Friday 13 November 2020 

Awards Night 2020

COLLEGE LEADERSHIP AWARD: Harrison Dean & Sophie Roiter

RIVERS ART AWARD: Madeline Hore 

Appreciation to Staff 

Thank you to Marymount School Officer staff from the Uniform Shop, Bookshop, SAO, College Reception, Hospitality, Art, Learning Support and the RTC for your wonderful work with the Year 7 Uniform Fitting Day on Saturday 7 November. It was a long day yet your smiles never wavered. We received only positive feedback from the parents who attended with praise for your welcoming natures, your efficiency and knowledge at fitting their children and the very short wait time to collect their order. The couple of single dads that arrived feeling anxious were especially appreciative of your efforts. Well done all. 

Appreciation to the many staff responsible for the Senior and Major Awards Presentations tonight. To share this with the community, we delayed this newsletter to allow the major Award Recipient names to be published later in the evening. Congratulations to all those students who were honoured tonight. Awards ceremonies will follow during school days for Year 10 on Thursday 19 November and for Years 7, 8 and 9 on Thursday 3 December. Congratulations to those students who received awards earlier this evening and to the Year 10 students who will be honoured next Thursday. 

Appreciation also to College staff who are working behind the scenes to ensure the success of the Senior Graduation Liturgy next Tuesday evening and the Senior Formal on Thursday evening. We look forward to sharing photos of these important milestone events for the Seniors of 2020 in the next Newsletter. Both events have COVID-Safe plans. These only allow the ticket holder access for attendance. For the Formal, this also applies for attendance by family only, to view arrivals. Booking links have been sent to invited guests for each event. 

Senior External Exams 

Mr Shaw has been leading the administration of the External Exams. Our students continue to arrive on time, in good spirit and with a positive attitude. It isn’t easy for them, yet to their credit, they appear pleasantly tense and smile as they enjoy the camaraderie of their last days of high school and head in to tackle each exam. After, their teachers are keen to read through the paper, as they too, work through their anxiety for their students. In most cases, there appears to be considered reassurance and hope in both students and teachers.

P&F Executive Annual General Meeting

Appreciation to the 2020 Parents and Friends Executive for their leadership this year. A number of members have served many years and provided continuity as they represent all parents. President, Grace McLintock readily welcomes all who attends the two meetings each term. Please consider becoming a member of the P&F next year.
Outgoing Executive members this year are Vice-President, Fiona Hore and Secretary Dawn Young. We thank them for their leadership as parents. They know their impact on College decision making and school improvement through monthly meetings with the Principal and members of the College Leadership team over the time their Children attended the College.
P&F Executive for 2021 was elected at Tuesday’s AGM
President: Grace McLintock
Vice-President: Cristina Heaton
Secretary: Sarah Price
Treasurer: Nicole Modini
Julie Covino
Ross Edgar
Virginia Freebody
Karen Harrison
Andrew Prior
Despina Toparis-Nelson
Jenny Wood

We thank the parents for their commitment to the College and what is best for our students.

NAIDOC Week 8-15 Nov Concludes
NADIOC Week Celebrations continued throughout this week. Increased awareness of the 65,000 years of indigenous presence in Australia over recent years is important. When I was a young boy of 20, courting Vicki, her dad, Percy Trezise told me that carbon dating at Lake Mungo, 140 kilometres North-West of Mildura, indicated human occupancy at 32,000 years.
Percy had a deep interest in Indigenous Australians from childhood. He had recently stopped flying for Ansett to go exploring in Cape York to locate Indigenous rock art with his great friend, Goobalathaldin (Dick Roughsey). Over the next 20 years they found most of the rock art in Cape York, produced scaled drawings for the Institute of Aboriginal Studies in Canberra and produced childrens’ picture books.
They wanted Australian kids to grow up with access to Australian mythologies that also pointed to the deeper truth and wisdom about life. Ours is a unique heritage and our knowledge and understanding of it requires science, exploration and story telling.  NAIDOC week is a time for Australia to remind young Australians to be like Percy and Dick, mates together, with a dream for the Australia they want to see.

