Gratitude is an emotion which is like appreciation, and psychologists have found that spending time expressing thanks helps adolescent girls in times of challenge and change. The writer Ralph Waldo Emerson describes the act of expressing gratitude as a habit of being grateful. He says, Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you and give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude. 
Two Step Process of Gratitude
According to Dr. Robert Emmons, the feeling of gratitude involves two clearly defined steps (2003). The first step of gratitude affirms that there exists goodness in one’s life. It is a time when we can identify or list the things that are make our lives rich and meaningful. This stage also allows us to recognise what gratifies us.
The second stage acknowledges the effort made by others in our lives to give us a sense of gratitude. It is about the sacrifices made by others who help us have positive experiences in our lives.
Teaching your daughter how to express gratitude is a useful tool to recognise that gratitude is not about self-gratification and indulgence. Here is an example from the perspective of an adolescent girl:
I am grateful for having a healthy body because I means that I can run around and can play sport and I love being active.
I am also grateful to my parents who drive me to netball every weekend and pick me up from my training sessions. I know how hard my parents work and taking me to netball takes effort to get up early and I always have a clean and washed uniform for my match on the weekend. It means that through their efforts, I can enjoy my passion for netball.
The Healing Power of Gratitude
Gratitude is a selfless act and is the gift that keeps on giving. Teaching your daughter how to express her gratitude can help her become more intuitive to the needs of others. It also can help her adjust more readily to changes in the world because not everything always goes smoothly. For example, if one of her friends is sad then encourage her to write her a note that expresses why her friend is valued. Being emotionally aware is considered a characteristic for the successful building of relationships. Not expecting a letter in return is part of the selfless act of giving. Recognising that we can ‘pay’ an act of gratitude forward helps position teenage girls to seek out ways to foster a spirit of gratitude.
People can sometimes complain that their children are spoilt and self-indulgent. When this balance in life is not present in your family- call it! Life is always so busy but why not consider discussing gratitude on your way home in the car with your daughter? Teach her the two-step process of gratitude so that she can learn to be a promoter of gratitude. Help shape her character and state of being by recognise the efforts that you (and others) put into providing her with opportunities. Even a simple daily prayer of thanksgiving helps position teenagers to look for positive ways to express gratitude.
A Prayer for Gratitude
Thank you for your amazing power and work in our lives, thank you for your goodness and for your blessings over us. Thank you that you are able to bring hope through even the toughest of times, strengthening us for your purposes.
Thank you for your great love and care. Thank you for your mercy and grace. Thank you that you are always with us and will never leave us.
Thank you for your incredible sacrifice so that we might have freedom and life. Forgive us for when we don't thank you enough, for who you are, for all that you do, for all that you've given. Help us to set our eyes and our hearts on you afresh. Renew our spirits, fill us with your peace and joy. We love you and we need you, this day and every day. We give you praise and thanks, for You alone are worthy!
St Ursula, Pray for Us
St Angela Merici, Live in our Hearts for Ever.
Gratitude is taking the time and being thankful for what you have, what the world has placed around you and what God has given you.
At our full school assembly last week I reminded our girls of Mrs Appleby’s wish for us to be hope filled people. People who are optimistic about the future and seeing possibilities in all experiences. I also spoke about the power of gratitude. Gratitude is a way of looking at the world and all the good things in it with a feeling of appreciation, regardless of our current situation. Gratitude brings hope. It helps us to see our life as a series of moments not to be conquered but to be experienced, enjoyed and embraced. Gratitude and practicing gratitude is a powerful way of enjoying one’s life. At St Ursula’s we have so much to be grateful for, and I would like to share with you just a sample:
Committed staff who have student welfare at the centre of all they do
Beautiful grounds that inspire us to protect and keep our environment clean
Supportive Parents/Guardians who work in partnership with the College
Connections to our Ursuline sisters throughout the world – especially our USA visitors over the next couple of weeks
Talented students who share their gifts of music, dance, sports, arts, public debaters and creative writers with the wider community
The next two weeks signal the ending of Semester 1. Our Year 12s will be busy with mid-year exams next week and years 7, 8, 9 and 10 will be completing assignments and exams. It is important that we stay focussed until the very last day of this Semester ending on 20 June at 3:05pm. Students need to be at school completing tasks and engaging in the learning process. Assessment dates have been published since the beginning of the year and I ask that you please check in with your daughter to see how her assessment is going and what tasks are left to complete.
