Saturday 19 September 2020 


"You should see the Year 9 STEM boats" said Mr Geoff Browne. "They're Fantastic." He had just arrived back from the swimming pool where the students had been having boat races with the boats they designed in Year 9 STEM. Mr Browne said "They had a great time, with Mrs Kylie Mathers 'calling' the races. You should go down and see."

I managed to speak to the students as they left the pool at the end of period 2. The boats were terrific. The designs varied and robust from an engineering perspective. All boats appeared in pristine condition following the boat races. They were solar-powered and well designed. 

Mr Daniel Cousins told me he was happy to take this Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths—STEM—class. He said he got the idea from Mr Aaron Turner when Mr Turner was his teacher at Keebra Park SHS—except Mr Turner used rubberband powered cars. The showmanship of calling races was also Mr Turner's idea. Congratulations Mr Cousins and Year 9 STEM. Thank you to Mr Turner as well.

2021 Student Leadership Team 

We congratulate the following students, chosen for the Student Leadership Team for 2021. They received a strong endorsement of their peers and teachers. Now they face the wait until Week 2-Term 4, as those among them who were chosen* to go forward for consideration for College Captains and College Vice-Captains, speak to the Senior School Assembly and attend interviews with the College Leadership Team. This process will determine these positions and the positions of each member of the Team. We congratulate the students for this recognition by their peers. 

Ashton Bai * Matilda Busby
Brayden Field * Isabella Dean
Demi Lockett * Lucy Fisher
Maile Rickard * Willow Howe
Will Ross * Sasha Jones
Bailey Sewell * Mydas McBurney
Mia Sims * Mya Mitchell
Sophia Sweeney * Tom Nicholson
Mia Britton Lewis Treggiden
Aidan Bulkeley Liam Wildman

Social Media Safety 

We ask that you continue to monitor your child’s account(s) and social media use. Working in partnership to help our youth use social media safely, with self-awareness and respect is our common goal. Regrettably, we will need to provide streaming of the Captain Candidates’ speeches to parents and family members due to COVID-safe restrictions. 

Adolescents can find it difficult to responsibly and respectfully navigate the use of social media. 

Please remind your child of the College Social Media Policy available on the Marymount College website.

Tips for parents to help limit young people’s exposure to harmful content online: 

  • Engage in your child’s online activities – ask what apps, sites and games they’re using and make sure they’re age-appropriate 
  • Use parental controls on devices to help limit what your child is exposed to 
  • Help them report and block upsetting content they see on social media sites or apps 
  • Let them know they can come to you about anything upsetting they see online 
  • Head to to find out the latest advice on apps, social media and online safety issues. 


This week the External School Review Panel firmly endorsed the College Student Teacher Advisory Council for the authenticity it gives to student voice at Marymount. Yet there’s another side to STAC. They organise Student-Teacher Challenges through the year. We often win. However, in recent times the students appear to be making inroads into the Teachers’ imposing record of success. This week, we ‘got one back’ when the STAC team accepted a Trivia Quizz for the Year 7 STAC Cup Challenge with the teachers. We won!  

Last week, the quality of the refereeing in the STAC Cup Challenge between Year 12 students and teachers was outstanding. Thank you, Mr Carroll. It made every minute enjoyable for players and the crowd, with the talent among the staff ensuring the students had to really ‘dig in’ and show what they could do. The spirit of the game was excellent. It was founded on the ability of the players on the court and the students—whether on the court or in the crowd—warm regard for the staff.

Congratulations to all involved and to the Seniors on their victory. Well done STAC Reps for your commitment to the battle, and well done to the staff. Though age does not weary us—the years do show when the ‘heat’ is on. 

Athletics Carnival 

Due to wet weather following Marymount Day, the Athletics Carnival has been postponed. Due to the busyness of the calendar, it will now be held on Tuesday 13 October. 

Awards Night Changes  

This year we have revised plans for presentation of Awards: 

Senior Awards
Date: Friday 13 November 
Time: 7:00pm–8:30pm
Venue: Doyle Centre
Who can attend: Year 10-12 Students and staff only

Junior Awards
Date: Thursday 3 December
Time: 11:30am–12:30pm
Venue: Doyle Centre
Who can attend: Year 7-9 Students and staff only

We plan to live stream each award presentation ceremony. 

BCE Listens Survey - Thank You 

The response rate for the BCE Listens Survey was significantly better than 2018 and we achieved the BCE targets for Student and Parent Responses. Thank you to all those who responded. We anticipate the results of the survey in Term 4. 

Chris Noonan


Calendar Dates

Mon Oct 05
Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

Tue Oct 06
Week 1A
First Day Term 4
Leadership Speeches

Thu Oct 08
Year 12 Safer Schoolies Talk
Recreational Sport

Fri Oct 09
Yr 8 Reflection Day
Mon Oct 12
Week 2B
Leadership Speeches Assembly

Tue Oct 13
CANCELLED: Principal's Tours
P and F Meeting (6.00pm)
College Track and Field Carnival

Thu Oct 15
Recreational Sport

Fri Oct 16
Cancelled: Year 11 RYDA Day
Year 9 Reflection Day
View the College calendar in the Parent Portal or BCE Connect App
BOOK FOR 1980, 1990, 2000 & 2010 REUNION

