eNews Week 7 – Term 4, 2018

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November 21st, 2018

From the Principal...

Dear Parents,

Farewell Year 12
It has been a tremendous week of mixed emotions as we farewelled our current Year 12 students. An occasion that was filled with pride as we acknowledged their many achievements and talents. It has also been so rewarding for the many teachers and non-teaching staff who have nurtured these girls since Year 8 to finally see them graduate and cross the stage for a final time.

The Class of 2018 have distinguished themselves as young women who are intelligent, gracious, tenacious, bold and enjoy a sense of fun. There is no doubt in my mind that these young women will continue onto great things and interesting pathways that are diverse. We will certainly miss each of them.

I also take opportunity to thank the many parents who have also entrusted these girls to our care, and who have been very much a part of our community. I thank you for having trust in our College and for your unfailing support.
Dear girls, you are all in our hearts and minds. Go bravely into the world as women of courage, compassion, wisdom and gentleness.
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be ever at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And the rains fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again
May God hold you, May God hold you
Ever in the palm of His hand.
Sponsorship Opportunities
I would like to invite families to sponsor various College projects or programs to further support our community engagement. In particular, we are looking for family businesses and/or community organisations to enhance our current projects or programs by offering you or your family business the opportunity to sponsor one or both of our publications. These publications include the College Calendar and College Year Book.

While appropriate sponsorship activity can generate significant benefits for all parties, inappropriate activity can do irreparable damage to the College or public image of the College.

Sponsorship Framework
The sponsorship framework is provided to help guide outgoing sponsorship activities undertaken by the College.
The key principles underpinning sponsorship are based on appropriate alignment with:
  • activity in line with the College ethos
  • College promotions
  • acknowledgement
  • association
  • authorisation
  • ethical behaviour and fair dealing
  • effective management and reporting
  • value for money
Unacceptable sponsorship may include but is not limited to:
  • products that may be potentially harmful to the health of students, such as tobacco, illegal drugs, alcohol or gambling.
  • have a public reputation that conflicts with the values of the College, such as those associated with questionable corporate practices for example, working conditions, exploitation of people or associated with discriminatory attitudes or sex industry.
College 2019 Calendar
Placement of Logo
Sponsorship would include placement of your company logo and company details in the College Calendar.
Cost Per Logo is $ 200.
For further information please contact Mrs Mary-Lou Coorey at marketing@st-ursula.qld.edu.au
College Yearbook 2019
Placement of Logo
The College Yearbook is an annual publication and family businesses, or community groups or individual families are invited to add their logo and or family name to our Yearbook publication.
  • Full page publication $1000 (maximum 1 per Yearbook)
  • Half page publication $500 (maximum 2 per Yearbook)
  • Quarter page publication $200 (maximum of 32 logos)
  • 10 cm x 10 cm publication $100 (maximum of 30 logos)
  • Identification of family surname as a sponsor $25 (maximum of 70 logos)
All sponsors will also be listed at the end of the Yearbook.

Next year we will be calling on further sponsorship for Sport and other College based activities to support our girls.

How do I become a sponsor?
Please contact Mrs Mary-Lou Coorey at marketing@st-ursula.qld.edu.au  before Dec 5 to place your sponsorship.
Academic Scholarships are Now Open
This year the College will be offering a number of full academic Scholarships for students.
Scholarships may be awarded to young women who excel, or have the potential to excel, in academic disciplines for girls entering Year 7 for 2019 and 2020. The Scholarship Program of the College is based on application and academic merit. It is a mandatory requirement to sit the St Ursula’s College Scholarship Examination.
Scholarships Offerings
Scholarships cover:
  • Full tuition fees for up to two years.
Scholarships do not cover:
  • Uniforms, subject levies, P&F levy and co-curricular activities.
Applications are open to:
Year 6 girls entering Year 7 in 2019
  • Academic Scholarships for students currently in Year 6 who have already enrolled in Year 7 at St Ursula’s College for 2019 OR
  • Prospective students not yet enrolled at the College for 2019.
Year 5 girls entering Year 7 in 2020
  • Academic Scholarship for students currently in Year 5 who have already enrolled in Year 7 for 2020 OR
  • Prospective not yet enrolled at the College for 2020.
Cost for sitting the St Ursula’s Scholarship Examination
The cost is $50 non-refundable paid by 3.30pm on Thursday 29 November 2018.

