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Friday 09 August 2019 

Sister Crea Gallagher, 1923-2019 

Father Frank Shine invited the Missionary Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception (MFIC) to help the Parish begin a new school.  Sister Clara Condon offered Sister Mary Patricia Gallagher.  Father Shine gratefully accepted, ‘Let’s start it and trust in Divine Providence to provide for the future.’ 

Born Crea Gallagher 26 February 1923, Crea was to begin her vocation as Sister Mary Patricia, was known at Marymount as Sister Patricia, and in later appointments to schools at Kedron, Port Moresby, Aitape (PNG), Silkwood and Cairns as Sister Crea. 

Crea and her sister Dawn joined the MFICs.  Her parents owned land in Brisbane, along Gympie Road and were great supporters of the Church and the Franciscan nuns and friars.  Mt Alvernia College, Padua College and the Little Flower Church at Turner Road Kedron are on ‘Gallagher’ land. 

Ever ready to welcome whatever Ministry she was called to, Crea embraced all with enthusiasm, kindness and generosity.  She would often say, ‘God is good’ and “Thanks be to God and his blessed mother'. 

We give thanks for the many blessings God has given us; for the life of Crea; may she rest in peace.  We go forward in light, faith and hope as we continue to live the peace prayer as Sister Crea did throughout her life. 

Year 8 Overall Science Project Winner: Halle Wiblen Year 9 Overall Science Project Winner: Sienna O'Connor

Celebrating Science 

It began with preparation.  Students considering projects, teachers providing advice and, finally, the project begun.  Four hundred and twenty projects displayed.  Almost half a kilometre of research, experiment and conclusions presented brightly, boldly and beautifully for all who attended.  Four labs of scientific experiment, investigation and entertainment for the almost 1000 visitors: Year 8 and 9 students, their families and friends.  Science teachers and students demonstrating that science has questions; that science produces answers; and that there are many opportunities for those who want to pursue a career in Science.  Congratulations students, thank you parents for supporting your sons and daughters, and our appreciation to Mrs Baker, Mr Murphy and the teachers and laboratory assistants who make Science at Marymount enjoyable and interesting for us all. 
View Science Winners and photos on the College website.

Year 12 2020 Formal & Graduation 

Following a survey of parents and staff, a decision was made in favour of the preferred parent vote as follows. 

Friday 18 September 2020 - Senior Formal 
Friday 23 October 2020 - Farewell Assembly 
Wednesday 18 November - Graduation Liturgy/Mass & Supper 

A Graduation Committee of staff, parents and students will be formed to plan for the graduation. 

SET Planning for Year 10s

Our Year 10s are making their Senior Education and Training Plans this week.  It follows work experience at the end of Term 2 and a Subject Information Evening on 29 July.  The process involves parents, consideration of prerequisites for university and training they may wish to pursue after Year 12 and their current levels of achievement in Year 10.  Year 10 will finish school on Monday 12 August at 12:30pm and have interviews booked with teachers, middle leaders or senior admin staff between 1:00pm and 5:00pm that day.  Students unable to go home will be supervised at school 12:30pm to 3:00pm. 

A Revelation 

A quiet revolution has happened.  When laptop computers were introduced in 2010, courses were based on understanding how a computer worked, using computer software and for some programming for specialised courses in Year 11 and 12.  Today, students are introduced to coding (programming) in Year 7. 

More than that, coding and robotics are part of the fun for the after school ‘Coding Club’; students create libraries for code to solve problems they experience with technology.  Mrs Kylie Mathers, Mr Daniel Cousins and Mrs Katrina Nicholson have worked together over many hours in recent years to increase the learning experiences available in all Digi-Tech classes.  Interest has grown in response.  Parents on School Tours-as recently as last Tuesday-continue to be keenly interested in what we are doing.  They know their sons and daughters will need this knowledge and the creative skills for their future. 

We commend Mrs Mathers, Head of Technology, for her recent presentation to the National Pycon Conference on developments at the College in Digi-Tech and the use of drones to extend students in this curriculum area. 

Chris Noonan


Calendar Dates

Week 05



Year 10s dismissed at 12:30pm
1:00pm-5:00pm SET Plan Interviews (Library)


Year 11 2020 Subject Selection Online Opens
1:00pm-7:00pm Yera 7 2021 Enrolment Interviews
3:00pm-9:00pm Griffith Challenge
6:00pm P&F Meeting



QCMF Music (Villanova College)
Year 9 & 10 Subject Selection Morning
Year 9 & 10 Subject Selection Online Opens


Year 11 2020 Online Subject Selection Closes

Week 06




Year 9 & 10 Subject Selection Online Bookings Close
Year 7 Planetarium & Botanic Gardens


AGCC Round #6


Deputy Principal

Mobile Phone Policy

Mobile phones are not to be used for telecommunications (i.e. phone calls, texting and social networking) during school hours.

