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Friday 15 November 2019 
Valé Father Martin Doyle 1929   - 2019
In January 1977 Fr Martin Doyle was appointed Parish Priest of Infant Saviour Parish Burleigh Heads, where he worked tirelessly up until December 1993. The Doyle Centre is named in his honour. College Captains elect for 2020, Harrison Dean and Sophie Roiter accompanied Mrs Maitland and me to the funeral mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral on Friday 8th November. Bishop Ken’s homily spoke of a man who understood the needs of the College and Primary School, and of the pilgrim people who are the people of God in the catchment of our two schools. May we always be faithful to what Fr Martin wanted for us: to be people who go out from here with Mary’s message deeply engraved in our hearts and minds; people who will follow prayerful service of others.

An extract from the Homily by Bishop Ken Howell at the Requiem Mass for Martin Doyle 8th November 2019:

Martin Doyle took very seriously that God’s people looked to him for the encouragement they needed as they lived faith in a contemporary context...One Sunday, having preached at Mass and thinking that I had done ok, I was talking to a Burleigh parishioner after Mass and the gentleman said to me, ‘Hey father, where is Fr Doyle? He always gives great homilies!
A few years ago, Fr Martin gave me a collection of his homilies. Not complete homilies, but the opening paragraphs where he pulled together a deeper connection of the Readings to lived realities of people. One Second Sunday of Easter, with the Gospel of Thomas, the doubting one, Fr Martin picked up on a TV programme, where the Tango has featured in a recent episode:
At different times in our Tango, our unbelief may lead and God may follow, and vice versa. The idea is not to struggle in order that by OUR efforts, belief wins out, but to dance in trust. We are called to trust, even when we lose a step, skip a beat or stumble. We must trust that God will be able to compensate for our shortcomings, even when we fail to believe in God. He does not fail to believe in us.
Well-crafted and faith-filled homilies reflect—among many—two things: the faith and belief of the preacher and the desire of the preacher to draw others into what God is offering and wants us to know.
Martin Doyle was inspired by the Second Vatican Council and knew exactly what the Council Fathers and the Holy Spirit desired for the Church. In a Lenten homily he once said:
Nostalgia can be disastrous if a catholic tries to live there.
He went on to say that
change is part and parcel of the human condition – change in the way the Church thinks and lives and worships as a ‘Pilgrim people’.
For Martin, the reality of the Pilgrim People spoke volumes:
God lives among his people and has made his home here as God-with-them…God-with-us!
While the big picture remained with Fr Doyle, he still lived within the real world and knew his limitations and shortcomings. There were, perhaps, too many times when he doubted himself and his abilities. There were many challenging times within the complexities of Parish life and those who know him well would suspect that the stroke that he suffered in 1992 was a result of stress he endured through issues concerning the financing of the Burleigh Parish and Marymount College and Primary School. Infant Saviour Parish and the Marymount schools owe a great debt to him for his big vision and his hope for the Parish’s education facilities. He wanted the young to flourish and to take their place—as he said at the Silver Jubilee Mass of Marymount College:
to be young people who go out from here with Mary’s message deeply engraved in your hearts and minds and will follow prayerful service of others.
Congratulations to Our Seniors
We wish our Seniors well as they begin life after 12 years of school. They have been wonderful and a credit to their families throughout their six years with us at Marymount College. We pray for good health and success for them as they take more responsibility for their lives and the decisions they will take. I remember my own anxieties, leaving home, and the courage it required to ‘go’, to make decisions, back myself, trust my judgement, but also to trust the goodness of people who would give me opportunities. It’s a great time in a young person’s life and while they may feel the weight of it, we urge them to ‘go’, knowing that good people, and their families will be there for them if they call. All we ask is what Farther Martin wanted for College graduates, that they take Mary’s message—the Peace Prayer message—deeply embedded in their hearts and minds into their relationships with those they meet along the way.
Parents and Friends AGM
As we close another productive year the P&F concluded their work for 2019 with the Annual General Meeting. Appreciation was expressed by President, Grace McLintock, for the faithful attendance of parents throughout the year and their honest participation in balanced discussions, including genuine issues of concern for parents. The contribution of $272,928 to the College this year for the Doyle Centre Big-Assed fans, Doyle Centre AV System, Hospitality kitchen induction stovetops, E-Block air-conditioning and Industrial Design Technology Block dust extraction system capital works was acknowledged. The opportunity the P&F provides for me to know what parents, who are ‘invested’ in the operation of the College, think and want for their children is invaluable. My appreciation to the outgoing Executive and Committee, in particular, outgoing Committee member, Tanya Allomes for their work in 2019.
P&F Executive and Committee 2020
President: Grace McLintock     
Vice-President: Fiona Hore
Secretary: Dawn Young           
Treasurer: Nicole Modini
Virginia Freebody-Cramer
Karen Harrison
Christina Heaton
Deborah Hopkins
Carrie Pearson
Despina Toparis-Nelson
Gold Coast City Division 12 Council Grant

