Welcome back to what has been a very exciting start to the new year. The College has been buzzing with the sound of activity in PC groups and in the playground. Our Year 7 students are settling in nicely and our other 18 new girls have been assigned their buddies and buddy families to make their transition smooth.
Proactive Response to Technology
It was wonderful to catch up with Year 7 families on the evening that students received their laptops. We heard from Stymie Founder Rachel Downie, who spoke to us about the impact of screen time on the lives of adolescent girls. Many families found this presentation an excellent opportunity to re-calibrate family rules around technology usage.
We have had a very long association with Stymie and Rachel who sent her daughter to St Ursula’s College. We were amongst the first schools in the Toowoomba area to initiate this safe e-forum for our girls to allow them to report unorthodox online behaviour. Being proactive is critical in an age when technology can be seen as both friend and foe.
St Ursula’s P& F Welcomes You and Your Families
I wish to acknowledge the support of the P& F on this night who cooked up a delicious BBQ dinner for us. It was very pleasing indeed to also see their daughters (past and present students) lending a hand as testament to the fact that once an Ursie girl, always an Ursie girl!
Our first P & F meeting was last week, and it was lovely to see some new faces. The work of the P & F is critical to our community. They help us in so many practical ways and give parents the opportunity to engage with each other in a social situation. At the meeting, Ms Jennifer Langton and I presented an overview on the College’s strategic direction and addressed topics of interest to parents. It was an excellent opportunity to give our parents insight into the future direction of the College.
The P& F has begun a campaign to financially support the refurbishment of the College Library. The first instalment of funds has gone into painting and re-structuring the library to make it future-focused and contemporary. New furniture will arrive shortly to add to the new slick appearance of this dynamic learning space. I thank all families for their contribution to the funds that go into supporting all our students.
If you are interested in joining this very welcoming group of enthusiastic parents, please contact Kathy Sperling on email@example.com who will put you in touch with Mr Martin Zarb the P & F President. I know that they would be delighted to have you join them.
We are Growing and Growing!
Exciting times lie ahead for the College as we prepare to re-examine our current Masterplan. Having purchased a number of properties on Rome Street in late 2018, the Bowls Club and most recently 107a West Street, I have begun meeting with architects, board members and committee groups to begin concept visioning for the College.
It is important to recognise the importance of developing a Masterplan to support the ongoing growth and success of the College into the future. The developed Masterplan is to consider multiple parameters such as, but not limited to: learning, College values, culture, spirituality, context, history, agility and change. It requires co-creative visioning and technical expertise supported by deep thinking and determination of the best value for our students, staff, College and community. The development of a re-imagined Masterplan will be cognisant of the planned growth for the College, including recent land acquisitions. It will embrace both change and the unique qualities of St Ursula’s as a distinctive girls’ school in the Ursuline tradition.
Learning and students are Key
The ability to support the development of strong, resilient women through education is the key for St Ursula’s. Providing facilities that support choice of learning settings both indoors and outdoors at various scales, agility with specific functionality and ease of adaptability are also key considerations. Prioritising future developments to enable and enhance learning settings that support our unique pedagogy, celebrate our difference, and settings that are attune to how girls learn best are pivotal to building a dynamic future for our girls. I look forward to taking you on this journey and there will be opportunity to engage your input as we move through the consultation period.
Connecting to Community
This week we also had the opportunity to celebrate the Eucharist with Year 4 students from our neighbouring Primary school, Our Lady of Lourdes on their Feast Day. It was a real treat for our girls (ex- Our Lady of Lourdes students) to return to their primary school and see their teachers. We thank the Our Lady of Lourdes community for making us welcome.
Mrs Tanya Appleby PRINCIPAL
From the Deputy Principal...
I walked past the banner hanging from A Block. It had Angela Merici’s six statements;
· Do Something
· Get Moving
· Be Confident
· Risk New Things
· Stick With it
· Be Ready for Big Surprises
What I love about these words is that they provide a strategy that is enduring and universal. Action, not inaction. Persistence not surrender and do not stand still.
