2023 Next Step Year 12 Completers Survey

A reminder that our Year 12 students will be invited to participate in the Next Step Year 12 Completers survey starting in March 2023. The short confidential survey will ask questions about graduates’ activities since finishing school, like study and work.

Graduates can expect to be invited to the survey via a letter from the Minister for Education or an email or phone call from the Queensland Government Statistician’s Office on behalf of the department. Please check your contact details are correct with your school and your learning account by logging into the student portal at https://myqce.qcaa.qld.edu.au/

We appreciate your participation in this important survey as it helps our school improve our senior services for future students. For more info visit www.qld.gov.au/nextstep

Queensland Gallery of Art Trip

On Saturday 5 November, a trip to the QLD Gallery of Art and Gallery of Modern Art was offered to the boarders. Students travelled with me to Brisbane and enjoyed visiting the exhibitions at both galleries at South Bank.

Students conducted themselves with impeccable manners and were a real credit to the College and their families. They really enjoyed seeing many works that were startling and thought provoking. Upon visiting the Indigenous collection at the Qld Gallery of Art, it was remarkable the number of personal connections students had with the artworks, as many were related to the artists. This impressed the gallery staff immensely.

Thanks to the support of McAuley House staff on allowing me to facilitate the trip. I was very proud to accompany the students who were fine representatives of the College in public.

These three students (above and below) are pictured with artworks that have a family connection to them.

Joanne Stewart
Art Teacher

Art Gallery Excursions

The Year 12 Art class and both Year 9 Art classes have recently visited the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery in their double periods in Week 7. It was fantastic to see the works and have the Gallery staff point out some of the back stories of particular pieces in the collection, as well as explain why they display items the way they do and how curatorial choices change over time. A highlight was the tour of the Bolton reading room with students accessing important manuscripts from the 1600s. Many thanks to the gallery staff for welcoming us and making our visits so informative.

Joanne Stewart
Art Teacher

Deputy Principal - Curriculum

The End of 2022

Thank you to the St Saviour’s College community for a wonderful year of academics! 2022 has proved another busy year for all things learning and teaching. From the commencement of Term One with online learning, to celebrating academic excellence at the inaugural St Saviour’s College Awards Ceremony last Friday; 2022 has seen many, many class lessons, excursions, awards and competitions and wonderful learning experiences for all our SSC students. I would like to thank the staff who have worked tirelessly to support our girls in achieving their academic best. We wish all students and their families a rejuvenating and safe holiday as well as a holy Christmas before returning in 2023.

Year 9 Mandatory Laptop Collection

All school-issued laptops in Year 9 need to be returned before the holiday break.

Students should check they do not have any important files stored locally on their laptops. Quite simply, everything should be on their OneNote drive. Anything not stored properly WILL BE LOST. Year 10 2023 students will be issued with new laptops at the beginning of 2023.

How to Access Academic Reports – Sentral Parent Portal

Please follow these steps to access academic reports

On Friday 2 December, Year 7 to 9 report cards will be published to the parent portal. These can be accessed via the Sentral Parents App on a mobile device or via the desktop site.  To find your daughter’s report card on a mobile device, click on their photograph and then navigate to Academic Reports. The PDF will be published there.

Jessica Wade
Deputy Principal - Curriculum

Sport

Sport Uniforms

Please make sure your student has returned all sport uniforms to the sports office. These uniforms are required for next year. Netball dresses and rugby shorts are the main items that students seem to forget to return. Any questions or concerns about this matter should be addressed to Mr Greg Leathart in the Sports Office.

Futsal

Congratulations to the Futsal squad who have finished their season on a high, recording a number of wins in the Term 4 Glennie competition. The girls will be looking to improve as we move into the school titles in March next year. Exciting programs will be offered in 2023 for girls interested in futsal and soccer.

2023 Upcoming Events

Dates could change, more updates will be available early in 2023. If you require more information about any sport, please email at greg.leathart@twb.catholic.edu.au  

St Saviour's College Sport History

The College is currently updating some of its trophies and history of past athletes and students as well as tracking down previous house winners of our major carnivals. Over the next few weeks more details will be published however in the interim, it would be wonderful if any past students had any information they would like to share which could shed light on some of our past sporting history. Please email greg.leathart@twb.catholic.edu.au if you have photos or records/programs or any general information you would be happy to share with us.

Greg Leathart
Middle Leader - Sport & Activities/HPE

Assistant Principal - Mission and Student Wellbeing

Faith and Mission

As a Mercy community, we are called to serve others. This has been a loved experience across the whole community this term, with the Firefighters’ chocolate fundraiser and advocacy campaign, led by two of our Youth Ministry students, Beth and Maryam. Working tirelessly at break times, tickets were sold to raise awareness of, and much needed funds for the families of our local emergency services – the Fire Brigade. At our last weekly College assembly, Beth and Maryam invited representatives from our local Fire Brigade to join our Mercy Moments segment. Mr Doug Maxwell, Station Officer, from the Toowoomba Fire Brigade, and Mr Gary Greer, First Officer from the Cambooya Fire Brigade, joined Beth and Maryam for the segment, to present them with a cheque for over $430 – the monies raised across the term. Students bought tickets in the draw to win five 2kg blocks of chocolate. The Youth Ministry Team at the College is appreciative of those who contributed to this fundraiser to show our appreciation and support for our local Fire Brigade, and to effect positive change in our society.

Youth Ministry ... Beth and Maryam present Mr Gary Greer from Cambooya Rural Fire Brigade funds from the Firefighters' Chocolate fundraiser. 

Chocolate winners (above and below).

Over the last fortnight, staff and students have been spending many hours in preparation for end of year reporting, Christmas celebrations and events to mark the end to another successful year at the College. Mrs Potter and Chappy Cath have been working with the Praxis girls with Mrs Potter’s Christmas Club, making Christmas gifts of soaps, bath bombs and Christmas earrings as gift ideas for their loved ones. This is a time to give thanks for the blessings of this year and to remember the great joy of the birth of Jesus. One of the prayers shared by our Homeclass brings to life the Christmas story of the birth of Jesus:

We come together to adore the Christ for whom there was no room at the inn.
We come to worship God who came into this world in an unexpected manner,
as a small, poor child, born in a stable.
People came from far and wide to see this miracle child, bringing gifts of all kind.
We come together to worship God who came to show us how to make room for others.
God who taught us how to welcome the mysterious and the different.
We come to celebrate and show our appreciation of the gifts
we see in every person beside us today.
May we always worship the Lord in spirit and in truth.

Amen.

Jesus undertook many challenging journeys during his lifetime. With this in mind, we acknowledge the departure of many in our community; our Year 12s and those heading off on more adventures, to shine their lights within other communities. Farewells are always bittersweet; however, we know that wherever members of our Mercy family go, they will remain forever in our hearts. We wish them well as they continue along their own roads, knowing that Jesus walks gently beside them.

Community of Compassion

This term we devoted our fundraising efforts to our Living Crib initiative, which received resounding support. We acknowledge and support the efforts of Mrs Julie Inskip - Youth Development Officer, and her team at St Vincent de Paul, who will be with us to celebrate our end of year Christmas liturgy. Our College community is blessed to be able to offer some assistance to these families through these community support initiatives. Over the term, the College community has donated gifts, to help those families in our community who are currently experiencing times of hardship, celebrate Christmas. We call these gifts a Living Crib and offer these as a symbol of hope and compassion to these families, just as God offered us the gift of hope and compassion by gifting us the miracle of Jesus as his gift to the world.

Christmas donations for the St Vinnies Christmas Appeal.

Christmas Liturgy characters are pictured above and below.

