St Saviour's College Newsletter Term 3 Week 2
Earlier this month, across Australia we celebrated NAIDOC Week. NAIDOC 2021 invites the nation to embrace First Nations’ cultural knowledge and understanding of Country as part of Australia's national heritage and equally respect the culture and values of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders as they do the cultures and values of all Australians.
St Saviour’s College has a comparatively high percentage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in our population, and for this reason we have much to celebrate. This year’s theme was ‘Heal Country’. Each of us, in our own way, impacts the environment around us. Our health and sustainability is co-dependent on the health and sustainability of our ecosystems and environment. Litter, wastage, pollution and ill treatment of our own spaces contribute to negative environmental impact.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait spiritualities speak of an extremely unyielding connection held between our first nations people and the land and waterways. Let us not underestimate the fact that, even in our own circle of influence, we have a personal responsibility to ‘heal country’ and pay our respect, always, to the land upon which we reside and to our first nations people who kept it so pristine for tens and thousands of years.
Let us make it our responsibility to ‘heal country’ and do the same.
Congratulations to our 'Deadly Sisters' who were the half-time entertainment at last week's Mountaineers men's and women's game. Our girls were invited to be a part of this experience, especially to celebrate NAIDOC Week. It was wonderful for the girls to have the experience of performing in front of a large crowd. Many thanks to the staff at McAuley House for facilitating this, and the Ms Jesse Bolton who worked in the background organising this opportunity for the 'Deadly Sistes'.
Catholic Education Week
Catholic Education Week (CEW) is celebrated annually in week 3 of term 3 each year. CEW is an opportunity for all 309 Catholic schools in Queensland to celebrate and promote their distinctive mission and ethos. Catholic education strives to make a difference in the lives of those in our schools and in the wider community by challenging young people to live out the message of Jesus and to reach their full potential as compassionate, contributing, life-giving members of society.
This year’s theme is ‘A spirited tomorrow’. This theme acknowledges the long tradition of Catholic education and its continued relevance in preparing students for the future. The theme also references the work of the Plenary Council in discerning the way forward for the Church in Australia.
Each year, we celebrate CEW in a number of ways, including our Grandparents Day Mass and Morning Tea, the awarding of ‘Spirit of Catholic Education’ awards, as well as a targeted staff faith professional development at our annual Bishop’s Inservice Day.
Our Grandparents Mass was a resounding success. Many thanks to all the involved in the Mass and morning tea. Special thanks to all our grandparents and significant elders who took the time to come and celebrate with us. Through your example, we look forward to ‘a spirited tomorrow’.
Congratulations to our 2021 ‘Spirit of Catholic Education’ awardees:
Year 7 – Ella Giuffrida
Year 8 – Elize Tom
Year 9 – Dakota Weatherall
Year 10 – Amelia Claxton
Year 11 – Tia Trezise
Year 12 – Natalya MahYen
Staff – Mrs Michelle Reid
Please note: Next FRIDAY, 30 JULY, IS A PUPIL FREE DAY FOR ALL STUDENTS
School Improvement Survey
This year, our College will be participating in a School Review and Improvement survey managed by Research Australia Development and Innovation Institute (RADII). As well as school staff and students from Years 7 - 12, all parents are invited to participate in the survey. The survey provides valuable feedback for the future directions of our school. On Monday 26 July 2021, RADII will send all parents a personalised invitation to complete the survey online. If both parents' email addresses are on file at the school, the invitation will be sent to both parents. However, the survey will close once the first person has completed it. If you do not wish to complete the survey, simply delete it. The survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. You can complete the survey from anywhere you have access to the internet. The survey will close on Sunday 8 August 2021. We encourage you to be very honest in your responses to the surveys. All responses go directly to RADII so they are confidential and anonymous. When the surveys are completed, and responses aggregated by RADII, overall data is sent to us so that we can then share the findings with you.
Students will be completing surveys during allocated school time.
We look forward to hearing your feedback so that we may continue to reflect upon our journey thus far, and take heed of your valuable input which will assist us in building on the future direction of St Saviour’s College.
As it is with the technological age we live in, a greater majority of our students have access to technology, literally at their fingertips. As a College, we continue to explore ways to educate your daughters around the responsible use of technology. We thank families for their partnership in this. Unfortunately, at times, poor choices are made in relation to technology use, particularly in relation to social media. As a College, we take very seriously any incidences of online bullying, inappropriate and risky online activity, and any posts that misrepresent the College. Such behaviours will be dealt with accordingly. Parents, please encourage your daughters to be responsible users of technology and feel free to contact the College if you have any concerns about your daughter’s or any of our students’ online activity.
