Friday 30 April 2021 

High School is a Busy Place

It feels like a rush is on as Year 8 Camp concludes today.

For teachers on the Camp, after parent/teacher interviews on Tuesday evening, it certainly has been. The Year 7s are looking forward to their camp Sunday to Wednesday 23-25 May and some teachers will double up. We are lucky with such good staff.

Before this next Camp there’s Mother’s Day on Sunday 9 May and NAPLAN for Years 7 and 9. Assessment and exams in Week 5/6 bring Unit 1 to a close for Year 11, before their retreats 26-28 May.

For students, being organised and committed with a Term Plan, a homework timetable, 95% school attendance and 100% classroom attention is necessary. These things help students balance school workload as they do sport, part-time work and their other interests. Learning how to organize and commit at school is part of the ‘hidden’ curriculum that helps people for the rest of their life.

Vinnies CEO Sleepout – Marymount Team 2021

We received an invite to join the Vinnies sleepout this year to help raise $300,000 to help combat homelessness. We said ‘Yes’ on behalf of the Marymount community.

We’re doing it as a team:
Chris Noonan, Geoff Browne, Vivian Savage, Dolores Maitland.
Find us on the website and say ‘Yes’ with a donation. Be generous and help Vinnies raise the funds they need to help people in need on the Gold Coast this year. To help add to this fundraising, book now for the Vinnies Sleepout Trivia Night 7:00pm Friday 11 June.

We do well for ourselves at Marymount and we do well with fundraising and support for a number of causes—including Vinnies–every year. Help make the extra contribution in 2021 so that the Gold Coast community achieves its goal for funds to help our ‘neighbours in need’.


Catholic Identity Survey Open

Parents – Please complete the survey about your perceptions of Marymount’s Catholic Identity.

Your responses will help us to enhance Marymount’s Catholic identity by sharing the results with all parents, using the perspectives of parents to inform teaching and the life of the school and raising understanding of parent perceptions, student perceptions and staff perceptions.

We are encouraging students and staff, as well as parents, to make the commitment, do the survey (it is challenging) and help to build a picture of what our community thinks is best for our students.

Chris Noonan


Week 3

Monday 3/5

Labour Day Public Holiday

Tuesday 4/5

Year 7 Parent Teacher Interviews 

Wednesday 5/5

Oceanic Cross Country
Indigenous Camp (Tangalooma)

Thursday 6/5

Indigenous Camp (Tangalooma)
AGCC Round 6

Friday 7/5

Indigenous Camp (Tangalooma)

Week 4

Monday 10/5

Tuesday 11/5

Year 7 & 9 NAPLAN
6:00pm P&F Meeting

Wednesday 12/5

Year 7 & 9 NAPLAN

Thursday 13/5

Year 7 & 9 NAPLAN
AGCC Semi-Finals

Friday 14/5


BCE Connect is a handy platform to securely access school and student information, making it easier to stay engaged and informed. 

Favourite Marymount College and select 'Log in' to enter your Parent Portal details. This will enable you to connect to your Parent Portal and use the Absences feature, view your student's details, school reports, and make Parent Teacher Interview Bookings when bookings open in Term 2.

Return to School

The return to school for Term 2 was gentle in a way, we had a short week and the weather was glorious, magnificent Easter season weather. And then it was ANZAC weekend, another blessing. It is a time for contemplating our blessings and the things which bring us hope and joy and what we are thankful for. Celebrating the Resurrection and ANZAC at the same time makes so much sense. 

ANZAC Liturgy

 As we celebrated the College ANZAC liturgy last Friday morning we gave thanks for the generations of the members of the army, navy and airforce, some of whom have given their lives to ensure the freedom we enjoy today, the ultimate act of generosity and love. In contemplating the ANZAC spirit we are reminded that it is the same spirit that was sent to guide the Apostles and the same spirit which brings us together to honour the memory and sacrifices of the fallen. 

We were grateful that Padre Morgan Batt could join us for the liturgy and give the blessing at its conclusion. We are also very grateful that Major Leigh Buckingham from Burleigh RSL could join us and share some of his stories about the many places around the world where he has served with the Army.
 College Captains, Aston Bai and Demi Lockett, Vice Captains Sophia Sweeney and Bailey Sewell,  Spiritual Captains Isobel Dean and Mydas Mc Burney led the prayer whilst Year 11 students  Robert Heaton and Jacques Maritain lowered and raised the flags. Isobella also played the very stirring Last Post and Reveille on the trumpet. Special thanks to Ms Vivian Savage and  Ms Jodie Young who sang the  New Zealand and Australian anthems. And the whole community is thankful that we could enjoy being together for this special ritual.

