I have been reflecting on the “unusual” August that we have experienced this year. The “snap lockdown” at the beginning of the month and the subsequent introduction of ever changing COVID restrictions have resulted in many changes in our August program. This has included the rescheduling of the EKKA public holiday to next term, the rescheduling of the CaSSSA Athletics Carnival to Monday 13 September and sadly the cancelling of the Spirit of the Arts Festival.  Excursions have been re-booked and activities have been amended to comply with the government restrictions. I would also like to commend our students for their compliance with the wearing of masks. I appreciate that wearing masks is uncomfortable, but we are all doing our best to keep our community safe. I would also like to thank our staff for your hard work and flexibility in responding to the many changes that needed to be put in place. 

Congratulations to our music students on their fantastic results in the virtual QCMF. A full list of results is included in this newsletter.  It has been extremely challenging for the music staff and students this year and these wonderful results are testament to your commitment. Well done!  A huge thank you to Ms Miriam Townsley for her organisation of our music program. 

Today is a Student Free Day and yet our College grounds have been filled with students!  A special welcome to the Year 6 students who attended our Orientation Morning (that was postponed from 12 August). Thank you to the Year 10 students who assisted with the orientation program today. Our Year 12 students participated in their first experience of mock exams as they sat their mathematics exam today. The pool was also back in use!

Yesterday all Year 11 students participated in a Leadership Day which culminated in the announcing of the Student Leadership Team for 2022. We extend our warmest congratulations to our Student Leaders for 2022:
2022 Student Leadership Team
College Captains: Eden Jones and Georgina O’Keeffe
Mission Captains: Imogen Buckley and Millie Trims
Academic Captains: Cate Gaskell and Lucy Tighe
Cultural Captains: Eleanor Brown and Sarah Tanwan
Sports Captains: Claudia Legge and Holly O’Flaherty
Aikenhead Captain: Charlie Gibson
Grantuly Captain: Amelia Lathwell
Rush Captain: Lucy Ferris
Stewart Captain: Charlize Cooley
These students were also present at the College today as they participated in their leadership training. The 2022 Student Leadership Team will be formally presented to the community at our College Assembly on the first day of Term 4 (Tuesday 5 October). This will involve a Commissioning Ceremony which will mark the handover from the 2021 Student Leadership Team to the 2022 Student Leadership Team. 

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!
I wish all students and staff the very best for the final two weeks of term.

In faith and love,

Sharon Volp
Term 4 College Community Event
Year 12 Mother & Daughter
Garden Party

Friday 8 October
3:30 - 5pm

Ticket sales opening soon!
QCMF Success
Congratulations all for the mammoth effort it was to get all the QCMF videos organised. Great work by all our wonderful music staff and students in maintaining their performance focus despite the lack of live audience and doing their best to represent the College in this online environment. Particular thanks to Mr Adam Watson for AV support and Mrs Julie Thompson Music Admin for work behind the scenes.
🥈 Concert Band - SILVER
🥈 Wind Chamber Ensemble - SILVER
🥇College Choir - GOLD
🥇Year 7-8 Choir - GOLD
🥈 Intermediate Vocal Ensemble - SILVER
🥇Guitar Ensemble - GOLD
🥈 Percussion Ensemble - SILVER
🥈 Senior Percussion Ensemble - SILVER
🥇 Senior Vocal Ensemble - GOLD
🥈 Senior Strings - SILVER
🥇 String Orchestra - GOLD
🥈 String Ensemble - SILVER
🥈 Brass Chamber Ensemble - SILVER
🥇Year 7-8 Choir
🥇Guitar Ensemble
MSM Buddy Program
 A key part of the formation for our junior and senior students, the MSM Buddy Program has been a highlight for Year 7 and 11 students this year. Through the program our Year 11 students have become leaders and role models and our Year 7 students confident of their place within the MSM community. After their initial meeting in Term 1, the buddies have developed strengthening relationships with each other through a range of activities, including end of term challenges, protecting the environment through the container for change scheme and enthusiastically participating in peer coaching. Term 4 will bring more opportunities for the students to come together, support each other and see out the year. Our current Year 10 students are eagerly preparing and awaiting the chance to get to know their buddies for 2022!
Showing Support of the Paralympics

