Verbis - Term 2, Edition 3 2023 Verbis - Term 2, Edition 3 2023

25 May 2023

Year of Simplicity - Travelling Lightly

From our College Leadership Team
Principal - Mrs Dale Morrow
Deputy Principal - Studies, Mrs Maree Trims
Assistant Principal - Mission, Mrs Erica Qureshi
Assistant Principal - Learning & Teaching, Mr Martin Lobb

Principal - Mrs Dale Morrow

Dear Parents/Carers 

I hope the mid-term point has your daughters still fully engaged in their learning and co-curricular activities. There has been a number of wonderful, happy and successful events since my return from leave.

Our annual Mother Daughter Dinner was a delightful evening providing an opportunity for many of our students to share time with their Mum or significant female figure in their lives. The honouring of this relationship is so very important and it is a privilege to see so many wonderful connections between mothers and daughters. I am always impressed with the modelling so many of the mothers provide for their daughters. I can assure you that your daughters will be influenced by you more than you know. Our Primary students shared an evening with their mothers in a fun atmosphere of craft and activities the week before. Both events were organised by Anna Martini and Vanessa DeAngelis, and I am very grateful for the support of parents in helping us organise these significant community events. I am sure we all appreciate the time and effort which goes into planning such functions.

Last Friday, St Rita’s Day began with Mass celebrated by Fr Marty and attended by Sr Mary Franzmann, Leader of the Presentation Congregation in Queensland, as well as a number of Board members. The afternoon of House Heroics was carried out with enormous enthusiasm, colour and dancing. Congratulations to Xaverian House for taking out the honour of ‘ringing the school bell’.  Well done to participants in the staff dance which was well received by all.

In the Primary Years, our Year 5 students had a wonderful time on their camp held at Mapleton last week accomplishing new feats. This week, our Year 6 students are in Canberra enjoying many new experiences in very cold conditions.

Thank you also to our Arts staff for providing an evening for families to enjoy artworks and a drama performance at the Visual Art and Drama Evening on Friday.

Congratulations to:

  • Our Year 10.2 Debating Team who won the Brisbane Girls Debating Association competition in a unanimous vote against Brisbane Girls Grammar School. 
  • Our Senior and Intermediate Netball teams who won the Queensland Catholic Girls Schools Cup.
  • Our Choirs who performed at the Queensland Youth Music Awards - Year 7-9: Nano’s Voices – 1st place, Chamber Chorale – 1st place, Chamber Voices and St Rita’s Chorale – 1st and 2nd place respectively.

We await the results of our Cross Country team at the CaSSSA Interschool Championships today and wish them all the best. 

God bless

Mrs Dale Morrow

Deputy Principal - Studies, Mrs Maree Trims

Year 10 2024 Timetable Structure

Over the past 6 months, the curriculum team have been investigating the Year 10 timetable structure and curriculum offerings, with a focus on the transition into senior school. Feedback from parent and student survey data was also used to inform our decisions. I am pleased to advise that there will be a change from 2024 in Year 10 with students having the option of studying three elective subjects and there will also be new subject offerings to choose from. Year 9 students and parents will receive an outline of the structure before the end of this term. 

The Year 10 2024 Subject Selection evening will be held on Monday 24 July at 7:00pm (online). Students will be sent their subject selection email on Saturday 27 July at 7:00am and their selections close on Friday 4 August at 3:00pm

Assistant Principal - Mission, Mrs Erica Qureshi

St Rita’s Feast Day and Nano’s Day

Over the last month we have celebrated the significant days of our two patrons: St Rita of Cascia and Nano Nagle. Celebrations around these women cause us to look to their lives and seek to understand our story in light of their stories. These women’s lives could not be more different from each other’s, and yet combined, they give us a wonderful, rounded model for Gospel living. Nano’s emphasis on the positive treatment of the poor – to feed and educate them - gives us our College Pillars of Simplicity, Hospitality and Compassion and Rita’s faith in a story of great pain and loss gives us our College Pillars of Hope, Courage, Justice. Both women provide us with a vision of Jesus – one where action, service and prayer are emphasised as well as the very real need for each of us to be the image of Jesus to those around us. I often wonder what Rita and Nano might say if they passed by our gates on any given day. I believe they would tell us to keep our eyes on Jesus’s message and on the needs of our time and to respond accordingly, with an enthusiastic willingness and a keen creativeness, just as they did.

