Message from the Principal

Welcome to Spring!  A new season always brings a sense of new hope and I especially love spring!  You can feel the days starting to get longer and warmer. There are always spectacular sunsets at this time of the year.  It also makes me think of Robert Frost’s poem “A Prayer in Spring”. 

Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.

Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.

And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees in heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.

For this is love and nothing else is love,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfil.

Our “seasonal school cycle” feels different this year.  Year 12 students would normally be engaging in QCS tests; instead, they are preparing for mock exams and the impending Term 4 external examinations.  There is also a buzz of excitement in the air as the Year 12 students prepare for the Charity Ball on Saturday night.  This event was originally to be held on 2 May and was postponed due to the COVID situation. We have had to make many “adjustments” to the evening to comply with the COVID Safe plan and I would like to especially thank Ms Lennon (Year 12 Pastoral Leader) for all her work to ensure that this is a memorable evening for our girls.  We continue to hold our Year 12 students in our prayers during this important time of year.

Spring at MSM is usually synonymous with the “Spirit of The Arts Festival”.  In the last newsletter I congratulated our students on the Music Soiree, the Dance Showcase and the Year 12 Drama Performance of Macbeth.  Spirit of the Arts 2020 #Unprecedented has continued to delight audiences.  We have had performances of Year 10 Musical Theatre and Year 10 Drama “Medea” on assembly as well as  Pop-up Theatresports, a Year 10 Music “How to Be a Girl” and the stunning Year 12 Visual Arts and Visual Arts in Practice installations in the Ionian Centre. Congratulations to all of our Arts students..we are so proud of you. Thank you to our dedicated Arts staff, under the leadership of Mrs Statham, for fostering these amazing talents of our young women. 

I am also looking forward to assembly next week when we will have the opportunity to listen to the speeches from the 2021 Prospective College Captains.  This is another important milestone in MSM life which has been brought forward in our calendar, due to the implementation of the new QCE.  The Year 11 students will be participating in their Leadership Day on Thursday 17 September.  The Commissioning of the 2021 Student Leadership Team will occur at assembly on the first day of Term 4 which will allow for a handover before the Year 12 students commence their external exams. 
On Wednesday afternoon, the much-anticipated return of CaSSSA Trimester 3 sport was embraced by many students.  Thank you to Mrs Roy and Ms Page for all work behind the scenes to ensure that sport is being conducted safely in our current circumstances.  
Finally, on Sunday we celebrate Fathers’ Day.  We remember and honour dads, grandfathers, uncles, and all the men who have been father figures in our lives.  We thank them for their unconditional love and ask for God’s blessing on them.  Happy Fathers’ Day!

In faith and love

Sharon Volp

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Happy Father's Day

We would like to wish all the fathers and carers in our College community a wonderful Father's Day this Sunday.

For many families interstate, this year Father’s Day may be very different. We hold all Australian Fathers in our prayers. We particularly thank the fathers in our community for their unwavering support of their daughters.

2020 IEU Awards for Excellence in Art and Design (QLD/NT) Winners

Eight MSM Students, recently entered artworks into the IEU Awards for Excellence in Art and Design (QLD/NT), responding to the theme, Perfect Places.
Award recipients have now been announced and the MSM community would like to 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
Isabella Harris (Year 8)
“Wherever the Stars Shine”
Miranda O’Connor (Year 10)
Mia McConnell (Year 10)
“Oscillating Eyes”

Aerobics team shines at assembly

Our Senior Level 5 Aerobics Athletes performed a truly sensational routine last week for our College community.

Working together collaboratively, the students crafted their amazing routine to allow everyone the chance to see the dynamic Sport of Aerobics to its full effect. Did you know? Mt St Michael's College is the only CaSSSA school that undertakes Aeroschool Aerobic Gymnatics.

Thank you girls for your time, effort and commitment.

Year 7 Science Excursion

The excursions was attended by all Year 7 science classes with each class visiting two sites along the Brisbane river over the course of last week. The students collected samples of water from each site and recorded observations about the human and natural impact at each site. They also tested the water samples using chemical analysis kits for Phosphate, Nitrates, Turbidity, pH, conductivity, temperature and macro invertebrates. Overall students were able to link the human and environmental impacts on the quality of water - which was poor, particularly down stream near the mouth of the river.

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.

Preparing for the Year 12 External Exams

This year, all Year 12s in Queensland will undertake a new senior assessment model that combines school-based assessment, with external assessment, set and marked by the QCAA. All eligible Year 12 students will now receive an ATAR rather than an Overall Position (OP). Mt St Michael's College staff and students have been diligently preparing for this change for the past few years and look forward to the culmination of this important work with the upcoming commencement of external exams.

