By Mr Simon Fleming - Principal
What an amazing year it has been. With a bit of luck and great fortune I arrived at Assumption College 11 months ago. It has been a fascinating, challenging and thought-provoking journey that has tested my resolve but also beliefs and all for the better. The need to be open minded, accepting of the talents of others and not trying to accomplish everything at once have been valuable lessons.
Despite the year that has been we have managed to accomplish much. On arrival I entered a school enveloped in a cage of construction. For over 15 weeks we witnessed the emergence of a new hospitality centre, second Quad and a new frontage to the school. The greatest challenge we faced was of course the Covid lockdown to which I believe the community faced with resolve and a tenacity to allow learning to continue. The staff also faced a school audit which we passed with flying colours.
I cannot thank the leadership team of Anna Hardy, Jess Cantwell, Carol Sharp and Michael Simpson enough for their genuine hard work and determination to make Assumption the best place for our students. They have guided me through this first year, and I am now in a much better position to facilitate an exciting adventure into the future as we look to enact our improvement plan.
To the staff I congratulate and thank you for your patience and your hard work. Progressing through the first year of the new QCE was not easy and even the exam period saw its fair share of challenges. However, our students all felt well prepared and supported by the staff. Whilst we eagerly await the results of the first set of exams, we should not define our students on a test score or an ATAR. We know our students are much more than this.
I would also like to thank the ancillary and office staff for an amazing job you do each day. It is always difficult to single people out but in supporting me through this year I cannot thank Scott Clegg enough as our Business Manager. He is the reason why Assumption is in a good position to enable us to carry out further building works that will support student growth into the future. Also, to Mrs Sharon Newley for all her work in reshaping enrolment and marketing.
Lastly and most importantly I would like to thank the community of ACW and the students. The Board and P&F have been great agencies to work with and they have a genuine passion for ACW. It didn’t take long to realise what a special place ACW is. And this is because of the nature of our students. I have remarked to many people that we genuinely have great students. They are happy, mature and responsive, and great to work with.
I realise that this may be slightly early but I would like to wish you all a happy, safe and holy Christmas.
By Mrs Anna Hardy, Deputy Principal
Alternate Program - Years 7 - 9
Monday to Wednesday next week for Years 7 - 9 students will be an alternative program. Please see below an outline of these three days. Students can wear their sports uniform on all three days.
As Monday and Tuesday’s weather is currently forecasted at over 40 degrees, the Touch Football workshops for Year 7 and 8 students have been cancelled for health and safety reasons. Students will do Christmas Workshops at school as per updated note.
The girls Rugby League workshop will go ahead as it can be done inside the Sports Hall. Please note the days that the students finish at the pool, they are to be picked up from WIRAC, they will not be bussed back to the College. There is no cost for parents/guardians for the pool afternoon.
Over the past year we have been discussing our uniform within our school community, including St Mary’s Warwick. There will be some changes to the girls uniforms from June 2021 onwards. Girls will have the option to wear plain navy tailored shorts/trousers instead of the skirt if they wish. The girls will no longer be wearing the winter skirt but will move to a skirt and shirt that can be worn all year round, with stockings for winter.
Therefore, the winter uniform will no longer be needed. The shirt will be redesigned slightly to accommodate the shorts/trousers options for girls and to ensure a fabric that washes and wears better than the current lemon blouse.
We have been talking with St Mary’s to align the girl’s formal shirts and skirts so that this is financially considerate when transitioning into Year 7 at Assumption College.
The ‘sloppy jo’ green jumper will be phased out and replaced with a formal wool option with an embroidered school badge. The school spray jacket will still be an option.
We realise that this is a change so there will be a transition period to allow for parents to purchase the new uniform. It will be an expectation that by the end of 2022, that all students are in the new uniform. We are discussing with Lowes and Coorey’s when stock will be available for purchase.
For new Year 7 students there is no need to purchase a winter skirt for 12 months.
By Mrs Carol Sharp, APRE
Year 12 Graduation
Last Thursday the class of 2020 graduated from Assumption College. The ceremony was unique, as much of the year has been unique. We combined aspects of the usual liturgy with the presentation of academic, cultural, sport, faith, and leadership awards.
