Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the communities of South East Queensland and New South Wales who have been impacted by the floods. In this newsletter you will find details of ways that our community can support those who have been affected. Thank you to parents and caregivers for your cooperation in collecting your students from the College so promptly last Thursday as we found ourselves responding to yet another “unprecedented” event. The safety of our community is always our paramount concern.
We were so fortunate at MSM to experience only minor flooding due to the weather event. Unfortunately, our Wellbeing Centre floor was flooded and that has resulted in the temporary relocation of the offices of our Pastoral Leaders, College Psychologists and Career Pathways Program Leader. I would like to thank Mr Cole (Business Manager) and our maintenance team for their quick response on Monday morning last week to address the damage. We are hoping that the Centre will be back in action for the start of Term 2.
CaSSSA Swimming Carnival
Congratulations to the MSM swimming team on bringing home the Percentage Cup at yesterday’s CaSSSA Swimming Carnival. This result is testament to the hard work and commitment to many months of early morning training sessions which were also disrupted due to COVID.
I was privileged to witness a fantastic display of MSM Spirit. In a sensational day of competition, our team members gave 150% to every swim in which they participated.
In the on-line edition of yesterday’s Courier Mail, our MSM swimming team was referred to as the “MSM swimming machine”. There were many highlights during the day, and these achievements are celebrated in the article in this newsletter. A highlight for me was the excitement of the final event, the All Age Relay. This 6 x 50m relay featured a swimmer from each age group from every school and had the whole team on their feet cheering as Hannah Casey touched the wall in first place. This is the first time since 2014 that MSM has won this event and has broken the seven-year run for All Hallows'!
I would like to thank Mrs Roy and Ms Page and the MSM coaching staff for their great work in preparing our team and supporting them on the day.
Well done, team! MSM is very proud of you all!
International Women’s Day
Tuesday was International Women’s Day. At our assembly on Tuesday our students showed their support for this year’s United Nations Theme #BreakTheBias.
We look forward to celebrating at our IWD Foundation High Tea this afternoon at the Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane Showgrounds at Bowen Hills. This will be our first major event of the year and I thank our MSM community for your wonderful support. I would like to thank our wonderful local businesses and supporters who have provided prizes for our lucky door and raffle.
In faith and love
This week we look at the use of ‘Concrete Examples’ as a strategy to reinforce new learning. This is a skill that would be used quite often in classrooms from Year 7 – 12 when a teacher explains a new concept and is characterised using specific examples to assist in understanding abstract ideas.
In terms of a study technique, students should develop concrete examples of an abstract concept, once it has been discussed in class, so they are able to solidify the learning in their own mind. Abstract ideas can be vague and difficult to grasp, as the human brain is designed to remember concrete information better than abstract information. Therefore, when learning abstract and complex ideas, students should aim to create their own specific and concrete examples. Students should then check their example with their teacher for accuracy, correct any parts that are not quite right and then look to find another example. This practice should assist their brain to frame their understanding of these concepts with concrete, easy to remember, examples.
The MSM Maths Tutorial booking system has been launched this week. Students in Years 7 – 12 are welcome to book a 10-minute session to focus on a particular topic or question that they may need additional support with. Bookings are available between 7:30am – 5:00pm and are to be made at least 12 hours in advance. Students need to ensure that they are in their MSM uniform when chatting to a Mathematics teacher on Teams. The link to the booking system can be accessed by clicking here.
Attendance at School
Regular attendance at school is critical for your daughter’s learning and development. If your daughter is going to be absent during the term, parents need to request approval for this absence in writing from Ms Volp. While the value of a family vacation is accepted, as is the occasional need for attendance at events in term time, priority must be given to regular school attendance. This is particularly the case if your daughter’s absence will involve missing end-of-term assessment.
There are circumstances that arise where your daughter can apply for an extension to an assessment deadline. Please note that, as per QCAA guidelines, family holidays during term time are not valid reasons for an extension. If your daughter falls behind in her studies, generally through illness or misadventure, then she is entitled to apply to modify her assessment deadlines. If your daughter feels that she may need to negotiate her deadlines, then I strongly encourage her to have a conversation with either Ms Lilley, Program Leader Middle School, for students in Years 7 – 9 or Ms Howe, Program Leader Senior School, for students in Years 10 - 12. Ms Lilley and Ms Howe are in the best position to ascertain whether your daughter will meet the requirements for adjustments to be made. Please note that any request must be made at least 48 hours before the due date.
Absences when assessment is due
If your daughter is absent on a day when she has assignment due, your daughter is still expected to submit her assessment digitally using the process required for the specific subject. If your daughter is absent on the day that she is scheduled to sit an examination, please note that she will be required to complete the examination when she is back at the College either in a catch-up session during the school day or at a curriculum catch up on Thursday afternoon. Students will be expected to complete their missed examination as soon as practicable.
It was a true pleasure to watch our MSM Swimming Team in action at the 2022 CaSSSA Swimming Carnival. We are incredibly proud of these results and especially proud of all the young women who represented us. Your commitment, perseverance, grit and passion is immeasurable. We are #MSMPROUD.
A special mention needs to go to our Winning All Age Relay Team Members – Hannah Casey, Ana Somerville, Tara Cabaron, Kate Shield, Halle Barlow and Annabelle Creswell. It was the magic race that ended the carnival. MSM, SRC and AHS could barely be split in all six laps before Hannah, building on the inspiring legs before her, was able to chase down the AHS team to secure 1st place.
Hannah Casey – Under 16 Years – New CaSSSA Swimming Record – Under 16 50m Freestyle.
Well done to all our 15 MSM swimmers who competed in the Met North Swimming Carnival, and a big congratulations to those that progressed through to the QLD State Championships.
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)