St Saviour's College Newsletter Term 1 Week 10
The Emerging Easter Season
As the events of Holy Week draw us closer to the Easter season, we are reminded that, as Christians, our fundamental truth is that God’s love for us is unconditional, and that we are invited into loving union as members of the wider global community. In his Lenten address in February, Pope Francis raises three ‘essentials’.
1. Faith calls us to accept the truth and testify to it before God and all our brothers and sisters
I have seen this evidenced this term in the way that our young women have entered into the faith life of the College, the way they have embraced the Caritas Project Compassion Campaign, and the way they readily respond to their faith through their advocacy of our brothers and sisters in the margins.
2. Hope as “living water” enabling us to continue our journey
I have seen this evidenced this term in the way that our community rallies together in times of difficulty. One such example, was the efforts gone to behind the scenes to ensure a charter flight from Wellcamp to see our North Queensland boarders safely returned home. It was with a great sense of hope that saw this resolution eventuate. I am sure that their time with loved ones over the Easter break will prove to be ‘living water’ for both them and their families, enabling them to continue their learning journey in the months to come.
3. Love, following in the footsteps of Christ, in concern and compassion for all, is the highest expression of our faith and hope
I have seen this evidenced this term every single day. Our staff and students emulate what it means to walk in the footsteps of Christ, through their small, but significant, demonstrations of love, concern and compassion for all. I am so proud of our community of faith and hope.
The events of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday, remind us that our gift of faith enables us to surpass any difficulty presented to us.
The Safe Return of Our Boarders
The lockdown of Brisbane early this week severely jeopardised the travel plans of our remote community boarders, who were to fly out of Brisbane on Wednesday. Itineraries required changing and plans needed to be adjusted to ensure a Wellcamp departure to get our girls home. I would sincerely like to thank Mr Garth Hamilton MP, Member for Groom, and Mr David Janetzki MP, Member for Toowoomba South, who, with the support of Ms Nicole Booth, from Transition Support Services (TSS) were able to ‘set the wheels in motion’ to secure access to chartered flights to Cairns from Wellcamp. I am indebted to these people for their tenacity and support and to Ms Jesse Bolton, Boarding Manager, for her patience in overseeing all our students’ travel plans. Thank you too, to all our McAuley House staff who work tirelessly for our girls, term in, term out. We are blessed to be surrounded by such supportive individuals who place our girls ‘front and centre’, time and time again.
'Jesus Christ Superstar' Musical
Sadly, one of the fallouts of this week has been the second postponement of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’. I have been in conversations with St Mary’s College Principal, Mr Brendan Stewart, and every effort is being made to reschedule the production to early next term. Congratulations to our St Saviour’s College cast contingent who have demonstrated resilience, dedication and courage during this time. We look forward to seeing you shine on the stage in Term 2, girls!
Harmony Day remains one of my favourite days of the SSC calendar. Last Thursday, the Callaghan Centre was alive with joy, colour, food, and culture, a true celebration of our diverse community! Congratulations to all the staff and students involved in the organistion of this great day. For the most part, it is student led. The 14 performances were outstanding – we have such a great array of talent in our midst and I am most proud of our girls’ willingness to ‘put themselves out there’ and share their culture with all of us. What a truly blessed community St Saviour’s College is and Harmony Day is an annual reminder of this!
Reports for all students have now been disseminated to parents and carers via our Parent Portal. Many thanks to all our teachers for their efforts in teaching, assessing and reporting this term, and to Deputy Principal, Mrs Jessica Wade, who was ably assisted by Support Officer, Mr Paul Stokell, in compiling these reports. Should you wish to acquire a printed copy of your daughter’s report, please contact the office.
We bid farewell to School Officer: Assisted Student Learning, Ms Wendy Eyles, who moves on from the College after almost six years of dedicated service. Wendy’s patient, unassuming disposition will be greatly missed, as will the great affection she holds for all our girls. We wish Wendy all the very best for the future and thank her sincerely for her generous service to St Saviour’s. Mrs Samantha Judd goes on Maternity Leave in Term 2. In a very short time since joining our community, Sam has proven to be the consummate professional, and a great asset. We look forward to welcoming Sam back next year, and wish her and her husband Erik, all the very best as they embark on the life-giving journey of parenthood.