Student Wellbeing and Engagement

From the classroom – “Care for Creation” Year 8 Zoo Trip

This week saw the Year 8 cohort set off on their adventure to the Darling Downs Zoo, to “Care for Creation”. The earth and all life on it are part of God’s plan. We are called to respond and to adopt new ways of living, and we are considering opportunities for our staff and students to become more involved. This was an exciting annual opportunity for our students to learn about different animals and their habitats, and they actively participated in educational presentations throughout the day. The staff at the Zoo went out of their way to ensure our visit was a welcome and educational excursion.

The day began with one-on-one sessions with the baby alligator, with the zoo trainers providing the girls with background information about the ‘baby’ alligator, which was only about a foot long, but five years in age! Students were treated to talks on each of the animal groups from the animal handlers, detailing the lives of the animals, their habitats and growth cycles. Animal food was kindly provided so our Mercy Girls could interact with the animals.

All in all, it was a wonderful day of educational interaction, and one which I am sure the students and accompanying staff will remember for a long time to come. Many thanks to the staff who accompanied the students on this day of wonder and appreciation – Mrs Jane Greenhalgh, Mr Rod Hickey, Ms Renee Hunter, Chappy Cath and Fr Nathan Webb, one of our Parish priests. We look forward to a mutual partnership with our local zoo, moving into 2023. Our students were enthusiastic and impeccable ambassadors of the College.

Holidays

At the end of this week, we farewell our Years 10 and 11 students, as they commence their Christmas break. Next week, our junior students will be departing on Wednesday, after their last few days of educational activities to end the term. Our loving God walks gently beside all of the students and staff of our Mercy community throughout the well-deserved Christmas break, as we traverse ahead with helping hands, a head full of plans, and a fearless heart. We give thanks for the wonderful times we have experienced this fruitful school year and farewell our students and colleagues who have immersed themselves in the Mercy values of compassion, integrity and dedication. May they always walk with a confident step and a happy heart, as empowered people in a changing world...

“The journey of one thousand miles begins with a single step.”
Catherine McAuley, circa 1830

Always Making the Right Choices

At St Saviour’s College we acknowledge that students are under increasing pressure to navigate complex social situations both online and in person. Student safety is of the utmost priority for all Toowoomba Catholic Schools; therefore, it is paramount that our students receive clear guidance and support in this area.

eSafety Website

Young Mentors: eSafety

Schools are reminded that “eSafety” consistently update their offerings on their website. Currently, registrations are open for parents and carers seeking to understand the influence of games, apps and social media on young people's mental wellbeing, or engage in hard-to-have conversations. Topics include: cybersafety and topics usually considered to be taboo or uncomfortable to talk about. A selection of “eSafety” resources are available if you click here. Webinars for parents and carers via the eSafety website provides free webinars for parents and carers to learn the latest strategies for helping children stay safer online.

The eSafety Commissioner has launched a new program that aims to improve older Australians’ digital skills by connecting them with student mentors. 

The intergenerational Young Mentors program brings teenagers together with older Australians to share digital skills and knowledge and help them gain the confidence they need to navigate the online world. The eSafety Commissioner is requesting schools, libraries, councils, aged residential care facilities and other community groups to consider involvement in the program. This opportunity may be of particular interest to:

  • School coordinators looking for a service in community, volunteering awards, work experience or leadership program for their students
  • School community service program coordinators
  • School Information Communication Technology (ICT) or Digital Technologies (DT) lead looking for a program that ties in with an ICT or DT elective
  • Coordinator looking for a program for their students to undertake in the Service section of the Duke of Edinburgh Award.  CSAs are reminded that funding assistance for the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.

Blurred Minds Approach

Blurred Minds has been developed around three evidence-based pillars to create an engaging curriculum mapped learning experience for students.

  • Mapped to the Australian Curriculum, targeting years 7 to 10 in Health and Physical Education
  • Underpinned by gamification principles to ensure student engagement
  • Supports Social Cognitive Theory

Going to the website: https://www.blurredminds.com.au/free-resources/ allows you to view the games and resources, which help parents and their children build knowledge, start the conversation. The website also contains training resources, consisting of four 1-hour, interactive workshops https://www.blurredminds.com.au/workshops/. The workshops are under the following topics:

  • Changing Attitudes (1 hour) about alcohol education
  • Vape Detective (1-2 hours) Vaping Education and how to make vaping uncool
  • Empowering Change (1-2 hours) - a combined drug and alcohol workshop
  • Virtual Choices (45 mins). This learning-by-doing approach combines modern development principles from Virtual Reality to help increase your student's resilience and reduce their peer pressure susceptibility. 

Parent Engagement

The Daniel Morcombe Foundation Website

Visit https://danielmorcombe.com.au/safe-bedrooms/ to access this helpful and informative resource for parents and carers and their children and teens. Safe Bedrooms is a suite of resources which equips parents and carers with the tools to lock predators out. Online grooming can happen to any child. However, 97% of Australian parents and carers hadn’t previously considered online grooming a threat. Safe Bedrooms provides information for parents and carers on how to recognise, react and report online grooming. Through the series of videos and resources, parents and carers can learn about the warning signs of online grooming, how to protect their children and what to do if they are concerned about a child. By becoming informed, parents and carers can keep their children safe online.

Behaviour Support for Productive Choices

The College also employs a best practice model of engaging with families and to provide a restorative approach to conflict within the community. Our College Pastoral Program embeds the PERMAH approach to wellbeing, with a Catholic lens of our Core Values. Our Wellbeing team actively encourages:

  • Partnerships with other schools (St Mary’s College, St Saviour's Primary School. Our Mercy partner schools and other Toowoomba Diocesan and Catholic Colleges).
  • Family Engagement by invitation to our regular College events, our fortnightly newsletter, social media platforms (check out our Facebook and Instagram pages!)
  • Strong community ties with local support and social justice agencies such as Toowoomba Transition Support Services, St Vincent de Paul, Protea Place, St Patrick’s Parish.
  • Intervention and Postvention strategies on campus for identification and referral for students who may need support, across all year levels.
  • A supportive Wellbeing Team, trained and with experience in restorative practices and mental health and wellbeing, consisting of:

Assistant Principal: Mission and Student Wellbeing, Mrs Heather Hagemann
Email: heather.hagemann@twb.catholic.edu.au

Middle Leader Student Wellbeing, Mrs Juanita Doherty
Email: juanita.doherty@twb.catholic.edu.au

Middle Leader Student Wellbeing Support, Mrs Megan Schulze
Email: megan.schulze@twb.catholic.edu.au

A fulltime Psychologist in the role of College Counsellor, Ms Renee Hunter
Email: renee.hunter@twb.catholic.edu.au

A College Chaplain, Wednesday to Friday, Ms Catherine Skuse
Email: catherine.skuse@twb.catholic.edu.au

A Cultural Liaison Champion, Monday to Friday, Ms Amii Brown
Email: amii.brown@twb.catholic.edu.au

Useful Wellbeing and Support Links for Students

Beyond Blue is one of Australia’s best known mental health and wellbeing support organisation. They provide support programs to address issues related to depression, suicide, anxiety disorders and other related mental illnesses. Along with a comprehensive website, the beyond Blue Support Service provide 24/7 phone support, Chat online 1pm-12am / 7days a week, email support and a range of community chat forums 1300 22 4636 www.beyondblue.org.au

Kids Helpline is a free Australian telephone and online (webchat and email) counselling service for young people aged between 5 and 25. 1800 55 1800 https://kidshelpline.com.au 

1300 MH CALL: Mental health access line

1300 MH CALL (1300 642255) is a confidential mental health telephone triage service that provides the first point of contact to public mental health services to Queenslanders. 1300 MH CALL is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will link to the caller’s nearest Queensland Public Mental Health service.

https://www.qld.gov.au/health/mental-health/help-lines/1300-mh-call

eheadspace provides free online and telephone support and counselling to young people 12 - 25 and their families and friends. 