Payment Options
Cash with application or credit card at College Reception.

Application Process
The application process requires three steps.
Step 1 – Complete the Application Form and return it to the College complete with copies of birth certificate, school reports for the past 2 years, NAPLAN results and any other evidence (see below) to support the application before 3.30pm on Thursday 29 November 2018.  Please secure these documents together with a staple in a plastic sleeve.
Step 2 - Pay your $50 non-refundable payment which will secure your daughter a place for the examination.
Step 3 - Confirmation of Application
Families will receive a confirmation email from Ms Meg Coles to ensure that all steps have successfully been completed prior to the examination date. Failure to receive the confirmation email means that one of the steps has not been followed. This means that your daughter’s application to sit for the examination cannot progress.
NB: Please note that copies of the documents and plastic sleeves will not be returned to applicants.

Assessment of Scholarship Applications
Each application is assessed on the following:
  • Academic Performance (both school-based and on the St Ursula’s College Scholarship Examination)
  • Evidence of school reports for the past two years and NAPLAN results and any other examination results such as ICAS Test results. 
Minimum eligibility criteria:
  • sitting St Ursula’s College Scholarship Examination on Saturday 1 December, 2018 at 9am for a 9.30am start;
  • shortlisted students and their families will attend an interview with the Principal on Sunday 2 December, 2018;
  • student must be enrolled at the College or will enrol at the College on successful appointment of the Scholarship and
  • student is an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia.
Successful Scholarship recipients must:
  • demonstrate commitment to the academic and/or co-curricular life of the College;
  • sustain high academic results for the duration of the Scholarship;
  • commit to the ‘Serviam’ motto (I will serve);
  • maintain consistent attendance;
  • adherence to all aspects of the Student Code of Behaviour, Information Technology Use and College Uniform Policy;
  • engage in a regular mentorship program with the College Principal for the duration of the Scholarship and
  • parents and the College will sign a confidentiality non-disclosure agreement regarding the Scholarship.
A Scholarship may be immediately revoked by the Principal should the student be found to not abide by the rules identified above.
In the event of cancellation of a Scholarship, an appeal may be made in writing to the Principal outlining the reasons for appeal.

Duration of Scholarship
Scholarships are awarded for up to two years.

Access to Scholarship Funds
The Scholarship amount is not paid by any means to the student or parent/guardian. The monies are credited against the fees charged.
Applications can be submitted in two ways:
  • Hand delivered to College Reception, 38 Taylor Street, Toowoomba;
  • Interstate or country families may email their documents to Meg Coles –
By no later than 3.30pm on Thursday 29 November 2018.

Mrs Tanya Appleby


From the Deputy Principal...

Welcome to the final weeks of term. Over the next 2 weeks we will be celebrating the academic, cultural, sport and service successes of our Year 7-11 students. I would like to encourage all members of our community to join us for this celebration at the Empire Theatre Tuesday 27th November at 10:00am. Information has been forwarded to families via Parent Paperwork this week. This communication also outlines the activities for the last week of school.

I also look forward to celebrating our annual Christmas Mass with you all for the last time. After mass the girls will be have an Indoor picnic & live entertainment in the Salo Centre with a young Toowoomba rock band who were part of the “Triple J Unearthed" competition – the G-Strings. We thank them for making this last day special for the girls.

Holidays and Laptops
Our College IT team have been working hard to provide the girls and staff with seamless upgrades to the software on their Mac devices. This has meant that upgrades to College policies, operating system upgrades, software upgrades and other rollouts occur automatically and as required when your daughter logs into the school network or remotely.

