Welcome to Term 1, 2021 Welcome to Term 1, 2021

A substantial amount of College commencement, policy and procedural information is provided on this page. All families – new and continuing – should take time to carefully read this important information which will familiarise you with the College's offerings and expectations. Please click the drop down buttons to explore information within the sub-headings.

COVID-19 Considerations
Communication
Students who are Unwell
Parents/Visitors coming on to Campus

Communication

The College will continue to follow the directives and advice of health and education authorities. We can anticipate that COVID-19 will continue to have an impact on the running of projects and events and we will keep the College community informed as early and/or as quickly as we can when changes must occur. Latest COVID-19 information is provided via this link on the homepage of MySRC.

Students who are Unwell

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. Students will be assessed by a College First-Aid officer. Parents/Carers will be 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/carers 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.

Parents/Visitors coming on to Campus

All parents/carers and visitors coming onto campus are to arrive to College Main Reception at the Nagle Building (not Student Services) and Sign In and Sign Out, regardless of the purpose or length of your visit. This procedure is required even if you are dropping off an essential item to your daughter.

2021 Commencement Dates
Years 7, 11 and 12 - Wednesday 27 January
Years 8, 9 and 10 - Thursday 28 January
Early Term Dates to Note

Years 7, 11 and 12 - Wednesday 27 January

Year 12 Big Sisters will meet their Year 7 Little Sister from 8:15am at the Enderley Road front gates. Years 7 and 12 students are to wear their House Shirt, brown St Rita’s Sports Skirt/Skort, sports runners and socks and House Bucket hat to school on the first day. A BBQ lunch will be provided for the girls with gluten free and vegetarian options. 

Year 7 students are not required to bring their Stationery or Devices on the first day of school. They must bring a padlock for their Locker. They may wish to bring all or part of their Stationery and place those items in their Locker, which will be assigned to them during the day. Textbooks will be provided during the first two weeks of school with the assistance of Library and teaching staff, and through the year as required. 

Year 11 students will be attending a full day presentation in the Trinity Centre commencing at 9:00am. The presentation by the Hopefull Institute will focus on senior studies, direction and organisation. The Year 11 girls are to wear their formal school uniform. A BBQ lunch will be provided.

Years 8, 9 and 10 - Thursday 28 January

House Group commences at 8:38am. All students will need to have their stationery and devices with them for the first day of school. Textbooks will be provided during the first two weeks of school with the assistance of Library and teaching staff and through the year as required.

Early Term Dates to Note

(Details of each event will be uploaded on the College Calendar)

Musical Rehearsal, Whole Cast – Monday 25 January, 9:00am-3:00pm.

New Music Parent/Student Meeting - Wednesday 27 January, 3:30pm-4:00pm.

Music Camp – Friday 29-Sunday 31 January. Concert Band, Symphony Orchestra, Big Band, String Ensemble and St Rita’s Chorale. 

Year 11 ATAR Parent and Student Information Evening – Monday 1 February 6:00-7:00pm. All Year 11 students and at least one parent must attend this Zoom meeting.

Year 12 ATAR and External Exam Parent and Student Information Evening – Monday 1 February 7:00-8:00pm. All Year 12 students and at least one parent must attend this Zoom meeting.

Whole of School Assembly – Tuesday 2 February, 8:30am.

Parents & Friends Meeting – Tuesday 2 February, 6:00pm.

Commencement Mass – Wednesday 3 February, 9:00am

Interhouse Swimming Carnival – Friday 5 February. Compulsory attendance by all students.

Academic Assembly – Tuesday 9 February, 8:38am.

New Families House Warming and Welcome BBQ – Wednesday 10 February, 4:00pm-7:00pm.

Student Imagery Permission
How to give permission

How to give permission

In keeping with the requirements of the privacy legislation, the College annually updates student imagery permissions. Like most schools, St Rita’s College recognises our community’s life through responsible recording of student participation at school and in school events, celebrating student effort and achievement, and promoting the College and its education through these recordings. These purposes and activities are recognised by the Privacy Act. 

