Next week we will celebrate our efforts and achievement from 2018 as a College. We encourage families to join us for these ceremonies to congratulate students.
On Monday, 29 October at 9:00am in the MPC, we will celebrate Participation and Encouragement Awards. This ceremony includes:
- Leadership Awards
- Academic Encouragement Year 6-12
- Cultural Awards – Silver, Bronze and Encouragement.
- Sports Awards – Silver and Bronze
On Wednesday, 31 October 2018 at 9:00am in the MPC we will celebrate Awards of Excellence. This ceremony includes:
- Speciality Awards presented by alumni and local organisations
- Encouragement Awards Prep – Year 5
- Subject Excellence Awards Year 7-12
- Academic Excellence Awards Year 6-12
- Academic Distinction Awards Year 6-12
- Strength through Gentleness Awards Prep- Year 12
- Cultural Awards – Gold and Distinction
- Sports Awards – Gold and Sports-person of the Year
- House Cup
- Icon Awards
- OLSC Award
As these are formal occasions, students should wear formal uniform including ties in Year 6-12. Sports uniform may be worn on Tuesday instead of Wednesday next week to assist with this.
Students in all year levels are working hard at the moment to understand their curriculum and to complete assignments. The success and progress we have seen in our classes this year is very exciting. Success comes in some many shapes and sizes and it is wonderful that we can celebrate this as a College next week at our Awards ceremonies. The success we acknowledge at these ceremonies is a reflection of all the hard work students have put into their studies and extra-curricula endeavours this year as well as the care and kindness they have shown to each other.
Dear God the Father, I praise and glorify you. I pray that You help me in my studies. I know that You want me, Your child, to prosper in all my endeavours.
Give me Your knowledge and wisdom as I study for my lessons, assignments and exams. Let me learn my lessons properly and understand them completely. Take control of my thoughts so they may be positive.
Bless me with this, O Lord, for your greater glory. Let me be a blessing to my family that I love so much. I thank You in advance for answering my prayer.
In Jesus’ name, I pray.
YOUTH MASS at St Joseph’s
Our next Youth Mass at St Joseph’s on Saturday 3 November at 6pm. If your child would like to assist please contact Mrs Cate Brennan at the College Office 46724111 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org. Jobs includes welcoming at the door, reading scripture and prayers, singing with the choir and offertory.
MCAULEY DAY – NEXT FRIDAY
On Friday, 2 November, the students from Prep to Year 12 in McAuley House will be celebrating McAuley Day. As part of this tradition all students in McAuley House will join at first break for a shared sausage sizzle lunch, followed by activities organised by the McAuley House Leaders.
All McAuley students will eat lunch together on the main oval then move to activities planned by House Leaders in this space. Please ensure you have a hat.
To cover costs of sausage sizzle (1 per student), activities, treats and a donation to a Mercy charity, all McAuley students are asked to bring in a $2 donation by Wednesday 31 October.
McAuley students are encouraged to dress in blue for the day, wearing modest clothing, appropriate for activities. Singlets, thongs and short skirts/shorts are not acceptable.
Assistant Principal Mission
Last Friday night, 11 senior girls and 5 female teachers came together to host the McGrath Night In to support the Breast Care Nurses associated with the McGrath Foundation. After weeks of preparation, the night kicked off with our guest speaker, Maree Wylie, our local McGrath Breast Care Nurse, who spoke about the reality of Breast Cancer and the impact it can have, not only on the lives of the sufferer but, the families and loved ones.
With 17, 586 females diagnosed with Breast Cancer this year, it can be calculated that 48 females will be diagnosed with breast cancer EVERYDAY. Therefore, the McGrath Foundation supports and cares for these women. However, Maree also explained that this year alone 144 men have also been diagnosed with this certain type of breast cancer.
Mrs Wylie also ran an activity which outlined the risk factors associated with Breast Cancer. This activity was very engaging and clarified all the myths that are associated with Breast Cancer. The night continued with pizza for dinner and finished with a brilliant teen drama film.
Over the whole night we were able to raise approximately $230 for the McGrath Foundation, however, most importantly we were all able to laugh and have fun while campaigning for this worthy cause.
I would just like to take the time to say thank you to all the girls and teachers who decided to support this very worthy cause last Friday night. I hope you all had as wonderful night as I did and I am sure that someone will benefit greatly from our contributions, as every little thing counts. I would also like to thank Maree Wylie, for taking time out of her own schedule to talk to all of us, it was very informative and greatly appreciated. Like Mrs Wylie said, “Breast Cancer is a growing disease, with each and every one being touched by cancer, whether that be through family or friends,” therefore awareness is crucial to continue to support and prevent such cancers from attacking our lives. I hope that OLSCC continues to support the McGrath Foundation and their incredible work all around Australia.
Winners of Emu Gully
Ask anyone in the Year 11 cohort about Emu Gully and you will get endless rave reviews. With amazing food, educational activities and sensational supervisors, we could not have asked for a better camp!
Each activity brought light to a life-changing lesson. Overall, we learnt that working as a team will provide infinitely better results than working by ourselves. To achieve this successful teamwork, we had to understand the importance of communication and perseverance. We found it essential to encourage each other from the side lines and learned to appreciate a well thought-out plan.
