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Friday 14 May 2021
NAPLAN – Thank you parents and students
Parents are clearly supporting our request for their Year 7 and 9 children to complete NAPLAN papers.
High participation rates again this year are appreciated. This fulsome response is most welcome. There are a number of students who need to catch-up on a NAPLAN paper or two in this coming week. Please help Mrs Nicholson ensure your child catches up on any NAPLAN paper they missed.
At Marymount, we try to give our students the best teaching and learning experiences we can. Our NAPLAN results help inform College staff how well this is being done. NAPLAN provides a good picture when we have the whole picture. Very high participation rate give the whole picture. Thank you, parents and students, for achieving this each year.
Year 7 Camp and Year 11 Retreats
Some of our teachers really are extending themselves as we staff these important pastoral programs in Week 6.
Again, we urge full participation of students. These are significant formation experiences for individual students and for each year group—learning about self, others and about belonging in community—as they move through high school. They will have some fun too, I am sure. The staff will look after them and I trust they will look after the staff with the respect, enthusiasm and care we have come to expect from students at Marymount.
ECSI – Catholic Identity Survey
Please do this survey.
It doesn’t matter whether you are a church-going Catholic, a lapsed Catholic, Anglican, Uniting, no religion, angry about religion. Just do it. You’re a valued member of the Marymount College community. Your children are too. We talk about life, religion, faith, Jesus, and God with your children. Your perspective matters to us in this important work, as we support you with your child’s development as a person open to understanding and a transcendent God.
Not many parents have started the survey. Only half of those who started it have completed it. It takes 30 to 50 minutes. It challenges our thinking. It’s completely private. We can’t see what any particular parent thinks. We only get the tally of parents’ answers for each question. For example, for Question 26. 38% chose X and 62% chose Y. We have to analyse what this means as we look at the data as a whole.
We can’t see individual parent responses. We only get a picture of what parents who complete the survey generally think. The more parents who complete the survey the closer we get to the Full Picture.
Persevere when the questions appear hard/confusing. Don’t overthink your answers. Just do each question and give your first response when unsure so you don’t take too long to finish.
Staff Twilight PD - Positive Behaviour for Learning
We have high expectations of our students.
We believe our families do too. It’s part of our culture and it’s part of what makes young people likeable. This encourages the adults in their lives to help them flourish. The purpose of the Professional Development was to sharpen teacher focus on building Positive Behaviours for Learning in students.
Our College Vision and Mission Statements are meant to encourage all to help our students to flourish.
The Professional Development began with teachers involved in activity to provide responses to the draft Vision and Mission Statements being developed at this time. They seek to confirm our ongoing commitment as a College to our students. The process of working towards agreement on these statements renews and enriches teacher understanding and commitment to our purpose as individual teachers and as a teaching team.
We also reviewed our use of the Responsible Thinking Classroom.
The presentation by Assistant Principal, Vivian Savage set this context for staff to review the Student Behaviour Support Plan. Deputy, Geoff Browne, with Vivian Savage and the Pastoral Team—Heads of Year—will now edit and update the Plan. A further outcome was to formalise teacher commitment to ensure they use the Responsible Thinking Process to promote Positive Behaviour for Learning. Teachers made their written commitment following a presentation and discussion by our RTC Coordinator, Jodie Young, within the session lead by Vivian Savage.
Gold Coast Drama Festival 15 May to 4 June
It is wonderful to see the performing arts coming back through COVID.
Well done Melanie Howe, Deanne Seigle-Buyat, Susannah Treacy, Tamara Sharpe and Drama students.
Junior (7 and 8)
Play: I never saw another butterfly
Director: Melanie Howe
Performance date:15 May
Time: Plays commence at 5:00pm
Venue: Somerset College
Intermediate (9 and 10)
Play: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Director: Tamara Sharpe
Performance date: 29 May
Time: Plays commence at 5:00pm
Venue: Trinity Lutheran College
Senior (11 and 12)
Director: Melanie Howe
Performance date: 4 June
Time: Plays commence at 6:00pm
Venue: St Stephen's College
For those unable to make the individual performances, the Drama Department have scheduled a special School Showcase of the three plays
Date: Friday 3 June
Commencing time: 6:30pm
Venue: Marymount College Theatrette
Senior Hospitality Restaurant - Superb
My appreciation to the Cert III Hospitality students and teachers, David Grant and Rachel Lethbridge for a wonderful three-course meal for the many guests on Thursday evening. These popular Restaurant evenings each term are regularly sold out and the reason is clear. The meals, service and hospitality are superb.
Year 11 Unit 1 Exams
Year 9 Reflection Day (Bond Uni)
Year 7 Camp
Year 7 Camp
Year 11 Unit 1 Exams
Year 7 Camp
Year 7 Rest Day
Year 11 Retreat
Year 11 Retreat
No Sport (Lessons tba)
Year 9 & 10 Gold Coast Drama Festival
This year the Marymount College Leadership Team are taking part in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout to raise money for the St Vincent de Paul Society to support Australians in need. We need your support. Will you help us to reach the target? Donating $50 can make a huge difference to people who need it most.
We are seeking businesses that can assist our Vinnies fundraising by donating prizes for the Marymount Vinnies Trivia Night. To show our appreciation for your support, we will recognise your donation on our facebook and Instagram pages.
