Verbis - Term 4, Edition 1 Verbis - Term 4, Edition 1

14 October 2021

Year of Hospitality - People of Welcoming Heart

From our College Leadership Team
Principal, Mrs Dale Morrow

Principal, Mrs Dale Morrow

Dear Parents/Carers

As we begin the final Term for the year, it was nice to see the girls return to school in good cheer and seemingly very positive about wanting to complete the academic year to the best of their ability.  I hope the school holiday time provided you all with the wherewithal to recharge your batteries as families, and you are looking ahead now with optimism for the next phase of what is ahead, in terms of the further easing of various restrictions in the wake of so many people getting vaccinated.  

This Term is a particularly important one for the Year 12 students of course, as their twelve years of formal schooling come to a close. In the coming weeks we will be holding some special occasions to mark this important milestone of their lives and then they will sit their final exams. To all the parents of our Year 12 girls, know that we will be holding you all in our thoughts and prayers and we will be wishing your daughters every success as they complete their time here at St Rita’s College.

During the second week of the holidays, I was involved in a national conference with Presentation people from around Australia. It was held on Zoom and ran for four days. It allowed all the participants of the conference to reflect again about our Presentation history and heritage and to talk about the challenges that lay ahead in continuing to promote and inspire young people, girls in particular, in the way of Nano Nagle. I have often written in Verbis articles about Nano Nagle, and the fact that she could be described as a doer.  Indeed, our College’s motto “Action not Words” was in fact her own family’s motto and she spent much of her time devoting her life to the empowerment of the poor and marginalised in society – especially women. 

I came away from that Zoom conference more convinced than ever that what we are involved in here at this College, the education of young women in the way of Nano Nagle, is an important component in helping to inspire more and more young women to take up the challenge of making our societies more just and caring of those who, through no fault of their own, have been marginalised – cast to the side of society, left to fend for themselves in circumstances where the odds are stacked against them through unjust laws, or societal prejudices built up over years.

As Presentation educators at St Rita’s, we often point out to the girls what a wonderful role model we have in Nano. It has also been important for us to discuss with the girls at times that similar styled issues that Nano addressed back in Ireland in the late 1700s are still with us today. Indeed, it is a fact that most girls in the world today do not grow up in a world of opportunity, the likes of which we see in societies like ours. Most, in fact, are faced with the challenge of having to build their own opportunities. 

Monday this week, 11 October, was the day nominated by the United Nations as the “day of the Girl Child” (this titled day is set aside each year to heighten awareness about the progress for adolescent girls). Unfortunately, what this year’s day is revealing is that progress for adolescent girls around the world overall has not kept pace with the realities they face today.  This unfair situation has been made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic and has reinforced many of these gaps.

This year, under the theme, “My Voice, Our Equal Future”, the day is highlighting how some young women are making a difference in their parts of the world by beginning and developing projects which are empowering the voice of other young women.  At our first College Assembly of the Term last week, I spoke to your daughters about this issue and posed to them the question: “So, what does Nano ask of us today?”  

There is no doubt in my mind that she would ask us not to give up on trying to gain equity for those marginalized in our world. We are living in a global world and there is much we can do, both locally and globally - especially in the area of advocacy through online connections. I think she would ask us to be aware of what is happening in our world and for us to strive for justice at every opportunity. I think Nano would be saying to us: “Let’s seize the opportunity to be inspired by what adolescent girls see as the change they want, the solutions, big and small, they are leading and demanding across the globe.” 

In concluding my address to the girls at Assembly I reminded them that, especially in this our year of hospitality, we need to see that a special aspect of hospitality is about reaching out to each other and challenging ourselves to put others’ concerns before our own.  I encouraged all of the girls to continue growing in their sense of what it means to be a person of action, and in their appreciation of the fact that everyone has the power to do good things for others and help make changes to society for the better.

“While you may never know what results may be achieved by your actions it is clear that should no action be taken then it can be reasonably anticipated that there will be no results.”  (Mahatma Ghandi)

It has been a busy two weeks with so much done for others in our community. I am truly proud of the efforts of staff and students to look beyond ourselves to make a difference in the world.

