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11 November 2021

Year of Hospitality - People of Welcoming Heart

From our College Leadership Team
Principal, Mrs Dale Morrow
Assistant Principal - Mission, Mrs Erica Qureshi

Principal, Mrs Dale Morrow

Dear Parents/Carers

The month of November is always a busy one in schools and this November has proven to be no different. We have had so many important events occurring recently with many more to happen as we approach the end of the year. 

In the last week of October and in the first week of November, the College took the opportunity to run some functions to welcome new families and their daughters in preparation for their commencement in 2022. Integral to being able to put out the ‘welcoming mat’ to our new 2022 Year 7 students were the Year 11 students. As in past years, I am so proud to see how welcoming and caring our senior students are to the young girls on these occasions. They certainly embrace their role as Big Sisters sincerely and with a good deal of pride in being able to play their part in helping to make the newcomers feel welcome. The feedback was impressive with many families reaching out to thank the Year 11 students for settling the nerves and the concerns their daughters may have been experiencing prior to starting their high school journey. It is important to recognise that this is a major transition point in these young girls’ educational journeys and we endeavour to make it as seamless as possible.  

Then, last Friday, our Year 10 students hosted the incoming Year 5 students – a very important and significant group of new students for 2022. Once again, I was so impressed with the energy and the welcome on display by the Year 10 girls for this first cohort of primary age students at St Rita’s since 1960.  

For both these important events I would like to extend my thanks to the students who prepared so well and were so generous in giving up their afternoon to meet and greet. It’s very edifying to see that our students do take seriously and are inspired by the challenges offered by the College’s various pillars. Given, in particular, that this is our Year of Hospitality it is wonderful to see how well our older students in these events have set out to embrace this pillar in such a practical and meaningful way. I must also say that so many of the new parents were very impressed with our students and many expressed sentiments along the lines of hoping their daughter would also be inspired to develop the fine qualities of empathy and welcome that were so clearly on display during these events. I want to also thank the Parents and Friends who, as always, provided wonderful support for the hospitality shown to our newest families.

It is timely here to remind you that our Annual Thanksgiving Celebration (ATC) will occur at QPAC on Thursday 18 November and, while it is a compulsory event for Years 7, 11 and 12, all students are in fact welcome and encouraged to attend. It is a wonderful way to culminate the academic year and for the girls to celebrate their various successes in other fields as well as highlight all that has gone on in this our Year of Hospitality.  Please refer to the information for the evening in this edition of Verbis

And finally, the Feast Day for the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary occurs on the 21 November. This feast has been celebrated in the Catholic Church for centuries and is a commemoration of the great faith shown by Mary’s parents who accepted the birth of their daughter late in life with much appreciation and testament to the goodness of the Lord. It is the important feast of the Presentation Order of Nuns and of course, an important day for us as a Presentation school. We owe much appreciation and give thanks for the wonderful tradition left to us by Nano Nagle. 

God bless

Mrs Dale Morrow


Assistant Principal - Mission, Mrs Erica Qureshi

As we draw nearer to Christmas, a time of expectant joy for many, we are reminded that it is also a time when we look inwards to ensure joy is experienced by those around us too.  2021 has been another uncertain year for many families in our community.  Below are the organisations our school community will be collecting on behalf of this for the remainder of the year.  Please give in whatever capacity you’re able.

  • Contributions to the St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal (Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, Hendra)
  • Kildare House initiative: Contributions for particular St Joseph’s families in Murgon

These contributions are non-perishable food items and items to prepare for Christmas, for example: biscuits, Christmas food (shortbread, pudding), coffee, tinned food, cordial, soft drinks, Christmas decorations. Please, no children’s gifts and no alcohol; however, items such as pencil cases and water bottles are always appreciated.

Students in Kildare House Groups have been assigned a family for whom they are packing a hamper. These hampers will be delivered to St Joseph’s by some of Kildare students on 1 December. 

Donations for St Vincent de Paul can be dropped off at Student Services. Donations for the families in Murgon are being collected through Kildare House Group each morning. 

Many thanks for your anticipated support of these appeals. 

What You Need to Know
College Interhouse Swimming Carnival
ATC Ticketing Now Open - Compulsory Attendance by Years 7, 11 and 12 students
Service Rosters
Upcoming Dates to note
Term 4 'Last Day' Dates
2022 Official Term Dates
SRC Supporter Gear - Purchase Now

College Interhouse Swimming Carnival

The College Interhouse Swimming Carnival, in its new format which the girls are very excited about, will be held tomorrow, Friday 12 November, at the Valley Pool.  Attendance at this House event is compulsory event for all Years 7-11 students. The usual absentee procedure applies.