Please email email@example.com if you can assist.
In this sixth week of the Easter season and as the weather cools, we remember we’re in the beautiful month of May when temperatures are perfect and the skies are beautifully blue.
We remember that the Catholic Church traditionally devotes this month to Mary the Mother of Jesus. There is no denying the important role that Mary plays in the Church, reflected in the month-long devotion to her.
As for Mothers Day last Sunday, I hope that all the mothers of the Marymount community had a wonderful day wrapped in the love of children and grandchildren. I hope everyone has been pampered and loved throughout this “one day of the year”.
Catholic Identity Parent Survey
There are only about 15 days left for the College community to complete the ECSI survey, May 31 is our absolute deadline.
The Catholic Dialogue Schools Project is a collaborative research project with the University of Leuven. It helps schools understand how their work expresses Catholic Identity. As we move into the future it supports schools to nurture their Catholic identity in ways that are meaningful to the whole community
Students have been completing this in RE class and all staff have also been completing it. The picture is incomplete without parents input. So, if you haven’t already done the survey, it would be wonderful for as many as possible parents to do so.
Email your notice of your completion to SBUR@bne.catholic.edu.au and your name will go into a special draw to win a fabulous dinner for two at Omeros restaurant.
The survey results will provide us all with valuable insights into how we see ourselves as a Catholic School and will shape our thinking for our future.
It is great to see how many senior students have signed up for Rosies Outreach. A training meeting is being held on Friday 14 May.
It is hoped that the first Outreach since COVID lockdown last year will happen next week. The students are very excited about it.
It’s always a special moment when we‘re doing an appeal for Rosies or Vinnies, Project Compassion or Catholic Mission and the momentum starts to build on itself. So it is with the Rosies appeal for Cuppa Soups, Noodles, men’s socks and Woollies /Coles gift cards.
There’s a growing stack of donations at SAO over the past few days which speak of the beautiful thoughtfulness of those amongst us who are constantly mindful of those in need. One moment for me this past week was when a student handed me a gift card, one of those suggested Rosies donations which are used to buy fresh sandwich fillings for the clients.
Year 11 Retreat
Year 11s gathered on Thursday morning for Retreat meetings. All students are now aware of which venue they will attend and what to bring...including an open mind.
Year 10 PoTENial
A number of Year 10 students will attend Potential in Brisbane on 3 June.
This is a very engaging day of leadership activities. Designed to give students belief in who they are and “who they are created to be”, It helps them to see they don’t need to be wearing a badge of formal leadership to be the person they really are capable of being, making a difference and living the hope of Christ.
200 Years of Catholic Education in Australia
Mass celebrating 200 years of Catholic Education in Australia will be held in St Stephens Cathedral, Brisbane on 24 May. Two senior students will represent the College at the Mass as numbers are limited due to COVID restrictions.
The College Mass which was on the calendar for the same date will now take place on Wednesday 2 June.
On Friday 30 April, the Marymount Interact Club had the privilege of visiting Ozanam Villa to engage with the elderly citizens.
Prior to COVID, this had been a regular event, but our club had not been able to visit the aged care facility for over a year. However, when gifted the opportunity to organise a visit, 11 of our club members, accompanied by Mrs Faulks, were able to plan a Mother’s Day visit, where we spent an hour and a half catching up with the residents.
The Interact Club had previously organised Mother’s Day cards, as well as a collection of succulents to hand out as tokens of our appreciation. Having checked in and greeted everyone, we passed over the gifts. It was great to see the happiness and appreciation on the faces of the mothers, and the joy as one of our students commenced singing an assortment of iconic 60s songs The residents thoroughly enjoyed student’s beautiful singing, with a few ladies even standing and grooving to the fine beats.
Next came a prepared game of Trivia where we all joined in and worked together to find the answers. At 4:30pm we said our goodbyes and headed off.
The consensus from myself and the other students that attended was one of convivial enjoyment and appreciation. It was a life-giving experience to be able to interact with such a vital part of the Burleigh community. For myself, I made a real connection with Marian. While playing Trivia, I was able to find out about her life and bond with her through our joint desire to win every round! This is just one of the many enriching experiences I and the other students have taken out of our visit to Ozanam Villa.
Nick Ranson - Year 12 Marymount Interact Club Local Director
This report was originally included in the Term 1 Week 10 Newsletter. Marymount College highly recommends all parents watch this video with your child, and discus the dangers of vaping with them.
SPECIAL REPORT: Vaping & E-Cigarettes
Vaping is becoming a trendy pastime that is growing in popularity across Australia, especially amongst teenagers. It is the act of inhaling a vapour created by an electronic cigarette, or e-cigarette. Many teenagers are succumbing to peer pressure around this risk-taking activity due to the ease of accessing and hiding vapes. They are often cheaper than conventional cigarettes, making it more cost-effective and attractive to young people.
Although under 18s are not legally allowed to purchase any type of e-cigarette or vaping product in Australia, teenagers are finding ways to access them online. Australia has strict regulations in place for nicotine-containing products, and attempts are being made to regulate vaping and ban the importation of them. Many of the flavoured liquids associated with vaping, contain not only high levels of nicotine, but other potentially harmful additives. Many of these “e-liquids” contain chemicals that are likely to be toxic, that when inhaled or vaped repeatedly, can cause severe damage to the lungs.