Do not let one week blend into the next.
Have a study plan, a spiritual action plan and a physical activity plan.
When you face difficulties do not give up. Be prepared to give it time. BUT at some point, do not be afraid to seek help or ask for clarification.
Accepting what comes easily and naturally is standing still. Stretch yourself. Reach beyond that comfort zone.
Students - what does this look like for you? Talk about it with your friends. Talk about it with your parents. Talk about it with your teachers and tutors. Then make your plans and start taking action. I hope the big surprises bring you great joy.
Ms Bernadette Witham DEPUTY PRINCIPAL
From the Assistant Principal - Identity & Culture...
This week we will celebrate our Opening College Mass. This is a significant celebration in the College calendar and traditionally it is a time when we mission our leaders in their service to the College. Each year we re-enact the washing of the feet as witnessed in John 13: 1-17. This is a time in which we reflect on how we can be people of service in our world, living the Gospel message of Serviam – I will Serve.
As a College community we are called to see the love of God’s face in our daily interactions. On reflection of this I have found a message delivered from Pope Francis some years ago which challenges us to love our neighbour.
The message Pope Francis sent during his Sunday Angelus address was that love of God and neighbour are inseparably united, and that we see God’s face most clearly in the weak and vulnerable.
“In the middle of the thicket of rules and regulations – of the legalisms of yesterday and today – Jesus opens a gap that allows you to see two faces: the face of the Father and that of the brother,” the Pope told pilgrims gathered in St Peter’s Square for the October 26 recitation of the traditional Marian prayer.
“He doesn't deliver us two formulas or two precepts, but two faces, indeed one face, the face of God reflected in many faces, because in the face of each brother, especially in the smallest, the most fragile and the most helpless, the same image of God is present.”
Pope Francis took his cue from the day’s Gospel reading from Matthew, in which Jesus is tested by a doctor of the law who asks which is the greatest commandment.
In his response, Jesus first quotes the Book of Deuteronomy in saying that the greatest commandment is to love God with all of one’s heart, soul and mind, the pontiff observed.
“And it could have stopped there, (but) instead Jesus adds something that was not requested from the doctor of the law. He says: ‘The second then is similar to this: love your neighbour as yourself,’” which is also a biblical reference to the Book of Leviticus, the Pope noted.
The Bishop of Rome explained how the true novelty Jesus brings to these commandments is that he puts them together, revealing that they are inseparable and complimentary, “(like) two sides of the same coin.”
One of the most visible signs of God’s love that a Christian can give is to love one’s neighbour, he said, noting how Jesus doesn’t put love of God at the top of the list of commandments, but rather “at the center, because it's from the heart that everything begins and to which it must come back.”
In the Old Testament, to live in the image of God who is holy included caring for the most vulnerable, such as the orphan and the widow, the Pope observed, explaining that Jesus completes the law by uniting in himself the human and the divine, which now become a single mystery of love.
“In light of the word of Jesus, love is the measure of the faith, and faith is the spirit of love,” he said. “No longer can we separate a religious life from service to our brothers, to those concrete brothers we meet.”
“No longer can we divide prayer, the encounter with God in the sacraments, from listening to others, from closeness to their lives, especially to their wounds.”
The Roman Pontiff concluded his address by pointing that what Jesus gives us in the day’s Gospel passage are the fundamental criterion on which to base our lives.
Jesus also and above all gives us his Spirit, the Pope noted, who teaches us to love God and our neighbours “with a free and generous heart” as the Lord did.
“With the intercession of Mary, our mother, let us open ourselves to receive this gift, (and) to walk in the law of love.”
Adapted from https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-francis-gods-image-is-revealed-in-the-face-of-our-brothers-84474
Next week our Year 7 and 12 students will take time out from the busyness of life to participate in retreat programs.
