St Saviour's College Newsletter Term 2 Week 4
Catherine McAuley Feast Day Mass
This week, it was wonderful to gather together to celebrate the life our Mercy Sisters founder, Catherine McAuley at a Mass celebrated at St Patrick's Cathedral on Thursday. Many of us know the story of Catherine – the fact that she grew up in Dublin, and had a relatively unstable childhood, losing her father very early in life, then being ‘farmed out’ to other families when her mother ran into financial hardship. Eventually she would end up in the home and the lives of the Callaghans, an elderly childless couple, for who Catherine cared for until their death.
Catherine’s early beginnings weren’t spectacular or extraordinary, but what was spectacular and extraordinary was the commitment she had to her faith, that drove the way she interacted with the world. Through her own devotion to God, she impacted the lives of others. She was deeply committed to a lived faith, meaning that, her prayerfulness was not enough. What mattered was how she emulated the Gospel values in very real and tangible ways.
Following the death of the Callaghans, Catherine, for want of a better word, stuck it to the wealthy people of Dublin, by building an enormous house from her inheritance from the Callaghans, right in the heart of Baggot Street, an opulent part of the city. The comings and goings of the poor and marginalised in and out of the Mercy Centre, and the loving interactions of these people with Catherine and the Sisters, was a timely reminder to all in the community, that to love another person is to see the face of God.
For many, Catherine was the face of justice. Of all our College values, justice is the true hallmark of Catherine’s legacy, and at the Mass Fr Ray aptly made the significant connection of how Catherine’s example equates with this year’s Australian of the Year, Grace Tame, a fighter for justice, who, like Catherine, throughout her own courageous efforts, is giving a voice to the voiceless.
As a Mercy community, we commit to justice through our expression of love for one another. Our daily interactions with one another should serve as a testament to Catherine’s legacy. We should take time to seek out every opportunity to see the face of God in others and serve with justice as Catherine did.
Special thanks to all involved in the celebrations this morning, particularly Fr Ray, Fr Hal, our Assistant Principal: Mission and Student Wellbeing, Mrs Heather Hagemann; members of the Youth Ministry team and our wonderful choir, who sang so beautifully, ably conducted by the most talented Mrs Jennifer Potter.
We were also pleased to welcome Mr Clarrie Reis who has fashioned for us 22 small Mercy crosses for our classrooms and one large cross for our whole school celebrations. As a community we are indebted to Clarrie for his artistic talent and for the magnificent crosses that will hang pride of place in our homeclasses. What a generous gesture of kindness these crosses are.
Our girls in Years 7 and 9 have moved into a steady routine this week with their NAPLAN testing. Quality preparation and clarity of process are key to a smooth NAPLAN week at any school, and I am most grateful to Deputy Principal, Mrs Jessica Wade for ensuring just that. Special thanks to all our Curriculum Leaders and teaching staff who have worked hard across all Key Learning Areas to prepare our girls with the fundamentals to unleash their personal potential.
Best wishes to our ‘St Saviour’s Sisters’ Choir who will be competing at the Toowoomba Eisteddfod this weekend. Many thanks to Mrs Jennifer Potter, Kaitlyn Orange and accompanist Abigail Bunch who have prepared the girls for this event! Going by how the girls went at the Catherine McAuley Mass, I am certain they will be highly competitive!
Mother's Day Breakfast
Many thanks to all who attended the Mother’s Day Breakfast last Friday. It was a wonderful gathering celebrating the special women in our lives. Many thanks to our hospitality students who served at the gathering, Ms Georgina Bayly for her oversight of the event, and to Deputy Principal, Mrs Jessica Wade who represented me in my absence. I hope all our Mums enjoyed a special day last Sunday.
200 Years of Catholic Education
On Monday, 24 May, at 10.30am across the nation, concurrent Eucharistic celebrations will be had to commemorate the 200-year anniversary of Catholic education in Australia. Our Mass will be taking place at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Toowoomba, and a number of our staff and students will be involved. Take the time to read Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s reflection below on the impact that Catholic education has had on our nation across two centuries.
Blessings for the coming weeks.
Reconciliation Week Breakfast
St Saviour's College warmly invites you and your family to attend our Reconciliation Week Breakfast on Tuesday 1 June. Please see the invitation below for further details.
For catering purposes please RSVP to email@example.com with numbers and dietary requirements by Thursday 20 May.
Assistant Principal - Mission and Student Wellbeing
Come, Spirit of God, transform us.
Give us anew the gift of understanding that
we may hear as You hear,
see as You see and resist the temptation to judge others.
