Friday 06 August 2021 

Thank You

Our appreciation to parents for your fulsome support of our requests with Alternative Education Provision (AEP) this week.

Though we were almost ready to start AEP, the extra time on Monday to prepare was very helpful for staff. Chief Health Officer, Dr Jeanette Young’s strong message became clearer as we planned. This lockdown was different. Consequently, the majority of staff are working from home and Geoff Browne’s message to families on Wednesday saw reduced numbers of students and at school on Thursday and Friday.

We hope it will be possible for schools to be open on Monday.

Whether school is open or not, students need to attend. With AEP, attend means on TEAMS 8:30-8:45am Morning PC and on TEAMS for the first 15 to 20 minutes of each class each day. That’s when work is set. That’s when common student questions and issues can be answered or addressed. That’s how students can manage to keep in touch with important work. As long as AEP continues, we will try to help students to keep up.

For regular schooling, attend means attend school every day

We don’t want students to fall behind. Teachers report that AEP is working, though we are sure it is a struggle for a significant number of students and families. When school resumes, we will teach to consolidate student understanding of the work covered. 

This is the plan, to maintain student attendance for AEP or for regular schooling, and catch the students up on work when they come back to school, whether that’s Monday or later.

Parent / Teacher Interviews and SET Plan Consultations

Our appreciation to Parents and Staff for working together to ensure Parent / Teacher Interviews and Year 11 SET Plan Consultations went ahead on Tuesday evening and on Thursday respectively. Mrs Katrina Nicholson and Mr Peter Shaw will continue to work to finalise P/T Interviews and SET Plan Consultations. Thursday afternoons will be targeted for this.

Oztag Teams Do Well

It’s been the story of each State carnival our teams have played this year—our teams are doing very well and a lockdown in announced.

So it was for the State Oztag Carnival on the Sunshine Coast. Across 6 teams and 34 games they had 30 wins, 2 losses and 2 draws. Four teams were undefeated, three teams were on maximum points and five teams were top of the table. 13 staff were involved and four past students lent assistance. A mighty achievement and reward for talent, commitment and outstanding community effort. Congratulations to all involved. 

Star of Taroom Solidarity

Mrs Maureen Lill, Mrs Monica Weatherall and the Marymount Mob inspired students and staff to show solidarity with those who walked the Star of Taroom – in a pushcart – from Brisbane back to Taroom recently. The purpose of the walk was to emphasis the important repatriation in healing hurt and promoting reconciliation. Support peaked on the final day and the sum of kilometres walked twice the distance from Brisbane to Taroom. Our community really does care about healing and reconciliation. 

Vinnies Sleepout

Well done to all students and staff who ‘slept out’ in the Doyle Centre Friday 23 July.

They raised further funds to go towards the College Community’s wonderful effort for Vinnies this year. We thank Mrs Dolores Maitland, Mr Edwin Pereira and Guidance Counsellors, Ms Maddie Stainsby, and Dr Angela Jeffery or the support of the students.

Chris Noonan

Deputy Principal's Update

No announcements were made today about lifting the lockdown period in the impacted areas, so we are preparing for both possibilities.

If the lockdown is lifted on Sunday:

  • Teachers, staff and students will return to school on Monday 9 August
  • It is likely that masks will still be required to be worn by teachers, staff and students
  • Students who are unable to bring and wear a mask are strongly recommended to stay at home and access Moodle and email for their work
  • Parent access will be restricted to the carpark and Parent Reception on the school site
  • Further communication regarding the restrictions that apply will be sent on Sunday once advised by the Chief Health Officer

If the lockdown is extended:

  • Students at home and those supervised at school will participate in the same Alternative Education Provision (AEP)
  • Marymount College will be open for the children of essential workers who require supervision for their child, and are unable to provide this at home, and for vulnerable children
  • If it is possible for students to be at home, they must be at home
  • An EdSmart slip will be sent for parents to advise if they require supervision on Sunday
  • Most teachers and staff will work from home
  • Teachers and staff in school must wear a mask at all times
  • No parents will be allowed on the school site

It is essential that no staff member or student attends school if they are unwell.

The directions from Queensland Health are:
If you have any of the following symptoms, no matter how mild, get tested immediately:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Runny nose
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of smell and/or taste
  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Other symptoms people may experience include muscle or joint pain, and loss of appetite.
    To find your nearest testing clinic, please contact your local hospital, or call 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84).  

We will provide updates over the weekend as further announcements are made.

Geoff Browne
Deputy Principal


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Lord, God of all Creation,
As we celebrate the great gift that is Catholic Education in Queensland, we give thanks for the many ways You walked beside us, held, comforted and inspired us.
In embracing our Spirited Tomorrow, we also rejoice in the knowledge that our stories are woven into the Spirit that flows through all our faith-filled communities.
As we look towards new horizons, may we walk boldly forward, together in hope, trusting in the plans you have for us. We make this prayer in Jesus’ name


Lockdown again and the normality of our lives, routines and plans has once more been interrupted, postponed, cancelled or altered to suit circumstances.