Next term, Mrs Alyson Holmes will assume the role of Acting Curriculum Leader: Humanities, Technology and LOTE. In addition, we welcome back from Maternity Leave, Mrs Adele Sretenovic, who will resume her teaching role at the College.
Happy and Holy Holidays
The Mass times for the liturgical celebrations at St Patrick’s Cathedral over the Easter season may be found at https://www.stpats.org.au/mass-times.html
I wish all our staff, students and families a happy, safe and holy Easter. May the risen Christ serve as a constant reminder, that as people of faith, with God, all things are possible.
Blessings for the coming weeks and a restful break.
Deputy Principal - Curriculum
Welcome to the End of Term
Booking a Parent Teacher Interview
Parent Teacher Interviews are now open! You may book your Parent Teacher interviews via the “Parent Teacher Interviews” option in the Portal. The Parent/Teacher interviews will be held on Monday 19 April from 2pm – 5pm. All interviews are welcomed, and we encourage all parents and their daughters to attend. These interviews are valuable in that they allow parents to meet the teachers and to further discuss their daughter’s progress. Telephone or virtual interviews may also be organised in consultation with individual teachers.
Reports in the Parent Portal
As we move into a more ‘paperless’ society, this term we are trialling the use of our Parent Portal to upload our reports. Last week, you would have received an email detailing your Family Code, and instructions on how to log into the Portal. The reports may be accessed under the “School Resources” option.
Requesting a Hard Copy of your Daughter’s Report
If you would like to collect a ‘hard copy’ report, please contact the College by telephoning 4637 1600 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will have one printed and in the office for collection at the beginning of Term 2.
On the Interim Report, academic progress in subjects is measured on a five-point scale (A-E). No plus or minus grades (e.g. A+ or A-) are awarded. The academic grades refer to the following achievement standards:
A: Very high achievement
B: High achievement
C: Sound achievement
D: Limited achievement
E: Very limited achievement
Learning behaviours are marked on a four-point scale – Excellent, Good, Satisfactory and Needs Improvement.
Application: The application mark awarded refers to the focus and concentration, as well as the consistency of participation of the student.
Homework: The homework mark awarded refers to the frequency of completion of homework and class revision, as well as the quality of the submission.
Readiness to learn: The readiness to learn mark awarded refers to the student being prepared for class in terms of having all required equipment, being punctual and meeting set deadlines.
Participation: The participation mark awarded refers to the contributions the student makes to classroom discussion, activities and set tasks.
Behaviour: The behaviour mark awarded refers to the student being able to manage their own appropriate behaviours in accordance with the College expectations and demonstrating initiative when seeking assistance.
Please take this opportunity to discuss your daughter’s progress and achievement with her and set some goals to work towards in the coming semester.
Assistant Principal - Mission and Student Wellbeing
Faith and Mission
As our term ends, we are reminded acutely of the frailty of the human existence.
Some celebrate Easter as a joyous holiday, time with friends, Easter eggs and celebrations. Easter is also seen as the fulfillment of the prophecies of the Old Testament. In commemorating the Resurrection of Jesus, Easter celebrates the defeat of death and the hope of salvation. It is important at this time, to focus on the agony and desolation of the passion, and that we also remember the fact of the resurrection, as described by the evangelists and witnesses who viewed it from the perspective of the risen Christ ascending into glory. This belief, now more than ever, is one we must grasp with both hands. As teachers in this unprecedented time, we must lead our community with hope, compassion and perspective.
Matthew 6: 1 - 6, 16 - 18
Jesus said to his friends, “When you give to the poor, don’t make a big show of it.
When you are praying, don’t do it in front of everyone so they’ll think you’re really good.
When you fast, don’t make a big production of it. If you do everything for show, you’ll already
have the only reward you’re going to get”.
For the prayers in our hearts today, we pray as one.