Vaping is often marketed as being the “healthy” alternative to smoking. However, doctors strongly advise that if you do not smoke, then you should not start vaping. Most teenagers are unaware of the associated risks and potential impact vaping can have on their development and overall health. Parents are encouraged to discuss the dangers of nicotine addiction and include e-cigarettes in the discussion alongside alcohol and drugs.
This Special Report highlights the facts around vaping and e-cigarettes and what are the potential risks. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this Special Report, and as always, we welcome your feedback.
If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the school for further information or seek medical or professional help.
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 subjects have assignment submission due around this time as well.
Year 11 Subject Changes
Year 11 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).
Year 10 Subject Changes
Year 10 students will be able to collect a subject change form from SAO in Week 7.
These will also be available on the parent portal.
Congratulations to all the students in Year 7 & 9 who sat NAPLAN this week.
Other than a few minor glitches the tests ran smoothly. This was due to the planning by Tabitha Norton, the professionalism of our test administrators, the expertise of our IT staff and cooperation from students. Well done all!
NAPLAN Catch up tests
Catch up tests will run from Monday 17 May to Thursday 20 May. Student names will be in the daily notices each day.
Homework and Assessment
As we finish week four homework and assessment will increase.
It will be important for students to manage their time, so this doesn’t become a last-minute rush. We also have homework club on a Thursday afternoon and Friday lunch Maths tutorials that all students are welcome to attend.
2021 Premier’s reading challenge
I encourage all students in Year 7 to 9 to pick up a book and start reading!
This is an annual challenge with the aim to improve literacy and encourage children to read for pleasure and learning. Our Teacher librarian Janet Cartlidge is coordinating the challenge and students can see her in the library for further information.
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
Reports and Reflection
Parents and students of Year 12 have received notification that reports are now accessible.
We have encouraged the cohort to have a discussion with their parents about their progress and reflect on term goals.
Students were asked: How did I go? What mark am I sitting on? Am I on track? If not on track what are the steps required to get on track? It is important that every student takes the time to reflect on their progress and make plans for achieving success with their next assessment (AI3).
Evaluating their reports helps give a solid understanding of where they are now and where they can go next.
Feedback plays an important role in this process. By taking on board comments from teachers, parents and mentors, Year 12 can assess their own performance and make new goals for their next learning. Setting a goal or using strategies to improve results is a good place to begin. Some examples are:
• Attend tutorials run by teachers
• Ask more questions in class
• Sit away from friends because they may distract
• Complete homework each and every time
• Revise on the weekend, work with peers
Students began the term by setting their goals.
This required reflecting on their Term 1 goals, attendance and attitude. The cohort is currently exploring good choices related to driving (law, safety, trauma, defensive driving). In Week 5 they will listen to a guest speaker who generously shares her story of significant loss and trauma as a result of poor choices around young, adolescent drivers. Later in the term, the focus is on safe parties, alcohol and drugs.
Sport on Thursdays
Year 12 will complete sport for the year this term in Week 5, finals round.
For the remainder of the year, the cohort will have lessons, tutorials and private study. It is expected all students attend.
Please do not make Thursday afternoon a time for appointments, these need to be made outside school hours.
Year 12 were addressed this week on two matters:
Being on time. At our regular Tuesday morning meeting, we said: “Our expectation is clear. Be on time, begin PC together in Prayer, followed by Roll Call, notices and conversation. The roll is not ‘held open’ for the whole of pastoral. You will be asked to sign in late. School begins at 8.30am”
Wear the uniform well and with pride. In particular, the length of girls’ skirts needs addressing – they are becoming embarrassingly short. We understand that they are in their final year, however, a very short skirt is not acceptable. Most have a hem that can be lengthened. The few that do not – there are secondhand ones available in most sizes at the College book shop.
Year 12 have been reminded of College policies and expectations. Getting the little things right is important. It creates time and preserves energy to work on larger goals.
Term 2 and 3, Year 12 students have the opportunity to attend Rosies Street Outreach, a call out for volunteers to share a chat, a warm drink or a snack with less fortunate people in a safe environment.
Students who are Rosies volunteers live the Gospel messages taught at school around loving your neighbour and recognising dignity in people. We encourage our Year 12s to give their time to this worthy organisation and see Edwin (Campus Minister) to register interest.
They have also been invited to donate warm socks, instant noodle/soup bowls or $5 Coles/Woolworths vouchers for the less fortunate on our doorstep. Caring for the homeless and the poor is everyone’s responsibility.
Pope Francis spoke passionately about this when he stated: “True charity requires courage: let us overcome the fear of getting our hands dirty so as to help those in need.”
Year 12 has been challenged to be co-responsible. It is a win-win situation. We contribute according to our possibilities and we receive according to our need. We all give, and we all receive.
