Message from the Principal
Sharon Volp

“Education listens, or it does not educate. If it does not listen, it does not educate. Education creates culture, or it does not educate. Education teaches us to celebrate, or it does not educate".

“Someone can ask me: ‘But, isn't education knowing things?’ No. That's what knowledge is. But to educate is to listen, to create culture, to celebrate".
Pope Francis 5 June 2020.

Last week we had two great celebration events at the College. The Co-curricular Celebration Assembly was held on Tuesday morning.  Congratulations to all award recipients and the 2021 Co-curricular Captains.  A report on this event is included in this newsletter.

On Thursday afternoon we acknowledged and celebrated the achievements of our students in the academic, mission, sporting and cultural fields of life at MSM.  Congratulations to our Academic Captains, Charlotte Bruna and Emma Donaldson, who did a fabulous job as Masters of Ceremony. Charlotte and Emma, along with Elise Condon and Emily Ford provided some thoughtful reflections on the activities of 2020.

There have been limited opportunities for our musicians to perform to an audience this year, so it was wonderful to hear the uplifting sounds of our Wind Chamber Ensemble, who opened our proceedings with the “Skygazer Fanfare”. The MSM Singers also entertained us by performing “When it was Yet Dark” and “Clare Benediction”.  Remi Brown and Ruby Randall also performed a delightfully energetic dance number.  Congratulations and thank you to these students for enhancing the experience of our awards afternoon by sharing your special talents with us.

Congratulations to our award recipients.  It was fantastic to see so many students recognized.  There have been many challenges to overcome this year in the pursuit of excellence and you have provided inspirational role modelling for all students.

Special Congratulations to our Aikenhead Scholars:
Year 7: Sarah Kumaru
Year 8: Lily Tran
Year 9: Alexandra Agnew and Elise Condon
Year 10:  Cate Gaskell and Christine Rowell
Year 11: Elora Brady.
Congratulations to our Year 12 Gold Medal Recipients:  Charlotte Bruna, Emma Dyson, Zoe Goodin and Paris Lindner.

There is a great deal of work which occurs behind the scenes to bring this event together.  I would like to thank the many staff who contributed to make the event such a special occasion.
 World Teachers’ Day
Tomorrow is World Teachers’ Day.  I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank our incredibly dedicated staff (both teaching and non-teaching) who support our students every day.  This year with all the challenges of COVID-19, our MSM staff have gone over and above expectations to care for students and their wellbeing, deliver the curriculum and organize co-curricular activities and events. Thank you MSM staff!  Enjoy this special day. 

In faith and love

Sharon Volp

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MSM Celebrates
2020 MSM Co-curricular Awards
On Tuesday 20 October the MSM College community celebrated the annual Co-Curricular Awards Assembly.  Recognition of student achievements in the Co-curricular landscape this year did look a little bit different. The challenges faced by these departments and their students has been significant, in response to COVID-19 but it has provided us with a unique opportunity to find new ways of engaging students at a time when they needed the connection that co-curricular groups and sports provides, more than ever. The assembly provided us the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our students in the co-curricular programs at MSM and acknowledge their achievements across our diverse range of activities. 

Across all Co-curricular programs MSM Students are asked to commit, wholeheartedly to the activity.; to enjoy every aspect of the opportunity and to work together with other students in their group to achieve common goals and strive for excellence. With most programs we were able to recognise the students who have reached these expectations, however in some areas of Co-curricular life this year we have not been blessed with that opportunity. Some programs were, unfortunately, unable to go ahead.  However, the resilience shown by our students in these circumstances is something to be truly proud of. 

