Assistant Principal - Mission and Student Wellbeing

Faith and Mission

Catholic Education Week

Last week we celebrated the much-awaited Catholic Education Week and gathered to celebrate the launch with a National Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral on Tuesday. As committed people of faith, who are called to nurture communities of faith, hope and love, we are ever mindful of God’s active participation in our lives. Archbishop Coleridge joined with Bishop Robert McGuckin, Fr Michael and his team to preside over the national Mass. Our College Choir, the Saviour’s Sisters, conducted by Mr Jed Burley and accompanied by Fr Nathan, were invited to sing in the mass. Mr Chris Grierson and Miss Kate Hudson-James, two of our talented College staff, also provided musical accompaniment in the celebrations. We were honoured to be a part of the celebrations for the launch. Faith, love and hope were most certainly experienced as we walked gently beside one another during this week.

Bishop’s Inservice Day

On Friday during Catholic Education Week, we came together as a Diocese to celebrate our annual Bishop’s Inservice Day. With some of the virtual sessions hosted by the Toowoomba Catholic School staff, it was a day of meaningful connection, prayer and camaraderie. The keynote speaker was Brother Damien Price who spoke to the topic of ‘Be the change 22’. Br Damien is a Christian Brother of the Oceania Province, who has taught for over thirty years in schools throughout Queensland. Damien has been involved in working with disadvantaged youth, homeless men and women, refugees and asylum seekers. Damien’s evidence-based research on service learning is an instrumental component of the TCS senior secondary Religious Education program, Living Water. He is very much in touch with the daily challenges of school life and reminded us of the significance and meaning of our Catholic schools. We are blessed to have Br Damien join us this year to celebrate our Catholic identity.

Youth Ministry

Vinnies Annual Winter Sleepout at UniSQ 

Girls from our Youth Ministry and Praxis teams had a chilly but fun night building cardboard houses for the people who were sleeping out overnight last Friday, to raise awareness about, and donations for those who experience homelessness in Toowoomba. Thank you to Charlotte, Bianca, Sandrine, Kiara, Maryam, Sarah and Chappy Cath for braving the cold to attend! We were also joined by Samir from St Mary’s College, who was a whiz at building the houses - thanks for your help! Reports are that over 500 people identify as homeless currently in Toowoomba. However, this figure is considered to be under reported. Over $10,000 was raised for the Sleepout event, with St Vincent de Paul raising over $2,000. The collegiality and enthusiasm with which the girls participated in this year’s event was wonderful. Once a Mercy Girl…!

Student Wellbeing

Harry Potter’s Birthday – Funday Friday!

As we close on our Catholic Education Week and Bishop’s In Service Day celebrations, our creative team are busily preparing for Potters birthday this Friday, 12 August! The Owlery will be open during Homeclass time and run through until the end of the day. Diagon Alley will open at break times, and we will have our Quidditch match during sport time. This is also the day we welcome some prospective Mercy Girls, as we are also hosting our Mercy Girl for a Morning event. Dublin Place will be magically transformed for the day, to provide some fun and wonderfully creative activities and stalls to celebrate Harry’s special day – our visitors will certainly have a jam-packed day!

Parent Engagement

The Daniel Morcombe Foundation Website

Visit https://danielmorcombe.com.au/safe-bedrooms/ to access this helpful and informative resource for parents and carers and their children and teens. Safe Bedrooms is a suite of resources which equips parents and carers with the tools to lock predators out. Online grooming can happen to any child. However, 97% of Australian parents and carers hadn’t previously considered online grooming a threat. Safe Bedrooms provides information for parents and carers on how to recognise, react and report online grooming. Through the series of videos and resources, parents and carers can learn about the warning signs of online grooming, how to protect their children and what to do if they are concerned about a child. By becoming informed, parents and carers can keep their children safe online.

Behaviour Support

The College also employs a best practice model of engaging with families and to provide a restorative approach to conflict within the community. Our College Pastoral Program embeds the PERMAH approach to wellbeing, with a Catholic lens of our Core Values. Our Wellbeing team actively encourages:

  • Partnerships with other schools (St Mary’s College, St Saviour's Primary School. Our Mercy partner schools and other Toowoomba Diocesan and Catholic Colleges).
  • Family Engagement by invitation to our regular College events, our fortnightly newsletter, social media platforms (check out our Facebook and Instagram pages!)
  • Strong community ties with local support and social justice agencies such as Toowoomba Transition Support Services, St Vincent de Paul, Protea Place, St Patrick’s Parish.
  • Intervention and Postvention strategies on campus for identification and referral for students who may need support, across all year levels.
  • A supportive Wellbeing Team, trained and with experience in restorative practices and mental health and wellbeing, consisting of:

Assistant Principal: Mission and Student Wellbeing, Mrs Heather Hagemann
Email: heather.hagemann@twb.catholic.edu.au

Middle Leader Student Wellbeing, Mrs Juanita Doherty
Email: juanita.doherty@twb.catholic.edu.au

Middle Leader Student Wellbeing Support, Mrs Megan Schulze
Email: megan.schulze@twb.catholic.edu.au

A fulltime Psychologist in the role of College Counsellor, Ms Renee Hunter
Email: renee.hunter@twb.catholic.edu.au

A College Chaplain, Wednesday to Friday, Ms Catherine Skuse
Email: catherine.skuse@twb.catholic.edu.au

A Cultural Liaison Champion, Monday to Friday, Ms Amii Brown
Email: amii.brown@twb.catholic.edu.au

Useful Wellbeing and Support Links for Students

Beyond Blue is one of Australia’s best known mental health and wellbeing support organisation. They provide support programs to address issues related to depression, suicide, anxiety disorders and other related mental illnesses. Along with a comprehensive website, the beyond Blue Support Service provide 24/7 phone support, Chat online 1pm-12am / 7days a week, email support and a range of community chat forums 1300 22 4636 www.beyondblue.org.au

Kids Helpline is a free Australian telephone and online (webchat and email) counselling service for young people aged between 5 and 25. 1800 55 1800 https://kidshelpline.com.au 

1300 MH CALL: Mental health access line

1300 MH CALL (1300 642255) is a confidential mental health telephone triage service that provides the first point of contact to public mental health services to Queenslanders. 1300 MH CALL is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will link to the caller’s nearest Queensland Public Mental Health service.

https://www.qld.gov.au/health/mental-health/help-lines/1300-mh-call

eheadspace provides free online and telephone support and counselling to young people 12 - 25 and their families and friends. 

Call 1800 650 890, 9am-1am AEST / 7 days a week. https://headspace.org.au/eheadspace/ 

Student Reminders of College Guidelines and Expectations

Use of Mobile Phones and Earbuds

As per the guidelines outlined in the College Student Planner, students are not to use personal electronic devices (mobile phones or earbuds) at school, within the hours of 8.30am – 3.00pm, without permission from the Principal. Any device found switched on in the possession of a student while they are at school will be confiscated and the parent/carer will be contacted by the office. The electronic device can then be collected by the parent/carer at the end of the school day. The instruction is clear and Homeclass teachers spent a good deal of time ensuring this was clearly communicated during the start of year Housekeeping session in Week 1. Students have all been asked to sign pages of the Guidelines in their Student learning Journals to indicate their compliance. These can be found on page 8, so please discuss these with your child. We trust that parents and carers are supporting the address of this matter from home, by encouraging our girls to comply with College Guidelines. 

Out of Bounds Areas

The Student Learning Journal (diary) has a clear, colour-coded map of the College grounds, indicating areas which are out of bounds, as well as areas in which students must have adult supervision. I have given several reminders on Assembly to students and staff about this in recent weeks, so please review the Learning Journal to ensure compliance with this document.

