Friday 03 September 2021 

Positive NAPLAN Results continue

College NAPLAN results reflect ongoing school improvement efforts of the past six years.

These efforts will continue. Rather than pursuing excellence programs across a number of areas of endeavour, we strive to be an excellent school for each student enrolled. The NAPLAN results continue to reflect well on our students’ and teachers’ good work.

Results for both Year 7 and Year 9 across Reading Writing and Numeracy have continued above the National Average since 2017. In 2021 our Year 9 students results in Reading and Numeracy improved against the declining National Average trend. The Year 9 Writing result declined toward an improved National Average.

The general improvement in Reading, Writing and Numeracy since Year 7 students started at High School in 2015 continued. National, Queensland and College improvements in writing since 2018, have continued. In Numeracy, there were falls across the Australian, Queensland and College averages and perhaps this reflects the fundamental importance of explicit—classroom— instruction for learning Mathematics.

This makes our Year 9 Numeracy result all the more interesting. We know the Mathematics faculty embarked on an error analysis project of students’ NAPLAN and Progressive Achievement Tests for Mathematics (PAT-M). All in the faculty were involved. Errors were examined, the common mistakes identified and the students made aware of how to avoid these mistakes. The English faculty examined common errors in Reading and Comprehension in the Progressive Achievement Test for Reading( PAT-R) and this might also explain why the Year 9 Reading result held steady against declines in the National and Queensland results.

The College participation rate for all NAPLAN tests was again very high. We want all students to have results to help monitor the reliability of school results we report to parents. We also want to analyse student responses to particular items. This helps teachers to identify areas of Literacy and Numeracy where we can focus teaching, and identify common student errors where we can explicitly teach students to avoid the errors.

While there is always more we can do, in the circumstances of these times, there is good evidence—on which to congratulate students and teachers—in the 2021 NAPLAN results.

Alumni Reunion 40, 30, 20 & 10 Years

Tomorrow we welcome past students who attended the College in 1981, 1991, 2001 & 2011.

Covid safe arrangements are in place and bookings are via These occasions are for people to reminisce as they catch up with their classmates and teachers back at school, enjoying a social afternoon on the Franciscan Lawn, before heading off for dinner in Burleigh. 

I don’t think I’ve missed a reunion in my 12 years as principal and extend my apologies to Natalie Collins (former Assistant Principal Senior Curriculum) who now resides in the UK, Matt Williams (School Captain 2011), Geoffrey Bolster (Class of 1981 and former P&F President) and all who will be there tomorrow. My appreciation to Deputy Principal, Geoff Browne and to Jan Delves and Karen Harrison for their commitment and contribution to the Reunion.

Vicki and I will be travelling to Cairns, where Vicki will help with the opening of a tribute exhibition to her father, Percy Trezise recognizing his work in Cape York Peninsula, from his retirement as a pilot with Ansett Airlines in 1974 until he passed away in 2005. An author, artist and anthropologist, Percy received an Order of Australia Medal for his service to the preservation of aboriginal rock art and the study of pre-history and archaeology.

Marymount Day Celebrations

We thank those staff and students leading preparations, as we look forward to celebrating Marymount Day next Friday.

Our founders, Burleigh Heads Parishioners and Father Frank Shine, the Missionary Franciscan Sisters and Sister Patricia Gallagher, and those who followed in the early years, laid wonderful foundations for the Mission and Purpose of our College. With Mary and St Francis providing inspiration, our Parish School has prospered. Marymount Day is always located close to the Feast of the Nativity—Birthday—of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 8. Students will come in casual dress, have activities following liturgy in class groups and enjoy the very entertaining Marymount College Talent Quest that is the culmination of a very enjoyable day for all. 

Chris Noonan

Congratulations Matt Carroll

Head of Year 11 and AFL Coach, Matt Carroll has been announced as the winner of the AFL Queensland Volunteer of the Year Award for Secondary Schools in the AFL Secondary School Ambassador category.

