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Friday 01 May 2020 
Marymount College Staff - Lonely
Please enjoy this video made by Mr Cameron Francis & Mr Chris Sikora.

The adults are not in control

Whether a parent, principal, premier or prime minister, you are not in control, as the pandemic continues.  Unsettling?  Yes—and we’re the adults!  We have students at school, in class and at home, online. Some are present and getting through their work. Others are struggling.  Others are finding it difficult. Those finding it difficult may say they are ‘confused’, that ‘there is too much’ or simply cry or be angry.  Like the adults, they are not in control either.  We all need understanding.

We’re all learning about ‘executive function’. It’s hard to define because it looks different in an infant, a child, an adolescent and an adult. Executive function is the self-regulation and mental processes that enable us to plan, focus attention, remember and juggle multiple tasks. The main executive function skills are:

Emotional Control                          
Impulse Control                             
Working Memory                    
Initiation
Planning and Prioritising
Shift
Organisation
Self-monitoring

Executive function is the level of astute, practical commonsense and initiative a person has, to do the things they need to do. Some have more capacity than others.  Some with the same capacity as others, will use a different mix of executive function skills.

A person’s executive function capacity will enable them to do more or less.  It can be developed.  Suddenly being challenged to do more work alone can help this. On the other hand, it can break people.  Some students will need to be at school because they are not ready yet, for the demands of online learning.  We are not recruiting for more children at school.  School is open for the children of essential workers and for vulnerable children. That’s part of the sensible plan our leaders have put in place as we live through the pandemic.

Appreciation

The Marymount College community of families, teachers, ancillary staff and students have worked together as we began online learning.  Thank you to families who have kept their children at home. It has not been easy for you. It has not been easy for the students. It is however, important for staff adapting to online teaching. Thank you.

We also appreciate the very high online attendance rate by students. Thank you to students for your efforts. Turning up is step 1. Working through and completing course work are steps 2 & 3. Successfully completing assessment is the final piece. When students complete step 3 and the assessment, we have something to use to evaluate progress. Teachers have worked very hard these past weeks. That's understandable, but if it continues this way we may have a problem. As a young teacher I was told, “Chris when you’re working hard, it’s a sure sign that your students aren’t.”

Consequently, as we go into week 3, teachers and students need to monitor that students are working through and completing coursework. Students, consider your personal executive Function Skills. Identify your strengths and weaknesses and plan for completing coursework. Self-monitor your progress each day.

Teacher Commitment

We published Alternative Learning Arrangements Expectations & Guidelines as term 1 closed. These were prepared for Students, Parents and Teachers. The support of staff for each other has been fulsome. Teacher commitment is evidenced by students at home and at school. Academic Coordinators and teachers will closely monitor student performance. ‘On balance’ judgements will be made for online effort. Assessment through Term 2 and 3 has been changed to Assignment Tasks. Special consideration will be given where student work is not typical of earlier work. All of this work demands extra work and collaboration from our teachers and we thank them for this and for supporting the national plan as they have.
 
Chris Noonan
Principal

CONTENTS


Calendar Dates


Monday 4 May - Labour Day

Religious Life of the School

O Mary, You shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who, at the foot of the cross, were united with Jesus’ suffering, and persevered in your faith.

“Protectress of the Roman people”, you know our needs, and we know that you will provide, so that, as at Cana in Galilee, joy and celebration may return after this time of trial.

Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the will of the Father and to do what Jesus tells us. For he took upon himself our suffering and burdened himself with our sorrows to bring us, through the cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.

We fly to your protection, O Holy Mother of God;
Do not despise our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from every danger, O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.

Feast of St Joseph the Worker

Today, 1st May is the international day for honouring workers. It is also the Feast of St Joseph the Worker. The feast day was instituted by Pope Pius XII in 1955 and reflects the relationship between St Joseph and the cause of workers and the Catholic faith. The dignity of human work has always been celebrated as participation in the creative work of God  

Bishop Vincent Long, Chair of the Bishop’s Commission for Social Justice, Mission and Service has put out a special message titled Social Solidarity in a Time of Social Distancing. It reflects the impact of Covid 19 on our work lives and the gaps in assistance provided and encourages us to think of post COVID society we want.   