Bullying (inclusive of cyberbullying)

There is no place for bullying at St Saviour’s College. Bullying is a repeated pattern of behaviour which includes name-calling, taunting, mocking, making offensive comments, kicking, hitting, pushing, theft, inappropriate text messaging, sending offensive or degrading images by phone or internet, producing offensive graffiti, gossiping, excluding people from groups and spreading hurtful and untruthful rumours.

Cyberbullying is a repeated pattern of behaviour defined as ‘the aggressive, intentional act carried out by a group or individual, using electronic forms of contact repeatedly and over time against a victim who cannot easily defend him or herself’. St Saviour’s College is committed to promoting responsible and positive use of social media sites.

Winter Uniform

The uniform requirements are as follows:

  • White long-sleeved blouse with red piping
  • College striped skirt (*below the knee)
  • Red tie with College badge pinned in the centre
  • College green blazer (optional)
  • College white formal hat
  • Black stockings (opaque)
  • Black leather lace up shoes (no buckles, casual styles, raised heels or coloured stitching)

* It is important that students are conscious of their skirt length remaining below the knee. This may require letting down the hem, to allow for a growth in height.

What is not acceptable:

  • Makeup or other cosmetics
  • Earrings other than one, in each lower earlobe
  • Earrings other than one pair of plain sleepers or studs; no ‘decorative’ earrings
  • Earrings larger than 5mm
  • No other jewellery apart from a plain wristwatch
  • Coloured nail polish
  • Fake nails
  • Headbands with bows or any other detail
  • Unnatural hair colours or styles
  • Hair extensions
  • Black socks

“All laugh and pray together not one cold, stiff soul appears.”
Catherine McAuley, circa 1830

For every day, I give thanks – God bless.

Heather Hagemann
Assistant Principal - Mission and Student Wellbeing

Deputy Principal - Curriculum

In my reading this week, I came across an excellent article from The Learning Scientists (https://www.learningscientists.org/blog/2020/4/2-1) The article explores the concept of metacognition as a superpower and posits that it is the metacognitive and self-regulatory skillset that sets apart really robust and  successful learners from their peers.

Whilst often defined simply as thinking about thinking, metacognition is actually more poweful: it’s the act of thinking about your thinking and applying that “supervisory thinking” to regulate your cognition and manage future behaviour so that you can achieve whatever goals that are relevant to the current target of your focus. So, it’s actually the self-regulation component that is the key to why it is so powerful. Metacognition enables you to quality-control your thinking and reasoning and then redirect your cognition and behaviour to improve your chances of successfully achieving your goals.

In order to deliberately employ metacognition, we need to harness our inner voice. It’s often funny when I talk about my inner monologue with students, sometimes they look at me like I’m crazy – yes everyone talks to themselves and everyone hears a voice in their head! Brain science tells us that our inner voice is actually part of our working memory and if we can direct it efficiently, we can learn more effectively.

It means training ourselves to ask these kinds of questions as we are learning:

Check for understanding:

  • Do I fully understand this?
  • Can I break this down into smaller parts?
  • How would I explain this to a child?
  • Can I succinctly explain this?

Link to Prior Knowledge:

  • Does this remind me of anything else I have learned in another subject?
  • Can I think of any practical examples of this?
  • Where else have I come across this idea?
  • Who else has tried to teach me this before?
  • How certain am I that this is true and correct?
  • Does this relate to anything else that I already know?
  • How difficult was it for me to grasp this?

Forming Connections

  • If this is a WHAT, then can I explain the WHY?
  • How can this information be applied in my life?
  • Why is this important to know?
  • What else would I like to learn about this subject?

The Search for Bias, Manipulation and Truth

  • How does this fit in with the rest of what I know about this subject?
  • Is this information reliable?
  • Is this totally believable?

Planning to succeed

  • What are my first steps?
  • What should I do next?
  • Where do I want to be by the end of this hour, this day, this week?

Independence

  • Where can I find more information about this?
  • Can I find a different explanation somewhere?
  • Where can I get help? (book, buddy, brain, boss)

(Illustration courtesy of iDoRecall.)

Metacognition is critical in everyday life and is essential for all sorts of problem-solving and goal-directed behaviours. It is a life skill that everyone should aspire to master.

Academic Award Recipients

Last Thursday we commended our Gold, Silver and Bronze award recipients at our Academic Awards Ceremony. I offer my commendation to these students on their pursuit of excellence, diligence and success and thank all parents and grandparents for their presence on the day.

GOLD AWARD

SILVER AWARD

BRONZE AWARD

EEPP

Year 12 students are reminded that External Examination Preparation Program registrations are now open. Students can opt into as many or as few subjects as they wish. By completing the EEPP Registration form you are securing your place. Please make sure that you select the subject or subjects you wish to attend.

Jessica Wade
Deputy Principal - Curriculum

From the Careers Centre

ACU | Year 12 Revision Webinars

Chemistry: Monday 22 August 2022, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

English: Tuesday 23 August 2022, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

General Maths: Wednesday 24 August 2022, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Maths Methods: Thursday 25 August 2022, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Legal Studies: Monday 29 August 2022, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Study of Religion: Tuesday 30 August 2022, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join ACU for this free online webinar run by experienced Year 12 exam markers and assessors. They’ll guide you through how to respond to possible exam questions, help you get your head around the content to deepen your understanding, and offer plenty of tips and strategies along the way. You’ll also have an opportunity to get your questions answered during a live 30-minute Q&A.
Find out more: https://www.acu.edu.au/about-acu/events/year-12-revision-webinars/qld

SBA Sign Up – Madison Smith

Congratulations to Madison Smith (pictured with Steven Paull and Jessica Wright of BigDog Support Services) who has commenced a Certificate III in Individual Support school-based traineeship.

Pathways Information Afternoon

St Saviour’s College held their annual Pathway Information Afternoon on Monday 25 July. This allowed the opportunity for providers of alternate senior pathways, that partner with St Saviour’s College, to engage with students of Years 9 - 11 and their parents face-to-face. Exhibitors included the Academy of Fitness and High Performance, USQ Headstart, UQ Skills - UQ Skills Enquiries, the Australian Defence Force, the Toowoomba Catholic Schools SBA Office, the College for Australian Early Childhood Educators Pty Ltd and Mater. Mr Chris Grierson, Career Development Practitioner and Mrs Jessica Wade, Deputy Principal, presented to students regarding all the wonderful opportunities available within their senior pathways.

USQ - Toowoomba Open Day: Sunday 21 August 2022 at 10.00am

Explore all the USQ Toowoomba campus has to offer - this is where it’s all happening for Open Day 2022. See careers in action and participate in hands-on activities that will get you excited to start studying. Get your questions answered by the team of lecturers in the Refectory or attend the information sessions to find out more about your area of interest. Discover what it’s like to study on campus and check out all the student clubs, leadership opportunities or sporting teams you could join. Tour the three on-campus residential colleges and find out what it’s like to live on-campus.

Details and registration: https://usq.edu.au/events/2022/08/open-days-2022/open-day-twb

ACU | Talk with Psychologists: Wednesday 14 September 2022, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Online

A career in psychology will allow you to explore the human mind and behaviours, and improve outcomes for a range of people in the community. Join us online to hear from ACU alumni about their experiences working as psychologists. Take part in a Q&A session with our graduates and learn what it is like to provide meaningful insight and support to others, when they need it most.

