School-Based Apprentice/Trainee Excellence Award: Keely Whatman Marymount College Vocational Commitment Award: Jordan Birtwistle Marymount College Vocational Excellence Award: Jack Trowbridge (not pictured) Vocational Excellence in Business Areas Award: Zac Burns (not pictured)
Bishop Ken Howell Award: Isabella Dean Petrina James Memorial Workplace Learning Award: Mitchell Masia (not pictured)
Corporate Art Design Technology Award: Charlotte Mirto Rivers Art Award: Stephanie Sheehan
Business Studies Award: Jaiden Behan Marymount College Award for Excellence in Writing: Nicholas Ranson
Col Davidson Award for Commitment to Mathematics: Alfie Remington Karen Andrews Service to Others Award: Thomas Nicholson
ADF Long Tan Future Innovators Awards: Year 10: Halle Wiblen and Year 12: William Ross ADF Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Awards: Year 10: Slade Shinners and Year 12: Isabella Dean
Peter Lynsky Memorial Award: Tobey Connors John Boyes Memorial Award: Zac Burns (not pictured)
What a mammoth day Saturday was, yet we got through it with good humour and patience.
We have received many comments about the helpfulness and the efficiency of the process. Others were appreciative of the sacrifice staff involved made in giving up their Saturday.
Thank you to Mrs Denise Jones, Mrs Nathalie Dicks, Mrs Julie Edds, Ms Marg Bowers, Mrs Liz Cooke, Ms Jacinta Cotterill, Ms Jacqui Cook, Ms Jenny Lems, Mrs Terri-Lea Johnston, Ms Di Madden, Mrs Leigh Sullivan, and Mrs Monica Weatherall for your wonderful work with the Year 7 Uniform Fitting Day on Saturday 6 November.
Year 10, 11 & 12 Awards Presentation
Appreciation to Mr Peter Shaw, Mrs Rachel Campbell and the many staff responsible for the Senior and Major Awards Presentations tonight. To share this with the community, we delayed this newsletter to allow the major Award Recipient names to be published later in the evening. Congratulations to all those students who were honoured tonight. Awards ceremonies will follow in Week 9 during school days for Years 7, 8 and 9.
Year 12 Graduation Liturgy and Formal
Appreciation also to College staff who are working behind the scenes to ensure the success of the Senior Graduation Liturgy next Tuesday evening and the Senior Formal on Thursday evening.
We look forward to sharing photos of these important milestone events for the Seniors of 2021 in the next newsletter. Both events have COVID-Safe plans. The Liturgy only allows for two family members to attend, however, additional guests may be requested via a waitlist. The Formal is being held at the Gold Coast Convention Centre and we are fortunate that the space allows for families to attend the arrivals and have professional photographs. The arrivals will be streamed live from the red carpet via the YouTube link provided in the Year 12 section of this newsletter.
P&F Executive Annual General Meeting
Appreciation to the 2021 Parents and Friends Executive for their leadership this year. A number of members have served for many years and provided continuity as they represent all parents. Please consider becoming a member of the P&F next year.
Outgoing Executive members this year are President Grace McLintock and Vice President Christina Heaton. We thank them for their leadership as parents. They know their impact on College decision making and school improvement through monthly meetings with the Principal and members of the College Leadership team over the time their Children attended the College.
P&F Executive for 2022 was elected at Tuesday’s AGM
President: Nicole Modini
Vice-President: Karen Harrison
Secretary: Sarah Price
Treasurer: David Elmer
Committee: Ross Edgar, Virginia Freebody, AnthonyTouzell
We thank the parents for their commitment to the College and what is best for our students.
Going to Rosies is a life-changing experience> Being able to see a different aspect of the world that we are rarely involved in our daily life, created a very eye-opening experience for our Year 10 group.
While our time was cut short due to the weather, being able to listen and help those who are less fortunate and less privileged than us through Marymount College is extremely rewarding. Through the help of Rosies volunteers and donations, our group has grown to appreciate the work of Rosies and how they make the world a better place for all.
