Dear Parents, Guardians and Friends
26 th March 2013
Please keep Mrs Park and her family in your prayers, as she currently is spending
some time with her terminally ill sister in the USA. This term the College
Community has been touched by a number of families who have had to cope with
illness and death. Easter is a time which highlights for Christians the meaning of
life, that death is not the end, but a door to another phase of life. While this does
not take away the pain of losing loved ones, there is some comfort in knowing that
our loved ones have gone to a better place.
This has been a short term which has perhaps contributed to the stress felt by staff,
students and their families, trying to fit the normal things we do in a school term
into less time. Hopefully, the holidays will be a good opportunity for staff and
families to unwind and recharge for Term 2. Our Teachers will be gathering with the
other Catholic Teachers in the Diocese on Wednesday and Thursday of the second
week of the holidays, to celebrate the Year of Grace. Apart from participating in
liturgical celebrations, staff will hear from a variety of guest speakers and be
involved in a number of workshops over the two days.
Last Thursday we celebrated Harmony Day with a special concert. The College
Community is blessed by having families from many cultures, which gives us a rich
diversity to build our community on. We were able to showcase a few of these
cultures in the concert. Thank you to all the students who participated and to the
staff who organised the event.
1 – 9 Crowle Street
Hyde Park Q 4812
PO Box 1806
Aitkenvale Q 4814
Phone: (07) 4726 4900
Fax: (07) 4726 4989
Mary MacKillop Parish
Phone (07) 4775 7688
The rain stayed away for Open Day and we had a large number of families visit us
on the day. It was a great occasion to showcase the great work done by staff and
students of the College. Many positive comments were made by our visitors. Thank
you to the staff, students and parents who assisted.
The next big event on the student calendar is ANZAC Day. This has traditionally
been a day that has been well supported by our students, I hope this will continue
this year. It gives the College the opportunity to demonstrate to the Townsville
Community that we respect the sacrifices made by the men and women of the
defence forces, so that we can enjoy the lifestyle we experience today in Australia.
In some ways, ANZAC Day is now a day that marks our identity as Australians.
I wish all families a Holy and safe Easter Holiday.
SMMC 50 TH CELEBRATION BOOKINGS
SMMC 50 th Celebration Bookings for 3 rd & 4 th May - close 19 th April 2013
Meet & Greet, Light Lunch and Celebration Dinner
The St Margaret Mary’s College community acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land on which the College stands,
the Wulgurukaba and the Bindal-Giru People, and pay our respects to the elders both past, present and future.
COLLEGE LEADERSHIP TEAM
SMMC ANZAC DAY
Anzac Day will fall in Week 2 of Term 2. Thursday 25 th
April will mark a public holiday for the nation to stop to
remember those that have served in the Australian and New
Zealand Defence Forces. St Margaret Mary's College always
marks this public holiday by its participation in the Anzac
Day Parade along the Strand followed by the Anzac Day
Ceremony at Strand Park. Bella Voce will perform as part of
this ceremony. Students are invited to join the school
contingent marching from Strand Park to Anzac Park. Full
academic uniform, including hat, will be expected. Assembly
will be at Strand Park at 9am. Parade commences at
In this our 50th Year we expect a strong representation of
students maintaining a fine tradition of reverence and
respect for our Diggers.
Also at school we mark the event with a whole college
ceremony to commemorate Anzac Day. This will be held at
12.20pm on Wednesday 24 th April. All parents and friends
are welcome to attend.
SMMC Students ANZAC Day March
Catherine Whittaker – Deputy Principal
1966 ANZAC Day March
As we go on to a two week holiday break please use this time to let down hemlines as required. Last week
many Year 10's were given Uniform Notices to have their hemlines adjusted by the start of next term. Those
that did not receive a uniform notice and know that their hemlines are not 'brushing the knee' also need to
comply by day one, Term 2. This applies across all year levels. The consequence for not compliance will be that
students will be asked to let their hems out at school using a quick-un-pic that will be supplied. This action is
best avoided by showing support for the school uniform policy and following through with this direction over the
FACIAL AND CARTILAGE PIERCINGS.
Students are reminded that they are best advised not to get any new facial or cartilage piercings over the
holidays. They will not be allowed to wear any other jewellery besides sleepers or studs in their ear lobes.