The liturgical aspect of the ceremony focused on the Gospel of Matthew 25: the sheep and the goats. The prayer was wonderfully led by our Year 11 school leaders and the Gospel reading and reflection are included below:
From the Gospel of Matthew
When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’
The motto of our school is truth and love. Our graduating class have spent the past six years growing in their understanding of just what truth and love means. Love seems fairly easy to understand but what about truth?
Reflection on the Gospel
Today’s gospel reading teaches us about both. In this story Matthew reveals how we will be judged by God. The basis of this judgement is fairly simple; give people food when they are hungry, water when they are thirsty, clothe them and visit them and welcome the stranger. In seeking the truth of this message however, the key phrase is ‘just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’ Matthew reveals the truth of Jesus’ message – that we must treat all people in this way regardless of who they are, where they are from and whether or not we like them. Maybe that’s not so easy. But Matthew is clear, it is on this basis alone that we will be judged. The simplicity of the message and the challenge it presents is perfectly represented by Australian cartoonist Michael Leunig in this cartoon.
So, the truth that we are asked to seek while at Assumption College and beyond, is to love like Jesus taught us to love. To respect the dignity of every human being and treat them as we would like to be treated. Over the past six years our seniors have been taught the importance of this message in many ways. And so today our most fervent wish is that they take this message with them into the world. It is easy to treat those you like and respect with love; your challenge is to treat ALL people with love and dignity.
We wish the best for you. That you find a job you love doing and that you are good at that job. But school is about more than just preparing for work. ACW teaches us the truth that our success as a person is judged not on the job we get but on how we treat other people. And the simple truth is that when we act in a loving way towards all other people, we are not only securing future success, we are also securing our own happiness.
Vinnies Christmas Appeal
Our Vinnies Christmas Appeal has come to a close for another year. A big thank you to all who have donated to help local families have a very merry Christmas. It is through programs such as this that we can realise the true meaning of Christmas.
by Miss Denise Ryan - Chaplain
As we finish the end of the term and year, the students are busy finishing the last pieces of assessment and exams. They are under the pump and are trying their best, so we have been playing games and chilling out at both breaks giving the students an outlet and somewhere to relax and switch their brains off for a break.
We have been playing a variety of games that are fun but are also teaching the students how to deal with different situations that they may be faced with, some games have just been encouraging them to get to know each other better so we can start to build a little community for support in the coming years.
These activities have been taking place in the Sports Hall and also in the St James Hall, giving us plenty of room to chill and run around and be ourselves in a safe environment. It has been a fun term watching them build these friendships and relationships with each other, we have had our ups and downs, yet we have managed to use the downs as ways to strengthen our mini community.
They are excited for the holidays and excited to hang out with each other, I know that I can’t wait to see what the next 12 months will have in store for these awesome kids.
Next year we will continue with our You are Awesome workshops in the library and start incorporating different strategies for the kids to be able to deal with the different curveballs that next year may throw at us.
If you should have any questions or enquiries about these workshops, feel free to contact myself and I will be more than happy to answer them, I am able to be contacted through the school office.
Over the holidays there are many fun activities available for the families and students to have access to. The Town Library has a variety of fun workshops for everyone, there are some flyers attached at the end with times and names of these workshops.
Rose City Shopping Centre is yet to release their timetables for the planned activities as well, so make sure to keep an eye for their flyers. Merry Christmas and wishing everyone a safe, happy and relaxing holiday all ready for an awesome year in 2021.
By Mr Michael Simpson - Assistant Principal - Curriculum
2021 Subject selection
Last term, students in Years 8 and 9 nominated their electives course preferences for 2021, while students in Year 10 nominated their subjects for senior school. Since this time, the College timetable for 2021 has been designed around these selections and subject allocations have been finalised, although they are still subject to change.
Letters to parents of current students in Years 8, 9 and 10 were given to your child If students have any questions, concerns or would like to discuss changes they are to see me before or after school, or during morning tea or lunch break.
