26 Feb 2020

Junior Girl's Night In - Friday 28 February

25 Feb 2020

From the Principal - Wednesday 19 February

THE LENTEN SEASON

Project Compassion is Caritas Australia's annual Lenten fundraising and awareness-raising appeal. Millions of Australians come together in solidarity with the world's poor to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity. Our Lenten season is a timely reminder of our Christian commitment to be people of compassion and justice. Over the coming weeks, our girls will be engaging in awareness and fundraising campaigns so to shine a light on the plight of global communities whose basic and fundamental physical and social needs, still, in the 21st century, aren’t being met. Jesus calls us to recognise the poverty in others so that we might recognise God’s face in those we encounter. ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25: 40)

So, this Lent, may our compassion enable others to go further together!

This Sunday at 9am there will be a Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral, where representative students from St Saviour's College will gather with students from across the diocese to officially launch the 2020 Project Compassion Appeal, in an Eucharistic celebration led by Bishop Robert McGuckin. All our families are welcome to join us at this special occasion.

SWIMMING CARNIVAL
Congratulations to all students who competed in our annual Swimming Carnival on Wednesday. It was a great day celebrating house spirit, spurred on by our enthusiastic seniors. It is always fantastic to see our girls challenge themselves in any field of sport to unleash their personal potential. Special thanks to our Middle Leader: Sports and HPE, Mr Greg Leathart, for his organisation of this great event, and to all our staff who were instrumental in the smooth running of the day. Congratulations to the victors, Coolock!!

UNICEF AMBASSADOR EVENT
Today, UNICEF Young Ambassador, Rhett Kleine, joined by Vanessa Kutcher – Child and Youth Participation Coordinator for UNICEF, visited the College. UNICEF is the United Nations Children’s Fund, working in 190 countries for the survival, protection and development of every child, with a focus on the lives of children who are the most disadvantaged and excluded. Rhett and Vanessa presented to our Year 10, 11 and 12 students at school, and followed this up with a youth event, hosted by SSC in conjunction with St Mary’s College and Good Samaritan College at the CUA Bank Branch. Not only was it a great mark of solidarity between our local Colleges, but it was also an opportunity to open the eyes of our young people to the great work of UNICEF, and the plight of disadvantaged children across the world. Many thanks to Mr Ryan Baines, our Cross-College Chaplain, for his organisation of this most worthwhile event.

JUST LEADERSHIP/GRIP LEADERSHIP
This week and next week, some our student leaders and members of the Student Representative Council will be participating in the Just Leadership Event on Friday 21 February and Grip Leadership Day on Tuesday 25 February. Both events provide a great opportunity for our girls to mix with leaders from schools across the region and strategically plan incentives for the year ahead. Congratulations girls on your ongoing commitment to leadership, and special thanks to Mrs Juanita Doherty for organising the girls' participation in these life-giving experiences.

LIBRARY LOVERS WEEK
Many thanks to our Teacher Librarian, Mrs Andrea King, for her work last week in promoting the great gift libraries are in bringing creativity to life, through the wonder of books. The theme of this year’s Library Lovers Week was ‘uncover something new’. This was a great opportunity for our girls to engage in activities that enticed their personal love for reading, in an effort to uncover their love for libraries and books.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
Please join with us on Friday 6 March, at the Callaghan Centre, commencing at 7am, to celebrate International Women’s Day 2020. It is always a great gathering celebrating all things women! This year’s speaker is Melissa Taylor, proud past student of SSC, and local businesswoman, who is currently running for the Toowoomba Regional Council.

The theme of this year's International Women's Day 2020 campaign theme is #EachforEqual An equal world is an enabled world. Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day. We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women's achievements. Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender equal world.

Mums, grandmothers, aunts, daughters, and the special males in our lives are most welcome to attend. Please contact megan.murphy@twb.catholic.edu.au with numbers and names, and $10 is payable at the door on the morning of the event. All proceeds go to local domestic violence support agencies.

FAMILY ZONE
Family Zone is Australia’s leading provider of cyber safety and security services to schools and parental control products for parents. Family Zone is a cyber safety solution that protects children on the internet wherever they are; at home, at school, and everywhere in between; providing parents with visibility, and allowing them to manage their kids’ online activity, with ongoing support from a team of leading Cyber Experts. You will be receiving information in relation to how to operate this program in your home systems in the coming weeks. Please check the our Facebook page and your emails for further information. All costs have already been factored in and form part of ICT levies.

ALUMNI GATHERING
A 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 via Trybooking > https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=596351&
Drinks and canapes provided.

PRAYERS PLEASE

Please keep Mr Michael Newman, Principal of St Mary’s College, and his family in your thoughts and prayers as they lay Michael’s father to rest after 87 wonderful years of life. Richard Francis Newman was a man of great faith and love of his family, six boys and two girls, and is survived by Michael’s mother.

Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.

Blessings for the busy weeks ahead.

Sharon Collins
Principal