National Sorry Day

The Stolen Generations refer to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who were removed from their families by Australian Federal and State government agencies and church missions between 1910 and 1970 through a policy of assimilation. Under this policy, the forcible removal of First Australian children was made legal, with the effects of these traumatic removals being felt by succeeding generations even today.

Tomorrow is National Sorry Day, or the National Day of Healing. This is an annual event that has been held in Australia on 26 May since 1998, to remember and commemorate the mistreatment of the country's Indigenous peoples, as part of an ongoing process of reconciliation between the Indigenous peoples and the settler population. During the 20th century, Australian government policies caused children to be separated from their families, with the intention of assimilating them into White Australian culture.

On 26 May 1997, the Bringing Them Home report, the result of a government inquiry into the practice, was tabled in Parliament. The report made many recommendations, including that state and federal governments should issue formal apologies and that funding should be provided to help with the consequences of the policies. This date now carries great significance for the Stolen Generations and other Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islanders and is commemorated by all Australians.

It wasn’t until 13 February 2008 that a formal apology on behalf of the government and people was issued by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

Tomorrow, during our two break times, we are each invited to take a ribbon and tie it in a bow around the cross as a symbol of our acknowledgement and respect to the Aboriginal people who were, and continue to be, affected by the Australian Government’s enforcement of the legislation leading to the Stolen Generation. We pray that this action unites us and allows us to remember those who suffered and continue to suffer. We commit to seeking ways where reconciliation is action, not just words.  

Our College will pray the following during House Group tomorrow and so I offer it here to all: 

You are a God who heals. Bring your healing love to our brothers and sisters whose lives have been shattered by being separated from their families.

You are a God of justice. Help us all to learn from the hurts of the past so that our society is a place of justice for all. 

You are a God of compassion. Help us to be people who reflect the love of Jesus when we see suffering around us.

You are a God of hope. Give us your hope to shape the future so that reconciliation and unity may be the way forward for all Australians.

Healing God, heal the deep wounds of the past and bring your people great hope for the future. We ask this in the name of Jesus your Son who gives life to us all.


Assistant Principal - Learning & Teaching, Mr Martin Lobb


We are delighted to inform you that St Rita’s College will be participating in the world-renowned ICAS competitions this year.  

What is ICAS?  

ICAS is an online academic competition that is designed to assess students’ higher order thinking and problem-solving skills in English and Mathematics.

 Each assessment celebrates students’ accomplishments by providing opportunities for recognition and development. Every student who participates will receive a printed certificate and an online results report. Top performers will be eligible for medals.   

 We encourage you to consider entering your child into ICAS this year.   

 Learn more about ICAS here.

How to participate in ICAS  

If you wish to have your child participate in ICAS this year, please:  

1.      Read about ICAS subjects here.

2.      Decide on the test/s your child will sit.

3.      Read the Privacy Collection Statement below.

4.      Buying Past Papers? Read the Terms and Conditions here.

4.      Contact Jo Ikin, our High Potential Learner Coordinator ( to express interest in participating.

Mentoring – Year 12

Over the next few weeks Year 12 students have an opportunity to meet with a teacher mentor to discuss their progress this year and to look at strategies going forward. During these Mentoring meetings, students and teachers will look at the student’s ATAR estimate (given as a range and based on their IA results). From these discussions, the Year 12 students, with guidance, will develop strategies to ensure that they are on track to achieve their goals.

