Term in Review - 24 June 2022
- From the Senior Leadership Team
- From the Deputy Principal of Senior Years
- From the Deputy Principal of Middle Years
- From the inclusion team
- From the Department of Language and Literature
- From the Department of Language Acquisition
- From the Department of Technology and the Arts
- From the Department of Individuals and Societies
- From the Department of Physical Sciences
- From the Department of Life Sciences
- From the Department of Mathematics
- From Education Outside of the Classroom (EOTC)
- From the House Dean of Agnesi
- From the House Dean of Curie
- From the House Dean of Da Vinci
- From the House Dean of Franklin
- From the House Dean of Hawking
- From the House Dean of Hollows
- From the House Dean of Jackson
- From the House Dean of Newton
- From the Guidance Officers
- From Instrumental Music
- From Corporate Services
- From the P&C
From the Senior Leadership Team
As we come to the end of Term 2, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our community for their contributions to the Academy and the wonderfully rich learning environment here at QASMT.
This term has been an extremely busy one as we have endeavoured to ensure the disruptions faced at the beginning of 2022 had minimal impact on the opportunities and education of our students.
Thank you Teaching and Support Staff
To our teaching and support staff, thank you for all you have done this term, through the many enrichment activities, camps, events and celebrations, your efforts have not gone unnoticed. Further thanks to our teaching staff for their unwavering support for every student in every class.
Kath Kayrooz – Principal, Tanya Haggarty – Associate Principal Academic, Kerry Bullock – Associate Principal Teaching and Learning, Rebecca Skarshewski - Deputy Principal Performance, Sandra Davey - Deputy Principal Engagement
From the Deputy Principal of Senior Years
As the term draws to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the wonderful staff of QASMT for their ongoing support of our students through what continues to be a challenging time in our world.
Our support staff and teachers work tirelessly in their commitment to ensuring that the school experiences of our students are the best they can be. To our students also, who worked hard on their end of term block exams, including for the first time this year, our Year 9 students, who I commend for their consistent and continued effort in striving for their personal best.
I wish staff and students a relaxing end of term break, it is certainly well deserved.
Catherine de Freitas Pessoa, Director of Senior Years
From the Deputy Principal of Middle Years
Despite the weather getting cooler I hope all Year 7-9 students have had an enjoyable Term 2 and can now relax over the two weeks break with a good book or catch up on an old hobby.
VR pilot program
During the last two weeks of term some Year 7-8 Maths, Science and Individuals and Societies classes experienced using the Virtual Reality room. QASMT is the first school in the state outside of the three-school pilot program in Far North Queensland to get a VR room. Over Semester 2 and into 2023 more classes and subjects will experience the VR pedagogy which is used as part of a rotation for station teaching.
I hope all students get what they want out of this midyear break and stay safe.
Lyle Fredrickson, Deputy Principle of Middle Years
From the inclusion team
This term, Associate Principal Kerry Bullock, Guidance Officer Tara Le Pla and Director of Inclusion and Wellbeing, Jane Manwaring, attended the 2022 Inclusion and Disability Conference.
The theme was an immensely powerful one: ‘If I Belong, I Succeed’ and the topics covered certainly pertained to this. Leaders and Educators from different sectors around the country covered topics inclusive of multi-tiered support systems and transitions, plus the importance of inclusion and what it brings to school communities. Also covered was the partnership triad of schools, parents, co-teaching, and the learning supports it can offer with regards to differentiation and students, including the ways in which leaders and educators can make practical changes work within their school environment.
NAIDOC Week 3 - 10 July
During the school holidays NAIDOC Week will be taking place across the country. NAIDOC Week is where we as a nation celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Below are the details for free tours that will be held across the week at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane.
Global Competence through Leadership Student Workshop
On Monday 19 September, The University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus, will host a face-to-face workshop, for Queensland state school students in Years 10 and 11. The event is a full day event and runs from 9:00am – 3:00pm. The workshop will provide students with an opportunity to explore different dimensions of Global Competence and inspire them to develop/strengthen their critical and creative thinking, leadership skills and intercultural understanding. Students will also develop a sense of self and one’s own culture to make meaningful connections globally.
This opportunity is for students in Year 10 and 11 and has been sent to the students. Further details can be found below.
How to apply: fully completed and signed expression of interest (EOI) and project consent form (PDF, 1.2MB) to be emailed to email@example.com by 5:00pm Thursday 1 September 2022.
During Semester 1, all Year 10 students completed Certificate II of Sampling plus Management Certificate III of Laboratory Skills. Every Wednesday afternoon during period 5 our Year 10 students worked on theory units for both certificates. In Week 7, all Year 10 students undertook the practical component of the certificates here in the QASMT labs, delivered by ABC Training and Consulting. It was a big week for our students but also for our laboratory assistants and we thank everyone involved in ensuring that this week was a success. It was wonderful watching students so actively engaged and the smiles on their faces when they received notification that they had completed the course and were now qualified in both certificates.
For our Year 10 students, a four-day intensive session in the laboratories included some of the following:
- Participating in environmentally sustainable work practices
- Collecting routine site samples
- Planning and conducting laboratory/field work
- Performing calibration checks on equipment and assisting with its maintenance.
Student feedback was positive, with all students enjoying the experiments, particularly the collection of water samples. The opportunities they had to work together in groups and collaborate with peers was welcomed and instructors were informative and engaging.