Our Seniors made light of the potholes—ditches really—in the student carpark at their farewell assembly. We were delighted, therefore, when our Division 12 Councillor, Pauline Young confirmed a grant of $4,889.50 towards the cost of what will be extensive repair work over the Christmas break. Pauline was with us for the P&F AGM and her continued support and interest in our efforts for students and families in her division is very much appreciated.

Chris Noonan


Calendar Dates

Week 07

MONDAY 18/11





1:20pm Recreational Sport

FRIDAY 22/11

Week 08

MONDAY 25/11

Year 11 Exams commence


Year 10 Exams Commence
Year 7 Immunisations #2



Year 10 Students finish at 12:35pm
1:20pm Recreational Sports
4:30pm Year 10 Twilight Cruise

FRIDAY 29/11

Peer Support 2020 Training Day


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Social Justice

Rosies Friends on the Street

Last Tuesday night, Kael Shephard, Ms James and I volunteered for Rosie’s Friends on the Street for the first time.

I enjoyed meeting the people who work for Rosies during the time before we headed to St Vincent’s Catholic Church at Surfers Paradise. We helped to prepare hot savoury and sweets.
During the visit to the church, we helped set up the tables and chairs. Kael and I worked together, he was carrying the savoury and sweets and I was helping to hand out the napkins. Kael and I enjoyed working in pairs, hearing interesting stories from the people at church and working with the other volunteers. We both said a prayer for a lady who had problems with her family. On the way back to the centre we talked about what we enjoyed. I had an amazing experience for my first time being part of Rosie’s team.  
Rosies is like helping one another to be kind and generous to others. Rosie’s is about making friendships, being part of a community to help the people and providing them savouries and sweets. It is also about making connections with the people who work with Rosies at the centre and the people who visit the church. I’m looking forward to doing Rosies again next year.
Briana Briski
Year 11 Insider

Senior Curriculum

Year 12 

This week is a busy time all round in the Senior School. For the Year 12 cohort it is the compiling of final results and calculations as they conclude their very last ever assessment tasks. OP eligible students will then be ranked in each subject and will soon receive a provisional SAI score – positioning them for highest to lowest in each subject (on a 200 point scale). We are required to publish this data for them to check for its accuracy. This takes place from 9:00am Wednesday 20 November and will be located in the SAO foyer. 

Year 11

Year 11 students are working towards the first attempt by a cohort of extended exams of over two hours in duration. As they are almost halfway through General Unit 3 courses, most of these are formative tasks, meaning they count towards their Exit results. Their exam schedule, commencing in Week 8, Monday 25 November, has already been published.

