Friday 21 August 2020 

BCE Listens Survey 
Students, parents, staff–Tell us how you feel and what you think

We are conducting surveys NOW to find out what you think about how we do things at Marymount, how good/bad you think we are and what you believe we should do more of and less of. 

We love compliments and we appreciate honest advice. 

Survey links have been forwarded to students, parents and staff and your responses will add to the full picture if you take the time to add voice in the BCE Listens Survey. 

Thanks to all involved in Year 11 Retreats 

It always felt that all was back to normal. With parents taking time to contact us about the retreats—about the impact it had on their son/daughter. Reports about happy senior students. This was only possible because we had parents and staff recognise that the retreats were important for the students. The plan for retreats in Week 5 was put in place. COVID-Safe processes were planned. Then Victoria had community transmission. But Queensland didn’t! Our 20 willing and generous staff ‘stayed the course’ and the Year 11s enjoyed their time away to reflect on the goodness that is in them and the opportunity that this gives them to respond to Deus meus et Omnia. Thank you, parents, students and staff. 

Cross Country 

On Thursday morning this week, we held our Cross Country. Check the Sport report further in this newsletter for results.  

Year 12s – Go for Gold 

The emphasis on improving writing skills continues for Year 12 ATAR students. They are preparing for External exams, commencing 26 October. There will be mock exams for them from 31 August as they experience what these external exams will be like. From this experience they can identify gaps and weaknesses and recalibrate their study plans. 

Yesterday they had the first session of Go for Gold, a focused writing skills program. Two further sessions follow on 9 & 14 September. The external exams are written exams. Go for Gold provides specific attention to sharpening writing skills for these exams. It complements the subject specific study preparation by their teachers. This emphasis on exam preparation is challenging for students. It continues until  26 October. It requires disciplined attention to steady revision, mock exams, sample questions and part-exams. It also requires time for physical activity and rest is required. They will need parent and teacher support and guidance throughout.


On Friday 28 August we will have a morning tea for staff to show gratitude for their contributions throughout the year. With Parent Teacher Interviews, Year 11 Retreats, the Interact Bad Tie Day Fundraising, Cross Country, Staff Twilight, Open Rugby League, Open Netball and Go for Gold for ATAR students, it seems to be getting busier at school. Almost busy like it was before COVID. As teachers, we’ve so much to be grateful for and colleagues to be especially grateful for—and we are! We will use the morning tea as an occaision to present BCE Service Awards to recognise the following staff:

30 Year Service Award
Jo Nairn
25 Year Service Award
Joy Baird
20 Year Service Award
Dianne Madden
Therese Mullins
15 Year Service Award
Matthew Carroll
Cathy Cooper
Tania Garner
Jane Greffe
Paula Kennedy
Dolores Maitland
Colleen Organ
Marilyn Reynolds
10 Year Service Award
Jan Delves
Leigh Dornan
Susan Hurley
Sandra Leu
Samantha Thorpe
Aaron Turner
Lorena Vine
Vivian Savage
Stephen Spilsted
Jeremy Watt
5 Year Service Award
Chris Sikora
Kris Symons
Terri Webster
Brett Wiblen


Chris Noonan


COVID Safe Protocols

The safety and wellbeing of staff and students remain our highest priority and Marymount College will maintain the following protocols to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus:
  • regular handwashing and hand sanitizing (gel-in and gel-out of classrooms/activities)
  • increased cleaning of school classrooms, particularly high frequency touch points including water fountains or bubblers
  • regular cleaning of shared equipment and materials
  • children who are unwell will be isolated and parents/carers asked to collect from school
  • adults are required to maintain 1.5m physical distancing measures
  • Students are required to maintain 1.5 m physical distancing measures from adults
  • Students are required to allow teachers distance to pass and to enter classrooms
  • Students are to take their seat in class, and not move about the class without permission of the teacher
  • Parent and visitor access to school grounds will be restricted.
Australian Health Protection Principles Committee guidelines do not include a requirement for physical distancing for students. Nevertheless, we will continue to remind them to maintain high personal hygiene standards and respect for personal space with their peers.
If your child develops cold or flu like symptoms, please:
  • keep your child at home
  • avoid contact with others such as touching, kissing or hugging
  • see a doctor or contact 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) immediately
  • seek medical advice if your child has other underlying medical conditions
  • call ahead to the medical centre or doctor’s surgery, advising of your child’s symptoms.
Further advice and information about the coronavirus is available on the Queensland Government Health and Federal Government Health websites.

