National Child Protection Week runs from 5-11 September. This year’s theme is ‘Every child, in every community, needs a fair go.’ To treat all of Australia’s children fairly, we need to make sure every family and community has what kids need to thrive and be healthy.
I give you my children
Encircle them Lord,
Be ever beneath to break their falls.
Be ever beside them a constant friend.
Be ever behind them with wings of protection.
Be ever above them watching their way.
Be ever in front guiding each day.
Answer their prayers,
Stir up their hope,
Fill up their hearts with love.
Give them great dreams,
And the courage to try,
Hold them ever safe in your arms.
We ask this prayer in Jesus' name,
OUR LADY OF THE SOUTHERN CROSS DAY
Last Wednesday, 1 September, we celebrated Our Lady of the Southern Cross’ feast day. Who can believe it was so warm last Wednesday, hot in fact, and this week we are back in jumpers! It was great to join as a College with our community for this occasion. Mass was led by our Year 9-12 Drama students, with a special performance by our Early Years Choir, and we cheered on our athletes and staff on the track later that afternoon.
NAPLAN Student Reports were sent home with students in Year 3, 5, 7, and 9 on Tuesday. We are extremely proud of our 2021 results and how our students interacted with the new digital platform of these tests. We have been chosen to trial the NAP-ICT Literacy Assessment with a group of Year 6 students in October. At this stage we have only been provided with a test window from 11 October – 29 October. Once we have details on which students and specific details, we will inform parents. These trials will test the use of the system and student interaction but do not track student results.
Deputy Principal Religious Education
Congratulations to our students on successfully leading discussion about their learning at our Student Led Conferences this week. There was a real “buzz” around the rooms as goals were highlighted and discussed.
Our annual Early Years swimming program is underway, having a slightly earlier start than originally planned! P-2 students will complete a 5 lesson block, beginning on Wednesday of this week and going through until Tuesday of next week. Year 3 students will participate in a 10 lesson intensive over this week and next. Please remember that lessons will be delivered by Dalby Swimfit instructors with the class teacher assisting with supervision. Lessons will focus on water safety through to basic swimming strokes and techniques depending on individual ability. As this program is based on survival instincts, it is designed to complement (not replace) private swimming instruction that all families are encouraged to undertake. All students from Prep onwards will take part in the 8 Years and Under Swimming Carnival which will be held during Term 4.
MS Readathon has concluded!
Wow! The fundraising for this event has far exceeded our expectation, with the Our Lady of the Southern Cross College team raising $5609 for Multiple Sclerosis, and reading a lot of books in the process! Special mention goes to our highest fundraiser Lyjah King Togia in Year 3, who raised a whopping $849! Awesome job! We are already looking forward to the 2022 readathon.
After two terms of hard work, our Optiminds teams finally submitted their challenge solutions via video last Wednesday, and completed (and filmed) their spontaneous challenge last Thursday. Judging took place over the weekend and the OLSCC teams are to be congratulated for their excellent results!
The Middle Years team were awarded FIRST PLACE in the Science Engineering Challenge for their age group and will now represent the region at the State Finals later in the year.
The Early Years team won the highly coveted Spirit of Optiminds award. This is described as the supreme award of the event and is awarded to teams who have impressed the judges with their team spirit, enthusiasm, persistence in the face of adversity or just plain joie de vivre.
Congratulations to Miss Joelyn Smith and Miss Jacinta Willocks and to the following team members:
Div 1: Sebastian Mole, Eva Althoff, Benjamin Barwick, Charlie Sullivan, Matilda Kahler, Lauren Barwick, Daniel Brennan (Early Years)
Div 2: Penny Cartwright, Hayden Koehler, William Barwick, Joshua Barwick, Ethan Koehler, Louie Machin, Matthew Brennan (Middle Years)
Assistant Principal Early Years
The College had a very successful day at the QCIS Athletics Carnival on Friday 27 August. The College finished second from average points based on school enrolment and second in the overall points. There were many highlights on the day including, winning the Under 12/13 Girls, Open Girls and Open Boys Relays, Emmysen Crothers breaking the Under 12 Girls Long Jump record, Gemma Sullivan and Charlotte Colquhoun competing in all eight events on the day in the Under 10 Girls age group.