As required, College imagery is shared with and promoted via selected channels, specifically being:

  • College’s Website
  • MySRC
  • College social media platforms
  • College produced print material including the College Yearbook
  • College produced publicity and advertising material for media and external use
  • For the purposes of official annual school photography being individual, sibling and cocurricular images currently under the management of Queensland School Photography
  • Within print and electronic material of Presentation and Catholic organisations such as Mercy Partners and the Queensland Catholic Education Commission
  • Cocurricular partners including the Queensland Catholic Colleges and Schools Music Festival and the Catholic Secondary Schoolgirls’ Sports Association (CaSSSA)
  • External organisations providing educational services to our students, such as Universities, training providers and businesses, which request imagery use for promotion of the activity or service being provided

Images generally do not identify individuals but, where they do, it is to acknowledge and acclaim individual achievement - such as a sporting or cultural success or academic award.

The College will obtain specific parental and student permission when imagery is to be taken, owned and disseminated by external organisations other than the above, such as business service providers and professional photographers.

College owned imagery is only collected via approved College staff on College owned devices. College staff and parents do not have permission to photograph or film student imagery on personal devices.

Please advise the College by 9:00am Wednesday next week, 27 January 2021 (first day students will return back to school) whether you consent or not to your daughter’s involvement in the life of the College being promoted or shared using the Consent Form (Click Here to access). 

Parents/Carers wishing to withdraw consent at any time during the 2021 school year must inform the Principal in writing.

Academic Information
Timetable and Class Information
Subject Changes
Changes to Mathematics Classes
Learning Analytics

Timetable and Class Information

Students will receive their 2021 timetable on their first day of school. The allocation of students to classes is structured to ensure that class sizes remain consistent across Year levels. As such, it is not possible to meet parent or student requests for particular teachers.

Subject Changes

For students in Years 8-12, subject changes must be completed by Friday 5 February. Subject changes at the beginning of the year are only possible within the confines of the class allocations made and will be processed in order of receipt. Subject changes are completed by Mrs Sax-Wood. Students must complete the Request for Change of Subject form located on the MySRC Parents Page under Curriculum.

Changes to Mathematics Classes

In Years 9 and 10, the College offers both Advanced Mathematics and General Mathematics. If your daughter has achieved a low pass or not passed Mathematics in Semester 2, she will be placed into General Mathematics for Year 9 or Year 10. It is also highly recommended that girls who achieved a C– in Advanced Mathematics consider changing to General Mathematics. If your daughter is entering Years 9 or 10 and you would like more information regarding whether your daughter should study Advanced Mathematics or General Mathematics, please contact your daughter’s 2020 Mathematics teacher. Students entering Year 11 who have selected Mathematical Methods must have passed Advanced Mathematics at the end of Year 10. 

Learning Analytics

The College uses Track One’s Learning Analytics software to collate, analyse and track student progress. For example, Learning Analytics tracks subject grades and progress, GPA trends, as well as external test results. The College encourages parents to view Learning Analytics information with their daughters and to have regular conversations together about learning progress.

College Uniform
Uniform Guidelines (in brief)

Uniform Guidelines (in brief)

It is important that Parents and Students be attentive to their appearance as a student of St Rita’s and we ask that your you check that the uniforms being worn by your daughter meet the College Uniform policy and rectify any adjustments needed before the return to school.

Each student is expected to maintain high standards of personal appearance and it is the responsibility of parents/carers to ensure that the uniform is being worn each day in accordance with the College regulations.

Uniform Guidelines in Brief

  • The formal dress is to be mid knee in length and clean. Hems should be neat and secure and not hanging at any point.
  • Socks and Shoes should be clean. Shoes should have the foot fully enclosed with no holes, well-polished and laces secure.
  • Hats should be clean, in good shape, and bands not fraying severely.
  • The College blazer is compulsory in Terms 2 and 3 for Years 10-12 students.
  • Students may only carry the official College backpack or College shoulder bag to/from school. Swimming and sports items are to be carried in the St Rita’s sports bag or haversack. The use of St Rita’s College eco bags (no longer produced) or any non-College carry bag is not permitted.
  • Satchels are for internal school use only to easily carry books and items from class to class and should be stored in your daughter’s locker at the end of each day, ready for the next school day. Satchels are not to be used to/from school. 