Congratulations to the following students who experienced cocurricular success during the College:
- TOUCH FOOTBALL – Georgia Bartlett (Year 12) – Recipient of the prestigious Kerry Norman Award at the state titles held in Hervey Bay.
- ENDURANCE HORSE RACING – Mary Duncan (Year 7) – Winner of the 85km endurance ride at the state titles held at Imbil.
- WOMEN’S RUGBY LEAGUE – Charlotte Morcom (Year 11) and Sophie Elara (Year 12), and Coach Mr Cam Love – Representing the Toowoomba Mustangs at state WRL titles held at the Sunshine Coast.
- TOOWOOMBA CHORAL SOCIETY YOUTH CHOIR – Kate Hudson-James (Year 12) – participated in the holiday production “Just So”.
Happy Catholic Education Week! Blessings for the weeks ahead.
Please join us for the next P&F Meeting on Monday 26 July.
Everyone is welcome to attend.
The meeting will commence at 6pm in the College Library.
Catholic Education Week will be celebrated in Catholic schools in Queensland from 25 – 31 July 2021
This annual event is held to promote the special ethos of Catholic schools and to highlight the great things that take place in Catholic schools every day.
The theme for this year’s celebrations is: A Spirited Tomorrow
Catholic education strives to make a difference in the lives of those in our schools and in the wider community by challenging young people to live out the message of Jesus and to reach their full potential as compassionate, contributing, life-giving members of society.
There are 309 Catholic schools in Queensland that educate around 154,000 students and employ more than 20,000 teachers and staff, and most will celebrate Catholic Education Week in some way.
Deputy Principal - Curriculum
The Term Three assessment dates are now available both on the website through this link: https://www.ssctwb.catholic.edu.au/assessment-calendars These have also been emailed to parents. These assessment calendars can be used to assist students in planning for busy periods in the term and ensuring they are meeting the requirements of their subjects.
Academic Support is a process offered by the College to ensure that your daughters are supported and challenged to achieve their potential. A student will be placed onto Academic Support if they fail to meet a drafting due date and their teacher feels they need to be supported and plan for success. Academic Support takes place in the library during first break each day. Students have 10 minutes to eat their lunch and put their books away and then need to attend the library. On arrival at the library they will be given a reflection sheet that assists them to reflect on the decisions that they made, that led to them missing an important due date. These reflection sheets will then be emailed to both their teacher, their curriculum leader and you, as parents. If your daughter is placed on academic support, it would be appreciated if you can discuss these reflections with your daughter and assist her at home to ensure she is on top of her workload and meeting her responsibilities as a learner.
This semester, the College will again be awarding Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards for academic awards. This year the College has enacted a change to the criteria to ensure fairness and equity across year levels and pathways. Because students across year levels and pathways study different numbers of subjects, we have moved from an arbitrary number of As (eg. three for a bronze) to a percentage of As. The new criteria is as follows:
Gold: 80% A (no less than a C)
Silver: 50% A (no less than a C)
Bronze: 30% A (no less than a C)
Here is how the criteria looks when applied:
Gold (80% As)
Silver (50% As)
Bronze (30% As)
7, 8, 9 (8 subjects)
11/12 (5/6 subjects)
Year 10 Subject Selections
Thank you to all those parents and students who took time out of their evening on Monday. Students are now invited to submit their Year 11 2022 subject selections into the online preference form that has been emailed to them.
Assistant Principal - Mission and Student Wellbeing
In the Midst of Winter
In the midst of Winter, when the days are cold
and wind can pierce remind us of the warmth of your love.
In the midst of Winter, when days are short, dawn comes late,
and dusk arrives early remind us that in the darkness your light still shines.
In the midst of Winter, when the flowers of spring still lie hidden
in the earth, when leaves are off the trees, and the world can seem bleak remind us that Easter is but a short time away.
And when in our lives we feel as if we are experiencing a season of winter, reach out to us with the power of your resurrection so that we may feel the warmth of your love and see your light that alone can take away the darkness of our soul.
Term 2 Outreach – Rosies Our Friends on the Street
Mrs Candice Brazier will once again be attending Rosies with our Praxis volunteers next month. Rodney and his supportive team from Catercare provide the hamburger patties, eggs, bacon and sausages for the BBQ lunch the volunteers provide on Sundays. Rosies Street Retreat is a great way for our senior girls to provide a helping hand and a kind word, whilst walking in the footsteps of Jesus. We look forward to hearing the stories these volunteers bring back, to share with our girls.
