Year 11/12 Art

Year 11-12 Art students have recently created ‘rejectament’ artworks after a considered study of environment, habits, routines and intentions as Artists. Our Creative Arts Coordinator and Deputy Principal then joined the Artists for an exploration of their practice. A week later, joined by the Arts in Practice students, a mixed media artist workshop was held with students developing their skill in using inks, charcoal, modelling compounds, watercolours paint and glazes. Outstanding efforts #mercygirls.

Humanities, Technologies and LOTE

Term 4 has proved to be a busy one in the department with many excursions taking place and guest speaker presentations occurring. The Year 8 Humanities students had a presentation last week from Councillor Rebecca Vonhoff to consolidate their learning in the Civics unit that has been studied this term.

In Design, Mrs Johnson has been creating another space for students to strengthen their design thinking. A Design Workshop has been setup ready for the Materials and Technologies Specialisations unit which will be offered during Semester One next year. The project for this unit will include the construction of innovative housing for bees, allowing students to develop their management, safety and practical skills. This practical task will provide the students with basic construction skills, working with wood and other materials. The Bluebird Café will return during Semester Two, 2022.

Finally in the world of Business I have been fortunate enough to obtain a Financial Literacy Grant from ASIC – The Australian Securities and Investment Commission. This grant is not just for students in Business classes, it will be used throughout the College to increase the financial literacy of all students.

If you or anyone you know has knowledge on financial literacy topics relevant to young people and would be willing to give a brief presentation in Terms 1 or 2 next year, please contact me at the College or by email – Alyson.Holmes@twb.catholic.edu.au prior to the start of the school year 2022.

Relevant topics could include tax and superannuation, renting a property, personal loans and mortgages, buying and running a car, cost of university or TAFE, or any other topic that involves finances and young people. I look forward to hearing from members of our community who can assist.

Alyson Holmes

McAuley House Boarding

What a pleasure it has been to be the Acting Boarding Manager of McAuley House for the second half of this year. I have been privileged to lead a team of amazing staff who I give my utmost thanks to: Miss Christie, Miss Shauna, Miss Georgia, Miss Jo, Miss Abbey, Miss Amy, Miss Lisa, Miss Narelle, Miss Nicky and Miss Ellie - thank you for your tireless work with the students this year, your care and kindness and your resilience does not go unnoticed. I wish you a wonderful holiday with your families. We farewell Miss Jo who is relocating to the coast, thank you for your kindness to our girls. Miss Georgia is also leaving us to take up a nursing position, we wish Miss Georgia all the best, you will be surely missed. We also wish Miss Ellie the best for her football career and relocation to Sydney.

Our recent activities included a trip to Burleigh Heads for a beach visit. This was a great day out for the girls and we enjoyed a lunch of fish, chips, potato scallops and a few other goodies we purchased with our recycling money. Thanks to Miss Abbey and Ms Nicole for accompanying us on the day.

A group of girls recently took part in a yarning circle for ABSTUDY Travel. We were excited to receive a gift card for the movies and the girls involved, along with Miss Tanya, saw a great movie last week and reclined in the V Max Cinema. A great night out!

Many of the girls in boarding celebrated sporting success with the Under 13 Rugby girls winning the grand final last week and the Volleyball team successful in the DD Volleyball Cup. Well done girls!

Our congratulations to our Award recipients for 2021 in McAuley House:

Junior Spirit Award: Kyomie Deemal

Senior Spirit Award: Faith Walsh

All Rounder Award: Holly Anderson

Well done girls, we are so proud of your efforts in achieving these awards.

Travel Day is 24 January, 2022. Please arrive no earlier than 1pm, as staff will be participating in Professional Development, any questions please contact myself on 0488755714.

Best wishes for a happy and safe holiday period and we look forward to welcoming students and families for a productive and amazing 2022.

Thank you for your support in 2021.

Tanya Brown
Acting Head of Boarding

Boarders enjoying a V Max Cinema experience.

Burleigh Heads beach trip.

2021 Award Recipients ... Tanya Brown congratulates Kyomie, Faith and Holly.

Celebrating Christmas at McAuley House.

Tanya Brown
Acting Head of Boarding

From the Careers Centre

Open Day

ADF | Navy Careers Information Session, Toowoomba: Thursday 18 November 2021, 6.00pm – 8.00pm at the Defence Force Recruiting Centre Toowoomba. Consider a dynamic and fulfilling career working alongside likeminded, expertly trained personnel in the Australian Navy. Speak with serving personnel about career opportunities and discover your potential. Find out more: https://www.defencejobs.gov.au/events/events-detail/cc7pprv

WEP | Student Exchange Info Session: Thursday 2 December 2021, 6.00pm – 7.00pm (Online)
Imagine making friends from all over the world, learning about yourself and the world around you and seeing sights you could only dream of! Find out more about your student exchange opportunities at WEP’s online info session. Find out more: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DPUniNloTUmgkCERnHjKMg

Experience Australian College of Applied Professions (Online)

Coaching: Tuesday 7 December 2021, 6.00pm - 7:00pm
Criminology: Tuesday 7 December 2021, 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Counselling: Wednesday 8 December 2021, 6.00pm - 7:00pm
Psychology: Wednesday 8 December 2021, 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Join an Experience ACAP session to immerse yourself in a real-life (online) classroom situation. ACAP educators will open your mind to new concepts, interesting case studies and intriguing research across a variety of fields.

Find out more: https://www.acap.edu.au/events/

BOM 2023 Australian Weather Calendar Photo Competition

Submit your vision of Australia’s diverse weather to the Australian Weather Calendar photo competition, and your image could feature in Australia’s bestselling weather calendar! If your photo is selected it will be hanging in around 60,000 homes and offices around Australia and across the world. We welcome all photographs showcasing the drama and beauty of Australian weather. Find out more

Canvas Art Award 2022

If you are a high school student with a knack for drawing, painting, or using creative digital mediums, you are invited to creatively interpret the quote below into an illustrated scene: “Imagination should be used, not to escape reality but to create it.” – Colin Wilson. How you interpret the quote is entirely up to you, however you must include a yellow umbrella somewhere in your scene. All artists are unique in their abilities, to reflect that we are opening the competition to various mediums. You can submit:

  • Analogue Artwork
  • Digital 2D Artwork
  • 3D Artwork
  • Comic Strip
  • Interactive Novel
  • Storyboard
  • Any combination of the above

Entries are open until 17 July 2022
Find out more and enter here: https://www.jmcacademy.edu.au/canvas-art-award-2022/

Smart Reasons to Get a Summer Job

After a hectic school year, you’d be forgiven for counting down to some time out and looking forward to winding down. However, if you give the benefits of a summer job some thought, you might just change your mind. Below is a list of 10 reasons why you might like to find some employment over the summer months.

