Verbis - Term 2, Edition 1 Verbis - Term 2, Edition 1

28 April 2022

Year of Compassion - Begin with the Heart

From our College Leadership Team
Acting Principal, Mrs Maree Trims
Assistant Principal – Mission, Mrs Erica Qureshi

Acting Principal, Mrs Maree Trims

ANZAC Day

As a nation, this week we commemorated the men and women of our country and those of New Zealand who fought for the freedom of our countries and in some cases paid the ultimate sacrifice with their life. Male and female soldiers, sailors and aviators have and continue to serve our nation in wartime and during peacekeeping missions. Most recently, in Queensland we witnessed many Australian Defense Force personnel assisting flood recovery in communities affected by the disaster.

Last Friday Mrs Qureshi prepared a beautiful ANZAC liturgy inviting Major Brian Nally, Acting President of the Clayfield Toombul RSL Sub-Branch, to give the address. Major Nally reminded us of the ANZAC spirit and that of mateship. He shared that this basic, most relatable lesson, ensured our troops wouldn’t go it alone. Major Nally explained that our students could also demonstrate this ANZAC spirit in the way they act in their everyday lives. He challenged the students to help others defend the weak and stand up to injustice they see in the playground; quite simply, any behaviour they know is not right or fair. He explained that each time they do that they showed the same spirit the ANZACs showed when they fought in other countries that were being bullied and invaded by stronger forces. He concluded with “when you work as a team to achieve good things, you honour the ANZACs”.

I would also like to acknowledge and thank Taya Kirk, who played The Last Post, and Maegan D’Souza and Seini Leauanae who sang the Australian and New Zealand national anthems respectively.

Lest We Forget


Netball Competition

Last Saturday, St Rita’s had fifteen teams compete in the Downey Park Netball competition with students from Year 5 through to Year 12. Students I spoke to were very excited to be in the competition and I look forward to watching more games this season.


The Arts

Our Arts faculty has provided a number of engaging opportunities for our students already this Term. Years 9 and 10 Drama students watched a Grin and Tonic performance of Edgar Allen Poe’s Ridiculous and Gruesome Tales and many Drama students attended the musical, Frozen, at QPAC. After viewing the gallery of student artwork on display in the Orana Room on Saturday evening, guests were treated to an enthusiastic group of eleven students who performed the play The Final Days of Bedlam under the direction of Miss Ellissa Purser and Miss Kate Atkinson.


Religion Faculty Update

After twelve years of leading the Religion faculty at St Rita’s, Ms Paula Manthey has decided to retire. We thank Ms Manthey for the enormous contribution she has made to our College. Religion as a subject at St Rita’s is held in very high esteem and I want to acknowledge Ms Manthey for her contribution to this outstanding reputation and for her commitment to the religious life of the College. Mrs Maree Habgood has been appointed as Head of Faculty – Religion.


I am looking forward to a wonderful Term 2 as Acting Principal.

Warm regards

Mrs Maree Trims

Assistant Principal – Mission, Mrs Erica Qureshi

Christ leads us to go out from ourselves more and more, to give ourselves and to serve others.

The above quotation of Pope Francis encourages us to live greater than just for ourselves. He implores us to serve others and to be Christ for others. A sincere thank you to all in our community who have served others during the Easter season:

  • All who donated to our Lismore Appeal – we raised in excess of $16,000. A huge effort and one that will certainly make a difference to our brothers and sisters in Lismore. We are also set to donate furniture to Trinity College, Lismore to help them rebuild their senior campus at a new site in the interim to their rebuilding their College.
  • All who donated to Project Compassion over the course of this appeal. St Rita’s have contributed $2,372 to this fundraiser.
  • Staff and students who continue to volunteer for Big Breakfast, Rosies, Homework Help, Homework Club and the Student2Student Reading Program.
  • Years 9 and 11 Students who willingly gave of themselves during their recent Retreats.
  • Staff and students who contributed to our moving ANZAC Day liturgy last Friday.

