Edition 5 - 26 March 2020 - Term 1

CAN ExtravCANza

On Friday 13 March, the Year 9 cohort engaged in their retreat which provided many rich activities for the students to engage in and reflect upon. One particular focus was about living ‘counter culturally’ and when we need to adjust our actions for the common good.

Grace Newman’s Reflection:
The Year 9 Retreat was a day to reflect on the way we do things and treat others around us. We had the opportunity to exit out of our comfort zones and work with others, that we were not familiar with. Michael led and spoke to us about breaking the rules for the common good of others. We engaged in an activity about giving and using our skills to benefit others such as, when we see someone struggling in an area where you don’t struggle, go and support them in any way you can. Year 9 Retreat was a great day for reflection and fun, we learnt a lot and we can now put that knowledge into action.

Madeline Spanevello’s Reflection:
This year’s retreat for the Year 9 students was one that will be remembered for a long time. New friendships were made, and girls emerged from their shells to strengthen the cohort’s bond. I at least felt, as though this day made a big impact on me as an individual. Before we knew it, the day had ended and we all gained three things that day- new friends, a kinder heart and a major sugar high (from morning tea!). All I can say is thank you Mt St Michael’s staff for the amazing opportunity.

Languages Department Farewells Kahana Sumi

On 12 March, we farewelled our Japanese Assistant Teacher Kahana Sumi. Students of Japanese enjoyed the opportunity to engage with a young Japanese person who shared her talents so generously. As a final activity, Kahana led the Senior students in a calligraphy lesson. The girls studied and then wrote their favourite character using a brush and attached it to beautiful origami paper. After leaving our college, Kahana spent the following days at Griffith University before heading back to Japan with wonderful memories of MSM.

MSM Swim Team - CaSSSA Cup

On Thursday 12 March, MSM Swimmers competed in the CaSSSA Cup Swimming Carnival. After an extensive training period, commencing in Term 4 2019, our students represented MSM with grace, impeccable sportswoman ship and loads of determination. They made the College and the broader community very proud in every possible way. We are small but we are mighty!
Unfortunately, the MSM swimmers missed out on bringing home the Percentage Cup this year by 1 point.
Overall MSM results:
Aggregate Cup – 3rd; Percentage Cup – 2nd; All Age Relay – 3rd; 12 Years Team – 4th; 13 Years Team – 3rd; 14 Years Team – 2nd; 15 Years Team – 3rd; 16 Years Team – 6th; 17+ Years Team – 3rd; Open results – 3rd
Congratulations to our 14 Years Division 1, 4x 50m freestyle relay team: Emily Draper, Mia Mellifont, Hannah Casey and Jessie McHugh on their new CaSSSA record and first place in this event!

MSM Mother Daughter High Tea - 10th Anniversary

The Mt St Michael’s College Foundation would like to express its sincere thanks to the MSM community for supporting the 10th Anniversary Mother Daughter High Tea. The Sophia Centre was beautifully prepared for the 680 guests in attendance who were treated to the talents of our Senior String Quartet, amazing food, a commemorative 10th Anniversary gift cup and decorated cookie from Cake Heart.
The global theme for 2020 is Generation Equality and each year we ask a past student of Mt St Michael’s College to be our guest speaker. This year, Rebecca Treston QC reminded us all of the long struggle that women have had in our journey for parity and equality.  Rebecca is the first female President of the Bar Association of Queensland in its 115-year history – a significant step towards equality!
Thank you to the many volunteers and helpers who contributed to the success of this event and to the generous local businesses who supported our raffle with fabulous prizes. 

Just One Thing – Dad’s Army

A huge thank you to the parents who rocked up to support the Mother Daughter High Tea on Friday 13 March. We had a strong response from helpers, from setting up through to servers and a few die-hards who turned up to help with the clear away. It was a very successful day and Mothers and Daughters (and grandma’s and other special people) certainly enjoyed the event and really appreciated the ‘volunteer’ parents who helped on the day. 
Our Year 11 Visual Arts in Practice students have installed and photographed their final products for the FIA Sustainable Design Module. These students have developed their skills in assemblage, weaving and binding from reusable/recyclable materials. This unit has provided an insightful learning experience: demonstrating the importance of sustainability and making connections to businesses contributing to sustainable transparency.

College Events and Activities

2020 Term Dates

Term 1
Wednesday 29 January 2020 – Friday 3 April 2020
Term 2
Tuesday 21 April 2020 – Friday 19 June 2020
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)


Ferny Grove Interchange
Brisbane Bus Lines operates a service to and from Ferny Grove Interchange as follows:
AM -- 7.50am School Bus 77 Departs from Ferny Grove via The Gap to Mt St Michaels and Marist College.
PM -- 3.20pm School Bus 12 Departs from Amarina Avenue Bus Stop (opposite Ashgrove Library) via Marist College to Ferny Grove.
From Ferny Grove there are connecting services onto Samford and Dayboro.
Eaton’s Crossing / Albany Creek / Eaton’s Hill
AM -- 7.05am School Bus 22 Departs from the corner of Eden Drive and Eaton’s Crossing Road through Eaton’s Hill and Albany Creek to Mt St Michael’s and Marist College.
PM -- 3.20pm School Bus 12 Departs from Amarina Avenue Bus Stop (opposite Ashgrove Library) via Marist College. All students for Albany Creek and Eaton’s Hill need to transfer to School Bus 22 at Marist College.
For specific information regarding these services including Samford, Dayboro and Albany Creek, please contact Brisbane Bus Lines on 3354 3633 or email your enquiry to: schools@brisbanebuslines.com.au
The above schedule is current at the time of writing. However, it is advisable that you confirm this schedule directly with Brisbane Bus Lines.
The current location of our services can also be tracked by downloading the TransportMe App from the links below. Once you have downloaded the App is just a matter of selecting the School Bus you require from the list.
The TransportMe Passenger App is available by accessing 'Get it on Google Play'  'Download from the App Store'

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: scampion@msm.qld.edu.au

Honesty in Action

Lucy Ferris, Abbey Carter and Bronte Towner on handing in a bank card found on campus.

2020 Next Step Survey - Queensland Government

The Queensland Government is conducting its annual state-wide survey of all students who completed Year 12 in 2019. The Next Step survey is a brief, confidential survey that gains a comprehensive picture of the employment, study and life choices made by Queensland school completers in the year after they finish Year 12.
Between March and June, all our students who completed Year 12 last year can expect to receive instructions to complete a web-based survey or a telephone call from the Queensland Government Statistician’s Office. Please encourage them to take part. If their contact details have changed, please assist the interviewer with their updated details or forward the survey to their new address so they can participate.
Thank you for your support of the Next Step survey in 2020. Further information on Next Step is available online at www.qld.gov.au/nextstep or on toll free telephone 1800 068 587.
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 and parking in surrounding areas
Urgent safety notice

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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