ANZAC Dawn Service

Congratulations and well done to all the College students who attended the Burleigh Dawn Service on Sunday morning and all those who were present at the 9.30 March and commemoration at Burleigh.

Rosies Friends on the Street

More good news is that Senior students will have the opportunity to volunteer for Rosies on the Street once again. COVID disruption last year prevented us from being a part of the program. Students volunteering for Rosies will have parent permission forms for completion. They will also have a short induction at school and some further preparation with the Rosies team from Burleigh Parish on the night they attend. Students will attend in groups of four accompanied by a teacher.

Donations for Rosies

As the weather is cooling, Rosies need to stock up on soups, noodles and men’s socks. A drive will be launched next week to collect Cuppa Soups, pot noodles, men’s socks and Woollies and Coles  $5 and $10 gift cards for the local Rosies. The reason for the gift cards is this – the sandwiches which are served to clients are made fresh daily, all the bread is donated but fillings such as ham and cheese or salad is purchased with those gift cards. Students will be encouraged to bring donations. A donations basket will also be left in the Main Office area. Gift cards should be put in an envelope, marked for Rosies and addressed to me, please.

Year 9 Reflection Day

Year 9 students will have their Reflection Day at Bond on 21 May. Permission forms will be sent out early next week. Please note this is compulsory for all students.

Year 11 Retreat

Year 11 Retreat will take place from 26-28 May and is compulsory for all students. There are five venues for the Retreat, Tamborine, Bornhoffen, Outlook (Boonah), Evans Head and Midginbil Hill, the last two are just over the border in NSW.    


The real proof of the Resurrection lies not in the transformation of Jesus alone but in the transformation awaiting us who accept it.
Joan Chittister

Dolores Maitland

Lending a Helping Hand to Timor Leste

Help will be needed for many weeks and months communities in Timor Leste clean up and rebuild following disastrous Easter Flooding.  In the short-term money is what is needed. We are receiving calls and messages from various groups of Religious Sisters supporting displaced children and poor families with shelter food and medicines. Please support our Go Fund me appeal for this work and share the link below to our fundraiser.  For information Contact Sue & Bren - 0407533048
Marymount College encourages attendance, however, if you have cold or flu-like symptoms, you must not attend school.

Parents, please notify the school prior to 8:00am via the BCE Connect App or Parent Portal. Students are able to keep up to date with work missed by checking moodle and emailing teachers.
Click Here for Raising Girls Special Report

This month on SchoolTV - Raising Girls 

Raising girls in today’s modern world can be a difficult path for parents and carers to navigate.

These days, girls are transitioning to puberty a lot earlier than they used to and the physical, psychological and emotional changes they experience are challenging. As a result, by mid-adolescence, girls are twice as likely to develop mood disorders more so than boys.

Some parents and carers may feel uncertain about how best to support their daughter through the ups and downs of adolescence and how to keep the lines of communication open. With the rise of social media and technology, mental health difficulties in girls are increasing as often they are faced with online images that make it difficult to see themselves as acceptable. Ensuring a daughter’s opinions are heard and her views listened to, will go a long way towards making her feel loved and supported as she tries to establish her own identity. 

In this edition of SchoolTV, adult carers will attain a clearer picture of what girls are wanting from their adult carers and how best to support them through adolescence. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this month’s edition, and we always 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

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD)

The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD) takes place every year. The NCCD is a collection that counts: 
  • the number of school students receiving an adjustment or ‘help’ due to disability 
  • the level of adjustment they are receiving to access education on the same basis as other students. 
Students are counted in the NCCD if they receive ongoing adjustments at school due to disability. This ‘help’ allows them to access education on the same basis as a child without disability. The NCCD uses the definition of disability in the Disability Discrimination Act 1992. Schools provide this information to education authorities. 

For further information about the NCCD please click here to access the Fact Sheet. If you have any questions about the NCCD please contact the Learning Support Department.

Lauren Mitchell
Learning and Teaching: Inclusive Education Coordinator

Senior Curriculum

Year 11 Exam Schedule

The Year 11 Unit 1 Exam schedule is published here and is available on the Parent Portal.

This is NOT a shutdown period. All classes will continue to run during this shortened Exam Block. There will also be in class exams running and a number of subject have assignment submission due around this time as well. 

Following the exam block and the Year 11 Retreat students will commence their Unit 2 course work. This will run until the end of Term 3. Students then commence their Year 12 Unit 3 work during Term 4. Many General subjects will run their first Internal Assessment (IA1) at the end of Term IV. This is an exciting and busy time for the Year 11 cohort and they should remain focused on their studies at this time. 

