Friday 05 March 2021 


It’s the end of Week 6. Assignments are due and tests in 7, 8 & 9 and exams for Seniors are just a week or two away. Some of us are sticking to our Lenten disciplines—giving things up—such as not being so judgmental or not eating between meals. Many students and staff are giving to Project Compassion and we hope the generosity grows. It’s about mindfulness: mindfulness within; mindfulness of others; mindfulness of assessment—as the Term slips by and Easter rises.  

Unsurprisingly, Year 12s are feeling the pressure as there’s Unit 3 assessment to be done. Year 11s are coming to terms with sharper expectations. Unit 1 ends for Year 11 on 25 May and rising to the expectations is a must. For Year 10s, success in Term 1 assessment is critical to achieving the results needed in prerequisite subjects for Year 11 subject choices. Year 10s will make these choices in the first week of August. Senior students must have a study plan to deal with the demands if they are to achieve their goals and earn some downtime for themselves. 

With the Junior School we are also committed to extra assistance with NAPLAN. Teachers will use their understanding of common student errors to standardised test questions—on NAPLAN, PAT R and PAT M tests—to ‘fine tune’ teaching and learning in the lead up to NAPLAN. It’s about letting students in on the secrets of why students make common mistakes and being mindful of these as they approach these tests.  

Term 1 Parent Evenings

Our appreciation to all parents for attending these parent nights. Most finished within the hour. Only two parent nights went over time, when we got too earnest, yet the parents knew this and were understanding. These nights finish with Year 8 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm this Monday. It takes family, the school, a child’s teachers at school and during other activities, and extended family/ friends to raise a child. Each one of us, the child included, needs shared insight into the child’s best interests and we need to work together.  

Sport is back 

The Association of Gold Coast Colleges Thursday sport is back. Round one for Semester 1 commenced this week. Sports include: Futsal, Netball, Oztag, Tennis (Girls) and Basketball, Indoor Cricket, Soccer and Volleyball (Boys). Our appreciation to Mr Balym and the staff for ensuring arrangements were in place to make this possible. Our appreciation also to those staff who continue to ensure other co-curricular sport, including before/after school training are available for so many students.  

Enrolment Interviews 

It is a privilege for College Leadership Team members and Heads of Year to participate in enrolment interviews each year. This year has been no exception. Parents and College secretaries do so much to put the application together and schedule interviews. We then experience 20 minutes of genuinely healthy conversation with loving parents and their child. Each person in the room is there for the child and each family has their story. The hope of all is success at Marymount for the child. The promise is we won’t let them or their parents down. 

Chris Noonan


Week 7


MONDAY 22/03

6:00pm Year 8 Information Evening (Doyle Centre)


6:00pm P&F Meeting (Library)





FRIDAY 12/03

Week 8


MONDAY 15/03




St Patrick's Day Celebration (Free Dress Day)
Year 11 Marine Science Camp (Jacob's Well)


Year 11 Marine Science Camp (Jacob's Well)

FRIDAY 19/03

Year 9 Anti-Bullying Day Stall
Year 11 Marine Science Camp (Jacob's Well)

Year 10 Reflection Day

Congratulations to the Year 10 students who enjoyed a wonderful and successful   Reflection Day on Wednesday. Michael Fitzpatrick was with us again to facilitate the experience and, with his unique flair and rapport with the students, he had them deeply engaged in no time at all. Year 10 Pastoral Coordinators and teachers accompanied the group and Fr Jacob attended for a part of the day. 

May Year 10s and their families and all of us enjoy the many blessings which flow from this Reflection Day. 

Project Compassion

As we move towards the 3rd week of Lent, Pastoral classes  are encouraged to reflect often  on the Project Compassion 2021 theme ‘Be More’. It is taken from Saint Oscar Romero’s  call to us to “Aspire not to have more, but to be more.”  We are challenged to consider how we really are in our lives as human beings–how we relate to others and live our lives is more important as opposed to measuring ourselves against what we have. And that we are “made in the image and likeness of God.”  

