Friday 03 April 2020 
It's about what's best for the students.

Already We are Feeling the Loss

We have missed the students. They have missed being here. How do we know? Because of the ‘lift’ and the smiles we shared when we walked into the Senior exam rooms on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week. Because of the way the students responded with each other after they finished their exams. I arrived home on Thursday night to a neighbour’s children, sitting on the footpath, bathed in fairy lights, sharing a pizza. Laptop and satchel in hand, I went over to tell them how good their lighting was and how good it was to see them there. I told them about our Seniors. They shared that they were also missing their friends from school. We’re in this together.
Ellie Rushworth concluded an email to her class with ‘Stay safe over the coming weeks and remember, just because you’re not at school doesn’t mean you’re alone/unsupported.’ Some teachers may add this to their College email signature as they communicate with students in coming weeks. I hope they do. It’s hard for staff. We know this from the challenges of this week. It’s getting harder for families with children at home. It will get harder for the children. Birthdays celebrated on Skype or House Party are not the same. My young granddaughter enjoyed the novelty of her mother’s ‘party’ for a time, yet needed a real party. It’s the same for staff, for the students. It’s hard for the friends of a great woman with just five attending her funeral—hard for the five, yet, harder for the 150 who could not attend.
Extract from a thoughtful email set by a parent this week
We are still working through the tasks set from last week and it is a struggle, but we are doing our best. This whole situation is not really working here at home and I am one of the parents who are spending hours a day trying to home school as I have lost my job.
My child will do what they can with my assistance as I am learning how to be a teacher after I have actually learnt the content myself. At the moment these kids are being dished out work with no teaching involved. OneNote is technical and it is information overload with no teaching which cannot be the way for Term 2.
My response:
Thank you for your email. I have spoken to the teacher, Head of Department and others and as we go to day three (Wednesday this week) of preparation, we will continue to share the emerging understanding that teachers are planning too much. It will take some weeks, if we are lucky, to settle this down. Teachers are anxious about the work they believe they need to cover. 
Our conversations today (Wednesday) were moving to ‘how can we engage with the students, attend to their learning more about online systems, to feel OK about COVID-19, to develop simple routines, to get help from their teacher when they can’t use the system, to get help from their teacher when they can’t find the resources or do the work? (Clearly, for this past week we only posted the work and focussed on teacher planning for Term 2. It’s not surprising that it has been so hard for you and your children).
(The teacher and their colleagues) were nodding agreement this morning when I spoke to their Department about the challenge we face. I wrote to the teacher about your email and suggested 'go slow to go fast'.

  1. Do less and include encouragements/affirmations and busy work
  2. As confidence and trust grows, try to break ground with some essential new content
  3. If step 2 works, remember, 'go slow to go fast'. go back to step 1 and repeat steps 1 to 3
  4. if step 2 doesn’t work, repeat step 1 a number of times, until students are a little more comfortable/confident.

This will take some time for teachers to adjust to. They are used to being in charge, telling students what to do, doing some of it for them and getting on with the next bit of coursework. From the start of Term 2 teachers will need to check in with students; wait for their students to work out how to follow instructions to do work on their own at home; help their students to develop the confidence to ask questions when they are worried what others—they can’t see—will be thinking. Teachers will need to realise they must develop an understanding about how to provide better instructions to help students successfully attack remote learning; how to adjust the workload so that the tasks are manageable and achievable.
Clearly, this will test all of our patience and that of our parents.
Your confidence in us, as we start this alternative approach to learning as the novices we are, is appreciated.
So What Were We Doing This Week
For two days we focussed on the task of helping teachers add new skills for online learning. Volunteers from across faculties provided lessons and tutoring to colleagues in their faculty. Heads of Faculty worked with teachers to adjust coursework, formative assessment and summative assessment. Concerns were raised, discussed and factored into the decisions required to establish protocols for Students, Parents and Teachers. These Expectations and Guidelines will be published on the parent portal. With some further clarity, the work continued on Wednesday. By Thursday a small number of teachers were running trials with their classes (with very small numbers of participants) and were reassured with the contact and functionality of Microsoft TEAMS. The experiences of the week have prompted us to write in the Parent Protocols document:
Students, parents and teachers all become novices with rapid change like this. It will be trying for students, parents and staff, and it will take time until these learning arrangements become routine.
We have good people in our Marymount Community; from the grounds and facilities staff, to teacher aides, secretarial, teaching and leadership staff; from the students and parents and caregivers to our community partners. All supportive and wanting to contribute their best. We will be relying on this collective goodwill and understanding. We will be relying on the capacity of our committed and busy teaching staff assisted by the College Senior Leaders, Academic Leaders and Pastoral Leaders. We will need to recalibrate plans and approaches as we go, so we deliver effective, quality, remote learning over coming months. We will also need to assist our students to develop organisational skills (executive function) without the close presence of their teachers.