Call 1800 650 890, 9am-1am AEST / 7 days a week. https://headspace.org.au/eheadspace/ 

Student Reminders of College Guidelines and Expectations

Use of Mobile Phones and Earbuds

As per the guidelines outlined in the College Student Planner, students are not to use personal electronic devices (mobile phones or earbuds) at school, within the hours of 8.30am – 3.00pm, without permission from the Principal. Any device found switched on in the possession of a student while they are at school will be confiscated and the parent/carer will be contacted by the office. The electronic device can then be collected by the parent/carer at the end of the school day. The instruction is clear and Homeclass teachers spent a good deal of time ensuring this was clearly communicated during the start of year housekeeping session in Week 1. Students have all been asked to sign pages of the Guidelines in their Student learning Journals to indicate their compliance. These can be found on page 8, so please discuss these with your child. We trust that parents and carers are supporting the address of this matter from home, by encouraging our girls to comply with College Guidelines. 

Out of Bounds Areas

The Student Learning Journal (diary) has a clear, colour-coded map of the College grounds, indicating areas which are out of bounds, as well as areas in which students must have adult supervision. I have given several reminders on Assembly to students and staff about this in recent weeks, so please review the Learning Journal to ensure compliance with this document.

Bullying (inclusive of cyberbullying)

There is no place for bullying at St Saviour’s College. Bullying is a repeated pattern of behaviour which includes name-calling, taunting, mocking, making offensive comments, kicking, hitting, pushing, theft, inappropriate text messaging, sending offensive or degrading images by phone or internet, producing offensive graffiti, gossiping, excluding people from groups and spreading hurtful and untruthful rumours.

Cyberbullying is a repeated pattern of behaviour defined as ‘the aggressive, intentional act carried out by a group or individual, using electronic forms of contact repeatedly and over time against a victim who cannot easily defend him or herself’. St Saviour’s College is committed to promoting responsible and positive use of social media sites.

Summer Uniform

The uniform requirements are as follows:

  • White short-sleeved blouse with red piping
  • College striped skirt (*below the knee)
  • Red tie with College badge pinned in the centre
  • College white formal hat
  • Mid-calf, white socks
  • Black leather lace up shoes (no buckles, casual styles, raised heels or coloured stitching)

* It is important that students are conscious of their skirt length remaining below the knee. This may require letting down the hem, to allow for a growth in height.

What is not acceptable:

  • Makeup or other cosmetics
  • Earrings other than one, in each lower earlobe
  • Earrings other than one pair of plain sleepers or studs; no ‘decorative’ earrings
  • Earrings larger than 5mm
  • No other jewellery apart from a plain wristwatch
  • Coloured nail polish
  • Fake nails
  • Headbands with bows or any other detail
  • Unnatural hair colours or styles
  • Hair extensions
  • Black socks

“All laugh and pray together not one cold, stiff soul appears.”
Catherine McAuley, circa 1830

For every day, I give thanks – God bless.

Heather Hagemann
Assistant Principal - Mission and Student Wellbeing

From the Careers Centre

Tips for Parents

Generation Next has an article on How parents can help students in the senior years of school written by Andrew Fuller. The article states that parents have a vital role in helping students to:

  • Manage time
  • Manage energy
  • Manage stress
  • Manage to get everything in at the right time and in the right place.

This sounds like a big ask! However, the body of the article does suggest strategies to help parents achieve their role. Topics include:

  • Developing a system – time management planning
  • Dealing with meltdowns and catastrophic thinking
  • What to do when the system breaks down or when your child won’t listen to you
  • How to deal with the build up to exams.

Finally, the article makes the point that Year 12 results aren’t the end of the world. They don’t determine a student’s future success in life. Parents with a student in Year 11 or 12 may find this article of interest.

School-based Traineeship

Congratulations to Joelle Shindano (pictured below with Mrs Mary Tanous) who commenced her Certificate II in Community Pharmacy school-based traineeship at Morton and Coote Pharmacy.

Chris Grierson
Career Development Practitioner

Library

Reminder

All resources are due back for Years 7 - 10. Please ensure you check what is out in your/your child’s name through our Library Web App. All students should know how to access this, if they don’t, please remind them to see Mrs King in the library.

Overdue resources will be charged.


New Resources

We have a variety of new resources that will be available for borrowing next year. So, visit the library in the first week or check out our first newsletter of next year to see our new resources.

In the meantime – check out our online catalogue for our eBooks – download and read on the go! Search as normal and look for the ‘e’ icon on the resource. 

Keep Calm and Read ... over the Holidays

Interested in a Summer Reading Club????

Libraries are not only invested in supporting the development of early literacy skills of children from birth, they are also keen advocates of sustaining literacy and promoting the importance of recreational reading across all ages, particularly during the summer months.

The summer school holidays are a time for kicking back, catching up with friends, playing outside, and enjoying the freedom that comes with being young, having no responsibilities, and no homework for the summer!

All this free time can however result in a loss of learning gained during the school year, which is often referred to as the ‘Summer Slide.’

The great news is basic skills are easy to maintain as your kids enjoy their free time! The Summer Reading Club inspires opportunities to keep your kids engaged all summer long by reading, playing, exploring and discovering which is what the research has identified as the antidote to this phenomenon.

The Summer Reading Club is a fun, free program delivered annually by the State Library of Queensland online and in public libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres across Queensland to encourage children to keep reading through the summer!

(State Library of Queensland, 2022. Retrieved from: https://summerreadingclub.slq.qld.gov.au/)

Check out the following link from the State Library of Queensland:

And another reminder that you can read online through our collection of eBooks in our catalogue – head to our Library online Web app (link in 1st section), do a search and look for the eBook filter on the left menu, tick it and see what is available for you to read online! Loan it just like a physical book. Check out what a mystery search looks like in the eBook collection below:

"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body and prayer is to the soul".   Matthew Kelly

Stay safe and keep reading.

Andrea King
Teacher Librarian

Principal

Awards Celebration

Last Friday, our year culminated at the Annual Awards Presentation. The celebration, compered from the team at SSC FM, celebrated the many achievements of the students who consistently pursue excellence. It was a wonderful opportunity to gather with dignitaries, staff, students, families, and friends of the College, to celebrate the many achievements of our young women over the year, from sporting to cultural, service, and academic. I am always astounded by the level of involvement of our students and the array of talented staff and students we have. Special thanks to those involved in the organisation of this great event. It was an outstanding morning of joy and celebration of our many achievements across the year of 2022!

During my speech, I spoke of Catherine McAuley’s commitment to excellence, with her mantra being simple but laden, “The simplest and most practical lesson I know is to resolve to do good today, but better tomorrow.”

In addition, I expressed gratitude to the following people:

“I offer a depth of gratitude to my exceptional colleagues, fellow leaders, Jess Wade and Heather Hageman, our College Executive Team, our dedicated teaching staff and support staff, our Head of Boarding, Ms Nicole Booth, and our incredible boarding staff. I am also indebted our College Board (particularly Mrs Tracy Hudson-James who moves on from her position of Secretary), and our College P&F (particularly Mr Peter Trezise and Ms Ann Barnes). To the Toowoomba Catholic Schools, we are eternally grateful for the support receive from you.

“I thank our parents and families for entrusting your young women to us. To be co-creators with them is a privilege.

“I give thanks for our Mercy Girls and for the gift they are to all of us. We commit to walking with you as co-creators of your story. This is our resolve. This is the resolve of St Saviour’s College as we resolutely play the ‘long game’ with you.”

