Verbis - Term 3, Edition 3 Verbis - Term 3, Edition 3

2 September 2021

Year of Hospitality - People of Welcoming Heart

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

Principal, Mrs Dale Morrow

Dear Parents/Caregivers

This week has been an exciting week at the College with a number of very significant events. We started the week with staff baking cupcakes for the Year 12 students. The reason was to just try and give them a boost by a small act of kindness. The students appreciated the gesture and it was lovely to see the staff and students mixing with one another in a more relaxed environment. I am very grateful to the staff who go out of their way, each and every day, to support the students in whatever ways they can and the graciousness of the students in responding positively to the efforts made for them.

On Tuesday we were privileged to hear the ‘Captains’ speeches on Assembly. Six students are nominated by the Year 11 cohort and they are then required to address the College community at Assembly. Their speeches can be found at the following link: Click Here. If you have the time, I would encourage you to listen to them as it shows the calibre of their thinking and their desire to lead their College with integrity and passion.

On Wednesday we started the day with over 500 attending the Father/Daughter breakfast at the Eagle Farm racecourse. It was a beautiful morning and our special guests of Dawn Fraser, Clark Keating and Jo Barrett did not disappoint. Jodie Becker was our MC for the morning and did a great job in leading the ‘in conversation’ with our speakers. A new generation of young people got to meet a legend in the swimming world, with many photos taken as souvenirs. Our guests were able to highlight for us the characteristics of resilience, determination and hard work as the secrets to success in life. It was also noted that it was important to enjoy what you put your efforts into. The importance of teamwork and family was also highlighted. These messages were well received by us all. My thanks go to the Sports Subcommittee who take responsibility for this event and, in particular, to Mr Chris Overs, Chair of the Sports Subcommittee and Mr Paul Holloway. Also, to Ms Catherine Allen and Mrs Anna Roberts who work closely with the committee to assist in the running of this much loved annual event.

On Thursday it gave me great pleasure to announce the College Captains for 2022. My congratulations go to Avarelle Bernard as College Captain and our two Vice Captains Chloe O’Sullivan and Mia Cartwright. I thank Gabrielle Tealby, Maegan D’Souza and Reah Sharma for having the courage to accept their nominations. I know we are in good hands for 2022 and that the student body will be ably led and supported by both students and staff in our Year of Compassion.

We wish the Year 12 students well as they enter their trial exams on Friday. The jacarandas will soon be in bloom as Spring reminds us that new life is all around us. Spring provides a wonderful reminder to us that we should be living a full life and leaving the old dead parts of life behind. There is always hope during the coldest, darkest winters of life. Spring will come and new life will come forth. 

I hope this Sunday, Fathers Day, will be a day for all of us to recognise the male role model in our lives and to thank him for the part he plays in our lives. Our lives are enriched by your presence, your support and your love.

God Bless

Mrs Dale Morrow

Deputy Principal - Studies, Mrs Maree Trims

Senior Exams

Year 12 students and Year 11 Physical Education students will participate in their Trial External Exams from Friday 3 September through to Friday 10 September. The trial exams allow students to practice under similar examination conditions and determine what knowledge they still need to work on prior to the External Assessments in October.

Due to the rescheduling of the CaSSSA Athletics carnival to Monday 13 September, there has been a change to the Year 11 Exam Block. Students are reminded to check these changes on MySRC.

Due to the rescheduling of the ‘EKKA’ Holiday to Friday 29 October, QCAA have confirmed a change to the Year 12 External Assessment schedule with the Music, Economics and Health exams now being sat on Friday 22 October.

Year 8 2022 Arts and Language Subject Selection

Current Year 7 students will need to select one Language and one Arts subject to study for the duration of Year 8. The parent and student information session is being held on Monday 13 September from 6:00pm via Zoom. Following the information session, students will be able to join individual subject sessions for The Arts and Languages. Students will need to make their selection early in Term 4, when they have had some more time to experience this year’s third elective.