Community Masses for the remainder of the Year

This week we celebrated our Rosa Mass on Tuesday. Many thanks to staff and students who attended this Mass. Please note the following Community Mass dates for the remainder of the year. These Masses take place at 8:00am in our College Chapel. There is a particular invitation to those students in the following House Groups to attend the following Masses:

  • 17 May: Marian
  • 19 July: Kildare
  • 16 August: Nagle
  • 13 September: Collins
  • 11 October: Xaverian
  • 8 November: Hogan
Primary Years
Head of Primary - Miss Belinda Emmi
NAPLAN Online
Year 5 Award Winners
Developing Conceptual Understanding in Mathematics
Science - Term 2
Visual Art - Term 2

Head of Primary - Miss Belinda Emmi

Continuous Reporting

As you are aware MySRC is the College’s Learning Management System (LMS), used by students to engage with their learning. This Term we have been teaching students to use MySRC to engage with the platform for learning and assessment information. The College utilises the format known as Continuous Reporting, enabling parents/carers to view their daughter’s results and teacher feedback in MySRC as they become available throughout the Term. Due to the nature of disruptions in Term 1, our assessment information has been carried over for release this Term. Normally this assessment information would be released two weeks after the assessment was completed. What parents might know as a printed Semester report is not published - an Academic Transcript will be available for download at the end of each Semester.

Teachers design a marking rubric, constructed from the Australian Curriculum achievement standard and Year level content. Students are marked against the standard criteria represented on the rubric. The Australian Curriculum Standard is written for a C level result, meaning if students are achieving C on their rubric they are achieving at Year level standard.  A breakdown of each grade on the marking rubric is below:

A - Well above standard

B - Above standard

C - At standard

D - Below standard

E - Well below standard

As this process is new for students, we are teaching all learners how to access their information. We would encourage students to share their learning with you as they access their results. 

Year 5 teachers look forward to speaking further with parents about your daughters' achievements against assessment at the upcoming Parent-Teacher interviews. 

Miss Belinda Emmi, Head of Primary

NAPLAN Online

In 2022 St Rita’s College students in Years 5, 7 and 9 will be completing NAPLAN Online on May 10, 11, 12 and 13. The schedule for the tests is as follows:

Requirements for NAPLAN: Students must bring wired earbuds/headphones to complete NAPLAN Online testing. Students do not require expensive earbuds or headphones. Wireless/Bluetooth earbuds/headphones (such as AirPods) are not permitted. Students must also bring a pen for their planning/working out. Water bottles are permitted.

If a student is absent on the day of testing, please, in the first instance, follow normal procedures regarding absences. It would also be appreciated if, in the case of absence, an email is sent to lob@stritas.qld.edu.au (Mr Lobb) or cha@stritas.qld.edu.au (Mrs Chapman), indicating how long you expect the absence to be so that Catch-up tests can be arranged.

Preparation for the tests is currently underway, particularly in Mathematics and English classes. All Years 5, 7 and 9 students have also had access to the NAPLAN Practice Tests. The Public demonstration site (nap.edu.au) is a useful resource to gain familiarity with the online testing environment.

Ultimately the best preparation for NAPLAN is the support of family and school. It is important that all students are reassured that while we all want success for our daughters and students, it is a ‘point-in-time’ test which is a measurement tool only. In many ways, a good night’s sleep and breakfast are the best preparation. It is important that while we want all students to give their best, they also do not feel any overwhelming pressure or stress to perform.

You can access more Parent information regarding NAPLAN on the following link:

NAPLAN 2022 Parent Information

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like further information about the College’s NAPLAN Online program.

 Mr Martin Lobb, Acting Deputy Principal - Studies

Year 5 Award Winners

Congratulations to the following students who received awards against the College pillars. Thank you to our Year 5 students who continue to model and uphold our pillars.  

  • 5.1 Annabelle Cotter – Compassion
  • 5.1 Sienna Steel – Courage
  • 5.2 Francesa Cunningham – Hospitality
  • 5.2 Sophia Bellocchi – Courage
  • 5.3 Capri Wilton – Courage
  • 5.3 Zara Andrews – Compassion

Developing Conceptual Understanding in Mathematics

This week, Year 5 have been developing their understanding of fractions by making naming and recording fractions using multiple representations, including hands-on materials. Students have made fraction models, used line representations to label fraction sizes and are starting to compare fractions. In the images below, Year 5 are comparing fractions by using tile blocks to justify which fraction is larger. We love using our write on whiteboard tables to model our thinking!