The change to processes will mean all students are able to retain their laptop over the Christmas holiday period. This will assist with any Students that are engaged in the VET programs, Enhanced or Headstart University programs or any of the other external programs.

The College has been able to secure the services of the local Apple repair agent – eStorm Service Centre. They are located at 11/12 Prescott Street, Toowoomba. They are able to offer a free Apple Care check for all St Ursula’s College Student Laptops. The check includes battery operation and capacity, loose hinges, screen operation etc. If eStorm find any issue with the check they are able to repair at no cost to the Student/Parent.

If you are unable to access this complimentary service during the school holidays, the we highly recommend that you book in your computer to have it serviced.  (Phone eStorm on 07 4596 6268)

A couple of tips to ensure the girls have a happy holiday and the device is ready for 2019:
  • Ensure the laptop is charged and never goes fully flat. If the laptops are not being used they will last a considerable time but a good rule of thumb is to put them on charge once a week for an hour.
  • Encourage your daughter to back up all 2018 work on a hard drive and delete all non-school business e.g. music, video’s, photos etc. in preparation for 2019.
  • Remind your daughters that the College internet filtering and supervision software will still be in use, therefore the College will be able to monitor all computer use as per usual.
  • This may include but is not limited to inappropriate language/images, self harm, pornography and racial slurs.
Devices not returned or Lost
Will incur a charge of $1,800 payable immediately.

Damaged devices
Will be monitored and may also incur a charge for repairs if your child has been reckless with her device.
Finally a reminder that the College Mac program’s insurance coverage does not cover overseas travel. We thank you for your support of this initiative and I would like to thank the IT Team for all their efforts in 2018.

Term 4 Reporting
All students in Years 7-12 will receive a full academic report, these will available via the Community portal on or before Friday December 14th. An email will be sent to all parents to advise of their upload. Please contact admin@st-ursula.qld.edu.au for login details.

Finally I would like to thank all the students, families and members of our community who have offered their thanks, support and gratitude to myself and my husband Ed as we leave this community to move to Brisbane. Your words and support has been very humbling and I am truly blessed to have been privileged to teach your daughters and in some cases sons as well.

Wishing you a wonderful fortnight

Ms Kay Gleeson

From the Assistant Principal - Identity & Culture...

This week is a busy week in the acknowledgement of a number of Feast Days. If we look to guidance and wisdom from these celebrations we can ask ourselves a number of questions to think about our true self in this world.
Wednesday 21 November – Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Thursday 22 November – Saint Cecilia
Friday 23 November – Saint Clement and Saint Columban 
Saturday 24 November – Saint Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions

A couple of challenges as we head into the busyness of the end of the year….
  1. Spend some time thinking about what you are grateful for and the moments for which you want to give thanks.
In the busyness of the end of year celebrations it is so very important that we consider the importance of spending some time in thought and contemplation. This week in scripture we find the story of a Samaritan, an outsider, being the one to be gracious enough to express his gratitude for healing. It challenges us to think about the fact that we often blame our busyness in getting our needs met that we forget about the impact that it can have on others. We need to remember to be gracious and genuinely thank others for the positive contribution they make in our lives…
  1. Dream for a world without suffering…How can I help to bring this about?
In the Gospel reading from Luke 19:41-44 we hear about a vision for when all suffering is gone and God’s dream for the world can come into being. We also remember the story of St Cecilia, the patron saint of music, who used her gifts to pray and teach others about God, doing her part to bring about a world of peace and goodness. 
  1. Pray for courage to be a voice for the marginalised…
In the Gospel reading from Luke 19:45-48, Jesus takes an incredibly strong stand and drives out those who have turned the temple into a commercial centre.  No wonder Jesus made enemies. Living the way God calls people to live is tough. Bringing about God's dream can be so challenging. People like St Columban found a way to live God's dream so authentically.  Ask yourself the question if Jesus lived amongst us today, what would He not stand for if you lived here today?   
  1. Live in the spirit of Serviam.
Mrs Linda Hutton delivered a Gospel reflection to our Year 12 students on their graduation challenging them to think about how they can be the face and hands of Jesus in this world. Living in the true essence of Serviam. How do I serve others to inspire hope, faith and truth in this world?
A reminder that as we move towards the end of the term that our Pastoral Care groups are collecting non-perishable items for their Christmas Hampers. This year we are supporting TRAMS, Oz Care Emergency Housing, the Cancer Council and also St Vincent de Paul Crisis Care.