Loving God of mercy, finish in us the work You have begun.
Faith and Mission - A call to serve …
This week, the SRC were proud to acknowledge Kiza Mwibusa, who has always modelled a “call to serve” attitude since she joined the community. Kiza is an active member of our Youth Ministry team, always volunteering to assist within the community such as being a representative for Open Evening, promoting the religious life of the College in our resident Prayer Room and Dublin Place. Kiza and the Youth Ministry team provided jump rope and handball games for young siblings who had joined the College Tours during our Open Evening. Lots of fun had by all!
Mercy News from Mrs Potter’s Classroom
In Term 1, Year 7 Religion students were asked to research the life and work of Catherine McAuley and the Mercy Sisters and collate their findings into a paragraph that summarised their research. Sophia Stapleton from Mrs Potter's class presented this paragraph that beautifully summarises Catherine McAuley's life and work. Our classes in Religion here at the College are designed to educate our community on our founder’s history and immerse them in authentic and relevant activities, with links to modern day:
The Sisters of Mercy - by Sophia Stapleton
Catherine McAuley founded the Mercy Sisters on the 18th of December 1831 on Baggot Street in Dublin, Ireland. When Catherine met Mr and Mrs Callaghan, she immediately fell in love with them and treated them as her adopted parents. After Mr Callaghan passed, he left her a generous amount of money that Catherine used to build the House of Mercy. She built the House of Mercy to provide health and education to people in need. Ann Doyle and Mary Elizabeth Harley joined Catherine in the creation and running of the House of Mercy, with Father Armstrong. When Father Armstrong died, they ran into some difficulties as Father Kenny (his successor) took an instant dislike in Catherine’s ministry. He began to cut off the donations they got from Mass and wanted to hand it over to the Sisters of Charity. To be able to run the Sisters of Mercy, Catherine had to become a nun and pronounce vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience and to persevere until death in “the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy.” A special skill Catherine taught the girls was sewing. She did this so the girls would have life skills and an employment opportunity. Also, so they could make their own clothes. Catherine’s legacy is the worldwide education and health she has left behind.
Youth Ministry - Women on a Mission for Change
The Catholic Social Teachings have been at the heart of the Youth Ministry team’s meetings of late. The group which now numbers in its 30s is comprised of young women from all walks of life. Our regular Thursday morning Youth Ministry meetings are punctuated by the vibrancy of the many gifts each girl brings to Catherine’s table (notably featured at our most recent Opening Evening) in which the Mercy charism was showcased to the broader Toowoomba community.
Our mutual respect and charity is to be 'cordial' - now 'cordial' signifies something
that revives, invigorates, and warms. Catherine McAuley
At the heart of our discussions has been the Rosies: Friends on the Street Ministry who like many of our service-learning agencies have been impacted greatly by the pandemic in 2021. As a Sisters of Mercy College, we cherish the partnership we have with Jim and Fay and their remarkable team of volunteers. I would like to particularly acknowledge Ms Kim Gilliland who recently partnered with the St Saviour’s Youth Ministry team to launch this term’s mission campaign. The students have set up a table in the student foyer to collect a range of non-perishable items from home classes, which in turn will be given out by St Saviour’s students during their monthly commitment to 'volunteer on a street' retreat. Kim regaled the community with anecdotes about her experience with Rosies. What was immediately identifiable is that our young women through their experience with Rosies, come to appreciate that human dignity can be restored through right relationships with the community. Through Rosies, our students have a chance to broaden their understanding of life for those living through difficult circumstances.
Our Youth Ministry students, through Kim’s storytelling, have been inspired to act and are busily preparing meals and collating items that are suitable for the wonderful patrons of Rosies. Furthermore, our young women will volunteer on an upcoming Street Retreat where I look forward to accompanying them on Sunday the 16 May and engage in positive conversation and warmth of friendship with patrons in our local context of Toowoomba. In speaking with our Praxis students, they have conveyed that they are really looking forward to extending hospitality to those on the margins, particularly during this cooler season.
The young women of St Saviour’s have sought to develop their leadership skills, with five students applying to the Ozanam Leadership Program coordinated by Toowoomba’s St Vincent de Paul Society. The girls completed an informal interview and had to write their own individual applications and seek teacher recommendations as part of the process. The Ozanam Leadership Program equips our young women with opportunities to mix with like-minded young people from around the Diocese who have a heart for social justice. In the coming weeks, the successful candidates will attend a three-day retreat at EMU Gully, opportunities for personal story telling, team challenges, individual reflection will all be fodder for fostering in our girls a ‘resilience’ that they can take in to their everyday encounters both at school and afar. I would like to personally thank Mrs Julie Inskip who is the Youth Engagement Coordinator for ‘Vinnies’ – Julie brings a warmth and a respectful nature to all her encounters with our Mercy Girls and her expertise in all things advocacy, is highly respected at St Saviour’s College.