In the event of Wet Weather

The Swimming Carnival will go ahead in the rain. It will only be cancelled if there are pending thunderstorms. Notice regarding any cancellation of the Swimming Carnival would be issued via the College App as early as possible. In that event the day will revert to a normal school day.


Students are to arrive to school by 8:20am at the latest for morning House Group in Assumpta.  All students will be transported to the Valley Pool and return to the College by Chartered Buses. Students will return to the College and be dismissed at normal school time to allow for normal afternoon transport.

  • No students are permitted to be dropped or picked up from the Pool.
  • Students with a Drivers Licence do not have permission to drive to the Pool.  


  • Year 7 – 11 Sports uniform with House coloured shirt, including bucket  hats/SRC cap are to be worn.
  • Only the St Rita’s College / Water Polo Swimmers and House / SRC Cap are to be worn.

Students are encouraged to get in the spirit of their House Colour. 


Regrettably no spectators are able to attend due to current COVID-19 restrictions. 


The girls are asked to bring sufficient food and drinks for the day, including water. However, a canteen will be operating at the Valley Pool.

ATC Ticketing Now Open - Compulsory Attendance by Years 7, 11 and 12 students

The St Rita’s College Annual Thanksgiving Ceremony (ATC) is our College night of celebrating student achievements and College events. ATC is being held at the Concert Hall of the Queensland Performing Arts Centre on Thursday evening of next week, 18 November, commencing at 6:45pm. The evening is expected to conclude at 9:30pm.

  • ATC is a compulsory attendance event for students in Year 12, Year 11 and Year 7. College uniform is to be worn by all students attending ATC.
  • Award Winners are to arrive by 5:15pm to Stage Door of QPAC. Please refer to full information from Mrs Trims which will be sent to Award Winners today.

Ticketing is now open directly through QPAC, which is a new process. Tickets are not issued by the College. Once you have made your booking at the link provided below, please print out your ticket as you will need this for entry to QPAC.

There are some important processes carried in the dot pointed information below that you need to be aware of before making your booking. 

  • Year 7 students – must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.
  • Tickets do not have to be booked for Year 12 students, Award Winners in any Year level, or for Music or Liturgy performers. Tickets, however, must be booked for family members of these students who are attending ATC, and all other students attending.
  • Award Winners in Years 7-11 were notified of their Award at last week’s Year level assemblies.
  • Award Winners in Year 12 were notified of their Award via email from Mrs Trims on Monday. There are some additional major Year 12 Awards yet to be announced and this will be done next week at their Retreat.
  • If your daughter is to receive an Award, you might like to be prompt in making your booking.
  • You may choose your own seat from those available, or let the system auto-choose for you.
  • Whilst there is no maximum on the number of tickets you may book for your family, we ask families to be genuine in the number being booked. 
  • Please remember to print your ticket and bring it with you for entry to the Concert Hall.

Click Here to be taken to the QPAC booking site for St Rita’s College ATC.

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 17 November: Miss Watts will accompany Amelia Ryan, Summer Nash, Trinity Stanford and Freya Caine

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 16 November: Ms Austin will accompany Alyce Robben, Taylah Moody, Jade Li and Sarah Silvestro

Tuesday 23 November: Mrs Tuite will accompany Bridget Taylor, Jessica Heinemann, Maddie Simpson and Makenna Williams

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 15 November: Mr Barry will accompany Amy Short, Erin Kropp, Sanja Bozickovic and Scarlett Burkitt

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 12 November      Interhouse Swimming Carnival, Valley Pool

Wednesday 17 November         Year 12 Retreat

                                          6:00pm Music Support Group Meeting

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         6:30pm Junior Check Out Concert

Thursday 25 November Year 7 Immunisations

                                         6:30pm Senior Check Out Concert

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

Term 4 'Last Day' Dates

Friday 19 November: Last day Year 12

Friday 26 November: Term 4 Ends for Years 7-11. Students dismissed at 12:00pm.

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

SRC Supporter Gear - Purchase Now

The College purchasing portal for our exclusive St Rita's Supporter Gear is open. Parents and Past Students can purchase mens and ladies Polos and Caps 

The range is non-cocurricular specific enabling all parents and past students to fly the flag for St Rita’s at sports, music and/or debating events and any other opportunities to promote the Brown and White with pride. 

