In Faith and Love

Ms Sharon Volp

Year 7 Pastoral Leader Report

Dear 2021 Year 7 Parents and Caregivers,
Your daughters have certainly had an extraordinary last year at primary school. Hopefully, their last term will be a little steadier and allow them to experience the rites of passage that a final year brings. This term is filled with a range of emotions for the whole family, disbelief that your daughter is already moving to secondary school; sadness at leaving friends and familiarity; fear of the unknown and hopefully, a little bit of excitement about what is to come.
Whilst our Orientation Morning was a structured a little differently to previous years, I am grateful for the opportunity to meet your daughters and for them to begin to form bonds with each other that will only strengthen over the next six years. I recognise the resilience and courage that it took for your daughters to say goodbye and take that first daunting step without you into the College grounds. I hope they enjoyed their morning and are looking forward to starting with us in January. 
I will be in touch again the week before your daughter’s first day with details about the beginning of term however, I would just like to share some important information before then.
You will receive a booklist detailing equipment requirements for next year. Part of these requirements are coloured folders; we specify the colours and types of folders that we would like your daughter to bring to aid with organisation and being prepared for lessons.
In the first week of Term 1 your daughter will be in her homeroom for the week (Wednesday 27 January – Friday 29 January) and will be involved in transition activities ready to start curriculum learning in Week 2.
Key information for the first day – Wednesday 27 January 2021:
School starts at 8:35 a.m. Please aim to have dropped your daughter at her homeroom by 8:15 a.m.
2:00 – 3:05 p.m. Year 7 Parent Information and Tablet Distribution, held in the Sophia Centre – parents and students to attend. Please note this is simply a date saver at present. These details may change to comply with Co-Vid 19 guidelines. 
I look forward to seeing you once again in January and I hope you enjoy Year 6 graduation.
Kind regards,
Alison Correia
Pastoral Leader - Year 7
Orientation Day
We would like to thank all of our newest Mt St Michael’s students for attending our recent Orientation Day and we hope it was enjoyable!  While there were some nerves, there was also an abundance of excitement, with new friendships eagerly formed.

As you know, this year we were unable to welcome parents to the College due to restrictions on the number of people able to visit us. However, we did welcome more than 160 Year 6 girls from over 20 local schools to our beautiful campus. 

This year we were pleased to present to new parents and carers an online Orientation Guide, containing information to help ease your daughter into her first days at the College, including a series of short videos, welcoming your family to our community.
First day for the Class of 2026
To our Parents and Carers, please note and share the checklist below with your daughter, to aid her first day at Mt St Michael’s College:

To our new Year 7s, your first day is exciting but it may also be a little hectic. Below are some pointers, to help you start on the right track:
  • Arrive no later than 8.15am.
  • Assemble outside M block (see the map of the College here). Home Room allocations will be displayed on the Grantuly veranda and M block classrooms. Don’t be worried as staff and older students will assist your with finding your homeroom.   
  • Wear your full day uniform including College hat.
  • Bring your Mt St Michael's College tote bag, a water bottle, note pad and pencil case.
  • The Kaf will be open for morning tea and lunch, or alternatively bring your own.
  • You will be issued with your 2021 Diary and College Calendar, a Student Timetable, a locker lock, and a lanyard.
  • Smile, and be open to a wonderful new experience!
Book your uniform fitting 
Please make an appointment with the Uniform Shop so your daughter may be fitted for 2021 without the busy crowds that always occur in January.  

Contact the Uniform Shop at msm_uniforms@juniorsenioruniforms.com.au and suggest three possible appointment times, in order of preference. 

Appointment sessions are 30 mins each with appointment times as follows: 
  • Mon 9 Nov   2:30 – 5:00pm 
  • Wed 11 Nov   7:30 – 10:30am 
  • Fri 13 Nov   7:30 – 10:30am 
  • Mon 16 Nov   2:30 – 5:00pm 
  • Wed 18 Nov   7:30 – 10:30am & 2:30 – 5:00pm 
  • Thu 19 Nov 2:30 – 5:00pm 
  • Fri 20 Nov 7:30 – 10:30am  
  • Mon 23 Nov 2:30 – 5:00pm 
  • Tue 24 Nov 7:30 – 10:00am 
  • Wed 25 Nov 7:30 – 10:30am & 2:30 – 5:00pm 
  • Thu 26 Nov 7:30 – 10:00am & 2:30 – 5:00pm 
  • Fri 27 Nov 7:30 – 10:30am 
  • Mon 30 Nov 7:30 – 10:00am & 2:30 – 5:00pm 
  • Tue 1 Dec 7:30 – 10:00am & 2:30 – 5:00pm 
  • Wed 2 Dec 7:30am – 10:00am  
A reminder email will be sent to you a few days prior to your appointment. 