Term 3 Focus Youth Ministry – St Vincent de Paul
This term we rolled out our Vinnies Winter Appeal, which was launched virtually by Julie Inskip, Youth Development and Engagement Officer. We are belssed to continue our partnership work with St Vincent de Paul. This includes a donation campaign for their annual Winter Appeal, as well as an awareness campaign designed to promote the head, hearts and hands of St Vincent de Paul, and the invaluable service this organisation provides for communiites all over Australia. Homeclasses are still deciding allocation of collection items, but this will be finalised over the next week. More news updates will be posted on Facebook.
From the Classroom: Sowing Seeds of Hope…
On June 16, 2021, Ms Alice Cavanagh and Mrs Jenni Potter from St Saviour’s College took the Year 9 Religion classes to St Luke’s Anglican Church for a tour and to learn about its history. They were shown around by the very welcoming The Reverend Canon Paul Mitchell who told the students about how the church was originally built with wooden slabs on a 2-acre block of land purchased by Benjamin Glennie, in 1857. This original wooden building was taken down 110 years ago, and some of the original wooden slabs are still on display inside of the existing church building. In 1897 the larger church was built due to a fast-growing population; however, it was only half finished, and it took another 60 years before the remainder of the church was completed after World War II.
Rev. Paul explained to the students how the front section of the church is known as the sanctuary, and the main part of the church where the congregation sits is called a Nave which is Greek for “boat”, and if you look at the shape of the ceiling, it is shaped like the inside of a boat, “We’re all in the same boat”.
We were also blessed with a visit by one of the church’s organists, who explained that the organ within St Luke’s is heritage listed. It was originally made in England, and later brought across to Australia. The organ still works but is now partly electronic. It needs tuning twice a year as the vibrations upset the pipes.
The church has recently had a modern upgrade with the installation of three fixed-position cameras and a media desk which allows church services and special events to be broadcast live every week. The church is a beautiful blend of past and present, bringing the wonder of the Lord into the 21st Century.
The staff and students at St Saviour’s College sincerely thank Reverend Paul and the St Luke’s community for allowing us the opportunity to explore your wonderful church and learn more about our local religious history.
Mental Health First Aid – Staff and Students
This term we have made a commitment to upskill half our College, by training all of the students in years 7-9 in the field of Mental Health First Aid. By the end of 2022, we have committed to having all of our staff completing the training, which is a wonderful achievement. To know that the College places such high importance on nurturing the mental health of our girls, by providing staff with the knowledge and the tools to best manage this, is reassuring.
The S.W.A.T team - Student Wellbeing Action Team - Think Strong. Be Strong.
- Our mission is to “swat” away mental health stigma and promote help-seeking.
- The SWAT team meets every Monday at first break, and we are using Microsoft Teams to manage information sharing and record keeping.
- We have already presented on school assembly promoting the SWAT team and our mission.
- We have organised for all years 7, 8 and 9s to be trained in the Teen Mental Health First Aid course. This will be rolled out in Term 3. This will ensure that student help-givers are trained to provide peer support.
- All staff at the College will also be trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid by the end of this year.
- The SWAT team will be leading several wellbeing initiatives starting in Term 3 eg. Do It For Dolly day.
- At our recent meeting we received confirmation from the College Leadership team for approval of a Wellbeing Wall. The wall will be featured in Mercy Court for all students to access and will be a chalkboard that can be for positive affirmation writing and for promoting wellbeing initiatives.
Useful 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 supportive Wellbeing Team, trained and with experience in restorative practices and mental health and wellbeing, 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
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.
Cyberbullying behaviour can include:
- abusive texts and emails
- hurtful messages, images or videos
- imitating others online
- excluding others online
- humiliating others online
- spreading nasty online gossip and chat
- creating fake accounts to trick someone or humiliate them
How common is it?
In the 12 months to June 2017:
- 1 in 5 Australian young people reported being socially excluded, threatened or abused online.
- 55% sought help from their parents, 28% from their friends; 38% blocked the offending social media account; 12% reported it to the website or platform.
- 1 in 5 Australian young people (15% of kids, 24% of teens) admitted behaving in a negative way to a peer online - such as calling them names, deliberately excluding them, or spreading lies or rumours. Of these, more than 90% had had a negative online experience themselves.
