Three long weekends in a row have been refreshing breaks, but the short weeks have meant that our days have been filled with activities, particularly as we enjoy major events that we rescheduled from Term 1. 

As we come to the end of Week 3 of Term 2, assessment has become a major focus for our Year 11 and 12 students.  We hold the Year 11 students in our prayers as they start their Unit 1 Block exams on Tuesday. Year 12 students are also experiencing a busy time as they complete important Internal Assessment items.  

Best wishes to our Year 7 and 9 students as they participate in the NAPLAN tests next week. The students have been well prepared for these tests which they will conduct in the online environment. 


MusicFest 1 - Glam Rock

The Sophia Centre “sparkled” at our first MusicFest for 2022 on Thursday 28 April.  The theme was “Glam Rock” with Abba and Elton John songs being some of the most featured artists of the night.  It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening as we welcomed back our live audience. Well done to Isobel Jones, Music Captain, for compering the evening.

The audience was tempted to sing along with our Choirs as we journeyed together down memory lane.   The Year 7 and 8 Choir were well-received with their debut performance of “Best Day of My Life” and “Shake Rattle and Roll”.  The College Choir performed energetic versions of the “Time Warp” and “Waterloo”.  The Senior Vocal Ensemble were “You’re My Best Friend” and “Da Doo Ron Ron”. The MSM Singers performed a cheeky version of “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” and a haunting version of “Space Oddity”.

Our ensembles, orchestras and bands were equally stunning. The percussion ensemble opened the evening with a lively rendition of “On Thin Air”, followed by the beautiful “Circle of Life” from the Lion King performed by the Senior Wind Ensemble. The Guitar Ensemble performed toe-tapping renditions of “Santana Secrets” and “Matters of Time”.  The Senior Strings featured powerful solos by Isobel Jones (Cello) and Eva Shen (Double Bass) during their wonderful performance of the “Phantom Waltz”.  The String Orchestra performed “feel good” renditions of Elton John’s “Crocodile Rock” and “The Best of Abba Medley”.  “Eine Kleine Rock Music” performed by the Concert Band brought a touch of classical music to the evening and the performance of “I’m Still Standing” by Elton John demonstrated their versatility. 

A huge congratulations to all our very talented musicians and singers. Thank you to Ms Townsley for coordinating a specular evening of entertainment.  Thank you to our Co-curricular Music Staff, to Mrs Linda Statham – Director of Arts for organisation support, and Ms Pettina Bateman for her program graphic design. Thanks to Mr Adam Watson, and MSM Alumni, Eloise Kelk in the sound booth for making the evening possible.

Year 12 Charity Ball - A Heart for Justice

Our Year 12 students and their guests had an enjoyable evening at the Charity Ball which was held last Saturday night at the Brisbane Convention Centre.  It was wonderful to have Year 12 Parents/Caregivers and some MSM staff members present for pre-dinner drinks and a photo opportunity. 

Congratulations to our students for their donations of $3024.64 towards the Downs & West Community Appeal. Your support for this important Sisters of Charity initiative is gratefully received and appreciated. Thank you to Ms Brydon (Year 12 Pastoral Leader) and the Year 12 Homeroom Teachers for their efforts in preparing for this special occasion. 

Year 11 Semi-Formal

Tonight our Year 11 students and their guests will attend their much anticipated Semi-Formal which was rescheduled from the 18 February. We wish the Year 11 Students and their guests a wonderful evening. Thank you to Ms Lennon (Year 11 Pastoral Leader) and the Year 11 Homeroom Teachers for organising this event. 

Mother's Day

This Sunday is Mother's Day – a very special day when we express our gratitude to our mothers, aunts, grandmothers and other special women who take on mothering roles in our lives.  We thank you for the love, care and encouragement you give your children every day. I wish you a very happy day on Sunday and offer the following prayer: 

Dear Lord

Please watch over and support all mothers on earth and in heaven. Help them to know how much they are loved and appreciated on Mother’s Day and every day.


