9 Mar 2020

From the Principal

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
On Friday 6 March, we celebrate International Women’s Day. The theme for International Women's Day 2020, is ‘Let’s all be each for equal’. Sadly, the news that continues to bombard our televisions and newsfeeds is testament to the fact that, while we are living in 2020, and this is a fairly unassuming, clear request, women are still subjected to violence, sexual mistreatment, inequality and gender inequality way too frequently.

Our annual IWD Breakfast is great opportunity for all of us to affirm the rightful place women have in society. We give thanks for the women in our lives. On this day, and each and every day, stand firm your ground with a great sense of pride. You have your due place. You have nursed us, nurtured us, and loved us. Through your softer side, you teach us how to love. Catherine McAuley is a great model to all of us, and I think of her fondly on International Women’s Day. Her entire legacy was, and remains, a quest for equality. She was wealthy and wise, and used her good fortunate to lift others up. She sought out those on the margins and gave them a purpose and identity. Through her intellect, she challenged social norms and put powerful people in their place. Catherine McAuley modelled to others in her time, and continues to do so in our time, what it means to be women who bring about social change through compassion, justice, hospitality and striving for excellence. And she encouraged other women, her Mercy sisters, to do the same.

Our Guest Presenter, Ms Melissa Taylor, is a former student of the College and a long-standing successful local businesswoman, who leads her family company, Taylor’s Removals, as Managing Director. Melissa’s attitude is best summed up by her own statement – “why should we be ordinary when we can be extraordinary!” …very similar to the ideals of our very own Catherine McAuley. It is wonderful to have welcomed Melissa back and we wish her well as she embarks on a new venture, in running for Councillor in the up-and-coming Toowoomba Regional Council elections.

FAMILY ZONE
As mentioned in previous newsletters, Family Zone is Australia’s leading provider of cyber safety and security services to schools and parents in relation to controls and restrictions. This week you would have received information via email instructing families on how to activate this program to utilise it in your own homes. Remember, all costs have already been factored in and form part of ICT levies. Next Wednesday, 11 March, you are able to link into a FREE WEBINAR at 7.00pm that will enable you to learn how to access Family Zone. Please click into the link below to complete your registration to be a part of this WEBINAR. Any further information required, please do not hesitate to contact the College or jeffrey.chapman@twb.catholic.edu.au.

https://familyzone.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_--KafpORT3CT5FsvqbuSRQ

SENIOR ASSESSMENT
Our Year 11 and 12 students are well into their ATAR journey now, with many students having completed Unit 1 (Year 11) and Unit 3 (Year 12) assessment over these past weeks. Many thanks to our staff who are working tirelessly to ensure that every opportunity is provided to our girls to ensure their success. Feel free to contact the College or teachers directly if you wish to discuss your daughter’s progress.

QATSIF
Congratulations to Year 11 students, Sophie Elara, Georgia Bartlett, Deborah Frank, Taya Josiah and Lanease Mooka who will travel to USQ Springfield, this Friday, 6 March, to celebrate their awarding of senior QATSIF scholarships. QATSIF was created to give Queensland's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families increased educational choices and life opportunities. It is an independent, not-for-profit trust managed by The Public Trustee of Queensland and operates through a small Secretariat.

The funds used by QATSIF for its programs and activities are drawn from the interest earned on the original capital provided to The Public Trustee to establish the Trust. Built from the labour of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders under now-repealed laws, preserving this capital means the toil of previous generations will have a direct benefit to the generations that follow. In this way, QATSIF will always stand as a permanent and positive legacy for the future.

Three of our current Year 12s are also QATSIF scholarship recipients, Arael Lewis, Keeley Crothers and Hayley McMahon.

PARENT ENGAGMENT
Our next Parent Engagement Network Meeting will take place on Tuesday 17 March, at 6pm. I encourage parents to join our network as we discern the future direction of the College. Please email me directly if you wish to attend. sharon.collins@twb.catholic.edu.au

ALUMNI GATHERING
A friendly reminder to all past students that our Annual Alumni Gathering will take place on the evening of Friday, 20 March, at the Callaghan Centre, from 6 – 8pm. Tickets may be purchased for $10 at https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=596351

BEST WISHES
We wish our very best to Mrs Zoe Marks, our Business Manager, who is soon to be growing her family with the birth of her second child in the coming weeks. Zoe has been an amazing asset to the College since she joined us last year, and she will be well missed during her three months maternity leave. We welcome back Mrs Maree Antonio, who will be acting in Zoe's place in a part time capacity in the meantime.

May the God of mercy continue to guide us on our Lenten journeys.

Sharon Collins
Principal

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