Parents can help here, but be advised, you may come to appreciate that teachers are not the problem. Helping adolescent learners develop organisational skills is challenging. Finally, we will be hoping parents will have the wisdom to listen to their child, respond with open-ended questions for their child to think about, leave the child to work through the problem, and if their child continues to struggle, send an email, like the one above, to and someone will get back to you.
Palm Sunday, Easter Sunday and Holidays
From King on Palm Sunday, to crucified on Good Friday and risen on Easter Sunday. Jesus—
the greatest story of all time. We are called to live this story. God rises in us when we allow ourselves to love our neighbour, do good works and give thanks to God for God’s great abundance, goodness, grace and mercy. God’s trust in us to rise and be God’s hands, heart and Spirit in the world each day, is the Easter gift. This is a gift that calls us to live a life of peace, love, understanding and service to others. It’s a gift that promises life to the full. Good mothers and fathers live this gift each day. As we holiday this Easter, unable to gather for Mass, may we hold up to God those who suffer, and pray for all people, as each nation faces their challenge and the heartbreak of the pandemic.
Chris Noonan


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Guidance Counsellors

Take Care of Yourself

It can feel stressful and overwhelming during an event like the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and we can all be affected differently. 
You might feel overwhelmed by the information, conversations and the increased levels of stress in the community.  It can be hard to know what information to trust especially in a situation where things are changing so quickly. It is important that you take care of your wellbeing during this time. 
Tips to maintain a healthy headspace during this time:
  • CONNECT: Have a virtual meet with your friends; It can help to talk with a trusted adult if it all feels a bit much.
  • BE ACTIVE: Do things that make you feel physically and emotionally safe and be with those who are helpful to your wellbeing; Do some physical activity, like going for a run or walk.
  • TAKE NOTICE: Engage in activities that promote a sense of calm and feeling grounded; Do things you enjoy or that help you relax, like watching a funny TV show or YouTube clip or reading a good book; Go over good memories by looking at photographs (make a scrapbook, photobook etc.).
  • KEEP LEARNING: Embrace new opportunities and new experiences
  • GIVE: Give your time, your words and your presence. This could be via virtual giving, reaching out to someone and talking via text or phone.
  • TAKE a break from the media.  Limit your exposure by being mindful of exposure to information through stories, traditional and social media. 
We just want to remind you that we are available if you would like a check-in during this time via email or phone please let us know.
There are also other supports available to you at this time for support:
Phone Counselling/Email Counselling: 
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
Beyondblue 1300 22 4636
Useful Websites:  
Headspace (
ReachOut (
Youthbeyondblue (

Take care of yourself during this time, dedicate time for study, time for rest and time for self-care, connect with your peers (electronically) and reach out if you are needing support, either to us or other services, 

Your wellbeing is important. We are all in this together. Take care of yourself and one another.

Ange, Heather and Maddie 
Guidance Counsellor Team


School TV

It’s never been more challenging for parents to raise happy, healthy and resilient children. 

Like never before, parents need to be informed with clear, fact-based information on the many challenges faced by today’s youth. Topics such as youth anxiety, depression, self-harm, drug and alcohol use, cyberbullying and many others need clear explanation and guidance.

SchoolTV is a new ongoing resource that is now available to our parents. Each edition will address a major topic with expert interviews, fact sheets, parent quiz, recommended apps, books and much more. SchoolTV aggregates information from many great resources such as BeyondBlue and ReachOut, amongst others. SchoolTV provides a single stream of independent factual information that saves parents time and confusion of searching online across multiple sites for information.