2022 Year 7 -11 Awards Ceremony.

Staffing 2023

As you would appreciate, the acquisition of quality staff is pivotal to the College’s success and ongoing performance improvement agenda. I am pleased to announce the following recruitment for 2023.

Mrs Lauren Geldard – is a former ‘Mercy Girl’ who will be joining us from St Joseph’s College, Toowoomba, as a teacher of Maths and Science.

In addition:

Mrs Megan Schulze – will be taking on the position of Acting Assistant Principal: Mission and Student Wellbeing, replacing Mrs Heather Hagemann who will be taking Long Service Leave during Term 1.

Mrs Michelle Reid – will be acting in the role of Middle Leader: Student Wellbeing, replacing Mrs Schulze for Term 1.

Ms Leah Dempster – Leah has been successfully employed as Learning Leader Years 7-9, a new Middle Leader position arising from the continued growth of the College.

Mrs Alyson Holmes and Mrs Hazel Johnson will be returning at the start of Term 1 following on from their time of Long Service Leave.

And, sadly, we farewell:

Mr Cameron Love – Cameron is finishing up after 11 successful years at the College. “Mr C Love” has been a revered teacher during this time and has earned for himself the respect of many students as a quality senior sciences and maths teacher and Women’s Rugby League Coach extraordinaire. Cameron has accepted the position of Head of Science at St Joseph’s College, Toowoomba. We thank Mr C Love most sincerely for the commitment, collegiality and care he has given across his many years at the College. Our loss is most certainly St Joseph’s gain. We wish Cameron all the very, very best and thank him for a job well done.

Miss Kate Hudson-James – Kate is finishing her ‘gap’ year experience having worked as a Support Officer across the past year. Employing Kate in this capacity began as an ‘experiment’ which has grown to be a gift for the College. Kate has been most supportive both inside and outside the classroom and has contributed enormously to the Musical and filming projects, as well as student learning and enrolment tours. We wish Kate all the best and trust that we will see her name up in lights as she pursues her dreams as a talented performer!

Miss Siobhan Landsdowne – Siobhan finishes up as Junior Boarding supervisor at McAuley. Siobhan has always been creative in organising life-giving experiences for the girls outside of school and will be missed for the positive role model she has been for our young women. We wish Siobhan all the best as she embarks on her teaching career at Concordia. 

Miss Hannah Purvis – Hannah has been a great asset as Junior Boarding supervisor at McAuley House. Her enthusiasm to support and encourage the girls in their many sporting pursuits will be greatly missed. We wish Hannah all the best as she makes a big move to be a governess to a family on a property in Kununurra.

Mrs Heather Hagemann – we wish Mrs Hagemann all the very best as she takes a term of well-deserved Long Service Leave. Enjoy this special time of replenishment Mrs Hagemann.

We are yet to appointment a Middle Leader – Maths/Science, Learning Support Teacher, Administration Officer (Daily Organisation), Marketing Officer and Term 1 contract HPE teacher and some boarding positions. These will be announced at the start of next year.

College Magazine and Calendar

This Thursday, your daughter should have delivered home the 2023 College Calendar and 2022 Magazine. Both these publications are credited to the talents of Mrs Kerri Prentice. Enjoy! They are a great representation and celebration of extraordinary personality that is ‘St Saviour’s College’. If you are yet to receive these publications, please contact the office.

Happy Holidays

It is an honour to lead a community that has just fulfilled its 149th year, serving as the oldest secondary school in Toowoomba, in the spirit of Catherine McAuley and the Sisters of Mercy.  To the young women of St Saviour’s College, thank you for being our reason for being. Thank you for the infectious joy you bring to our College and for the way in which you commit yourself to all you undertake.  Thank you to our dedicated staff for your unwavering commitment to your educational ministry. Catherine McAuley said it best when she proclaimed, “You must be cheerful and happy, animating all around you”. Thank you for doing just that. We look forward to the many celebrations our 150th year of Mercy education will bring.

For each of us, may our prayer for the ensuing Christmas season be that the mercy qualities of hospitality, compassion, justice, and excellence direct us in all that we undertake. Safe travels to our boarding students and to those on the roads over the holidays. May integrity always continue to be our strength.

Blessings for a joyous festive season with family and friends. May the celebration of Christ’s birth serve as a reminder to each of us that life is full of endless surprises, joy and the opportunity to see hope for the future.

Thanks for another great year.

Sharon Collins
Principal

QCWA Student Bursaries

The deadline for all bursary applications has been EXTENDED until 21 February 2022.

Each year the QCWA offers a range of bursaries to assist secondary and tertiary students continue their studies.  

Areas of study currently include agriculture and rural topics, midwifery, photography, music and dance.

With 2022 being the milestone centenary of the QCWA there are five new QCWA Centenary Bursaries for students in Nutrition, Agriculture, Education, Physical Education and for an Apprenticeship. Each of these new bursaries is for $2500.

Click on the link below to apply:

Musical Theatre Workshops

Recently, Mrs Potter travelled to Newcastle to attend Professional Development for Directors and Teachers at the Junior Theatre Festival Australia. 

JTF Australia is the largest celebration of musical theatre for young people and is produced by OzTheatrics in partnership with iTheatrics (NY) and MTI Australasia.

Mrs Potter took part in workshops run by Broadway professionals from around the world and was lucky enough to preview some upcoming Broadway Jr. productions to consider for future St Saviour's College musicals. 

Mrs Potter had an amazing time attending workshops for Directors and Teachers at the Junior Theatre Festival Australia and we look forward to her sharing her new-found knowledge with us.

Deputy Principal - Curriculum

Study Skills Day

Year 11 students who are ATAR eligible attended a study skills and ATAR preparation day on Thursday with Year 12 students from across the diocese. 

These students heard from current Year 12 students who have excelled in their studies. They also heard from teachers from across schools about how their ATAR is calculated, how to maximise their study time and how to get the most from their internal assessments.

Year 9 into 10 Core Subject Allocations

This week parents and students have been provided with a letter of recommendation for Year 10 Core subject pathways. This letter contains important information about 2023 Core subjects and recommendations from Teachers. If your daughter would like to change from the recommended pathway, please return the slip at the bottom of the second page.

Reports

Reports for students Years 10 and 11 were published to the parent portal last week. If you need any assistance accessing these, or if you would like to request a hard copy of your child’s report, please contact the office.

Jessica Wade
Deputy Principal - Curriculum

Sport

National Futsal

Congratulations to Kellie McMahon (Year 12) for capping off a stellar second half of the year, competing in the National Futsal titles in Brisbane during the holidays, officially receiving her Olympic Change Maker award and being notified that she has been accepted into the Phase 2 of Queensland Academy of Sports YouFor2032, which is a talent identification process for the upcoming Olympics in search of future elite athletes. Congratulations Kellie!

Kellie McMahon, Meg Woodcock and Mr Greg Leathart (Middle Leader - Sport & Activities/HPE).

Boxing Achievement

Boxing super star Lady Lekaysha (Year 9) wins in Sydney. The indigenous All-Star defeated the current Australian silver medallist over the weekend. In a post-fight interview it was also very pleasing to see just how humble and grounded our champ is, thanking her team and opponent and the All-Star competition for the opportunity to show their skills and talents. This tops off a great year and it’s wonderful to see her hard work, training and discipline rewarded. Congratulations Lekaysha! 

Lekaysha Woodbridge (Photo: Smithy's TGW Gym).