Mrs Debbie Ryan



Culture Club

We bade farewell to Culture Club for another year with a number of activities in Term 4.

International Just Dance saw us dancing along to Eurovision hits and songs in many languages. It was wonderful to welcome Jourdan to Culture Club and hear about her life in Germany. We also made Christmas cards and watched another episode of Haikyu, a Japanese anime series.

Thank you to everyone who came along to Culture Club in 2018. We hope to see you back in 2019 for more cultural fun.

France Tour

Excitement is mounting as we near le jour-j. By now students should have begun conversing with their French host sisters en français (in French) in preparation for homestay in December. A reminder to all France Tour participants and parents of participants that we will be leaving at 9am sharp on 30 November from Rome Street.

Please ensure you arrive early in order to allow enough time to say au revoir (goodbye) and à bientôt (see you soon) before boarding the bus for the airport. Entry to the bus will only be granted when you show your passport to one of the France Tour teachers so make sure you don’t forget it.

Year 9 Japanese Dinner

In Term 4 eighteen excited Year 9 Japanese students assembled after classes at the Home Economics kitchen to prepare and enjoy a 5 course Japanese dinner. The menu included makisushi (rolled sushi) tempura (lightly battered and deep-fried vegetables), yakitori (marinated chicken kebabs), misoshiru (miso soup), gohan (rice), and a delicious dessert of mattcha aisukuriimu (green tea flavoured icecream) and nashi (Japanese pear).
All students worked collaboratively and with enthusiasm, learning about Japanese-style cooking. Once the hard work was done – Japanese cooking is labour intensive – the students thoroughly enjoyed eating their delicious courses, also learning how to use chopsticks and the rules of dining etiquette.
Thank you to Ms Kathi-Ann Hill, Mrs Maasa Mulhaare and Mrs Janet Meibusch for their assistance.


Our students in terminale (Year 12) enjoyed a relaxed final lesson in Week 6, reflecting on their senior studies in French and their achievements in language whilst savouring some French treats. It is important to expose students to a broad range of cultural elements where possible and so a brief lesson was delivered on the subtle yet important art of crêpe folding.
Our Year 11 students enjoyed a film evening this term where they watched three French films in preparation for their final assessment tasks. The stories in Le Petit Nicolas, De Toutes Nos Forces and Les Choristes led to both tears and laughter amongst the students in attendance.

Japanese Speaking Competition

On Thursday 1 November, 12 nervous students mumbled a last-minute practice as they waited for the 2018 Japanese Speaking Competition to commence. Our two judges, Mrs Janet Meibusch and Mrs Maasa Mulhare, prepared their criteria sheets and discussed the elements they would be focusing on – pronunciation, creativity, range of language and fluency. As the contest began, we were treated to a range of entries, from formal, rehearsed speeches to interesting dialogues to humorous skits. Thank you to all participants for using their considerable Japanese knowledge and skills to entertain an audience. The younger students marvelled at the sophistication of the two Year 12 students’ dialogue but were proud that they could understand some of the conversation about the school formal.
Thank you to Maasa san for her preparation of certificates and prizes, the latter purchased in Japan. We also appreciate Maasa san and Mrs Meibusch being our very capable judges.
Each participant received a beautiful Japanese certificate, whilst place getters received special certificates as well as prizes.
Competition results:
Year 7    
Hayley Peters - Participation
Year 8    
Dianne Challenor - 1st
Maddison Hopkins & Sophie Balmain – 2nd
Yulita Khalil and Lauren Makings - 3rd
Year 9      
Joint 1st place: Olivia Holgate, Lauren Denham, Evie Noye, Elizabeth Yevdokimov
Year 12   
Caitlin Doherty and Georgia Knight – 1st
Mrs Cathy Aitchison
Dance Showcase Video Link