Our current Year 7 Japanese class is gearing up to watch the Paralympics by learning about the Paralympic mascot, Someity, named after Someiyoshino, a type of cherry blossom. Someity also references the English phrase, “so mighty.” We will be cheering for the mighty Paralympians!
Term 3 ExtravaCANza - Trivia Lunch Fundraiser
Today MSM celebrated another fabulous ExtravaCANza with all money raised going to Weemala Unit at ACU. The girls got their thinking caps on for Interact’s lunch time trivia and enjoyed purchasing a range of treats at the various stalls run by Mission of St Vincents, the Environment group, Social Justice Council and Sisters Empowering Sisters.  A big thanks to everyone who contributed to making this a wonderful event.
Share the Dignity

Throughout August, Sisters Empowering Sisters has been collecting period products for Share the Dignity. The annual Dignity Drives that Share the Dignity coordinates are a vital way for the charity to resource period products to distribute to the many people in Australia who are facing period poverty. Sisters Empowering Sisters members, as well as many of our Mt St Michael’s staff and students, showed their compassion, conscience and commitment by bringing in pads, tampons and liners to pass onto Share the Dignity. We hope our relationship with Share the Dignity can flourish and we can continue to support their mission of providing dignity to those who need it most.

For more information about Share the Dignity, visit their website at https://www.sharethedignity.org.au/
Year 11 Drama
Year 11 Drama students performed their assessment to small but appreciative audiences in the auditorium. They were performing excerpts from three different plays in the style of Australian Gothic Drama, Ruby Moon by Matt Cameron and The Hanging and Hoods by Angela Betzien.
Ruby Moon by Matt Cameron
The Hanging and Hoods by Angela Betzien
Trading on the Convent Lawn

Year 9 Business students are learning about Money Management.  A learning experience in this unit includes working within a syndicate to develop decision-making skills while playing The Sharemarket Game.  The students are risking it all ($50,000 per syndicate) using resources and some research within the game to choose companies to invest in.  Decisions include the ratio to diversify their portfolios and observing the trend of their investments.  
Year 12 Hospitality

In preparation for their final assessment Year 12 students trialled their ‘High Tea’ delights in class. This trial allows for the students to iron out any issues with their menu, practice the food items that they are responsible for and to get valuable feedback on improvements that need to be made. Overall, the practice was a great success with students now feeling confident and ready to tackle their assessment.
Crazy Sock Day

MSM Year 9 students got into the fundraising spirit through embracing crazy hair and socks day.  For a gold coin donation to support Weemala, it was fantastic to see the cohort adorn themselves with ribbons, stripes, animal print, bold colours and other divergent styles and patterns.  A quick game of corners in the Sophia Centre at second break provided a fun close to a fabulous event. Well done Year 9 students!
Brisbane Portrait Prize
While the Brisbane Portrait Prize is about celebrating Brisbane portrait artists and their sitters, it also continues to provide a supportive platform for young and aspiring artists through their Next Gen category. This year, MSM have entered four contemporary portraits by Year 10 students: Katherine (Kate), Abbey, Breeze and Eliza. Congratulations to these students and good luck with judging - finalists announced 18 September, winners announced 6 October. 
Abbey Greenwood – “Staying Afloat”
Breeze Kruisdyk – “Twilight Reflections”
Eliza Devilee – “Fragments” 
 Katherine (Kate) Harris – “Witness”
Year 12 French

As a culmination of their studies in French, Year 12 French students recently dined at the magnifique French restaurant ‘La Belle Vie’ up on the hill at Bardon. The students were treated to a choice of 4 main courses and 3 desserts, including such delights as Crème Brûlée and Tarte au Chocolat. Excellent service and a beautiful ambiance all added to the fine cuisine to make this ‘une soirée inoubliable’!
Year 12 Japanese

Year 12 students of Japanese must be a special group as all of their Japanese teachers over their 6 years of study joined them to celebrate their final Japanese meal together. The girls enjoyed complimentary drinks upon arrival at Bishamon and sampled hot pot dishes, vegetarian and seafood specials. We now wish the girls the best of luck in their Japanese External Exam.
The Ponytail Project

Year 10 student, Breeze organised a team of Year 10 MSM girls to take part in the Cancer Council’s Ponytail Project. Breeze, along with Sarah, Charlotte and Angela cut their hair last Friday afternoon to raise important funds for the Cancer Council and to donate the chopped ponytails to Sustainable Salons to be used to make wigs for people with hair loss related to medical conditions. We would like to congratulate these girls, who with the support of their families and friends, raised over $6,270 for the Cancer Council. This is a fantastic effort and we are very proud of their compassion and commitment. 