Our group was:
Smart Devices (mobile phones, SMART watches, and similar devices) are not to be used during school days between 8:00am—3:00pm and all school-related activities.
The SMART device must be turned off and secured in the student’s locker when the student arrives at school. Students are permitted to check messages briefly during breaks at their lockers.
Teacher permission is granted for use in the relevant class only. Safekeeping of SMART devices is the responsibility of the owner.
Student is in the tuckshop line purchasing food and requires their smart device to do so.
The use of the SMART device, within the scope of this policy, is during the normal hours of the school day — 8:00am to 3:00pm. Please note that this policy includes no SMART devices in the Library from 8:00am to 3:30pm.
Students in Year 7-9 receiving an award will be presented their award on Wednesday 1 December during the school day. Further information regarding times and parent attendance will be emailed in Week 8.
Katrina Nicholson Assistant Principal Junior Curriculum
The Marymount College Class of 2021 Formal will be streamed live from the red carpet at the Gold Coast Convention Centre from 5:30pm Thursday 18 November.
Year 12 Key Dates
Friday 12 November - Year 12, 11 10 Awards Night
Tuesday 16 November - Graduation Liturgy
Thursday 18 November - Year 12 Formal
On Tuesday 16 November at 6:00pm, we will farewell the Class of 2021 with a Graduation Liturgy in the Doyle Centre.
Padre Morgan and Fr Jack Ho, College Staff, and Parents will bless the students as they leave Marymount College and take the next step in their journey. This liturgy is a lovely end to their years at Marymount College.
Who can attend:
Due to covid restrictions, we are limited to two guests per student. We understand some students may have additional special people they would like to share this occasion with. Processing of the waitlist is now complete. If you would like to bring another guest and missed adding your request, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Year 12 students should meet in the P&F Courtyard by 5:30pm. Students should wear a clean ironed formal school uniform as per the uniform policy (no excess jewellery or make-up, hair tied back, clean-shaven).
Please arrive 10 minutes early to check in with the QLD QR App, apply sanitiser and take your seat. Masks are no longer required. It is estimated that the night will conclude at 7:30pm.
Year 12 Formal
Under the current restriction level parents and family members are welcome to attend.
You will be required to check in with the QLD QR App.
Parents and family members must remain behind the barrier during the arrival.
Please be aware that if you are parking at the Convention Centre, the cost will be $12 per car.
A bar (EFT only) will operate for parents in the foyer of the Convention Centre.
Cars should aim to arrive between 5:30pm-6:30pm.
A videographer will film the arrival and it will be shown at the end of the night, and available on the College YouTube account the next day.
Red Capet live stream
For the benefit of family and friends who are unable to attend, we will stream live from the red carpet as students arrive.
Monday 15 November - Cert III Fitness First Aid Course
Wednesday 17 November - 11SIT Coffee School
Monday 22 November - Year 11 Exams commence
Monday 29 November - Year 12 2022 Leaders Camp
Friday 26 November - Last official day Year 10 & 11
It’s hard to believe we are already beyond the halfway point of Term 4, but given how busy it has been, the speed with which time is passing can be understood.
Already this term we have had Year 11 students involved in All Schools Touch Football, the farewell to the current Year 12s, the College Sports Awards luncheon, Biology excursion, their Relationships and Sexuality (RSE) day, and so much more! With only three weeks to go before the end of the year, the 11s need no reminding about the importance of finishing the year well both academically, and with regards to their conduct.
Relationships and Sexuality Education Day (RSE)
On the Thursday of Week 4, the Year 11s participated in the RSE Day which was aimed at promoting the qualities of healthy relationships, and the dignity of the person.
For much of the day, the boys and girls were separated as they discussed a variety of topics, including:
What is dignity?- incorporating the Catholic Social Teachings
Qualities of a healthy relationship
The disconnect between reality TV, social media, and popular culture mediums compared to what is acceptable in society, and what is truly desirable in relationships.