Anyone who does not comply with this rule will be excluded from class until they take out the piercing.
Catherine Whittaker – Deputy Principal
MOBILE PHONE REMINDER
Students are sometimes using mobile phones during the school day to text or ring parents to come and pick
them up when they are sick. This is not the correct process. Students must come to the office and report that
they are sick and the office staff will call home. Students making contact home using their mobile phone
breaches the SMMC Electronic Devices Policy.
Catherine Whittaker – Deputy Principal
Please ensure that you use Student Diaries as your key communication tool with teachers. Remember to
regularly check your daughter’s diary and sign it weekly. Please ensure if your daughter arrives late to school
they have their diary ready for processing by the staff at office when they sign in at Student Reception.
Catherine Whittaker – Deputy Principal
AN EASTER MESSAGE
The celebration of Jesus’ resurrection at Easter is the most significant celebration for our school community. It
is really at the heart of what we believe as Christians – that Jesus died and rose again so that we might have
the promise of eternal life. As Christians who believe in the Resurrection, we must strive to be models of love
and hope. Our good works during Lent must continue throughout the rest of the year. We have a mission to
make Christ known by our love. May you all enjoy a very happy, safe and blessed Easter.
Holy Trinity Church Mundingburra
HOLY THURSDAY - 6.00pm
GOOD FRIDAY - 3.00pm
EASTER SATURDAY - 6.00pm
EASTER SUNDAY - 8.00am
Collette Brickhill - APRE
School fees for FULL YEAR SCHOOL DUE 31 ST MARCH 2013. Semester One are due for payment by this 14 TH
If you foresee any difficulty in paying your account on time, please phone for an appointment so that
alternative arrangements can be discussed. Please note: if you pay by bank transfer, the College account
BSB 034-106 Account 14-9861.
MESSAGES ABOUT SMMC CLOSURE & CANCELLATION OF EVENTS
If the College has to be closed because of weather or some other reason, this will be broadcast on ABC radio.
Normally all Catholic and State schools follow the same decision based on advice on weather, roads and water
levels. Any early closures will be notified on radio as well.
Parents may find that their own circumstances do not allow them to send their children to school, because of
flooding or the risk of floods. Please contact the school in the normal way. Whatever the reasons for students
missing school for legitimate causes, teachers always assist and if necessary modify work demands for
PASTORAL TEAM & COUNSELLING
Please find following information fact sheet from Queensland Health for Staphylococcus.
Louise Wiles – Yr 10 Co-ordinator
SMMC CELEBRATES HARMONY DAY
Harmony Day is a time when all Australians say Everyone Belongs and at
SMMC we love to celebrate our diversity. In fact, we discovered that 36% of
our students were born overseas or have parents or grandparents who
On the 21 st March our Harmony Day concert provided evidence of this
diversity. Bella Voce sang an African hymn, the Year 12 dance class
performed a Hawaiian hula and Minjo Alumthara and Neethu John
supplied a taste of Bollywood. Japanese poems were read and we met our
African refugees and heard some of their stories.
Finally the indigenous student group produced an energetic and thought
provoking finale. Thanks for celebrating our diversity, girls.
Suzy Sheriff – Harmony Day Committee
Harmony Day is a day to celebrate the culture of the
traditional owners of this land and the cultures of the
many people from around the world who now call
Australia home. The theme for 2013 was Many
Stories – One Australia. A number of students
performed at the Harmony Day Concert assembly
showcasing their culture through their performances.
A large group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
students also showcased their talents by singing Man
in the Mirror by Michael Jackson. The students choose
that song to inspire everyone to take a stand against
racial discrimination as the song goes ‘if you wanna to
make the world a better place, take a look at yourself,
and then make a change’.
Pat Hoolihan, Indigenous Education Officer
TERM 2 INTERSCHOOL SPORT
Block Sport for Term 2 commences win Week 3 of Term 2.
TERM 1 INTERSCHOOL SPORT
The results from the last week of competition’s are as follows:
YEAR 8 BASKETBALL
SMMC 1 faced Annandale CC this week and looked to keep their undefeated season
intact. However, the girls started slow this week and the game was very close until
quarter time. In the end the girls showed their strength and took a 51-19 win.