Primary Years
Head of Primary, Ms Georgina Howard
Primary Awards
Primary Debating

Head of Primary, Ms Georgina Howard

Year 5 Camp

Our Year 5 students enjoyed a wonderful time at Camp Mapleton last week! Over the course of three days, they challenged themselves to be brave and move out of their comfort zone. All of the activities rated highly amongst Year 5, but the Flying Fox, Possum Glider, Crate Climb and Orienteering were voted as favourites! 

As a cohort, students engaged in teamwork and many new friendships were formed as they worked together to build independence and resilience in their activity and cabin groups. Camp Mapleton staff commended the girls for their enthusiasm, behaviour, manners and for the way in which they encouraged their peers. Thank you to our youngest students for being such beautiful representatives of our College. 

A very special thank you to Mrs Balfe for organising and facilitating such a special experience for our Year 5 students and to Mrs Qureshi, Mrs Hukins, Miss Fardoulys, Mrs Apps and Miss Richardson for caring and encouraging our girls in their camp adventures. 

Primary Mother Daughter Evening 

Thank you to all those who attended our Inaugural Primary Mother Daughter Evening earlier this month. We had a wonderful time celebrating the special bond between mothers and daughters! The girls enjoyed completing a range of activities with their Mum and, in the words of one Year 5 student: "having a special time to be with my mum was the best bit". 

We are very appreciative to all who helped to make this event happen, with special thanks to College mum, Mrs Anna Martini for facilitating the evening. Thank you also to our wonderful staff - Mrs Hukins, Ms Claut, Mrs Schubert, Mr Adamson and Mr Sues for all their help and support on the night. 

Year 6 Canberra Excursion

This week our Year 6 students have been enjoying the sights, sounds and chilly temperature of Canberra as they explore our nation's capital. This excursion aligns with the Australian Curriculum and expands on our Year 6 HaSS - Civics and Citizenship focus this term. We look forward to sharing our Canberra adventures on our return!

Primary Awards

Congratulations to the following students who received a Learner Quality Award over the past few weeks:

Grace Poulton, Beth Cole, Salene Knowles, Isla Perkins, Myla Harding, Mary Larman, Piper Waugh, Charlotte Bayo, Scarlett Ramsey, Grace O'Connor

Primary Debating

Please return all expression of interest forms for Years 5 and 6 Debating by Friday 26 May.

More forms are available, please contact Mrs Lorraine Specogna.

You are also welcome to visit the QDU website at

From the College Captains
School Satchel Care Packs

School Satchel Care Packs

Dear St Rita's Community, 

In our year of Simplicity, we are recycling our old school satchels to create care packs for women and children experiencing homelessness due to domestic violence. To fill these satchels, we would greatly appreciate your donation of essential items and care products listed below. Please deliver your donations to Student Services.

Thank you very much! 

Ava, Rachel and Taya 

Upcoming Events
Upcoming Dates to Note
Service Rosters
Memorial Mass - Saturday 27 May
Rita's Longest Lunch Raffle - Sunday 11 June

Upcoming Dates to Note

  • Monday 22 - Friday 26 May - Year 6 Canberra Trip
  • Thursday 25 May - CaSSSA Interschool Cross Country
  • Friday 26 - Sunday 28 May - Volleyball Interschools Cup
  • Friday 26 May - Nudgee vs SRC Netball
  • Saturday 27 May - St Rita's College Memorial Mass
  • Sunday 28 May - Studio and Chamber Concerts
  • Tuesday 30 May - Year 10 Digital Innovations 'Big Day In' at UQ
  • Thursday 1 June - Kildare Rocky Road Fundraiser Day
  • Friday 2 June - State Honours Ensemble Program (SHEP) Sth East QLD
  • Monday 5 June - Nagle Colour Day - World Environment Day
  • Tuesday 6 June - Cascian Country Day
  • Wednesday 8 June - Rosies School Outreach Program

Service Rosters

Big Brekky

Students are to meet the supervising staff member at Student Services at 5:55am. Students are to wear modest comfortable clothing.