Deputy Principal

Anti-Bullying Policy

Each member of the Marymount Community has the right to feel safe and free from any form of intimidation, including physical, verbal, emotional or sexual.
A student who feels they are being intimidated is encouraged to approach:
  • Class teacher or Yard Teacher
  • Pastoral Teacher
  • Head of Year
  • Counsellor
  • Member of Administration
When an incident is reported, the teacher will investigate the complaint to the best of their ability at that time, determining whether it is a low level or high-level case. In a low-level case, the teacher speaks to the other students involved, asking them to modify their behaviour.  For more information see Marymount College Anti-Bullying Policy

Geoff Browne
Deputy Principal

Senior Curriculum

Exam Supervisors Required

Parents may be interested in applying for this supervisory role for the Year 12 External Exams which run from Monday 26 October to Tuesday 17 November. (See the timetable below). You may be allocated to Marymount College or another school in the area.

Applications from Queensland community members for external assessment invigilator roles are now open. Invigilators play an important role in promoting public confidence in the new QCE system and ensuring that proper and fair administrative procedures are implemented. If you know anyone who might be interested in working as an invigilator during the external assessment period from October to November, please encourage them to apply.

To be eligible to be an invigilator, you must:
  • hold a blue card or a current Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) registration
  • be at least 18 years of age
  • be eligible to work in Australia
  • have photographic identification
  • have a personal email address
  • have a mobile phone
  • have access to a computer, the internet and a printer
  • supply names and contact details of two referees.
The external assessment timetable 2020 has been updated to include the timetable for Senior External Examination (SEE) subjects. 

Peter Shaw
Assistant Principal Senior Curriculum

Junior Curriculum

Congratulations to all our students for the effort they have put into their studies during this busy term.  It has been pleasing to see the progress students are making across their subjects. 
Progressive Assessment Tests (PAT-M & PAT-R)

Over the last three weeks students in Year 7 to 10 have completed the Progressive Assessment Tests for Numeracy and Reading Comprehension.  This data is collected once a year to analyse the learning growth of students in numeracy and reading.  Next term class teachers will use this information along with other assessment to find the areas students need to work on.
Year 8 & 9 2021 Elective allocations
The timetabling team is progressing with the allocation of electives for 2021 and this will continue in Term 4 during Weeks 1 & 2.  Once complete elective allocations will be emailed to students and parents, and there will be an opportunity to request changes
I would like to wish all our families a restful and joyful break from school routines and I look forward to seeing the return of students in term 4.

Katrina Nicholson
Assistant Principal Junior Curriculum

Marymount Day 2020

Religious Education

“This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad” (Psalm118:24)

In coming to the end of  Term 3, 2020,  we are grateful for the gifts we have received each day and which have empowered us to grow more fully into the people we desire to become. Cicero, a famous Roman senator and orator once wrote, "Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all others." Cultivating a spirit of gratitude requires humility.

Mary, the Mother of Jesus and our greatest role model, teaches us to be people who graciously accept what life gives us. Each day of the past ten weeks has been filled with innumerable experiences which will have left their indelible mark on us in all kinds of ways. This is exemplified in the Annunciation story when the Angel Gabriel told her she was to be a mother and the baby’s name was to be Jesus, she replied,” “I am the Lord's servant, may it happen to me as you have said.” (Luke 1:38) 

Marymount Day

Marymount Day which we celebrated on the Feast of the Nativity of Mary, Mary’s birthday, was a welcome breather in a jam-packed term. The fun-filled day always begins with the liturgy for which the Primary School and College come together. This time, of course, was quite different due to COVID restrictions re numbers in gatherings in spaces…The outcome was for us to gather virtually with Fr Jacob leading the liturgy along with student leaders of both schools in Mary Mother of Mercy Church. Special guests from Burleigh St Vincent de Paul were also gathered in the Church whilst College students were in PC groups and Primary students were in their own classrooms . 

As always, our liturgy focuses on Mary  Mother of Jesus, our patron and role model and this year’s theme was Mary Our Protector.  Over the previous weeks, the traditional collection of food donations for distribution by the Burleigh St Vincent de Paul had been happening across both schools and this year’s collection was more impressive than ever, given so many people have been facing great difficulties themselves. 

A special liturgy preparation activity across both schools was that each class made a “flower for Mary “.  Every student composed their own prayer message on a petal of the class flower. With more than a hundred large flowers the display in the Church was quite splendid and everyone knew they had contributed to it. Restrictions on singing were addressed through having solo singers in the church. The massed “flowers ‘ also paid homage to the older College tradition when all students brought fresh flowers and gathered around the Mary statue for prayer.

The ambience throughout was one of reverent quietude, a new experience for most students! Students and staff in both schools were given a blue bracelet as a “togetherness” symbol in this very different year. All Primary school students received a special sticker each from a named College student bearing the message,”(Name) is thinking of you on Marymount Day”  It was a beautiful liturgy and a memorable experience for all of us in this very different year.

Dolores Maitland
Prayer of Gratitude

Our Gracious God, in all my busyness,
I often forget to stop and thank you for all that is good in my life.
My blessings are many and my heart is filled with gratitude for the gift of living, for the ability to love and be loved for the opportunity to see the wonders of creation all around me, for sleep and water, for a mind that thinks and a body that feels.

I thank you too for those things in my life that that seem challenging, too hard or unfair.  
I thank you for the many people who give themselves unconditionally every day: parents, teachers, police, doctors and nurses and all health workers.
Most of all, Gracious God I thank you for your unconditional and eternal love.