Great season girls!
SMMC2 had a forfeit this week. Unfortunately, SPC was unable to play.
U/15 NETBALL (A) The girls had the bye this week.
U/15 NETBALL (B) Unfortunately, many of the girls games where cancelled due to the rain.
SMMC 4 had a great 19-17 win after a nail biting game against Heatley. The
Heatley team were made up of mostly Year 10 students so the girls had their work
cut out for them but did a fantastic job at defending and managed to score some
crucial shots in the final quarter.
SMMC 1 played Townville State High School this week. The game was a cracker
with SMMC just coming away with a 2 point victory. The game was played in
sensational spirit by both sides.
Special thanks to Codee Kersh who umpired for us.
With only half the team due to Open Day, the odds were stacked against the SMMC
waterpolo team. Huge Thanks and a Big Shout Out to Jordan Reid 12.3, Georgia
Bulley 11.1, Lucinda Dewing 10.3, Elyse Phelan 10.3, Siena Braddick 8.3 and
Caitlyn Heyer 8.3.
From the start of the game until the finish these girls were terrific against Ryan’s
waterpolo team. They were victorious in their unanimous win. Therefore in the
whole waterpolo season for term 1, the SMMC waterpolo team won 3 out of 5
games not including the bye in week 1. A great season had by all, thanks to all the
girls for making my hopefully second last season a Huge success. A BIG THANKS
to Mrs Niven, we really couldn’t have done it without you as you were always there
to share in our wins and losses, highs and lows. Also a big thanks to the parents
that encouraged the SMMC waterpolo team loudly in the last game of the term 1
season. If there are any parents reading this and their daughter didn’t play
Waterpolo, it is a great team sport with a lot of support given to each player and it
would be great fun especially in summer. Why not give it a go?
By: Veronica van Mierlo (Waterpolo Captain)
TOWNSVILLE FUTSAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Futsal squad recently competed at the Townsville Schools Championships held at the Townsville RSL
stadium. The girls had a great day and showed fantastic Maggies spirit throughout. The under 16 side
progressed to the Semi-final where they suffered a narrow loss and the under 14’s just missed the final by 1
point. Well done girls!
NQ HOCKEY AND NETBALL TRIALS
Congratulations to the following girls who have gained selection in the NQ Schoolgirls Hockey and Netball
Congratulations to all of our students who have been running and walking in the weekly ‘Big V’ club. It has
been great to see so many fit and active students. The group has averaged 30 runners a week and this week it
peaked at 45.
Well done to Jordan Reid of year 12 who has been to every session this term and to our Cross Country captain
Karlie Gibson who has been setting a cracking pace every week.
SMMC CROSS COUNTRY
Date: Friday 19 th April
Venue: Rossiter Park, Aitkenvale
Time: 9am to 10.30am
The SMMC Inter-house cross country is happening on the first Friday of Term 2. The run will occur on the 19 th
April at Rossiter Park in Aitkenvale. The details are as follows:
Students are to make their own way to the venue on the day. The College will bus all students back to school at
the completion of the event. The remainder of the day will run as a normal school day. Several buses will
leave the College at 8.30am and 8.45am for those students that are unable to make their own way to the park
in the morning.
A safe area will be provided for bags to be left in. Can all students please ensure that they see their Year Level
Co-ordinator when they arrive and have their name marked on the roll.
This is a normal school day and students are expected to attend. Please ensure you are wearing the
appropriate clothing and footwear for running. Students will have to change back into their normal uniform
once they return to the College.
The run will also be used this year to raise money for Rotary. A gold coin donation from each student will go
towards mental health facilities in Townsville.
Andrew Grubba – Sports Co-ordinator
SMMC STUDENTS CHEERLEADING CHAMPS
Three students from St Margaret Mary's College are travelling to Hawaii this Easter to compete in the ALOHA
SPIRIT INTERNATIONAL CHEERLEADING COMPETITION.
Alyssa Glover (Yr 8), Shaylee Tamblyn (Yr 9) and Libby Eggins (Yr 9) are all members of the Townsville
Dance and Cheer Squad who have been training up to 12 hours a week to be ready for the rigour of this
The College extends their best wishes for safe travelling and a wonderful competition experience.