Mobile phones are required to be stored in the student’s locker from the time they arrive at
school until dismissal at the end of the school day.

If a student is observed to be using a mobile phone or has a mobile phone in their possession, then
the phone will be confiscated. The student will be directed to Student Administration Office (SAO) to
hand in their phone where it will be clearly labelled and secured until the student is able to retrieve
it at the end of the school day.

If there is a second offence, the same procedure will occur with the parent to be contacted
regarding the matter.

On the third occasion, a student is observed to be using a mobile phone or has a mobile phone in
their possession, the same procedure as step one will occur with an additional interview with the
student and parent to take place.

Geoff Browne
Deputy Principal

Senior Curriculum

Term 3 is a most important time in the Senior schooling calendar.

This is where preparations for decision-making process take place, assessment of current academic standards are scrutinised and some slight subject alterations are made for the new Semester/Unit.

Year 12

For the Year 12 cohort, we are well into the more extensive processes for the QCS external testing enhancement program. They are experiencing full days of rehearsals, using previous test materials. Results will be used to inform them of possible outcomes in the tests coming up in early September.

Year 11

For the Year 11 cohort, we are introducing a new study skills program, supported by Elevate Education. This is particularly important to ensure they are test wise and test ready for the external exam regime for all General subjects towards the end of Year 12, 2020. Presentation from Monday night is available on the College website.

Year 10

For the Year 10 cohort, this has been regular sessions with students in school and parents in the evenings, readying them for subject selection, career pathway choices and transition into the two-year Senior program.

We have been encouraged by the commitment and the level of contact with parents and students, and we continue to support them in the three-way partnership we value so prominently.

All is in readiness for the SET Plan interviews next week and for the online subject selection process which follows. It takes many weeks of timetable preparation in readiness for the 2020 school year. Not only must we get the best result and best fit for the current Year 10 cohort, but we must also ensure this timetabled format will slot into those of the rest of the school year levels. Always a busy period, but equally, always rewarding.
Peter Shaw
Assistant Principal Senior Curriculum

Junior Curriculum

Year 9 and 10 2020 Electives

On Thursday 15 August, Year 8 and 9 students will attend an information session during the pastoral lesson on the electives they can choose in 2020. 

Academic Coordinators and head teachers will explain the content and assessment for each elective. Students will then take home a booklet and together with a parent complete the online subject selection system (SSO).  Students will have until Wednesday 21 August to submit their requests.  It is important students choose electives they want to try and have an interest in, rather than what their friends are doing.  The subjects offered will depend on demand, so it is important students choose wisely as if they change their mind next year the classes may not be running or full.
If you have any questions, please feel free to phone or email me.
Have a wonderful weekend 

Katrina Nicholson
Assistant Principal Junior Curriculum


Our Young People and Social Media

Tellonym – Another Anonymous App on the Market.
Guiding young people in their use of social media is a continual challenge. While we know that digital technology creates rich opportunities for our youth, we also know many teens have negative online experiences. We need to work together in continually educating our youth in the responsible use of social media.
Anonymity is almost never a good idea for our young people. They already struggle with wisdom due to their brain still forming. Their pre-frontal cortex is under construction and this makes impulsive behaviours common. Teenagers can act rashly and in ways that harm self and others.
Tellonym allows teenagers to leave each other with anonymous feedback. Tellonym is an app that parents should know about. The link below provides this information
Working Together to Wear the Marymount College Uniform Well
We are grateful for the continued support parents give in guiding and reminding their children to wear the College uniform correctly. We have seen an improvement in not wearing the College Tracksuit jacket, other than a Thursday.  When a student wears the uniform correctly and with pride, it means they are buying into the school.
One area requiring improvement is skirt length. We ask our families to support this by having a conversation with their daughter about ensuring the length of their skirt is appropriate. (no more than 10cm above the knee) If it requires lengthening or replacing your support in ensuring this happens is appreciated.
We thank you for your ongoing support in helping our young people make good choices around wearing the College uniform. College Uniform Policy

Cathy Cooper
Assistant Principal Pastoral

Religious Life of the College

Sister Patricia Gallagher

It was a poignant moment in Marymount College history last week when our principal, Chris Noonan, Spiritual Captains, Molly Koschel and Sam Munro and myself attended the funeral of Sister Crea Gallagher, mfic. Sister Crea, better known to us as Sister Patricia Gallagher, was the founding principal of the College from when it opened its doors on 31 March 1968  until 1970. Sister’s remarkable life of service to God in education spanned 64 years, working in schools from Brisbane, Burleigh ( Primary and Secondary), Cairns, PNG, Italy and the Philippines. Sister Crea was 96 years old. May Sister Crea rest in peace. 