You can access the SchoolTV archive via the College website

Vivian Savage
Assistant Principal Pastoral
Access SchoolTV

Religious Life of the School


On this Easter morning, let us look again at the lives we have been so generously given and let us let fall away from the useless baggage that we carry -- old pains, old habits, old ways of seeing and feeling -- and let us have the courage to begin again. Life is very short, and we are no sooner here than it is time to depart again, and we should use to the full the time that we still have. 
We don't realize all the good we can do. A kind, encouraging word or helping hand can bring many a person through dark valleys in their lives. We weren't put here to make money or to acquire status or reputation. We were sent here to search for the light of Easter in our hearts, and when we find it we are meant to give it away generously. The dawn that is rising this Easter morning is a gift to our hearts and we are meant to celebrate it and to carry away from this holy, ancient place the gifts of healing and light and the courage of a new beginning.

John O'Donohue 
Dawn Mass Reflections at Corcomroe Abbey
Here it is, the last Newsletter piece for Term 1 2020. Nothing is the same as it was two weeks ago, a mostly student free school is surreal and the future isn’t promising anything definite about what it will look like. Whatever it brings, though, the incredible hard work of Marymount College’s teachers over this past week in preparing next term’s work has been nothing short of heroic. And all is ready to enter into this new way of doing things. Yes, everything is ready for the students...

Brene Brown, well known American academic (in the realm of Social Work) and podcaster has some advice for parents new to the homeschooling experience, saying:

“I get how hard this is. In the podcast, I talk about hiding from my family in a tuba. It’s overwhelming. Some of us are very ready for virtual school to start up and some of us are scared. However weird the experience may be, we need to partner with teachers to try to make this work. LOTS and lots of grace.

...But here’s one thing I would say:  Watch screen time. Limitless screen time during an emergency that’s going to last for weeks is not reducing anxiety. It’s throwing gasoline on it. Let them read or do nothing.

Whether we’re onboard for online or we’re opting out, we should all do our kids a huge favour right now and let them experience boredom.

But, we must be ready. Boredom will be a……first time .. for a lot of our children who have TikTok, memes, and games at the ready, 24 hours a day.

Just as we can come out of our skin during hard first times, they will too. It will take hours of complaining about feeling like they’re dying before they settle into that strange place that’s rarely visited by today’s children – their imagination.  We don’t need to entertain them, we need to model vulnerability for them and support them in this FFT.

Boredom is sacred. We shouldn’t deny our children this holy experience.”

Sacred Time

This is a sacred time in our lives and also an especially sacred time of our year. Countless wonderful stories in the media tell of the almost sacrificial dedication of front line workers around the world, of doctors and health care workers, retail assistants, delivery people, volunteers and  good neighbours and on and on.

This past couple of weeks has seen  a small group of our students, who have been in school, carrying on our lovely tradition of making palm crosses for distribution to Burleigh Parishioners. Chris Larkin, our Agricultural Science and RE  teacher, launched this activity a few years ago. The palms will be blessed at Mass this weekend and left outside the churches for anyone who would like to take one home. It is a beautiful opportunity for the students to make an authentic connection with other parishioners. Some crosses will make their way to parishioners in hospital and others to some in aged care homes. Over the years we have had some poignant messages of appreciation from older parishioners. 

Online Mass

Since our traditional Holy Week liturgies won’t be happening in the usual way, find out what is happening by visiting the Parish website for information and links to online Masses. Other sites you might like to visit are where there’s lots of streaming of services in a most impressive setting or visit the Pope’s daily live stream Mass. And I recommend tuning into the Archdiocese of Brisbane website and reading Pope Francis‘s powerful homily in the Urbi et Orbi Blessing on 27 March.

Even though we may not have direct access to most sacraments or Mass, this time offers a precious opportunity to show our love and concern for our immediate family and those in need via, phone calls, emails or whatever specific kinds of help is needed.

Nothing can separate us from the love of God if we strive to stay close. 

I wish everyone a happy and blessed Easter. 

Dolores Maitland

Traditional Palm Crosses made by Students

Even with such a huge disruption to our school, over the last two weeks, students of all ages have still been able to make palm crosses for distribution on Sunday.

Some Year 7 students have been working in our reduced classes, and even from home (thanks Biko) to produce this traditional symbol used on Palm Sunday. With regular Sunday services not going ahead, Padre will live stream Palm Sunday mass at 10:00am. This can be accessed through the Burleigh Parish website
Palms will be blessed by Padre and left outside each of the Parish Mass centres for collection over the weekend. Thanks to all the staff and students who have managed to continue this activity despite the difficulties of social distancing and extreme hygiene.