Year 11 Subject Changes

Students will be allowed to select new subjects for the start of Unit 2. The request form is located on the Parent Portal. A hard copy must be presented to SAO and it must be signed by the appropriate staff and a parent. There must be available places in the requested classes. Subject change requests will close at the end of the second week into Unit 2 (Friday 11 June).

Special Consideration

The following is an extract from the QCAA regarding the conditions in which students may have medical or other reasons to apply for special consideration surrounding Senior schooling requirements.

The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) recognise that some students have disability, impairment and/or medical conditions, or experience other circumstances that may be a barrier to their performance in assessment. Access arrangements and reasonable adjustments (AARA) are designed to assist these students.

AARA minimise barriers for eligible students to demonstrate their learning, knowledge and skill in assessment. Reasonable adjustments are action/s taken by the school so that an eligible student with impairment as a result of disability and/or medical conditions or experiencing other circumstances creating a barrier to the completion of assessment can be assessed. AARA are provided to minimise, as much as possible, barriers for a student whose disability, impairment, medical condition or other circumstances may affect their ability to read, respond to or participate in assessment.

These barriers fall into three broad categories:
•    permanent
•    temporary
•    intermittent.

The QCAA uses broad application categories for AARA eligibility:
•    cognitive
•    physical
•    sensory
•    social/emotional.

Students are not eligible for AARA on the following grounds:
•    unfamiliarity with the English language
•    teacher absence or other teacher-related difficulties
•    matters that the student could have avoided (e.g. misreading an examination timetable, misreading instructions in examinations)
•    timetable clashes
•    matters of the student’s or parent’s/carer’s own choosing (e.g. family holidays or sporting events)
•    matters that the school could have avoided (e.g. incorrect enrolment in a subject).

If you believe that you are eligible for AARA and would like to complete an application please make an appointment to see me or Lauren Mitchell (Inclusive Education Coordinator) to discuss your application.

Peter Shaw
Assistant Principal Senior Curriculum


NAPLAN is fast approaching for our year 7 and 9 students and I would like to wish them all the best as they demonstrate what they know in the areas of literacy and numeracy.

I would also like to acknowledge that exams can be stressful for students which is why it is important that we remember a few things about NAPLAN. 

Firstly, this is just one snapshot of many, that teachers use to help students improve. It is not a pass or fail test; it simply gives an indication of what students know in literacy and numeracy on the day of the test. Teachers use the information gained from NAPLAN to help tailor their teaching to individual needs. It also gives schools information about the effectiveness of their teaching programs and where improvements can be made. This is why we encourage all students to sit the tests. 

Secondly, it is important that students try their best so we gain the most accurate snapshot of what they know, but they should not become anxious or worry about the results. It is also important that students get sufficient sleep and eat healthily to maintain their well-being.  
During test week, students will need: 
•    A fully charged laptop each day. 
•    Wired headphones (no Bluetooth headphones). 
•    A pen or pencil for planning.    

Test Schedule

Term 2 Week 4B
  • Monday 10/5 NAPLAN Preparation Day No Tests Permitted
  • Tuesday 11/5 9:00am- 10:30am Reading Test (65 minutes)
  • Wednesday 12/5 9:00am- 10:30am Writing Test (42 minutes)
  • Thursday 13/5 9:00am- 10:30am Conventions of Language Test (45 minutes) 
  • Friday 14/5 9:00am- 10:30am Numeracy Test (65 minutes)

Term 2 Week 5A

  • Monday 17/5- Friday 21 May. Catch-up/Rescheduling Days
Tabitha Norton
Head of Teaching and Learning- Literacy and Pedagogy

Homework Club

Homework Club is held in the library every Thursday afternoon (except for the last week of each term).

It is a great way for students to access support with their classwork and assignments, access the library resources or just have a quiet place to work. Support and supervision is provided by the Support Teachers for Inclusive Education-Leigh Dornan, Maureen Lill, Samantha McMenamin and myself. 
As the name suggests students participating in Homework Club need to be working on school work. Those who aren’t or do not have any work to complete will be asked to leave. All students are required to sign in when they arrive (no later than 3:15pm, students are not allowed to leave the campus and then return for Homework Club) and sign out when they leave. Younger Primary School siblings are not permitted to attend Homework Club. 
If you have any questions about Homework Club please contact the Learning Support Department. 