And to all the workers at Marymount College, hats off to teachers, school officers and grounds staff for their limitless energy and dedication to the work of education of our students! Two weeks of term two have now passed, each day with a stream of new considerations and challenges to be negotiated and addressed. Nothing gets in the way of delivering the very best to our students. 

Daily Prayer

Each day still begins with PC and  prayer. Daily prayer at this time draws its inspiration from the elements of the St Francis Peace Prayer incorporated into the College Song, Deus Meus et Omnia and focuses on a current issue or group such as family, essential workers or the environment. Each of the Year 12 student leaders have had a significant part in creating the prayer which they lead on a given day. Thank you to Peter Shaw, the Music Department and all whose ideas, prayers, skills and support brings  this memorable moment to the community at the beginning of these days. 

ANZAC Day

At 11:00am on Friday last week, the quietness of the campus was broken when the College ANZAC prayer took place. As  Year 11 student, Izzy Dean, played The Last Post and Reveille  on her trumpet, the flags were lowered and raised by student leaders Thomas Browne and Corbin Zahn whilst  the prayer and The Ode  was led by school captains, Sophie Roiter and Harrison Dean.  Well done everyone, including those behind the scenes, whose collaboration made it possible. 

The Light Up the Dawn campaign across the country was a magnificent example of community solidarity as thousands participated in the dawn driveway ANZAC service. Many Marymount families participated  in the memorable event.  See photos. 

Pope Francis's Message

As we are buoyed each day with news of our flattening curve, the story is not so good for millions throughout the world. In his Easter message to the world, Pope Francis told us that  

Indifference, self-centredness, division and forgetfulness are not words we want to hear at this time. We want to ban these words for ever! They seem to prevail when fear and death overwhelm us, that is, when we do not let the Lord Jesus triumph in our hearts and lives. May Christ, who has already defeated death and opened for us the way to eternal salvation, dispel the darkness of our suffering humanity and lead us into the light of his glorious day, a day that knows no end. 

Pope Francis
Urbi et Orbi Message
Easter Sunday 2020

 Dolores Maitland
APRE

Pastoral

SPECIAL REPORT: Wellbeing - Checklist for Secondary


The global pandemic is having a profound impact on our adolescents with many being forced to miss out on so many rites of passage. Some are becoming more anxious or depressed which is completely understandable given the current situation. However, should your teen display any unusual behaviour that lasts for more than 2-3 weeks, it may be a cause for concern.

Research shows there are specific risk factors that increase the likelihood of teenagers developing a mental health problem. Some are set in stone, whilst others are modifiable. Adolescents are considered to be more at risk of anxiety and depression disorders which may affect their mood, thinking and behaviour. It can impact their ability to function and perform normal activities.

It is therefore vitally important for adult carers to remain vigilant during this time for any signs of distress, even though your adolescent may not have any prior history of a mental health disorder. Early intervention, diagnosis and treatment is more important than ever. In the current climate, one useful thing you can do is help your teen focus on the things that they can control –– such as their learning, diet, exercise and sleep.

In this Special Report, adult carers will be provided with a checklist that can be used a guide in determining if there is any cause for concern. 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
Click the image above to access the special report on Well-being Checklist for Secondary

Year 12

Heads of Year 12 Update


Remote Learning has begun, and it has been very pleasing to observe how our seniors have adjusted so well to it.

Now, more than ever, the onus is on the individual to take responsibility for their own learning, motivating and organising their time to ensure they are keeping up to date with content and assessment tasks. 

Using Week 1 as a sample, it appears our students have stepped up to the plate and tackled the challenge head-on, which is exactly what we had hoped. It is important to recognise that one week is a small sample size, and the true test remains ahead of the Year 12s which will be to maintain their effort as we move forward. We have full confidence in our students that they recognise the importance of what they need to do and will continue to put their best foot forward.