  • Feel more confident applying for jobs and attending interviews
  • Help you build an impressive resume which could make you stand out to future employers, or make your uni application more competitive
  • Learn all kinds of new skills – some you might not even realise you’re doing, like prioritising and multi-tasking
  • Gain insight into different jobs, find out if there’s something you’d like to explore further, or put it on the “no thanks” list
  • Getting a job during high school willgive you an advantage over people who wait until after graduation to land a job
  • Develop and practice life skills including time management, patience, communication, customer service, people skills, collaboration, teamwork, good work ethic and problem solving. These will look great on your resume, be useful at school and throughout your working life
  • Professional networking – this could guarantee you a job to come back to in future or secure you a part time job while you study, get you a great reference, or through word of mouth could get you an even bigger and shinier job offer.
  • Earn your own spending money to do with exactly as you’d like, help out at home, or put towards your savings for a car, gap year or uni expenses.
  • Get familiar with entitlements, taxes, banking, budgeting and other essential parts of becoming an adult.

Getting a summer job could help you assert your independence, boost your self-confidence, help you to learn more about your capabilities and might even give you some ideas about what you want (or don’t want) to do next.

You might think that showing up to work flipping burgers or serving up ice creams won’t benefit you much at all, but aside from earning some cash, it could teach you how to motivate yourself (getting up each day to do something you’re not mad about), work hard, prioritise tasks, and achieve goals. Plus, you could make new friends and have some fun along the way. It’s not too late, but lots of employers have already started advertising and filling positions so you might like to get organised soon.

Is Your Resume Summer Ready?

Before you start applying for jobs, it’s a good idea to make sure that you have a resume ready to go and that it’s up to date and that’s going to appeal to potential employers – help you stand out from the crowd.

If you already have a resume, but you haven’t looked at it since you last applied for a job, it could well be due for a refresh.

  • Check your contact and personal details are correct
  • Add in any recent jobs you’ve not listed (including voluntary and community work)
  • Update and skills, awards, achievements that you’ve accomplished lately
  • List a couple of hobbies – the more relevant they are to the jobs you’re looking for the better

Take some time to review your skills and attributes section too. Don’t forget that if you’re applying for a particular job, it’s a good idea to edit your CV to reflect what the employer is looking for. Never make things up, but it is amazing how a little re-wording could make you more appealing as a prospective employee.

SBA Vacancies

SBA vacancies are advertised each fortnight in the newsletter and will be emailed directly to all students in Years 10, 11 and 12. If you wish to apply for a vacancy, please complete the Alternate Pathway Application form, the SBA Referral form, your resume is updated and that you follow the application directions in the advertisement. Once these documents are finalised, hand them (or send via email) to Mrs Cocks (lisa.cocks@twb.catholic.edu.au) for submission on your behalf (unless the advertisement has specifically stated that you need to apply online or visit the business directly).

Chris Grierson
Career Development Practitioner

The Cave Gym is offering a Christmas School Holiday Membership
to all students over 14.

We have week by week memberships for school students to come
and use the gym and classes during the school holidays.

Staffed hours only.  Only available during the school holidays.

$14 per week

Library

Welcome

All returns are due back now

In these final days notices will be sent in regards to resources that have not been returned. Please ensure all resources are returned so they are ready for a new start next year. Resources unreturned will have to be replaced and, as such, will be needed to be reimbursed. Make sure to have a good look at home and have those resources returned.

Christmas is coming….

Holiday Reading

Keep your reading up over the Christmas holidays. What can you do to help your child value reading?

  1. Family reading time – create a time when the whole family is reading. Turn off the technology and enjoy the quiet time but together!
  2. Book bag (sports bag would work) – fill a bag with books and magazines to take with you.
  3. Movies that come from books – read the book then watch the movie (with treats).
  4. Ebooks and audio books – check out our library catalogue (see below) for ways to do this as this engages the technology component that some will like.
  5. Magazines – great way to have something that is specific to their likes. Short and sweet snippets of information.
  6. Competitions – check out the local library (see next section) for what competitions they have over summer OR create your own and negotiate a prize for achieving a certain number…your own Reading Challenge!
  7. Your local library – check out what they have in the way of magazines, eBooks, audiobooks and, of course, our fiction and non-fiction choices https://www.tr.qld.gov.au/facilities-recreation/libraries

By doing a search you can filter by eBook, Audiobook or Wheelers (provides ebooks, etc). Or you can look for the little symbols for eBooks (a little e on a book image) or audio (a microphone).

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 Reading Club is a free public program delivered by public libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres that aims to encourage a love of reading and literacy skills development amongst children and young people during the summer holidays.

(retrieved from: https://www.slq.qld.gov.au/about-us/partnerships-collaboration/local-government-and-public-libraries/programs/summer-reading)

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

"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

Assistant Principal - Mission and Student Wellbeing

Faith and Mission

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 of another successful year at the College. There have also been some teary farewells as we bid goodbye to some of our staff and students 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. This is a time to give thanks for the blessings of this year and to remember the great joy of the birth of Jesus.

A heartfelt thank you goes out to Mr Ryan Baines, Ms Alice Cavanagh, Ms Candice Brazier, Ms Maddy Jones and Ms Georgina Bayly. These fabulous people are spreading their wings and the Mercy spirit as they continue on their life journeys moving into 2022.

Jesus undertook many challenging journeys during his lifetime, which calls to mind our road to Emmaus scripture. With this in mind, we acknowledge the departure of valued staff members and students who are departing the College. Teaching staff who upheld the values of the College and lived these each day they joined our community. We wish them well as they continue along their own roads, knowing that Jesus walks gently beside them. We send forth a prayer to accompany them on this path:

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.

Community Compassion

This term, we devoted our fundraising efforts to our Living Crib initiative which received resounding support. We celebrated the efforts of our community with the hardworking staff from St Vincent de Paul and Protea Place during our end of term Christmas liturgy. Our College community is blessed to be able to offer some assistance to these families by these community support initiatives. The College community offered our girls opportunities to raise funds to purchase gift cards, to provide some financial relief to assist families who are currently experiencing times of hardship. Donations have come from many avenues: our Funday Friday initiatives, SRC fundraising, Praxis student activities and fundraising and the You Can Do It! sausage sizzle this term. 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.

Mrs Potter’s Year 7 Religion class finished off the year’s activities by designing and painting their own Social Justice Shirts. This term, students researched a Social issue which challenged the Catholic Social Teaching of The Common Good, making connections to which of the 10 Commandments. Students then designed a t-shirt to raise awareness of their issue and convince audiences to think about their actions, make a stand, or change their views.

These shirts were to be completed in time for the students to be able to wear them to our annual Inspirational Female Colour Run.

Way to go, ladies!

Social Justice shirts.

Civics Unit

Inspirational female leader ... Cr Vonhoff with Year 8 History students.