Lauren Mitchell
Teaching & Learning – Inclusive Education Coordinator

Year 12 Key Dates

  • 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 
Cathy Cooper & Nigel Ward
Head and Assistant Head of Year 12

Year 11 Key Dates

  • 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

Welcome back to Term 2 Year 11

A huge welcome back to Term 2, to our Year 11 girls, boys and their families, we hope you had a restful and enjoyable Easter break. Our Year 11 cohort has hit the ground running with the College Cross Country Carnival, parent teacher interviews, AGCC sport, rugby league, basketball, netball training in full swing as well as Unit 1 coming to a close in a few weeks’ time. 

Pastoral Care Program

The Pastoral Care program has focussed the past two weeks on, the importance of “showing up”, looking at a Brene Brown (Shame and Vulnerability Research and TedX Talk presenter) clip called Daring Classrooms and engaging in class discussion. Secondly, we completed a personality type quiz, to see what kind of person we are, so then we can flow onto what kind of “learner” we are? The more we know about ourselves and how we best learn, the better our results in and out of the classroom can be.

Year 11 Retreat

Year 11 Retreat will be in Week 6 of this term, groups will be divided across five locations. This is a great opportunity for students to come together to learn and grow with their cohort and reflect. Consent and medical slips will be emailed early next week. 

Look out for one another – Wellbeing

Finally, a message we are highlighting to our year 11s is to look out for one another. Small amounts of stress or anxiety can be a positive thing to motivate us and get us moving on those assignments or exam preparation. If you notice a change in your friends behaviour or being more withdrawn for a prolonged period of time (2-3 weeks) ask them “are you ok?”.

Heads of Year, PC teachers and College counsellors are all here to support our students with listening or strategies to assist. Unit 1 will conclude in Week 5, plan your time wisely to break down your tasks into smaller more manageable sections. Attend Homework Club on a Thursday or Maths tutorials on a Friday, you just have to ask and there is a helping hand waiting for you. 

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

Welcome back to Term 2  Year 10

Hopefully, everyone had a very restful and happy holiday time.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Belinda Faulks and Chris Sikora for stepping up into the Role of Acting Head of Year and Acting Assistant Head of Year while I was recovering from a major knee operation.

As we all head into a very busy term we need to make sure we support each other when the pressure comes on. Already last week we had the School Cross Country Carnival which all students participated in either competition or social races.

Planning for the Future

This week has seen Parent /Teacher interviews, and the start of a very busy Career’s programme for all of Year 10 leading into Set Plans in Term 3 where important decisions are made in consultation with Student, Parents and Staff regarding subjects and courses for 2022.

This can be a very stressful time for Year 10 students but if they listen ,seek advise from Parents, Teacher and Career experts during the next few months they will make informed choices as to the pathways they wish to take in Year 11/12. 


Congratulations to all those students in Year 10 who have received awards during our Year Level Assemblies from numerous Teachers in a vast range of subjects for working hard and achieving excellent results in class.

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

Year 9 Key Dates

  • 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 3 December - Last official day Year 9, 8 7

A Busy Term

Term 2 is a very busy time for Year 9 students. In week 4 students will sit NAPLAN tests across Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The Year 9 Reflection Day, Have a Heart Day and the College Athletics Carnival are also on this term. 


NAPLAN: The NAPLAN tests will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of Week 4 this term. Students must bring their laptop and headphones each day to their allocated classroom. It is very important that the students fully charge their laptops each night. Please encourage your son/daughter to try their best and to not put too much pressure on themselves. It is all about having a go and trying their best as it is a way to see where each student is at when looking at their English and Mathematics skills and knowledge.

Year 9 Reflection Day

On Friday of Week 5 Year 9 is having a Reflection Day. The day is always a great success as Michael Fitzpatrick delivers thought-provoking activities. Students will think deeply about their future and discover that they are all called to be leaders in some capacity. It is a compulsory school day, and we ask that all students make the effort to come to school that day and throw themselves into all activities and discussions. Students are to wear sports uniform.

Year 9 Connect Mass

Thank you to those students and their families who came to the Year 9 Connect Mass on ANZAC Day. It was wonderful to see our STAC leader Seth dressed in his school uniform and wearing his Grandfather’s war medals. Padre spoke to the congregation about Jesus being our shepherd and how we are all called to be shepherds in the world today.  This means caring for those around us. It also means protecting the more vulnerable of our community. I encourage all parents to talk to their son/daughter about how we might do this in our world today. It could be as simple as including someone — who is alone — into their friendship group.

We encourage all students to work hard this term and become involved in as many activities that Marymount has to offer. Remember the theme this year is ‘The story is yours – go write it!’

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

Year 8 Key Dates

  • Monday 7 June - Night of Living History CANCELLED
  • 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

Year 8 Camp

We finally made it to the long-awaited Year 8 camp! The students have had an action packed three days up at Mapleton.  