Deputy Principal

Smart Devices
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. Misuse outside these hours, but while on school premises will fall within the scope of the Student Behaviour Support Plan of the College

Safety at School Drop-off and Pick-up
There are a few serious safety issues identified that need to be addressed by drivers and students immediately.
  1. Speed has been a major issue as drivers entering the school move towards the crossing at speed.  Similarly, drivers are speeding up the rise towards the crossing when they try to catch the green light. ‘P’ plate drivers appear to be the more common offenders. We will give consideration to additional speed humps.
  2. Some drivers are dropping their children in the bus lane on a regular basis—Primary and College students—then speeding out of his lane across the pedestrian crossing and incoming traffic without consideration for oncoming traffic and pedestrians. Using the bus lane is a traffic offence and police do patrol the car park from time to time.
  3. Some drivers, on a regular basis, are turning right after entering the school at the lights. There is a ‘No Right Turn’ sign and this is also a traffic offence.
  4. Some drivers are dropping off and picking up adjacent to the pool and admin road entrance.  This is also a traffic offence.
  5. Some people/parents/students approach the pedestrian crossings with using their mobile phones. They are very distracted, don’t always see or follow directions of the crossing supervisors.
  6. Some students walk around crossing supervisors’ hand signals to stop, ignoring requests to wait behind the yellow line.
If you are dropped off and picked up from school each day by your parents/guardians/relatives, please talk to the drivers about these serious problems and the traffic offences.
If you drive yourself to/from school, please check your driving behaviour.
If you use the pedestrian crossings, please check your attention to safety at the crossings

Geoff Browne
Deputy Principal

Assistant Principal Pastoral

Year 10 school vaccinations are happening soon
The Gold Coast Public Health’s immunisation team will be providing vaccinations to all Year 10 students on Monday 7 September.
You should have received an email with all the relevant details from to the email address you have nominated with the school. If you haven’t received this email you can contact Gold Coast Public Health’s immunisation team on 1800 940 750 or on the email above.
Vivian Savage
Assistant Principal Pastoral

Assistant Principal - Senior Curriculum

Year 12

Final preparations are being made for the upcoming Year 12 General subjects mock exams.
The shutdown period for Year 12 exams is Monday 31 August (Week 8) to Monday 7 September (Week 9).

General Subjects:  Normal classes will NOT run. ATAR Student Exam schedule
School attendance for all other days is expected (except the pupil-free day on Friday 4 September) in Week 9 and Week 10. We are also looking forward to the Write That Essay program being provided to all General English students. We are confident this will be well received by the students and is a timely input into their exam preparation program.

VET and Applied Subjects: Normal classes WILL run and students are required to attend all lessons. Non-ATAR student schedule

Year 10

The building of the 2021 timetable is progressing well. Student subject choices for Year 11, 2021, are falling nicely into place, with very many students looking to gain the vast majority of their preferences. Again, thank you to the detail and effort put into this by parents and students. We hope to release subject offerings to students of Year 10 early in Term IV. 

Key Dates

Please make note of coming event dates:
Year 12 Mock Exams: 31/08 - 10/09
Year 11 Exam Block: 14/09 - 18/09
Year 10 Exams: 14/09 - 15/09

Peter Shaw
Assistant Principal Senior Curriculum

Assistant Principal - Junior Curriculum


As we are now in the second half of the term students will be starting to work on assessment and be preparing for the end of term tests. To help support your child please check their record book for homework and communication from teachers.  If students are needing some extra help, please encourage them to come along to Homework Club on a Thursday in the library from 3.15pm – 4.30pm. 

Progressive Assessment Tests

Over the next three weeks, students in Year 7, 8,9 & 10 will sit the Progressive Assessment Tests for Reading and Mathematics. The purpose of these tests is to provide objective, norm-referenced information to teachers about their students’ skills and understandings in these areas. The mathematics test assesses students’ skills and understanding in: 
•    Number
•    Algebra
•    Geometry
•    Measurement
•    Statistics
•    Probability.

The assessments also address the mathematical processes of understanding, fluency, problem solving and reasoning. 
Progressive Achievement Tests in Reading assess students’ reading comprehension skills, vocabulary knowledge and spelling.