Read the announcement on here
Monday 6 September 
Year 12 Mock Exams

Tuesday 7 September
Year 12 Mock Exams
Year 7 Currumbin Sanctuary in School Activity

Wednesday 8 September
Year 7 Currumbin Sanctuary in School Activity

Thursday 9 September
Year 12 Mock Exams
AGCC Finals / House Sport

Friday 10 September
Marymount Day
Monday 13 September 
Year 11 Unit 2 Exams 
Year 10 Exams

Tuesday 14 September
Year 11 Unit 2 Exams 
Year 10 Exams
Year 7-9 Science Exams
6:00pm P&F Meeting

Wednesday 15 September
Year 12 Aquatic Boating Assessment
Year 11 Unit 2 Exams 
Year 10 Exams

Thursday 16 September
Year 12 Aquatic Boating Assessment
Year 11 Unit 2 Exams 
No Sport - lessons to be advised

Friday 17 September
Last Day Term 3
Monday 4 October
Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

Tuesday 5 October
First Day Term 4

Thursday 7 October
Recreational Sport Begins

Friday 8 October
Year 8 Reflection Day (Bond University)

Marymount Day

Thank you to all wonderful parents and carers who supply those generous food donations for the Marymount Day presentation to the Parish St Vincent de Paul Chapter. Baskets are being filled and second baskets requested...just wonderful! 

Due to the unpredictability of just about everything, our Marymount Day liturgy will be held in PC groups from 8.30 on Friday morning, 10 September. Each group will create their own sacred space and we will all celebrate the same liturgy across the College and Primary School. In this year of St Joseph we are focusing on the Holy Family of Joseph, Mary and Jesus.  

Formation Day & Catholic Mission Ambassadors

Coming up, hopefully, will be a Formation Training session for about 25 Years 9,10 and 11 students who will  co-facilitate the Year 6 Formation day to be held at Marymount Primary early in Term 4. 

Another group of students who, earlier last term, volunteered to be Catholic Mission Ambassadors will have some training and preparation to speak at Parish Masses in October.  

Parish Connect Mass

Year 7 and 8 will have their Connect Mass on Sunday 24 November.

Each cohort’s students, families and teachers are invited by Burleigh Parish to attend a designated Sunday Mass during the year. It is a great opportunity to meet other students, parents and members of Burleigh Parish we don’t usually meet. Please reserve this date on your calendar. 

Social Justice Sunday

Sunday 29 August was Social Justice Sunday which saw the release of the Australian Bishops’ Social Justice Statement, Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor.

In it, we are invited to join with Pope Francis on a seven year journey towards ecological sustainability guided by Laudato Si goals. 

We are told that “the signs of the times are clear” and that we humans need to have a change of heart, mind and behaviour”. The goals include – response to the cry of the poor , ecological economics, sustainable lifestyles, ecological spirituality, ecological education, community engagement and participatory action. Scripture , theology ,Catholic Social Teaching, worldy wisdom  and insights of First Nations  are all present to invite us to a total conversion in our thinking, prayer and action at every level to hear the Cry of the Earth ,Cry of the Poor - right now.

Laudato Si week

During Laudato Si week in May, Pope Francis exhorted all people of goodwill to join together to take care of the earth our home and also that of our most “fragile brothers and sisters”  


Loving God,
Creator of heaven, earth and all they contain.
Open our minds and touch our hearts,
so that we can be part of creation, your gift.
Be present to the needy in these difficult times,
especially the poorest and most vulnerable.
Help us show creative solidarity in addressing
the consequences of this global pandemic.
Make us courageous in embracing the changes aimed
at seeking the common good.
Now more than ever, that we can feel that we are all
interconnected and interdependent.
Make it possible for us to listen and respond
to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.
May the present sufferings be the pains of giving birth
to a more fraternal and sustainable world.
Under the loving gaze of Mary Help of Christians,
we pray for Christ our Lord.

Prayer for Afghanistan

Also last Sunday, in his Angelus address, Pope Francis made an appeal 
for  prayer and fasting in solidarity with the people of Afghanistan saying that  these actions are “instruments of hope” and involvement in tragedies happening far away from us.