Students were recognised with achievement awards, for their high level of commitment, competence and leadership throughout their co-curricular activity in 2020. 
2021 Co-curricular Captains
The assembly also provided an opportunity for us to present to the College community and congratulate our 2021 Co-Curricular Captains. Congratulations and best wishes to the following students, presented with their leadership badges at this assembly:
Sports Captains
Aerobics Captain – Imogen Harris 
Athletics Captain – Maggie Kelly 
Cross Country Captain – Alexandra Reilly 
Swimming Captain – Zoe Smith 
Water Polo Captain – Genevieve Bell

The Arts Co-curricular Captains
Art Captain - Mia Price 
Drama Captain - Sienna Byrne 
Music Captain - Lauren Cartwright 
College Choir Captain - Holly Stegman Mcmanus 
Concert Band Captain - Imogen Reilly 
Percussion Ensemble Captain - Isabelle Deegan 
Guitar Ensemble Captain - Indigo Wood 
String Orchestra Captain - Finlay Robinson 
Dance Captains - Remi Brown And Mabelle Maynard 
Academic Co-curricular Captains
Future Problem-Solving Captain - Lucy Teague 
Debating Captain  - Isabelle Deegan 
Writers’ Club Senior Captain - Elora Brady 
Mathletes Captain - Grace Politylo 

Community Action Network Captains
Missions Of St Vincent – President: Emily Malczewski 
Missions Of St Vincent – Vice President: Ella Chewe 
Environment Group – President: Isabelle Deegan
Environment Group – Vice President: Georgina O’keeffe 
Social Justice Council – President: Millicent Trims    
Social Justice Council – Vice President: Imogen Buckley 
Interact – President: Sarah Bond
Interact – Vice President: Mia Prince 
Sisters Empowering Sisters –
Elizabeth Dickson
Sisters Empowering Sisters –
Vice President:
Bella Leung-Gias 
2020 has been a year that has shown community strength and cooperation and a year that we can celebrate and recognise our student’s achievements through very challenging circumstances.  All Co-curricular programs at MSM wouldn’t be achievable without our coaches, tutors, accompanists, conductors and Mt St Michael’s staff who dedicate their time to managing, administrating and generally getting excited about these programs.  Their passion to provide opportunities for all students to be involved, to develop and to excel is admirable. Thanks to those people who assisted in making the 2020 Co-curricular assembly a success.  

Congratulations to all of our student award winners and 2020 Co-curricular Captains.  Well done to you all for your achievements through great commitment and joy, it has been a pleasure to spend this year alongside you all.
Year 12 External Examinations have begun

Year 10 Geography field trip to Palm Beach

What percentage of Australians live within 50 Kilometres of the coast?  The answer: 84%!

Beaches are vitally important to all Australians but particularly to the people of Queensland; social, economically and environmentally.

It is estimated that the beaches of the Gold Coast contributes $4.7 Billion dollars to the Queensland economy so it is vital that they are healthy. Year 10 Geography students visited the Gold Coast Beach of Palm Beach on Friday 16th October to investigate the many strategies put in place by the Gold Coast City Council, supported by Griffith University to save this beach which is prone to sever erosion from being washed away. The girls loved being guided by Dr Fabiana Moreria and Research Fellow, Maggie Muurmans from Griffith University in collecting data to assess the health of the Palm Beach.

With a beautiful 27 degrees and a lovely blue sky, the girls thoroughly enjoyed their day and look forward to writing up their findings and suggesting further coastal management strategies is their Report.  The field work is based on providing real solutions to real world problems. 