This certificate supports not only obtaining a QCE but can also support direct entry into some universities as an alternative pathway. It offers students a qualification that can be used to gain employment whilst studying during their senior years and after they leave school.
The Inclusion Team
From the Department of Language and Literature
It has been a productive and busy term for staff and students in the English Language and Literature Faculty.
Term 2 has seen us channel our inner Camus: “In the depth of Winter, I finally learned that in me was an invincible Summer”. The colder months are upon us, but as ever, we have seen many bright moments in which the QASMT community have let the glow of industry, creativity and spirit shine through.
In Week 3 of the term, we celebrated our annual Book Week. It was truly a student-centred event that saw Thursday lunchtime filled with music, many literature-based creative tasks, and the fantastic costume parade. We are proud of the effort of our students and the work that they produced under the guidance of the organising teacher, Ms Caitlin Quinn.
Festival of Creativity
Another significant event involving the English Language and Literature Faculty was the Festival of Creativity on June 10. The evening was filled with music, dancing, creative student exhibitions and gustatory delights. Ms Fiona Curran led the team of student leaders who organised the event and Ms Sophie Jacobsen coordinated the popular Creative Writing Ekphratic exhibition room where students showcased the culmination of the term’s work. We are proud of the risk-taking, fluidity of thinking, and creativity that was exhibited by our students.
MYP Curriculum Update
In terms of MYP curriculum, Our Year 7 students completed oral presentations in which they analysed a character from the novel Wonder. Our Year 8 students showed their ability to reconcile complex historical events with literature through a study of George Orwell’s Animal Farm. Our Year 9 students creatively completed vignettes in which they demonstrated their knowledge of the novel Life of Pi while showing how they could mould and manipulate language for effect.
In all, it has been a term in which our staff, parents, and students witnessed the internal invincible summer shine through our students expressing themselves in their learning. Term 2 has reaffirmed our pride and sense of privilege that we feel being able to work with our amazing QASMT students.
David Bracken, Head of Department Language and Literature
From the Department of Language Acquisition
Term 2 has been a very busy term for our students and staff; we have overcome challenges through activating a growth-mindset mentality and through celebrating our strengths and successes together.
Year 10 German Dinner
On Friday 3 June, Year 10 German students celebrated German culture through attending a German film at The Palace Cinema, The Barracks, and then an evening meal at The Bavarian, The Barracks, as part of the Brisbane German Film Festival 2022. Students spent an evening immersed in the German culture and language; they were even encouraged to order their meals in German. Feedback from staff and students following the event was overwhelmingly positive, and they said they would love to go again.
TADOKU reading club
Morimoto-Sensei has been very hard at work introducing the TADOKU extensive reading club to students. This club takes place on Friday afternoons; in small groups students do silent reading of books in Japanese, generally of low-medium level difficulty. Ta (多) means “a lot” and doku (読) is “reading”, so Tadoku literally means “read-a-lot”. Students have reported feeling more confident with their vocabulary, and more enthusiastic about reading, and learning about Japanese culture in general, after attending this club.
Any students who are interested in signing up are encouraged to contact Morimoto-Sensei directly.
We have a few new staff members this term. Valerie Weil-Ainscough has started with us teaching French, and Victoria McMillin is replacing Kerstin Liebchen teaching German whilst she is overseas. We have all started meeting on the first Friday of every month to have a staff lunch where we share food, drinks, and stories to get to know each other better and share a laugh.
Merci/ gracias/ danke schön, arigatō, gratias!
Jane Muil, Head of Department Language Acquisition
From the Department of Technology and the Arts
Please join me for a review of Term 2 in The Technology and The Arts Department
Year 8 Classroom Music
Year 8 Music students reimagined music of old to produce fresh sounds using their creative use of the musical elements and their imaginations. Students discovered the developments of technology that have contributed to music becoming accessible, innovative and experimental over time, pushing the boundaries of harmony and combinations of sound. Fusion of genres and exploration of noises and silences allowed students to make up their own minds about composing melodies, choosing instrumentation and analysing music. Students learned to re-harmonise, reimagine, perform existing melodies, and develop skills in reimagining existing melodies into new works.
Information Technology in a Global Society
This term students have been working on their projects to design and create a digital artefact that solves an authentic problem for a client. Students work through the design cycle and this term they have been busy interviewing clients, determining their needs, conducting research into potential solutions and putting together their design brief and plans. Solutions include databases for House Deans to manage house points, public information videos and animations. In addition, students have reviewed databases as well as hardware and software concepts.
Expert systems, robots and AI, oh my! This term, Year 12 ITGS has been examining the impacts of these technologies on our modern world and explored the potential these technologies have for both helping and hindering society. This has led to some very intense discussions and reflections on what it means to be intelligent.
Year 11 students continued developing their understanding and skills in computational thinking, becoming better problem solvers. They understand accessibility and usability of computers and have investigated the black box of computer networks.
Control systems and operating systems run our world in ways most people do not realise. This has been the topic Year 12 computer science has been exploring to understand how impactful these tools are. We have also been finalising our research into genetic algorithms, with students creating their own to understand the complexity of heuristic solutions.
Thank you to all our families who ensure rehearsal attendance remains high throughout the term. We wish you all a safe and enjoyable holiday.