If your son or daughter is wanting to be ATAR eligible, please check the subjects allocated to ensure that they are enrolled in:
- 5 General Subjects or,
- 4 General and 1 Applied or,
- 4 General and a Certificate III or higher.
Further information for families can be located https://www.qtac.edu.au/atar/
If parents would like to discuss subject selection, please do not hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the College.
Current Year 11 Students
Please ask your son or daughter to check their myQCE site:
to track their progress towards their QCE
You can track your progress towards a QCE via the QCAA Student Portal, which gives you access to information related to your senior studies.
You can use the QCAA Student Portal to:
- check your personal details,
- view your enrolments,
- complete online learning,
- see your timetable for external assessment (for QCAA General subjects) at the end of Year 12,
- track your eligibility for a QCE,
- access your final results at the end of Year 12.
How do I log in to the QCAA Student Portal?
You need your 10-digit Learner Unique Identifier (LUI) to register for the QCAA Student Portal.
The registration process will ask you to set a new password. You can then log in with your email address and new password.
Need help logging in?
Still need help? Contact ClientServices@qcaa.qld.edu.au or phone 3864 0278.
By Mrs Mary-Anne Driver
We would like to say a big thank you to all of the students who give up their time to help out in the library, both during lunch times and before school. These students help return, shelve, clean and issue our resources which is a huge help during our day.
Thank you: Hannah Issepi, Amy Ryan, Henni Eastwell, Marlea Fischer, Nicola Krause, Chole Koch and Leigham Portener!
Our new display for the final weeks of school is to remind everyone of the story of Jesus and the important qualities and values that we can gift to each other this Christmas. It has been a long and difficult year for many so remember to look after yourself and others by offering friendship, support, comfort and time.
As the year comes to an end please remember to return all library books by 27/11/2020. We are currently in the process of returning, cleaning and processing all library resources. If a student has any damaged or outstanding texts on their account at the end of the year they will be charged to the account. If there are any issues (lost, incorrect or already returned) please come and see us in the library or send us an email.
Finally, we wish everyone a safe, happy and holy Christmas and hope you have a great break. We look forward to welcoming you in the library in 2021 for more reading and fun activities.
By Mrs Julie Collins - Program Leader Sport
Congratulation to Laura Scheiwe who has been selected in the Queensland U15 Girls Cricket team. We wish Laura every success for 2021.
Queensland Boxing Title
By Mrs Alison Porter, Program Leader Student Pathways
Opportunities available now!!
VACANCIES in jobs, traineeships and apprenticeships have been emailed to students and posted on our Careers Canvas page!
Students can commence a school-based traineeship or apprenticeship once they have completed Year 9. The traineeships and apprenticeships are a great way for students to gain an accredited qualification at school. We have quite a few of these on offer now and need interested students.
This is a good way of securing a future career! Please contact our careers office if you would like more information about this program and these opportunities.
TAFE in School Enrolments
Those students that have expressed an interest in completing a TAFE in Schools course in 2021 should have by now completed the online registration for their course of choice. TAFE will make two more offer rounds (December and January) for places in their school courses.
Please note that these offers are made via email and students do need to reply to accept their offer of a place in the course. With students handing in iPads and laptops over the holidays, students will need to use alternative means to check their school email account to see and respond to course offers made.
It is vitally important that students do this so that they do not miss out on a place in their course and so that they can also receive further enrolment information. This will ensure students are prepared to start their selected course in the new school year. For any queries around TAFE course enrolment please contact us.
We now have quite a few Year 10, 11 and 12 students that are qualified ‘Baristas’. They have successfully completed their Expresso Machine Operation Course. Congrats to these students!
University has come to school!
I would like to congratulate those students who have recently completed university subjects whilst completing their schooling. They have put in a great effort and all completed this successfully. These students now have a ‘foot in the door’ for courses at the respective universities and gained QCE points also.
These students are Hayden Fuhrman-Luck, Jacob Meddleton, Leila Fox, Isabel Natividad and Sophie Lambert. Well done!!