Subject Selection 2021

Next Thursday 27 August, students in Year 8 and 9 will start the process of choosing electives for 2021. There will be a presentation where students have the opportunity to ask questions from our expert teachers and a subject guide will be distributed for students to take home.  Students will then have a week to log into Subject Selection Online (SSO) to make their selections. The Year 7 presentation is in Week 8 on Thursday 3rd September and students will have a week to make their choices online.

Katrina Nicholson
Assistant Principal Junior Curriculum

Assistant Principal - Religious Education

Year 11 Retreat

Glorious weather and for 200 Year 11s in high states of excitement, the Retreat they almost didn’t get was on. The College’s commitment to Retreat is absolute and the overwhelmingly positive comments from the students confirm our belief in the effectiveness of the experience for all involved, staff included.

Some notable comments from the students’ response include :  
My hope was I wanted to get to know more people and I learned that’s it’s ok to be upset, the teachers are there for you and will help you through it. 
I felt really alone on the first night...and I learned that people are happy to talk, after that it was very different! 
People I hadn’t talked to are nice normal people. 
I realised what “my main rocks in life “are and what is important to me. 
We had an awesome Mass which everyone really loved! 
The Marymount bubble took us all there safely and brought us all back intact! 

Sincere thanks to everyone involved with making the Retreat happen, the teachers on the team and Edwin Pereira and those who covered for us at school, Padre Morgan Batt for his presence at the two Tamborine venues and Kindilan and  Fr Jacob for his presence at the Brookfield venue.  We are very grateful that we could have Mass celebrated at all venues. Thank you to Mrs Karen Harrison, Mrs Anne Kirwan and Ms Margaret Bowers (our Student Administration team) for their support, and to Ms Tonia Garner for her oversight of all our risk assessments, ensuring every dot and t was covered for our COVID safety. 
Marymount Day
Our Marymount Day preparations have begun and all pastoral groups have now received a collection basket. Year groups have been allocated some specific items which our St Vincent de Paul Chapter needs to stock up on but all food donations are graciously received. We look forward to this great annual celebration as the College and Primary School mark the birthday of Mary the  Mother of Jesus and the gifts she bestows on all of us every day of our lives. These food donations and our liturgy are the ways we say,  “Happy Birthday, Mary.” 

  • Year 7: Toilet paper, Soup – Corn, peas, Tuna, Tinned meals eg Steak & Veg
  • Year 8: Shampoo & Conditioner (normal so anyone can use it), Packets of Soup & Pasta, Rice
  • Year 9: Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Fray Bentos Steak Pie, Tins of Jam, Fruit
  • Year 10: Soap, Shower wash, Tins of baked beans Long life milk, Spaghetti
  • Year 11: Deodorants Male/Female, Hairbrushes & Combs, Cereal eg Weetbix, Popper drinks
  • Year 12: Sweet & Savoury biscuits, Pasta Sauces, Spaghetti, Cereal eg Weetbix​

Student Ambassadors for Catholic Mission
The Catholic Mission campaign for 2020 will be focussing on Cambodia and, this year, some students from the College and Primary school have been invited to be ambassadors to the Parish to speak at Masses about it. Congratulations to the eight students from across the year groups who have volunteered to do this. They will step up at Masses in October to do this excellent work.   

Dolores Maitland

Year 11 Retreat - Insider Reports



Our Year 11 cohort was lucky enough to attend a retreat at Kindilan, which is located in Redland Bay.  

I enjoyed this experience as it was an opportunity to reflect. I was able to not only learn more about myself but about others as well. The activities that were organised allowed us to find more about people’s current fears and issues as well as just find out about their life experiences. Furthermore, we also learned how people view us as individuals. I found the experience tremendously eye-opening, as we aren’t aware of what others think of us.  

In my opinion, the highlight of the retreat was the confession ceremony. This was because I realised that a plethora of other students had similar fears to myself at this stage in my life.  

I am grateful for this opportunity to go on a retreat and feel that my peers and I will continue to benefit from this experience. 

Bailey Sewell 
Year 11 Insider 


Retreat was an amazing experience and fulfilled every aspect of what I imagined it might be.

