Every July, we mark Catholic Education Week across Queensland. It’s an opportunity to celebrate the wonderful impact that our Catholic schools have on our wider communities.
In Queensland, we have more than 300 Catholic schools that educate about 20 per cent of the state’s young people. It’s a time to give thanks for the people who make up our school communities – in our Archdiocese we are blessed with about 75,000 students, 16,000 staff and countless volunteers who make outstanding contributions. They make our schools wonderful places of learning and friendships. Thank you to all who make it happen.
Archbishop Mark Coleridge
Some say ‘It’s Catholic Education Week every week.’
QISSN & QISSRL
Think about the first week of the holidays just past. QISSN at Nissen Arena at Mt Gravatt and QISSRL at Iona College Wynnum. It was devastating for all that these were shut down.
Our teams were doing so well. The games were played in great spirit and with mixed results in the Netball and great success in the Rugby League. While both Carnivals are for Independent Secondary Schools, Catholic Schools are there in force, and it shows in the understanding and the spirit of these major carnivals. Our boys Netball Team was participating in the inaugural QISSN boys’ competition. The boys and girls Rugby League teams were undefeated and would have featured prominently in finals for Division One.
Our Marymount Mob led the College Assembly in Week 1 with the commemoration of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, the story of Australia’s ancient history and recognition of their legacy, the challenges of our recent history and the emerging leaders today, in our community and amongst the Marymount Mob. It was a wonderful Assembly that closed with the presentation of Track and Field Age Champions and the winning house.
Week 1 ended on a great note with these Awards.
We would have preferred that parents could attend, however a mighty effort by Karen Harrison, Rachel Campbell, Bernadette Gair, Stephen O’Keefe and Ashlin McCabe Yr 12 Art Student, ensured a photo gallery of Awardees is available online. While the Awards in Week 1 were a celebration, they really celebrated the hard work of teachers and students throughout each week of Semester 1.
This week, Mr Jason Hamilton, Mr Michael Nesdale, Mr Garett Fitzgerald and Ms Cathy Cooper shared the experiences of our students last Saturday and Sunday, with staff.
We were in awe of what the students faced and how they responded. 2:00am, asleep on their feet, a quick drink of soup—get that into you—and let’s go. A student bandaging their blisters —on both feet—stands up. Thirty K’s to go. She made it! What an effort—from all of them, and the four staff.
The Marymount Mob set a challenge for staff and students to walk in solidarity this week with the walk by members of the various tribes along the road from Brisbane to Taroom.
These people are walking a very heavy piece of sandstone, engraved with a big star—The Star of Taroom—in a handcart, through each tribes ancestral land, as it passes through on its way back to Taroom. The organisers hope to highlight the healing and transformative powers of repatriation, not just for individuals and communities, but for entire nations in returning the cultural artifacts to ancestral lands. Our staff and students have been walking the College fields in solidarity with those pushing the handcart to Taroom, throughout lunch break this week. It will end when the walkers have collectively walked the distance from Brisbane to Taroom. Our total for Week 1 of our Walk is 303km.
Finally, Week 2 finishes with over 80 students sleeping out on the Doyle Centre floor on Friday night and adding funds raised to our community’s donation to the Vinnies Sleepout.
It’s another mighty effort from students as they put themselves forward to learn more about themselves and their neighbour, and with understanding at a deeper level, commit to making the world a better place for all.
These stories tell of the goodness of Marymount students. They tell of the efforts of staff to continue our Catholic tradition. Finally, they reflect well on the wholesomeness of families who entrust their students to our care each week. As Archbishop Coleridge has said about Catholic Education above, we say to parents, ‘Thank you for making it happen’.
Year 10 SET Plan and Subject Selection Process
This week we began the Year 10 SET Plan and Subject Selection Process.
Due to covid restrictions last year, no parents were able to attend the Information Evening and it was presented online. This year, our covidsafe plan enables ONE parent to attend the Subject Information Evening with their son/daughter (wearing masks), and up to TWO parents to attend the SET Plan Interviews on Monday 2 August with their child (wearing masks). See Assistant Principal Senior Curriculum Peter Shaw's report in this newsletter for full details.
To enable Year 10 students to attend this important interview with their parents, students in Year 10 are not required to attend school on Monday 2 August.
Parent Teacher Interviews
Interviews will be held between 3:20pm-6:20pm Tuesday 3 August.
Bookings for Parent Teacher Interviews open at 6:00pm on Monday 26 July. An email with instructions for making your booking will be sent on Monday morning. Please note that only ONE parent may attend the interview with their son/daughter and they must both wear a mask. There is NO early finish for students on this day.
Attention to Presentation
In this newsletter, we draw attention to the need for some students to better attend to their presentation for school.
The expectations are clear and are covered in the Student Record Book. This involves wearing the correct uniform and grooming—hair, nails, make-up— and our expectations are that students will promptly attend to the concerns raised. We will involve parents for assistance to achieve compliance, where that becomes necessary, and thank all parents for support with this.
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We’re already at the end of the second week of Term 3 and our news is dominated by lockdowns and border closures across the country increasing almost daily.
Life in school continues to maintain a sure path through all the other uncertainties. It is, in many ways, a sanctuary from them and is supported by the glorious weather.
