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Assumption College Newsletter - 1 August 2019

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Assumption College Newsletter - 1 August 2019

By Mr Kort Goodman - Principal

Catholic Education Week

This week is Catholic Education Week which is an opportunity for all Catholic schools to celebrate and promote their distinctive mission and ethos. Catholic education strives to make a difference in the lives of those in our schools and in the wider community by challenging young people to live out the message of Jesus and to reach their full potential as compassionate, contributing, life-giving members of society.

As a faith-based education institution our College places the values of Jesus at our centre as we strive to provide a high quality, holistic education for our students, educating them to be well-informed, highly skilled and constructive members of the community. However, we recognise that we are not able to achieve this without the support of our community and we would like to take this opportunity during Catholic Education Week to thank all of our families and friends for their continued support.

Prayer for Catholic Education Week

God the Father
You are the Creator and life giver
You are our shield and our rock
May we be people who honour and respect others.
May we support and challenge each other.

God the Son You are the light of the world
You are our teacher and healer
May we be people who listen to and care for each other.
May we reach out to those who are excluded and treated unfairly.

God the Holy Spirit You are our helper and friend
You inspire us and guide us
May we be people who speak the truth and share our gifts.
May we make a difference in our school community.
We make this prayer through Christ our Lord


Toowoomba Catholic Schools Long Service Awards 2019

Each year during Catholic Education Week the Toowoomba Catholic Schools Diocese acknowledge those employees who have given 20, 25, 30 ,35, 40 and 45 years of service; whether this has been in one Diocese or across a number of Dioceses.

The Assumption College community would like to congratulate Mrs Kerri Collins (25 years) and Mrs Carol Sharp (20 years) on their outstanding contribution to Catholic Education over their careers.


Have a lovely week.



By Mrs Anna Hardy, Acting Deputy Principal

At the College, we value the importance of student’s wellbeing and the impact it has on student learning.  Positive emotions are extremely important for helping students achieve academic success.  A growing body of research into the role of wellbeing has proven the worth of student wellbeing as foundational to their learning (The Educator Online, edition 5.02). 

Student wellbeing is a priority in the classroom and outside the classroom.  Wellbeing can be divided into three categories; social, cognitive and emotional.  Within the classroom, social learnings occur in content and activities delivered to the students, the academic challenges student’s face in dealing with these learnings and a feeling of community and strong belonging to that class.  Outside the classroom; being a part of positive and stable relationships, being involved in extra-curricular activities and a supportive home environment all contribute to a healthy sense of wellbeing.  These factors combined help and support students achieve academic success.

The pastoral team at the College focus on the wellbeing of our students.  The Pastoral Leaders along with our College Counsellor, Mrs Jenny Gillespie and the Learning Support department work collaboratively to ensure that each student feels valued and a part of our College community.  We provide wellbeing support for students and families and can often suggest further community support networks to explore if needed.

If you feel that your child needs support in the area of wellbeing either inside or outside the classroom or if you would like further information in regards to student wellbeing, please contact us via the College office. 

By Mrs Carol Sharp, APRE

Year 7 Excursion

Did you know….??

  • The first permanent parish priest for St. Mary’s Catholic Parish was Dr Giovanni Cani in 1862
  • The first church, which now sits beside our current church, cost £1,500 to build
  • The current church was built using stone from Yangan Quarries, granite from Greymare and the altar was made from Sicilian marble.

These are just some of the facts our Year 7 students learned on their excursion to St. Mary’s Parish Church last Friday. The purpose of this excursion was to assist them with their assessment for the term. This assessment task asks them to create a brochure about the church, explaining the significance of the building and how the architectural choices and interior design, reflect specific beliefs of the Catholic tradition.

A big thank you to our Year 7 teachers for organising this excursion and to Patrice, Fr Franco and Dave Carr for sharing their stories and insights with our students.


Leadership Induction Liturgy

On Monday we held a liturgy to celebrate the induction of our current Year 11 students into their leadership roles. The theme of the liturgy was servant leadership and, in Fr Franco’s absence, Mr. Goodman provided a reflection on the Gospel reading from St. John, Jesus Washes the Feet of his Disciples. One thing that really stood out for me in this Gospel was not so much the importance of leading by serving others, significant as that is. It was more the idea that we must allow others to wash our feet for us. The challenge for the school community is accept the leadership of these young people and work together to continue to make positive changes in our community.


I would also like to make mention of our current Year 12 leaders. They will be working hard over the next term or so to mentor our Year 11s and, as such, are a true example of servant leadership. I thank them for their generosity and wisdom in taking up this role.

Other Masses and Liturgies

 Feast Day Mass: On Thursday, August 15th we will be holding our annual feast day mass to celebrate Our Lady of the Assumption. This mass will begin at 9.30am and will be held at the MacKillop Centre at St. Mary’s Upper Primary Campus.