Highly anticipated sporting events have come to an abrupt end with the associated disappointments. It has certainly been to the students’ credit with the manner our Netball and Rugby League players handled their disappointment in the QISSN and Confraternity  Competitions in the last holidays and again, last weekend,  when history repeated itself with the Touch Football Carnival’s sudden cancellation. All those months of hard work and training...

Commitment and resilience

The students’ commitment and resilience are really remarkable.

Likewise, two other activities which did happen reflected most remarkable qualities, but in quite a different space. Twice each week, four Year 10-12 volunteer students,  accompanied by a teacher, attend the Rosies Outreach at Burleigh. It is a walk into the unknown for all of them. The experience can be quite confronting but they weather it with grace, they speak of it with awe. Perhaps they don’t realise it but they have been transformed, they begin to see their lives are much blessed and are grateful for that.  Listening to the patrons’ stories presents them with a huge learning experience. Working with the adult volunteers, including their teacher, is a part of that learning moment. 

Vinnies Sleepout for Homeless

The second activity was the Student Sleepout for the Homeless which took place overnight from Friday 23 July until early Saturday morning saw 48 students gather during the evening for this awareness-raising experience.

Several of the Year 11 and 12 students had sport and work commitments earlier in the evening but still, they made their way to the Doyle Centre to participate.

The group included students from Year 7 to Year 12. Soraya Vella and Georgiana from Vinnies Youth attended for a couple of hours and lead the students through some activities relating to levels of privilege in our community and challenging stereotyping and preconceived ideas about refugees and their plight.

Later the group viewed an episode of the SBS documentary Filthy Rich and Homeless which led to reflection and night prayer and then to sleep on the floor.  Saturday morning prayer reminded them that those who sleep rough do this day in and day out in a continual cycle of rejection, sleep deprivation and wondering where their next meal will come from.   
It was wonderful to observe the youthful interaction of the bunch of students together, chatting, joking and shooting hoops but, most of all, enjoying each other’s company.  They were challenged in many ways during the Sleepout, the biggest one was in showing up for it! Commitment! Friendship, openness, generosity, politeness, mucking in, taking initiative …..and much more was clearly on display for this observer. At the end of it, they had also raised $500 for Vinnies Homeless Appeal.  

The lockdown caused the postponement of the Formation Workshop and  Year 8 Catechetical Mass on Thursday morning.  
Marymount Sleepout by Olivia Edwards
St Mary MacKillop

This stained glass window is in St Mary’s Church in Inverness, Scotland and installed to honour the canonisation of St Mary MacKillop; notice the Aussie children. St Mary MacKillop headed to Inverness on her way to speak with the Pope after her ex-communication in 1871. Mary worshipped in this church.

St Mary MacKillop’s feast

We celebrate St Mary MacKillop’s feast day on 8 August.

The story of our first and only canonised saint is a bottomless well of down to earth wisdom and deep faith. One hallmark of her life is her trust in God’s providence.  Through all the difficulties she encountered, Mary never lost perspective, always believing that all would be well. Her greatest legacies include her contribution to education and welfare. She lived out and modelled the advice she gave others around her: Never see a need without doing something about it.

As we celebrate 200 years of Catholic Education in Australia, St Mary MacKillop’s name resounds through the story. Mary’s insight into the need for education to address the cycle of poverty of families in rural and outback Australia led to the establishment of more than 140 schools by the time of her death. An education ensured advancement and security for life. A notable feature of Mary’s schools as they were for everyone, they were Catholic but not just for Catholics, no one was excluded.

Mary’s compassion and solidarity with the poor of her time and her courage to speak up for justice is a beacon of inspiration to those who seek to make a difference with the poor and marginalised of our time. Never confrontational, she worked around problems, knocking them over one at a time.

The Sisters of St Joseph continue the work begun by St Mary a long way beyond Australia.  Thus she is known and loved over the world. 

Dolores Maitland

Rosies Friends on the Street

On Tuesday evening Kate Buchanan, Jasper Williams, Caitlin Wallis, Jack Isaacs and I volunteered to work at Rosie’s.

It was an experience I know we will never forget. Not only did we meet countless people who are struggling but continue to stay positive and happy, we also worked with a group of volunteers who give up their time to help out our community. Volunteering at Rosies made us all realise that we take a lot of what we have for granted, having a safe place to live and knowing we have a warm bed to go home to at the end of the night. As we got to know Rosies regulars we met a few people who were kind enough to share their stories with us. Some had been on and off the streets for over 20 years, but they still had the most positive outlook on life no matter the experiences they have been through. 
Volunteering at Rosies not only benefitted the homeless, but it truly made all of us more aware of what we take for granted and helped open our eyes to everything around us. We can not wait until we get the opportunity to help again.

