On Tuesday our Year 8 Class Captains did a fantastic job of leading the Middle School Assembly.  They began with this reflection from Voices of the Heart

Using our Gifts
The particular way in which the Spirit is given to each person is for a good purpose…
All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, who distributes gifts to different people just as he chooses. 1 Corinthians 12:4,11
We are each born with a unique set of gifts.  This is God’s choice for us.  It is nothing of our doing.
However, God does expect us fully to use our gifts for the good of community.  We are to respect different gifts as God-given and therefore equal.  The hospital CEO does no great work than the hospital cleaner.
We must do our best to build an inclusive community where everyone is treated with respect:  those running hard are encouraged to continue, those slacking are challenged to do better.
“If you think the task is too hard, ‘Trust in Divine Providence’.  God does not give us tasks too great for our talents. Venerable Mary Aikenhead.

As we progressed through the various items on assembly, there was clear evidence of students and staff using our gifts fully for the good of the community.  We were entertained by the Intermediate Vocal Ensemble and the Year 9 Dance Class.  We celebrated achievements in sport, including the winning House for the inaugural “handball house challenge”.  The Year 7 Environment Group members also promoted “Plastic Free July”.  Middle School Captains of Co-Curricular Music Ensembles were presented with their badges and there was a fantastic video promoting the various activities available in The Arts.  Thank you also to our College Captains, Siena and Julia, for their address to the Middle School Students and especially for sharing their study tips!  Congratulations to all involved.

As you continue to read through this week’s edition of The Spirit there are so many stories of students using their unique gifts.  We are reminded that MSM has so many opportunities that are offered - in the arts, sport, CAN groups, library, academic competitions and the list goes on.   How are you maximising your God-given gifts? 

I would like to make special mention of the MSM Cross Country Team.  Last Friday I had the pleasure of attending the CaSSSA Cross Country Carnival which was held at Limestone Park in Ipswich.  These girls have been committed to their training for months and each competitor gave 110% on the day.  I was so proud of the girls and the way that they supported each other, starting with the creation of the “tunnel” as they left the MSM marque to the round of applause and encouraging comments as each girl approached the finish line.  This was the “spirit of MSM” in action. Well done, girls! 
Congratulations to the team on achieving third in the aggregate and retaining the CaSSSA Cross County Percentage Cup!  We are very proud of you!

Dr Michael Carr-Gregg Parent/Caregivers Presentation

MSM is pleased to announce that Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, adolescent psychologist, will be conducting a presentation for Parents/Caregivers at the College on “Raising Happy and Resilient Girls” on Wednesday 21 July from 4.00 – 5.00 pm.  Information on how to book will be coming soon!

In faith and love,

Sharon Volp

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CaSSSA Cross Country Champions

Congratulations to our Cross Country team on their performance in the CaSSSA Cup competition. We are small, but we certainly are mighty, retaining the Percentage Cup in 2021! The effort of every single student in our team played their part in this success!  

19yrs = 4th, 16yrs = 2nd, 15yrs = 3rd, 14yrs = 2nd, 13yrs = 4th & 12yrs = 5th 

Percentage Cup = CHAMPIONS!!! 
Aggregate Cup = 3rd 

Thanks to our coaching staff for their efforts in run club in Term 1 and our competitive season in Term 2 for preparing MSM to compete so wonderfully! Thank you to Ms Volp for her endless support and being with us at the carnival. Go MSM 💛 

Reflecting on Year 10 Retreat

The Year 10 Retreat was an insightful day, led by Dave Joyner from Project Hatch. The students were encouraged to reflect on the sacredness within themselves and others. They were given the opportunity to thank their peers who have made a change in their life, inspired them or just made others day with a smile.  
National Sorry Day

To commemorate National Sorry Day, members of the Student Leadership Team, CAN Executive Leaders and MSM staff attended a wonderfully moving community event at the Teralba Park Commemoration Day Ceremony. Congratulations to MSM Year 12 student, Jasmine for her role as MC for the ceremony.