Social Justice

Interact Update

What a fabulous response we have had this term! Thank you to our Board and members for your continuing support of the Marymount Interact Club.

Despite COVID-19 restrictions, student Board members observing safe-distancing, have met to maintain the momentum of the Club.
Activities such as Tuesday Tie day, the Backpack appeal and special video messages for the senior citizens of Ozanam Villa, were all successfully carried out due to the initiative and tenacity of our members.

Testament to the dedication and values espoused by the Club, all existing Board members nominated to continue their membership of the Board. An insight into their genuine respect for others is evident in the extracts at the end of this article.

The exit of Year 12 seniors – President: Seamus Harrison, Vice President: Harrison Dean and International and National Director: Kael Shepheard, enabled three new members to join the Board. Eagerly, Brendan Doyle, Nicholas Ranson and Porsha Cush stepped up to become part of the 2021 Board. An official presentation will be scheduled for next term.

Meantime, we congratulate the following students on their successful nominations:

President: Isabella Dean (11)
Vice President: Brendan Doyle (11)
Secretary: Halle Wiblen (9)
Treasurer: Tom Isaacs (9)
International Director: Porsha Cush (9)
National Director: Ruby Allen (8)
Local Director: Nicholas Ranson (10)
Social Director: Josie Hamilton (8)

“I have learnt that Interact is more than just fundraising, it is about like-minded people with a shared vision to make the community better. Interact continues the legacy of the Franciscans and keeps their values of compassion and hope alive at Marymount.”
Isabella Dean.

“Since I’ve been part of Interact, I’ve loved every moment and have actively participated in numerous events, contributed to many ideas and proactively engaged with my peers.”
Ruby Allen

“I believe my past experience and contributions in addition to my drive and commitment towards the success of anything to do with the Interact Club ensures that I would be a good fit for the Board.”
Halle Wiblen

“The pillars that form the foundations of this Interact Club are ones that I quite admire. Primarily devoted to social justice, I greatly appreciate the strong sense of community involvement that Club members seek to promote. The general satisfaction of applying myself to the benefit of others is something that I enjoy, and I know that this is something achievable in the Marymount Interact Club.”
Nicholas Ranson

“I am extremely excited to be running for the 2021 Interact Board. Over my last three years in Interact, I have succeeded at making a significant difference in our community through the Club.”
Tom Isaacs

“To me, social justice … is a single word. Change. Being the change. Igniting change. Empowering change. Mother Theresa once said: “I alone can’t change the world, but I can cast a stone cross the waters to create many ripples.” This is what change is. To cast these ripples, we don’t need magic, nor do we need extraordinary actions for we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: We have the power to imagine a better world. A better world for our community.”
Porsha Cush

On behalf of our mentors – Ms Aki, Mrs Crowley and Mrs Faulks – thank you all for your tremendous work this term. Enjoy a relaxing break and stay safe.

Irene Scott
Interact Club Mentor

COVID Safe Protocols

The safety and wellbeing of staff and students remain our highest priority and Marymount College will maintain the following protocols to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus:
  • regular handwashing and hand sanitizing (gel-in and gel-out of classrooms/activities)
  • increased cleaning of school classrooms, particularly high frequency touch points including water fountains or bubblers
  • regular cleaning of shared equipment and materials
  • children who are unwell will be isolated and parents/carers asked to collect from school
  • adults are required to maintain 1.5m physical distancing measures
  • Students are required to maintain 1.5 m physical distancing measures from adults
  • Students are required to allow teachers distance to pass and to enter classrooms
  • Students are to take their seat in class, and not move about the class without permission of the teacher
  • Parent and visitor access to school grounds will be restricted.
Australian Health Protection Principles Committee guidelines do not include a requirement for physical distancing for students. Nevertheless, we will continue to remind them to maintain high personal hygiene standards and respect for personal space with their peers.
If your child develops cold or flu like symptoms, please:
  • keep your child at home
  • avoid contact with others such as touching, kissing or hugging
  • see a doctor or contact 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) immediately
  • seek medical advice if your child has other underlying medical conditions
  • call ahead to the medical centre or doctor’s surgery, advising of your child’s symptoms.
Further advice and information about the coronavirus is available on the Queensland Government Health and Federal Government Health websites.


The Arts


Evolution Dance Competition

Congratulations to our Senior Extension dancers on their outstanding performances at the Evolution Dance Competition on Sunday for winning First Place for both of their Lyrical and Jazz routines. The girls rehearsed at school for hours before-hand and it showed, with excellent results for technique and expression as well as full marks for choreography by Marymount alumni, Ashleigh Naismith and Georgia Clay.
Our dancers were: Year 11- Sophie Miller; Year 9- Luana Taylor, Summer Welch; Year 7- Paige Wilson, Gaia Caveliga, Kyannah Bartlett, Summer Crematy. Well done, girls!
Starbound Entertainers’ Festival

All of Marymount’s troupes are gearing up for an exciting time on Friday as they present their dancers at the Starbound Competition. Core Dance classes from Years 8-12 have been learning new routines and the Senior and Junior Extension Teams are ready to present after practising jazz, lyrical and contemporary dances for months.
Marymount will once again be very proudly represented by almost 70 performers from Years 7-12, with a strong reputation to uphold after achieving very highly at this particular competition for many years. Our Year 12 dancers will take to the Starbound stage for one last time after creating many precious memories there over the years.
While the magic of dance lies in the creative and expressive capacities that we explore during class through regular technique exercises and choreographic workshops, being able to experience the intensity and excitement of live performances and competitions provides our dancers with the opportunity for new learnings and certainly pushes them beyond their comfort zone. They work together as a team and appreciate the creative work of others’ choreography.
Chookas to all of our students performing at Starbound on Friday!