With the Water Polo season in full swing, this is perfect timing for Water Polo parents to place their order. These make great Christmas presents too.

Those who have standing unfilled Cap orders have been notified that the stock is on its way and it is anticipated that we will be able to fill those orders very soon. For all orders, collection date will be notified to you via email. Collection will be from College Reception. Please note that collection is not via the Boutique.

The College thanks Mrs Rosanna Ferguson and Ms Jacinta Dwyer for their work on this project.

Click Here to be taken to the purchasing portal along with full details.

Curriculum News
Day of Excellence

Day of Excellence

On Tuesday 9 October, the Year 7/8 Humanities class attended Iona College’s annual Day of Excellence with Ms Ikin and Ms Rutten. This workshop-based day allowed students to explore specialist topics of interest, including robotics, engineering, writing, linguistics, art and technology with other High Potential Learners from schools around greater Brisbane. Here are some of the words, photos and products our excellent students had to share:

I enjoyed challenging myself with a hands-on STEM activity and thinking of ways to solve a world issue—Sofie Ferris, Year 8

I did the Spaghetti Bridge Challenge and I enjoyed meeting new people—Jess McCubbin, Year 7

The Day of Excellence was a fantastic opportunity. In the Film and TV session we looked at different camera angles and shots in films and then in groups (with other schools, allowing us to meet others) recreated the Mexican stand-off scene from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly using another film genre to create our own unique mini movie. This experience was extremely enjoyable, and I would definitely do it again—Elyse O'Brien, Year 8

I attended the Spaghetti Bridge Challenge and we made a bridge out of spaghetti that had to be 30cm long and hold weight. It was really fun, and John Son Johnson (our mascot) really made the experience more real—Claudia Fraikin, Year 7

At Iona College, we had the chance to make a lot of new friends which was really cool, and I enjoyed learning about the importance of the key elements and characteristics of fantasy writing, as well as how to incorporate the factors of our chosen genres into our writing—Isla Reinhardt, Year 8

I chose Fantasy Writing, run by Ms Ikin. We looked at the different styles of writing, the common characteristics, and the key elements of fantasy fiction, drew maps of fictional places that we created, started writing our own fictional stories, played character Cluedo and book Pictionary. Overall, the day was a great experience where we got to meet and work with new people and try new things which was lots of fun—Poppy Taylor, Year 7

Save the Date—7/8 Humanities Extension Presentation Fair - Wednesday 24 November

Parents/Carers of the Year 7/8 Humanities Extension class are invited to our Presentation Fair at the College being held on Wednesday 24 November from 1:30pm. We hope to see you there to appreciate the exceptional work created by your daughters in their independent inquiry projects. Official invitations will be sent soon.

The Arts
School Play Auditions

School Play Auditions

Debating Coordinator - Mrs Lorraine Specogna

Debating Coordinator - Mrs Lorraine Specogna

Queensland Debating Union (QDU)

2022 Queensland State Trials

The QDU invites students in Years 9-11 (in 2021) to trial for the Queensland State Debating Team of 2022. QDU has scheduled trials to begin on the weekend of 20 and 21 of November in order to reduce the burden on Senior students in Term 1 next year.

Trials are an excellent opportunity to practice debating, get feedback from the best adjudicators in the State, and meet likeminded students. Every year students with a range of backgrounds and levels of experience are brought together by the QDU with the aim of helping them improve at an activity they’re passionate about.

Key information:

·       The last date for students to register is Wednesday 17 November. QDU encourages students to sign up sooner to guarantee they can be accommodated in trials.

·       All students will receive detailed and supportive feedback to help support their future debating

·       Dates and more information about the process can be found in the registration form using the link -

When registering, please inform Mrs Specogna so support from the school’s Senior A coach can be arranged.

If you have any questions about the process, or would like to chat further, please contact Mrs Specogna.

Brisbane Girls Debating Association (BGDA)

Support for Queensland State Trials – Senior Day of Excellence

With trials for the Queensland State Debating Team in November, the BGDA is offering its community members the opportunity to practice their skills so they can do their best at the State trials. BGDA Senior Excellence Day is open to students who are currently in Years 9-11 and therefore eligible to trial for the Queensland State Debating team. While this day is primarily aimed at students who are trialling for the State team, you are also welcome to attend if you are not trialling. Senior Excellence Day will be held at Somerville House on Sunday 14 November. The day will run from 10:00am to 3:00pm and feature a training workshop and debate. Registration is free. To register click on the link below:

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.