In faith and love
Sharon Volp

Term 2 Events
MSM Open Evening
Friday 27 May
3:30 - 6pm
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While the weeks have been shorter for the start of Term 2, we have continued to experience a variety of activities, including excursions, sports, music, and the Year 12 Charity Ball. It has been lovely to be reconnected with and welcome our parents face to face once again.

I'd like to wish our Year 7 and 9 students the best of wishes for next week's NAPLAN testing, as well as our Year 11 students who will begin their Unit 1 block examinations.
Creating Digital Citizenship

At Mt St Michael's College, we are continuing to develop the breadth and sequencing of our digital citizenship curriculum for students in Years 7–12.

I previously promoted the Queensland government's eSafety website as a useful resource for schools and parents.

There are many forthcoming free one-hour webinars for parents and caregivers that you may find useful.
To view the information, please click on this link -

Additionally, the parents tab contains a variety of additional sources, including resources, videos, and online safety guides. I strongly encourage you to spend some time on the website since it has tools and information that may support families in a variety of areas related to digital safety.
Term 2 Appeal: Downs & West Community Support

We have commenced our annual appeal to support Downs & West Community Support, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity supporting farming families living in the Western Darling Downs region of Queensland. During the term break, I met with Sr Christine Henry, who began the ministry 15 years ago as a stand-alone drought appeal.
Sr Christine has witnessed the devastation and pain brought about by the recent catastrophic flooding in rural Queensland. For farmers in the Burnett region, this will be the fourth major flood event in less than 12 months. The land, once so fertile and abundant in crops, lies fallow, completely saturated. For some families, the land will not be suitable for cropping for another 2 years. The loss of livelihood and the increasing costs of life on the land mean that some families who have farmed their land for successive generations are now looking to leave for good. 

Downs & West provides practical support to farming families through the provision of food, stock feed, bill relief and pastoral support. Mt St Michael’s College has supported Downs & West since its inception, and we are proud to continue our partnership with them. 
Our appeal has commenced strongly, thanks to the generous hearts of justice of our Year 11 and 12 students: 
  • Our Year 12 students presented Ms Volp with a cheque for $3153.00 at their Charity Ball on Friday evening. Our seniors were invited to donate a portion of what they spent on themselves in preparation for their Ball. 
  • Our Year 11 students, in thanksgiving for the privilege of holding a Semi-Formal, hosted a very successful Pay It Forward Market at MSM, raising $1105.45 for Downs & West. 
Sincere thanks to each student who contributed, for her generosity, and to the many staff whose ongoing support made these events possible, especially Ms Lennon (Year 11 Pastoral Leader) and Ms Brydon (Year 12 Pastoral Leader). 
Help support the Downs & West Community Support Appeal - Click here to make a donation.
As we approach the half-way point of the term next week, students need to be continually referencing their assessment calendars to ensure they are adequately preparing for their upcoming assessment. When preparing for her assessment, your daughter may take great pride in advising you that she is a multitasker. She may inform you that she is able to text on her mobile phone, check her social media and complete homework or assessment preparation all at the same time. She believes that she is successfully multitasking and getting everything done.

The problem with this scenario is that there is no such thing as multitasking. Multitasking is a myth that has been promoted by society to make people feel productive and efficient. Multitasking involves engaging in two tasks simultaneously. It is only possible if two conditions are met: 

  1. at least one of the tasks is so well learned as to be automatic, meaning no focus or thought is necessary to engage in the task (ie walking or eating)
  2. they involve different types of brain processing. 

For example, your daughter may be able to read effectively while listening to music because reading comprehension and processing instrumental music engage different parts of the brain. However, her ability to retain the information that she is reading while listening to music with lyrics declines significantly because both tasks rely on the language centre of the brain.

So what does this mean if your daughter tells you that she is multitasking? Unfortunately, it means that what she is doing isn't really multitasking. Despite appearances, she simply can't talk on the phone, read an email, send an instant message, and watch YouTube videos all at the same time. What she is doing is serial tasking.  Rather than engaging in simultaneous tasks, she is merely shifting from one task to another to another in rapid succession.  For example, she switches from using her mobile phone to working on a document on her computer screen to chatting with a peer on Microsoft Teams in the belief that she is doing them simultaneously.