The dangers of sexting and pornography
Some in-depth discussions were had among both genders regarding the topics listed above, and it was pleasing to see and hear that the students understand what they really want from any relationship, be it intimate or platonic.
The end of the day gave the students an opportunity to write a letter to their opposite gender, on behalf of their own gender, which outlined what traits they hoped to see exhibited by them with regards to how they wish to be treated. Some of these letters were read out anonymously when the two genders combined again and the power behind the messages was palpable. The day ended with the reminder that it can be as simple as treating others as we would like to be treated, the golden rule of our Catholic faith.
We thank the students for their maturity and engagement during the sessions, and the Year 11 pastoral staff for their assistance in the delivery of the content.
End of Year 11
The end of the year is nigh, but there is much to do for our 11s.
The Year 11 Exam block schedule has been published to allow students to plan and prepare for their assessments. In addition, students should already know when any assignments may be due and they have been continually encouraged to be diligent in their approach to their schoolwork to avoid unnecessary stress and worries as the due dates approach. For students in General subjects, these assessments are the first that will count towards their ATAR scores, and so their academic pursuits should be prioritised during this time.
Student Leaders Camp
We are looking forward to having our 2022 Student Leadership team go away together for a night in Week 9.
They will spend two days together developing their leadership skills, bonding as a team, and planning for what we hope will be a fantastic senior year for themselves, and the rest of the College community. Further information will be provided to the students and their families in the coming days.
Thanks, as always, to the parents and caregivers of our Year 11s for their continued and unwavering love and support of their students. We hope the end of 2021 befits the fantastic year we have had.
Matt Carroll & Hannah Richardson Head and Assistant Head of Year 11
Thursday 25 November - Year 10 Twilight Cruise CANCELLED
Friday 26 November - Year 11 2022 Peer Support Training
Three weeks to go for our Year 10 students in 2021!
It has been a busy term preparing for the upcoming assessment in Week 6-8. We wish our students the best of luck.
Personal Development Day
We are fortunate to have our Personal Development Day in Week 7, Thursday Period 1-2 with a BBQ at recess to celebrate as a cohort.
We will be having guest speakers, current and past students who will discuss leadership and opportunities for success in the future. The PC Cup for Term 4 will be decided based on the efforts of students in Trivia and Kick Tennis.
We look forward to congratulating our Pastoral and STAC representatives for 2021 for all their efforts in an upcoming assembly:
10AA – Ben Edwards and Angelina Loeber
10AB – Matthew Fischer and Charlotte Hockings
10BD – Mason Field and Jemima Price
10BE – Alexander Davidson and Eva Sobczyk
10KG – Nash Kennedy and Ava Lorch
10KH – Zoe Robinson and Ty Sawyer
10PI – Caitlin Allred and Joey Sankey
10PJ – Chelsea Russell and Slade Shinners
Kevin Cornor & Belinda Faulks Head and Assistant Head of Year 10
Wednesday 17 November - Year 9 Science exam P5 & 6
Wednesday 24 November - Locker Exchange
Thursday 2 December - White Water World Excursion
Friday 3 December - Last official day Year 9, 8 7
With only three weeks to go until the school holidays, we are asking all Year 9s to finish the year well.
Next week will conclude most of the assessments for Year 9 students, however, teachers will start discussing what Year 10 might look like. We ask that all students continue to do the right thing—say the right thing and bring the right thing.
Please see the list below as a reminder
Students are to:
Bring their school bag (not a tote bag), books and charged laptop every day
Wear the uniform correctly
Keep phones in their locker (unless to use to buy lunch)
Be in class on time
Complete all class work
Complete all homework
Treat both teachers and their peers with kindness and respect
If we get all these little things right – students will finish the year well and be prepared to start their senior schooling in 2022.
White Water World
Year 9 students will go to White Water World on Thursday 2 December.
Parents will receive a permission slip and a link for payment. Students will catch a bus to and from school.
