eNews Week 5 – Term 3, 2018 (Staff Copy)

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August 15th, 2018 

From the Principal...

 

Students overall, love interactive learning that places them at the centre of the experience. With the recent purchase of the West Toowoomba Bowls Club, students at St. Ursula’s College will have access to new green and open spaces that facilitate progressive learning opportunities for our girls. There is much research available that supports the understanding of a correlation between environment and the learning context (Tupper, 2008). Given this, the College Board along with other focus groups, will begin the process of re-visiting the existing Master Plan to re-imagine how this new space will be used. Learning spaces that were once considered to be ‘uncharted’ territory can now offer infinite possibilities for learning and other co-curricular activities.

Given too that the land purchased is 6000sq m in size, we have begun reflecting on how we can create flowthrough traffic to reduce congestion in Rome Street. Exciting times lie ahead for us and I will be sure to keep you informed of any new updates.

As many of you would know, the purchase of the Bowls Club has been a dream of the Ursulines for many years and many people have played a significant role in the journey to achieve it. The recent efforts would not be possible without the support of the Bishop of Toowoomba, the Most Reverend Robert McGuckin, previous College Principal, Mrs Ann Marie Pawsey, and the hard work of Mr Peter Cavanagh Director on the College Board.

I would like to take this opportunity to express my thanks to all those individuals past and present, who have played a part in harnessing this opportunity for our students at St Ursula’s College. I am filled with great excitement as we re-calibrate our vision for this new space and consider in the infinite possibilities that this purchase will afford our community.

On such occasions, it is important that we give thanks. I have included this prayer for your reflection and thanksgiving.

Thank you Lord, for the doors long closed which by your grace are now opening. As we go forward, may we use prayer as a key to open new doors with opportunities.

We rejoice that as Lord of the universe, you allow humanity to unveil your creation beyond the earth. This unexpected door, which is slowly opening, leads us to marvel at your creation and to reflect on the importance of our part in the new life before us.

St. Ursula pray for us

St. Angela pray for us

Amen.

Updated College App
I am delighted to relaunch our updated College App that features a new button - Calendar.  This new feature will allow you and your family members to stay connected to events and activities at our school.  Download the College App on Apple or Android.

In Out and About
You should have by now received your copy of our new publication In Out and About.  This is released every alternate week to the newsletter and has been designed especially for busy families who just want to view upcoming events and activities In, Out and About the College.  Click here to view.

Ursuline Alumnae
On Saturday 11th August, we warmly welcomed our Ursuline Alumnae to a High Tea in Kerrielaw.  This day was filled with great excitement as long lost friends reunited and rekindled their childhood experiences at St Ursula's College.  Many of the ladies brought along their school photographs and albums to share.  The joyful afternoon passed quickly with Raffles, Tours of the College, historic archive display and photographic sessions.  We especially acknowledge the Class of 1968 who were strongly represented at our Ursuline Alumnae reunion.  

If you are a former Ursuline student who is looking to rekindle friendships and stay in touch with the College we have now developed a new database to help our past students stay connected.  To ensure that your details are registered please complete this form. Ursuline Alumnae Form

Photos from the Ursuline Alumnae High Tea will be available shortly on Facebook.  Please "like" and "share" these photos with your friends to help others reconnect with the College.

Grandparents and Elders Day

Last Thursday 9th August, we were delighted to welcome more than 800 people to the Salo Centre for our Grandparents and Elders Day. It was a beautiful occasion that highlighted the important role that Grandparents play in our lives. I would like to thank Fr MichaelO’Brien and his little dog Sr. Rosie for celebrating the Eucharist with us. Below is a brief extract from my opening remarks,

…Our Grandparents and Elders make the world a little softer, a little warmer and a little kinder. They have arms that hug us, ears that listen to us, voices that lovingly speak to us and hearts that are made of gold… I know that not every girl could have her Grandparents here today, but I do know that every girl holds her Grandparents or Elders close to her heart…

I would like to share this Grandparents prayer with you to share with your families or perhaps, you can send it your beloved Grandparents or Elders in your lives.