Jessica Eaton
Year 11

Mrs Faulks, Lulu Frankel, Zara McPhan, Ava Mowbray and I took part in Rosies– Friends on the Street.

The night started with us being greeted by Rosies team of volunteers. We began preparing sandwiches and rolls, putting them into containers that we would be taking with us. Following this, we had a quick chat with our team leader and then set off in Rosies van. Upon arrival at the meeting spot, we set up a table with all the food that we would be offering. One person worked with members of Rosies team making tea and coffee at the van. And the rest of us were at the table. 
It was a quiet night, but a few regulars came through and we offered the food to them. Since it was the last night of Rosies for the week, it was important that we made an effort to offer as much food as possible, so it didn’t go to waste. We had some awesome conversations with most of the patrons. Others were more comfortable just enjoying their food in a safe environment. 
Rosie’s was a highly rewarding experience, that gave us the opportunity to spend time with and help those who are less fortunate. We learnt a lot and are hoping to do it again.
Tara Pinch
Year 11

The Rosies Student Outreach Program is an enriching experience where I gained a different perspective on life.

Fellow students and Miss Gibbs joined me to give our time to serve those who are less fortunate. After earlier fundraising as an Interact member, I was committed to initiating our involvement to take this hands-on approach to give back to our community. Welcoming the homeless, those marginalised and in social isolation was at first an eye-opener to see how many are in need of support. By listening to stories from patrons I quickly learnt they are just like you and me, but somehow had to resort to sleeping on the streets. The best feeling is to see the smile when you help someone, to know your act of kindness and compassion has made a positive difference. This experience taught me the importance of acceptance, inclusivity and the lifelong lesson to be grateful for life. Rosies reaches out through the offer of friendship, food, hot drink and conversion to give hope for those who need it most. I found this inspiring that it creates a sense of belonging, fulfilling the greatest human need. Following this, I participated in the Vinnies School Student Sleepout, in solidarity of those less fortunate.

I truly cherish these life-giving learning experiences. I am now empowered to further serve others to make a difference in our school community and our world for a better future. We can all make a change to be more kind, loving and caring to help make our world a better place.

Angela Balk
Year 11
Marymount College encourages attendance, however, if you have cold or flu-like symptoms, you must not attend school.

Parents, please notify the school prior to 8:00am via the BCE Connect App or Parent Portal. Students are able to keep up to date with work missed by checking moodle and emailing teachers.
ACCESS COVID Fatigue & Youth Mental Health

This month on SchoolTV - COVID Fatigue & Youth Mental Health

The physical impact of the pandemic has mostly spared our young people, however as the nation remains to be on alert and in various stages of lockdown, restrictions continue to be mandated.

The pandemic has had a great affect on our young people with many paying a heavy emotional and developmental price. Psychological disorders are on the rise and emergency interventions have skyrocketed.

As hard as it is being a young person today, it's also draining being the parent of one. It has been reported that many parents are struggling to keep their child's mental health afloat, often proving it is difficult to juggle parenting responsibilities whilst at the same time providing much needed emotional support for their children. 

Unlike the coronavirus itself, the emotional blowback of the pandemic cannot be vaccinated away. Psychologists are seeing more depression and anxiety across all age groups, but in adolescents it seems to be on steroids, with some choosing to self-medicate using alcohol or other drugs. When they look into the future now, they're looking at one that wasn't what they envisioned before.

This report explains the current state of youth mental health in a post-COVID era and offers guidance on how best to support young people today. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this Special Report, and as always, we welcome your feedback. 

If this Special Report raises any concerns for you, a loved one or the wellbeing of your child, please seek medical or professional help.

Vivian Savage
Assistant Principal Pastoral


Year 11 2022

We are so pleased that we were able to run the Year 11 2022 Subject Information evening last week.

Responses have been very positive and we were grateful the parents could attend for the information and the students still participate in the faculty interactions at the stalls manned by staff.

Likewise with the SET Plan interviews this week, again, we were able to have these, but as phone interviews during the lockdown period. It has been very pleasing to witness just how many of those involved, whether parent, student or staff are comfortable with the system.

Students have been very well prepared by the Year 10 Pastoral teachers and others; parents seem positive and assured of the online system and the approach we take to subject selection and offerings. Our staff, especially the Year 10 Pastoral Team, the Academic Heads of Department and particularly those who were involved in the SET Plan interviews have all expressed their satisfaction with the way families are embracing the process.

We commence the big task of developing the 2022 school timetable now, starting with the data we have received from the Year 10s and their preferential choices for subjects in their Senior years. 

Again this year the transition to university for ATAR eligible students QTAC presentation will be an online Zoom meeting. Scheduled for next Thursday 12 August, 6:00pm to 7:00pm QTAC staff will make a slide and video presentation on how students access university places, how Ranking for an ATAR works and so on. 