 Opening and Blessing of New Buildings: On Thursday, August 22nd the Most Reverend Bishop Robert McGuckin will join us to preside over an official blessing ceremony for our new and refurbished buildings. This liturgy will happen in the new Assumption College Sports Hall and will include a range of invited guests including the Executive Director of Catholic Education, Dr Pat Coughlan.

Prayer - Defining Leadership

Leadership is hard to define.
Lord, let us be the ones to define it with justice.
Leadership is like a handful of water.
Lord, let us be the people to share it with those who thirst.

Leadership is not about watching and correcting.
Lord, let us remember it is about listening and connecting.
Leadership is not about telling people what to do.
Lord, let us find out what people want.

Leadership is less about the love of power and more about the power of love.
Lord, as we continue to undertake the role of leader let us be affirmed by the servant leadership we witness in your son Jesus.

Let us walk in the path He has set and let those who will, follow.
Let our greatest passion be compassion.
Our greatest strength love. Our greatest victory the reward of peace.
In leading let us never fail to follow.
In loving let us never fail.

By Miss Eliza Harris - Acting Assistant Principal - Curriculum 

As Term 3 moves with its expected pace our College community prepares for several significant upcoming events, I would like to take this opportunity to remind all students of the support personnel and processes that are available to assist with all curriculum related matters. Thursday afternoon Tutoring sessions are running as per usual (Rooms 311-312 from 3:15pm-4:15pm weekly) with our incredibly dedicated teaching staff volunteering their time to ensuring the best academic outcomes for all students. A reminder that these sessions are not a babysitting service and are to be attended only by students intending on utilising them for purposeful and focussed study.

Our Program Leaders Mr Matthew Kirby (Junior) and Mrs Kristy Searson (Senior) are readily available to all students for consultation on academic loads, subject preferences and courses of study and provide ongoing, tailored support to all students. Parents are encouraged to remain actively engaged in their student’s academic progress and are able to direct all curriculum queries to these staff via email or through the College phone line.

The last week has seen our College community congratulate and celebrate many of our students for outstanding academic achievement, as well as sustained motivation and dedication to their studies. These students represent the thriving academic culture Assumption College is proud to continue developing. I personally congratulate each one of these students for committing to the growth of their own personal potential and sharing their valuable contributions with our College community.



Grade 10 SET Plan Interviews will be taking place on Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 August. Letters detailing the timing of your student’s interview will be sent home promptly. Please contact the College to arrange alternate timing for these should these dates not be suitable.

By Mrs Julie Collins - Program Leader Sport


Border District and WSSSA carnivals will be held in August.  Students have been asked to confirm their names and events for the carnivals.  Students may return to school after their event.



Congratulations to the Boys and Girls Hockey teams who played in a DD competition last week.  With mixed ages on both teams the older competitors supported and encouraged the younger players. 

 Boys results        3rd out of 8 teams

Girls results        6th out of 9 teams

 This is the first time both teams have played at this competition as separate teams. 

Well done to all players!

Sports Dates




Friday 9

SD 12yrs – Cricket Boys & Girls

Thursday 15

Border District – Athletics WSHS

Monday  19

Tennis Tournament Toowoomba

Thursday 22

WSSSA – Athletics WSHS

Thursday 29

Darling Downs 13-19yrs Track & Field - Toowoomba

Friday 30


Darling Downs 10-12yrs Cricket Boys – Country Trials Stanthorpe

Darling Downs 13-19yrs Track & Field - Warwick




Sunday 1 & 2


Darling Downs 10-12yrs Cricket Boys & Girls

Confraternity Cup

On the 30th of June the Assumption College’s Confraternity campaign officially began. In preparation for this, the boys have been training since September 2018. After a solid 6 hour bus trip the boys settled into camp at St Patrick’s School Bundaberg and commenced a light run followed by a captains run. The boys attended the opening ceremony along with the ACW QISSN girls and another 47 (rugby league) and  63 (netball) teams/schools across the state. After a good night’s sleep the boys played Ryan College Townsville on Monday morning. After a great first half ACW won 18-12, player of the match: Sam Ogden. In our 2nd game for the Monday against All Souls Charters Towers, the boys were in shock after 28 points were put on them. After a much better 2nd half the final score was 34-0, player of the match: Zac Beckwith. Then off to the pool for a warm down session in preparation for Tuesday's games.  

Tuesday morning we played St Laurence’s Brisbane, in a tough and physical game St Laurence proved too strong winning 16-0. Player of the match: Jack Duggan. On Tuesday afternoon game 4, in what was the toughest game of the carnival the boys stepped up in a great game to defeat St Edmunds Ipswich, 18-10, player of the match: Nick Carrie. The boys deserved a well earned break at Kelly’s Beach, Bargara for a warm down on the beach.