For more information about the Ponytail Project, please visit https://www.ponytailproject.com.au/
2021 Book Week
An eye-catching TARDIS at the entrance to Mt St Michael’s College Library enabled staff and students to be transported through both time and space during Book Week. 

Everyone enjoyed exploring old, new, and other worlds through a wide range of competitions and lunchtime activities which coincided with the launch of our Library Instagram account MSMLibrary

All members of the College community are invited to follow us, to keep up to date with the newest releases and literary events.

Homerooms were given the following Book Week challenge: If you could go anywhere, where would you go and why?  The winning entry titled “Zootopia” was from 10F. They described a utopian place where all of us, no matter how big or small… can live together in peace and follow our dreams and passions. Congratulations 10F and Mrs Janet Thompson!

Throughout the week every student who borrowed out a book, received a ticket in our Book Week Raffle to go into the draw to win one of our fabulous book prize packs.  KAF vouchers were given away to the winners of our two Book Week Kahoots held on Tuesday and Thursday and to two of our new Instagram followers. Rewards were also handed out to students who participated in our Dress Up photobooth, Scavenger hunt, Lego building, I Spy game, Jigsaw puzzle creation, and colouring in of the Book Week theme letters. 

It’s been a fun-filled week and we look forward to doing it all again in 2022.
Volleyball Success

Since captaining the MSM Intermediate Volleyball team to a gold medal at the Qld Schools Cup in May, Year 10 student Shelby has gone from strength to strength. In June, she captained the Met North U15 Volleyball team to achieve a silver medal at the Queensland Schools State Championships and was named in the Queensland Schools U15 Merit team.  Shelby has also competed at the AIS Australian Volleyball Academy in Canberra as a member of the Queensland Academy of Sport team and has recently been named as part of the Queensland U16 Indoor team. Congratulations on your great success, Shelby.
MSM College Community Groups
Please keep up-to-date with changes to meeting formats.
 P&F Meetings: Please check the Mt St Michael's College App for meeting update notifications.
Alumni Meetings: Please visit the MSM Alumni Association Facebook page for updates.
Parents and Friends Association

Monday 6 September- 6pm (Online via Teams)
Monday 8 November (meeting and AGM) - 6pm

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MSM Parents and Friends Association,
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Alumni Association

Monday 13 September - 6pm (Online via Teams)
Monday 11 October - 6pm
Monday 29 November - 6pm

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MSM Alumni Association,
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Alumni Association
MSM Alumni styling role in Boy Swallows Universe

Congratulations to MSM Alumni, Renée Mulder (Class of 2000) on her career success. Renee’s incredible character designs feature in Queensland Theatre’s upcoming stage production of Trent Dalton's Boy Swallows Universe.  

To find out more about Renée Mulder's amazing career - please visit her portfolio website:
P&F Association
2021 P&F Mothers' Lunch

Thank you for supporting the 2021 P&F Mothers' Lunch. For those that attended the lunch, we trust you enjoyed the opportunity to come together for a fabulous afternoon. Thank you to the MSM community who purchased tickets in our raffle in support of the Sisters of Charity Scholarship Fund.

Click here to view the full list of 2021 P&F Mothers' Lunch Prize winners

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
Help Support the MSM Environment Group

Support the MSM Environment Group by donating your eligible containers! Bring your containers to school or use our scheme ID when returning to your local depot. Your donations will go towards funding our current and future environmental initiatives.

Mt St Michael's College scheme ID: C10333591
Now available on the College APP!
Mt St Michael’s College is pleased to bring to you the MSM Business Directory. Accessed through our website and APP, this online portal, profiles businesses and provides opportunities to connect with the wider MSM community to promote your services, sales and special offers. 

Many business owners profiled in the MSM Business Directory are long-term friends of the College. They include current and past parents, local businesses and alumni who, together show 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 msmnews@msm.qld.edu.au

For more information please click here
2021 Term Dates
Term 1
Wednesday 27 January -
Thursday 1 April (concluding at 3:05 pm)

Term 2
Tuesday 20 April -
Friday 18 June (concluding at 12:30 pm)
Term 3
Tuesday 13 July -
Friday 17 September (concluding at 3:05 pm)

Term 4
Tuesday 5 October -
Friday 19 November
(Year 12 students)

Tuesday 5 October to Friday 26 November
(Years 7-11)  (concluding at 12:30 pm)
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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