In our Year 8 History class, students are completing a unit on Civics. This includes a practical element, whereby students were required to plan and implement their own political campaign, including running for local Council. Led by Mr Irwin, students researched inspirational female leaders across the three tiers of government, focusing on community involvement. Students welcomed Councillor Rebecca Vonhoff who spoke about her life, the desire to set up a great community for her children, the challenges of being a female representative and the joys of serving the city. She showed great pride in gaining the most votes in last year’s election and spoke about her inspirations, especially her mum.

What a role model!

Praxis Living Water

One component of the Praxis Living Water program allows the students to seek out and reflect on Service-Learning opportunities. Charlotte, Jessica and Chrissy have taken it upon themselves to lend a hand in the three beautiful Prep classes at St Saviour’s Primary School. The classes have welcomed our Mercy girls in and the three girls look forward to their visits to their classrooms.

The recent ‘Meaningful Play’ session resulted in the three girls being spoilt by the creative preppies with many cards, artworks and even a handmade necklace made from paper and a pipe cleaner.

We would like to thank the lovely staff and students of St Saviour's Primary School Toowoomba for partnering with the College to enable our Praxis students to give back to the community.

S.W.A.T. Team - Student Wellbeing

The College maintains its commitment to supporting all students attending St Saviour’s to feel safe, loved and that they belong. The College promotes social and emotional learning (SEL), which is about developing the ability to care for others, make responsible decisions, establish positive relationships and handle challenging situations. These skills are essential for developing resilience and the personal attributes that promote wellness, prevent illness and support recovery. 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, 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, Ms Alice Cavanagh
Email: alice.cavanagh@twb.catholic.edu.au

College Counsellor, Ms Renee Hunter
Email: renee.hunter@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

Mobile Phone Use

As per the guidelines outlined in the College Student Planner, students are not to use their phones at school, within the hours of 8.30am – 3.00pm. Any mobile phone found switched on in the possession of a student while she is 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. We trust that parents and carers are supporting the address of this matter from home, by encouraging our girls to comply with College Guidelines. 

Leaving the College Grounds

When students are dropped off at the College to start their school day, there is the expectation from parents, carers and College staff, that students do not leave the school grounds, without the permission of a supervising adult. This includes a note from a parent or carer, or an email sent to the College admin team. 

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 green blazer (optional)
  • College white formal hat
  • White socks, mid-calf
  • 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

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

St Saviour’s College staff and students, I am so proud to stand beside you on our collective life journey. For every day, I give thanks – God bless.

Heather Hagemann
Assistant Principal - Mission and Student Wellbeing

Principal

"Wonderful!" his master replied. "You are a good and faithful servant. I left you in charge of only a little, but now I will put you in charge of much more. Come and share in my happiness!"  (Matthew 25: 23)

Awards Celebration

Last Friday, our year culminated at the Annual Awards presentation. The celebration acknowledged this year’s ‘Amazing Race’ and 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 really a great showcase of what an ‘amazing race’ 2021 has been!

Staffing 2022

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 staff who have been recruited for 2022.

Mrs Kimberley Benvenuti – joining us from her maternity leave at St Ursula’s College, Toowoomba as a teacher of Humanities and Learning Support. Kim will commence with us in Term 2.

Ms Nicole Booth – will be joining us from Transition Support Services as Boarding Manager of McAuley Residential House. Nicole is well known to the College and comes with an extensive skillset, including classroom teaching experience and vast involvement in working with rural and remote students and their families. These gifts Nicole brings will put her in good stead to lead our boarding community into the future. Special thanks to Ms Tanya Brown who has done an outstanding job as Acting Boarding Manager since May this year. We are pleased that Ms Tanya will stay on as part of the McAuley House team moving into 2022.

Mr Jed Burley – joining us from St John’s College, Darwin as a teacher of Music, History and HPE.

Mr Wes Irwin – will be remaining on staff here at the College for Term 1 as a teacher of Humanities.

Ms Kara Jensen – joining us from Mary Mackillop College, Highfields as a teacher of Religious Education, Drama, HPE and History.

Ms Narinder Loi – joining us from Downlands College as a teacher of Mathematics.

Mrs Jen Potter – continuing her fulltime position here at the College as a teacher of English, Humanities and Drama.

Mrs Megan Schulze – will be returning from maternity leave as Middle Leader Student Wellbeing Support.

Mr Julian Smith – joining us from Faith Christian College of Distance Education as a teacher of Mathematics and Science.

In addition:

Mrs Samantha Judd – will be returning as Middle Leader Humanities, Technology and LOTE at the start of Term 2. Mrs Alyson Holmes will continue in this role in Term 1.

Mrs Zoe Marks – will be returning to the College in March after a year’s maternity leave, in her substantive position of Business Manager.

And, sadly, we farewell:

Mr Ryan Baines – Ryan finished up last week as Cross-Campus College Chaplain. Ryan has taken up a position as Art teacher of the Noosa Flexible Learning Centre. We thank Mr Baines most sincerely for the palpable joy he has brought to this role across his three years at the College.

Miss Georgina Bayly – Georgina has been with the College for a year as Events and Marketing Officer. Ms Bayly will be missed for her organisational skills and vivaciousness. We wish Georgina all the best for the future.

Miss Candice Brazier – Candice joined us at the start of the year as an experienced and most astute teacher of Mathematics. Candice has been instrumental in the INSPIRE Maths Project and has consistently modelled outstanding practice. Candice's great gifts have been recognised and she has accepted the Mathematics Curriculum Leader position at St Joseph’s College, Toowoomba. Congratulations Candice on this appointment and thank you for the considerable contribution you have made to the College during your time here.

Miss Alice Cavanagh – Alice has been with the College for two years now as a classroom teacher and Middle Leader Wellbeing Support. Alice has been appointed APRE of Sacred Heart School, Toowoomba. This is a great appointment for Alice as she is being recognised for her outstanding leadership qualities. We are grateful to have had Miss Cavanagh for even part of her journey and congratulate her as we wish her all of God’s blessings for the future and in her married life that commences in January.

Miss Madelyn Jones – Maddy joined us as a contracted graduate teacher. She will be returning to her hometown next year to take up a permanent position at Goondiwindi State High School. We thank Miss Jones for her enthusiasm and preparedness to always take a team! All the best for the future Maddy!

Ms Lucy Leicht – will be going on maternity leave part way through Term 1. Congratulations to Lucy and Corey on this exciting news!!!

Miss Ellie Niki – Ellie has been working at McAuley Residential House this year in the laundry and as a supervisor. Ellie will be finishing up at the end of this year. Thanks to Miss Ellie for being such a positive influence on our girls.

Ms Georgia Philip – Georgia has been a supervisor at McAuley Residential House for 4 years. She has been a great gift to our girls and we wish her all the best as she pursues her career in Nursing. Thank you Miss Georgia for your dedication and commitment to our boarders!