Chris Larkin
Agricultural Science Teacher 

Report from students

Today Edwin came in our classroom to teach us how to create some crosses made out of palm leaves. These crosses were for Palm Sunday and they were really fun to make. At the beginning it was very difficult, but it got easier the more he taught you.  It was a very fun experience!
Darcey Howard

Today we made some palm crosses made out of palm leaves for Palm Sunday. At first, I didn’t understand how to put the leaf through the lock but then Edwin showed me, and it was really easy, so I made about six of them. I learnt how to do a new skill.
Milly Cowan

When I first came into the classroom I was asked if I wanted to make crosses out of palm leaves. I decided to do it and once he showed us how to do it, most of us picked it up and we started making them like a well-oiled machine. The whole reason we did this was because Palm Sunday was coming up. The crosses are going to get blessed and handed to people for they cannot come to church because of coronavirus.
Noah Dunlop

Palm crosses are an important element of Lent. On Palm Sunday many churches pass out palm leaves, they are waved in victory and kept in homes as a daily reminder of the Victory of Christ. One way that people have given more meaning to the palm leaf is to form it into the shape of a cross. This symbolizes the ultimate victory of Christ was his sacrifice. I enjoyed this activity because it enabled me to give back to the community and reflect on the sacrifice Jesus gave to us. 
Hayley Goldsworthy

Rosies Thank you

We at Rosies would like to take this opportunity to thank Marymount College students, staff and extended community for their recent donation of Pantry Supplies.

Marymount College’s continued support to Rosies is helping us provide to those most in need in our community. Thank you again from Rosies Burleigh and the extended Rosies Community.
Kind Regards,

Tracy McLean
Gold Coast South Coordinator

Project Compassion

Project Compassion is one of the main fundraisers at our amazing school.

So, a few weeks ago, the Year 7s decided to start a competition to see which class can raise $100 before the end of the term for a prize! The incredible idea originated with Mr Sikora telling his class that they will receive a class party if they reach their goal! How lucky is 7KG? When he announced the challenge, they were already at $80. Mr Dick and Mr Sikora started the competition during HPE week. As we finished school last week, more Year 7 PC teachers had entered their classes into the challenge. 

Now, with students at home on pupil-free days and the Easter holidays upon us, the competition will be postponed but we hope you won’t forget Project Compassion and what it means.

Gracie Ollerenshaw (Maitland) & Summer Carroll
Year 7 Insiders

Lolly Count Challenge

‘As part of the Project Compassion 2020 Fund Raiser, we had the Lolly Count Challenge.

There were several Year 7  & 8 students who assisted in doing the rounds to make it successful. We were able to get more than 60 entries in a space of two weeks and that is incredible.
Finally, the draw date was 20 March, at Lunch and Mrs Lill from the Learning Support helped us do the final count in the presence of a few stakeholders in the Year 7 & 8 play area. The excitement was palpable as the final number of lollies were counted and finally the number stopped at 178. Then the desperate flicking through the pages to see if anyone had the right guess, 'till we heard an ecstatic shout from Sadie Coryndon from 7BE who was the only one who had guessed it right. Obviously, within seconds she was the most loved person among the group of people gathered for obvious reasons!
Thanks to all who have contributed to being a part of this campaign. Without your effort, it would not have been so successful.

Edwin Pereira
Campus Minister

Year 9 Religion, Term 1: Who was Jesus?

In Term 1 Year 9 Religious Education students studied the unit Making Sense of Jesus, exploring ‘Big’ fertile question: Who Was Jesus?

The assessment for this unit was to create a children’s storybook based on a New Testament gospel story involving Jesus Christ. To do this they had the option of drawing by hand or digitally using websites such as Of which most students created wonderful comics using

Overall, this was an enjoyable and insightful task, with the storybooks being of high quality with a number of impressive creations. Some are displayed here for your viewing pleasure.

Garrett Fitzgerald
Humanities and Religion Teacher

Marymount Mob

Marymount Mob Cultural Workshop

In Week 8, Marymount Mob students were able to enjoy a wonderful morning of cultural learning and enrichment together, to celebrate and commemorate Close the Gap Day. 