Naturally, as of the publication of this Newsletter, we await news of the COVID lockdown situation in S.E. Qld. We will make important decisions on upcoming exams and other assessment task deadlines, based on advice from both QCAA and BCE. Currently, we are in a much better position than last year’s Year 12 cohort, so students need not be overly anxious about how things may or may not develop and change.  
Peter Shaw
Assistant Principal Senior Curriculum    


What a week!

Thank you to all the students who have got online this week and worked through the Alternate Education Provision.  

Everyone—Teachers, students and parents—have been positive and tried their best to get online and keep learning going. I hope we are all back at school next week.

Parent Teacher Interviews

On Tuesday we did our parent teacher interviews by TEAMS and phone calls.

Thank you to all the parents and students who participated in the interviews.  For parents who couldn’t get a booking and requested contact be made, our teachers will endeavour to phone/email over the next two weeks.  As I’m sure you understand changing to Alternate Learning this week has been our priority and been the focus for our teachers. 

Year 8 & 9 Science Projects

If Lockdown is lifted on Sunday and school resumes Monday 9 August:
  • Students are to bring in their projects and materials and drop them off in the Doyle Centre from 8.00am
  • Science Day judging will go ahead on Monday 9 August
  • Science staff will be there to meet them and direct them to the designated area
  • During the day students will go down in their Science or designated lesson to set up properly.
We are looking forward to seeing all the projects on Monday as students have been working on these projects for eight weeks.

If any student has encountered difficulties with finalising their project over the last week, they should let their teacher know and Mrs Trena Steele (Science Coordinator) and Mrs Kristina Baker (Head of Science). Each case will be assessed individually, and we will work with students and families to ensure students can complete this piece of assessment

As it is still uncertain what restrictions will be in place if school does go back, we have made the decision to cancel the Science night showcase that was scheduled for Monday night.

Have a good weekend!

Katrina Nicholson
Assistant Principal Junior Curriculum

Year 12 Key Dates

  • Friday 22 October - Year 12 Farewell Assembly
  • Monday 25 October - Year 12 External Exams commence
  • Friday 12 November - Year 12, 11 10 Awards Night
  • Tuesday 16 November - Graduation LIturgy
  • Thursday 18 November - Year 12 Formal 
Cathy Cooper & Nigel Ward
Head and Assistant Head of Year 12

Year 11 Key Dates

  • Monday 13 September - Year 11 Unit 2 Exams commence
  • Friday 12 November - Year 12, 11, 10 Awards Night
  • Monday 22 November - Year 11 Exams commence
  • Monday 29 November - Year 12 2022 Leaders Camp
  • Friday 26 November - Last official day Year 10 & 11

Return to lockdown

A sense of déjà vu for us all, with our students staying home and commencing online learning this week.

Despite the change in the learning environment, our teachers are prepared to guide them through their learning, and we are confident our 11s are well equipped to manage the challenges. 

We wish them all luck and remind them that their own well-being is of paramount importance during this time. They should refer to the ‘Tips to maintain a healthy headspace’ section of the ‘AEP Expectations and Guidelines for STUDENTS’ document that they have all been emailed. We hope they look after themselves and their families, as well as check in on their friends to ensure everyone is coping during this time.

Leadership Process

All Year 11s have been encouraged to think about applying for student leadership positions for 2022.

Application booklets have been distributed as hard copies, as well as digitally, and letters of support are requested from parents of applicants, as well as validations from respected adults in their lives to give us a well-rounded concept of them as individuals and aspiring leaders. 

We look forward to everyone getting back to school as soon as possible. Until then, if there is any way we can help, we encourage the students and their parents and caregivers to contact us.

Matt Carroll and Hannah Richardson
Head and Assistant Head of Year 11

Year 10 Key Dates

  • Friday 6 August - Year 10 SSO SET Plan Closes 9:00pm
  • Friday 12 November - Year 12, 11 10 Awards Night
  • Monday 22 November - Year 10 Exams commence
  • Thursday 25 November - Year 10 Twilight Cruise
  • Friday 26 November - Last official day Year 10
Kevin Cornor & Belinda Faulks
Head and Assistant Head of Year 10

Year 9 Key Dates

  • Monday 9 August - Subject Selection Online Opens POSTPONED
  • Thursday 12 August - Year 8 & 9 Science Night CANCELLED
  • Friday 29 October - Year 9 Currumbin Sanctuary excursion
  • Thursday 11 November - Year 9, 8 7 Awards 
  • Friday 3 December - Last official day Year 9, 8 7
Nicole Browne & Matt Geyer
Head and Assistant Head of Year 9

Year 8 Key Dates

  • Monday 9 August - Year 9 2022 Subject Selection Online Opens POSTPONED
  • Thursday 12 August - Year 8 & 9 Science Night CANCELLED
  • Friday 8 October - Year 8 Reflection Day
  • Friday 3 December - Last official day Year 9, 8, 7
Peter Carroll & Lauren Hutchinson 
Head and Assistant Head of Year 8

Year 7 Key Dates

  • Monday 23 August - Year 8 2022 Subject Selection Online Opens 
  • Friday 10 September - Currumbin Sanctuary In-school visit
  • Monday 8 November - Year 7 Immunisations #2
  • Thursday 11 November - Year 9, 8 7 Awards
  • Sunday 28 November - Year 7 Parish Connect Mass
  • Friday 3 December - Last official day Year 9, 8, 7

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



A reminder that any Year 12 students who have not collected their 2022 QTAC Guides should collect their guide from the Careers Centre.  

