What a fantastic start to Term 4!  There is a sense of celebration and transition in the air!

The Commissioning of our 2022 Student Leaders was the focus for our Assembly on the first day of term.  This ceremony officially recognised the handover of many of the leadership responsibilities to the 2022 Student Leaders.  The SLT of 2021 presented a candle, a symbol of Christ’s guiding light – a light of courage, unity, strength and commitment, to the SLT of 2022 who accepted the candles, pledging to continue to nurture our values and share their gifts with the MSM Community. Our 2021 SLT also shared their reflections about 2021 and with gratitude thanked the special people who had supported them on their leadership journey. 

The Year 12 Mother-Daughter Garden Party was held on Friday 8 October re-imagined with moving the outdoors (our traditional venue being the Convent Lawn) to the indoors (of the Sophia Centre) as we modified the event to comply with the current COVID restrictions. This event also introduced our Year 12 students to the Alumni Association.  It was also wonderful to acknowledge so many of our mothers who are Alumni of MSM and now have a second generation in the family!  Thank you to the members of the Alumni Executive, Anne O’Keeffe (President), Kate Taylor (Secretary), Alice Spies (Treasurer) and Carey Strong (Committee Member) who assisted with the set up and pack up for the event. Thank you to the members of the String Ensemble and two Middle School Dance Ensembles who provided us with entertainment.  Thank you to Danielle Ferris (Director of Marketing, Communications and Development) who coordinated the event. And thank you to the many MSM staff who assisted behind the scenes – your support is greatly appreciated!

The Year 12 students this week have been celebrating their “final 5 days” of school and preparing to move into “independent study” mode next week.  We hold our Year 12 students in our thoughts and prayers as they prepare for the external exams which commence on Friday 29 October. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Year 12 Classroom Teachers and the Curriculum Leaders for their ongoing support of the Year 12 students in their academic endeavours. 

Our thoughts and prayers are also with our Year 11 students who have commenced their Unit 3 studies. 
Co-curricular Celebration Assembly
The Co-curricular Celebration Assembly was held on Tuesday 12 October. This was an opportunity to recognise and congratulate students on their commitment and achievements in the College’s Co-curricular program in the areas of Academic, Cultural and CAN activities. Congratulations to all students who received awards – we are very proud of you! We also commissioned and presented badges to our 2022 Co-curricular Captains and thanked the 2021 Co-curricular Captains.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank all MSM staff, coaches, trainers, conductors, and accompanists who have been involved in our co-curricular program this year.  Without your dedication, students would not have the opportunities to be involved.  A special thank you to Mrs Statham, Director of The Arts, for her overall coordination of this assembly.  Thank you also to all staff who assisted behind the scenes. 
Sports Celebration Breakfast 
This morning we had 256 staff, students and guests attend our Inaugural Sports Celebration Breakfast.  Congratulations to our 2021 Sports Captains, Audrey Tighe and Ellie Brockwell, for their great work leading this event. Congratulations to all students who were awarded with Gold, Silver or Bronze Awards.  Our guest speaker, Jacqui Bell, provided an inspirational address. Thank you to Ms Kay Roy (Director of Sport) for organising this event and to Ms Kath Page for her tireless efforts.  Thank you also to all MSM Staff and coaches who have supported MSM Sport this year. 
UHLsport Girls Soccer Final
On Monday night our soccer team won the UHLsport Girls final.  This knockout competition is the premier U19 independent school soccer cup competition in Queensland. Last year’s champions, Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School, were hot favourites, but they were outplayed by the speed of our girls who had a convincing 4-0 win.  It was an exciting match and great to see so many parents, students and staff at the game to support our team.  Congratulations, girls..we are so proud of you!
MSM Celebrates
We are looking forward to MSM Celebrates which will be held on Thursday 21 October in the Sophia Centre commencing at 5:00pm and concluding at approximately 7:00pm.  This year invitations have been sent via email to the parents/caregivers of the students who are receiving awards.  It is very important that these parents/caregivers respond if they are intending to be present at the ceremony. The event will also be live-streamed, and this link will be sent to parents/caregivers closer to the event next week.  

In faith and love,

Sharon Volp
MSM Celebrates
Mt St Michael's College Awards Ceremony
 - Live Stream Event - 
Thursday 21 October
Time: 5pm

⭐Stay tuned for more information⭐
College Fees Raffle - Term 4
The winner can choose between receiving
1 Terms College Fees paid for
$1500 Cash Prize
Further details to follow next week.
Student Leadership Team Commissioning of Student Leaders

In Week 1,our College proudly held the commissioning of new student leaders at a formal assembly to start Term 4. These leaders will now transition into their new positions as our current student leaders start to prepare for their final exams. Our current leaders presented the incoming leaders with candles, a prayer card and an affirmation ribbon as a symbol of the leadership handover process. The College community celebrated and acknowledged the achievements and service of our current leaders as part of this handover process.
Student Leadership Team Handover
Year 12 Mother & Daughter Garden Party

Thank you to our Year 12 students and mothers for joining us for our annual Year 12 Garden Party, an event hosted in conjunction with the Mt St Michael's Alumni Association. Visit our Facebook page for more photos taken at the event. 
Year 12 Final Five
To joyfully mark the final week of classes, Year 12 students were able to make small changes to their uniform as part of the ‘Final Five’. Each day there was a theme and for the 2021 seniors these were:

Monday’s MSM on the Green - students had a supervised dance party on the Convent Lawn ‘green’ and wore tutus and crazy socks.

