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2013 Enrolment Handbook (pdf) - St Margaret Mary's College

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Welcome to Saint Margaret Mary’s College, one of Townsville’s most highly-regarded

schools. Our mission is to allow students to achieve their inborn potential – spiritually,

academically and socially. As a Catholic school we believe each student enters our

College with a unique combination of needs and abilities. Our aim is to provide an

environment where every child can achieve to her personal best. Christian values of

honesty, respect and justice permeate every aspect of College life.

Saint Margaret Mary's College offers a multi-dimensional range of opportunities for

our students. Academic needs are catered for by our excellent facilities and

professional, dedicated staff. In addition to the highest standards of tuition in the

classroom, our staff offers free tutorials to students outside normal school hours. We

offer a broad curriculum which allows junior students to explore their educational

options, and senior students to prepare for work or study after school.

We understand, however, that academic achievement is not the only measure of success.

Our students are given the opportunity to experience a wide range of co-curricular

activities, from sport, to music, debating, drama and dance. Our IT facilities are

second to none, to ensure that our students acquire the skills and knowledge which will

equip them to manage technological changes in the future.

We pride ourselves on the sense of community which characterises our school.

Our students are encouraged to take pride, not only in their own achievements but

those of their peers. Self-discipline is an important quality, and our students are

encouraged to develop self-discipline by accepting responsibility for their own actions,

and contributing their gifts and talents for the benefit of the College community. Our

students learn that as well as being valued individuals, they also have community

responsibilities.

We believe that education is the shared responsibility of schools, parents and the wider

community. We encourage parental involvement in all areas of College life and look

forward to a rewarding partnership with you and your daughter.

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HISTORY OF SAINT MARGARET MARY'S COLLEGE

In 1936, the first Sisters of the Good Samaritan arrived in Townsville to run the Saint

Margaret Mary’s Primary school. Bishop McGuire had purchased ‘Woodlands’, in Hyde

Park from the Cummins family so that it could be used as a convent, which the Sisters

named Saint Philomena’s. In 1956 the present Church was opened.

Saint Margaret Mary’s College was officially opened on 22 February, 1963 by the then

Bishop of Townsville, Reverend H.E. Ryan.

The school consisted of four classrooms, one office, staffroom, tuckshop, cloakroom

and a ‘modern’ science lecture room.

Fifty students were enrolled in the first year. The school was operated by the Sisters

of the Good Samaritan and the first Principal was Sr Mary de Lourdes. The Parish

Priest at the time, Monsignor Vandeluer, was the driving force behind the

establishment of the College. For nearly twenty years the College was led by the Good

Samaritan Sisters. In 1982, the first lay Principal, Mr Mike Byrne was appointed.

Growing from its original small enrolment, the College now has around 650 students.

Our facilities reflect a commitment to an ongoing development and refurbishment

programme. The recently redeveloped Computer, Science, Hospitality, Graphics and

Tuckshop facilities are good examples of our recent refurbishing activities. Our

academic excellence and state of the art facilities position us to provide great learning

experiences, modern technology and resources to our students across all curriculum

areas. With a strong commitment to extra-curricula involvement, St Margaret Mary’s

College offers its students the potential to shine, or just have fun, in a sweeping array

of activities from sport, public speaking and community service.

The College has gone from strength to strength. We acknowledge our wonderful

heritage and we are grateful to be able to continue the great work and tradition of the

Sisters of the Good Samaritan.

COLLEGE HOUSE NAMES

KIATA Beautiful Place Blue

ANUNAKA Ours Yellow

KARINYA Happy House Green

ALINTA Flame Red

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RELIGIOUS DIMENSION

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Catholic schools are founded on the premise that religion is a constitutive dimension of

education. At Saint Margaret Mary’s College, this religious dimension is made

particularly explicit in the subject Religious Education. Religious Education is a Key

Learning Area in Catholic schools and a major educational priority. Faith formation is

the responsibility of all teachers, school officers, parents and the community in a

Catholic School. The whole Saint Margaret Mary’s College community with parents as

prime educators must share this responsibility. However, the Religious Education

curriculum with its prescribed courses and activities has an obvious position of faith

development and leadership in Religious Literacy.

All students undertake the study of Religious Education in Years 8 to 10 and complete a

range of learning activities and assessment similar to those in other Key Learning Areas.

The Years 8-10 programme is developed in line with the Syllabus for Religious Education

for Catholic Schools. Year 11 and 12 students can choose to study either Religion and

Ethics or Study of Religion. The Year 11 and 12 programme for Study of Religion is an

Authority subject and contributes towards the Queensland Certificate of Education

(QCE) and Overall Performance (OP), while Religion and Ethics is an Authorityregistered

subject which appears on the Queensland Certificate of Education

certificate but does not contribute to the OP.