Our Grandparents are a blessing,
They are thoughtfulness and love,
The finest and most precious gift,
Sent from our Father above.
 
You know that they will always be there,
Whether skies be blue or grey,
They will always lend a helping hand,
They will never turn away.
 
Each selfless thing about them,
Is special to recall,
Our Grandparents are a blessing
The most precious gift of all.

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Mrs Tanya Appleby
PRINCIPAL

Reference List
Tupper, Jennifer. (2008) Building Place: Students’ Negotiation of Spaces and Citizenship in Schools. http://www.csse-scee.ca/CJE/Articles/FullText/CJE31-4/CJE31-4-TupperEtAl.pdf Accessed August 2018.

From the Deputy Principal...


We have marked the midway point of the Term and girls should have settled into a regular homework and study program. They will have begun to receive assessment items and I ask that you encourage your daughters to begin these early to make the most of the feedback processes offered by our teaching staff. In providing feedback to the students as a College we focus on the four T’s. They are:
  1. Timely: Feedback occurs within appropriate timeframes for optimum learning.
  2. Targeted: focussed on particular skills, content or criteria.
  3. Two–Way: is a process that involves both the student and the teacher.
  4. Transparent: feedback is provided in a reflective and positive way to students with the aim to improve engagement and learning.
Assessment Calendars and Planners
These have been emailed families and students and are available on the College Learning Management System – Firefly. Please encourage your daughters to place them in a visible location and write the due dates in their diaries.
 
WANTED - Exam Supervisors (Casual) – Recruitment
We are looking for Examination Supervisors. 
In preparation for the new QCE and ATAR system, the College is reviewing all processes and procedures and implementing changes to better prepare our students. Consequently, we are trialing the use of External Examination Supervisors. Therefore, we are looking for friends of the College who would like some casual work at the end of each term managing and supervising our senior exams. If you are interested please contact the Deputy’s Office via deputyprincipal@st-ursula.qld.edu.au or phone 4632 7611.   Requirements are:
  1. Blue Card
  2. Strong organisation skills
  3. Ability to be on your feet for most of the day.
WANTED - Bus Drivers (Casual) - Recruitment
We are looking for people who can drive our buses.
From time to time the College requires additional bus drivers to assist with transporting students to activities in Toowoomba, Brisbane and other locations. If you are interested in being added to our casual bus driver pool please contact Mary-Lou Coorey through the College office or email mlc@st-ursula.qld.edu.au. Requirements are:
  1. Light rigid license with driver authorisation
  2. Blue card
  3. Flexible hours
  4. Available at short notice
School Immunisations 2018
Year 7 students will have school immunisations attended to throughout the year. This is organised through Darling Downs Public Health and a private provider.

The present schedule is:
Year 7
Gardasil (cervical cancer immunization) – 2 separate doses throughout the year
Boostrix (Tetanus, whooping cough and Diptheria) – 1 dose, given at the same time as first Gardasil.
The second immunization date for Year 7, 2018 is Tuesday 21st August. Girls may wear their sports uniform on this day and are asked to be attend PC quickly and then move to the immunisation location.

Please note, paperwork for these immunisations has already been completed.
Any queries regarding these immunisations, please call OZcare who is the current provider on 4639 7888.
 
Wishing you all a wonderful fortnight

Ms Kay Gleeson
DEPUTY PRINCIPAL

From the Assistant Principal - Identity & Culture...


19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Reflection
How do you live in the company of God? 

Do you allow yourself to be nourished, by the Eucharist, or in other ways? 

Who do you live in communion with?

Do you acknowledge the great gift of whom they are? 

Picture
  The bread I shall give is
  my flesh for the life of the
  world
 
International Ursuline Camp in Indonesia
I was so privileged to accompany eleven students and Mrs Maria Gibson to the International Ursuline Youth Camp in Sentul, Bogar, Indoneasia. The theme of the camp was Insieme in Diversity (Together in diversity). The camp certainly had its challenges and our students are to be applauded on their resilience and willingness to completely immerse themselves in every opportunity afforded to them.