Our beautiful and thought-provoking NAIDOC Assembly and prayer last Thursday was led by the Marymount Mob. Replete with meaningful symbols, colours and reflection, the College community was captivated throughout.
Students Vinnies Sleepout
Tonight a large number of students will participate in the Students’ Sleepout for the Homeless.
This is an act of solidarity in which we will spend the night in the Doyle Centre, sleep on the floor, take part in awareness-raising activities about levels of privilege in our society, poverty and homelessness, refugees and Catholic Social Teaching. We will have prayer and reflection before lights out. All funds donated will go to Vinnie's appeal for the homeless.
The Timothy Schmalz sculpture pictured is called Homeless Jesus. It’s is a life-sized bronze of Jesus as a homeless person asleep on a bench. Identifiable only by the wounds on his feet, it is a visual representation of Matthew 25: 35-45. It has been said when it was first made in 2013 the sculpture itself was rejected by many churches and institutions until Pope Francis himself requested and blessed one. Today there are several replicas across Canada , USA, Europe and Melbourne.
Special congratulations to all those students and staff who have attended the Rosies Outreach so far this year and the ever-growing list of those who will be attending. This experience has had a profound and transformative impact on those who volunteer.
On Tuesday night Amy Cosgrove, Shaylee Gear and myself were joined by Miss Hutchinson and Mr Cousins for Rosies.
Upon arrival, we were greeted by the Rosies volunteers where they informed us of what the night would entail. The night started with us preparing donated foods and sandwiches for the less fortunate. We stocked up the van and rode down the hill to then set up and wait for the Rosies regulars. I was in charge of making coffee, tea, and Milo whilst Amy and Shaylee were greeting the visitors by welcoming them with some snacks.
The conversations were lively as we mingled with Rosie's regulars. We met a few characters who were able to share their tale of how they came to be in their situation. Some had lost everything; some had no stable home and some just knew that this was the location to visit for good conversations and a hot beverage.
Overall, it was an educational and eye-opening experience that we hope to do again. The night taught us to not judge or make assumptions, but instead, be grateful for what we have and where we can help those around us.
Each year, NAIDOC Week is held from the first to the second Sunday in July. NAIDOC stands for National Aboriginal and Islanders Day Observance Committee and is a time in which we can all acknowledge and celebrate the history, culture, and achievements of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
In Week 1, the Marymount Mob were proud to conduct their own NAIDOC Assembly for the whole school. The students used this time to talk about the origin and purpose of NAIDOC Week, and the importance it holds in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander calendar each year.
The theme for NAIDOC Week 2021 was Heal Country, heal our nation. It highlighted the sacred connection First Nations people have with their Country, which is more to them than the physical land on which they live. For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Country is inherent to their very identity, sustaining the physical, spiritual, emotional, social and cultural aspects of their lives.
The students explained that because of this, NAIDOC’s Heal Country theme had a two-fold meaning. On the one hand it referred to the restoration, protection, and preservation of Australia’s physical land, waterways, plants and animals. On the other hand, it called for healing of our First Nation's people as a necessary first step towards healing our nation.
With the assistance of elder Graham Dillon, Mob students described the sustainable lifestyle that the Kombumerri people led, as one of eight different clan groups living in the southeast Queensland coastal region. The groups moved between a series of established camp sites in response to the changing seasons and the depletion of food sources, using ancient traditional skills to care and manage the land. Heal Country calls for these skills to be put into use today, to promote the healing and restoration of our environment.
In addition to their Assembly, the Mob invited the Marymount community to take part in various NAIDOC Activities, including a Healing Tree collage, a photography competition, and a symbolic journey to walk the Star of Taroom home. The Healing Tree was set up in the library at the end of Term 2, with students and staff invited to add a leaf with a message of healing. We have been thrilled with the response, and our Healing Tree has flourished to such an extent that it has outgrown its display! Participants put a great deal of time and effort into their leaves, many of which contained detailed patterns and designs, and heartfelt messages of support. The Healing Tree theme was also adopted by Year 9 pastoral classes, who went on to design their own tree artwork to represent the Heal Country theme.
The photography competition and Star of Taroom Walk are still ongoing, and we look forward to bringing you news of these events once they are complete.
The Marymount Mob thanks the College for their support and participation throughout this time, and hope that students and staff have enjoyed their 2021 NAIDOC celebrations.
Maureen Lill and Monica Weatherall Indigenous Mentors
This month on SchoolTV - COVID Fatigue & Youth Mental Health
The physical impact of the pandemic has mostly spared our young people, however as the nation remains to be on alert and in various stages of lockdown, restrictions continue to be mandated.
The pandemic has had a great affect on our young people with many paying a heavy emotional and developmental price. Psychological disorders are on the rise and emergency interventions have skyrocketed.
As hard as it is being a young person today, it's also draining being the parent of one. It has been reported that many parents are struggling to keep their child's mental health afloat, often proving it is difficult to juggle parenting responsibilities whilst at the same time providing much needed emotional support for their children.
Unlike the coronavirus itself, the emotional blowback of the pandemic cannot be vaccinated away. Psychologists are seeing more depression and anxiety across all age groups, but in adolescents it seems to be on steroids, with some choosing to self-medicate using alcohol or other drugs. When they look into the future now, they're looking at one that wasn't what they envisioned before.