Chris Noonan

Thanks to Ms Lorena Vine for producing this reflection on 2020.


Calendar Dates

Mon 16 Nov

Year 7 Immunisations
Year 12 External Exams

Tue 17 Nov

Graduation Liturgy (6:30pm-8:00pm)
-Bookings Essential

Thu 19 Nov

Year 12 Formal (5:30-11:00pm)
-Bookings Essential
Recreational Sport

Mon 23 Nov

Week 8B
Year 11 Exam Block

Tue 24 Nov

Griffith Engineering Challenge

Wed 25 Nov

Advisory Council Meeting

Thu 26 Nov

Recreational Sport

Fri 27 Nov

Year 11 2021 Peer Support Training Day
Year 10/11 Last Day
View the College calendar in the Parent Portal or BCE Connect App


SPECIAL REPORT: Having the Alcohol Discussion

With the impending festive season and end of school celebrations, some teenagers may be feeling ready to party, wanting to put the disruptions, frustrations and disappointments of this past year, behind them.

To ensure our young people stay safe during this time, parents and carers are encouraged to have the alcohol discussion - no matter how difficult or overwhelming it may be. It is important to outline the rules and boundaries around age-appropriate alcohol consumption and what the legal implications may be. 

Young people are at greater risk of alcohol-related harm than adults because their brains continue to develop until their mid-twenties. The safest level of alcohol consumption for teenagers, is no alcohol at all, but this may be difficult to enforce and may not prevent them from experimenting. However, parents and carers can influence sensible drinking habits and help minimise the risks.

In this Special Report, a series of discussion points are offered to help make the conversation about alcohol consumption a little easier. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this Special Report, and as always, we welcome your feedback. 

If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the school for further information or seek medical or professional help.

Vivian Savage
Assistant Principal Pastoral

Religious Education


Life may be a tad more subdued than normal these days, but important events /rituals still take place regardless. So, it happened that we’ve been celebrating   NAIDOC WEEK, which was postponed till now from July whilst Wednesday was Remembrance Day and the second round of State of Origin was played on Wednesday evening! In the Church year, we remember and honour our deceased loved ones throughout November, the month of the Holy Souls.
Moments in time

Whilst the College Remembrance Day celebration took place in classrooms on Wednesday morning, Year 10 students Robert Heaton and Jack Martain lowered the flags to half-mast and the other elements of the ritual were observed in classrooms. The College Awards ceremony takes place on Friday evening, Graduation Liturgy and the Formal are on next week. How different would College life be like without these moments in time?
Observation and participation in our various rituals whether daily, weekly, monthly or annually, punctuates and enriches our lives in various ways. They are essential for ordering our families, friendships, work, play, and personal lives. They help form our identities, both individually and communally. They are the means of passing on wisdom and beliefs across generations. All societies have their rituals, and of course, so do all religions.
On a lighter note…whilst I attended the 2nd birthday celebration of a very small family member last weekend, I wondered what she thought this thing was all about when she took off at high speed on her scooter as soon as the older children and grown-ups began to sing “Happy Birthday!”

Christmas food collection for St Vincent de Paul
As Advent is not far away and Christmas holidays are just around the corner all students and staff have been invited to donate Christmas food items for Christmas food hampers which will be given to the Burleigh St Vincent de Paul Chapter for distribution to local families in need. There is a basket in SAO for students to place these items into.

Interact backpacks for Rosies
Well done to the Interact students who have just purchased 12 backpacks for Rosies and collected a number of secondhand ones which will be sent to Timor Leste via the Parish Social Justice group. The Interact students’ dedication and enthusiasm for their projects is remarkable!
Year 12 Graduation Liturgy and Parking

Special thanks to the small band of Year 10 students who volunteered their assistance with some Graduation Liturgy preparation tasks last week. The job was done efficiently and in record time and the repartee was priceless. Spending this sort of time with students is invaluable.   