Subject Requests Year 11 2020

We are currently processing the many requests for Year 11 2020 subject selection requests. Some students have only recently made the minimum standard of prerequisite subjects, meaning they can now make alternate subject requests. Those who have clashes, or  have chosen a subject which is now full, or who have made a request for a subject they have not yet met minimum requirements for are being contacted immediately as we process through the requests. We have a strict operating system on a chronological order, and through the use of the correct request forms. For example, requests for changes via email cannot be processed, as we need a paper trail and fully detailed set of information from which to operate.
Peter Shaw
Assistant Principal Senior Curriculum

Year 11 News

Year 11 STAC Representation 2019

Our sincere thanks to the Year 11 STAC Representatives: Sophie Roiter and Harrison Dean.
Sophie and Harrison have demonstrated outstanding leadership during the year consulting with their grade, Heads of Year and Administration. Their diligence in approaching each fortnight meeting with preparation ahead of the discussion, and a range of organisational requirements has been effective. Representation at various College events has been exemplary.
We thank Vice Captains Mia Kelly and Bryn Larkin for their strong leadership and support. They have played a critical part as role models for all Year level STAC Representatives.
We greatly appreciate their passion, commitment and dedication to their position and their capacity to inspire others. We wish them every success in the future.
Matt Carroll & Irene Scott
Head & Assistant Head of Year 11

English News

Year 8 English

Throughout the year, we have enjoyed learning about many different topics in Year 8 English. These include poetry and narrative writing in Term 1, essay writing in Term 2, technology and advertising speeches in Term 3 and the impact of the news in Term 4.
My teachers, Mr Rowe and Ms Dornan, certainly made learning these topics enjoyable for all of us. Through interacting with the class and creating activities to make the topic more fun, they made English this year a lot more entertaining. The highlight for English this year would have to be in Term 2, reading the novel The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, based on the events of the Holocaust. We used this novel when learning how to structure and properly write an essay. Altogether, English this year was certainly very enjoyable, and I look forward to seeing what lies ahead in Year 9.
Jessica Stenner
Year 8 Insider

Farewell English Communication

This Term marks not only bon voyage for the current year 12 cohort, but also farewell to the subject of English Communication. English Communication, or affectionately known as English Comm, is the non-OP vocational pathway version of English, geared towards the workplace skills and knowledge that these students need. Topics covered include: Job interviews, cover letters, resume’s, workplace issues, writing skills and oral communication. Over its existence, students have benefited from this workplace preparation in years 11 and 12, and in many cases enjoyed elements of the subject.
However, with the new Queensland ATAR system, English Communication has been replaced by Essential English, although not quite the same in emphasis and content covered. On a personal note, I have taught English Communication every year of the five years I have been teaching, it is a subject I will miss teaching into the future, as will other English Comm teachers.

So we say farewell class of 2019 and farewell English Communication.
Below is a photograph of my English Communication class celebrating the end of the year and their success.
Garrett Fitzgerald
Humanities Teacher

Technologies News

2019 World Innovation Technology Challenge

Marymount’s Code Club members recently took part in the 2019 World Innovation Technology Challenge at Griffith University Gold Coast Campus.  
Students competed against teams from China, Philippines, Korea and Indonesia, building a technological solution that demonstrated creativity in design and application. Each technology solution was related to one of the 17 UN sustainable development goals and required a prototype to be rapidly developed that could solve the goal.
Our students did very well for their first time participating and I congratulate them on their efforts. You can read about their experiences and entries below. I can’t wait to see what our members can come up with next year.
Daniel Cousins
Code Club Captain

If I was to describe the World Innovative Technology Challenge in one word, it would be inspiring.

The challenge was breath-taking and provided so many different opportunities. Located at Griffith University, the day consisted of a team challenge to build a technological solution which demonstrates creativity in design and application. The purpose of the technological solution was to solve or help one of the seventeen United Nations sustainable development goals (these include zero poverty, good health and wellbeing and gender equality). It was exciting and encouraging to see so many varying ideas, code and solutions. 

I partnered up with my friend Lucian Grioli and we utilised a micro:bit microcontroller to count the percentage of a tree a person may kill with printing. The person is able to input how many pieces of paper they wish to print and the micro:bit calculates and provides the percentage of a tree they would kill. This may seem simple however it aimed to raise awareness of how our actions impact the environment. Future extensions have been planned for this project. Regarding the sustainable development goals, our project focused on goal fifteen which was ‘life on land’ which was around sustainably managing the environment.