We can be more by making simple changes  and taking action to improve our world for others now and in the future, for social  and environmental justice. It can be as simple as giving to Project Compassion or sharpening our awareness of or personal responsibility for the care of the earth, our home by thoughtfully disposing of our litter. 
Dolores Maitland
"Let us not develop an education that creates in the mind of the student a hope of becoming rich and having the power to dominate. That does not correspond to the time we live in. Let us form in the heart of the child and the young person the lofty ideal of loving, of preparing oneself to serve and to give oneself to others. Anything else would be education for selfishness." - St Oscar Romero
Margret, 39, is a teacher at a vocational school for deaf students in the Solomon Islands. She was born deaf, so she knows the challenges it poses to education and employment. 

The school faced water shortages for about half the year. Staff and students would walk for up to half an hour to collect water for drinking, cooking, washing and growing vegetables. Then in April 2020, amidst the threat of COVID-19, Tropical Cyclone Harold struck, damaging school buildings and its vegetable garden.

With Caritas Australia’s support, Margret’s school installed eight large water tanks and provided cyclone-proof materials to repair the damage. It also helped the school to implement COVID-19 prevention measures, providing fabric for students to make face masks.

Margret’s school now has enough safe water to supply the school’s population of 150 and has the capacity to cater for more students. It plans to boost food security, by increasing its agricultural production. This will improve nutrition and boost the school’s income while building resilience to future disasters.


Starlight Super Swim

The Starlight Children’s Foundation is Australia’s largest children’s charity, with some of the broadest reaching initiatives, working towards brightening the lives of sick children across the nation and creating healthy, happy futures.

Over the past month, dedicated Marymount students pledged to swim laps to help raise funds as part of the Starlight Super Swim. Collectively, the Marymount Interact team have raised over $5,700 and have swum an outstanding 153.41km for sick kids. Congratulations to every participant and thank you to everyone who has shown their support throughout this challenge, especially the Marymount faculty, through donations and encouraging words. A special mention to Sterling Wilkinson, Ruby Allen and Tom Isaacs, who were our top three swimmers and raised the most money over this period of time.

Kanae Aki
Interact Coordinator

Children's Mass

Mass will be a specifically dedicated Children's Mass and Liturgy every fourth Sunday of the Month at 10:00am in the Mary, Mother of Mercy Church, Burleigh Waters. Readings and Homily will be for the children.

If any children would like to be part of this new adventure as readers and ministers please contact the Parish Office. We are also looking for an adult to be the Coordinator of this Mass once a month – please contact the Parish to register your interest.

Padre Morgan Batt
Parish Priest

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.

Geoff Browne
Deputy Principal

Anti-Bullying Policy

Each member of the Marymount Community has the right to feel safe and free from any form of intimidation including physical, verbal, emotional or sexual.

A student who feels they are being intimidated is encouraged to approach:
  • Class teacher or Yard Teacher 
  • Pastoral Teacher 
  • Head of Year or Counsellor 
  • Member of Administration 
When an incident is reported, the teacher will investigate the complaint to the best of their ability at that time, determining whether it is a low level or high-level case. In a low-level case, the teacher speaks to the other students involved, asking them to modify their behaviour.  For more information see the Marymount College Anti-Bullying Policy.

Vivian Savage
Assistant Principal Pastoral

Uniform Shop

Save time and purchase uniforms online.

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.

Senior Curriculum

Special Consideration

As we approach the end it Term, this is a timely reminder that students who miss exams in Senior school must present a Special Consideration request form and it must be accompanied by documentation to support the absence. In most cases, this is a medical certificate, since there are very few other reasons why an exam will be missed. The same form is to be used to request extensions to assignment submissions, including drafts, checkpoint tasks and projects of folios of work. That request form is available on the Parent portal and BCEConnect App under Documents.

For Year 10 students, in their transition year into the Senior school, we use this adjusted form. The request still needs to be made, in advance, but we will accept less formal supporting documentation from parents.

Year 12 Exams 

The exam schedule for Year 12, coming up in Week 10 has been published.

There is no shutdown for these few exams, meaning students attend school every day and classes continue to run.

Students completing an ATAR Pathway with mostly General subjects will have a large assignment load at this time of year, as we come to the end of Unit 3 classes. We trust they are well organised for these.