This report explains the current state of youth mental health in a post-COVID era and offers guidance on how best to support young people today. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this Special Report, and as always, we welcome your feedback.
If this Special Report raises any concerns for you, a loved one or the wellbeing of your child, please seek medical or professional help.
Vivian Savage Assistant Principal Pastoral
School to Work – Secondary Students with Disabilities
As we enter the second half of the year there are many opportunities available for College students with a disability and their families to engage with programs that offer support and information about transitioning from school to work.
Details are listed below for some upcoming opportunities:
School to Work Imagining Work – Getting Started in Years 7 & 8: webinar will cover planning a vision for employment, having a positive mindset focused on strengths, bringing people in to help you get started, Thursday 5th August 10:00-11:00am
School to Work Discovering Work – Getting Started and The Next Steps in Year 9 & 10: webinar will cover starting with strengths, thinking outside the box for work experience, exploring a variety of pathways, Online Monday 9 August 1:00-2:30pm and Monday 16 August 1:00-2:30pm
School to Work Finding Work – Getting Started and The Next Steps in Year 11 & 12: webinar will cover learnings from Work Experience, developing a resume and getting your ‘pitch’ right, creating your own work-customised employment and micro-enterprise, Online Thursday 12 August 10:00-11:30am and Thursday 19 August 10:00-11:30am
Please do not hesitate to contact the Learning Support Department if you have any further queries.
We are very much looking forward to working more directly with Year 10 students and their families on their readiness for transitioning into their Senior years of schooling; through the SET Planning and subject selection processes already commenced and coming up.
Students this week engaged with the online process for this in readiness for their parents’ interaction in the program
Within the Online Subject Selection program (accessed on student laptop) appointments can be made for a SET Plan Interview
We will use this data to commence building the subject lines for Year 11 2020. This will take the rest of the Term to do so, and an offer of the six subjects on six lines will be made early in Term 4.
I remind you that a small number of students have not yet achieved the minimum standard in one or more subjects. They know the online system will block them out of particular prerequisite requirement subject choices. There is an opportunity in the system to nominate these subjects. We will continue to work with these students and give them every opportunity to achieve the required standard in the coming weeks and months.
Please note the details for Year 10 SET Planning and Year 11 2022 Subject Selection process.
This process is to provide students and parents with the information required to make senior subject decisions.
Thursday 22 July
An outline of the SET Plan and subject selection process with be presented to students during the pastoral lesson
Monday 26 July
6:00pm–7:30pm Information Evening and Subject Stall Presentations DOYLE CENTRE
Compulsory attendance for students (in formal school uniform), and ONE parent
Please arrive five minutes early to check in with the QLD QR App and use hand sanitiser.
Tuesday 27 July
9:00am All sections of Subject Selection ONLINE (SSO) SET Planning open and you are able to book your SET Plan Interview
The Link to Set Plan Online is only accessible to students
Students will receive an email to their the school email address with their SET Plan Log in details on Thursday 22 July
Parents will be emailed a PIN number to approve and finalise their child's selections on the student computer
Monday 2 August
SET Plan Interviews 9:00am-3:30pm DOYLE CENTRE
Year 10 students are not required at school (except for interviews)
Students attend in formal school uniform
TWO parent/caregiver permitted to attend the interview. Please arrive five minutes early to check in with the QLD QR App and use hand sanitiser.
Friday 6 August
9:00pm Subject Selection ONLINE (SSO) SET Planning closes.
Please contact Rachel Campbell firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries regarding this process.
Parents are reminded about the current COVID protocols, which include mask wearing for all who attend the Information Evening, including students.
Assistant Principal Senior Curriculum
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
Term 3 Commences
A big welcome back to the Year 11s for a Term that will be as exciting as it is busy. We hope they enjoyed a well-earned break as they will need to hit the ground running!
Student Leadership Process
The election of the 2022 College Student Leadership team will begin its journey this week with a Year 11 assembly that will outline the process and the key dates involved.
All of our senior students are leaders in the College, but the election of this student leadership team is extremely significant to both the cohort and the Marymount community. We encourage all Year 11s to consider applying for a position and will keep parents up to date with the process as the term continues.
Some key dates are listed below:
Thursday 22 July
Application Packages were handed out
Monday 16 August
Applications packages are due
Thursday 26 August
Speeches delivered to Year 11 cohort by candidates and voting conducted
Friday 10 September
20 Leaders revealed (not in position).
4 male and 4 female candidates for College Captain revealed.
This term will see the completion of Unit 2 in General subjects.
Students engaged in these subjects will have multiple assessment tasks required to be completed, many of which will have due dates that coincide with each other. It is vital that students work consistently on their studies to ensure they stay on top of the workload and avoid a build-up of work due, which leads to heightened anxiety and stress. Students have been encouraged to employ good study habits and complete homework each night to allow them to manage their academic studies and maintain balance within their lives. We wish them luck as they dive into their Term 3 work.
Congratulations to our Athletes
We’d like to applaud the Year 11s who represented the College with pride during the holidays at both the QISSN and Confraternity carnivals.
Whilst they were cut short, the results achieved speak for themselves and are a testament to the students and coaches’ dedication to their preparation. We look forward to the sense of dissatisfaction at the outcome this year driving the 11s to succeed at next year’s carnivals.