Although current restrictions meant some changes to the planned program, that didn’t dampen the students’ spirits. The morning started with a special prayer, after which the students watched a video explaining why Close the Gap Day is so very important. The video featured the very motivational and inspirational elder Uncle Eric Law, who many students remembered fondly from their trip to Cherbourg several years ago.  

Former Mob student, Amy Weatherall, came in to teach the students some traditional painting techniques, which they used to decorate their own Journey Stones.  Amy also helped the students design a rainbow serpent mural which will eventually be proudly displayed at the College. Students were each assigned a section of the mural to decorate, using their handprints and a range of dot painting and other traditional symbols. Whilst there is a long way still to go until the mural is complete, the students have made a great start, displaying amazing artistic ability and talent. We commend the students – not only on their beautiful artwork – but on the dedication and sensitivity they all showed towards these tasks. The finished artworks will be something that all the students – and the College – should be very proud of. 

Monica Weatherall
Indigenous Mentor

Year 12

Year 12 Update

We told the Year 12s that their senior year was going to be eventful, but never in our wildest dreams did we envisage this!

Our thoughts have very much been with our seniors as we navigate our way through this ever-changing situation. The support of parents and caregivers has never been more important than it is right now, and we thank you for all that you are doing for your sons and daughters. 

The focus, from our perspective as Heads of Year, is on ensuring the Year 12s maintain a sense of belonging, assuring them they are not alone. We have full faith that they are capable of handling their academic workload from home and are inspired by the senior teachers who are working so diligently to provide accessible and high-quality content via remote learning platforms.

The emphasis has always been on the individual student to ensure they are keeping up to date with their schoolwork. This will now present a bigger challenge, but again we trust that our seniors recognise the importance of the task at hand and will motivate themselves to stay on track, whilst ensuring they allow themselves appropriate breaks to stay in a good headspace.

We hope the Year 12s enjoy their holiday break, taking the time to reconnect with family and refresh themselves physically, mentally and spiritually in preparation for Term 2.

It’s important they realise they are in our thoughts and prayers at all timeswe're with them all the way!

Matt Carroll and Irene Scott
Head & Assistant Head of Year 12

Year 11

We are in a time of weirdness and uncertainty

Our routines are different. School looks different. You may have been stood down from your casual job, or a parent or sibling has. You are not able to play team sport, celebrate your 16th/ 17th with friends or gather for social events. A painful part of Covid-19 is losing access, in the short term, to important experiences and opportunities. I know I am feeling anxious and annoyed about the lack of control and certainly in my daily life at the moment. I am guessing you are too. Remember everyone is in the same boat. We need to radically accept our emotions. It is OK to feel sad, angry, annoyed, frustrated, disappointed or scared. Sit with the emotion, accept it and then think what can I do next. 

Social Distancing

At the end of the day we are social distancing to slow the rate of infection so we can help our world and work towards recovery. We are being asked to look after one another and support our vulnerable; our parent, brother, sister, grandparent, aunt, uncle, unborn sibling/nephew or niece, neighbour, mate. It is tough, but feasible. 

Take a Break

We have our two-week break coming up. Take a breather, continue to practice social distancing and good hygiene. Keep up some exercise and mental health. There are many good free apps available. One I like for exercise is 8fit – it gives you an 8-minute workout to do each day. Smilingmind is great for meditations – ranging from 2-30mins. Take on cooking dinner once or twice a week for the family. Entertain or teach a younger sibling. Begin a jigsaw puzzle, hobby or house project. Be kind to yourself and others.

Pastoral Activity

My goal is to email you each Thursday with a Pastoral Activity to do. We will also acknowledge those having Birthdays in that week. This week we wish 
2-Apr    Georgia Scott-Riley
5-Apr    Ashleigh Simons
a Happy Birthday. 

I encourage you to share good news stories, gratitude and prayer requests. Email me so I can pass them on to the grade. 

If you require any support please contact me, Mr Nigel Ward or our College Counsellors

Keep safe and well.

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

Year 10

Year 10 Students have worked very hard this Term, stepping up to the Senior school with determination, to achieve the best results that they can.

The classroom teachers have been working this week to prepare students for the coming term. This is a move to Online learning, which is a challenge for all. However, we are confident that students will take this in their stride, with parent support at home. We are trying to keep to our daily routine when Term 2 starts.