The Year 7 students will come together as a cohort and explore how they are made in the image and likeness of God and that their diverse gifts and talents are valued and respected. The Year 12 students will travel to the James Byrne Centre to have a three day retreat focusing on the gift of Serviam in their lives and how they can draw on the strength of their faith and life experiences to bring this to life as they move into the final stages of their secondary school and beyond. Sr Helen Dyson OSU will work with the girls bringing the beating heart of the gospels to life within the essence of Serviam.
Mrs Debbie Ryan ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL - IDENTITY & CULTURE
From the Assistant Principal - Pastoral Relationships...
I hope you are all finding the beginning of the school year to be going smoothly. It has certainly been busy but it is lovely having the noise of the girls around the place and to see their energy and enthusiasm.
Pastoral Care – as you know we have redesigned our pastoral care system so that your daughters will receive the best of care and our PC teachers are very good at welcoming and encouraging your daughters.
Any change brings some uncertainty; however, the benefits of the change are many fold. Talk to your daughter about what she has been doing in Pastoral Care – character strengths for example. She can tell you what her strengths are and perhaps as a family you could all do the survey and see what your strengths are. It is a free survey and it takes about 15 mins.
As well we have had some community building exercises and we also highlighted Safer Internet Day with each student receiving a sticker to remind her of good online behaviour and the groups viewed a video from the esafety commissioner on online behaviour.
Wellbeing – all year levels have a wellbeing lesson. At the moment we are either introducing growth mindset to the girls or revisiting it with older girls. We are also looking at positive self-talk. Ask your daughters about these things.
SchoolTV – Have you read your latest edition of this? We have sent out one on transitions, one on surviving Year 12 and one on smartphones in schools.
To access past editions please go to this link: http://st-ursula.qld.schooltv.me/category-latest-newsletter Thank you to the P&F who have sponsored our subscription for 2019.
Date Claimer: INESS Parent Presentation – Wednesday 6th March 6.30pm until 7.30pm
If at any time you have a question concerning your daughter please contact her PC Teachers, her Head of Year or me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ms Jennifer Langton
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL - PASTORAL RELATIONSHIPS
From the Head of Boarding...
Come Holy Spirit of Pentecost
Come, Holy Spirit of the great South Land
O God, bless and unite all your people in Australia and guide us on the pilgrim way being discerned
Through the Plenary Council.
Give us the grace to see your face in one another and to recognise Jesus, our companion on the
Give us the courage to tell our stories and to speak boldly your truth.
Give us ears to listen humbly to each other, give us discerning heart to hear what you are saying
Lead your Church into hope-filled future, that we may live and share joy of the Gospel.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord, bread for the journey from age to age. Amen
Our Lady Help of Christians, pray for us. St Mary McKillip, pray for us.
A Prayer from St Patrick’s Cathedral Bulletin 10th February 2019
Plenary Council 2020
St Patrick’s Cathedral
St Ursula’s College Boarding students attended Mass at the Cathedral on Sunday 10 February. Our two Leaders Riley Flynn and Michaela Davey read the readings, the girls sang in the choir and also took up the offertory. The parishioners at the Mass love to see the well-groomed students in their uniform, the girls in their community, and participating in the Mass. We participate and join the St Patrick’s Community every Sunday at 9am Mass. Parents, Grandparents and relatives who are visiting Toowoomba are always welcome to join the Boarding students at the Mass.
Welcome to Brescia 2019 From the Head of Boarding
Choosing a Boarding School for your daughter is an important decision. Reflecting on the primary school years and looking well into the future, is important that you know exactly what your expectations are for your daughter. A partnership with educators and committed staff will guide you and your daughter to make the transition a wonderful experience.
I believe that a good school celebrates its past, enjoys its present and imagines its future; but a truly great school challenges the students to be actively involved in service to others less fortunate.
