Welcome to Term 4, 2021 Welcome to Term 4, 2021

Dear Parents/Carers

I look forward to welcoming the girls back to school from the holiday break on Tuesday next week, 5 October. I and the staff of the College hope you have enjoyed some time together as a family over the past two weeks.

Term 4 is a busy Term, and this communication provides important notifications and updates in preparation for the final Term of the year. There are many important date notifications for Year 12 families which I ask you to diary. More detailed information will come to students and families as these dates draw near.

Yours sincerely

Mrs Dale Morrow

Principal

New and Recent Information
COVID Information
Student Use of Stafford Street and Hunter Lane
Pantry – Volunteers urgently required for Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Stationery Ordering for 2022
Datacom Device Collections
Parent and Emergency Contact Details – Please Check and Update
Term 4 Music Lesson and Rehearsal Notifications
Rita’s Rinse Aid for Relief is Coming - Please Support

COVID Information

Wearing of Masks

The restrictions in place for schools prior to the holiday period remain in place until further notice. All staff and students must wear masks indoors and when moving around, even when seated. Masks are not required when eating or drinking. The requirement to wear a mask outdoors also remains in place, including at public transport waiting areas, unless 1.5 metres distance from others can be kept.

The College community will be kept informed of any changes in COVID directives.

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.  These students will be assessed by a College First-Aid officer and parents contacted for immediate collection of their daughter if it is deemed your daughter should not be at school.

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

Parents/Visitors coming on to Campus – Face Masks and Check-in Qld App Mandatory

All parents and visitors coming onto campus are to continue to arrive at College Main Reception at the Nagle Building (not Student Services). All parents are required to log in via the Check-in Qld app in addition to the College Envoy Sign In-Sign Out procedures regardless of the purpose or length of your visit, including the collection of daughters who are ill or are attending external appointments. This procedure is a government directive and is required even if you are dropping off an essential item for your daughter.

Student Use of Stafford Street and Hunter Lane

Stafford Street

Students do not have permission to enter or exit the College via Stafford Street and parents should not make arrangements to drop off or collect their daughter in Stafford Street. It is a tight residential street and services residential driveways and two staff vehicle entries into the College, as well as street parking for staff vehicles. Capacity for Stafford Street is at the limit and student and parent traffic – on foot or vehicle - is not permitted.

Hunter Lane

Hunter Lane may be used by student pedestrians. However, the College has received recent reports that the girls are typically walking up the middle of the laneway (due to the very narrow footpath) and are typically absorbed by their mobile phones and not in full awareness of their surroundings. This is dangerous both for the girls and the residents who use Hunter Lane. It may be helpful if parents would chat with their daughters about safe pedestrian practices, especially if your daughter uses Hunter Lane.  

Pantry – Volunteers urgently required for Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Several parents have had to unavoidably cancel their Pantry shifts for Term 4. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are of particular concern. If you can assist, (no experience necessary), please email Mrs Bradley in the Pantry on abradley@stritas.qld.edu.au

Volunteers are required from (ideally) 8:30am to 2:00pm. If you needed to do 'drop off' for other children and start later this would not be a problem. The duties aren't difficult and full training is provided.

Please email Mrs Bradley in the Pantry know that you can assist. Let her know your weekday availability, name and telephone number.  We would be most grateful to receive a flood of emails. abradley@stritas.qld.edu.au

Stationery Ordering for 2022

The stationery lists and workbooks for 2022 will be published and orders opened on the MK Educational Supplies website from Tuesday 5 October.

Orders for 2022 are due by Monday 1 November 2021. 

Year 8 2022 families (current Year 7 families) please note: Year 8 2022 students won’t be advised of which Year 8 2022 Arts and Language elective they will be studying until mid/late October. Please delay pacing your order until you have this information.

Click Here to access MK Educational Supplies website

Once on the site, select:

  • St Rita’s College and your daughter’s Year level, and select Girl and View Book List
  • Place a tick beside relevant subjects and tick beside A: COMPULSORY Items for all Students
  • Select 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. The stationery items listed are the minimum requirements. Parents/ Carers are welcome to purchase from elsewhere. Where brand, style or model is noted, this exact item must be purchased.

Datacom Device Collections

Datacom have advised that collection days for families who have made new device purchases are 7 December 2021, 16 December 2021, and 17 January 2022. The collection point will be the College Library. Datacom will communicate a confirmation with parents.

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.

Families may purchase their daughter’s device through Datacom or a retailer of their choice. Purchasing through the College’s supplier, Datacom, provides you with an extended warranty and servicing needs managed by the College. 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 8- 12 students in 2022 are listed below. 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). 

