It has been a whirlwind start to Term 3. We are still playing “catch up” for some of the events that were postponed from earlier in the year. Our term commenced with “College Photo Day” which is traditionally held at the beginning of the year. A silver lining for having this later in the year was that we were able to organise a second day of photos to capture many of the group photos for our 2022 College Magazine. Thank you to Ms Mason for overseeing the arrangements and to the students and staff for your cooperation.
On Tuesday 19 July our cross country team competed in the CaSSSA Cross Country which had been rescheduled due to inclement weather in May. I heartily congratulate our team on winning the CaSSSA Percentage Cup and for achieving outstanding results in each age group. It has been a mammoth effort for our team to maintain their focus and motivation for so many months, but their determination has been rewarded. Congratulations, we are proud of you! Thank you to Ms Roy and the cross country staff for their support of our team. I encourage you to read the article in this newsletter to hear more about their wonderful achievements.
Music is a very important part of our co-curricular life at MSM. It has been a difficult couple of years for our performance groups due to the many challenges that COVID has presented. It is also a huge yearlong commitment that our students make when they become a member of a music ensemble and they delight us with their talents at many events throughout the year. The students enjoyed a fantastic music camp earlier this week. Thank you to Ms Townsley, Ms Statham and the music staff for organising this opportunity for our students. There is growing anticipation as our students prepare for the QCMF in August.
College reports were circulated at the end of Term 2 and I thank staff, students and families for their engagement in the recent Year 11 2023 Subject Selection Evening and the Year 10 -12 Parent-Teacher Conferences. These are important “touchstones” during the year as we work in partnership to support your student.
Welcome back to Mrs Machen who has returned from long service leave. Welcome to Ms Bui who is returning on a contract in the English and Religious Education areas.
We welcome the following school officers who have joined us this term:
A special welcome to Tetiana Khinevych, our latest work placement from Multicultural Australia’s “Work & Welcome” program. Ms Khinevych recently arrived from the Ukraine and has accepted a position as Learning Assistant for Term 3.
As I announced at the end of Term 2, we have two staff on long service leave; Ms Lilley and Ms Sargent. Congratulations to the following staff who have been appointed to Acting Middle Leader positions:
Ms Megan Mackay (Science Teacher) has resigned as of the end of this week. We wish her all the best for her future. We are currently recruiting for this position.
I was very pleased to announce last week (via an email to our community) an update on our master planning. We have engaged an experienced project team to develop plans for a new learning centre. The proposed learning centre includes a new library, general learning areas and space for the College administration.
A key focus of the proposed project is to provide flexible facilities that can be used for multiple purposes. The proposed project will improve facilities for staff and students. These proposed improvements are intended to accommodate the needs of our existing number of school staff and students.
Mt St Michael’s College intends to seek approval of the proposed plans via the Ministerial Infrastructure Designation (MID) process. The MID approval pathway provides a streamlined, whole-of-government approval process.
To learn more about our proposed new learning centre and the MID process please visit our project webpage here.
In faith and love
NAIDOC Week – Stand Up! Show Up!
During the semester break, the Australian community marked NAIDOC Week. It is wonderful to see the ways that people from many different parts of our community are celebrating the rich contributions to art, media, film, music and culture that have been made by First Nations Artists. This year, Netflix has released a special list of First Nations Content on their streaming platform, including the excellent documentary Firestarter: the Story of Bangarra Dance Theatre and the hauntingly beautiful film Samson & Delilah. The CSIRO has assembled a wonderful NAIDOC Week playlist featuring some of our best known Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.
Thanks from Sr Christine Henry – Downs & West
At the end of last term, I had the pleasure of contacting Sr Christine to advise her that our MSM family had raised $7800 for Downs & West through our efforts in Term 2. Sr Christine sent her thanks to the College:
Mt St Michael’s College Community is a wonderful College and has really embraced the wider community who have suffered greatly during the drought and floods earlier this year. It is evident that you have worked together as a team, and that you have demonstrated that the College values of Hope, Justice, Love and Compassion underpin everything that you do. This money will be used wisely as we move around rural and remote areas of Southern Queensland and continue to identify people in need of support.
Year 7 & 8 Retreat Days
On Thursday and Friday this week, our Year 7 & 8 students enjoyed their annual retreat days, facilitated by Dave Jorna from Project Hatch. Our Year 7 cohort's program focused around the question Who do I want to be? As part of the day, the students wrote a letter to their future self. We will keep these letters safe and present them to each student when she prepares to Graduate from MSM in 2027. Our Year 8 students reflected on the special gifts that each person brings to the MSM community, and the ways that we might be able to acknowledge the giftedness in ourselves and others more often. Sincere thanks to our Year 7 and 8 Pastoral Teams for their support of the Retreat program.
Mary Aikenhead Day – Friday 29 July
We are busily preparing for our College’s Feast Day, Mary Aikenhead Day on Friday 29 July. This special day will commemorate the anniversary of Mary Aikenhead, who died on 22 July 1858. We will commence the day with a College Mass in the Sophia Centre at 9am. Throughout the day, the students will be involved in mission activities designed to deepen their understanding of the vision and mission of the Sisters of Charity. In the afternoon, we look forward to the colour and excitement of the College’s House Singing Competition. We will be running a sausage sizzle fundraiser at lunch time, with money raised to go towards our Term 3 mission project.
I wish you and your family every blessing as we embark on this very busy and exciting term!
After much anticipation and several attempts at rescheduling, our Photo Days for 2022 are officially and successfully complete. I would like to thank the students for their cooperation and excellent behaviour across the two days. The presentation of the girls was very good and a strong indicator that everyone understands our uniform expectations. If you have not done so already, you may order the class and individual photographs online as per the instructions in my email communication on Wednesday 13th July.
On Tuesday, our committed cross country athletes attended Nudgee College to compete in the CaSSSA Cup Cross Country Carnival. Congratulations to our team on winning the CaSSSA Percentage Cup for the fourth consecutive year and for achieving outstanding results in each age group as well as individual performances. After an extended and very long season, a huge amount of commitment and sheer grit, our MSM cross country team did us #MSMProud in every way!
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)