Our girls know that those who have gone before them, respect the College traditions which are enjoyed by our future leaders. Our school motto “Serviam” “I will serve” inspires each girl to look out for the needs of others by exercising maturity and empathy.
If you visit the College and Boarding School on Open Day, sporting events or Assemblies you will sense our friendly and positive community in action. There is much warmth and joy in our school setting and in our boarding house. Our girls play sport with enthusiasm and excel in many other areas. In all their endeavours, our girls are encouraged to take hold of each moment and make it count.
Leadership development is also a focus. We believe it is important that the girls are trusted to make decisions, step up to leadership and own responsibilities which will help them to grow in whatever career path they wish to follow.
We know that the very best schooling prepares students for the future and in boarding we want the girls to be resilient and to be the best they can be. Our girls are entering a world that requires them to be critical and creative thinkers, flexible in the ways they respond to challenges and be confident young women. Our modern facilities allow each student to go confidently into their future endeavours.
It is a privilege to lead the Boarding community. I am proud of the past, committed to the present and excited by the future.
Mrs Jan Pearman HEAD OF BOARDING
BOARDING CAPTAIN - RILEY FLYNN
My name is Riley Flynn and I currently have the privilege of being Boarding Captain for 2019. I come from a property between Miles and Chinchilla and I have a younger brother and an older sister who also attended St Ursula’s. For my primary schooling and Year 8 education I attended Charleville School of Distance Education, which I believe provided me with a lot of the skills I am equipped with today. I came to boarding as a new student in 2016 where I began Year 9.
The transition from Distance Education to full time boarding was quite a change, having to get used to seeing friends the minute you wake up instead of every few months, and trying to find where on earth the room B2 was with hundreds of friendly, yet very unfamiliar faces in stripy dresses crowding the hallways. Despite some struggles, I found that our smaller boarding community meant that you really felt included, and as though you were an important part of the link tying our school together.
As a leader for our boarding community, I would really like to promote our school’s theme for the year of “Every Face Has a Place”, by allowing girls to feel as though they have people to call on in any situation. I would also like to introduce some changes to our current fundraising, to create a bigger impact. Bridging the gap between the boarding and day school is another area which I think is vital to our thriving community. To support this, I would really like to encourage girls to be involved in out of school activities. This was a massive part of helping me settle in to boarding life, as it got me active and putting my thought and effort into other things. The wide variety of opportunities that our school has to offer really made it easier for me.
Whilst these are small goals, I am passionate about pursuing them, as I believe they will have a positive influence on our boarding community. I will also endeavour to be a familiar face to as many people as possible, and overall have a magic 2019.
Jourdan Kalenka - Gap Student
In December, I took the opportunity of travelling around Australia with two other gappies who are working at the Glennie School.
We drove from Brisbane to Sydney and on our way, we visited Byron Bay, Yamba, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie and Newcastle. Byron Bay had very nice shops and we also met some interesting people. The main attraction was listening to different music played by the street musicians (busking). Yamba and Coffs Harbour have beautiful beaches with stunning clear blue water. My highlight in Port Macquarie was the Koala Hospital. We were offered a tour, which gave us an insight how they feed the koalas with lactose-free milk, because the dear little bears are lactose intolerant.
Christmas and New Year were celebrated in Sydney, sailing on a catamaran with other German friends, taking in views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Fireworks on New Year’s Eve, hot weather, a 12 hour wait in the heat and a big thunderstorm during the fireworks, didn’t spoil the fun. Seeing the amazing fireworks in Sydney will be a memory I will always cherish.
After Sydney we flew to Tasmania. The highlights included, Cataract Gorge Reserve in Launceston, the Mt. Field National Park and the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. At the sanctuary we saw Tasmanian Devils, Wombats and Echidnas and had the opportunity of feeding and patting a kangaroo.