Consider arriving early as there is limited parking at Mary Mother of Mercy. Most people will have to park in the bottom car parks at the College and walk up to the Primary School multi-purpose centre. It would be a good idea to plan to come early to allow time for check-in.

Dolores Maitland

Social Justice

Catholic Missions Lolly Jar Fundraiser  

Catholic Missions is an organization that aims to help those in need, through fundraising efforts and prayer.

The theme for Catholic Mission this year is Nehemiah, which means, ‘For the joy of the Lord is your strength’. This reminds us that it is our faith in God that builds us and strengthens us, especially in times of need or hardship. This year, the Catholic Missions appeal focuses on the Arrupe centre, a place for those who have been plagued with life altering disabilities or illnesses. These people are not lucky enough to work on safe land, yet they still do if it means keeping their families safe. They risk their lives everyday working in the war-torn fields of Cambodia, a cruel reminder of the country’s troubled past. However, with the help of the Arrupe centre there is at least life after crippling diseases and disabilities. These brave individuals have triumphed over the obstacles life has thrown at them. Now with the help of Bishop Kike, so many people left unable to support their families are given the support and hope they need to live a flourishing life. But without our funding, they may never receive that help. In an attempt to raise money,

Marymount has taken the initiative and developed a fun and creative way to give back. Using a lolly jar, Year 11 students Brendan Doyle and Ethan Walker, went around at lunch for a few weeks, and asked for donations in exchange for a guess of how many lollies were in the jar. Brendan Doyle stated that, “it was such a rewarding experience, being able to give my time in order to better someone’s life on the other side of the world.” Ethan Walker enthused that, “I had a lot of fun, going around and taking to people I had never met, and connecting with them about something so important.” 

Thanks to these students’ efforts, and the guidance of Edwin, we were able to raise a substantial amount of money to give to the Arrupe centre in Cambodia. 

Isabella Dean
Year 11 Insider  

Interact Club

Interact Club members were busy creating Christmas cards for the residents of Ozanam Villa.  

We usually visit them a few times a year including Christmas time, however, we are sending these cards and gifts to them instead in order to ensure their safety this year.  We hope the residents will have a lovely Christmas and we are looking forward to the time we can visit them again!

Irene Scott, Yvonne Crowley, Belinda Faulks & Kanae Aki
Interact Club Mentors


Senior Curriculum

Year 12

As it draws to a close, we appear to have had our very first experience of Senior External Exams run very smoothly these last two weeks.

Our student group is very organised, cooperative and generally very well prepared. We thank them for the importance they have placed on all school rules appling during exam shutdown period; including uniform expectations, behaviour and the like. We encouraged them to continue to keep their focus on study and revision, to remain calm and confident, and to attack the papers in earnest, working hard all the way to the end of the testing period. It will be a delight to join in with them for their graduation and formal celebrations in the coming week.

Year 11

Requests for Year 11 2021 subject changes are nearly complete. Where we have successfully made a recent change request, we sent a copy of their timetable listed classes to all students and parents.  Remember to ignore the line listings for core subjects (English, Maths and Religion subjects). These are constantly being adjusted to gain a balance and to allow for elective subject changing across the various lines. Students will still always receive their exact choice of subjects, but not necessarily on the currently listed Lines.  

The Week 8 exam block for Year 11s is now available. This is a shutdown period, with exam block privileges extended to the Year 11 students. As these students have commenced Unit 3 course work in General subjects, it is important that they receive assessment opportunities, whether formative or summative, to establish how they are tracking towards an eventual ATAR result.

We have completed any last-minute change requests for the current Year 11 2020. These are only for students who we have targeted, being at risk of continued poor results in a particular subject. Unit 3, Year 12 courses are well underway and these students will need to work very hard at catching up on the course work in their new subjects. My thanks to the Heads of Year and Academic Coordinators who are tracking these and advising parents and students of the need to make these late adjustments. 