It was great to see exactly what we as individuals are capable of, as well as learning the strengths of our classmates. It is now our goal to utilise this knowledge during the school term, and have each other’s backs through-out our final year.
We would like to extend our endless gratitude to not only Ms Rea and Mr Garside for accompanying us on this camp, but also to Lynda, who was our instructor. Thanks to Lynda, we were constantly encouraged, motivated and laughing. She taught many interesting lessons that have changed the way we view leadership and friendship.
Year 11 Student
The SWQ All Schools Touch Football Carnival to be held in Dalby last Sunday was cancelled due to the wet weather. It has been rescheduled to this Sunday 28 October.
Congratulations to Xavier Gibson who finished 14th in the U10 Boys Long Jump at the State Athletics Championships in Cairns last week. Gabby Banks finished 22nd in the Under 11 Girls 1500m.
Last Week the Boys Round 1 fixtures were cancelled due to the wet weather. The Under 14 Girls played their second round of fixtures this week with a loss against Glennie Team 1 and a draw with St Joseph’s College. Claudia Child scored two tries with Yolande Gordon scoring one. Sophie O’Connor was awarded most improved player and Lily Coleman impressed in her first game.
Some interesting statistics from our Library….
Our most popular books this year have been:
- Fantastic Mr Fox
- WeirDo 4
- George’s Marvelous Medicine
- WeirDo 9
- 91-Storey Treehouse
Our most popular authors this year have been:
- Anh Do
- Andy Griffiths
- Daisy Meadows
- Roald Dahl
- Dave Pilkey
Our most borrowed textbook this year is:
Catholic Youth Bible
Reader of the Week
Are you our Reader of the Week? You were spotted enjoying a book at lunchtime recently. Please see Mrs Jenkinson for your prize. Well done & keep reading!
STATISTICS ON HEARING LOSS IN CHILDHOOD
STRATEGIES FOR PREVENTION AND CARE
Besides implementing school based hearing screening programs, one of the greatest strategies for the prevention and care of hearing loss is to monitor and regulate environmental noise. Noise-induced hearing damage is related to the duration and volume of exposure. Research suggests the safe exposure limit is 85 decibels for eight hours a day. Some common decibel levels can be found below.
As you may already be aware a very big change took place on the 24th September in relation to the undergraduate medicine and dentistry admission process. The Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT) has now been replaced by the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT). While the UCAT Consortium may have or have not sent you an email, the purpose of this email is to provide you with some quick facts about what is going on. We are certain that you will be approached by some worried students (and parents) with many questions, so these facts will come useful.
Quick UCAT Facts:
- This change is actually a very good news and should have really taken place a long time ago.
- UCAT Consortium is a much more transparent company than ACER and have far more relevant FREE resources on their very-well setup website.
- UCAT Official Website: https://www.ucatofficial.com/ucat-anz/
- Unlike ACER, UCAT Consortium helps students prepare in order to have a higher success opportunity.
- UCAT is a shorter and faster paced test.
- The questions are substantially easier than UMAT, but candidates need to be very quick in solving them. So, practice is far more important for UCAT.
- UCAT is a computer test and will be conducted in smaller testing centres over a period of time in July. Therefore, more ideal for NSW, ACT and any other students who may have had exam and assessment clashes in the past with the UMAT date.
- The test is not all that different from the UMAT and many of the Construct 1 and Construct 3 UMAT preparation techniques are directly transferable to UCAT.
- Students who have already been preparing for UMAT will find UCAT question quite easy to solve, therefore they will have a slight advantage over the newcomers.
- The new Section of the UCAT - 'Situational Judgement' is very similar to Personal Qualities Assessment (PQA) Joint Medical Program (JMP)delivered jointly by the University of Newcastle and University of New England, and Bond University’s Psychometric Test, which was introduced in 2017. So, preparing for the UCAT certainly will help in other areas as well.
There will be a Children’s Liturgy at the 9.00 am Mass at St Josephs this Sunday the 28th of October.
The children will be making decorations for the parish tree that will be included in the Baptist Church’s Christmas Tree Festival. The theme this year is “The Heart of Christmas”
All are welcome!
|Friday 26 October||Volunteer – none||Baker – none|
|Monday 29 October||Volunteer – none||Baker – S Wieland|
|Tuesday 30 October||Volunteer – none||Baker – C Brennan|
|Wednesday 31 October||Volunteer – none||Baker – B Griffiths|
|Thursday 1 November||Volunteer – J Cook & J Sullivan||Baker – C Geiger|
|Friday 2 November||Volunteer - G Teakle||Baker - M Irwin|
STUDENT PROTECTION CONTACTS FOR OUR LADY OF THE SOUTHERN CROSS COLLEGE
Please contact these officers via the College Office or in person.
Mr Peter Cuskelly, Principal
Mrs Melissa Irwin, Director of Teaching and Learning, Student Services
Mr Luke Holmes, College Counsellor
Mr Nicholas Blauw, Teacher
STUDENT PROTECTION CONTACTS APPOINTED BY THE CATHOLIC SCHOOL AUTHORITY TOOWOOMBA
Peter Simpson, Student Protection Officer
Barbara Woods, Student Protection Officer