Western Clydesdales Rugby League

Congratulations to Eliza Morcom (Year 10), Charlotte Morcom (Year 12) and Mariah Brown (Year 10) for gaining a representative call up to Western Clydesdales U19 Women’s Rugby League squad. This opportunity will hopefully see them continue their solid form going forward with their rugby league and the experience they will gain considering they have only finished at either Under 16 or 17 level. The College wishes the girls all the best for their upcoming season.

Volleyball

The girls TVA Volleyball team won a close and tight match, finishing their season in 3rd place overall. This is a wonderful achievement for a group of girls who have been super committed to training and duty and their skill level has improved through the roof over the last few months. The team cannot wait for the new season and have decided to continue their training on a Monday afternoon. If you would like to be involved in 2023, please see Mr Hickey or the sports office for more information.

Volleyball bronze ... (back row, l-r) Ashlyn Carter, Dhriti Shah, Elize Tom, Marni Leppien, Ella Petrie, (front) Hannah Longden, Liz Besa, Abigail Lasserre and Jamie Iwasaki Valencia.

Rugby 7s

Well done to the girls Under 15 Division B team, who at the time of writing, finished 2nd on the ladder and will play for the Cup on Thursday evening at 5.20pm. The girls have trained well under the leadership of Hannah Purvis and will look to cap off a great 2022 season with a win. Best of luck.

Rugby 7s team ... Donna Maloney, Shari Dynevor, Lucinda Nomoa, Ki-Ki Sands-Hart, Hannah Purvis (coach), Jauntae Bamaga, Kaysharn Deemal, Taylor Harris and Angel-May Monagle.

Futsal

After spitting into two teams the Futsal squad have been enjoying the prospects of games each Thursday night in Term 4. Playing at the Glennie School the girls have shown they are a force to be reckoned with and they approach each game in a serious and professional manner. The Futsal program will continue in 2023 with the school titles in March, the first big event for the new year. If you are interested in futsal or soccer, please contact Mr Leathart in the Sports office. Well done to Kellie, Kiara, Meg and Furaha for leading the way.

Futsal team ... (from left) Lina Haji, Dimercia Kalenga, Silvana Haji, Aben Angui, Kiara McMahon, Meg Woodcock, Peyton Lewis, Furaha Iranzi, (kneeling at front) Macie Creevey and Adela Feza.

Certificate II in Sport Coaching

Congratulations to the year 10 students pictured below for completing their Sports Coaching Cert II over the last year. These students now have the opportunity to gain part time and casual work in the sport and recreation field, not to mention the vital results contributing towards their senior QCE. Well done Meg Woodcock, Alison Douglas, Aleng Deng, Tennille Prause and Adolphine Buloze. Not pictured but also awarded certificates are Kaysharn and Kyomie Deemal.

Certificate II in Sport Coaching ... receiving their certificates are (from left) Aleng Deng, Meg Woodcock, Adolphine Buloze, Tennille Prause and (kneeling) Alison Douglas.

Return Sports Uniforms

Any outstanding sports playing jerseys or school-owned sporting equipment should be returned to the Sports Office. Could parents please check with their students if they have any items at home. Rugby league and rugby union shorts are main items that students tend to forget they have.

Assistant Principal - Mission and Student Wellbeing

Faith and Mission

All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day

To open our last week’s assembly, McAuley 3 and 4, led by Mrs Rasmussen, provided us with a touching and personal prayer to remember and give thanks for all the good things in our lives. To commemorate All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day, the students shared memories of those in their lives who they have lost. I was moved by how invested the students were with the prayer and the prayers from the heart were received compassionately from the community. Georgia shared with us a reading from the Gospel of John: “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me".

“In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you, for I go to prepare a place for you.

“If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way where I am going.”

Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me".

Thank you to Mrs Rasmussen and McAuley 3 and 4.

Annual Service of Prayer for Reconciliation

Anglican and Catholic Dioceses

During the last week, the College was delighted to have representatives accompany Chappy Cath and Mrs Hagemann to the Reconciliation Service between the Anglican and Catholic Dioceses at St Patrick’s Cathedral, presided by Fr Michael, Bishop Robert and Bishop Cameron (from the Anglican Diocese). The Reconciliation Service occurs every three years and reaffirms the commitment to gather together as a day of prayer for reconciliation and greater understanding between two communities. Holly Anderson, Amelia Claxton and Alison Douglas, three of our senior boarders, accompanied Chappy Cath and I and all these young ladies were active in the Service. This was a lovely way to recognise and bear witness to the strengthened relationship between our two Churches and a way to pray in solidarity and a common devotion to God.

A lovely aside that was discovered whilst attending the service, was that Amelia recognised Bishop Cameron from her communion service as a younger child and provided us with the lovely family photo of the occasion (below).

Rosies – Our Friends on the Street

Sunday Street Retreat

Thank you to the Rosies team for attending our last Street Retreat on Sunday – Eliza Morcom, Maryam Abawi, Kiara McMahon and Mia Sloan. Such Mercy Girl spirit was shown. We would also like to express our thanks to Mrs Maryanne Walsh OAM, Senior Education Leader for Toowoomba Catholic Schools, for her generous donations of food supplies each month for our Sunday Street Retreat.

Rosies has been providing BBQs and hot cuppas for those in the community who have fell on hard times, since 1987. Rosies provides a service across 13 cities in Queensland, three times a week. With approximately 51,000 people homeless in Australia today, there is most certainly a need now, more than ever.

Some of the visitors to our Street Retreats even equate connection and conversation to be as important as safe accommodation and food. The stress that comes with homelessness or being at risk of homelessness also increases the risk of mental illness. People would be surprised what a difference a simple chat and basic hospitality can do to impact an individual’s mental health and physical wellbeing.

Over the course of this year, a big thank you to Chappy Cath, Mrs Narinder Loi, Ms Renee Hunter and the 30 Mercy Girls who came along to Rosies with me.

Choc Challenge – Help Support the Families of our Firefighters

In the face of everyone else's fear, firefighters show bravery. They arrive at violent car crashes, and fire situations. These are just a few of the calls that they respond to. Unfortunately, they enter high pressure and purely terrifying circumstances. However, sadly, accidents happen and sometimes these men and women never come home. They leave their friends, families, and fellow firefighters in disarray, mourning and shock. ​

9% of career firefighters lost their lives in 2021. That equates to 202 people. So that means if every student in this hall represented a firefighter, we would have all passed away. ​

I have always been very passionate about firefighters and the sacrifices that both them, and their families make for saving people’s lives. This is why we believe that we must raise both money and awareness to support these brave men and women. We must raise as much support as we can for these men and women who are fighting for us. 

Raffle tickets to be in the draw to win one of five 2kg blocks of chocolate that have been donated to the College can be purchased from Beth and her team during break times in Dublin Place. One raffle ticket is $2 and three costs $5. ​

The first price will be drawn Thursday, November 10. Tickets can still be purchased after this as there are more prices to be drawn. ​

For more information, please contact me, Beth, or Mrs. Hagemann. We would love to see as much support as possible because this is a very important as we can make the change in people’s lives.

Student Wellbeing and Engagement

From the classroom – “Care for Creation” Year 8 Zoo Trip

A reminder that our Year 8 cohort are travelling to visit the Darling Downs Zoo next month, forging a new partnership with the Zoo in our efforts to “Care for Creation”.

The earth and all life on it are part of God’s plan. We are called to respect this gift. We are responsible for taking care of the world we live in and for sharing all the wonders and resources the earth gives us. We are firm believers that our changing environment prompts us to stop and think about how we live on our planet. We are called to respond and to adopt new ways of living and we would like to consider opportunities for our staff and students to become more involved. This is an exciting excursion and a great opportunity for all students to learn about different animals and their habitats and they will be participating in educational presentations throughout the day. Students are reminded to return permission slips to Students Services, have your parents/carers complete the permission requirements online, through the Parent Portal.