As mentioned previously, we would like to strongly encourage parents/caregivers to review the guide carefully with their child. Contact the Careers Centre should you have any questions.

Also note that in the coming weeks, Mr Hamilton (Head of Careers and VET) and Mr Ward (Assistant Pastoral Co-ordinator Year 12) will be providing our Year 12 students with step-by-step instructions on how to best navigate the QTAC Guide. NOTE while QTAC Applications are now open, we ask that students do not lodge their preferences until Mr Hamilton and Mr Ward have completed their sessions.


Applications are now open for the Qld TAFE Direct Entry program (closing on Monday 16 August 2021).  

This program is widely used as a pathway to University by those who are yet to achieve prerequisites (and adds to students QTAC selection rank required to meet University entrance requirements).  It also secures a placement within a Diploma or Certificate level qualification prior to final Year 12 results being released.  

TAFE offers a suite of qualifications that articulate directly into Degree level courses at University once complete.  The advantages of pursuing a Diploma, or Certificate level, qualification initially include a softer transition into higher learning and for many, a more successful outcome as a result.  

The application process takes very little time (approximately 10 minutes) and individual assistance with the process is available to students who visit the Careers Centre.  All Year 12 Essential English classes have been stepped through the process by a representative from TAFE.


Another reminder that this term, we encourage our Year 11 Students to either collect their Student Portfolio for updating at home, or to simply submit their certificates/awards directly to the Careers Centre, so that we can ensure all information is kept safe and be well prepared for graduation.  Please drop by the Careers Centre (Monday to Friday between 8am - 4pm).


Want to experience Bond up close and personal?  The Bond University Open Day is scheduled for Saturday 7 August from 11:00am.  This is a chance to roam around campus, chat with the Bond friendly staff and students, and learn about all things Bond.  For further details and to register visit


At the Griffith University Open Day, students can visit the campuses to meet expert staff and student ambassadors, see information sessions and demonstrations and tour the campuses on Sunday 8 August 2021, 9 am - 2 pm.  Visit for further details and to register.


McDonalds has 8 restaurants currently hiring for casual crew.  

Applications are via the below links:
  • Tugun
  • Palm Beach
  • Robina Central
  • Burleigh Waters
  • Nerang
  • Elanora
  • Reedy Creek
  • Robina Food Court
Remember that assistance with Resume Writing and Interview Preparation is available from the Careers Centre Team.  


Event Cinemas/Birch Carroll and Coyle have partnered with Queensland TAFE to offer School Based Traineeship positions based at various locations throughout the Coast including Pacific Fair, Robina Town Centre, Australia Fair, and Westfield Coomera.  

A number of Information and Recruitment Nights regarding the Certificate III Business qualification are being held and interested Year 10 and 11 students are encouraged to attend.  For further details and to register, visit the Marymount College Careers Centre today.


UQ College is delivering a specialised units in Mathematical Methods, Biology or Chemistry in intensive mode for a four-week period at the St Lucia Campus.

Successful completion of a specialisation will satisfy the prerequisite requirements for The University of Queensland and other universities:
DATE/TIME:Tuesday 23 November 2021 – Saturday 18 December 2021 (8.30am – 5.00pm)
COST:  $1500.00/specialisation unit
For further details, contact Robyn Tyler UQ College via email or phone 3346 1695.


The Southport School International Accredited Testing Centre continues to offer international testing opportunities for interested external students.  Registration opens on Wednesday 1 September 2021 and further details are available by contacting Ms Helen McCleary (TSS) phone: 55 31 9865.

Jason Hamilton
Head of Careers/VET


In Term 3 we are learning an entire unit about French food and culture. Using props and role play, our Year 10 French class were able to understand what it’s like to be in a real French market. There were four different shops, including a bakery, butcher, dairy shop and grocery shop. This activity was a fun and beneficial way of learning the French language and expanding our knowledge of life in France.
Year 10 French class


Special thanks to the following businesses who have generously sponsored our Science Night.

Holmac Strata

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Cannon & Co Law

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 0422 002 179

2022 Opera Excursion

W.A. Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro – Tuesday 20 July

On Tuesday night of 20 July, the Year 10, 11 and 12 Music students travelled to Brisbane to see the world-renowned opera, The Marriage of Figaro, at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. The opera combined the old tale written by Mozart, with the new, contemporary style of comedic acting, engaging all audience members. The orchestra was impeccable, and the vocalists were authentic, transporting the viewer into an entirely new world. Although the opera was sung in Italian, the subtitles were made easy to read and in a vernacular that could be understood by the students. It was a truly enjoyable night, filled with awe and laughter. The Year 12s were sad to say it was their last music excursion, however, it was a great way to say goodbye to our music journey.

