In The Loop

Edmund Rice Centre (ERC) @ Clairvaux MacKillop College

May 2016 Newsletter - Issue #2


When registering your son / daughter with Disability Services, they will need to gain documents to determine eligibility for support. These are:

  • A photocopy of Birth certificate, Passport or Australian Citizenship certificate
  • Proof of address at your residence (eg, pension card, health care card, utility (household) bill
  • A letter from treating specialist, neurologist, paediatrician, psychiatrist, guidance officer reports or functional assessments (OT) or GP letter providing diagnosis and functional capacity

Once these documents have been provided, usually there is arrangement of a Needs Assessment meeting. This however does not guarantee funding or when it will be available and will be put on a Registration of Need Register.

There are however, other supports available to you as follows:

  • MASS (Medical Aids Subsidy Scheme) – ph 3136 3636 – they can provide equipment such as hospital beds, pressure-relieving mattresses, hoists, etc
  • CAEATI – ph 1300 443 570 – equipment to access the community ($10,000 over 3 years) once determined eligible with Disability Services
  • VOSS – ph 1300 443 570 – financial assistance to buy a vehicle for modifications once determined eligible with Disability Services
  • Community Care Services – ph 1800 600 300 – assistance with home modifications
  • QCCS – ph 1800 600 300 – assistance with personal care, domestic chores, in-home respite etc, (pensioner concessions only)
  • Commonwealth Care Link – ph 1800 052 222 – emergency respite

Further information is available to support eligibility DSA 2006 on the webpage

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Student Friendly Employers and other NDIS Information

Please download the document or pdf on this website for great links to Student Friendly Employers and other important information. A great resource for all students and their families.

Day 10 - Friday visits to Beenleigh PCYC

In 2016, we have facilitated a partnership with Beenleigh PCYC to offer a skill development program for our ERC students fortnightly Friday for those students who are timetabled in the ERC from 11 - 12.30pm. This will occur each fortnight, except for exam block and other major school events.

Dates for the rest of 2016 are...

MAY 6th

MAY 20th

JUNE 3rd

JUNE 17th - No Visit as Year 11 and 12 are on exam block

JULY 22nd

AUG 5th

AUG 19th

SEPT 2nd

SEPT 16th – No visit as is the last day of term 3 and no year 11 or 12’s.

OCT 14th

OCT 28th

NOV 11th

NOV 25th

In and Out of the Classroom

Former ERC student James Evans and his brother William Evans in Year 12, are involved with the Special Olympics and play tennis as their choice of sport, these events are held monthly. Other sports included are swimming, basketball, ten pin bowling,cricket etc. Please contact Mrs. Sharon Evans for more details.

Post School Options Expo - Wednesday 18th May

The aim of the event is to provide an opportunity for people living with disability/mental illness to investigate a broad range of resources and liaise directly with support services for information and advice on their future. The event is aimed at people with disabilities transitioning from school plus their carers and teachers.

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2016 Focus on Ability Short Film Festival

The Focus on Ability Short Film Festival is now in its 8th year running.

In 2015, 163 films were entered and the winners shared in over $100,000 in prizes.

Films must be no more than 5 minutes, and are judged by a professional judging panel as well as through an online voting process.

Entries close 30 June, 2016. For more information, visit

EPIC Program for Year 11 students

Please find some information below about what EPIC’s schools program involves for year 11's at CMC, who are interested in undertaking School Based Traineeships.

The first step will be that the students will need to be referred to Epic's program by the student, their parents and the school. This involves submission to one of the school consultants (likely Pippa Kaity) or EPIC of two pieces of paper:

  1. Attachment One: A completed and signed Referral Form (see below of links), and

  1. Attachment Two: A Referral letter from the school confirming that the students are EAP funded. (Mr. Broszat would arrange this with Epic and submit the letter on the student's behalf).

Epic would then commence fortnightly work readiness training (interview skills, workplace/professional behaviour etc) with the students to get to know them, flesh out their goals, strengths and interests and prepare them to a stage where they are ready to work 8 hours per week , and they are confident that students are ready to commence and complete a Cert II.

In the meantime, the Epic team would be approaching employers or host employers in the local area and searching for school-based traineeship (SBT) opportunities for these Year 11 students.

Once they have SBT opportunities lined up for students with host employers, they would then register the students (with the approval of their parents) with EPIC Assist.

Once signed up, Epic will continue the process to employ the student including finalising criminal history check, tax file numbers, bank account ready to go, purchase by EPIC of work clothing and safety requirements so they’re ready for their first day on the job. The first day might be in May or even June or July – it depends on how they go engaging supportive businesses who will take on the students!

EPIC will ensure all support is provided in the workplace and for the Cert II module training. They will assist to coordinate DAAWS funding (for additional tutoring and mentoring) for those students who are eligible and ensure they support these students to the best of their ability to sustainable long term employment.

Questions can be directed to

Philippa Kaity

Employment/Schools Consultant

EPIC Employment

2072 Logan Road

Upper Mt Gravatt QLD 4122

13 EPIC (13 37 42)

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It was lovely to meet some more parents at the first Meet and Greet get-together in April. And a big thank you to Angela Willows and the students who provided the afternoon tea.