Classes are 45-minutes and held on a rotational timetable at St Rita’s College.

Please email the Speech and Communication Teacher, Ms Hannah Jones at to place your name on the list, or to find out more.

CaSSSA Term 1 2022 Sport
Touch Football - Club
Water Polo

CaSSSA Term 1 2022 Sport

A reminder that nominations for Term 1 CaSSSA trials close at 9:00am on Friday 19 November. Please ensure you get your nominations in on time. Trials are being held on the below dates:

  • Tuesday 23 November 3:15pm – 5:30pm
  • Monday 31 January 3:15pm – 5:30pm


With 2022 fast approaching, a Swimming CaSSSA Cup to win and a long holiday coming up, what better time than to join the SRC Swimming Club. Get fit over the holidays and get prepared for the Swimming Age Championships in February. 

2022 CaSSSA pre-season swim camp will be held on the weekend of 21-23 January 2022. The camp will return to Currimundi with a range of interesting activities to help continue to bring the team together. Final details are still being organised at this stage but mark the dates in your calendar.


Congratulations to the Knowles Cup Tennis team who recently created history within the tournament by taking out every category. An amazing team performance. 

The Junior team comprising of the below students went undefeated throughout the tournament to be crowned winners. Special mention must go to Vania Lumbanradja, who finished runner up in the Marie Leopard trophy – that is awarded for the overall best performing player.

  • Elke Cooper
  • Vania Lumbanradja
  • Eliza Macgroarty
  • Gabriella Smith
  • Dana Solomon
  • Madeleine Carr


The Intermediate team who also went through undefeated and comprised of the following students:

  • Milla Brady
  • Izabelle Cooper
  • Kate Taylor
  • Caitlin le Mare
  • Mia Croucamp
  • Charlotte Shepherd


The Open B team went through undefeated and was comprised of the following students:

  • Livinnia Wood
  • Alexandra Zornig
  • Emily Frost
  • Emma Brennan
  • Madeline Monsour
  • Felicity Shepherd


The Open team were super close to going through undefeated, with only a wash out round preventing them from a perfect tournament. They Opens comprised of the following students:

  • Erika Brough
  • Ivy Lauder
  • Kara Nguyen
  • Adele Dunning
  • Quianna Nguyen


Well done to the team, an incredible way to cap of a successful year.

Touch Football - Club

As you are aware St Rita’s is in the process of establishing St Rita’s College (SRC) Club Touch Football within the Brisbane Metro Touch Association (BMTA) and Brothers Touch Association for 2022. There is some exceptional and rising talent within the student ranks and the College is eager to present these extended opportunities for the girls.

If you didn’t receive the necessary information surround this and would like more information, please contact the Sports Department at

Trials are taking place on:

  • Trial 1: Tuesday 16 November 3:15pm – 5:30pm
  • Trial 2: Thursday 18 November 3:15pm – 5:30pm

Water Polo

Paris and Beyond Squad

Water Polo Australia has announced ‘Paris and Beyond’ squads. The squads have been identified in consultation with coaches across the country, including National Age Group Program, National Institute Network and Performance Centre coaches, as well as National League Coaches. 

SRC Girls Lily Carrick, Abigale Houston, Horatia Schlect and Amelia Watt were all named in the squad. Congratulations girls! 

Round 6

We are into Round 6 of the BWPI competition. All teams are training extremely hard and playing so well on Saturdays. If you are interested in coming along to support your fellow SRC girls, the draw is posted on the app each week!

Pantry Menu for fortnight beginning Monday 15 November

Pantry Menu for fortnight beginning Monday 15 November

Community Notices
Thank You - OMG Decadent Donuts
Offer to St Rita's Community from Goodlife Health Club Nundah

Thank You - OMG Decadent Donuts

Incoming St Rita's parent Diane O'Rielly and her team at OMG Decadent Donuts Ascot treated the College staff to a sensational selection of their freshly baked products in recognition of World Teachers Day Queensland, and in appreciation of all that the staff do in educating so many precious daughters.

These are truly decadent donuts - but all good and no bad!  They are gluten, dairy, egg, yeast, wheat, nut, sulphite and preservative free with no artificial colours or flavours. Additionally, they are Coeliac Australia certified and Vegan Australia certified. 

Pop into Diane's store and try them for yourself. They are located in the Oriel Markets shopping centre just down the road from St Rita's.

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.