Sport

Term 2 Sporting Teams Results

  • Futsal: two teams played at USQ with the U14 team making the semi-final
  • Bill Turner Soccer: made semi-final (2nd in group stage)
  • Karyn Murphy Cup Rugby League: 7/8 team placed 3rd and 9/10 team were cup winners
  • Tuesday Night Volleyball: 9/10 team grand final champions
  • AAG Cup Basketball: Plate Grand Final runners up ​
  • Vicki Wilson Netball: Junior team 3rd in group; senior team 7th in group ​
  • Saturday Netball: both teams sitting mid-table, play continues 16 July 

Sport Coming Up in Term 3

  • Athletics Carnival - 16 August at O'Quinn St Oval ​
  • TSSS and DD athletics ​
  • Volleyball Schools Cup at Harristown State High Shool​
  • Futsal School Alliance (Term 3 and 4)​
  • Rugby League - Wednesday evening competition (TBC)​
  • Swan's School Cup Touch Football - Monday Nights​
  • Friday Sport – athletics practice and rotations ​

Any questions or enquires about trials and sport see the Sports Office or Sports Leader, Tia.

McAuley Boarding

Our boarding numbers continue to grow and I have been proud of the way the girls have welcomed new students, living out our Mercy values.

The end of term seems to have come around quickly. It has been a busy time for our boarders with our social, twilight markets, a trip to Brisbane for the Indigenous round and then last week, Movieworld.

We have also had competition football, basketball and netball.

Several girls go to Humies Youth Group on Friday nights. This is a great opportunity to meet other young people and have fun. We are grateful to Ross Saville and his team who coordinate the evening. I have attached an email from Ross after a number of our girls volunteered to help out at an event.

Dear Sharon and Nicole,

Last Saturday, 10 of the young ladies from St Saviour's boarding came to assist me with the Indigenous Round AFL for the University Cougars Club. The young ladies painted the children’s faces, we have approx. 50 players in the under 8s and under 10 teams, they then had the job of selecting Best on Ground for each of the 5 matches that were played at 9.30am. I would like you to know that they were great – they engaged with the children beautifully, were really helpful, co-operative and encouraging. They also did a great job selecting the 5 players from the games and presenting them with their awards. They represented St Saviour's very well and really made a very strong positive impression on the players and their parents. We had 2 other clubs present – Highfields and Tigers. Several parents spoke to me about how impressed they were by the girls and the way they conducted themselves. It was an extremely cold morning out at the Uni ground and not once did any of them winge or complain.

On behalf of Uni Cougars Club and Humeridge - thank you for allowing them to be a part of the day.

We are excited about the new outdoor area that will hopefully come together over the break. We will have a fire pit, party lights and some outdoor furniture. This will give the girls another space to gather and hang out with friends and toast marshmallows.

I travelled out to Blackall for the ICPA Conference. It was great to network with other boarding schools and share ideas and best practice. Not so great was the freezing temperature and two nights in a tent.

Boarders helping out at the AFL Indigenous Round.

Next term, we have several events planned for the girls including NAIDOC Week, State of Origin experience, a shopping trip to Harbour Town, Monster Trucks, Christmas in July, Southbank and the Lockyer Valley Cultural Festival. I encourage all girls to involve themselves in these opportunities.

Ms Collins and I met with (via TEAMS) two representatives from the NRL, Timana Tahu and Steve Meredith. We were discussing possible opportunities for the girls and both Timana and Steve were very generous with their time. Watch this space!

Enjoy having your girls at home. Travel day is Monday 11 July.

Nicole Booth
Boarding Manager

Assistant Principal - Mission and Student Wellbeing

Faith and Mission

This week, the students from Coolock 3 & 4, led by Mrs Potter and Mr C Love, opened assembly with a thoughtful prayer and reflection of the term. The personal contributions that Homeclass students and staff make to our weekly assembly is just one of the things I love about working at St Saviour’s. It is heart-warming and affirming of the true loving nature of our College community. This week, we reflect on our journey so far this year. We are reminded of the stories which warm the heart, stretch us and bring us joy.  We do this bathed in the love and light of Jesus Christ.

Today, as we gather to celebrate the end of Semester One, we reflect.
We reflect on the days that we struggled,
the days that we rejoiced, and the days that we simply survived.
We cast our minds back to the moments that made us smile,
those that made us cry, and those that made us numb.
We thank the Lord for helping us through the darker days,
so that we could rejoice in the light once more.
As we break for our winter holidays,
let us remember those that help fill our lives with joy.
Fill your hearts with gratefulness
and find the moments that bring you light.
Today, we ask you to find someone
who made this semester a little bit brighter and thank them.
Always remember to the world you may be just one person,
but to one person, you may be the world.

Being an instrument of peace is looking at everyone through the eyes of God; through the lens of acceptance, understanding and empathy. We are reminded of such actions with the work of our Youth Ministry team. This term we have received an overflowing amount of not only winter woollies but also non-perishable food items, Cup a Soups and noodles. These items have been much appreciated by the Rosies team and our friends on the street at the Sunday BBQ lunch at Wilsonton. Thank you for the generous donations. These items go a long way in positively contributing to the lives of those less fortunate who live on the fringe of our community.

USQ Winter Sleep Out

We are looking for student volunteers in years 7 – 12 to join with us at the annual USQ Winter Sleepout next term. Letters can be collected from Student Services for those who wish to learn more about the event. This is a wonderful experience for students to learn about the plight of homelessness in the broader community and learn more about the important work of St Vincent de Paul Society in our local context. As a College, we believe your child’s engagement in these types of community events aligns strongly with our vision to form young people of justice, excellence, compassion and integrity.

There are more than 116,000 Australians who find themselves homeless each night of the year. Just under half of these are women; a quarter are under the age of 18. Join us at the USQ Toowoomba Vinnies Community Sleepout on Friday 29 July 2022 and experience what it is like to be homeless. There will be several student-led activities and a relevant guest speaker at the event. This is a great way to give back to our community in a show of solidarity and support.