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
Week 4 sees the workload intensify for those studying General subjects as assessments are due and exams are on the horizon. This is a crucial time for the Year 11s with regards to their academic performance and we have been talking to them about how to approach this period. Key messages include:
Look after yourself during this time: get enough sleep, eat well, allow downtime to relax and prevent stress from building up
Prioritise your schoolwork over other activities: missing a shift at work now won’t make much difference in the long run but will allow more time to study and/or destress
Have a study plan: Know your due dates and exam schedule and plan your study accordingly
Commit to the plan: Exercise discipline in sticking to your study plan, recognising that it will help produce the best results possible
Look after your friends: Understand that they need to prioritise schoolwork now over social gatherings, and be on the lookout for those suffering stress/anxiety
We wish our students the best of luck finishing Unit 1 and hope the effort they put into their preparation is reflected in their results.
Upon completing Unit 1, the Year 11s will head out on Retreat in Week 6.
It is the perfect opportunity to leave the hustle and bustle of the school environment for a few days and escape to a different location to focus on the things that are really important. Our hope is that they are able to spend some time reflecting on their lives thus far, the people who have helped them on their journey, where they want to go from here, and the role God plays in their lives. It also gives an opportunity for the students to connect with each other on a different level. We hope the bonds between them will be strengthened and result in a more united, galvanised cohort as they move into the last 18 months of their time at Marymount.
The remainder of Term 2
There are a number of events we are looking forward to in Term 2 including M-Fest, Have a Heart Day and the Athletics Carnival. We anticipate the Year 11s being front and centre with their contributions to and enjoyment of these events.
As always, we thank parents and caregivers for their guidance and support of their students.
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
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.
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
This is the word of the week in Year 8 pastoral.
Part of going on camp earlier this term, was students learning about themselves, meeting new friends and finding ways to overcome the challenges that life brings. Upon their return to school, we debriefed about the experiences that students had at camp. Which linked nicely to our Pastoral lessons on Resilience and Coping Skills. Some students have designed some awesome posters to help people implement simple steps to help them take on each day.
Strategies to help students develop their coping skills are as simple as being organised and prepared.
With this in mind, we are nearly at the halfway mark of Term 2, meaning assessment is well and truly underway.
To help your child with feeling prepared we would like to remind families of the following resources students can access to stay organised:
Record books: everyday write down homework and what to bring for class. Parents should be checking these as they are full of useful information.
Moodle: Class work is on Moodle. If you think you will be absent, always check there first.
Assessment Calendar: Teachers will tell you when assessment is due, but it is always a good idea to access the calendar and write down all due dates into your record book.
Homework Club: Every Thursday afternoon in the Library, walk in and ask for help. IT is also a great place to go do homework.
Teachers! Of course, your teachers are always there to help.
A polite reminder to all that as the weather gets cooler that we still follow our uniform policy, which is found in the student record book and College website.
Sports jackets can only be worn on a Thursday. The navy knit jumper is worn every other day.
For our girls a simple sleeper or stud for ears, hair up with a ribbon, and skirt to be worn just above the knees.
For our boys, shirts tucked in, belts on and socks up.
Canvas shoes such as Vans or Converse are not to be worn to school.
Part of being prepared for your day is being dressed right and wearing your uniform with pride.
CAMP: Mapleton is a volcanic soil area. DO NOT bring good/brand clothing as it is likely to be stained.
Please consider using shoes that can be disposed of – old shoes or $5 pair. Students will need an outfit for the mud challenge and canoeing that can be disposed of if necessary.
Year 7 Key Dates
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
Year 7 Camp
Any medication your child requires whilst on camp must be clearly labelled with their name, dosage and times of administration and given to Ms Bowers in the Student Administration Office on, or before, Friday 21 May.
We have been contacted by several parents who have commitments on Sunday and will drive their child to QCCC Mapleton later that afternoon or early Monday. To facilitate this, we request that if you plan to drive your child to camp, that you advise the College before Wednesday 19 May via the link below of your scheduled arrival time so that a staff member will be available to meet your child and take them to the group. YEAR 7 CAMP OWN TRANSPORT NOTIFICATION
Please ONLY complete this form if your child is attending Camp and is NOT taking the bus on Sunday.
MARYMOUNT COLLEGE CAREERS EXPO – MONDAY 31 MAY 5.30PM – 7.30PM (WEEK 7)
We are thrilled to announce this week that Brittany Broben (past Marymount College graduate and London 2012 Olympic Diving Silver Medallist) will be attending the Careers Expo and is available to speak with our students and parents/caregivers throughout the night.
Also, this week, our entire Year 10 cohort has been provided with information as part of their Career Development program, on what to expect at the Marymount College Careers Expo and the benefits of attending. We would encourage all Year 10 students and their parents/caregivers to attend this important event in preparation of their forthcoming Senior Subject Selection process.
Years 11 and 12 and also encourage to attend with invaluable guidance available in terms of pathways and opportunities upon completion of high school. Event flyers are currently available from the Careers Centre. Don’t miss this!
REMINDER - YEAR 12 STUDENT PORTFOLIO UPDATE
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 3 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.
GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY – YEAR 12 EARLY OFFER GUARANTEE
2021 Year 12 students are being provided more certainty about their future (given the past 12 months disruptions), via the Griffith University Year 12 Early Offer Guarantee. Over 60 degrees (including some double degrees) across a wide range of study areas to commence in March 2022 are available.
To be considered, eligible students simply need to apply to QTAC by Friday 15 October 2021, listing one of the available degrees as a preference (1-6) in their QTAC application. From there, they will simply be required to upload additional documentation.