Information for students and their parents to explore will be loaded into a Year 8 Subject Selection page on MySRC in the coming weeks. Families will be notified when this has been done.  Instructions for the evening, including how to join the Zoom sessions, will be provided at the same time and be included on the page.  There is no need to pre-register for the Zoom sessions.

Assistant Principal - Learning and Teaching, Mr Martin Lobb


St Rita’s College has achieved another year of excellent NAPLAN results, and we would like to congratulate our students and staff on these fine achievements. We would also like to acknowledge the support of all our parents in the preparation of our students for NAPLAN.

All of St Rita’s results across Years 7 and 9, and in each category (i.e. Writing, Reading, Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation, and Numeracy) are once again well above the State and National averages.

Our strong results reflect both the quality teaching and learning opportunities provided at St Rita’s and the diligent work of our staff and students in maintaining a focus on literacy and numeracy.

While we are very proud of our NAPLAN results, they are only one part of the data story that informs our planning to further refine our curriculum and pedagogy to meet the needs of all our students.

When they become available, individual results will be mailed to parents of Year 7 and Year 9 students.

What You Need to Know
Student Free Day - Friday 3 September
Father Daughter Breakfast
Parents and Friends Meeting
Year 8 2022 – Subject Selection Evening (Zoom meeting from 6:00pm)
Masks and Students who are Unwell
St Rita’s College Race Day 2021 – Saturday 16 October – Ticket Sales Released Tomorrow
Rosa House Sudsy Challenge
Service Rosters

Student Free Day - Friday 3 September

Tomorrow, Friday 3 September is a Student Free Day for students in Years 7-11.  Students in Year 12 are required to attend school for External Exam Trials.

  • Year 12 students are required on campus from 8.15am meet time for 8.30am exam start
  • Formal Dress Uniform to be worn
  • Pantry: The Pantry will operate on the Snacks menu for the day – toasted sandwiches, raisin toast, etc. but will not be offering hot meals at lunch.
  • Absence: Students must have a Medical Certificate if they are unable to attend their scheduled exam, as per the Assessment Guidelines.

Father Daughter Breakfast

The Father Daughter Breakfast at Eagle Farm Racecourse was a wonderful success with well over 500 in attendance. Mrs Morrow has acknowledged earlier in this edition of Verbis the engaging and insightful contributions our Guest Speakers gave to the Fathers and Daughters in attendance.

We thank the Sports Subcommittee for their organisation of this very popular fundraiser, and in particular thanks are extended to Mr Chris Overs and Mr Paul Holloway who worked tirelessly in making this event happen within a two-week window. We are blessed to have such gracious and motivated parents among the College community working to better the resources we can provide for the girls.  Special thanks are extended to Bonnie Holloway (Year 11) who assisted the event’s on-site set up with meticulous detail, and to Olivia Camilleri (Year 12) and Lauren Birthisel (Year 12) who worked during the Guest Interviews to assist with the all-important Raffle.

The Raffle and Auction are the main sources of fundraising for the event and our thanks go to the many prize donors, and of course the families at the event who generously purchased tickets in the raffle. Your support is truly appreciated. The Sports Subcommittee also acknowledges the kindness of the Carnival’s Lucky 100 stall convenor, Mrs Deanna Delaney, for transferring the Lucky 100 prizes to the Father Daughter Breakfast following Carnival’s cancellation.

Raffle Donors and Winners:

Parliamentary Dining Voucher donated by Tim Nicholls, MP – Garner family

Big Swing Golf Virginia Simulator Hire – Polmear family

Hamper and Italian Plate voucher donated by Cr David McLachlan – McGregor family

Tea Lovers Gift Basket donated by the Costigan family – Cameron family

Massimo Restaurant voucher donated by Massimo Restaurant – Seery family

One Fifty Ascot voucher donated by One Fifty Ascot – Gagen family

Debit Mastercard donated by Ashby-Cliff family – Walker family

Stocks Appliances voucher donated by Stocks Appliances – Powell family

QAGOMA European Masterpieces exhibition package donated by the Taylor family – Patrikios family

La Barre Ballet Barre donated by Rod Williams – Ferris family

2 x Tonsure Hair Design gift packs donated by Julie Hay – Blaney family and McBride family

2 x Verve Photography packages donated by Verve Photography – Winton family and Smith family

Auction Donors and Winners:

Fully signed womens league jersey donated by Jo Barrett – Bunney family

Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort weekend package donated by Sofitel Noosa Resort – Robson family

Click here to see more photos!