Support for Project Compassion - Caritas
As always, we were overwhelmed with the generosity of the community, the advocacy, awareness raising and the abundance of fundraising that took place this term for Project Compassion - Caritas. Our Catholic Social Teachings call for us to advocate for human dignity and the common good in society and advocate for equity. Our community works hard to build a culture that refutes oppression, promotes subsidiarity, and highlights issues concerned with social justice, and wealth distribution. Our Mercy Values echo these principles, and our girls walk gently beside one another, to uphold the teachings of Jesus and Catherine, as we continue to sow the seeds of Hope and Mercy.
So far this term we have raised more than $1000 for Project Compassion, across so many individual and group initiatives and Homeclasses. The SRC and Youth Ministry teams ran initiatives across our Funday Fridays, and Harmony Day saw food stalls, body art and much celebration and entertainment.
Our friends from St Saviour’s Primary School were welcome visitors to our Harmony Day, which was the culminating event for the term, to celebrate our kaleidoscope of nationalities that make up our ‘little Australia” here at St Saviour’s.
Chaplaincy Report - Faith and Mission
The charism of Mercy lived by the Sisters of Mercy is an ongoing expression of the charism that Catherine McAuley lived. In this respect, the young women who participate generously in the St Saviour’s College Youth Ministry program embody the values and put in to action the key priorities of Catherine. The Youth Ministry team at St Saviour’s College serves as a wonderful example of what lay men and women in our Church can do when we commit ourselves to the service of others.
From the launch of the Caritas, Project Compassion campaign, the Youth Ministry students challenged our community to not to have more, but in the words of Saint Oscar Romero, to, ‘Be More’. A sentiment that has been captured in the plethora of activity and engagement these past 10 weeks. From the selling of Zooper Doopers, confectionery and other items at lunch, to taking on leadership roles in prayer and Liturgy. To the planning and implementation of the famous, ‘Fun Day Friday’ initiatives, the Youth Ministry girls have worked tirelessly to showcase their love, passion and commitment to all things Mercy!
I must acknowledge the team has been enlivened by the wisdom of visiting staff member, Mr Steve Moyle, who has actively sought to value-add to the Catholic identity of the College in his short time. Mr Moyle has gifted the team with a series of crosses and cloths that really sought to enrich the entire communities' experience this Lent.
Shrove Tuesday was appropriately marked with the selling of pancakes and the reverence of prayer, all ably led by our Youth Ministry girls, extending hospitality has been at the core of the many initiatives this term to cast a light on the important work of Caritas, and the girls have been transformed by the stories brought to us by Caritas Regional Director, Mr Andrew Knife.
Hearing stories from refugees in the world’s largest refugee camp, Cox Bazar in Bangladesh opened a safe portal for the Youth Ministry girls to come to appreciate the rich tapestry of cultures that make up this wonderful social justice group within the broader St Saviour’s family. Creating a culture whereby girls have been able to openly share their own story of seeking asylum or refuge in this great country of ours has been one of the most precious aspects of my role as Cross Campus Chaplain. To think they can find a safe place here within the St Saviour’s community is equally heartening.
St Saviour’s Youth Ministry team has burgeoned this year with the influx of new enrolments and we have welcomed girls to the team from all walks of life, day students, boarders, girls from across Australia who have brought their social justice lens to their work.
Most recently, the Youth Ministry team celebrated Harmony Day. I was singularly impressed by the cross-section of students who helped out, baked scones, volunteered and manned their stall all in an effort to ‘be more’ for Project Compassion Caritas.
In addition to the many social justice initiatives of the Youth Ministry girls it would be remiss of me to not acknowledge the formidable presence of the senior students of Living Water Praxis who, each week, have sought out their own, “Woman at the Well” encounter with those on the margins. Their practical experiences have been underpinned by reflective journalling, a re-contextualisation of scripture and a series of guest speakers and lectures from eminent people and agencies operating in the sphere of Social Justice. It has been an absolute pleasure to team teach recently alongside Ms Alice Cavanagh. Through her expertise the girls continue to delve deeper into what it means to truly, ‘come as guest’, a notion well-practised by our foundress, Catherine McAuley. May this Easter season be one of good health, renewal and reflection and I look forward to witnessing what both the Praxis students and the Youth Ministry team set their sights on for Term 2 of 2021!