If you are unavailable to attend in Term 4, the Uniform Shop will be open in the week before classes commence in January on a first come, first served basis. 

Please disregard if you have already booked an appointment.  
2021 Term Dates
Term 1
Wednesday 27 January – Thursday 1 April

Term 2
Tuesday 20 April – Friday 18 June
Term 3
Tuesday 13 July – Friday 17 September

Term 4
Tuesday 5 October – Friday 19 November
(Year 12 students)
Tuesday 5 October – Friday 26 November
(Years 7-11)
Meet our 2021 College Captains
In late Term 3, we announced our 2021 student leaders. These exceptional young women have now accepted this challenge with determination and grace. We look forward to supporting them and seeing them grow throughout this exciting journey during the coming year. 
What does Student Leadership look like at Mt St Michael’s College?
Student Leadership at is comprised of two College Captains and a further 12 students who hold the various positions of Mission, Academic, Cultural, Sport and House Captains. Year 11 elections are held in late Term 3, to allow for transition and sharing-of-knowledge between the graduating Year 12 students and the new captains. These young women are tasked with actively and wholeheartedly contributing to and promoting our College spirit.

At our recent Year 11 Leadership Day (pictured), our Principal, Ms Volp spoke on Servant Leadership, while our Deputy Principal, Mission, Mr Campion spoke about the importance of Mission at the College. Claire Ryan, College Captain of 2016, shared with students her leadership journey. All three speakers providing very rich and pertinent information about Student Leadership. 

All Year 11 students and staff are invited to participate in the election of College Captains. While not all Year 12 students may hold an official position, all students, in all year levels, are provided with opportunities to develop their individual leadership skills. 

It is our aim that young women serve as they learn, so they may develop an understanding of the responsibilities that come with being part of our local - and global - community.
Indigenous Reconciliation Liturgy
Due to COVID protocols, we were unable to gather for our Indigenous Reconciliation Liturgy, so we did so virtually. We were inspired by the words of Pope Francis, who reflected upon the incredible richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island culture.

“Your culture, which shows the lasting genius and dignity of your race, must not be allowed to disappear.  Do not think that your gifts are worth so little that you should no longer bother to maintain them.  Share them with each other and teach them to your children.
Your songs, your stories, your paintings, your dances, your language must never be lost.”

We recognise that reconciliation is needed for all Australians, Indigenous and Non-Indigenous, and that in working towards this together we can truly unify our land and our people. 
Year 7 Immersion Day and Retreat 
During their first year at Mt St Michael’s College, our Year 7 students enjoyed their first experience of an Elective Immersion Day, and a Retreat.
These days are important for many reasons. Not only are they a great opportunity to ‘retreat’ from daily life, they also provide an avenue for students to interact and connect with each other on a deeper level than they may normally do so on any given school day. The shared experiences, and group activities and exercises are designed to meaningfully bond the cohort as one. 