Find out more: https://www.acu.edu.au/about-acu/events/2022/september/talk-with-psychologists

Defence Careers Virtual Information Session: Are you interested to learn about the wide range of roles available in the Navy, Army and Air Force? Join an upcoming info session and speak with current serving members to see which Australian Defence Force career is best suited to you. Time: 6:00pm. Location: Online
Details and Registration:
 https://www.defencejobs.gov.au/events/events-detail/ozoscbd

Saturday 6 August 2022: ACU - Brisbane Open Day: Deciding what to study is a pretty momentous decision. That’s why they run Open Day – it’s everything you need, in one place, to help make your choice. This year ACU are running both on-campus and online Open Days. The choice is yours – immerse yourself in the campus atmosphere or join us online from the comfort of home. 10:00am at the ACU Brisbane Campus.
Details and Registration: https://openday.acu.edu.au

Study Assist: Applying for tertiary education after secondary school?

Get your head around the fee structures and get HELP!

Competitions

MyState Student Film Festival: The MyState Student Film Festival is back again for another year of fun, creativity and exploration. You can enter an original short film in whatever genre you like — drama, comedy, action, documentary, animation or even a music video. The story, setting, plot and style are all completely up to you. Entry to the MyState Student Film Festival is free and students from Kindergarten to University are eligible to submit their films and have the chance to share in thousands of prizes. Entries close 21 October. Find out more and enter here:  https://www.mystatefilmfestival.com.au/the-festival/festival-information/

More than just a job, with a Queensland school-based apprenticeship or school-based traineeship you will:

  • Obtain a pathway from school to work
  • Gain the edge you need to get started in your career
  • Obtain real world skills and knowledge
  • Combine practical paid work with training
  • Earn an income while you learn
  • Build your confidence and communication skills
  • Take a steppingstone to higher education
  • End up with a nationally recognised qualification
  • Achieve credits towards your Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)

Before your start your SAT, there’s a few things to consider first:

  • Does it fit ‘your plan’?Apprentice and trainees may only access a maximum of two government-funded training contributions. It is important that students (and their parents or guardians) consider if the SAT is appropriate and relates to the student’s future chosen career.
  • Do you have support from your school?Discuss how a school-based apprenticeship or traineeships may assist with Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) points and underpin tertiary study.
  • Will you have work / school / training / life balance?Develop strategies to balance the additional workload of school, work and training.
  • Have you got transportation options?Work hours may be different, do you still have reliable transport to and from work?

What happens when you finish school but not your training?

Some students complete their traineeship while at school. All school-based apprentices and some school-based trainees however will finish school without having completed their training requirements. To complete your qualification, you’ll need to convert your working arrangements to either a full-time or a part-time level.

Careers & Jobs
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. This quiz is unique because the results will tell you about real Australian companies that you could work for. Explore Careers have partnered with hundreds of Australian employers to help high school students learn what job suits them. Take the quiz here: https://explorecareers.com.au/career-quiz/

Chris Grierson
Career Development Practitioner

Library

Welcome

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!

We are celebrating Harry Potter’s birthday (maybe a little after July 31 but still close!). The library is turning into Flourish and Blotts – come along and try a quiz – check out the different ‘magical’ sections of the library. What house are you? Find out which house you below to and what your characteristics are…

Book Week is coming…

Each year since 1945 the CBCA has brought children and books together across Australia through CBCA Book Week. During this time schools and public libraries spend one glorious week celebrating books and Australian children's authors and illustrators. Classroom teachers, teacher librarians and public librarians create colourful displays, develop activities, run competitions and tell stories relating to a theme to highlight the importance of reading.

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!

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. More information to come soon.

ID Cards to Borrow from the Library

As all students should have been issued with their ID cards, this is a great way to make it easier to borrow resources from the library. Please have your ID card with you and pass it over at the front desk to be scanned.

TLs and their Importance in Schools

Develop and support an inquiry-based learning culture.

“Teacher librarians are strong advocates of inquiry learning based n inquiry process models. The use of these inquiry process models and the emphasis on questioning indicates that teacher librarians have evolved their practice from an information literacy or information-seeking focus to a more holistic inquiry focus.” (Lupton, 2010).

Taken from Kay Oddone’s Visual Literature Review

Allowing students to develop their inquiry skills also means having appropriate resources available. Appropriate can be a physical copy or an online copy of information for students and teachers; having these resources is an integral part of a TL’s role, and something that is continually being monitored and updated as teachers adapt their units and students with different learning needs arrive and journey through the school. This involves keeping the online library catalogue https://au.accessit.online/STS03/#!dashboard updated and subject links created and reviewed. This is a work in progress and has long term ramifications.

Date Claimers:

August 12: Harry Potter’s Birthday celebrations

August 20-26: Book Week – Dreaming with eyes open…

August 26: Book Week Quiz and Dress up day

Author Roald Dahl (British novelist, short-story writer, poet, screenwriter, and wartime fighter pilot): 
“I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.”

Andrea King
Teacher Librarian

Principal

Musical Fever

We are so excited about tonight’s College Musical. Months of effort on the part of the production team, cast and crew has culminated in what I am certain is going to be a wonderful, celebratory and polished production. Many, many thanks to the team of staff who have pulled this together including Mrs Jennifer Potter, Ms Kara Jensen, Ms Kate Hudson-James, Mrs Wendy Collins, Mrs Berni Gray, as well as Mrs Kerri Prentice, Ms Jo Stewart and Mr Wes Irwin. Thanks also to 2021 alumnae, Emily Cavanagh, for her support with the choreography and Mr Vince Donovan for his work with light and sound, and finally, to our wonderful Mercy girls and the boys from St Mary’s College who form the cast and crew. Musicals are such a wonderful way to shine the light on the talented and giftedness of our students and I couldn’t be prouder of their dedicated commitment to perform in the Musical to bring joy to the lives of others. There are still tickets available via the following link.

As I shared on assembly this week, there are many takeaways from the story shared in our musical, and we can draw wonderful parallels to Scripture.

  1. The main character does not need all the trappings for happiness.
    “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?” (Luke 12: 25)
  2. The female lead character eventually stops caring about what other people think – she chooses self-love and is set free from everything that held her back, which leads to her finding her ‘happy ever after’.
    “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”  (Joshua 1: 9)
  3. Focus on pursuing authentic relationships with both people and nature.
    “And God saw everything that he had made and behold, it was very good.” (Genesis 1: 31)
  4. Never judge anyone by what you first see. It takes time to form truthful and trusted relationships.
    “Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. For with the judgement you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get.”  (Matthew 7: 1-2)
  5. You don’t have to censor yourself just to fit in. Accept and own your differences.
    “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12: 2)
  6. You never know what someone is dealing with. Lead with kindness always.
    “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4: 32)
  7. Love can bloom in unlikely places.
    “And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” (Colossians 3: 14)

(Adapted from: 7 Lessons that …… taught us)

Mercy Girl for a Morning

Next week, we host our second ‘Mercy Girl for a Morning’. If you know of any girls from Years 5 to Year 9 who may be interested in experiencing a morning at St Saviour’s College, please lead them to this link.

Sport and SSC

St Saviour’s and our Mercy Girls value sportsmanship and fair play. Any behaviours or conduct that sit outside of this do not comply with our ‘SSC Sports Charter’ and are not at all tolerated by the College and will be dealt with according to our College Behaviour Support processes. At St Saviour’s we pride ourselves on having ‘pride in the badge’ and the wearing of our uniforms reflect our mercy values. Many thanks to our Sport Middle Leader, Mr Greg Leathart, coaches and teams who represent our College so well across a variety of sports. Presently, we have had teams involved in Touch, Netball, Rugby League, Volleyball and Basketball. In addition, we are looking forward to our College Athletics Carnival at O’Quinn Street on Tuesday 16 August.

Leadership Forum

On Sunday, I will be travelling out to Cunnamulla with other Principals and personnel from the Toowoomba Catholic Schools Office (TCSO) to engage in professional learning and development until Wednesday. It is always a great learning experience and an opportunity to spend valuable collegial time with the 30 other Principals from the diocese. Thank you to the TCSO for providing this opportunity and to Mrs Jess Wade and Mrs Heather Hagemann who will be deputising in my absence.