Each day of the camp brought a more focussed approach to Insieme in Diversity. Students learnt more about engaging in the digital world in a more inclusive manner and the huge challenge of global pollution and in particular the Asia Pacific region. We were privileged to spend a morning in the surrounding villages collecting rubbish and completing a rubbish audit. In just over 30 minutes we collected close to 200kg of rubbish of which 54% was plastic.
 
This link will take you to a YouTube film produced about the week.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gf01L531vus
Each participating school presented a trade table displaying traditional foods and also the recycle project we worked on prior to attending the camp. As you can image the Tim Tams, Vegemite and Minties were a hit but so too was our recycle dress made from Nespresso pods. 

There were participants from Indonesia, Japan, Taiwan, Poland and of course the Aussie contingent. Indonesia had 20 schools participate in the camp.

Mrs Debbie Ryan
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL - IDENTITY & CULTURE

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Hachinohe Visit


On Wednesday 1st August we hosted a group of students and teachers from Hachinohe’s Sei Urusura for a day visit. The group of 26 students were homestaying in Toowoomba for two weeks. Their visit to our College was much anticipated by our students studying Japanese, especially those girls going on the Japan Tour in September. Each visitor was ‘buddied’ with a student studying Japanese who took them to a wide range of classes. They also spent some time with Year 9s in their leadership day, having fun in the team-building exercises.

During Options time, the group met in our beautiful Japanese rooms where they learnt a little about our College, including the history. Then Tammy, our Community Engagement Officer, and three of our Indigenous students held an interesting workshop which included hearing about the girls’ totems and backgrounds, watching a Dreamtime animated film, sitting on yarning mats and learning how to use both the clap sticks and the Bullroarer.

Our visitors especially enjoyed this interactive part of the workshop.  Much to the delight of both our visitors and our students, Mrs Appleby tried her hand at the Bullroarer then she formally welcomed the group, presenting and receiving gifts in true Japanese style. Mr Satomura, the Principal of Sei Urusura, thanked us for organising an interesting schedule for their visit and said he looked forward to our students coming in September.
 
Cathy Aitchison


 

Boarding News


The Green Message

Brescia boarding girls baked “Green Cup Cakes” for Monday 13th August, raising awareness for the crippling drought, which is effecting so many of our farmers and boarding school parents. Our Service Group “Boarders without Borders” were inspired with the nationally recognised Green Shirts Movement as “a platform to tell the story of industry that so desperately needs telling”.

Money raised will go to our registered Charity Group “Aussie Helpers”.
 
Cunnamulla Fella Festival
Chelsea Ferguson, a Year 11 student from Cunnamulla proposed an idea to promote our College at the Festival in August. Chelsea is passionate about spreading the word to families in Cunnamulla about the wonderful experience she has had since arriving at St Ursula’s College in 2018. 

Like many boarding students, Chelsea found being away from home was at times heartbreaking, however, she is positive and a wonderful role model for the younger girls in our community.

Chelsea will hand out promotional material and the College will sponsor the best dressed Boy or Girl at the festival.

Gap Student 


My name is Jourdan Kalenka from a small town in Western Germany. I am very excited to be in Toowoomba and look forward to my voluntary work at St Ursula’s College for 11 months.

I decided to defer from fulltime study, and like many young people, having a Gap Year gives me the opportunity to travel, discover Australia’s beautiful Landscape and improve my English skills.

At my school in Germany, I was a member of the School’s Student Council, which taught me to organise projects and work in a team. I excelled in Science, Maths, Biology and Art. 

In my free time I like to go horse-riding or meeting up with my friends at the Mall. 

I have noticed some differences between Germany and Australia. An obvious one: you drive on the other side of the street and the winter here is the sunniest and warmest one I’ve ever had. I recognised very quickly that the people in Australia are friendly and helpful even if you are a total stranger. I have climbed Tabletop Mountain, enjoyed hiking and love the beautiful scenery from Picnic Point. A day at Movie World was also exciting, enjoying the rollercoasters and getting to know the girls. 