During these memorable days, Year 7 students also reflect on their emerging identity as a Mt St Michael’s College student: young women of commitment, confidence, compassion, conscience and competence.
Year 12 students Zoom meet with Dr Susan Carland
During Year 12 Study of Religion, a Zoom meeting was scheduled with Dr Susan Carland, an author and academic, best known for her work regarding Islam and Feminism. The students took turns to ask Dr Carland questions regarding the Islamic faith, her conversion to Islam and what it was like to be a Muslim in contemporary Australia. This Q&A coincides with how our students are exploring religious freedoms in different countries around the world. 
Future Problem Solving Teams aim for National Final
As part of the Future Problem Solving program, three Mt St Michael’s Future Problem Solving teams undertook the 2 ½ hour Global Issues Problem Solving Qualifying Lock Up. Using their research on the topic of Gamification, the girls used the 6-step creative problem solving process to analyse a one-page future scene. The team is looking forward to hearing whether they will receive an invitation to participate in the October 2020 Australian National Final.
QAMT Year 7 and 8 Maths Regional Quiz: 3rd place
Congratulations to our seven teams of ‘Mathletes’ who represented Mt St Michael’s College in the Queensland Association of Mathematics Teachers (QAMT) Years 7 and 8 Regional Maths Quiz 2020.  The competition included mental computations, problem solving and estimation, with students working individually and as part of a team. Our highest scoring team has placed 3rd in the Regional Finals and are now reserves for the State Finals.
Writers Club create wonder with the 'Write a Book in a Day' Competition
On a recent Sunday, two teams of eight girls from the Mt St Michael’s College Writers Club wrote and illustrated books for the Kid’s Cancer Project, Write a Book in a Day Competition. The writers and illustrators were given five parameters and five words to use. Using their gifts and their talents, the girls crafted and edited, critiqued and supported one another to produce two humorous books that will hopefully bring a smile to children undergoing cancer treatment in hospital. 
MSM raises funds for a great cause
Our recent Casual Dress Day was a great success. The students looked resplendent, with purple being the predominant colour, as we supported the work of Interact which was focused on Polio Awareness. The College students raised $3590 with funds donated to Downs & West Community Support, offering encouragement and practical assistance to our neighbours in rural and remote Queensland, and the Weemala Indigenous Education Unit at the Australian Catholic University. 
2020 IEU Awards for Excellence in Art and Design Winners  
Eight Mt St Michael’s College students, recently entered artworks into the IEU Awards for Excellence in Art and Design (QLD/NT), responding to the theme, Perfect Places. We congratulate Isabella Harris (Year 8) for winning the Award for Excellence in the Year7/8 Category for her emotive galactic vista, “Wherever the Stars Shine”. Further congratulations go to Miranda O’Connor (Year 10) and Mia McConnell (Year 10) for receiving High Commendations for their digitally-manipulated artworks “Minjerribah” and “Oscillating Eyes”, respectively. Artwork: “Wherever the Stars Shine” by Isabella Harris
2020 Dance Showcase 
On Tuesday 18 August, the Year 12 Dance students produced an evening of dance as part of their IA3 assessment. Invited Dance curriculum students and parents of the Year 12 performers enjoyed exceptional dance works that the students not only performed in, but also choreographed. These dance works were a culmination of their learnings in Dance curriculum and communicated issues of youth through their personal movement style. 
Bugs for lunch anyone?
The Year 11 Food and Nutrition class had an interesting start to Term 3 with a visit from Grilo Protein (Grilo means cricket in Portuguese). The students explored different ways to fulfill future consumer protein requirements and entomophagy, or the use of insects as a food source. While the girls were hesitant to try the whole cricket, they were quite accepting of the banana, oat, chocolate and cricket powder biscuits. Chocolate always wins! 
CaSSSA Cup Cross Country Carnival 
Mt St Michael’s College successfully brought home the silver, securing the Percentage Cup at the CaSSSA Cross Country on Monday 17 August.  This was testimony to the commitment of the students in the lead up to the carnival. 
Professional Learning
Recently, Mt St Michael’s College staff, Jo Desailly (Certified Highly Accomplished Teacher) and Janelle O’Neill ( Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher AITSL National Assessor) shared their professional learning with colleagues from All Hallows’ School. These qualifications are certified through a national process and teachers pursue this certification to demonstrate their skills and abilities at higher career-stages, and sharing and forming ideas with educational experts from neighbouring schools enforces their practice.
Around our College
In Term 3, year level assemblies were an opportunity for recognising academic success, celebrating girls who received Principal Awards for Academic Achievement and Commitment. Special congratulations to our Year 7 students – an impressive start to your learning journey at Mt St Michael’s College.
Year 9 Junior Scientists examined the nervous system and brain, delving into the physical intricacies of what makes the human body function.
In Year 9 Religious Education, students investigated the ways in which the Church responded to cultural, political, social and economic change in the 18th and 19th Centuries. 9D and Mrs Mulligan created these origami mitres to record their understanding of terms and concepts such as papal infallibility, ex cathedra and dogma.
Mt St Michael’s College Academic Captains presented study tips and tricks to all year levels and what it means to set ‘SMART’ goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely.
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