END OF TERM 1 REPORTS
End of Term 1 Reports will be posted out to families. You can expect to receive your Report during the first week of the school
holidays. If you would like to have your mail redirected, please let the Office know by emailing the College
email@example.com by Wednesday 27 th March.
Lynette Cooper – Principal’s Secretary
OPEN DAY PHOTO GALLERY
“Whole families attended the tours of the College and they were fully engaged in performances of music, dance and theatre.
They were particularly amazed with the breadth of our facilities stretching across Crowle Street.” - -Holley Morton
“Loved having the opportunity to share our first class hospitality centre with visitors. Serving others is rewarding. They were appreciative and
loved the coffee and cakes.” - -Kaitlin Barker
“Food glorious Food! The luscious smells of Italian bruschetta lured visitors into the Italian Room, where they were delighted with the tempting
treats prepared by an enthusiastic team of Italian language students.” - - Mrs Spencer
“New students took over the interactive whiteboard in Computer Room 3 as they encountered IT@SMMC. They were pretty impressed with our
cool computer labs. I guess we just take for granted the facilities we enjoy every day at this school.” - Romany Montgomery
“Mr Wright was a real daredevil on the gyroscope until Alex Hopes bowled him out of the way, where Mr Koulakis took over and still had trouble
keeping his balance.” - -Anonymous giggling observer
“Great to see the teachers bringing in their babies, it made it feel like such a family day.” - Abbey Chandler
“Dance students showcased their musical theatre talent with awesome energy and fantastic choreography that kept audiences glued to their
seats. Eager young faces were definitely sold on this subject option which is a specialty at SMMC.” - Nicola McKinnon
“Mrs Beams said that Claudia Oram looked like she was gliding on air as she shuffled through the crowds and gingerly took her place on the
choir stands. She was a standout as they only kimono wearing chorister.” - -Maddie Hughes
“Japanese students went the extra mile dressed in glamorous kimonos, despite the humidity.
Walking in clogs increased the degree of difficulty, especially on the stairs.” - Anonymous
“Kelly Wilson sang magnificently. She was a
mix between Fergie and Jesus. “- -Alex Hopes
Bella Voce sang like birds, enchanting the new families as their voices floated out to Bayswater Road.” - Alex Hopes
A huge “Thank you” to our Parents and Friends volunteers who worked so hard at our Open Day – we are so grateful to them all
2013 SMMC CALENDAR DATES
WEEK 9 27/03/2013 Yr 11 & Yr12 Exams
28/03/2013 Easter Liturgy
28/03/2013 Yr 11 & Yr12 Exams
28/03/2013 End of Term 1
WEEK 1 Mon 8 – Fri 12 HOLIDAYS
WEEK 2 Mon 15 Apr START TERM 2
Wed 17 Apr Parent Report 3.30 pm - 8pm
Thu 18 Apr Yr 8 Vaccinations
Fri 19 Apr INTER-HOUSE CROSS COUNTRY
Whole College Assembly
IMPS Band Rehearsal at IPC
WEEK 3 Tue 23 Apr Parent Report 3.30 pm - 8pm
Wed 24 Apr ANZAC Liturgy
Thu 25 Apr ANZAC DAY
Fri 26 Apr Year Assembly
Sat 27 Apr Yr 11 Peer Training
Sun 28 Apr Yr 11 Peer Training
WEEK 4 Tue 30 Apr 2014 Year 8 Interviews
Fri 3 May IMPS Band Rehearsal at IPC
Whole College Assembly
Sat 4 May
SMMC 50 Years Celebrations - Meet & Greet 5.30pm* @ The Strand (*Bookings close 19/4/13)
SMMC 50 Years Celebrations - Celebration Mass 10am @ SMMC
SMMC 50 Years Celebrations - Luncheon @ SMMC 11.30am* (*Bookings close 19/4/13)
SMMC 50 Years Celebrations - Tour of the School @ 1pm
SMMC 50 Years Celebrations - Celebration Dinner 6.30pm @ RSL* (*Bookings close 19/4/13)
Sun 5 May SMMC 50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS
WEEK 5 Mon 6 May 2014 Year 8 Interviews
Tue 7 May Yr 12 QCS Practice
Wed 8 May Yr 12 QCS Practice
2014 Year 8 Interviews
Year 8 Cutural Day Group A
Thu 9 May Skills Expo
Fri 10 May Yr 8 Cultural Day – Group B
Sun 12 May All Schools Rowing
WEEK 6 Tue 14 May Year 9 NAPLAN
Wed 15 May Year 9 NAPLAN
Yr 12 QCS Prep Day
Thu 16 May Year 9 NAPLAN
Pastoral Co-ord & HRT Meeting
Fri 17 May Whole College Assembly
WEEK 7 Mon 20 May Yr 11 Biology Camp
Tue 21 May Tsv & NQ Cross Country
Computer Skills Comp.