After some R & R on the Wednesday which included watching the ACW girls defeat Columba in a great game, a fish on the Burnett River, there was a spot of shopping. It was time to prepare tea for the girls who were coming over to join us for tea.      

In our finals game for Thursday we played our old foe St Columban’s Caboolture, a school we have played many times over the years particularly in finals. Our effort was good in very windy conditions, but St. Columban’s proved too strong winning 34-8, player of the match: Tom Bell. It was time to have a warm down at the pool then enjoy each other’s company at our ACW presentations. We presented all players with a small gift and also acknowledged our Tourists of the carnival: Connor Murphy, Jarrod Millard & Tom Bell who stood out in a very good team/group. The boys also acknowledged the  coaching staff.

After an early breakfast, clean and pack up of St Patricks it was time for strapping and game prep for Game 6, Friday V Trinity College Beenleigh in another game that could have gone to either side but Trinity prevailed 22-12, player of the match: Jayden Lippi. After the game and after many captured memories the boys sat together to watch Ignatius Park Townsville  defeat The Cathedral College Rockhampton in the Confraternity Shield. In the closing ceremony we acknowledged all confraternity champions, congratulations to Jack Duggan (best & fairest), and Tom Spence (spirit) and well done to Mick Mahoney (QLD honorary manager) 15 years of service, well done Mick.

A massive thank you to, Carly Cooper, Eliza Harris, Jack Breen, Michael Mahoney and Des & Kerri Collins for taking time to be involved in this week; with your help and dedication the week runs well. I know how much the boys appreciate as do I, thank you. To our wonderful sponsors, thanks for your support it helps the boys in so many ways. Thanks Connor Murphy for your dedication to this role not only at confraternity but at all sessions and games prior, well done. St Patrick’s Bundaberg (Maria Davies) for hosting the team this year and St Marys College Toowoomba for the use of your bus for the week it was greatly appreciated. Next year will be at Iona College Brisbane.     


Confraternity Best and Fairest Player: Jack Duggan 

Confraternity Spirit of the carnival: Tom Spence 

Tourists of the carnival: Connor Murphy, Jarrod Millard & Tom Bell 

Honorary QLD manager: Mick Mahoney 


Sponsors for 2019 please support those who have supported us: 

DMC Construction

Green Homes

ICONIC Construction

MALY Engineering

Warwick Cowboys

Black Toyota

Brownlie Concretors

Ryanie for tyres

Braeside Concrete & Quarries

Wattles JRL

Paul Murphy Electrical

Collegians JRL

Assumption P & F


By Mrs Mary-Anne Driver 

I love what we get up to in the library.  Today we had acrobatic lessons, an impromptu arm wrestling competition, where’s wally, card games and Mrs Wooding helping students with coding.  All this, as well as students just chilling.  We cover all bases!

Our daily activities are happening again, so please encourage your child to come and check out what’s happening if they feel lost at lunch times, we aim to offer a safe, friendly environment for everyone.

By Mr Scott Clegg - Business Manager 

School Improvement Survey

This year our school will be participating in a School Review and Improvement survey managed by Research Australia Development and Innovation Institute (RADII).  As well as school staff and students from Years 5 - 12, all parents are invited to participate in the survey.  The survey provides valuable feedback for the future directions of our school. 

On Monday the 29 July 2019, RADII sent all parents a personalized invitation to complete the survey online.   If both parents' email addresses were on file at the school, the invitation will have been sent to both parents. However, the survey will close once the first person has completed it. If you do not wish to complete the survey simply delete it.

The survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. You can complete the survey from anywhere you have access to the internet. The survey will close on Sunday, 11 August 2019 for parents.

We encourage you to be very honest in your responses to the surveys. All responses go directly to RADII so they are confidential and anonymous. When the surveys are completed, and responses aggregated by RADII, overall data is sent to us so that we can then share the findings with you. 

Year 11 Camp

A change of venue this year for the Year 11 Camp saw us at Tallebudgera Recreation Centre.

Congratulations to the year 11’s on their behaviour, co-operation, participation, and positive attitude!

Campers enjoyed numerous adventure activities including Giant Swing, Kayaking, Surfing, Rock Climbing, Team Rescue, beach walks …. UPP night session concluding with the Epic Race.

The students were a pleasure to take away and their positive attitude and support of each other made for a most enjoyable camp. 

The only disappointment was that we weren’t there longer!!

We received great feed back from the Tallebudgera Camp staff on what great kids we’d brought from Assumption!

Thank you Year 11’s.

Year 12 Camp

Leadership Liturgy & Academic Awards

School Musical

Legally Blonde The Musical is on this week! 

Thursday 8 August, Friday 9 August and Saturday 10 August 2019. 

Tickets are selling fast, click below to purchase yours.