Being able to step back from our busy and stressful lives was very refreshing. It enabled us, as a group, to reflect on ourselves and clearly understand what is important in our lives. Spending time at Mount Tamborine, away from school, was detoxifying and stress relieving. It gave us a chance to become closer with our peers and develop better relationships with the four teachers that accompanied us.  

One of the most rewarding parts of the retreat was seeing how friendly and welcoming everyone was to each other; it didn’t matter who was with whom, as we could approach anyone.  

This retreat has provided me with a clearer understanding of how to be a better friend and how to deal with various decisions that I will face in my Senior year at Marymount. 

Will Ross  
Year 11 Insider 

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Social Justice

Principal's Awards

Principal's Awards - Insider Reports

I am a Year 8 student and I had the opportunity to see the accomplishments of my fellow Year 7 and 8 students be recognised with a Principal’s Award, as well as gain one myself.

This was our first joined assembly for many months, so it was great to see everyone coming together again. Even though no parents could attend, it still was a great celebration of all students whether or not they received an award.
I was excited to know I worked hard enough to be able to gain an Academic Merit and Excellence in Attitude and Conduct award alongside many friends.
Holly McLintock
Year 8 Insider

On Friday 7 August, I received a Principal’s Award.

Although I received two of these last year, it was different this year due to home learning. As much as I wanted my parents to come and watch me receive an award, they were not allowed to due to the virus restrictions. It was disappointing that they were unable to come, but I am grateful Marymount had an opportunity to have an assembly.
Some people may think receiving this award is easy, however, there is a lot of work that goes into it. You need to stay on top of homework, study, listen in class and stay motivated. It’s not as easy as it seems, but the hard work definitely pays off. Badges aren’t a massive deal to some people, but I find them important. I appreciate that Marymount makes badges to show achievements. It is recognition of a student’s effort and hard work.
Lucy Tyson
Year 8 Insider

This year has been hard on all of us—isolation, learning from home and having to adjust to a new way of life—however, every student at Marymount College has persevered to keep learning, in very different circumstances.

So, this semester’s Principal’s Award ceremony was an extra special way to be thanked and acknowledged for all the effort, hard work and determination put in so far this year by so many students. Although not everyone received an award, you couldn’t help but notice the uplifting spirit of the cohort and resilience of all.
Well done Marymount!
Ruby Allen
Year 8 Insider

The Principal’s Awards ceremony is a time where I like to reflect on the hard work that has got me sitting in the front row. There are also times where it has been a reminder to me that giving your best reaps the rewards.

Last Thursday I was a recipient of an Academic Merit and Excellence in Attitude and Conduct award. I was both humbled and honoured to receive this recognition, and I am grateful that my continuous, and sometimes anxiety-inducing, hard work is rewarded.
I appreciate the school’s decision to proceed with the ceremony to showcase the talent that our college of faith holds. The formality did feel a little different without parents present;  however, the most upsetting non-attenders were the cakes and slices! This indulgence is one of my primary sources for motivation to receive these awards and was sorely missed!
Bailey Sewell
Year 11 Insider

I received my Principal’s Award on the 6 August for Excellence in Attitude and Conduct. This is the fifth time that I have received an award. I was excited to see my name on the list because I worked really hard and tried my best in class.

It was extra difficult this year because we were in Covid-19 lockdown and therefore we had to do online learning at home. I found online learning challenging because I was not at school and didn’t have the teachers in the classroom. It felt like there was a lot of work to do at home.
I was really happy that we were still able to receive an award even though our parents couldn’t be at the ceremony because of the Covid-19 restrictions, and I celebrated at home with the family.
Briana Briski
Year 12 Insider



Future Anything

Future Anything is a part of our Year 10 Business program which is an innovative curriculum which puts our Marymount students in the driver’s seat of entrepreneurship.

Their brief is to come up with their own innovative enterprise solutions to tackle some of the world’s greatest problems. Four weeks into the program and we are seeing some incredible ideas, which are progressing through the ideation stage.  Ideas will be revealed and delivered later in the term.

On Friday, the founder of Future Anything, Ms Nicole Dyson, was generous enough to share her time with our Year 10 Business students. She gave some tips on what the investors will want to hear in the ‘pitches’ and provided “spicy” (honest) feedback to those who asked for it. We are grateful that Nicole travelled to provide our students with that experience.
Stay tuned as our students continue with their social enterprises.