Year 11 Exams

Exams continue to operate in class for Year 11 students. Their exam block will occur at the end of Unit 1, in early May (Term 2).

Peter Shaw
Assistant Principal Senior Curriculum

Junior Curriculum


From Week 7 onwards all students in Year 7,8 & 9 will have summative assessment due.  Please check the parent portal to view when your child has assessment. Students can also view their assessment on the student portal.  In particular please check the dates for the Week 7 English and Maths exam and ensure your child is at school. If they are absent due to an illness please notify the College by 8.00am using the BCE Connect App or Parent Portal, and provide a written note when they return to school. Due to competition sport on a Thursday afternoon, make up exams will be scheduled in Week 8.

On Thursday 25 March students in Year 7 & 9 will sit the Australia wide NAPLAN practice test. These mini-tests contain example questions that show the types of technology-enhanced features used in NAPLAN Online, such as interactive navigation and features such as drag and drop.

The site will not record or store responses or generate assessment reports because the main purpose of the demonstration tests is to familiarise students, teachers and parents with NAPLAN Online item types and functionalities(QCAA, 2021).

Parent Information Evenings

Thank-you to all the parents who attended the Year 9 Information Evening, I hope you found it relevant and informative. The presentation is now available on the Parent Portal and BCE Connect App under Documents > Parent Information Presentations.
The Year 8 Information Evening will be next week on Monday 8 March at 6:00pm.  Along with  information regarding the curriculum and pastoral program, our Counsellors will provide relevant information about the changes adolescents go through at this age. Students are not required to attend.
The Pastoral and College Leadership team look forward to your attendance. Enjoy the weekend!
Katrina Nicholson
Assistant Principal Junior Curriculum
Year 7 and 9 students are scheduled to complete testing between 11 - 14 May

NAPLAN Online 2021

Our school will be participating in NAPLAN Online this year. NAPLAN Online assesses the same literacy and numeracy skills as the paper-based tests but in an online format. Students will use the devices they use regularly in the classroom to complete the tests.
Our Year 7 and 9 students are scheduled to complete their testing between 11 - 14 May (Week 4 of Term 2) with practice testing planned for 25 March (Week 9 of Term 1) to ensure each of our students is familiar with the new way of testing and well prepared.
One of the advantages of our students competing NAPLAN Online is that their results are expected to come back within weeks rather than months. While NAPLAN is just one of many assessment methods to track your child’s progress, this quick turnaround will mean the results can better inform classroom practice and help advance your child’s learning at Marymount College.
Students and parents of all year levels who would like to know more about NAPLAN Online are welcome to visit the public demonstration site public-demonstration-site . Here you can take a practice test and learn more about the special features of NAPLAN Online.
Tabitha Norton
Head of Teaching and Learning- Literacy and Pedagogy

Year 12 Key Dates

  • Thursday 25 March - Year 12 Unit 3 Exams commence
  • Thursday 2 August - Year 12 Mock Exams commence
  • 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

 Financial Literacy

This week Year 12 had a visit from RACQ – Financial Literacy, Cut the Cord.

The program integrates the latest research, is interactive and engaging. The students were asked to consider choices they have around earning, spending and saving. Cut the Cord program enabled students to explore complex interrelationships, financial control, goals and the impact their role has on their own lives.

They were provided with three key strategies to improve their financial environment:
  1. Sleep on it before you buy large items. The more money you plan to spend the more time you should take.
  2. Will it Matter? – students were asked to consider if the item they wish to buy will matter in five minutes, months or years from now.
  3. Bucketer – Divide up your money, set up multiple accounts, automatic transfers for bills and have a set amount of ‘play’ money. When the ‘play’ account is empty wait until payday. Live within your means. Plan savings.

Retreat and Lent

Over the three days of Retreat, Year 12 learnt about themselves, peers, teachers, the environment and their God. Retreat provided an opportunity for reflection, renewal and growth. The challenge now is to integrate into their daily lives the skills they gained and to keep nourishing their connections with others. This is particularly relevant during the season of Lent, a time where we are each challenged to pray, give and forgive. We seek generosity from the Year 12 cohort by asking they donate $6 each over the Lenten season.