I received a Principal’s Award for having Excellence in Attitude and Conduct.
I worked hard for this award and applied myself in a plethora of classes, continuously completing all assignments and homework set. The advice I would offer other students is to work exceptionally hard, as hard work will pay off in the future.
Friday 29 October - Year 9 Currumbin Sanctuary excursion
Thursday 11 November - Year 9, 8 7 Awards
Friday 3 December - Last official day Year 9, 8 7
The Year 9s have settled into Term 3 very well. It is hard to believe that half a year has passed us by already, so we encourage all Year 9s to continue being focused and working hard.
It was wonderful to see so many Year 9 students receive awards at the Principal’s Awards last Friday.
We congratulate these students and hope that they continue to work hard. We are also aware that some students just miss out on an award, and we urge you to keep up the hard work. As you are moving towards senior schooling, we know that effort plays a big part in learning outcomes. Never give up having a go.
Study - life balance
At this time of year, students can become stressed as schoolwork becomes more rigorous.
Often though, students can become stressed because other things in their lives are taking up much of their time. This means that students are not completing homework or, if they are, it can be rushed and not done to the best of their ability. As educators, we are noticing that much of a teenager’s time can be taken up with phone and social media use.
We encourage all parents to monitor phone use and to check their son/daughter’s screen time at the end of each week. If some of this time could be put into study or outside activities or hobbies, we would see less stress and better educational results.
The Athletics Carnival on the last day of Term 2 saw a number of Year 9s compete or cheer on their peers.
It is always a day where we get to know the students in a different light. Their school spirit and friendship between each other was certainly evident this year.
In Week 7 last Term we started Round 1 of the Year 9 Pastoral Cup.
Round 1 saw all Year 9 classes take part in a Scavenger Hunt.
Round 2 was a quiz and round 3 was a ‘Healing Tree’ poster competition.
We congratulate the classes who won each round.
Round 1 – 9KG Mrs Nairn
Round 2 – 9AA Mrs Gair
Round 3 – 9PJ Ms Hazell
The pastoral program this Term will look at Mental Health and how to maintain a healthy mind.
Students will learn strategies to help them stay healthy. Education around where and how to get help will also be delivered. In the second half of the term, RSE (Relationships and Sexuality Education) will be taught. This will involve a Year 9 Pastoral Day where both Mr Geyer and Mrs Browne will spend time speaking to the students about Healthy Relationships while incorporating a Catholic Perspective.
Just a reminder that false eyelashes, nail polish and extreme haircuts are not acceptable at Marymount.
Students have been informed at year level assemblies this week that if they turn up to school with any of these uniform infringements, they will be asked to fix it before they can return to class.
On Friday, 16 July, I received a Principal’s Award. I received my award for Academic merit and Excellence in Attitude and Conduct.
As much as I wanted my parents to come and watch me receive an award, they were not allowed to due to Covid 19 restrictions. It was disappointing that they were unable to come, but I am grateful Marymount had an opportunity to have an assembly.
Some people may think receiving this award is easy, however, there is a lot of work that goes into it. You need to stay on top of homework, study, listen in class and stay motivated. It’s not as easy as it seems, but the hard work definitely pays off. Badges aren’t a massive deal to some people, but I find them important. I appreciate that Marymount awards badges to show achievements. It’s a recognition of effort and hard work.
I encourage everyone to strive to achieve one of these awards, as you get a sense of accomplishment and it demonstrates your hard work.
Lucy Tyson Year 9 Insider
Last Friday, the Year 7, 8 and 9 cohorts gathered to see students who have had an amazing Semester 1 presented with a Principal’s Award.
Whether students tried their hardest every lesson or achieved high academic results, each student who had qualified was awarded with a certificate and/or a badge. We also heard an inspiring speech from the Academic Captain, regarding his journey through the College and he had some great advice to help us through our journey no matter if you were getting an award that day or not.
It felt good to have my Semester 1 work appreciated and receive a badge. I think all students in our grade can receive an award next semester if we all try our best and put in the effort.
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
Friday 3 December - Last official day Year 9, 8, 7
Welcome to Term 3
It has been a positive start to Term 3.
Last week 75 students received a Principal’s Award. It was excellent to see a large number of the cohort recognised for the efforts they have put into their studies.
At our Year Level Assembly, we acknowledged more of our talented students. Several students received awards from maths, certificates of recognition were awarded for their efforts in class and a small group of boys who demonstrated incredible sportsmanship at sport were also recognised.
The year level needs to maintain this momentum moving forward. This term will see students completing larger assessment tasks, so it is imperative they are using their record books and planning their time accordingly.
Year 11 and 12 students, and their parents, were provided with the opportunity to gain invaluable Career Coaching by a variety of experts in the lead up to the Year 12 QTAC application process and our Year 11s heading into their final year. These sessions were received extremely well by all involved.
Our seniors and their parents should now (after attending our Careers Expo and these Career Coaching Sessions) should be well informed leading into the University/TAFE/Defence Open Day season.
YEAR 12 QTAC GUIDES
Year 12 cohort has been provided with their 2022 QTAC Guides (any student who hasn’t should report urgently to the Careers Centre). We strongly encourage parents/caregivers to review the guide carefully with their child and contact Marymount College Careers Centre should you have any questions.