The College aims to make available to its students the sort of education that will enable

them to realise their potential and to empower them as individuals. Its purpose is to

help students to search for and express their wholeness from a particular Catholic

perspective. The values from the Diocesan Learning Framework, especially dignity and

justice for each person, high quality learning and mutual accountability underpin all we

do.

CAMPUS MINISTER

The role of the Campus Minister is an important one in fostering the Catholic climate of

the school community and ministering to the faith development and spiritual needs of

students, staff and parents.

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STUDENT WELFARE

Student welfare embraces all areas of College life. It refers to the pastoral care of our

students, the importance of self discipline, and the adherence to expectations that

allow our students the opportunity to reach their potential.

The College has a number of policies and procedures that help guide the implementation

of our pastoral care philosophy.

PASTORAL CARE

The motto of St. Margaret Mary’s College is Christus Veritas, Christ is Truth. In

looking towards Christ for truth, we see what it means to be a Christian: to be honest,

to act with integrity and to act justly (Micah 6:8) It is in Christ and through our actions

that our College community offers support to our students. Students are encouraged to

respect and accept the gifts we all bring to the community. Through our pastoral care

for one another, the College hopes to lead each member to a better understanding of

maturity, responsibility and accountability.

SUPPORT STRUCTURES

Within the College there are various people available to assist the students on a day to

day basis.


The Homeroom teacher meets with the students twice a day and this

student-teacher relationship is viewed as a central point of contact.



A Pastoral Co-ordinator is assigned to each year level. This person is

there to support the students with a range of organizational and

personal issues.

Administration members and Heads of Department, in particular the

Deputy Principal, provide support to students on a range of issues. For

matters involving behaviour, it is certainly preferable that discipline

issues are dealt with as informally as possible as early as possible.

COUNSELLING SERVICES

This service is available for all staff, students and their families. Appointments may be

made during lesson times, or before and after school. The Counsellors are available to

discuss any issue, not just those relating to school. Students may make their own

appointments, or may be referred by staff, family or friends.

This is a totally confidential service, which means that nothing said to one of the

Counsellors is able to be disclosed without a formal ‘Release of Information’ from the

student concerned. Exception will be made in the case of a person threatening harm to

self or others, or if the student is in danger of being harmed either at school or at

home.

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The Counsellors also work closely with staff in the development and delivering of

student and parent programmes in the areas of:

‣ Adolescent development

‣ Drug & Alcohol Awareness

‣ Internet Safety and Anti-Bullying Procedures

SELF DISCIPLINE AND RESPONSIBILITY

The College places a big emphasis on student responsibility and accountability for their

actions. Actions have consequences, and an acceptance of these consequences is a sign

of the individual’s increasing maturity.

COLLEGE-FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

St. Margaret Mary’s College views contact with parents as an essential part of our

pastoral care. Keeping parents informed of all matters concerned with their daughter

(including the difficult issues as well as the good things) keeps lines of communication

open. We appreciate the support we receive from parents who in turn, keep us informed

of necessary information that impacts on the way we can best cater for their daughter.

HOMEWORK PROGRAMME / TUTORIALS

At Saint Margaret Mary’s College we understand that some students may benefit from

a guided homework programme. Teachers are available on a regular basis to assist

students with homework, study or assignments. The homework programme is conducted

in the library after school on Tuesday afternoon each week.

A variety of tutorials are offered after school on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons.

INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY

Saint Margaret Mary's College provides some of the leading Information &

Communication Technology resources in Queensland.

All students in Years 9 through to 12 are issued with a eeePC Netbook computer to use

throughout the day at school. These computers are provided through the National

Secondary Schools Computer Fund. The computers are stored overnight in special

charging bays in student’s homerooms, so that they are ready for school use the next

day.

Saint Margaret Mary's College provides access to many resources both from home and

school. All students have a web-based email account, as well as access to a variety of

information such as newsletters, assessment calendars, assessment tasks and learning

resources via the College Intranet. Students are also able to access the College

network and files in their data directory from home computers via a Remote Desktop

connection.

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CURRICULUM

Modern facilities and challenging, innovative programmes provide opportunities for

students to achieve to their personal best. This, combined with a dedicated and

professional staff who gives generously of their time and expertise, creates an

atmosphere where academic achievement is not only possible, but valued.

YEARS 8-10

A broad range of subjects is offered in Year 8, incorporating the nine Key Learning

Areas: English; Mathematics; Science; Studies of Society and the Environment;

Technology; Languages other than English; the Arts; Religious Education and Health &

Physical Education. Students study all subjects.