The highlight of the camp was the mud challenge. This is a new activity and not one person left clean. Students had the opportunity to crawl, walk or swim through the mud. Even the teachers got involved. The exciting part was going down the giant slide. The kids have never been so excited to take a shower.  

We asked some of our Year 8s about their favourite camp activities. Here are their responses:  

Giant Swing:  

Students went 15 meters in the air and had a real Tarzan moment swinging in the trees. Fear of heights were conquered this week with all coming down with a smile on their face.  

Leap of Faith:  

Another fear conqueror! Again, students built up the courage to go high in the sky. This was a popular among the students as many aimed for hitting the red ball and enjoyed jumping.  


On our final night we all gathered in the hall to have our Year 8 Liturgy. Students really enjoyed the accompanying activity which was Writing our Story. This saw students take time to really reflect and share the positive attributes of their peers. Afterwards students sat back and had a moment to read the positive words from their peers.  

Overall teachers and students have had a great three days. New friendships, new experiences and fears were conquered. Everyone will sleep well tonight!  

Peter Carroll & Lauren Hutchinson 
Head and Assistant Head of Year 8

Year 7 Key Dates

  • Tuesday 4 May - Year 7 Parent Teacher Interviews
  • Tuesday 11 - Friday 14 May - NAPLAN 
  • Sunday 23 May - Tuesday 25 May - Year 7 Camp
  • Wednesday 26 May - Rest Day for Year 7
  • 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 December - Last official day Year 9, 8, 7

Arrangements for Tuesday 4 May

  • Normal lessons will not run during Period 5 & 6 for Year 7 students on Tuesday 4 May.
  • Students will be supervised for private study.

If you have a scheduled parent-teacher interview, please provide your child with a note stating the interview time, and your child will meet you at the Doyle Centre.

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



Posters and flyers for this important event will begin to be displayed this week. Next month, (Monday 31 May 2021 – 5.30pm – 7.30pm in Week 7) we are looking forward to having all of SE Queensland Tertiary Institutions attending and available for individual consultation.  Also, a wide array of business and industry experts will be attending and willing to provide advice on any number of topics.  

This night is particularly important for our Year 10 students and their parents/carers in terms of Senior Subject selection and the consideration of prerequisites.  For Year 11 & 12 student and their parents/carers, the night provides important pathway guidance, as well as information on opportunities, and inspiration.

 Exhibitors include:
•    Riviera Australia
•    Parsons Law
•    Goodstart Early Learning 
•    Back in Motion Physiotherapy
•    McDonalds
•    Queensland Police
•    Sunland Group
•    Black and White Estate Agents
•    NSW Fire Brigade
•    Gold Coast Trade College
•    Griffith University
•    Defence Recruitment
•    New York Film Academy
•    Westpac Institution Banking
•    Bond University
•    Tamblyn Modelling
•    University of Queensland
•    Starlight Foundation
•    Air Gold Coast
And many more…

Also, we are welcoming back a number of our past students to share their post-high school experiences, as well as a number of professional sportspeople (Ex-Marymount students) including Xavier Coates, Karina Brown, Anthony Laffranchi, Kristy Guthrie and Nathan Friend.


Our current Year 12 students will be the first to receive their Student Portfolio upon graduation later this year.  Students have been involved in this program over the past three years, with records of achievements throughout their senior journey being collected and stored safely with in the Marymount College Careers Centre throughout this time.

This term, we would like to encourage our Year 12 Students to either collect their Student Portfolio for updating at home, or to simply 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. 

We look forward to contributing to the Graduation Ceremony and presenting these very impressive documents to each individual.


Gold Coast TAFE are again offering their very popular TAFE At School program which provides the opportunity for students to attend one day per week typically over 4 terms to gain a Certificate qualification in certain areas of interest including:
  • Cert II in Salon Assistant
  • Certificate IV in Crime and Justice
  • Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation
  • Certificate II in Plumbing
There are also a number of Taster Programs (over 9 weeks) offered including:
  • Community Service 
  •  Health
For further details, visit and contact the Marymount College Careers Centre to apply.


Bond University are offering an online Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) Information Evenings allowing students and parents/carers to be informed and ask questions.  Click here to register. 