Pope Francis often speaks against ”the globalisation of indifference” and says this comes from a feeling of powerlessness to do anything about these tragedies. 

End note!

Something small but big!

Each 1st Friday a little group of students arrive a bit earlier in the morning and accompany me to the Mary Mother of Mercy Church. We  help Brigid put some tables and chairs out for the parishioners who come for the Anointing Mass.  As this was a student free day teacher volunteers showed up to do the job.  It was pure fun.

Happy Father's Day 

Happy Fathers Day to all the Fathers of Marymount College ! May St Joseph bless you and inspire you. 

St. Joseph, husband of Mary and earthly father of Jesus, is the model of fatherhood. His faith and obedience to God inspired his devotion for his family. As we celebrate Father's Day on Sunday 5 September, we can look to his example  it might be helpful to study his example in five easy steps . 
  • St. Joseph was obedient.
  • St. Joseph was selfless.
  • St. Joseph led by example.
  • St. Joseph was a worker.
  • St. Joseph was a leader. 
Dolores Maitland

 A busy time

The next two weeks will be a busy time for students as they complete subject assessment and the Progressive Achievement Tests for Reading and Numeracy.

As such it is important students are getting enough sleep, eating breakfast and arriving at school ready to work. To view your child’s assessment, go to the Parent Portal, My Students and Assessment.  Students can also view their assessment in their Student Portal.

Progressive Achievement Tests (PAT-M & PAT-R)

Once a year students in Year 7 to 10 complete PAT Numeracy and Reading Comprehension. 

This data is collected to analyse the learning growth of students in numeracy and reading.  In Term 4 class teachers will use this information along with other assessment to find the areas students need to work on.
NAPLAN results arrived today and we will post them out next week.  If your address has changed, please send an email to or update in the parent portal under My Details.

Year 8 & 9 2021 Elective allocations

The timetabling team is progressing with the allocation of electives for 2022 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.

Katrina Nicholson
Assistant Principal Junior Curriculum

Stay home if you are unwell

It is essential that staff and students do not come to school if they are unwell

The Chief Health Officer directions are: 

Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are mild, must get tested.
Symptoms include:
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Runny nose
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of smell and/or taste
  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Other symptoms people may experience include muscle or joint pain, and loss of appetite.
To find your nearest testing clinic, please visit our website linked below, or contact your local hospital, or call 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84). 

Providing Absence Notifications

This is important for the safety and wellbeing of all students. 
When a student cannot attend school for any reason, it is required that the legal guardian will notify Student Reception via BCE Connect/parent portal by 8:00am on the day of absence. 

Medical Conditions

To ensure the health and safety of your child whilst at Marymount College, if you identify that your child has a medical or health condition, please download and complete the relevant medical forms from the Medical Forms page on the College website.

It is a Brisbane Catholic Education requirement that all student medical information is updated each year. Please return the signed forms with their labelled medication if required as soon as possible.

Media Consent

Marymount College collects media consent from parents as their child commences at the College.

This level of consent remains in place whilst the child is enrolled at Marymount College. Parents or guardians can check what level of consent they have provided for their child via the Parent Portal > My Students section.

To change the level of media consent you have provided for your child, email the Student Administration Office via and ask for the form to be resent to you.

Year 12 Key Dates

  • Monday 13 September - Year 12 Mock Exams finish
  • Friday 22 October - Year 12 Farewell Assembly
  • Monday 25 October - Year 12 External Exams commence
  • Friday 12 November - Year 12, 11 10 Awards Night
  • Tuesday 16 November - Graduation Liturgy
  • Thursday 18 November - Year 12 Formal 
Cathy Cooper & Nigel Ward
Head and Assistant Head of Year 12