We congratulate our school captains Sophie Roiter and Harrison Dean for producing an outstanding and motivational message to the College community. Members of the leadership team – Corbin Zahn, Thomas Browne and Cameron Saliba have also inspired their cohort and reached out to our students by issuing an exciting challenge the Quarantine Cup, to keep the House Spirit points growing. Pastoral classes have enjoyed regular contact with their teachers each day – nurturing the positivity that abounds when given the means to connect. Each Thursday during our Pastoral lesson, the Heads of Year 12 share their take with some lighted-hearted moments and engage in purposeful mindfulness.

We would like to encourage our seniors to also factor in time to go outside, to do some physical activity and have some downtime away from a screen as a part of their daily activities. It is vital from a physical and mental standpoint that they take the chance to refresh themselves by having breaks and staying active. We also want to ensure they continue to check in with their friends (in a socially responsible manner) and to keep looking after each other during this time.

Our fingers are crossed that we will be able to see everyone back at the start of Week 6. 
In the meantime, if there is anything we can be of assistance with, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Matt Carroll and Irene Scott
Head & Assistant Head of Year 12
Click the image above to view Sophie Roiter & Harrison Dean's College Captains address.

Year 11

Heads of Year 11 Update


Survey feedback

We have come to the end of our second week of alternate learning and May has begun. Thanks to the many that completed the survey.

Here is a summary of what you like about learning via Teams:
  • We like when the lesson is split with the teacher teaching for no more than half the lesson which then gives us the chance to do the work for the second half
  • We really enjoy teachers sharing their different screens on Teams as it helps with concentration and engagement
  •  We appreciate it when we know exactly where to find the work that needs to be complete and when by
Which of these options best describes your week of alternate learning so far?
 
Really Enjoyable
Somewhat Enjoyable
It's ok
Not really enjoying it
Really disliking it
23%
38%
31%      
7%
1% 

We will continue seeking your feedback with another survey towards the end of week 3. 
We encourage you to share any good news stories with your PC class or email them to us. It would be nice to include a few in the newsletter. 

Take care of your well-being

It is important you take care of your mental health and well-being. The Thursday weekly activities will help. Every time we are introduced to something new, we take a risk, we feel uncertain and exposed. We feel vulnerable. There is help and support available. Those of you struggling to engage from home should email Mr Ward, Ms Cooper, PC teacher or the College Counsellors.

If you are finding it difficult to sleep at night or cannot switch from racing thoughts, a great resource Smiling Mind (website or app). Smiling Mind has many meditations and mindfulness activities that are quick and easy to do. Try out their body scan or starry night 8-minute sleep meditations.  

Absence Notifications

Lastly, can we remind you to attend all your live lessons and be present at the start of any of your ‘chat’ lessons. Rolls are being taken and your presence and engagement is expected. The only time it is not is on a Thursday: period 2 and afternoon sport. If you are unavailable for a lesson(s) – just as you would if attending school and had to leave for an appointment – parent notification via the parent portal. This also applies if you are offline for a day due to illness. 

Keep safe and well.

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

Year 10

Heads of Year 10 Update


Welcome to Week 2 of Online learning for all our Year 10 students and families.

We would like to thank all students for their engagement in lessons so far and hope this continues over the coming weeks. We have enjoyed the company of a small group of students at school who provide us with the motivation and courage to strive to do the best for all here at Marymount and at home. 

Remember ALL students have pastoral online at 8:30am each day. Attendance is marked and we are following up with students who are not present each day.

We are here to support you

As Heads of Year 10, we continually think of your health and safety and ask you to maintain steadfast in the specified hygiene processes from the Queensland Government, especially washing hands and social distancing. 

We encourage contact at this time from parents and students, as we are here to support and help you whenever you need, email Mr Cornor and Mrs Faulks. We also thank the dedication of our Pastoral teachers and subject teachers during Online Learning. It has been great to hear about the use of prayer, games and challenges to connect with our cohort. We look forward to the day that we can be together as a cohort, enjoying the sunshine, having a laugh and working hard to strive for our dreams.

Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy. Sustain and support the anxious, be with those who care for the sick, and lift up all who are brought low: that we may find comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen. 

Kevin Cornor & Belinda Faulks
Head and Assistant Head of Year 10

Year 9

Heads of Year 9 Update


We are now into Week 2 of alternate learning and although it has been challenging moving from learning in the classroom to learning online, it has also been an opportunity to see the amazing work of teachers, students and parents.

In many discussions with teachers and students, it is evident that we are all settling into this new way of learning. Although it is not yet clear when we all might return to school, I encourage all students to keep doing what they are doing and that is working with enthusiasm and creativity.

Keeping in touch

The Year 9 Pastoral teachers are doing a wonderful job of ‘checking in’ with students and making sure that students are able to access all resources online. They have also shown great care for the students in their pastoral class. We have been hearing the wonderful stories of students getting online in the pastoral lesson to show off their pets or the teacher running a class meditation. We ask that all students continue to look after their mental health and make sure they get outside and stay active. We encourage students and parents to continue to stay in touch with us if they need help. 

Peace Prayer of St Francis

During this time of uncertainty, it is also important to remember the Peace Prayer of St. Francis. 

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen


It is a beautiful prayer that we can pray to help us be the light of the world.

Visual Peace Prayers

The Year 9 Religious Education classes are learning about charisms and how we can use our gifts and charisms to help others in the world. The students were asked to create a visual table of the Peace Prayer and we are seeing many thoughtful pieces of work such as the ones below.
We continue to keep all Year 9 students and parents in our thoughts and prayers.

Nicky Browne & Matt Geyer
Head & Assistant Head of Year 9

Year 8

Heads of Year 8 Update


Thank you

A huge thank you to students and their parents/caregivers for the amazing effort and patience with the start of Term 2.

Online learning involves so many moving parts from Microsoft Teams, emails, Moodle, technology and the internet to name a few, and at times can be overwhelming but remember we are all in this together. Peter Carroll and Hannah Richardson are never more than a phone call or email away to offer support, and if we do not have the answer we will find someone who does.

A special mention to our Year 8 Pastoral Care teachers who start every day off with a PC lesson providing routine and normality for our students. Thank you from each and every one of us, we really appreciate it.
 
Student Voice – Week 1 Online learning

Last week we sent out a Microsoft form to all Year 8 students, to enquire how their online experience was travelling. What was working well in their lessons, what you liked and what areas could we improve upon? We had a large number of students complete the survey and we have looked at areas of growth for us as teachers, as well as some amazing feedback on what students are enjoying and we wanted to share some feel-good stories with you.
 
What are you enjoying about Online Learning?

Students commented:
  • I am enjoying the way the work is set out
  • That you can still learn, and you get to see your teachers
  • I enjoy that you can work at your own pace with no distractions
  • I can still talk to my classmates even though I am at home
What students think teachers are doing well

Students commented:
  • They are understanding
  • They are being very patient
  • Teaching and being supportive
  • Including the students at home as much as the students in the class
Please continue to look after one another, check in on others, wash your hands and do something every day that gets the body moving.

A final but important message from us:

If your computer freezes, the internet drops out, the dog knocks the charge cord out of your laptop. Just stop. Take a deep breath and remember this is just a moment in time, this will pass, things will change, and your education will not be ruined because you missed a Teams video chat or you didn’t finish question 9 and 10 on the activity sheet but you gave it your best.

We miss you and we look forward to when all students are back in schools as it feels empty without you.

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

Year 7

Heads of Year 7 Update


Well, what an interesting way to begin Term 2.

With the vast majority of the Year 7 cohort studying from home, our focus pastorally has shifted to how to best support the year group virtually. The Year 7s have started off the Term exceptionally well. Reports from all the teachers echo similar sentiments; that all the Year 7s are working diligently, getting through the assigned work and have adapted to this new form of learning very quickly.

As educators, it has been a learning experience for us to adjust our curriculum delivery to move online, but we feel we have achieved a good balance for the students.