College Sleepout

On Friday night of last week, 42 students from Year’s 7-12 signed up for the College Sleepout for the Homeless. Throughout the evening, the students participated in a series of activities designed to raise their awareness of the growing issue of homelessness in Australia and, particularly, on the Gold Coast. Rex Brandsdon, a Miami parishioner and long-time member of Infant Saviour Conference, spoke to the students about the work of St Vincent de Paul on the Gold Coast, mentioning the numbers of families who are supported locally, the growing numbers of homeless on the Gold Coast and the shortage of accommodation every night, the various kinds of support given and projects which are being undertaken presently to provide  housing for those in need ,including  the growing number of homeless older women. 

Needless to say, nobody complained about sleeping on the Doyle floor last Friday night. Congratulations to those students who participated and thank you for your generous donations to the St Vincent de Paul Appeal, total $1000. 

Peer to Peer Ministry

Steph Unger, Project Officer -Student Formation at BCE, enjoyed the company of 25 Year 9s and 10s this week as she prepared them for a Peer to Peer Ministry day with Year 5’s and 6’s from local Catholic Primary Schools next month. As one student commented ..they had no idea what they were letting themselves in for… but they thoroughly enjoyed the experience as Steph gave them a very high energy preparation for their role with her infectious enthusiasm and excellent musicianship. 


Tracey from Rosies at Mary Mother of Mercy came down to the College to collect the huge pile of donations of noodles, cuppa soups and long-life milk.  Thank you from Rosies for the continuing support which is by the College community. Tracey told us of the gratitude expressed by the recipients of the socks the students collected at the end of the last term. She described the teary joy of one client who had no socks at all and that of a married couple who were actually sharing one pair between them. 

All PC groups now have their Marymount Day baskets and a list of preferred foods for the collection. Students are asked to bring items to fill the baskets from now until Marymount Day 6 September. 

Parish Connect Mass

Year 10s, their teachers and families have been invited to attend the Parish  Connect Mass on August 18 at 5.30 pm.  This is a different time to the Mass the younger students attend and is the Parish Youth Mass. All families have already received an electronic invitation to attend. Students attending may choose to be involved in one of the many roles that participation at Mass offers such as reading, singing with choir or band, greeting parishioners to name a few. 

Year 11 Mass

Year 11s attended Mass on 8 August, St Mary Mackillop’s feast day. During the Mass, Padre paused to explain the meanings of gestures, symbols and the various prayers. Students and staff have expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the meaning of the Mass. Year 12s and Year 7s will attend Mass on the Feast of the Assumption, 15 August.

Dolores Maitland

Social Justice

Interact Social Night

Interact has commenced this Semester with a smashing start!

We concluded last Semester, raising approximately $500 for Caritas and an additional $500 for Rosies. This term we will fundraise for St Vincent De Paul. This charity is committed to community education and stands up for causes of poverty and inequality. We intend to run a bake sale in Week 5 as our main fundraiser this Term.
On Friday of week 2, Interact members participated in our annual social night or get together. As a group, we played games of trivia with topics including Disney, Marvel, Music. We also participated in the ‘Chocolate Game’ and musical bop.
This was all fun however, the highlight of the evening was bonding together as a group all united for one purpose, to help those in need. Amongst the talking points was our understanding about Interact – what it means, its purpose and how it relates to us.
We all spoke about why each of us had joined Interact, coming up with diverse yet similar answers. Reasons for joining included:

  1. to feel a sense of belonging: socialise with like-minded people;
  2. to help others (no matter what our age) and give back to the community,
  3. to unite for a common goal and make a difference.

This night was one to remember and we hope to see more faces next year as it’s an amazing, enjoyable and worthwhile experience.
Halle Wiblen (8) and Jackson Lake (12)
Interact PR Directors

Vinnies Sleepout

On Friday last week, Marymount held our annual Vinnies Sleepout in the Doyle Centre. The Vinnies Sleepout focuses on raising awareness for the homeless and less fortunate in our community.

42 students from a range of year levels came together to raise an amazing $1000 for Vinnies. We all slept on the floor of the Doyle Centre in our sleeping bags, overnight.  It gave us all a real insight into how some homeless people sleep every night and it reinforced how lucky we really are. Continue reading and view more photos.