The full uniform guidelines can be accessed here: Click Here

Communication with the College
Pastoral and Learning Communication
Updating contact details
Operoo
St Rita's College App
College Calendar
Email Communication
Verbis (Fortnightly College Newsletter)

Pastoral and Learning Communication

Communication is essential to ensure that you and your daughter are fully informed of events and happenings at the College and are aware of the correct channels for communication if difficulties arise. The most effective communication channels are:

For any pastoral issue: please contact your daughter’s Head of House (details listed on MySRC). This includes assignment extensions for all Year levels and contact about any extended absences. 

For specific classroom issues: the first person to contact is always your daughter’s classroom teacher. If you require further assistance, please contact the relevant Head of Faculty (details listed on MySRC).

Staff endeavour to get back to parents within 24 hours if the correspondence is urgent and 48 hours for non-urgent correspondence.

Updating contact details

It is important that parents/carers update with the College changes to home and/or work email addresses and telephone numbers. If a parent/carer needs to be contacted urgently due to illness or accident with their daughter, telephone is used. Email is used for a variety of purposes by teaching and non-teaching staff. Please use the Update Details function on MySRC to make any changes, or email changes through to administration@stritas.qld.edu.au

Operoo

Please ensure student medical and parent contact details are kept up to date in Operoo. The platform is used primarily for excursion and special event purposes and gives supervising staff instant access to medical information and parent contact details. PLEASE NOTE: Parent contact changes made in Operoo do not sync with MySRC. Please ensure any contact details made in Operoo are also made in your MySRC account. Operoo can be accessed from the Parent tile of MySRC or the College App Links.

St Rita's College App

The College App is the primary mode of general communication with families. Families should regularly update their ‘subscriptions’ in the Settings feature to reflect the cocurricular groups their daughter is involved with. This will ensure you are receiving communications relevant to your daughter. The App also facilitates quick and easy access to MySRC and the College Calendar in which comprehensive information is uploaded for calendar listings. The College Absentee form, Operoo, Fees Payment Portal and Online Boutique can also be quickly accessed from the App.

College Calendar

The College Calendar is accessed via MySRC and conveniently through the College App. The Calendar includes meetings, events, assemblies, House events, excursions, sports fixtures, camps, photo days, etc. and should be the most up-to-date and accurate source of information for parents/carers and students.

Email Communication

Many teaching staff will communicate with parents/carers via email. The College’s Manager of Community and Development also communicates via email periodically. Please ensure email addresses listed with the College for both parents/carers are kept up to date at all times. Email administration@stritas.qld.edu.au or use the Update Details function on MySRC. 

Verbis (Fortnightly College Newsletter)

Verbis, the College newsletter, is published fortnightly on a Thursday to parents, students and staff via the College App. Verbis is one of the College’s most important communication channels and it is an expectation of the College that parents/carers, staff and students take the time to read Verbis.

Absentee Notification
When a student is absent
When arriving after the first bell of the day
Leaving the College during the day

When a student is absent

Parents/Carers are expected to notify the school before 8:30am of their daughter’s absence, late arrival or early departure via the Online Absentee Form, accessible from the College App, the College Website and MySRC. If due to the absence your daughter will be missing a Cocurricular Music lesson or ensemble rehearsal or Speech and Communication lesson, this can be indicated on the form and the relevant staff member will be notified.

If your daughter has an assessment due on the day of absence, the assessment must still be submitted or delivered to the school as per the instructions on the assessment sheet. Any concerns should be emailed promptly to the class teacher.    

If the Online Absentee Form is inaccessible, please telephone the College Absence Line on 07 3862 1564. Emails or text messages to staff are not accepted for absentee notification.

The College will contact parents/carers via SMS regarding any unexplained absences.

When arriving after the first bell of the day

When a student arrives to school after the first bell of the day has rung, they are required to report to Student Services to sign in at the Arrival/Departure Kiosk. Parents/Carers will be notified via email of all late arrivals.  

