Last Thursday we acknowledged and celebrated the achievements of our students in the academic, mission, sporting and cultural fields of life at MSM. Congratulations to our Academic Captains, Elora Brady and Ella Patterson who did a fabulous job as Masters of Ceremony. Elora and Ella, along with Bridget Locke and Amelia Pilbeam delivered a wonderful summary of the highlights of 2021 from a student perspective.  Well done, ladies!

It was fantastic to hear the Sophia Centre filled with the sound of music during the event. Thank you to the String Orchestra, directed by Ms Alice Buckingham, who created a beautiful ambiance to open our event. The Senior Vocal Ensemble also entertained us by performing “A Clare Benediction” and “Revolution”.  

We were also treated to two performances by our Arts students. The Year 12 Drama class enthralled us with their contemporary MacBeth production “Something Wicked This Way Comes”. The Year 12 students Dance class also delighted us with the stunning performance “Someone in the Crowd” choreographed by Mabelle Maynard. Congratulations and thank you to these students for enhancing the experience of MSM Celebrates by sharing your special talents with us.

Congratulations to our award recipients.  It was fantastic to see so many students recognized. There have been many challenges to overcome this year in the pursuit of excellence and you have provided inspirational role modelling for all students. 

Special Congratulations to our Aikenhead Scholars:
Year 7      Ayla Dyer
Year 8      Rosie Patterson 
Year 9      Bridget Locke
Year 10    Elise Condon 
Year 11    Lauren Deegan and Cate Gaskell.

Congratulations to our Year 12 Gold Medal Recipients:  Jasmine Armstong, Elora Brady, Samantha Evans, Isabella Leung-Dias, Grace Politylo and Julia Wiseman. 

There is a great deal of work that occurs behind the scenes to bring MSM Celebrates together. There are many, many staff who contributed to the success of the event.  Thank you to everyone involved! 

I extend my thanks to Mr Stephen Campion for his overall coordination and Ms Suellen Yung for her many hours of work which included the organization of the certificates and awards.  

This year we were able to accommodate an audience as well as produce a live stream. This was possible due to the efforts of our  amazing IT team (Mr Adam Watson, Mr John Hamilton, Mr Gabe Cooper, Mr Aaron Besch and Ms Kelli Dick).  Thank you!  
World Teachers’ Day

Tomorrow is World Teachers’ Day.  I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank our incredibly dedicated staff (both teaching and non-teaching) who support our students every day. Our MSM staff frequently go  “over and above” expectations to care for our students and their wellbeing, deliver the curriculum and organize co-curricular activities and events. Thank you MSM staff!  Enjoy this special day. 
Year 7 Father-Daughter Breakfast

Invitations have been extended to Year 7 Fathers/Caregivers to attend the 2021 MSM Foundation Year 7 Father-Daughter Breakfast on Friday 5 November. This annual event has been rescheduled from Term 1.  We are delighted that Madonna King has accepted our invitation as guest speaker. Madonna is author of several books including “Fathers and Daughters”.  Here is an extract from this publication for your interest

Fathers can raise their daughters’ academic performance.  They can influence, hugely, who they choose as a future partner. A good father-daughter relationship can do so much more than that, too.  It can empower daughters to believe in themselves and to prosecute a case with conviction and confidence. It can bestow upon a girl a sense of belonging, a self-efficacy, and a resilience for life. (King, 2018:4).  

I look forward to seeing you there!

In faith and love,

Sharon Volp

Year 7 Father-Daughter Breakfast
Book your tickets!
*Year 7 students, parents and caregivers only

The MSM Foundation welcomes Year 7 students and their fathers to our annual Father-Daughter Breakfast on Friday 5 November at 6:45am. This year we are excited to welcome Madonna King, Award-winning journalist, commentator, mother of two daughters and best-selling author of seven books including Ten-Ager, Being 14 and Fathers and Daughters as our guest speaker at this event. Tickets are on sale now -  
Available To All MSM Parents/Caregivers
Purchase your copy of Madonna King's Books
Madonna King is an Award-winning journalist, commentator, mother of two daughters and best-selling author of seven books including Ten-Ager, Being 14 and Fathers and Daughters. She has interviewed over 500 girls and many fathers, as well as leading psychologists, school principals, CEOs, police, guidance counsellors and neuroscientists, to get the answers all mothers, fathers and daughters need to know.

