Earlier this year Eamon Madden (9G) won first place in the ESU QLD 2017 Roly Sussex Short Story Award. On November 20 Eamon was presented to His Excellency the Governor of Qld, the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC and Mrs Kaye de Jersey at Government House, along with those who placed in the 2018 competition.
The Mouthbrooder`s Curse
‘Mouth Brooding Fish - a mother cichlid fish protects her young by keeping them in her mouth.’ - National Geographic
Once, before man came to be, long before our people were formed, the world was covered in water. In the water lived many fish and other animals, most of them so long dead now that even their bones are dust. The world was wondrous, filled with reefs so big they were like the great cities of our people, and death was not a thing that worried the animals of the sea. They were watched over by the great eagle, M`cathilcla, who kept his stern eye on the many inhabitants of the world, lest they wrong their neighbours.
One such inhabitant, Ra`lytia, was a mother with many children - too many to name. She loved her children very much, but they were mischievous and often escaped from her to play tricks on other animals. One such animal was a young shark named Ecr`latyr and he had had enough of Ra`lytia`s offsprings’ tricks. One day, after the mother`s children had played one of their jokes on him, instead of becoming angry and chasing them back to their mother with his teeth bared, he smiled slyly and told them, ‘Your pranks are very amusing! I think you should try one on old M`cathilca. He loves jokes!’ Most of the animals feared M`cathilca for his strength and godly powers, and many worshipped and praised him, lest he strike them down with some ghastly punishment. But the young fish had not heard any of the stories of his power, their mother thinking such tales to be too scary for children. They thanked the shark for his advice and swam back to their home, talking excitedly along the way about how they would trick the wise old eagle.
The next day, after the great eagle had cried out to start the day (as there was no sun or moon back then), the children gave their mother the slip and swam up from the bottom of the deep water to where M`cathilcla flew.
Meanwhile, Ra`lytia had noticed that her children had disappeared yet again, and as they had been gone for quite a while, had decided that enough was enough. She was going to the great eagle to ask him to find her children.
They popped their heads up out of the water and called out to him. ‘M`cathilca, M`cathilca,’ they cried. ‘We need your help! The shark Ecr`latyr is chasing us!’ The great eagle flew down closer to them, alarmed at their plight.
‘Where is he?,’ demanded M`cathilca, coming closer to the young tricksters. ‘I will make sure he gets what he deserves for chasing young ones like you.’
As he said this he came close enough to touch the water and this was when the young fish struck. Their plan was to all grab onto the mighty eagle at once and pull him down into the water, giving him a soaking. They leapt up out of the water and latched onto the eagle`s claws, dragging him down towards the water. They managed to catch M`cathilca by surprise, pulling him down and soaking his luxurious tailfeathers, but they had underestimated his legendary strength. He beat his mighty wings and flew back up, shaking off the puny fish as he went.
Once he had flown up to a safe distance he shrieked at the frightened children. ‘How dare you try to attack me! I am your protector and yet you try to trick me and drown me in the water!’
While the furious eagle was saying this, the mother of the young fish had arrived. ‘Oh no!’, she thought to herself. ‘M’cathilca is going to curse my babies! I must save them!’
While Ra`lytia was thinking of what to do, the eagle was still berating the youngsters. ‘Why would you do something like that? And where is your mother? You know what? I think I might imprison you so that you never do something like that again!’ The eagle drew in his breath, preparing to release a shriek of justice upon the poor, speechless fish, but while he was doing this, Ra`lytia swam up, grabbed her children in her mouth and swam away, hearing the eagle’s screech behind her. She swam home as quickly as she could, but when she got there, she realised that she could not open her mouth to let her children out.
To this day, the eagle`s punishment still binds the poor mother. She cannot open her mouth, except to eat, her beloved but disobedient children trapped inside. This is how Ra`lytia became the mouthbrooder, forced to endure the fact that she must keep her children inside her mouth, never to play another trick again.
Voice 2018 - UN Youth’s Public Speaking Competition
Leo Barbieri-Yates 9S in Voice 2018 - UN Youth’s Public Speaking Competition. He successfully made his way through the Heats and State Semi-Final to participate in the State Final on Sunday 11th November. Leo had to find a solution to the question - “How can we ensure the adequacy and sustainability of our energy supply in Australia?” Following his speech and response to two unseen questions, he was announced as one of two runners-up to the students who placed first, second and third. This meant that Leo is invited to participate in the National Finals in Perth in April 2019.
Origins of Remembrance Day
Each year, our Year 6 students are invited to write a short story of 150 – 250 words for the theme of “Origins of Remembrance Day”. The Ashgrove RSL sponsors the annual writing competition, with prize money available for the three best submissions. It is an opportunity for students to do some research on Remembrance Day, so that they can address the topic specifically. Some choose to base their story on the experiences of grandparents or others who have had first-hand experience of conflict, while others elect to create their own story of battles fought. The hand-written entries are assessed on their content, spelling and punctuation, and structure. This year we had over thirty entries from the Year 6 students. The first prize of $150 was awarded to Henry O’Malley 6B. Second prize of $100 went to Tom Paterson 6G and Oliver Betts 6V collected $50 for his story. Thanks to Mr Paul Prince, President, Ashgrove District RSL Sub-Branch and Mrs Paula Azzopardi for their efforts in making this competition a reality each year.
National Finals of UN Youth’s Evatt Trophy Competition
Ben Hunter 12F and Joseph Doyle 12S will participate in the National Finals of UN Youth’s Evatt Trophy Competition in Hobart from 3-9 December, 2018. The Evatt Competition challenges young Australians to step into the role of the United Nations Security Council, and tackle the world’s biggest issues. This week-long conference is packed with engaging debate, workshops from experts in their field, and inspiring speaker sessions. Drawing together 60 outstanding students from across Australia and New Zealand, delegates take on the roles of UN Security Council representatives, adopting perspectives vastly different from their own, contend with the issues of securing peace, and proposing creative, nuanced solutions. Ben and Joe will be one of five Queensland teams at the National Final. We wish them luck as they don their College uniform one more time having completed Year 12 this year.
Eileen Laracy Plate – Public Speaking Competition
In Term 4 of each year, six secondary students (one from each year level) participate in a public speaking competition against students from St Margaret Mary’s College in Townsville. Each student speaks for five minutes on a subject of his or her choosing. Unfortunately this year SMMC reclaimed the Plate, but they didn’t win all of the accolades. Ben Howard 12F was named Speaker of the Night and received a medal to commemorate the win.
Thanks to all involved in the event – Mrs Bernie Ketter (Organiser), Mr Paul Halliday and Mr Zach Woodward (Judges), Mrs Correna Neumann and students from SMMC and Joseph Lewis 7H, Isaac Lynn 7G, Liam Morris 8G, Leon Simonetti 9F, Archie Martin 11I, Ben Howard 12F who prepared speeches and Riley O’May 12G who was the MC for the evening.