Celebrating Success

Students have also been reminded of the importance of giving 100% to their studies. Last Tuesday we celebrated the academic successes of the cohort, recognising Jaiden Behan, Lara Taylor, Bailey Sewell and Sarah Tynan who achieved academic excellence, attitude, effort and conduct.  In addition, many students (44) worked consistently in all their classes to earn an excellent effort and attitude principal award. Congratulations and keep working hard.

Assessment and Exams

Week 9 and 10 is NOT an exam block, attendance is compulsory every day.

This is a change to the College calendar. A schedule for Week 10 was emailed to the cohort on Tuesday  3 March. It highlights classes as normal with English and Maths exams occurring within the school day on either Monday, Tuesday or Thursday. School for the term does not cease until 2.57pm on Thursday 1 April.
Cathy Cooper & Nigel Ward
Head and Assistant Head of Year 12

Year 11 Key Dates

  • Tuesday 4 May - Year 11 Parent Teacher Interviews
  • Monday 17 May - Year 11 Unit 1 Exams commence
  • Wednesday 26 - Friday 28 May - Year 11 Retreat
  • Thursday 17 June - Year 11 Exams commence
  • 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 16 November - Last official day Year 10 & 11

The halfway point

Term 1 is already half over and the Year 11s are learning that life in the senior school involves organisation, prioritisation, and prevention of procrastination, in order to succeed. As draft deadlines and final due dates loom, we encourage our 11s to stay focused and manage their time effectively to allow them to produce their best work, whilst minimising the stress and anxiety that the back half of a term can bring on.
The halfway point of the term allows us to congratulate them on their start to the year. They have settled well into their senior studies and we challenge them to maintain their energy and enthusiasm towards their studies. With continued effort on their part and the ever-present support provided by their teachers and caregivers, we have full faith that they will meet this challenge head-on.

Peer Support Badge Ceremony

At the end of Week 4, our record number of 110 peer mentors were acknowledged with the annual badge ceremony. Held in the Amphitheatre, Mr Noonan addressed the peer mentors and commended them on both their quantity as well as their quality. The role they play in helping the Year 7s settle in and feel welcome at the College can’t be underestimated and he thanked them for their work thus far. Each peer mentor was personally thanked by Mr Noonan by way of a fist bump and their badges were distributed. Lunch was provided by our Assistant Principal of Pastoral Care, Mrs Vivian Savage, and also in attendance was Deputy Principal Mr Geoff Browne and Head and Assistant Head of Year 7 Mrs Jacqui Sheehan and Mr Matt Hurley.
We look forward to the continued relationships being developed between our Year 11 peer mentors and their Year 7 students.

Looking Ahead

It will be a busy couple of weeks for our Year 11s with the Agriculture students heading off on their camp to Stanthorpe in Week 6. Our Marine Science students will also embark on a camp in Week 8, this time to Jacobs Well. Interschool sport commences on Thursday afternoons and we look forward to our 11s representing the College with pride in both their effort and conduct on and off the various sporting venues.
In addition to these events, there are a huge number of our 11s involved in extracurricular activities across the College, from AFL, Netball, Rugby League and Rugby Union training, to debating, interschool drama auditions, Interact, plus many more. We are thrilled to see so many of the students embracing College life and we wish them all well in their various endeavours.
Matt Carroll and Hannah Richardson
Head and Assistant Head of Year 11

Year 10 Key Dates

  • Monday 7 June - Year 10 Immunisations
  • Thursday 17 June - Year 10 Exams commence
  • Monday 26 July - Year 11 2022 Subject Information Evening
  • Monday 2 August - Year 10 SET Plan Interviews
  • Friday 12 November - Year 12, 11 10 Awards Night
  • Monday 22 November - Year 10 Exams commence
  • Thursday 25 November - Year 10 Twilight Cruise
  • Friday 26 November - Last official day Year 10

A busy first half of term

We have made it to the halfway mark in the Term. Students have been busy working in classes, organising their study planners and portfolios in Careers lessons, learning about Growth mindset in Pastoral Care and completed the first PC/STAC meeting to discuss our cohort goals for 2021. 