Relationships & Sexuality Pastoral Day
The RSE Pastoral Day in Week 3 was a great success.
The boys and girls were separated for half of the day with teachers delivering the same program to both genders. This allowed for the students to feel comfortable with asking questions. The program spoke about the Dignity of the person and how it can be difficult for young people to know what a respectful healthy relationship looks like in a world is where they are receiving mixed messages. It was wonderful to listen students sharing what their idea of an ideal relationship is. Students spoke about what they want for the future. Words such as respect, love, communication, romance, children, gentleness, equality, love, and support were some that were mentioned.
Teachers also discussed the dangers of social media – sexting and pornography. As a person is made up of three parts – physical, mental, and spiritual – it is important to look after all three parts.
The whole cohort met after morning tea, where teachers read out some very powerful letters the students had written. Many of the boys and girls mentioned that they heard a message that will help them in the future. They spoke of their hopes for the future, and it was wonderful to see all students listening.
We encouraged all students to keep lines of communication open with their parents as you are their biggest supporters.
Nicole Browne & Matt Geyer Head and Assistant Head of Year 9
DID YOU KNOW OUR UNIFORM SHOP IS ONLINE?
Preorder Senior white shirts for Year 10 in 2022 now and avoid back to school queues in the new year.
Parents are able to access this feature via the Parent Portal.
BOND UNIVERSITY CLIMATE CHANGE AND LAW EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE
Ambitious Year 11 students are invited to complete an exclusive Climate Change and Law educational experience presented by Bond University on Saturday, 20 November.
Learning from the Executive Dean of Bond’s Faculty of Law, students will extend their senior learning and build their toolkit of university and work skills through a series of online modules and a one-day workshop. Students will receive a certificate of achievement to contribute to their portfolios – the course fee is $50 including access to course content, completion certificate, morning tea and lunch. REGISTER
JOIN SAE’S CREATIVE FUTURES INFO NIGHT AND DISCOVER THE ENDLESS CREATIVE OPPORTUNITIES THAT AWAIT
Did you know the cultural and creative industries in Australia are worth a massive $91 billion and employ more than 200,000 people?
That’s more than the mining, agriculture, forestry and fishing industries combined! This event will give students an insight into what it’s like to study at SAE. What's on?
Join Torrens University for their Open Day and get a taste of what they do and how they do it. Meet their academics, talk to current students, and tour their campuses.
When: Saturday 29 January 2021
Where: Ultimo campus More info
GET UP TO SPEED ON THE USI (UNIQUE STUDENT IDENTIFIER)
WHAT IS A USI?
A USI is your individual education number for life. It also gives you an online record of your VET training undertaken in Australia. (If you're at university, TAFE or doing other nationally recognised training, you need a USI.) The USI is a reference number made up of ten numbers and/or letters, and it typically looks something like this: 3AW88YH9U5 https://www.usi.gov.au/
HOW DO I GET ONE?
A USI is your lifelong education number – you only need to create it once. Click here to Get your USI.
Identification requirements: https://www.usi.gov.au/students/identification
You need one form of identification to create a USI. Creating your USI should take less than 5 minutes.
Already have a USI?
If you have undertaken any VET training since 2015, you may already have a USI. Find it now.
NEW RESOURCE: QTAC CAREER FINDER
QTAC have recently created a new job search platform on their website.
QTAC Career Finder can help link students to jobs, internships and opportunities from industry employers while providing career advice articles and more. The platform can also be used as a "work backwards" assistant, to help students discover careers that may be of interest to them before they decide on the relevant study options. Take a look at QTAC Career Finder today!
Open Day: Aircraft Maintenance Engineering, Drone & Cabin Crew
Aviation Australia are opening their doors to everyone looking to pursue a career in Aviation. Join them for a free tour of their Brisbane campus! You will be guided through their Engineering hangars, Flight Safety Facility (Cabin Crew training) and a drone racing demonstration. Tours are Saturday 20 November. Learn about all course offerings for 2022 and the career opportunities that could open for you.