EVENT DETAILS

Where: USQ Toowoomba Engineering Green

When: Friday 29 July 2022

Time:  5.00pm arrival – 9.00pm collection from USQ

Dress: Formal College Uniform, inclusive of Blazer

This year we have seen many of our service groups provide compassionate care and donations for organisations such as Tony’s Kitchen, Rosies and St Vincent de Paul. This term is no different. Our Mercy girls have been busy being the hands of Mercy, stitching quilts for babies in the Neonatal Unit of St Vincent’s Hospital. St Vincent’s is the only private hospital in Toowoomba with a level 4 special care nursery. The special care nursery is staffed by a full-time neonatal paediatrician and neonatal intensive care trained nurses. This week we welcomed Suzie, the Business Development Manager of St Vincent’s Hospital Toowoomba, to our assembly, so we could present her with these quilts. The creation of these quilts are a lovely show of compassion and love from our girls.

Student Wellbeing

Student Wellbeing Action Team

We had several entries in our logo competition to design a logo for our SWATeam and here is the winning entry! Thank you to all of those students who participated. Our winning design is a combination from two of our College designers, Abby Lassere and Mikayla Schoenfisch  – what a wonderful, collegial effort!

Our SWATeam have been busy this term, planning Wellbeing initiatives for their peers around Mental Health and Wellbeing. To raise awareness for National Mental Health Month 2022, the SWATeam are promoting an Art competition being held with the theme of “Resilience and Mental Health. The artwork can be in any form and the final submission just needs to be photographed and uploaded to the website. Students will need to submit artworks by 31 July 2022, online via the web form and all entries are free. Artwork portraying an optimistic and positive image of mental health will be viewed favourably by the judges. Please email Mrs Hagemann if you are interested – the prize money is $500, and the winning entry will be showcased digitally at the launch event in October.

At the start of Term 3, we welcome artistic contributions from our student body to come and decorate the Wellbeing Wall in Mercy Court. If you are interested, please email Mrs Hagemann or come and grab some coloured chalk from Student Services and decorate the wall at break time. Be as creative as you like, all that we ask is you are respectful with your contribution and be positive with what you share.

We are also keen for your feedback about what you would like to see, do and hear from the Student Wellbeing Action Team – email Mrs Hagemann if you have any new ideas. Thank you to our SWATeam for their presence in our community. And remember, if you need someone to talk to, or some student support, our Student Wellbeing Action Team are on campus to help. 

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

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

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. 

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.

Winter Uniform

The uniform requirements are as follows:

  • White long-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
  • Black stockings (opaque)
  • 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

Deputy Principal - Curriculum

I have been enamoured and seduced this fortnight, as I'm sure you have been, by the footage of Andrew Redmayne, the socceroo goalie who was sent onto the field for a penalty shootout with Peru, with just one minute to go in extra time. It was a moment in which to do or die! 

The story had everything - comedic antics, drama (waterbottle-gate), suspense, speed, fury and finally - elation! Redmayne managed to save the goal, catapulting a much-maligned Socceroos team into the World Cup. His coach had sent off the team's captain, Mat Ryan, without warning and courageously put his secret weapon to work. Isn't it great when risks pay off? When our backs are up against the wall and somehow, against the odds, we prevail? 

It's easy to simplify this plan down to an idea of genius or freak - 'oh Redmayne's a genius', or 'he has freakish talent'. But in interviews, Remayne has been swift to downplay his role in the Socceroos win, emphasising instead the four year campaign that led to his final triumphant crescendo. In an interview with Karl Stefanovic, he said it was a plan he had played out a thousand times. A thousand times! And I say - thanks for the reminder!

In our lives, in learning, it's always the painstaking long game that paves the path to the meteoric moments of elation ... hopefully we know (but sometimes it's worthy to be reminded) that winning grand finals are made in early morning training sessions and cold winter's afternoons in round 4 - they don't just happen. A great uni offer for a competitive course, an excellent exam result, a pass in advanced maths class - these triumphant, meteoric moments are not made in moments - they are painstakingly planned for, ground out and earned through effort, planning and thirst to be better than I was yesterday. 

So here's my point: this week students will get their report cards. There are some exceptional report cards. Those great results, whether they were the highest in the class, or the student who doggedly worked for a C, are carved out through prolonged, consistent effort. 

They are not Redmaynes, they are campaigns. 

EEPP

Parents and Year 12 students are once again reminded to sign up for the External Examination Preparation Program, hosted by the Toowoomba Catholic Schools office. This program is invaluable in ensuring success for students in preparing and focussing on preparing for their exams in the lead up to the External Exams in October. To register interest in EEPP 2022 please click on the link below: 

Year 10 Subject Selections

Year 10 students received subject selection handbooks yesterday and preliminary reading ahead of subject selections in Term 3. I encourage all Year 10 students and their families to access these books to ensure their subject selections are informed, considered and relevant to their goals and aspirations both for the senior years of schooling and beyond. 

Click on the link below for the updated Year 10 Subject Selection handbooks.

Save the Date

Subject Selection Evening: Monday, 18 July

Jessica Wade
Deputy Principal - Curriculum

From the Careers Centre

What are Employers Really Looking For?

How can young people give themselves the edge when seeking work? A survey of employers’ recruitment experiences, conducted by the Australian Government Department of Employment (2014), has some important messages for teenagers who are seeking work.

The most important attributes that employers were looking for were: A positive attitude and willingness to work, motivation and enthusiasm and being prepared to learn and take direction. Employers are also seeking employees who are reliable and responsible, especially: Punctual and dependable, respectful to colleagues and customers and loyal and staying in the job a reasonable period of time.

The employers, who were drawn from a range of different types of businesses, also identified the importance of personal presentation, at the interview, and in the workplace. They were especially “off-put” by: Inappropriate clothing, untidy hair and tattoos, piercings and jewellery.

The employers felt that some of the young people wanted to start at the top instead of working their way up through the ranks in a job, gaining skills on the way. The employers highlighted that work experience or volunteering can provide young people with the opportunity to develop these attitudes, so that they are better placed to obtain and to hold down a job.

Be Work Smart is a great resource developed by the Queensland Government. The booklet looks at many of the issues raised by the employers and has tips, hints and exercises to help young people be ready for a job. You can access the resource at: Be Work Smart https://desbt.qld.gov.au/training

Useful tips for a Successful Interview: Many candidates lose the job in the first minute of the interview by not thinking carefully about their initial impact.