The annual College Dance Night was held in Week 4 of Term 4, with gold coin entries donated to Dance Ability Australia. At St Ursula’s College, students are encouraged to create and light the imagination and works showcased on Dance Night were products of student creativity and innovation.

All students involved in the Dance Department performed at this night, showcasing Year 12 final assessment, both Junior and Senior troupes and assessment items from Years 10 to 12. Works choreographed by students communicated personal meaning and carried specific social and political messages.

The College would like to congratulate the graduating Year 12 Dance class of 2018: Caitlin Bryce, Ella Coleborn, Ruby Crabtree-Spencer, Bridie Joppich, Freya Tanks, Claudia Welsh and Clare Williams.

Media Arts

Media Arts is a thriving part of the Arts department. We utilise a myriad of technologies, including chromakey, iMovie, digital video cameras and the students’ mobile phones to create moving image to substantiate knowledge. 

We also combine with other faculties to create exciting opportunities for our students. At the moment, students are studying Television Journalism and using the science context to create a new story for assessment in both Science and Media Arts. The students are very engaged and are using their media skills in other subject areas.


On Tuesday evening 30 October, the College Music Department welcomed students, parents and the wider community to celebrate an excellent year of music making, and to thank and congratulate the many students and music specialists involved in music at the College. The End of Year Concert and Awards Evening was also an opportunity to express our sincere gratitude to our graduating senior musicians. One of the many highlights of the evening was to welcome back to the College 16 alumnae who joined with Angela’s Voices in performance.
In the opening prayer for the evening, words of Pope Francis, in an address to young musicians, were quoted.
“Don’t play and sing alone - come together as one. Listen to one another. Maintain your own characteristics in the common search for the best expression.” These are rules for good musicianship, but also basic rules for living in harmony, and an ideal for society to aspire to.
Being involved in music creates empathic young women who become acutely aware of those around them. Music is such a powerful tool – for so many reasons.

Visual Art

This semester, the Visual Arts Department continued to expand our students’ thinking and understandings. Integrating the traditional art making areas with contemporary technologies in areas such as film, light and sound, our girls have been able to express profound responses to their world experiences, the Year Twelve Art Exhibition in Il Cielo gallery a testament to this.

Year Sevens have creatively generated solutions to global issues through symbolism in ceramics and Year Eight students explored the concept of ‘people as product’ in their society through creating lino blocks and problem-solving to extend their technical skills. Year nine students have explored their emotional responses to aspects of experience through drawing and painting and mixed media and delved into values and prayer.

Year ten students have explored aspects of ingenuity and creativity including play, juxtaposition, metamorphosis and transformation through the mediums of drawing, drypoint, painting, sculpture and ceramics. The theme of Intellectual Connections has inspired our Year 11 girls to apply divergent thinking in generating personal visual responses. What a stimulating and rewarding journey they have been on.

Film, Television and New Media

The senior students who study this vibrant subject are always producing amazing short films, and this year has been no exception. The talent of the Year 12 students were showcased at the annual Lottie Lyell Film Night held last Tuesday. Thanks to Mrs Sandra Jarrett for organising the night which provided an opportunity for many parents and friends to see the films on the big screen that the students had worked so hard to make over the past year. Both the student documentaries and experimental films were showcased. A highlight was the experimental film Atlas by Piper Hofstee. We congratulate all the Year 12 students on their hard work and look forward to next year’s event to showcase our wonderful work of the current Year 11 students.
ATLAS by Piper Hofstee (Year 12 - 2018)

From the Head of Boarding...