Yr 11 Biology Camp
Fri 24 May Yr 11 Biology Camp
Sat 25 May Parish Mass
WEEK 8 Mon 27 May Twilight Music Concert 5pm
Thu 30 May "Oliver" Combined Musical Production
Fri 31 May "Oliver" Combined Musical Production
Whole College Assembly
Sat 1 Jun "Oliver" Combined Musical Production
Sun 2 Jun All Schools Rowing
WEEK 9 Mon 3 Jun Yr 11 & Yr12 Exams
Tue 4 Jun Yr 11 & Yr12 Exams
Wed 5 Jun Yr 11 & Yr12 Exams
Thu 6 Jun Yr 11 & Yr12 Exams
Fri 7 Jun Yr 11 & Yr12 Exams
WEEK 10 Mon 10 Jun QUEENS BIRTHDAY HOLIDAY
Wed 12 Jun Yr 11 RST Camp
Thu 13 Jun Yr 11 RST Camp
Fri 14 Jun Yr 11 RST Camp
Whole College Assembly
WEEK 11 Mon 17 Jun Writing Competition
Wed 19 Jun Yr 10 Pastoral Day
Thu 20 Jun Bella Voce Tour Departs
Fri 21 Jun END OF TERM 2
Mon 24 Jun Bella Voce Tour Return
Mon 8 Jul START TERM 3
Sat 13 July SMMC Staff Re-union Dinner – RSL
UNIFORM SHOP ROSTER
The College Uniform Shop is open
Tuesday 8am – 9am and 12pm – 2pm
Thursday 12pm – 2pm
Roster volunteers required from 12.30pm to 1.30pm.
Tues 16 th Apr Lisa Saunders
Thurs 18 th Apr Virginia Whitby
Tues 23 rd Apr Julie Sherwood
Tues 30 th Apr Antonella Nobile
Thurs 2 nd May Mel Campbell
Tues 7 th May Denise Raffaldi
Thurs 9 th May Janelle Creedy
Tues 14 th May Margaret Cotton
Thurs 16 th May Maree Corkeron
Tues 21 st May Mel Campbell
Thurs 23 rd May Michelle Morton
Tues 28 th May Alison Baxter
Thurs 30 th May Maryann Lea
Tues 4 th June Denise Raffaldi
Thurs 6 th June Janelle Creedy
Tues 11 th June Yvonne McNealy
Thurs 13 th June Michelle Riordan
Tues 18 th June Mel Campbell
Thurs 20 th June Karen McGuire
BINGO ROSTER – 11.45pm - 2.00pm
If you have any queries regarding your roster, please contact
Kristine Browne 4729 1954. If you are unavailable at short
notice on Sunday, please phone Abbey at the Hall on 4796
0255 after 10.30am.