Year 11 Key Dates

  • Monday 13 September - Year 11 Unit 2 Exams commence
  • Friday 12 November - Year 12, 11, 10 Awards Night
  • Monday 22 November - Year 11 Exams commence
  • Monday 29 November - Year 12 2022 Leaders Camp
  • Friday 26 November - Last official day Year 10 & 11
Matt Carroll & Hannah Richardson
Head and Assistant Head of Year 11

Year 10 Key Dates

  • Friday 12 November - Year 12, 11 10 Awards Night
  • Monday 22 November - Year 10 Exams commence
  • Wednesday 24 November - Locker Exchange
  • Thursday 25 November - Year 10 Twilight Cruise
  • Friday 26 November - Year 11 2022 Peer Support Training
Kevin Cornor & Belinda Faulks
Head and Assistant Head of Year 10

Year 9 Key Dates

  • Friday 29 October - Year 9 Currumbin Sanctuary excursion
  • Thursday 11 November - Year 9, 8 7 Awards 
  • Wednesday 24 November - Locker Exchange
  • Friday 3 December - Last official day Year 9, 8 7
Nicole Browne & Matt Geyer
Head and Assistant Head of Year 9

Term 3 Electives

Just as everything was looking better, we were back in lockdown and wearing masks.

Despite the situation, everything was handled well at school. In Year 9, we have started our second two electives. I do Textiles, and we began to sew our own masks. It was great to learn how to make one, especially since it seems they will be around for a while.

I also have been learning life skills in not just Textiles, but Business. We have been learning about Tommerup’s Farm, the economic problems they’ve been facing, opportunity cost, and so much more. All these new things are great for me to know for life and currently the life with Covid that we are all living with now.
Holly McLintock
Year 9 Insider

Year 8 Key Dates

  • Friday 8 October - Year 8 Reflection Day
  • Wednesday 24 November - Locker Exchange
  • Sunday 28 November - Year 7 & 8 Parish Connect Mass
  • Friday 3 December - Last official day Year 9, 8, 7
Peter Carroll & Lauren Hutchinson 
Head and Assistant Head of Year 8

Year 7 Key Dates

  • Tuesday 7 &Wednesday 8 September - Currumbin Sanctuary In-school visit
  • Monday 8 November - Year 7 Immunisations #2
  • Thursday 11 November - Year 9, 8 7 Awards
  • Sunday 28 November - Year 7 & 8 Parish Connect Mass
  • Friday 3 December - Last official day Year 9, 8, 7

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



A wide variety of School-Based Traineeship opportunities is available with local businesses offering a variety of qualifications and workplace experiences.

for Non-ATAR students, securing a School-Based Traineeship provides an opportunity to earn money while completing their senior studies, achieve a nationally recognised certificate qualification, and benefit from on-the-job training and industry networking.  Some traineeships are available to Year 9 students and can be completed without impact on senior studies. 

Interested students and parents/caregivers are encouraged to contact the Careers Centre for further details and assistance with the application process. Close to 100 positions currently exist and details are posted weekly on our noticeboards and the College Website.  


Suitable for Year 11 and 12 students, the Griffith Uni Experience Days give students a feel for life at university.

Experience days include campus tours as well as hands-on interactive sessions dedicated to different study areas:
  • Business & Arts/Education & Law, GC Campus, Thursday 30 September 
  • Performing & Creative Arts, Southbank Campus, Wednesday 22 September 
  • Science & Health, GC Campus, Tuesday 28 September
To register visit


GRIFFITH ENG is a two-stage program.  

Stage One. A Taste of Engineering consists of an intensive Experience Day offered to Year 11 students, covering the practical components of various engineering disciplines. Students who successfully complete the Taste of Engineering will be invited to enrol in GRIFFITH ENG in Year 12 to continue with Stage Two of the program in Trimester 1, 2022.  

Stage Two provides a foundation in the mathematical sciences for later studies in science and engineering.  It is expected that students will be taking this course at the same time as Mathematical Methods in Year 12.  Students who successfully complete this course and choose to study Engineering at Griffith will receive full credit for Engineering Mathematics 1 (1010ENG).