Shona Press
Dance Coordinator

Visual Art

Year 7 Students in Ms Jo Nairn and Mrs Beth O'Malleys' Art Classes have been finishing their Clay Creatures.


Psychology – Go Health – Go Griffith  

In a first for Marymount College, Year 12 Psychology students Jordan Girgis and Emily Crilly were notified of their successful entry into the Griffith University Go Health-Go Griffith, Psychology Course. 
Both students worked diligently over the past year completing additional tutorial materials and assessment pieces, including their final assessment piece; “The Effect of Listening to Pop Music based on Context-Dependent Memory”. 
Their assessment showcased their knowledge of context-dependent memory and discussed evidence from their in-class student experiment, where the students designed, completed, analysed and presented findings. Jordan and Emily’s experiment results were statistically significant and found that students overall memory recall improved when their study and exam conditions are the same. Specifically, when students listen to pop music while studying and sit a test in silent exam conditions, they had poorer recall. These results are consistent with previous research on context-dependent memory, however, notably have found a new pathway. 
Jordan and Emily’s successful completion of this assessment piece and the Psychology course, awards them each 10 Credit Points, or the equivalent of completing one university subject at Griffith University. This is a massive achievement to complete this course in addition to the demands of Year 12.
Congratulations Jordan and Emily! The future of Psychology looks very bright.
Emma Ballester
Senior Psychology Teacher


BCE Minecraft competition - Marymount College Entry 1
BCE Minecraft Competition - Marymount College Entry 2
BCE Minecraft competition - Marymount College Entry 2

Minecraft Update

Our teams from the College and Code Club that took part in the BCE Minecraft competition submitted their final entries this week. I was very happy to increase our participation in this competition by picking up a second team so we had two teams entering. This has been an eye-opening project for both student and mentor alike. This took a look a lot of teamwork and meeting at lunchtimes to plan their work. These students are to be commended for the way they have juggled school commitments meanwhile giving a lot of time and effort to their entries.

Our Year 9 entry Team Withers included Halle Wiblen, William Nguyen, Jappy Tantengco, Lucyana Gabriel and Douglas Cowan. Their Minecraft world focused on an activity that incorporates a time machine and Australian history. What a combination!
Our Year 7 entry Team Endermen included Ben Marr, Lochlann Ardouin, Jamie Malloy and Cooper List. Their entry focused on ancient Greek theology where the player has to collect specific items to satify the gods!
I wish both teams all the best in the competition now they have had to submit their entries. I hope your creations bring as much joy to people who play your world’s as I got from watching you make them. Well done guys!

Daniel Cousins
Technology Teacher

Year 9 STEM

This term our Year 9 design and technologies class embarked on a STEM project where they designed, built, tested, modified and raced model solar boats, with the final aspect being the potential to join an international challenge.

The model solar vehicle challenge is a competition where students design, make and race model solar vehicles (boats and cars). It is run at state and territory level and culminates in a national event for winners and place getters. Similar challenges are run throughout the world and in recent years international teams have competed in state and national competitions. This term was spent testing our hand at developing a potential entrant into the national competition
We held our own version of the race we have dubbed the “Marymount Solar Boat Challenge” today during our last lesson of the term. It was great to see the students boat designs finally tearing down the swimming pool. I would like to congratulate all competitors and staff that lent a hand as it made it a race to remember and the beginning of what I hope is a new chapter of STEM projects and collaboration in action at Marymount.

Our finalists for the first inaugural Marymount Solar Boat Challenge were as follows:
  • 1st Place - COSMOS - Zachary Wilson / Samuel Meurant
  • 2nd Place - SMOKING GRIZZLY – Griffin McKenzie / Ky Veech
  • 3rd Place - ONE HULL OF A BOAT – Oliver Udris / Brock Kraljevic
A big thank you to Kylie Mathers for your event management and precise adjudication. Massive thanks also to Kris Symons and Aaron Turner for helping me reclaim my high school woodworking skills to prepare the Challenge trophy, it turned out beautiful. We had adjustments being made to vessels moments before the races took place and it made for a very exciting and enjoyable event for all in attendance.

Daniel Cousins
Technology Teacher

Food Technologies

On Thursday the Year 6 students from Marymount Primary School had the opportunity to cook and make a healthy chicken wrap in the Marymount College kitchen.

The students had been learning about healthy eating, hygiene and food safety during the term with their teachers.  This was a great opportunity for the students to put what they had learnt into practice.  The students cooked the chicken and prepared a healthy wrap, which consisted of spinach, tomato, carrot, cheese and a yogurt and tahini sauce.  

This was supported by Primary School and College teachers as well as volunteering hospitality students that assisted the students throughout the day. A big thank you to the hospitality students that helped, without your help on the day it would not have run so smoothly.  All the students that passed through the kitchen were thrilled to be here and enjoyed the experience. When walking out the students left with smiles on their faces and a yummy dish in hand. On a personal note, the students were really well prepared and worked maturely during the day.  