Our last stop was Adelaide, spending the most time at the beach because it was really hot and the beaches were refreshing. The last day in Adelaide was the hottest day in the history of Adelaide. It was 46.6° and it felt like someone was holding a hair dryer in our faces.
Whilst travelling we stayed in hostels and Airbnb’s which gave us the opportunity of meeting so many nice people.
In the Easter holidays, I am travelling to the Great Barrier Reef and Uluru on an outback tour. The wonderful opportunity I have had since arriving in Australia has been like a miracle come true.
HEALTH CENTRE NEWS
The year has started well, the girls returning with a healthy glow and very positive about the start for the New Year.
It is important however that if you want your girls to receive the flu injections this year, the forms have to be submitted as soon as possible. There is a new wave of flu in NSW at present and we want to make sure that our girls stay healthy. Eat healthy and get plenty of sleep
The life of today’s teenager is busy and in constant flux. They have increasing responsibilities at school and at home, their social lives are expanding, their independence is growing, and they’re making plans for their future. Adolescence is a time of significant maturation—physical, emotional, intellectual. Sleep fuels these important processes. Good, plentiful sleep is essential to teens’ development, growth, and quality of life.
Yet all too often, teens don’t get enough sleep. Their hectic routines, their inexperience managing their time and making healthy choices, and the often sleep-unfriendly schedule of the world around them put teens at high risk for sleep deprivation.
According to research, very few teens—as little as 15 percent—are getting the sleep that they need. Short on sleep, teens face challenges to their health, their safety, their performance, and their ability to learn.
Currently Papua New Guinea (PNG) has an outbreak of paralytic poliomyelitis (A virus that affects the cells of the nervous system which can cause paralysis). This has been eradicated in Australia but anyone travelling to Papua New Guinea should see their family doctor to get advice about a booster. Most students would have had their primary immunisations for polio as a baby.
PNG's Department of Health and the WHO (World Health Organisation are working together to respond to this outbreak.
Some cases of whooping cough (Bordetella pertussis) have been seen in NSW.
Whooping cough usually begins like a cold, blocked runny nose, tiredness, mild fever and cough.
The cough gets worse and severe bouts of uncontrollable coughing can develop. This can last for many weeks.
Whooping cough is very contagious and in babies can be life threatening.
Immunisation reduces risk of infection but immunity fades over time. Most school age children receive a booster in Year 7/8, but you can still get whooping cough even if you have been immunised.
Antibiotics are used to treat whooping cough in the early stages. People not treated early with the right antibiotic can spread the infection in the first 3 weeks of their illness. After 5 days of antibiotics, you are normally no longer infectious.
Exclude children from school and the presence of others outside the home (especially infants and young children) until they have received 5 days of therapy, or coughing for more than 21 days.
Please see your family doctor if you have any concerns.
From the Director of Sport...
The Friday night basketball season has begun with round one producing some fantastic results. Last Friday night we played St Saviours College at the St Mary's gym. Our Year 7/8 team began the afternoon with great gusto and played some fantastic basketball. Unfortunately, they lost right on the buzzer to go down 28-30. Our Year 9/10 team came out firing and took to an early lead by half time. They began to really dominate their opposition to run away with a victory.
Finally, our Open team hit the court. They played some great pressure Basketball to dominate St Saviours and claim victory.
This week we play our first home game in the St Ursula's College Salo Centre from 4pm against a strong rival in Centenary Heights State High School. Our Year 7/8 team tip off at 4pm, followed by the Year 9/10 team at 5pm and concluding with the Opens playing from 6pm. All support is very much welcomed.
Training is on in earnest for our Senior squad under the direction of coaches Gary Fry and Taylor Riley. They have been working hard to develop the skills to play at this level.
The Junior A team has had selections and now are ready to play in the Laura Geitz carnival this coming Sunday 17 February at Downlands. We wish the coach, Caitlin Fry and her team all the best.
Other teams will have trials coming up soon. An email will be sent out then these will occur.