  • Don’t waste the opening moments. Interviewers make a quick initial decision about your personality from the moment you arrive, based on how you look and sound. Dress as if you already work there and you’ve just been promoted. Make those initial seconds relaxed and upbeat as you can, even if you’re just talking about your journey.
  • Don’t over-deliver. Most candidates say too much. Interviewers are not that interested and will usually accept a short, positive answer and move on.
  • Don’t act like a stranger. Leave your coat, umbrella and bag in reception. Just take in a slim folder into the interview room containing the documents you need and you will look like an employee rather than a visitor.
  • Don’t try to wing difficult questions. Don’t duck predictable questions about your know-how and skill level – think carefully about good examples. Predictable questions cover things like strengths (talk about qualities that match the job) and weaknesses (talk about skills you are improving and make it clear that you’re a fast learner).

Job Spotlights

Human Resource Manager: Apply programs and policies to create a productive and safe work environment for employees. Estimated pay - $2,464/week. Future demand - Very strong.

Advertising and Marketing Professional: Persuade and influence consumers to purchase the products or services of an organisation. Estimated pay - $1,737/week. Future demand - Very strong.

Cafe and Restaurant Manager: Manage the daily operation of a cafe, restaurant or catering service.
Estimated pay - $1,346/week. Future demand - Very strong.

Multimedia Specialist and Web Developer: Multimedia Specialists and Web Developers create computer animation, audio, video and graphic image files for multimedia presentations, games, motion pictures, CD-ROMs and plan, produce and maintain websites and web applications using web programming, scripting, authoring, content management and file transfer software. Estimated pay - $1,596/week. Future demand - Very strong.

Outdoor Adventure Guide: Outdoor Adventure Guides direct, instruct and guide individuals and groups in outdoor adventure activities such as bungee jumping, fishing and hunting, mountaineering, trekking and whitewater rafting. Estimated pay - $1,265/week. Future demand - Very strong.

Social Worker: Provide care and advice to people within the community; support people in crisis and connect them with community welfare programs covering housing, welfare, employment or support with human right issues. Estimated pay - $1,829/week. Future demand - Very strong.

Occupational Therapist: Help people whose ability to carry out activities is limited due to illness, injury or disability. Estimated pay - $1,569/week. Future demand - Very strong.


SBA Vacancies

Certificate III in Hairdressing - John’s Studio, Pittsworth
Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care - Toowoomba Catholic Kindergartens and Care
Certificate III Business - Pattysmith's, Noodle Box, Send & Pack, Pacific Fuels, Crackerjack Chicken and Red Rooster                                                                           
Certificate III Hospitality - The Rock, Café De Velo, Kajoku, YodThai Restaurant and Subway       
Certificate III Commercial Cookery - The Rock, Rak Thai Kitchen, YodThai Restaurant and Kajoku             
20/22: Year 10 - Certificate II in Supply Chain Operations. Closing date 29.06.2022
21/22: Years 11 and 12 - Certificate III in Individual Support School-Based Traineeship – Anglicare. Closing date 29.06.2022.

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 ensure you have completed an SBA Referral form, your resume is updated, you have written an appropriate cover letter, and that you follow the application directions in the advertisement. Once these documents are completed, hand them (or send via email) to Mrs Cocks, Career Support Officer at  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

Following on from our last newsletter, the consideration of attention spans and the “I’m bored” syndrome that seems to be permeating our young generation today is more applicable with the holidays upon us. So, how can we encourage our youth to read and engage in reading over the holidays? Check out some ideas below:

  • Create a book bag – fill a sports bag with a variety of books and magazines. It is all about how much they are reading NOT the difficulty of it. Set a goal for them to read a certain number each day/week.
  • Merge movies with books – create your own movie theatre at home BUT they have to read the book first. Then watch the movie together – make popcorn, sit in the dark, have your drinks annnnd go! Then you can discuss the differences between the movie and the book. What stood out the most?
  • If they like doing something, then there are eBooks and audio books. Many audio books these days are read by well-known celebrities, authors, and actors. Listen to a book or while doing something, read an eBook.
  • Magazines – the local shop OR the local library have magazines available. A great way to engage in a topic that interests them. Buy some magazines around things they like, show them how to access the digital magazines from the local library or go to the library and see what they have.
  • What about having a competition? Put a prize on the cards when they read. Maybe negotiate a prize for every book read or a certain number.
  • Visit the local library to browse and see what is happening in this space.
  • Engage your child/ren with what they do want to read, what they have read already – what can they read next? They can use our library catalogue to help with this: SSC Online Library. What does this do to help you ask? We have a lovely subscription to Syndetics – this provides possible other reads based on the title selected. So, if your child enjoyed a book from our library they can access it online and see what other recommendations are made. What a great way to find other reads!

Your child says they don’t like reading? Have a discussion with them about WHY they don’t like reading. Quite often the reason behind not liking reading has to do with ‘reading self-concept’. Sometimes if they read slowly or if they don’t understand what they are reading or even because they aren’t reading much – this all has an impact on reading attitudes.

“Reading self-concept is both built by and a contributor to positive reading attitudes and the act of reading.” (Willingham, D. 2015)

What’s Happening in the Library?

World Music Day

What a great day to celebrate in the library. We have so many different books about music – from Broadway to One Direction to Billie Eilish. This day is all about celebrating music and enjoying it in all its forms. Why do we celebrate it? It is to honour all musicians and singers to create and perform music – which is a gift – and gives flight to the imagination and life to everything. Celebrated worldwide it doesn’t matter whether you are a professional or an amateur, it is all about empowering individuals to seek out ways to celebrate music in their community. Check out our display below:

New Books in the Library!

We continue to expand our collection with some wonderful purchases of new books. These books are on display both physically in the library and online – in our newsletter and through our library catalogue site. Check out our new books as there may just be something that piques your interest. Check out our online library catalogue as we provide information on what else might interest you based on what books you have enjoyed. The link is provided here:

New Books

New Magazines

And with the State of Origin on we can’t resist having some sport (especially League) on display.

Term 3 is a big term for our school library – with a major culminating event at the end of Book Week with our Year 7-10 Quiz! We have our seniors helping out our groups, choosing prize winners and supporting our staff in marking the results. We also celebrate Library and Information Week, Harry Potter’s Birthday and Australia’s Reading hour.

Take care of any books over the holidays! ALL library books will be due back in the first week.