Dates Include:
•    Tuesday 27 April 2021 (5.30pm – 6.30pm)
•    Tuesday 11 May 2021 (5.30pm – 6.30pm)
•    Thursday 13 May 2021 (5.30pm – 6.30pm)


Gold Coast Defence Force Recruiting Information Sessions in May:
•    Wednesday 12 May (6pm) Gold Coast Defence Careers Info Session
•    Wednesday 19 May (6pm) Gold Coast Defence Careers Info Session
•    Monday 24 May (6pm) Gold Coast Commando Information Session
•    Monday 31 May (10am)  Gold Coast Army Reserve Information Session

For further information and to register click here


The National Institution of Education (NIE) are offering a FREE webinar on the processes and preparation available to students considering pathways into Medicine or Dentistry.
The event is being held on:
•    Sunday 16 May 2021 (6.00pm – 8.30pm
To register click here 


TNR (Thomas Noble and Russell) is a locally-based accountancy and advisory firm continually growing throughout Northern NSW and SE Queensland that employs around 6 undergraduate accountants each year such as school leavers who commence their university study part-time. 
Unlike the usual traineeship programs, TNR retain their undergraduates after they graduate and support them through the next phases of their career such as completion of the Chartered Accountants (CA Program) and beyond.
TNR are currently interviewing and recruiting for our 2022 cohort.  TNR offer a great opportunity for young people to join a large firm in a regional location.  For further details and to apply, contact Kimberley Morhaus (Human Resources Manager) Email: or Phone: 02 6626 3000.


Sea World Cruises are currently offering School Based Traineeship positions to Year 10 and 11 students interested in pursuing Business (Hospitality), Hospitality, or Business Administration qualifications.  Priority will be given to those applicants interested in the Marine Industry.  For further details on these highly sought-after positions, please see the Marymount College Careers Centre.

Jason Hamilton
Head of Careers & VET
The Australian Brain Bee Challenge (ABBC) is a competition for high school students in Year 10 to learn about the brain and its functions, learn about neuroscience research, find out about careers in neuroscience and to dispel misconceptions about neurological and mental illnesses. 

This opportunity was presented to the Year 10 cohort in January this year. Students who took part were provided with study materials to learn and then completed an online exam on 29 March.

This year there was a high standard of competition, and to progress to Round 2 (regional finals), students needed to achieve over 80% in the exam. We would like to congratulate Halle Wiblen for achieving over this percentage and wish her the best of luck in the regional finals.

Kristina Baker
Head of Science

STEM Solar Boating Challenge

Last week our Year 8 STEM class took part in our second bi-annual Marymount STEM Solar Boat Challenge.

The main event of this challenge is a series of races that are held at the Marymount swimming pool using the watercraft students have designed and built themselves. To be able to make this possible and rise to this challenge and students have had to immerse themselves in a full gamut of scientific, technological, engineering, artistic and mathematic disciplines. Using hydrodynamic principles, hulls were first designed and constructed focusing on speed to be suitable for racing. Attention was then turned to circuitry where the hulls were wired with electrical components to comply with the national competition A solar-powered electric motor was used to drive a propellor that students needed to modify to suit their hull design. Being the second time that this event has run we were able to prepare our entrants a little better this year knowing the different challenges they may face getting their watercraft down the lane. A big thank you for the efforts of everyone involved who made the challenge an entertaining and worthwhile learning opportunity for student and teacher alike. 

Winners of the 2021 Marymount Solar Boat Challenge categories:
1st - Jacob Le Sueur & Flynn Sutherland - Usain Boat
2nd - Kyan Whetter – Predator
3rd - Ronan MacDonald & Harris Brown - Jenny

Best team theme:
Luke Ross & Skyler Williams - Super Mario Boat 

Daniel Cousins
Technology Teacher


The Library has been re-invented again!! With stellar, heavy-lifting help from the grounds staff, I would also like to thank the Library staff - Cathy, Jess and Wendy - for their hard effort in making the Library work.

A week of moving bookcases, wiping down shelves, vacuuming and, importantly, transferring books by hand has created a cosy area where readers can feel comfortable at breaktimes. And, oh yes, we have two classrooms permanently (until the start of next year, at least) blocked off with room dividers on the library floor! Each is complete with a large mobile tv for internet and intranet connection.

This time it isn’t because of a flood in the staffroom, nor indeed is it Covid-related.
These changes are a result of the decommissioning of M Block classrooms and rebuilding of the block, in the regeneration of the school facilities.  The students seem quite excited to see the plans on display in the Library. 


We would like to revive the Library Makerspace, after the non-events of 2020, so please encourage your children, especially Year 7s and 8s, to take along a friend and find out what it’s all about.

