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

25 November 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 - Mission, Mrs Erica Qureshi

Principal, Mrs Dale Morrow

Dear Parents/Carers

Last week was a wonderful week for the College with many very significant events occurring. First of all, our Annual Thanksgiving Celebration at QPAC was an opportunity for our community, to recognise and acknowledge the achievements of excellence in academics, sport, culture and mission.  It is my hope that all the prize winners and every student who tried her best can look back on the year with satisfaction knowing that they have given their best in whatever challenges came their way. The night too was our chance as a whole school to especially recognise the achievements of our Senior students one last time. 

The Graduation Mass was celebrated in an outdoor venue at the racecourse. All students were presented with their graduation certificates and were blessed by our community to go and be women of action. On occasions such as this, it is a pleasure to see the students end their time here so well and to hear from many of them how they have found their time at St Rita’s and what they have valued about their Presentation education. Many expressed gratitude for their wonderful teachers, for being part of the House system and, of course, the friendships they have formed over the years.

There was another important celebration I was privileged to attend over the weekend – a celebratory Mass that the Brisbane Presentation Sisters held last Sunday. This was to mark their particular feast day which is known as The Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This feast is held on 21 November every year and commemorates the time when Mary, at the age of three, was presented at the temple by her parents Anne and Joachim. It was Jewish custom at the time to dedicate a young child to God’s special care especially if the child had some special circumstance in their birth. For Joachim and Anne, they became parents to this very special girl very late in life – so to them, she was their miracle child - and their act of presenting Mary at the temple was to show their appreciation to God for this gift of life, and in fact for all that God had given them in their lives. 

For the Presentation Sisters today, celebrating this feast continues their spirit of humbly thanking God Creator for all that we have, and renews their spirit of dedication to the work of helping to bring the world to oneness with God. This spirituality is a gift that is also offered to each one of us who have come into the sphere of influence of the Presentation Sisters.

You know, of course, that there are four biblical accounts of Jesus’ life which we know as the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. For many people, these accounts remain just that for them – a sort of loose historical account of the main events in Jesus’ life. Presentation spirituality, on the other hand, does not leave Jesus’ message on the page. It takes the essential message of Christ – love one another – and translates that into concrete action and words. It is in living life as Jesus asked us to that we bring the gospels to life – it’s a sort of taking part in a fifth gospel, as a famous theologian (Edward Schillebeeckx) once put it.

How we can participate in this fifth living gospel is up to each one of us to take up the challenge of seeing Jesus in the people we meet in our everyday existence. It is like Jesus being outside the door waiting for us to hear him knocking so that we can let him into our lives. This carving located in the Orana room is a reminder that Jesus is knocking at our door and is waiting for us to let him in. Christmas is the time when we recognise the birth of Jesus as God coming to live among his people with the message that we love one another.

I would like to wish all families every blessing for the Christmas season and a happy and relaxing holiday.

God bless

Mrs Dale Morrow

Principal

Deputy Principal - Studies, Mrs Maree Trims

Semester 2 Academic Transcripts

Semester 2 Academic Transcripts will be available in MySRC for parents to download and print from 3:00pm on Wednesday 8 December. The transcript will remain in each student’s MySRC profile until they leave the College. For further detail around individual tasks throughout the Semester, please refer to the subject in MySRC. For Year 11 students, the report is based on Unit 2 work.

Subject Changes

If a student wishes to make a subject change for 2022, they must complete the paperwork available on MySRC in Parents/Curriculum. This paperwork must be submitted to Mrs Sax-Wood. Students will be notified via email when the subject change has been completed.

I hope that all students, staff and their families have an opportunity to reconnect with family who they may have been separated from this year. May our Lord bless you and your family this Christmas and I pray for your safe return to St Rita’s in the new year.


Assistant Principal - Mission, Mrs Erica Qureshi

The Season of Advent

This Sunday, 28 November, Christian Churches around the world will begin to celebrate the season of Advent.  This is a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the birth of Jesus at Christmas. It is literally translated from the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming” where Christians anticipate the coming of Christ from two perspectives – the ancient longing for the coming of the Messiah and by being alert for His Second Coming. 

Our College community will celebrate our Christmas Mass on Friday. As the readings this Sunday relate to the Old Testament patriarchs, the first candle to be lit is the Candle of Hope. The second Sunday’s readings tell of the prophesy of Christ’s birth in a manger and so this candle is called the Candle of Bethlehem. These candles are both purple. On the third Sunday of Advent a pink candle is lit, marking the joy of the shepherds. The readings for the fourth Sunday relate to the annunciation of Christ’s birth, so the candle is known as the Angel’s Candle. 