Also note that in the coming weeks, Mr Hamilton (Head of Careers and VET) and Mr Ward (Assistant Head of Year 12) will be providing Year 12 students with step-by-step instructions on how to best navigate the QTAC Guide. NOTE while QTAC Applications open on Tuesday 3 August 2021, we ask that students do not lodge their preferences until Mr Hamilton and Mr Ward has completed their sessions.
QUEENSLAND TAFE DIRECT ENTRY PROGRAM
The Qld TAFE Direct Entry program is widely used as a pathway to University by those who are yet to achieve prerequisites (and adds to students QTAC selection rank required to meet University entrance requirements). It also secures a placement within a Diploma or Certificate level qualification prior to final Year 12 results being released.
TAFE offers a suite of qualifications that articulate directly into Degree level courses at University once complete. The advantages of pursuing a Diploma, or Certificate level, qualification include a softer transition into higher learning and for many, a more successful outcome as a result.
The application process takes very little time (approximately 10 minutes) and individual assistance with the process is available to students who visit the Marymount College Careers Centre.
Courses include (but are not limited to):
Diploma of Beauty Therapy
Diploma of Building and Construction
Diploma of Community Services
Diploma of Hospitality
Diploma of Leadership and Management
Diploma of Database Design and Development
Diploma of Early Childhood and Care
Diploma of Visual Arts
Applications close: Monday 16 August 2021. For further details, contact the Marymount College Careers Centre. Year 12 Essential English students were led through the process in class during the last week.
YEAR 11 STUDENT PORTFOLIO UPDATE REMINDER
This term, we would like to encourage Year 11 Students to either collect their Student Portfolio for updating at home, or to submit their certificates/awards directly to the Careers Centre, so that we can ensure all information is kept safe and be well prepared for graduation. Please drop by the Careers Centre (Monday to Friday between 8am - 4pm).
BOND UNIVERSITY SCHOLARHIPS/OPEN DAYS
Bond University’s Scholarship Program encompasses a range of full-fee and part-fee tuition remission scholarships available to future leaders and provides them with access to an exceptional education experience. Bond University scholarships are awarded to the best and brightest all-rounded students who have excelled academically, or in the areas of leadership, community and sport. Scholarship application closing dates are fast approaching. FURTHER DETAILS
Want to experience Bond up close and personal? The Bond University Open Day is scheduled for Saturday 7 August from 11:00am AEST. This is a chance to roam around campus, chat with the Bond friendly staff and students, and learn about all things Bond. For further details and to register visit https://bond.edu.au/open-day.
QUEENSLAND TAFE OPEN DAYS
TAFE has two Open days in August at the Ashmore and Coomera campuses: Ashmore Trade Training Centre Open Evening – Join TAFE Qld for the Trades Open Evening on Wednesday 4 August 2021 from 4.00pm – 6.30pm. Explore the state-of-the-art facilities and hear from teachers on courses in automotive, construction, plumbing, hair & beauty and much more. REGISTER
Coomera Creative Open Day - TAFE Qld for the Coomera Creative Open on Saturday 14 August 2021 from 9.00am – 12.00 noon. Explore the state-of-the-art facilities and hear from teachers on courses in music, graphic design, screen and media, interior design, IT, aviation and more. REGISTER
GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY OPEN HOUSE AND OPEN DAY 2021
Students are invited to take part in the Griffith Uni Virtual Open House and the on campus Open Day. Students can get the expert advice they need to make a decision about their future.
At Open House, students will have 24/7 access to study and support information and be able to chat with Griffith study advisers and watch live webinars. Join the Open House from Monday 12 July - Friday 20 August 2021.REGISTER
At Open Day, Students can visit the campuses to meet our expert staff and student ambassadors, see information sessions and demonstrations and tour the campuses Sunday 8 August 2021, 9:00am - 2:00pm. REGISTER
ADF GAP YEAR
The Australian Defence Force offers a number of Gap Year opportunities in the Navy, Army and Air Force without needing to make a long-term commitment.
GAP recruits can experience what life in the Army is like in one of three rewarding Army Support Gap Year roles (Driver, Warehouse Co-ordinator, or Administration Assistant). Gap Year applications are closing soon. Explore more about the Army Support Gap Year by contacting Defence Force Recruiting on 13 19 01MORE INFO
In Term 2, seven of our Year 12 students engaged in the Bond University Year 12 Business Program.
The course was a two-day intensive, in which they had to complete an advanced excel task, work in a team to solve a problem and pitch a solution, as well as create an innovative product which could be introduced to market. Incredibly, all of our students achieved a Distinction or better.
We congratulate Jaiden Behan and Ella Moore for achieving their High Distinction. As reward, both have been awarded with $5000 Bursaries, putting them in the top 5 performing students in the course.
Marymount College Year 7, 8 and 9 students recently participated in the Education Perfect Maths Championships. This involved over 2100 schools around the globe and over 21 million questions were answered.
The College has placed 1st in the Gold Coast Regional Championships which competed against all schools within the area.
Furthermore, our school has also finished 2nd in Queensland overall.
This is a fantastic achievement considering our Maths students have only been using the platform this year! It was great to see our students competing and engaging in their Maths during this competition..