Ms Jo Wieden – Jo will be finishing up as Boarding Supervisor. We thank Miss Jo for being such an integral part of the boarding team during our time with us.

Mr Steve Metzroth – Steve will be finishing up at the College as Acting Business Manager, part way through Term 1 when Mrs Zoe Marks returns from maternity leave. Steve has been outstanding in this role and has contributed much to the success of the team during his time with us. We will be celebrating and farewelling Steve in early March.

We are yet to appoint a College Chaplain, Administration Officer (Front Reception) and several boarding positions. These will be announced at the start of next year.

College Magazine and Calendar

This week, your daughters should have delivered home the 2021 College Magazine and 2021 College Calendar. Both these publications are credited to the talents of Mrs Kerri Prentice, Ms Georgina Bayly and Mrs Fiona Roberts. 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 on 4637 1600.

Happy Holidays

It is an honour to lead a community that has just fulfilled its 158th year, serving as the oldest 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. 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

Girls Only Chess

We are a team of local teachers and educators who are passionate about providing educational opportunities for students. It is alarming to us that so few girls are participating in chess, simply because they do not know other girls playing or because they do not feel supported by their peers. We wish to make a significant and positive change in this regard. 

Our first meeting was a great success and we look forward to meeting other girls who are keen to learn and play chess as well. Each Girls Only Chess event is directed by women who are passionate about chess, are able to build raport with students and are in possession of a Blue Card.

St Saviour’s Triptych Takes Second Place

St Saviour’s College Year 12 Student Natalya Mah Yen has been awarded second place in the Sisters of Mercy Student Art Prize.

With this being her first entry into external competition, Natalya was taken aback when she received the initial shortlisting notification.

“It all came about as a complete surprise, first to be shortlisted and then to come second, I really didn’t believe it,” she said.

Natalya’s submission entitled ‘Triptych with Samoan motifs’ was a mixed media triptych.

The work literally and metaphorically saw Natalya weaving visual symbols of her Samoan and Christian heritage into a visual consideration of how tradition and faith comforts and gives meaning in complexities of human responses to grief.

The complex patterning and mirroring of headstone and galaxy motifs encouraged viewers to think about a life beyond the here and now.

Judges commented that Natalya’s entry was a strong artwork that was multi-layered and thought provoking, with very intricate brushwork and a very effective use of the triptych format.

Within the senior visual arts section, all works were in response to Isaiah 1:17; ‘Learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.’

The shortlisted works were displayed at Adderton House in Brisbane.

“I wasn’t able to get to the exhibition, but I was impressed with the judges’ feedback,” Natalya said.

Natalya Mah Yen and Visual Arts teacher Joanne Stewart admiring Natalya's artwork at our College Winter Showcase.

‘Triptych with Samoan motifs’ was also the winner of the People’s Choice Award at St Saviour’s College Winter Showcase earlier this year.

Sport

Rugby 7s

Congratulations to the U13 and U15 Rugby 7s teams on a great 2021 season. Special thank you to Miss Jones and Mr Barnes who have been coaching and mentoring the students over the past few weeks. Thursday 11 November will be the final round and, while our under 15 girls didn’t make the top group, they are still competing in finals in the emergent stage. This is a great achievement from a non-rugby school. The U13 team finished 3rd in the group stage and will have a chance to play in the grand final.

The finals were due to be played Thursday 11 November but were postponed due to wet weather.

Futsal

A small group of girls have made a massive impact on the Toowoomba Futsal scene. Registering five wins from five games Meg, Allison, Furaha, Peyton, Aimee, Emmie and Kellie have shown some great skills and are improving every game. This week they will play the final round at Glennie at either 5.30pm or 6.15pm. The girls will be looking to build on their average of 10 goals a game, but the most important part is that they are enjoying their football.

For 2022, St Saviour's College has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Australian Futsal Association which will assist the college in a futsal excellence program and pathways to championships, which is very exciting for the years ahead. If you would like to know more about this, or you could help sponsor the purchase of some new uniforms for futsal and soccer, please contact Mr Greg Leathart at the college or via email greg.leathart@twb.catholic.edu.au

Volleyball

Tuesday Night Volleyball is finished for 2021. Congratulations to Mr Rod Hickey who provided training, transport and general organising to help our girls achieve. Three teams, all in the top four, and playing finals in Season 2, is a wonderful effort and hopefully they can go one better in 2022.

The College has entered the Schools' Cup which will be played at Harristown State High School on 18 November. Students are reminded to make their payments to Student Services ASAP to secure their place in the team. The times and draw for this competition will be available soon. Any questions or queries please contact either Mr Rod Hickey or Mr Greg Leathart.

Friday Sports

Week 6 will see the last round for Friday afternoon sport activities due to the Awards Ceremony in Week 7 and Week 8 being a travel day for all students. There have been some wonderful activities on offer this term and being part of our timetable. This allows students to engage in physical activity during the school week. At a point in our lives where time is a critical factor, this has been proven to enhance students overall health and wellbeing. The Friday Sport program is continually going through a review process and new activities are added or replaced. Students should continue to participate in some type of physical activity over the Christmas break. If there are any questions or you have any feedback in regard to this program, please contact Mr Greg Leathart at the College or via email at greg.leathart@twb.catholic.edu.au

Deputy Principal - Curriculum

7-11 Academic Awards Ceremony

Preparations are well underway for our end of year 7-11 Awards Ceremony, occurring next Friday at 8.45am. I encourage all invited parents to attend to commend our award recipients and the excellent achievements of our 2021 learners. Students will be commended on their involvement in all facets of College life and we look forward to celebrating the contributions of all of our Mercy Girls.

Roll over of Year 10 and 11 Students

Students in Years 10 and 11 are commended for the exceptional manner in which they have engaged with their new courses of subjects and new units of work. Students have been diligent, active and self-directed in their learning so far.

If your daughter is considering changing her course of study, I encourage her to make an appointment to see me in the coming weeks to ensure these changes are finalised before the end of term break.

New Devices

The roll out of new IT devices will begin next week, with Year 12 students receiving their new devices. I would like to thank Mr Steven Metzroth and Mr Joshua Taylor for their important roles in rolling out these new devices. They will ensure that students are able to access their learning, anywhere anytime on a reliable device.

Absences for Assessment

Please be aware that students in the Senior Phase of schooling must provide medical certificates to cover themselves in the event of being absent for examinations. If a student is unwell in the lead up to the submission of an assignment, they can apply for an extension (by providing a medical certificate)  two days prior to the due date. If a student is sick on the day that an assessment is due, they must either email the assessment or submit it via the College’s Learning Management System, Canvas. These requirements follow the College’s Assessment Policy which is informed by the requirements of the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) and are underpinned by the values of fairness and equity.