I am excited to see this new cohort come to the College next year.  

David Grant
Hospitality Coordinator

Vocational Education & Careers

2021 Year 11 VET Induction Evening

SAVE THE DATE…Term 4/Week 1 Wednesday 7 October 2020.

The 2021 Year 11 VET (Vocational Education and Training) Induction Evening is a compulsory event for students (and one parent) undertaking a Certificate or Diploma course as a subject at school in Year 11 next year to attend.
Date: Term 4/Week 1 Wednesday 7 October 2020
Time: 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Venue: Doyle Centre
Dress: Formal School Uniform
Who Should Attend: Year 10 Students selecting a VET course in 2021 and ONE parent
Bring: Student’s laptop (fully charged). Unique Student Identifier number (if students do not have a USI number, please go to and create one – students will need a Medicare care, or birth certificate to obtain a USI).  Also, students should bring to the Induction Evening, their passport and/or birth certificate and Medicare card.
2021 Courses include:
  • Cert II Sport & Recreation/Cert III Fitness
  • Cert II Engineering Pathways
  • Cert I Construction
  • Cert II Electrotechnology (Career Start)
  • Cert III Early Childhood Education & Care (stand-alone)
  • Diploma of Business
  • Cert III Business
  • Cert III Engineering (Technical)
  • Cert II Hospitality
There will be ample opportunity for students and parents to meet with, and ask questions of, Marymount VET staff and trainers from our partner Registered Training Organisations (TAFE, PST and ACCCO).

This will be the only occasion where this information will be disseminated so it is essential that all attend.  Any questions, contact the Marymount Careers Centre on 5586 1073 or email

Year 12 2020 VET Celebration

Year 12 students who have successfully completed a VET qualification (Certificate or Diploma) either delivered at school or outside of school (School-Based Traineeship included) will be acknowledged at a complimentary lunchtime Sausage Sizzle. Invitations will be sent out next term.  Stay tuned.
Date: Thursday 15 October (Term 4/Week 3)
Time: 12:30pm
Venue: 12.30pm Franciscan Lawn
Dress: Sports Uniform
Griffith University Update

Griffith University has introduced Year 12 Early Offer Guarantee based on Year 12 Semester 1 results or VET qualifications.  Eligible students simply need to apply to QTAC by Saturday 31 October 2020 and list one of the available degrees preferably as their number 1 preference in their QTAC application to receive an early offer to Griffith by Friday 20 November 2020. 
This will trigger an email from QTAC with further instructions on documents required as follows: 
  • Students will need to upload their Year 12 Semester 1 graded report card. 
  • VET students will need to upload their completed AQF Certificate III, IV or Diploma qualification in addition to Year 12 Semester 1 results.
NOTE: These documents are for Griffith University’s use only in assessing a student’s eligibility for an early offer and not for the purposes of their QTAC application.  For more information, including a list of available degrees and conditions, visit the Griffith website, or contact
Current Year 12 students studying Essential English and wishing to start studying at Griffith University in 2021 can do so by successfully completing the

School Leaver English Enhancement course

Applications are now open for motivated Year 11 students who wish to take up the opportunity to study a single course in the GUESTS program while completing their high school studies.  For further information on admission criteria and available courses, visit

Bond University Personal Open Day (18 Sep – 11 Oct)

The Bond Uni Personal Open Day is an exclusive experience where students will get the keys to the campus.  It’s a personalised itinerary of tours, chats, eye-opening faculty demos and behind-the-scenes access. Further details and registration.

ACU University Experience

Come along to the Australian Catholic University’s Experience event to get a taste of uni life and try out the degrees you’re interested in studying.
Date: Tuesday 27 September 2020
Time: 9.30am – 2.00pm
Venue: ACU Brisbane Campus.  1100 Nudgee Rd, Banyo QLD 4014
TAFE Trades Online Event

The TAFE virtual booth is available between Monday 12 October – Friday 30 October for students to explore course information, student stories and watch on-demand videos showcasing study options, facilities, teachers and the student experience.  Also, there is a one-off “LIVE” session on Wednesday 14 October from 6.00pm – 7.00pm where students can meet teachers, watch demonstrations and participate in a “live” chat to ask anything about studying a trade at TAFE Queensland. 
Date: Wednesday 14 October
Time: 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Register: TAFE

University of Queensland Campus Shuttle Cart Tours – Book Now

UQ’s popular campus shuttle tours are back.  The 1-hour tour will allow students to ask questions and discover UQ’s historic Great Court, state of the art teaching facilities and student recreational areas.  Departing every Wednesday and Friday at 10.00am, this is a perfect way to get a feel for university life.  For further details and to book, email

School Holiday Full Day Courses – Prestige Service Training

RSA (Responsible Service of Alcohol)
Date: Tuesday 29 September (Southport), Thursday 1 October (Robina)
Time: 9.00am – 12.30pm
Cost: $40.00
First Aid Course
Date: Friday 2 October (Southport)
Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Cost: $99.00 Full Course / $50.00 CPR refresher
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary – Reptile and Amphibian Course

Once a year, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary hosts the very popular Reptile and Amphibian course.
Date: Saturday 3 October & Sunday 4 October 2020
Time: 9.00am – 4.30pm
Cost: $350.00
Register: Currumbin Sanctuary
Visit website for School Based Traineeship Opportunities

