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

13 May 2021

Year of Hospitality - People of Welcoming Heart

From our College Leadership Team
Principal, Mrs Dale Morrow
Deputy Principal - Studies, Mrs Maree Trims

Principal, Mrs Dale Morrow

Dear members of the College community 

A belated Happy Mother’s Day to all our wonderful mothers and female caregivers. I write this Verbis article a day after the actual day and I’m hoping that you all enjoyed a special day with your loved ones. It is nice to take the time out of busy lives to thank those who are most special to us and who have had such a huge influence on our lives. It is at this time each year too, that the College holds its annual Mother/Daughter Dinner to mark the celebration of motherhood and that special bond that often binds mothers (and other significant female role models) and daughters. The success of the night is due to the fantastic organisation by Mrs Anna Martini, Mrs Sonia Catalano and Mrs Vanessa de Angelis who have worked hard to ensure that every last detail of the night has been attended to. I would like to thank them on behalf of the entire community for their generosity in making this evening a night to remember.   

There is no doubting how important most people believe their mothers to be to them. The celebration of Mother’s Day each year is an important opportunity for all of us to appreciate all that our mothers have done in helping to shape the people we are or are becoming.  Mother’s Day is that special day set aside for us to show how grateful we are for the gift our mothers have given us. It is also appropriate that we think of those who have lost their mothers. In a large community such as ours there are several girls for whom this day can be difficult as they deal with the absence of their mother. Please keep these girls in your thoughts and be sensitive to their feelings on this day.  

The Old Testament is replete with allegoric imagery describing the insane love our God has for us in terms of the love a mother has for her child. The prophet Hosea depicted God as furious as a mother bear deprived of her cubs. He wrote: “Angered by those who threaten her children, God says, ‘I will fall upon them like a bear robbed of her cubs; I will tear open their breast".  And another prophet, Isaiah, emphasised his message about the love of God by bringing to mind the tender interaction between mother and child: “God suckles the newly born, teaches toddlers to walk, bends down to feed them, and carries them about, bearing them from birth even to old age with its grey hairs” (Is 46:3-4), and elsewhere: “As one whom a mother comforts, so I will comfort you – “ (Isaiah 66:13) and, “God ... will never forget the children of her womb” (Hos 11:3-4; Is 49:15). We are told in Genesis that we are made in the image of God, and we can safely assume and hold dear to our hearts that the natural self-giving love of mothers is but a small reflection of the love God has for each of us. 

Mother’s Day should be a celebration of this fact and a thank you to our mothers who have been for us a reflection of the Love that is God. 

A Prayer On Mother’s Day (author unknown)

Loving God, we thank you for mothers

For all they mean or have meant,

For the love they have shown and the care they have given.

We thank you for the qualities of mothers:

Their patience, their kindness, concern and understanding.

We thank you for their love of us,

The part they play in our lives, and

We thank you for this day of saying ‘thank you’:

This opportunity to say what we so often mean to say but so rarely do.

For mothers and motherhood,

For children and families

We bring you this day our grateful praise.

God Bless

Mrs Dale Morrow

Deputy Principal - Studies, Mrs Maree Trims

Procedures for Requiring an Extension to Assessment Tasks

Extensions for drafts and final assessment must be negotiated directly with the subject teacher or via discussion with the Head of House. An Application for Extension to Assessment must be made online via MySRC by the student and will go to the Head of House, subject teacher and Head of Faculty for approval. Applications must be made by 8:30am at least three full school days BEFORE the due date, except in the case of a genuine emergency.

If illness is a contributing factor, a medical certificate is required for students in Years 10, 11 and 12 and a note from parents or a medical certificate is required for Years 7, 8 and 9.  Please be aware that the application from Years 11 and 12 will not proceed without the uploaded medical certificate or documentation to support the extension.