Jessica Wade
Deputy Principal

Please place your order online through www.brownsstationery.com.au

  • On this page select "School Booklists" on the top left hand side.
  • In the drop down menus on the left hand side, select "Secondary" and "St Saviour's College" then the corresponding year level for your child.

Orders placed before Tuesday 7 December will benefit our school

Once ordered online (by 7 December), your order will be packed and ready for collection from Browns Office Choice from Friday 17 December. Payment is not required until pack is collected.

Free local delivery on orders placed and paid for online by Sunday 19 December, a $10 fee delivery fee applies after this date. 

Please do not return your booklists to the College. You can contact Browns Office Choice with any questions on 4632 1225.

From the Careers Centre

Applications Open for the 2021 Charlie Bell Scholarship

  • Are you aged 15-20 years?
  • Have you suffered a serious illness or injury during childhood that has caused you to miss significant amounts of schooling?
  • Are you going to University, TAFE or starting an apprenticeship next year?
  • Do you live in Queensland or the Northern Territory?

You may be eligible for Ronald McDonald House Charities South-East Queensland’s (RMHC SEQ) Charlie Bell Scholarship for 2021.

The Scholarship is a one off, $5,000 grant, awarded to help young people get their education or career back on track. The funds can be used for textbooks, school fees, tools or anything to help you achieve your dreams. For more information visit https://www.rmhc.org.au/charlie-bell-scholarships. You can apply via the website through a video or written submission. Please contact us on (07) 3646 0587 or learningprogram.seq@rmhc.org.au if you require assistance in putting your application in. Applications close 30 November 2021.

New Grandshake Microcredential – Art of Creative Thinking
Learn how to improve your creative thinking skills in our newest 40-minute Art of Creative Thinking microprogram. This program will help you find creative inspiration when you feel stuck for ideas; teach you practical techniques to train your creative muscles; help you build confidence in your creativity and fight the fear of failure; and show you how you can be creative in the workplace. We’ll also explore how creative thinking intersects with technical fields like engineering and science and the value of team collaboration in making creative magic happen. Is this for you?

Do you …

  • Ever doubt your creative abilities
  • Dream of a career where you can innovate and shake things up
  • Want to know your creative personality type
  • Are interested in the Humanities OR STEM subjects
  • Want to improve your problem-solving skills
  • Love learning

Read more here

Job Spotlight: How to become an Aircraft Pilot
Aircraft Pilots operate planes to transport passengers and goods from one location to their destination. They may also provide agricultural, aerial surveillance or other aviation services. They can even fly helicopters, warplanes or do search and rescue. For further information about how to become an Aircraft Pilot. Watch the video

Tips to Help you Build a Successful Creative Career

Want a creative career and not sure where to start? Sick of all the doubters shooting your ideas down?  Then these tips are for you. They come from a Career Insights article on the myfuture website. The following is a summary of the tips.

  • Where are you heading? – have some idea of your career direction (you don’t have to know the destination yet). Think of what you love doing and train, practice, learn and rehearse
  • Inspiration – research people who have made it in the creative industries. Read their blogs and follow them on Instagram. Take every opportunity to talk to people who make a living from their creative talents
  • Information - find out more from industry associations. You'll find links to professional associations on most of the myfuture occupation pages (you will need to login to the myfuture site) e.g. professional associations for Set Designer including the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance and the Design Institute of Australia
  • What's in demand? - look for areas of demand, or that might be growing. Look for the trends and then advance them
  • Internships and volunteering - this is about getting experience, building your reputation and getting to know people in the industry
  • Get some business skills – you'll need them! Learn the basics of business management so you can make some money from what you do
  • Hear from people who are working as creatives – find out how they first started. Learn from them
  • Unconventional and unafraid - marketing and business skills are essential. You need to be savvy and be wired to the best way to sell your skills

If you found these tips helpful, read the advice given by JMC Academy lecturer, Nigel Tucker, in How to break into the arts and entertainment industries

Science without Borders® International Student Art Contest

The Science Without Borders® Challenge is an international contest that engages students and teachers in ocean conservation through art. This annual competition inspires students to be creative while promoting public awareness of the need to preserve, protect and restore the world’s oceans and aquatic resources. The theme for this year’s 10th annual Science without Borders® Challenge is “Ridge to Reef.” Entries are open until 7 March 2022. Find out more and enter here: https://www.livingoceansfoundation.org/education/science-without-borders-challenge/

SBA Vacancies

15/21: Years 10 and 11 - Certificate III in Business School-Based Traineeship at Berny’s on West, Toowoomba

29/21: Years 10 and 11 - Certificate III in Cabinet Making Sir Lancelot’s Kitchens Bathroom and Joinery

The above positions will remain open until filled.

SBA vacancies are advertised each fortnight in the newsletter and will be emailed directly to all students in Years 10, 11 and 12. If you wish to apply for a vacancy, please complete the Alternate Pathway Application form, the SBA Referral form, your resume is updated and that you follow the application directions in the advertisement. Once these documents are finalised, hand them (or send via email) to Mrs Cocks (lisa.cocks@twb.catholic.edu.au) for submission on your behalf (unless the advertisement has specifically stated that you need to apply online or visit the business directly).

Chris Grierson
Career Development Practitioner

Library

Welcome

REMINDER: This is the last week for borrowing. All returns are due back in Week 7 and 8. Please ensure you check what is out in your/your child’s name through the 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.

Year 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

New resources are still available at the moment – come in and check out what is on display. Check the images below to see what is new in our library.

Don’t forget: write your suggestions and put them in the box on the front counter so we know here in the library what resources you would like to see available for borrowing.

NON-FICTION RESOURCES

Manga and Graphic

Non Fiction

FICTION RESOURCES

Fiction

Senior Fiction

Remembrance Day Display

Come in and check out our display – or peruse the photos below. 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.

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 Reading Club is a free public program delivered by public libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres that aims to encourage a love of reading and literacy skills development amongst children and young people during the summer holidays.

(retrieved from: https://www.slq.qld.gov.au/about-us/partnerships-collaboration/local-government-and-public-libraries/programs/summer-reading)

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

"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

Assistant Principal - Mission and Student Wellbeing

Faith and Mission

This fortnight, we celebrated our Mercy charism through the stories from those living out the vales of Compassion, Justice and Hospitality in our community. We welcomed Tony Hurle, from Tony’s Community Kitchen and Ms Amanda Dalton, Founder and CEO of Protea Place, who joined with us for our weekly assembly. Maryam Abawi shared her personal Mercy journey speaking of the road she has travelled to become a proud Mercy girl. Read her story below
My mother always says that love is elastic; there is always room to stretch to include those who most need our support. I see this everyday in our Mercy community of which I am proud to belong.

Do not let your hearts be troubled.
You believe in God, believe also in me.
My Father’s house has many rooms.
If that were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?
And if I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.
You know the way to the place where I am going.