Science - Term 2

Year 5 is now visiting the Science Labs for one lesson a week. During this time the students will engage in experiments that develop their understanding of solids, liquids and gases. Year 5 teachers have worked in collaboration with the Head of Faculty Science, Ms Trifaro, to design engaging and interactive experiments. The students had their first visit which included an orientation to the labs and a scavenger hunt exploring the labs. We look forward to sharing our learning with parents as we continue through the Term.  Watch this space for an explanation of our experiments and some wonderful images of our learning.  

Visual Art - Term 2

Year 5 Visual Art during Term 2 aims to introduce students to a range of 2D art forms across drawing, painting and printmaking. Each weekly lesson will focus on a new area of creativity, skill and technique that will provide students with opportunities to view aspects of nature, identity and learn about famous artists’ practices. A number of elements and principles of art will be explored such as colour, tone, texture and balance. This Term will ultimately lead into the 3D unit covered in Year 6, where students will apply their knowledge and understanding to sculptural forms.

Mrs Erin Morris - Year 5 Art Teacher

What You Need to Know
Upcoming changes to quarantine requirements for close contacts in Queensland
COVID-19 Update
NAPLAN Online Reminder – Years 5, 7 and 9
Camp Date Adjustments
Carnival Meeting
Dates to Note
Memorial Mass - Saturday 14 May
Mother Daughter Dinner - Saturday 21 May
Rita's Longest Lunch - Sunday 12 June
Non State Schools Transport Assistance Scheme (NSSTAS)

Upcoming changes to quarantine requirements for close contacts in Queensland

The Queensland Government last week announced that from 6:00pm Thursday 28 April 2022 there will no longer be quarantine requirements for Close Contacts (household or household-like contacts of people with COVID-19) or unvaccinated international arrivals. Isolation requirements for people diagnosed with COVID-19 (i.e. positive cases) are unchanged.

The Queensland Catholic Education Commission oversees liaison with government and medical bodies on behalf of Catholic schools and they are awaiting more information and advice from the Queensland Government about how these changes may impact schools. We will communicate this once known. 

Until further notice, we understand the following requirements will apply to Close Contacts, which includes Close Contact students, from 6:00pm today, Thursday 28 April 2022:

  • Close Contacts will have to inform their work or educational institution (e.g. a student at a school) that they are a Close Contact before returning to work/school.
  • Close Contacts will be required to take a RAT test every two days for a seven-day period, ensuring they have a negative result before going out into the community. RAT tests will need to start from the day the person becomes a Close Contact (and then additional tests performed on days 2, 4 and 6). At this stage, we understand the provision of RAT tests will be the responsibility of individual Close Contacts (or their parent/carer in the case of children). Currently, tests are available free of charge at Queensland Health clinics for Close Contacts, people with symptoms or individuals complying with directives (see this link for more information about testing).
  • Close Contacts will be required to wear masks indoors at all times at work or school and outdoors where they can’t socially distance for the seven-day period.
  • Close Contacts who are symptomatic (but who are returning a negative RAT test) are advised to stay at home.

Definition of a Close Contact: Someone who has been with a person that has COVID-19 for more than four hours in a house or other accommodation, a care facility or similar. For more information see the close contacts definition

You are not a close contact if you have had COVID-19 in the past 12 weeks.

COVID-19 Update

The College has seen a decrease in cases being advised to the College. We continue to support the  wearing of masks whilst on campus by those who wish to and feel more comfortable doing so, and particularly encourage mask wearing in any situation where you find yourself unable to socially distance comfortably.

Please continue to monitor the health of students, and if unwell for any reason, please do not send students to school. Parents must register absences via the Student Absentee Form (via the College App – the College does not accept telephone or email advice of absence).

NAPLAN Online Reminder – Years 5, 7 and 9

As conveyed by Mr Lobb in the 24 February and 24 March editions of Verbis, St Rita’s College Years 5, 7 and 9 students will be completing NAPLAN Online on May 10, 11, 12 and 13. Details have been uploaded to the date entries in the MySRC Calendar and information is also carried in this edition of Verbis including the Primary Years section.

Camp Date Adjustments

The rescheduled dates for Year 5 and Year 8 Camps are as follows. Details will be communicated to families in due course and uploaded to the date entry in the MySRC calendar. 