Some Educational Updates:
Year 11 Unit 1 Reports : These will be made available through parent portal by the end of this week.
Year 7, 8, 9, 10 & 12 Reports: These will be made available through parent portal by the second week of the school holidays.
Parent Teacher Interviews:
Term 2: Unfortunately the parent teacher interview time was not able to be rescheduled this semester. As mentioned in an earlier eNews, if you have any concerns or questions, or would like to touch base with your daughters teacher please do so either by emailing the teacher directly or contacting the Head of Year.
Term 3: Parent Teacher interviews: 5th August: 1:30pm-6pm. Notification will be sent once this system is opened.
Year 12 QCS: 15 July: All year 12s sitting the QCS test will be involved in professional learning on this day. We have two experts from Brisbane who will be spending the day with our students looking at literacy and numeracy. This is the last full professional learning day before the QCS and is one that cannot be missed.
After this day students will be involved in their final two day practice, putting into place the tips they have learnt from the guest presenters and their teachers.
I wish you all the best for a safe and relaxing holiday with your beautiful daughters. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for the warm, generous and friendly way you have welcomed myself and my family into the community. My husband and I are feeling very blessed to be here and to have two of our three children now living and working here with us in Toowoomba. Toowoomba is definitely feeling like home.
May God bless you and keep you in his care.
Ms Bernadette Witham DEPUTY PRINCIPAL
From the Assistant Principal - Identity & Culture...
This is a very important time in the story of our Christian beliefs. Last weekend the universal church celebrated Pentecost. Pentecost occurs 50 days after Easter and is the celebration of the Holy Spirit coming upon the Apostles, Mary and the first followers of Jesus. The Holy Spirit gave the Apostles gifts and fruits necessary to fulfil their mission, to go out and preach the Gospel to all nations.
This coming weekend (Sunday June 16) sees the church celebrate Trinity Sunday. Trinity Sunday honours the most fundamental of Christian beliefs – belief in the Holy Trinity. The human mind can never fully understand the mystery of the Trinity, but we can sum it up in the following formula: God is three Persons in one Nature. There is only one God, and the three Persons of God—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit—are all equally God, and They cannot be divided.
I am blessed to receive from Sr Leone Palliser (OSU) insightful reflections to assist us to gain a greater insight into this solemnity. A reflection of the beautiful Psalm 8.
“The psalm that the Church offers us for our reflection is the beautiful Psalm 8. Gazing at the night sky, the psalmist longs for the wonder, simplicity and innocence of a child so that he might give expression to his overwhelming desire to praise God for what he calls ‘the work of God’s fingers’. We think of God’s finger in Michelangelo’s painting of creation. The intricacy and delicacy of the created world causes the Psalmist to be caught up in admiration of God the artist.
We are aware of the Spirit of God breathing love into our lives. This happens in a hundred ways. It happens whenever anyone loves us. We are aware of the fact that something is happening that is bigger than us and beyond us. We are aware of a mysterious love that sustains and envelops us. It touches us at times through our intimate family relationships. It comes to us through kind words spoken. It plays like a gentle breeze in our souls when we read the Scriptures, even when we come here to meet those who share our faith and to listen to the readings and to the responses of our own hearts.
Sometimes God’s love-Spirit takes on a definite shape and a definite meaning. Then we talk about God’s Word, spoken through other people, through the events of our lives, through the sacred Scriptures and in the liturgy. God does communicate with us, mysteriously but truly and in so many ways. This Word of God speaks to us, as in today’s psalm, in the night sky and in the many ways in which God is mindful of us and cares for us. We believe that this Word that speaks to us through holy men and women and above all through those who love us, was made flesh in Jesus of Nazareth. He is God’s focal word. He is the one who gives human expression to God’s word, he who has and gives God’s Spirit of love without reserve.”