Graduation is a day to reflect on your life and to remember all the wonderful times you have had growing up. Your earlier experiences, your younger years at school and your teenage years are memories you will cherish for years to come.

Support from your parents, family and friends, have brought you to this exciting point in your life. Tomorrow you will be graduating to mark your tremendous accomplishments. Living away from home, and not having your family close by, shows your parents how courageous, mature and responsible you have become. You should be very proud of yourself.

You will now be faced with a number of choices, as you look forward to whatever you will be doing and wherever you will be going next year. It will be up to you to determine how interesting, fulfilling and rewarding the journey will be. As you reach an early milestone in your life's journey, Please take a moment to reflect.
  • Happiness is the feeling you have as you move toward your goals.
  • Say positive things to yourself- surround yourself with happy people who will help you reach your goals.
  • Set goals for yourself – both short and long term – write the goals down in all areas of your life.
  • We wish you a lifetime of learning and a treasure chest of opportunities.
  • Life's greatest satisfactions come from overcoming great odds and succeeding at those things you didn't think you could do.
  • Work at a job you love – one where you look forward to going to work and encouraging the people with your same enthusiasm.
  • We wish you love and happiness - to love and be loved is life's greatest adventure.
  • Know that others are mirrors of you and that you cannot love or dislike something about another person unless it reflects something you love or dislike about yourself.
  • Family and family traditions give you a multitude of great memories and love, adding lasting value to both your life and theirs.
  • We wish you an appreciation of life, of nature and the incredible world we live in.
  • We hope you find a way to serve others and to help make this world a better place to live.
  • Take time to know and nurture your spirit and spirituality.
  • Lastly, we wish that in your knowledge and experience you find wisdom, and when you find it, we hope that you will share it with others and help them discover the same wisdom.
Leadership 2018

Congratulations to Emily Burling and Suzannah Deshon for their outstanding contribution to their leadership as Boarding Captain and Boarding Vice-Captain in boarding and SRC. They have been excellent role models to our younger girls and have carried out their duties in a positive and professional manner.

Emily is travelling to the UK, working at a School in her Gap Year and Suzannah is going to study in Townsville.

 “There is not a more powerful tool than to have an outstanding education”

As I reflect on 2018, I am reminded of the significance of the time spent at St Ursula’s College. After a busy year, filled with numerous challenges, it is assuring to know that our extended family is here with us to celebrate our hopes and dreams for the future.
For young women, there is not a more powerful tool than to have an outstanding education.
With the foundation built strongly upon the values of “Serviam”, the College strongly supports social justice and fosters an environment of compassion, sustainability, justice and community service.
Garda House was our home while Brescia was being renovated in Term 1. At first we were not sure how it was all going to work, however it wasn’t long before we bonded to become a close family. As a small community, it gave us the opportunity to get to know each and every girl.
Mass and a blessing to celebrate our newly renovated Brescia was held at the beginning of Term 2. Parents, staff and girls were very excited to inspect the newly renovated building. The media promoted our renovation as “Resort Style Living” in a Boarding environment! The girls believed the comment was well deserved by the efforts of Mrs Pearman and Jodi Marshall, who used their decorating skills to make a “home away from home” environment.
Term 3, Suzannah and I hosted a Boarder Leader’s meeting with students from other Boarding Schools.  The night was spent planning future events for our boarders and making special connections. During the year we were invited to participate in meetings with other schools to further the close connections already formed. The Glennie girls came to visit us for dinner one evening and thought our “food was the best”
Mrs Pawsey, our Principal for 13 years, was farewelled by our community with a High Tea to celebrate her achievements and to wish her well in her future endeavours. Whilst she was our Principal since Year 8, our final farewell to Mrs Pawsey was sad.
We welcomed Mr and Mrs Appleby and puppies to our College and Boarding Community and look forward to many planned family BBQ’s in the future.
On behalf of all the boarders I would like to thank the kitchen staff for introducing hot lunches every day.  Our Chef, Mr Michael Tickner and staff prepare our meals each day with so much care and make our themed dinners so incredibly special.
Throughout the year we worked tirelessly to, raise funds for our registered Charity Group “Aussie Helpers”. In particular, we held a Green Day cupcake sale to spread awareness about the ongoing drought. All funds raised in 2018 have been sent to Aussie Helpers.
Overall, 2018 has been an exciting, fun-filled year. I would like to thank Mrs Pearman, Jodi Marshall, Trish MacDonald, Cynthia Day, Bronwyn Betros, Chris Rattray, Claudia Williamson our Tutor and  Jourdan Kalenka from Germany,  for the organisation and encouragement they have given to us to be the “BEST WE CAN BE”.
It has been an honour to be given the opportunity to lead the Boarding Community as their Boarding Captain for 2018. I am leaving a community not only as a Leader but a confident independent young woman. I have made incredible friends which I will cherish for a lifetime.

