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.