We are seeking support from local businesses in the form of sponsorship and prize money for the top-performing groups. Please get in contact with the College if you are interested in this opportunity.

Simon Rezo, Lauren Hutchinson & Tim Rowe
Year 10 Business Teachers


Year 12 Marine Aquaculture

The Year 12 Marine Science class are currently studying a unit on Ocean Issues and Resource Management. Aquaculture is our last topic to complete their studies. Always great to finish on a high note.

Students enjoyed the chance to investigate the attributes of Red-claw crayfish that have established them within Australian aquaculture. The correct skills in handling livestock were quickly learnt when avoiding the cray’s chelipeds (claws)! Many were surprised by how fast they can move even out of the water.

Yvonne Crowley
Marine Science Teacher

Year 7 Science Competition 2

Congratulations to everyone that entered the ‘Deep Blue’ Year 7 Science competition, the calibre of entries was fantastic. Winners will be presented with their prizes this Thursday 27 August during the Year 7 assembly.
Great news is Griffith University is also running a Griffith Gold Coast schools science competition. Below is some information regarding this, they have some fantastic prizes. This competition is based on a mission to the lunar south pole, which fits in nicely with what you are doing in your space unit.
Things you should know:

What to do: you get to scientifically communicate how you would survive a space mission to the moon. You get to choose from the following mediums (powerpoint, multimedia presentation, simulation model, game, animated cartoon/comic strip, augmented reality poster). All entries require a report and log book.
Who?  This is a voluntary competition for anyone in Year 7
When? You need to register your interest to Mrs Baker or Mrs Steele by (Week 8) Monday 31 August the latest. Either by seeing either one of us in our office G105 or via email.
When does the project need to be complete? We need to drop off  entries on Monday (Week 9) 7 September, so require your entry by (Week 8) Friday 4 September.
Please see link for more information. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Kristina Baker and Trena Steele
Head of Science (acting) and Science Coordinator (acting)


Cyber Taipan

CyberTaipan is an Australian CSIRO cyber defence competition that is modelled on the US Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot program.
The competition puts teams of high school students through rounds of challenges over a six-hour period.  Teams are tasked with finding cyber security vulnerabilities within the images, receiving points for hardening the system while maintaining critical services.
Senior Digital Solutions students will take part in the second round of the competition on 28 August, competing alongside teams from UK, Saudi Arabia, Canada and USA.
We congratulate them on their performance in the initial round, and wish them all the best as they delve into the world of cyber security in such an exciting format.

Kylie Mathers
Head of Technologies

Griffith Engineering - Year 11 students

Over the past five years, Digital Solutions students have been accepted into engineering programs at universities.  The problem-solving process within the curriculum, higher-order thinking, and the experiences offered have prepared them well for their academic studies.
Engineer fields are diverse and include:
  1. Civil Engineer
  2. Mechatronics (robotics) Engineer
  3. Mechanical Engineer
  4. Chemical Engineer
  5. Systems Engineer (software, applications programming, network)
  6. Environmental Engineer
  7. Aerospace Engineer
  8. Electrical Engineer.
Some have participated in the STEM camps presented by universities; others have chosen to begin studying while still in high school.
Griffith University is offering Year 11 students to take part in the Griffith ENG Program.  The program is designed to encourage students in pursuing a career in engineering to study the equivalent of a first-year trimester course during their senior years.
High school students who complete the program can:
  • Gain credit for a first-year engineering course
  • Be awarded an adjusted selection rank
  • Have the costs covered by Griffith.
Interested?  Email or see Mrs Mathers in I Block for steps to apply.

Kylie Mathers
Head of Technologies


Senior Mathematics

Direct Online Ordering for calculator required for Year 11 & 12 Mathematical Methods, and Specialist Mathematics

ALL orders are to be placed by Sunday 20 September 2020. Orders after this date will pay full price and will incur a $14.95 delivery charge. Your calculator has a 3 Year Replacement Warranty except, Broken Screens & Batteries. No refunds if you change your mind or choose the incorrect product. 