All assignments with an extension are due by 8:30am on the extension due date. Extensions are not granted more than 10 days before the due date. Subject teachers have the right to refuse an extension if students have not demonstrated a commitment to using the research lessons and class time provided effectively. Extensions will not be granted if absence is due to a holiday during Term time. Teachers are not required to provide work during such an absence.

What You Need to Know
Mother Daughter Dinner - Saturday 15 May
St Rita's College Memorial Mass - Saturday 22 May
Rita's Longest Lunch - Sunday 13 June
Before School Supervision
Service Rosters

Mother Daughter Dinner - Saturday 15 May

Saturday 15 May, 5:30pm for 6:30pm

Royal International Convention Centre, RNA Showgrounds.

We have close to 800 attending the Mother Daughter Dinner being held at the RNA Royal International Convention Centre this Saturday from 5:30pm.  

Please download the CheckIn Qld App prior to arrival, as Check In will be required.

Please note that there is a large Rugby League event at Suncorp Stadium this Saturday and this should be taken into consideration with travelling times. Please visit the Show Grounds and Convention Centre website for parking options. Click Here

DCD Photographics will be at our Mother Daughter Dinner from 5.30pm. If you would like to have individual or Mother/Daughter photos taken at the dinner, you will need to pre-register with DCD Photographics.  You do not need to decide whether you wish to purchase photos taken at the time of registering – you can do that later. Please Click Here to download the full DCD Photography information.

Raffle – a fabulous raffle has been organised with first prize being a stunning 18ct Rose and White Gold Morganite, Tanzanite and Diamond pendant donated by Clayfield Jewellery valued at $5,500. There are a host of other amazing prizes. Please bring cash for the Raffle as EFTPOS won’t be available.  Clayfield Jewellery is a long standing supporter to St Rita’s. Click Here to visit the website.

The College’s sincere thanks go to Mrs Anna Martini, Mrs Sonia Catalano and Mrs Vanessa de Angelis for the tireless work they have done in bringing this large event to realisation for us to enjoy.

St Rita's College Memorial Mass - Saturday 22 May

Saturday 22 May 2021, 10:00am

St Rita’s College Chapel 

Reminder: Please RSVP to the Memorial Mass if you haven’t done so already

Past students, staff, all members of the College community and their families, are invited to attend the College’s Memorial Mass to be held on Saturday 22 May at 10:00am. Morning Tea will be served on the conclusion of Mass.

Our Memorial Mass honours the lives of all deceased Sisters, Past Students and Staff of the College. We warmly welcome the attendance by family members of the deceased at the Mass.

The College this year is acknowledging the anniversary years of 1931, 1941, 1951, 1961, 1971, 1981, 1991, 2001 and 2011 and we hope also to welcome many past students from these ‘Class Of’ years.

It is necessary under the current COVID provisions to register to attend the Mass. You may do this at our Humanitix booking site: Click Here

Rita's Longest Lunch - Sunday 13 June

Sunday 13 June 12:30pm - 4:30pm, Hogan Place, St Rita's College

Tickets $30 each – Click Here to Book

With entertainment by the Jordy Marcs Duo - Jordy is Hot off the 2019 season of The Voice!

Rita’s Longest Lunch is presented in the traditional European Long Lunch style where parents, alumnae and friends of St Rita’s can indulge in their preferred culinary experience along one grand table. Skilled food and wine lovers, contemporary cuisine artisans, or those who prefer a home brought hamper or even Uber Eats, will delight in this day out on Hogan Place at St Rita’s enjoying time with friends and live music. 

Tickets cost just $30.00 by pre-purchase only.

Rita's Longest Lunch is a BYO food event with EFTPOS bar. Food purchase is not offered at the function. No BYO beverage is permitted, including non-alcoholic. It is an 18+ years event.

Before School Supervision

Parents are asked to note that Before School Supervision is provided from 8:15am – 8:35am.