Fuel2 fly Netball clinic – Wednesday 27 February (6.15-8.15pm)
A reminder that we are very fortunate to have Laura and Gretel Tippert attending to conduct this clinic solely for our girls. There are still spaces available. We need to support this clinic to continue to host it in the future. Please sign up as soon as you can. There is also a clinic that begins at 4pm until 6pm for girls outside of the College. We are delighted to host this and showcase our facilities to the greater community. If you know of girls who might be interested, please let them know.
Interhouse Swimming Carnival
Next Monday, 18 February at Milne Bay pool we host the annual Inter house carnival. Could I please remind parents that the event needs girls to be in attendance from 8.25am at the pool and collected from 3.00pm. Parking is very limited and if you are coming to spectate, please park across the road in the Council carpark.
Girls will need to bring water bottles, sunscreen, hats and food or money to purchase morning tea and lunch. It is predicted to be 33 degrees on the day. We will be running a sausage sizzle this year for those who wish to buy lunch. Cost is $2. Swimmers will need a house cap purchased from the St Ursula's College Retail Outlet for $4 each. Any student who is unable to swim is asked to assist the staff on the day in various capacities and also to cheer for their house. Nominations for all A events have closed but any students with late nominations need to speak with Mr Fox as soon as possible.
This Wednesday and Thursday the Summer Futsal competition begins at Downlands. We have 6 teams competing and look forward to seeing them play this exciting sport.
Volleyball trials for both the Senior and Junior teams are underway. Last week we had the Senior trials and this week the Juniors are underway. The Tuesday night competition begins on Tuesday 5 March at Harristown State High School.
The T20 competition begins very soon on a Wednesday afternoon from 3.45pm – 5.30pm at Newtown Park. Those interested have been asked to nominate via the google form that I emailed out recently. This is a new competition for this year and we are very excited to be back playing cricket in a school’s competition. Any parents who are able to assist, please contact me.
Sports Supporters Group (SSG)
Thanks to those parents who have indicated their assistance. Any parents who were unable to attend the meeting last week are urged to complete the google form as soon as possible. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScTwLeJwYTGl8YiuNSGbTsVxsFqAfIJvCabEq0SbgBxqywyxA/viewform?usp=sf_link
We are keen to involve as many parents as possible with the various sporting activities that we offer. I appreciate any assistance to St Ursula's College to cover all these sports we have to offer. We look forward to hearing from you!
All students are regularly emailed information regarding trials for representative teams or College teams. It is very important that the girls check their emails daily.
Please continue to mention that you are from St Ursula’s when purchasing from these stores. A community fund comes back to the College which is of great assistance with the Sports program.
Any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at the College on email@example.com
Mr Dan Fox DIRECTOR OF SPORT
IN THIS ISSUE...
We wish our College Postie well on his retirement!
NAPLAN - Year 7 & 9
The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is held during May each year and in 2019, the tests will be held on Tuesday 14th, Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th May. Any make-up tests will occur on Friday 17th May. Please note these dates in your diaries and calendars so as to avoid making any appointments on the testing days.
NAPLAN is a national assessment program for all schools and all year 7 and 9 students are expected to participate. The purpose of this testing is to provide information on how Australian students are performing in the areas of numeracy, reading, writing, and language conventions (spelling, punctuation and grammar).
More information will be distributed closer to the dates. If you wish to know more about NAPLAN please visit the website http://www.nap.edu.au/
Director of Learning and Innovation
Student leadership at St Ursula’s College is not confined to a small group of students in Year 12. The ASPIRE programme has been established under the premise that leadership potential is inherent in all students, and with this in mind, the goal is to foster a range of opportunities for student leadership to build skills and capacity across the school and local community.