Support is available

Ensuring that our students are receiving the same support at home as if they were at school, is important to all the teachers at Marymount. There are many support services still available, including the Pastoral teachers, Heads of Year and the Counsellors; all accessible during this Alternate Learning Program. So if any students require extra support, all these services and support staff are here to help.

During Pastoral lessons this term, Year 7 have been working through mindfulness programs to assist in this unprecedented time. These include videos, TikTok challenges and activities that all students can do from either their home or school.

The Year 7 students are constantly in our thoughts and prayers, and we hope that there will be a time later on this term that we will be able to see all their faces back at school. Until then, we hope you are all staying safe and continue to work diligently during the Alternate Learning Arrangements. 

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

Curriculum

Senior Curriculum


Extracts from QCAA statements regarding policy and process decisions for Senior schooling:
  • Schools must make decisions that prioritise the health and well-being of their students. It is essential that a student experiences relevant teaching and learning before they complete any assessment. That holds true across every stage of schooling.
Year 12 Finals exams in Term 4:
  • The QCAA will not change the scope and scale of any exams. There is still sufficient time for schools to prepare Year 12 students for their exams in Term 4.
In relation to the process of completing and calculating overall results for Year 12 based on one less Internal Assessment piece:
  • In 2020, students will complete only two internal assessments in each subject and teachers will mark two for each student. The QCAA will provide information in Term 2 on how we will calculate final subject results...we already have student results in one of the assessments mandated in General subjects
  • We have recommended that schools administer further assessments when they can. While the QCAA can award valid and reliable results based on fewer than the four assessments mandated in syllabuses, it is obviously better to have as much data as possible.
Year 11:
  • Schools may decide they can assess all the learning objectives in these units using only one assessment per unit
Special Consideration processes:

Students may apply for the access arrangements and reasonable adjustments (AARA)
  • A straightforward adjustment that a school can make is to extend the due date of an assignment.
  • Schools can also ask a student to sit a comparable paper if they miss a test.”
Source: QCAA ‘Coronavirus updates: Students, parents/carers FAQs’ (28 April 2020) www.qcaa.qld.edu.au

Peter Shaw
Assistant Principal Senior Curriculum

Junior Curriculum


It is a pleasure to be able to welcome you back to an unusual return to Term 2.  

Schools are very quiet places without students, and we are missing you just as much as you are missing us.  The first two weeks have been challenging for staff, students and parents.  Delivering lessons online is challenging for teachers, yet they are doing a fantastic job.  Likewise, learning from home online is challenging for students, however most have been engaged and completing work.  I believe the next three weeks will be smoother as everyone has settled into the routine of working online and computer glitches have been sorted out.

Curriculum
 
Our Academic Coordinators have modified tasks and assessment for term two to ensure students have every opportunity for success. Adjusting practical subjects is challenging, and each subject area will do this differently. The assessment for term two has been broken down into smaller tasks across most core subjects, so it is important students are keeping up to date with the work set by their teachers.
 
Thank you parents for your support. If you have any questions about Year 7-9 curriculum please contact the College via email on info@marymount.qld.edu.au.

Premier’s Reading Challenge 2020
 
I am delighted to invite all students in Years 7-9 to join in the 2020 Premier’s Reading ChallengeReading plays an important part in students’ lives during their school years and beyond. It allows children to actively engage their imagination and opens up a world of educational opportunities. Last year, 168,000 students from 937 schools took part in the challenge, reading an astounding 2.31 million books.  What an incredible result!
 
The reading period for the 2020 Premier's Reading Challenge commences on Monday 11 May and closes Friday 28 August. This year the Premier has invited all state and non-state school students to take the challenge: students in Years 7 to 9 should read at least 15 books.
 
Experiencing books can include shared reading, listening to stories, or reading picture books. Ebooks and audiobooks are available online. The aim for the 2020 challenge is to engage more students reading more books than ever before.
 