7/4/13 Michelle Emanuel, Bill
Sweetland, Mirca Menegazzo,
Dianne Palmer, Marcia Jones
14/4/13 Tracy Ragua, Ritta Booth, Louisa
Rosel, Allison Sansalone, Kylie
21/04/13 Alison Niven, Deirdre Boon,
Brett Trevor, Virginia Whitby,
28/4/13 Belinda Benson, Lisa Bennett,
Mary Hosking, Susan Tierney
5/5/13 Christine Mitchell, Kathy Morris,
Janelle Creedy, Linda Webb,
12/05/13 Dale Eriksen, Peter & Janelle
Gibson, Michelle & Micheal
Maskell, Lina Fanning, Jenny Lye
19/5/13 Joan Raffe, Elizabeth Mead,
Tracy O’Toole, Peter Hayward,
26/5/13 Kylie Hoffensetz, Joanne Sitt,
Tracey Harker, Janelle Knack
2/6/13 John Hathaway, Natalie Marr,
Peter Cavalot, Janelle
Rawlinson, Cindy Letters
9/6/13 Val Browning, Kerry Garbutt,
Leanne Griffiths, Jasminka
Wednesday 27 th March
Thursday 28 th March
Friday 29 th March
Monday 15 th April
Tuesday 16 th April
Wednesday 17 th April
Thursday 18 th April
Friday 19 th April
Thurs 18 th April
Tues 23 rd Apr
Tues 7 th May
Thurs 9 th May
Tues 14 th May
Thurs 16 th May
Tues 30 th July
Yr11 & Yr12 Legal Studies
Yr 11 Geography – Reef HQ
Yr11 Dance - Workshop
Yr12 Dance - Workshop
Yr11 Dance – Workshop
Yr 12 Dane - Workshop
Yr 12 Hospitality – The Saltcellar
Bookings close 19 th April 2013
ST MARY MacKILLOP PARISH MASS TIMES
HOLY TRINITY CHURCH, Ross River Road
Mon 5.30pm – Wed & Fri 6.30am
Sat 6.00pm Vigil - Sun 8.00am
Reconciliation - Mon 6.00 – 6.30pm, Sat 4.15pm – 5.15pm
VILLA VINCENT CHAPEL
Mon to Sat 9.00am
Reconciliation - Sat 9.30am to 10.30am
Will be held at the
Sacred Heart Cathedral on Saturday 13 April at 11am
Bishop Michael Putney to preside.
This year the Anniversaries mass is also representing the
Catholic church's commitment to supporting a couple's
marriage from its earliest beginnings, through family life
and into retirement. The Catholic church realises that whilst
in marriage there are many joyful and happy occasions,
there is also many challenges and obstacles to
face. Through the Townsville diocese's Family Life Council,
the Church is currently exploring meaningful ways to
support and encourage couples through their life together.
The Family Life Council is hoping that as many couples as
possible will attend this special mass as a show of support
for the Church's commitment to assisting couples with their
marriage; throughout their entire marriage. If you are
celebrating a significant wedding anniversary this year
(eg. 1, 10, 20, 25 etc) we would love to know. Please
contact the Diocesan Office on 4726 3200 and tell us how
many years of marriage you will be celebrating.
"I'm an ex-student of SMMC currently attending uni and I
am offering tutoring services in a number of subjects for
$30/hour. The subjects I am availabe to tutor are: Junior -
Science, Math, English and SOSE. Senior- Chemistry,
Biology, English and Modern History. I am also able to tutor
writing skills for anyone who would like to improve their
assignment writing skills. For more information or to make
an enquiry, please call Bec on 0448 434 106 after 4pm
during the week or anytime on the weekend, or email:
Please be advised that we will not be holding a Townsville
Catholic Debutante Ball in 2013.We are anticipating having
a Ball in 2014 and it will be open to Debutantes from 16 –
25. If you wish to register your interest for the 2014 Deb
Ball, please do so by contacting Erin Jones on 4726 3235 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. We will then be able to keep
you informed as to the status of the preparations. If you
have already made enquiries, but still want to register your
interest, please contact Erin.
ST MARGARET MARY’S COLLEGE
50th ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE BOOK ORDER FORM
CONTACT PHONE NO. ………………………………………………….
EMAIL ADDRESS ………………………………………………….……...
POSTAL ADDRESS ……………………………………………………….
ITEM PRICE QUALITY TOTAL
SMMC 50 th Anniversary Commemorative Book $35.00
* Plus postage & handling Anniversary Book ONLY - $10.00 $
TOTAL AMOUNT DUE $
CREDIT CARD PAYMENT: □ VISA □ MASTERCARD
Expiry Date Amount $
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Name on Card
Account.SMMC 50 th – 01852
Attn: Karen Cumner
St Margaret Mary’s College
1-9 Crowle Street, HYDE PARK QLD
P O Box 1806, AITKENVALE QLD 4814
(07) 4726 4900