Tourist Tuesday - students donned Hawaiian shirts and leis and had old-school cameras to accessorise the look.

Wild West Wednesday - students wore their best country attire including checked shirts and cowboy hats.

Tie-dye Thursday saw an explosion of colour with students wearing a tie-dyed item of clothing over their uniform.

And to finish the week, Fluro Friday - wearing their brightest fluro outfits, there was a flurry of fantastic colour amongst the cohort.

The College would like to wish the Year 12 students all the best for their upcoming external exams. 
Monday MSM on the green
Tourist Tuesday
Wild West Wednesday – dressed as cowboy
 Tie Dye Thursday
Fluro Friday
Fluro Friday
Sisters of Mercy (Brisbane) Student Arts Prize

Responding to “Learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow - Isaiah 1:17” – Year 11 Visual Art Student, Mia Prince showcased her creative talent and reflective ability expressing sophisticated concepts of justice and mercy in the 21st century with her digital artwork entry in the Sisters of Mercy (Brisbane) Student Arts Prize. Awarded a Finalist Commendation, Mia’s artwork, With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility will be included in a public exhibition in Brisbane.
  Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Art

Congratulations to Georgia Blasl, Olivia Webster, Mabelle Maynard, and Christine Rowell, on having their artworks selected to represent MSM in the 2021 Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Art. State judges highly praised all student submissions, awarding Georgia Blasl a Commendation for her powerful photographic series, Hail Caesar. All artworks are currently being exhibited in the Brisbane Institute of Art, Windsor in the Metropolitan Regional Exhibition.
Christine Rowell “Used and Abused”
Mabelle Maynard “Defying Gravity” 
Olivia Webster “Infection”
Georgia Blasl  “Hail Caesar” 

Year 12 Hospitality students completed their final assessment last week. After many limitations due to COVID they were finally able to host a lovely function for their parents. The students put together a wonderful High Tea which was served on the Convent Lawn. The event was a great success with the girls receiving many positive comments from those who attended. Well done, Year 12 Hospitality!
Visual Arts in Practice
Year 11 LightenUp Product and Year 12 Spaces Unit

Year 11 Visual Arts in Practice students have each created an illuminated pendant light as their FIA3 LightenUp Product. Student designs communicate the concept of self with motif and design elements. Their lights demonstrate skills in 3-dimensional wireframe assemblage and delicate layers of paper cut detail to manipulate the direction and effect of light.
Mikayla Rose
Ashleigh Ritter
As part of their Spaces Unit, Year 12 Visual Arts in Practice students completed a photographic folio of images exploring historical and modern architecture from the local community. In addition, raw photos from their portfolios were further enhanced through post-production techniques in Photoshop to improve the quality of the image and/or develop it into another artwork.
Isabelle Tavella
Laura Johnston

Round 1 of Water Polo kicked off last weekend. We have five teams competing this season in U18 (two teams), U17, U15 and U13 age groups. We would like to especially welcome our Year 7 2022 students who officially pulled on the navy, white and gold playing in our U13 team – Lucy, Charlotte, Heidi, Isabella, Imogen, Elena, Chelsea, Lyla, Georgia, Ana, Harriet and Samantha – Congratulations to all our Water Polo players on your efforts in this first round!
Aeroschools State Aerobics Championships

MSM Aerobics athletes competed in the long awaited Aeroschools State Championships at Logan Metro Sports Centre. We had some fantastic results with many of our athletes walking away State Champions in their levels. This was a phenomenal way to conclude the season for our Sparkling Sporty Spices who have been training for over eight months. Congratulations to our 29 incredible athletes who did us MSM Proud this season.
Telephone Communication Disruption Notice

Monday 18 October 2021

Please be advised the Mt St Michael's College telecommunication providers will be doing maintenance work on the College phone lines on Monday 18 October from 10am – 12pm.

We will experience some brief interruptions and outages during this time.

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 8 November (meeting and AGM) - 6pm

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Alumni Association

Monday 29 November - 6pm

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MSM Alumni Association,
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P&F Association
2022 Committee Executive
Nominations Now Open 

Why not get involved? 👌 Nominations for our Parents and Friends Association 2022 Committee Executive positions are now open. The P&F Association is seeking interest for the President, Vice President and Secretary Executive Committee positions. Our P&F supports the College Leadership Team and our students and provides a vital role in bringing our community together. To read more and to download a nomination form, please visit the College website - https://www.msm.qld.edu.au/our-community/parents-and-friends Nominations close MONDAY 1 NOVEMBER 2021. Please send your nomination to pandf@msm.qld.edu.au  

Christmas Shopping with Downs & West Community Support

Take the stress out of Christmas shopping by getting a head start on it at the Downs & West Community Support charity stall. Commencing on Wednesday 27 October to Friday 29 October – a variety of beautiful handcrafted gifts and gift packs for children and babies, together with an assortment of handmade Christmas crafts and decorations will be available for sale. There will also be a raffle consisting of a selection of Christmas items.

All proceeds go to supporting individuals & farming families in Southern Queensland struggling through the impact of drought, fires and COVID19.

The stall will be at the BROOKSIDE SHOPPING CENTRE, Mitchelton and will be located outside Terry White Chemist and TK Maxx from: 
  • Wednesday 27 October -  8:30am – 2:30pm
  • Thursday  28 October -  8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Friday  29 October -  8:30am – 1:00pm
For any further information please contact Sr Christine Henry on 0414 324 682.

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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