Farewell Year 12’s

Mr Richard Dobrenov | Deputy Principal and Head of Senior School

With the final assembly for the Class of 2020, it is fitting to reflect on the wonderful job they have done in leading the school.  Ably led by the Prefect body, the model of servant leadership based on the teaching of Jesus was enacted throughout the year.  In Mark 9:35, Jesus speaks to his disciples, discussing that achieving greatness in God’s Kingdom is different to achieving success in this world.  Success in God’s Kingdom comes from serving others, particularly the vulnerable and showing humility rather than self-importance.  Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the last of all and the servant of all.”

Our Year 12 cohort certainly have served the College and the wider Community despite a number of challenges that have been thrown their way.  The term ‘resilience’ is very much a contemporary catch phrase but it typifies the strength of the 2020 Year 12’s.  The Musical was adapted to one performance, the football seasons were shortened, the Cardinal modified and final assemblies split; yet despite all of this, they kept motoring on.  This is resilience, the ability to face all adversity and rather than be contracted by it, they have bonded together to overcome it.

On the 26 October, the first Year 12 external exam block will commence in all Queensland schools since 1970.  All Science and Maths results are worth 50% of their final grade and the Arts/Humanities results are worth 25% of their final grade.  With the transition from the OP system to the ATAR ranking, the challenge of a new assessment scheme is another trial faced by our senior cohort.  The sitting of mock exams, released by the Queensland Curriculum Assessment Authority, at the end of Term 3 has allowed our students to identify areas of strength and work on aspects which required more attention, during the three weeks leading up to their final exams.

Thursday’s Valedictory Dinner and Friday’s Chapel Service and final assembly have been other opportunities to recognise the wonderful achievements of this cohort and celebrate an unusual but deeply rewarding year.

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NAIDOC Celebrations

Last Friday the College formally celebrated and recognised NAIDOC week which was originally calendared to be celebrated later in November but unfortunately coincided with External …

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NAIDOC Celebrations

Kaysan Miles with her artwork

Last Friday the College formally celebrated and recognised NAIDOC week which was originally calendared to be celebrated later in November but unfortunately coincided with External examinations.  The early celebration allowed indigenous students across the College to be involved

We hosted a special assembly and invited the Founding Director of the Yalari organisation, Mr Waverley Stanley to attend as our guest speaker.  Mr Stanley spoke about the importance of NAIDOC week and the value and privilege of having access to a great education as he reflected on his own educational experience.  He also challenged every student in the room to embrace all cultures and take the time to learn about their peers and where they come from.

The assembly also showcased a special video which featured some of our indigenous students and the artworks they’ve been working on over the last couple of months during afternoon art sessions with Miss Berriman and Mrs Fredricksen.  A selection of the students’ completed artwork will be on permanent display in LRC.

The day was topped off by a wonderful lunch prepared by our in house chef, John Rogers, which included a selection of indigenous inspired treats.

 

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Instrumental Music Lessons

The College offers private instrumental music lessons in piano, voice, orchestral strings, woodwind and guitar with experienced instrumental teachers. Students learning instrumental music may take …

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Instrumental Music Lessons

The College offers private instrumental music lessons in piano, voice, orchestral strings, woodwind and guitar with experienced instrumental teachers.

Students learning instrumental music may take part in external examinations or for pleasure.  Various teachers are available to suit students’ learning requirements.

Vacancies exist for Term 4 2020 and enrolments are being taken for 2021.  Please contact Mr Peter Wilson (Director of Co-curricular Activities) or Gabi Laws (Music Teacher) to book in.

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From the Co-curricular Desk

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-curricular Activities Girls Futsal This Term, we have three teams of girls playing in the Football Toowoomba Futsal …

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From the Co-curricular Desk

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-curricular Activities

Girls Futsal

This Term, we have three teams of girls playing in the Football Toowoomba Futsal Competition. Last week the Senior A’s had a tough 5-4 win, and the Junior B Team had an even tougher task with an 8-1 loss.

This week all three teams struggled with three straight losses. The competition is of the highest standard and with our Year 12’s stepping away we are rebuilding for next year’s interschool season and the SWQ Titles.

The girls face four more weeks of competition and although we lost this week, the Junior B and C teams’ showed promising signs of improvement against their older opponents.

South West 7s Rugby

Tuesday night saw the start of this prestigious competition in which we have his year only been able to enter our U15 Girls and Boys due to COVID restrictions on the allowable number of teams and divisions.

Tuesday night saw the boys take to the field against Faith Lutheran and Mary Mackillop with our boys experiencing a win and a draw from their two outings. Jesse Bohm led the boys around the park well and debutant Tom Denny proved he has good skills to go with his blistering speed.

Thursday night saw the girls take a hard hitting 31-0 loss to open their account but bounced back to salvage a 7-7 draw from their first night of competition.

A solid start to what is always a hard and fast season.

Activities in Full Swing

All Arranmore activities are now underway. Check out the Co-Curricular training and activities program distributed each week for more information on what is on for students.

 

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School Crossing Supervisors Needed

The Department of Transport and Main Roads invites you to apply for the position of a casual School Crossing Supervisor at Primary Schools in Warwick. …

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School Crossing Supervisors Needed

The Department of Transport and Main Roads invites you to apply for the position of a casual School Crossing Supervisor at Primary Schools in Warwick.

  • Casual rates start at $30.10 per hour, (maximum of 1.5 hours per day).
  • You will need to be available mornings and/or afternoons on all school days.
  • You will need to work in all weather conditions and wear full personal protective wear.
  • If you are successful TMR will provide: health assessment, Blue Card (for working with children), training and all personal protective equipment
  • The Department of Transport and Main Roads is an equal opportunity employer.

If interested please contact Robyn McKay at robyn.l.mckay@tmr.qld.gov.au