The natural talent for leadership with which God had gifted Catherine was enhanced by her feminine qualities of mind and heart which drew young people to her. Carmel Bourke
In many respects, the aforementioned quote captures the spirit among the girls involved in youth ministry at St Saviour’s College. Since 2019, it’s been remarkable to see their devotion to the charism of Catherine McAuley develop in practical ways that respond to real needs within the community. I reflect particularly on recent assemblies and prayer liturgies, ably led by girls who can articulate their faith story and make clear and apparent links to their schooling experience and engagement with Parish life. The young ladies who form the Youth Ministry team have come to appreciate that they are stewards of not simply a social justice action group but part of a larger picture of lay women, of sisters even, who seek to be of service to others. I look forward to what springs forth in the coming weeks.
Mr Ryan Baines
Cross Campus Chaplain
This week, Xavier 1 & 2 led our assembly with this lovely prayer to commemorate Mother’s Day. Included is a picture of one our senior girls, Kayla, and her mum, included in our Mother’s Day breakfast photo montage:
For all mothers, that they may be blessed in their love and care for their families.
May the Holy Spirit continue to guide them with wisdom and love.
Lord, hear us.
For mothers who live on in our hearts. Mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers who are no longer with us but who live forever in our memory and nourish us with their love.
Lord, hear us.
For all the women who have no children but cherish the next generation as if they were their own. Those women who have shown maternal care for us through their professional and personal relationships as mentors and guides.
Lord hear us.
This month's theme: Meaningful May
This month's theme is all about reflecting on what gives our life meaning. Being a part of something bigger than ourselves and focusing on things that we value is key to our wellbeing. We encourage staff, students and readers from our wider community to take time to reflect on what we care about this month and keep these things at the front of our minds as our societies begin to open up again.
Useful Wellbeing and Support Links for Students
The College maintains its commitment to doing all they can to support all students attending St Saviour’s to feel safe, loved and that they belong. The College promotes social and emotional learning (SEL), which is about developing the ability to care for others, make responsible decisions, establish positive relationships, and handle challenging situations. These skills are essential for developing resilience and the personal attributes that promote wellness, prevent illness and support recovery. The College also employs a best practice model of engaging with families and to provide a restorative approach to conflict within the community, and actively encourage:
- Active partnerships with other schools (St Mary’s College, St Saviour's Primary School, our Mercy partner schools and other Toowoomba Diocesan and Catholic Colleges).
- Family Engagement by invitation to our regular College events, our fortnightly newsletter, social media platforms (check out our Facebook and Instagram pages!).
- Strong community ties with local support and social justice agencies such as Toowoomba Transition Support Services, St Vincent de Paul, St Patrick’s Parish.
- Intervention and Postvention strategies on campus for identification and referral for students who may need support, across all year levels.
- A well trained and supportive Wellbeing Team consisting of:
- A fulltime Psychologist as our College Counsellor, Ms Renee Hunter.
- Assistant Principal: Mission and Student Wellbeing, Mrs Heather Hagemann
- Middle Leader Student Wellbeing, Mrs Juanita Doherty
- Middle Leader Student Wellbeing Support, Ms Alice Cavanagh
- A fulltime Psychologist as our College Counsellor, Ms Renee Hunter.
Please contact one of us if you would like further information, assistance or support, regarding your child’s wellbeing.
Below are some useful sites for external support, regarding wellbeing and mental health:
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.
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
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.
- White long-sleeved blouse (red piping)/ white short sleeved blouse (red piping)
- College striped skirt
- College tie
- College blazer (optional)
- College formal hat
- Black opaque tights
- College V-necked pullover
- Black leather lace up shoes (no buckles, casual styles, raised heels, coloured stitching or eyelets are permitted)
Mrs Heather Hagemann
Assistant Principal - Mission and Student Wellbeing
The busyness of the term continues with our Open Evening, “May the 4th be with you” day and Cinqo de Mayo day already occurring by this time. Also, we have our Library and Information week coming up shortly, which is always a busy time in the library.
Along with these celebratory times we continue to have new books come into the library.