The MSM Social Justice Council championed the creation of a SORRY canvas for National Sorry Day. Students were invited to contribute by placing a handprint on the canvas which was proudly displayed in our Peace and Reconciliation Garden. Students paused to acknowledge the strength of Stolen Generations Survivors and reflect on how we can all play a part in the healing process for our people and nation.
Dancing the night away with Year 10
This term, 86 Year 10 students were fortunate enough to join Marist College and Loreto College for weekly dancing lessons. The program allowed the students to socialise and meet new people while learning some new dancing skills. They spent four weeks of Tuesday evenings learning a variety of ballroom dances. The program culminated in a social evening at Brisbane City Hall. The beautiful venue was the perfect place for the students to demonstrate the dances they had learnt. They were also treated to dancing demonstrations by their dancing instructor and her dance partner. This was a fantastic opportunity for the students to safely expand their comfort zones, practice responsible risk-taking and work on their interpersonal skills. They had a fantastic time and were a credit to our school. 
Writers Camp

The MSM Writers Club attended their annual camp at the YMCA Warrawee, Joyner. This year’s ‘Night of the Notables’ gave members the opportunity to not only explore the life of their chosen person but also how their choices framed their lives. It was a rich and wonderful twenty-four hours of writing, activities and sharing. Thank you to students and staff for making the 2021 Writers Club Camp an enriching experience for all.
Orders up! with the Year 12 Hospitality Buffet Breakfast

An early morning start saw the Year 12 Hospitality Class preparing a wonderful Buffet Breakfast for teaching staff. After extensive trialling of suitable foods by the students, a wide variety of food was selected for the menu. The morning was a great success with lots of positive feedback from those who attended.
MSM students lend a helping hand to Rosie's - Friends on the Street

MSM Year 11 students headed out for an evening with Rosies – Friends on the Street. Students involved in this program accompany Rosies’ volunteers to share conversation and offer a warm drink. Tabitha, Grace, Alex and Georgina enjoyed connecting with a wide variety of people and learning about their lives.

This term’s MSM READS event coincided with our Library & Information Week celebrations.  All students in Years 7 – 10 were given time to read a book of their choice during extended home room time. 

Keen readers had the opportunity to join in the festivities of the library where they received a numbered book mark for a lucky door prize of a novel and chocolate treat. The junior prize winner was Year 8 student, Amelia and the senior winner was Year 10 student, Sammi. Well done, girls!
7B rocketed to the winning spot

Congratulations to 7B who were the winners of our acrostic poem competition for “Library and Information Week”. It was so great to see our youngest students getting excited about this year’s theme, “Adventures in Time and Space.” Well done, girls! 
Preparing to light up the night at the 2021 Luminous Lantern Parade
The MSM Community Action Network groups, in particular the Social Justice Council, have been busily making lanterns to carry in the Luminous Lantern Parade to be held at South Bank Parklands on Friday 4 June from 6.00pm – 6.45pm. The Luminous Lantern Parade is Queensland’s largest welcome event, using light and lanterns to symbolize hope and create welcome, helping to shed light of various forms of settlement in our diverse community. Mt St Michael’s College has been in partnership with Multicultural Australia, the organisers of this event, for many years through our support of the ‘Work & Welcome’ program. We welcome all students and their families to join us at this special community event.
Altitude Youth Leadership Day
Last Wednesday four of our Year 9 students attended Altitude Day which is a Youth Leadership Day run by YLead for Year 9 students. It was attended by approx. 300 students from schools across Brisbane.  During the day, the girls had the opportunity to listen to three inspirational speakers who shared their various life journeys.  These incredible young people spoke about their challenges, their passion to embrace their strengths, the value of a growth mindset and positive self-talk and how they used various strategies and support to empower themselves to transform their lives. The day was also filled with valuable insights on the qualities of an effective leader and how these can be applied into their daily practice. Finally, through fun activities they were encouraged to step outside their comfort zone and develop new friendships. 
Making Global Connections
In recent years, the Mt St Michael’s Writers Club has led international writing projects with the Asia-Europe Foundation creating close connections with schools in Asia and Europe, which we can now experience in the classroom. Students in Year 7F participated in a live meeting with some students from St Mark’s Secondary School in New Delhi. These students have been in lockdown for over a year but still dress in uniform each day and attend their classes. As part of the Religious Education unit this term, students have been learning about different religious festivals. An opportunity arose to join the two classes to exchange information and build friendships. At MSM, we are committed to building global citizens and knowing that our interaction was an oasis in the midst of yearlong distant education, was very rewarding for our girls. They will exchange letters virtually and meet again before the term ends. As we enjoy our relative freedom, we spare a thought for these joyful and articulate students who continue to learn remotely.
da Vinci Decathlon Triumph

MSM students in Years 7 to 11 participated in the daVinci Decathlon academic competition this week held at Nudgee College. In teams of 8, the girls were required to work collaboratively in areas as diverse as English, Science, Mathematics, Ideation, Art and poetry, Legacy, Codebreaking, Engineering, Creative Producers and Cartography. All teams impressed in the lead-up to the competition, and were duly rewarded for their efforts: 

Year 8: 3rd in Cartography 
Year 9: 1st in English and 3rd in Cartography and Ideation 
Year 10: 3rd in Art and Poetry 
Year 11:  2nd in Art and Poetry, Cartography, Creative Producers, Science and Code breaking, 3rd in Ideation ad Legacy 
Second Place overall  

Congratulations again to all our participants who had a great day to work together and make new friends! 