God Bless

Mrs Dale Morrow

What You Need to Know
Changes to Evening Study Sessions
Stationery Ordering for 2022
Important BYOD notification
Service Rosters
Term 4 Dates
Upcoming Dates to note
2022 Official Term Dates

Changes to Evening Study Sessions

In response to a survey to students last Term, we are going to trial some changes to the evening Library study sessions starting from Tuesday 19 October, next week.

The upstairs Library area will remain open until 6:00pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for students in Years 10-12. This will allow girls who have sport on Tuesday and Thursday to access a later study session.

We have past scholar tutors available on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 5:15pm, and students are welcome to access them for help. Students are required to book them by signing a sheet that is on the desk outside Ms Wallas’ office. Year 12 students will take priority, but the tutors always have plenty of time to help girls in younger year levels as well.

The rules remain the same:

  • Students must sign in via the iPad outside Ms Wallas’ office if staying later than 4:30pm.
  • Students must sign out when leaving.
  • Students may work alone or with others.  BUT they are there to study, not to socialise with friends, and they will be asked to go home if they are not staying focused.
  • Students are welcome to use the seminar rooms but will need to book one (Ms Wallas can do this). Years 11 and 12 students will take priority for this. It is of course, very important that seminar rooms be left clean and tidy after use.
  • There is, as always, NO eating permitted in the Library. Students may pop out to the deck if they would like to eat something or drink something other than water.

Stationery Ordering for 2022

Orders Now Open

The finalised stationery lists and workbooks for 2022 have been published on the MK Educational Supplies. 

Orders for 2022 are due by Monday 1 November 2021. 

Click Here for MK Educational Website

Select:

  • St Rita’s College and your daughter’s Year level, and select Girl View Book List
  • Place a tick beside relevant subjects and tick beside A: COMPULSORY Items for all Students
  • Show Subjects: to reveal the required equipment and workbooks

If your daughter already has the required equipment, you do not need to purchase new objects. The workbooks, however, must be purchased. There will be nominated delivery dates. The dates will be shown at the top of the order form and emailed to you at the time of ordering. Due to COVID considerations, pick up is not permitted this year. It is a delivery-only service.

Important BYOD notification

If you are considering or need to update your daughter’s Device, please keep in mind that many industries are experiencing delays in shipment of orders or sourcing supply, and supply of technology industry products may also be inhibited. As such, it is recommended that families consider bringing forward the timing of their school technology purchases.

Our program remains partnered by our IT Provider, Datacom. Families may purchase their daughter’s device through Datacom or through a retailer of their choice. Purchasing through Datacom provides you with an extended warranty and servicing needs managed by the College. However, please be assured that regardless of whether you purchase through Datacom or not, your daughter will always receive the same high level of service and support from the College’s IT team.

The Datacom Purchasing Portal (link below) lists the devices and accessories that are suitable for the College’s curriculum. The College/Datacom recommendations for Years 5-12 students in 2022 are listed. If not purchased through Datacom, the equivalent of our recommended device is required. There are some factors parents should note:

  • The minimum requirement for each student is a primary device that has a solid state hard drive and 5Ghz wireless card running MacOSX.
  • The College recommendation is for the use of Apple devices. Please be assured that our preference for Apple devices does not negate or diminish learning effectiveness if your daughter is operating on a Windows device.
  • Parents of Film, Television and New Media (FTV) should note the specific device these girls require.
  • If your daughter’s device is three or more years old, she may be experiencing some lag in performance and you may wish to consider upgrading her device.
  • It is also recommended that a sturdy hardcover case is also purchased along with Accidental Damage Protection (ADP). 

Students require one of the following (or the equivalent if not purchased via the Datacom Purchasing Portal):

  • Year 5 - Apple MacBook Air (M1 / 8GB RAM / 256GB SSD)
  • Years 7-12 - Apple MacBook Air (M1 / 16GB RAM / 256GB SSD) or Apple MacBook Pro (M1 / 16GB RAM / 256GB SSD
  • Years 10-12 FTV - Apple MacBook Air (M1 / 16GB RAM / 256GB SSD) or Apple MacBook Pro (M1 / 16GB RAM / 512GB SSD

We have selected these configurations based on the needs of the Year levels however, if the configuration you would like is not listed, please use the ‘Contact Us’ button on the Datacom Purchasing Portal.