Blessings for the weeks ahead.

Sharon Collins
Principal

Year 9/10 Visual Arts

The two Year 9/10 Visual Arts classes recently enjoyed a day of workshops each with Artist Simone Eisler. Simone has exhibited all over the world and has many public art commissions in major Australian cities. We enjoyed a day of plaster casting natural forms and will continue to ornament them for an exhibition in the art courtyard later this term.

Students enjoyed developing new skills and hearing of the varied work Simone has created all over the world as a full-time artist. It was very inspiring to hear of her influences, motivations and experiences. 

College Musical

TOOWOOMBA, 5th - 6th AUGUST 2022 – Nasty will be nice, and Toowoomba will be over-the-moon when St Saviour’s College and St Mary’s College students present their musical production on the 5th and 6th August.

This unique story of discovery encourages each of us to examine our prejudices, review what we believe to be our limitations and work to better understand ourselves and others. The actors and crew in this production have embarked on a similar journey, as students and teachers with many different interests have learned more about themselves and each other while collaborating towards the common goal of presenting this musical.

Caleb Allen

Esther-Leigh Watts

Leading male, Caleb Allen from St Mary’s College Toowoomba states, “The best part about doing a school musical is that you get to try new things and meet new people every musical you do”.

Leading female, Esther-Leigh Watts from St Saviour’s College Toowoomba states, “I would say the best part of doing a school musical is seeing the amount of talent in our schools and forming life-long bonds with the cast and crew .”

St Saviour’s College Toowoomba will present their musical on August 5th and 6th at 7pm at the Callaghan Centre, St Saviour’s College, corner of Perth and Neil Streets Toowoomba, featuring special guest cast members from St Mary’s College Toowoomba. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased by clicking on the link below:

For more information, please contact Director and Producer, Mrs Jenni Potter Jennifer.potter@twb.catholic.edu.au.

Sport

Term 3 Sport

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

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

McAuley Boarding

It is wonderful to have all the girls back.

We have had a few updates in boarding over the break with some painting in the dining room and some new (refurbished) furniture.

We welcomed five new students into boarding - Kyneisha, Rila, Winifred, Donna and Sarah which has us at 57 girls. As always, I am proud of the way our girls welcome and care for new students.

Last term I confiscated seven second phones and will mail them home today. I admire the girl’s creativity but continue to stress the need to follow the rules. It is important for the girls to develop social skills and be able to manage not being glued to their phone or see it as the only way to socialise. We will continue to monitor the phones this term.

Staff

We are now fully staffed and have a wonderful team of ladies who work tirelessly to ensure the girls are well cared for.

Catherine Scott Senior Supervisor
Shauna McNeil Senior Supervisor
Christie Ollier Supervisor and WHS
Kym Stewart Supervisor
Letitia Jensen Supervisor
Siobhan Lansdowne Supervisor
Hannah Purvis Supervisor
Lucy Burling Supervisor
Michelle Mallet Laundry and Uniform Coordinator
Nikki Kemp Casual 
Narelle Jackson Casual

College Ties and Blazers Wanted

We have a shortage of College ties with none in stock at the uniform shop. If anyone has College ties they no longer use (and College blazers) and would like to sell or donate, please contact the College. We would love to have them!

Events

Friday 29 July is Bishops Inservice Day and a pupil free day for the girls. We are taking the girls to Harbour Town for a day’s shopping. We will take lunch and morning tea for the girls.

A total of 25 girls will attend the NAIDOC dinner at St Mary’s College on Thursday night. Miss Kim and Miss Amii will accompany the girls.  

Nicole Booth
Boarding Manager

Assistant Principal - Mission and Student Wellbeing

Faith and Mission

It is already Week 3 and the term has started off as a busy one! We are at the beginning of our Catholic Education Week celebrations for 2022. With this year’s theme being “Communities of Faith, Hope and Love”, I cannot think of a more life-giving and joyous theme to celebrate! Catholic Education Week is such a lovely opportunity to celebrate and enhance the reality of Catholic identity, to dialogue with the Catholic faith tradition and the world in which we live, to interpret and proclaim the good news. This has certainly been the cause for celebration with my Year 8 Religion class who were most excited to devote some of their time wool wrapping the fences at the offices of the Toowoomba Catholic Schools. The girls spread their woollen interpretaions of faith, hope and love as you can see from the images below.

NAIDOC Week 2022

NAIDOC Week celebrations at the start of this first fortnight caused us all to Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! and marked our first week’s Funday Friday activities. This year’s theme encourages all of us to champion institutional, structural, collaborative and cooperative change while celebrating those who have already driven and led change for First Nations communities. Our prayer for this fortnight’s newsletter celebrates the history and connection to our First Nations’ People:

Creator Spirit,

All creation once declared your glory,
Your laws were honoured and trusted,
forgive us our neglect.
Listen to our prayer as we turn to you,
hear the cry of our land and its people,
just as you heard the cry of Jesus, your Son, on the Cross.
Help us to replace our national shame
with true national pride by restoring the dignity of our First Peoples.
May our faith empower us to work for justice.
Only then will our nation grow strong and be a worthy place for all
who wish to make their home in our land.

Amen.

Our Mercy girls, especially those from remote Indigenous communities, were enthusiastic to share their artistic talent for face painting and creating dot dolls, in Dublin Place.

Term 3 Focus Youth Ministry – St Vincent de Paul

We continue our community support with this term’s Mission focus – the St Vincent de Paul’s Winter Appeal. This has been a long-standing tradition at St Saviour’s College to collect warm winter woollies and non-perishable food supplies for Vinnies with the help of Youth Development Coordinators, Julie Inskip and Rachelle. It is also important to increase the awareness of the plight of those experiencing homelessness across our country, within our mercy community.

We acknowledge and appreciate the special privilege we have as sisters of Mercy to see a need and make a positive difference in the lives of others who need assistance, living here in our local community. The Mercy Charism of our foundress, Catherine McAuley, inspires us as empowered women to see a need and respond. It is our hope, in partnership with St Vincent de Paul Society, that this winter we can continue to assist those living in the margins.

We see Jesus in the most marginalised people and take a vow of service to perform works of Mercy that alleviate suffering. At St Saviour’s College, we recognise that Catherine sought to follow Jesus’ example in all that we do. In the same way that St Vincent de Paul Society look to Frederick Ozanam, the founder of Vinnies to give hope to the hopeless.

Our lives as the students of a Sisters of Mercy College must be focused on responding to unmet needs, through direct service as well as seeking ways to change unjust systems. The Youth Ministry team is looking forward to hosting a range of activities throughout the term that will inspire compassionate responses to the most basic of needs and give hope to the hopeless through the donation of items such as a blankets, scarves, socks and monetary donations, that will assist St Vincent de Paul Society to continue its ministry here in Toowoomba. Students can leave donations at Student Services, at the donations table. Homeclasses also have collection boxes in their Homeclass rooms.

From the Religion Classroom

This week on Wednesday, our Year 11s had an educational day off campus attending the World Religion Symposium at UQ. This annual event provided girls with the experience of a lifetime, as the Professors, Lecturers and Researchers of the Arts Faculty shared their knowledge and wisdom of Religion, its History, achievements, advances and conflicts, through participating in a choice of six workshops. Big thanks to Adele and Chappy Cath for joining us! We sincerely thank Mrs Wade for always promoting exciting and meaningful curriculum enhancement opportunities for our Mercy Girls, and to Ms Collins for supporting a diverse and rich culture of learning at the College.

