Last week we enjoyed a wonderful series of activities to celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2021.  On Wednesday 17 November Fr Gerry Kalinowski from Jubilee Parish celebrated our Graduation Eucharist with our 131 Year 12 students and their families present in the Sophia Centre.  Special thank you to the members of the College Choir and the Year 8 and 9 Choir for sharing the gift of their voices which added to the sacredness of the occasion.

In my address I referenced the beautiful prayer card that was organised by Sr Anne Taylor on behalf of the Sisters of Charity designed especially for the Graduands of 2021.  There are two images on the prayer card; the first is of a surfer carrying a surfboard and the flip side has a strong, magnificent wave.  I used the waves as a metaphor for their journey at MSM.  The Graduands of 2021 were able to “ride the wave” in the watchful presence of our God. 

When you surf, you don’t make a wave.  You don’t know when the wave’s coming – it just happens, it moves and once you’re on it, it’s got a power of its own.  You don’t manipulate it – you just get on it and go along for the ride.

We congratulate the Class of 2021 on their achievements and thank them for their contributions to MSM.  You rode the wave and “Got IT done in 2021!”

Go out in joy, as you celebrate your achievements here.
Go out in compassion, with kindness and blessings to give away
Go out in hope, knowing that the love of God will lead your way.

Congratulations to the Year 11 Students who produced a wonderful walk down memory lane in their “This Is Your Life” farewell tribute to the Year 12 students.  

Thank you for your ongoing support of the St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal.  I am always overwhelmed by the ongoing generosity of our community and I know that the Ashgrove/The Gap St Vincent de Paul Conference will be very appreciative of our contributions.  

As I reflect upon another year that has been disrupted by COVID, I am grateful for the amazing staff of MSM, teaching and non-teaching.  We have had to continue to be flexible, responsive, and creative in so many ways this year.  THANK YOU!

At the end of the year, we also farewell staff members who are leaving our community. I would like to thank and acknowledge the following staff for their valued contributions to the MSM community. 

  • Mr Stephen Campion
  • Ms Lucia Del Vecchio
  • Ms Tania Gallen
  • Ms Kitty Gatling
  • Mrs Sharmila Kulkarni
  • Ms Fiona Mackie
  • Ms Natarsha Moloney. 

Today students will have received the 2021 College Magazine “Voices”.  Thank you to all who have contributed articles.  A huge thank you to Ms Fleur Kelly and Ms Danielle Ferris for the countless hours that they have spent producing this fantastic record of the activities of 2021. 

Our last activity of the year is our Advent Liturgy.  It is wonderful to gather in a prayerful way for our final activity for 2021. 

May you have the gift of FAITH, the blessing of HOPE and the peace of LOVE this Christmas. 

Have a safe and relaxing holiday and see you in 2022!

In faith and love,

Sharon Volp

College Fees Raffle - 2021 Term 4 Winner
Congratulations to the winner of our Term 4, 2021 College Fees Raffle. Incoming Year 7 parent, Matt is excited for his daughter, Madelyn to start school at MSM with no fees to pay in Term 1, 2022! Thank you to the MSM College community for contributing to our raffle in support of the Sisters of Charity Scholarship Fund.  
2021 Advent Liturgy
In advance of the First Sunday of Advent, we came together as a community on the final day of the year for our Advent Liturgy. 

Our celebration was focused on our preparations for the coming of the Christ child in our midst and our prayer filled celebration was gloriously enhanced by our College Choir, our Year 7 and 8 Choir, our College Band and our Liturgical Dancers. 
Environment Group Award Winners

Environment Group Presidents Isabelle (2021) and Alice (2022) were honoured to represent MSM at the WasteSmart Brisbane awards ceremony at City Hall. MSM was selected as finalists in the School’s category in recognition of our successful Waste Hub program, launched in January 2021. Not only did the judging panel select us as winners of the school’s category, but we also won the People’s Choice award! The People’s Choice award considered all finalists from all categories, and was selected by public vote. The People’s Choice award is particularly meaningful for the Environment Group as it shows that the wider MSM community supports and appreciates the work we are doing to improve environmental sustainability at MSM. Thank you to everyone who voted and congratulations Environment Group!
CAN Market Day
The College held its final CAN Market Day to raise funds in support of the work done by the nonprofit organisation “Days for Girls”.  A big thank you to all members of the five Community Action Network groups who participated in making and selling a wide variety of handmade goods. Well done to the Year 9 cohort who also sold soft drinks and chips on the day. It was a fabulous way to end the school year through selfless outreach to others.  
2022 House Spirit Cup Results

In 2020 MSM House Captains set themselves a challenge. Their goal was to increase the connectedness and house spirit for all students at MSM. Their aim was to provide students with a small house family within their larger MSM family, so that they could feel a sense of belonging and pride within their house. COVID significantly interrupted their plans in 2020 so they challenged this years (2021) House Captains with this task. 