Student Protection Contacts

If you have a student protection concern, please contact one of the Student Protection Contact Officers listed below who can assist you. You may reach them by calling the school office or through the email listed in the Staff Directory on the Parent Portal.
  • Dr Angela Jeffery - Guidance Counsellor
  • Heather Clark - Guidance Counsellor
  • Madeline Stainsby - Guidance Counsellor
  • Chris Noonan - Principal
  • Geoff Browne - Deputy Principal
  • Vivian Savage - Assistant Principal Pastoral

Year Levels

Year 12

Year 12 Update

It seems crazy to think we are at the end of Term 3 already, and yet in many ways it feels like it has taken forever for us to reach this point! This probably sums up 2020 thus far, a year where nothing has gone to script and the sands have shifted constantly, many times from directly beneath our feet. Despite this, it is an extremely exciting time for the Year 12s as they get ready to enjoy their last September holiday period, before returning to finish their time with us at Marymount College.

Marymount Day

We knew it was going to be a different celebration this year, but it was no less meaningful, significant and enjoyable for the senior students. Arriving decked out in their Country and Western gear (complete with trusty steeds), the positivity and energy was palpable and infectious as they made the most of their final Marymount Day.  Through their involvement in the Liturgy in the morning, to their enthusiasm, as they participated in Trivia and then Hip-Hop dancing, and finishing with the organisation and contribution to the Talent Show in the afternoon, the Year 12 students were at the forefront of all that is good about our College. It was fantastic to see the seniors celebrating together with smiles and laughter, a fitting way to spend their final Marymount Day.


The annual STAC Cup challenge was completed last week, with the Year 12 students taking on the staff in a game of Basketball. It was a truly magnificent spectacle, as evidenced from the following game report: 

“The Year 12 vs Teachers Basketball game was played at lunchtime in front of a raucous crowd. It was a very intense game in which both teams took it up to each other. The teachers flew their flag with pride, putting their bodies on the line and exhibiting some impressive skills which allowed them to have the lead until very late in the game. There was some suggestion the referee had missed the final buzzer but given the noise level in the stadium, the ref can be forgiven if that was indeed the case. As it was, the students had the chance to snatch the win late and after he fluffed a free throw that would have given them the lead, the students stole the ball back and got it back to Tom Browne who, with ice in his veins, sank the 3-point dagger that gave the students victory. The history books will show a 35-32 win to the students, which is probably indicative of the contest. “

Congratulations to the students on their win, to College Vice Captains Tom Browne and Halle Geyer for organising the event and to the entire cohort for coming and cheering their peers to victory.

What Lies Ahead

As we look forward, the order of events for the Year 12s is as follows: 
  • Weeks 1-3: Normal classes
  • Week 2 (Tuesday 13 October): Athletics Carnival
  • Week 3 (Friday 23 October): Farewell assembly
  • Weeks 4-7 (Monday 26 October - Tuesday 17 November): External exams 
  • Week 7 (Tuesday 17 November): Graduation Liturgy
  • Week 7 (Thursday 19 November): Formal
With the culmination of their time at the College creeping ever closer, we recognise the significance of this period for the seniors, whilst maintaining the importance of their preparations for the external exams. The repercussions of the way they finish off their schooling has been impressed upon the students and we encourage them to conduct themselves in a manner that they can be proud of, both as an individual and as a member of the Class of 2020. We hope the holidays provide an opportunity for the seniors to reset, refocus and recharge and look forward to seeing them return for their final term at Marymount College.

Matt Carroll & Irene Scott
Head and Assistant Head of Year 11

Year 12 Laptop – End of Warranty

Warranty for Year 12 school-issued laptops will expire at the end of the year.  Now is the time to bring the laptop to the IT Helpdesk for assessment.  This includes slowness, loose hinges, missing keys, trackpad issues.  If you are unsure, please come to see us in IT.  Warranty repairs are FREE so please use this opportunity to have the device repaired in preparation for exams in Term 4. 
Amanda Marchant
IT Support

Year 10

Year 10 STAC Cup

In Week 7,  the Year 10s and teachers met up to play volleyball for the Year 10 STAC Cup.
At the event, I was taking photos of the game. We played three sets of volleyball; the scores were: 25-11, 25-16 and 7-5. So, overall the teachers won the game. 

Grace Ivens 
Year 10 Insider

Year 9

Year 7

Year 7 STAC Cup

At lunch on Thursday, the Year 7s and teachers competed in an ‘Escape Room’ challenge for the STAC Cup. After successfully solving ten riddles and putting together a sentence, that was the Year 7 theme, the teachers were victorious!
The students had one room, the teachers another. Poppy and Cooper (the STAC reps) situated themselves in each room and ran the clues/answers.
After each successful answer, Poppy or Cooper provided a word and another clue. After a team has successfully guessed all 10 clues, the next process was putting the 10 words you were given into a sentence. 

I must mention the incredible work of the Year 7 STAC reps, Poppy Lea and Cooper Sankey. Not only did they come up with the idea, but they also found all the riddles, and put it all together in their spare time. To top it off, they excluded themselves from participating in order to be the ‘clue giver’ in each room. If you see them around the school, congratulate them on their amazing effort. They’re definitely two to watch for leadership in 2025.