Student Wellbeing

Parent Engagement

The Daniel Morcombe Foundation Website

Visit https://danielmorcombe.com.au/safe-bedrooms/ to access this helpful and informative resource for parents and carers and their children and teens. Safe Bedrooms is a suite of resources which equips parents and carers with the tools to lock predators out. Online grooming can happen to any child. However, 97% of Australian parents and carers hadn’t previously considered online grooming a threat. Safe Bedrooms provides information for parents and carers on how to recognise, react and report online grooming. Through the series of videos and resources, parents and carers can learn about the warning signs of online grooming, how to protect their children and what to do if they are concerned about a child. By becoming informed, parents and carers can keep their children safe online.

Behaviour Support

The College also employs a best practice model of engaging with families and to provide a restorative approach to conflict within the community. Our College Pastoral Program embeds the PERMAH approach to wellbeing, with a Catholic lens of our Core Values. Our Wellbeing team actively encourages:

  • Partnerships with other schools (St Mary’s College, St Saviour's Primary School. Our Mercy partner schools and other Toowoomba Diocesan and Catholic Colleges).
  • Family Engagement by invitation to our regular College events, our fortnightly newsletter, social media platforms (check out our Facebook and Instagram pages!)
  • Strong community ties with local support and social justice agencies such as Toowoomba Transition Support Services, St Vincent de Paul, Protea Place, St Patrick’s Parish.
  • Intervention and Postvention strategies on campus for identification and referral for students who may need support, across all year levels.
  • A supportive Wellbeing Team, trained and with experience in restorative practices and mental health and wellbeing, consisting of:

Assistant Principal: Mission and Student Wellbeing, Mrs Heather Hagemann
Email: heather.hagemann@twb.catholic.edu.au

Middle Leader Student Wellbeing, Mrs Juanita Doherty
Email: juanita.doherty@twb.catholic.edu.au

Middle Leader Student Wellbeing Support, Mrs Megan Schulze
Email: megan.schulze@twb.catholic.edu.au

A fulltime Psychologist in the role of College Counsellor, Ms Renee Hunter
Email: renee.hunter@twb.catholic.edu.au

A College Chaplain, Wednesday to Friday, Ms Catherine Skuse
Email: catherine.skuse@twb.catholic.edu.au

A Cultural Liaison Champion, Monday to Friday, Ms Amii Brown
Email: amii.brown@twb.catholic.edu.au

Useful Wellbeing and Support Links for Students

Beyond Blue is one of Australia’s best known mental health and wellbeing support organisation. They provide support programs to address issues related to depression, suicide, anxiety disorders and other related mental illnesses. Along with a comprehensive website, the beyond Blue Support Service provide 24/7 phone support, Chat online 1pm-12am / 7days a week, email support and a range of community chat forums 1300 22 4636 www.beyondblue.org.au

Kids Helpline is a free Australian telephone and online (webchat and email) counselling service for young people aged between 5 and 25. 1800 55 1800 https://kidshelpline.com.au 

1300 MH CALL: Mental health access line

1300 MH CALL (1300 642255) is a confidential mental health telephone triage service that provides the first point of contact to public mental health services to Queenslanders. 1300 MH CALL is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will link to the caller’s nearest Queensland Public Mental Health service.

https://www.qld.gov.au/health/mental-health/help-lines/1300-mh-call

eheadspace provides free online and telephone support and counselling to young people 12 - 25 and their families and friends. 

Call 1800 650 890, 9am-1am AEST / 7 days a week. https://headspace.org.au/eheadspace/ 

Student Reminders of College Guidelines and Expectations

Use of Mobile Phones and Earbuds

As per the guidelines outlined in the College Student Planner, students are not to use personal electronic devices (mobile phones or earbuds) at school, within the hours of 8.30am – 3.00pm, without permission from the Principal. Any device found switched on in the possession of a student while they are at school will be confiscated and the parent/carer will be contacted by the office. The electronic device can then be collected by the parent/carer at the end of the school day. The instruction is clear and Homeclass teachers spent a good deal of time ensuring this was clearly communicated during the start of year Housekeeping session in Week 1. Students have all been asked to sign pages of the Guidelines in their Student learning Journals to indicate their compliance. These can be found on page 8, so please discuss these with your child. We trust that parents and carers are supporting the address of this matter from home, by encouraging our girls to comply with College Guidelines. 

Out of Bounds Areas

The Student Learning Journal (diary) has a clear, colour-coded map of the College grounds, indicating areas which are out of bounds, as well as areas in which students must have adult supervision. I have given several reminders on Assembly to students and staff about this in recent weeks, so please review the Learning Journal to ensure compliance with this document.

Bullying (inclusive of cyberbullying)

There is no place for bullying at St Saviour’s College. Bullying is a repeated pattern of behaviour which includes name-calling, taunting, mocking, making offensive comments, kicking, hitting, pushing, theft, inappropriate text messaging, sending offensive or degrading images by phone or internet, producing offensive graffiti, gossiping, excluding people from groups and spreading hurtful and untruthful rumours.

Cyberbullying is a repeated pattern of behaviour defined as ‘the aggressive, intentional act carried out by a group or individual, using electronic forms of contact repeatedly and over time against a victim who cannot easily defend him or herself’. St Saviour’s College is committed to promoting responsible and positive use of social media sites.

Winter Uniform

The uniform requirements are as follows:

  • White long-sleeved blouse with red piping
  • College striped skirt (*below the knee)
  • Red tie with College badge pinned in the centre
  • College green blazer (optional)
  • College white formal hat
  • Black stockings (opaque)
  • Black leather lace up shoes (no buckles, casual styles, raised heels or coloured stitching)

* It is important that students are conscious of their skirt length remaining below the knee. This may require letting down the hem, to allow for a growth in height.

What is not acceptable:

  • Makeup or other cosmetics
  • Earrings other than one, in each lower earlobe
  • Earrings other than one pair of plain sleepers or studs; no ‘decorative’ earrings
  • Earrings larger than 5mm
  • No other jewellery apart from a plain wristwatch
  • Coloured nail polish
  • Fake nails
  • Headbands with bows or any other detail
  • Unnatural hair colours or styles
  • Hair extensions
  • Black socks

“All laugh and pray together not one cold, stiff soul appears.”
Catherine McAuley, circa 1830

For every day, I give thanks – God bless.

Heather Hagemann
Assistant Principal - Mission and Student Wellbeing

Deputy Principal - Curriculum

The beginning of Term 3 can only ever mean one thing in my job and that’s - Subject Selections. It’s an exciting time for students as they imagine their future selves and carve out the path that will take them there. Like never before, we are seeing rich and diverse pathways for all students. It is so life-giving to see each student map out an authentic pathway to success - a pathway that is meaningful and hope-filled for them.

Year 10 into 11 Subject Selection Night

On Monday evening we hosted our Year 10 into 11 Subject Selection Evening. Thank you to all those parents and students and teachers who attended. The evening mapped out the difference between general, applied and certificate courses in senior and touched upon other options like school-based apprenticeships, traineeships, Tafe in Schools and the USQ Headstart options.

Students in Year 10 will be sent the online form and I encourage all families to enter into this subject discernment process together, considering strengths, passions and future goals.

Year 10 UQ and QUT Excursion

On Friday 15 July, Year 10 students from Mrs Wade’s class embarked on a trip to both UQ and QUT to explore both Humanities (through the Law Faculty) and STEM options at both universities. It was particularly interesting that our hosts at both universities were scholarship students – highlighting the importance of exploring the scholarship opportunities that all universities offer.

