St Saviour's College Newsletter 2022 - Term 3 Week 6
The Feast of the Assumption
On Monday 15 August, we celebrated the Feast of the Assumption. The Assumption commemorates the belief that when Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, died, her body was "assumed" into heaven to be reunited with her soul, instead of going through the natural process of physical decay upon death.
The significance of this is very powerful. The greatest of us all is a woman.
“Mary brought a new dignity to every woman who has ever lived and who ever will live. Women bring life into the world and nurture this life. Because Mary sacrificed herself for us, our women bring unique reflections of God into the world and nurture His Image with their bodies and with their lives. Women are life givers. Women give life to the Divine. Women are sources of love, carriers of love and nourishers of love…
“In these days of the glorification of the self, Mary reminds us of a person whose body and spirit were created for another. She said “Yes” to the angel Gabriel at the Annunciation and allowed God to radically change her life. She nurtured and cared for the child that others wanted dead. She supported Jesus as a young man when some thought he was deranged. She stood with Him as He was tortured to death to complete the Father’s plan of redemption” (Pelegrino, 2021). [Adapted from Mary, the Greatest of Us]
The feast of the Assumption reminds us, not only of the great life of love lived by Mary, but also the great debt of gratitude God had for Mary for a life well lived.
Regular Attendance at School
In recent conversations with other Principals, increasingly low attendance at school continues to be problematic. With the incidence of Covid 19 across the past few years, irregular student attendance at school has increased dramatically. Some of my learnings in relation to repeated absences, as a Year 12 classroom teacher, include:
- Diminished engagement and learning disconnect.
- Diminished understanding of assessment requirements.
- Diminished ability to meet assessment deadlines.
- Diminished performance on assessment given patches in learning and failure to fully understand nuanced learning that takes place with regular attendance.
- Diminished relationships and genuine connection with peers and teachers.
- Diminished genuine love for learning.
At St Saviour’s College, our expectation is 95% attendance, which amounts to approximately one day of absence every four weeks (20 days).
While I understand that across the past few years we have been impacted by a pandemic, we are inching out of this situation, yet irregular attendance persists.
The following information in relation to student attendance may be found on the Queensland government’s website:
Parents and caregivers must send children to school every school day under Queensland law unless there is an acceptable reason such as:
- doing work experience
- competing in school sporting events.
If your child is going to be absent from school, you must let the school know why the absence has occurred within two school days of their return. If possible, it is best to advise the school beforehand.
Avoid keeping your child away from school for reasons such as:
- visiting family and friends
- if they sleep in
- looking after other children
- minor check-ups or care, such as haircuts.
Routine medical or other health appointments should be made either before or after school or during the school holidays.
Establishing good routines around school can assist with regular school attendance. These include:
- have a set time to go to bed
- have a set time to get out of bed
- have uniform and school bag ready the night before
- have a set time for starting and finishing breakfast
- set a time for daily homework activities
- speak about school positively
- send your child to school every school day including their birthday and the last day of term from Prep.
If you are experiencing difficulty in sending your child to school, contact the school principal for advice and support.
I continue to encourage all our families to support and partner with the College in relation to this concerning issue. Our priority is the quality learning for your children, and to successfully achieve this, REGULAR ATTENDANCE IS PARAMOUNT.
Congratulations to all our students who participated in the annual Athletics Carnival that took place at O’Quinn Street on Tuesday. It was a great day of competition and there were some tremendous performances. Congratulations to victors, Xavier, who took out the Carnival. Congratulations to all competitors and spectators for the great spirit that was evident on the day.
Many thanks to Mr Greg Leathart for his leadership in the organisation of this event, and to all members of staff who worked tirelessly on the day.
Mercy Girl for a Morning
Last Friday saw another successful ‘Mercy Girl for a Morning’. These experiences are great opportunities for prospective students to meet each other, as well as staff and current students, and engage in fun and quality learning. Thank you to all the staff and students involved in the morning.
Blessings for the weeks ahead.