Special thanks to Mrs Kara Mallory, Miss Lauren Hutchinson, Mr Edwin Pereira, Miss Ash Jacks, Mr Tim O'Shea, Mr Geoff Browne, Mrs Nicky Browne and Ms Vivian Savage for being the successful teaching team.

Jacqui Sheehan & Matt Hurley
Head & Assistant Head of Year 7

IT Support


Term 3 Sport Report

This term our students in Years 7 – 9 were involved in intraschool sports on a Thursday afternoon. They competed in their Pastoral Groups in a variety of different sports to find the Champion Pastoral Group for their year level and the Overall Champion House. Final results are below:
Pastoral Group Champions:
  1st 2nd 3rd
Year 7 Boys 7AA 7PI 7BD
Year 7 Girls 7BD 7AB 7PI
Year 8 Boys 8KG 8BD 8PJ
Year 8 Girls 8AB 8KG 8BD
Year 9 Boys = 9BE & 9BD   9KG
Year 9 Girls 9BD 9BE 9AB

Overall Champion House:
1st Bulimah
2nd Allambee
3rd Patanga
4th Katandra

Congratulations to all the winning pastoral groups and well done to Bulimah for being the overall winners!
South Coast Team Members

Congratulations to Emily Sheather on her selection in the South Coast 13-15yr Girls Cricket team. Emily will be competing in the State Championships to be held at Redlands in November. Good luck Emily!

Marymount College Sport Awards

In term 4 we hold our College Sports Awards to recognise outstanding performances in school sport for the previous twelve months. As the awards will be presented in term 4 they will take into account all results from term 4 2019 – Term 3 2020. 
All students and parents have been emailed a nomination information booklet. The nomination form in the booklet needs to be completed and returned to Mr Balym’s office (or emailed to Mr Balym) by the end of Term 3 if they wish to be considered for an award.
Queensland Team
Congratulations to Molly Sewell (Year 9) and Pascalle Foster (Year 8) on their selection in the Queensland Athletics Cross Country Merit Team. Both were selected based on their results at the recent Queensland State Cross Country Championships, where Molly placed 2nd and Pascalle finished 10th. Unfortunately, they don’t get to compete against the other states at the National Championships due to Covid, however it is still an amazing achievement for all the hard work the girls put in. Well done!
Pascalle also recently took out first place in the 3km Flirt with Dirt race held at the end of August. Congratulations Pascalle!

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 me know about the results. This information can be emailed directly to

Trent Balym
Sport Program Leader

Senior Netball 

The senior netball team started training to go to QISSN early this year but unfortunately – due to COVID-19 – QISSN was cancelled for 2020.

With restrictions easing at the end of Term 2, the girls were able to continue their Tuesday night elite competition in Division 1. They have won approximately half of their games and it has been an excellent preparation for the Vicki Wilson Cup that will be held in Brisbane from the 3rd to the 5th of October.

Sadly, there are no spectators allowed at the event but hopefully, some of the games will be live-streamed. The girls are very excited to be back playing competitive netball and we are eager to see how well we might perform in October. 

The team will play 7 games across the first two days and if they make the top 4 of their pool of 8, they will go through to the finals on Monday.

Thanks, must go to the teachers Ellie Rushworth, Kristy Guthrie and Cathy Cooper who have helped train the girls and get them ready for competition. Also thank you to our team scorer and squad member Jade Murphy.

Congratulations to the girls who made the Marymount Makos Team for Vicki Wilson Cup: 
  • Halle Geyer (captain)
  • Montana Dare (vice-captain)
  • Bridie Edgar
  • Holly Vowles
  • Ellen McCooke
  • Demi Lockett
  • Bailey Miles
  • Zoe Riddell
  • Keely Swaddling
  • Charlie Ricketts
  • Kophie Woolf
  • Abby Carroll
Nicky Browne
Netball Coach

Junior Netball

This term the Junior Netball Team have been participating in the Monday afternoon Intermediate Competition at the Southport Carrara Netball Association.

The team consisting of students from Year 7-9 have had some amazing results and are currently sitting in top place after defeating all other teams in the competition. The team are very competitive, very determined and focused and have been playing brilliantly each week. Their off-court connection, encouragement, kindness and support of each other, along with their efforts during their weekly training is certainly paying dividends to the team’s overall success. It is a pleasure to work with such an amazing group of girls.

The team consists of the following students: Ellari Anderson, Miller Brosnan-Ball, Abby Carroll, Imogen Henderson, Charlotte Hockings, Mikayla Hopkins, Brianna Ingmire, Sophie Mahoney and Sophia Mattar.

On 3-5 October the team will be making their way to the Nissan Arena in Brisbane – the home of the Queensland Firebirds – where they will participate in the Vicki Wilson Shield – State Finals Series against the best junior teams in Queensland. Brianna Marion, Sienna May and Kate Stenner will make up the extended squad for the final’s series, to provide fresh legs in this gruelling three-day carnival. We wish all the girls well for the Vicki Wilson Shield Carnival.

Kym Heritage
Junior Coach

Rugby League Report

1st XIII
After 10 months of COVID interrupted training the 2020 1st XIII has finally finished their season. Congratulation to all boys involved in the open rugby league program for their approach to getting as much work done as possible during trying times. A special mention must be made of Year 12 student Tom Fisher who attended all 66 training sessions – he is our 100%er of the year.