My first four weeks have been great, I love my work and can’t wait for new experiences over the next 11 months.

Jourdan Kalenka

Maths Competition


Round one of the QAMT Year 7 and 8 Maths competition was held over two consecutive nights in B-Block on Tuesday and Wednesday evening last week. Imogen Kleidon, Alex Edgar and Chloe Myers won their heat on Wednesday evening and will contest the regional final on Thursday 23rd August at St Ursula's College against ten other teams including the Warwick and Millmerran winning teams. The winning team will represent the Darling Downs in the State final in Brisbane in October. We wish the students best of luck in their upcoming regional final.  Pictured above from left are Imogen Kleidon, Alex Edgar and Chloe Myers.

Care for Cambodia


The major fundraiser for St Ursula’s College, Care for Cambodia Service Group this year is a Homestyle Bake Pie Drive. The eldest daughter of each family in the school has received information and an order form via their Pastoral Care teacher. We encourage your family to contribute to this fundraiser by placing an order and encouraging relatives and friends to do likewise.

The year’s funds will be directly donated to Grace House Community Centre, Siem Reap. Grace House’s primary focus is the education of those that are well below the poverty line. In addition, Grace House provides assistance such as Meals on Wheels for the elderly, monthly rice distribution to families, medical aid and the only service delivering therapy and life skills to the disabled. You can learn more about Grace House at http://www.gracehousecambodia.net/ or contacting Ms Ann Brownlie and Ms Clare Watson at the College.

Order forms and payment are to be returned to the College office by Friday, 17th August, 2018.

Any queries, please contact us at the College or via email: cmw@st-ursula.qld.edu.au 

Thank you for your support.
 
Care for Cambodia Service Group

National Science Week



To celebrate National Science Week the Cobb n Co Museum is hosting Curiouser and Curiouser on the 17th August from 5pm-8pm.Inspired by the temporary 
Alice’s Wonderland exhibition, students will be amazed and intrigued as we delve into the fascinating world of science. They can explore the Museum to see what innovations science has to offer including hands on activities, demonstrations and live science shows. 

Festival of Astronomy at USQ.


Join USQ at the Festival of Astronomy, taking place over three days during National Science Week.

https://www.usq.edu.au/events/2018/08/festival-of-astronomy

Year 8 Options



Curiosity Workshops
For the past three weeks, Year 8 students have been participating in Curiosity Workshops during Options sessions. These workshops were designed to re-awaken the natural curiosity that can be lost during the transition from childhood to adolescence.

During the first session, students were reminded that natural sense of curiosity they would have had as young children when they discovered the mysterious, black, Curiosity Boxes arranged around the venue. They were then introduced to the concept of Self Organised Learning Environments, and posed with a range of Big Questions such as:

‘Am I my thoughts?' 
‘Does my now affect my future?’ or 
‘What is the formula for happiness?’ 

The students worked in small groups to research and respond to their chosen Big Question which they presented to the rest of the year group in the final session. We witnessed students excitedly sharing ideas and engaging in meaningful and, at times, very philosophical discussions as they approached this task. The final result has been some very interesting, insightful and creative responses. Many students reported enjoying the opportunity to work independently and take responsibility for their own learning. 

Music News


After months of rehearsals, a group of choristers from Ursula's Voices presented an all Mozart program on Saturday, 4th August with the Toowoomba Philharmonic Society Inc.

Pictured above are the students with St Ursula's College music specialists who also performed - from left Matthew Collins (conductor), Cherie Vera (Soprano), Nicola Hayden (Flute), James Dwan (College Director of Music) and Lorraine Fuller (Piano)

Eisteddfod 
The College gained first place in the Secondary School Small Instrumental Ensemble by the newly formed Angela Ensemble (an extension instrumental ensemble for our very best instrumentalists.  The College had work commissioned specifically for this ensemble from Sydney composer, Kevin Barker.

The Drum Line placed third in the Secondary School Percussion Ensemble section.

The Concert Band and Jazz Fusion competed too - not placed but performed admirably.