Year 9 and 10 Subject Selections

Year 9 and 10s have received their Subject Selection booklets to begin considering their subjects for Years 9 and 10. This is the first step for students in carving out their middle years pathway. As always, we emphasis for students to select subjects that appeal and are commensurate with:

  • Their interests and passions
  • Their strengths
  • Their future pathways

EEPP

Year 12 students are reminded that External Examination Preparation Program registrations are now open. Students can opt into as many or as few subjects as they wish. By completing the EEPP Registration form you are securing your place. Please make sure that you select the subject or subjects you wish to attend.

Jessica Wade
Deputy Principal - Curriculum

From the Careers Centre

ACU | Year 12 Revision Webinars

Chemistry: Monday 22 August 2022, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

English: Tuesday 23 August 2022, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

General Maths: Wednesday 24 August 2022, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Maths Methods: Thursday 25 August 2022, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Legal Studies: Monday 29 August 2022, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Study of Religion: Tuesday 30 August 2022, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join ACU for this free online webinar run by experienced Year 12 exam markers and assessors. They’ll guide you through how to respond to possible exam questions, help you get your head around the content to deepen your understanding, and offer plenty of tips and strategies along the way. You’ll also have an opportunity to get your questions answered during a live 30-minute Q&A.
Find out more: https://www.acu.edu.au/about-acu/events/year-12-revision-webinars/qld

Decision Making Upskilling Program

Being able to make well-informed choices will differentiate you from others, win you friends and show your leadership potential at work. Grandshake’s new 40-minute microprogram, How to Make Great Decisions, will teach you how to make the right choices, process hard decisions, act autonomously and work as a team.
Find out more: https://www.grandshake.co/product/how-to-make-great-decisions

Open Days

ACU | Talk with Psychologists: Wednesday 14 September 2022, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Online

A career in psychology will allow you to explore the human mind and behaviours, and improve outcomes for a range of people in the community. Join us online to hear from ACU alumni about their experiences working as psychologists. Take part in a Q&A session with our graduates and learn what it is like to provide meaningful insight and support to others, when they need it most.

Find out more: https://www.acu.edu.au/about-acu/events/2022/september/talk-with-psychologists

Defence Careers Virtual Information Session: Are you interested to learn about the wide range of roles available in the Navy, Army and Air Force? Join an upcoming info session and speak with current serving members to see which Australian Defence Force career is best suited to you. Time: 6:00pm. Location: Online
Details and Registration:
 https://www.defencejobs.gov.au/events/events-detail/ozoscbd

Wednesday 27 July 2022: Defence Careers - Toowoomba Information Session: Are you interested to learn about the wide range of roles available in the Navy, Army and Air Force? Join an upcoming info session and speak with current serving members to see which Australian Defence Force career is best suited to you. 6:00pm at the Toowoomba Defence Force Recruiting, O'Quinn Street, Toowoomba, QLD 4350.
Details and Registration:
 https://www.defencejobs.gov.au/events/events-detail/1l57hyr

Sunday 31 July 2022: Queensland University of Technology - Open Day: Chat with staff and students from all areas of study and get all your questions answered about courses, careers and uni life. 9.00am - 3.00pm at the Gardens Point (city) campus
Details and Registration:
https://www.qut.edu.au/study/events/qut-open-day-2022

Saturday 6 August 2022: ACU - Brisbane Open Day: Deciding what to study is a pretty momentous decision. That’s why they run Open Day – it’s everything you need, in one place, to help make your choice. This year ACU are running both on-campus and online Open Days. The choice is yours – immerse yourself in the campus atmosphere or join us online from the comfort of home. 10:00am at the ACU Brisbane Campus.
Details and Registration: https://openday.acu.edu.au

Navy Fast-Track Career Opportunities: Students or job seekers looking to accelerate their career and start training in the next 3-6 months could fast-track their application by applying for a priority role. No experience is required, all skills will be gained with paid on-the-job training. For any questions about job roles and life in the Navy please contact navyjobs@dfr.com.au. Priority Roles include:

Electronics Technician

Marine Technician

Communication Networks Operator.

Weapons and Sensor Operator

Scholarships

PEF National Secondary Scholarship: Value: $1,500 AUD per year. Open/Closing Dates: June 22, 2022 - October 19, 2022

The Public Education Foundation’s National Secondary Scholarships support two Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students, two refugee students and two students currently experiencing financial hardship that may prevent them from continuing their senior years of education in a public school.

Find out more

2023 Pinnacle Foundation Scholarships: Value: Up to $8,000 AUD. Open/Closing Dates: July 1, 2022 - August 31, 2022

They provide educational scholarships, mentoring and opportunities for young LGBTIQ+ Australians to realise their full potential and overcome challenges arising from their identity. Scholarships are awarded for fulltime study at public institutions of higher education in Australia, for the purpose of gaining an educational or vocational qualification in any profession, trade or the arts.

Find out more

Competitions

Wool4School Design Competition

Wool4School is an annual student design competition encouraging budding fashion designers to show the nation what they’re made of. Open to all Australian school students in high school, the Wool4School competition invites students in years 7 – 12 to design an outfit using a minimum of 70% wool. The outfit must contain a minimum of one piece with a maximum of four pieces and show the student’s creative and innovative side. This year we want you to celebrate your hero by designing them an outfit that embodies your interpretation of sustainability. Your hero’s outfit must be fit for a purpose. For example, is your hero an environmental advocate? How can they communicate their message with what they wear? We want you to be as creative and innovative as possible. Let your ideas run wild! The competition closes 5 August 2022.  Find out more and register here: https://www.wool4school.com/

MyState Student Film Festival

The MyState Student Film Festival is back again for another year of fun, creativity and exploration. You can enter an original short film in whatever genre you like — drama, comedy, action, documentary, animation or even a music video. The story, setting, plot and style are all completely up to you. Entry to the MyState Student Film Festival is free and students from Kindergarten to University are eligible to submit their films and have the chance to share in thousands of prizes.

Entries close 21 October. Find out more and enter here: https://www.mystatefilmfestival.com.au/the-festival/festival-information/

Career Stories with Careerify

Your career will be as unique as you. It will be a journey full of twists and turns and ups and downs. In Career Stories, you’ll see how people have navigated their career journey so far. Some had a clear idea of where they wanted to go. And others ended up in unexpected places because they gave new things a go or changed their mind. Either way, you’ll see how things have a habit of working out. Read the stories here: https://careerify.tas.gov.au/career-stories/

Chris Grierson
Career Development Practitioner

Library

Welcome

It is hard to believe that Term 3 is already upon us. This term is a busy school term and that doesn’t exclude the library. Our culminating celebration of Book Week is always a big week and everything we do beforehand leads us to this celebration of literature. Along with Book Week, we have Library & Information Week and we are looking at celebrating Harry Potter’s Birthday for the first time. This will be a very busy but fulfilling term and here in the library we are anticipating a great response to all the activities and competitions we will be running through the term.

What’s Happening in the Library?

Library and Information Week

The theme for 2022 is Renew. Renew. Reimagine.

The act of rewriting stories has been an essential part of expanding and varying our point of view, reimagining or re-evaluating the past and envisioning alternative futures. At its most powerful, rewriting, or reweaving narratives can give light and voice to figures whose perspectives are yet to be told.

Library and Information Week provides the community with the opportunity to do something every day of the week:

Monday: Rewriting or reweaving narratives

Tuesday: Return yourself to the Library – if you haven’t been to the library for awhile, what better time than now.

Wednesday: The future of library and information profession – want to know what jobs there are in libraries?

Thursday: UN Sustainable Development Goals incorporate libraries within their initiatives – check it out.

Friday: Celebrate libraries and their role in the school community.

Book Week is coming…

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!

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. More information to come soon.

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: https://issuu.com/scholastic_australia/docs/bc_5-22_web_issuu?fr=sMjkwZDM0NDU5MDI

Remember all ordering is done via Parent Loop – instructions are on the website https://www.scholastic.com.au/book-club/book-club-parents/

The main point is to attach yourself to our school so the rewards points count towards our library and your order coming to the school. Any queries please contact Mrs King in the Library.

