Edition 9 - 4 June 2020 - Term 2

2020 National Reconciliation Week

The theme for National Reconciliation Week 2020 ‘In this together’ has been at the forefront of our minds during the course of the week May 27- June 3.
Our prayer life during this period and commencing on National Sorry Day has focused on themes of reconciliation and this interweaved with our College theme for 2020, Compassion.
In addition to this, Ms Kelly in consultation with the Social Justice Council (SJC) visually represented the significance of these national events on our digital signage screens around the College.
'Bird Of My Tribe'
by Emily Davies - 2019
'Gija Fear'
by Emily Tumman - 2019
"True Colours'
by A.H.Newell - 2019
The SJC also contributed articles on themes and issues raised during the course of National Reconciliation Week to our daily ‘Student Notices’. In addition, each Home Room was provided with a set of stickers for National Sorry Day for each student. Posters which raised the consciousness of the issues were also placed around the college.
As a Catholic community, we commit to the aims and objectives of National Reconciliation Week and we maintain our commitment to build relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, which honour their histories and cultures.

During their meeting time, the SJC also looked at The National Apology to Australia’s Indigenous Peoples made by the then Prime Minister Mr Kevin Rudd in 2008, as well as the footage of the Mabo High Court Decision and the details of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

Seniors Welcome Back Younger Year Levels

House Spirit Competition

Congratulations to all students who participated in the House Spirit competition throughout Term 2, during our Learning from Home period.  The competition was designed to encourage connection and belonging to not only MSM during this time, but also to each students house group and their fellow house members. It also provided an opportunity for some healthy competition when most of that has been taken away currently.  I can say that we received quality over quantity, which is one positive.  While we weren’t overwhelmed with entries the girls that sent through their photo had clearly shown huge effort and house pride. There were four girls that really went the extra mile though for their house, these girls were awarded a Kaf voucher for their efforts, Congratulations to: Olivia Hunt (Stewart), Abigail Jones (Aikenhead), Amy Lane (Grantuly) and Sienna Gay (Rush) for their colourful and fun entries. Thanks to our incredible house leaders for doing their best to inspire their teams! Rush were the winners of this competition with the most entries submitted.

Classroom Mathletics

8B held a team “mathletics” competition as part of their unit of study on measurement. The students competed in shot put, long jump and a 100m sprint. The students measured the distances jumped and thrown and were required to convert these values into a range of different units of measurement. They then used trundle wheels to measure the side lengths of the tennis court, which allowed them to calculate the perimeter of the court as well as how many laps they would need to run for their 100m sprint. The winning team were the group who were first to present their correctly calculated score cards to Mrs James!

2020 Library and Information Week

This year the theme of Library and Information Week was Create and so the MSM Library found a creative competition for the students to participate in BookFace has been held in many libraries across the world. The idea is to find a book that matches your face (or personality) and take a photo with it.
First Place Winner
Jasmine - Year 11
Second Place Winner
Sienna - Year 7
Third Place Winner
Ali - Year 10

Connect to the MSM Library Intranet
for Referencing Help

Referencing is an integral part of your assignment process and it's important that it is done correctly.

References verify your research and are a way of supporting the claims or arguments you have made in your assignment. It is important that you acknowledge the words, ideas and research of others. Providing citations recognises the intellectual property rights of others, so not only do you have an ethical responsibility to acknowledge their work, it is expected Academic Integrity practice to avoid any possibility of plagiarism.

Honesty In Action

Thank you to the following students for handing in items to lost property
  • Aroha Dolby
  • Sarah Kumaru
  • Alexandra Nunan

Farewell Mr Cao & Miss Figueiredo

Last week we farewelled preservice teachers Juliana Figueiredo and Jeff Cao and thank their supervising teachers Janet Thompson and AITSL certified Highly Accomplished Teacher Jo-Anne Desailly. They have been working with our Year 9 and Year 10 Business and Enterprise classes in both remote online learning and classroom environments as part of their final year of Master of Teaching (Secondary) at the University of Queensland. We wish them well.

College Events and Activities

2020 Term Dates

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)


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

Cashless Payments at The Kaf

Please be advised, due to COVID-19 the The Kaf is only accepting Cashless Payments.

Please use debit/credit cards or ID cards connected with a Flexischool account.

For more information on how to set up a School ID card with Flexischools please click here.

P & F MSM Mothers' Lunch Update

Due to the likelihood that event restrictions on large gatherings will remain in place past July, the P&F Committee has made the difficult decision to cancel August’s P&F MSM Mothers’ Lunch. 

Although saddened to cancel such a heavily supported event, the safety of attendees and the wider-community must come first. This decision will also ensure that event supporters have the necessary time to make adjustments. 

We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and look forward to celebrating with you again next year.
Best wishes,
P&F Association Mothers’ Lunch team
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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