Mr Ryan Baines
Opportunities for Engagement in College Life
Community engagement is the glue that will make everything possible - culture. Culture, in it's simplest form, is ‘the way things get done around here’. Great community members manage culture because they know it matters. Nothing beats culture! Culture trumps our strategic plan. Culture even trumps competency. Culture wins every time. If we have a bad culture, it will win – and ruin our school. If we have a great culture, it will also win and enable us to do great things. The existing culture in a school community has a huge impact on everyone. It impacts on how they behave, how they interact with one another, how happy and engaged they are. It impacts how much discretionary effort is put in and how much gets done. The influence of culture can be positive and fulfilling or negative and deflating.
One of our newest members of staff, Mrs Jenni Potter, epitomises positive culture. Jenni ran Easter Club activities for the girls in the last two weeks of school and details this, below:
During the final two weeks of term, Mrs Potter was busy celebrating the Holy season with the girls both in the boarding house and in the day school with some fun Easter Club activities. There was cookie decorating, card making, and the boarders also had a chance to learn how to make Mrs Potter’s famous Rocky Road Easter Eggs. A delicious time had by all!
Student Reminders of College Guidelines and Expectations
Mobile Phone Use
We have had a few instances recently of students using their mobile phones at school, without teacher permission. 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 – 3pm. 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. This will be addressed further when the College gathers for the first assembly, after the Easter break.
Mrs Heather Hagemann
Assistant Principal - Mission and Student Wellbeing
Reading Over the Holidays
Access the school library catalogue online through the student intranet or your CANVAS modules. The online catalogue has e-books available for you to borrow.
Also, don’t forget that if you are a member of the Toowoomba Regional Library you then have access to more online material, including books, magazines and audio material.
Check them out!
What Else Can You Do?
Excerpt retrieved from: Reading Rockets website article by Reading Rockets. Copyright permission for non-commerical.
"Listen, laugh, learn
- Listen to audio books while you're traveling to visit family, wrapping gifts or cooking for the holidays.
- Lyrics to holiday songs are fun to read and sing together. It is also good fun and good collaborative writing practice to make up your own lyrics to familiar tunes.
- Start a story-telling tradition by revisiting holidays of the past. Old family photographs at holiday gatherings will help prompt stories about your own life and family traditions.
"Read, relax, respond
- Put reading and writing skills to practical use. Plan holiday meals by reading cookbooks together, writing the shopping lists and finding the needed items at the store by reading signs and labels. Read the recipe and cook together. During the simmering and baking, kids can write and decorate menus or place cards for special holiday meals.
- Set aside time just for reading. Curl up on the couch together and read aloud an old favorite or check out books about another culture's winter celebrations.
- Work on those letters. Improve writing skills with notes or letters to relatives and friends, thanking them for their holiday gifts.”
Offerings After the Holidays
The holidays are upon us! Check out our latest on offer – these will be waiting at the start of next term to be borrowed.
New Senior Fiction
We have also had a couple of subject displays through the term supporting what is being covered in the curriculum:
Tuesday 20 April – Term 2 begins
In the nonstop tsunami of global information, [teacher] librarians provide us with floaties and teach us to swim.
The annual school cross country is planned for Friday 30 April, Week 2 of Term 2. It will be run at Queens Park, Toowoomba. This is a whole school event. The cross country occurs during period 1 and 2 of the Friday with students attending lessons 1 - 4 after the event. Students should prepare for the event over the holidays with 3km, 4km and 6km events planned. More details will be communicated after the holidays.
Gymnastics State Championships
Year 7 student Ella Giuffrida competed last weekend at the Gymnastics Queensland Senior State Championships. This competition showcases the highest achieving athletes from Women's and Men's Artistic Gymnastics and Acrobatic Gymnastics competing for the title of Queensland State Champion, or to secure a place on the state team.
Ella competed in the Women's Artistic Gymnastics Level 7, placing 5th in Queensland. Well done Ella, what an awesome achievement!