Thank you to Mr Faughey, Ms Young and Ms Sheehan for allowing the senior music students to have such an amazing experience, it is one that we will never forget.

Isabella Dean and Paris Freese 
Music Captains
To start off the night we went out to dinner and explored Southbank. The opera gave us a new insight to new experiences of music. It was an interesting, humorous opera that felt like it had a modern spin to it which captivated the audience. Overall, it has changed our perspective on operas and was a very enjoyable nightChelsea McCarthy and Erin Clarke

As a senior music student, it was an amazing experience that truly opened me up to a different side of music I wouldn’t normally be interested in. Although I didn’t completely understand minor parts of the story, the theatre itself was beautiful and the quality of sound/orchestra was outstanding. The comedy was a key part of the night and touched everyone that attended, particularly the older generation. Each actor that played a role in the opera did their part extremely well, stepping into character like it was their true self. Overall, it was a beautiful night, and I was entertained throughout the whole time, surrounded with the best companyCharlie Boyes
It was a four-act show that never stopped and always moved. The opening scene immediately catches the viewer’s attention by being fast and frantic, setting up the amazing show to come. This attention is kept during the rest of the show, even during the change from calm to fast. This Opera was an amazing experience, and an absolute treat to watch. 
Brock Kraljevic

It was an epic night, a lot of humour and one of a night that you should never miss. Dinner was great. I had a lot of fun. Jappy Tantengco

An exquisite opera that surprisingly to most was quite enjoyable. The opera went for the perfect amount of time and didn’t need to be any longer or shorter. The musical side of things was incredible, the pit with the orchestra were extremely talented and it was one of the greatest things I have ever heard. I really enjoyed the opera and was entertained throughout; I highly recommend seeing it if it were to come out againBrodie Richmond

An unforgettable experience for myself and the senior music cohort. From the get-go, it was an easy flowing and humorous performance. Even people of my age understood the complex story line and the meaning that Mozart was trying to convey through his music. We are all so thankful that we got to experience this, and hope that more opportunities arise in the futureRyder Damro

The Opera was an Italian opera with subtitles above the actors. They were very talented, singing while dancing and hiding under objects. The opera had me and my peers entertained throughout with visual humour helping to engage the audience and communicate the story. It was a wonderful night and we all enjoyed getting dressed up. I am definitely looking forward to the next opera. Tinka Fraser

The Opera was full of visual humour which made it enjoyable. The continuous storyline made it easy to watch and captivated my attention through the entire show. We are all so grateful that we were given this opportunity. Thanks Mr Faughey and Ms Young, you rock! Angelina Loeber

Paul Faughey
Music & Instrumental Coordinator

Year 12 Band .44 Target Practice First Gig

On 22 July 2021, our band .44 Target Practice, were invited to perform at Vinnies Dive Bar in front of a packed energetic crowd.

There was a total of three bands that performed on the night, but we were the main card. We played with a lot of energy for an hour performing six original songs and five covers as well as inviting guests from the crowd to play the songs Joker and the Thief and Monkey Wrench. It was a night to remember for us and we look forward to performing at more gigs in the future.

Tom Nicholson (Vocals and Rhythm guitar), Nick Graham (Lead and Rhythm guitar), Lachlan Zidar (Bass guitar), Liam Wildman (Drums)

Help is available

Firstly, I would like to say that if the lockdown continues and you have any concerns – need to find information from a book or online perhaps or questions about TV4Education  – please contact the Library.  Students should be checking their school emails every day.
Drop an email to and we will help you out.

Book Week

You have probably heard, or used, the phrase ‘play it by ear’ rather a lot recently.  I’m sure we’re all doing it!

Book Week this year runs from 21st-27th August.  The theme is: Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds which luckily lends itself to the imagination quite nicely.  We Library staff are thinking of inventive ways to celebrate – more news next time!

Premiers’ Reading Challenge

I do hope the lockdown has meant that our participants in the PRC have got in some extra reading!  

The Premiers Reading Challenging finishes on the last day of Book Week – 27th August. Participants can continue reading until then, adding to their total.  The Reading Record sheet is available here to download and print: This form has already been sent to all the registered students this week.  


Don’t forget that the Library Makerspace is available online and has lots of fun things to discover, make and create in those downtime periods – not just during the school week but evenings and weekends too.  

Find the Library Makerspace via Moodle on the Library & Resource Centre pages.  As Science Week is coming up, with the theme Food : Different by Design we’ve included some ideas using foods and a link to the Science Week website.  
Makerspace is fun for all the family, with a little bit of STEAM and problem-solving thrown in for good measure.  We must advise that we have not tried all the activities ourselves, but that’s the beauty of a Makerspace – iteration until success is found!   We welcome photos of your projects, so don’t be shy!