World Environment Day – It has been wonderful to have Miss Christina Lamb supporting me in my role over the last 6 weeks. Christina has a passion for the environment and sustainability and has worked tirelessly to reinvigorate the Ursie Earthies Environmental Group here at the College. On World Environment Day we were able to hand out small trees for the students to take home, plant and care for. I thank her for all her work and enthusiasm in supporting this group.
Research into Service and Leadership – Miss Christina Lamb is also assisting the College with some research in regard to the importance of service and leadership in the life of young people. We will be running a number of focus groups at the College and we would be very interested in seeking some ideas and input by the wider community. Please contact Christina if you would be interested in coming in for a chat to discuss these topics. email@example.com
Whole College Mass – Please join with us for a whole College Mass on June 20 at 9.00am. This will be held in the Salo Centre and all are welcome.
Past Students Association and Associates – Time to Reconnect 2019 Reunion Event
The newly reformed committee is organising a reunion event for the 26th July 2019. This will be held at the College and will run from 5pm-9pm. Tickets can be purchased via https://www.trybooking.com/BDISJ. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like any further information.
Every second Sunday of the month a Children’s Rosary will be held at St Patrick’s Cathedral starting at 2pm. This rosary is open to all school age children.
The students studying World Religions in Term 2 have just completed part of their assessment. Students were required to plan and prepare a menu from on of the Abrahamic religions. Photos below.
Mrs Debbie Ryan ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL - IDENTITY & CULTURE
From the Assistant Principal - Pastoral Relationships...
I have just attended the ICPA conference in Charters Towers and despite the cold it was an interesting couple of days. ICPA is an organisation that has a strong voice with the government and the conference is for all the delegates in Queensland to come together and put forward motions to lobby the government. All boarding schools do attend and while it seems a long way to go for a day, it is important that each school is there to support this group in its work. There is also the opportunity for networking with staff in other boarding schools as well as with the parents who are the organisation. It is a well run group and the meeting ran absolutely to time.
The Governor, Paul de Jersey, opened the conference and the guest presenter for the dinner was Fiona McLoughlin, a stand up comedian who was very funny and well received by the audience.
I thank and commend the Isolated Children and Parents’ Association for their commitment to the education of young people, their persistence in lobbying the government for all children to have equal access to an education and for their incredible hospitality and organisation of this large event.
We have almost finished our first semester of wellbeing. Each year group receives one lesson a cycle (except year 7 who have 2 lessons).
Topics covered by all students: growth mindset, character strengths and smart goals.
Each year group then did work on issues relevant to them. Please ask your daughter about Wellbeing and I would love to hear your feedback.
We often hear stories of parties that happen on weekends and what alcohol and drugs play as part of these events. We become concerned when we hear stories of our girls and their risky behaviour.
Queensland Police have a Drug Party Program on the above website which I recommend to all parents.
The following advice comes from their website:
Party Safe for Parents link
Everyone wants to enjoy themselves at a party and have a night they remember for all the right reasons. This information sheet contains some strategies to help parents and guardians equip their children with the information they need to enjoy a safe party experience.
Inform yourself, speak with the party host and find out: how many people will be attending the party; who will be supervising the party; i alcohol will be available at the party, and if so, how it will be managed; if food will be available at the party; what time the party is expected to finish; if the party will be registered with police.
Get the phone number of the house where the party is being held or mobile phone number of the host.
Reach an agreement with your child about how they will be getting home, and who might accompany them home. Discourage them from walking home alone.
Discuss what they should do if there are unexpected delays or problems with getting home, including how they might contact you to let you know of the delay or problem.
Let your child know that you are prepared to go and pick them up. Whilst this can be inconvenient, it can reduce the risk of assault or other problems.
Talk to your child about how to have a good time at a party without coming to any harm, and reinforce with them that they can enjoy themselves without alcohol or other drugs.