Tuesday 30 May: Jessica Knight, Greta Larman, Alexia Ziegenfuss and Sarah Rees

Tuesday 6 June: Pia Skarparis, Lucy Hall, Lottie Cooper and Siena Curcuruto

Homework Club

Students will meet their supervising staff member in classrooms S07 and S08 after school.

Tuesday 30 May: Izzy Langestraat, Georgia Lobb, Abbie Barnard, Olivia Montocchio, Milan Brook, Lucy Swan, Lara Boulton, Portia Creevey, Beth Taylor, Bronte Flook, Claire Meekin, Grace Mulligan and Charlotte Barr

Tuesday 6 June: Amara Ramdath, Georgia Lobb, Adele Dunning, Celeste Ansell, Lilliana Osborne, Amelie Disney, Sarah Thambiran, Lysanne Lombaard, Te Keene Brinnsdon, Annabelle Hartley, Molly Thomas, Izzy Langestraat and Sofia Kuc

Rosies School Outreach Program

Students to meet their supervising staff member at 6:00pm. Students are to wear modest comfortable clothing.

Brisbane City Thursday 8 June: Mrs Brennan will accompany Holly Simms, Emmerson Foster, Bridie Jones and Sophie Simms

Memorial Mass - Saturday 27 May

The College’s Annual memorial Mass will be held on Saturday 27 May at 10:00am in the College Chapel. The Mass remains a special time of remembrance for relatives and classmates of deceased Past Students of the College and for remembering the Presentation Sisters and staff of the College who have also passed. 

If you know of a deceased Past Student who the College may not be aware of, please email Maggie Ryan at with the student’s name and date of death. The grade and year they finished at St Rita’s is also helpful.

Rita's Longest Lunch Raffle - Sunday 11 June

Longest Lunch Raffle

Don’t miss your chance to be a winner in the St Rita’s Longest Lunch Raffle! With a prize pool totalling over $5,500, you don’t have to be at the Longest Lunch to win. Prizes include a $1600 Miele coffee machine, homewares, electronics, vouchers for photography, beauty, restaurants and more.

Click here for the full prize list and to purchase your tickets.

Proceeds will go towards acquiring music resources for the talented musicians of St Rita’s College. Good Luck and thanks for the support!

Faculty News


Year 10 Science

Our Year 10 students are studying the physics of motion this term. Students were able to have some fun studying Newton's Laws with some balloon rocket races. Lots of laughter, curiosity and friendly competition! 

Debating News - Mrs Lorraine Specogna, Debating Coordinator
Brisbane Girls Debating Association

Brisbane Girls Debating Association

Congratulations to the 10.2 Debating team for winning the Brisbane Girls Debating Association Grand Final. St Rita’s competed against Brisbane Girls Grammar and convincingly argued; we should not “ban the right to strike by emergency workers”. Well done! Thank you to the staff, captains and families for their support on the night. Thank you to Miss Paris Barnett for her coaching and encouragement.

Music - Mr Craig Kennedy, Head of Cocurricular Music
Queensland Youth Music Awards
Flute Workshop with UQ Flutes
Guitar Concert
Studio and Chamber Concerts
Upcoming Events in Term 2

Queensland Youth Music Awards

Recently our four secondary school choirs performed in various sections at the Queensland Youth Music Awards. The performance levels achieved by all four choirs was truly exceptional and they were awarded accordingly for their hard work and preparation. Each of the choirs received a Gold award and were presented with the following places in their sections:

Secondary Choir Year 7-9: Nano’s Voices – 1st place

Secondary Choir Advanced: Chamber Chorale – 1st place

Secondary Choir Intermediate: Chamber Voices and St Rita’s Chorale – 1st and 2nd place respectively

Congratulations to all choristers who performed and also to Mrs Wall and Mr Murtagh who are both so highly skilled in their craft. Our students are certainly very fortunate to have two such dedicated teachers who bring the best out of each and every student.

Flute Workshop with UQ Flutes

Last Friday we were very pleased to welcome Patrick Nolan and the University of Queensland Flutes to work with our students in an afternoon of workshops and performances. Our students got plenty of inspiration and many tips to help make improvements to their own playing. It was particularly wonderful to see Amanda Wong, a past St Rita's student, sharing her knowledge with our current students.