  • Keep to their timetable
  • Each Monday teachers will email the work for that week
  • Teachers will book times for online conferencing during the week, for every subject 
  • All students work is on
  • Ask their student to show the work that is required, from Monday’s email
  • Mr Cornor and Mrs Faulks are available during school hours to discuss student’s wellbeing via email or phoning the school office. This is particularly important as we still have school counsellors and administration staff to consult if necessary 

We wish everyone a happy holiday break. Stay safe and take good care of yourselves and your family. Our prayers are with you all at this time.

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

Year 9

It has certainly been an unusual few weeks - not only in the life of the College, but across the world.

As Heads of Year, we have missed seeing and interacting with the students and they have definitely been in our thoughts and prayers. While the term is coming to a close, we ask that you all look after yourselves and enjoy time with your families. Use the holidays as a time to rest and enjoy doing those activities that perhaps we haven’t had time to do for a while.

Both teachers and students have been preparing to move to a remote classroom environment next term. We want you to know that the most important factor in this change will continue to be your child’s well-being. While some students learning will thrive in this new environment, others might struggle. Please know that all we ask is that the student has a go. All teachers will be available to guide and answer questions. Our main concern is that each student looks after both their physical and mental health.

Please assure your child that we will be working with them as closely as we can, however, this may take time as we get used to the new technology. If you or your child are experiencing unmanageable levels of stress relating to this remote classroom environment, please email us at to voice your concerns so we can deal with these as swiftly as possible. 

Ensure that your child has regular breaks from being online. Encourage your child to take time out to talk to friends and most importantly – continue to check that they are being patient with themselves.

Every week, we will send the students an email with a joke of the week, student birthdays and some mindfulness or mental health activities to undertake if they wish. We are always available to talk – especially if you have any concerns about your child. 

Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. I hope this moment of uncertainty can be a moment where we can think and pray for those suffering in the world but that it can also be a moment to see the beauty around us.

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

Year 8

​Congratulations to the end of Term 1, for all Year 8 Students

Year 8 students have completed the first quarter of their Year 8 experience at Marymount College. There have been exciting times like new friends, lockers, classes, teachers, College swimming carnival, Year level assemblies and so much more. On the other side of the coin the final weeks of term, have also been times of uncertainty.

As a Year level, as a College and as teachers we are here to walk the journey with you and things will get better because we are all in this together. 

Wishing you and your family a very happy and safe Easter from everyone here on the Year 8 team.

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

Year 7

I would like to assure all parents of students in our Year 7 cohort that mental health and well-being is at the forefront of our concerns.

As teachers, we are ‘learning as we go’ and we are becoming increasingly aware of the difficulty a 12-year-old faces when emailed work for the week for multiple subjects on a Monday morning. It would seem overwhelming and even insurmountable for many.

All I can suggest at the moment is to allow your child to finish for Term 1 now. We hope that our work this week will eventually help to make things easier, after the first two to three weeks of Term 2 as the students and teachers adjust to the Alternative Learning Arrangements.

As we begin Term 2, be patient and kind with your child.

Encourage them to support you. In my interactions with students, I have found them to be leading the way with their patience and consideration. Support your child to do their best in their circumstances. Encourage them to email their teacher to ask for help where the instructions are unclear or overwhelming. It’s OK to email, ‘I’m confused. I am not sure where to start. Can you help me?’ 

Where frustration with complex instructions or overload comes up, email and a member of the College Senior Administration, the Heads of Department and I will receive your email and seek to constructively respond to the concern.

Don’t email the teachers. Their focus needs to be on responding to student emails within 24 hours during the school week. Senior Admin, Academic Coordinators and Heads of Year are here to help parents.  

I wish you, your child and their teachers well as we begin our adjustment to remote learning mode in Term 2. I promise my support and wish you a special time with your loved ones over the Easter period. 

May God bless you all and keep you safe and well.
Warmest regards,

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



There is a moment in the Harry Potter series when Albus Dumbledore addresses his students in a time of uncertainty. He says: “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” 

Although we are faced with a changed environment, the English faculty is optimistic that we can continue to provide a quality learning experience for students via the online delivery of the curriculum. Our teachers have worked collaboratively to develop a consistent learning program for each year level in English.