Moorambilla Voices
Four students have been invited to attend Moorambilla Voices, Lily Burke (Year 9), Eve Beattie-Zarb (Year 10), Greta Dwan (Year 10) and Skyla White (Year 11).  This is a significant opportunity for our girls and for exposure for the College.  Some of the best Australian composers, music and dance ensembles are involved.  

Visual Art


Gift Growing and Transforming

The Year 9 Religious Education/Visual Art students spent part of a lesson this week on the front lawn exploring mandalas in a physical form as a way of connecting, praying and meditating. The challenge was to connect physically, mindfully and symbolically to represent community through meaningful, human interaction.

Linda Hutton

Merici Sleepout 2018


On Friday, 3rd August, after celebrating taking home the Newtown Cup, 34 brave Ursie Girls and several energetic staff members decided to spend the night camping out in the wind lashed alleyways of Merici Courtyard. The girls had volunteered to “sleep out” in order to experience some of what it might feel like to experience homelessness. In addition to undertaking this empathetic experience the girls also undertook to raise funds for Rosies – Friends on the Street. They raised a valiant $2301 (at last count). This money is used to fund the Rosies outreach program which runs in Toowoomba and throughout the state. This program involves volunteers sharing and preparing a warm drink, food and conversation for those most disadvantaged in our community. St Ursula’s College students also support this initiative by volunteering to go out with the Rosies van during term time.
 
During the evening the girls were treated to a visit from the Rosies van and were also able to spend some time star gazing with Mr Broderick. We are sure the many tired faces of the girls on Saturday morning were evidence of their growing understanding of just what it means to miss out on the creature comforts we are all so used to. A huge thank you to all of the students who participated and to those parents who dropped them off and to everyone who donated to them. An especially big thank you to the staff who made the evening possible: Ms Tara Rossini, Ms Kate Clark, Mr Steve Broderick, Ms Jenny Langton, Ms Natalie Holden, Mrs Kim Benvenuti, Ms Hayley Grabham, Ms Ann Brownlie and Ms Cate Jackman and Michael and the kitchen team for the milo and delicious pumpkin soup! Your support is so vital to nights like this and is much appreciated. 

If your daughter participated in Sleepout please take some time to talk with her about the experience and how experiences like this can help to develop understanding of those most vulnerable in our community.

The improvement of understanding is for two ends: first, our own increase of knowledge; secondly, to enable us to deliver that knowledge to others.” 

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Sports News


Orienteering
 
Over the weekend of July 28 and 29, seven St Ursula’s students competed at the Queensland Schools Orienteering Championships in the south-eastern suburbs of Brisbane.

Nina and Julia Gannon had the privilege of co-captaining the Darling Downs Team and competed in the Senior Girls division along with Georgia Verdon.

Isabella Cooper (13 Years Girls) also had an outstanding carnival, winning both the Sprint and Individual bush events.  Isabella started orienteering in Year 7 PE classes less than one year ago and has quickly developed her navigation and route section skills. Unfortunately she is still too young for Queensland selection.

Valhsala Naidu, Breanna Simmons and Holly Mills competed in the Junior Girls division and faced stiff competition. The girls successfully completed both of their courses and should be proud of their achievements.

St Ursula’s College was named Champion School of the carnival – our fifth win in the past six years. I congratulate all seven girls on their contribution of points to this victory.

Congratulations to Julia and Nina Gannon on their selection in the Queensland team to compete at the National Schools Championships in South Australia in the September holidays.

We are always looking for more girls to compete in the Schools Orienteering events. All students in Years 7-10 have learned the basics of orienteering in PE and I strongly encourage any students who wish to join the College Team to speak to me.
 