Madeleine Brookes, Head of Department Technology and The Arts
From the Department of Individuals and Societies
Success in any learning journey is often infused and underpinned by positive and mutually respectful relationships between teachers and learners. Throughout Term 2, the Individuals and Societies Faculty provided a wide range of diverse and challenging learning experiences. Highlights were experiential learning for our students, through excursions and incursions that included participation at UQ, as select finalists in the state-wide Gen[in] competition. The effort and hard work of our students was again conspicuously notable this term. It was great to see cohesive and effective co-teaching taking place across the year levels in dynamic and insightful ways. As Head of Department in Term 2, I would like to acknowledge the tireless and professional work of the Individuals and Societies teaching staff in offering continuous support, encouragement, assistance and ongoing feedback to our students every day. Thank you.
Year 8 Individuals and Societies
Term 2 Year 8 students have been continually active as students completed their study of history with an inquiry into causes and consequences for change in Australia in the 20th century. The research essays produced by the students were of an excellent quality and students now can develop their pieces for submission into the National History Challenge (NHC). Any students wishing to participate in the NHC should speak with their class teacher for further details. A short Civics and Citizenship unit completed the term.
Year 9 Forensic Psychology
Our learning has been focussed on the criminal court and psychology. We started off by learning about 'Offender Profiling' which then led us to 'The FBI Approach'. The FBI approach tested our knowledge of offender profiling and furthered our understanding of the processes behind identifying an offender. We also learnt about 'Geographical Profiling' which is a tested and recently technologically updated method of tracking an offender’s movements to gain an indication of their whereabouts or 'home area'.
Year 9 World In Your Pocket
Students completed a new unit on the Marketing Mix this term, which saw students deliver 10 minute group presentation on the 4Ps. We were impressed with the quality of the presentations, and it was evident that students understood the business concepts at a deep level. Learners appreciated the freedom to select and examine products that they were enthusiastic about. This differentiated learning strategy enabled students to have a fun way of engaging in the learning process.
Year 10 Tragedy of the Commons
It was a busy term as students dug deeper into issues associated with the overuse of common access resources and market failure. In a newly established collaboration with UQ’s School of Economics, our students were lucky enough to spend a morning at the UQ campus listening to lectures and evaluating their decision-making skills in the Behavioural Economics laboratory. Additionally, we had guest lectures at QASMT about real-world cases such as The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, fisheries and whales and the impact of over-fishing around Easter Island (to come in Term 3). Our sincere thanks to the following members of UQ’s School of Economics for their time and effort in making this subject come alive for our students – Dr Suzanne Bonner, Associate Professor Heiko Gerlach, Dr Shino Takayama, Dr Metin Uyanik and Professor Emeritus Andrew McLennan.
Year 11 IB Psychology
Year 11 students have finished the Biological Approach which culminated in an in class ERQ discussing animal research and the ethical considerations researchers undertake when deciding what animal to use, how many and in what way. Students had to identify the three Rs of animal research Reduce, Refine and Replace and highlight the balance between the insights gained and the value the research has to human society.
Year 12 Psychology
This term we learnt about abnormal psychology, an area of psychology that tackles mental disorders, etiologies for disorders and issues associated with psychiatry and prevalence rates. It was fascinating to critique the psychiatric approach and the world of mental health disorders. Overall, within the busyness of Term 2, the interactive lessons, open discussions and intriguing content were exciting to be part of.
We wish all our students a successful year ahead and that they create good study habits early!
Andrew Blumbergs, Head of Department Individuals & Societies
From the Department of Physical Sciences
Term 2 has been awesome in the Physical Sciences department!
Year 11 – 12 Physical Science students
A big well done and thank you must go out to all our families who are supporting a Year 11 or 12 student in Chemistry or Physics. All our Year 11 Chemistry and Physics students undertook their first internal assessments this term, which meant all students were undertaking experiments in the laboratories. If you have a Year 11 student in your family who is studying one (or both) of these subjects, ask them what they did their IA on, and if they study physics, perhaps they can explain this image:
Our Year 12 students have worked extremely hard this term and it is becoming obvious that they are increasingly ready for their last semester of school - they could not have come this far without your support.
Scanning Electron Microscope
Every year we loan a Scanning Electron Microscope from UQ for our students to be able to learn about and have hands-on-experience with. This year the microscope was booked out by teachers and students for the entire time we had it on campus. Students from every year level used the SEM for curricular and extra-curricular activities, and I am sure you will agree, some of these photos are amazing!
The speakers were truly amazing and up to 80 students from all year levels self-selected to attend at each STEM Seminar. We are proud to continue to offer these opportunities to our students so they can hear from experts in fields they are interested in, and that are complementary to their STEM learnings at QASMT. If your student has not yet come along to a STEM Seminar, encourage them to watch out for one they are interested in, and just join in on the scheduled seminar date!
“The important thing is to not stop questioning”
- Albert Einstein
After a busy term, please make sure you take the time to rest up over the holidays, and I look forward to welcoming all our students and their families back next term for another semester of excellent and exciting science.
Esme Hatchell, Head of Department Physical Sciences
From the Department of Life Sciences
Term 2 has been a jam-packed term with lots of enrichment opportunities for students, and some amazing things happening in our curriculum.