Annabel Groves
Year 12 Insider

Rosies Friends on the Street


On the 24 July, three others and I  attended the Rosie’s Outreach.

When we first arrived, we put some gloves on and straight away began to help prepare the food that people, and businesses had donated. We  packed up two  vans and headed to Surfers Paradise. Upon arrival, I admit the other girls and I had a few nerves but as soon as we got set up and started to serve food they went away. 

The Rosie’s experience was truly an eye opener. Not only did we get to help people in need but in  just having a conversation with them, but we also realised how fortunate we are to be living in a comfortable and safe environment. Lily

I really enjoyed the experience. Connecting with people you normally wouldn’t connect with was really special. The clients really appreciate what Rosie’s do for them and it was amazing to be a part of that, even for one night. Elsie

My Rosie’s experience was very eye-opening, and I am so glad that I got to experience it with my friends. Emma

Overall it was a definite eye-opener for me and the other girls, it made me realise that I can make a difference in someone’s life. Seeing these people smile, put a smile on my face. Rosie’s is an outstanding organisation that help so many. I am  grateful to have had this experience.

Jamey Reihana
Year 11

Peer to Peer Ministry Training

On Wednesday this week, a group of roughly 30 Year 9 and 10 students participated in a Peer to Peer Ministry training session.

We discussed our different views of religion, as well as each other’s many different credible characteristics – ranging from confident to supportive. Everyone who attended actively participated in the session, showing great enthusiasm and commitment. The purpose of this day was to prepare these students in order to help them co-facilitate the Year 5 and 6 Formation Day at Marymount Primary School on Sept 10th. I enjoyed it very much, as the training session was filled with fun and laughter, as well as getting the chance to help further this project – thanks to Edwin, our Campus Minister. 

Isabella Dean
Year 10

25 Year 9 and 10 students said, "Yes" to the invitation to be a part of the peer to peer ministry program which will take place at the primary school in September.

But no one really understood what we were going to do!! Joining Steph in the library made all clear. She explained that about how around the age of 13 kids checks out of the church, we were being asked to be the gospel for them, let them understand that you don’t have to check out of the church because of school or because life's busy, you can keep on going.

She told us to be good role models, to take on Jesus' qualities and be the Good News for these young people. Steph showed us songs that we will be singing, which activities we will be participating in and what qualities we need to bring to the day. The training was so much fun and holds an exciting promise of a  great day with the Year 6 students in September. 

Sophia Sweeny
Year 10

Principal's Awards

On Friday 26 July Marymount College presented Principal’s Awards.

These award ceremonies are held to congratulate students who achieved high grades on their report cards both academically and for effort. I am a Senior student and we had our ceremony first thing in the morning.
I received an award during the presentation. My certificate was for “Excellence in attitude and conduct.” For my Year 11, Semester 1 2019 report I have achieved my goal of getting all As for effort in my classes. This was my 4th Principal’s Award certificate. I am always trying my best to achieve the highest I can for both my achievement and effort every day.

While the Senior students were receiving Principal’s Awards, my mum attended the special ceremony to see me be presented with my certificate.
Briana Briski
Year 11 Insider

Receiving a Principal’s Award was the goal I set for myself at the start of the year.

I was absolutely thrilled to find out that I would be getting one for Semester 1 and was even more excited when I found out I was receiving an Attitude and Conduct Award as well as an Academic Excellence Award.
It was an amazing experience and I loved it even more because I got to enjoy it with two of my close friends who also received awards. Personally, I think the most rewarding award is Effort because it means that, even if you’re not at the top of the class, you are still giving it 100%.

Next semester, and all the ones to come, I will keep striving to achieve both these awards.

Indiana Locke
Year 7 Insider

Year 11 News

Students of Year 11 are progressing positively following their Semester 1 experience.

Adjustments to subject selections have made pathways more achievable.
We thank all parents who came to the Parent/Teacher interviews, assisting our teachers to support their child’s education. Conversations are integral to keeping student learning relevant, updated and focussed.

Elevate Program
This week, parents once again joined us on Monday evening to hear about the Elevate Education program. Introduced to the Year 11 cohort over the next two terms, it will prove beneficial, helping students to master their study techniques from well-managed study timetables to well-balanced mindfulness. The link to the presentation details is available on the school website.