Soccer Success!

Congratulations to MSM first XI Soccer team who won their first pool match of the Uhlsport Competition, beating Pacific Lutheran College, Caloundra 6-0!

A great start for our team.

Volleyball Victory!

Winners are grinners! Congratulations to our Intermediate Volleyball team who competed in the Qld Schools Cup Competition in Toowoomba. After a tough start, our MSM team went from strength to strength, defeating The Springfield Anglican College in the gold medal playoff! Champions again. A massive congratulations to our player, Shelby, who was awarded the tournament MVP!

Open AFL showing MSM pride

Well done to MSM Open AFL Team who competed at Coorparoo against fellow CaSSSA schools Stuartholme, All Hallows' and Lourdes Hill in the first round of AFLQ Schools Cup. Unfortunately, we didn’t progress to the next stage, but a fantastic day was had competing against our CaSSSA Sisters. Thank you to AFLQ for facilitating such a great event!

Putting the pieces together at Puzzle Club
This week puzzle fans came together for a fast and furious showdown at the first meeting of Puzzle Club! Two teams of 4 battled it out to see who could complete a 300 piece puzzle the fastest. Keep an eye on the notices for details of the next meeting as we would love to welcome more members!
Student Wellbeing Survey

We are working with Griffith University on gathering data on Student Wellbeing. 

This data will be very valuable in assisting staff in planning future wellbeing initiatives for our students. Students will complete the surveys in Pos-Ed class time.

Survey is anonymous as data collected will be de-identified and there are no identifiable risks to students. Dates for the survey are below:
  • Year 7 – Week 7 Thursday 3rd June p1
  • Year 8 – Week 8 Thursday 10th June p1.
  • Year 9 – Week 7 Monday 5th June p1.
  • Year 10 – Week 8 Tuesday 8/6 p1 10DEF & Friday 11/6 p1 10ABC
Parent consent is required for students to participate- Please choose ‘Accept’ or ‘Decline’ in Parent Lounge PsyCap Survey Consent.

We appreciate your support-with your daughters completing this survey.
MSM College Community Groups Meetings
Parents and Friends Association

Monday 7 June - 6pm
Monday 16 August- 6pm
Monday 6 September- 6pm
Monday 8 November (meeting and AGM)- 6pm

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Alumni Association

Monday 19 July - 6pm
23 August- 6pm
Monday 13 September - 6pm
11 October - 6pm
Monday 29 November - 6pm

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Uniform Shop - Clearance sale on selected items

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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
Winter Shopping with Downs and West Community Support
Cold weather is coming and we have the answer to keeping warn on those windy, cold days - Downs & West Community Support charity stall!  Yes, we are back again on Tuesday 22nd JUNE to Friday 25TH JUNE at Brookside with a variety of beautiful handcrafted winter woollies including items for sale for children and babies. Our crocheted rugs are amazing. All proceeds go to supporting individuals & farming families in Southern Queensland struggling through the impact of drought, flood, 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 8.30am to around 2.30pm except on Friday 25th when we close at 1.30pm.  For any further information please contact Sr Christine Henry, Mobile 0414324682.

For more information about Downs and West Community Support, please click here
St Ignatius Parish’s
Annual Women’s Night of Spirituality

With great pleasure, we will be presenting our 15th Annual Women’s Night of Spirituality.
This year’s speakers are FR RICHARD LEONARD SJ, World renowned Author and Speaker & DR DANIELLE ANNE LYNCH, Theologian | Musician | Teacher at Marist College, Ashgrove.
This year, you will need to book to attend this event to be held 
at St Ignatius Church, Kensington Tce, Toowong,
on Wednesday 28th July 
(6pm Dinner | 7.30pm Event),
or view from the comfort of your own home by streaming the event.
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All Welcome.
Contact details:
Allison King pw.toowong@bne.catholic.net.au | 3870 7818
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

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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
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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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