Year 8 Science
Year 8 students learnt all about physical and chemical changes this term. They used this knowledge to find out the best ratio of vinegar and baking soda to produce the most amount of gas. Students developed their practical skills designing and carrying out an experiment. They completed a scientific report to communicate their results.
Year 10 Blue Planet
Year 10 Blue Planet students headed out into Moreton Bay to try their hand at becoming Marine Biologists. They measured biotic and abiotic factors in the Bay to investigate different Environmental Issues. Students sent out the BRUV which stands for Baited Remote Underwater Vehicle to count fish species and put out the Remote Operated Vehicle to measure seagrass cover and collected plankton as an indicator species. They were joined by students and teachers from Camborne Science and International College in the UK. We were also lucky enough to spot a few dolphins!
STEM Girl Power Camp
The STEM Girl Power program is an initiative of the Department of Education’s Schools of the future STEM strategy. It is a selective program that encourages Year 10 girls from across Queensland to connect with female STEM role models and develop their capability as STEM ambassadors. Bela V was chosen from hundreds of applicants for the program. As part of the program, she participated in the Girl Power Camp which is a week of immersive STEM activities. Bela has written about her experience:
“Sixty Year 10 girls and 10 teachers were selected to participate in the Department of Education’s 2022 STEM Girl Power Camp, which was held on 16-20 May in Brisbane. Students travelled from all over Queensland, from Thursday Island to the Gold Coast, to represent their school in Brisbane, where they participated in a variety of events, innovative STEM workshops and networking opportunities with experts from science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.
Students met inspiring role models from diverse fields including engineering, industrial design, forensic science, ecology, palaeontology, marine science, biology and mathematical modelling. Camp students explored and discussed the physics behind the wind tunnel at iFly indoor sky diving, and the importance of STEM communication at the Wheel of Brisbane. Students also participated in a variety of hands-on activities including industrial design and strawberry DNA extraction.
Students developed their understanding of STEM and its importance to our society, as well as their leadership, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication skills. The 2022 STEM Ambassadors will now collaborate in their regions to plan and deliver a STEM event to celebrate National Science Week in August 2022 during Term 3, which aims to encourage others to consider STEM subjects and careers.” Bela V Year 10
“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” – Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Vanessa Bermingham, Head of Department Life Sciences Foundation
From the Department of Mathematics
Have you ever wondered what the angle of depression is - of a serve in a game of tennis if the ball is hit from a height of 3.10 metres and just clears the net?
If so, you need to speak to a Year 9 student who could talk to you at length about this, after completing their Criterion C (Communicating) and D (Applying mathematics in real life contexts) project.
AMO (Australian Mathematics Olympiad)
Three of our students were invited to participate in this prestigious competition in Term 1 and performed exceptionally well. Congratulations to Callum and Ian (Bronze) and Kelvin (Honourable Mention).
Australian Intermediate Maths Olympiad
The Queensland Mathematical Olympiad Committee have invited several Year 7-9 students to training for the upcoming Australian Intermediate Maths Olympiad based on success in these competitions.
Mathematics Ambassador Leadership Team
The Mathematics Ambassador team were once again continually active this term organizing an Escape Room in STRM week, taking part in the watermelon explosion and sending out the usual Question of the Week.
I wish you all a restful break over the holidays, so you are ready for more Maths excitement and enrichment in Term 3.
Jane Gorman, Head of Department Mathematics
From Education Outside of the Classroom (EOTC)
EOTC’s Term 2 highlight reel is packed with CCA, Sport, CAS and Curriculum activities, featuring not one, but two school carnivals, new CCA clubs, and of course some great teaching and learning in our classrooms.
Sport at QASMT during Term 2 has seen our sport program grow with an overwhelming interest in our Junior and Senior Sports. Students have participated in netball, volleyball, football and basketball over the course of the past eight weeks. We have had great success with our external coaches supporting out students to flourish in their respective sports.
We must give a big thanks to our exceptional coaches who have worked with our students to improve their skills, team and game tactics, along with strategies which we are looking forward to seeing when we participate in our Junior and Senior Gala Days. Our Junior Gala Day is on 23 June and our Senior Gala Day is on the 15 July. We look forward to QASMT maintaining their high standard of performance bringing home premiership flags. We wish our students all the best with their competitions.
Term 3 sport will kick off in Week 2 where we offered badminton, ultimate disc and AFL. Students will be notified shortly about their allocation to their chosen sport. Allocation is based on first and second preferences using the now closed online survey platform, and availability of places in each sport.
Ms Vanessa Elmore – School Sports Coordinator
Northern Eagles District
- Austin S Football
- Lachlan P Football
Mr Sean Conway – Sports Coordinator
Overall, a great term for our MYP and STEM students!
Yanah Floridis, Head of Education Outside the Classroom
From the House Dean of Agnesi
What an action-packed Term 2 it has been.
We have been tested on the sports field, we have completed NAPLAN, we have challenged ourselves physically, mentally and creatively and we have finished exams. Agnesi House has risen to all these challenges, and we are stronger. Agnesi House should be proud of all their achievements this term.
Agnesi House put on an impressive performance at the Athletics Carnival winning both House Relay races. We also claimed the Year 9 boys age champion and the Year 10 girls age champion and came third overall. Congratulations to Calvin H and Imogen A and to all the Agnesi House students for their strong sporting prowess.