Research & study

Students may need to do some research from home – not just now but in the future at any time.  

Remember we have databases which are specifically aimed at student research. Google does not know everything!! Don’t rely on it!   Access the databases via Moodle on the Library & Resource Centre pages.  Use the Gale in Context sites initially, whilst we fix up the others.

Online reading

Again via Moodle on the Library & Resource Centre pages, are links to accessing our online ebooks and audiobooks via the easy to use Sora app.   Click on the link and borrow something to read. 

I will always put in a word for the public library system – even if the libraries are closed, it is easy to access online reading. Go to
and their new online website to access downloadable ebooks, audiobooks, music and more.
A temporary online membership is available - so that you can access the resources during a lockdown. It would be great to see a surge in memberships from our Marymount community!


Students have already been sent details about accessing TV4Education, our video-streaming platform.

Teachers may want students to watch a video, or students might want access for research themselves.  Access is via the school Portal or via the Library & Resource Centre pages on Moodle.


Notices haven’t been sent out yet this term, but there are still some outstanding items from before the holidays – 4 weeks ago.  

If your child does have Library books out, please make sure they are in their bag for next week... or whenever students return to school. I will send out notices next week, in any case, just to keep you informed. Obviously, I don’t expect that they will be returned whilst we are in lockdown.

Janet Cartlidge
Teacher Librarian

South Coast Representative

Congratulations to Marley Simmonds on being selected in the South Coast School Sport 12yr Girls Rugby League team to compete at the State Titles in Townsville. Good luck Marley!

State Championships Result

Pascalle Foster and her South Coast teammates competed at the 14-year girls State Cross Country Relay Championship at Ipswich on Monday 19 July. The five girls ran 1.5km each. The first runner took the lead early and each girl extended the lead to win convincingly on a very hilly course becoming State Champions. 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: 

Trent Balym
Sports Program Leader
On Friday morning, 96 students travelled to the Sunshine Coast to represent Marymount College at the 2021 Queensland Oz Tag All Schools.

Unfortunately, the tournament was called off just as our teams were preparing for or completing their second round of matches. As you can imagine, students were devasted and for some of them, this was the second time this had happened after Confro/QISSN was cancelled just over a month ago. 
Whilst all of the teams were very competitive and desperate to win, what was more impressive was the manner in which all of the students carried themselves over the two days. They really were fantastic ambassadors for Marymount College and their conduct both on and off the field was first class. This is a reflection on all of us staff who help encourage and support these kids every day. The Olympics have reminded us all about the power of sport and its ability to unite people.  Sport at Marymount College is in a great place, providing an opportunity for both boys and girls to chase their dreams and at the same time represent the school with pride.  

Thank you

A big thanks must go to the staff and past students who assisted in making this possible.

As you can imagine, taking away six teams and 96 students is a big undertaking, and all these people have given up countless hours before and after school to run trials, trainings, fill out paperwork, chase up payments and also given up time with their families.  For many, this was the second or third co-curricular sport they have been involved with this year and their contribution in providing opportunities for students to play sport and represent the college has been enormous. 
Staff: Jim Dick, Jack Costa (now at Assisi), Jodi Hamilton, Ash Jacks, Chris Ryan, Ellie Rushworth, Bianca Zorn, Hannah Richardson, Kris Symons, Aaron Turner, Brett Smith, Matt Geyer, Chris Sikora
Past Students: It was fantastic to see past students Mitch Smith, Cole Geyer, Halle Geyer and Feviana Pereira give up their time and give back to the school by coaching teams. They interacted so well with the students and the students loved having them involved. 

Cameron Francis
Head of HPE


Our team of 26 players and staff were warmly met by the community and carnival hosts, Iona College for the 41st Confraternity carnival.

As the carnival continues to grow with 48 boys teams and 9 girls teams in this years competition, we were aware of the challenges ahead with the carnival being cancelled in 2020. At the time, we did not know that we wouldn’t quite get there, but with the current environment, we knew we had to play to win. Before the announcement of a full lockdown and after only three pool games, the carnival was closed and we were sent home to ponder what results finals may have brought for our league teams. 

Although this was going to be the girls first introduction to the Confraternity Shield, Marymount College girls had previously played Rugby League in the early 1970’s, even before boys were enrolled to attend the college. With the assistance of team managers Miss Tegan Crawford and Miss Hannah Richardson, Trainers Miss Jess Berryman and Miss Briana Huxley, the team were well prepared for a week of competition.