Service Rosters

Zillmere Homework Help Roster

Students are to meet the supervising teacher outside Student Reception at 3:10pm. Please note, students will be dismissed from Zillmere Library at 4:30pm

Wednesday 19 May: Miss Watts will accompany Charlotte Lewis, Charley Atchison and Ava Bernard

Wednesday 2 June: Ms Diamond will accompany Poppy Hughes, Tilly Hughes, Lana Gravenall and Sienna Artusso

Big Brekky Roster

Students are to meet the supervising staff member at Student Services by 5:55am. Students are to wear modest clothing and enclosed shoes.

Tuesday 18 May: Mrs Specogna will accompany Eloise Daly, Emily Frost, Tara Frost and Emma Dobson

Tuesday 25 May: Teacher TBC will accompany Macey O’Brien, Lily Fichtenmayer, Izzy Walker and Emma Brennan

Ecumenical Coffee Brigade Roster

Students are to meet the supervising teacher at the ECB premises, corner of Isaac and Rosa Streets, Spring Hill by 6:00am.

Monday 17 May: Mrs Partenan will accompany Abbey Houston, Lucy Egan, Evie Rutkin and Sarah O’Doherty

Rosies School Outreach Program

Students are to meet their supervising staff member at Little Flower Kedron Parish Hall at 6:00pm. Students are to wear modest clothing and enclosed shoes.

Monday 24 May:  Mrs Specogna will accompany Elka Barnett, Lucy Duke, Lucy Egan and Jaime Papallo

St Rita's College Carnival
Donation Bring Ins
Talent Wanted!
Are you a Sparky or have Site Manager skills?
Craft Stall Shout Out

Donation Bring Ins

This year, to reduce parent traffic on campus due to COVID considerations and to make life a little easier for us all, we are inviting the College community to donate the cost of a product donation. 

Our Virtual Shopping Trolley allows you to buy a 'ticket' for a product donation, or multiple donations, that you would ordinarily put in your trolley on shopping day and then bring up to the College as your donation to Carnival.

It's simple - You donate the cost of the product/s. We go out closer to Carnival and purchase the products with the donated monies. We love you just as much as if you were donating the products in person!

The College community is still very welcome and encouraged to donate these products in person at College Main Reception between the hours of 8:00am to 4:00pm. 

Follow this link and click on Get Tickets now to start shopping. 

Talent Wanted!

We are looking for local talent to entertain the crowds throughout the day at Carnival. We'd love to hear from budding musicians, comedians and entertainers who could take the stage for 30minute to 1hr segments for this huge family event.

Please email Scott and Katrina at if you are interested in sharing your talents with our Carnival-goers or know of anyone who we might contact.

Are you a Sparky or have Site Manager skills?

Trevor, our Carnival Site Manager extraordinaire, is in need of support this year from an Electrician and also someone with Site management or building/construction experience to assist him at Carnival’s Set Up Saturday (24 July) and be on call on the day of Carnival.  We’ve put out a number of Call Outs, with no success to date. No previous Carnival/Fete experience required! Please consider helping Trevor if you are able to.  Email:

Craft Stall Shout Out

Have you been thinking about sharing your crafty/arty talents for the Carnival, or those of anyone you know?

Rozie Whitby and the ladies from the Carnival Craft Stall would love to hear from you and are seeking your help to make and donate the following items for sale at the Carnival.

Please don't hesitate to send any questions you have through to Rozie at the Carnival email. Items can be dropped into College Main Reception any time during opening hours. 

Thank you for your support.