And so, it is with joyful anticipation that we await the coming of the Messiah. The season of Advent and subsequent season of Christmas remind us that Jesus remains a powerful living presence amongst and within us. There are many messages we learn from the Christmas story, the main message is that if we want to know about God, we look to Jesus. If we want to know what God wants us to be, we look to Jesus. Without the Christmas story, quite simply, we would know much less about God. 

We pray that this season we might accept, as Joseph did; take up challenges, as Jesus did; and say ‘yes’ to serving others, as Mary did.  May God bless our community over the Christmas period.

Christmas Appeals

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 for the remainder of the year. There is still one more day to bring in donations. Please give in whatever capacity you’re able.

1.     Contributions to the St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal (Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, Hendra)

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.

2.     Kildare House initiative: Contributions for particular St Joseph’s families in Murgon

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
MK Educational – Important Shipment Delay Notification
Last Day of School for 2021
Students not returning to St Rita’s in 2022
St Rita’s Enrolments Year 7, 2025 or Year 5 2023 and Year 7, 2026 or Year 5 2024
Christmas/New Year closure/reopening dates - College Office and Boutique
Early 2022 Dates to Note
2022 Official Term Dates
SRC Supporter Gear - Purchase up to Friday 17 December

MK Educational – Important Shipment Delay Notification

MK Educational have advised that they are expecting delay with some stationery stock items which has been conveyed to families via the College App. Due to unprecedented freight delays, some items are won't reach them within the expected timeframes.

MK have made the decision to wait for all orders to be complete before shipping them to customers, and therefore a delivery delay of approximately one to two weeks can be expected. The freight issue is affecting all schools, not just St Rita's. 

MK Educational apologise for the inconvenience this may cause and have asked customers to contact them directly with any questions.

Copy of the letter from MK Educational to St Rita's can be accessed CLICK HERE

MK Educational Supplies 07 3265 3657 mkeduc@powerup.com.au 

Last Day of School for 2021

Students will attend Christmas Mass tomorrow, Friday 26 November, at 11:00am. There will be a Morning Tea break prior to Mass commencing, but not a Lunch break, and school will conclude with an Assembly prior to dismissal at 12:30pm. The girls have many tasks to undertake in the morning before Mass. The Pantry will be open for breakfast and morning tea, but will not be serving lunch items. 

The College uniform must be worn as usual to and from school. Once at school, students may wear Christmas accessories (Christmas hats, earrings, etc.) up until they attend Mass at 11:00am. These accessories are additions to the College uniform, not replacements. 

Red and White Buses will run a full service for all routes departing the usual Alexandra Road stop at 12:40pm.

Students not returning to St Rita’s in 2022

If your daughter will not be returning to St Rita's College in 2022, please advise in writing to Mrs Morrow and your daughter's Head of House at your earliest opportunity to enable the College to finalise timetabling and resourcing.  principal@stritas.qld.edu.au

St Rita’s Enrolments Year 7, 2025 or Year 5 2023 and Year 7, 2026 or Year 5 2024

Enrolment applications are open for girls currently in Year 3 for entry to Year 7 2025 and Year 5 2023, and close on 8 February 2022. 

Enrolment applications for girls in Year 3, 2022 for entry to Year 7 2026 and Year 5 2024 will open on Monday 10 January 2022.

Full details and the College’s online enrolment application form are available on the College website.  Enquiries are welcomed by the College Registrar, Mrs Sue Tuite: enrol@stritas.qld.edu.au

Christmas/New Year closure/reopening dates - College Office and Boutique

College Office: will close on Friday 17 December 2021 at 3:00pm and reopen on Tuesday 4 January 2022. If you have an urgent enquiry during this period, please email administration@stritas.qld.edu.au. This email address will be checked periodically during the closure period.  As such, there may be a delay in reply. 

Boutique: Closes today, Thursday 25 November 2021, at 3:30pm and Reopens on Tuesday 11 January 2022.

Hours: Tuesday 11 January to Monday 17 January:

  • Open for pre-booked incoming Year 5 students and NEW student fit out appointments only
  • The Boutique is not open to Years 7-12 until Tuesday 18 January
  • Online Boutique available 24/7.  Orders will be processed for collection from Tuesday 18 January after 11:00am – https://boutique.stritas.qld.edu.au/

 Hours: Tuesday 18 January to Tuesday 25 January:

Closed: Wednesday 26 January – Australia Day Public Holiday

Hours: From Thursday 27 January:

  • 7:30am to 8:30am.   11:00am-3:30pm.  Closed between 8:30am-11:00am.
  • Online Boutique available 24/7.  Orders will be processed for collection from 11:00am the following working day – https://boutique.stritas.qld.edu.au/

Boutique: 3860 7119 or email boutique@stritas.qld.edu.au

Early 2022 Dates to Note

Thursday 20 January-Saturday 22 January: Years 8-12 Swimming Camp

Monday 24 January: Year 7 BYOD Connection Day. Book your session if you haven't already. Click Here

Tuesday 25 January, 1:00pm-3:00pm: Year 5 Connect Afternoon. Session time has been emailed to families.