Earlier this week, our Year 12 Specialist Maths students received a summary of all Unit 3 and 4 Topics they have previously studied. This resource provides them with a vital resource as they confidently approach their external exams on October 29 and 30.

We wish all Year 12s well in their preparation.

210 students in 13 choirs and ensembles, living “La Vie en Rose”!

While the much anticipated MusicFest 1 Concert was cancelled earlier this year, it provided us an opportunity. And so the “Rose Tattoo” video project was born, with performances by MSM Singers, Middle School Vocal Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble , String Orchestra, Senior Strings, String Quartet, String Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, 7/8 Choir , College Choir, Wind Chamber Ensemble, Concert Band.

The title of this event comes from the combination of a flower theme and the idea of a military tattoo which is a performance of music or display by armed forces.

Most of the repertoire performed on the video was taught/learnt by students during Term 2 over video in Teams video rehearsals.  As we all know, only one person can speak/sing/play at a time in that environment so this was an incredible challenge for both staff and students and they did an incredible job of staying motivated and working productively

Our new COVID world may seem a little bleak but our musicians are always encouraged to see our world through rose-coloured glasses.

For more photos - Check out the MSM Instagram Page by clicking here

MSM Equestrian News

On 9 August 2020,  Brooklyn Williams (Year 10) and myself competed at Ipswich Girls Grammar Show Jumping hosted at Mount Tamborine. It was a good day with us both placing upper midfield in large classes with tough competition.

On 21 – 23 August, Brooklyn and I made the trek up to Warwick to compete over two days at Scots PGC College Extravaganza. We camped in our horse floats, battling the combination of 3 degree nights and 40 - 50km/hr winds. On Saturday we both competed in the combined training competition - consisting of a dressage test and a showjumping round. We both had successful tests but unfortunately, the wild winds brought down our placings in the showjumping. We didn't let this dampen our spirits however as we moved to a full day on showjumping on Sunday. Again battling the wind, my horse, Maddie and I placed 3rd in the first round and 6th in the second round - placing us 4th overall. This was a fantastic result, especially after Saturday's events. Brooklyn also rode her rounds very well, placing 10th overall.

The MSM Equestrian Team have been competing and actively representing the school in interschool competitions for the past two years. Although being a small team, all members are consistent with their results in very tough competition, making quite a name for MSM. Brooklyn Williams, Lily Weaver and I have all qualified for Interschool States 2020 held at Toowoomba Showgrounds and will be representing the school at a state level.

Celebrity Heads at the Library

On Tuesday, 25 August students enjoyed our BOOK WEEK LIBRARY LUNCHTIME ACTIVITY of ‘Celebrity Book Head’ with our hosts, Emma Donaldson and Charlotte Bruna; the 2020 Academic Captains.

There were five rounds with four players in each game, with a prize being awarded to the first person in each round who correctly guessed their book celebrity name. 
Winning guesses were: Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Willie Wonka, Miss Trunchbull from Matilda and Dumbledore from Harry Potter.

Environment Group paint-a-pot raising funds for Downs and West

Today, our students and staff were invited to 'paint-a-pot' to help raise much-needed funds for Downs & West Community Support (DWCS), a ministry of Sisters of Charity Community Care Ltd.

This important initiative offers encouragement and practical assistance to rural and remote Queensland communities, who are severely affected by climatic changes or family matters beyond their control.

Thank you to everyone who participated and we look forward to sharing the outcome with our community shortly.

Stationery Aid initiative

Stationery Aid was created out of a need to collect excess and used school stationery items that are in good condition rather than sending them to landfill.  

We collect, sort, clean, renew and repack school stationery items with a team of local volunteers from the Hills Collective. Renewed stationery packs will be donated to disadvantaged children and school communities in need of educational resources. 

We accept the following items in good working condition:- all types of pencils- crayons- pencil cases- rulers- erasers- sharpeners- unused exercise books / note pads/ scrap books- highlighters- pens- glue- paints and paintbrushes- maths equipment (protractors, calculators etc)- staplers and staples-folders



Please bring all of your excess or used stationery items into the school collection point.  If you are uncertain what we will accept please message us
Facebook: @stationeryaid Instagram: @stationeryaid  or call 0419757867

Stationery Aid is a registered charity with ACNC. 