Leaving the College during the day

Students are not permitted to leave the College grounds during the day for medical appointments or any commitments without a parent/carer first notifying the College via the Online Absentee Form. Parents/Carers must provide the expected departure time of their daughter and the mode of transport being used. Handwritten notes, emails or telephone calls are not accepted for this purpose. 

At the time of departure, the student is required to report to Student Services where permission to leave is checked and once cleared, the student will be required to sign out via the Arrival/Departure Kiosk.

If a student leaves for only part of the day, on re-entering the College, the student is required to report to Student Services and sign in via the Arrival/Departure Kiosk.

Mobile Phones
Mobile Phones and Listening Devices
Acceptable and Unacceptable Use

Mobile Phones and Listening Devices

Parents/Carers, Students and Staff are reminded that Mobile phones are to be turned off and placed in a student’s locker from 8:30am-3:05pm. A mobile phone may only be used under explicit teacher instruction, for that lesson only. If a mobile phone/device is seen, it will be confiscated. Similarly, students are not to wear headphones, ear buds, earphones or AirPods unless under direct teacher instruction.

Acceptable and Unacceptable Use

The following College regulations are within the College mobile phone policy:

4. Acceptable Uses

4.1. Students may use a mobile phone during class if directed by the staff member in charge.

4.2. Staff will require that, if brought to class, mobile phones are switched off and placed face up on the student desk at the start of the lesson. Parents/Carers are reminded that in cases of emergency, Student Services remains the only authorised point of contact and can ensure your child is reached quickly and assisted in any appropriate way.

4.3. During College hours, if parents/carers need to contact students, this will be done through contacting Student Services. A message will be delivered to your daughter from Student Services. Receiving or expecting a call from a parent is not grounds for contravening this policy.

5. Unacceptable Uses

5.1. Mobile phones will not be used between lessons (including House Group), at morning tea or at lunch time. Mobile phones should not be used to make calls, send SMS messages, surf the internet, take photos or use any other application during College lessons (including House Group) and other educational activities, such as assemblies unless directed by the staff in charge. Students should only use their mobile phones when directed by the staff.

5.2. Using mobile phones to bully and threaten is unacceptable. It is a criminal offence to use a mobile phone to menace, harass or offend another person. It is forbidden for students to use their mobile phones to photograph or record (either video or audio) any other person to denigrate, humiliate, bully or threaten, and then to send these or upload them to a website for viewing by others. This also includes using mobile phones to photograph or film any person without their consent.

5.3. Mobile phones are not to be used or taken into changing rooms or toilets or used in any situation that may cause embarrassment or discomfort to their fellow students, staff or visitors to the College.

5.4. Students are not permitted to use their mobile phones (e.g. Apple Pay, Google Pay) to pay for items or services at any facility of the College, including the Pantry, the Boutique and their printing accounts from the Library. Students are required to use a credit or debit card, or cash. 

The full College Mobile Phone policy can be accessed on MySRC in the Parents/Our College and Community tile. Click Here to access.

Policy and Procedure Information
Important Policies

Important Policies

It is important that parents/carers and students familiarise themselves with the following policies. This information is carried in your daughter’s Student Planner and is available via MySRC under Parents/Our College and Community/Policies and Procedures.

  • Acceptable Use of Mobile Phone Policy
  • Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments (AARA)
  • Anti-Bullying Policy
  • Assessment Procedures and Practices
  • Child and Youth Risk Management Strategy
  • Child Safety Code of Conduct
  • Textbook Hire Policy
  • College Uniform Policy 
  • Volunteer and Other Personnel Code of Conduct Policy
Traffic Management
Traffic Management Plan
Student Drivers

Traffic Management Plan

St Rita’s College has a Traffic Management Plan in place, mandated by the Planning and Environmental Court, which addresses traffic issues and formalises school policies in enhancing the safety and amenity for both school traffic and local residents. Parents/Carers and student drivers are requested to drive safely and within the laws at all times and be particularly cautious of student pedestrian traffic at drop off and pick up times.

