Brain Bee Challenge

The Australian Brain Bee Challenge (ABBC) is a competition for high school students in Year 10 to learn about the brain and its functions, learn about neuroscience research, find out about careers in neuroscience and to dispel misconceptions about neurological and mental illnesses. Round 1 is a 30 question multiple choice exam held here at the College. If you would like to take part or would like any more information please see Assistant Head of Science, Mrs Baker.


Marymount College is proud to run the Chess Club on Monday afternoons. The Chess Club is open to all students from any year level. The Chess Club is professionally coached by Mr Shaun Curtis from Gardiner Chess.

There are numerous benefits to learning and playing chess. The educational benefits of playing chess on a regular basis include developing strategic and forward planning capabilities, increased concentration, problem-solving skills, memory and critical thinking skills. Playing chess also serves to build students’ confidence and self-esteem. It offers a combination of educational and social activity.

This year nineteen enthusiastic students entered the AGCC Chess Championships held at Aquinas College. We were thrilled to be awarded 1st place in the Junior Division and 2nd place in the Senior. 

Mrs Sheridan Saliba
Chess Coordinator

Homework Club

Our Homework Club runs every Thursday afternoon from 3.10 - 4.30pm in the College library.  All students from Years 7-12 are welcome and there is no need to book in; students just sign in when they arrive.  The Learning Support teachers and a Maths specialist teacher supervise and are available to assist students with homework and assignments as needed. Homework Club also provides an opportunity to access the library facilities after school hours and is a great place to meet with classmates to work on group assignments. 

INSIDERS Journalism & Photography

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The College has a large team of Student Reporters who take photos and write articles for social media, the College Yearbook and the College Newsletter. Students interested should see Publications Secretary Mrs Karen Harrison or Teacher Librarian Mrs Janet Cartlidge. 

Japan Trip

Over the 2018 September school holidays, 16 of Marymount’s Junior and Senior Japanese students embarked on a cultural exchange program to Japan’s main island, Honshu. The group visited four of the major cities, commencing the tour in Tokyo before travelling, primarily by bullet train, to Osaka, Hiroshima and Kyoto. Many photo opportunities presented themselves when spending the day at Tokyo Disneyland while staying in the biggest city in the world. In Osaka, students hosted with Japanese families and spent three days learning and socialising at Yuhigaoka High School.  We are happy to say we made a number of friends and enjoyed many memorable moments, even participating in a traditional Japanese style tea ceremony.

We saw first-hand the elaborate Japanese architecture and world-famous sites such as that of Osaka Castle, the Golden Pavilion, and the Torii Gates at the Fushimi Inari Shrine. None of us could have hoped for a better trip than that of the Japan tour of 2018. We found ourselves fortunate enough to be a part of a memorable exchange to a culturally rich country that provided us with the chance to immerse in a society so different from that of our own. 

Abby Wren
Year 12 2018


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MUNA (Model for United Nations Assembly)

The Model United Nations Assembly is a public speaking and debating competition run by Rotary. Students from different schools come together to debate in teams of three, representing different countries. Two Marymount College teams went to Tweed Heads Civic Centre in March 2018 to participate. There were 30 teams involved which made for fun and challenging debating. We had already prepared, studying our chosen country, to really become the best representatives for that country. We focused our research on the four resolutions given to us about potentially divisive global issues (such as weaponry, climate change, taxation and the current situation in our countries). These resolutions created entertaining debates against other countries and even the introduction of interesting amendments to the resolutions. We also were given an emergency resolution which led to a great final debate for the day.   I loved learning more about different countries and competing against other schools. We all enjoyed voting and watching the teams debate resolutions and amendments. This gave us a chance to defend and give a voice to our country.

Isabella Kourkounakis
Year 12 2018


2018 was the 30th year that the Opti-MINDS Challenge has been available to schools in Queensland. Marymount College is proud to have successfully participated in Opti-MINDS for the past 27 years. Two teams participated in Division III of the Science and Engineering category. Each team spent the first six weeks of Term 3 building a machine from recyclable materials that would move a ping pong ball, tuna can and battery from one corner of a square to another, triggering a 30th-year celebration. On the day, students also participated in a Spontaneous Challenge. Team 1 was awarded Honours and Team 2  won the category and progressed through to the Queensland/Australian Finals. 

Throughout September, Team 2 prepared for the Finals by investigating ways to provide clean drinking water to third world countries. In October they spent a weekend in Brisbane at the University of Queensland competing against schools from all over Queensland and Western Australia. On the Saturday, they presented their idea for a better future which included building an affordable water filtration system. On Sunday, they completed a 3hour Challenge using a deck of playing cards to build the highest tower that could hold up to ten boxes of matches. They also completed a Spontaneous Challenge in which they had to explain how they would make the world a kinder place. 

Miss Lauren Mitchell
Opti-MINDS Coordinator

Readers Cup

Readers' Cup is a trivia quiz, for students in Years 7 & 8, based on six books students read over ten weeks. Each year a team of students from the College challenges other schools in the Gold Coast regional Readers’ Cup competition, from which the winners progress to the Queensland finals. A love of reading, an eye for detail and a sense of fun are all that's needed! Read more about Readers’ Cup:  


Marymount College hosted the Griffith University STEM cup challenge on Monday afternoons throughout Term 2 2018. 115 students from Years 5 to 8 attended this afterschool activity where teams of three battled it out in weekly STEM Challenges for a place in the Grand Final. The aim of the challenge is to work in teams to solve different STEM tasks each week. Students worked on mathematical and engineering projects. All challenges aim to link learning to real-world applications, putting what the teams are doing into a larger perspective. Activities have included building a prosthetic leg, making a catapult and solving forensic challenges. Points are awarded for how well they complete the challenge and the points cumulate over the weeks. The top ten teams then get to go to Griffith University for the day and compete in the Grand Final.

Conall Crowley
Year 11 2018


On 31 August 2019, two Marymount teams went to Queensland University to compete in the national RACI titration competition. By the end of the competition, our Year 11 team emerged victorious, placing first for the venue— Queensland— and 10th overall in Australia; a massive achievement to say the least; with our year 12 team placing 22nd overall. Throughout our time, we had great experiences not only practising and competing but getting to know those in our group. We would like to give a massive thanks to all the people supporting us, but most of all Mrs Webster and our laboratory technician, Mrs Leu for spending their time helping us prepare for the competition. A thank you also to Mr Waite for driving the bus for both competitions. We are definitely looking forward to next year’s competition and hope to surpass our achievements.

Lachlan Nesdale
Year 11 RACI Nationalist

​​Write a Book in a Day

Write a Book in a Day competition is an excellent English extension opportunity that we are very pleased to be able to offer our students.  In 2018 we had 50 students from Years 7-12 participate in the competition.  Working in groups of five to ten, students had to write, edit and illustrate a 4000-5000 word book in just 12 hours!  Each group was given a unique set of writing parameters, including two human characters, a non-human character, a setting, and an issue that formed the basis of their story.  They also had to give their story a distinct Australian identity.  We are very proud to say that our talented students wrote EIGHT books in one day!  Each book will now be published and sent to children’s cancer wards in Queensland hospitals.  Congratulations to all students involved in the competition this year.  Special congratulations to our Year 12 team, The Sugar Snakes, who have been shortlisted for one of the major awards. 

Ms Mallory Lowe
Head of English