Students in Years 7 to 10, and senior Essential English, will be able to access the relevant resources and activities via their English Moodle page. Senior General English and Literature classes will continue to use OneNote as the primary learning platform. 

Term 2

From the beginning of Term 2, students will receive a weekly email from their English teacher explaining the core learning goals for that week and the relevant activities students should access and complete. In addition, the weekly email will provide scheduled times for when students will be required to log on to Microsoft Teams for their virtual English lessons.  

On behalf of our English team, we appreciate your ongoing support. We have faith that together as a community we can continue to provide consistency and certainty in these times for our number one priority: our students, your children. 

Mallory Lowe  & Jennifer Gorman
Head of English &  English Coordinator 

Mathematics - Term 2 Online Information

Year 7, 8, and 9 Mathematics

HOTmaths and MangaHigh—online learning platforms—will support the delivery of the Australian curriculum in the event students cannot attend school in Term 2. 

Your child’s Mathematics teachers will send an email every Monday morning with a clear outline of topics being covered for the week. The email will be sent to students only, so you may wish to ask your child to share what they are learning with you.

In the weekly email students will receive:
  • the video examples to be accessed via Hotmaths, to explain the skills being covered in each topic; 
  • they will be assigned questions that must be completed in their exercise book; 
  • they will be prompted to complete the Scorcher for each topic; and 
  • students will be provided with a playlist of supplementary tasks to complete on Mangahigh. 
Every Thursday (starting in Term 2) all year levels will be assigned a 15-question quiz, and this is to be completed before Sunday of that week. These quizzes will be completed on HOTmaths and teachers will be able to track student progress. If students are not completing assigned tasks/quizzes, then parents will receive an email from the classroom teacher. Additional work can be found in Moodle on the College Student portal. 

Year 10 Essentials, general, and Methods Mathematics

Class OneNotes, Moodle and MangaHigh—online learning platforms—will support the delivery of the Australian curriculum in the event students cannot attend school in Term 2. The link to the class OneNote can be found on the subject Moodle page.

Your child’s Mathematics teachers will send an email every Monday morning with a clear outline of topics being covered for the week. The email will be sent to students only so you may wish to ask your child to share what they are learning with you.

In the weekly email students will receive:
  • topics for the week from their textbook;
  • questions that must be completed in their exercise book; and
  • students will be provided with a playlist of supplementary tasks to complete on Mangahigh. 
Every Thursday (starting in Term 2) all students will receive a 10-15 question quiz that must be completed before Sunday and uploaded to either Moodle or OneNote so that it can be marked, and feedback given to the student. Students may scan the quiz or take pictures of their work and upload. A free APP for iPhones and iPads is available 

If students are not completing assigned tasks/quizzes, then parents will receive an email from the classroom teacher.

This term, teachers have already begun work creating videos from inside the classroom as an extra resource for topics that students are needing help with. These videos have been embedded into the OneNote and students have been accessing them.

Year 11/12 Essentials, General, Methods and Specialists Mathematics

The main platforms for year 11 and 12 General and Methods will be our Cambridge Go online interactive platform and the class OneNote. The senior mathematics teachers have worked collaboratively to develop the OneNote so that all students have access to the same information. OneNote will have all resources including class notes, videos, questions, tasks, etc. The link to the class OneNotes can be found on the subject Moodle page.

Your child’s Mathematics teachers will send an email every Monday morning with a clear outline of topics being covered for the week. The email will be sent to students only, so you may wish to ask your child to share what they are learning with you.

In the weekly email students will receive:
  • the video examples to be accessed via Cambridge GO, to explain the skills being covered in each topic;
  • they will be assigned questions that must be completed in their exercise book; and  
  • their end of week question set for individual feedback.
In Term 2, teachers will work creating videos from inside the classroom as an extra resource for topics that students are seeking extra help with. These videos will be embedded into the OneNote and students will be informed where they can access them.

Tanya Mullaly & Greg Gazal
Head of Mathematics & Mathematics Coordinator


Year 9 Textile Extension Work

Sienna Jones and Shayla Wood popped in to get their craft pack to hone their Hand embroidery skills and whipped up these super cute ecofelt chics at home! Fantastic effort girls
Jane Greffe
Textiles Teacher


Dance Department Dancing for ourselves…together.