  • 1 x TINSPIRECXII-NONCAS ~ Valued $225.00
  • 1 x FREE Padded Case ~ Valued $8.95
  • 1 x FREE 3 Year Warranty ~ Valued $28.95
  • 1 x FREE Delivery ~ Valued $14.95
COST: $215.00 gst inc ~ Save $63.00
  • 1 x Adaptor ~ Charges your calculator quicker via the wall socket than via the USB port on your computer.
COST: $10.00 gst inclusive ~ Valued $14.95
  • Optional Spare Battery
  • 1 x TI Recharge Spare back up battery
COST: $18.50 gst inclusive

Ordering Process
  1. Go to:
  2. Enter your school ID Code MARYMTCOLLQLD above the ORANGE login button on the HOME PAGE.
  3. Ensure you enter your school ID code first to get the full discount & free delivery. Select the calculator & accessories you require then go to the checkout and pay with your Credit or Debit card. Your 3 Year Warranty starts when the calculator arrives at the school.
  4. Your order will be sent to the school and you can collect your calculator from Marymount College Bookshop after 6 October 2020
  5.  Once you receive your calculator, keep all of the internal packaging as it contains software codes that are very expensive to replace.

If you have any queries please call Alyson De Souza on 1800 998 424 or 

Tanya Mullaly
Head of Mathematics

The Arts

Marymount 2021 Musical 

Marymount is excited to announce Marymount’s 2021 musical Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Set in New York City in 1922, Thoroughly Modern Millie tells the story of young Millie Dillmount from Kansas, who comes to New York in search of a new life for herself. 
Auditions begin this Friday and continue into Week 7. If a student still wishes to audition for the musical and has not signed the audition forms, they are still able to audition. The forms will remain on the Drama notice board outside of D72. 
The winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie is a fun, fast-paced musical and we are very excited to commence rehearsals in Term 4 Recreational Sport.
Melanie Howe 
Drama Academic Coordinator

Vocational Education & Careers

Year 12 - QTAC (Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre) How To Apply

Following last weeks live Zoom QTAC Presentation to our Year 12 students/parents, a condensed 30 minute version of How to Apply can be viewed at
Also the following links are available for key topics discussed: Should you require any further information or assistance, please feel free to contact the Marymount College Careers Centre.

Griffith University Update

Griffith Film School Experience Week (21-25 September) – The Griffith Film School prepares the next generation of filmmakers, animators and game designers for creative and exciting careers in the global industry.  The Griffith Film Experience Week is tailored to current Year 12 students considering future tertiary study at the Griffith Film School. For further information visit

GriffithENG Program – High School students are able to study Engineering at Griffith while they finish high school and gain credit transfer towards their degree.  The GriffthENG Program lets students experience a university engineering course and stretch their academic boundaries while studying in Year 11 and 12.  This program is FREE with all costs covered by the University.  For further information visit
Defence Force Recruiting

Below is a list of the upcoming virtual information sessions being presented by Defence Force Recruiting:
24 August 2020 12.00pm Defence Careers Virtual Info Session
24 August 2020 6.00pm STEM Careers Virtual Information Session
25 August 2020 4.00pm Army Officer Careers Virtual Info Session
26 August 2020 6.00pm Trade Careers Virtual Information Session
28 August 2020 12.00pm Defence Careers Virtual Information Session
31 August 2020 6.00pm Engineering Careers Virtual Info Session

Visit to register.
Southern Cross University Open Day

Southern Cross University is doing Open Day differently this year and students are invited to take part in the virtual event that will be running over 4 weeks.  Commencing this week, online and live offerings will include:
  • 30+ Q&A sessions with expert staff about specific subject areas
  • Immersive 360 degree virtual tours of campuses and state of the art facilities
  • 24/7 access to on-demand video
  • Live chat with study advisors to guide you through our courses and application process
Register at
QUT Virtual Open Days 29-30 August 2020

Find out more about studying STEM at QUT at the Virtual Open day across the weekend 29-30 August 2020.  Chat with academic leaders and students about STEM options and career opportunities; take part in a live panel discussion about STEM; and find the answers to your questions about scholarships, student support and uni life.
QUT also have virtual tours of its labs, workshops and facilities.  To register and for further details visit
Visit website for School Based Traineeship Opportunities

 2020 Early School Leavers survey

The Queensland Government is seeking the support of the school community for the annual survey of Year 10, 11 and 12 students who left school in 2019, before completing Year 12. This short, confidential survey collects information about what young people are doing the year after leaving school. The results of the survey help provide valuable information to improve services available to school leavers in the future.