Students who complete the program also can:
  • Gain credit for a first-year engineering course.
  • Be awarded an adjusted selection rank.
To apply, visit  
Applications close on Friday 17 September 2021.


Applications for TAFE scholarships are open with successful recipients receiving up to $5,000.00 to study any TAFE Qld qualification in 2022 from a Certificate III through to advanced diploma and bachelor degrees across all industry areas.  

There are two types of scholarships available,
  • Merit scholarships aimed at supporting people who have demonstrated strong levels of achievement to advance their careers.  
  • Access and Equity scholarships designed to help students who are battling social or financial hardship.
 To apply, visit


Bond University scholarships are awarded to the best and brightest all-rounded students who have excelled academically, or in the areas of leadership, community, and sports.

Note that the application closing date is fast approaching - SUNDAY 5 SEPTEMBER 2021. For further details visit


Bond is hosting the Bond Personal Open Days.

Personal Open Days will allow Year 12 students to visit the campus, be provided with their own specially designated carpark, meet a current student for a campus tour, receive guidance from an academic from your area or interest, and also meet with a representative from the Office of Future Students.   This special program is being offered between Friday 10 September – Saturday 2 October 2021.

For further details visit


Formerly the Young Scholars Program, Young ChangeMakers is a new and refreshed on-campus experience for highly motivated Year 11 students.  

The program presents an exciting opportunity for academic extension and enrichment for students with big ideas and ambitions, aimed to develop leadership, critical thinking, and innovation skills.  

Program Highlights:
  • 3-day, 2-night stay at the UQ St Lucia Campus
  • Immersive university experience highlighting different study areas and life as a UQ student
  • Ongoing connection with peers and mentors
  • Open Day Reunion (2022)
  • Orientation Event in Semester 1 (2023)
Applications close on Sunday 26 September.
The program runs from Tuesday 30 November through to Thursday 2 December.


Interested students are encouraged to attend the following Information Sessions:
  • A Night in the Army Reserve (Southport), Tuesday 7 September   7.00pm
  • Army Reserve Information Session, Tuesday 21 September   6.00pm
To register visit


Experience ACU has been rescheduled for Wednesday 29 September.

This event offers on-campus workshops for students in Years 10, 11 and 12 to get a taste of uni life.  

On the day students will:
  • Sample the degree of their choice
  • Participate in the hands-on workshop
  •  Meet ACU staff and current students
  • Get a feel for ACU’s campus and facilities
  • Learn about industries and careers
For further information and to register visit


The USQ Academic Excellence Scholarships are automatically awarded to eligible Year 12 students who put USQ as #1 on their QTAC application for 2021, and achieve the required ATAR.  

No application is required, eligible students will automatically receive a scholarship offer.  
More information.


Students and parents are invited to take part in the online Scholarships Information Evening where they will hear from current scholarship students:

When: Thursday 16 September 2021 (via Zoom)
Time:  5.00pm – 6.00pm


Maries Pizza is on the search to hire enthusiastic junior team members with a positive and productive attitude who are available Friday, Saturday or Sunday and during the holidays.

 The positions involve:
  • Casual 10-15 hours/week
  • No experience is required.  Full training provided
  • Drivers Licence
To register your interest please send a cover letter and resume to


KFC Mermaid Beach are currently offering casual and school-based traineeship team member positions.  

Apply via or visit the Marymount College Careers Centre today.

Jason Hamilton
Head of Careers/VET

11 Marine Science: Fish Dissections

Last week, 11 Marine Science students completed a voluntary fish dissection.

This activity helped students learn about the internal structures of fish to increase their understandings of multiple ecology concepts including adaptations, predator-prey interactions and classification. Investigation of both external and internal features was conducted with the highlight being the discovery of the surprisingly large last meal for one of the Bonito (a predatory fish) within its upper digestive system (see photo).

Students learnt how the tissues and organs are interrelated, giving students an appreciation of the complexity of organisms in a hands-on learning environment.

Yvonne Crowley
Marine Science teacher

Science Week at Marymount College

In Week 5, all Year 8s and 9s set up their Science Night projects in the Doyle Centre.