  • Year 5 Camp: Monday 5 - Wednesday 7 September (Term 3)
  • Year 8 Camp: Monday 7 - Wednesday 9 November (Term 4)

Carnival Meeting

Our next Carnival Meeting will be held on Monday 9 May, commencing at 6:00pm in the Stanley Hall Staffroom.

All parents currently signed up and those wanting to be involved should come along to the meeting. We have some exciting news to share!

To help us run a meaningful Agenda, please send any questions you have to carnival@stritas.qld.edu.au by Friday 6 May.

Katrina Moore and Anna Roberts

Dates to Note

Greater detail can be accessed via the date entry in the MySRC Calendar.


Parent Group Meetings

Parents & Friends: Tuesday 3 May, 6:00pm, Stanley Hall Staffroom (please note venue change)

Carnival Meeting: Monday 9 May, 6:00pm, Stanley Hall Staffroom

Sports Subcommittee: Tuesday 10 May, 6:00pm, Stanley Hall Staffroom


Other Items

Thursday 28 April, QDU Debating Rd 3 Year 9

Friday 29 April, Interhouse Cross Country (CaSSSA team selection meet)

Friday 29 April, Years 7 and 12 Lunchtime Sausage Sizzle

Sunday 1 May, Cross Country Camp

Monday 2 May, Labour Day Public Holiday

Tuesday 3 May, Parent-Teacher Interviews

Tuesday 3 May, P&F Meeting

Wednesday 4 May, CaSSSA Sport Rd 2

Wednesday 4 May, Year 5.2 Music Immersion Informance

Wednesday 4 May, QDU Debating Rd 3 Year 10

Thursday 5 May, Years 7 and 8 Humanities Excursion

Friday 6 May, Senior Sunrise

Sunday 8 May, Mother’s Day

Monday 9 May, BGDA Debating Rd 4

Monday 9 May, Carnival Meeting

Tuesday 10 May, Years 5, 7 and 9 NAPLAN Online

Tuesday 10 May, Parent-Teacher Interviews

Tuesday 10 May, Sports Subcommittee Meeting

Wednesday 11 May, Years 5, 7 and 9 NAPLAN Online

Wednesday 11 May, CaSSSA Sport Rd 3

Wednesday 11 May, QDU Debating Rd 3 Year 8 and Senior A

Thursday 12 May, Years 5, 7 and 9 NAPLAN Online Friday 13 May, Years 5, 7 and 9 NAPLAN Online

Memorial Mass - Saturday 14 May

Mother Daughter Dinner - Saturday 21 May

Book your tickets by clicking here.

Rita's Longest Lunch - Sunday 12 June

Non State Schools Transport Assistance Scheme (NSSTAS)

The Non State Schools Transport Assistance Scheme (NSSTAS) provides financial assistance for families transporting students to non-state schools in Queensland. To find out more about eligibility please click here Applications will be open from 1-31 May. 

NAPLAN Information for Years 5, 7 and 9
NAPLAN Online

NAPLAN Online

In 2022 St Rita’s College will be completing NAPLAN Online on May 10, 11, 12 and 13.

The schedule for the tests is as follows: 

Requirements for NAPLAN: Students must bring wired earbuds/headphones to complete NAPLAN Online testing. Students do not require expensive earbuds or headphones. Wireless/Bluetooth earbuds/headphones (such as AirPods) are not permitted. Students must also bring a pen for their planning/working out. Water bottles are permitted.

If a student is absent on the day of testing, please, in the first instance, follow normal procedures regarding absences. It would also be appreciated if, in the case of absence, an email is sent to lob@stritas.qld.edu.au (Mr Lobb) or cha@stritas.qld.edu.au (Mrs Chapman), indicating how long you expect the absence to be so that Catch-up tests can be arranged.

Preparation for the tests is currently underway, particularly in Mathematics and English classes. All Years 5, 7 and 9 students have also had access to the NAPLAN Practice Tests. The Public demonstration site (nap.edu.au) is a useful resource to gain familiarity with the online testing environment.

Ultimately the best preparation for NAPLAN is the support of family and school. It is important that all students are reassured that while we all want success for our daughters and students, it is a ‘point-in-time’ test which is a measurement tool only. In many ways, a good night’s sleep and breakfast are the best preparation. It is important that while we want all students to give their best, they also do not feel any overwhelming pressure or stress to perform.