Parents and Friends Meeting

The next meeting of the Parents and Friends is on Tuesday 7 September commencing at 6:00pm in the Heritage Room of Stanley Hall. The Check In Qld App must be used on arrival to Stanley Hall and masks worn.

Year 8 2022 – Subject Selection Evening (Zoom meeting from 6:00pm)

Students in Year 7 this year (2021) rotate through trimesters of elective subjects, trying all nine of the elective subjects. For 2022, students need to choose one of the following subjects from The Arts and Language elective faculties. They will study this subject for the entire 2022 year. All students will continue to study the Technology elective subjects.

Languages – French, German or Japanese.   The Arts – Drama, Music or Visual Art

Parents and students are required to attend the Online Subject Selection Evening on Monday 13 September at 6:00pm. Prior to this evening, the presentation and subject videos will be posted to a Year 8 2022 Subject Selection Page. Students and parents will be required to view these presentations before the evening. You will have the opportunity to post any questions you may have to the MySRC page and these will be answered during the online Zoom session.  Families will be notified when this page is live.

The Web Preferences email will be sent on Saturday 9 October at 7:00am and preferences will be logged on a date and time they are received as some subjects will have a quota due to resources. All preferences are due by 3:00pm on Friday 15 October at 3:00pm. Students who submit their preferences late may not receive their desired preferences.

Masks and Students who are Unwell

Please ensure the girls have one or two spare masks in their bags in case of loss or accident. 

Students who are unwell must remain at home. The College’s Zero Tolerance of any Flu-like symptoms remains in place, as does the management process of students who present at school with Flu-like symptoms.  These students will be assessed by a College First-Aid officer and parents contacted for immediate collection of their daughter if it is deemed your daughter should not be at school.

Students do not have permission to independently telephone their parents and ask to be taken home if they feel unwell. Students are to adhere to the College early departure procedures – present to Student Services and Mrs Timcke will contact parents if a departure is necessary.

St Rita’s College Race Day 2021 – Saturday 16 October – Ticket Sales Released Tomorrow

Ticket sales will be release tomorrow, Friday 3 September, for this year’s Race Day. The event will be held in the exclusive Guineas Room function area of Eagle Farm racecourse with both Cocktail style and 3-course dining options.  Our event has exclusive views over the mounting yard, private access to the members grandstand with sweeping views of the track and the Winning Post, private totes and bookmaker. With MC, Loretta Ryan of ABC morning Radio (and St Rita’s Past Student), Fashions on the Field and tempting Raffle prizes to be won, our Race Day is set to be another Sell Out event.

  • Saturday 16 October, 12:00pm-5:30pm, Eagle Farm Racecourse
  • Cocktail Style with 5.5hr Gold Drinks Package: $195.00 per person
  • Three Course Fine Dining with 5.5hr Gold Drinks Package: $225.00 per person (tables seat a maximum of 10 persons)

Ticket Sales open at 9:00am tomorrow and as with last year's event, may Sell Out quickly. Click Here to access booking site.

Race sponsors attract special benefits and substantial advertising. Enquiries can be made to Mr Paul Holloway at

Rosa House Sudsy Challenge

On the 15, 16 and 17 September, Rosa House will participate in the Sudsy Challenge in partnership with our ministry Orange Sky Australia by wearing our bright Sudsy shirts to help raise both funds and awareness. The Sudsy Challenge is our chance as a community to step outside of our comfort zones and help us shine a light on the issue of homelessness. The concept is simple – we will keep our kits on for three days, talk about it with those around us and raise funds and awareness to support people doing it tough. By supporting Rosa house on this challenge, you’ll help to ensure that people experiencing homelessness have access to Orange Sky's free laundry and shower service, as well as a place to sit down for a genuine conversation.