Early offers to study at Griffith will be released to eligible student on Friday 19 November 2021. MORE INFO
CURRUMBIN WILDLIFE SANCTUARY – COMMUNITY COURSES
Weekend, or 8-week courses are currently being offered at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary including “Insight into VET Nursing”, “Avian Husbandry Rehabilitation” and “Aussie Wildlife Course”. MORE INFO
DEFENCE WORK EXPERIENCE PROGRAM
Several Defence Work Experience Programs (DWEP) in locations including Oakey, Amberley and Enoggera are currently on offer. Large volumes of applications are anticipated with further details available at www.defence.gov.au/workexperience.
SOUTHERN CROSS UNIVERSITY STAR EARLY OFFER PROGRAM
The Southern Cross University STAR Early offer is now open for student applications. This program allows students to gain an offer into a SCU course of their choice (excluding the Bachelor of Midwifery), based on their high school grades and the school principal’s recommendation. This means that STAR does not take Year 12 results into consideration. Applications are now open. Visit www.scu.edu.au/star for further details and to apply.
8 Digital Technologies students had an interesting visit to QUT in Brisbane last week, working with a rocket launching simulator as a STEM activity.
By changing the thrust, adjusting the fuel load and launching their rockets, data was gathered on altitude reached and they became aware of the importance of physics in aeronautical engineering.
A bit of competitive spirit was engaged when the highest ever altitude was clocked, then beaten, then beaten again. Theories were tested and adjusted quickly in an effort to have bragging rights.
The enormous interactive wall at QUT called the ‘cube’ gave the students to interact with outer space and the underwater reef environment, followed by lunch like a university student.
During lunch several past Marymount College students took the opportunity to come say ‘hello’ and let us know how crazy university life is! We feel so proud to have helped engineering students get a start in their careers.
A great big thank-you to Mr Cousins for assisting with our excursion, as we couldn’t have done it without you.
The Science and Engineering Challenge is a day-long competition designed to providYear 10 (or Year 9) high school students with a positive experience of science and engineering. A maximum of eight schools per day compete against each other at one venue.
Each school 'team' is divided into eight groups of between 2 to 4 students per group. Each group will then do either one full-day activity, or two half-day activities (i.e. one activity in the morning session, and a different one in the afternoon session). Students are assigned a colour, to identify which activity(s) they will do during the morning and afternoon sessions.
Students are awarded points for each activity and the school with the most cumulative points at the end of the day is declared the winner. The highest scoring winning schools from each region/zone will subsequently compete against each other for a place in the state and - perhaps - the national final.
This event will take placeWeek 8 Tuesday 8 June. If you would like to take part, please see Mrs Baker in her office G105 or send me an email Kristina.firstname.lastname@example.org. I have emailed all year 10s additional information about the event.
Junior Physics Odyssey, 29 September to 1 October
Hear from our researchers, meet with current students and explore diverse topics in this 3-day program for Year 10 students. You’ll meet like-minded people while participating in an exciting range of hands-on physics experiments and workshops. MORE INFO
Animals have evolved sophisticated and complex adaptations in response to changes in their environment. Join our webinar to find out how UQ’s zoologists and conservation biologists are at the forefront of learning these responses and using them to understand evolution, genetics, ecology, and conservation. MORE INFO
Experience Marine Biology, 29 May
Australia boasts more maritime territory than land, and marine industries contribute substantially to Australia’s economy. Join our webinar to hear from an oceanographer, and explore your pathways into studying marine biology or coastal and ocean science. MORE INFO
Experience Entomology, 5 June
We rely on insects in intricate ways: new biomaterials, robotics, agriculture, medicine, and future food! Attend class as if you were at university and explore the weird and whimsical world of insects. MORE INFO
FEAST, 27 to 30 June
Future Experiences in Agriculture, Science and Technology (FEAST) is a 4-day residential program that inspires Year 11 and 12 students to pursue study in agriculture, animal and plant science. MORE INFO
Queensland Biology Winter School, 5 & 6 July
Year 12s can live and breathe biology this winter exploring contemporary topics in biology including genetics, phylogenetics, plant science, evolutionary biology, and quantitative biology. MORE INFO
Experience Genetics, July
Prepares students for the genetics elements for their external exams. Immerse in hands-on genetics: DNA recombination, DNA extraction, polymerase chain reaction and gel electrophoresis. Year 12s can attend during the Term 2 holiday, and school groups can attend in Term 3 Week 1. MORE INFO
What do you do? Create a 90 second video to highlight information around aspects of the brain, with a focus on brain myths Who can enter? Any student in Years 7-12 When is the competition? Opens Monday, May 17th and Closes 9pm on Friday, June 22nd 2021 Prizes
$300 GiftPay voucher for overall winning entry
3 x $150 GiftPay vouchers for outstanding entries
$500 GiftPay voucher for the school with the most valid entries
Congratulations to all our Year 10s for participation in the ‘Index Law Battlefield’ in Week 10 of Term 2.
Award earners are determined by number of questions answered correctly. As you can see students are working hard to refine skills learned in class by completing 100 to over 400 EXTRA questions!