You can access more Parent information regarding NAPLAN on the following link: NAPLAN 2022 Parent Information

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like further information about the College’s NAPLAN Online program. 

Mr Martin Lobb, Acting Deputy Principal - Studies

English Speaking Union Competition
English Speaking Union Competition - Change of Venue

English Speaking Union Competition - Change of Venue

Thank you to those students who have enrolled in the Queensland Secondary Schools' Public Speaking Competition for 2022. We are looking forward to seeing the public speaking prowess and hard work of the students.

There has been a change to the venue for the Junior and Intermediate Competitions (due to significant flood damage to the original venue). These will now be held at Seven Hills Hub, 28 Tallowwood Street, Seven Hills, Brisbane. Free parking is available onsite.

Venue for the Senior Competition will be confirmed soon. The ESU competition organisers apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Sport - Mr Dane Robinson, Director
Accomplishments
Cross Country
Strength and Conditioning
Track and Field
Water Polo
Swimming

Accomplishments

Congratulations to Maria Veneris who recently competed in the Australian Track & Field Championships. Despite the extremely poor conditions with wet weather and high winds, Maria still managed to place 13th in the Discus and 11th in the Shot Put. Looking forward to seeing what Maria can achieve in the upcoming CaSSSA competition.

Cross Country

Unfortunately, the Cross Country Camp at the Gold Coast Recreation Centre has been changed to a day ‘camp’ on school grounds, which will take place on Sunday 1 May from 7:00am to approximately 11:00am at the College. The camp is open to all students in Years 7-12.

The structure of the morning will be as follows:

  • Training Session
  • Breakfast
  • Games
  • CaSSSA Course Recon & Mindfulness session

There will be no cost for the camp.

Students wishing to attend must be registered by their parents. Please use this link CLICK HERE. (Students who had previously registered for the Gold Coast camp are required to register again).

Strength and Conditioning

The SRC Strength & Conditioning (S&C) Program has recommenced this Term in a big way! For Term 2, we have 210 Years 7-12 students enrolled across 18 sessions a week who participate in various squads such as:

  • Sporting Excellence Program Squad;
  • Swimming Squad;
  • Winter Water Polo Squad;
  • Opens Touch Football Squad; 
  • Opens Netball Squad; and
  • Non-Sport-Specific Squad

Students who are new to the S&C Program are still welcome to register their interest through the Head Coach of Athletic Development- Ms Sophie Dodd at sdodd@stritas.qld.edu.au

Track and Field

Training for Track & Field will commence on Thursday 5 May. For the remainder of Term 2, training will take place on Thursday afternoons from 3:30pm – 5:30pm and Saturday mornings from 8:00am – 10:00am. All sessions will take place at Nudgee College.

The College will provide bus transport to and from the Thursday sessions. Students will need to provide their own transport to and from training on Saturdays.

Training is open to any student who wishes to explore track and field events. Even if you have never trained before, come down and have a go! Our amazing coaches will help you get settled and find something you love.

Water Polo

Queensland Water Polo and Australian Youth Water Polo Championships

Over the Easter School Holidays, we had many of our SRC girls compete in the Queensland State Titles and the Australian Youth Water Polo Championships.

SRC achieved some great results at State Titles, with all teams playing in the topmost competitive division:

  • U12s - 7th
  • U14s - 5th
  • U16s - 2nd
  • U18s (joint Polo Bears Team) - 2nd

Special Mention to – Tilly Hughes (Most Valuable Player U16s Division), Emma Williams (Most Valuable Goalie U16s Division), Horatia Schlect (Most Valuable Goalie U18s Division).

We also did extremely well at Youth Nationals, being the first time we have played an Interstate Competition in three years, due to Covid. Our U14s came 9th in Australia, the U16s came 9th, and the U18s came 5th.

Special Mention to – Tilly Hughes, Matilda Morrow and Horatia Schlect who were all selected in the Australian Squad.


Term 2 Winter Water Polo

Winter Water Polo clinics have started up this Term and we are looking to develop skills for the girls leading into Summer next year.

This is the first time we have done clinics and will be a great chance to develop skills.