Deputy Principal - Curriculum
Ignite Learning Project Update
This semester as part of the Ignite learning project, we have been pulling together the many threads of our learning around what makes a difference to student learning and achievement. As a staff, we have gathered as collaborators and as a community of learners to sift through the latest research into learning and empowering learners. From the research, it is these big ideas that seem to truly make a difference:
- Strong relationships between learners and teachers where students know they are known, belong and are valued as learners. This also extends to relationships between learners and their willingness to learn collaboratively.
- Activating students as agents in their learning and helping them understand their role as creators, owners and drivers of their learning.
- Engaging student’s self-regulation and self-monitoring skills. The ability to Self-monitor (where I am at) self-assess (what do I know and what do I need to learn) and the ability to plan and enact next steps in learning. (Often referred to as Metacognition and self-regulation )
- And finally, the knowledge that building new learning is hard and takes effort. It is the ability to stick with learning, even when it’s hard (resilience and grit) that makes a difference.
You will continue to see and hear much of this focus over the coming months and years as we focus on ensuring your daughters are engaged and empowered learners achieving their potential.
2023 Subject Allocations
Students in Year 10 are currently undertaking their Senior Education and Training plans with either Mr Grierson or myself. We have been appreciating the immense thought and consideration students have given to their future plans and are feeling honoured to be afforded the privilege of this insight into your daughter's hopes and dreams for the future.
Once SET plans are completed, students will be notified of their final subject selections for senior schooling. I encourage all Year 10 students to work diligently across the final weeks of this term to ensure their Year 10 grades reflect their gifts and talents before embarking on their senior schooling journey from Week 4 of Term 4.
2023 Year 9 and 10 Subject Electives
We are currently putting the final touches on the Year 9 and 10 subject lines for 2023. Students will be notified of their elective subject allocations at the beginning of Term 4. Electives are always exciting for Year 9 and 10 students as this offers an opportunity for students to pursue their strengths and passions through subject choices.
Students across Years 7-10 who attained an A in mathematics in Semester One have been sponsored by the college to complete the ICAS mathematics competition. This competition is always challenging and presents an ideal opportunity for students to stretch themselves and pit themselves against the greatest mathematicians in their Year levels from across the nation. Go well ladies, you’ve got this!
There is a final call for students wishing to register for EEPP. These registrations are closing soon. Students in Year 12 sitting external exams are encouraged to attend EEPP to assist them in their preparations for their external exams. Please see below for the link to register and timetable.
Deputy Principal - Curriculum
Assistant Principal - Mission and Student Wellbeing
Feast of Assumption
This week we celebrated the Feast of the Assumption, on August 15. Known as the 'Dormition of the Virgin Mary', it is the principal feast of the Blessed Virgin, the mother of Jesus. This feast commemorates two events - the departure of Mary from this life and the assumption of her body into heaven.
The Church's official doctrine of the Assumption says that at the end of her life on earth Mary was assumed, body and soul, into heaven. The death of Mary is not recorded in the Christian scriptures; however, it is believed that Mary lived for 11 years after the death of Jesus.
The term Dormition expresses the belief that the Virgin died without suffering, in a state of spiritual peace, and that the celebration of this date commemorates the Holy Mother’s "heavenly birthday" and this is not a day of mourning for her loss, but a celebration of joy for the union of the mother with her beloved son.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection,
implored your help, or sought your intercession,
was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence,
I fly unto you, O virgin of virgins, my Mother.
To you do I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions,
but in your mercy, hear and answer me.
The Significance of Liturgical Colours
Recently, some students asked me about the liturgical colours and their spiritual meaning, depending on the colours displayed. Liturgical colours are specific colours used for vestments and hangings within the context of Christian liturgy. The symbolism of violet, blue, white, green, red, gold, black, rose and other colours may serve to underline moods appropriate to a season of the liturgical year or may highlight a special occasion. We work mostly in “green” or ordinary time, with green the symbol of Hope.
Our Youth Ministry team rolled out our support for the Dignity aspect of our social justice support for the St Vincent's de Paul Winter Appeal last week. As living creatures, different and diverse that we all are, collectively we all share the same desire to be loved, valued and respected. Not because of our gender, colour or beliefs that we may have, but simply because we have been made in the image of God. As God’s children we are called to reflect his nature to the poor and the hurting.