Sustainability Fashion Parade
Thank you to all Agnesi InStep members and InStep Mentors for putting on such a strong show in the Sustainability Fashion Parade. Each year the competition gets better with InSteps outdoing one another to produce outfits that are both creative and inspiring. INA07 took out the winning look from Agnesi House with a 1960s inspired dress modelled by Eesha R.
Agnesi Purple Heart
The winner of the Agnesi Purple Heart award for Term 2 goes to Jenny C. Jenny is a much-loved member of Agnesi House who always has a kind word and helps people without any fuss. Jenny seems to know everybody in Agnesi House and always has a smile to share.
I look forward to meeting as many parents and care givers as possible when we reschedule the next Meet Your House Dean evening. In the meantime, if you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. I hope you have a great winter break.
Yours as always in the Quest for Zest.
Aileen Davis, House Dean Agnesi
From the House Dean of Curie
Wow, what a busy term it has been!
Semester One is over, students have worked hard to complete their final assessment items, and staff, students and parents looking forward with anticipation to the upcoming winter break. Term 2 has is packed full of activities for students to immerse themselves in. It has been thrilling to see the students participating in the vast array of activities that are on offer and taking the time to pursue pleasures outside of the classroom and academic arena. Congratulations to students on pushing through what has been a rewarding semester. It has been wonderful to see students become risk-takers, becoming involved and pushing their personal boundaries.
Cross Country Carnival
To energise students for the term ahead, the Cross Country Carnival took place on Wednesday 20 April, the second day of the new term. The House Captains worked hard alongside House Ambassadors to build house spirit across Term 1. The focus for the student leadership team was to prepare the house war cry and encourage students to participate and run in the Cross Country Carnival. The team did an inspiring job encouraging their Curie comrades to turn up and participate. The house accepted the call to arms, and I am proud to announce that Curie had the best attendance on the day! In addition, we placed first in both the war cry competition and first overall for the Cross-Country Carnival. I was extremely proud to see so many of the students running the race and earning a point for the house. Congratulations to Jocelyn, Toson and Seoirsin who won their races.
Year 11 Camp
An essential part of each student’s journey is making time for students to come together as cohorts to make new connections and strengthen existing relationships, while trying new experiences outside of the classroom. The Year 11 cohort scaled the northern range and spent a few days at Mapleton for their leadership camp. The aim of the camp was to challenge everyone to step outside their comfort zone and to consider how they were going to impact their school community when they become the leaders of the school next year. It was delightful to be able to take a break from the business of the school program and have plenty of fun.
Sustainable Fashion Parade
A key and much-loved event on the inter-house calendar is the annual fashion parade that took place in Sustainability Week. With the school’s focus to become carbon neutral and single use plastic free by 2023, the fashion parade presented the perfect opportunity for the school community to reflect on our daily practises and discuss how to make small changes and reduce our footprint. The event took place on Thursday 9 June and the courtyard came alive as the models strutted their way along the catwalk. Look out Gucci, Chanel, Coco and move aside Louis Vuitton; QASMT’s creativity came to the fore and was on display for all to see! The outfits created in InStep groups were flashy, creative and hilarious. Well done to each InStep for working together and producing some high-quality outfits.
As the second term concludes, this year’s Sustainable Fashion Week was a huge success, with the annual main event being the Sustainable Fashion Parade. This year, all Curie InSteps participated in the wonderful team collaboration event of designing and creating sustainable clothing while also learning about ethical decision making for a greener future. Congratulations to InStep 1 for being selected as the representative of Curie during the final round, however it was unfortunate that we placed seventh overall. Next time, Curie will go for gold, as we are "brave and bold!" Shoh
Farewell from Mr Fanning
I sign off this article by wishing you all the best for the future. I have been successful in being appointed to The Head of Department of The Arts and Languages at Holland Park SHS for Semester 2. While I am excited about the position and looking forward to the new challenge, I am saddened to leave the amazing students, staff and parents who make Curie the great house that it is. It has been an absolute honour and privilege to be the House Dean of Curie over the last three years. My hope is that I have impacted each one of you positively and assisted you in some small way along your academic and life journey.
Take care and remember that Pink isn’t just a colour…it’s an Attitude!
Yours in pink,
Dean Fanning, House Dean Curie
From the House Dean of Da Vinci
Term 2, 2022 could be one of the most fun filled, jam packed and exhilarating terms for QASMT and Da Vinci House.
Our student leadership team led Da Vinci to a term filled with many victories. However, in my opinion, Da Vinci’s greatest achievement this term was the resilience, dedication and determination to improve.
Our student leaders meet every Friday with a well-planned meeting agenda. Each subcommittee is provided time to report in on their needs, wants and accomplishments. All our community can read and participate in these meetings by reading the minutes that are attached to our weekly update and fortnight ahead.
Cross Country Carnival
Term 2 began with inter-house Cross Country Carnival. Each student got up and shouted loud to present an impressive war cry. This war cry was the result of many InStep minutes practising. With any competition you never know what the rest of the teams will bring and they brought fabulous war cries. Da Vinci placed seventh on the day. The real test of our resilience and our determination was shown with a huge focus on participation. Each student in Da Vinci ran or walked to place us second overall by the end of the afternoon. All Da Vinci House should be super proud.