My message to all the current and future boarders is that there will always be bumps along the road and times when you may want to go home, but it is important to treasure this time, because once it’s come to an end you will truly appreciate its value.
Emily Burling
Boarding Captain 2018


Emily Burling received this prestigious award for her contribution to Boarding on Friday at the Year 12 Assembly.  In recognition of Jean Hurley’s boarding career at the College, the Hurley family dedicated the “Jean Hurley Award”, to be presented to a student who has honoured Jean’s ethos of service, compassion and hospitality.


It is with pleasure that I introduce our two Boarding Captains for 2019.
Riley Flynn is our Boarding Captain.
Mikayla Davey is our Boarding Vice- Captain.
The girls have accepted their positions and will represent boarding at SRC every two weeks.
We would like to congratulate Riley and Mikayla on their success and look forward to helping them to make their year a success.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for staff, students and parents to get together and celebrate a moment in time which will be remembered forever,”
On November 14th, our Boarding Community hosted a Formal Dinner to farewell our Year 12 girls who have called Brescia and Garda their home for almost five years. To celebrate our Italian and Bush heritage, olive branches, sunflowers and freshly harvested wheat were chosen to decorate the tables in the dining room. Our Year 11 girls were incredible hosts and are to be commended for their commitment to the evening, welcoming guests, serving tables, their entertainment with a song and farewell dance dedicated to the Year 12 girls.  Parents, Grandparents and Teachers, enjoyed a beautiful feast prepared by our Chef and catering staff.

Pre-Formal celebrations continued on Friday the 16th in Kerri Law.   “Gorgeous Dresses, Elegance and Glamour” were the comments made as the girls arrived at the College.


Horizons is a quarterly magazine produced by the Catholic Diocese of Toowoomba. On the front Cover of the magazine is a beautiful photo of Lake Neverfill, Roma. Exciting news for our Year 9 Boarder, Olivia Bowden who won the photographic competition and now features on the front cover of the magazine. Our community would like to congratulate Olivia on her wonderful achievement. Please enjoy the article published in Horizons.

Last Friday, Principal Tanya Appleby and her husband Ian, along with their puppies Rocco and Lola, joined boarding staff and girls for a relaxing good old fashioned BBQ. Ian cooked the sausages and steakette's to perfection, whilst Tanya assisted. The girls spent the afternoon preparing salads and parfaits. During their visit Rocco and Lola enjoyed a shampoo and blow dry in our puppy salon.


Santa Claus (alias Jodi) arrived last Monday in Brescia, on a bicycle singing HO! HO! MERRY CHRISTMAS! Over the past couple of weeks, the girls have been busily trying to guess who their Secret Santa might be, trying to work on clues and some girls feeling the wrapped packages! With much anticipation the girls were waiting for Santa to call out their names, collect their package from Secret Santa and have a photo they will cherish forever.