Silenced by the stigma that women are powerless and insignificant has caused many women to feel unlovable and rejected by society. Restoring dignity to women in our neighborhood is part of who we are as a College of Mercy Sisters. We consider it to be significant to acknowledge and support the Share the Dignity campaign, in partnership with St Vincent’s de Paul. Female sanitary products are encouraged, along with any winter items for our donations table. These items will be included in care packages for women that are experiencing homelessness, domestic violence or doing it tough generally.
Harry Potter’s Birthday – Funday Friday!
What a magical event Harry Potter’s birthday turned out to be! We welcomed 16 of our Mercy Girls for a Morning that day as well, so it was a double celebration. I don’t think our oval has seen so many St Saviour’s College students on it at the one time! A massive thank you to Mrs Andrea King, Ms Kate Hudson-James, Ms Cath Skuse and Mrs Jane Greenhalgh for their creativity, imagination and generosity of spirit … and that cake! Thanks to Mr Rod Hickey for coordinating the afternoon Quidditch match and to the many staff and students who assisted with the stalls and activities on the day. Many hands, lots of fun!
Check out our Facebook page for a multitude of pictures from the day.
Red Frogs Fundraiser
Lily and the Goretti team will be cooking up a storm at our Funday Friday celebrations this coming week. Red Frogs is a support program for young people from the ages of 13 – 30.
The Red Frogs recognise that the culture of young people is dominated by alcohol and that excessive consumption of alcohol and other substances can lead to dangerous and life-altering behaviours.
Therefore the Frogs made it their mission to provide a positive peer presence in alcohol-fuelled environments where young people gather; educate young people on safe partying behaviours; and promote alcohol-free and/or diversionary activities that engage young people in these environments.
Lily and the Goretti team are to be commended on their efforts to raise the awareness of such a worthy cause – Go Goretti!
The Daniel Morcombe Foundation Website
Visit https://danielmorcombe.com.au/safe-bedrooms/ to access this helpful and informative resource for parents and carers and their children and teens. Safe Bedrooms is a suite of resources which equips parents and carers with the tools to lock predators out. Online grooming can happen to any child. However, 97% of Australian parents and carers hadn’t previously considered online grooming a threat. Safe Bedrooms provides information for parents and carers on how to recognise, react and report online grooming. Through the series of videos and resources, parents and carers can learn about the warning signs of online grooming, how to protect their children and what to do if they are concerned about a child. By becoming informed, parents and carers can keep their children safe online.
The College also employs a best practice model of engaging with families and to provide a restorative approach to conflict within the community. Our College Pastoral Program embeds the PERMAH approach to wellbeing, with a Catholic lens of our Core Values. Our Wellbeing team actively encourages:
- Partnerships with other schools (St Mary’s College, St Saviour's Primary School. Our Mercy partner schools and other Toowoomba Diocesan and Catholic Colleges).
- Family Engagement by invitation to our regular College events, our fortnightly newsletter, social media platforms (check out our Facebook and Instagram pages!)
- Strong community ties with local support and social justice agencies such as Toowoomba Transition Support Services, St Vincent de Paul, Protea Place, St Patrick’s Parish.
- Intervention and Postvention strategies on campus for identification and referral for students who may need support, across all year levels.