  • Enderley Road has signage installed by Brisbane City Council providing a two-minute set-down zone to separate short term parking from all-day parking. 
  • Parents/Carers are asked to adhere to the two-minute set-down zone timeframes between the College Enderley Road driveways. Failure to do so is in breach of Council laws. This strip is integral to safe traffic management during morning drop off and afternoon pick up.  Please do not park in this zone for any period of time. 
  • Parents/Carers are requested not to stop or park in areas which are marked with yellow lines, including the yellow lined resident driveways opposite the front of the College in Enderley Road. Doing so is in beach of Council laws.
  • No parking is permitted in driveways or across the College entrance.
  • Students are not to be driven into the College grounds. Pedestrian traffic only is permitted (except for delivery and staff vehicles).
  • No students are to enter or exit the College via the Stafford Street entry.
  • An Assisted Crossing provision has been installed adjacent to the College Pool and is manned for school drop off and pick up times. Students and Parents/Carers are to use the Assisted Crossing when crossing Enderley Road to get to and from the College.
  • On certain afternoons each week, an area along the southern kerb line of Enderley Road will be reserved for the sports coach between the hours of 5:00pm and 7:00pm.


Student Drivers

Increasing numbers in student drivers are being experienced by all schools. As a campus with no onsite student parking, we request that student drivers be very mindful of road rules and respectful of residents in the immediate and surrounding streets, and particularly the right of residents to have unobstructed access to their property, day and night. Authorities can regularly patrol known ‘hot spots’ such as school precincts. Illegal parking and/or driving behaviour can result in significant loss of demerit points.

Some road rules Student Drivers should be careful of and for which the College receives the most complaints are:

  • Parking less than 10m from a street intersection is illegal
  • Parking within 1m of another parked car is illegal
  • Parking on a yellow line, even the slightest bit, is illegal
  • Blocking or even partially blocking a driveway is illegal

Cars driven by students are not to enter the school grounds. No student is to be a passenger in a student-driven car unless prior notification in writing is given to the Principal by the parents/carers of both the driver and the passenger(s).

The College encourages our student drivers to register their name and regular vehicle make/colour/registration with the Principal’s Assistant, Mrs Tuite. Residents will often telephone the College to report concerns with parking or obstruction to driveways. The College will then aim to locate the driver and rectify the problem. Holding a driver register at the College has often avoided residents contacting authorities regarding their concern.

To register your daughter driving to school and her vehicle, please email Mrs Tuite at principal@stritas.qld.edu.au




Hours of Supervision
Social Justice and Service Opportunities – Years 7-12
2021 Fees Schedule
Parents and Friends
Parent Support Group and Volunteering Opportunities 2021 and College Yearbook
Parent Facebook Pages
College Boutique
College Pantry
Sport

Hours of Supervision

The College Library is open from 7:30am each morning and provides supervision. Elsewhere on campus, supervision is provided from 8:10am each morning. No entry to buildings is permitted prior to the first bell at 8:20am. Supervision is extended to St Rita’s College students only. Siblings from other schools are not permitted on campus.

Social Justice and Service Opportunities – Years 7-12

There are a number of Social Justice and Service experiences available to students in Years 7–12. 

Students will be advised to sign on to the service program via Microsoft Forms. Students in Cascian House are invited to assist with the Ecumenical Coffee Brigade. Students in Year 11 can volunteer for Big Brekky (Semester 2) and Zillmere Homework Help. Students in Year 12 can volunteer for Big Brekky (Semester 1), Rosies Street Retreat Outreach (new in 2021) and Zillmere Homework Help. Students in Year 10 can volunteer for Zillmere Homework Help. Students in Years 7-10 can volunteer to participate in the Smith Family Student to Student Reading Program. All students Years 7–12 are welcome to participate in the Virtute Social Justice group, Climate Action Club and our Indigenous Cultures Group and the various endeavours and activities initiated by these groups throughout the year.