Enjoy the holidays and enjoy some time to read! See you next term.

Stay Tuned…

Date Claimers:

25 – 30th July: Library and Information week

12th August: Celebrating Harry Potter’s Birthday

22nd – 26th August: Book Week - Dreaming with eyes open ...

“Reading is an exercise in empathy; an exercise in walking in someone else’s shoes for a while.”  Malorie Blackman

Andrea King
Teacher Librarian

Principal

Being a Good Samaritan for Others

“That is what I want the Church to be for all of you: A Good Samaritan that draws near to you and helps you to continue your journey and to take a step forward, however small.”  (Pope Francis, 22 June, 2022)

Is it any wonder that millions of people continue to be inspired by the reflections of Pope Francis? At his last public gathering, the above reference was made by the Holy Father, bearing witness to the joys and hardships of family life. When I think about the many challenges faced by families in our own community, I would like to think St Saviour’s is like the Church, “a good Samaritan that draws near to you and helps you to continue your journey”. If ever your family is experiencing any sort of hardship or crisis, however small, please reach out to us here at the College. With an awareness of the needs of your family, we will do whatever we can to ensure that any supports required are offered to your family.

I am proud of the love and nurturing we consistently provide for our students. It is all worth it when you receive messages like I did today from a parent:

“Thank you, and please thank all the wonderful staff (and students) that make St Saviour's College the loving, student focussed environment that we wish could be available to everyone.”

A Busy Semester

I give thanks to all members of our community for the enormous contributions made across the past semester. What began as a difficult start, finished smoothly with a wonderful final assembly, celebrating our many achievements across the year, in our academic, spiritual, sporting and cultural pursuits. Many thanks to all our staff who work tirelessly for our #mercygirls to ensure that their experience at St Saviour’s is full and positive and alive with possibility.

Thanks to our Mercy Girls, our raison d'etre, for the joy they bring to our community and for their efforts in learning. I have had the privilege of perusing all Year 7 to 10 report cards, which will be sent out this week. I am most pleased with the way many of our learners are engaging in their learning. We will celebrate their achievements at the start of next term.

Farewell

We bid farewell to two valued members of staff, Mr Darren Giuffrida, our Groundsman, and Mr Josh Taylor, our IT Manager who are moving onto new adventures. We thank both gentlemen for their commitment to St Saviour’s College during their respective 10.5 years and 3 years of service to the College. Darren is taking the opportunity to go travelling and Josh has been appointed to a more senior position with the Toowoomba Regional Council. We wish both Darren and Josh all the very best and thank them for their contribution to the College.

Prayers Please

We remember in our prayers Deacons Nathan Webb and Brian Redondo who are celebrating their ordination to Presbyterate on Saturday. We wish both gentlemen all the very best for their journey into the priestly life.

I wish you all God’s abundant blessings for a wonderful holiday, time spent with loved ones.

Sharon Collins
Principal

Parent Master Planning Survey

As a College, we are excited to be embarking on the development of a new Master Plan over the coming semester. This Master Plan document will drive all decision-making around buildings, developments, refurbishments and future projects. This document will guide the College Leadership team in their development of the next College Strategic Plan, and, as such we value the contributions of all stakeholders in the compilation of this plan. 
We are seeking contributions from our staff, our students and our parent body to assist us in this process. 
Please assist us by completing this survey: 

Sport

Saturday Netball

A number of wet Saturdays has resulted in the 2022 netball season to be slow to gain any momentum going into the scheduled round break for the holidays. SSC Red are currently sitting in third place and SSC Black are in fifth after only a handful of games. Students are reminded to attend training and to communicate effectively with Mrs Schulze and the Sports Office if they cannot make the games which are always at 2.30pm each Saturday. Please check with Netball Connect and the TNA social media for updates about netball.

Karyn Murphy Cup

Two teams competed in the Karyn Murphy Cup on Friday the 3 June in cold but enjoyable conditions for the girls. Mr Cameron Love has been working with the girls throughout the term, with defensive technique a priority, along with progressing and utilising skill in attack. The Year 7-8 girls kick-started the day with a strong win over St Ursula’s College, sparking the excitement for the 9-10 group shortly after, who also recorded a strong win. A huge congratulations to all girls who played with heart, determination and sportsmanship which was recognised by fellow schools and coaches. Special mention to the Year 9 and 10 girls who rolled through the day undefeated, a massive achievement against strong opposition. Year 7 and 8 played off for third, recording a decisive win and only one loss for the day. We wish all girls playing externally over the coming weeks the best of luck.

Tuesday Night Volleyball

Tuesday night Volleyball continues with the girls from St Saviour's College recording strong performances across all grades. The year 9/10 students will play finals, while the senior girls are still having fun considering they have lost some numbers through injury and student movement. Students are reminded to attend training each Monday afternoon and that committing to the games and duty is all a part of helping the team. Mr Hickey has asked for expressions of interest for the new season which starts in Term 3, so if students are interested, please email Mr Hickey ASAP.

Representative Sport for St Saviour's College

In this term alone we have had SWQ Futsal, Bill Turner Cup, Karyn Murphy Cup Rugby League, Vicki WIlson Netball and AAG Cup Basketball. All of these sports have required students to miss days of schooling to represent the College at these events. For the first time in many years, trials are being conducted for these teams and students will need to address the implications of making up lessons and the financial cost that comes with participating in such events. Communication and commitment are also going to be the main drivers for fair and even team selection. The staff at St Saviour's College hold the Sports Program in high regard and being selected into a College team is an honour. Students who represent the College have the responsibility to compete in a manner that demonstrates exemplary behaviour, the principles of fair play and the value of a strong work ethic. Students and parents are reminded to view the Sports Charter for more advice around this.

Friday Sport

Students are reminded to value this time every Friday afternoon. The weather has played a strong hand this term, however we will try to continue with sport where possible. With only two sessions left, there will be no changes to sport options until Term 3.  

Year 11-12 Arts in Practice

Working furiously, students in the Year 11-12 Arts in Practice course have been working on Collections of Works across different choice of media responding to chosen themes. The goal is to produce works for a display titled “Our Existence”.

Sandrine Mutoni (above) is pictured making prints for her ‘Artist Book’. She has used Greek theatre masks as an allegory for notions of self, how we ‘act’ and then expanded this idea to prints and drawings investigating her personal identity.