2020 Leadership
Students interested in pursuing 2020 leadership aspirations participated in a Q&A with some members of the current student Leadership team. Aspects explored included:
the application process, including the completion of the package itself; the speech to the cohort; the voting process; experiences as a leader since being elected; balancing leadership duties on top of regular school work and advice for those considering applying. The session proved invaluable with students motivated and inspired by their peers, commenting afterwards about how the team was warm, friendly, confident and accommodating.
Year 11 Mass

The Year 11 Mass was celebrated on Thursday. Thank you to Padre Morgan Batt and Mrs Maitland for creating the opportunity for our students to attend. Padre brought to life the relevance of each movement, prayer and symbol seen within the context of a Mass, by pausing to explain their significance. Our thanks also to Mr Paul Faughey, Ms Jodie Young, and the College Choir, who provided an uplifting ambience in the sacred space of our church. Students from the grade who assisted are to be commended.

Late Arrivals
Arriving late for school is still a concern. We urge parents to assist their children to arrive at school by 8.20 at the latest. We accept that buses may run late from time to time. When parents/guardians are dropping off children or if students drive themselves and are consistently late, an earlier start from home should be considered. Students will receive detentions for on-going lateness without reasonable cause.
Should parents/guardians have a query relating to Year 11 matters, we encourage you to be in touch with us.
Matt Carroll and Irene Scott
Head & Assistant Head of Year 11

Music News

Year 8-12 Music Excursion

All of the Year 8-12 Music students went on an excursion to see School of Rock recently.

This was an enjoyable and entertaining experience. The musical was performed extremely well and had great singers and actors.  It also highlighted the different expressions and emotions that music can convey and how it can give each character a different feeling.
Cassandra Grioli
Year 9 Insider

Dance News

AUDITIONS: For 2020/2021 Extension Dance Program & Certificate III in Dance Sunday 15 September 2019 - Email for bookings

Digital Technologies News

Careers Days

Aviation Expo 2019 Saturday 17 August 2019 Brisbane

The aviation expo showcases the thriving aerospace industry, with a significant focus on skills development, careers and employment.
Dozens of exhibitors from the aviation, defence and education industries will inspire and educate visitors about the range of interesting roles available in aviation.
Activities include 737 flight simulator, drone racing, cabin evacuation experiences, insight into an operational hangar environment, roving entertainment and careers seminars. There will also be a range of iconic aircraft that visitors can see up close.
Register here (Eventbrite 2019 Aviation Expo).

Qantas Ladies Aviation Day Sunday 8 September 2019

Real Women with STEM aviation careers will be available on the day, including:

  • Air Traffic Controllers
  • Military fixed wing and helicopter pilots
  • Aeromedical pilots
  • Qantas pilots
  • Aeromedical flight nurses
  • Aviation airport fire fighters
  • Airport civil engineers
  • Boeing development managers
  • Maintenance engineers.

Contact Mrs Mathers if interested on
Kylie Mathers
Head of Technologies

Cyber Security

As Year 8 completes their cybersecurity and privacy unit, it may be a good time for us all to check if we’ve had our passwords traded on the web.
Take a few minutes to go to “Have I Been Pwned?” website and enter in your email accounts.  It would be interesting to see if large scale data breaches include your email and password.  
As these are traded on the web, hackers will try to apply your password to other email (and banking) accounts to gain access.  It’s likely you use the same password for multiple accounts.
With 393 websites suffering breaches including LinkedIn, it’s time to change that password.
Kylie Mathers
Head of Technologies

Green is Good!

All our Digital Technologies students would be familiar with the phrase, “Green is good!”.

During our challenges on the GROK platform, each task is marked, and if error-free, the student is met with a screen of green ticks.  If Mrs Mathers is close by, she’ll be more excited than the student when the screen shows up.

Grok (verb): to understand intuitively or by empathy.

Our GROK journey begins in year 8 with Cyber Security and Privacy in year 8, hunting through social media pages to hack their account details as they overshare their lives.  Also in year 8, students create either a Chatbot or program a Micro:bit using Python.   This is followed by year 9 Introduction to Programming (Python) and year 10 NCSS Challenge (Python).  With all of these, Green is Good!

On the topic of GROK, last weekend while at Pycon (Python programming conference) I met the creators of the programs, which was very exciting.  These young, energetic people are keen to help students love programming and be creators, not users of technology.

Pictured are software developers Nicky Ringland, Jack Rechelt, Renee Noble and Shelley Cooper-White, some of the GROK team. 
Kylie Mathers
Head of Technologies

Hospitality News

Year 11 Certificate II in Hospitality

Year 11 Certificate II in Hospitality students went to Dreamworld this week to do one of their units for their course. 