Workshops were conducted in the first week for the Arts, Sport, Service and Faith leaders along with the Student Representative Council (SRC) members, House and Boarding Captains. Presentations and activities focussed on how to capitalise on personal strengths, presentation skills, time management strategies, study skills and providing important time for planning. More significantly, the student leaders engaged in meaningful and challenging discussions surrounding the theme for this year, “Every face has a place – Serviam” and how they would engage the student body to embrace this.
A new initiative this year involved the girls sleeping over in Garda boarding house to allow extended time for planning and develop stronger bonds as a student leadership group as a whole.
Congratulations to the girls who have accepted additional roles of responsibility within the Pastoral Care groups to serve as links between administration and their PC groups.
The year has started with a flurry of activity in the Art studios with the students experimenting with techniques and materials and extending their drawing skills.
We are really looking forward to Tuesday the 12th February, as the Year 10, 11 and 12 students will be venturing to Brisbane to see APT9- an international exhibition held at GOMA, which explores contemporary art across the Asian-Pacific.
Drama After Hours
What’s Happening in Drama at St Ursula’s After Hours?
Welcome to the 2019 school year at St Ursula’s. I am very pleased to inform you of exciting changes and opportunities for your daughters this year in Drama.
This year we have a team of 3 Year 11 students who will lead the co-curricular face of Drama – Rachel Anderson, Hannah Montafia and Georgia Verdon. Already we have met to map out the year and invited interested Year 11 & 12 students to be members of the Drama committee.
Planned events for 2019:
DoTh (Drama on Thursdays) will return Thursday afternoons 3.30 – 4.30pm on the Salo stage. All students (Years 7 - 12) are welcome to attend this skill-building weekly opportunity.
DoTh focuses on skill building in a friendly and supportive environment. There will be opportunities for performance and service in this group.
At 4.30pm students will be ready for collection at the Salo verandah or they may go to the library if they need to wait for later collection.
Junior Play 2019:
The Junior Play will be performed on Thursday 25 July. This is week 1 of Term 3 and the performance will be in the Salo. From past experiences this is always a wonderfully relaxed evening for families, all for the price of a donation to a chosen charity.
This year the Junior Play will be open to all students in Years 7 – 9.
The Senior Play:
For the past 5 years the Senior Play has been a highlight of our Drama year, the last 4 at the Armitage Centre. This year we will not be performing in May at the Armitage, instead we will be offering a new format and an exciting opportunity for students in Years 10 – 12.
We have been invited to join the Queensland Theatre Scene Project, some of you may remember our participation in this great project in 2017. The timing will coincide with the Junior Play and a performance day with other schools in August at the Empire Theatre.
Our leaders, Rachel, Hannah and Georgia are very keen to “get the show on the road”. Please contact me if you would like more detail about any of the projects or events planned.
I look forward to seeing your daughters enjoying the challenges of the St Ursula’s Drama After Hours program for 2019.
Julie Morrison Head of Arts
Introducing the 2019 Music Captains
Strings Captains – Emma Baillie
Choral Captains - Nina Gannon
Instrumental Captains - Claire Lissimore
Important dates – Term 1 February 15th & 16th – Music program welcome event and workshop. March 4th & 5th– Extended music ensemble rehearsals
Katie Kelly competes as a Vision Impaired (due to a deaf blind condition known as Usher Syndrome) Paratriathlete on the International Triathlon Union (ITU) Paratriathlon race series. Katie won Australia's first medal in Paratriathlon where the sport made its debut at the 2016 Rio Paralympics with Michellie Jones as her Guide. Together they would also win the 2015 and 2017 World Championships.
Katie now has a new goal – Tokyo 2020. Katie is currently coached by Triathlon Australia High Performance Coach Dan Atkins and her new Guide is Briarna Silk. To compete with the best they need to upgrade their bike.
The bike is a carbon, customised made and is being built to order in California. The frame ($14,000), the parts ($6,000), components ($8,000) and freight put total costs at $28,000.
You might like to watch this video complete with some great aerial shots of Katie and Bri training on the tandem.