Peter Shaw
Assistant Principal Senior Curriculum

Junior Curriculum

Only three weeks to go…and still so much for our students to complete. Please find below an update on assessment, electives and our end of year awards ceremony.

In Weeks 7 & 8 students will have their semester assessment due. This will be either tests, assignments or practical tasks. Parents could you please remind your child to check assessment due dates, they are located on the student and parent portal.
Missed Assessment Policy

This term we are implementing a new policy in regard to making up missed tests/exams. If a student is absent for a test/exam, they will be required to sit it on Thursday afternoon during sport time, or in special circumstances, an alternative time can be negotiated with me.  As normal policy students will require a note from home explaining their absence or a doctor’s certificate.  This change is required to ensure we have staff available to supervise makeup tests.  If you have any concerns about assessment please contact me via email
Electives 2021

Elective changes will be processed in Week 8 & 9 and students will get their timetables when they commence next year.  The changes are processed in date order from when they were submitted, and waitlists will be created for any full classes.  Please note only subject changes can be processed—for example, food to design— not lines. 
Awards ceremony

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Awards night for Year 7-9 students will be held on Thursday 3 December and will be for students only. The ceremony will be recorded and made available for parents to view later in the day.
Thank-you for reading and have a relaxing weekend.

Katrina Nicholson
Assistant Principal Junior Curriculum

Arts & Media

State Honours Ensemble Program 

Isabella Dean attended the State Honours Ensemble Program (SHEP) at the Queensland Griffith Conservatorium of Music in October.

In partnership with schools across Queensland, the State Honours Ensemble Program connects the finest young musicians with a team of esteemed conductors from the Queensland Conservatorium, in the pursuit of musical excellence.
Isabella had the opportunity to work in the Brian Hogg Wind Orchestra with other talented instrumental music students in an intensive environment that allowed students to extend and develop their musical skills. Students rehearsed diligently and represented their school (in full uniform) at a COVID-safe performance at the Queensland Conservatorium under the direction of some of the state’s leading musical directors, including the Brian Hogg Wind Orchestra conductor, Brad Ruben. SHEP 2020 was attended by 171 schools from all over Queensland.  It was extraordinary to see the wide variety of colours and designs of so many school uniforms as students presented at the Conservatorium on the morning of the concert, representing their school with pride and dignity. 

“It was an honour to be a part of such a prestigious program. I was so thrilled to learn from such amazing, highly recognized mentors and conductors, as well as my extremely talented peers. Although it was a very intense program, I am so glad I had the opportunity to further develop my skills and play with such a gifted group of musicians.” Isabella Dean 
Isabella was the sole representative for Marymount College and should be congratulated on representing the College’s Music program in this very impressive arena.

Paul Faughey
Curriculum Music and Instrumental Music Coordinator
L-R: Thomas Nicholson, Liam Wildman, Lachlan Zidar, Nicholas Graham

Triple J Unearthed

As a band, the dream of making it big is always on our minds, so we decided in the middle of 2020 to upload one of our songs to Triple J Unearthed—an online platform for new and emerging Australian artists which showcases a variety of styles of music—just to see what would happen. We’ve written multiple songs beforehand, but we always thought we would be playing them at M-Fest and the Talent Shows... not national radio. Our expectations weren’t very high going into it.
But, with a little bit of advertising to friends and family, our band,.44 Target Practice, made the Triple J Unearthed top 100… in one week. We were over the moon about the number of people who played our tune over 300 times! The charts refresh each week and we definitely didn’t expect to make the top 100 again the week after. But, could you believe it, we were up there again with double the plays.
That moment gave us hope that we can actually do this, we have a chance to make it big. Fellow band member Tommy Nico created a YouTube channel for .44 Target Practice and uploaded a music video that Nick made for a school assignment. The views started going up and comments started to roll in, some of which were from local pub owners wanting us to play gigs.
With limited resources and great determination, we were able to write, record and mix ‘Dad Jokes’ in a little under 3 weeks. We have met every Tuesday afternoon to practise as a band for an hour and a half with Andrew Mitchelson, our guitar teacher, who helps us perfect our sound and lead us to some great sounding tunes. As a band, we hope to enter many more songs into many more competitions and grow our name.
Lachlan Zidar & Nicholas Graham
Year 11 .44 Target Practice members