They learnt skills and knowledge required to share information about a specific local Australian Indigenous culture.  This included participating and viewing demonstrations of fire lighting, local dreamtime stories, ancient weapons, traditional face painting, Crocodile feeding & using virtual reality googles to see what it is like to be part of a Corroboree.  A big thank you to the Dreamworld staff (Tyson, Zaine & Aunty Di) and Kyunah Norr of Prestige Training for delivering the unit, the students really enjoyed the day.   

David Grant
Hospitality Coordinator

Business News

Year 11 Economics Visitor

On Tuesday we were lucky to have Michael Hoch, a Chartered Accountant talk to our Year 11 Economics class about pathways in the business world.

It was enlightening to have someone from the industry talk to the students about the ever-changing and evolving world of accountants and business analysts. Michael was also able to describe and field questions about university life and the specifics of studying Commerce. The students were grateful to have had that opportunity and have taken a lot of information from Michaels expertise.

Simon Rezo
Head of Business

Year 8 Business and Economics

On Monday this week, Year 8 Business and Economic class had a guest speaker from the Department of Fair Trade come to speak to us.

Her name was Natasha and she did an interactive presentation to help us with our upcoming assignment. Natasha outlined how to be a smart and informed consumer including how to be aware of scams and hidden loopholes. Our assignment this term is to participate in the ‘Buy Smart’ competition which is a Queensland wide contest. As part of the competition, we are required to create a communication medium to share with the wider community. In this communication campaign, we will describe an issue related with spending money and tips and hints on how to avoid this outlined issue. We can do this individually or work in groups up to four. Another amazing factor is that prizes include a share of $15 000. This assessment is going to be so much fun and I cannot wait to begin.
Halle Wiblen
Year 8 Insider

Library & Resource Centre


This week the students were able to try their hand at Origami, making some fun bookmarks on Monday and other cranes, boxes, jumping frogs and butterflies with the Japanese student visitors on Tuesday. A large turnout ensured that everyone had lots of fun! 
Premier’s Reading Challenge

Please encourage those children participating in the Reading Challenge to finish up feeling proud.  They have until 23 August (2 weeks) to complete their reading logs.  Please sign their forms for them to hand in at the Library desk on that date. Everyone who has participated will receive a certificate in November when we celebrate with the rest of the State, and whoever has read the most books in Marymount will receive a special prize too! 

Book Week is coming!

Next Friday the winners of the 2019 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year awards will be announced.  
This year the theme is Reading is my Secret Power and we will be making sure that students are involved in the competitions and photo opportunities we are creating for the following week.  Watch this space!


Overdue notices are now being sent out each week to students and parents.  Please encourage your child to borrow ‘responsibly’ – ie bring back the book (or equipment) on time or come and renew at the Library desk.  Fiction may be borrowed for 2 weeks at a time and Non-fiction, for 1 week. It goes without saying that students should look after school library books or equipment they borrow. 

Janet Cartlidge
Teacher Librarian

Careers & Vocational Education

Marymount College “Your Future Is No Game” Careers Expo

Thanks to our ever-supportive Marymount College community and to those who contributed their time and energy into guiding our young people at our annual Careers Expo last week.  This year saw a record number of past students attend as exhibitors.  In addition, many of our parents shared their expertise and invaluable advice with our students.   Overall, the evening provided loads of inspiration and plenty of direction.  We would also like to thank our Parents and Friends group for providing a lovely supper for those attending.      A very special congratulations on an excellently organised evening to Leesa Lutze (assisted by Terri Webster, Wonita Oxenham and Terri-Lea Johnston) who devoted many hours to another successful expo.
Gold Coast TAFE Direct Entry/Scholarship/Schools Programs

TAFE Queensland offers practical diploma and degree courses, commencing Semester 1 2020.  TAFE acknowledges students committed to their high school vocational studies and offers Year 12 students the opportunity to apply for Direct Entry for post Year 12 study.
Applications close on Friday 16 August 2019.  To secure Direct Entry now, please complete the online form at  See the Marymount College Careers Centre for further details. 
The 2019 round of the TAFE Queensland Scholarships Program is now open for applications and will close on Thursday 27 August.  Full details of the scholarship program, including terms and conditions, can be found at
The 2020 Gold Coast TAFE At School program has now been released.  A range of certificate-level course are available to Years 10/11/12 students in area’s including:
Animal Care       
Beauty and Hairdressing
Community Services
ICT, Information and Networking
Nursing and Health
Sports and Fitness
Trades and Maritime
For further details and to apply visit – Code TQTGC2001 or see the Marymount College Careers Centre today.  Flyers and further information has been emailed to all Year 9-11 students.
Bond University Scholarships
The following scholarships close on Friday 6 September 2019:
Bond University Indigenous Scholarship – up to 100% tuition remission
Sporting Scholarship – up to 100% tuition remission
Excellence Scholarship – 50% Tuition remission
Transformer Scholarship – 50% tuition remission
Leadership Scholarship – 25% tuition remission (NEW)
Visit or see the Marymount College Careers Centre for further details.
University of Queensland – Experience Days