Please Support the Rosa Team by scanning the QR code on the flyer.

Lucy Jahnke and Gabi Hodda, Rosa House Captains

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 8 September:  Mrs Casey will accompany Ava Wright, Sascha Nielson, Mia Nielson and Sofia Nielson

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 7 September: Mrs Tuite will accompany Maisie McLachlan, Kira Grayson and Alex Vergara

Tuesday 14 September: Staff member TBA will accompany Erin Kropp, Madeline Meekin, Abbey Mitchell and Eloise Morris

Tuesday 21 September (school holidays): Staff member TBA will accompany Roshkan Kashkavij, Georgia Clayton, Ariana Watson and Grace Taylor

Tuesday 29 September (school holidays): Mrs McGrath will accompany Morgan Hallinan, Maegan D’Souza, Caitlin Percy and Laura Edwards

Tuesday 5 October: Mrs Specogna will accompany Mya Parker, Anja Bell, Abi Immelman and Chloe O’Sullivan

Study Skills
Study Skills and Anxiety

Study Skills and Anxiety

Whilst a part of my role involves ‘hard’ skills such as note-taking, revision and academic reading and writing, another facet of my job is to help girls to work on their ‘soft’ skills such as increasing motivation, developing anti-procrastination strategies and dealing with anxiety.

Study skills and anxiety are inextricably interconnected, because while properly developed study skills help conquer anxiety, anxiety can act as a barrier to effective study practices, so girls sometimes find themselves in a bind. They can’t study because they are too anxious, and their anxiety increases because it is preventing them from continuing with their regular study habits.

If you are finding that your daughter is suffering from anxiety and therefore is having trouble implementing – or sustaining – her study routine, you may like to consider asking her some of the following questions and helping her to implement these strategies in order to break the anxiety/non-study/anxiety cycle.

  • Does your daughter stick to a routine of going to bed and getting up at the same time every day?
  • Does she have an ‘electronic sundown’? This means turning off all screens at least 30 minutes before bed so that her mind can relax and recognise that it is no longer daytime. The detrimental impacts of sleep deprivation are well-researched and are particularly devastating for the adolescent brain.
  • Does your daughter eat healthily and regularly, avoiding junk food, excess sugar and caffeine? 
  • Does she exercise regularly? This does not have to involve the gym or any expensive equipment. A 30-minute walk is great exercise.
  • Does your daughter practise mindfulness and other relaxation techniques on a regular basis? Smiling Mind is an excellent free app that can be used to help induce sleep or just assist with feeling calm and relaxed.
  • I wrote last week about the importance of developing a breathing technique for exam preparation, but this is extremely helpful for anxiety management under any circumstances. You may like to ask your daughter if she practises regular breathing techniques for use whenever she feels anxiety building up.  There are many options for this; I can help if she needs some ideas.
  • Does she take time for self-care? I can offer a list of ideas for this. 
  • Does your daughter practise gratitude? Writing down five things every day for which we are grateful can help develop a positive mindset and conquer feelings of inadequacy and combat the idea that life is somehow easier or better for everyone else.

Finally, taking that first step to follow her study plan can help to break the pattern of inertia and paralysis (which drive anxiety and lead to further inertia and paralysis) and set her on the path to feeling a sense of self-control and self-worth. 

If your daughter would like help setting up a study plan, implementing anti-anxiety techniques or with any other aspect of her study skills, please invite her to contact me on

Ms Amanda Wallas

Head of Study Skills

From the Library
Outta This World: Book Week 2021

Outta This World: Book Week 2021

Book Week gives us the opportunity to celebrate the world of reading, writing, and creating and that is exactly what we did last week. This year, the CBCA Book Week theme invited us to explore new worlds, old worlds and other worlds in literature.