- A supportive Wellbeing Team, trained and with experience in restorative practices and mental health and wellbeing, consisting of:
Assistant Principal: Mission and Student Wellbeing, Mrs Heather Hagemann
Middle Leader Student Wellbeing, Mrs Juanita Doherty
Middle Leader Student Wellbeing Support, Mrs Megan Schulze
A fulltime Psychologist in the role of College Counsellor, Ms Renee Hunter
A College Chaplain, Wednesday to Friday, Ms Catherine Skuse
A Cultural Liaison Champion, Monday to Friday, Ms Amii Brown
Useful Wellbeing and Support Links for Students
Beyond Blue is one of Australia’s best known mental health and wellbeing support organisation. They provide support programs to address issues related to depression, suicide, anxiety disorders and other related mental illnesses. Along with a comprehensive website, the beyond Blue Support Service provide 24/7 phone support, Chat online 1pm-12am / 7days a week, email support and a range of community chat forums 1300 22 4636 www.beyondblue.org.au
Kids Helpline is a free Australian telephone and online (webchat and email) counselling service for young people aged between 5 and 25. 1800 55 1800 https://kidshelpline.com.au
1300 MH CALL: Mental health access line
1300 MH CALL (1300 642255) is a confidential mental health telephone triage service that provides the first point of contact to public mental health services to Queenslanders. 1300 MH CALL is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will link to the caller’s nearest Queensland Public Mental Health service.
eheadspace provides free online and telephone support and counselling to young people 12 - 25 and their families and friends.
Call 1800 650 890, 9am-1am AEST / 7 days a week. https://headspace.org.au/eheadspace/
Student Reminders of College Guidelines and Expectations
Use of Mobile Phones and Earbuds
As per the guidelines outlined in the College Student Planner, students are not to use personal electronic devices (mobile phones or earbuds) at school, within the hours of 8.30am – 3.00pm, without permission from the Principal. Any device found switched on in the possession of a student while they are at school will be confiscated and the parent/carer will be contacted by the office. The electronic device can then be collected by the parent/carer at the end of the school day. The instruction is clear and Homeclass teachers spent a good deal of time ensuring this was clearly communicated during the start of year Housekeeping session in Week 1. Students have all been asked to sign pages of the Guidelines in their Student learning Journals to indicate their compliance. These can be found on page 8, so please discuss these with your child. We trust that parents and carers are supporting the address of this matter from home, by encouraging our girls to comply with College Guidelines.
Out of Bounds Areas
The Student Learning Journal (diary) has a clear, colour-coded map of the College grounds, indicating areas which are out of bounds, as well as areas in which students must have adult supervision. I have given several reminders on Assembly to students and staff about this in recent weeks, so please review the Learning Journal to ensure compliance with this document.
Bullying (inclusive of cyberbullying)
There is no place for bullying at St Saviour’s College. Bullying is a repeated pattern of behaviour which includes name-calling, taunting, mocking, making offensive comments, kicking, hitting, pushing, theft, inappropriate text messaging, sending offensive or degrading images by phone or internet, producing offensive graffiti, gossiping, excluding people from groups and spreading hurtful and untruthful rumours.
Cyberbullying is a repeated pattern of behaviour defined as ‘the aggressive, intentional act carried out by a group or individual, using electronic forms of contact repeatedly and over time against a victim who cannot easily defend him or herself’. St Saviour’s College is committed to promoting responsible and positive use of social media sites.
The uniform requirements are as follows:
- White long-sleeved blouse with red piping
- College striped skirt (*below the knee)
- Red tie with College badge pinned in the centre
- College green blazer (optional)
- College white formal hat
- Black stockings (opaque)
- Black leather lace up shoes (no buckles, casual styles, raised heels or coloured stitching)
* It is important that students are conscious of their skirt length remaining below the knee. This may require letting down the hem, to allow for a growth in height.
What is not acceptable:
- Makeup or other cosmetics
- Earrings other than one, in each lower earlobe
- Earrings other than one pair of plain sleepers or studs; no ‘decorative’ earrings
- Earrings larger than 5mm
- No other jewellery apart from a plain wristwatch
- Coloured nail polish
- Fake nails
- Headbands with bows or any other detail
- Unnatural hair colours or styles
- Hair extensions
- Black socks
“All laugh and pray together not one cold, stiff soul appears.”
Catherine McAuley, circa 1830
For every day, I give thanks – God bless.
Assistant Principal - Mission and Student Wellbeing
On Monday 22nd August, St Mary’s College will be hosting an information evening. The Senior Years – A Survival Guide for Parents will begin at 5:30pm and conclude by 6:45pm in the Edmund Rice Cultural Centre (cnr Hill and Helen Streets). The topics for this evening are achieving a sport/school/work/life balance, parenting a teenage driver and helping my teen be safe at parties. The aim is to socialise, hear briefly from some experts and have a chat with other parents.