Discuss backup plans should the party get out-of-control, and the importance of following any directions given to them by a police officer. It is an offence not to comply with the directions of a police officer, and if charged and convicted, could see your child facing a significant fine or imprisonment.
Encourage a strong sense of responsibility in your child to do the right thing and look after themselves and their friends. For example, your child could facilitate an early and safe exit for a friend who is intoxicated.
Remember, it is an offence to supply alcohol to a person under 18 in a public place. If you are caught supplying alcohol to any minor in a public place you could be slapped with an on-the-spot fine or have to attend court, where maximum penalties can apply.
It is an offence to supply alcohol to a person under 18 on private property, unless you are a responsible adult for the minor (i.e., a parent, step-parent, guardian or adult with parental rights and responsibilities for the minor) and are responsibly supervising the minor. If police are called to a party and see the irresponsible supply of alcohol to a minor police may seize all alcohol, and if you supplied the alcohol you could be facing charges in court and a significant fine.
Talk to your child about the standard of behaviour you expect from them at the party. If your child becomes involved in any out of control conduct that causes or contributes to a party becoming out-of-control they could be committing an offence and could face a significant fine or imprisonment. They could be ordered by the court to contribute to any costs incurred by police in responding to the out-of-control party, and if your child is unable to pay these costs you (as their parent) could be called upon to pay.
Actively monitor you child and what they are doing.
Discuss what your child should do if they are asked by the party host or organiser to leave the party. If it happens, they should leave immediately without incident.
It is generally illegal to drink alcohol in a public place (including a park or beach) and if found drinking in public you could be fined or have to attend court. It is also illegal for a minor, under 18 years of age, to possess or consume alcohol in a public place; it is even illegal for a minor to carry a bottle of wine for you across the road.
Ms Jennifer Langton ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL - PASTORAL RELATIONSHIPS
From the Director of Sport...
Congratulations to all the College Volleyball teams who have represented St Ursula’s so well this semester. We had three out of the four teams reach the finals and as a result our Team 8 defeated our Team 9 for the Gold medal final. Team 10 played in the Gold medal final and narrowly lost to claim the silver medal. This is an outstanding achievement to have two teams win silver and one gold. Thanks to the large contingent of parents who attended each week and especially the finals nights.
We look forward to our teams beginning their training in Term 4 in preparation for the new 2020 season. Thanks very much to Mr Travis Brown and Mr Lawrie Pawsey for their assistance with the teams.
Volleyball Queensland are conducting a Junior Pirates Camp for the July School holidays in Brisbane. They will be offering two camps for year levels 6 to 9 (Camp A) and 10-12 (Camp B). Pirates Camp is a four day volleyball training camp for boys and girls and covers beginner skills through to more advanced technical aspects and tactics. The details for the camp and how to register can be found below. https://www.vq.org.au/play-learn/junior-pirates-camp/
Track and Field
Congratulations to the following students who were awarded age champions for this year: U12
3rd Lily Schneider
2nd Liliana–Jane Sing
1st Amelia Doherty
3rd Caitlin Bowen
2nd Molly Van Heerden
1st Charlotte Doljanin
3rd Ella Scutt
2nd Frances Camm
1st Delaney Burke
3rd Sophie Coleman
2nd Layla Patterson
1st Emma Neenan
3rd Amelia Waters
2nd Monique Thomas
1st Ayla Sanders
3rd Georgia Waters
2nd Alysha Camm
1st Julia Gannon
Athlete of the carnival
Delaney Burke and Emma Neenan - 98 points
Training continues on Wednesdays and Thursday afternoons from 3.30-4.30pm on the bottom field. In Week 9 training will be only Wednesday and resume both days in Week 1 of Term 3.
Special congratulations to our U12 athletes who joined me to brave the cold last Tuesday to compete at the West Zone trials at O’Quinn St. Amelia Doherty was selected for the 100m, 200m and 800m. Well done Amelia!