Students wishing to take part in this year’s challenge can register by emailing Mrs Janet Cartlidge, our Teacher Librarian and the College’s Premier’s Reading Challenge Coordinator,
 
Every student who completes the challenge will receive a Certificate of Achievement signed by the Premier.  Students who participate but don’t complete the challenge receive a Certificate of Participation from the College. It will be my great pleasure to present these certificates during the Premier’s Reading Challenge celebration weeks to be held 2 – 13 November 2020.
 
You can play a big part in your children’s future by encouraging them to be part of this positive initiative. I look forward to seeing as many of our students as possible embrace the 2020 Premier’s Reading Challenge.

Katrina Nicholson
Assistant Principal Junior Curriculum

Dance

Happy International Dance Day 2020! 

Dancers from Years 8-12 continue to enjoy their practical dance classes in the new online format.

Students have been as busy as ever, improving their technique, learning routines and creating their own choreography to then upload as improvisation videos.

The Junior and Senior Extension Dance Program will recommence Week 3 in an online format, so stay tuned for times and details.

Shona Press
Dance Coordinator

Digital Technologies

Junior classes are investigating what it takes to be a software app creator.

Their task is to create a mobile app for young people who want to help others with those that need them for the client St Vincent’s de Paul.

Inspired by the bushfires, there were so many young people who wanted to help animals and people get back on their feet – for one hour, one day or a couple of weeks – but struggled to reach out.  

The app will enable those that require help to be matched with those that can give their time – think Gumtree or Marketplace for Volunteers!

Wouldn’t the world be a better place?

Week One – exploring the client needs.
Week Two – sketching proposed user interfaces.

There are some great ideas out there – congratulations Digital Technologies creators!

Kylie Mathers
Head of Technologies

Visual Art

Year 7 Visual Art


Students have investigated line, and drew a feather in black ink during our Teams meeting.

Jo Nairn
Visual Art Teacher
I do hope you have enjoyed your second week of Term 2 and things are going well with your online learning.  

The few students we see in the Library seem happy but I know all the teachers who pass through or run their classes from here are working very hard to provide the best communication and connections they can.  Your child’s development is important to us all, and this period is a great time to start building resilience and self-reliance – in parents and teachers as well as students! 
 
Reading at home

Although the Readers Cup has been cancelled, the Premiers Reading Challenge is one of the few activities that has not!  English teachers will be encouraging their classes to join in.
The challenge is for a commitment from your Year 7, 8 or 9 child to read at least 15 books over 15 weeks. And at the end they’ll receive a certificate signed by the Queensland Premier.  Last year, most of the students participating read around 20 books, with two exceptional girls reading 49 and 100!

Why not take this opportunity to introduce your child to a wider range of reading online as well as in physical form?  What the children enjoy is being able to choose the books they read.   All they need to do is read and keep a Reader record which is later submitted by the College. https://readingchallenge.education.qld.gov.au/
“What do I do?”
  • Email your name and your English teacher’s name to Mrs Cartlidge straight away (or speak to your teacher)
  • Commit to reading at least 15 books over the 15 weeks
  • Go to the PRC page, have a look around and download the Reader record form/s you’ll need 
  • Look at the Reading Challenge Booklists for some inspiration or even NSW Reading Challenge Booklists or any of the many review sites (Goodreads, Librarything, Inside a dog) to choose something interesting.
  • Ebooks, including any graphic novels, and audiobooks all count towards the 15 book goal, as do picture books, novels and non-fiction.
  • Go to the Sora app via the Library Moodle page or
  • Join the Gold Coast library online (see below) and
  • Borrow an audio or e-book
The College will be registering and students may email me to register as part of the College. Please don’t register as an individual
Reading starts on Monday 11 May and concludes on Friday 28 August. See how many books you can read!
Premiers Reading Challenge short promotional video
Online membership of GCCC Libraries

Whilst the local GCCC library buildings are closed, their online resources are still available.  And a great move of theirs is to offer digital online membership during the shutdown.  No excuses now -
  • Have a look around the GCCC Libraries site 
  • Click the link to Complete the online form for membership on the above link
  • Enjoy searching the online catalogue for ebooks and audiobooks
  • Don’t miss the Youth services page. While there are no ‘events’ taking place, there are lots of links to follow up on the Youth services page 
Library Makerspace

We know that, for your health, you shouldn’t be on your computer all day so….
 