PC Cup Challenge

Recently I introduced our PC Cup challenge for Term 1. Data is utilised from the following areas as positive reinforcement for PC classes, striving for success: lateness to school, uniform detentions, RTC referrals, phones confiscated and merit awards. PCs will be working hard to keep their levels down, yet also work well to receive merit in their subject classes. Good luck!

Parent Information Evening

We would like to thank all parents who attended the Year 10 Information Evening in Week 5. We have had positive feedback and hope this has assisted families with inquiries for students’ future pathways, school contacts and wellbeing.

Mr Cornor is currently taking leave until Term 2; we wish him well. I would like to introduce Mr Sikora as Assistant Head of Year 10 during this time. Mr Sikora has experience in this position in 2019 and we welcome him to our team.

Reflection Day

We were excited to be heading off to Bond University this week for the Year 10 Reflection Day - a day where students can engage with others, make new friends and build unity within the cohort by stepping out of their comfort zone to complete tasks and respond to deeper questioning about their futures. We thank Mrs Dolores Maitland and Mr Edwin Pereira for their assistance in organising this day.

As we move into a busy time of assessments and study we remind our Year 10s to do the little things right:

•    Wear your uniform with pride
•    Keep your area tidy – lockers and tables at break time
•    Be on time and ready to learn
•    Respect teachers and students 
•    Be kind to others

‘Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes life meaningful’ Joshua. J. Marine

Belinda Faulks & Chris Sikora
(Acting) Head and (Acting) Assistant Head of Year 10
Click here to view more Year 10 Reflection Day photos

Year 10 Reflection Day

Three of our Year 10 Insiders—student reporters—wrote about their Reflection Day experience with Michael Fitzpatrick, held at Bond University on Wednesday. 
Reflection Day allowed all the Year 10s to unite and connect as a cohort.
Stepping out of our comfort zones, we started each new session partnering up with a person who we would not normally interact with and had a discussion on a series of given questions. Some people then went up to the microphone and talked about their answers. We reflected on who we wanted to be as individuals, as a cohort, and what we, as a year level, wanted to be remembered for. In addition, we had some light-hearted fun with dance competitions of the Nutbush, the Macarena, and the Tango (at Ms Faulks request).
The second session consisted of everyone writing anonymously either something that made them feel worthwhile or something that made them feel not good enough. Teachers then read out some of the answers. This was a real eye-opener and left many people shocked but also relieved that they were not the only one feeling as they did.
The day concluded with everyone being provided an opportunity to reconcile or provide encouragement to anyone in the year level.
This day, to me, clearly was a success and I would highly advocate the participation of the next Reflection Day regardless of your year level.

Halle Wiblen
The highlights of the day were watching people show their confidence, bravery and acceptance in both group/partner activities and when going up to the microphone. It showed that, as a year level, we were able to be supportive and present a welcoming environment.

Chelsea Russell
Michael took the students through a series of scenarios and activities, breaking out of their comfort zones and opening up about personal situations. The day helped our Year 10 cohort grow and become more accepting as a group. The highlight of the day for me was embracing the good aspects of the grade and identifying the things that we need to work on. Overall, it was a great experience which helped our grade grow as a cohort.

Tom Isaacs

Year 9 Key Dates

  • Friday 19 March: Year 9 Anti-Bullying Cake Stall
  • Sunday 25 April - Parish Connect Mass
  • Tuesday 11 - Friday 14 May - NAPLAN 
  • Friday 21 May - Year 9 Reflection Day
  • Monday 9 August - Subject Selection Online Opens
  • Thursday 12 August - Year 8 & 9 Science Night
  • Friday 29 October - Year 9 Currumbin Sanctuary excursion
  • Thursday 11 November - Year 9, 8 7 Awards 
  • Friday 2 November - Last official day Year 9, 8 7

Parent Information Evening

On Monday night we held the Year 9 Parent Information Evening. It was a good turnout and a great opportunity to meet parents. The night focussed on looking towards Senior schooling and the role of pastoral within the school. Both the Heads of Year and Counsellors spoke about the need for parents and teachers to work together to educate young people about cyber safety. With young people using social media as one of their main means of communication, it is necessary for both the school and parents to put in boundaries. While it is, at times, a challenging conversation for parents to have with their teen, it is an extremely important one. We encourage all parents to monitor technology use and to make sure that their son or daughter do not use devices in their bedrooms.