The MSM Foundation looks forward to welcoming Madonna King to present to Year 7 students and their fathers at our annual Year 7 Father-Daughter Breakfast next Friday.

Madonna King’s two most recent books, Being 14 and Ten-Ager are available for the MSM community to purchase via the College online payment portal. Books will be delivered to your daughter during homeroom from next week.
  1. Go to click on “Pay online” at the bottom of the page
  2. Click on the OTHER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES and select the item –
    “Madonna King – Ten Ager”  or
    “Madonna King – Being 14" from the drop down menu and follow the prompts to make your payment.
Ten-Ager: $32.99
Being 14: $32.99

The MSM’s ‘WIN A TERM’S FEES’ RAFFLE is on again! This is your chance to WIN a Term's Fees at MSM or a $1500 Cash Prize*. A great prize either way leading into Christmas!  

Tickets start from $20 and can be purchased via the link below. Proceeds will be directed to the Mt St Michael’s Scholarship Fund supporting the Sisters of Charity Scholarships, providing an opportunity for a young woman to access the educational opportunities afforded by the College. 

Tickets are limited so the odds are on your side. Ticket sales are NOW OPEN - buy your tickets today!  

Ticket sales close Tuesday 23 November with the winner to be drawn on Wednesday 24 November at 10am AEST. 

*Terms and conditions apply 

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 - Nominations close MONDAY 1 NOVEMBER 2021. Please send your nomination to  
Japanese Tea Ceremony
Year 9 and 12 Japanese students recently enjoyed a demonstration of a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony. Tomoko and Emiko, our hostesses, explained the history and etiquette of the ceremony and the Chapel provided a peaceful setting for our students to sample green tea (macha) and tea sweets.
Bird Watching during National Bird Week
Thank you to everyone who supported us in promoting and participating in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count @ MSM last week for National Bird Week. Aside from just counting birds there were so many folks that came past our desks or stopped us around the College to offer encouragement, ask questions about birds, tell us stories about bird encounters or what their favourite birds were, share bird photos with us and send us links to nest webcams – the collective community enthusiasm and the social connections it created was very uplifting.
A snapshot of the 17 bird species and the typical proportions in which they were sighted around the campus is shown below in the pie chart (keeping it nice and scientific). The most common bird sighted was the Welcome Swallow, so named because sailors at sea upon seeing swallows knew that land was near. A large flock of swallows can currently be seen swooping and darting over the Sophia Centre and K block, a chatty, bossy flock of Noisy Miners dominates the trees around the Convent Lawn, and at the moment there are several parent and juvenile magpie pairs, usually spotted on the various lawns where mum can be observed busily foraging and feeding her hungry, complaining offspring (I see parallels with humans right there).
Faith Alive with Year 7 Religious Education

Year 7 classes have visited St Finbarr’s church as part of their Term 4 Religious Education unit ‘Faith Alive.’ Students investigated the church’s features and considered liturgical objects, artwork, design choices and history in their analysis of how beliefs and practices are represented in sacred spaces. They will compare St Finbarr’s to images of Catholic churches from other places and periods to appreciate the diversity of ways in which core Catholic beliefs can be expressed. The Year 7 Religious Education teachers shared their expertise in leading this excursion and were impressed with the students’ respectful and curious responses to the experience.
Study of Religion Extraordinary Assessment Results

Six Year 11 Study of Religion students have achieved the extraordinary result of 100% across three Unit 1 and 2 assessment tasks in the subject this year. Their hard work and skill were celebrated at a special morning tea for them and their SOR teachers hosted by Curriculum Leader – Religious Education, Ms Bow. We congratulate Genevieve, Holly, Christine, Neve, Genevieve and Sophie on this very impressive outcome and look forward to more reasons to celebrate as we lead our Seniors of 2022 through Units 3 and 4.
 The Brisbane Portrait Prize