To access the Datacom Purchasing Portal: https://datashop-qld.datacom.com.au/stritascollege  

Username – stritascollege          Password – Nano90

Datacom will deliver your purchase to the College for your collection, generally early December or early January if delays are not being experienced.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the College IT team should you have any queries. support@stritas.qld.edu.au, or use the ‘Contact Us’ button on the Datacom portal.

Mr John Bhugon, Head of IT

Service Rosters

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 19 October: Mrs Tuite will accompany Cate Klinge, Gianna Stuck, Sally Harrison and Horatia Schlect

Tuesday 26 October: Mrs Miller will accompany Nia Nielson, Sascha Nielson, Sofia Nielson and Tara McBride

Tuesday 2 November: Mr Ryan will accompany Olivia Brown, Gabby Tealby, Caitlin Gunn and Verona Bradley


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 20 October: Ms Wallas will accompany Charlotte Lewis, Claudia McMahon and Abby Vickers

Wednesday 27 October: Mrs Star will accompany Rachel Copsey, Hannah Woods, Gabrielle Moore and Isabella Catalano

Wednesday 3 November: Mrs Diamond will accompany Alexia Ziegenfuss, Ava Wright, Claudia McMahon and Abby Vickers


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 18 October: Mrs Diamond will accompany Kate Dalton, Nina Vickers, Abby Vickers and Erin Long

Term 4 Dates

Monday 4 October : Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday

Tuesday 5 October: Term 4 Commences

Friday 19 November: Last day Year 12

Friday 26 November: Term 4 Ends for Years 7-11

Upcoming Dates to note

These dates are current at the time of publication. Please refer to MySRC for the most up to date calendar information.

Friday 15 October         6:45am Year 12 Breakfast

                                   2:00pm Year 12 Final Assembly - students only; no parents due to COVID capacity restrictions.

                                   2:30pm Year 12 Guard of Honour and Hat Throwing. 

Parents are welcome to view the Hat Throwing which takes place on Hogan Place. 

Saturday 16 October     12:00pm St Rita’s College Race Day

Friday 22 October         6:00pm Water Polo Season Launch

Monday 25 October      Year 12 External Exams commence

Friday 29 October         Rescheduled ‘Ekka’ Public Holiday

Friday 12 November      Interhouse Swimming Carnival

Wednesday 17 November         Year 12 Retreat

Thursday 18 November 6:30pm Annual Thanksgiving Celebration, QPAC. Compulsory for Years 7, 11 and 12 students.

Friday 19 November      3:45pm Year 12 Graduation Mass, Eagle Farm Racecourse

                                   6:30pm Year 12 Graduation Dinner, Brisbane City Hall

Wednesday 24 November         5:00pm Junior Check Out Concert

Thursday 25 November Year 7 Immunisations

                                    5:00pm Senior Check Out Concert

Friday 26 November      12:30pm Term 4 ends for Years 7-11

2022 Official Term Dates

The following dates are listed as the official Term dates for 2022. Families will be notified of any specifics relating to these dates, or changes that may take place.

Term 1: Tuesday 25 January – Friday 1 April

Term 2: Tuesday 19 April – Friday 17 June

Term 3: Monday 11 July – Friday 16 September

Term 4: Tuesday 4 October – Friday 25 November

Study Skills
Head of Study Skills - Ms Amanda Wallas

Head of Study Skills - Ms Amanda Wallas

We are of course back from holidays – I hope they were as refreshing for you and your family as they were for me – and once again we are moving into the phase of the Year when our Year 12 students are in the final stretch of their school life, preparing for their external exams. I have a developed a range of resources that your daughter may like to access in readiness for her exams; these are available on the Study Skills tile.