The PowerPoint used on the night is available to parents on the parent portal and BCE Connect App under Documents > Parent Information Presentations. We also encourage all parents to make themselves familiar with the Australian Government site that can be used as an educational tool regarding safe digital use. eSafety Commissioner: Homepage 

Anti-Bullying Day

On Friday 19 March (Week 8) Year 9 will celebrate Anti-Bullying Day. It is a day where we recognise that we are all equal and we all deserve to live in harmony. All Year 9 students will wear an orange ribbon as this is the colour used by the Anti-Bullying/Harmony Day organisers.

We are also asking for all Year 9 students to bring in Donations of orange soft drinks, orange snack-size packets of chips and snack-size bars or chocolates with orange wrapping (PLEASE SEE THE POSTER ABOVE). These will be sold at the Anti-Bullying day stall during morning tea and lunch. All money raised will be donated to Caritas. It is a great opportunity for all students to give to those that are less fortunate.

Record Books

There are still many students who are not having their record book sighted and signed by a parent or guardian every week. Please ask your son or daughter to show you their record book every week. They should be writing all homework in there and it is also used as a means of communication between the teacher and the parent (stamps and out of class log).
We encourage all students to keep working hard leading up to assessment and to use the Thursday Homework Club and the Maths Tutoring on a Friday Lunch in A2.

Nicole Browne & Matt Geyer
Head and Assistant Head of Year 9

Year 8 Key Dates

  • Monday 8 March - Parent Information Evening
  • Wednesday 28 April - Year 8 Camp (Mapleton)
  • Monday 7 June - Night of Living HIstory
  • Monday 9 August - Year 9 2022 Subject Selection Online Opens
  • Thursday 12 August - Year 8 & 9 Science Night
  • Friday 8 October - Year 8 Reflection Day
Peter Carroll & Lauren Hutchinson 
Head and Assistant Head of Year 8
CAMP: Mapleton is a volcanic soil area. DO NOT bring good/brand clothing as it is likely to be stained. Please consider using shoes that can be disposed of – old shoes or $5 pair. Students will need an outfit for the mud challenge and canoeing that can be disposed of if necesary.

Year 7 Key Dates

  • Tuesday 30 - Thursday 1 March: Year 7 Camp
  • Tuesday 27 April - Year 7 Immunisations #1
  • Tuesday 4 May - Year 7 Parent Teacher Interviews
  • Tuesday 11 - Friday 14 May - NAPLAN 
  • Monday 23 August - Year 8 2022 Subject Selection Online Opens
  • Friday 10 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 Parish Connect Mass
  • Friday 3 November - Last official day Year 9, 8, 7

Year 7 Camp

We thank parents for promptly completing the Year 7 Camp consent and medical form emailed on Tuesday this week. If you have not yet completed this form for your child, please take care of this over the weekend. We are required to notify the venue of any dietary and medical requirements next week.

This camp is an integral part of our College Induction Programme and has been designed to help develop your child through skills that are socially, mentally and physically challenging. The main aim of the camp is for the students to get to know one another and their teachers, as well as being the culminating activity of their Induction into Secondary School. Please contact me if you have any queries.

School Bag weight

Year 7 Students have been instructed about strategies they can use to lighten their bag weight. One strategy involves not taking their textbooks home and using digital versions of their textbooks on their computers instead.

These subjects have digital copies available of their textbooks:
•    Mathematics
•    Science
•    Humanities

Teachers have shown students how to download and access these textbooks on their computers. Students have also been told there is no need to take home their entire coloured subject folders to complete homework. They should only bring home the workbook or the worksheet they need to complete.

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

The Junior Council is a student leadership program for Year 10 and 11 students from local Gold Coast high schools.

Through the exploration of civic leadership, this two-year program provides students with the opportunity to actively participate in their local community, by
  • developing an understanding of local government
  • discussing and raising awareness of current community issues, and
  • enhancing skills required for effective advocacy, such as public speaking and teamwork through workshops and volunteer opportunities.
The program provides an effective platform to consult with young people, to exchange ideas and learn about the local government process, and ultimately foster active and engaged young leaders on the Gold Coast.