Throughout the week we were joined by some of Australia’s top authors, Nova Weetman, Wai Chim, and Jackie French. Nova Weetman visited us on Monday to promote her new book Elsewhere Girls, co-written by Emily Gale. Nova showed us how we can find inspiration in any place and helped our students develop characters with depth. Our lucky participants walked away with a free copy of Elsewhere Girls and some great tips on becoming a better writer. Wai Chim, author of Freedom Swimmer and The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling, spoke to all Year 7 students on Wednesday about using stories and reading to digest tricky experiences and reminded us of the importance of grit and determination. Jackie French, author of Diary of a Wombat and Goodbye, Mr Hitler amongst many others, also spoke to all Year 8 students on Wednesday. She discussed how she approaches writing historical fiction and the importance of honouring the unknown stories. Jackie encouraged us to stay open to possibilities and reminded us that kindness and compassion are contagious. Our Staff were also treated to an author visit this year by Erina Reddan, author of The Serpent’s Skin. Erina’s latest book was our Term 3 Staff Book Club pick, so it was a wonderful opportunity to connect with the author herself and hear about the rich backstory.

On Tuesday, our students challenged their drawing and visual literacy skills in our Literary Pictionary competition. The Years 8/9 team showed off their speed sketching skills and took the gong. Thursday and Friday saw the hotly contested Book Week Kahoot challenge. Here, students participated in a two-day literacy trivia competition, which was a fabulous way to end the week of celebrations.

Next year’s theme is Dreaming with eyes open... Stay tuned for how this will play out in the Nano Nagle Library next year.

We can’t wait for our Year 5 students and Primary teachers to join us next year. Start brainstorming your costume ideas now!

Thank you to the Library team for their hard work in preparing and delivering a fantastic Book Week. Thank you also to Ms Madeline Williams-Ritchie and the IT team for their support throughout the week.

The Arts
Arts Week is coming to Term 4!


Senior Farewell Concert

We are very pleased to present a final concert for our senior ensembles this Friday evening at 6:30pm in the Trinity Centre Auditorium. With the recent restrictions we have been unable to proceed with the Music Gala, however are very much looking forward to hearing the Symphony Orchestra, Concert Band, String Ensemble, St Rita’s Chorale, Chamber Chorale and Big Band perform.

This will be the final performance for our Year 12 students and they will be recognised for their commitment to the program in a special presentation during the evening. Tickets are free but must be booked with allocated seats using the link below. Face masks will also be required for all audience members, however thankfully masks do not cover your ears so you will still be able to enjoy the performance.

Click Here to Book

Rehearsals until the end of Term

It has been great to feel the buzz in the Music Centre once again as ensembles returned to rehearsals. However, as the Music year runs from the beginning of Term 4 until the end of Term 3 when our Year 12s complete their time in the program, the final two weeks of this Term will be used to collect music and organise ensemble placements for the start of Term 4. No rehearsals will take place during the last two weeks of this Term however some rehearsal times will be used for music collection and placements. Ensemble specific information will be sent to students regarding this.

All students having lessons at the College will complete an ensemble placement during their regular lesson time in the last two weeks and students learning externally from the College have been sent an email giving further details for their ensemble placements. Information for Chamber Chorale and Chamber Voices has also been emailed to students. Year 9 students currently in Nano’s Voices should note that they will automatically be moved into St Rita’s Chorale for the start of Term 4. All ensembles will then recommence rehearsals at the start of Term 4.

Upcoming Events in Term 3

Arts Week is coming to Term 4!

Term 4 CaSSSA Sport
Track and Field
Water Polo


The St Rita’s College Championships for Opens were held on Saturday 21 August. This continued on from the Junior and Intermediate Championships that were held on 14 August with again some spectacular Tennis on display. Congratulations to all girls who participated and congratulations to the Open winners below:

Open singles winner: Ivy Lauder 

Open singles runner-up: Livinnia Wood

Open doubles winners: Ivy Lauder and Elke Cooper

Open doubles runner-up: Madeleine Carr and Anvi Tanwar 

The Knowles Cup team will be announced soon.