We have decided to have our next Meet and Greet again at the Edmund Rice Centre on

Tuesday 17th May from 3-4pm (meet in the ERC kitchen). Newcomers are very welcome! Come along for a cuppa and some like-minded conversations with other ERC parents. Sharon and Michelle

ERC Parents Meet and Greet for May

Tuesday, May 17th, 3-4pm

Klumpp Road

Upper Mt Gravatt, QLD

Similar to the April Meet and Greet for those parents who couldn't make the first meeting. Come along and enjoy a cuppa and conversations. Students will be able to work in a room close-by on homework or on their laptops.

SECA Sport and Activities on Thursdays

A reminder to keep checking the School Newsletter for dates and changes to the timetables for Thursdays. With NAPLAN coming up and other interruptions it is important to check these dates.

All students have now been placed into the SECA sport/activity of choice and invoices have been sent home, asking for students to pay for their chosen sport/activity. Please pay these at the fees window, or send money and the form in an envelope with the student, and the ERC team can assist.


Youth Group is held once a month on a Friday night, from 7 - 9 pm. This group is for youth from around ages 11 to 20. There is free food and lots of games organised. Everyone attending is signed in and out by a parent. For more info contact Edwin Pererira, Pastoral Minister - Youth & Young Adults ph 0478 624 753.

Next Youth Group get-together is this Friday 6 May at 7 pm in the Aspinall Centre at St Bernards. St Bernards parish then has a youth mass on the Sunday following the meeting. So will be this Sunday 8 May at 6.15 pm.

(Brendan has found this to be a lovely inclusive social group and a lot of fun. Michelle Franklin)

In The Classroom

Year 12 ERC students have been studying "Generations" (Baby Boomers, Generation Y, Generation X etc) and had to do a PowerPoint and oral presentation to the class, as part of their English assessment. Please find Sam Murray's work below.

In The Classroom

This term, ERC students will be learning about the following in each subject


Yr 7/8/9 - Autobiographies and Biographies - guided reading, grammar activities.

Yr 10/11/12 - Generations - Baby Boomers, Y-Generation, Generation X etc.

MATHS - Number and operations using a calculator, money, time and measurement

SCIENCE - Mixtures and materials --> Mixing, combining, separation and solutions

LIFE SKILLS & COMMUNITY ACCESS - Daily living skills, using self-checkouts at supermarket and reading venue maps. Continued class cooking - Anzac Biscuits will be baked and discussed.


All year 11 and 12 students will again go into Exam Block / Work Placement from the 6th June - 14th June, meaning that the last day of classes will be Friday 3rd June.

Year 11's and year 12's who aren't doing the QCS will come back to school as usual from 15th June until the end of term, with year 12's going on Retreat during this time.

Regarding Work Placement, Angela Willows (School officer), Lindy Toon, myself and the rest of the team seek out to find suitable work placement (up to a full week) during this time, however, as you can imagine have some difficulty finding the right fit for some students. If you have any contacts, who are willing to take on our students, please let Angela, Lindy or myself know asap, so we can arrange the paperwork and associated follow-up.

Apps for Students - 'Notability' App

Notability is an App to use on the Iphone, iPad or iMac - It is a great tool to use for note taking and has the ability to mix handwriting,typing and pictures etc. It takes audio notes and can be replayed slowly, either for note taking or comprehension. Photos can be taken too which is another feature. Click on the link below for more information.


Carers Qld is an organisation which provides carers with information, education, training, advocacy, counselling and other support services. You can join to receive their quarterly magazines which are very informative and offer the latest news as well as lots of interesting stories. There is a $10 membership fee though this is entirely optional. The website is

The Brisbane South office of Qld Carers is at 1/1414 Logan Road, Mt Gravatt East. This office has its own newsletter which provides information on events in Brisbane South and the various workshops they hold for carers. In May they are running a 'Cultivating Calm - Strategies for Stress Management' workshop at both the Cleveland and Garden City libraries. In June there is one on 'Mindfulness and Self Care' at Coopers Plains Library and one on 'Living Well & Sleeping Well' at their Camp Hill offices. For more info or to go on their email list, ph 3723 5001 or email

Both Carers Qld and the Brisbane South office have facebook pages.


  • Thursday 5th May - SECA Round 3
  • Tuesday 10th - Thursday 12th May - NAPLAN testing - years 7 and 9. Please complete 'exemption' or 'accommodations/ special considerations' forms as provided by your Case Manager for Students With A Disability. Some parents have applied for exemption. If students will be at school during this time, they will attend classes in the ERC rather than their usual classes, or Naplan testing. Some parents have also arranged to keep their son/daughter at home during the time of NAPLAN testing. Please note there will be NO SECA Sport/Activities during this week.
  • Friday 13th May - Year 12 Formal - Please refer to the College Newsletter for more details about the day and function itself.
  • Thursday 19th May - SECA Round 4
  • Friday 20th May - Year 10 Reflection Day @ Mt Gravatt Showgrounds. Students will walk to and from the venue on the day.
  • Wednesday 25th May - Windows Evening - 6.30pm - CMC
  • Thursday 2nd June - SECA Round 5
  • Monday 6th - Tuesday 14th June - Yr 11 and 12 Exam Block
  • Monday 6th - Friday 10th June - Work Placement
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"Windows” College Tour – Wednesday, 25th May

The next “Windows” College Tour will be held on Wednesday, 25th May from 6.30pm – 8.00pm. If you know of interested families who would like to attend please contact our Enrolment Officer on 3347 9223 or email to book a space.

A presentation will be held in the Auditorium at 6.30pm, followed by a tour of the College with our Student Leaders. Please see below a flyer outlining details and additional tour dates.

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