The aviation industry is experiencing a severe shortage of skills! As we continue to open back up and increase our domestic and international flights, the industry desperately needs a passionate and well-trained aviation workforce to support aircraft maintenance and flight safety.
Three session times are available, each session will be 1hour long.
Session 1: 8:30am - 9:30am
Session 2: 9:30am - 10:30am
Session 3: 10:30am - 11:30am
If you have any questions, please contact Lyn.Sank@aviationaustralia.aero. REGISTER NOW
LETZ LIVE – GAP YEAR
The government announcement lifting the travel ban means Aussies no longer need to apply for an exemption to travel, flight routes and capacity is increasing, and home isolation is being introduced in many states for retuning travellers.
Applications are OPEN for the following programmes:
Camp Assistant in the UK starting March 2022
New Zealand Gap Year starting July 2022
Thailand Gap Year starting July 2022
UK Gap Year starting September 2022 and January 2023
WHITE CARD TRAINING
If you need to obtain your White Card, Gold Coast Trades College offer White Card Courses fortnightly on a Wednesday. Cost is $65.
MENTORED & SUPPORTED SCHOOL-BASED TRAINESHIPS WITH PRESTON CAMPBELL FOUNDATION (INDIGENOUS FOCUS)
The Preston Campbell Foundation (PCF) is excited to announce a new era in its school-based traineeship program. PCF is in a position to offer one on one mentoring to students and extended support to families of school-based trainees.
To launch the new program and begin recruiting interested students for 2021 (get paid work during the upcoming school holidays) and 2022, PCF is having an information morning tea at Presto's Training Cafe located at Dreamworld. Find the details below and feel free to reach out with any queries beforehand or advise of any dietary requirements.
When: Friday 12 November
Where: Presto’s Training Café at Dreamworld
Time: 8.30am – 11.00am
RSVP: 10 November - email@example.com
YEAR 9-11 SCHOOL-BASED TRAINEESHIP OPPORTUNITIES
TAFE Queensland, Event Cinemas (EC) and Birch Carroll and Coyle (BCC) have been working with local schools to provide students with an invaluable head start to their future by participating in a School-Based Traineeship Program (SbT).
They have recently put on a number of students, however they still have some sites looking for additional school-based trainees.
Locations available are below. Please contact the Careers Centre to register your interest and to obtain details on the recruitment process.
Australia Fair – Southport
Pacific Fair - Broadbeach
A wide variety of other School-Based Traineeship opportunities currently exist. For students pursuing the non-ATAR pathway, securing a School-Based Traineeship provides an opportunity to acquire an income stream whilst maintaining their senior studies and achieving a nationally recognised certificate qualification. Some traineeships available to Year 9 students can be completed without any impact on their senior studies. Opportunities available are listed on the notice boards outside the Careers Centre, on the Marymount College website and can be viewed by clicking on the link below.
Jason Hamilton Head of Careers/Vocational Education & Training
Year 10 Business students had the pleasure of touring the HiSmile offices in Burleigh.
The students were inspired and motivated by the workplace environment and presentation. We are incredibly thankful to Marymount Alumni (2012) Nik Mirkovic, Co-Founder and Director, for inviting our students, showing them around the newly renovated space and filling them with inspiration to succeed.
During Term 4, Year 8 Geography classes have been evaluating a hypothetical proposal on whether to develop the Marymount Forest site, adjacent to the ovals and Bunnings.
This is a real-world problem and proposal, which mirrors the real sale a number of years ago, and development of the current Bunnings site on what was Marymount land.
As part of this, they have completed a report surrounding the problem. In this report booklet, two proposals are outlined and evaluated in regards to what decision should be made on the Marymount forest: Proposal One is to replace the forest with a shopping centre with an indoor sports centre. Proposal Two is to keep the forest as is and pay money to maintain it.
Students have a hard decision on their hands, looking at the surrounding area notably conducting multiple field sketches of the site, and studying the data in order to make the best decision.
