Yesterday at the Interhouse Athletics Carnival we were blessed with a magnificent winter’s day. It was wonderful to see so many students demonstrating "house spirit” with their costumes and their cheering. I always enjoy watching the students support each other as they participate in the various track and field activities – there is usually lots of words of encouragement, congratulations and the occasional hug. Thank you to Ms Roy and Ms Page for their organisation of the Carnival and to the staff who assisted in running the event and accompanying students on the buses to UQ.
Being together in community is so important. It is finally starting to feel like we a moving into a time that is transitioning to being “more normal”. Today’s Indigenous Reconciliation Liturgy is another event where we gather in community more formally. Thank you to Ms Simpson and all who were involved in this special liturgy. For me a very significant and moving moment was when the students proceeded in with the copy of the Uluru Statement from the Heart to “A Song of Hope” by Katie Noonan.
Today we also farewelled three staff members who have made significant contributions to MSM.
Mrs Jan Woods has been the College Receptionist for more than 30 years. In this role she has been the first person that many parents and students have encountered when they enter the College. Mrs Woods has demonstrated deep love of MSM and she has always strived to give the best of care to our students. I have been privileged to be the fourth Principal to have worked with Mrs Woods and on behalf of the MSM Community I wish her all the best for her retirement.
Ms Juliette Bentley has been a teacher at MSM for more than 20 years. As a teacher of Religious Education and English, Ms Bentley has cared for her students with warmth and enthusiasm. Her legacy is the Writers Club which she established and has brought together hundreds of our students on Friday afternoons to share their love of writing. We wish Ms Bentley best wishes as she begins the next chapter of her life.
Ms Kath Page has worked in the sports department for the last 8 years. She has been integral to the success of our sporting program. I cannot recall a sporting event where Ms Page has not been on the sidelines. As a member of our Alumni she is acknowledged as “MSM’s greatest supporter”. We wish her all the best as she embarks on a career change.
We also thank Mr Andy Bertram as his contract as Teacher Assistant in the Innovation Centre concludes.
We have four staff taking leave in Term 3:
Next term we welcome back to MSM Ms Deb Machen who has been enjoying long service leave.
I wish all of our students, staff and their families a safe and happy holiday as you enjoy a well-deserved break.
In faith and love
The Rosies Student Engagement Program is underway for 2022. Rosies is a not-for-profit organisation run by the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, an Order of the Catholic Church which spends time with the marginalized, abandoned, isolated and lonely members of our community. MSM Year 11 students have shown their enthusiasm for taking up the challenge to step outside their comfort zones and attend the outreach. Rosies is about social inclusion, and offers a drink and a chat, providing patrons with a sense of inclusion increasing self-worth, directly impacting their physical and mental wellbeing.
Four groups have undertaken the outreach, with six groups still to attend. While our students are a little apprehensive on their way to the Rosies headquarters, they thoroughly enjoy engaging with the many patrons, some homeless, and many marginalised, and listening to their stories. The girls come home filled with a new appreciation for all the things that many of us take for granted – food, shoes, warm clothes, security and a social network.
Year 11 Homerooms have been collecting various donations for Rosies including share packs of food, sugar and toiletries, while the staff have been collecting socks.
Thanks must go to the teachers who have volunteered their time to accompany the girls on each outreach. The opportunity to volunteer for this outreach encourages the development of empathy, self-esteem and leadership and helps the students to embrace the Rosies motto, ‘Rosies…Friends on the Street’.
Year 9 Dance investigated Popular Dance this term! Students were busy working away adapting their own So You Think You Can Dance Routine in a genre of their choice. Hip-hop, contemporary, lyrical, and jazz – the students selected a vast array of genres to develop their technical and expressive skills. Well done, Year 9 Dance!
This term in Year 7 Religious Education, students have learnt about ancient Old Testament narratives and patriarchs of the Christian tradition, such as Noah, Abraham and Moses. They explored how stories of these patriarchs have also influenced beliefs in Judaism and Islam. To do this, students explored sacred texts like the Torah as well as Jewish Holy Days like Passover. Students also had the experience of trying a date, an ancient fruit from the Arabian Peninsula, that plays a big part in Islamic festivals. Many students had not tried dates before but were tempted by the Aussie twist of a chocolate coating and 100s and 1000s!
Monday 31 January – Friday 1 April
Wednesday 20 April – Friday 17 June
Tuesday 12 July – Friday 16 September
Tuesday 4 October – Friday 18 November (Year 12)
Tuesday 4 October – Friday 25 November (Years 7-11)