With a successful cross-country event behind us and a leadership determined to reflect, plan and prepare, we arrived at UQ ready. Each of our year ambassadors were armed with green clip boards, event sign-up sheets and DaVinci pens in tow, all ready to ensure maximum participation and did they succeed?
DaVinci House war cry was impressive, loud and beyond green! Our participation was seen in every event and our success resulted in four age championships, a first place for war cry and a first place for overall house at athletics.
A shout out to Freya-Grace H for her superb sporting leadership, Stevie C for having a goal and never giving up on it and to Joshua P for energetic leadership. Well done to everyone! As members of DaVinci House we are always proud, but all students should all take the time to relish in such marvellous achievements.
Individual House Achievements
Congratulations to the following DaVinci students who earned age championships for Athletics 2022.
Grade 7 Mayasari B
Grade 8 Xiangdong X
Grade 9 Anushka V
Grade 12 Freya-Grace H
Shout out to Daniel H (Grade 11) winner of Senior Mario Cart Competition.
Positive Education Week
Each student from Grade 7 to 11 participates in our Positive Education program once a week. Term 2 gave us the added opportunity to celebrate all things PEP during InStep and lunches. Our ARC presented a carnival, our staff entertained us during lunch, and we were able to explore our VIA character strengths during InStep activities. A highlight of the week was the collaborative planning of House Captains over all eight houses that successfully created an affirmations chain which is displayed in L block.
This term our Positive Education Program has focused on families, empathy, compassion, love and relationship building and leadership.
On behalf on the Da Vinci team, we hope you have a wonderful holiday break, and we look forward to welcoming you back in Term 3.
Yours in green
Stacy Wallace-Cunningham, House Dean Da Vinci
From the House Dean of Franklin
Well done to Franklions young old for making it through a busy Term 2.
The resilience and compassion students have shown throughout the term is a reflection on their strength of character. Our Years 10, 11 and 12 students have undertaken exam block and Year 9 have completed exam block for the first time. Franklions are poised for greatness in Term 3.
Most Sustainable House
Franklin House won most sustainable House for the Sustainability Week challenge! This was announced after the sustainable fashion parade last week and our InStep groups worked extremely hard preparing their outfits. Franklin students were awarded with a choice of snack for lunch for their sustainable efforts and win. Well done Franklions!
If students return next term and there are uniform discrepancies, they will be asked to rectify this in a timely manner to resolve the issue. If there are any questions or uncertainty about any aspect of the Dress Code Policy, please ask your child to speak to me as their House Dean before acting.
Good luck on exams
The Franklin student notice board committee ensured that our Year 10, 11 and 12 students knew they were thinking of them this week and provided a few tips for studying including ensuring sufficient rest to ensure optimum performance.
“…to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”
– Alfred Tennyson
Ross Bray, House Dean Franklin
From the House Dean of Hawking
Dear Hawking students and parents, what a term!
Numerous whole school events, lots of assessment, plenty of house events, two school camps and Exam Block to finish it off! I hope you enjoy this reflection on Term 2.
The Year 7 and Year 11 Camps went ahead this term. At time of writing, the Year 7 Camp is at Camp Warrawee in Joyner, North Brisbane. As one of the House Dean’s responsible for planning this camp, I am confident students will have had an amazing time, pushed their limits and built friendships that will last a lifetime. The Year 11s went off to Mapleton for three days of action-packed activities in Week 7. This camp focused on leadership, and it was outstanding to see so many Hawking students stepping up and taking on leadership roles at camp. A particular mention to Anna G, Nashonie P and Andy C, who really impressed me with their leadership on camp.
Sustainable Fashion Show
New York, London, Milan, Paris… and Toowong, the latest fashion capital of the world! During InStep this term, students worked on creating sustainable fashion pieces that were made entirely out of recyclable materials and contained no plastic. It was incredible to see each InStep, led by their enthusiastic and hard-working InStep Mentors, working so hard on their creations. All InStep groups did a fantastic job, but a special congratulations to Ms Corney and INH02, whose Eco Flower Fairy placed second overall. See if you can pick it out below!
The Fortnight Ahead Newsletter
A team of students in Hawking House have been working hard to produce our fortnightly newsletter simply titled ‘The Fortnight Ahead.’ This is a wonderful addition to the communication we send home and is created by the students to inform parents and students of what is upcoming and what has been happening in Hawking House. I really do hope you have enjoyed reading these small articles each fortnight. Thanks again to the newsletter team of Khwahish G (Year 8), Andy C (Year 11), Abby H (Year 7), Adeline L (Year 10), Indraneel M (Year 8), Ria S (Year 7), Tiffany T (Year 7) and Muhammad Z (Year 8).
Everyday Counts – Any level of absence impacts achievement!
Attendance is an incredibly important contributor to a student’s academic achievement. The correlation between absence and achievement is consistently negative. Declines in achievement are evident with any level of absence. Although authorised and smaller amounts of absence were associated with only small declines in achievement, all absences count, and the impact of this increases with the number of absences (Hancock et al., 2013). QASMT has high standards regarding attendance with students expected to meet a target of 97% attendance across the year. COVID, floods and sickness have created challenges for attendance in Terms 1 and 2, but it is important that we start to get back on track. As always, if your child is sick or has appointments, please ensure you contact StudentAbsence@qasmt.eq.edu.au.