External Vocal and Instrumental Music Examinations
Congratulations to the following students who have managed to fit in a considerable amount of personal practice to achieve some excellent results:
  • Piano: Claudia Hawkins received an A, Honours, for AMEB Grade 2 Piano for Leisure.
  • Flute: Two students achievements: Gabrielle Hutchison was awarded an A, Honours, for AMEB Grade 3 Flute, Emily Welch was awarded an A, Honours, for Grade 5 Flute.
  • Violin and Viola:  Maddie Martin 12D was awarded a B+, Credit, for AMEB Grade 8 Violin, Scarlett Blasl 9C was awarded a B, Credit, for AMEB Grade 3 Viola, and Stephanie Archie 10D was awarded a B, Credit, for AMEB Grade 3 Violin.
  • Guitar: Bella Leung-Dias 11B was awarded an A, Honours, for AMEB Grade 2 Guitar.
  • Voice: Isabelle Deegan 11A was awarded an A, Honours, for AMEB Grade 3 Singing (Classical Repertoire)
State Honours Ensemble Program and Australian Honours Ensemble Program
Despite many combined schools events being cancelled this year, nine excited MSM music students were able to participate in the annual State Honours Ensemble Program (SHEP): Vocalists Brynna Ducie, Claire Grundy, Holly Stegman-McManus, Alexandra Harrold, Olivia Magee, Isabelle Schmidt and instrumentalists Riley Ducie,  Isobel Jones and Maddie Martin. Emily Malczewski, soprano, was so skilled that her video audition allowed her to make it into the Australian Honours Ensemble Program (AHEP).  

Usually held at the Conservatorium, this year the rehearsals and events were at various large venues around Brisbane - with appropriate social distancing. I am sure the students still managed to make new friends, and learn and perform some advanced repertoire of types they are not usually able to access such as SATB choir which includes the low male voices of the tenor and bass sections, and the large full orchestra, with a full brass section. The last four days of the September holidays were well spent in this advanced music making.

"Future Visions" with Year 11 Visual Arts in Practice

Year 11 Visual Arts in Practice (VAP) students commenced their ‘Future Visions’ unit with a virtual presentation by Sunshine Coast Urban artist, Sarah Sculley, who provided a contemporary insight into the design process, industry standards, technology tools, stencil development (using Photoshop) and WH&S requirements. Sculley discussed the impacts of Covid: an increase in the residential client market, a decrease in government funding and initiative, and difficulties sourcing project materials. Sculley’s folio of works were a source of inspiration, as students begin to generate ideas/plans for a spray-painted design.

Career Pathways

"Today I had the privilege to visit our students studying their Certificate II and III in Health Care Assistance at Mater Education. They were studying a unit on customer service and whilst I was there, followed instructions to produce nurses caps. The afternoon session was a practical involving demonstration of patient care".

Ms Anna Webb - Program Leader, Career Pathways

Year 10 Business and Enterprise Christmas Market
Tuesday 3 November - Lunchtime - Grantuly Verandah

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:


Join the MSM P and F Committee
Parents and Friends 2021 Committee Nominations
AGM Monday 9 November

The Association of the Parents and Friends of Mt S Michael’s College invite nominations for the following 2021 committee positions: President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary and Mother’s Luncheon Sub Committee Convenor.

The P and F supports the College Leadership team - and our daughters - providing a voice for the College on matters of the wider community importance. Our activities bring our community together and raises valuable funds for the College. Click here to read more about the P&F please visit the College website.

To nominate, please complete the Nomination Form and return to Ms Sharlene Fernandez, College Reception OR scan and send to by 2 November 2020.

Our Annual General Meeting will be held 9 November 2020 at 6pm, upstairs in the Sophia Centre's seminar room.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR AGM ATTENDEES: Registration on entry and exit, and use of hand sanitizer required. Please follow directions of staff and all signage. Do not attend if unwell or if you have a cough, fever, sore throat, fatigue, or shortness of breath.

Advertise in the MSM Business Directory

Mt St Michael’s College is pleased to now provide its community with the MSM Business Directory. Accessed through our College website, this is an online portal, profiling businesses and providing opportunities to connect with the wider MSM community to promote their services, sales and special offers. 

Many business owners to be profiled in the MSM Business Directory are long-term friends of the College. They will include current and past parents, local businesses and alumni who, together have shown a commitment to Mt St Michael’s College and support for MSM events, fundraisers and initiatives. 

If you would like to be included in the online MSM Business Directory, simply email

2021 Advertising Price:
January - December 2021 - $165 including GST

For more information please click here

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Handtowel - $5
Both items for only $15 (saving of $2)
2020 Term Dates

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