Mikayla Shoenfisch has used simple biro pens to create two large scale drawings that investigate ideas around identity and historical representations of gender.

Jasmine Tarlinton is busily collaging images of figures in historical paintings (think the work of Ingres, Goya and Delacroix) and recontextualising them into new painterly backgrounds. They are startling images still under construction.

Lastly, Harriet McAuley is drawing, painting and printmaking variously trees, eyes and skulls to ask questions around seen and unseen, human made and natural.

I look forward to showing you images of these last two Collections of Works once completed. 

Joanne Stewart
Art Teacher

Assistant Principal - Mission and Student Wellbeing

Faith and Mission

This week, the students from Goretti 3 and 4, led by Ms Jo Stewart and Mr Dean Love, opened Assembly with a beautiful prayer and liturgical reflection. The personal contributions that Homeclass students and staff make to our weekly assembly is just one of the things I love about working at St Saviour’s. It is heart-warming and affirming of the true loving nature of our College community. This week, we take lessons from scripture, challenging us on our journey. We were reminded of Mission: what has challenged us? What has supported us on our journey and how do we grow from these challenges? This subject always reminds me of St Francis of Assisi and how he viewed mission:

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

O, Divine Master,

grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.

Being an instrument of peace is looking at everyone through the eyes of God; through the lens of acceptance, understanding and empathy. We are reminded of such actions with the presentation on Assembly of our Mercy Girls for the Month:

Kyree Bamaga – For enthusiasm shown on Year 7 camp

Olivia Fowler – For compassion shown on Year 8 camp

Marni Leppien – For leadership shown on Year 9 camp

Congratulations, ladies for this achievement!

Our donations are coming in fast for Rosie’s this fortnight! We would like to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has answered the call to action and have donated Cup a soups, packets of 2-minute noodles and warm items of clothing to our Rosie’s table at Student Services. Through your acts of generosity, you have continued to reflect the character and nature of Catherine McAuley as you show mercy and compassion to our Friends on the Street at Rosies.

Mrs Allie Beeston and her wonderful mum, Mrs Grant, who has donated beautiful woollen scarves to our winter appeal.

Street Retreat

This Sunday, Chappy Cath will be accompanied by Daniella, Sandrine, Jasmine, Hannah and Dakota to Harlaxton Park for the weekly Sunday Street Retreat with the Toowoomba Rosies team.

The menu for our BBQ brunch consists of burgers with steakettes, sausages, bacon, eggs, fried onions, sauces and a selection of salads. The Rosies team serve hot and cold drinks, noodles, hot soup and a morning tea of cakes and slices, whilst the BBQ items are being prepared.

We recommend Rosies to all students aged 16+. Letters for volunteering can be collected from Student Services. Coming together in faith, as the heads, heart and hands of Mercy, our volunteers model our Core Values of Compassion, Hospitality and Justice.

USQ Winter Sleep Out

This year, our Youth Ministry team will again be attending the Winter Sleep Out to raise awareness of, and much needed funds, in support of those in our community who experience hardship. This is a wonderful experience for students to learn about the plight of homelessness in the broader community and learn more about the important work of St Vincent de Paul Society in our local context. As a College, we believe student engagement in these type of community events aligns strongly with our vision to form young people of justice, excellence, compassion and integrity.

There are more than 116,000 Australians who find themselves homeless each night of the year. Just under half of these are women; a quarter are under the age of 18.  All staff and students are invited to join the Youth Ministry team at the USQ Toowoomba Vinnies Community Sleepout on Friday 29 July 2022 and experience what it is like to be homeless. There will be several student-led activities and a relevant guest speaker at the event.

Student Wellbeing

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

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

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. 

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.

Winter Uniform

The uniform requirements are as follows:

  • White long-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
  • Black stockings (opaque)
  • 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

Deputy Principal - Curriculum

Thomas Edison and the Fallacy of Zero Sum Thinking in Learning

When we think of Thomas Edison, invariably, we think of one thing: the invention of the light bulb.

When we picture this cultural story in our minds often we think of the same sorts of imagery: a lone, brilliant genius, tinkering away in a dark shed-like space, surrounded by jumbles of inventions. And then the moment: a light-bulb switching on and the genius awe-filled with his newest invention.

Reality tells a different story of Edison’s learning. Edison worked in a cutting-edge laboratory, surrounded by 30+ of the greatest thinkers of his time. He was surrounded by a team of people, who were together in a commercial race to create the lightbulb – driven to be the first so that they could upscale the invention to an awaiting market place. This is a very different version of Edison’s discovery and one that history has neglected to tell us. Perhaps we sometimes prefer to believe that discovery belongs only to the realm of the brilliant genius.

But this version of Edison’s discovery points to a different reality about learning – learning is collaborative and, as learners, our deepest learning occurs when we have the opportunity to learn together. Our greatest learning can occur when we engage in thinking with others.

This brings me to the fallacy of zero sum thinking in learning.

Good ol’ Wikipedia states that ‘Zero Sum Thinking perceives situations as zero-sum games, where one person's gain would be another's loss.’  Sometimes, we perceive that this thinking applies to learning – that I must ‘keep my great ideas for myself’, that I must learn this and keep this in my head, so that the teacher knows it’s mine.

Learning doesn’t work that way - learning is collaborative. And when we engage others in our thinking, in our questions, in our problems, we deepen our understanding of whatever learning we are doing.

Learning is not a zero sum game – learning is a collaborative experience.  

Year 12 External Examination Preparation Program

Once again in 2022 the Toowoomba Catholic Schools office will offer the External Examination Preparation Program for St Saviour’s College Year 12 students sitting General subject external exams.

EEPP brings students from across eight Catholic schools to a central location with the aim of refining their knowledge and understanding of content, providing an opportunity to work collaboratively with their peers, and offering suggestions with regards to managing exam conditions. At EEPP students will have the opportunity to be guided in their preparation by an expert mentor. Each mentor has been selected, not only because of their expertise in their subject area, but most importantly, because of their experience with the external examination process. Many of them are indeed employed by the QCAA as external examination markers or as assessment confirmers and so they are indeed experts able to pass on the nuanced skills that can make all the difference in a student’s results.