Always Making the Right Choices

At St Saviour’s College we acknowledge that students are under increasing pressure to navigate complex social situations both online and in person. Student safety is of the utmost priority for all Toowoomba Catholic Schools; therefore, it is paramount that our students receive clear guidance and support in this area.

eSafety Website

Young Mentors: eSafety

Schools are reminded that “eSafety” consistently update their offerings on their website. Currently, registrations are open for parents and carers seeking to understand the influence of games, apps and social media on young people's mental wellbeing, or engage in hard-to-have conversations. Topics include: cybersafety and topics usually considered to be taboo or uncomfortable to talk about. A selection of “eSafety” resources are available if you click here. Webinars for parents and carers via the eSafety website provides free webinars for parents and carers to learn the latest strategies for helping children stay safer online.

The eSafety Commissioner has launched a new program that aims to improve older Australians’ digital skills by connecting them with student mentors. 

The intergenerational Young Mentors program brings teenagers together with older Australians to share digital skills and knowledge and help them gain the confidence they need to navigate the online world. The eSafety Commissioner is requesting schools, libraries, councils, aged residential care facilities and other community groups to consider involvement in the program. This opportunity may be of particular interest to:

  • School coordinators looking for a service in community, volunteering awards, work experience or leadership program for their students
  • School community service program coordinators
  • School Information Communication Technology (ICT) or Digital Technologies (DT) lead looking for a program that ties in with an ICT or DT elective
  • Coordinator looking for a program for their students to undertake in the Service section of the Duke of Edinburgh Award.  CSAs are reminded that funding assistance for the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.

Blurred Minds Approach

Blurred Minds has been developed around three evidence-based pillars to create an engaging curriculum mapped learning experience for students.

  • Mapped to the Australian Curriculum, targeting years 7 to 10 in Health and Physical Education
  • Underpinned by gamification principles to ensure student engagement
  • Supports Social Cognitive Theory

Going to the website: https://www.blurredminds.com.au/free-resources/ allows you to view the games and resources, which help parents and their children build knowledge, start the conversation. The website also contains training resources, consisting of four 1-hour, interactive workshops https://www.blurredminds.com.au/workshops/. The workshops are under the following topics:

  • Changing Attitudes (1 hour) about alcohol education
  • Vape Detective (1-2 hours) Vaping Education and how to make vaping uncool
  • Empowering Change (1-2 hours) - a combined drug and alcohol workshop
  • Virtual Choices (45 mins). This learning-by-doing approach combines modern development principles from Virtual Reality to help increase your student's resilience and reduce their peer pressure susceptibility. 

Parent Engagement

The Daniel Morcombe Foundation Website

Visit https://danielmorcombe.com.au/safe-bedrooms/ to access this helpful and informative resource for parents and carers and their children and teens. Safe Bedrooms is a suite of resources which equips parents and carers with the tools to lock predators out. Online grooming can happen to any child. However, 97% of Australian parents and carers hadn’t previously considered online grooming a threat. Safe Bedrooms provides information for parents and carers on how to recognise, react and report online grooming. Through the series of videos and resources, parents and carers can learn about the warning signs of online grooming, how to protect their children and what to do if they are concerned about a child. By becoming informed, parents and carers can keep their children safe online.

Behaviour Support for Productive Choices

The College also employs a best practice model of engaging with families and to provide a restorative approach to conflict within the community. Our College Pastoral Program embeds the PERMAH approach to wellbeing, with a Catholic lens of our Core Values. Our Wellbeing team actively encourages:

  • Partnerships with other schools (St Mary’s College, St Saviour's Primary School. Our Mercy partner schools and other Toowoomba Diocesan and Catholic Colleges).
  • Family Engagement by invitation to our regular College events, our fortnightly newsletter, social media platforms (check out our Facebook and Instagram pages!)
  • Strong community ties with local support and social justice agencies such as Toowoomba Transition Support Services, St Vincent de Paul, Protea Place, St Patrick’s Parish.
  • Intervention and Postvention strategies on campus for identification and referral for students who may need support, across all year levels.
  • A supportive Wellbeing Team, trained and with experience in restorative practices and mental health and wellbeing, consisting of:

Assistant Principal: Mission and Student Wellbeing, Mrs Heather Hagemann
Email: heather.hagemann@twb.catholic.edu.au

Middle Leader Student Wellbeing, Mrs Juanita Doherty
Email: juanita.doherty@twb.catholic.edu.au

Middle Leader Student Wellbeing Support, Mrs Megan Schulze
Email: megan.schulze@twb.catholic.edu.au

A fulltime Psychologist in the role of College Counsellor, Ms Renee Hunter
Email: renee.hunter@twb.catholic.edu.au

A College Chaplain, Wednesday to Friday, Ms Catherine Skuse
Email: catherine.skuse@twb.catholic.edu.au

A Cultural Liaison Champion, Monday to Friday, Ms Amii Brown
Email: amii.brown@twb.catholic.edu.au

Useful Wellbeing and Support Links for Students

Beyond Blue is one of Australia’s best known mental health and wellbeing support organisation. They provide support programs to address issues related to depression, suicide, anxiety disorders and other related mental illnesses. Along with a comprehensive website, the beyond Blue Support Service provide 24/7 phone support, Chat online 1pm-12am / 7days a week, email support and a range of community chat forums 1300 22 4636 www.beyondblue.org.au

Kids Helpline is a free Australian telephone and online (webchat and email) counselling service for young people aged between 5 and 25. 1800 55 1800 https://kidshelpline.com.au 

1300 MH CALL: Mental health access line

1300 MH CALL (1300 642255) is a confidential mental health telephone triage service that provides the first point of contact to public mental health services to Queenslanders. 1300 MH CALL is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will link to the caller’s nearest Queensland Public Mental Health service.

https://www.qld.gov.au/health/mental-health/help-lines/1300-mh-call

eheadspace provides free online and telephone support and counselling to young people 12 - 25 and their families and friends. 

Call 1800 650 890, 9am-1am AEST / 7 days a week. https://headspace.org.au/eheadspace/ 

Student Reminders of College Guidelines and Expectations

Use of Mobile Phones and Earbuds

As per the guidelines outlined in the College Student Planner, students are not to use personal electronic devices (mobile phones or earbuds) at school, within the hours of 8.30am – 3.00pm, without permission from the Principal. Any device found switched on in the possession of a student while they are at school will be confiscated and the parent/carer will be contacted by the office. The electronic device can then be collected by the parent/carer at the end of the school day. The instruction is clear and Homeclass teachers spent a good deal of time ensuring this was clearly communicated during the start of year housekeeping session in Week 1. Students have all been asked to sign pages of the Guidelines in their Student learning Journals to indicate their compliance. These can be found on page 8, so please discuss these with your child. We trust that parents and carers are supporting the address of this matter from home, by encouraging our girls to comply with College Guidelines. 

Out of Bounds Areas

The Student Learning Journal (diary) has a clear, colour-coded map of the College grounds, indicating areas which are out of bounds, as well as areas in which students must have adult supervision. I have given several reminders on Assembly to students and staff about this in recent weeks, so please review the Learning Journal to ensure compliance with this document.

Bullying (inclusive of cyberbullying)

There is no place for bullying at St Saviour’s College. Bullying is a repeated pattern of behaviour which includes name-calling, taunting, mocking, making offensive comments, kicking, hitting, pushing, theft, inappropriate text messaging, sending offensive or degrading images by phone or internet, producing offensive graffiti, gossiping, excluding people from groups and spreading hurtful and untruthful rumours.