After working on them since Term 2, and throughout online school, it was time for the projects to be judged. When I had the opportunity to look at them all, I could see how much effort everyone had put in despite the circumstances. All the winning projects were so interesting and deserving of their recognition. 

Later, in the following week, a junior Trivia quiz was hosted. I and three other friends entered and had a great time participating in all the different scientific questions.

These past few weeks have been full of learning more about science and all the different things that stem from the subject. 

Holly McLintock
Year 9 Insider

Marymount College Sport Awards

In Term 4 we hold our College Sports Awards to recognise outstanding performances in school sport for the previous 12 months.

As the awards will be presented in term 4 they will take into account all results from term 4 2020 – Term 3 2021.  
  • 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 10) on her selection in the Queensland School Sport Cross Country Merit Team!

Unfortunately, Molly doesn’t get to compete at the National Championships as they have been cancelled for the second year in a row. Well done Molly and fingers crossed you get the chance to compete at the nationals next year.  

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 

Trent Balym
Sports Program Leader


The Senior Girls AFL Team went down in the Quarter Finals of the AFL Q Cup.

The girls showed true Marymount grit and character, running and tackling hard all game. It has been a wonderful effort from the team this year, achieving their best ever result in the Q Cup Competition. Kedron 7-11-53 to Marymount College 1-2-8 – Goal Kicker (Milla Ferguson)

Cameron Francis
Head of HPE


Congratulations to members of the Yr 10 ASP - Rugby League class who were awarded certificates for volunteering their time to referee the local primary school's competition in Term 2.

Primary Principal, Brendan Creevy, thanked the boys for helping run an activity that brings smiles to so many primary faces. Well done boys!

Jason Hamilton
Rugby League Coordinator
This week Lucian Grioli will be our featured council member telling you about her time at Code Club and what our other members have been working on. Lucian has been blowing us away with her 3D recreations of the Star Trek universe and some other famous Sci-Fi artifacts 
Here at Code Club, we like to bring our projects to life. Our members have used Blender to create 3d models and develop charters for Video games like Bendy and the ink machine as well as movies like NextGen. Our code club members have been working on some fantastic projects like Gaby Schubert Minecraft chicken, Ryan Lockwood’s fighting his blender warrior, and Carlos’ blender car. Ryan and Carlos have also featured the Pythonic Staff of Enlightenment. This Staff acts like our sword helping us slice all the bugs and errors that occur while creating our project.

Lucian Grioli - Year 12
Code Club Councillor

External assessment invigilators for QCAA

Are you interested in supervising the External Exams run by the QCAA each October / November?

In brief, invigilators are required to attend allocated assessment sessions at assessment venues to observe the administration of assessments. Invigilators report their observations to the QCAA after each assessment session by completing an online Invigilator report.

Invigilators do not move or distribute materials, participate in or assist with any aspect of the administration of assessments, supervise or have any contact with students, or provide advice or feedback to staff at assessment venues about any aspect of the administration of the assessment
To be eligible to apply for a QCAA invigilator role, community members must hold a current, paid blue card, or, for teachers with a current Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) registration, an exemption card from Blue Card Services.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and eligible to work in Australia.

They must possess personal attributes of discretion, tact, attention to detail, and an ability to maintain confidentiality, as well as meeting straightforward requirements for identification and access to technology.
Link to the full Memorandum from QCAA:

Uniform Shop


Parents are able to access this feature via the Parent Portal.
  1. Select the icon 'Uniform Shop' with the shopping trolley icon. This will direct you to our online uniform shop. View Parent Sign Up for the Marymount College Online Shop for instructions. 
  2. Follow the prompts to set up your account including linking your child/ren
  3. Select the date you want uniforms prepared by 
  4. Choose items and sizes from the menus
  5. Review your cart and make payment with debit/credit card
Your order will be prepared and you will receive an email when it is ready for your child to come and collect. Pickup available Monday - Thursday.
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