  • Hair scrunchies
  • Handmade bags – all shapes, sizes and styles
  • Knitted / crocheted / woven beanies and scarves
  • Rope baskets
  • Handmade cards and gift tags
  • Snack bags (made form waterproof, food safe material)
  • Beeswax wraps (min size 300mm x 300mm)
  • Produce bags
  • Christmas decorations
  • Bright and cheerful kitchen potholders / oven mitts
  • BBQ aprons for Father’s Day
  • Coaster sets (fabric, knitted, crocheted, resin, wood)
  • Handmade art creations - hand painted glassware or crockery, framed button art, sketches, paintings etc
  • Have you any spare fabric you would like to donate? Min size 300mm x 300mm, fat quarters and charm squares also welcome
Guidance Counselling
Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments (AARA) Semester 2, 2021

Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments (AARA) Semester 2, 2021

A friendly reminder for all parents and students that any students who are currently seeking external support for medical conditions and/or social and emotional reasons could be eligible for AARA.

The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) recognises that some students have a disability, impairment and/or medical condition, or experience other circumstances that may be a barrier to their performance in assessment. Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments (AARA) are designed to assist these students.

In order to provide Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments for students, we would like to draw your attention to the following documents:

  • The Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments Policy is on MySRC/Parent Services/Our College and Community/Policies.
  • QCE and QCIA Policy and Procedures Handbook v1.2:6 at this link.

All medical reports should be on the AARA Confidential Medical Report. It is available for download on MySRC/Parent Services/Curriculum/Curriculum Forms and Documents.

The Confidential Medical Report MUST be signed and dated on the front page by both the student and parent/caregiver before it can be actioned by the college. For students in Years 10, 11 and 12 in 2021 the student’s LUI number must also be stated. It must be completed by a relevant medical specialist or psychologist who is not related to the student or employed by the school. Please note that for anxiety and depression, this document is only relevant for 6 months and the process needs to be repeated every 6 months should your daughter continue to need adjustments. All documentation for adjustments needs to be sent to the relevant Guidance Counsellor.  Please ensure it is scanned through directly to (Nagle, Rosa, Hogan and Marian), to (Collins and Cascian), or to (Xaverian and Kildare).

For senior students, the school is required to provide QCAA with a statement of the level of support that has been accessed thus far. Please be aware that if your daughter has not used the adjustments offered previously, QCAA may not support her application for AARA in Years 10 – 12 for Units 3 and 4. e.g. Your daughter is offered a change of venue for her exams and she does not accept, this information is required to be provided to QCAA. 

Should your daughter be eligible for an Application for Extensions to Assessment as part of her AARA, this applies to assignments or drafts only. Please note the College Assessment Policy applies and the application must be lodged 3 full school days BEFORE the due date. If your daughter is in Year 10 or Year 11, and she is absent for an examination or to submit a draft or assignment, a medical certificate is required.

If you need further clarification regarding the above information, please do not hesitate to contact us at the College.

Philippa Matheson (Guidance Counsellor- Hogan, Marian, Nagle, Rosa)

Gail Murton (Guidance Counsellor - Cascian, Collins) 

Rebecca Rylands (Guidance Counsellor – Xaverian, Kildare)

Diverse Learners
Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD)

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD)

Every year, all schools in Australia participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). The NCCD process requires schools to identify information already available in the school about supports provided to students with disability. These relate to legislative requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, in line with the NCCD guidelines (2019).

The NCCD provides state and federal governments with the information they need to plan more broadly for the support of students with disability. 

The NCCD will have no direct impact on your child and your child will not be involved in any testing process. The school will provide data to the Australian Government in such a way that no individual student will be able to be identified – the privacy and confidentiality of all students is ensured. All information is protected by privacy laws that regulate the collection, storage and disclosure of personal information.

To find out more about these matters, please refer to the Australian Government’s Privacy Policy.

Further information about the NCCD can be found on the NCCD website here.