Congratulations must also go to Javier Tantengco (3rd place) who was placed in the top 3 of the Regional Competition.
It was great to see our students take this challenge on and do as well as they did. I’m sure their Maths will improve and I encourage them to continue to use Ed Perfect as a tool to help them improve.
Unfortunately, due to COVID restrictions our annual science night will look a little bit different this year. Different activities will occur over two days, please see outline below.
Science Night Projects
A reminder that all year 8 and year 9 Science Night projects are due Week 4 Wednesday 4 August first thing in the morning (before pastoral).
These are to be dropped off and signed in by the students to their allocated lab.
Students will need to bring in everything associated with their project for teachers to mark.
Science Night Setup
All projects will be setup in the Doyle Centre Week 5 Monday 9 August throughout the day at allocated times.
Our team of judges will judge all projects after school.
Showcase of Science Excellence
To celebrate the hard work that our Year 8 and Year 9 students have put into their science night projects, we invite Year 8 & 9 parents to attend our showcase of Science Excellence on Monday 9 August.
The doors will be open from 6:00pm-7.30pm.
Unfortunately, due to COVID, no activities will occur on the night this year, however parents will have the opportunity to come in and see the high calibre of projects on display in the Doyle centre.
Year 8 & 9 Science Extravaganza Day
On Tuesday 10 August Year 8 & 9 students will be taking part in our Science Extravaganza day
Period 1 & 2 Year 8 & 9 students will view science night projects. Followed by the awards presentation to winning projects.
During periods 3 & 4 Year 8 students will take part in a presentation by an exciting guest Scientist from Griffith University. Followed by the Griffith Science on the go team doing some wham bam Science demos.
During periods 5 & 6 Year 9 students will then take part in a presentation by an exciting guest Scientist from Griffith University. Followed by the Griffith Science on the go team doing some wham bam Science demos.
The winning projects then go on to be entered into further competitions. All other projects will be packed up and brought home Wednesday 11 August.
We are looking forward to celebrating these wonderful projects with you.
Kristina Baker & Trena Steele Head of Science & Science Coordinator
Special thanks to the following businesses who have generously sponsored our Science Night.
Last term the Year 8 Media class were learning about genre codes and conventions.
They investigated the visual cues that determine the genre of a film. Genre is common to film and literary texts and is a great way of introducing students to textual analysis. To analyse a film, you have to understand genre. How an audience responds and views these genre films are based on expectations of the narrative structure, conventions and character representations.
The best part of this unit after learning how to analyse a genre convention in film was to actually create a genre scene using those conventions!
Here are some of the final Genre Productions. Well done Semester 1 Year 8!
SWIFF’s Nextwave Youth Short Film Competition is open for entries!
The Coffs Coast’s Screenwave International Film Festival is looking for the next wave of young filmmakers!
Enter a short film into the Nextwave Youth Film Competition for your chance to win awesome awards and prizes, including Best School, and have your film premiere at SWIFF 2022 on the Coffs Coast!
If you like being creative and want to have a go at filmmaking, SWIFF wants to see what you can do!
The rules are simple:
• Make a film under five minutes
• Include a pineapple
• Enter before October 12th to win!
This year our College Track & Field Carnival was held on the last day of Term 2.
Due to the works in progress on our ovals, we held the carnival at the Pizzey Park Athletics Track. While the rain threatened to put a dampener on the carnival, we were lucky to just get a light shower early in the day and we were able to go ahead with the carnival. Many students attended and participated in various track & field events as well as having fun in the novelty events. Results from the day are below:
14yr Girls 1500m
N Daley (2000) 5:10.10
Pascalle Foster 5:03.26
16yr Girls 1500m
S Rooney (2019) 5:11.18
Molly Sewell 4:41.37
16yr Girls 800m
M Fitzgerald (1993) 2:23.90
Molly Sewell 2:21.88
12yr Girls Shot Put
H Gravina (2019) 6.88m
Zoe Mattar 8.7m
12yr Girls 4x100m Relay
Allambee (2016) 1:04.72
Open Boys 100m
A Atkins (1998) 11.40s
Brayden Field 11.35s
Open Boys 200m
A Atkins (1998) 23.60s
Brayden Field 23.45s
Sky Winson 52 points
Lachlan Zlatic 80 points
Summer Carroll 98 points
Sterling Wilkinson 86 points
Pascalle Foster 110 points
Max Hudson 60 points
Sienna May 60 points
Mason Field 88 points
Molly Sewell 94 points
Ky Veech 66 points
Jade Vicelich 112 points
Henry Mellick 90 points
Congratulations to all the record-breakers, age champions and to all the Bulimah students on your efforts at the carnival! With the win in the Track & Field, Bulimah have taken out all three major carnivals this year. Congratulations to the Bulimah House Captains Mya Mitchell and Tom Nicholson on being able to drive your house to each of the victories.
We have the Oceanic district track and field championships in Week 6 and students will be informed in the coming weeks what events they have qualified for.
Outstanding Student Results
Year 9 student Zane Stevens recently returned from competing in multiple tennis tournaments around Queensland and Northern Territory.