If you have a daughter in Year 12, I strongly encourage you to chat with your daughter about her revision schedule over the next three weeks and ensure she is setting herself up for success – overwork may cause undue stress and anxiety, while insufficient or inefficient revision practices will have an impact on her ability to achieve her potential.  It is important that brain and body breaks are factored into any revision program and that your daughter eats well, has regular and sufficient sleep patterns, and exercises daily. (This does not have to involve the gym! A walk is excellent exercise.)  Of course, our Year 11 students are also now moving into their summative assessment phase, beginning their Year 12 tasks this Term. It will benefit them greatly if they have a study plan and assessment calendar printed out with all checkpoints mapped backwards on it.  These should be pinned up above their study space so that they have a permanent visual reminder.  As for our Years 7 to 10 girls, they are on their final run for the year as well and may need your assistance and support to maintain their motivation levels and stay on task in these final weeks. Chatting to your daughter about this and ensuring she has the aforementioned study plan and assessment calendar set up may help her in this regard. As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me on wls@stritas.qld.edu.au if you have any queries regarding our Study Skills program.

 

The Arts
Arts Week

Arts Week

Congratulations to all staff and students who have participated in the Arts Week events!

Mr Scanlan and the Year 12 band put on a funky rock performance at Tuesday lunch. The student’s rock band perfectly suited the excitement of returning to the Term.

On Wednesday lunch, Mrs Cottrell, Mrs Iacopetta and Mrs Rowe-Whiteley developed an inspiring life-drawing competition, with prizes for the best of each Year level coming. The amazing efforts of Year 7 students have not gone unnoticed!

Miss Bradbury and Miss Purser shared senior and previous students Film, TV and New Media short films on Thursday lunch. The audience was hooked by the popcorn and stayed for the captivating films - especially ‘The Giving Tree’ and ‘The Place We Meet’.

Finally, on Friday lunch, Mrs Mansfield brilliantly emceed the funniest event of the week! The teachers vs students Theatresports competition was by far the most hilarious competition this year.

Many thanks go to our amazing staff and student teams, with the teachers winning the new inaugural trophy and many, many sweets. Thank you to Mr Babao, Mr Harvey, Ms Wallas and Mrs White for giving us your lunchtime and being so entertaining!

Speech and Communication Tutition
2022 Enrolments Open for Speech and Communication Tuition

2022 Enrolments Open for Speech and Communication Tuition

Speech and Communication enrolments for 2022 are open. Places are available for students to attend either private, semi-private (2 students) or small group lessons (4 students max). 

Whether your daughter is an avid presenter wanting to further develop her voice and gain exposure to more performance opportunities or needs support to build public speaking confidence and ability (especially for school oral presentations), the Speech and Communication Program has something to offer every student.

Please email the Speech and Communication Teacher, Ms Hannah Jones at hjones@stritas.qld.edu.au to place your name on the list, or to find out more.

Classes are 45-minutes and held on a rotational timetable at St Rita’s College. For full details, please contact Ms Jones or refer to page 32 of the Orientation Book.

Pantry
Pantry Menu for fortnight beginning Monday 18 October

Pantry Menu for fortnight beginning Monday 18 October

Boutique
New Student Uniform Fit Out Dates

New Student Uniform Fit Out Dates

Year 7 2022:2 November 2021  to 27 November 2021 

Year 5 2022: 11 January 2022 to 17 January 2022

Sport
Achievements
Athletic Development Program
Sporting Excellence Program
Tennis
Touch Football
CaSSSA Term 4 Sport
Water Polo
Sport Representative Grant Applications - close 21 October

Achievements

Congratulations to Charlotte Melksham who recently made the Queensland South U17 Basketball Team and competed at the National Championships. Charlotte’s team brought home the gold medal and have been crowned National Champions. An amazing achievement!! Congratulations Charlotte. 

Athletic Development Program

The Athletic Development Program has commenced and there has been an overwhelming number of students taking up the opportunity. It’s been fantastic to see the students in the gym in the early mornings and afternoons. If you have missed nominating and would still like to be involved in the program, please email Ms Dodd at performance@stritas.qld.edu.au

Sporting Excellence Program

The Sporting Excellence Program has been selected with some very talented students making selection. A full list of girls selected will be made available soon.

The program will kick off with a leadership camp being held at the Enoggera Army Base, where the girls' persistence, leadership and resilience will be tested during a challenging, fun and rewarding day.

Tennis

The Knowles Cup Team have just completed Round 1 of the tournament, with convincing wins against All Hallows' and Lourdes Hill. Good luck to the team as they continue with the remaining teams.