This year EEPP is being conducted over the second week of September school holidays, from Sunday September 25 through to Friday September 30, and will be held at the Toowoomba Catholic Schools Office in Toowoomba (opposite St Saviour’s College). This is simply an opportunity that is made available to students at Toowoomba Catholic Secondary Schools. To register interest in EEPP 2022 please complete the expression of interest form found by clicking HERE.

Students are welcome to attend any session that they believe will provide value to them. Just be aware that the sessions are intensive; students will work individually and cooperatively with others, and they will be expected to engage with exam style questions. They will work hard.

The program outline is as follows.

Subjects Offered

English, Modern History, Legal Studies, Study of Religion, General Maths, Maths Methods, Specialist Maths, Chemistry, Physics, Biology.

TIMETABLE

Jessica Wade
Deputy Principal - Curriculum

From the Careers Centre

Job Searching: Have a search strategy! If you are serious about obtaining a part-time job, use a range of methods to connect with potential employers.

Organisation websites: Many firms advertise vacancies online and have a portal where you can apply from the website. For example, Domino’s Pizza, McDonalds, Coles, Woolworths, Target, Red Rooster, Pizza Hut, K Mart, Aldi, Just Jeans, Hungry Jacks, City Beach. Important tip – research the business before applying and make sure you give exactly the information the firm is asking for.

Career websites: There are websites which employers use to list job vacancies. For example, www.seek.com.au, www.careerone.com.au, www.spotjobs.com.au. You can use the websites to search for the type of job you are looking for. Important tip – keep an eye on the websites, as sometimes jobs are filled within hours of being listed by employers!

Cold Calling: Many employers, especially small business firms in your local area, don’t advertise online and prefer a personal touch. You can drop a letter and resume into the firm and ask to be considered for any vacancies which may come up. Important tip – make sure you are well-presented when you drop in your resume and letter. A neat and tidy school uniform is fine, if you are dropping off after school.

Friend of a friend of a friend: Often, we find out about jobs through people we know – friends or acquaintances of relatives, neighbours, parents’ work colleagues - quietly let people know you are seeking work and be open to opportunities.

Concentration – how to improve it: Concentration is the ability to focus and control your attention. Some people seem to be born with it, the rest of us have to learn how to do it. The good news is that anyone can improve his/her ability to concentrate. The following are strategies to help you get there.

  • Make sure you get plenty of sleep. It is difficult to concentrate when you are tired. Regular exercise and healthy eating are also important.
  • Set realistic and specific study goals for yourself (e.g. I will go up one grade in English next exam).
  • Develop regular habits of study – same desk, same time.
  • Work in a place that is free of distractions (in front of the TV is probably not the best place!). De-cluttering your desk will help too.
  • When you sit down to study, make a plan of what you want to achieve that session and cross off items as you complete them.
  • If you find yourself distracted by something else, jot down the task, idea or problem to deal with later.
  • Begin working immediately – don’t wait for inspiration.
  • Attend to one thing at a time.
  • When you start to lose focus, get up and take a walk.

Competitions: Future of Travel Youth Design Challenge

The Future of Travel Youth Design Challenge is a free online design thinking challenge that empowers youth to consider how they can impact travel, tourism and cultural experiences. It empowers youth to identify problems, reframe them as opportunities, develop a solution and create a prototype. Students will be able to enter the challenge and be in the draw to win prizes to help them develop their ideas further. Our challenge for you is: “How might we create innovative solutions to design the Future of Travel?” In this challenge you are encouraged to explore the five key challenge themes:

  1. Sustainability: How might we make travel more sustainable in order to protect our world?
  2. Inclusion and Accessibility: How might we increase inclusivity, access and affordability of travel?
  3. Culture and Identity: How might we enable travel to express and advocate for culture?
  4. Regional and Rural Development: How might we increase tourism to regional and rural Australia to engage and support local communities?
  5. Technology: How might we help travellers make better choices or improve their experience? Bringing tech and tourism together to improve people’s journeys.

Winners will receive the following per idea:

  • A virtual mentoring package from Young Change Agents (2 x 1 hour sessions).
  • An invitation to an exclusive fireside chat with our special guest judges where you’ll get advice, guidance and support to further develop your idea.
  • The opportunity to be featured on our website and in our top ideas media campaign.
  • A prize pack from our challenge sponsors and partners.

Fourteen runners-up will also receive a special reward for taking part and be featured on their site as a runner-up! Anyone aged 10-21 years old can enter and participate in this challenge. All challenge entries must be submitted by the challenge close date on Friday 4 November 2022. Find out more: https://youngchangeagents.com/challenges/future-travel-youth-design-challenge

SBA Vacancies

Certificate III in Hairdressing - John’s Studio, Pittsworth
Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care - Toowoomba Catholic Kindergartens and Care
Certificate III Business - Pattysmith's, Noodle Box, Send & Pack, Pacific Fuels, Crackerjack Chicken and Red Rooster                                                                           
Certificate III Hospitality - The Rock, Café De Velo, Kajoku, YodThai Restaurant and Subway       
Certificate III Commercial Cookery - The Rock, Rak Thai Kitchen, YodThai Restaurant and Kajoku             

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 ensure you have completed an SBA Referral form, your resume is updated, you have written an appropriate cover letter and that you follow the application directions in the advertisement. Once these documents are completed, hand them (or send via email) to Mrs Cocks, Career Support Officer at  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

I have started reading Johann Hari’s recent book ‘Stolen Focus: Why you can’t pay attention’. The first chapter I have read is the ‘Chapter 4: The collapse of sustained reading’. This is an interesting read on the impact of social media today on the ability to read for a period of time. Johann Hari has done a great deal of research into studies done by various branches of science to observe the cognitive effects of social media/technology.

Part of the implication from this chapter was the importance of the role of the Teacher Librarian in supporting and teaching students how best to read from screens. That screens require different strategies to engage in the material than those strategies in retrieving information from a book. It also implicated how the Teacher Librarian needs to continue to support students through access to hard copy material. This chapter indicated that deeper engagement and comprehension is often lost when reading a screen as there is a tendency to ‘skim and scan’ unlike immersing yourself in a book and focusing on the material. The other biggest component was the connection with empathy, or lack thereof through screens. Empathy allows us to grow as people, reading provides us with the ability to form connections, and see how situations play out in a safe zone. Screens – due to their lack of depth of material they supply – cannot allow a student to engage in deep connections, to form empathy for others.