Our 10.10 Mathematics class were ‘Maths Executives’ for a day as they were relocated to the main boardroom for a double period! This occurred due to NAPLAN online exams being held in their regular classroom. Mrs Lauren Woodrow said the class really enjoyed being ‘Mathematics Executives’ for a day while performing experimental and theoretical probability tasks. Isabella Layt, our Preservice teacher from Griffith, said that ‘the students were excited and motivated and easily stayed on task during the double’. The smiles on their faces say it all!
Preparations for The Gold Coast Secondary Schools’ Drama Festival are well underway. Students from Year 7 to 12 have been busy rehearsing three plays for the drama festival.
The Junior and Senior plays are directed by Melanie Howe; the intermediate play is directed by Tamara Sharpe. All the cast members are so grateful for this opportunity and thankful that they are part of these productions.
The commitment from the students has been just astonishing. They have not only been practising after school but rehearsing on the weekends and throughout the holidays.
All this hard work is paying off. Schools throughout the Gold Coast are coming together over the next few weeks to compete in the drama festival. This is a great performance opportunity that has been so much fun for us.
The drama festival would not have been as special without these amazing people: Ms Mallory, Ms Press, Ms Nairn, Ms Seigle-Buyat, the groundsmen, Ms Howe and Ms Sharpe. Even ex-student Georgia Krueger has been helping with rehearsals.
For more information regarding festival dates and times, CLICK HERE
The students have been hard at work and would love you to come and watch the school’s public performance!
Week 9, 6.30pm Friday the 18June in the Marymount Theatrette!
Photos and reviews from cast members!
Frankly, in the beginning, most of the cast were strangers. We were a group of Year Nine and Ten students thrown together with one thing in common: Our desire to act. Now, just a few months later, we are together finalising our own adaption of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Friendships have developed, laughs have been shared, and indescribable memories have been created. With dedication, our cast and Ms. Sharpe, continue to shape what will be a play of great talent. Porsha Cush
It’s been a really fun and educational journey. I’ve learnt so much and made so many new friends. Each week there’s always something new and exciting that we do. It’s been amazing.Keira Perks
I honestly cannot think of a better experience than this play. Being able to meet new people and enjoy the excitement of acting with all my friends has been a blast. The cast is truly some of the best of the best. The compassion, the support and raw talent that everyone has is just amazing and helps to improve our bonds. I really couldn’t have asked for such an amazing opportunity!Blake Taylor
Amazing! It’s been so much fun; everyone is so welcoming, but also crazy in a good way. On the holiday I loved being with my friends. It was a great way to meet people I didn’t know. It was also a cool way to play a character I usually don’t play; it helped my confidence a lot.Skye Café
The cast has come such a long way. At the start, everything was awkward, and nobody knew each other, but we have come such a long way from there. Everybody has been super supportive of each other, and I know that it’s a safe place to share my ideas for improving the play. I feel that peer constructive criticism has helped me so much, and my acting has improved immensely thanks to them. I can’t believe how far we have come, from our first rehearsal to doing full run-throughs. It has truly been an amazing experience. Josie Hamilton
Miss McCanns formal qualifications is a Bachelor of Music Theatre. Her professional roles include musical director, vocal coach & accompanist.
She has much experience in teaching throughout Qld and Victoria in contemporary voice and piano. Styles covered are contemporary, music theatre & jazz. Her students have successfully undergone music exams as well as performances in local and interstate Eisteddfods & competitions.
Miss McCann’s niche lies in teaching female a cappella singing where she has led groups to the School National Finals of AUSACA: Australian A Capella Championship Awards.
She is also a professional singer, actor & voice over artist. You may have even seen her ‘on the telly’ in the latest Slater+Gordon TV commercial. She manages & performs with The Pacific Belles, Australia's hottest 1940's inspired trio.
Students—and teachers—are getting used to the classroom setup in the Library, and students have been pretty good at sharing the large space with another class. Just as last year with online classes, opinions are varied, but everyone is adapting.
After the beautiful Mothers Day cards made by some of the students last week, we were very happy this week with the response to our Makerspace Showcase, where we had many of the Makerspace items available to have a tryout.
We realised that it isn’t just the Year 7s who haven’t experienced Makerspace yet, but Year 8s too – last year we weren’t able to get things off the ground properly, so this year we are focusing on advertising our wares to both cohorts.
Popular items/activities at our lunchtime Makerspace Showcase:
Snap circuits – snap together connections and switch on the light!
Scratch animals and insects – scratching away the black in patterns to reveal the colours underneath. Satisfying, like colouring-in.
3D Labarinth mazes - a matter of hand and eye coordination
Turing Tumble – a marble-based computer – think logically and watch the marbles fall in order
Origami and paper-folding – practise, practise, practice!
We allow students to take home what they make, except for some of the construction kits which can be deconstructed and built again. We want students to learn to ‘do their own thing’ and create, invent and learn. We have yarn and accessories for various projects as well as air-drying clay for those quick 20-minute lunchtime projects.
With LegoMasters TV program currently on air, we’d like to announce a themed LEGO CHALLENGE.
At present, our Makerspace Lego Wall is not available, but we do have Lego to play with.
However, to complete a challenge we would like to ask for any donations of unwanted Lego
to add to the collection, so that more students may build. Parents and guardians - please check with your children, first!!
Making use of the reconfiguration of the library floorplan, we have created a new section of books, True Stories, next to the Biographies, and the colour printer - at the end of the Non-Fiction.