To access the NCCD Fact Sheet: Click Here

Study Skills
The Importance of Sleep for Students

The Importance of Sleep for Students

I have been addressing students this week about the importance of regular sleep habits. The value of proper sleep patterns cannot be overstated; a huge number of studies offer solid research on this. They reveal that lack of sleep in adolescence can lead to a wide range of cognitive and emotional deficits, including:

  • Increased risk-taking
  • Increased aggression
  • Weakened immunity
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Diminished attention spans
  • Diminished behaviour control
  • Poor emotional control
  • Developmental delays
  • Poor memory
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Car accidents

I encourage you to chat to your daughter and encourage her to:

  • have a regular bedtime routine;
  • get to bed early enough to allow a full night’s sleep;
  • ensure she has an electronic sundown (that is, no screens at all for 30 minutes before sleeping;
  • remove the phone from her bedroom. Encourage her to use an alarm clock;
  • avoid watching or reading dramatic or frightening material before bed
  • try reading in bed before she goes to sleep
  • practice meditation if she has trouble falling asleep
  • keep a notepad and pen by her bed. If she has too many things going round in her head, she can write them down, forget about them (because the list will be there in the morning) and go to sleep.

If you would like further information, or would like advice on any other aspects of your daughter’s study skills, please do not hesitate to contact me on 

Flute Workshop
Music Support Group
Upcoming Events in Term 2

Flute Workshop

On Monday 10 May, the flute girls had the privilege of working with The University of Queensland flute teacher, Mr Patrick Nolan, for the morning. The girls worked on a variety of skills to help improve their technique and tone. They received individual feedback as well as an informative group lesson from him, and together we witnessed the other girls’ incredible improvements. Patrick Nolan has performed professionally all over the world and has taught at both high schools and universities for many years, achieving some impressive accomplishments in his career. We are so grateful that he spent his valuable time helping us become better flute players. We would also like to thank Miss Smith for organising this once-in-a-schooling opportunity!

Claudia Drake-Fos and Charlotte Pritchard


This year QCMF will be a Livestreamed Hybrid Festival. Unfortunately, this means that there will be no live performances during the usual festival dates. Instead, each ensemble’s performance from our upcoming Term 2 concerts will be recorded and submitted to be played during the Festival (Thursday 12 – Sunday 15 August) to adjudicators and small live audiences. Overseen by comperes, the Festival will be broadcast as a YouTube livestream. School communities will be able to watch just their performance, whole sections or indeed the entire Festival.

Music Support Group

Thank you to all the parent helpers who staffed the bar during the recent performances of The Wizard of Oz. Your support added to the atmosphere of this outstanding production and was greatly appreciated. 

Throughout Term 2 there will be several events that will require the support of our generous music parents. A sign-up link will be sent out soon for each of these events and in particular the Group will be looking for helpers in a number of capacities to ensure that Rita’s Longest Lunch is a success. This community event is run by the Music Support Group and while being a wonderful way to spend an afternoon, is the group’s major fundraiser for the year.

Upcoming Events in Term 2

CaSSSA Term 2 Sport
Cross Country
Track and Field
Water Polo
Met North Representation

CaSSSA Term 2 Sport

CaSSSA Term 2 Sport is well under way and the first few weeks of competitions have seen some outstanding individual performances and great team wins. Looking forward to seeing the team continue to learn about their chosen sports, enjoy themselves and perform well.  

Mr Dane Robinson

Director of Sport

Cross Country

We are getting close to the CaSSSA Cross Country Championships and the students have been putting in the hard yards training, racing the College carnival and lead up meets

The Queensland School Cross Country Championships were held on Saturday 8 May and special mention must go to the following girls who achieved a top 10 performance:

  • Stella Kay – 9th – 16 years
  • Abby Vickers – 10th – 17 years

Congratulations Stella and Abby, looking forward to seeing you race at the CaSSSA Championships.

The CaSSSA Squad camp is approaching and will be held from Friday 21 to Sunday 23 May. All CaSSSA squad members have been extended an invitation for the camp where there are some last minute training, relaxation, motivational tips and of course some fun!

Mr Dane Robinson

Director of Sport

Track and Field

The Track and Field season is officially underway. There was a great turn out for the Years 7 and 8 Talent ID morning, with some amazing talent unearthed.