Instrumental Music Program

1. Instrumental Lesson Tuition

Reminder for parents to enrol their children for 2021 private instrumental lessons at the College. New students are welcome to enrol at any time. Placements for some instruments are limited, so sign up now.

Please note that existing students who have had lessons at the College prior to 2021 need not re-enrol.

 2. Instrumental Ensemble Rehearsals

All students who have been a part of an ensemble/band in 2020 or prior must complete a new enrolment form for 2021.

New students to the ensemble program are welcome to join at any time. Placements for some ensembles/bands are limited.

3. Instrumental Tuition Bursaries

Applications for 2021 bursaries are now being accepted. Closing date: 12 February 2021.

If you have any queries regarding the above or any aspects of the Music Department, please contact me for further details.

Paul Faughey
Curriculum Music and Instrumental Music Coordinator

Humanities & Social Sciences

Bond University High School Model United Nations 2020 

 On Friday the 30 October four Year 11 students accompanied by Mr Garrett Fitzgerald participated in the Bond University High School Model United Nations 2020.

  • Luc Campbell - Mexico 
  • Sophia Sweeney – Croatia 
  • Shamus Young – France 
  • Kuba Rimmer – Papua New Guniea

This annual event was originally scheduled for May, which was postponed and was held with reduced numbers and over a smaller timeframe. Amazingly, this event is one of the very few Model United Nations to be run anywhere in the world this year. 

This was a Model UN with a difference, as it was aligned with the international United Nationals Model UN Refugee Challenge, with all resolutions from the day being sent to the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva for consideration.  

Garrett Fitzgerald 
Social Sciences Teacher 


Diploma of Business Graduation

Last night, our Year 12 Diploma in Business students celebrated the completion of the course with a graduation ceremony in the Doyle Centre.

Over the two years, students have studied how to manage meetings, development of document design, managing budgets and financial plans, recruitment and selection, facilitating continuous improvement, identify and evaluate marketing opportunities and how to undertake project work.  Our 17 students have now opened an array of doors in both industry and tertiary education.

We thank the trainer, Alasdair Stark from Prestige Services as well as Miss Lauren Hutchinson who have nurtured, motivated and filled our students with an array of skills and knowledge. We wish these students all the best in their future endeavours.

Simon Rezo
Business Coordinator

BuySMart Competition 2020

Yesterday, Year 10 students, Shaylee Gear and Oscar Bailey (Distance Education) were shortlisted for the grand final of the BuySmart Competition facilitated by the Department of Fair Trade. The pitch to the students is to present a creative project, with messaging related to buying a smart consumer within our economy. The criteria students are marked against are:

  • identifying an important issue related to shopping or money
  • explaining the issue to a target audience of your choice
  • giving your audience some hints and tips that can help them with this issue.

Shaylee and Oscar created a rap song which gives tips on how to be a smart consumer, going from A-Z. Their production was productive, creative, catchy and highly informative. As highly commended, third place and second place were announced, we sat nervously awaiting the announcement. Incredibly, Shaylee and Oscar were announced as the overall winners, being prized with $500 and $2000 to the Business Department. We are so incredibly proud of them for what they have achieved with over 800 applications. Oscar chose to donate his half of the winnings to Marymount College, which we are incredibly gracious for.

Year 8 students Josie Hamilton, Ruby Allen and Alice Lythgo created a stop motion film and were awarded Distinction for their incredible work.

Check out the final at the link below.

Simon Rezo
Business Coordinator

Vocational Education & Careers


Our current Year 9 students can all look forward to taking part in the Marymount College Senior Student Portfolio Program commencing for them in Term 1, 2021. 