Boys who played in the revised 1st XIII Titans Cup competition this year were:
  • Aston Bai (Yr 11)
  • James Barns (Yr 12)
  • Lachlan Birgan (Yr 12)
  • Luke Browne (Yr 11)
  • Henry Bryant (Yr 12, Co-captain)
  •  Bede Creedy (Yr 12, Co-captain)
  • Rhys Doherty (Yr 11)
  • Tom Fisher (Yr 12)
  • Jacob Follett (Yr 11)
  • Tom Gilbert (Yr 11)
  • Taj Harris (Yr 10)
  • Jackson Leary (Yr 11)
  • Mydas McBurney (Yr 11)
  • Henry Mellick (Yr 11)
  • Josh Munckton (Yr 12, Vice-captain)
  • Ethan Olive (Yr 11)
  • Finley Rae (Yr 12)
  • Wilson Raftery (Yr 12)
  • Gabriel Sobczyk (Yr 12)
  •  Jack Trowbridge (Yr 11)
  • Byron Wilson (Yr 11)
  • Zach Wren (Yr 10)
Thanks also to Billy Box and Joseph Nelson (Yr 11) for their work behind the scenes in helping at training and games.

Mr Kris Symons, who coaches the 2nd XIII, was very impressed by the commitment shown by many of his players when we weren’t sure if there would be games and then even after it was announced there would not be. In particular, we would like to mention Daniel Harrison (Yr 11) who shone amongst this group.

As the season unfolded, we only managed to have 5 games – 1 successful trial against Marsden SHS and 4 competition matches.
Opposition Score Point scorers Most Valuable
St Michael’s
26-16 Josh Munckton (2 tries), Aston Bai (try), Bede Creedy (try), James Barns (try and conversion), Jacob Follett (2 conversions) Aston Bai
Keebra Park
12-22 Josh Munckton (try), Bede Creedy (try), Jacob Follett (2 conversions) Josh Munckton
38-4 Henry Mellick (try), Josh Munckton (2 tries), Jackson Leary (try), Taj Harris (try), Tom Gilbert (try), James Barns (4 conversions), Wilson Raftery (conversion) Josh Munckton
Mabel Park
18-8 Ethan Olive (try), Henry Bryant (try), Aston Bai (try), James Barns (3 conversions) Aston Bai

After a stop-start away match against St Michael’s, we hosted Keebra Park at Pizzey Park in a tight match where they pipped us at the end. The Aquinas game was the best we played all year as defence and attack came together. 2 wins meant that we finished second behind Keebra who went on to win the cross over grand-final. The Makos final match was a playoff for third where we got off to a good start but nearly lost it from there…that’s probably a good summation of 2020!!!

At the end of each match, players are asked to vote for their Most Valuable Mako. The 2021 MVMs are: Josh Munckton (31 votes) followed by Aston Bai (20 votes) and Tom Gilbert (7 votes). Well done to all of the boys who recorded MVM points throughout the season.

Well done also to James Barns and Josh Munckton who tied for most points scored on 20.

1st XIII Awards 2021    
  • Best Back: Aston Bai
  • Best Forward: Henry Bryant
  • Most Improved: Finley Rae
  • Best and Fairest: Josh Muckton
With the 1st XIII season over we were lucky enough to gain permission to attend the Gold Coast Titans 9-a-side Gala Day held at Southport Sharks during Week 8.

69 boys, from Years 7-10, attended and laid an excellent platform for the years to come through their presentation, punctuality, sportsmanship and behaviour. The coaches were very impressed with the way this large number of boys earnt the right to attend through attention to schoolwork followed up by some disciplined and attractive footy. All reports about the Makos were positive from all areas.

Congratulations to these boys who were voted MVMs for their respective teams on the day:
  • Yr 7/8 B – Ryder Abell
  • Yr 7/8 A – Cooper Bai
  • Yr 9 ASP – Jaycrizel Patelesio-Faamausili
  • Yr 9/10 Composite – Preston Wells
  • Yr 10 ASP – Taj Harris
Chapter 1 2021 trial v Kings Christian College

With our Year 12s now unavailable to play it was time this week for our Year 10 and 11 students to claim their place for 2021. After years together in ASP-RL but only 45 minutes preparing as a team for this match, we took on an older senior team from Kings.

The game was played from end to end with our boys handling the older/bigger bodies with confidence. After achieving a success rate of 98% when finding our fronts in attack and 64% at putting the opposition on their backs in defence we recorded a draw.
This is a really promising result full of courage, commitment and the Mako Spirit which fills us with encouragement for the future.
Well done to Aston Bai (Captain) who received the players’ votes for Most Valuable Mako.
We look forward to a match against Hillcrest on Friday afternoon of Week 2 next term and the Gold Coast Titans Year 7-10 boys/girls competition during Weeks 3-6.
It was Fintastic to see close to 100 students here at 6.45am for Titans training this week – keep it up!!!
Coaches Thank you

A great deal of thanks goes out to our coaches who have fought hard to keep the flag flying this year. In particular gratitude goes out to Mr Matt Geyer, Mr Aaron Turner, Mr Kris Symons, Mr James Dick, Mr Simon Rezo, Mr Chris Ryan and old boys Cole Geyer and Charlie Murray.

Stay tuned for news related to Term 4 competitions which are in discussions.

Jason Hamilton
Coordinator – Rugby League 


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