Guitar Concert

What a most enjoyable experience it was to be in the audience for last night’s Guitar Concert. The concert included performances from our own Guitar Ensemble and ensembles from St Laurence’s College and Mt St Michael’s College. Ending the first part of the concert was a combined performance that involved approximately 75 guitarists on stage. At the conclusion of the school performances, we were inspired by our special guests the Riverside Guitar Ensemble, a 17 member classical guitar ensemble based in Brisbane directed by Karin Schaupp. Congratulations to all students and ensemble directors for a wonderful concert.

Studio and Chamber Concerts

This Sunday 28 May we will be holding our Studio and Chamber Concerts for instrumental and vocal students enrolled in the Music Program. This 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 will soon be available on the College App.

Upcoming Events in Term 2

We would like to extend an invitation to anyone in our extended community to join us for any of our upcoming performances and events. You would be most welcome. For further details to see if there is something that may interest you, please follow this link:

Sport - Mr Joshua White, Director of Sport
AFL Schools Cup
CaSSSA Sport
Cross Country
Strength & Conditioning
Track & Field
Touch BMTA
Volleyball School Cup
Water Polo

AFL Schools Cup

As the AFL Senior Schools Cup team continue to prepare for the upcoming AFL Schools Cup Gala Day, the team was fortune to play in a Practice Match against Cavendish Road on Monday 22 May. The team has been putting together a large amount of work since Term 4 last year and we are all looking forward to Gala Day. We thank Mr Ryan and coaches for all their efforts. 

CaSSSA Sport

Term 2 CaSSSA Sport Update

We currently have 12 Teams heading out every Wednesday for CaSSSA Sport. With the competition entering the last three rounds, we start to look towards securing some Premiership Pennants. In CaSSSA Netball our Vicki Wilson teams are getting some great practice in. The Open team is currently 1st on the table with the Inter C team also looking like they may make the finals.

Year 7 and 8 Touch is going well with our Junior A team competing very strongly with a close fought win and draw over the past couple of rounds. Our Junior C and E teams are working hard at training, and we are very pleased to see them improving every week. Attendance at training is key to each team improving and we are thrilled to see each team committing to their team and coach with excellent attendance each week – well done touch players!

Our Volleyball teams are always full of enthusiasm and very encouraging of their teammates. With many new players in the mix, it can sometimes be hard to get a win on the scoreboard, however it's wonderful to see teams improving each week. We are lucky to have our fantastic coaches who are working hard to develop the skills of our players, and we are planning to run some lunchtime serving clinics which will be open to all players on a Wednesday lunchtime. For more information please click here to sign up. 

Term 3 CaSSSA Sport Nominations

All Nominations are due NO LATER than Friday 26 May at 3:00pm.

Click HERE to Nominate

The available CaSSSA Sports in Term 3 are as follows:

Touch Football 

Senior (Years 11 - 12)

Inters (Years 9 - 10)

Football (Soccer)

Senior (Years 10 - 12)

Junior (Years 7 - 9)


Senior (Years 11 - 12)

Junior (Years 7 - 8)

Trial Dates

Touch Football

Thursday 1st June

Shaw Park 3.15 - 5.15pm

Football (Soccer)

Thursday 1st June

Shaw Park 3.15 - 5.15pm


Friday 2nd June

Eirene Hall 3.15 - 5.15pm

Cross Country

Our CaSSSA Cross Country team will wrap up the season this week with the Interschool Carnival at Limestone Park, Ipswich. This traditionally tough course will test our runners' resolve and fitness.

We wish them the best of luck and hope to report back some great results.


The netball season has settled into a great rhythm. CaSSSA teams are playing well, enjoying the competition and having lots of fun. Club netball is still in grading mode and the girls are enthusiastically putting in their all. We have a lot of junior umpires who are improving with every game, and it is great to see such passion. 