Marymount has a rich history with representation at the Junior Council and this will be continued in 2021 with the following students:

Year 10
Angelina Loeber
Slade Shinners
Year 11                                               
Lily Puffett                                       
Nicholas Ranson                              

Our representatives have already attended their first meeting and we wish them well as they embrace this wonderful opportunity.
Matt Carroll
Gold Coast Junior Council School Coordinator

Blind date with a Book

Following our Library Lovers’ Day celebrations on 14th February, the students’ entries to the draw culminated in Maggie Hamilton’s winning the $30 voucher and a novel.  Three other runners-up also received a novel, Zach Marshal, Zane Duffin and Jayden Cranmer.  We hope you enjoyed your reads!

Speed-dating with books

As well as a few Year 7 English classes coming to the Library over the last few weeks, to spend 2 minutes each reading a stack of books on their table to find a ‘match’, Mr Fitzgerald brought his Year 11s in to look at some different books.  Not having looked at Picture Books for a long time, some of the students were surprised by those and other genres of books we have and were happy to have a browse.


Makerspace took on a romantic turn the other week, as students utilized salad-spinners to make painted hearts, as they ‘gelled’ in and out.  Covid precautions have prevented us carrying out a lot of our usual activities – experimenting and collaborating with electric circuits, Lego, Strawbees, balloon cars etc, but we hope students enjoy making use of the Take-Away bags (just ask the Library staff) and we will continue to provide lunchtime activities as we can.  Check out the Library Moodle page for more fun things to do.  

Year 7s

Half way through the term and the Year 7s are already regular visitors to the Library.  The readers were evident from Day 1, as they came to have a look around and see what we have on the shelves.  Murmurs of approval meant we were on to a good thing!  We have a steady group of novel readers and an appreciative group of graphic novel readers, meaning we are expanding both areas, though we’ll never have enough of either for some avid students!
Being able to work on your computer at lunchtimes, has also allowed students to get ahead on homework.  Just a reminder though – laptops are to be used only for schoolwork, and the Library is not the place for attempting that next level in the game or showing your mate some funny memes!  


The library has been the venue for new enrolment interviews this week as our Administration staff meet our future Marymount students.  Thanks go to our Grounds staff who have been rearranging furniture for the event and re-rearranging for classes during the day.  It’s great to be able to showcase the Library to future parents and students alike!

Readers Cup

An initial call-out for Readers Cup participants – especially for the new Year 9/10 event, this year.  Last year, for obvious reasons, the book trivia competition was cancelled, but has bounced back offering older students (and maybe last year’s Year 8s?) a chance to participate.   Further news will be made available to students shortly.

Janet Cartlidge
Teacher Librarian

A reminder that our annual Marymount College Careers Expo will be returning this year (Monday 31 May 2021 from 5:30pm–7:30pm in the Doyle Centre).  This event is considered vital in terms of our Senior Students journey and we would highly recommend that all Years 10/11/12 students and their parents/caregivers attend. 
With this, we are reaching out to College parents/caretaker’s who are in a position to come along and represent their profession/industry at the event (business operators, tradesmen/tradeswomen, professionals, creatives, entrepreneurs, services etc) would be very welcome. NO PUBLIC SPEAKING IS REQUIRED.  For further details, please contact Ms Leesa Lutze via

Earlier this term, Year 10 students were issued with a personalised portfolio with instructions including the concept and intended content.  The document was released for one night only and anyone who has either not received theirs, or has yet to return their portfolio should report to the Careers Centre immediately. 

Employment opportunities for after school, weekend and school holiday work currently exist with the new KFC Burleigh Waters opening soon.  KFC employs students from the age of 14 years. To apply, visit  There are also School Based Traineeship positions currently available with KFC.  For further details, visit the Careers Centre.