Christmas Decorations, decorated rooms and flashing fairy lights made Brescia House look better than a department store. Mrs Pawsey, Miss Langton and Claudia Williamson were our judges and guests. The decision was very hard in the age categories.

A Christmas Feast for each girl in the winning room.

Dorothea, Mia and Bridget were winners of the junior section.
Jess Fea, Georgie, Charlotte Kelly and Charlotte Corfield were winners of the senior section.

Last week we spoke to all the Year 7s about Asthma, Type 1 Diabetes and Epilepsy. We gave them a brief overview and then First Aid treatment required. It is important for all students to understand that there are many people in our School Community with these conditions as well as the wider community.

We were delighted with the level of interest and the many questions the girls asked.

Just a reminder to parents to please supply the College with up to date management and action plans eg asthma, anaphylaxis, epilepsy, diabetes.

Please see the following links for more information-

Mrs Jan Pearman

From the Director of Sport...

The final two weeks of games for the U 14 and U 16 teams will wrap up the season. The Opens completed their season last week and played some fantastic rugby. The coaching staff have been very impressed with the improvement throughout the season this term and the smiles on the girls faces indicate how much fun they have had.
Summer Competition Futsal Results
The Summer Futsal competition concluded on Wednesday and Thursday evening with St Ursula’s teams competing in three finals out of four divisions.  Overall, St Ursula’s had seven teams playing across four divisions. The Ursie Year 7 team consisting of Lydia Jocumsen, Caitlin Bowen, Annabelle Ford, Chloe Miles, Poppy Gibson, Elspeth Geraghty and Alex Kohlbach were runners-up to Glennie in the D division.

Ursie Raiders consisting of Gidget McErlean, Tia Baratta, Paris Hoffman, Jessika Booby and Abbie Rollans were runners-up in the B division to Fairholme College.

The Ursie Ninjas consisting of Alicia Bracey, Kristen Siebuhr, Sarah Bradbury, Amy Jocumsen, Zoe Doyle and Chloe Hutton (absent) were runners-up.

Australasian’s Futsal Results
The Ursie Ninjas also made it to the final of the 3 day Australasian’s Championship in Cornubia for the second year in a row.

After topping the group stage of the competition (for the second year in a row) with six wins and one defeat, they played in the semi-final against Chatham State High School and won 7-1.

They then played Murrumba SHS in the final (Murrumba and St Ursula’s were also in the final in 2017) and lost 5-3 in a very close heart stopping final. They played with blisters and bruises and had little luck in the final. The girls displayed great sporting spirit and represented the College with pride and dignity.  They totally enjoyed the competition and coaches from other teams commented on our players’ skills, teamwork and spirit.

Chloe Hutton was also named in the All-Star team of the tournament.  Special thanks to Sarah Bradbury (captain), Zoe Doyle, Amy Jocumsen, Kristen Siebuhr, Alicia Bracey and Chloe Hutton.
Sports Supporters Group (SSG)
All parents who are keen to become involved in this group are asked to complete a google form so we have a list of interested helpers for 2019. We will also send a form to complete before we conclude the year in preparation for a busy beginning to the 2019 year. Please follow the link below:
Please complete this by Thursday 29th November.
Sports trials for West zone (U12), Toowoomba and Darling Downs for 2019
A list of trials will be emailed to all parents so you can plan your involvement for next year. All trial fees will be on charged in 2019 (generally $6.00 – $10.00 approximately).
Sport uniforms returned
Any outstanding uniforms need to be returned to Terre in Retail promptly to avoid a fee of $100 per item being placed onto accounts. We still have a number of students who have not returned uniforms after several reminders. Your assistance with this would be appreciated.
Rebel and Intersport
A reminder when purchasing equipment from these stores to advise them of your association as a St Ursula’s family.
Congratulations to all who have been involved in Sport this year. Thanks to all

Mr Dan Fox
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