Spirit Of The Arts Festival - ELPIS
Oh…What a Night! On Wednesday evening we hosted our first twilight “Spirit of the Arts Festival” in three years! There was an energetic buzz around the College grounds and even a light shower of rain could not dampen the atmosphere. We were treated to an evening of first-class entertainment provided by our Music, Drama and Dance curricular and co-curricular students. The Visual Art displays showcased the diverse talents of our students who utilise so many different mediums and I witnessed many “gasps of awe” as parents and grandparents viewed the exhibitions. The evening concluded with an amazing “Closing Spectacular” entitled Pandora’s Box written by Linda Statham, our Director of The Arts. This item brought together the Year 8, 9 and 10 Dance Classes, the Co-Curricular Dance Team and Performance Ensemble, Drama classes in Years 8, 9, 10 and 11 accompanied by music by the Percussion Ensemble and Years 7-8 Choir and College Choir. The Year 10 Art students also featured. I acknowledge the work of Lauren (MSM Alumni - Class of 2021) and Year 12 student, Emily W for their original compositions which were part of the musical backing in the closing piece. I continue to be impressed by the level of excellence that our students bring to this event. I am so proud of them!
Events like this don’t just happen. It truly is a community event. Firstly, I extend my thanks and congratulations to Linda Statham, Director of The Arts, and our arts staff Miriam Townsley, Danielle Mulcahy, Megan Paterson, Chelsea Humbler, Madonna Kelly, Leah Mustard (Drama pre-service teacher), Teresa Seminara, Lani Weedon, Cara Coombe, Pettina Bateman and our music conductors. Thank you for bringing out the very best in our students! Secondly to our staff who assisted behind the scenes – our maintenance team (Kevin Gately, Mark Donaldson, Michael Davidson and Ahmed Sultan), Adam Watson for his Sound and Lighting support, our marketing team Danielle Ferris, Fleur Kelly and Paula Ovenden. I would also thank staff who assisted with supervision, Janelle O’Neill, Jo Howe, Paula Brydon, Paege Bellett, Amrita Moss, Claire Hatchman, Sally Crothers and Sue Wiseman. Finally, thank you to our parents who assisted in the running of the P&F Association Bar.
Thank you to all who attended and supported this marvellous event!
Activities on our Student Free Day
Today is a Student Free Day and yet our College grounds have been filled with students! A special welcome to the Year 6 students who attended our second Orientation Morning and thank you to the Year 10 “Buddies” who worked with the Year 6 students today. Our Year 12 students participated in their second day of mock exams as they sat their mathematics exam. Our newly appointed 2023 Student Leadership Team were also present participating in their leadership training. Thank you to the staff who supported these activities and the teaching staff are involved in Year 12 Confirmation activities.
On Sunday we celebrate Father's Day. We remember and honour dads, grandfathers, uncles, and all the men who have been father figures in our lives. We thank them for their unconditional love and ask for God’s blessing on them.
Happy Fathers’ Day!
I wish all students and staff the very best for the final two weeks of term.
In faith and love
It's difficult to comprehend that we are quickly approaching the end of Term 3. We wish our Year 12 students all the best as they complete their mock exams in preparation for their external exams, as well as all our other students for impending exams and assessments.
Parent Engagement Evening
Our Parent Engagement Evening with Guest Speaker Dr Justin Coulson was a very successful evening with more than 250 parents and staff in attendance. Thank you to the parents/caregivers and staff who supported this event.
Enrolments for 2023
Over the past two weeks the CLT have had the pleasure of meeting with our incoming Year 7 students for 2023 and their parents. This has been a wonderful opportunity to get to know current and future members of our community, I wish we had time to do this with all of our families! I am always struck by how impressive our young women are and how invested their parents are in supporting them on their MSM journey. I look forward to welcoming them all next year.
When a student is unwell at school, they are required to present at Student Reception who will make contact with their parent or caregiver if their daughter needs to be collected. Students are not to call parents from their mobile phones, it is imperative that the College is aware when students are unwell and we will facilitate their departure if necessary.