There were many amazing projects that the students of Marymount College created including a scrunchie speaker (created by Lucyana Gabriel) and a two-player game requiring teamwork (created by William Nguyen and Jappy Tantengo). Unfortunately, we did not come away with a prize however it was still a marvellous experience. It was fun to look at everyone else’s ideas and get inspiration for next time. I would highly recommend this competition for students who are interested in coding and the environment.

Halle Wiblen
Code Club Falcon Member

The World Innovative Technology Challenge was an amazing science experience.

The day was an opportunity for code club badge holders to visit Griffith University for a day entirely dedicated to innovative science. My specific category was coding and how coding is used to help solve many science-related issues to improve our everyday life.

Teams of two had to design, create and test a project built around the tiny but powerful computer system “Micro: bit”. Jappy Tantengco and I coded a balancing game, where two players had to work together to keep the scale balanced. We were given time before the day to prepare and plan the concept so the programming could be done during the day. Although an entire day was allocated to the task, there were many challenging and stressful moments. With constant approaching deadlines, various technical issues appeared and quick solutions were developed to resolve them. After the project was completed, teams had to present the concept and the working project to the judges.

Apart from the competition, the day was incredibly fun with many other categories involving many participants from overseas. There was sumo fighting, obstacle avoidance and line tracing robots that teams created to be tested in the custom tracks. There were also other contestants from overseas that had created new innovative technology such as vertical tree farms and aquatic cleaning systems.  Overall it was an extremely enjoyable and educational day. It taught me and other participants valuable skills such as teamwork, cooperation, problem-solving and the ability to work under pressure. I encourage other students to participate in the WIT Challenge next year. It is truly awesome!
William Nguyen
Code Club Eagle Member

Girls do Cyber

Calling all girls in years 9-12 who are looking do something fun and worthwhile to do during your school holidays. This workshop will give you a greater understanding of the world of Cyber including:

  • Why Cyber is a rewarding career
  • What learning pathways are on offer
  • What is ASD CyberExp

This free workshop will also allow you to learn about Cyber mentors and meet Cyber Grads.

When: 16 December 2019 9:00am
Where: Room 104, Axon Building (47)
Registration: Monday, 16 December, 2019 - 09:00

Science News


Congratulations to Halle Wiblen, Indee McDonald, and William Nguyen on winning 2nd place in the STEM cup grand final held at Griffith University. 
This has earned them a spot to compete against winners from the Term 2 STEM cup as well as the Brisbane winners, including another Marymount team the Marymount mathematicians who will be represented by Douglas Cowan, Fergus Brazel and Zane Frogley.
We wish both teams the best of luck in the super final, it is an amazing effort to have beaten so many schools to get this chance to be crowned the STEM cup super champions.

Kristina Baker
Assistant Head of Science

STEM Cup challenge, this term, has been an amazing and challenging experience.

STEM Cup is an afterschool competition for students of Year 5-8 students (split into different divisions). Each week, participating teams score points for challenges they complete with the top-scoring teams earning a place at the STEM Cup Grand Final held at Griffith University. These challenges vary weekly, allowing a broad range of topics in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics to be covered. These challenges aim to link learning through real-world application.
Each challenge required problem-solving and out of the box thinking. This allowed myself and my teammates (Indee McDonald and Willian Nguyen) to be tested as well as stretch our brains every week. The STEM Cup challenges this term included how to clean up oil spills in the ocean, concepts of gravity, kinetic energy and surface tension plus deciphering codes. Our team, ‘Hopefully, three of us are here otherwise … YEET’ was fortunate enough to make it to the STEM Cup Grand Final. At Griffith University, we participated in two final challenges: the first involving a massive trivia knowledge game whereas the second involved creating a miniature rollercoaster out of the materials provided. We worked hard, enjoyed the challenges and managed to place second in the Gold Coast Competition. By achieving second place, our team has now been invited to attend the STEM Cup Super-Grand Final versing other winners.
I would highly recommend this challenge for other students who enjoy and excel in STEM based challenges.