Touch Football

The Open Touch Team recently competed at the All Schools Touch Tournament. The tournament was a big hit with our youngest ever SRC Opens team giving it a real hot crack! 

The girls had lots of fun, with two great wins and four near losses. Overall, a great effort by the Years 7-9 youngsters in the team, and a good final hit out for our seniors. 

CaSSSA Term 4 Sport

CaSSSA Term 4 Sport has commenced. Good luck to all teams throughout the Term. If you trialled and have not been assigned a team, please email ASAP to sport@stritas.qld.edu.au

Water Polo

Water Polo season has commenced with Round 1 seeing eight wins and 15 loses. Some great games and plenty of motivation for teams to improve.

SRC Water Polo is hosting a season Launch for the 2021-2022 Program on Friday 22 October. This event is a fundraiser for our Program, with any money raised going directly back into the Water Polo program, benefiting our girls.

We are lucky to have Four-Time Olympian Bronwen Knox attending to do a Q&A about her experience as a Water Polo player.

Please see flyer for information regarding the season launch. Booking is essential. To book tickets Click Here 

Sport Representative Grant Applications - close 21 October

If your daughter has made a regional, State or national sports representation this year, you may be eligible to receive a sports grant from the St Rita’s College Sports Subcommittee.

Each year, the Sports Subcommittee recognises and awards sporting achievements in the form of a financial grant. This grant aims to provide a small contribution toward the cost associated with pursuing representative sport.

To be eligible for consideration of a grant for 2021 pursuits, please complete the application and return to sport@stritas.qld.edu.au by 9:00am Thursday 21 October.

Click Here for Application

St Rita's College Race Day
Race Day Ticketing and Event Time
With thanks to our Race Day Sponsors
Raffle - Open to Everyone

Race Day Ticketing and Event Time

Hosted by the College Sports Subcommittee our Race Day event at Eagle Farm this Saturday is fully subscribed. The day will be compered by Loretta Ryan, leading personality of ABC morning radio and St Rita’s Past Student. All proceeds from the event support resources for the girls of St Rita's. There are prizes for the best dressed in our Fashions on the Field event and sensational Raffle prizes to be won.

The official Eagle Farm Super Saturday Tickets have been emailed to the email address of the person who booked the tickets. If they booked tickets for others, they have been asked to forward the ticket on to the attendee before Saturday. It is important this is done, as without the official BRC ticket entry to the racecourse and the function area will not be permitted.

The 'Humanitix' ticket issued at the time of booking cannot be used for entry to the racecourse or the function.

Please note: Our event commences from 11:30am and not midday as previously advised. This is due to the BRC securing a 10 race card for the day.  Together with the Caulfield Cup and The Everest down south, it truly will be a Super Saturday!

Full details for ticket holders has been issued on the communication sent with your ticket.

If you have not received your ticket, please email Mrs Anna Roberts as a matter of priority. aroberts@stritas.qld.edu.au

With thanks to our Race Day Sponsors

Race Day each year is made possible by our sponsors. This year we sincerely thank:    

  • Clear to Work - One of the most respected providers of online hospitality industry and business training
  • HMW Group - More than just accountants
  • Liquor Legends - Australia's largest online bottle stores group.
  • Madison Cleaning - Your trusted commercial cleaning professionals

Please look to these businesses - businesses that support the education of our daughters - when you are in the market for their services.


Raffle - Open to Everyone

The Race Day Raffle is open to everyone and with over $10,000 in prizes to be won, including Cash$$$, jewellery, 5-star hotel vouchers, an exclusive racing experience, tech, beauty, fashion and more, this is a Must Be In It raffle. Hosted by the College Sports Subcommittee, all proceeds will support the acquisition of sport resources for the talented girls of St Rita's College.

Click Here to be taken to our Raffle site.

Our sincere thanks go to all Prize donors - including our Fashions on the Field and Silent Auction prize donors. The support from these businesses has been outstanding and we thank each of them for their generosity.


Community Notices
Offer to St Rita's Community from Goodlife Health Club Nundah

Offer to St Rita's Community from Goodlife Health Club Nundah

Goodlife Health Club Nundah are a prize donor to the Sports Subcommittee. We thank them for their support.