If you are wanting to update your daughter’s device, students require one of the following (or the equivalent if not purchased via the Datacom Purchasing Portal):

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

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

Parent and Emergency Contact Details – Please Check and Update

Parent Contact Details

All parents/carers are requested to check that their home and/or work email address and telephone number in BOTH MySRC and Operoo are current and identical and correct if out of date.

The College is experiencing some differences with parent emails on MySRC to those of the same parent in Operoo.

MySRC – Please use the Update Details button on the brown ribbon at the top of the page in MySRC to check your details and make any changes in MySRC.

Operoo – Please log into Operoo from MySRC and check that your email and telephone details are the same as in MySRC. This is important so that information from Operoo syncs with the College database and staff have access to correct contact details whenever needed.

The Primary  Contact email address and mobile number must be entered in Operoo. You are also encouraged to ensure the Secondary email and mobile is also entered, even though the system states this is optional. This person must be the student’s Secondary Contact as per enrolment: e.g. Father or Mother – NOT an emergency contact.

Emergency Contacts – Please Check and Update

All parents/carers are also requested to check the listed Emergency Contact person/s details they have lodged with the College. Please log into Operoo and check these details before school’s commencement next week.

Emergency Contacts ARE NOT to be either parent. The College will always contact parents in the first instance.  The Emergency Contact/s is the person the College will contact in the event either parent cannot be quickly contacted. This should be a responsible person – either a relative, friend or neighbour - who you would entrust the College contacting should your daughter be unwell or have an accident.

Term 4 Music Lesson and Rehearsal Notifications

From the start of Term 4, the Music Department will be initiating a new system that will align with MySRC and the College App to communicate rehearsal and lesson times. Each student’s lesson time and rehearsals times will appear on their individual MySRC calendar and will also be available for parents to view on the College App. The system will also allow us to follow up with an email to parents when students were expected to attend a lesson or rehearsal. As with the implementation of any new system, there will likely be some teething as we work through the processes.

Mr Craig Kennedy

Head of Cocurricular Music

Rita’s Rinse Aid for Relief is Coming - Please Support

Rita’s Rinse Aid for Relief is our proud effort to assist the lives of the Afghanistan people. In our Year of Hospitality, it’s a fun fundraiser – a bit of light-heartedness during the dark hours of despair the people of Afghanistan are experiencing.

Tuesday 12 October at Lunchtime. Look out for the Donations link that will be coming to families.

  • Four teams of St Rita’s students and staff have been rallied.
  • Support a team with your donation. As the donations accrue, the team moves through the Rinse cycles.
  • There are five levels of Rinse cycle … we are hoping all teams will reach the highest cycle - the Flour rinse!
  • On 12 October, the team donation tallies will determine which ‘rinse’ cycle they take in acknowledgment of your generosity to the people of Afghanistan.

All donations will be provided to the International Rescue Committee. The IRC have worked in Afghanistan for 30 years helping to provide emergency, health, water, shelter and food services to those in need. https://www.rescue.org/article/how-irc-helps-afghanistan


Important Information and Reminders
Students who are Unwell
Parents/Visitors coming on to Campus - Check-In Qld App Mandatory
Safe Driving Reminder to Parents and Student Drivers
Uniform Policy
Uniform and Hat Alterations and Repairs

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. These students will be assessed by a College First-Aid officer and parents contacted for immediate collection of their daughter if it is deemed your daughter should not be at school.

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

Parents/Visitors coming on to Campus - Check-In Qld App Mandatory

All parents and visitors coming onto campus are to continue to arrive to College Main Reception at the Nagle Building (not Student Services). All parents are required to log in via the Check-in Qld App in addition to the College Sign In-Sign Out procedures for visitors to the College regardless of the purpose or length of your visit, including the collection of daughters who are ill or are attending external appointments. This procedure is a government directive and is required even if you are dropping off an essential item to your daughter.

Safe Driving Reminder to Parents and Student Drivers

Please continue to take extra caution in Enderley Road and the surrounding streets and adhere to Council laws and the provisions of the Traffic Management Plan, not only at drop off and pick up times, but also when attending meetings or College events. We thank all drivers for their commitment to keep our students safe and for your respect for our neighbours’ properties.