Don’t forget to visit the online Makerspace suggestions: It’s on the Library Moodle page – fun for all the family, with a little bit of STEAM and problem-solving thrown in for good measure.  We must advise that we have not tried all the activities ourselves, but that’s the beauty of a Makerspace – iteration until success is found!   We would welcome photos of your projects, so don’t be shy  (Are you entering the Quarantine Challenge?)  How good are the holograms?!!   
 
Researching and Databases

Teachers tell me that Year 8 students are working well on their Night of Living History research. In normal circumstances, classes would all come to the Library and use the books in the first instance. Of course, they cannot do that at the moment and will rely on online sources. It’s a bit scary doing this sort of thing on your own, as this research project aims to help students become discerning readers and critical thinkers.  The Library staff would normally be on hand to aid students find relevant sources and help put what they are reading into context. As a Teacher Librarian, I’d like to see students find out about what was happening in the world during the lifetime of their chosen person. Let them find answers to the why and how questions, as well as the who, where and when.As well as the internet though, perhaps students could try using some of the databases we have on the Library Moodle page - they should be able to find at least one article about their person on the Gale in Context: High School, Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre, Explora worldwide or The Science Reference Centre (for biographies on scientists).  They might need a helping hand navigating the databases, (parents, siblings) but could impress their teacher with a database reference in their bibliography!   
 
Library housekeeping

You might be wondering what Library staff are doing at the moment.  Having no classes in the Library has meant we can get on with some of the jobs that we normally put on our ‘to do’ list.   Weeding and stocktaking means we can keep the book collection more up-to-date and relevant to curriculum and student needs.  It also means I can buy some new stock to replace the old as students’ interests change and books age (supply routes permitting!)  Like any sorting job, it’s a bit of a chore but you always feel better afterwards!

Don’t forget to enjoy the beautiful weather in between your online lessons!
 
Janet Cartlidge
Teacher Librarian
jcartlidge@marymount.qld.edu.au

Careers & Vocational Education

UCAT (University Clinical Appitude Test) Update

The UCAT ANZ Consortium is continuing to monitor the global situation as it relates to the delivery of UCAT ANZ in 2020 (for entry to university in 2021). 
  • Testing is expected to go ahead in 2020. However, candidates will appreciate that in the current climate we cannot predict when test centres in Australia will be operating normally.  It is possible that timelines for testing will shift from those which usually apply.
  • We encourage candidates to proceed as normal under the current timeline.
  • A decision regarding testing times will be made closer to July and communicated to ALL candidates.
  • It is important that candidates continue to work towards their academic goals and to prepare for the UCAT ANZ.   
Visit www.ucat.edu.au/ucat-anz/registration-booking/covid-19 for further details.

Study Gold Coast - Virtual Careers Festival

Previous years has seen our students visit the Gold Coast Careers Festival. Study Gold Coast will be making available an online option to help review what is available for student’s future career pathways.  The website will be accessible for all students and all year levels from Friday 1 May 2020.  A main feature will be a live chat function with providers. Click here for further details. 
 
TAFE Queensland 2020 Semester 2 Update

TAFE at School Mid-Year Intake include courses in:
  • Creative Industries
  • Community Services, Health & Nursing
  • Trades
Enrolments are now open and will close on Friday 5 June 2020.  Students are required to advise the Marymount College Careers Centre for approval prior to application. For further details, visit www.tafeqld.edu.au, and to apply, visit www.tafeapply.com.