Last week, students in the Year 8 Dance class enjoyed their last practical class for the term. Before a few rounds of compulsory ‘freeze-bob’, students did a theraband workout. They progressed through a series of stretches for their hamstrings and adductors which was followed by strengthening exercises for their arms and abdominals—all at a safe distance away from each other. 

To finish the class, the Year 8s worked in groups to compose choreography routines where their creativity put viral Tik Tok stars to shame. The comments below from this core class’s written surveys have led to an exciting and valuable introspection into their introductory experience with this art form:

A new start in a different format

Term 2 will present a new chapter in Marymount’s dance history. And yet, Dance will continue to flourish and nourish the creative and kinaesthetic abilities within our students in an alternative learning platform. We look forward to more exciting tales from our students experiencing dance in Term 2. Dancing for ourselves…but still together. 

Wishing all families the best for a safe and happy Easter.

Shona Press
Dance Coordinator

Library & Resource Centre

The Library is also helping teachers and students by bringing resources, information and reading materials to your child and your family on-line. Providing resources is what we do! Perhaps more usually behind the scenes than in this present situation!  

Please use Chrome rather than Safari when accessing our online resources.

Library Moodle page

Moodle is the College’s online learning management platform and accessible from the School Portal or your child may have it bookmarked as  
  • Login is with their BCE name and password
  • The Library & Resource Centre is to be found alongside the Year Level ‘Course Categories’

Whilst we cannot ‘do’ Makerspace at school anymore, we can send you some activities for home instead.  
  • Go to the Library page on Moodle and have a look at some of the projects we’ve put onto our Makespace Padlet that, on the whole, use everyday materials to make.
  • Let your child be creative and even make a mess – all the best inventions come from curiosity, iteration, patience and learning from mistakes!  
We’ve tried to make an interesting set of ‘boredom busters’ for students and families alike which will be added to as time goes on.
Research and information

The Library presence on Moodle ensures that students are never far from finding information from quality sources.  Like many suppliers trying to keep customers happy over this awkward time, we have been given free access to extra databases for a couple of months.  
  • Have a look at Gale Health and Wellness until the end of June
  • Gale Humanities ebooks for Year 9 History
  • Studious Seniors should be using databases for their normal research assignments   
Reading online 

The College Library Catalogue called Oliver via Moodle is easy to use. You will find a whole collection of ebooks and audiobooks for students to download and read or listen to on their devices. 
However, using Sora directly will get you there sooner: Sora is the reading and listening app used for ebooks and audiobooks, from OverDrive and BCE. With Sora, students and staff can access, directly, a large collection of ebooks and audiobooks for independent, self-directed, or even teacher-assigned reading.  

Check on the Library Moodle page for details on accessing via laptop or mobile device.
Loans have been cut to seven days to be equitable, but there are a lot of books for younger children as well as our College students.  

Some of you may already be acquainted with some of the many other online sites, free or otherwise – Project Gutenberg for instance or Audible but please don’t forget your local public Gold Coast Library which also has heaps of resources online.

TV4ED is the online video library for Marymount College. TV4ED can be accessed via the School Portal application or via this link:  
We suggest you bookmark the link.
  • Students use their BCE name from their email (name BCE email) - and a password 
  • Please go to the Library Moodle page for password instructions as some students may have chosen their own password.  
  • Students were sent out instructions this week about access to TV4Ed.  Use Chrome, not Safari, when accessing TV4ED  
  • If you are unable to log in or have any other questions about TV4ED please email Miss Jessica Lewis at in the Library.

Thank you to all those students who returned their Library books last week.  Overdues have been ‘frozen’ and you won’t be asked to return any book for the foreseeable future.  When things are back to normal we’ll look again.  In the meantime, please make use of our BCE Sora app for recreational and school-time reading for Non-fiction as well as Fiction ebooks and audiobooks, as well as using the local Public Library.

Readers Cup

The Readers Cup trivia quiz will go ahead this year – the girls already have their books. It won’t be the usual evening gathering with the other Gold Coast High Schools, but an online, remote quiz of sorts in June.  It’s still fun to read and pit your memory for details against other schools, though, and I look forward to catching up with the girls over the next few weeks to see how they are doing!

The Library staff are here to support your child in their learning – at school or from home.
Please contact me with any queries on Library matters at 

Janet Cartlidge
Teacher Librarian
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