A reading from the Gospel according to John 14:1-7

Remembrance Day 

This week we also remember, with thanksgiving, those who made the supreme sacrifice for us. The eleventh of November every year marks the anniversary of the armistice which ended the First World War in 1918. Each year, millions around the world observe one minute silence at 11am on 11 November, in memory of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in any armed conflict. ​

This year is the 103rd anniversary of Armistice Day and it is an honour to pause to remember the significance and meaning of this time, whilst also remembering the brave sacrifice paid by our fallen Diggers. 

We dedicate ourselves to the causes of service, justice, freedom and peace and for the wisdom and strength to build a better world. God, you sent us your Son to bring your peace to the world. Help us to work for peace in our College, our city and our world. Protect all who are currently serving for our country overseas and bring them home safely to their families. We ask this through Christ, our Lord.  Amen

Community News

New Aussies ... The Abawi family celebrate their Australian citizenship.

The Abawi family celebrated being officially granted Australian citizenship last Friday 29 October. Here is Maryam’s story of her journey prior to becoming a Mercy Girl:

Hello everyone, my name is Maryam Abawi, and I am from the war-torn nation of Iraq. I feel that war has both positive and harmful aspects. On the one hand, it teaches you to be grateful for what you have, but on the other hand, it keeps the trauma and terrible memories with you for the rest of your life.   

My eight years in my home country were undoubtedly the scariest and most memorable of my life. In 2014, ISIS, which stands for Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, was responsible for committing human rights abuses, genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and they are the reason why my family and I are here as well as other families. 

Throughout my childhood and schooling in my country, most of the classmates would not include me in their activities or even let me on the playground because I was a Christian. They would yell and shout to everyone, "Don't play with her because she is a Christian!" and I was forced to sit by myself, alone and upset. This was very hard for me to experience, especially as a child – I was only 6, and I felt so sad and isolated.   

However, this was not the worse experience I had, today I'd like to share a little story that I'll never forget. For our holiday trip in 2013, my family and I decided to take a road trip. As we were travelling there was a car in front of us that exploded due to a bomb. We were terrified! People tried to help the people in the car, but unfortunately, they all had died. As people began to carry them out and place them on the side of the road, I remember crying and holding my mother's hand, asking, "Mum, are we going to die like them?". This was my childhood; this was my reality. 

And so today I can remember this as what was my experience that has shaped who I am. But it does not define me. I no longer live in that fear, I now have a new country – full of joy and opportunities. And I thank my parents so much because they realized keeping us in that country would not benefit us but only cause us harm. I thank them because they gave me and my sister an opportunity to live a life that they dreamed of having. A life of freedom. A life of peace. A life with a future.  Today I am not only a proud citizen of Australia, but a proud Mercy girl of St Saviour’s College.

Community Engagement

Year 12 Praxis Living Water Program

One component of the Praxis Living Water program allows the students to seek out and reflect on Service-Learning opportunities. Charlotte Morcom, Jessica Brown and Chrissy Martland have taken it upon themselves to lend a hand in the three beautiful Prep classes at St Saviour’s Primary School. The classes have welcomed our Mercy girls in, and the three girls look forward to their visits to their classrooms. Today’s ‘Meaningful Play’ session resulted in the three girls being spoilt by the creative preppies with many cards, artworks and even a handmade necklace made from paper and a pipe cleaner. We would like to thank the lovely staff and students of St Saviour’s Primary School for partnering with the College to enable our Praxis students to give back to the community.

Student Engagement

Funday Friday!

Our You Can Do It! Team shared some news on assembly this week, following their Halloween Fundraiser for our Living Crib Christmas Appeal. The team raised $295, which will go a long way to supporting those in our community who are experiencing hardship. The team are putting this money towards the purchase of gift vouchers so families can purchase items they may really need, or simply something they may really want, to make their Christmas that little bit more special.

Student Wellbeing

The College maintains its commitment to supporting all students attending St Saviour’s to feel safe, loved and that they belong. The College promotes social and emotional learning (SEL), which is about developing the ability to care for others, make responsible decisions, establish positive relationships and handle challenging situations. These skills are essential for developing resilience and the personal attributes that promote wellness, prevent illness and support recovery. 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, 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, Ms Alice Cavanagh
Email: alice.cavanagh@twb.catholic.edu.au

College Counsellor, Ms Renee Hunter
Email: renee.hunter@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

Mobile Phone Use

As per the guidelines outlined in the College Student Planner, students are not to use their phones at school, within the hours of 8.30am – 3.00pm. Any mobile phone found switched on in the possession of a student while she is 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. We trust that parents and carers are supporting the address of this matter from home, by encouraging our girls to comply with College Guidelines. 

Leaving the College Grounds

When students are dropped off at the College to start their school day, there is the expectation from parents, carers and College staff, that students do not leave the school grounds, without the permission of a supervising adult. This includes a note from a parent or carer, or an email sent to the College admin team. 

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 green blazer (optional)
  • College white formal hat
  • White socks, mid-calf
  • 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

St Saviour’s College staff and students, I am so proud to stand beside you on our collective life journey. For every day, I give thanks – God bless.

Heather Hagemann
Assistant Principal - Mission and Student Wellbeing

Principal

Faith

Last week, staff were privileged again to engage in high quality Professional Development with Fr Richard Leonard S.J. for the second time this term. As stated last newsletter, in his first session Fr Richard focussed on ‘hope’. Last week, Fr Richard engaged teachers and support staff in a session focussed on ‘faith’. Fr Richard challenged us to be people of compassion. At the heart of this is to be people who forgive. At times, what this requires is a forgiveness of self. Sometimes we feel defined by the worst we believe we can be. As Fr Richard asserts, we are not our worst actions or most destructive words. With God’s mercy we can pick ourselves up and be converted to a new and freer life. This is what we foster in our girls in their journey through adolescence, but I believe it equally serves us as adults. We can’t always get it right, but through the seeking of forgiveness from others, we come to a place where we may forgive ourselves.

Many thanks to Fr Richard for his valuable insights and for the gift he was to the College during his time in Toowoomba.

Farewell to our Year 12 Students

The title of Pope Francis’ new encyclical, published in October last year, titled “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”. This year, as with last year, we have been met with many challenges. Irrespective, 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. Our boarders have returned to their homes but we look forward to celebrating with those who are able to join us on Tuesday 16 November, 12.30pm, here at the College.

I thank our Class of 2021 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 19 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 week.

Sharon Collins
Principal

McAuley House Boarding

It's Week 4 of Term 4 and the girls are beginning to talk about holidays with ABSTUDY travel being sent last week. If you have changes to your travel, could you please advise me ASAP.

We welcome Miss Amy to our staff and hope you enjoy your time with us at McAuley House.