Our Vicki Wilson Cup and Shield teams competed yesterday in the QC Cup Netball tournament. Both teams played hard all day and both teams finished on top. Opens took out the Premiership in Div 1 and Inters won the Inter B1 division. Well done to all the players and coaches I’m sure there are some sore bodies today. This competition as well as the CaSSSA competition is part of our training for the Vicki Wilson Cup and Shield Tournament that will be held in June, the teams are looking strong keep up the good work.

Primary Netball 

Nominations are open for the Vicki Wilson Primary Schools Cup competition which will be held at Mudgeeraba on the first weekend of the September holidays. This is open to Years 5 and 6 students and we encourage all netballers to trial. The link to sign up to trial is on the College App and on MySRC. Nominations close on Friday 16 June and trials will be held the first and second Thursdays in Term 3.

Strength & Conditioning

Registrations for the Strength & Conditioning Program for Term 3, 2023 have now been released. Program and registration information can be found here and on the College App under Sport > Strength & Conditioning > ‘Strength & Conditioning Registrations – Term 3’.

Continuing on from Term 2, the ‘squads’ involved throughout Term 3 S&C will be:

  • Sporting Excellence Squad (invitational only)
  • Winter Water Polo- development and rep development squads only (Invitational only)
  • Swimming (invitational only)
  • Netball Vicki Wilson Squads (invitational only)
  • BMTA Touch Football-Opens Team 1 and 15s Team 1 (invitational only)
  • Non Sport-Specific Squad

Please contact Sophie Dodd at if you have any questions regarding the program. We hope to have as many students as possible involved. It has been so great to see everyone’s strength, balance and coordination improvements throughout the year so far and I strongly encourage you to remain involved and to continue those improvements for your own athletic development. 


Queensland Secondary Schools Tennis Teams Tournament

Our Open and Junior Tennis teams took to Shaw Park to compete in the QSSTT Tournament last week, with some players unavailable we had to shift some players up a division which made for some great development. Our Open team played some tough fixtures against teams from Kelvin Grove, coming away with some wins and losses. With only three players available we were not eligible for full points. Well done to our players for giving all they had out there.

Our Junior team faced some great fixtures from both Genesis Christian College and Kelvin Grove where they played amazingly. Some of our team went up against players two years older and held strong. It is so pleasing to be able to compete at this level and we look forward to continuing the training into Term 3 and our school championships.

Track & Field

Track & Field Training

Our Track & Field season has commenced with over 50 students already attending Pre-Season training at Nudgee College on Thursdays and Saturdays. We have over 100 names already on the Training Squad list and look forward to switching our focus from Cross Country to retaining the CaSSSA Cup for Track & Field.

Please see the Track & Field Information letter if you are interested in signing up for training or the Camp.

Track & Field Camp

Get excited, Track and Field Camp is back! Expressions of interest are open for this action-packed camp.

  • Date: Friday 7 - Sunday 9 July
  • Location: Alex Park Conference Centre, Sunshine Coast
  • Transport: Provided to and from the venue (leaving from St Rita's College)
  • Cost: $350 (This includes bus, accommodation, food etc). If you have two or more children attending, the levy is $300.00 for the second child and $250.00 for third child.

A schedule of activities will be sent closer to the date and the Sports Department will send further information once numbers are finalised. This will include a finalised schedule, camp packing list etc. 

Note: By filling out this form, you understand a fee is involved. If you become unavailable in attending the camp (once the form is completed), an email to Mr Joshua White is required in order to not be charged. Submission of Nomination Form – required by 4:00pm on Friday 16 June.

Click here to fill out the EOI.

Touch BMTA

Reminder Season 2 Club Touch Football information has been released. All families will be able to find all the information and registration forms via MySRC Notices and the College App. We are looking forward to another exciting Season of Touch Football.

Trials: Monday 19 June @ Shaw Park, Shaw Road, Wooloowin. Times will vary pending on the division you have nominated for. 