I wanted to take this opportunity to mention that I will be on leave in the first week of next term and will be returning to school on Monday 18 July, which is the start of Week 2. If there are any pressing issues at the start of next term, students should see another House Dean for assistance, and parents, please contact the school directly.
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and enjoy the cool days with blue skies!
Marc Wheeler, Acting House Dean Hawking
From the House Dean of Hollows
We are halfway through the year, and it will not be long until we are wishing our Year 12 students all the best for their final exams.
Term 2 was once again an action-packed term full of highlights. Please enjoy reviewing our events and activities and I wish you all an enjoyable Term 2 break.
Cross Country Carnival
Term 2 kicked off with our inter-house cross country and unfortunately Hollows House was unable to repeat the win from 2021 and we finished fifth overall. Oliver A, Fred R-J and Heather D were noted podium finishes in their age group, earning a first, second and third, respectively.
Positive Education Week
Congratulations go to Captains Agata P and Dhruv S who orchestrated the student population to produce an affirmation chain during Pos Ed Week. Students wrote their proudest accomplishments or what they are grateful for on a paper chain link which went for thirty metres, once the students joined all the links together.
Intermediate State Volleyball Champions
Many of our mighty Hollows Hawks represented QASMT at the Interschool Intermediate State Volleyball Championships and now are the top Intermediate volleyball school in the state. Well done to our mighty Hawks, Jerry W, Euan F, Sasha V & Hugo H.
Sustainable Fashion Parade
Hollows House finished fourth in the Sustainable Fashion parade in Week 8, where each InStep had to design a piece of fashion made entirely from sustainable materials. Well done Hollows students, as last year we finished eighth.
As part of your focus on student wellbeing, I would like to bring your attention to a range of resources from School TV, found using the below link.
There are a variety of modules on topics such as: Cyber Safety, Mental Health, School Survival, Healthy Body and Positive Parenting, all with associated resources, videos, short quizzes and topical information. I invite you all to navigate around the site. A prize will be given to the first parent to email me their top five video links and the reasons why the links make good viewing for parents and students.
I hope you all have an enjoyable term break, and I am look forward to seeing you all again in Term 3 as we begin Semester 2. Please direct any enquiries you may have regarding Hollows House to Mr Michael Colquhoun House Dean of Hollows at firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Colquhoun, House Dean of Hollows
From the House Dean of Jackson
So much has happened this Term.
Around nine weeks ago we set ourselves some lofty goals in relation to harmony and being successful together, and Term 2 brought many opportunities to do just that.
Year 11 Camp
Year 11 Camp was a challenging experience. For some this was evident early on, for others it became so only once we returned to Brisbane. As a camp group leader, I was given plenty of opportunity to witness another example of Academy students building stronger bonds with each other while striving for success. Throughout the three days at Mapleton, I observed the students in my group come together to cheer, support and comfort one another despite any individual goals and motivations they may harbor. I have a tremendous fondness for camps as they are a great reminder of the importance of working constructively with others, and how we can quickly forget this when challenging ourselves in the realm of academics.
Another important point of focus this term concerned our ability to work in harmony with ourselves, our peers, and our environment, like an archer preparing their shot on target. As we prepared for our exams, we used our PEP class time to discuss the merits of effective study planning and organisation. We discussed the many ways in which we can collect feedback and incorporate this into deliberate practice. Some of the strategies discussed, we realised, are more effective when started early, and should be carefully considered as we prepare for the start of Term 3.
The Accelerus PLP process is now open, so we can consider our goals for the second half of the year. By devising these goals now, we can seek to ensure that they are more relevant and authentic than one might expect by leaving them to the last minute (due Week 2, Term 3). By working on them sooner rather than later, we can incorporate feedback from our current subject teachers before the mid-year change.
I wish you all a tremendous mid-year holiday and will look forward to seeing you all next term.
Samuel Weston, House Dean Jackson
From the House Dean of Newton
As I write this newsletter whilst preparing for the Year 7 camp, it is great to see the once 'new' students, the Year 7s and a few Year 10s, have completed their first semester at QASMT.
I have noticed new friendships, positive community interactions, and the students adjusting to their classes and study routines.
Lana W and Tina T (Year 11); for successfully being selected for QUT's 2022 'Future You STEM Summit'. They were recognised for their outstanding STEM leadership potential and will participate in a four-day internship program in September.
Education Outside of the Classroom - Year 11 camp
The Year 11 students recently travelled to the Sunshine Coast to attend a three-day, two-night leadership camp. It was an opportunity for them to develop their leadership skills to make a significant and positive impact within their roles at the Academy and be a promising leader in the future. In addition, students participated in various team-building activities such as canoeing, archery and rock climbing. It was a fun-filled, enjoyable and successful camp. They certainly understand what it takes to be a great leader, and I look forward to reading the applications for the future House Captains and Ambassadors of Newton.
House Ambassadors Report
We are your Year 8 Newton ambassadors, Daniela C and Annie P. Many exciting events have happened this term; let's recap below!
The term kicked off with our stunning Harmony Week. The week began with a flurry of colour, with many students showcasing their traditional dress. Some of the many events included cultural performances and a flag parade displaying our variety of cultures here at QASMT. Overall, this week was a success and a great way to start the term.
