar.
The Fete delivers stalls and attractions from all over the Gold Coast and provides entertainment and rides which cater for all age groups. The Fete also encourages the students of Marymount College and Marymount Primary School to participate and showcase their musical and dance talents through stage performances during the day.
The P&F Associations of Marymount College and Marymount Primary are working together to raise funds for both schools. The campuses have a combined student population of around 2200 and are supported by a large parent body and community members of the Burleigh Heads Parish. Given this, the 2019 Marymount Spring Fete will provide an excellent marketing opportunity for businesses seeking to promote their goods and/or services.
Whether you'd like to be a major sponsor, or simply donate a prize, equipment or entertainment to support our Fete fundraising, we are grateful for your assistance and always acknowledge the efforts of those that support us. Click here to sponsor or for more information.