Here at the College, members of our community are modelled respectful behaviour, with our positive interactions with one another. There is no room for negativity at St Saviour’s.
- 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)
Assistant Principal - Mission and Student Wellbeing
Year 9 History
This term in History the students are studying World War I – Life in the Trenches.
We are very fortunate here at the College to collaborate with the Sir John Monash Centre in Villiers-Bretonneux to provide students with an incursion on Wednesday 18 August.
We have been in contact with the Deputy Director of the Sir John Monash Centre who will be providing the students with a pre-recorded video tailored to support students with their assessment this term. The focus for the online video tour is the soldier’s experience of trauma, life in the trenches and the after effects, which will be viewed in class. Following this informative session, students will then connect via Zoom at 3pm and have the opportunity for a live question and answer session with the Director of the centre. This will mean Year 9 students will need to remain at school until 3.30pm on this day, in order to accommodate our friends in France, who will be getting up early in order to start this live link at 7am, their time.
We are privileged here at St Saviour’s to be the first school in Australia that the centre has done this for.
Some information on the centre can be found on the link below.
The Sir John Monash Centre tells Australia’s story of the Western Front in the words of those who served.
Set on the grounds of the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery in northern France, and adjacent to the Australian National War Memorial, the Sir John Monash Centre is the hub of the Australian Remembrance Trail along the Western Front, and establishes a lasting international legacy of Australia’s Centenary of Anzac 2014-2018.
This cutting-edge multimedia centre reveals the Australian Western Front experience through a series of interactive media installations and immersive experiences. The SJMC App, downloaded on each visitor’s personal mobile device, acts as a ‘virtual tour guide’ over the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, the Australian National Memorial and the Sir John Monash Centre.
The experience is designed so visitors gain a better understanding of the journey of ordinary Australians - told in their own voices through letters, diaries and life-size images - and connect with the places they fought and died. A visit to the Sir John Monash Centre will be a moving experience that leaves a lasting impression.
Term 3 is always a busy term with the St Saviour’s Library celebrating some very important events, including CBCA Book Week and Australia Reads celebrations.
Browse our new books 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!
These are new Non-fiction books that may be of interest:
These are new Manga books that may be of interest:
Book Club Issue 5
Issue 5 will be dispensed to our Year 7 cohort this week - other year levels are more than welcome to order too.
There are spare copies in the library, or you can check out the issue online:
Remember: all ordering is done via Parent Loop – instructions are on the website. The main aspect is to attach yourself to our school so the rewards points count towards our library and your order will be sent to the school.
Any queries please contact Mrs King in the Library.
CBCA Book Week 2021
Book Week runs from August 21 – 27 and we will be running a quiz for Years 7-10 to celebrate all things reading. There will be prizes throughout the competition so come prepared!
Hint: there will be questions based on the short-listed books, so come and check them out – they are on display in the library. It might be something as simple as the missing word from the title, the author, the picture on the front cover …
We will be running a competition through the week too.
Make sure to stay tuned for further information on what you will need to do
Australia Reads! 14th September Australian Reading Hour
Theme: Stories that Matter: The Story of Me, the Story of You, and How we are becoming Us.
Celebrate reading on Tuesday 14 September 2021 along with the rest of Australia.
Originally launched by Australian libraries for the National Year of Reading in 2012.
Stay tuned for further information on this event
Overdue Library Resources
Please remind your child/ren to keep up to date with library loans.
Students are able to manage loans through the Library Web App, where they can see their overdue items.
Students will also receive overdue reminders via email each week. Please ensure the overdues are returned or renewed otherwise they are considered lost and request for payment may occur. Your help with this is much appreciated!
"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body and prayer is to the soul." Matthew Kelly
The term 3 sports calendar is full of opportunities for our girls to participate in a range of physical activities. Students should contact Mr Leathart if they are interested in any of the following activities.
Red Lion Soccer
The Senior Red Lion Soccer Gala Day is on Tuesday 3 August at Highfields. Students have permission forms to be signed and returned to Mr Leathart.
The Swans All School Touch Football competition is on Sunday 8 August at Kearney Springs. The College has two sides entered into the competition - U13 and Seniors will represent St Saviour's College in 2021.
The St Saviour's College Athletics Carnival is on Friday 13 August at O’Quinn Street Oval. More details will be published soon.
12 Years Athletics for Central Zone will take place at O'Quinn Street Oval on Wednesday 9 August. Nominations close 30 July.