Southern Cross University - Year 12 Information Sessions

Year 12 students and parents can join an online information session on Wednesday 6 May 2020 at 10.00am or Tuesday 12 May 2020 at 5.00pm to hear all about the pathways Year 12 student can take to secure themselves a place in a degree at SCU. 
  • To register for the session and be reminded closer to the date, please visit https://www.scu.edu.au/discover/#register
  • An online event for Marymount College Students and Parents will be held in the next few weeks.  Stay tuned for details. 
Southern Cross University - Head Start Program

Students in Year 11 and 12 can undertake a unit of study whilst completing their senior studies. 
  • The unit of study is fee-free, runs one afternoon a week for one session (12 weeks) and students who successfully complete their unitl will gain direct entry into a range of SCU undergraduate courses.  Visit www.scu.edu.au/headstart.
  • SCU’s Star Early Offer program allows Year 12 students to secure a place in a Southern Cross degree before ATAR results are released. 
  • Admission is on the basis of the School Principal’s recommendation and is designed to remove some of the pressure of Year 12.  
  • Applications are now open. Visit www.scu.edu.au/star for more information.
Griffith University - Guests Program

The Griffith University Early Start to Tertiary Studies (GUESTS) program is an excellent opportunity for motivated Year 11 and 12 students to study a single course at Griffith while completing their high school studies. 
  • Applications are now open for online courses available in Trimester Two 2020. 
  • For the full list of courses available online and the admission requirements, visit www.griffith.edu.au/guests
  • NOTE: On successful completion students will receive two adjustments towards their ATAR when applying for a Griffith degree and credit transfer once they commence their related degree. 
Griffith University - Health Programs

Important changes have made for applications to four of Griffith’s Health programs including:
  • 1280 Bachelor of Medical Science
  • 1533 Bachelor of Paramedicine
  • 1577 Bachelor of Dental Health Science
  • 1589 Bachelor of Physiotherapy.
Visit the Degree Finder website to confirm the application process.
 
Griffith University - Online Chemistry and Physics Courses

Griffith Sciences offers Chemistry and Physics courses for Year 11 and 12 students. 
  • These 100% online courses present a great opportunity for senior science students to gain credit for University science courses. 
  • Enrolments for Stage 1 (Year 11 students) are now open. 
  • For further details contact j.vandermerwe@griffith.edu.au
Prestiege Services Training
 
Prestige Service Training are running two courses at their Southport Campus:

Certificate III Information Digital Media & Technology
Commencing: Now Rolling Intake
Complete: 18 month course. Approximately 6 Terms
When: Every Wednesday (3.30pm – 5.30pm)
Cost: $1990.00

Certificate III Screen and Media
Commencing: Now rolling Intake
Complete:  12 month course
When: Every Tuesday (3.30pm – 5.30pm)
Cost: $1320.00
Payment plans are available.  Visit https://pst.edu.au/upcoming-courses/.

All Trades Queensland - Automotive Workshop

The first automotive course from the All Trades QLD Shailer Park campus will commence on Monday 25 May 2020.  Enrolments are now being taken.  
Visit www.atq.com.au or contact tracy.adamson@atq.com.au for further details.
 

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QUARANTINE CUP

On behalf of the Marymount Leadership Team, we hope you are all staying safe and well whilst at home. We’re here to introduce the Quarantine Cup. Each week, new challenges will be set for all students to participate in to earn house spirit points.  Alongside this, the top 3 submissions earn prizes. Enter at https://tinyurl.com/MMCQUARANTINECUP 

Alumni News

Chris Barrett, Class of 2019 is a former Marymount College student who encompasses the Marymount spirit. A recipient of the Douglas Bruce Memorial Award, Chris embodies what it means to follow your dreams. 

Chris was heavily involved in the college’s arts program, studying music as well being a member of multiple college bands and part of the college’s music lesson program. His interests also extended to the dramatic arts, where Chris was able to study drama and participate in Gold Coast Drama fest and College musicals. 

Chris is now pursuing a career in the arts, studying a degree in contemporary music, read his update below.

Seamus Harrison
Cultural Captain
“Being a previous Cultural Captain, I’ve had a strong passion for the arts. In particular, I love music. I am now studying contemporary music at Southern Cross University. Marymount taught me to pursue my passion and dreams, no matter how big they are.”

Chris Barrett
Class of 2019

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