St Ursula’s currently has a Junior and a Senior team competing in the Southwest Football school’s competition held after school on Monday afternoons. The Senior team won their match this week against Downlands 4-1 with Amy Jocumsen scoring all four goals, while the Junior team is undefeated with a catch-up game in hand to play.
Thanks to Mr Broderick and Sarah Bradbury for taking our teams.
Congratulations to Danneika Lyons who was awarded the Darling Downs and South West Show Horse Secondary Hunter winner recently. This is a fantastic result for Danneika.
Best wishes to our Cricket team who will be playing Fairholme in the final of the T20 competition this week at Newtown park.
Mr Dan Fox DIRECTOR OF SPORT
IN THIS ISSUE...
Following Open Day we wish to provide further information on sibling enrolment. Siblings are not automatically enrolled, as an application must be completed and submitted. For further information please contact Meg Coles (College Registrar) via email email@example.com or phone 0448 059 528.
Mr Troy Edwards, Head of Faculty, English, presents Amalia – Gomez Faramand with her prize.
The English Department enjoyed a busy time at the College Open Day on May 26th. A popular activity was the book quiz which challenged our visitors to show their literary knowledge. Our congratulations go to Amalia Gomez Faramand who won a book voucher to spend at The Book Tree.
Year 11s have just completed their Unit 1 assessment and have moved on to Unit 2. The move to ATAR has seen many changes from the way education has been shaped in Queensland for decades, ensuring students are well-equipped for a 21st century society. Both students and teachers have gone through this transition with perhaps some trepidation, but many processes have been implemented across the College to support the students as much as we can. Performance from most of our students is tracking well and we are confident they are on the right pathway and undertaking a journey through their senior phase of learning which will support them in their future goals.
There have been some students who have been disappointed in their results. We have already interviewed a number of them and will support them to make subject choices which suits their learning and gives them a clear pathway for further study or work. We will also work with students to reflect on their learning and to perhaps adjust their study habits. Along the way the students will have accessed our specialist staff such as the Career’s Adviser, Vocational Education Coordinator or other staff who will be able to help them.
All students will have their progress through the senior phase of learning tracked so that we can support them to achieve a Queensland Certificate of Education.
Students who want to achieve an ATAR will also be tracked so that they will be informed of their eligibility throughout their course.
We have a number of students who are doing a vocational education pathway and these students will also be supported to achieve their goals.
Mrs Di Tumbridge Director of Studies and Operations
Thank you to all staff and students who participated in our annual Voices and Strings concert. Thank you also to the catering and maintenance staff who assisted with our preparations.
The students of the choral ensembles have worked hard over the semester putting in many hours of rehearsals for their performances in the Toowoomba Choral Eisteddfod, and are to be congratulated on their achievements.
The College instrumental ensembles are now preparing for the Toowoomba Instrumental Eisteddfod which will be held at the Empire Theatre from the 25th July to the 1st August. Students in the Concert Band, String Ensemble, String Quintet, Jazz Fusion Band, Drumline and The Angela Ensemble will be competing in the Eisteddfod. A schedule of sections will be published closer to the date.
In preparation for the Instrumental Eisteddfod, ensemble directors will be scheduling extra rehearsals for these ensembles in weeks 1 and 2 of Term 3. Information regarding this will be sent to students and parents before the end of this term.
Year 10 Blended Learning Markets
As part of Blended Learning, our Year 10 students have been busy this term refining their products for their Market Day on Wednesday 19 June. Each student was given $20 to create, launch and operate their own business venture. The Young Entrepreneurs program helps our future business women of the world to develop their enterprise skills and career management capabilities. One of the aims of this program is to make a profit so it is important that they are supported. Bring your family and friends. Everyone is welcome.
The market will run twice on that Wednesday – firstly during lunch for other year levels and staff to attend and, then again, after school (4:30-5:30pm) for parents and friends.
There are lip balms, body scrubs, keyboard covers, succulents, bees wax wraps, candles and numerous other items. These will all be on sale on our market day on Wednesday 19 June.