A reminder that students are not to use their mobile phones to pay at the Kaf, either flexischools, cash or an atm card is accepted for payment.
Year 12 Retreat
Our 2022 Retreat program concluded last week with the Year 12 Retreat Day.
Our Sisters Empowering Sisters and Interact students have combined forces this term to support Days for Girls and Share the Dignity, two worthy organisations seeking to combat the issue of period poverty in our world. Our students collected hundreds of period products and size-inclusive underwear throughout August. These items will be donated to Days for Girls, who seek to combat period stigma in developing countries, and Share the Dignity, who work to ensure that all Australian women and girls have access to safe, reliable and affordable menstrual care. Thank you to our Interact and Sisters Empowering Sisters students, and all who donated to this wonderful initiative.
Year 10 Preparatory Physics have been studying forces and motion this term and conducted an inquiry into the phenomena of inertia. The students rotated through a number of hands-on activities, recording observations at each station, and discussing the trends they had observed. The students were ultimately able to reach their own conclusion which paralleled Newton’s First Law: Objects at rest tend to stay at rest, and objects in motion tend to stay in motion unless acted on by an unbalanced force. A highlight of the lesson was the water balloon pop. A water balloon was popped and students recorded the motion of the water in slow-motion to see that the individual water particles remained in the balloon shape as they fell. Thank you to Pre-Service teacher Ms Cawood for organising this excellent learning experience for the students.
This term Year 10 Fashion Technology students have been focusing on sustainability. They have investigated the real costs of ‘fast fashion’ and considered alternatives to engaging in this wasteful practice. After a trip to the Red Hill Salvo’s Store to purchase a pair of pre-loved jeans, they have been working on repurposing these into a skirt. By adding embellishments, experimenting with bleaching, and distressing, they will have a totally new item to add to their wardrobe choices.
Our Book Week culminating activity was MSM READS where the whole school stopped to read a book of their own choice during extended homeroom time. Two lucky homerooms, 11C and 7E, got to experience MSM READS in the Library, with the addition of hot chocolate and marshmallows, accompanied by a sweet treat and a “Dreaming with eyes open” bookmark. They had previously been judged as the winners of our earlier Harry Potter or Shakespearian Spell Competition, and the photos show how quickly they were able to form a connection with each other. Reading truly is like dreaming with your eyes open!
As part of their Ancient History unit, one of our Year 7 homerooms mummified five of their classmates and decorated the room to replicate an Ancient Egyptian Tomb.
Year 7 Japanese students invited Marist Japanese students to a Cultural Trivia Afternoon all about Japan. Students enjoyed Japanese snacks before contesting four rounds of trivia centred on Japanese pop culture, famous landmarks, religion and fun facts.
Many music students are maintaining a high standard of commitment to their studies and have completed external examination certificates with the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB), conveniently located in Ashgrove.
Congratulations to MSM Year 9 student, Mabel who voice-recorded the lead role of Melek for a live musical puppet show called Hijabi Girl by the renowned children’s author Hazel Edwards (of “There’s a hippopotamus on my roof eating cake” fame) and Turkish-Australian-Muslim co-author Ozge Allan. This week the show was launched at Logan’s Butterbox Theatre to its first enthusiastic school audiences. Hijabi Girl, presented by Larrikin Puppets, is an in-theatre production for children, their teachers and their families to embrace diversity and accept people from different cultures. Well done, Mabel!
Congratulations to Year 12 student, Sara who participated in the Queensland Schools Orienteering Championships. 91 students from all around Queensland took part in three events: A Sprint at Bremer SHS & University of Southern Qld Ipswich, and two bush events at Mt Crosby and Deebing Creek.
Sara placed 1st in both the Sprint and Hagaby (one person relay) events and 2nd in the Long distance event. Over the weekend, Sara was named the female captain of the Queensland Team for Nationals. Well done Sara!
Thank you to all our parents and caregivers who volunteered at the 2022 Spirit of the Arts Festival.
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