Game results for the first three pool matches:
Opposition Score QISSRL Selector Player of the Match
Southern Cross Catholic College W: 32-0 Lily Rose Kolc
Emmaus College Rockhampton W: 32 - 6 Lily Rose Kolc
Trinity College Beenleigh W: 54 - 0 Lexi Samuels

At the completion of the three pool games, Marymount College were headed into the semi final round on Tuesday afternoon placing top of the ladder with a total of 118 points and only 6 point scored against them during the three matches. They were confident in making Thursdays Grand final match. At the time, Year 11 player and 2nd row Elle Sommerville was also leading the overall points of the girls competition scoring 34 of the 118 points for the college. The excitement and preparation for the semifinals was short lived after hearing the announcement of a lockdown so we will never know just how well the girls would have progressed throughout the finals games.
We turn now to our attention to the preparation for Mackay 2022 with training commencing in Term 4 and say farewell to our current Year 12’s who had the opportunity to play in their 1st Confraternity Shield carnival, Zoe Riddell (VC), Kahli Samuels, Maile Rickard, Casey Maschotta, Lily Prendergast, Tayah Jones, Mia Swaddling, Demi Lockett, Bailey Miles and touch judge Taylor Drummond - Wells.
Kim Smith

The Star of Taroom Walk

During NAIDOC Week 2021, a wonderful journey began in the true spirit of Healing Country, as hundreds of volunteers walked 500km from Brisbane to Taroom, to return the Star of Taroom to its rightful home.

The Star of Taroom is a huge, sandstone rock, known as a ‘groove stone’ due to the star shaped grooves etched into its surface The 160kg boulder was taken from Taroom in 1976 by a vet who was visiting the area, and has spent the past 45 years in a Brisbane backyard. The Star of Taroom holds great sacred significance to the Iman people, traditional custodians of the region around the small town of Taroom, so it is fitting that the quest to take the Star home was fulfilled during this year of Healing Country.

Due to the enormous distances involved, we were not able to join the walk in real time, but decided to make our own symbolic journey so that the Marymount Mob could be part of this historical milestone in spirit.

During Weeks 2 and 3, we invited all College students and staff to join us walking laps of the back field at lunchtime, recording the distance covered each day and charting our progress on the way to reaching our goal of 500km. After a bit of a slow start, we were thrilled to see the number of walkers – and kilometres – increase each day, and we became confident that we would reach our goal after all.

And not only did we reach it, we smashed right past it!  With the generous support of dozens of staff and hundreds of students we not only made it from Brisbane to Taroom, but back again! Our grand total for the two weeks was 1,067km, symbolically crossing the traditional lands of the Turrbal/Yuggera, Jinibara, Gubbi Gubbi, Wakka Wakka, Wulli Wulli, and Auburn Hawkwood people.

It was a wonderfully healing experience. We enjoyed the fresh air and sunshine, and reflected, as we walked, on the spiritual journey that had initially inspired us, and on the community spirit of Marymount College that continues to motivate us. We thank everyone who showed their support by walking, and by their well wishes and words of encouragement.
Maureen Lill and Monica Weatherall
Indigenous Mentors

Kokoda Challenge 2021

The Marymount Survey Corp were an excellent team, who acquitted themselves well.

We walked the 48kms in a very good time, with no complaining, just determination and teamwork – Nick Dabinett, Thomas Marion, Luc Campbell and Eddie Josie. Fine young men. 

“I thought the Kokoda challenge was an incredibly rewarding new experience and I would highly recommend it.” - Eddie Josey, 2021. 

On a personal level, as a scholar and teacher of History, this event has allowed me to better understand the challenges Australian soldiers and their Papuan New Guinean allies endured on the real Kokoda Track during the Second World War. Albeit, their tribulations were much greater than our own! It has also given me a better understanding of other historical, notably military, events when soldiers had to endure lengthy forced marches. 

Special thanks to our support Crew – Kevin and Rochelle Dabinett.

Well done again to Luc Campbell for organising our team and getting the idea together.

I hope Marymount Participates in this event again.  

Garrett Fitzgerald
Humanities Teacher
For me Kokoda was a very worthwhile experience. The challenge allows you to grow as a person and creates a bond between yourself and your team. Although there are struggles – both physically and mentally – you know that the people you walk with will push you to do your absolute best, will have your back and support you through the walk and once it’s over and that you will do the same for them. Isaac Krueger

Honestly, I didn’t think I was anywhere near prepared enough for the event, but I kept pushing onwards and upwards thanks to the overwhelming support from my teachers, team mates, and support crew. I wouldn’t have crossed the finish line without them. Although it was certainly a challenge, I cannot recommend the Kokoda Challenge enough as the lessons I learnt over the weekend are invaluable and will last a lifetime. I cannot thank those involved enough. Shamus  Young

The walk was very straining and required our teams to endure many hardships along the way. It’s hard to explain, but in the moments of silence especially when its dark and cold as we wondered what seemed to be an endless highway of rocks and rubble, the teams spirit would always summon the strength to continue forward one step at a time until the very end. I suppose it’s mateship, something only truly shown through the spirit of the trail. Brendan Doyle

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