If you are interested in attending, please RSVP using this link: https://www.trybooking.com/CBSDO
This term keeps moving along at a rapid pace. So much is happening in the coming weeks, coming off our Library and Information week, more events just keep running!
What's Happening in the Library?
Harry Potter’s birthday celebrations!
What a great time had by all – from celebrating in “Diagon Alley”, students visiting “Flourish & Blotts” (a.k.a the Library)
… and then finishing in the afternoon with a rousing game of competitive Quidditch between the sports houses …
Our wonderful ‘snitches’
Our scorers in action
Supported and organised by our leaders
And the winner is … RAVENCLAW a.k.a. Xavier!
Book Week is nearly here… is your costume ready?
Australian School Library Day August 24
Breach the library walls!
Australian School Library Day will be celebrated on 24 August 2022, which is the Wednesday of the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book Week.
The purpose of Australian School Library Day is to celebrate and highlight the glorious variety of things that your school library staff do - especially those things that may normally be ‘hidden’ from view but are so essential to the far-reaching web of impact that the school library has in your school.
Australian School Library Day sits in the CBCA Book Week. It's the perfect opportunity to celebrate Australian literature and Australian school libraries.
Australian School Library Day is a day to highlight and celebrate school libraries.
Everyone! It's the perfect opportunity to celebrate school libraries.
Retrieved from: https://studentsneedschoollibraries.org.au/asld/
Dress Up Day August 26
Come dressed up with the theme “Dreaming with eyes open…” linked with a book character. Prizes are for best homemade costume, most recognisable character, most original costume + more!
Gold Coin donation to support Indigenous Literacy.
Costumes are to be school appropriate and sun-safe.
There is no need to purchase a costume, we love costumes derived from what you already have in the closet at home. Any questions see Mrs King in the library! Thanks Jen for the poster!
TLs and their Importance in Schools
The role of the TL can have far reaching implications in a school setting – as seen above, the ability to roll out school wide events that celebrate literature beyond the book and beyond the school library walls. Visit your library today and see what is happening.
August 20-26: Book Week – Dreaming with eyes open…
August 26: Book Week Quiz and Dress up day
Year 8 Geography Excursion
On Monday 1st August, the Year 8s went to Picnic Point as part of their Geography unit. They participated in a range of activities learning about landforms and landscapes, including the history and significance of Tabletop Mountain. They practiced their skills in field sketching and considered the positive and negative impacts humans have had on the natural landscape of Picnic Point.
Shrek the Musical Jr.
On the 5th and 6th of August St Saviour’s College presented Shrek the Musical Jr. to approximately 1000 guests over three days, with the assistance of our special guest cast members from St Mary’s College.
It really was a Big Bright Beautiful World, as we learnt the Story of My Life, and said What’s Up Duloc? After eight months of hard work, on Friday morning, our cast and crew could finally state I Know it’s Today, as guests from near and far sang a Travel Song on their way to the Callaghan Centre. I know it seemed like the show went on Forever, but in the end, we proved that This is How a Dream Comes True. Despite not being a Morning Person, Ms Jensen supplied the creative team with coffee, enabling us to tell our exhaustion, I think I got you Beat.
After lunch, it was time to Make a Move and let our Freak Flag fly, as over 500 primary schoolers danced and sang their way through an almighty Finale. I’m a Believer that this was the best production that St Saviour’s College has ever done and without the hard work and support of so many staff and students, it would not have been the huge success that it was.
From the Careers Centre
Well done Injil Mwbusi. Injil secured part-time employment at Terry White Chemmart at Clifford Gardens after her successful work experience placement at the end of Term 1. We are very proud when students take a step closer to their dream career, for Injil, that is working within the Allied Health industry.
