In The Loop

Edmund Rice Centre (ERC) @ Clairvaux MacKillop College

June 2016 Newsletter - Issue #3

Vinnies - Volunteering

ERC Student, Ben Reuter (Year 11) has been involved with Vinnies at Capalaba, doing an introduction to volunteer experience and is due to go back to start volunteering soon.

Mrs. Reuter has let us know that there is some opportunities for Friday afternoons and recommends contacting the co-ordinator/manager who is very supportive of young people with a disability. Some students also go on Saturday mornings.

This information may be of interest to other families – details are below. Included also are a couple of other contacts for volunteering that may of interest:-

  • Vinnies, Rachel Devine, 3823 2304, 18 Moreton Bay Road, Capalaba
  • Salvos Store, Liona Keneally, 3393 3217, 119 Bay Terrace, Wynnum
  • Conservation Volunteers, Liezel Liversage, 3399 5761 or 0428 934 199, 333 Bennetts Road, Norman Park

In and Out of the Classroom

Brendan and his dad have been busy making a retro arcade cabinet. It started with a Raspberry Pi kit which Brendan loaded with games, many trips to Bunnings to build the cabinet, some buttons from ebay for Brendan to wire together and finished off with an old TV from Gumtree. The "Monster" will be complete once Brendan decides on artwork to decorate it but there is no rush. Lets play he says...

ERC Parent Social Gathering - June

Saturday, June 11th, 2pm

40 The Circuit

Brisbane, QLD

Next to the Airport DFO; ample parking available.

More information below.

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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.

Parent to Parent

Parent Carer NDIS Guide -

Assists families and parents with plan for the NDIS; which usually takes a few hours; also go through intended outcomes and achievements.

In The Classroom

ERC students have been learning about the following in each subject


Juniors - Short Stories - with students having to write their own short stories.

Seniors - Novel study - "Henry Hoey Hobson" - where students have had to do 'status updates' based on the feelings and relationships of a character in the story.

MATHS - Time; reading time and lapse time; reading analogue and digital clocks. Numbers - developing skills in Timetables.

Students are working at various levels on elements of time. Maths mentals and quick quizzes.

SCIENCE - Space, Earth and other planets, constellations

LIFE SKILLS & COMMUNITY ACCESS - 'Hands off' policy - reinforcing in personal development classes - Working with counsellors - Personal safety and Respect for ourselves, others and the environment.

Post-School Option - Blue Tongue Adventure Service

An organisation called Blue Tongue Adventure has a new program that is tailored to school leavers up to age 25. This new service was created by young people for young people with a disability. It's activities include regular visits to theatre workshops, cooking with professional chefs and sessions with a personal trainer.

They offer a range of life-skills and social and living skills. More information available from their website.

Additionally, there is a planned monthly evening rec. club that is for members only. Movies, festivals, Theatre performance and dancing are just sample of what they can offer.


Michelle Franklin

Autism Queensland Programs and Services for Adolescents

Please find attached information about Autism Queensland services for adolescents that may be of interest to you and your son/daughter.

If you would like to know more, please contact Autism Qld on PH: 3273 0000.

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Autism Queensland Customised Services

Autism Queensland offers a range of customised services on a Fee for Service basis. This enable us to provide a flexible service that is structured to meet the needs of the client and other relevant stakeholders including parents and carers.

Support Programs

These programs can be delivered in a range of settings including:

  • Home
  • School
  • Child care and early childhood settings
  • Other community settings
  • Autism Queensland centres

The content and format of each of these programs is tailored to individual needs. Activities/services contained within these programs may include one or a combination of:

  • Multidisciplinary/Transdisciplinary Assessments and Programs (eg speech pathology, occupational therapy)
  • Development of Positive Behaviour Support Plans and behaviour interventions
  • Development of Transition Plans
  • Designing and implementing environmental adjustments
  • Assistance planning curriculum adjustments
  • Targeted programs addressing developmental and independence skills as communication, toileting, eating and drinking, sleeping etc.

Individual Therapy

Individual therapy* sessions are available with Autism Queensland’s qualified allied health professionals in Brisbane and at our regional centres in Cairns, Mackay, Rockhampton and Gladstone. Our experts will work with you and your child to identify and develop strategies and skills tailored to their needs.

We can provide:

  • Speech and Language Pathology (SLP): Assisting your child develop skills that will enhance their ability to successfully communicate and interact with others
  • Occupational Therapy (OT): Maximising your child and family’s successful participation in the activities, routines and relationships that are important to you.
  • Psychology: Helping your child with building positive social relationships and to manage their own emotions and behaviours.

Please contact us for more information

P. 07 3273 0000


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.

New features on the myfuture website

The myfuture website below has added some new features. Note that you may have to ‘Sign up’ for free if this is the first time you have been on this website.

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Week 9

  • Monday 6th - Tuesday 14th June - Yr 11 and 12 Exam Block
  • Monday 6th - Friday 10th June - Work Placement

Week 10

  • Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th June - Yr 11 and 12 Exam Block
  • Wednesday 15th June - Normal Classes for Year 11. Year 12 Certificate Course Catch-Up (refer to Exam Block Timetable) - Year 12 ERC students will not need to attend as such; unless otherwise organised; as other Year 12 students will be doing QCS practice tests.
  • Friday 17th June - Last PCYC visit for the term.

Week 11

  • Monday 20th June - Thursday 23rd June - Normal Classes for Year 11
  • Monday 20th June - Wednesday 22nd June - Year 12 Retreat
  • Thursday 23rd June - Normal Classes for ALL students
  • Friday 24th June - School Athletics Carnival

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iPAD apps to support Students with disabilities (SWD)

(Please 'download' the file, as there are some formatting issues, with simply previewing it on the screen. It is viewed best by saving as a document file on your computer).