To our St Mary’s community,

So quickly Term 2 has come to an end. Students and staff would attest to busyness of these last few months.  This term has certainly been one full of activity, great opportunities and also its fair share of challenges. I take this opportunity to thank students and staff for their hard work. It is your contribution that continues to add value to our college.

Courage, Risk and School Improvement

On Pentecost Sunday, which was a couple of weeks ago now, we heard the reading:

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.  All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.  (Acts:2-14)

The “violent wind” and the “tongues of fire” catch most people’s attention; however, it was not so much the event, but the change that occurred in the frightened and confused people in the room. Some sort of transformation had occurred that gave the disciples the courage to step out of their safety and go and present this radical message to the world. They were willing to take risks and do something new.In many ways, this has been the story at St Mary’s this Semester. We continue to move through a process of transformation, of taking on new challenges and being open to exciting new beginnings. Among other new initiatives, this Semester has seen:

  • Implementation of New QCE Senior System
  • New ‘Catholic Faith in Action’ religious program
  • Implementation of the ‘Breathe Project’
  • School uniform upgrade
  • Development of Building Master Plan
  • New Teacher Professional Development model: Precision in Practice
  • Renovation of the College Library
  • Implementation of Pastoral Groups, with Pastoral Mentors (formerly Home Form)
  • Implementation of new timetable with six-period days.

What has impressed me most is the engagement of staff and students in conversation about learning and continuous improvement.  As we transition into Semester two, like the disciples in their moments of challenge, let us too remain open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit and live with Faith, Hope and Love

Netball and Rugby League

We wish our Confraternity Rugby League Team and our QISSN Netball Team all the best as they travel to Bundaberg in the first week of the holidays to compete at their respective carnivals. Both teams have invested a significant amount of time training and fine-tuning their skills in preparation for these competitions. We are already proud of your efforts! We wish all players, coaches and support staff the best of luck. More importantly, we wish them safe travel and participation in the carnival.

God Bless

Wayne Wood


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