Makerspace includes STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) fun activities, and isn’t part of the teaching curriculum, but aims to create an additional, hands-on learning experience.  We run the club at lunchtimes on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Makerspace is a place of discovery and creation, and the library provides the materials to allow students to delve into these rich and rigorous, self-taught, learning experiences.  The Library offers resources to encourage and enable the development skills essential for success in the future. 
Makerspace activities are high and low-tech.  Students can learn with electronics kits, create something on a 3D printer, use their Minecraft skills, construct with paddle pop sticks, straws or Lego, deconstruct and recycle computers or cameras. They may like paper engineering (for greetings cards, for example) or textile creation such as knitting/crochet/sewing or jewellery making and other crafts. 

Next week we are continuing to make cards – for Mothers Day, a birthday or any other reason.  Do have your child sign up, with a friend perhaps, at the Library desk!

Over 2020 we developed a Padlet full of Makerspace activities.  It’s on Moodle on the Library page

Borrowing and Overdues

Thanks to everyone who has brought back their library books from last term.  The library may look a little different, but students may still borrow at breaktime, lunchtime, before and after school.  We still have just as many books and keep the collection up to date and relevant by weeding out most of the old stock and buying in items selected by our students – we have developed a great Manga collection of books this year!
Books are loaned for a period of 2 weeks after which time it is expected that the child returns or renews it.  Overdue notices are a reminder to the child and are also sent out to the parent or guardian.  Please follow up with your child if you receive an overdue notice.

Readers Cup & Premiers Reading Challenge

We have a team in the Readers Cup – the trivia quiz challenge.  They are busy reading 5 books on which they will be asked questions at an evening event in June. Keep busy people!

The Premiers Reading Challenge is a self-paced reading challenge for Years 7-9 which begins in May and runs for 15 weeks.  Children may read what they like- novels, short stories, non-fiction, online and as an audiobook, as long as they read a minimum of 15 books, they will receive a signed certificate from the Premier!  
Please encourage your child to join in – we all know how important reading is in life, and even the less confident or competent readers will be able to achieve and might find something that encourages them to read even more!  We have a broad range of reading matter in the Library.
English teachers will be taking students names, or students may come direct.  I will send students more details and a record-sheet to record the book titles when I receive names.  Around 30 students took part last year – let’s make it more this year!

Janet Cartlidge
Teacher Librarian

College Cross Country 

Last Thursday morning we held the College Cross Country trials to select the students that get to compete at the Oceanic District Cross Country on Wednesday 5 May. The top six competitors in each age groups have qualified to compete at Pizzey Park next week. Special congratulations to our age champions for 2021:

12yr: Meika Locke & Archie Harrison
13yr: Chelsea Smyth & Eli Glegg
14yr: Pascalle Foster & Luke Palmer
15yr: No Champion as there were no female runners & Rory Randall
16yr: Molly Sewell & Ky Veech
Open: Charli Greedy & Taiquin Hayes

Good luck to all our competitors at the District races on Wednesday.

We also held our full school cross country event last Thursday afternoon where all students completed laps of short course to earn points for their house. The houses went off in the reverse order of their point scores after the morning’s competitive races. Allambee (76 points) went out first and set a competitive total of 555. Bulimah (102 points) were next to go and blew Allambee’s total away with a strong 645, setting a high standard for the two houses to follow. Patanga (103 points) went out next and fell well short of Bulimah with a total of 563. Katandra (115 points) were the final house on the course and after starting 12 points clear after the morning races, they were unable to catch Bulimah’s impressive total and finished with 564. Therefore our champion house for 2021 was Bulimah.

1st – Bulimah 645
2nd – Katandra 564
3rd – Patanga 563
4th – Allambee 555

South Coast School Sport Representatives

Congratulations to Max Hudson and Mason Field on their selection in the 13-15yr boys South Coast AFL team to compete at the State Championships ion Mackay. We wish Max & Mason all the best as they take on the best AFL players in the state.  

Queensland School Sport Representatives

Congratulations to Daniel Bray (triathlon) and Archie Harrison (aquathon) on their selection in the Queensland School Sport teams for 2021. Unfortunately they don’t get to compete at the Australian Championships because School Sport Australia has cancelled all national events for 2021, however they are still recognised as State Representatives for 2021. 

Student Sporting Results

Any student who achieves outstanding results in any sporting field and wants to be acknowledged in the newsletter needs to make sure they let Mr Balym know about the results. This information can be emailed directly to Mr Balym:

Outstanding Sporting Results

In March, Molly Sewell competed at the Queensland State Athletics Championships and came 1st in the Under 17 1500m. With her results, Molly qualified to represent Queensland to run in both the 1500m and 3000m at the Australian Athletics Championships, that were held from 12th-19th April in Sydney. Molly won two silver medals in these events to go along with running 2 PB's, in both the Under 17 1500m (4:29.87) and 3000m (9:45.26) events. Congratulations Molly and we wish you well for the upcoming cross country season!