AAG Open Basketball will take place over two Sundays at the end of week 7 and 8 of term (30 August and 5 September) Training will take place during the next few weeks with permission forms to be returned to Student Services.
Tuesday Night Volleyball
The College will enter two teams in the upcoming season. Trials will take place this week and the squad will train on Monday afternoons. There will be costs involved and students need to commit to duty via a roster each Tuesday. Students can see Mr Hickey for more information.
The Saturday Netball team has recorded another win defeating Fairholme 25 – 2. That has made it four wins from five games with the girls on track to make the finals towards the end of the term. Our second duty day is Saturday 7 August. All students involved in the netball team will need to help with canteen, announcing and pack up.
Students in years 7-10 have selected their sport options for Semester 2. With several Fridays unavailable due to various activities an outline for Term 3 is as follows:
Week 2 - Friday 23 July: Athletics Rotations
Week 3 - Friday 30 July: Pupil Free Day, Bishop's Inservice Day
Week 4 - Friday 6 August: Athletics Rotations
Week 5 - Friday 13 August: SSC Athletics Carnival - O'Quinn Street Oval
Week 6 - Friday 20 August: Sememster 2 Sport Options
Week 7 - Friday 27 August: Book Week Quiz, DD Track & Field
Week 8 - Friday 3 September: Pupil Free Day
Week 9 - Friday 10 September: Semester 2 Sport Options
Athletics Rotations - Rules
- Students will rotate through four events over the first two weeks.
- Students will complete two events in week one and two events in week two.
- Distances of throws and jumps will be recorded.
- Points will be added to Mercy Shield and data will be collected to help house captains with nominations for athletics carnival.
- All decisions of the judges (staff) are final.
- Safety is the number one priority and students should listen and follow all instructions.
- All students must stay with their year group for the whole of sport time.
- Staff will have extra Olympics themed handouts for students wishing to gain points for their house.
Athletics Rotations – Program
Long Jump is at the primary school oval. All other events are on the school oval.
Welcome to Term 3, it’s great to welcome the girls back for another busy term. A warm welcome to Ada who has joined our McAuley House family.
The girls are settling in well and adjusting to being back in chilly Toowoomba at this time of year. Week 1 was busy with the girls auditioning for the Winter Showcase with a choir MHB, the girls auditioned on Friday and are practicing in preparation for the big day. Many thanks to Kathleen whose idea for this activity has inspired the girls, we appreciate her efforts each week. Best of luck MHB for the big day in Week 3.
The Deadly Sisters, which involved 11 of our boarders, danced at the Mountaineers game last Friday evening. Well done girls on your performance, what a great effort so early in the term.
Humeridge Youth Group will commence again this week. We thank Ross and his team of volunteers for their efforts in co-ordinating activities each week, which the girls immerse themselves in.
Our Year 10 girls attended Subject Selection this week and soon enough will be commencing their Senior subjects, an exciting time ahead for them.
Study processes have changed as from today, the girls were able to vote for their choice of location and I believe this will be a positive change and enable staff to offer the girls assistance in a different setting.
End of term travel will be submitted next week to ABSTUDY, so if you have a particular request please contact me ASAP so this can be facilitated.
Acting Head of Boarding
From the Careers Centre
Pathway Information Evening
Student and Parents are invited to attend the St Saviour's College Pathway Information Evening on Monday 2 August beginning at 6.30pm. At this event, the many pathway study options available to St Saviour's College Year 10, 11 and 12 students for 2022 will be covered and there will be many exhibitors showcasing the variety of pathways. These include:
- Exciting new initiative Certificate III in Fitness
- The Health Hub Course
- Traineeships and Apprenticeships
- TAFE Certificate Courses
- Head Start University Courses
The event will be held in the Callaghan Centre at the College as well as streamed online for those unable to attend. To ensure COVID compliance, all attendees (both in-person and virtually) will be required to book in. This can be done at the following link https://www.trybooking.com/BSYCK A link to attend the virtual event will be provided once booking is complete. All students and their carers are encouraged to participate in this valuable event.
TAFE at School 2022
If you’re a year 10, 11 or 12 in 2022 student, you may be able to complete a TAFE Queensland qualification while you're still at school. Choose from a variety of Certificate I to Certificate III courses from a range of study areas ranging from hospitality to horticulture, early childhood education to engineering, and everything in between. The great thing about TAFE at School courses is they work in with your existing high school studies. They can also count towards your Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE), however please note that QCE Points only accrue for new learning (for more information please visit the QCAA website). TAFE at School allows you to join the workforce sooner by giving you a nationally recognised qualification while you’re still at school. You’ll build practical skills and graduate job ready, giving you a head start in the job market. Completing a TAFE at School qualification gives you direct entry into any related TAFE Queensland course. Also, if you continue on to a diploma qualification you can take advantage of our articulation arrangements with some of Australia’s top universities. This means that if you decide to continue your studies at university, you will receive credit for your study at TAFE Queensland, shaving time off your degree.