The program was introduced to ensure students graduate the College with organised evidence of their involvements and achievements gained. 

We recommend that Portfolios ideally contain a student resume, school reports, certificates, awards, references etc. Throughout the senior journey, documentations (from in school and outside of school) can be added (reminders will be provided).  Students can access the portfolios as they need to during school hours. 
Note: Portfolios will be stored permanently at school, within the Marymount College Careers Centre, and released over-night should the student wish to assess the content for an interview or similar.

Many of our Year 11 students this year vying for College Student Leadership roles utilised the portfolios and their contents to support their applications.

Upon graduation, students will then be presented with the portfolio which will be a valuable tool showing all that they have achieved, to be used for application to higher education, employment, scholarship opportunities etc.
This program relies on parent involvement.  Through encouraging your son/daughter to update this portfolio regularly and submitting their documents as they are achieved, they will leave school with a real representation of their involvement.  Stay tuned for further details.

A virtual event for Year 12 students to have their unasked questions answered by current Griffith students is scheduled for Wednesday 9 December (5.30pm – 6.15pm).  To register, visit
Additionally, Options Live Chat events are being offered for students who need advice or have any questions once they have received their ATAR on the following dates:
  • Saturday 19 December 2020 (8.00am – 2.00pm)
  • Monday 21 December (9.00am – 2.00pm)
  • Tuesday 22 December (9.00am – 2.00pm)
  • Wednesday 23 December (9.00am – 2.00pm)
  • Thursday 24 December (9.00am – 12.00noon)

The new Diploma of Educational Studies is a real game-changer, putting a teaching degree and career in reach for more students.  In just one year, students complete subjects that meet the maths, English and science requirements for the degree, while completing subjects that will provide credit towards the first year of the Bachelor of Education.  Students progressing into Primary Education will receive 60 credit points and students who choose to study Secondary Education will receive 70 credit points towards their degree.  80 credit points is equivalent to one year of full-time study.  The Diploma of Educational Studies will start in March 2021 at the Mt Gravatt campus.  More Information.

Sideways Surf are looking for Christmas casuals to work in their warehouse.  The role involves picking, packing and processing stock and reports to the Warehouse Manager.  Applicants must be available Monday to Saturday for shifts 3.30pm – 6.30pm weekdays and in school holidays between 7.00am – 7.00pm.  To apply, send your resume to Monique:

Bowden Welding are offering an opportunity for a Business student to join their team.  For further details and to apply, contact or phone 5593 4831.

Letz Live have received requests from leading New Zealand schools for Gap Year Assistants to join their boarding houses.  For more information about their Gap Year program, visit
Visit website for School Based Traineeship Opportunities

Year Levels

Year 12

Year 12 Graduation Events

A reminder for Year 12 parents that you must book for the Year 12 Graduation events so that we meet COVID-safe requirements. 

  • Graduation Liturgy Tuesday 17 November 6:30pm-8:00pm
    Marymount Primary Multi-purpose Centre
    Students and up to TWO parents/family members can attend: Bookings essential:
  • Formal Thursday 19 November Arrival 5:30-6:30 
    Franciscan Lawn, Marymount College
    Up to TWO parents/family members can attend, but must depart by 7:00pm. Bookings essential
    Parents will have the opportunity to meet their child at the library for a professional photo. 
If you have already booked, please do not create another booking. It has taken careful planning to create a COVID-safe plan that enables parents to attend these events, and numbers are strictly limited.

Year 11

As the term is drawing to a close I would like to thank the parents and families of the Year 11 cohort for their support.

It has been an unsual year. We have learnt new ways of communicating, teaching and learning. Our young people have displayed resilience, courage and determination. We ask the grade to call on these skills as we enter the final two weeks of Term 4.  The cohort will complete their first assessment for Year 12. This counts for 25% of the final mark they will receive. It matters and they will not have a second opportunity to give it their best. To give their best requires commitment: regular study and revision, cutting back on work, outside school commitments and social events (for two weeks), asking questions and seeking feedback. Each student is aware of the importance of a healthy mind – this requires they eat well, get a good night sleep and exercise. We wish the cohort well and encourage them to place themselves in a position to do their best.