Ms Madi Wall, Head Coach – Water Polo

Swimming

Timetable changes

Over the Easter period we conducted a major review and restructure of the SRC Swimming program to ensure that we are optimising use of the pool, gym and coaching resources. Moving forward, the squads will now be broken into five groups, with a small amount of flexibility to move between the groups to assist with family organisation. Over the next two weeks we will reallocate every swimmer to the relevant new squad within the structure. If swimmers are unsure of the new times for their squad, please contact the coaching team to confirm or ask swimmers to talk to us at the pool. Times for swimmers will remain relatively unchanged.


Swimming Fees

As has been the case in prior years, all swimmers will be charged full fees to swim through winter (Terms 2 and 3) and these fees will be added to your school account for payment. Failure to pay within seven days of the invoice being raised will result in your child not being able to participate in swimming until the account is up to date. Over summer (Terms 1, 4 and Christmas school holidays), all SRC students will be charged 50% of the Term fee for the squad that they have been allocated. An exception to the fees will be swimmers participating in Water Polo - swimmers who participate in any number of sessions above those included in the Water Polo fee will be charged a gap between the amount allocated to swimming and the cost of the squad (eg - Winter Water Polo $100 for swimming, silver squad swimmer $280/Term - gap payment of $180 required). 


Swimming Results

Across the Easter weekend, four girls from the College competed at the Australian Age Swimming Championships in Adelaide, Keira Coscarella, Maddison Ashby-Cliffe, Sienna Counsel and Ruby Crowther. All girls achieved personal best times across their events, with Ruby Crowther making three finals.

Music
Term 2 Performances
Studio Concerts
Year 5 Music Immersion 'Informances'
Upcoming Events in Term 2

Term 2 Performances

During this Term, there are quite a few performances for our ensembles which are listed below. It is important for students and parents to diarise these dates and keep informed through the College App to receive appropriate notifications with further details as they are communicated. Detailed performance/rehearsal information is updated on the College App under the Schedule on the Cocurricular tab. This schedule is specific to individual students and their families.

Parents should also ensure that their App subscriptions, including cocurricular subscriptions, are set to receive relevant information for each event. A handy SRC App User Guide is available on the Parents Page on MySRC which shows the process of setting these subscriptions. If you think you may have missed some important information, please contact the Music Department at music@stritas.qld.edu.au and we will be happy to help.

Studio Concerts

On Sunday 15 May we will be holding our Studio Concerts for instrumental and vocal students enrolled in the Music Program. The afternoon will have concurrent concerts occurring in the Trinity Centre with students scheduled to play in one of the numerous 1-hour concerts throughout the afternoon. All students learning at the College are expected to perform with instrumental teachers communicating specific performance times to students. A schedule overview is also available on the College App.

Year 5 Music Immersion 'Informances'

We are certainly looking forward to our Year 5 Music Immersion Informances. Each Year 5 class will be scheduled for a short Informance for parents on the following dates to be held in the Trinity Music Suites, Level 4 Trinity Centre:

5.2 – Wednesday 4 May, 4:30pm

5.3 – Wednesday 18 May, 4:30pm

The Informance for Year 5.1 was held yesterday.

Each relevant Year 5 class is required to remain at school for their scheduled Informance date, while all other students are to be picked up, as normal, from 4:00pm outside Stanley Hall.

We look forward to welcoming Year 5 parents to this special afternoon for each class.

Upcoming Events in Term 2

Community Notices
Learner Driver Workshops
Federal Election Parent Forum
Mayne Football Club - Girls' AFL Registrations

Learner Driver Workshops

Planning for Success: Supervisors of Learner Drivers

Are you teaching someone how to drive?  Want some advice on how best to prepare your learner and keep them safe on the road?

If you’re interested in learning the important first steps in how to teach your learner driver and ensure they are safe and proficient drivers, book into the next workshop (details provided below) or contact Kerrie or Dave for more information on 0417 737 107.

Workshop details (bookings are essential):

Date: Thursday 12 May 2022

Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Location: Carseldine area – venue and address details provided at time of booking

Bookings: To book, contact Kerrie or Dave from the Road Safety team on 0417 737 107

Federal Election Parent Forum

Mayne Football Club - Girls' AFL Registrations