In Years 9 and 10, students continue their studies in core subjects of Religious

Education, English, Mathematics, Studies of Society and the Environment, Science,

Health & Physical Education and select electives from the Arts; Technology and LOTE

Key Learning Areas.

YEAR 8 SUBJECTS

Art

English

Design & Technology

Drama

Human Studies

Information and Communication Technology

Education

Italian

Japanese

Mathematics

Music

Personal Development Education

Religious Education

Science

Sport and Recreation

Studies of Society and the Environment

YEAR 9 CORE SUBJECTS

English

Information and Communication Technology

Education

Mathematics

Personal Development Education

Religious Education

Science

Sport and Recreation

Studies of Society and the Environment

YEAR 9 ELECTIVE SUBJECTS

Art

Business Education

Dance

Drama

Design & Technology

Human Studies

Integrated Learning Skills

Italian

Japanese

Music

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YEAR 10 CORE SUBJECTS

English

Pre-Math A or Pre-Math B

Personal Development Education

Religious Education

Science

Sport and Recreation

Choice of History or Geography or Studies of

Society and the Environment

YEAR 10 ELECTIVE SUBJECTS

Art

Business Education

Dance

Drama

Design & Technology

Hospitality Basics

Information & Communication Technology

Education

Human Studies

Integrated Learning Skills

Italian

Japanese

Music

Physical Education

YEARS 11 AND 12

An impressive record of results in state and national competitions, and the consistently

high achievements of our Year 12 students are testament to the outstanding academic

success of Saint Margaret Mary's College.

Students are offered a challenging and diverse curriculum for the vital years of 11 and

12. We cater for a wide range of student needs, from tertiary entrance to vocational

education and training. Success in a variety of subject options can lead to a student

receiving a Queensland Certificate of Education. Subject options cover QSA Authority

Subjects and Study Area Specifications as well as VET Certificates.

Students wishing to be eligible for tertiary entrance may select from a wide range of

Authority Subjects.

Senior students at the College are challenged to begin taking responsibility for their

own learning by becoming self-disciplined and self-motivated learners.

SENIOR CURRICULUM – QSA AUTHORITY SUBJECTS

Accounting

Italian

Ancient History

Japanese

Biological Science

Legal Studies

Business Communication & Technologies Mathematics A

Chemistry

Mathematics B

Dance

Mathematics C

Drama

Modern History

English

Music

English Extension (Yr 12 only)

Music Extension (Yr 12 only)

Geography

Physical Education

Graphics

Physics

Home Economics

Study of Religion

Hospitality Studies

Visual Art

Information Processing & Technology

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SENIOR CURRICULUM – QSA STUDY AREA SPECIFICATION

Visual Arts Studies

Prevocational Mathematics

Early Childhood

Recreational Studies

English Communication

Religion & Ethics

Information & Communications Technology

Study

Science in Practice

Hospitality

SENIOR CURRICULUM - VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING

The vocational programme at the College is designed to give students opportunities to

increase their chances of making a successful transition from school to work.

As an RTO, St Margaret Mary’s College offers the Certificate I in Hospitality and the

Certificate II in Business courses.

Partnership agreements with TAFE allow our students to undertake at TAFE, studies in

a range of vocational areas e.g. Justice Administration, Community Recreation, Visual

Arts, Hospitality, Child Care, Beauty, Hairdressing, and Health. These courses can range

from Certificate II to Certificate IV levels.

Students also have access to a number of on-the-job training programmes including

Work Experience or the School-based Apprenticeship and Traineeship programme,

which allows them to undertake paid, on-the-job training while also achieving a

Queensland Certificate of Education.

MUSIC AND THE ARTS

Academic excellence is not our only focus. At Saint Margaret Mary's, we believe that

students should have the opportunity to develop their talents in all areas.

Our music programme is recognised as one of the best in North Queensland.

Opportunities include specialist instrumental and vocal tuition from Townsville’s finest

tutors, as well as participation in a large array of musical groups, including choirs, Jazz

ensembles, band, guitar, recorder, vocal, string and woodwind ensembles.

‘Bella Voce’, our choir, is recognised throughout Queensland and sets the standard for

choral work in North Queensland. The choir sometimes works with visiting conductors,

and undertakes tours to study and perform as part of its choral extension programme.

Our music students are often called upon to perform at Cathedral liturgies, civic and

community functions and festivals, where they are always well-received.

Our Performing Arts facilities include a well-equipped theatre and teaching space, two

designated music classrooms, several individual practice rooms, and a specialist Dance

studio, all of which are well equipped to allow students to explore all facets of Music,

Dance and Drama. Study in all three disciplines can contribute to tertiary entrance.