Interschool Sport Term 2 & 3

Our interschool sport continues in terms 2 & 3 on a Thursday afternoon. The Semester 1 competition is nearing the end with the finals set down for Week 5. 

At the conclusion of the semester 1 competition, we will begin team trials for the Semester 2 sports in Week 7. The competitive games will begin in the first week of Term 3. Students who don’t get selected into an interschool sport team will be placed into our intraschool sport program. 

All parents will receive an email instructing them to give permission for their child to participate and to make their child’s sport selection. Please discuss the available options with your child before making the selection for them.  

Sports available for the AGCC Semester 2 competition are:
Boys: Futsal, Oztag, Rugby League (12/13yr old OR 14/15yr old), Tennis
Girls: Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball
Mixed: Netball

Listed below are the compulsory items that students need to supply to participate in the interschool sport teams:
  • Basketball: appropriate footwear (runners are fine)
  • Futsal: appropriate footwear (runners are fine), shin guards, long socks
  • Netball: appropriate footwear (runners are fine), no jewellery, short fingernails
  • Oztag: appropriate footwear (runners are fine, if wearing football boots – must not have metal studs), Oztag shorts OR shorts with either no pockets or zippered pockets
  • Rugby League: appropriate footwear (football boots – must not have metal studs), mouthguard, Marymount College football socks, Marymount College football shorts
  • Soccer: appropriate footwear (runners are fine, if wearing football boots – must not have metal studs), shin guards, long socks
  • Tennis: appropriate footwear (runners are fine), tennis racquet
  • Volleyball: appropriate footwear (runners are fine)
Please ensure your child has the correct equipment to participate in the sport you select for them. 

College Track & Field Carnival

Our College Track & Field carnival is being held in Week 10 – Friday 25 June.

In order for us to be able to complete all the events on the day, we require students to nominate for the events they wish to compete in now. We will then run trials in the weeks leading up to the carnival and only have those who qualify for the finals compete in the event on the day. 

All students have been sent an email to their school email address with details of how to nominate for the events they wish to compete in. These nominations need to be done by Friday 7 May so the trials can begin in Week 4. 
  • The events that are considered high-risk events will also require parental permission for students to be allowed to compete.
  • Once nominations close, parents will be sent an email asking for their permission for their child to compete in the high-risk events.
  • Please ensure you complete the permission form if you receive one, otherwise, your child will not be allowed to compete in those events. 
Trent Balym
Sports Program Leader
HOWZAT!!! Unfortunately, both the Junior and Senior Boys T20 cricket team went down to All Saints on Wednesday. The boys should be proud of their efforts and the way they conducted themselves.
Great roll-up at AFL training this week. With the Schools Q Cup being next week, teams are now finalised. Training for both boys teams will be Tuesday and Thursday morning at 7:00am. Girls will be notified of their training schedule. 
Girls Rugby League this week. Although the girls played their hearts out, they were defeated this week.

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.

Media Consent

Marymount College collects media consent from parents as their child commences at the College.

This level of consent remains in place whilst the child is enrolled at Marymount College. Parents or guardians can check what level of consent they have provided for their child via the Parent Portal > My Students section.

To change the level of media consent you have provided for your child, email the Student Administration Office via and ask for the form to be resent to you.

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.
Interact Mothers Day Fundraising
We need cups and mugs! Please drop off at Parent Reception, or students bring to Student Administration Office. 

Burleigh School Dental Clinic

Gold Coast Oral Health Services are offering free dental check-ups and treatment to all eligible children (see below for eligibility requirements).
This service will be provided on-site at Burleigh School Dental Clinic in the grounds of the Burleigh Heads State School .
Hours of operation for this clinic are Tuesday–Wednesday—Friday. 8.00am – 4.15 pm.
To arrange an appointment for your child telephone: The Oral Health Client Service Centre
1300 300 850
Monday – Friday 8.00 am – 4.30 pm Excluding Public Holidays
For children to be eligible for free public oral health services they must:
  • Be Queensland residents or attend a Queensland school; and,
  • Be eligible for Medicare*; and,
  • Meet at least one of the following criteria:
    • be aged four years or older and have not completed Year 10, or
    • be referred by a Community Child Health Nurse (Lift the Lip Program), or
    • hold, or be listed as a dependent on, a valid Centrelink concession card, or
    • Children in Out of Home care
*Eligibility for Medicare includes holders of green or blue Medicare cards but excludes yellow Medicare cards which are issued to visitors from countries with reciprocal health card agreements
Further information on public funded oral health services can be accessed via URL:
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