Our House Captains in 2021, Ainslea, Jasmine, Lucinda and Holly accepted this challenge with open hearts and they agreed that alongside the captains who had come before them, they would make house spirit their legacy. The House Spirit Cup was born from their enthusiasm. 

From this year the House Spirit Cup will be an annual award given to the house that throughout the year embraces spirit through participation at various house events, whose students show continual effort and enthusiasm to represent their house through colour and voice and who display an impressive and obvious pride and sense of belonging to their house. 

The captains this year have done a wonderful job in rallying their house sisters! The house points this year were awarded to each house from Swimming Carnival stands, the Athletics Carnival stands, the Cross-country fun run, the Year 8 Handball Competition, Year 8 Crazy Sock Competition,  Mary Aikenhead Day, Term 1 Cheer Competition and the Easter Egg Hunt. 

On Thursday 18 November as we farewelled our 2021 Seniors, we got to also crown our inaugural House Spirit Champion House – Aikenhead. Congratulations to Ainslea and the entire Aikenhead family. 
Year 7 Christmas Tree Contest
The Year 7 Christmas tree decorating competition becomes bigger each year! This year the girls were challenged to decorate their trees to reflect: the Mary Aikenhead 2021 theme of Hope; the values of Mt St Michael’s and the Sisters of Charity and, of course, the messages within the story of Advent. Whilst the competition is naturally a bit of festive fun for the girls it is also an opportunity for them to put their character strengths into action using teamwork, fairness and leadership to ensure the decorations are a truly collaborative effort. Each homeroom presents their tree and decorations to Ms Volp who is tasked with the hard decision of choosing a winning tree across a range of categories. A great end to a year of big change and hard work for our Year 7 cohort.        
Year 7 Pos-Ed Christmas Baubles
Year 7 students Alessandra and Josie approached their Pastoral Leader with an idea of injecting some Christmas spirit on the M Block courtyard tree. They asked each homeroom to decorate a bauble which demonstrated how homerooms looked after their wellbeing during assessment. The girls then arranged for the baubles to be distributed, laminated and hung on the tree. Homerooms have risen to the challenge and it is great to see how our homerooms work together with a range of tips and positive affirmations to support each other in an often pressurised time. Year 7 Pastoral Leader, Mrs Correia, is exceptionally proud of Alessandra and Josie who have both demonstrated what it means to be a Mt St Michael’s student - definite leaders of the future!   
Food and Nutrition
Congratulations to Year 9 Food and Fashion students who had their final practical assessment for the year. Completing a Unit called Café Capers, students working in groups were required to use the principles of portion and quality control to prepare meals found in a café. By the look of these meals, they have hit the mark. Well done girls!
 Year 9 Business Played The School's Sharemarket Game

Year 9 Business students have enjoyed actively participating in The School’s Sharemarket Game - an online resource designed by the Australian Securities Exchange for students across Australia and the Pacific to play and learn about making decisions the stock/shares, company structures and industries and the factors that influence their volatile pricing.  Students in Year 9 Business played the game in syndicates or individually and went through processes of research and making decisions.  The market during the game in Term 3 and Term 4 was very volatile – prices were constantly trending upwards and then downwards very quickly.   

There were four students (2 in a syndicate) who have the opportunity to accept a small prize from Business Teachers for showing diligence in their decisions and working with either their initial gut feelings about the market; or researching diligently to make their great choices.   

The goal was to stay above the red line – a lot of syndicates were able to achieve this goal.  The four students who were at the top of the Mt St Michael’s Leaderboard were: 

Syndicate JEZ (Jenah and Ynez) 
GOD – (Charlie) 
Nina – (Nina) 

Well done Year 9 Business students for having some fun and working with the game and all its complexities. 

Last Day of School for 2021
Merry Christmas and happy holidays
from the Mt St Michael's College Community

The College administration closes on Friday10 December and reopens on Monday 17 January 2022.
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2022 Committee Executive

The P&F Association is seeking interest for the role of Secretary to support the Executive Committee for 2022. The P&F Association provides a vital role in bringing our community together. If you are interested and have the capacity to volunteer in 2022, we would love to hear from you. 

To read more and to download a nomination form, please visit the College website - Please send your nomination to  
2022 Term Dates

Term 1
Tuesday 25 January – Friday 1 April

Term 2
Wednesday 20 April – Friday 17 June

Term 3
Tuesday 12 July – Friday 16 September

Term 4
Tuesday 4 October – Friday 18 November (Year 12)
Tuesday 4 October – Friday 25 November (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:
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

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Slow down!

The Brisbane City Council, in coordination with The Gap Ward Office, recently erected an additional 40 km/h school zone limit and traffic signs facing incoming traffic along Elimatta Drive and Aloomba Road following a request from Mt St Michael’s College to investigate the traffic management in the school vicinity.
A safety project endorsed by Mt St Michael’s College’s Work Health and Safety (WHS) Committee.
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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