The following Experience Days will provide the opportunity to explore career paths, compare courses, gain admission tips and interact with current students as well as connect with lecturers:
Pharmacy Experience Day: Sunday 18 August 2019 9.30am -1.00pm
Politics in Action: Asylum in Australia: Saturday 24 August 2019 1.00pm – 4.00pm
Marine Science Experience Day: Saturday 7 September 2019 12.30pm – 4.30pm
Nursing & Midwifery Experience Day: Sunday 8 September 2019 10.00am – 2.00pm
Business, Commerce and Tourism: Sunday 8 September 2019  10.00am – 1.00pm Saturday 19 October 2019   2.00pm – 5.00pm
Civil Engineering Experience Day:  Saturday 14 September 2019 1.00pm – 4.00pm
For further details visit or see the Marymount College Careers Centre.

RACV Royal Pines Resort – School Based Traineeships Information & Recruitment Night

Where: RACV Royal Pines Resort, Ross Street, Benowa
When: Wednesday 21 August 2019
Time: 4.00pm – 5.15pm (Parent briefing – 5.00pm)
What to bring:  Resume
SIT30616 Certificate III in Hospitality.  RSVP – Apply to attend by visiting
 Hairdressing School Based Apprenticeship – Burleigh Heads
An opportunity currently exists with a hairdressing salon in Burleigh Heads.  Work days include Thursday and Saturdays.  Applicants will need to undertake work experience with the salon prior, and would involve one day per week for 2 – 4 weeks.   See the Marymount College Careers Centre for further details.
Airways Aviation – Information Session

Come and join Airways Aviation for a tour of the Gold Coast Academy offers:
  • Certificate III in Aviation (Ground Operations and Service)
  • Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane)
Date:     Wednesday 4 September (5.45pm – 6.30pm)
Where: Hangar 51, Lores Bonney Circuit, Bilinga
Visit for further details.
Visit Parent Portal Blog for more Careers and VET Information
School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeship Opportunities

Sports Update

South Coast Regional Track & Field Championships
Last week we had 34 students compete at the South Coast Regional Track & Field Championships for a chance to qualify for the Queensland State Track & Field Championships later in the year. Many of our students performed personal bests at the Championships with the following students finishing in the top 3 in their events:
Ellie Beer – 1st 16yr 200m (record time), 1st 16yr 400m (record time)
Molly Sewell – 1st 14yr 3000m, 2nd 14yr 800m, 2nd 14yr 1500m
Caitlin Lythgo – 3rd 16yr 200m, 2nd 16yr 400m
Mason Field – 3rd 13yr 90m Hurdles
We wish all the students who have qualified for the South Coast team to compete at the State Titles all the best!
Australian Schools Swimming Championships

Lewis Treggiden competed at the Australian Schools Swimming Championships that were held in Melbourne from 28-31 July. Competing in the 15 and 16 year age group as part of the Queensland Team Lewis achieved the following individual results:
  • 50m Freestyle – Second 
  • 200m Backstroke – Third
  • 100m Freestyle – Third
  • 100m Backstroke – Fourth
  • 50m Backstroke – Sixth
Lewis then had a heavy commitment to the Queensland Relay Teams which achieved the following results:
  • 10x50m All ages Mixed Freestyle Relay – First
  • 4x50m Freestyle Relay – Second
  • 4x50m Medley Relay – Second
  • 4x100m Freestyle Relay – Third
A successful meet with new personal best times across all individual events. Lewis then backed up with 4 first places at the Gold Coast Regional Short Course Swimming Championships over the weekend. Congratulations Lewis on your success in the pool!
Student Sporting Results

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

 Vicki Wilson Cup

On Wednesday 31 June, the Marymount Senior Netball Team travelled to The Hinterland District Netball Courts in Mudgeeraba to play in the Preliminary Rounds of the Vicki Wilson Cup.