Reminder – digital information
A reminder that students need to check their school emails for lots of careers information and opportunities. In this day and age, digital information is the mode of communication of careers information and therefore much of this is emailed to students, posted on the careers Canvas page for students and added to our school careers website (www.acwcareers.com.au). Even though the year is ending, we are still busy and providing information and opportunities.
Be happy and safe
Our careers department would like to thank the parents, local businesses, school staff and community members that have supported us throughout the year. We hope that we have achieved our goal of assisting as many of our students as we can in terms of providing information and developing career pathways and opportunities. We wish our students and families a happy and safe finish to 2020 and look forward to working with all again in 2021!
By Mrs Jenny Gillespie
As the 2020 school year draws to a close, I would like to take a moment to thank all parents and students for their valuable time and terrific contribution to Assumption College this year.
For anyone needing information or mental health support during the holidays, the link below is a comprehensive online resource:
Head to Health
When you visit Head to Health you can search and access a range of telephone based and online mental health services, which are either free of charge or low cost. These services range from information, telephone and web counselling services, through to web-based treatment programs and peer support forums.
If you're not sure where to start, you can use Sam the Chatbot. Sam will ask you a few questions about your situation before providing tailored recommendations on information and services to suit your needs.
By Mr Scott Clegg - Business Manager
School fees have been sent out and we require payment of the account by the 27th November 2020, unless you have a Direct Debit or other existing payment arrangement in place with the college.
The 2021 Textbook Hire Levy has been charged to your account. Enclosed with the account was the Textbook Hire Form for next year. Please sign and return the form by the 27th of November 2020.
If you have any problems paying this account, trouble viewing the email or you haven't received the statement by email/post, please contact the college via phone 07 4660 4000 or email at email@example.com to check that your email or mailing address are recorded correctly or please speak with our Business Manager, Scott Clegg.
Students not returning in 2021
If your student/s are not returning to Assumption College please send a written notification addressed to our College Principal, Mr Simon Fleming, via firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
The existing parent portal is currently inactive, as we wait for the rollover to Sentral, our new Student Information System. This rollover to this system is due to be finalised by the end of Term 4, 2020. Once the rollover is complete, the new parent portal will be available, and we will issue operating instructions at that time.
In the meantime, if you have a query about your school fees account, please don't hesitate to contact the college Finance Officer, Sarah Worth by phone 0746 604 000 or by email email@example.com
by Mr Abraham Fern
A reminder to all Year 9 parents/guardians to have IT Device agreement forms back in ASAP.
Year 10 & 11 Laptops
A reminder to all Year 10/11 students that LAPTOPS (NOT IPADS) MUST be handed in before you go on holidays. Please find below a copy of the email sent out just in case you have forgotten:
Over the holidays, the IT Department will be moving all Windows-based devices into a new management system (just like we did with the iPads). You are required to hand in your devices so that they can be wiped and moved into the new system.
Firstly, Do Not Panic! Avoid making any major changes to your devices until AFTER you have completed all exams and assessment tasks. Doing it before-hand may result in a loss of important data or assessment work before it is submitted.
You are required to hand in your Laptop to the IT Department (Room 103) in Week 8 (23-27th November) before you leave for holidays.
I am giving you a window rather than a specific day so that those of you with exams in the final week can continue to revise. Do not forget to hand it in before the holidays. It will result in a wide range of both intended and unintended consequences.
The migration will result in your device being FULLY WIPED OF ALL DATA. Please confirm that you have all of the data stored on the device THAT YOU WANT TO KEEP moved into OneDrive and synced up before you hand your device in. Some locations to consider are:
- The Desktop
- Internet Favourites
Your devices will be ready for pickup on the first day of Term 1 2021.
For those of you who have assignment work that needs to be done over the break, you will be able to work on anything you have saved to OneDrive, check emails, and access school resources by going to the Student Intranet page on any device you have at home with internet access. The address for the Student Intranet is: https://twbcso.sharepoint.com/sites/acw/students/Pages/Students%20Home.aspx
You will need to log in with your school email address and password.