Darling Downs Representatives
The following students have gained selection in the Darling Downs School Sport representative teams for 2021. Fingers crossed they will compete in the various State Championships later in the year.
Tuesday Night Volleyball
Tuesday Night Volleyball has started with the St Saviour's Mercy Girls improving with each and every game. The season will get into full swing after Easter, and students are reminded to attend training every Monday afternoon and during lunch time. Any issues, or for more information, please contact the sports office or Mr Hickey.
If your student has expressed an interest in playing netball for the St Saviour's College netball club, please find below the link for the registration process. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the College. Do not forget that you can also use the Queensland Government Fair Play vouchers which will cover the cost of payment for the season.
Create a new user and follow the prompts.
NOTE* When Selecting your Organisation Name, for anyone wishing to play for the College - select St Saviour's College Netball. Do not select Toowoomba Netball Association.
Please complete the form ASAP so St Saviour's College can complete the team registration.
Term 2 Sport Selections (7 - 10)
Students will be sent a link that will require them to select a sport for Friday afternoon sport. Students are reminded that they should select a sport that they enjoy and participate fully in the program that is offered. Some of the following sports will be offered in Term 2:
- Rugby League Development program (NRL)
- Kloud 9 trampoline park (cost and forms required)
Mercy Shield Update
After a number of events the Mercy Shield for 2021 is starting to take shape with the swimming carnival and Clean Up Australia Day just some of the activities adding to the totals. Students can see their house captains for information on how to contribute in Term 2.
1st: Coolock - 26
2nd: Xavier - 24
3rd: McAuley - 23
4th: Goretti - 21
Middle Leader - HPE, Sport and Activities
McAuley Boarding House
Doe Zantamata once said "It’s easy to judge. It is more difficult to understand. Understanding requires compassion, patience, and a willingness to believe that good hearts sometimes choose poor methods. Through judging, we separate, through understanding, we grow".
As we have journeyed through lent and approach the sacred celebration of the rising of Christ these are humble yet powerful words. Often, materialistic things are sacrificed during Lent. It is easier to give up chocolate, coffee, alcohol, or cigarettes; how difficult is it to ‘add to’ your life by giving? Not things of materialistic value, but rather character; giving kindness or compassion ... understanding.
The message Jesus delivers is one of kindness, dignity, compassion and understanding. As we enter our two weeks of family time, my prayer is that our community offer kindness, compassion and understanding to those whom we encounter. Assume no judgment, rather walk the journey of listening and understanding with them, and for ourselves.
Football trial games for both our connected clubs, Souths Tigers and Valley's, have begun. All our girls have played extremely well and featured in their respective teams. Rayziah Yarrak and Phillana Elisala debuted for the Souths Tigers U13 team, they both contributed offensively and defensively. Coach James commented that they both played a tough, team focussed game, and were born to wear the black and orange! Lanease Mooka has had success in her senior rugby league games also. She has been training alongside women in Mr Cameron Love’s women's rugby league side at Valley’s Rugby League Club.
Many of our boarding students travelled to the Darling Downs Rugby League trials on March 19 to compete with the region's best. Congratulations to Kaysharn and Kyomie Deemal on their selection in the Darling Downs U15 team.
Congratuations to part-time boarding student Madison Smith, who competed at the state championships for athletics recently. Madison was successful in posting two massive personal best times in the 100m and 200m, respectively. Madison will continue her training regime for improvements in the months to come. We applaud Madison for her effort and dedication to her sport.
Often, I am forgetful and leave my phone in places I probably should not. Due to this forgetful habit I have, my phone often is the recipient of sneaky selfies from many of the girls. Here are a few that I have found from this term totally unaware that they have been taken by the girls, obviously in the spirit of good fun and laughter.
It was with pride and happiness that we were able to witness community, togetherness and dignity in the weeks leading up to our whole college Harmony Day celebration. Our girls organised practices within the boarding house, inviting day students to come and rehearse with them. They proudly instruct, teach, and include others; their culture and pride the focus of their story. This is inclusion at its core, and we as adults can learn many lessons from our young people. A special mention must go to Kathleen and Flossy Elisala. Kathleen led the planning and organisation from the outset, Flossy leading in practical terms through rehearsals and leadership once on stage. To all of the girls involved in the amazing celebration that was Harmony Day, congratulations!