Elevate Coaching

We know that the lead up to the end-of-year exams can be particularly stressful for students and families. So the focus of our next webinar on Wednesday, November 18 will be to provide students with a roadmap for the exam homestretch. Parents who join us will learn: 
  • What the top performing students are doing to prepare for an exam the week before 
  • How students should be revising to prevent memory blanks
  • What to do on exam day to keep overwhelm at bay
Event Title: Elevate Education – The Exam Homestretch
Date: Wednesday 18th November
Time: 6pm (AEDT) 
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: Free 

Cathy Cooper and Nigel Ward
Head and Assistant Head of Year 11

Year 10

Year 10 Pastoral Cup 

During Week 5 on Thursday, the Year 10s played their final Pastoral Cup game; we played Dodgeball. 

We commenced by having AA vs AB, BD vs BE, KH vs KG and PI vs PJ. The four winning teams played against each other in Period 3: 10AA vs10BE and10KG vs10PJ. Then for the finals game,10BE versed 10KG with the overall winner being 10BE and10KG coming in at a close second.  

Grace Ivens
Year 10 Insider 

Year 9

Year 9 Go for Gold High Performance Writing 

Earlier this term, 60 of our top writers in Year 9 completed their Go for Gold High Performance Writing program.

Throughout the year, these students have worked with Write that Essay coach, Stewart Duff, to stretch their skills. Having already learned a variety of sentence and paragraph styles during English classes, Stewart was able to challenge students to increase clarity and precision. Learning specific pre-writing skills–concept mapping for ideas, argument development and planning–helped this. Students found they could focus on how to capture reader interest because they were clear about what they were writing. It was fantastic to see them crafting their writing, sharing with others, and taking on feedback for improvement. More importantly, it was great to see the students enjoying it! 

Tabitha Norton 
Head of Teaching and Learning- Literacy 

Year 8

Super Rugby League 

On Wednesday afternoon 21 Year 8 students played Rugby League against Stretton State College at home.

Both teams won their matches and played with absolute courage, passion and skill. We asked our Year 8 girls and boys to finish the year well in our last newsletter, and they have accepted the challenge and stood up proudly. Congratulations ladies and gents, Mr Carroll and I are proud of your efforts on and off the field with the way you wore your uniform, helped an opposing player back up and tackled hard to the end.  

Year 8 Girls 

  • Indy Brennan 
  • Evie Corker 
  • Courtney Daniel 
  • Chanel Davies 
  • Bronte Parker 
  • Tanya Woodger 
  • Alyson Stimson  
  • Lilly Ryder 
  • Zara Murphy  

Year Coordinators Choice Player of the Match: Alyson Stimson 
Water Runner: Lewis Prior 

Year 8 Boys 

  • Cooper Bai 
  • Dylan Bexley 
  • Benjamin Cervenak
  • Paddy Gilbert  
  • Max Hudson 
  • Lachlan Hughes 
  • Oscar Laffranchi 
  • Taj Lockett 
  • Charlie Sewell 
  • Hadley Smith 

Year Coordinators Choice Player of the Match: Hadley Smith  

Peter Carroll & Hannah Richardson
Head & Assistant Head of Year 8


Marymount Mob

Always Was, Always Will Be – NAIDOC Week 2020

The annual celebration that is NAIDOC Week, had its beginnings back in 1938, when over one thousand protestors marched the streets of Sydney on Australia Day. 

It was named the Day of Mourning, and there was a call for the protest to become a regular event. The Day of Mourning was held each year on the Sunday before Australia Day until 1955, when it was shifted to the first Sunday in July. This change of date came after it was decided that this special day should not simply be to protest, but to also celebrate Aboriginal culture in Australia. The National Aborigines Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) was formed, and the decision made to extend the event to cover an entire week from the first to the second Sunday each July.

