“It matters not what we are doing for God provided we are doing it in the best possible way”
This quote was on the front of a card that I received from one of the Sisters of Charity in Sydney earlier this week. I have found myself reflecting on these words over the last couple of days in the context of the various activities that have been occurring around the College. I would encourage all students to give 100% effort to your activities - both classroom and co-curricular. There have been some fine examples of this commitment which I would like to share. There are also many other examples included in this newsletter.
Congratulations to our Cross Country Team who competed at Limestone Park in Ipswich on Monday. A very excited and vocal team returned to the College after securing the Percentage Trophy. These girls have been so committed to their training – we are so proud of you!
The “Spirit of The Arts” festival has not been able to proceed in the usual manner this year, but there have been some opportunities to showcase the talents of our students. Congratulations to the students who have been involved in the most recent Music Soiree, the Dance Showcase and the Year 12 Drama performance of Macbeth. We are in awe of your talents. Thank you for sharing them.
Our Year 12 students are currently preparing for their external exams which commence next term. The students are participating in mock exams where they will receive valuable feedback from their teachers.
Our teaching staff are also “doing it in the best possible way”. Last Wednesday and Thursday they participated in professional learning activities which included the “Day of Collaboration and Innovation – Writing for our Context”. Thank you to Ms O’Neill (Director of Professional Learning) for coordinating this program last Thursday. We have been fortunate to draw on the expertise of Ms Crawford (Director of Literacy) an inspirational keynote speaker who set the tone for the day. Thank you Ms Crawford. Thank you also to Mr Cooper, Mr Spanevello, Ms Bentley, Ms Statham, Ms Paterson, Mr McFadden and Ms Desailly who also presented during the day.
With only four weeks left of Term 3, let’s strive to do our best in all of our endeavours!
COVID Spot Closure Procedures
The College has been doing some planning regarding spot closure procedures.
In the event of the College being notified by Queensland Health that a student or staff member has tested positively for COVID-19 and a subsequent College spot closure the following procedures have been put in place:
The above procedure has been discussed with the staff. It would be of great assistance if families could have a discussion regarding how students would get home in the event of a spot closure.
In faith and love
Last week was National Science Week, Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology and MSM students were busy exploring, understanding and questioning our natural and technological world. The critical thinking that occurs in the Science classroom can be applied to all subjects and is a relevant skill-set for life. And, Science is fun!
Year 11 Religion & Ethic’s students have been learning about Social Justice this term. As part of their assessment, they were required to create a project which could be used to introduce incoming Year 7 students to the ways in which social justice is expressed in the work of the Community Action Network at Mt St Michael’s College. Student submissions were well thought out and creative. Hannah created a poster, Gillian a board game and Georgia an information cube.
The Year 9 Home Room Captains were presented with their badges last week. We congratulate Semester 2 Captains who are already busy planning and preparing various initiatives for their peers.
This term Year 7 assemblies have been an opportunity for recognising academic success. We have recently celebrated girls who received Principal Awards for Academic Achievement and Commitment and the Year 7 members of Mathletes. Well done Year 7 – an impressive start to your learning journey at MSM!
As you can see above, we have a large number of peace doves hanging under a canopy of hand-dyed silk. These doves were produced by the teachers and students of the Environment Group, and Arts School Officers Ms Bateman and Miss Smith for the 2019 Peace liturgy and now find peace in the MSM Library. These doves invite us to reflect on peace in all our relationships – at home, at school, with friends, in the workplace – but more specifically today, as we focus on a range of initiatives which the Environment Group has instigated within our community, they invite us to reflect on peace in relation to our natural environment.
Whether it is a straw, cling wrap on a sandwich, or a chip packet, nearly every person would throw way at least one piece of plastic every day. That would mean by 19 September, you alone threw away 263 pieces of plastic [or more] so far this year. That’s how many milk bottle doves are in the room. Imagine multiplying this by the 900 or so people in the school.
Something as simple as being careful to use less plastic and to recycle whenever possible makes a difference. Small things add up!
Your challenge today is – ‘Be at peace, with every little piece of plastic you use’.
Mt St Michael’s will be supporting the Stationery Aid initiative from the end of Term 3. This project aims to support disadvantaged students by providing them with the materials they need for school. Please look out those abandoned unused exercise books, pencils (that still have life in them), pencil cases, glue sticks, scrapbooks et al, that seem to breed at the end of the year. Consider donating them to Stationery Aid so that others might benefit from their use. There will be a blue collection bin placed centrally in the College but until then, please bring the stationery to Mrs Bentley in the A Block staff room. Thank you.
Each year, schools and public libraries across Australia spend a week celebrating books, and Australian authors and illustrators. Teachers and librarians conduct activities relating to a theme to highlight the importance of reading. This year’s theme is “Curious Creatures, Wild Minds,” and the MSM College library will be holding a number of events and competitions throughout the week of August 24-28 to celebrate all things literary.