The collection here includes stories set at a particular time, or tell the story, in novel fashion, of notable people. They are not quite biographies, not quite historical novels and a number of Year 7s asked for that classification at the beginning of the year. Lots of interesting reads here!
Our Skinnies collection is obvious by its physical characteristic. The books are ideal for a quick read or for those who prefer something shorter than a full novel to read. Included are the Super-readables - yellow-spotted books, printed on yellow paper with an easier-to-read font.
Our Year 7 Readers’ Cup team have been busy reading their set books and are anticipating their June 1 trivia quiz with just a slight amount of trepidation!
It’ll be alright on the night, don’t worry. The competition for the Year 9/10 team isn’t until July 15 – don’t be too relaxed, people, you need to memorise all the details, not necessarily the plot!
Premiers Reading Challenge
Last year we had about 30 students enter the Premiers Reading Challenge where children may read items of their own choosing, keeping a log over 15 weeks.
Reading is so important and, even if your child isn’t an avid reader, this challenge allows students to discover new things to read which could pique their interest. Please encourage your Year 7, 8 or 9 child to ask at the Library desk.
The Library loans out cameras and media equipment to students during class as well as overnight and weekends when required for assignments.
The Juniors have again been busy around the school this week, shooting videos, and the Seniors have been borrowing over the last couple of weekends for their assignments. Equipment is always checked going out and coming in, and it is great to see so many students being responsible and careful with their gear.
On Monday 10May we had over 30 students compete at the Oceanic District Cross Country Championships for the chance to qualify to compete at the South Coast Regional Championships.
We had some great results on the day, highlighted by Pascalle Foster (14yr) and Molly Sewell (16yr) winning their races! At the end of the day, we had 16 students finish in the top 14 and qualify for regionals.
Good luck to all those who have qualified for the regionals on 1June at Runaway Bay!
Year 8 student, Harris Brown, competed in his second-ever Taekwondo tournament at the 2021 Mooto Gold Coast Open on 2May. He came away with two wins for the day in the 50-53kg sparring and the jump kick competition. Congratulations Harris!
Flynn Howarth (pictured), Year 7, had a great season on the cricket field this year. He scored 353 runs and took 10 wickets to be named Under 12 Player of the Year for the Gold Coast Cricket Association. Congratulations Flynn!
South Coast School Sport Representatives
Congratulations to Archie Harrison and Lachlan Walker on their selection in the 10-12yr boys South Coast AFL team to compete at the State Championships in Cairns. We wish Archie & Lachlan all the best as they take on the best AFL players in the state.
Queensland School Sport Representatives
Congratulations to Lewis Treggiden, Charli Greedy & Mikayla Bird on their selection in the Queensland School Sport Swimming Team 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
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Interschool Sport Term 2 & 3
There are still over 150 students whose parents are yet to select a sport for them for the next season of interschool sport.
All parents have received an email instructing them to give permission for their child to participate and to make their child’s sport selection. If you can’t find the email, you can go to the Parent Portal and choose Parent Slips from the side menu, and complete the form.
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
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.
Sport selections will close on Sunday 23May.
Any student without a completed permission form by then will be placed into House Sport at school.
Track & Field
All students that nominated for High-Risk events – Javelin, Discus & High Jump – need to have parental permission forms completed in order to participate. These were emailed this week to parents. Please make sure you complete the forms if you wish for your child to be allowed to participate in those events.
On the morning of Thursday 6 May, Marymount College under 16 girls entered their first-ever futsal competition, The Futsal Gold Coast School Titles, held at Coomera Indoor Sports Centre.
Coached by Mr Sikora, the 10 girls between Year 8, 9 and 10 put together four incredible efforts against schools who had dedicated futsal programs. The girls place 3rd in their draw, narrowly missing out on advancing to the finals. The girls showed that with an encouraging attitude and great leadership from the senior players in the team, that they could be serious competition.
The girls are looking forward to putting in a big effort to come back even stronger next year.
Special mentions go to Maddy Meehan and Emily Sheather for selection for the representative side – Go Makos!
Chris Sikora Futsal Coach
Junior Girls AFL Gala Day Debut
Rain, hail or shine the game goes on!
Last week our Junior Girls AFL Team took to the field despite the wet weather, taking down Livingstone College 36:0.
The girls have worked hard training all year, unfortunately, we only got through one game before being pulled off the field due to inclement weather.
The Gala Day has been rescheduled however for Week 10, where our girls will be raring to take out the competition!
“I love getting on the field with my friends” – Bronte Parker “I’ve made some new friends and learnt some new skills along the way” – Lilly-Anne Ryder “Thanks to our coaches for getting up early for training, even if we’re half asleep sometimes” - Elke McCulloch
AFL training is Thursday mornings 6.55am-8am.
Jessica Berryman and Hannah Richardson Girls AFL Coaches
AFL News Boys
The Senior Boys had great success in the AFL Schools Q Cup held recently at Ormeau. While the Junior Boys Day was a wash out the Seniors went on to win all 4 games they played.
Cooper Parkes landed 9 goals for the day while Lucas Berezwick bagged 4. Hattricks went to Mitchell Heritage and Brayden Taylor. Coach Carroll has thrilled with the results. “We have a lot of depth in the group this year. Competition for selection is fierce”, he quipped at the end of the day. “The addition of having Mr Jack Mitchell coaching has been an asset.”