Tuesday 25 January, 3:30-4:30pm: Introduction Meeting for New Music Parents

Friday 28 January – Sunday 30 January: Senior Music Camp

Tuesday 1 February, 6:00pm: Parents & Friends Annual General Meeting

Wednesday 2 February, 9:00am-11:00am: Commencement Mass and Year 12 families Morning Tea

Wednesday 2 February, 6:00pm: Music Support Group Meeting:

Monday 7 February, 1:00pm-3:00pm: Academic Assembly

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 up to Friday 17 December

Parents and Past Students can purchase mens and ladies Polos and Caps up to Thursday 16 December with last collection for 2021 on Friday 17 December from Student Services.

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. These make great Christmas presents.

Please note that the Boutique does not stock nor sell Supporter gear.  All enquiries should be made via administration@stritas.qld.edu.au

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.


Music
Cocurricular Music - Mr Craig Kennedy

Cocurricular Music - Mr Craig Kennedy

Term 4 Performances

Over the past few weeks our music students have been rather busy with numerous performances. The variety of performances and the high quality of each has filled our music teaching staff with enormous pride for what our music students have produced. At the Studio Concerts, it was wonderful to see our students performing the solo repertoire they have been working on in lessons, and the recent Lunchtime Concerts gave our jazz bands and smaller chamber ensembles an opportunity to perform for their peers. Add to this the performances at the Annual Thanksgiving Celebration, preparation for Graduation Mass and Christmas Mass and the Check Out Concerts this week. On each occasion, I have been very impressed by the dedication and developing performance capacities of all our music students. Congratulations to all of our students who performed over the past Term and we wish you a very restful Christmas period.

Ascot Green Christmas Carols and Markets

If you are still in Brisbane on the weekend of Saturday 18 December, come and see some of our choral girls performing as part of the Ascot Green Christmas Carols and Markets. The event starts at 5:00pm at Eagle Farm Racecourse, 230 Lancaster Road, Ascot and our girls will be performing some Christmas carols around 5:30pm. We hope to see you there.

Senior Music Camp 2022

At the start of each year the Senior ensembles head off to Mt Tamborine for the annual Senior Music Camp. Next year the camp will be held from Friday 28 January to Sunday 30 January. Camp invitations for the following Senior ensembles will be sent out via Operoo very soon; Concert Band, String Ensemble and St Rita’s Chorale. We would ask parents to please respond as soon as possible after receiving the invitation so that we can proceed with arrangements.

Term 1 2022

All ensemble rehearsals and lessons will recommence in Week 2 at the start of next year. Details for ensemble rehearsals and lesson times will be uploaded to each student’s individual MySRC calendar. Ensemble rehearsals will be uploaded in January with lesson times for the first two weeks being uploaded just before the recommencement of school.

Change of enrolment and Cancellations for 2022

If you are wishing to change or cancel your daughter’s music enrolment for the start of 2022, please ensure that the appropriate form is completed by Friday 14 January. A change of enrolment form is used to move from group lessons to individual lessons and a cancellation form is for students no longer wishing to participate in the music program. Both forms are available from the Music page on MySRC.

Debating
Debating Coordinator - Mrs Lorraine Specogna
Debating Coaches Required

Debating Coordinator - Mrs Lorraine Specogna

2022 Debating Season Sign-On

During the first week of school next year teams will be organised for the QDU and BGDA debating seasons. Current details are available below. These are in draft and could be amended.

Queensland Debating Union - QDU

  • Years 8 to 12 season begins on 23 February with the four rounds concluding on 2 June. Then knockout finals through to 24 August.
  • Years 5 and 7 season begins on 8 June with four rounds concluding 7 September. There are no finals.

QDU debates have both prepared and short prep formats. These debates are in the evening at various venues across Brisbane. Further information is available here https://www.qdu.org.au

Brisbane Girls Debating Association - BGDA

  • Years 7 to 12 season begins on 20 February with the five rounds with the Final concluding on 30 May.