Halle Wiblen
Year 8 Insider

Media News

Visit the College website for photos and a full list of Awardees

On Tuesday 5 November, students, parents, friends and College staff gathered to view the high-quality productions of Year 9, 10, 11 and 12 Media students.

The library, which was converted into a cinema, provided an intimate atmosphere for all to take in the many student stories that had come to life on the big screen.

As film teachers, Ms O'Malley and I experience the excitement of student's ideas and hard work culminate into shared laughter, wonder and meaningful messages that our student's media productions delivered.

Watching the faces of the audience, illuminated by the light of the big screen, I knew they had all been transported into another world and taken on a journey that each students film provided.

It was a pleasure to witness Mr Noonan present the Ken Lee Award for Outstanding Achievement in Media to Year 12 student, Carina Serong in recognition for her hard work and high academic success in Film Television and New Media. We also recognise Carina for being selected as one of the final 18 student films for the Bond University Film & Television Awards (BUFTA). You are able to watch her moving documentary Mi Chiamo Maria, Mi Chiamo about her Nona by this link and you are also able to vote for Carina in the BUFTA People's Choice Award via this link as well.

It must be noted that with each student production, the skills that were required to bring it to fusion were more for than just pointing and shooting a camera. The students had to use creative thinking in order to come up with engaging production ideas, critical thinking to problem solve, have plan B, C & sometimes D in case things went wrong on the day of filming. They had to collaborate and communicate with one another, utilizing personal and social skills plus master ICT capabilities to edit and produce a final production. The skills and knowledge that media students gain is what we call 21st-century skills. These are the skills and attributes students need to prepare them for higher education, work and engagement in a complex and rapidly changing world.

Ms O'Malley and I are passionate media teachers who see the passion reflected within our students. Media Night was a wonderful success and we thank our students for their dedication and hard work, their family and friends for acting, driving them around and supporting them and finally, for Mr Noonan for supporting Media and the Arts in the College.

One last thing, to our Year 12 film students, thank you for the pleasure of teaching you, we have seen you grow up and mature, we will miss you, however, know no matter what path you take, you all have the potential to achieve and make your own success. Take care and God Bless.

Ms Lorena Vine & Ms Beth O'Malley
Head of Media and Arts & Media Teacher

Dance News

Saving the best till last…

A treasured part of the ritual as we send off our Year 12 Dance students on to the next part of their life’s journey is their workshop with Kylie Goeldner—one of Australia’s most renowned contemporary dance coaches. 

For many years, Kylie has come to Marymount in Term 4 to not only gift our graduating Seniors with beautiful choreography for their final assessment task but also inspiring life lessons.

The tradition continues and it is truly a privilege to work with such an experienced and generous dance teacher.  Kylie’s legacy is a fitting way for our Year 12s to complete their dance studies at Marymount. 

Finally, a farewell…

A bittersweet send off to our Year 12s who have been strong leaders of the dance family this year—your loyal and committed involvement in the dance department has guided younger students and provided inspiration for their future years in the subject.

Most of these girls have been a part of the dance program since Year 8 and more have joined in the journey. From tentative steps as young ones coming into E17 to the strong young women they are now—we are proud of them.

Year 12, you have all shared your talents with us on stage at concerts and eisteddfods, and in the classroom. There have been many wonderful moments, challenges, learnings, laughs. We will miss you and wish you well on your wonderful future ahead.

Shona Press
Dance Coordinator

Library & Resource Centre

International Games Week

Marymount College Library recently joined over a thousand libraries around the world for the annual celebration of International Games Week!

This type of event helps promote the value of educational, recreational and social inclusion. It’s a great opportunity for our students to experience the games collection available in the Library and encourage traditional non-library users by showing them what else we have on offer.