Marymount is put into the South Coast Division with 17 other school teams. These teams are split into 2 pools of 9 teams each where they must play each other throughout the day. Only the top team from each pool makes it through to the Vicki Wilson State Cup Finals Series to be played in Brisbane on the weekend of the 21 and 22 September.
The girls played 8 games of 12-minute halves – a great effort for even the fittest of athletes. 
They played with self-belief and great trust in one another to win every game. Their second last game against Emmanuel College was similar to a grand final – with Emmanuel winning all of their games before us as well.
It was a close game until the second half, where the girls stepped up the pace and came away with a 7-goal win.
The girls should be proud of their efforts. They will continue to train until the State Finals in September.
Congratulations to Emma Riddell (c), Halle Geyer (vc), Montana Dare, Bridie Edgar, Mackenzie Lenihan, Keely Swaddling, Ellen McCooke, Zoe Riddell, Bailey Miles and Charlie Ricketts.
Nicky Browne
Senior Coach

Vicki Wilson Shield

Last Wednesday the Vicki Wilson Shield team also made their way to Firth Park to participate in the Vicki Wilson Shield - South Gold Coast Regional Carnival.
Our team, that consisted of Lola Buckley-Trowell, Abby Carroll, Erin Clarke, Amy Cosgrove, Imogen Henderson, Mikayla Hopkins, Brianna Ingmire, Ava Littlewood, Brianna Marion, Keely Whatman and Kophie Woolf were very competitive and played brilliant netball throughout the day.
In the first round we came up against the All Saints A team and were defeated by 1 goal, final score 9-10. In the second game we faced St Michaels College and came up with a strong win 15-7. The third game was a tough game against St Andrews Lutheran where we faced some very strong defence which were hard to play against. We managed to get the ball down the court with strong drives and accurate passes however couldn’t quite finish with enough goals to secure the win. Final score 16-5 to St Andrews. Our fourth game was against Beaudesert. They were a very fast team, however, we were able to bring on fresh legs for this match to keep up with their speed and notched up an excellent win with the final score being 14-3. Our final match was against the eventual winners of the tournament Southport State High School. We were up 5-4 against them at half time, however, second half was a much different story where they ran away with the game with some very accurate shooting by their GS – final score 14-6. Overall, we finished fourth in our pool.
The girls should be very proud of their team and individual efforts, they represented Marymount with pride throughout the day. They should also be congratulated on their efforts at training throughout terms 2 and 3 in preparation for the Vicki Wilson Shield.
Kym Heritage
Junior Coach

Co-Curricular News

Chess Competition

On Wednesday 24th July, a selection of Marymount students participated in the annual AGCC Interschool Chess Competition at Aquinas College. A Junior and Senior team were entered into the competition.

The students enjoyed a full day of competition against other schools and as a result enjoyed great success. Harrie Van Den Broek (Yr.11) was the overall individual winner of the Senior Division and Max Mallory (Yr.12) took out 3rd place. Our Senior team consisting of Harrie, Max, Seamus Harrison (Yr.11) and Cameron Saliba (Yr.11) took out 1st place in the Senior Team Division. Our Junior team performed admirably and took out 2nd place in the Junior team division. This team consisted of Nicholas Cogo (Yr.7), Ky Nguyen (Yr.7), Tahj Morley (Yr.7) and Aliya Kapetanovic (Yr7). Also competing on the day were: Flynn Hughes, Ania Antecka, Noah Dunlop, William Edwards, Harry Saliba, Lucyana Gabriel, Calum Laffranchi, Thomas Browne, Vinh Nguyen and Matthew Kubatka, all of whom were exceptional representatives of the College.

A special thanks goes to Craig from Gardiner Chess who coaches our students every Monday afternoon at the College. I would also like to thank Aquinas College and Ms Alexander for hosting such a wonderful tournament. Lastly, I would like to thank all the students who represented the College with pride, enthusiasm and great sportsmanship. Well done Marymount!

Sheridan Saliba
Chess Coordinator


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The Marymount Spring Fete is a fun, exciting and eagerly anticipated biennial event on the local community calendar.

The Fete delivers stalls and attractions from all over the Gold Coast and provides entertainment and rides which cater for all age groups. The Fete also encourages the students of Marymount College and Marymount Primary School to participate and showcase their musical and dance talents through stage performances during the day.

The P&F Associations of Marymount College and Marymount Primary are working together to raise funds for both schools. The campuses have a combined student population of around 2200 and are supported by a large parent body and community members of the Burleigh Heads Parish. Given this, the 2019 Marymount Spring Fete will provide an excellent marketing opportunity for businesses seeking to promote their goods and/or services.

Whether you'd like to be a major sponsor, or simply donate a prize, equipment or entertainment to support our Fete fundraising, we are grateful for your assistance and always acknowledge the efforts of those that support us. Click here to sponsor or for more information.​​
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