Good luck to the Vicki Wilson Team competing at the Vicki Wilson Championships on Thursday 2 September and Friday 3 September. The squad has been putting the hard yards in with training and the girls should be very proud of how far they have come and what they have already achieved this year.


Holiday Bootcamp:

With the school holidays fast approaching its time to lock in some plans to stay active over the break. Water Polo and Swimming seasons ramp up very quickly in Term 4 (the first games of Water Polo are scheduled for the first weekend back at school) so in order to be as best prepared as possible we are planning a bootcamp style theme for the coming holidays. We want to encourage all girls (siblings welcome) to participate in 10 swim sessions over the holidays (this is only 1x per weekday of the break) to kick start their summer of aquatics. By committing to bootcamp girls will be able to purchase a special bootcamp shirt designed by the senior swimmers (cost TBA) and be invited to an end of camp lunch down at Burrito Bar on Friday 1 October. Please keep your eyes on MySRC notices and emails for updates on how to participate. If you have any questions please contact the swimming team

Further swimming reminders:

  • All girls are welcome and invited to utilise the swim program at St Rita’s regardless of their level of performance or the time they are able to commit to swimming. We encourage as many girls as possible to make the most of the opportunities to swim at the pool.
  • Every swimmer that trains will be liable for fees in Terms 2 and 3 in lieu of fees in Terms 1 and 4. School holiday training is included for the holidays prior to the commencement of the Term.
  • The listed start time for training sessions is the time we enter the water so this might mean arriving at the pool or getting ready to swim 5-10 mins before the session start time to ensure we are all ready to start together on time. Training is designed to be performed as a team, not a group of 30 individuals completing tasks at different times. Often times sessions finish late as we are delayed 5 mins starting – if you want more time in the shower after a swim ensure you are ready on time.
  • Dryland training moving forward will be for swimmers that attend 3+ sessions per week to ensure that girls are getting enough swimming done throughout the week. The updated contact information for general swimming information is now Please use this address for general questions or comments regarding swimming. For specific information please feel free to contact coaches directly.

Term 4 CaSSSA Sport

Term 4 CaSSSA Sport trials are taking place today, Thursday 2 September. The sports on offer are Junior AFL and Junior Netball and Intermediate Basketball.

Trials will run from 3:15pm to 5:30pm.

Basketball and Netball are taking place on the College grounds. AFL is taking place at Shaw Park, with transport being provided to and from the venue. 

Enquiries to: 

Track and Field

Great news for the Track & Field squad following the announcement of the CaSSSA Championships rescheduled for Monday 13 September.

The squad has continued training throughout the uncertainty, and I want to applaud the students for the level of commitment despite not knowing if the Championship will go ahead.

I’m sure I speak for the whole school when I wish the team the best of luck for the Championships and hope they can replicate the success of the Cross Country Team.

The final Track & Field Team will be announced shortly.

Mr Dane Robinson

Director of Sport

Water Polo

Trials have been held for Water Polo. There was amazing talent on display and every single girl, had a go whether they were seasoned players or first timers. Exciting times for the SRC Water Polo program.

Team lists and training schedule will be posted before the September school holidays.

If you have any questions, please email Head Coach Ms Madi Wall at

Water Polo Togs - Orders to be placed
Blazers - Year 10, 2022
Online Boutique Sale Items

Water Polo Togs - Orders to be placed

Parents of incoming Under 12/13 players are required to place their Water Polo and Rep Uniform orders by Wednesday 8 September 2021.  Orders will be delivered to a training session prior to the first game.

All other Water Polo girls who are current students of St Rita’s should check their Water Polo suits and Rep uniforms for sizing and if needed place an order online for collection in the Boutique by the end of Term 3.


Blazers - Year 10, 2022

Final date to place orders via the Boutique online website is Friday 10 September 2021. Orders received after this date, may not be able to be filled. Enquiries to

Online Boutique Sale Items

Please remember to look at the Online Boutique Sale section for sale item stock. Stocks are limited. If you have queries on any item please email Mrs Hinder in the Boutique at