The Annual Cross Country and Athletics Carnivals both happened this term! Our phenomenal war cry was displayed at both events, and we got to see the fantastic sportsmanship and athleticism within Newton house.
Another exciting event was Book Week. During the week, students were allowed to expand their knowledge of fiction and non-fiction literature. Book recommendations were pasted around the school, promoting a range of genres from classics to contemporary novels, including our beloved Mathematics textbooks.
Week 8 was Sustainability Week; notably, the fashion parade took place in which each InStep created a beautiful and sustainable costume. Throughout this week, there were many fun activities promoting sustainability. We had an incredible time participating and learning new things. One of the Newton InSteps made it to the finals in the fashion parade, great effort!
The Festival of Creativity happened on Friday night of Week 8. The talented performers were greeted by an engaged audience, from dancing and singing to instrumental performances. Not to mention the beautiful artworks on display and the delicious food from different cultures. A great way to end Term 2. Thank you!
“Every day is different, and some days are better than others, but no matter how challenging the day, I get up and live it.”
— Muhammad Ali
Deva Prasad, House Dean Newton
From the Guidance Officers
Guidance Officer (Career Planning & Inclusion)
Term 2 has once again provided many opportunities for supporting students with their future planning and personal development.
Career Planning Resources and Events
QASMT Tertiary Expo – 18 July, 4:00pm-6:00pm in the Auditorium, Lecture Theatre and J Block. Local, interstate and overseas tertiary providers will be in attendance to answer questions and provide information to support career planning. It is a great privilege that these providers are coming to us, and we encourage our Year 11 and 12 students particularly to make the most of this event. See the separate invitation for the program and list of confirmed exhibitors.
Griffith University Year 11 and 12 Experience Days
Tuesday 5 July and Thursday 7 July 2022, Nathan
Wednesday 6 July and Friday 8 July 2022, Gold Coast
Registration for Griffith University's Year 11 and 12 Experience Days is now open. Taking place in early July, Griffith University's Experience Days are a chance for Year 11 and 12 students to explore Griffith campuses, tour lecture theatres and labs, and get hands-on with the ability to choose from a range of interactive sessions dedicated to different study areas.
- Tuesday 5 July, 9:00am-2:30pm | Science and Health | Nathan campus
- Wednesday 6 July, 9:00am-2:30pm | Science and Health | Gold Coast campus
- Thursday 7 July, 9:00am-2:30pm | Business and Arts, Education and Law | Nathan campus
- Friday 8 July, 9:00am-2:30pm | Business and Arts, Education and Law | Gold Coast campus
University Rankings and Indicators
“As the name suggests, university rankings rank universities. However, each ranking organisation measures institutions in different ways, using different criteria, and different weightings of similar criteria. Rankings can take into account research quality and revenue, surveys of academics and employers, staff-student ratios, and statistics on demographics such as the number of international students.”
QS World University Rankings: Featuring 1300 universities from around the world.
Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings: University rankings to assess university performance on the global stage and to provide a resource for readers to understand the different missions and successes of higher education institutions. Rankings cover the three main areas of university activity: research, impact and teaching.
Further information can be found on university websites or use our QASMT subscription (code “QASMT”) to log in using the link below.
Be sure to peruse the Options Career Bulletin for other career planning opportunities and information. Use the Options Career Information app available through the Apple store and Google Play: access code “QASMT.”
Wishing you all a restful semester break.
Guidance Officer (Career Planning)
Guidance Officer (Student Wellbeing)
Term 2 has been a very productive term for our Academy community.
We return to a fast-paced world as events return in the space that is our ‘new normal’. It is important that as the year progresses with more and more events returning, we support our students with the scheduling of their time and help them to balance study, family, friends, fun and down time.
Wellbeing Seminar Series
To further support the wellbeing and brain health of our students and Academy community, we introduced the Wellbeing Seminar Series during Term 2. This consisted of three sessions for students and one session for family and community.
Students have been slow to engage with the student sessions, and I would like to ask you to encourage your child/ren to attend as these sessions will continue during Semester 2. The parent session was a very informative evening and there was a large parent response with attendance and positive feedback. The Headspace presenter, Georgia, and a clinician from Headspace, shared with parents and community about how to support our young people. Topics covered included:
- Understanding mental health and wellbeing in your people.
- Notice changes that a young person might be going through a tough time.
- Identify strategies to connect and communicate with young people.
- Increase knowledge about how to support a young person and where to access professional support.
Further information will be provided to parents and students with details of the Semester 2 Wellbeing Seminar Series.
Stay safe over the break – Be kind to yourself and each other.
Tara le Pla, Guidance Officer (Student Wellbeing)
From Instrumental Music
Term 2 was jam packed with music making with a busy rehearsal schedule to prepare for performances on and off campus.
Instrumental and Vocal Music Evening Concert
Thank you to our loyal audience who braved the weather to attend our Instrumental and Vocal Music Evening Concert in May. It provided a fantastic opportunity for our musicians and their conductors to share music for an appreciative audience. Our next concert is on Tuesday 9 August starting at 6:00pm in the QASMT Auditorium.
Thank you to all our families who ensure rehearsal attendance remains high throughout the term.
Gregory Thompson, Instrumental Music Coordinator
From Corporate Services
From the P&C
Hope you all have a restful break. Thank you once again.