The Brisbane Portrait Prize is a contemporary portraiture competition showcasing both established and emerging artists. With nearly 600 entries, Year 10 student Eliza Devilee’s painting ‘fragments’ was one of four artworks selected and displayed at the prestigious gallery, Brisbane Powerhouse for the 18 or under category of the competition. Breeze Kruisdyk and Kate Harris were awarded a highly commended. The Arts Department is exceptionally proud of these students.
Katherine Harris "Witness"
 Eliza Devilee "Fragments"
 Breeze Kruisdyk "Twilight Reflections"
Student Success in The Arts

The Sisters of Mercy Brisbane, Student Arts Prize, provides an opportunity for secondary students to visually communicate the concepts of justice and mercy through a creative mode. MSM would like to congratulate Year 11 Visual Art student Mia Prince who was awarded first place in the $500 Ellen Whitty Senior School Visual Arts Prize, for her digital drawing “With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility”.  

“In ‘With great power comes great responsibility’ digital media was used to highlight the church’s political responsibility to “Learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.”(Isaiah 1:17). The Australian flag and the crown of jewels, symbols of Australian government, were incorporated in the depiction of Jesus and God to represent the indirect influence of the church as Australia was founded upon Christian ideals and values. These values have shaped Australia’s identity and permeate into politics, encouraging politicians to use their power to empower others, as Jesus did. The muted colours of the figures emphasise the colours in the flag to create a focal point of the figures, inviting audiences to reconsider the purpose of the figures in the unfamiliar context. This artwork challenges audiences to consider the responsibility associated with being God’s follower and living in Jesus’ footsteps, whilst addressing the Christian values which underpin Australia’s identity.” 

Mia Prince 'With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility'
Year 7 Science Investigate Water Quality

In Week 2 of Term 4, the Year 7 Science classes visited six different locations along the Brisbane River. The purpose of this was to record and analyse different indicators of water health. Students were thoroughly engaged as they recorded turbidity, pH, nitrates, phosphates and examined macroinvertebrates at each site.  Using this information, students will evaluate the health of the Brisbane River, and investigate strategies to improve the water quality of the river.
Rugby 7s

After a fantastic and very successful warm up weekend on Sunday 17 October where our Under 18 team competed in the CaSSSA Gala Rugby 7s Competition against our CaSSSA Sporty Sisters, Mt Alvernia College and Brigidine College, our passionate young women showed off their skills once again this past weekend. Our MSM Rugby Sisters did us so #MSMPROUD tackling school girls from all over Queensland in the QRU All Schools 7s Tournament. In their first year of Rugby, they have worn their hearts on their sleeves and put their courage on display – strong and powerful is the new top shelf and these women are leading the climb.
Queensland Volleyball Schools Cup

Congratulations to our Senior Volleyball Team who competed in Division 2 of the Queensland Volleyball Schools Cup last weekend. Our sporting sisters out on the court kept spectators heart rates high with many closely battled games. They managed to secure a bronze medal on the final day of competition against Kingston State High School who had been brilliant all weekend. Congratulations MSM Volleyballers, you have made us #MSMPROUD.

Swim Team Trials

On Sunday MSM held their first round of Swimming Team trials held at Marist College Ashgrove Pool with a great turn out from current and incoming 2022 students. Special welcome to our Year 7 2022 swimmers who came out in numbers on Sunday and posted some impressive times.
CaSSSA High-Performance Camp

At the end of Term 3, students from all CaSSSA Schools, who had reached elite standards in their chosen sports were invited to attend the inaugural CaSSSA High Performance Camp at the Gold Coast Performance Centre in Runaway Bay.  For three days the girls from all schools (27 students in total) and school staff were involved in workshops offering information from sports psychology, nutrition, careers in sport, strength and conditioning, elite athlete performance and mental and physical wellbeing alongside coaching and physical training workshops led by a range of professional and Olympic athletes.  MSM students, Charlie Gibson, Holly O’Flaherty, Hannah Casey and Claudia Legge, with MSM sports staff, thoroughly enjoyed the experience and learnt so many things about careers in sport, both as an athlete and leader throughout the weekend.
MSM College Community Groups
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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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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 - Nominations close MONDAY 1 NOVEMBER 2021. Please send your nomination to  

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:
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

For more information please click here
2021 Term Dates
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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