It is with great sadness that we say goodbye and thank you to three of our valued staff members at McAuley House. Mrs Lee Long has her own sewing and stitching business that she will be focussing on, along with some health challenges that have arisen. Miss Lee, we thank you for your service, humour, and efficiency. Mrs Sharon Dong will be leaving us to focus on her family business and afford more time with her family. Miss Sharon has been a valued member of the boarding house for over 12 months now and her presence and contributions will be greatly missed. Lastly, Ms Kerry Andrews will be moving on after 18 months as part of our team. She will be engaging with extended study, her online business and being a mother to her beautiful children. Her kind and caring nature will be missed by students and staff within the boarding house.
Thank you, ladies, for your service to our community, we wish you prosperity, happiness, and health. The door to McAuley House is always open to you and you are most welcome to visit, always.
Just a gentle reminder that travel day for Term 2 is Monday 19 April. We ask that drop-offs be after 12noon on this day, as boarding house staff will be engaging in specific fire warden training for the boarding house. If this is not possible, please contact the boarding house - email@example.com
As we are aware, winter is approaching, the cooler weather is gradually making its way into our days and nights. Please be reminded that heaters at the boarding house are permitted but must be the smaller electric fan heaters that do not sit on the floor. These small desk heaters really make a difference to the space the girls sleep in and can be purchased at any electrical retail store for an affordable price.
A huge thank you to our staff and networks of support that have enriched the girls' term with activities and collaborative community events. Ross and his team at Hume Ridge Church and Youth Group have been outstanding, along with Nicole Booth at Transition Support Services. Our staff at the College thank you!
McAuley Boarding House Manager
24/12: 10, 11 and 12 - Certificate III in Business School-Based Traineeship Totally Workwear. This position will have exposure to embroidery and skill development in the area of digitalising and computerised embroidery, so students with a natural flair and interest in this area are encouraged to apply. Also has potential career development post Year 12 to continue their journey in the world of embroidery. Applicants should be genuinely keen, reliable, well presented and have the willingness and ability to commit to a traineeship which involves both study and hands-on experience. Close date will remain open until filled. Workday one day per week and work experience is required.
Year 10 – Certificate III in Floristry - Westridge Florist
5/21: Year 11 only - Certificate II in Warehousing Operations - Actrol
6/21: Years 10 and 11 - Certificate III in Hospitality (Front of House) (various positions)
07/21: Years 10 and 11 - Certificate III in Commercial Cookery - Urban Grounds Café
09/21: Years 10 and 11 - Certificate III in Commercial Cookery - Monkey Business Catering
10/21: Years 10 and 11 - Certificate III in Hospitality (Front of House) - Kingfishers Café Restaurant
11/21: Years 10 and 11 - Certificate III in Hospitality (Front of House) - Stellarossa, Bernoth Centre
12/21: Years 10, 11 and 12 - Certificate III in Hairdressing - Fringe Hair and Beauty
14/21: Years 10, 11 and 12: Certificate III in Hospitality (Front of House) - Jillys Café
15/21: Years 10, 11 and 12 - Certificate III in Business - Berny’s on West
16/21: Years 10, 11 and 12 - Certificate III in Business - Duo Bakery & Café
17/21: Years 10 and 11 - Certificate III in Business Administration - Tilly’s Crawler Parts
18/21: Years 10 and 11 - Certificate III in Hospitality (Front of House) - Downs Club
19/21: Year 11 only - Certificate II in Warehousing Operations - Reece, Toowoomba West Club
20/21: Years 10, 11 and 12 - Certificate III in Hospitality - Noodle Box and Patty Smith Burgers, Westridge
Years 10 and 11 - Certificate III in Hospitality - KFC
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for submission on your behalf (unless the advertisement has specifically stated that you need to apply online or visit the business directly).
Career Development Practitioner