Class 8.2, Mr. Fitzgerald’s class also been using a Lego version of Bunnings to visualise our project. This class really enjoyed the sketching and field work, as the following photos indicate.
Garrett Fitzgerald Humanities Teacher
This term, our class has been studying the Year 8 Geography unit of Landscapes and Landforms with Mr Fitzgerald. For the past two weeks, Sir has brought us down to the ovals to sketch both man-made and natural structures for our assignment.
Due to the ongoing rain, our class was delayed in this task, but Sir made sure we still got it done and experienced even a little bit of the beauty of the forest. With exams becoming more prominent, these sessions sketching out in the field was a way to teach us how to remain productive and still enjoy our lesson to the fullest. The time in the sunshine helped get us away from the definite seating arrangement and ultimately lightened the mood of the day.
Please discuss with your child what option they would like to do and make the selection for them when you receive the email with the details.
Gold Coast Academy of Sport Awards
In April, Pascalle Foster was selected in the Future Stars Program as part of the Gold Coast Academy of Sport which is run by Olympic and Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist Glynis Nunn (OAM).
The high-performance development program selected track & field athletes with the potential to progress towards the 2032 Commonwealth Games.
Pascalle attended sessions that included learning about nutrition, recovery, rolling & stretching, psychology, conditioning, media skills, fitness and body maintenance.
On Thursday 28 October, the Gold Coast Academy of Sport held its Gala Awards Night at the Royal Pines Resort. Pascalle was acknowledged with a Mayoral Award for her efforts and contribution throughout the program as well as her achievements in cross country and track events this year. Congratulations Pascalle!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
AFL Success- Junior Girls finish 3rd in the State!
At the end of Week 2, our Junior Girls AFL team, consisting of students from Years 7-9 made their way to Maroochydore to compete in the state finals of the StreetSmarts AFLQ Schools Cup.
This is the first time a Marymount College AFL team has made it this far in the state-wide competition, no small feat given across all divisions a total of 608 schools and 12,000 students competed.
In the preliminary final, on a very hot and steamy Friday afternoon, we were pitted against perennial powerhouses and number one ranked team in the division, Palm Beach-Currumbin. There was a sense of David vs Goliath about the match up, but the focus for our girls was to be hard to play against by applying as much pressure as possible to our opponents. To say the girls stuck to the instructions would be an understatement. Our girls were incredible, throwing themselves willingly into every contest and making sure the PBC girls earned every possession. When we had the ball, the link up play was impressive and we advanced the ball into our attack with great fluency and style. Our girls took it right up to them and whilst we didn’t get the result we were after, they walked off the field with their heads held high. Their performance prompted the opposition coach to say that we had played a better game of football than them, they just took their chances more efficiently. The final scores were: PBC- 9.8.62 def. Marymount 4.1.25
The outcome of our defeat was that we would play off in the 3rd vs. 4th on Sunday. After a ‘rest’ day, the girls returned on Sunday morning to face The Cathedral College. Hopes were high that we could get the win, but a lethargic first quarter from the girls (most likely due to their ‘rest’ day being spent at the Aqua Splash park!) gave us cause for concern. But after a chat about how well they had done all year and how they deserved to finish on a high, the team kicked into gear and produced a stunning, dominant performance. All players contributed, and the standard of play was first class. Final scores were:Marymount 14.8.92 def. TCC 2.0.12
It was a fitting way to end the most successful campaign by any Marymount team in this competition. Our Junior girls team finish as the 3rd best school team in the state, a phenomenal achievement.
Huge thanks go to the girls' coach throughout the year, Miss Jess Berryman. Given Miss Berryman was unwell on the weekend of the finals, further thanks go to Mr Cameron Francis and Mr Chris Larkin, who accompanied me over the weekend and helped coach the team.
Given the success of our AFL teams this year, we are eagerly awaiting 2022 with an eye to improving our standing further as one of the best AFL schools in the state.
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