Message from the Principal
Sharon Volp

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.”

Congratulations to our Music students and staff on a wonderful MusicFest on Tuesday night. 2021 Music Captain, Lauren Cartwright, made her debut performance as she introduced the evening’s theme “Yuletide”.  Festive pieces were performed by the Percussion Ensemble, the MSM Singers, Senior Strings, Year 7 and 8 Choir, Percussion Quintet, Brass Ensemble, String Orchestra, Intermediate Vocal Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Wind Chamber Ensemble, College Choir and Concert Band.  Students involved in our music program have rehearsed all year, overcoming the many challenges that COVID-19 presented (and there have been many including rehearsing on-line and ensuring social distancing during rehearsals).  MusicFest was a wonderful finale to the music year and I thank the music students and their conductors for bring the joy of music to us. Special thank you to Ms Miriam Townsley (Program Leader – Music) for her coordination of the music program throughout the year.   

I have been physically present at our events in recent months that have been live streamed to our community.  On Tuesday night I really enjoyed my first experience of watching a live stream from home (along with the other 126 viewers). I appreciate that we miss the atmosphere of being at a “live concert” but there have been positive outcomes of the live stream, such as being able to see the faces of each of our students as they perform and the opportunity for more family members to watch the concert.  I would like to thank our IT Team for continually bringing our visions to reality.  In particular I would like to acknowledge Adam Watson (as lead producer) and Gabe Couper (cameraman). 

Thank you to our community for the feedback that you have provided for our live streamed events such as MSM Celebrates. This feedback assists our planning as we move forward into 2021.

We continue to hold our Year 12 students in our thoughts and prayers.  It has been a long three weeks!  We have been proud of our students and the continued commitment they have demonstrated to their studies. Today many of our students have participated in their Study of Religion external examination.  Exams continue into early next week with the Languages being the final assessments.

Next week we graduate our Class of 2020.  Like so many other events during Term 4, Graduation will look a little different this year as we comply with the COVID-Safe requirements.  We look forward to celebrating with parents/carers on Wednesday at the Graduation Ceremony and Liturgy at City Hall.  The Year 11 students have been working very hard on the special farewell assembly on Thursday.  This event will be live streamed to the community and the link will be provided next week.

The end of the year is rapidly drawing to a close.  I urge all students to continue your focus on your studies and to make the most of every opportunity that the final two weeks of the 2020 school year presents to you

In faith and love

Sharon Volp

College Fees Raffle - Closing soon

College Fees Raffle “Win 1 Term’s fees or a $1500 shopping card”.

With limited number of tickets, the chances are in your favour.  
(If a current Year 12 family wins fees can be credited).

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Closes Wednesday 25 November - Drawn Thursday 26 November.
Visit the MSM Business Directory and help support the businesses that so generously support our College Community.
See below to advertise your business or service. 
Year 10 Business and Enterprise Christmas Markets
On Tuesday 3 November, the Yr 10 Business & Enterprise students held their Christmas Market. Students had conducted surveys to determine which products would be most popular as Christmas gifts. They then had to pitch for funds to get their projects underway. The girls showed flexibility as we negotiated the changing COVID landscape, but the market came together with much Christmas cheer and excitement. The products were of very high quality and were displayed so skilfully by the girls in the Ionian foyer with help from Ms Pettina Bateman. Proceeds from the market of $592.91 will go the St Vincent de Paul – our Term 4 charity. Only 49 days ‘til Christmas!
Year 8 Retreat
Over two days last week the Year 8 students worked with Dave from Project Hatch at their Retreat.  It was an opportunity for the students to reflect on their spiritual journey and their connectedness with others and with God. Students immersed themselves into the activities and formed stronger relationships with their peers. They were encouraged to recognise that they “are enough” and that each of us has been created in the likeness of God.

 'Yuletide' MusicFest

Performed by all Co-Curricular Music choral and instrumental groups, the final MusicFest concert for 2020 was a live-stream event that featured a light-hearted mixture of Christmas-themed items. The students made an impressive effort to adapt to the departure of the Year 12s from the Co-Curricular Music groups, due to the new Music year now commencing at the start of Term 4.  Most groups are slightly understrength until the new Year 7 students join in 2021. 

The concert theme was inspired by the history of the festival of Yule, with its origins in the Celtic pagan story of the Wild Hunt and the Norse god Odin. Many present-day Christian customs at Christmas have their origins in these early Yule traditions.  Though we missed our usual lively audience of parents and friends, the students themselves, complemented by some visiting MSM Staff, provided a small but enthusiastic audience in the hall. I know many more enjoyed the concert from the comfort of their own lounge rooms.

Compositing with the Environment Group
At the end of 2019, the Environment Group received a grant of $7500 from the Federal Government to implement a school-wide composting system.

In preparation for the launch of this system in 2021, the group members took time to learn more about the composting process, discussing the difference between items that are biodegradable versus compostable, why composting is an easy way to make a big difference to Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions, and what conditions are needed for healthy compost. The students then used their new knowledge to build miniature compost systems from repurposed soft drink bottles, enabling the students to observe the composting process in action over the remainder of Term 4.   
Writers Club
Two teams of writers from the MSM Writers Club participated in the Kids Cancer Council Write a Book in a Day competition. The team ‘Curious Creatures’ has been shortlisted in the Write a Book in a Day Competition 2020 for their book ‘Johnno and the Adventures of Sgninnub’. We would like to congratulate the girls on their fantastic effort and look forward to hearing the result in the coming weeks.

Drones to the Rescue

In Junior Digital Technology classes students had the opportunity to use drones in a cross curricular themed task, where students used maths, geography and coding to program their drone to fly the best possible route in a rescue scenario.

🎄 The Great Christmas Bauble Dash 🎄
Helping to raise funds for 'Days for Girls'

On Monday 16 November at lunchtime on the Convent Lawn, MSM will be holding it's CAN fundraiser for Days for Girls, an organisation that empowers women worldwide through sustainable menstrual care and health education.

For only $2 per bauble, students and staff can then participate in a 5-minute dash of fun, laughter and prizes.  Every bauble wins a prize! One lucky bauble hunter wins a Kafe voucher. 

Find out more about 'Days for Girls' - Click here

5th in State at Girls All School State Athletics

Year 7 student Annika Jensen recently completed at the Girls All School State Athletics championships at the Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre.

Competing in the 80m hurdles, Annika finished 5th overall in the state. Despite the year and limited competitions, it was great to have the opportunity provided by Queensland Athletics to compete in these championships.

Stop, unwind and find joy in books.

On Thursday 12 November ‘Australia Reads’ asks people from all walks of life to share the simple joy of reading. Our MSM Library has been promoting this initiative to our students and staff for the last two weeks. It’s known that when we read of a character’s experiences, the same regions of our brain are activated as if we were in the situation ourselves. This enhances our ability to empathise with others in real situations.
Click here to learn more:


2021 Parents and Friends Association Executive Committee
On Monday 9 November, our P and F Association invited nominations for and voted for the 2021 Executive Committee. Please join us in congratulating:

President - Richard Peace (Shelby 9E)
Vice President – Lou Bennett (Charlotte 9E)
Treasurer – Paul Knight (Madeleine 7C)
Secretary – Tracey De Zilva (Charlotte 7B)
Mother’s Lunch Convenor – Maria Oliveri-Calabrese (Illaria 10E)

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:
MSM Tote Bags
Now available from The Kaf
Fabric Tote bag with words - $12
Handtowel - $5
Both items for only $15 (saving of $2)

2021 Advertising Closing Soon

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 advertising in the MSM Business Directory, please email

January - December 2021 - $165 including GST

For more information please click here

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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