Training has also officially kicked off and will take place on the following days at Nudgee College.

  • Thursday 3:30am to 5:30pm (there will be bus to and from the College)
  • Saturday 8:30am to 10:30am

Training is open to EVERYONE so please come on down and check it out. Even if you have never done any track and field events, there are plenty of events for you to have a go at and enjoy.

Mr Dane Robinson

Director of Sport

Water Polo

Queensland Water Polo TID Selections

Congratulations to the following SRC girls that have been selected in the initial stages of the Queensland Water Polo State Training Program.

14 & U Girls

Amelia Calder, Sienna Counsel, Prudence Dixon, Arabella Templeton, Emma Williams

15 & U Girls

Mia Hollyman, Tilly Hughes, Gemma Hutchings, Jemima Irvine, Matilda Morrow

17 & U Girls

Olivia Camilleri, Lily Carrick, Ruby Fox, Abigale Houston, Taya Kirk, Cate Klinge, Horatia Schlect, Amelia Watt

We wish you the best of luck with your training. Congratulations girls!

Ms Madison Wall

Head Coach, Water Polo

Met North Representation

There has been an extensive amount of North Independent and Met North trials, with all students doing St Rita’s proud. Special mention must go out to the following girls who made Met North Teams to compete at State Championships.

Mr Dane Robinson 

Director of Sport

Fortnightly Hot Menu

Fortnightly Hot Menu

Week beginning Monday 17 May



BBQ Pork skewers                                             $5.00

Individual quiche with chips (v avail)                  $7.00

Vegetable curry puffs                                        $4.50

Penne pasta with bolognaise                             $5.50



Steamed dim sum                                             $4.00

House made margarita pizza (g/f avail)               $6.00

Beef and black bean with steamed rice              $7.00

Penne with bacon, basil & tomato sugo sauce    $5.50



Braised chicken & gravy with pearl cous cous     $7.00

Peking style pork with steamed rice                   $7.00

Fried wontons                                                   $4.00

Penne pasta with basil pesto                             $5.50



Honey chicken and steamed rice                        $7.00

Beef Burritos with gems (g/f and v avail)            $7.00

Vegetarian spring rolls                                       $5.00

Penne pasta with bolognaise                             $5.50



Salt and pepper calamari                                   $5.00

Pita pockets with salami and cheese                  $6.00

Butter chicken pies with chips                           $7.00

Spinach and ricotta tortellini with creamy nap sauce      $5.50


Week beginning Monday 24 May



Special fried rice                                               $5.00

Spinach and fetta pie                                        $5.00

Penne pasta with bolognaise                             $5.50



Pork in plum sauce with steamed rice                $7.00

Fried wontons                                                   $4.00

Beef burger with special sauce and chips (v avail)           $7.00

Broadbean pesto penne pasta                           $5.50



Mongolian beef and steamed rice                      $7.00

Pulled pork sliders with potato gems (g/f avail)  $7.00

Vegetarian spring rolls                                       $5.00

Penne pasta with bolognaise                             $5.50   



Honey chicken and steamed rice                        $7.00

Burritos with potato gems (v, g/f avail)               $7.00

Steamed dim sum                                             $4.00

Spinach and ricotta tortellini with creamy nap sauce      $5.50



Housemade salami pizza (g/f avail)                    $7.00

Stir fried veg with Hokkien noodles                    $5.00

Beef in black bean with steamed rice                 $7.00

Penne pasta with bolognaise                             $5.50

Community Notices
Learner Driver Workshops
Sisters of Mercy Brisbane - 2021 Student Arts Prize

Learner Driver Workshops

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 Deb Turner for more information on 0417 737 107.

Workshop details (bookings are essential):

Date: Thursday 20 May 2021

Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm

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

Bookings: To book, contact Deb from the Road Safety team on 0417 737 107

Sisters of Mercy Brisbane - 2021 Student Arts Prize