UQ Link Scholarship
Value: $3,000 AUD per year. Open/Closing Dates: 2 August 2022 – 9 December 2022. Find out more
UniSQ Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarship
Value: Up to $29,000 AUD. Open/Closing Dates: 2 August 2022 – 19 January 2023. Find out more
Elevate: Boosting Women in STEM Scholarships
Value: Up to $82,000 AUD. Open/Closing Dates: 29 July 2022 – 30 September 2022. In addition to providing financial support, the program aims to address gender inequities in STEM through fostering more women-led industry-academia collaborations in applied research and business, growing professional skills of women in STEM and by propelling women into leadership. Find out more
Grandshake Virtual Work Experiences
Grandshake offers Virtual Work Experience programs for students across Australia aged 14-19. These programs are a great way to get a taste of your dream career, all from your own home. The programs run all year, during school and the holidays, so you can sign up to start at any time. The programs typically run for four weeks, with a 2-4 hour commitment per week. They are totally free. Learn more
Queensland Police Service | Recruiting Information Session
Wednesday 31 August 2022, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Roma Street Police Station. Recruiting staff will be available to answer questions. Find out more: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/queensland-police-service-recruiting-information-session-registration-394868902517?aff=ebdsoporgprofile
ACU | Talk with Nurses and Midwives
Wednesday 5 October 2022, 6.00 pm – 7.00 pm. Online. Take part in a QandA session with graduates and learn what it is like working on the frontline and using your skills to help people when they need it the most. Find out more: https://www.acu.edu.au/about-acu/events/2022/october/talk-with-nurses-and-midwives
TAFE Queensland Scholarships
Value: Up to $5,000 AUD. Open/Closing Dates: 4 July 2022 – 30 September 2022. Access and equity scholarships provide equitable access to study at TAFE Queensland. Find out more
Explore Careers Career Quiz
Explore Careers has created a free quiz to help you discover the Australian industries and careers that are right for you. Take the quiz here: https://explorecareers.com.au/career-quiz/
Uni at School – Can I Start in Year 10?
Like to get a taste of university study and life before you finish high school? You can thanks to many universities offering Uni at School programs. These programs let you enrol and study one or more university subjects alongside your regular high school studies. If you want to know more about Uni at School programs, check out Uni at School Guide.
SBA Vacancies (Note: All applicants are subject to a trail shift)
Certificate III in Hospitality
- The Rock and Chipmunks Playland - Year 11 students may apply
- Subway and Kajoku Korean and Japanese Cuisine and 95 Mary Street - Year 10, 11 and 12 students may apply
- Kingfishers Café - Year 10 and 11 students may apply
- Café 63 - Year 10 students may apply.
Certificate III in Commercial Cookery
- The Rock - Year 11 students may apply
- GPO Café and Rak Thai Kitchen - Year 10, 11 and 12 students may apply
Certificate III in Business (Hospitality)
- Pizza Hut - Year 10 and 11 students may apply.
Certificate III in Business (including Retail Electives)
- Action Indoor Sports Stadium - Year 10 and 11 students may apply
- Chipmunks Playland - Year 11 students may apply
- Red Rooster, Pacific Fuels and Pack and Send - Year 10, 11 and 12 students may apply
Certificate III in Business (including Customer Engagement)
- Pattysmith - Year 10 and 11 students may apply
- Noodle Box and Bakery Cakery - Year 10, 11 and 12 students may apply
Certificate II in Supply Chain Operations
- Reece Group, Toowoomba – Year 10 Students are to apply online at https://reece.wd3.myworkdayjobs.com/ReeceCareers.
Years 10 and 11 - Certificate II in Early Childhood Education and Care – Mirambeena Children’s Centre. Must have a passion for children’s care. Applications close 24.08.2022. Workday is one day per week. Work experience required. Applicants are to contact Mary on 07 4630 1989 to arrange an interview.
SBA vacancies are advertised each fortnight in the newsletter and will be emailed directly to all students in Years 10, 11 and 12. If you wish to apply for a vacancy, please ensure you have completed an SBA Referral form, your resume is updated, you have written an appropriate cover letter, and that you follow the application directions in the advertisement. Once these documents are completed, hand them (or send via email) to Mrs Cocks, Career Support Officer at 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