Age Group results are listed below
10 Boys – 4th
11 Girls – 3rd
11 Boys – 3rd
12 Girls – 3rd
12 Boys – 3rd
13 Girls – 3rd
13 Boys – 2nd
14 Girls – 1st
14 Boys – 3rd
15 Girls – 2nd
15 Boys – 4th
16 Girls – 4th
16 Boys – 1st
Open Girls – 3rd
Open Boys – 2nd
Athletics Carnival Final Results
1st Rice, 2nd McAuley, 3rd MacKillop, 4th Nolan
1st McAuley, 2nd Rice, 3rd Nolan, 4th MacKillop
Primary House Captains / Staff Relay
1st Rice, 2nd McAuley, 3rd Nolan, 4th MacKillop
Secondary House Captains / Staff Relay
1st MacKillop, 2nd McAuley, 3rd Nolan, 4th Rice
All Age Relay
1st McAuley, 2nd Rice, 3rd MacKillop, 4th Nolan
1st Bailey Skinner, 2nd Michael MacDonald, 3rd Jack Hall
1st Violet Wilkie Boulus, 2nd Chloe Manteit, 3rd Maggie Laffy
SWQ Touch Football
The SWQ Swans Primary and Secondary All Schools Touch Football Carnival will be held on Sunday 17 October in Toowoomba. The College will be nominating a Primary Boys, Primary Girls, Under 15 Boys, Under 15 Girls and Under 18 Mixed Team in this competition.
QLD Secondary All Schools Touch Football
Version 6 of the QLD Secondary All Schools Touch Football Draw has been passed onto our Under 15 and Under 18 Teams. At this point the draw has been kind to the College, with the Under 15 Teams having games only on Thursday 8 October and Friday 9 October (no Wednesday games). The Under 18 Mixed Team has games on Friday 9 October and Saturday 10 October. There have been no changes to the draw since version 4 for our teams. Any major changes over the holidays will be emailed out to families and be available from the QLD All Schools Website.
Scots College Warwick Sevens Carnival
Congratulations to all students who competed at this carnival. It was a very long day for both staff and students with the at 6.30am departure and returning home at 5.30pm. Thanks to Mr Cuskelly, Mr Fraser, Mr Gillespie, Mr Grayson, Mr Garside, Mrs Biggar, Mrs Wilkins and Miss Willocks for attending with our five teams. Highlights of the day were the performances of our Under 13 Boys and Girls Teams who recorded two victories each.
Downs Rugby Sevens
Congratulations to Emmysen Crothers, Charli Coleman, Leila Boland, Carla Nobbs and Georgia Gillett who have been selected in a Darling Downs Invitational Under 13 Sevens Team to play in Brisbane this weekend. The girls were selected based on their performances at the QCIS Sevens Carnival.
SWQ Rugby Sevens Competition
Term 4 Weeks 2-6
Under 13 Boys and Under 13 Girls - Mondays at Nell E Robinson Park in Toowoomba
Under 18 Boys and Under 18 Girls - Mondays at Gold Park in Toowoomba
Under 15 Boys and Under 15 Girls - Thursdays at Gold Park in Toowoomba
A draft draw for the season can be found at www.downsrugby.com.au
Middle Leader Sport
Students in Year 7 worked hard this term on their Praxis project, creating beautifully hand painted pots as table décor for Saints Race Day next weekend. This project was planned and executed by students with support from teaching staff, school officers and volunteers. The students are proud to have contributed their creative efforts towards this College community event.
Senior Visual Art students have produced some exceptionally high-quality artworks for assessment this term, many of these works can be viewed in the display windows outside the Visual Art room. Some notable works are included here for your enjoyment.
This week, drama students from across Year 6 and the Senior Years attended a performance of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at QPAC in Brisbane. Big thanks to Miss Creeley for organising such a fun and worthwhile Cultural experience for these students!
OLSCC welcomes Mr Stew Sloan to the role of Instrumental Music Tutor. Mr Sloan is an accomplished musician who teaches at several schools across the region and brings a wealth of experience in training young musicians and forming youth concert bands. Students have received their new timetables, lessons are now held on Fridays, and there are new places available for students to begin tuition in woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments. Limited places are now also available to study Piano with Mr Dore on Mondays. Please see the College Office to collect an expression of interest form if you wish to begin a musical adventure with us!
Middle Leader Culture
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SIGN UP FOR ANGUS
Angus Cronin has recently completed a sign up for his school based traineeship with Dudley Cronin Family Trust . Angus is in Year 10 and is undertaking a Certificate III in Agriculture. COngratulations Angus and good luck with your future career pathway.
Careers Development Practitioner
The 2021 Saints Race Day hosted by the College P & F Association is coming up on Saturday, 18 September at the Dalby Racecourse. The organising committee have been putting the finishing touches on the plans for the day and it looks set to be a beautiful day track side. The College P & F would like to thank their generous sponsors who help to make the event possible and a day for all to enjoy while raising funds for much needed projects around our school.
Please be reminded that Term 3 fees are now due.
Year 7 Immunisations
For any Year 7 students who missed the vaccination today, there is a catch up offered by Ozcare. Please see below for the details.
PCYC DODGEBALL AND LASER SKIRMISH COMPETITION
Thursday 23 September
Primary school age
Bring your own morning tea
$5 per child
PRIZES for the winning team!!!
Children will be divided into age based teams with an upper and lower primary division