As I continue to read, I may provide further insights about reading, Teacher Librarians, libraries, technology and screen time.

What’s Happening in the Library?

Reconciliation Week

World Ocean Day

On May 25th - National Simultaneous Storytime

New Books in the Library!

We continue to expand our collection with some wonderful purchases of new books. These books are on display both physically in the library and online – in our newsletter and through our library catalogue site. Check out our new books as there may just be something that piques your interest. Check out our online library catalogue as we provide information on what else might interest you based on what books you have enjoyed. The link is provided here:

New Books

Term 3 is a big term for our school library – with a major culminating event at the end of Book Week with our Year 7-10 Quiz! We have our seniors helping out our groups, choosing prize winners and supporting our staff in marking the results. We also celebrate Library and Information Week, Harry Potter’s Birthday and Australia’s Reading hour.

REMINDER: Return Resources

We are coming to the last few weeks of the term – please ensure all books due back are returned. Letters and payment for late resources will be going out soon.

Stay Tuned…

Date Claimers:

25 – 30th July: Library and Information week

12th August: Celebrating Harry Potter’s Birthday

22nd – 26th August: Book Week

 Author Roald Dahl
(British novelist, short-story writer, poet, screenwriter and wartime fighter pilot):

“I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book,
not daunted. Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful;
and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.”

Andrea King
Teacher Librarian

Principal

The Fruits of the Spirit

Last Sunday, the Church celebrated its birthday. Pentecost recalls the moment in time when the apostles, once lacking in courage after Jesus’ ascension into Heaven, were gifted with the Holy Spirit, and from that time, they had the wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, reverence, and awe and wonder to begin the Christian Church in an effort to bring forth the Kingdom of heaven, as Jesus did.

Before this time, the apostles were believed to be couped up in a room, fearing the repercussions that came with being a follower of Jesus. Thank God for the Holy Spirit – with this presence in our lives, we, like those early apostles, are the Church.

There are many layers to the gift that the Holy Spirit is to our lives. One such layer is extrapolated in St Paul’s letter to the Galatians, when he speaks of the ‘fruits of the spirit’. The fruits are just that – if we use the gifts of the Holy Spirit to grow us, we bear fruit. This fruit presents as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. A person who is the representation of these nine gifts is well and truly a winner in my books!

Through the example of Catherine McAuley, may we be a community who aspire to model and authentically live out these fruits daily, so that we may be gifts to others.

Reconciliation Breakfast

Last Thursday, over 170 guests gathered to commemorate Reconciliation Week. We were blessed to have students join us from St Saviour’s Primary School, St Mary’s College, St Joseph’s College, St Ursula’s College, Toowoomba Anglican School, The Glennie School, and Concordia Lutheran College. Lizzie Adams, the CEO of Goolburri Aboriginal Health Advancement, spoke about the importance of young First Nations peoples, and the responsibility they have to keeping culture alive. Our Torres Strait dancers led all gathered in a traditional sitting dance, while the Deadly Sisters and students from St Saviour’s Primary School delighted us with their animal dance. Our newest students from Bamaga performed a traditional dance that showcased their great talent. Many thanks to all involved in the organisation of this event which, in its second year, is quickly growing into a great community gathering. Many thanks to Toowoomba Catholic Schools for their sponsorship of the breakfast.

School Officer Day

On Wednesday, we celebrated School Officers Day. We are blessed to have such a wonderful team who support the teaching staff and our Mercy Girls, day in day out, quietly going about their important roles in the background.

Thank you most sincerely to: Darren Giuffrida, Abbey Harvey, Josh Taylor, Julie-Anne Flynn, Lisa Cocks, Fiona Roberts, Ann Young, Sarah Deoberitz, Paul Stokell, Xenia Taylor, Kathy McDonald, Kerri Prentice, Molly Urquhart, Allie Beeston, Veronica McGovern, Kate Hudson-James, Renee Hunter, Catherine Skuse.  

Staffing

Sadly, Darren Giuffrida will be finishing up at the College during the holidays. Darren has loyally served the St Saviour’s College community for almost 11 years as groundsman. Darren and his wife, Yvonne, are taking some well-deserved time to travel and reconnect with family. We wish Darren all the very best and thank him for his commitment to the College.

Mrs Hazel Johnson will also be taking some well-deserved Long Service Leave for the remainder of the year and returning to us in 2023.

Prayers

I ask that you remember in your prayers my family who are currently grieving the sudden and very tragic loss of my cousin, Chris Collins, aged 52, from Warwick, who was tragically killed in a workplace accident last Saturday. Chris was a well-respected member of the community and a doting and loving husband and father to his young family. Chris will be well missed by those who loved him.

Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and may your perpetual light shine upon him.
May Chris rest in peace.

Blessings for the weeks ahead.

Sharon Collins
Principal

Camp Adventures - Years 7, 8 and 9

Year 7, 8 and 9 students recently enjoyed unique learning experiences whilst on their camping adventures focussing on friendship, community, teamwork, self-challenge and bulding resilience.

McAuley House Boarding

We have had a bit of an interrupted start to the term with girls arriving on different days, extreme weather and now our next wave of COVID.

Currently we have girls staying in “The Ritz” at various stages of recovery. The girls have managed this so well, just taking it in their stride with older girls looking out for our younger patients and just enjoying hanging out together.

Last week was National Boarding Week where we celebrate all things boarding, opportunities, experiences, culture, diversity, friendship, our wonderful staff and students.

We had a celebratory dinner with the girls' favourite meal - chicken schnitzel, potato bake and chocolate meringue for dessert. We have wonderful kitchen staff who know all the girls and go above and beyond to cater for their likes and dislikes. Thanks Rodney, Jenny and team.

Miss Tanya has accepted another position and her last day with us was Friday 27 May. We thank Tanya for her time, dedication and care of the girls and wish her well in her new role. The girls had an opportunity to farewell Tanya last week.

Miss Christie and Miss Shauna have been busy organising the upcoming social on June 4. We have invited students from other boarding schools and this will give the girls the chance to meet new people in a supervised setting. The theme Zombie Apocalypse should see some great costumes. 

