After a Sammy Adams concert highlighted Tostal Part One in March, Saint Mary’s students celebrated Tostal Part Two on Thursday with stunner shades, YOLO tanks and Dippin’ Dots. The Saint Mary’s Student Activities Board (SAB) hosted Saint Mary’s Tostal and worked to make this year’s event unique. SAB president Liz Kraig said SAB prepared for Saint Mary’s Tostal with a conference to discuss ideas and connect with vendors. Though Tostal has featured lawn inflatables in past years, Kraig said members of SAB focused on other activities this year. “We decided to do something instead of the inflatables because although inflatables are fun, we think Saint Mary’s girls really enjoy the giveaways,” Kraig said. “Photos are a great way for students to keepsake their Tostal memories.” Kraig said this year’s activities also let students shake off stress with treats from The Sweet Ride Cupcake truck, photos from a wild-west photo shoot and a movie screening of “The Vow.” Senior Liz Busam said Tostal provides a study break for students as the semester ends and finals approach. “I like the break in the day that Tostal offers, especially as we approach finals,” she said. “It’s a great way to relax and enjoy a beautiful day on campus.” Junior Caitlin Paulsen said the free giveaways were her favorite part of Tostal. “I love Tostal because I got to make a lion balloon animal and tye-dye stunner shades,” Phelan. Students like senior Torrie Thompson said they most enjoyed the sweets. “I was most excited about the cupcake truck,” Thompson said. This was the final Tostal for Saint Mary’s seniors. Senior Katelynd Park said she would miss Tostal after graduation. “I love Tostal because it’s a great way to have fun with your friends and celebrate a Saint Mary’s tradition,” Park said. Kraig said Tostal was a perfect way to end the year and spend time with friends before exams. She said the positive responses from students made planning for Tostal worthwhile. “I just love seeing everyone come out and having a good time. It’s a great way to end the year, take a picture with friends and enjoy the free snacks,” Kraig said. “We like to put on big events that the student body really enjoys.”
“Waterfront” is very popular in our real estate searches.One curious omission from the top 10 was something that many Queenslanders would consider a necessity, airconditioning. “That may not be a keyword search because I think a lot of people have just come to expect it,” Ms Hetherington said. “Shed” was the 10th most searched term, which she said could be because they were more popular a generation ago, but current real estate buyers favoured indoor living. Top ten Queensland real estate keywords.When they moved in seven years ago only a handful of their neighbours had a pool, but today, all except two of the houses in the street have their own pool. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours ago“I think it is a family thing, and Coorparoo has a lot of families,” she said. She is selling her home, but she is certain that her next home will have to have a pool. Director and buyers’ agent at Property Pursuit, Meighan Hetherington, said although pools were heavily searched for, they were not always an advantage when it came time to sell.“People are entirely invested in having a pool or not having a pool,” Ms Hetherington said.“It is either ‘we have to have a pool’ or ‘I don’t want to have a pool because of the maintenance’.” Adding a pool, she said, might attract the type of buyer that has to have one but it may not increase the value of the property. Other common search terms were “waterfront”, “granny flat”, “dual living”, “view”, “furnished” and “duplex”.“Nras”, which is short for the National Rental Affordability Scheme, a federal government program to subsidise rents for lower to middle income workers was the second highest search term. Sally Bird believes a backyard pool is essential in Queensland, and the data backs her up. Photographer: Liam Kidston.Queensland’s love affair with the suburban backyard swimming pool shows no sign of ending, at least according to what we search for when looking at homes online.Data from realestate.com.au reveals that we are a picky bunch when it comes to looking for a home, with pools at the top of the list. “Pool” was the most common keyword for people looking at property to rent and buy in Queensland in searches on realestate.com.au in the six months to May 31. And with warm weather across much of the year, the simple backyard (or frontyard, or rooftop) swimming pool might be that luxury that thousands of Queenslanders cannot imagine themselves living without. Coorparoo resident Sally Bird said a swimming pool was essential when she was looking for a home for their family. “Everyone said to me ‘don’t get a pool’ because it cost so much to maintain,” Ms Bird said. But with solar panels on the roof and simple water testing available at shops like Bunnings, she had not found the pool to be costly nor a chore. “It takes five minutes to clean,” she said. Sheds might not be as popular with millenials as they were with Baby Boomers.