Browse our new book images below – check them out online through our Library online catalogue or visit the library and see them on display. Display books can be borrowed too, so you don’t have to wait to read it, come in and borrow it!
May the 4th be with you!
May the 4th is a day to celebrate all things Star Wars, we had a number of activities for students to complete in the library and played Star Wars music all day! See a couple of the activities for students below:
Cinqo de Mayo day
Cinqo de Mayo day is a Mexican day of celebration, literally translating to May the 5th. We had a display of all things Mexican and played celebratory Cinqo de Mayo music in the library.
Open evening is always a busy time, both in preparation and on the night. It was a great effort by all and, us here in the library were no exception! Check out our efforts below:
Library and Information Week
The theme for 2021 is "Adventures in Space and Time", to both foster a sense of wonder and curiosity in readers and researchers, and also celebrate the ways that the library and information sector has embraced innovation with spaces - virtual and physical - and technology.
Library and Information Week provides the community with the opportunity to:
- Learn about the range of services that your library offers.
- Recognise the vital role which libraries and information services play for research and education.
- Recognise the importance of library and information services as providers of services for people who may otherwise be disadvantaged by their lack of access to information and services.
- Consider the role which libraries play in our local community, work, and personal life.
The Theme: Adventures in Space and Time
As with every year, we go for a flexible theme that can be applied in many different kinds of library and information services, in many different ways. Here's a little word association exercise to help you tie the theme into your services:
Adventure: Information seeking and knowledge sharing are both adventurous activities. They can be transformative journeys, into the unknown. They can be journeys of searching, whether for specific information, or browsing through collections. They can be activities where new knowledge is attained, through reading, or discussing ideas with others.
Space: Libraries are spaces, either physical or virtual, where people connect with information and each other. Libraries create spaces of wonder, through innovative and inspiring buildings that people can enjoy (as celebrated in the Library Design Awards), or through online spaces with vasts amounts of knowledge and the capacity to connect virtually across large spaces (particularly relevant during COVID-19). Libraries are places to learn about different places around the world (and beyond), and visit them through information resources, even if we can't visit them in person at the moment. Finally, this year's major event, National Simultaneous Storytime involves sending a book, about space, on a rocket into space, where it will be read by an astronaut on the International Space Station.
Time: Libraries are places where people connect with the past, through stories and memories held in collections, and learn more about those who came before them. They are also places where we dream about the future, whether it be exploring new technology for connecting with information, or coming together to discuss new ideas and work on the world's problems, and collect for future generations.
Keep an eye out for further information on the Library and Information Week competition that will be announced during Library and information Week.
17-23 May: Library and Information Week “Adventures in Space and Time”
In the nonstop tsunami of global information, [teacher] librarians provide us with
floaties and teach us to swim. Linton Weeks
Cross Country 2021
New year, new course! There was a great turn out for our annual cross country held Friday of Week 2. Students travelled to Queens Park to run the modified 3km course. Many of our students took part in the race for house points, in one of the closest finishes in the College history. Congratulations to Coolock house winning by just one point! In fact, there are only six points between the top three houses. Listed below are our Age Champions and runners up (Top two runners in each age group) it was these final placings that split the deadlock we had after the races had finished.
Well done to staff and students for the afternoon of entertainment which included some light showers but a 'never give up' attitude. Points will be added to Mercy Shield and an update is available in this newsletter. The participation throughout all age groups is to be commended. With lots of house spirit and the help of our encouraging teachers along the way, all girls managed to cross the finish line in great times.
Age Champions and Runners Up 2021
Total Points 2021
The Cadet G netball played its first round of grading for the 2021 season. While unsuccessful in their games it was the first proper hit-out for the girls and with training scheduled for each Friday at second break the team will continue to improve. This Saturday 15 May will be the last round of grading so students will have a clearer idea of their draw after the completion of the weekend.
Important Date: Saturday 22 May is St Saviour's College Duty Day. This is shared with Saints Netball club, the college will need some helpers for about 2-3 hours to help with canteen, timekeeping, and general tidy up away at the end of the day. Please contact the office on 46371600 if you are able to assist.
Bill Turner Cup Football (Soccer)
The Bill Turner Cup soccer team played in the recent carnival at Highfields football fields in Week 2. The team played well and were unlucky not to record more pleasing results on the day. Meg Woodcock and Emmie Creevey led the side well, with solid performances from Adut Geu and Millie Matthews. Allison Douglas scored a goal with her first touch coming off the bench to help produce a draw against Highfields.
