It matters not what we are doing for God provided we are doing it in the best possible way.

I shared this quote from Venerable Mary Aikenhead at Assembly on Tuesday.  If I slightly “tweak” this quote, it is easy to incorporate the Year 12 theme for this year “Let’s get IT done in 2021!”  I have seen many examples of how MSM students and staff have embraced this theme and are “doing IT in the best possible way”.

On Thursday morning at the Kaf, I was chatting to several of our students who had just finished their cross country training.  It was a chilly morning and I imagine it was not easy to get out of bed.  However, I encountered an enthusiastic group of students who spoke so positively about their training session that morning and they shared how they were working towards the goal of performing a personal best at the CaSSSA Cross Country Carnival on Friday 28 May. This is a fine example of living out this quote.

Congratulations to our music students for the very successful Music Fest 1 last Thursday evening.  The theme was “Food, Glorious Food”.  I was able to join online for the event and thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment.  These concerts are testament to the dedicated commitment of our musicians, to many hours of practice and rehearsals, whilst managing their studies and other activities.  Thank you to Ms Townsley (Program Leader – Music) for her overall coordination of the event and to Mrs Statham and the music staff for their ongoing support and work with the students.   This is another fine example of “doing IT in the best possible way”. 

As we come to the end of Week 3 of Term 2, assessment has become a major focus for our Year 11 and 12 students.  We hold the Year 11 students in our prayers as they start their Unit 1 Block exams today.  Year 12 are also experiencing a busy time as they complete important Internal Assessment items.  

Best wishes to our Year 7 and 9 students as they participate in the NAPLAN tests next week. The students have been well prepared for these tests which they will conduct in an online environment. 

On Saturday night, the Year 12 Students will be attending our Charity Ball. This is one of the social highlights of the year for our Year 12 Students and we wish them a wonderful evening. Thank you to Ms Lennon (Year 12 Pastoral Leader) and the Year 12 Homeroom Teachers for organising this event. 

This Sunday is Mother's Day – a very special day when we say “thank you” to our Mothers and those who fulfil the role of Mother for everything that they have done for us to support us and nurture us in our life’s journey, just as Mary did for Jesus.  We thank you for the love, care and encouragement you give your children every day of their lives.  Thank you for your patience, commitment, hard work and hugs.  Happy Mother’s Day!
In faith and love,

Sharon Volp


Have you bought your tickets in the College Fees Raffle?  Limited number of tickets are sold so you are in with a very good chance.

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.  

*Terms and conditions apply 

Looking to the skies at the Year 12 Physics Camp

Our Year 12 Physics class were very excited to participate in the annual physics camp. During the day the students worked diligently to complete their student experiments and at night they took advantage of the dark skies of rural Queensland for astronomy. As well as observing stars and planets through the telescope, the students learned to use specialised astrophotography equipment to photograph multiple galaxies and nebula, including, Eta Carinae nebula which is 8500 light-years away, and the “Leo Triplet” which is a small group of galaxies about 35 million light-years away.
Help young people affected by youth homelessness 
MSM Lord Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council (LMYAC) representative, Charlotte is encouraging fellow MSM students to get involved with a donation drive for youth homelessness, a current initiative focus for the LMYAC. Charlotte, along with Year 10 representatives from other schools across Brisbane get together to discuss key issues affecting young people, including, youth homelessness and how they can make an impact.  

Thank you to those students who have donated items for the drive already. Charlotte encourages students to continue to bring in these much-needed items in support of this great cause. 
Food, Glorious Food! at MusicFest1
The “Food Glorious Food” live streamed Co-Curricular Music Concert on Thursday 29 April was a delicious treat for those at home to watch. The students performed with energy and enthusiasm and it was clear they enjoyed the musical work they were performing. The program of gastronomically themed delights was challenging and the students showcased their ability beautifully. Special thanks must be offered to the Directors of the Co-Curricular groups, Zac Moynihan, Michal Rosiak, Joel Woods, Alice Buckingham and Ruani Dias-Jayasinha and accompanists Thien Pham and Katie Littlewood who worked to inspire the love of Music performance with the students.
There is so much organisation involved in a concert and Miriam Townsley continues to work very hard to streamline a rehearsed and polished performance. Thank you to our IT department for their expertise in managing the live stream of this event.

Thank you to the performers who have 'whet our appetite' for further treats in the future.  Please be sure to tune in to the Soiree on Tuesday 18 May at 6pm for the next live streamed part of the “Food Glorious Food” concert. 
2021 UQ Science Ambassadors
Congratulations to our 2021 UQ Science Ambassadors - Lauren, Sophie, Hannah and Christine. The UQ Ambassador Program allows students to champion Science and STEM activities by developing and delivering events, holding National Science Week activities, and encouraging other senior science students to share their experiences with students in all years. The program challenges students to develop their leadership abilities and communication skills and offers them the chance to connect with like-minded students across Queensland as well as academics and UQ Science Academy Leaders. 
Australian Brain Bee Competition
Congratulations to selected Year 10 students who completed round one of the Australian Brain Bee Challenge run by the Australasian Neuroscience Society. As a part of this challenge, students spent weeks learning about the brain, its function and impact on behaviour, in preparation for an online quiz. Well done to Eloise for achieving a high standard on the quiz and progressing to round two of the competition. 
Visual Arts in Practice students welcome Suzie Mansley to their classroom
Year 11 Visual Arts in Practice students attended a creative industry presentation by visual artist, Suzie Mansley. Students gained insight into business operations behind creative industry and an artist’s practice, and techniques specific to ceramic media. Suzie demonstrated to students the diverse roles required to build a sustainable career as a business owner, manufacturer, craftsperson, academic practitioner and exhibiting artist. This experience provided students with contextual links for ceramic products they’re currently creating. 
Term 1 Donations for the MICAH Project delivered

A huge thank you to all staff and students at the College for their contributions to our Micah Projects collection during the course of Term 1. 

We collected a huge amount of toiletries and other essential items for Micah Projects and these items will be invaluable for women and families in temporary sheltered accommodation, after they escape from situations of domestic violence.  

These items were transported to Micah this morning and we know that they will benefit the most vulnerable. 
2021 Cross Country House Winners Announced

Congratulations to Rush House who were awarded overall Champion House in the 2021 Cross Country.
IT Girls Awards - Congratulations to our Winners
MSM College Community Groups - Term 2 Meetings
Parents and Friends Association

Monday 10 May - 6pm
Monday 7 June - 6pm

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Alumni Association

Monday 24 May - 6pm
Monday 14 June - 6pm

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Parents and Friends - Parents' Golf Day
WHEN: Friday 21 May - Noon tee off (be there no later than 11.30am)
WHERE: Ashgrove Golf Course - 863 Waterworks Road, The Gap
AGENDA: Cost is $100 which includes 18 Holes of golf, electric buggy and a 2 course dinner afterwards at The Gap Tavern.

The game will be "four ball best ball" so you don't have to be a pro.
This event offers a great chance to meet other parents and caregivers from MSM.

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Registrations close Friday 14 May

Non State Schools Transport
Assistance Scheme

Non State Schools Transport Assistance Scheme (NSSTAS) provides financial assistance for families transporting students to non-state schools in Queensland.

Please click the link below to see if you are eligible

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:
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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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)

Mt St Michael's College Merchandise

Available at the Secondhand Uniform shop
Fabric Tote Bag with words $12
Handtowel $5
Both items for only $15 (save $2)

Fabric Tote Bag also available at The Kaf
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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