Between August and September, these school leavers can expect to receive instructions to complete a web-based survey or a telephone call from the Queensland Government Statistician’s Office. Please encourage them to take part. If their contact details have changed, please assist the interviewer with their updated details or forward the survey to their new address so they can participate.

Thank you for your support of Next Step post-school destination surveys in 2020.
For more information, visit or telephone toll free on 1800 068 587.
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Heads of Year

Year 12

Mock Exams

As the term progresses, the workload intensifies for our seniors who now find themselves two weeks away from their mock exam week. Students are being encouraged to treat these mock exams as the real thing, to acquaint themselves with the exam conditions and the style of questions they will face when the real thing rolls around in October. Results from these exams will be invaluable in shaping their revision from this point forward as it will identify areas of strength and weakness. 
ATAR Student Exam Schedule
NON-ATAR Student Schedule
Upcoming Events

There are several significant events coming up which all Year 12 students are encouraged to make the most of in this, their last year. The cross country was run this week, and Week 9 will see the celebration of both Marymount Day and the Athletics Carnival. It has been pleasing to see the seniors embrace the preparations for these days with the organisation of costumes and talent show acts providing some respite from the continual focus on study. We look forward to celebrating these days together as a cohort and with the College community.
QTAC/ATAR information
A huge thank you to Mr Hamilton and the Career’s Centre for their diligence in ensuring the students have had access to a wealth of information surrounding access to their ATAR and QTAC portals. All students should now be set up to receive their ATAR score when it is released later this year, as well as be set up to nominate their preferences for tertiary studies through QTAC. The Year 12s have been encouraged to go and visit the Career’s Centre if they have any questions and this offer is extended to parents and caregivers.
With mock exams nearly here and the impending deadlines for QTAC preferences to be nominated, it is traditionally a time where stress and anxiety levels spike. All students are encouraged to take a balanced approach to their studies, ensuring they schedule time for relaxation and find ways to break up their study sessions. Eating well, exercising and getting enough sleep are of paramount importance during this time. All senior teachers are working with their students to prepare them for their upcoming assessments working on a holistic approach that takes their well-being into account. We thank parents and caregivers for their continual support and encourage them to contact us if there are any concerns.

Matt Carroll & Irene Scott
Head and Assistant Head of Year 11

Year 11

Rosies Outreach

This Semester, Year 11 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 11s to give their time to this worthy organisation and see Edwin (Campus Minister) to register interest.

St Vincent de Paul
Year 11 have also been invited to donate either money or food items for the less fortunate on our doorstep. The goal is to fill several baskets per PC Class with the following items: Deodorant, Hairbrushes, Combs, Cereal and Popper Juice. 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.”
The grade 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.

Goal setting

At the beginning of this term, students were asked to check their goals and plans for their own learning. To improve learning teachers challenge their students to consider questions like:

  • What did you learn about?
  • What did you find easy?
  • What did you find difficult?
  • What would you change to improve?
  • What did you do when you found something was confusing or difficult?
  • How do you know when you are going well?
We asked students to evaluate their reports as to have 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 11 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 have been reminded of the importance of the little things required of them as senior students about to embark on the leadership process. This includes basic requirements such as adhering to the uniform policy, following teacher directions, leaving phones in their lockers and being on time. We encourage students to be the best version of themselves possible and to respect the needs and wellbeing of others in all that they do.

College Leadership

Next week (Monday) applications for College Leadership are due and each successful applicant will, later in the week (Thursday), deliver a 2-minute speech in front of their peers. Voting then takes place and the Marymount College Leadership Team for 2021 will be announced on Marymount Day.  Eight capable leaders will be shortlisted for College-Captain and Vice-Captain, delivering their speech to the student body early term 4. Students are reminded that we are inspired more through authenticity and humility than by dazzling skills and tricks. Voting should reflect this. Jesus said little about leadership, he simply modelled it by servicing others. We are blessed to have a high calibre group of Year 11 students who have nominated to be part of the leadership process for 2021. We wish them well.

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

Year 8

Student Achievements

Congratulations to Zane Stevens for his amazing tennis results of winning the Gold Coast Closed District Men’s Championships. Great to see our Year 8 students doing so well.
Call out to parents

We are calling out to our Year 8 families to send in student achievements, this can be across any area. Please email through photos and a general description, so we can celebrate as a community. Peter Carroll and Hannah Richardson

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

Year 7

We commend the students for the way they have returned to schooling this term after a disruptive Term 2. We wish them all the best academically for the remainder of the term and encourage them work daily on developing valuable and lasting friendships which have the possibility of enduring throughout their school years and beyond.