ID Cards to Borrow from the Library:

As all students should have been issued with their ID cards, this is a great way to make it easier to borrow resources from the library. Please have your ID card with you and pass it over at the front desk to be scanned.

TLs and their importance in schools

Manage and develop relevant and responsive collections of physical and digital resources and are informed regarding the challenges of doing so.

“Developing ecollections for … school libraries requires skills and expertise beyond the traditional bibliographic paradigm, encompassing digital licensing and contract negotiation, budgets, formats, device storage and management, as well as an up-to-date understanding of the publishing industry.” (O’Connell et al., 2015).
Taken from Kay Oddone’s Visual Literature Review

Finding resources for students and teachers is an integral part of a TL’s role and something that is continually being monitored and updated as teachers adapt their units, and students with different learning needs arrive and journey through the school. This involves keeping the online library catalogue https://au.accessit.online/STS03/#!dashboard updated and subject links created and reviewed. This is a work in progress and has long term ramifications.

New Books in the Library!

Come and check out our new books – some are on display and others on the shelf. If there is one you would like to read and you are not sure where it is – just ask at the front desk, we love helping someone make a connection with one of the books waiting to be read.

Non-Fiction

Graphic Collection

Senior Collection (for Years 10-12)

Fiction Collection

Stay Tuned…

Date Claimers:

July 25-31: Library and Information Week

August 12: Harry Potter’s Birthday celebrations

August 26: Book Week Quiz and dress up day.

Author Roald Dahl (British novelist, short-story writer, poet, screenwriter, and wartime fighter pilot): 
“I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.”

Andrea King
Teacher Librarian

Principal

Catholic Education Week

This week, we celebrate Catholic Education Week (CEW). CEW has been celebrated across Queensland for the past two decades. It is a valuable opportunity for all 309 Catholic schools in Queensland to celebrate and promote their distinctive mission and ethos. This year’s celebration is particularly significant for the Toowoomba Diocese, given that we will be hosting the state-wide launch and awards ceremony on Tuesday 26 July which will welcome dignitaries from across the state and country for this auspicious event.

The theme of this year’s CEW is ‘Communities of faith, hope, and love’. For me, one of the hallmarks of a Catholic education is the invitation for members of these communities to be personally called to faith. Increasingly, while many families of students attending Catholic schools do not identify as Catholic, there is a genuineness in the reasons as to why they enrol their children into our Catholic schools. While members of these families may not have a personal faith as such, they opt in because they ‘want a bit of what we have’.

In my experience, as a teacher of Religion, Assistant Principal Religious Education and Principal across the past 25 years, I rarely have had ‘kick back’ in relation to questions and conversations around faith. In fact, young people enjoy and embrace the dialogue. They are open to listening about people’s faith journeys and respectfully reflect on these experiences, rarely shunning or deriding what a lived faith means to an individual. In fact, I genuinely believe that the young people in our Catholic schools find great comfort being immersed in communities of faith. This outward expression of faith almost gives unashamed permission for young people in our Catholic school communities to be people of hope and love.

The authenticity of our teachers is pivotal to the success of our Catholic schools. Our teachers most certainly are faces of faith, hope and love to the young people in our communities. Pope Francis recently stated that Christian teachers are “on the front line” in “educating so as to move from a closed world to an open world; from a throwaway culture to a culture of care; from a culture of rejection to a culture of integration; from the pursuit of vested interests to the pursuit of the common good.”

Jesus himself was an outstanding teacher, drawing on the lived experience of the people of his time to give rise to a transformative message that sought to promote common good. In the same vein, teachers of today are called to draw on the complexities of the current context of our world to make sense of and give rise to this same transformative message for our young people in the 21st century. This is no mean feat, yet we have so many incredibly talented and expert teachers who turn up – day in, day out – and do just that!

So, in a time where there is a teacher shortage, almost at crisis point, we pray that others take up the challenge to lend their professional lives in pursuit of the common good, through the noblest of professions – the education of our young people. There is no greater reward than to be, like Jesus, a teacher who animates of faith, hope and love to those who are yearning for it.

Grandparents Mass and Awards Presentation

This Thursday, as a part of our Catholic Education Week celebrations, we will be hosting Mass for our Grandparents in the Callaghan Centre at 8.45am. As a part of this celebration, we will be acknowledging our Semester 1 Academic Excellence Award recipients and announcing our Spirit of Catholic Education Awards. We are overwhelmed by the response of grandparents, parents and families who will be in attendance. Consequently, it is requested that you wear masks as a safety measure. A morning tea, celebrating our grandparents and our award winners, will take place after the formalities. I look forward to seeing many of you at this very special event.

Bishop's Inservice Day

Bishop’s Inservice Day is an annual event that occurs as a part of the Toowoomba Diocesan Catholic Education Week celebrations. This year, St Saviour’s College was to play host to over 900 employees of the Toowoomba Catholic Schools Office and diocesan schools. Sadly, given the current omicron wave sweeping through, it has been decided that this event will run virtually. Fortunately, much of the groundwork is not in vain and will be included as a part of the celebrations. The day remains a pupil free day for all students, this Friday 29 July.

Musical

We are so looking forward to our College Musical, taking place on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 August. Our staff and students have been working extremely hard and I am most confident that the final product will be nothing short of exceptional. Please purchase tickets and support this great event by clicking on the link.

NAIDOC Week

Many thanks to our students for their engagement in the NAIDOC week activities that took place in Week 1. First Nations Year 11 students, Holly Anderson and Kiara McMahon, were fortunate to take part in the Toowoomba Catholic Schools First Nations Leadership Camp at Peacehaven Park. In addition, myself and a group of boarders were warmly welcomed to the annual NAIDOC week dinner at St Mary’s College, which was a wonderful night of story, dance and celebration.

Thanks also to the staff who led NAIDOC activities in our Friday afternoon activities. What a great time to recognise and celebrate our first nations peoples and culture, which encourages us all to Get up! Stand up! Show up!

Have a wonderful term and blessings for the weeks to come. 

Happy Catholic Education Week!

Sharon Collins
Principal

Sport

Term 2 Sporting Teams Results

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

Sport Coming Up in Term 3

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

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

McAuley Boarding

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

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

We have also had competition football, basketball and netball.

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

Dear Sharon and Nicole,

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

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

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

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

Boarders helping out at the AFL Indigenous Round.

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

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

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

Nicole Booth
Boarding Manager

Assistant Principal - Mission and Student Wellbeing

Faith and Mission

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

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

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

USQ Winter Sleep Out

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

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

EVENT DETAILS

Where: USQ Toowoomba Engineering Green

When: Friday 29 July 2022

Time:  5.00pm arrival – 9.00pm collection from USQ

Dress: Formal College Uniform, inclusive of Blazer

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

Student Wellbeing

Student Wellbeing Action Team

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

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

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

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

Parent Engagement

The Daniel Morcombe Foundation Website

Visit https://danielmorcombe.com.au/safe-bedrooms/ to access this helpful and informative resource for parents and carers and their children and teens. Safe Bedrooms is a suite of resources which equips parents and carers with the tools to lock predators out. Online grooming can happen to any child. However, 97% of Australian parents and carers hadn’t previously considered online grooming a threat. Safe Bedrooms provides information for parents and carers on how to recognise, react and report online grooming. Through the series of videos and resources, parents and carers can learn about the warning signs of online grooming, how to protect their children and what to do if they are concerned about a child. By becoming informed, parents and carers can keep their children safe online.