In all, Zane competed in 5 tournaments in 3 weeks and achieved some amazing results:
Cairns Junior Age 16U Boy's tournament in Cairns: Winner
Innisfail Age 16U Boy's tournament in Innisfail: Runner Up
Far North Queensland Open Men's tournament in Cairns: Semi-finalist
Darwin Championships 16U Boy’s tournament: Finished 3rd
The Australian Tennis Rankings (ATR) have just been published this weekend and Zane is currently ranked 4th in Queensland in his age group and 18th in Australia in his age group.
Zane's short term goal is to continue to improve his ranking and his long term goal is to receive a Sports Scholarship to an American College.
Congratulations Zane on the great results and we wish you luck in your future pursuits in tennis!
Student Sporting Results
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On Sunday 27 June the 2021 CQ University QISSN Carnival kicked off in great style with a real celebration of the spirit of netball throughout the opening ceremony conducted by host school St James College. Captains Charlie Ricketts (girls) and Bailey Sewell (boys) made a pledge on behalf of the teams that they would play hard and play fair.
This year, for the very first time the competition would see a Marymount College boys team taking the court in the inaugural QISSN Boys competition.
After the disappointment of QISSN 2020 being cancelled and a long awaited pre-season of preparation teams were anxious with anticipation to begin Day 1 of competition.
Day 1, began nervously for the girls team with many of them playing in their first QISSN, with a disappointing loss against Coomera Anglican College. Captain Charlie Ricketts concurs, “being a fairly young team heading into the competition, it was a bit nerve racking. However, in the first game we proved how good of a team we are”. With settled nerves and the added cheers of many supporters, the girls came out on top against St Margaret Mary’s to get their first win of QISSN 2021! In a close final game, the girls played strongly on the show court, but couldn’t quite get over the line against a physical Rockhampton Grammar.
Similarly, Day 1 saw the boys team also get off to a slow, nerve filled start making history as the first ever boys QISSN match. Whilst the boys played in tightly contested games of netball throughout the day they were unable to come away with any wins from their four games on day one.
Day 2 for the girls was against St Patrick’s College Mackay, Marymount team came out firing and was determined for the win, showing determination and grit to take away the win. At the completion of this match, it was announced that teams would be able to play their final pool game however the carnival would end due to the immediate lockdown announced by the QLD Premier. With complete and utter disappointment of the news, the girls rallied together to compete in their last game of QISSN 2021 against Canterbury College Waterford. A particularly physical and emotional game, Marymount was unable to get the win in their final game.
No confidence was lost for the boys going into day two, they were eager to get back out on court and build on their efforts from day one. The boys were once again up against some extremely competitive and athletic opponents. Showing moments of brilliance and tremendous enthusiasm the boys were unable to come away with a win from their two games. The team fought hard both days, showing great resilience by not giving up and wonderful team comradery in their first ever QISSN Carnival.
The girls team having won two of their pool games over the two days of competition finished in 4th position overall in their pool. Should the carnival have continued to go ahead the team would have made top 8 of Division 1, which is an incredible achievement with many of our team members in Year 10! Captain Charlie Ricketts said she was “very proud of our discipline, our sportsmanship and overall, how we conducted ourselves on court with the umpires and officials. Even though we only had three days together it was still an experience to remember, with every girl and boy in the team giving it their all and performing to the best of their ability”.
The announcement of the effective immediate lockdown by the QLD Premier meant that the carnival ceased at the end of the pool games on the second day of competition. Understandably students were heartbroken to have to end the carnival early. We were grateful to have been able to enjoy two fantastic days of competition.
A huge thanks goes to the parents who were able to get players to all the early morning trainings and Monday night games for the last six months. In addition, our sincere thanks to the parents, students and staff who came up to Brisbane to watch the girls and boys QISSN teams play and provide much needed support, encouragement, and cheers!
Both Marymount girls and boys teams should be very proud of their team and individual efforts, they represented Marymount with pride throughout the carnival. The future of netball at Marymount with many exciting players coming up the ranks is exciting – bring on 2022!
Up the Makos!!
Trent Balym Sports Program Leader
Girls Open Team
Boys Open Team
The 2021 Queensland Independent Secondary Schools Rugby League (QISSRL) Carnival hosted by Iona College, Brisbane, fizzled out 1.5 days into competition after such a promising start by both the Makos girls and boy’s sides…this year saw the long-awaited inclusion of a girl’s competition. With both teams undefeated at the end of the pool rounds, and about to make a move on the finals, Brisbane went into COVID lockdown, and all schools were sent packing.
The boys’ week was also running smoothly off the field thanks to the expert organisational efforts of Team Managers - Mr Aaron Turner and Mr Kris Symons. Chief Trainer, Mr Jim Dick (Mako #184), with Mr Danny Hess, had the team still firing on all 21 cylinders. Mr Peter McConnell joined the group as Health Coach this season and managed to keep individuals on track. Mr Matt Foster (S, S and C), in his 12th year, had once again ensured that the team’s bodies were well prepared.
After beginning skills, strength and conditioning training, with a group of 50+ Year 10-12 boys, in Term 4 2020 and a grand-final victory in the Titans Schools League Competition, the 21 strong boys team was well prepared for their assault on the best Catholic and Independent Rugby League Colleges in Queensland.
In the weeks leading up to departure the group had the opportunity to vote for their leaders. Aston Bai (College Captain) was voted Captain, while Jacob Follett and Joseph Nelson, both at their second Confraternity Shield, were announced as co-Vice-Captains.