The girls are busy with sport: Tuesday night Volleyball - our thanks to Mr Hickey for transporting the girls each week. On Thursdays many girls are involved in Rugby 7s. Mr Leathart assists us with transport for this and Futsal, thanks Mr Leathart. The girls enjoy these afternoons and evenings and are extremely competitive. Monday afternoons we also are lucky enough to have Dan instruct Muay Thai as one of our technology free afternoon activities.

This Friday afternoon we are participating in an afternoon of Bingo at St Pat’s, thanks to Anthony for offering us this activity, I’m sure it will be lots of fun.

This week we farewell Lanease and Deb, our Seniors who have now completed their schooling. We wish you both every success for your future endeavours and we will miss you both.

The ABSTUDY team hosting a forum with the boarders and presenting a gift to the boarding house.

A few weeks ago a group of girls participated in an ABSTUDY travel survey. The girls were able to give feedback - both positive and negative on their travel to and from school and offer ideas for improvement. The ABSTUDY staff were surprised at the many modes of transport some of our boarders use just to get home.  A fun afternoon was enjoyed by all and the bonus pizza party was no doubt an added bonus.

General Housekeeping

Leave forms are due by Friday to allow for staff to make contact with hosts. When returning from leave we ask that you not return to Boarding with take away foods e.g. McDonalds etc. Please consume these whilst on leave.

Tanya Brown
Acting Head of Boarding

Deputy Principal - Curriculum

Absences for Assessment

Please be aware that students in the Senior Phase of schooling must provide medical certificates to cover themselves in the event of being absent for examinations. If a student is unwell in the lead up to the submission of an assignment, they can apply for an extension (by providing a medical certificate)  two days prior to the due date. If a student is sick on the day that an assessment is due, they must either email the assessment or submit it via the College’s Learning Management System, Canvas. These requirements follow the College’s Assessment Policy which is informed by the requirements of the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) and are underpinned by the values of fairness and equity.

2022 Booklists

Booklists are now available on the College website for 2022.

Assessment Dates

Assessment Dates have now been loaded onto the College website for access. Here is the link to each Year group’s assessment dates for this term.

Best Wishes for New Subjects

Best wishes to our Year 10 and 11 students who have ‘rolled up’ to their 2022 subject offerings this week. This means that as our Year 12 students have transitioned to external examinations, our Year 10 and 11 students have begun their Unit 1/3 Unit Offerings. We wish them well as they undertake the rewarding and challenging experience which is senior schooling.

Year 10 and 11 Reports

Year 10 and 11 Reports will be published this week to the parent portal. They will contain comments, learning behaviours and grades reflecting student performance across Semester Two. Thank you to all staff for their diligence in completing these reports and compiling this important feedback for parents and students. If these reports raise concerns for you or your daughter, I encourage you to make contact with your child’s teacher in the first instance.

Jessica Wade
Deputy Principal

From the Careers Centre

Entry Level Careers in Health Care

Within the Health Care Industry there are lots of entry level jobs to consider, they could help you to get a foot in the door, provide pathways into other careers or give you some insight into if there are other careers in this industry you would like to pursue.

  • Data Entry – entering patient information and updating records
  • Administrative Officers – updating records, making appointments, sending out important documents and information
  • Patient Transport – you’ll need a full, clean, driver’s licence
  • Personal Care Assistants (PCAs) – also known as caregivers or health aides, provide care to residents in homes or other patients who are unable to look after themselves. They work in aged care, disability or hospital services.
  • Home Health Aide – take care of patients who are suffering from chronic illnesses or disabilities, or are elderly and need continuous care while living at home. Qualifications aren’t usually a requirement and you’ll get on-the-job training.
  • Medical Receptionist – specific qualifications may not be required but skills or experience with office administration and IT are generally required. You’ll also need to have great spelling (medical terminology can be tricky) as well as customer service and communication skills.
  • Medical Transcriptionist – transcribe audio reports from health professionals into accurate, written records, reports or correspondence. Great typing and spelling skills will be essential.
  • Dental Assistant – you’ll most likely need to get a Certificate 3 in Dental Assisting to be eligible for these roles, but you could apply for a traineeship as a school leaver and start earning while you work.
  • Pharmacy Assistant – working in a pharmacy team under the supervision of a registered pharmacist. You’d mainly be working in retail pharmacies selling pharmaceutical goods, managing stocks and greeting clients.

Job Pathways Charts for VET Pathways

The Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Information Service's webpage contains information regarding Job Pathways Charts which show the potential training pathways within specific industries which start with an apprenticeship or traineeship. Click on the link below for a full list.

Queensland Police Service | Recruiting Information Session
Wednesday 3 November 2021
6.00pm – 7.00pm at the Queensland Police Service Headquarters

Interested in becoming a Queensland Police Officer? Not sure if you:

  • Meet the requirements?
  • Are the right person for the job?
  • Get paid as a police recruit?
  • How you progress in the QPS?
  • What is expected during the recruiting process and the cost involved?

These and many more questions will be answered during this Recruiting Information Session. This information session is conducted by experienced, current serving police officers. Not only will they explain the requirements for entry, but they may also give you an insight into their own experiences. During the information session you are welcome to ask questions. Recruiting staff will also be available after the presentation to answer questions. Find out more: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/queensland-police-service-recruiting-information-session-registration-192012242787

Further Learning

Why do people want to get an apprenticeship anyway?

Careers look different to how they used to – once upon a time you picked university, a trade, or a job, and that was pretty much it for the rest of your working life. Now, tradespeople get degrees in management, university graduates learn trades to round out their qualifications, and a quarter of all Australian students are learning part time while they work or raise a family. Apprenticeships and traineeships are great because you generally don’t need a lot of skills or knowledge when you start, you’ll get quality on-the-job training as well as classroom-based training. Plus, you’ll be earning an income all along the way. That way, when you finish, you’ll have all the skills you need to work independently, as well as a formal qualification to prove how awesome you are.

Skilling Australia Foundation found in 2019 that VET graduates had higher starting salaries – $56k vs $54k (uni grads), a much better chance of being in employment – 78% vs 68% and a graduate employment rate of 92%.  Also consider for example, a carpenter’s apprentice earns around $130,000 over the course of a four-year apprenticeship, whereas university graduates will be left with a national average of $23,380 of debt in HELP loans.

What’s the difference between an apprenticeship and traineeship?

Apprenticeships are structured so you learn a set number of skills over around 4 years. When you finish you’ll have a nationally recognised qualification.

Traineeships are simply training agreements between you and your employer. They tend to last between 6 months and 2 years, and you may finish with a qualification.