Due to COVID-19, 2020’s NAIDOC Week had to be postponed until this week, 8-15 November. Each year a theme is chosen that reflects important issues and events for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. In 2020, the theme is Always Was, Always Will Be.  This theme recognises the undisputable fact that First Nations people have occupied and cared for the continent of Australia for over 65,000 years, and are spiritually connected to the land. It is because of our First Nations peoples that Australia can claim to have the world’s oldest living and enduring culture. Always Was, Always Will Be acknowledges and celebrates this, paying homage to the ancestors who were this nation’s first explorers, first navigators, first farmers, first botanists, first scientists, first astronomers, first artists, first peoples.

NAIDOC 2020 invites all Australians to join together in celebrating and honouring the rich Indigenous history and heritage of this wondrous land we all call home.
This year, the Marymount Mob has set up a NAIDOC display in the corridors of SAO, including the collaborative mural the group has been working on, all year. The mural, painted by the students, features a rainbow serpent, which coincidentally also features on this year’s official NAIDOC poster. Earlier in the year, the Mob invited the College to reflect on what Always Was, Always Will Be means to them. As always, the students were appreciative of the quick response from so many staff members, whose continued support helps to encourage our Mob students on their journey. We are proud of how far each of them has progressed on this journey, particularly during a year of such upheaval and disarray.
Lauren Mitchell
Indigenous Mentor

IT Support

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


2021 Interschool Sport Choices
Permission and selections for next year’s AGCC interschool sport competition will be sent out to parents next week. The sports on offer in Semester 1 will be:
Boys: Basketball, Indoor Cricket, Soccer, Volleyball
Girls: Futsal, Netball, Oztag, Tennis
Mixed: Touch Football
Please discuss with your child what option they would like to do and make the selection for them when you receive the email with the details.
Swimming Results

At a recent swimming carnival, Year 11 student Lewis Treggiden swam a qualification time for the Australian Olympic Games trials to be held next year in the 100m Backstroke. Lewis has now swum qualification times in both backstroke events for the trials. Congratulations Lewis and good luck with the preparation for next year’s trials.

Athletics Results

Year 9 student Molly Sewell won 2 gold medals at the Queensland Athletics All Schools Championships in Brisbane. Molly ran fantastic races to win both the 1500m and 3000m events in the Under 16 age group. Congratulations Molly!

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
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Burleigh Heads Parish Social Justice Group

Social Justice issues are pressing in today's society with low employment rates, competitive rental markets unreachable by the average income earner, animal justice, or euthanasia proposed bill.

Come along and add your social justice concerns to our lovely Social Justice Group. Third Tuesday of each month 6:30pm - 8:00pm at the Board Room of our Beautiful Mother of Mercy Church. Just turn up or call Carrie Kelly 0427602417.

November Remembrance Mass for the Irish Community 

You are invited to come and join with other members of our Irish and Irish-Australian Community in praying for the peaceful repose of your deceased relatives and friends at a November Remembrance Mass, which will take place on Sunday 29 November at 11.00am in Guardian Angels Church, Scarborough Street, Southport. The Celebrant will be Fr John Maher. 

Tea/coffee will be served afterwards – an opportunity to renew old acquaintances and meet new friends.  

Because of COVID restrictions on numbers attending, attendees are asked to indicate their intention to be present - so please contact Joe Thompson on 0407 410 041 and advise him if you are coming. 

Blades Basketball

Blades Basketball club are looking for players (boys and girls) and volunteer coaches for the 2021 Gold Coast Junior Basketball Winter Competition starting in February. 

Most games are held at the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre, Carrara on Saturday morning or Wednesday/Friday evening dependant on the age group. Training days Wednesday @ Marymount College.  

For more information please follow “The Blades Basketball Club” on Facebook and/or email  

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