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

Library and Resource Centre

Premier’s Reading Challenge 

The Premier’s Reading Challenge now enters its final two weeks!  Well done to those 34 students who have been taking part for the last 13 weeks – can you make it to the finish? 

Check out some more books to add to your list and borrow any of those on display – you might see some interesting titles from the non-fiction Science collection as you walk in the Library this week, especially for Science Week! 

Please remember to print out your Reader Record Form and have a parent or your English teacher sign the bottom before dropping it in at the Library desk on Friday, 28 August or the following Monday.   I will be sending in the ‘scores’ and you will receive your certificates next term.  

Information display 

Have you noticed the large TV screen up in the main entryway of the Library?  This is a fantastic way to let students know of upcoming events happening in the Library as well as what’s going on around the school. Each week the display changes but we usually include a spotlight on an author, a recommended book or series, an inspirational or bookish quote and a Library ‘did you know?’ fact.  During  Parent/ Teacher interviews we also ran the College promotional movie. Thanks go to Jess Lewis for keeping it updated.  


Thank you to those parents who take the time to email about overdues – we do sometimes find the book on the shelf, in a classroom or in a locker. But please ask your child to come and see us with any query, the first time they or you receive an overdue.  Mistakes can easily be rectified.   

A quieter space 

I should like to thank the students who regularly use the library for study or quiet reading for their great attitude.    

BC— Before COVID—the Library had become very noisy at break and lunchtimes, but SC—Since COVID—the smaller numbers have maintained a quieter, studious atmosphere, led by the Year 11s and 12s.  Let’s keep it that way! 

Janet Cartlidge
Teacher Librarian

IT Support


College Cross Country
On Thursday 20 August we held our College Cross Country to determine our age champions and champion house for 2020. Normally we have all students run a course in the afternoon in their houses to earn more points to the champion house. However, with COVID-19 meaning we have restrictions in place we only had the serious runners complete their course in the morning. 

Age Champions
12 Eadie Sangston Sterling Syphers
13 Pascalle Foster Dillon Howell
14 Indiana Locke Rory Randall
15 Molly Sewell Thomas Cervenak
16 Amy Bertacco Ky Howell
Open Shae Rooney Ben Inglis
Campion House
1st Katandra 135 points
2nd Allambee 124 points
3rd Bulimah 98 points
4th Patanga 93 points
Congratulations to all age champions and to Katandra on their win!
South Coast Team Selection
Congratulations to the following students on their selection in South Coast teams to compete at the State Titles in the coming weeks:
Oscar Devine – 13-19yr Boys Hockey
Sophie Devine – 13-19yr Girls Hockey
Camryn Mathison – 13-19yr Girls Hockey
Montana Dare – 16-19yr Girls Netball
Good luck at your State Titles!
Term 3 Sport

This term our students in Years 7 – 9 are involved in intraschool sports on a Thursday afternoon. They are competing in their Pastoral Groups in a variety of different sports to find the Champion Pastoral Group for their year level and the Overall Champion House. Students will rotate sports each week.

Results from week 5 games were:
  Yr 7 Boys Yr 7 Girls Yr 8 Boys Yr 8  Girls Yr 9 Boys Yr 9 Girls
  Touch Football Vortex Dodgeball Volleyball Volleyball Ultimate Disc

Results for the week 6 games were:
  Yr 7 Boys Yr 7 Girls Yr 8 Boys Yr 8 Girls Yr 9 Boys Yr 9 Girls
  Volleyball Touch Football Ultimate Disc Dodgeball Vortex Volleyball

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
Sport Program Leader

Student Protection Contacts

If you have a student protection concern, please contact one of the Student Protection Contact Officers listed below who can assist you. You may reach them by calling the school office or through the email listed in the Staff Directory on the Parent Portal.
  • Dr Angela Jeffery - Guidance Counsellor
  • Heather Clark - Guidance Counsellor
  • Madeline Stainsby - Guidance Counsellor
  • Chris Noonan - Principal
  • Geoff Browne - Deputy Principal
  • Vivian Savage - Assistant Principal Pastoral


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