All service rosters and parent information and permission letters for Big Brekky, Zillmere Homework Help, Rosies Street Retreat Outreach, Student Reading Program and the Ecumenical Coffee Brigade will be available via MySRC in the coming weeks. Refer to the section, Mission and Service/Service on the Parent Portal on MySRC. Parent information and permission letters will also be available via Operoo. Students will be advised of the rosters via morning notices, email and Verbis

2021 Fees Schedule

The 2021 Fees Schedule has been issued to parents/carers. All documentation including Credit Card Authority and Direct Debit payment forms can be accessed by clicking here.

Alternative Payment Option:

Edstart is an alternative payment option to assist families manage their school fee payments. You can reduce your annual school fee spend by extending your payments over a longer period. Visit this link for more information.

Please direct any enquiries to the College Finance department on 3862 1615 or accounts@stritas.qld.edu.au

Parents and Friends

The College Parents and Friends meet, generally, on the first Tuesday of each month, Term time. All meeting dates are carried in the College Calendar. The P&F has three subcommittees: Music, Sport and Carnival. The subcommittee structure allows opportunity for more parents to contribute in areas suited to their interests and skills and their daughter’s activities. The College Leadership encourages the attendance of parents/carers at P&F and subcommittee meetings. There is no need to be a member of a formal committee to attend.

Next Parents and Friends meeting

Parents and Friends: Tuesday 2 February, 6:00pm, Heritage Room, Stanley Hall

Meetings dates for the Music Support Group, Sports Subcommittee and Carnival are posted on MySRC and are also published in Verbis.

Parent Support Group and Volunteering Opportunities 2021 and College Yearbook

Parent volunteers are the lifeblood of many College events and projects. We value the input of parents in the life of the College and we have numerous opportunities through which parents/carers can be involved, such as the Parents and Friends Association, the cocurricular sport and music committees, Carnival, WalkOut, the Boutique and Pantry, Careers Day and sport coaching.

Year 7 parents have already indicated their volunteering interests during their Orientation onboarding last year. We ask that parents from Years 8-12 let us how they might be able to assist the College during 2021. Your completion of the form is an indication of interest only and does not commit you.

We have also included a couple of questions on the format of the College Yearbook. We are in the early stages of considerations to go 'green' with this large publication. Going digital would reduce costs if it is the preferred option by a significant majority of families. A digital publication would be provided to families via secure download.

Click Here to access the Form. Responses are requested by Monday 8 February. Thank you.

Parent Facebook Pages

There are Parent Facebook Pages for some ‘Class Of’ cohorts. They are all titled SRC Class of (graduating Year 12 year). Parents joining these closed group pages should be aware that they are external parent driven pages aimed to connect parents with each other. Posts aim to carry correct information, but if in doubt parents/carers should check official College channels.

College Boutique

Trading Hours

The College Boutique is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during Term time.

Opening Hours are 7:30am-8:30am and 11:00am-3:30pm. The Boutique is closed from 8:30am-11:00am. The Boutique can be contacted on 3860 7119 or boutique@stritas.qld.edu.au 

The College also operates an Online Boutique making purchasing convenient for parents at any time of day or night.  Orders placed by 3:30pm will be available for collection from 11:00am the next normal trading day. The Online Boutique can be accessed via MySRC or the College website homepage. Click here to access.

College Pantry

Trading Hours

The College Pantry is open from 7:30am to 4:30pm each school day. The weekly changing menu is published in Verbis each fortnight. The standard daily menu can be viewed on MySRC. Click Here.

Service of Tea and Coffee is permitted to Years 10-12 students only.

Sport

Swimming Training

Training sessions are open to any girls at the College. The timetable of sessions is posted on MySRC at this link

Swimming Age Championships will take a different format this year and will be held on the afternoon of Wednesday 3 February at the College Pool. Nominations for the Age Championships will be released in the near future. Changes that have been made to Age Championships and running of the Interhouse Swimming Carnival at the Centenary Pool on Friday 5 February can be accessed here.

Run Club

Run Club has recommenced for 2021 on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. These sessions are beneficial in the lead-up to the Cross Country pre-season which commences in Week 3. Further details can be found here

Sport enquiries should be directed to Mr Dane Robinson, Director of Sport: sport@stritas.qld.edu.au