Season 1 BMTA is slowly rounding out with Round 11 occurring on Thursday 25 May. Both Opens and 15s teams have been playing some fantastic Touch Football and we look forward to seeing how deep both teams go in the Finals. 

Volleyball School Cup

Good Luck to our Volleyball Intermediate Schools Cup team.

Volleyball Schools Cup is taking place this Friday – Sunday at Gold Coast Sport and Leisure Centre (Carrara Hall) competing against schools from all over Queensland. We wish the team all the best!

Water Polo

Australian Teams Announced

Teams have been announced for the Water Polo Australia National Age Group Program teams, ahead of their overseas tours next month.

A huge congratulations goes to St Rita’s Year 12 Student Tilly Hughes, being selected in the 17&U Team touring Europe.

Special mention also goes to Bless, Ali, Emmersen and Willow, all North Brisbane Polo Bears players that are involved in our St Rita's College/Polo Bears pathway, who have also been selected in Australian teams.

Term 3 Water Polo

Different to previous years, we will be offering a School based Term 3 competition/fitness building opportunity. Nominations to be involved in this competition will be sent shortly via email and MySRC. This is a great way to get ready for BWPI Summer trials in August!

BWPI Winter 

BWPI are offering a club-based Monday night competition, with games played between 5:00pm - 8:00pm. St Rita's College are unable to enter this competition, however if you are interested in playing, we would recommend registering with Polo Bears.

Dates: Monday 24 July – Monday 28 August (6 weeks)                  

Locations: Musgrave, St Rita's College, Brisbane Grammar                

Age Groups: U14, U16, Opens                 

To register directly with Polo Bears, please complete this form.

Community Notices
Students With Disability Travel Rebate - Semester 1
Host Families Required
Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD)

Students With Disability Travel Rebate - Semester 1

  • Does your child have a verified disability that requires transport assistance to and from school? 
  • Has your school’s learning support teacher assessed your child’s travel capability rating as ‘semi-independent’ or more dependent?

Visit our website to see if you qualify for financial assistance to help with the cost of transport and apply at by 31 May.

Late applications cannot be accepted after 31 May.

Host Families Required

Host Families Required - Expand your cultural horizons and make lifelong connections

The opportunity to host an international student is an incredible way to open your home and hearts to cultural diversity and share an authentic Australian experience.

Immerse your family in Japanese traditions, customs, and language by hosting a student from Atomi High School, Japan. St Rita’s College host families are required for students aged 15-17 years from Saturday 22 July - Thursday 3 August 2023.

Key details:

  • Homestay period: Saturday 22 July - Thursday 3 August 2023 (12 nights)
  • Compensation: Host families will receive a $515 payment
  • Support: 24/7 Japanese/English support provided by International Student Services (ISS)
  • One student per homestay. If you are hosting another Japanese student during this period, please refrain from becoming a host family for Atomi High School students
  • Families are asked to provide all meals and a friendly home environment for their student
  • Students will travel to and from school each day the same way as the children of their host family (please provide transportation fee)
  • All family members over the age of 18 require a volunteer Blue Card (no cost). Please contact the College if you do not have one.

For further details please contact:

Ms Leigh Andrews (Japanese Teacher) or Mrs Carmen Anders (Head of Languages) or submit a Host Family Application Form to Yoko Sugimoto (ISS – Study Tour Organiser) via

Click here to access the Host Family Application form.

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (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).

Information provided about students to the Australian Government for the NCCD includes:

  • Year of Schooling
  • Category of disability: physical, cognitive, sensory or social/emotional
  • Level of adjustment provided: support provided within quality differentiated teaching practice, supplementary, substantial or extensive.

This information assists schools to:

  • Formally recognise the supports and adjustments provided to students with disability in schools
  • Consider how they can strengthen the support of students with disability in schools
  • Develop shared practices so that they can review their learning programs in order to improve educational outcomes for 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 Portal.

If you have any questions about the NCCD, please contact the school.

Click here to access the NCCD Fact Sheet for parents, guardians and carers.