Open Days - Term 3
Queensland University of Technology: Saturday 24 July (On campus) and Sunday 25 July (Online)
University of the Sunshine Coast: Sunday 18 July
University of Queensland: Sunday 1 August
University of Southern Queensland: Sunday 15 August (Toowoomba) and Sunday 22 August (Virtual Open Day)
Bond University: Saturday 7 August
Australian Catholic University: Saturday 7 August (Brisbane and Online) and Sunday 8 August (Online)
Griffith University: Sunday 8 August
James Cook University: Tuesday 14 September
Southern Cross University: Sunday 15 August (Gold Coast)
Career Chat - Health with Lynne McCleary and John Dennehy
During Term 2, Week 9 we hosted a Career Chat – Health where students had the opportunity to listen to presentations by Lynne McCleary, a Registered Nurse and Diabetes Educator and John Dennehy, a Sports Physiologist. Students were able to hear directly from these health professionals about their own career journeys into the health industry and their roles. Lynne and John also spoke about other practitioners within their practice (dietitians, podiatrists and pharmacists) and how everyone works collaboratively to treat patients.
Aviation Australia FAME Program
Do you want to work at the forefront of industries of the future where you can literally see your work take off? Then aircraft maintenance engineering may be the perfect career for you! Aviation Australia is excited to announce the launch of their FAME (Female Aircraft Maintenance Engineer) program. FAME is an aviation industry-first initiative designed to support and nurture future female aircraft maintenance engineers as they build their careers in a traditionally male dominated field. This is an opportunity for you to lead the change and be part of the growing female engineering community.
As part of the FAME program, you can study the following qualifications:
- Certificate IV in Aeroskills (Avionics)
- Certificate IV in Aeroskills (Mechanical)
- Certificate IV in Aeroskills (Structures)
You can choose to study at either the Brisbane or Cairns campus. The first FAME courses commence in January 2022, so if you’re interested or want to find out more, take a look at the FAME flyer here:
or contact Aviation Australia via their website:
Industry Information and Aptitude Quizzes
Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships https://www.aapathways.com.au/ Information Service has a webpage for Industry Information https://www.aapathways.com.au/career-research/industry-information and quizzes in a range of careers. Each industry area has an overview, industry information, employment/wage data, key occupations and career pathways.
- Arts, Culture and Performance
- Automotive and Boating
- Building and Construction
- Business, Clerical and Financial Services
- Electrical, Electronics and Utilities
- Food and Wine Processing
- Gardening, Farming, Animals and Environment
- Government, Schools, Public Safety and Corrections
- Health, Care and Community Services
- Hospitality, Travel and Tourism
- Information Technology and Telecommunications
- Manufacturing and Production
- Metal and Engineering
- Property Maintenance and Management
- Resource Mining and Processing
- Retail, Sales Marketing and Customer Service
- Sport, Recreation, Hair, Beauty and Services
- Transport, Logistics and Warehousing
The quizzes give you an idea about the aptitudes needed for the jobs in the industries listed.
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
26/21: Year 12 - Certificate III in early Childhood Education and Care - New Childcare Centre opening at Westbrook
27/21: Years 10, 11 and 12 - Certificate III in Painting and Decorating with Travis Keen Painting
29/21: Year 10 - Certificate III in Cabinet Making Sir Lancelot's Kitchens, Bathroom and Joinery
30/21: Years 10 and 11 - Certificate III in Hospitality (Front of House) - various positions
35/21: Years 10 and 11 - Certificate III in Fitness - Premier Conditioning
36/21: Years 10 and 11 - Certificate III Hospitality and Certificate III in Business - City Golf Toowoomba
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
Join us for an evening of arts and culture on Thursday 5 August to celebrate the creative talents of our #MercyGirls.There will be live performances and fine arts displays on show in The Callaghan Centre from 6pm.
Where: Callaghan Centre, Corner Perth and Neil Streets Toowoomba.
Registration link: https://www.trybooking.com/BSNMO
Refreshments will be available for sale on the evening.
*Please note: students who are performing on the evening do not need to register for a ticket*