Our Drama students regularly participate in local and intra-school drama festivals. All

our students have regular opportunities to demonstrate their talents in public.

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SPORT, OUTDOOR EDUCATION AND CAMPS

At Saint Margaret Mary’s College, there are limitless opportunities for students to

develop their sporting and leadership skills, while learning the importance of team work.

We offer a wide range of intra-school and inter-school activities and competitions in

sports such as Swimming, athletics, cross country, Touch, Hockey, Rowing, Soccer,

Netball, Basketball, Futsal, Lifesaving, Water Polo and Equestrian, to name a few.

While there are opportunities for those who wish to participate in fun and fitness, or

simply to be part of a team, we also foster the great talent and dedication that enables

our elite athletes to represent at regional, state, or even national level in their chosen

sport.

Our camps enhance the pastoral care programme by adding an environmental dimension

to activities designed to help students to become responsible and self-disciplined young

women. Each camp has a different emphasis. For example, while the Year 8 camp is

designed to enhance team building and social development, the Year 12 camp focuses on

leadership skills.

Students in Years 9 to 12 also participate in religious retreats, during which they focus

on various aspects of spirituality and faith development.

DEBATING AND PUBLIC SPEAKING

Self-confidence, teamwork and logical reasoning are three vital qualities of leaders, and

these are developed through our comprehensive public speaking and debating

programmes.

We have extremely high levels of participation in competitions such as Legacy Speaking,

Lions Youth of the Year and Rostrum Voice of Youth, with our students consistently

reaching state finals. Saint Margaret Mary’s College boasts one of the highest

participation rates of any school in Queensland.

Students are also able to participate in our extensive Debating programme, with teams

entered in local competition at Year 8, Junior and Senior level.

The vital skills required through these programme will stand them in good stead in any

field of endeavour and are valuable life-long attributes.

FAITH IN ACTION

Students have the opportunity to participate in a number of outreach groups in the

College. These include Campus Ministry (Year 12 only), St Vincent DePaul, YCS and

Interact. Students may also be elected to be a member of our Student Representative

Council.

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PARENT INVOLVEMENT and SERVICES

PARENTS AND FRIENDS ASSOCIATION

The Parents and Friends Association is active within the College community, working for

the benefit of the College. The association provides an opportunity for the exchange of

ideas and actions that will benefit the College and the education of its students.

The Parents and Friends Association continually calls for new members and welcomes

the active interest and support of all parents. Notices of meetings of the Association

appear in the College Newsletter, distributed every Wednesday.

COLLEGE BOARD

The function of the College Board is one of policy development. The Board convenes

each month and is comprised of the Principal, staff and parent representatives.

TUCKSHOP

The College tuckshop operates each day to provide a wide range of healthy choice

lunches and drink requirements for students. Volunteer parents support the on-going

Tuckshop operations, which are managed by a paid convenor.

UNIFORM SHOP

The Uniform Shop is the only source of College Academic and Sports uniforms. While

the Uniform Shop is run by a paid convenor, volunteer helpers are welcome. The

Uniform Shop is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12.00 – 2.00pm.

TEXT BOOKS AND STATIONERY

Text books for students at the College are issued through a text book hire scheme.

Under this scheme the College owns and issues the text books as required by students.

Some subjects may require additional stationery which families will need to purchase.

Stationery lists are made available to students before the end of the preceding school

year.

Students are also provided with a lock for their locker, to be returned and reissued at

the end of each school year.

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SCHOOL FEES POLICY

The Diocese of Townsville School Fee Collection Policy states:

“Parents have a responsibility and an obligation to pay school fees and

levies according to Diocesan Policy Guidelines and account procedures.

No student desiring a Catholic Education should be excluded from a

Catholic school because of his/her parents’ inability to pay the

prescribed fee in whole or in part as a result of genuine financial

hardship.”

The policy has been designed to promote Justice, Fairness, Responsibility, Community,

Growth and Equity. It aims to keep school fees as low as possible for all parents of

children attending Catholic schools in the Diocese, thus making Catholic education more

accessible. It provides concessions for those in genuine need and apprehends those who

have means of meeting their financial responsibilities, but choose to take advantage.

SAINT MARGARET MARY’S COLLEGE SCHOOL FEES PROCEDURES

1. School Fee Statements are issued twice yearly, at the beginning of

each Semester.

First Semester Fee Statement will be accompanied by:

* Details of the total annual school fees payable

* Details of the various payment options available

* An ‘Application of Concessional Fees’ form.

2. Concessions for school fees and levies are available after discussion

with the Principal. Each family will be judged confidentially on its

specific circumstances. All concessions are reviewed annually.

3. Parents whose fees are in arrears and who do not discuss this

situation with the principal may be subject to fee collection

procedures.

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