Cyberbullying is a repeated pattern of behaviour defined as ‘the aggressive, intentional act carried out by a group or individual, using electronic forms of contact repeatedly and over time against a victim who cannot easily defend him or herself’. St Saviour’s College is committed to promoting responsible and positive use of social media sites.

Summer Uniform

The uniform requirements are as follows:

  • White short-sleeved blouse with red piping
  • College striped skirt (*below the knee)
  • Red tie with College badge pinned in the centre
  • College white formal hat
  • Mid-calf, white socks
  • Black leather lace up shoes (no buckles, casual styles, raised heels or coloured stitching)

* It is important that students are conscious of their skirt length remaining below the knee. This may require letting down the hem, to allow for a growth in height.

What is not acceptable:

  • Makeup or other cosmetics
  • Earrings other than one, in each lower earlobe
  • Earrings other than one pair of plain sleepers or studs; no ‘decorative’ earrings
  • Earrings larger than 5mm
  • No other jewellery apart from a plain wristwatch
  • Coloured nail polish
  • Fake nails
  • Headbands with bows or any other detail
  • Unnatural hair colours or styles
  • Hair extensions
  • Black socks

“All laugh and pray together not one cold, stiff soul appears.”
Catherine McAuley, circa 1830

For every day, I give thanks – God bless.

Heather Hagemann
Assistant Principal - Mission and Student Wellbeing

From the Careers Centre

RMHC Charlie Bell Scholarship program
Helping Young People Reach their Goals

A serious illness or injury can make life stand still. Making any progress – whether it be in your education or career – can feel almost impossible. That’s why the Scholarship program exists. By awarding one-off grants of up to $5,000 to deserving young people, they are giving them the chance to get their schooling or career back on track. So whether the money goes towards university fees, apprenticeship tools, books or supplies, RMHC is there to help them succeed. Further information is available at RMHC_CBS_A4FoldBrochure_v7.pdf

How to Land a Casual Job before the Holidays

1. Start looking now

]While the one month standing between today and the summer break may seem like a long stretch of time, you'd be surprised how quickly time can pass when you're hunting for work. It is recommended that you start looking for work as early as possible. Between researching places you'd like to work, writing a resume, interviewing, and getting all your schoolwork done in the meantime, a month can pass fast.

2. Practice your interview skills

Job interviews can range from incredibly formal to surprisingly casual and relaxed. Reading the room and knowing when the right time is to show off certain skills is a skill within itself, and one that can be practiced and improved over time. You can prepare by learning more about the company or the role you're applying for, asking friends or family members to ask you some practice questions, and recording the answers that you give. When it comes to job interviews, being confident and letting your personality shine through is key.

3. Have a Professional Looking Resume

Having a strong resume is possibly the most important part of any job application. It is your main opportunity to communicate your skillset and experience to any potential employers, and often forms their first impression of you. The school's careers website has a resume-builder (stsaviourscareers.com.au) which helps you build a professional-looking resume from start to finish. Once complete and once you have carefully checked it, your Resume will be ready to send straight into any potential employers!

myfuture

Occupation spotlight: new videos released. Discover the growing range of videos in the new series designed to help young people learn about career pathways. Featured are handy tips from real people working in a variety of occupations and industries, along with engaging accounts of their unique career journeys. Each video links to related myfuture resources that encourage further exploration. Explore the series.

Open House

Thursday, 15 December 2022 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Open House is your students one-stop event to experience SAE (Creative Media Institute) as a student. Whether you want to view student work, specific facilities, or chat with their experienced faculty or advisors, Open House is there chance to meet people, and experience SAE for yourself. SAE Brisbane offers Bachelor, Associate Degree, and Diploma programs across Animation, Audio, Design, Film, Games, or Music Production. With unique learning practices and fantastic career opportunities, find out why SAE is the creative community for you!

Chris Grierson
Career Development Practitioner

Library

Welcome

REMINDER: This is the last week for borrowing.

All returns are due back in Weeks 7 and 8. Please ensure you check what is out in your/your child’s name through our Library Web App. All students should know how to access this, if they don’t, please remind them to see Mrs King in the library.


Years 11 & 12: If you need your textbook over the holidays make sure it has been renewed until next year – this can be checked through the library app too.

The one time of year everything must be back. There is no borrowing of library resources over the Christmas break as we would like all resources returned to their home in the library so they can be checked over and audited for the year.

Overdue and recall notices will be sent out on an automated system to remind students to return all their resources.

New Resources

We have a variety of new resources that will be available for borrowing next year. So, visit the library in the first week or check out our first newsletter of next year to see our new resources.

In the meantime – check out our online catalogue for our eBooks – download and read on the go! Search as normal and look for the ‘e’ icon on the resource. Before the end of the term come and ask the library how to do this.

Remembrance Day Display

Come in and check out our display. We have some fantastic books around commemorating Remembrance Day, and what better way to honour those that served than by reading about the different times we, as a country, have been involved in conflicts, both close to home and around the world.

Keep Calm and Read ... over the Holidays

Interested in a Summer Reading Club????

Libraries are not only invested in supporting the development of early literacy skills of children from birth, they are also keen advocates of sustaining literacy and promoting the importance of recreational reading across all ages, particularly during the summer months.

The summer school holidays are a time for kicking back, catching up with friends, playing outside, and enjoying the freedom that comes with being young, having no responsibilities, and no homework for the summer!

All this free time can however result in a loss of learning gained during the school year, which is often referred to as the ‘Summer Slide.’

The great news is basic skills are easy to maintain as your kids enjoy their free time! The Summer Reading Club inspires opportunities to keep your kids engaged all summer long by reading, playing, exploring and discovering which is what the research has identified as the antidote to this phenomenon.

The Summer Reading Club is a fun, free program delivered annually by the State Library of Queensland online and in public libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres across Queensland to encourage children to keep reading through the summer!

(State Library of Queensland, 2022. Retrieved from: https://summerreadingclub.slq.qld.gov.au/)

Check out the following link from the State Library of Queensland:

And another reminder that you can read online through our collection of eBooks in our catalogue – head to our Library online Web app (link in 1st section), do a search and look for the eBook filter on the left menu, tick it and see what is available for you to read online! Loan it just like a physical book. Check out what a mystery search looks like in the eBook collection below:

"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body and prayer is to the soul".   Matthew Kelly

Stay safe and keep reading.

Andrea King
Teacher Librarian

Principal

Remembering Where You Came From

Last week, the Church celebrated two very solemn occasions, All Saints Day (1 November), and All Souls Day (2 November). Contemporaries have recalled but part of these special days, celebrating the eve of All Saints (Hallows), Halloween, on 31 October (not that I am sure that many would be aware of the day’s significance). This time in the liturgical year is dedicated to remembering those who have gone before us, including the saints, and those in our lives who have passed away.

It is always important to draw on those we have lost. We know that we cannot live forever, but times like All Souls’ Day, provide us with an opportunity for timely reflection to give thanks for those who came before us.

Last weekend, Art Teacher, Ms Jo Stewart, took a group of our boarders to the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane. Ms Stewart described it as a fantastic opportunity to see the art, noting that the visit was extra special because many students had personal connections with the artists in the collection who are relatives. What a wonderful link between the past and the present. Even beyond death, these artists will be immortalised, and their artworks will remain as solid connections between the past and the present.

Also, last weekend, I was driving my Dad to Mass and we were chatting about how much change there has been in both of our lifetimes in terms of technology, and more broadly, worldview. We were musing with the idea that Dad didn’t have electricity in his family home until he was 15 years old. Now most 15-year-olds are connected to the global community via the smart phone resting in the palm of their hand! This conversation was timely reminder that life moves quickly, the world changes at a rapid rate… take time to engage with those who came before us.