Cameron Williams
Teacher in Charge - Orienteering
 
Name Sprint Result Individual Result (Bush)
Julia Gannon 
(Senior Girls)
Gold Gold
Nina Gannon
(Senior Girls)
Silver Silver
Georgia Verdon
(Senior Girls)
4th 1st Standard course
Breanna Simmons
(Junior Girls)
8th 8th
Vahlsala Naidu
(Junior Girls)
9th 7th
Holly Mills
(Junior Girls)
11th 10th
Isabella Cooper
(13 Years Girls)
Gold Gold

Cheerleading


St Ursula’s College Cheer-leading Team, Ursie Bears, recently competed in the DCE State Showdown at the Logan Metro Sports Centre. The cheerleaders dedicated numerous training hours every Wednesday afternoon and extra training sessions leading up to the competition to ensure their routine was refined and well executed.

Unfortunately, due to ill health their illustrious coach, Ms Lyndal Johns, was unable to attend the competition. However, the senior cheerleaders led by their captain, Amber Siebenhausen, were able to guide the younger students as they prepared for the competition on the day. This was the first competition for 17 of our 23-member strong team, overcoming a lot of nerves as they carried out an outstanding routine to gain 2nd place in the Scholastic Pom Division. We would like to thank Ms Lyndal Johns for ensuring the team was well prepared and polished for the competition; and Mrs Ann Marie Pawsey for supporting the team on the day, behind the scenes and also front and centre during the performance.

Thank you also to the parents who ensured the team members were on time and who were our loudest supporters. Thanks to Mrs Cathy Peile (Teacher-in-Charge) for taking them and, as always, doing it with a smile. 

Karate


Congratulations to Valhsala Naidu for representing Queensland in the National championships. This is her second year representing Queensland at the 2018 Australian Karate Federation Nationals which took place at Sunshine Coast. She was selected for the team event that won a Silver medal.

St Ursula’s College had two teams competing in the SSI Red Lions Cup held at Captain Cook ovals on Tuesday, 7th August. Overall there were 28 teams and 60 games contested throughout the competition. 

Football


The Cup team was undefeated in their four group matches and will host the major semi-final against the winner of the Stanthorpe State High School and St Joseph’s Stanthorpe local derby.

Congratulations to the Cup team members: Sarah Bradbury, Suzannah Deshon, Portia Sloss, Zoe Doyle, Chloe Hutton, Claudia Maiore, Alicia Bracey, Kristen Siebuhr, Becky Forsyth, Roselee Bramwell, Claire Jocumsen, Amy Jocumsen, Lydia Jocumsen, Riley Flynn and Wairimu Njoroge
 
The Plate Team also played four group matches and although they were competitive, they failed to progress to the semi-final stage of the competition. Congratulations to the following team members: Abbie Rollans, Paris Hoffman, Molly Forsyth, Charlotte Corfield, Bianka Larracy, Taleena Watts, Annabelle Ford, Chloe Miles, Elspeth Geraghty, Lily Earl-Jones, Alex Kohlbach, Izabella Vinton, Chloe Webster, Valhsala Naidu and Maddi Jones.

Thanks again to Mr Steve Broderick for all his work with our Football teams. 

Training


Track and Field training will be on Wednesdays and Rugby training on Thursdays for the U/14 and U/16 teams for the next two weeks and then back to Mondays joining with the Open team.

Touch Rugby, which is a faster version of Touch (no tackle) is finishing up the 7-week program which has been highly successful and popular with the girls. We are hopeful that Downs Rugby will be conducting a Touch Rugby competition possibly at the Highfields sports grounds over the summer. It would be open to many age groups and both girls and boys and possibly adults. If the competition comes to fruition, we will advertise it as a means of adults and children being involved. Watch this space!

Netball



A very successful afternoon of Netball in the inaugural Newtown Cup against Glennie held at St Ursula’s. We had big crowds down at the outside courts watching the Year 7, 8 and 9 teams battle it out with Glennie. In Salo, we had our Year 10 (Senior C) team play along with the Junior A and Senior A and B. We had a good size crowd for the first time and thanks to Mrs Cathy Peile (Teacher-in-Charge – Cheerleading) for the work with our Cheerleaders in their support for the games. 
Results were as follows:
Yr 7 – loss 7 - 20
Yr 8 – won 15 - 8
Yr 9 – Loss 13- 15
Junior A – won 19 - 17
Senior C – won 16 - 5
Senior B – won 45 - 10
Senior A – won 37 – 27

 
Overall, we won 5 out of 7 games and as a result and retained the Newtown Cup won last year with our Tennis team. We will be playing other sports against Glennie who are keen to take the cup to Herries St.