Being ‘Calm’

Recently the year 9 cohort has been working with the acronym ‘CALM,’ which has been discussed by Justin Robinson and David Bott, both from the Institute of Positive Education in Geelong. Sometimes when we face uncertainty, we can feel fearful, uncalm or perhaps a little anxious. These prompts are shown to foster a sense of calm feelings and give the individual some guidance in working through these feelings. A brief summary is below. I would like to acknowledge Madeleine Spanevello and Emily Tumman, who together created visuals for each part of the acronym. Furthermore, the Institute of Positive Education will be including a blog as part of their weekly newsletter that is shared among educators about how Year 9 students are using these concepts. 

C – Connect –Deliberate actions of connections are encouraged and adds to certainty in our lives. What can you do today that is a deliberate act of connection?
A – Accept - Instead of fighting these feelings, try to accept and connect and take action in line with your values. Today, what is in my control?
L – Learn - Through our Growth Mindset and our efforts and support, we can grow and with this brings a level of calm. What is something that you can grow today? Who can you help grow today?
M – Me –Being calm, starts with looking after yourself. How can you care for yourself today?


2020 Term Dates

Term 3
Tuesday 14 July 2020 – Friday 18 September 2020
Term 4
Tuesday 6 October 2020 – Friday 20 November 2020 (Year 12 students)
Tuesday 6 October 2020 – Friday 27 November 2020 (Years 7 - 11)

Alumni Association AGM - Call to Arms!

Dear Mt St Michael's College Alumni,
We will be holding our Annual General Meeting at 6pm, on Monday 7 September 2020. Mary Aikenhead Centre - Lower Level (via Aloomba Road)
All members of Alumni welcome.
Uniform shop specials
Older style blouse with navy crest now on sale for only $20*
*Available while stock lasts
The Secondhand shop needs your help

The Secondhand Uniform Shop are low in stock, especially Junior School uniform items. If you would like to offer items for sale, they must be clean, mended and accompanied by the completed form available at the MSM Secondhand Uniform shop.
Please click here for forms.
Items for Sale - Second Hand Uniform Shop
Fabric Tote bag with words - $12
Handtowel - $5
Both items for only $15 (saving of $2)
Mt St Michael’s College invites our community to advertise in our online MSM Business Directory, an ideal way for businesses to promote their services, sales and special offers to a very captive and motivated audience, with funds from the directory used for various college initiatives.
The standard listing fee is $165 including gst.

However, for the remainder of 2020, we offer a listing at the reduced rate of only $77 including gst. Be quick as this offer expires shortly*
To apply please email:
*Please allow 7 working days after we receive your copy and logo for your listing to appear on the MSM Business Directory.

Supporting our Community -
Ministry Care Programme

Our College is aware that there are students and families within our community who, from time to time, are in need of support due to a variety of factors. As a community we respond through preparing meals for families experiencing difficult circumstances. If you would like to contribute to the Ministry Care Programme and support those who are going through difficult times, please contact Stephen Campion:
Brisbane Bus Lines - School Services Network Changes
Brisbane Bus Lines will be making several improvements to our MORNING school services effective from Wednesday 26th August 2020
These improvements result in major changes to the below school bus services.
Services affected from 26th August 2020
  • School Bus 4 – See special notice on our website
  • School Bus 5 – School Bus Number Change to 65, Route & Connection Changes
  • School Bus 15 – New morning service now available
  • School Bus 16 – New morning service now available
  • School Bus 48 – Route, Time & Connection Changes School Bus 49 – Route, Time & Connection Changes
  • School Bus 70 – Route, Time, Name & Connection Changes
  • School Bus 71 – Route, Time & Connection Changes
  • School Bus 72 – Route, Time & Connection Changes
  • School Bus 74 - Route, Time & Connection Changes
  • School Bus 75 - Route, Time & Connection Changes
  • School Bus 76 - Route, Time & Connection Changes
  • School Bus 77 - Route, Time & Connection Changes
  • School Bus 78 - Route, Time & Connection Changes
Parents are reminded, for the safety of everyone, to DROP students off in the LOADING ZONE area outside the Ionian Centre and avoid areas marked with yellow lines which is against road safety rules.
This is dangerous as it blocks other driver’s visibility and obstructs cars from moving around.
Onsite parking in the College grounds; Grantuly, undercover in the Ionian Centre and within the campus near the Sophia Centre is only permitted for staff. In consideration of our neighbours, please refrain from parking across driveways, adhere to the 40 km speed limit and be considerate of those living around the College when dropping and picking up students. Please do not drop off or pick up students within the College grounds.

In consideration for our neighbours, where possible please avoid leaving your motor running, especially when parked outside a home.
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