The main difference is usually the industry – apprenticeships tend to be for more technical trades, while trainees might learn business skills or job-specific skills they need before they can be fully employed (and useful). Read the article here - studyworkgrow.com.au/2021/09/01/why-do-people-want-to-get-an-apprenticeship-anyway/

Top 7 Spooky Jobs

It’s coming up to that spooky time of year, and if you’re a fan of everything frightful, here are some spooky jobs you might want to look into. Whether it’s leading ghost tours, directing funerals or creating wicked costumes, there’s a little bit of something for everyone. You can see the full list, as well as a cool infographic, here: https://studyworkgrow.com.au/2021/10/21/top-7-spooky-jobs/

SBA Vacancies

14/21: Years 10, 11 and 12 - Certificate III in Hospitality School-Based Traineeship (Front of House) Jillys Café

15/21: Years 10, 11 and 12 - Certificate III in Business School-Based Traineeship at Berny’s on West, Toowoomba

27/21: Years 10, 11 and 12 - Certificate III in Painting and Decorating with Travis Keen Painting

29/21: Year 10 only - Certificate III in Cabinet Making Sir Lancelot’s Kitchens, Bathroom and Joinery

30/21: Years 10 and 11 - Certificate III in Hospitality (Front of House) – Various Positions

The above positions will remain open until filled.

SBA vacancies are advertised each fortnight in the newsletter and will be emailed directly to all students in Years 10, 11 and 12. If you wish to apply for a vacancy, please complete the Alternate Pathway Application form, the SBA Referral form, your resume is updated and that you follow the application directions in the advertisement. Once these documents are finalised, hand them (or send via email) to Mrs Cocks (lisa.cocks@twb.catholic.edu.au) for submission on your behalf (unless the advertisement has specifically stated that you need to apply online or visit the business directly).

Chris Grierson
Career Development Practitioner

APPLICATIONS CLOSE 31 OCTOBER

Library

Welcome

The date that all resources need to be returned is fast approaching. Please keep an eye on your emails for the reminders that will be coming out. Especially around library resources please. If you need your textbook over the holidays (this is for senior students only) make sure it has been renewed – check the library app for this.

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. Students can access what they have out through our Library Web App – please encourage your child/ren to check what they have out that must be returned.

New Resources

New resources are still available at the moment – come in and check out what is on display. Check the images below to see what is new in our library.

Don’t forget: write your suggestions and put them in the box on the front counter so we know here in the library what resources you would like to see available for borrowing.

NON-FICTION RESOURCES

Biography

Manga and Graphic

Non Fiction

FICTION RESOURCES

Fiction

Senior 

What's Happening in the Library?

Literacy as a fundamental skill unlocks learning and provides individuals with the means to pursue knowledge and enjoyment independently. Literacy skills grow and mature over the course of every person’s life, giving each individual the reading, writing and thinking skills needed for success in academic, workforce, and personal situations.

How to improve literacy? It can be as simple as immersing yourself in reading. Reading books on the topic you are studying, reading labels, subtitles on the news, song lyrics … and the list goes on. Immerse yourself in different literacy experiences around the content and literacy will develop.

Fiction and non-fiction choices – magazines, articles, reviews, subtitles on shows, labels in shops. Reading a variety of different resources exposes students to more world-wide experiences. Try it today!

"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

Assistant Principal - Mission and Student Wellbeing

Faith and Mission

This fortnight we acknowledged the application, dedication and grit of our Year 12s, as they undertake their final examination session of their high school lives. Led by Mr Grierson and Ms Leicht, students from McAuley 1 and 2 led our assembly with an uplifting prayer with messages of compassion, love and hope. As our Year 12 Mercy Girls spread their wings and forge new pathways in their life chapters, we pray they remain empowered with the spirit of Catherine.

Star of the new evangelization
help us to bear radiant witness to communion,
service ardent and generous faith,
justice and love of the poor.
That the joy of the Gospel
may reach to the ends of the earth
illuminating even the fringes of our world.

Amen
Pope Francis – Evangelli Gaudium

Youth Ministry

Our Youth Ministry girls are working hard this fortnight with a community initiative designed to bring staff and students together with their “Guess Who?” profile competition. Clues and hints about staff are being collated and the College community have been invited to come to the media room at lunchtime next week to guess the profiles, win prizes and raise funds for our Living Crib Christmas Appeal. A creative and fun way to promote community and advocate for our partners, St Vincent de Paul and Protea Place.

Student Engagement

Student Leadership Camp

Our Year 10 and 11 students had a fabulous time attending their annual Leadership Camp at Camp Cooby. Students negotiated leadership responsibilities, brainstormed, problem-solved and had a fun but challenging couple of days. Their strengths were called upon and students were put to the test physically and emotionally, as individuals and in teams. Our accompanying staff took with them our College Mercy values to support camp staff and students during this experience. A special shout out to our dedicated staff who accompanied our students on camp.

Funday Friday!

Over the last fortnight, we have seen some fabulous Funday Friday initiatives run for our students. The You Can Do It! (YCDI) Group, led by our College Counsellor, Ms Hunter, was spookily fun! The YCDI Team ran some interactive activities, sold sizzling sausages, jelly cups, lolly bags and held a small cake stall, to raise awareness and much-needed funds towards The Living Crib Christmas Appeal and to promote positive wellbeing. Thanks to all of those involved.

World Teachers' Day

Last Friday we celebrated World Teachers’ Day, acknowledging the contributions to our College and dedication of our fabulous teaching staff. A delicious luncheon was provided for staff, as a small “thank you” to all of the teaching staff within the College. Being Funday Friday, there was an excited and happy vibe across our lovely little community, with staff and students enjoying the fun and laughter, celebrating Week 4 of this term.

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/ 

Wellbeing

The College maintains its commitment to supporting all students attending St Saviour’s to feel safe, loved and that they belong. The College promotes social and emotional learning (SEL), which is about developing the ability to care for others, make responsible decisions, establish positive relationships, and handle challenging situations. These skills are essential for developing resilience and the personal attributes that promote wellness, prevent illness and support recovery. 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, 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, Ms Alice Cavanagh
Email: alice.cavanagh@twb.catholic.edu.au

College Counsellor, Ms Renee Hunter
Email: renee.hunter@twb.catholic.edu.au

Cross-campus Chaplain, Mr Ryan Baines
Email: ryan.baines@twb.catholic.edu.au

Student Reminders of College Guidelines and Expectations

Mobile Phone Use

As per the guidelines outlined in the College Student Planner, students are not to use their phones at school, within the hours of 8.30am – 3.00pm. Any mobile phone found switched on in the possession of a student while she is 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. We trust that parents and carers are supporting the address of this matter from home, by encouraging our girls to comply with College Guidelines. 

Leaving the College Grounds

When students are dropped off at the College to start their school day, there is the expectation from parents, carers and College staff, that students do not leave the school grounds, without the permission of a supervising adult. This includes a note from a parent or carer, or an email sent to the College admin team. 

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 green blazer (optional)
  • College white formal hat
  • White socks, mid-calf
  • 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

St Saviour’s College staff and students, I am so proud to stand beside you on our collective life journey. For every day, I give thanks – God bless.

Heather Hagemann
Assistant Principal - Mission and Student Wellbeing