During these holy feast days, we remember those who have gone before us who connect us with our past. We give thanks for those whose example have left lasting impressions, inspiring us to be faith-filled people who yearn to live ‘good’ lives – be they be saints or otherwise. For all our faithful departed… Eternal rest, grant unto them O Lord, may your perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.

Farewell to our Year 12 Students

The title of Pope Francis’s encyclical, published in October 2020, “Fratelli Tutti” was originally coined by St Francis of Assisi, addressing his brothers and sisters, proposing to them a way of life marked by the flavour of the Gospel. In this encyclical, Pope Francis reminds us of the need “to acknowledge, appreciate and love each person, regardless of physical proximity, regardless of where he or she was born or lives”. Through his writing, Pope Francis, is ever encouraging us to remember that we are indeed ‘Easter people’, who seek out every opportunity to recontextualise the message of the Gospel in new ways.

The words of “Fratelli Tutti” ring true for our St Saviour’s College community. Fratelli Tutti states that “Human beings are so made that they cannot live, develop and find fulfilment except in the sincere gift of self to others”.  While we have been relatively disconnected over the past few weeks from our Year 12 students who have been engaged in external exams, they have remained a sincere gift to us. Many of our graduands have already moved into their post-school pathways; however, those who are able to join us, please do so on Wednesday 16 November, at 11.00am, here at the College.

I thank our Class of 2022 for the gift you have been for our community, for the leadership you have demonstrated, for the joy you have brought, and for the gift you are to us. We pray that you continue to be people of integrity and mercy, living lives which hold fast to our College values of hospitality, compassion, justice and excellence. And my prayer for you comes from the Prophet Jeremiah, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Year 7-11 Awards

Next Friday, 18 November, at 8.45am, we will be hosting the Years 7-11 Awards in the Callaghan Centre. We look forward to celebrating the many achievements of our students across the academic, sporting, cultural, spiritual and service facets of College life. Many thanks to all the staff who are working towards making this a memorable celebration.

Blessings for the coming weeks.

Sharon Collins
Principal

Praxis Graduation

On Thursday 13 October, the Year 12 Praxis students celebrated their graduation from the Living Water Program with a liturgy and lunch. 

They presented their chosen charities with a certificate and the donation amounts from their $5 challenge. They were joined by representatives from Rosies- Our Friends on the Street, and Vinnies Youth Program, as well as Father Nathan, Chappy Cath, Mrs Hagemann (Assistant Principal - Mission and Student Wellbeing) and their teacher, Mrs Jenni Potter. Unfortunately, the representatives from Protea Place Inc. were unavailable on the day, but their donation and certificate have been forwarded.

The Praxis students were then presented with a certificate and a small gift in recognition of their completion of the program and the service learning they have completed throughout their communities in 2022. This fantastic program has allowed these students to learn and grow while serving people in need. 

McAuley House Boarding

Once again it is lovely to have the girls back. I think this term will go by very quickly and it will be holidays again before we know it.

Over the break we have had some repairs completed including the leaking roof, upgrading of some electrical, rebuilding of a retaining wall and some work in the gardens.

Last term, the Barry family (Meg in Year 8) very generously donated a fire pit for our new outdoor area. Our exceptional maintenance team of Abbey and Warren strung some lights last term and we are working with Bunnings and the Toowoomba Men’s Shed to build some pallet furniture for the area. This will take place on the 5th and 12th of November, weather permitting. The girls will be supervised to use hand saws, drills, sanders, hammers and screwdrivers. We will finish off the area with a couple of hammocks, cushions and some plants. We are hoping to make good use of the area this term with weekend gatherings around the fire, toasting marshmallows, listening to music and generally just relaxing. We are working to create a number of “chill out” zones outside of the girls’ rooms as some rooms are very dark and not conducive to good mental health.

Over the break we discovered an infestation of case-making clothes moth. The pest services have sprayed for these previously, but they are very difficult to get rid of. The moths create a small cocoon, or case, using fibres in the area such as carpet, wool clothing and other fibres. In our case, they have attached their cocoon to the timber underside of the beds and are feasting on the carpet. Miss Kym and Miss Michelle have spent the last couple of days clearing the larvae and thoroughly vacuuming each room and spraying the contents of the vacuum before disposing of it.  We will have the boarding house treated over the Christmas break when we can use a stronger chemical. The case-making clothes moth does not pose any risk to the girl’s health. We have reminded the girls of the need to keep their rooms clean and free of food, wrappers, gum, drinks and other items.

Last term saw several girls suspended for vaping or purchasing vapes and bringing them into the boarding house. We had the police in to speak with the girls around the illegalities of purchasing or selling vapes to minors. This term Queensland Health will run a couple of sessions with the girls around the significant health issues that vaping can cause. I have included the following link from Australian Boarding Schools Association which contains an excellent, well-resourced article for your information.

https://resources.finalsite.net/images/v1656904943/boardingorgau/ocwjnkgexphvgfxzzmqh/ABSA3000_lights_out_March_2022-vol15no1-webnew.pdf

Staff have been very busy coordinating Term 4 activities for the girls including a day at Wet and Wild, a trip to the beach, markets, Toowoomba Cultural Festival, an evening walkers’ group, Halloween themed dinner and our usual shopping days and sports activities. Being active and involved makes a big difference to wellbeing and homesickness.

Can I please ask families not to bring take away food or soft drinks into the boarding house. The girls can purchase take away on their shopping days as well as being able to walk to the Spar on Wednesday afternoons and when on leave. The girls are very well catered for. Jenny and her team work hard ensuring good nutrition and portion control. There is always fruit and other snacks available throughout the day if the girls are hungry.

Last Friday we farewelled our only Year 12 student Shai Watson. We had a lovely dinner with Shai and her family last term. We wish Shai every success with her future endeavours.

Deputy Principal - Curriculum

ICAS Mathematics

This week on Assembly we congratulated our ICAS Mathematics participants. These students sat with determination with challenging problems to test themselves against the rest of Australia. A special commendation goes to our students who attained Credits and Merits:

Merit: Charlee O’Hara
Credit: Hayley Norman and Eliza Morcom

Well done to all students who participated.

Year 10 and 11 Senior Changeover

Year 10s and 11s have now progressed to the next unit in their senior schooling. For Year 10 students this changeover has marked the beginning of their senior pathways and a whole suite of new subjects for them – instead of eight subjects as they had done in junior school, they now have six – all contributing to the completion of the QCE.

Any student who is wanting to change subjects, please email me at Jessica.wade@twb.catholic.edu.au for a discussion about subject changes.

Year 11 and 12 students are reminded that the Queensland Certificate of Education is the certification of students at the end of Year 12, and as a College, we believe every student is capable of attaining either the QCE or the QCIA by the completion of their time at the College. Whilst this is a lofty goal, it is one that is worthy of striving for. In my conversations with Year 11 students, I stress the importance of challenging oneself, but also the importance of being successful. The QCE requires subjects to be completed to a C standard. If students are not attaining a C standard, not only do they not bank any points for that subject, but they are risking not attaining their QCE at the same time.

Year 10 and 11 Report Cards

Year 10 and 11 Report Cards will be published next Friday. Thank you to all staff who are diligently compiling feedback and suggesting ways for students to improve in the coming semester. These will be published through the Parent Portal in the Sentral app next Friday – if you have not downloaded the app, please do so using this link or from the app store: https://sis.twb.catholic.edu.au/auth/portal

Booklists

2023 Booklists have been emailed to all parents this week and will be uploaded to the College Website. They have been completed through Browns Office Supplies.

Jessica Wade
Deputy Principal - Curriculum