A big thankyou and well done to our two non-playing Year 12 members: Lachlan Brooks and Jackson Leary whose constant behind the scenes work was contributing to a most enjoyable tour.
The following table provides a breakdown of details from the 3 Confraternity pool matches…
Mako of the Match
QISSRL Selector Man of the Match
St Patrick’s College, Shorncliffe
Tries: Joseph Nelson, Max Robertson, Jacob Follett (2)
Goals: Jacob Follett – 2/4
St Peter Claver College, Riverview
Tries: Kadin Meehan, Byron Wilson (2), Max Robertson (2), Mitchell McLaughlin
Goals: Jacob Follett – 3/3, Aiden Bulkeley – 1/3
The Rockhampton Grammar School, Rockhampton
Tries: Max Robertson, Mitchell McLaughlin, Jacob Follett
Goals: Jacob Follett – 2/3
Well done to these players on achieving individual awards:
Most Points – Jacob Follett (26) [2nd most points overall]
Most Tries – Max Robertson (4) [2nd most tries overall]
Most Mako of the Match votes – Ethan Olive
At the end of the final pool game and a second half that few will forget the team gathered to thank their parents with a moving rendition of team song – ‘Lean on Me’. Shortly after legend of the women’s game and 2006 College Captain Karina Brown joined the team for a chat and photos with the 2021 Women’s State of Origin trophy.
It was very pleasing this year to once again assist a school that could not field a complete team…St Patrick’s College Gympie sent out an SOS in the weeks leading up to the carnival and these boys bravely answered the call: Talas Abell, Fletcher Bleakley, Jaykob Brown, Daniel Harrison, Ben Radler, Jaxon Rodgers, Jake Smyth, Marc Thomson and Preston Wells.
Our appreciation goes out to the Marymount College P&F, the Burleigh Bears, the Gold Coast Titans, Aussie Burleigh Heads, Southeast Services, TAFE Qld (Gold Coast), Amazing Education and Training, Prestige Service Training, First Choice Solar, DMK Forestry Products and Struddys for their support of the 2021 1st XIII.
A very big thankyou to the band of parents/supporters, led by Mrs Jodie Gilbert, who provided, amongst other things, nourishment after each game of the season.
With 16 senior players departing our 1st XIII ranks this year we look forward to whatever 2022 throws at us…this year’s team included 5 Year 11 students who will ensure that Mako Way is not lost.
Over last weekend Marymount College entered five teams into the annual Kokoda Challenge held in the Gold Coast hinterland.
Three teams competed in the 48kn event while the two remaining teams took on the 96km challenge. Well done to Luc Campbell and Isaac Krueger for initiating the idea and encouraging the other 18 students, and five staff, to become involved.
The plan for all our groups from the very start was to ensure that as many students could finish the event as possible…
After months of fundraising and training, during sport time and on weekends, the teams assembled on Saturday to commence the hardest challenge they had encountered. The 96km course is designed the replicate the Kokoda Track in PNG in both distance and elevation. Walking either distance through the day and night, in groups of five, passing through numerous checkpoints and without sleep was a major challenge for all members.
At the finish line all but four students had successfully achieved their required distance. Those who did not had tried their best and achieved personal goals.
Many thanks go out to the Support Crew parents who worked tirelessly throughout the event to keep us all fed, watered, warm and healthy.
Below is a list of competitors and support crews – well done to all!!!
MMC Survey Corps (48k)
Teacher: Mr Garrett Fitzgerald
Students: Luc Campbell, Nicholas Dabinett, Thomas Marion, Eddie Josey
Support Crew: Mr Kevin and Mrs Rochelle Dabinett
MMC Poggerinos (48k)
Teacher: Ms Brianna Huxley
Students: Alana Salter, Ethan Walker, Dante Dalozzo, Declan Rappa
Support Crew: Mr Brendon Rappa and Mr Brad Walker
MMC Kokoda Gals (48k)
Teacher: Ms Cathy Cooper
Students: Megan Stapleton, Lucy Fisher, Ashlin McCabe, Tess McCabe
Support Crew: Mr Andrew Fisher, Mrs Bronwyn McCabe and Mrs Trudy and Mr Greg McCabe)
MMC Hitchhikers (96k)
Teacher: Mr Jason Hamilton
Students: Isaac Krueger, Harrison Sly, Jacob Matchett, Corey Blackadder
Support Crew: Mr Tim Matchett and Ms Danielle Ward
MMC Mountaineers (96k)
Teacher: Mr Michael Nesdale
Students: Shamus Young, Mia Holt, Brendan Doyle, Kuba Rimmer
Support Crew: Mrs Trish Young and Mrs Wendy and Mr Mike Doyle
Last Thursday night, Charlie Smith, Jada Smith, Skyela Beatson, Halle Wiblen and I all competed in the inaugural Year 9/10 Readers Cup.
Hosted by Hillcrest Christian College, the night was full of challenging trivia questions based on four different books and by-passing some tough competition, we achieved 5th place. Ranging from sci-fi to mystery and romance, the novels were all great reads and by working as a team, our enjoyment of the books was certainly displayed.
It was an exceptional effort shown by all the participants and we hope that this event is one in which Marymount can continue to find success.
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