Business and Design

Last week the Year 8 Business students' major project was to complete a business plan and run their own business. Students were provided with $20 start-up capital and had to manage all facets of a business including financial management, human resources, marketing and operations. In groups of three or four, the girls did a good job and learnt a great deal about working with others, problem solving and customer service. While most students found running a business much harder than they first thought, they all enjoyed the experience.  

Not to be outdone, our Year 7 Design students have also been busy revamping the SSC Community Garden. Students have worked in small groups to design, plan and construct gardens to enhance our environment here at the College. Sustainability was considered and many of the items used were sourced from students’ backyards and the local tip. As you can see from the photos, they had some fantastic ideas and executed the construction of them well. Students worked well with others and had a great time getting their hands dirty in the garden.

Art "Creepy Collages"

The Year 8A artists have recently completed a mini making task around Portraiture and how artists may choose to accentuate and manipulate their sitter’s features, personalities and foibles in portraiture. After investigating the 2022 Archibald Prize, students investigated 1943 Joshua Smith / William Dobell controversy and the court case which saw lawyers argue what made an artwork a ‘portrait’ as opposed to a ‘caricature’. The courts eventually found in favour of the Artist, William Dobell, after his painting was awarded the Archibald Prize. It was an infamous moment in Australia’s art history that played out in the media of the day for weeks.

In response, students used found images to accentuate a collage style portrait, to hilarious effect. Our Year 8 artists made predictions about their characters and went as far as to elaborate on the type of interests, pets and lifestyles of their ‘creepy collage’ characters. As you can see, they each responded in unique and interesting ways to the task!

Artwork by Ella Stokell (left) and Shari Dynevor (above)

Artwork by Taylor Harris (above) and Tilly Hearn (right)

Joanne Stewart
Art Teacher

Assistant Principal - Mission and Student Wellbeing

Faith and Mission

This week, the students and staff from McAuley Homeclass 1 and 2 opened assembly with a beautiful prayer and liturgical reflection:

We gather from many walks of life, but we are unified
as one heart
in the body of Christ.
In our time of worship, open our ears to hear your voice,
open our eyes to see your glory, open our minds to receive
your word,
open our hearts to perceive your presence.

Amen

“Obedience is a way of showing love, though it’s usually not fancy. Sure, it can be hard to obey sometimes. The rules aren’t always what we want to do. But Jesus makes it clear that keeping the commandments is how we remain in his love. Where else would we want to be but Jesus’ love? Today, make a point of obeying those God has put in charge of you.

"We thank you, O God, for all those who are with us in love and service – the people who put our needs before their needs, who are sensitive to our every response and reaction and who reach out to us when we are troubled or upset. May they always be blessed with the peace that comes from knowing their work is appreciated. May they be blessed with happiness as they share so fully in the joys we share and blessed with the love they so readily give.”

A heartfelt thanks to McAuley 1 and 2 for their prayer and these words.

The personal contributions that Homeclass students and staff make to our weekly Assembly is just one of the things I love about working at St Saviour’s. It is heart-warming and affirming of the true loving nature of our College community.

Year 9 Retreat - The Homeless Experience

This year, we welcomed back Julie Inskip and Rachelle from St Vincent de Paul to facilitate a workshop for the day. With a focus on the vulnerable in our society, Julie gave a face and voice to those in our community who experience homelessness. Founded in the Catholic Social Teachings, Julie was able to recontextualize personal values and connect these with the Gospel values in discussions and activities with our Mercy Girls.

Mercy Girls are kind
Mercy Girls strive for excellence … Once a Mercy Girl …

On Sunday, Mrs Loi, Bianca, Sandrine, Daniella and I headed out to Wilsonton Heights Park for the weekly Sunday Street Retreat with the Toowoomba Rosies team, led by Mandy.

Despite the damp weather our spirits were still high. The menu for our BBQ brunch consisted of burgers with steakettes, sausages, bacon, eggs, fried onions, sauces and a selection of salads. The Rosies team served hot and cold drinks, noodles, hot soup and a morning tea of cakes and slices whilst the BBQ items were being prepared.

Many conversations were had with the families who came along on Sunday for the BBQ. These families presented from many cultures and walks of life, and of all ages. Our girls took great delight in chatting with these families and learning more about them and their circumstances.

Shai commented that it made her feel good about herself, that she could give back and help those in the community: “Just having a conversation, goes such a long way”.

We are always learning about others and ourselves. Mrs Wade was also be pleased to know that during the Street Retreat, the St Saviour’s Team used Math, Literacy, Physics, Meteorology, Health and PE, Music and Drama!

We recommend Rosies to all students aged 16+. Letters for volunteering can be collected from Student Services. Coming together in faith as the heads, heart and hands of Mercy, our volunteers model our core values of Compassion, Hospitality and Justice.

Recently, we had a request for warm items such as scarves, socks, gloves and beanies from Joe Robertson and the Rosie’s team as we are headed for a cold winter. Donations such as Cuppa Soups and Cuppa Noodles are also requested. These items are the most popular at the street retreats. Please drop off any donations to the Rosie’s table at Student Services.

Student Wellbeing

Community Engagement

Saviour Sisters

Last weekend our Saviour's Sisters competed for the second year in a row at the Toowoomba Eisteddfod. Mr Jed Burley and Mrs Jenni Potter have been working hard with these girls and should be proud of their efforts – they are sounding wonderful!

The Choir set out to beat last year’s score of 78 and they achieved this with a final score of 82. The choir performed beautifully and received fantastic feedback from the adjudicators.

Choir members include Elize Tom, Penny Sanders, Peace Sourire, Maryam Abawi, Eliza Morcom, Sarah Abawi, Alby Darnell, Giliann Pamalaran, Adolphine Buloze, Indi Cavendish, Madi Smith, Sienna Stockwell, Sophie Moore, Furaha Iranzi and Bianca Gardner.

Denim For Dolly Campaign

Last Friday, Xavier House led the Do It For Dolly initiative. We raised over $150 for the Do It For Dolly Foundation and across all of the Homeclasses, we made nearly 300 butterflies! This was such a massive effort, so thank you to everyone. Many thanks to Mr Hickey and the rest of you all for getting behind this initiative in such an enthusiastic and compassionate way.

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.

Student Reminders

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

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. 

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

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.

Winter Uniform

The uniform requirements are as follows:

  • White long-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
  • Black stockings (opaque)
  • 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