  • The approach to the College in Enderley Road is a 40km maximum speed zone during the hours of 7:00-9:00am and 2:00-4:00pm.
  • Drop off and pick up zones in Enderley Road are two minute zones only. Please do not park and leave your vehicle unattended for any length of time in these zones.
  • The Enderley Road Crossing is operational between the hours of 7:45am to 8:45am and from 2.45pm to 3.45pm only, when the Crossing Supervisor is present and the flags are in place. During these hours, all students and any parents who need to come on to campus are to only use the Crossing.
  • No stopping or parking is allowed in yellow lined areas, either in Enderley Road or Stafford Street. Ignoring the yellow lined areas over two driveways directly opposite the College entrance in Enderley Road is of particular concern for the residents of these properties.
  • No students are to enter or exit the College via the Stafford Street entry to the College.
  • Double Parking is illegal, regardless of whether the driver is in the vehicle.
  • Please respect access to driveways for residents when parking.
  • Student drivers are requested to give staff and parent volunteers priority to parking in Enderley Road.


Uniform Policy

Parents/Carers are requested to check that the uniforms being worn by their daughter/s meet the College Uniform policy and that any adjustments needed are rectified before the return to school next week. 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.

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, with shoes 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 receive an infringement notice if College expectations are not met with regard to the wearing of the uniform. A Pastoral Reconnect will immediately result if more than two infringement notices are issued.

The Boutique is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week and the online store open 24/7 with collection the next opening day, or if your online order is placed within the Boutique trading hours, the order can generally be collected the same day.

Uniform and Hat Alterations and Repairs

The College has partnered with two local businesses as the our preferred businesses for uniform and hat alterations/ repairs.

Ava Tailoring at Zillmere and 7Clothing at Enoggera.

Please consider these businesses for repairs and alternations. Both are offering services from $10.00.

The College cannot provide a ‘drop off/pick up’ service. Parents liaise directly with the businesses.


Date Information
Term 4 Dates to Note
2022 Official Term Dates

Term 4 Dates to Note

Please refer to MySRC for the most up to date calendar information. Invitations/flyers will be issued in due course for relevant events/projects.

Tuesday 5 October: CaSSSA training recommences

                       Arts Week commences

                       6:00pm Parents & Friends Meeting

                       6:00pm Sports Subcommittee Meeting 

Friday 8 October: College Photographs – Year 12 photograph, Daughters and Granddaughters of Past Students photographs, all Cocurricular teams and ensembles, new students since Term 1.

                       3:30pm Year 7 2022 Orientation and P&F Welcome BBQ

Saturday 9 October: Knowles Cup Tennis commences

Tuesday 12 October: College Captains’ Afghanistan fundraiser – Rita’s Rinse Aid for Relief

                       8:00am Marian/Kildare Community Mass

                       6:30pm Year 9 German Dinner, The German Club

Wednesday 13 October: 6:00pm Music Support Group Meeting

Thursday 14 October: 7:00pm Queensland Wind Orchestra Open Rehearsal

Friday 15 October: 6:45am Year 12 Breakfast

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

Thursday 4/5 November: Year 11 Biology Field Trip

Friday 5 November: 3:30pm Year 5 2022 Orientation and P&F Welcome

Tuesday 2 November: 8:00am Nagle/Collins Community Mass

Tuesday 9 November: 6:00pm Parents & Friends Meeting

Friday 12 November: Interhouse Swimming Carnival

Wednesday 17 November: Year 12 Retreat

                          6:00pm Music Support Group meeting

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

Friday 19 November: Year 12 Graduation Mass, venue and time TBA

                           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 such as Student Free Days, 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

Join us for the St Rita's College Race Day

Saturday 16 October 2021, 12:00pm-5:30pm

The Guineas Room, Eagle Farm Racecourse

With thanks to our Sponsors

Caulfield Cup day is one of the biggest days on the Australian Spring Racing Carnival calendar and our exclusive Guineas Room function precinct will be ‘party central’ with two event options:

  • Stand up style Cocktail option offering delicious cocktail menu and 5.5hr Gold beverage package for $195.00 per person.
  • Seated three-course Fine Dining option and 5.5hr Gold beverage package for $225.00 per person. Tables seat 10 persons.  **** Ticket sales for our Fine Dining option must close this Friday, 1 October.

Hosted by the College Sports Subcommittee our event 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 will be prizes for the best dressed in our Fashions on the Field event and sensational Raffle prizes to be won.

  • Join the Year 7 table/s if you are new to the College
  • Make up a Year level table - we may be able to help with this. Just call or email.
  • Or just grab some friends or come as a couple.

Click on the link for full details and to book.  Enquiries to Mrs Anna Roberts: aroberts@stritas.qld.edu.au

Click Here to Book

We applaud the partnership of our Race Sponsors in bringing this fundraising day to you. Please consider these businesses when in the market for their services.