All debates are short prep format with coaching prior to case preparation and presentation. These debates begin after school and conclude around 7:00pm. Parents are welcome to drop students off from 5:30pm and then return to enjoy the debate. The venue for all debates is Brisbane Girls Grammar. Further information is available here http://www.bgda.org.au

Debating Coaches Required

The College is seeking a part-time Senior A Coach and several casual coaches for Debating during 2022. Competitive hourly rates are offered.

The Senior A debating season runs from February until November and requires two hours per week Term time commitment over the season. Set coaching days are negotiable upon mutual agreement.  

Casual debating coaches are required from February to the end of August with a commitment to four rounds and successful finals during this period.

We welcome Past Students and Parents as Coaches at the College. Please consider this opportunity if you would like to. Please also pass to family and friends who may be interested.

The debating coaches at St Rita's are currently mostly drawn from the teaching staff. However, with the excellence displayed by teams across all Year levels and the increasing interest by students to be involved in this invaluable pursuit, we are reaching out to Past Students of the College who have debating and/or debating coaching or similar skills experience, so that we can present a present a comprehensive program for the Years 7-12 girls.

A Paid Work Blue Card will be a mandatory requirement and can be applied for if you are successful in coming on board as a Debating Coach for the College.

Key duties include:

Senior A Coach - Minimum of two 1hr coaching sessions or; one 2 hour coaching session per week Term time during the debating season, preferably 7:20am – 8:20am.

Casual coaches - Minimum of one 2hr coaching session per week per competition round and successful finals week Term time during the debating season, preferably 3:15pm – 5:15pm.

  • Attendance at the team’s scheduled evening debates.
  • Prepare the debating team for competition
  • Assist with the development of debating skills of the team
  • Review feedback from adjudicators and to assist with the development of debating skills of the team
  • Comply with the relevant debating organisation’s rules and regulations for coaches

Preference for positions will be given to Past Students with suitable qualifications/skills. To receive more detailed information or to submit an expression of interest, please email Mrs Lorraine Specogna, Debating Coordinator on spe@stritas.qld.edu.au with a brief resume advising of experience and availability by Friday 10 December 2021.

Sport
Achievements
Swimming

Achievements

CaSSSA Honours Teams have been put together based on results from the CaSSSA Championships in Swimming, Cross Country and Track & Field. I am pleased to announce that the following students have been selected for Honours awards:

Swimming:

Ruby Crowther:          Junior

Samantha Conias:       Junior

Gemma Hutchings:     Intermediate 

Cross Country:

Romy Vickers:             Junior

Rose Acklin:                Junior

Nina Vickers:              Intermediate

Abby Vickers:              Senior

Track & Field

Rose Acklin:                Junior

Romy Vickers:             Junior

Mia Nguyen:                Junior

Lucia Andrews:           Intermediate

Niamh McCarthy:        Intermediate

Nikki Neisler:              Intermediate

Elka Barnette              Senior

Josephine Kropp         Senior

Swimming

Swim Camp Years 8-12

The St Rita’s College Years 8-12 2022 Swim Camp will be help from Friday 21 to Sunday 23 January 2022. The camp will be held at the Sunshine Coast Recreation Centre – Currimundi.

The camp is primarily designed as a team building exercise and will consist of a range of swimming and non-swimming related activities in and around the centre. The camp will also be a chance for many to get back in to the water for some training prior to the recommencement of school for 2022.

Whilst all swimmers are invited to attend, the focus of the camp is for swimmers who have intentions of making the CASSSA swim team to represent St Rita’s in 2022. The cost for the camp will be $250 and will cover the cost of all meals, accommodation and activities. Students attending the camp must return all forms to Mr Bromley by Friday 3 December 2021. 

For those families with girls entering Year 5 and Year 7 in 2022 there will be a dedicated ‘at home’ camp held at the College on Friday 28 January as a team building and get to know you exercise for these swimmers.

Should you require any further information please contact, Head Coach, Michael Bromley mbromley@stritas.qld.edu.au.

Holiday Swimming

The school Term might be coming to an end but that doesn’t have to mean an end to your summer of fun at the pool! Swimming will continue throughout the holidays. There will be a brief period of change, but sessions will for the most part run as normal. Normal swimming times will continue up until Friday 17 December. 20 - 24 December and 4 – 7 January swimming for all squads will be 7:00am-9:00am only with squads returning to normal from Monday 10 December. There will be no swimming from 25 December through to 3 January inclusive. 

Library
Holiday Reading

Holiday Reading

Community Notices
OMG Decadent Donuts

OMG Decadent Donuts

OMG Decadent Donuts 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. 

Run by a College Parent, pop into the store and try them for yourself. OMG Decadent Donuts are located in the Oriel Markets shopping centre just down the road from St Rita's.