The Senior Boys will play the next round early in term 3 while the Junior Boys will compete later this term, weather permitting. Training will continue for all teams on Thursday mornings from 7 to 8am.
Bomber Larkin AFL Coach
Year 7/8 and 9/10 Girls Rugby League
A kicker of a season so far
Marymount College Year 7-10 girls have been actively involved in the Marymount College Rugby League Program under the leadership of passionate teaching staff since the start of the Year.
It’s been amazing to see the girls skill, confidence and friendships grow over the past few months.
“Rugby so far has been great for me. I’ve learnt how to handle myself in a contact sport and met some girls in other grades who like the same things as me. It’s been a lot of fun!” Sasha McCulloch “Girls just want to have fun- and we are definitely having fun in training and on the field!” Sienna Jones “Rugby has been a way for me to use up all my extra energy so I can be calm and focused during class time.” Chanel Davies
Even if you’ve never played before, our Junior and Intermediate teams always welcome any new players.
Training is at 6.55am Tuesdays- all you need is a mouthguard and a good attitude!
Jessica Berryman, Tegan Crawford, Brianna Huxley and Hannah Richardson Girls Junior and Intermediate Coaches
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Moreton Island, traditionally home to the Ngugi clan of the Quandamooka people, was also home to the Marymount Mob during a three day cultural camp at Tangalooma.
An early morning start and choppy water crossing did little to dampen the spirits of the 26 students attending camp, and their optimism was rewarded with blue skies and sunshine chasing away the early storm clouds.
Guided by Glen from Oceanic Tours and Tangalooma Resort staff, the students were able to explore the island’s rich Indigenous history through a range of activities and experiences that were as educational as they were enjoyable.
Snorkelling the wrecks revealed just a sample of the abundant marine life inhabiting the waters of Moreton Island, with the sighting of a turtle swimming calmly beneath us, a definite highlight. Whilst feeding the dolphins is a memory we will all treasure, the moment took on a deeper meaning after learning about the sacred relationship between these gentle creatures and the traditional custodians of the land. For many thousands of years, the people of the Ngugi tribe would participate in cooperative hunting with the dolphins. The Ngugis would set up a fish trap close to shore, and the dolphins would herd the fish and chase them in to shore. The fish would become trapped, leaving the way clear for the Ngugi people to collect enough to feed their tribe. In return, the Ngugis would leave behind half the fish as a reward and thank you to the dolphins.
We also learnt much about the native plants and bush tucker that would have been available to the Ngugi tribe, and still grow on the island today, on an extensive hike led by guides, Nathan and Josh. The hike traversed much of the island, finishing at a panoramic lookout that showed off the glorious beauty of Tangalooma. Walking back along the beach allowed for quiet conversations and the opportunity to reflect on all we had done and discovered during our time away.
Monica Weatherall Indigenous Mentor
Last Friday, the Junior Council representatives from Marymount College headed to HOTA to attend the second Junior Council meeting for 2021.
The Junior Council is made up of a diverse group of Year 10 and 11 students from a variety of different schools located on the Gold Coast. The meeting kicked off with a recreational game of table tennis, where we got to spend some quality time with our newly found friends. Then as an icebreaker, we played a quick game of bingo to get to know each other’s interest and hobbies. After this, we learned about the prominent issue of youth homelessness on the Gold Coast from members of the Gold Coast Youth Service. This was a truly eye-opening experience and put into perspective some of the issues young people face daily.
We were taught about the Census and the importance this information has on understanding Australian families and living conditions. Finally, to conclude the day we broke off into smaller groups and discussed ways in which we can work together to help solve major issues such as mental health awareness and peer inclusion in schools.
Equipping us with numerous leadership qualities, the Junior Council experience has so far been brilliant. With the help of our Year 10 counterparts, we have been able to discuss the contentious issues that will affect the world we are growing up in. It has been so amazing to be able to share our views and beliefs with a group of like-minded peers from across the city, all willing to make a difference; through this program, we have been given the opportunity to make change happen. We have all thoroughly enjoyed this experience so far and cannot wait for the next meeting to commence in early June.
Lily Puffett and Nick Ranson Year 11 Junior Council Members
Bond University High School Model United Nations 2021
The prestigious Bond University High School Model United Nations was held over two days the 11-12 May.
Amazingly, this event is one of the very few Model United Nations to be run anywhere in the world this year. Almost 100 students representing 88 countries, along with teachers and Bond University students attended. Nine Marymount College students participated along with Mr Garrett Fitzgerald.
This was a Model UN with a difference, as it was aligned with the topical international United Nationals Sustainable Development Goal 5 – achieving gender equality for women and girls. With all resolutions from the conference being sent to the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva for consideration.
A number of Marymount students also worked the conference as journalists, writing and drafting news stories, controlling the social media newsfeed and recording interviews, as well as creating controversy!
Well done to the students who attended:
Luc Campbell - Kenya
Shaymus Young - Russia
Sophia Sweeney - Romania
Jack Ross – France
Angelina Loeber - Ukraine
Miller Grove-McGrath - Journalist
Connor Berriman - Journalist
Lachlan Weigal - Journalist
Shay Massey - Journalist
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