Students who are interested in experiencing an exchange program but are frustrated by the lack of travel options post Covid19, you may like to consider the Youth Exchange Australia (YEA) program.  YEA offers pre-selected Australian high schools and host families in locations including Darwin, Broome, Perth, Melbourne, Hobart, Canberra, Alice Springs, Airlie Beach, Broome and many more.  For further details, visit or phone 1300 884 733.

Defence Force Recruiting will be holding the following Information Sessions on the Gold Coast during March:
  • ADFA Information Session Friday 12 March 2021
  • “I Can, You Can” Women in Defence Luncheon   Saturday 13 March 2021
  • GAP Year Info Session Tuesday 16 March 2021
Contact for further details.

School-Based Traineeship opportunities are administered through the Careers Centre, and a number of excellent opportunities currently exist.  Now is the perfect time for interested students to consider securing a position which provides paid employment, hands-on workplace experience and a certificate qualification upon completion.  Commonly, offered to Year 10-11 students (NON-ATAR) due to the hour requirement component, please visit the Careers Centre for further information. 

Choreographic Intensive- Year 11/12 Dance

Consolidating their skills as creative artists, Year 11/12 Dance has been immersed in an intensive with renowned contemporary dancer/choreographer Richard Causer. After completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) at QUT, Richard joined Expressions Dance Company (now Australasian Dance Collective) and toured internationally over many years, earning five nominations for Most Outstanding Male Dancer in Australia. Richard moved to London in 2012 and worked with many international companies and choreographers before returning to Australia where he now works as an independent dance artist.
Having an industry professional detail the complex, iterative process of creating works of art is inspiring and will enhance students’ own choreographic tasks which are a strong part of their senior studies.

Bollywood Workshops- Year 8

Year 8 are very excited to have been experiencing Bollywood dance in a series of workshops with Drea Lam from Dance Masala in Brisbane. As well as learning about the historical and cultural aspects of Indian dance, Drea has choreographed a fun, yet challenging, routine for students to perform. It has been most stimulating to learn about the intricacies of several dance styles including Bhangra and Classical, and these workshops have enriched our understanding of how dance is at the essential core of culture.

Shona Press
Dance Coordinator

Year 7 Science

Mrs Crowley's 7SCI7 class have been making marble runs.
Click here to view more Year 11 Agricultural Camp photos

Agricultural Science

Day 1 of Year 11 Agriculture camp took students to the Apple Shed in Stanthorpe. Students watched the sorting process from start to finish and even lent a helping hand. After leaving the shed we went through and apple orchard and watched some day to day operations. We ended the day with a bushwalk in Girraween National Park.

Day 2 took students to a vineyard to watch a mechanical harvester. Students watched as it went up each row and afterwards climbed up to have a look at the controls. We then went to join Tony and Mary Komino, handpicking Shiraz grapes. Students were proud to pick over 1 tonne of grapes! After lunch, we visited the Queensland College of Wine Tourism to learn about their wine production.

Tegan Crawford
Science Teacher

The ARTicle

It has been a busy start to the year in the Visual Art Department the students have been doing wonderful work and we are eagerly awaiting our new kiln which should be in action early in Term 2.

Year 12 students have completed their first assessment experimenting with ideas and techniques and are now working on their first major practical work.

Year 11 students recently completed some quick gestural painting activities exploring tonal techniques particularly looking at ‘chiaroscuro’ lighting and how it can change the way an audience reads an artwork.

Year 8 students have gone all POP Art completing some bright and beautiful drawings and are now moving into ceramics and printmaking.

Fairweather Art Afterschool Group

Our regular Fairweather  Art after school art group starts next week in the art rooms running from 3:00pm-4:15pm on a Wednesday afternoon. Please email me or see your Art teacher to have your name added to the list for the permission slip.
Steve O’Keefe
Visual Art Coordinator

Boys Soccer Under 14 Champions

Recently, Harry Piaud and Dylan Bexley played in the Final of the U/14’s Summer Season at Goals which they won 4-1. Both Harry and Dylan play for Palm Beach Soccer Club and are in the U/15 JPL team for 2021.
Open Girls Rugby League after the trial game this Tuesday.
Year 7 & 8 Boys Rugby League after the trial game this Thursday.
Year 9 & 10 Boys Rugby League after the trial game this Thursday.
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