Thanks to Ms Jodie Dore’ (Teacher-in-Charge – Netball) for her work with the teams and the team coaches. It is fantastic to see so many older students giving something back to the younger girls by coaching them. Miss Shayne Hayes (Sports Admin Assistant) who helped me with setup, certificates and programs. The grounds staff who did an amazing job in helping with the setup.

A big thank you to Mr and Mrs McCusker for their help in organising a loyal band of parents to help with the canteen, it is truly appreciated for the help these parents gave on the night. To the students who came and supported, led by our College leaders, it was fantastic to have the vocal support of our teams. 

Both Mrs Appleby and Mrs Cohen (Principal of the Glennie School) were very supportive of this new concept that I have set up. This competition between our schools will become the highlight of the year each time we play sport between St Ursula’s and Glennie. 
Rebel and Intersport
Please remember to mention that you are a St Ursula’s family when purchasing from the above companies. We receive a community fund from them. 

Touch


On Sunday, August 5 St Ursula’s U/15 and U/13 Touch teams travelled to Tennyson in Brisbane to compete in the All Hallows Touch Carnival.

The U/15 team played four round games and won two, drew one and lost one finishing in sixth place out of fourteen teams. This was achieved through their excellent defence and never give up attitude.

The top six finish allowed the team to progress to the Championship division where the played Unity College in the quarter final. Unity were a well-drilled team with excellent attacking moves. As fatigue set in the girls were not able to hold out Unity and were defeated.

Congratulations to all 10 girls on their sportsmanship motivation and and performance on the day. We look forward to improved performances at the South West carnival and Queensland All Schools later in the year.

U/15 Team: Ella Scutt, Amelia Waters, Dahria Smith, Abbey Selman, Sophie Willett, Frances Camm, Meg McKee, Mia Coren, Molly Forsyth, Olivia Burgess.

U/13 Touch
Congratulations to all the U13 players who played some fantastic Touch during the carnival. We performed well against some good opposition and certainly learnt a great deal in preparation for South West on Sunday 19th August.


Thanks to Mr Williams for taking them.

Dan Fox
Director of Sport 

QISSN 2018


On the 1st of July, the QISSN Netball team embarked on a journey to the annual Queensland Independent Secondary Schools Netball competition, in Townsville. The girls played eleven games over five days, at the Townsville Stadium. During the week, the girls stayed together at a local caravan park and enjoyed opportunities to bond as a team and enjoy building the culture of netball for the College. A typical day for the girls began with Ms Doré’s early morning knock on the door, breakfast and then eagerly preparing for the day ahead. Motivational music, provided by Nat Butler, helped get us pumped as we made our way to the courts, ready to win.

Each day, there were two or three games played with varying results. The end of the day consisted of tired faces, a dip in the pool, and Ms Doré’s healthy afternoon snacks of veges and dip. On Tuesday night, the Defence Force sponsored a movie night where all QISSN players saw the new “Jurassic World” movie. On Wednesday, we were treated to a wonderful barbecue dinner on The Strand, provided by the Cattonar, McCusker, and Coleman families.

The highlight of the week was on Thursday when the Ursie girls came up against Downlands, and won. Unfortunately for Ms Doré, but fortunately for the team, a small bet was lost, that saw her having to shout the team to delicious treats from Max Brenner! Overall, it was a thoroughly enjoyable week that produced large amounts of sweat, aches and pains, but also a great deal of learning and fun for every player.

We were placed fourth in our Division, and couldn’t have done it without the support of our coach, Mr Gary Fry and Ms Doré, our manager. We also thank our umpire, Maggie Ryan, who travelled with us.

To the team, you showed your true Ursie spirit and love for the sport and you should be very proud of your efforts. 

Molly and Olivia - College Netball Captains 
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