Behaviour Support

The College also employs a best practice model of engaging with families and to provide a restorative approach to conflict within the community. Our College Pastoral Program embeds the PERMAH approach to wellbeing, with a Catholic lens of our Core Values. Our Wellbeing team actively encourages:

  • Partnerships with other schools (St Mary’s College, St Saviour's Primary School. Our Mercy partner schools and other Toowoomba Diocesan and Catholic Colleges).
  • Family Engagement by invitation to our regular College events, our fortnightly newsletter, social media platforms (check out our Facebook and Instagram pages!)
  • Strong community ties with local support and social justice agencies such as Toowoomba Transition Support Services, St Vincent de Paul, Protea Place, St Patrick’s Parish.
  • Intervention and Postvention strategies on campus for identification and referral for students who may need support, across all year levels.
  • A supportive Wellbeing Team, trained and with experience in restorative practices and mental health and wellbeing, consisting of:

Assistant Principal: Mission and Student Wellbeing, Mrs Heather Hagemann
Email: heather.hagemann@twb.catholic.edu.au

Middle Leader Student Wellbeing, Mrs Juanita Doherty
Email: juanita.doherty@twb.catholic.edu.au

Middle Leader Student Wellbeing Support, Mrs Megan Schulze
Email: megan.schulze@twb.catholic.edu.au

A fulltime Psychologist in the role of College Counsellor, Ms Renee Hunter
Email: renee.hunter@twb.catholic.edu.au

A College Chaplain, Wednesday to Friday, Ms Catherine Skuse
Email: catherine.skuse@twb.catholic.edu.au

A Cultural Liaison Champion, Monday to Friday, Ms Amii Brown
Email: amii.brown@twb.catholic.edu.au

Useful Wellbeing and Support Links for Students

Beyond Blue is one of Australia’s best known mental health and wellbeing support organisation. They provide support programs to address issues related to depression, suicide, anxiety disorders and other related mental illnesses. Along with a comprehensive website, the beyond Blue Support Service provide 24/7 phone support, Chat online 1pm-12am / 7days a week, email support and a range of community chat forums 1300 22 4636 www.beyondblue.org.au

Kids Helpline is a free Australian telephone and online (webchat and email) counselling service for young people aged between 5 and 25. 1800 55 1800 https://kidshelpline.com.au 

1300 MH CALL: Mental health access line

1300 MH CALL (1300 642255) is a confidential mental health telephone triage service that provides the first point of contact to public mental health services to Queenslanders. 1300 MH CALL is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will link to the caller’s nearest Queensland Public Mental Health service.

https://www.qld.gov.au/health/mental-health/help-lines/1300-mh-call

Use of Mobile Phones and Earbuds

As per the guidelines outlined in the College Student Planner, students are not to use personal electronic devices (mobile phones or earbuds) at school within the hours of 8.30am – 3.00pm, without permission from the Principal. Any device found switched on, in the possession of a student while they are at school, will be confiscated and the parent/carer will be contacted by the office. The electronic device can then be collected by the parent/carer at the end of the school day. The instruction is clear and Homeclass teachers spent a good deal of time ensuring this was clearly communicated during the start of year Housekeeping session in Week 1. Students have all been asked to sign pages of the Guidelines in their Student Learning Journals to indicate their compliance. These can be found on page 8, so please discuss these with your child. We trust that parents and carers are supporting the address of this matter from home by encouraging our girls to comply with College Guidelines. 

eheadspace provides free online and telephone support and counselling to young people 12 - 25 and their families and friends. 

Call 1800 650 890, 9am-1am AEST / 7 days a week. https://headspace.org.au/eheadspace/ 

Student Reminders of College Guidelines and Expectations

Use of Mobile Phones and Earbuds

As per the guidelines outlined in the College Student Planner, students are not to use personal electronic devices (mobile phones or earbuds) at school, within the hours of 8.30am – 3.00pm, without permission from the Principal. Any device found switched on in the possession of a student while they are at school will be confiscated and the parent/carer will be contacted by the office. The electronic device can then be collected by the parent/carer at the end of the school day. The instruction is clear and Homeclass teachers spent a good deal of time ensuring this was clearly communicated during the start of year Housekeeping session in Week 1. Students have all been asked to sign pages of the Guidelines in their Student learning Journals to indicate their compliance. These can be found on page 8, so please discuss these with your child. We trust that parents and carers are supporting the address of this matter from home, by encouraging our girls to comply with College Guidelines. 

Out of Bounds Areas

The Student Learning Journal (diary) has a clear, colour-coded map of the College grounds, indicating areas which are out of bounds, as well as areas in which students must have adult supervision. I have given several reminders on Assembly to students and staff about this in recent weeks, so please review the Learning Journal to ensure compliance with this document.

Bullying (inclusive of cyberbullying)

There is no place for bullying at St Saviour’s College. Bullying is a repeated pattern of behaviour which includes name-calling, taunting, mocking, making offensive comments, kicking, hitting, pushing, theft, inappropriate text messaging, sending offensive or degrading images by phone or internet, producing offensive graffiti, gossiping, excluding people from groups and spreading hurtful and untruthful rumours.

Cyberbullying is a repeated pattern of behaviour defined as ‘the aggressive, intentional act carried out by a group or individual, using electronic forms of contact repeatedly and over time against a victim who cannot easily defend him or herself’. St Saviour’s College is committed to promoting responsible and positive use of social media sites.

Winter Uniform

The uniform requirements are as follows:

  • White long-sleeved blouse with red piping
  • College striped skirt (*below the knee)
  • Red tie with College badge pinned in the centre
  • College green blazer (optional)
  • College white formal hat
  • Black stockings (opaque)
  • Black leather lace up shoes (no buckles, casual styles, raised heels or coloured stitching)

* It is important that students are conscious of their skirt length remaining below the knee. This may require letting down the hem, to allow for a growth in height.

What is not acceptable:

  • Makeup or other cosmetics
  • Earrings other than one, in each lower earlobe
  • Earrings other than one pair of plain sleepers or studs; no ‘decorative’ earrings
  • Earrings larger than 5mm
  • No other jewellery apart from a plain, wristwatch
  • Coloured nail polish
  • Fake nails
  • Headbands with bows or any other detail
  • Unnatural hair colours or styles
  • Hair extensions
  • Black socks

“All laugh and pray together not one cold, stiff soul appears.”
Catherine McAuley, circa 1830

For every day, I give thanks – God bless.

Heather Hagemann
Assistant Principal - Mission and Student Wellbeing

Deputy Principal - Curriculum

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

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

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

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

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

They are not Redmaynes, they are campaigns. 

EEPP

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

Year 10 Subject Selections

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

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

Save the Date

Subject Selection Evening: Monday, 18 July

Jessica Wade
Deputy Principal - Curriculum

From the Careers Centre

What are Employers Really Looking For?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Job Spotlights

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


SBA Vacancies

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

SBA vacancies are advertised each fortnight in the newsletter and will be emailed directly to all students in Years 10, 11 and 12. If you wish to apply for a vacancy, please ensure you have completed an SBA Referral form, your resume is updated, you have written an appropriate cover letter, and that you follow the application directions in the advertisement. Once these documents are completed, hand them (or send via email) to Mrs Cocks, Career Support Officer at  lisa.cocks@twb.catholic.edu.au for submission on your behalf (unless the advertisement has specifically stated that you need to apply online or visit the business directly).

Chris Grierson
Career Development Practitioner

Library

Welcome

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

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

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

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

What’s Happening in the Library?

World Music Day

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

New Books in the Library!

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

New Books

New Magazines

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

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

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

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

Stay Tuned…

Date Claimers:

25 – 30th July: Library and Information week

12th August: Celebrating Harry Potter’s Birthday

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

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

Andrea King
Teacher Librarian