Middle Leader - HPE, Sport and Activities
What have our Artists been up to?
Term 1 saw our artists jumping into a world of ideas and visual codes and information. Term 2 has seen students throw themselves into their work, some literally! For instance, Year 12 Student Kate Hudson-James has constructed a life size pod and is investigating birth, death, rebirth and change, renewal and metamorphosis. She has been inside that pod, weaving, printing, binding and stretching and is now in the second stage of investigation with a new series of photographs and installation.
Abigail Maher is deep in the forest with fungi, smoke and phosphescence and is now projecting onto skulls, painting, drawing, and considering how to approach mortuary realities and why society makes death a clinical rather than a 'natured' reality.
Yr 12 AIP students Natayla Mah Yen, Lucy Bretz, Laura Waite, Lanease Mooka-Udiulum and Zoe Bartley are making various stained glass and wire butterflies, weaving Samoan imagery and painting intricate galaxies of heaven, passing sand through hourglasses and investigating chaos theory, spray painting leaves with etched words of gritty cities, not to mention putting elephants on the footpaths of cities!
Year 11 students Emily Ziegenfusz, Tia Trezise, Jess Crompton, Elysse Thomas and Mierah Staines are doing time lapse photos and drawings of footprints receding and flowers and birds decaying, playing with the complexities of a deck of cards and chance, sensing the depth of musical influence, and squeezing pomegranates and combining this with the complexity of human emotion over time!
These heady investigations have all stemmed from our "Big Day Out" excursion to Drayton Cemetery and seeing the street art scene in Toowoomba. I really encourage you to ask them to talk about their work. Our artists are engaged, intrigued, enthusiastic and keen to talk about the depth of their work and artistic practice. Many of their work is a long time in development and it would be very affirming of them should you interrogate them about their work and depth of ideas.
I look forward to sharing other stories of what our awesome artists have been up to in Year 9-10 as will Mr Wes Irwin with his Year 8 and 11 classes.
Teacher - Art
McAuley Boarding House
From our home to yours, Happy Mother’s Day! We acknowledge the partnership we are in with all families and the mothers of our beautiful girls. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of the journey; your daughters are so very special to us, along with our own children. However, we acknowledge that as a mother it is difficult to celebrate our journeys as mothers with your children so far away. A wise woman once said (Anon) ‘A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.’
I would like to thank our staff at McAuley House, who in your absence provide love, care, and kindness to all. To Miss Tanya, Miss Catherine, Miss Christie, Miss Mary, Miss Taylah, Miss Lee, Miss Georgia, Miss Caitlyn, Miss Narelle, Miss Nicki, Miss Maggie and Miss Ellie; a huge thank you from our girls to you for all you do. May God bless you for your selflessness and giving hearts. May your own families acknowledge your worth and the wonder you bring to the world.
Please follow our weekend leave procedures. Leave requests are due on Thursday morning for approval. Any forms submitted after this time will not be processed. This is because we have legal obligations regarding communication, checks and balances on where students are going and who with. Please respect our processes. Students must have leave request forms submitted by Thursday morning, unless leave is with parents/care-givers.
Many activities continue to roll through the boarding house for our girls. We had a wonderful representation of students at the College Open Evening assisting with the organisation, activities and tour guides. A massive congratulations to all girls and staff involved, from all accounts our boarders returned from the evening with energy and enthusiasm.
The Labor Day long weekend rolled around and the girls were more than happy to have two long weekends in a row after the ANZAC Day long weekend. With welcomed sleep in and cleaning chores completed, the girls walked down to the Strand Cinema with staff to see a screening of ‘This Little Love of Mine’. The girls enjoyed the opportunity to see a movie on the big screen. We were so proud of them, as they shared their popcorn and made sure no one missed out on feeling included. Their generosity towards one another is heart-warming; a reflection of their kindness and gifts of hospitality towards others.
Once again, this term, the girls are engaging with Youth Group at Hume Ridge Church on Friday evenings. The girls attend from 7pm-9pm and can socialise and learn alongside other youth from throughout Toowoomba. Ross and his team are very generous with their time and attention towards our girls, and they return from Youth Group happy, joyous and often exhausted. This is an activity that our girls absolutely love, that brings joy and community to their hearts.
Boxing as an activity will recommence on a Monday. Brett Richardson generously opens his gym for us, teaching the girls the art of self-defence but also demonstrating fitness and skills related to the sport of boxing. We thank him and his business for their extended partnership and the opportunity for our girls to further develop as young women.