As part of International Games Week, Australian libraries received donations of FREE board and card games. Thanks to the generous support from Good Games/Let’s Play Games who sourced the donations from games companies, we received several games from Altas Games - Once Upon a Time, Bandai – Dragon Ball Super Card Game , Brotherwise Games – Boss Monster and Call to Adventure and PSC Games – Quartermaster: The Cold War and Milito: The Ancient Warfare Card Game. It was exciting to see the turnout of students!


This week the students were able to try their hand at Weaving, making some fun bookmarks.

Students learnt the basics of weaving. Weaving is a fun activity full of learning potential for any age. Did you know that you​ can make your own loom out of a simple piece of re-used cardboard! ​We made weaving looms from old cardboard, a great upcycle project. There are many great ideas on how to upcycle cardboard, so before you toss cardboard into the trash you might want to keep it and create something new?

A large turnout ensured that everyone had lots of fun! 

Careers & Vocational Education


The Gold Coast Beauty College is offering the Certificate II Retail Cosmetics qualification commencing 2020 and delivered over one year every Wednesday at their fully functioning beauty salon in Southport.  Enrolments have commenced and limited vacancies are available.  For further details, contact the Marymount College Careers Centre or Rae-Anne McMahon via email

A course specifically designed for Year 11 and 12 students who are interested in pursuing a cabin crew career is being offered by Aviation Australia as follows:
DATE: 18 December or 16 January
WHERE: Aviation Australia, Brisbane Airport (
COST: $80.00 (lunch included)
For further details, see the Marymount College Careers Centre.

SAE will be opening their doors, demonstrating current and past student projects from all disciplines including recently published student games, screenings of short film, displaying graphic design portfolios, and audio production projects. Their team of industry educators will also be available on the night:
DATE/TIME: Thursday 28 November (4.00pm – 7.00pm)
Students can register at

KFC are offering Certificate III Hospitality School-Based Traineeship positions at their Miami store.  For further details, see the Marymount College Careers Centre. Students can either apply in person by visiting the store or email

Sports Update

2020 Interschool Sport Choices
Selections for next year’s AGCC interschool sport competition have begun with students needing to login in through the link sent to their school email to make their selection. The sports on offer in Semester One are:
Boys: AFL, Basketball, Soccer, Touch Football, Volleyball
Girls: Futsal, Indoor Cricket, Netball, Oztag, Rugby League 9’s, Tennis
Mixed: Touch Football
Please discuss with your child what option they are selecting and make sure they make their selection.
Physiotherapist Partnership
I am pleased to announce that Back In Motion at Burleigh Waters has come on board as sponsor and partner to assist our sporting programs.

The team from Back In Motion will be undertaking pre-season screenings of our athletes, assisting with developing exercise programs and hosting an injury prevention seminar. On top of this, they are offering $20 off the first consultation for anyone affiliated with Marymount College. So if you or a family member or friend need a physio, give the team at Back In Motion a call on 56133115 and mention Marymount College to receive the discount.
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:

Trent Balym
Sport - Program Leader


Student Withdrawal: If a family makes a decision to withdraw a student from the College, one full term’s notice is requested in writing to the Principal of the College. If the requested notice is not given, up to one full term fees and levies may be charged in lieu of notice. Your financial commitment is an important part of the life of the College and we thank you for your support and involvement.
Extended Absence:

Marymount College does not support the practice of scheduling holidays during term time and does not consider the taking of a holiday during term time an authorised explanation of absence from school.

School attendance is an emerging concern. Consequently, the College Attendance SMART Goal for each student is 90% attendance for 2019. 

For a student to meet this target, they need to maintain an attendance rate above 96% for most of the year. This may assist to ensure that requests for extended absence (for family holiday/event, sport etc) doesn’t take their attendance rate below the SMART Goal target.

All requests for extended student absence must be made by a parent, two weeks in advance to the Principal via the following method:

  1. Log into the Parent Portal
  2. Select the ‘Application for Extended Leave’ icon
  3. Complete the online form
  4. You will receive an automatic email confirming your request has been received.
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