Our boarding girls have hit the ground running, once again involving themselves whole-heartedly with school and local sport. Congratulations to Kaysharn Deemal and Kyomie Deemal on their selection in the Darling Downs Rugby League team. The girls travelled to Cairns and represented the school exceptionally. This was a special trip, as they met their family from Hope Vale in Cairns, who were able to watch them play for the tournament. They will suit up with their fellow boarding mates - Minnika Baird, Kia Tayley, Emmie Creevey and Flossy Elisala who take on Gatton this weekend in local junior fixtures. Rayziah Yarrak and Phillana Elisala will also compete in the U13 Souths Tigers team.
Saturday netball has come around again, the girls grading on the weekend for their regular season. Please keep an eye out for their game times on the website, this will enable you to watch games if you are coming in to see your daughter.
Saturday basketball training is also available. Sarai Hankin has had two wonderful sessions, learning and extending her skills. If your daughter would like to be involved with this training, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
There have been some, and will continue to be some changes, to our staff team at McAuley House. This coming week on 19 May, we will farewell Ms Catherine Scott. Catherine has been a valued member of our boarding team for the past 4 years and will be greatly missed by her peers and the girls. Catherine has made the decision to extend on her learning and growth in a new role outside of St Saviour’s College. We will miss her witty personality, the kindness she shows in her everyday tasks, and her beautiful smile that greets the girls each day. Thank you Miss Catherine for your service to our boarding house and we wish you the very best on your next chapter. May you smile often, laugh regularly, and know your worth in the eyes of those you care for. May God bless you and your journey.
We welcome new staff to the McAuley House - Ms Mary Power, Miss Taylah Hall, Miss Maggie Marshall and Miss Ellie Niki. We look forward to building relationships and getting to know each of these staff members as they spend further time with us and become comfortable within our environment.
It is also with sadness that I restructure my position at the College. As your girls may have communicated with you, I have had some health news that will require me to take a step away from my role as Boarding Manager. I am not yet sure how this will look, or progress forward; however, please know that I have been blessed with the opportunity of being present in their lives and yours. The learning and love I receive from them assures me that I am truly blessed. I will be present in their lives, whether formally as a staff member or as a visitor to the boarding house for many years to come, I am sure. However, at this current time I will keep you updated as to what our staffing structures will be, when we have made some decisions moving forward.
McAuley Boarding House Manager
From the Careers Centre
Pop Up Event
On Wednesday 5 May, St Saviour’s College students had the opportunity to attend a Pop-Up Event hosted by the Gateway to Industry Schools Community Services. Guest speakers included Katy Paton from Eastwood Early Education, Mandy Walker from the College of Australian Early Childhood Educators, Alana Sinnamon from Gateway to Industry Schools Community Services and Taylah Hoffman from the University of Southern Queensland who spoke to students about their career pathways in the early childhood education sector, school-based apprenticeship opportunities available in this growth industry and the qualifications and education degrees offered through USQ.
Tax File Numbers and USI
Students intending to apply for a university course now need both a Tax File Number (TFN) and a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Please visit the ATO website and follow the process to obtain a TFN if you do not already have one. Be aware that a TFN can take several weeks to finalise. If you do a VET course at school or attend TAFE or have a SBA, you will already have a USI and the USI used at school stays with you after school. If you do not have a USI please visit the www.usi.gov.au website and follow the instructions to Create a USI which will take about 15 minutes. It is free to obtain a TFN and USI. Save your TFN and USI to a personal electronic file.
Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo – Friday 21 May
The Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo is a leading careers, training and education event. The event offers the opportunity for students and job seekers to connect with organisations for guidance, clarity and opportunities in relation to career options. To be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. Details and registration (click on the link below):
6/21: Years 10 and 11 - Certificate III in Hospitality (Front of House) (various positions)
7/21: Years 10 and 11 - Certificate III in Commercial Cookery - Urban Grounds Café
9/21: 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
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
24/12: 10, 11 and 12 - Certificate III in Business School-Based Traineeship Totally Workwear
25/21: Year 10 - Certificate III in Floristry - Westridge Florist
26/21: Year 12 - Certificate III in early Childhood Education and Care – New Childcare Centre opening at Westbrook
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 (email@example.com) 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
St Mary’s College is the leading Toowoomba boys’ school that provides a holistic Catholic education in the Edmund Rice tradition. At St Mary’s College, we empower students to be men of faith, integrity, action and excellence.
Join us for our 2021 Open Day on Sunday 23rd May
We look forward to seeing you there! Bookings are essential. Please register on our website.
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