Research from the American Psychological Association describes how this kind of multitasking is neither effective nor efficient. These findings have demonstrated that when your daughter shifts her focus from one task to another, that transition is neither fast nor smooth. Instead, there is a lag time during which her brain must remove itself from the initial task and then move onto the new task. This shift, though it feels instantaneous, takes time. 

Single tasking or mono tasking, which is focusing only on one task at a time, is a much more effective strategy to use when preparing for upcoming assessment. Single tasking starts with looking for ways to maximise your daughter’s ability to focus and minimise her potential distractions. The first step is to find your daughter a quiet space to work. Your first thought might be her bedroom, but, though quiet, it may offer your daughter even more distractions when she gets tired, bored, or stuck. A study or communal space, if available, is a better option. Help her to get comfortable and organised. She should ideally sit in a chair that is comfortable, but not too comfortable! Her workspace should allow her to focus on completing what is required of her.

Most importantly, have her put away distracting technology. This means no mobile phones; just having them in sight will be a distraction and the pings and vibrations that emanate from them are a significant barrier to focus. Close all irrelevant windows on her laptop, especially those related to social media. Even minimised windows are a temptation and will be a constant distraction. Allow her to focus on just one task at a time – this will be of the greatest benefit to her at the end of the term.


Year 11 Exam Block

I would like to wish the Year 11 students all the very best as they commence their Unit 1 exams next Tuesday. These examinations will give students the opportunity to demonstrate their learning from the past 12 weeks.

Year 7 & 9 NAPLAN Online

Students in Year 7 and Year 9 will commence NAPLAN Online testing next week. The students have participated in practice sessions in Term 1 and are familiar with the online platform.

The dates for NAPLAN testing are as follows:

Year 9

Tuesday 10 May
Reading in P1 & P2

Wednesday 11 May
Writing in P1 & P2

Thursday 12 May
Conventions of Language in P1 & P2

Friday 13 May
Numeracy in P1 & P2

Year 7

Tuesday 10 May
Reading in P3 & P4

Wednesday 11 May
Writing in P3 & P4

Thursday 12 May
Conventions of Language in P3 & P4

Friday 13 May
Numeracy in P3 & P4
The Year 7 and 9 cohorts were reminded of the following organisational processes for their best performance this week:
  • Have a good night's sleep the night before an exam
  • Have a good breakfast each morning
  • Have their laptop fully charged each morning
  • Have wired headphones to use each day (no wireless ear pods allowed)
  • Have a writing implement (pen or pencil)
  • Aim for their personal best in each session as this is point-in-time assessment which does not impact on their school results.
Please feel free to contact Mrs Sissi Lilley at the College on 3858 4270 or via email should you have any questions about the NAPLAN Online testing. Please also follow the College's daily absence procedures should your daughter be absent during the NAPLAN testing period.
Around The College
Year 11 Pay It Forward Markets

As a way to pay forward the privilege of having a Semi-Formal, the Year 11 Homerooms organised markets to raise money for the Downs & West Appeal. Stalls included lob-a-choc, spin the wheel, cold rock ice-cream, soft drinks and the very popular Pie Face - teacher edition. Congratulations to the Year 11 cohort for their leadership and initiative, the markets were a great success.

Co-curricular Music Navy Badges Acknowledging 6 Years of Commitment

In the words of Jean-Paul Sarte, “Commitment is an act, not a word”.  In the 2022 Year 12 Co-Curricular Music cohort, there were 23 students who received the much-coveted Navy Co-curricular Music Commitment Badge (6 years) - an impressive number.  Attendance at music rehearsals and events is tracked carefully using a five-point scale ranging from 5 = Present, to 4 = Absent with valid excuse, e.g., a prior email from Parent, 3 = Late, 2 = Very Late, and finally 1 = Absent, no notice, no reasonable excuse.  Each year students receive a coloured tie pin to mark their participation in the Co-curricular Music program, starting with Light Blue=1 year, Teal=2 years, Red=3 years, Yellow=4 years, Purple=5 years, and finally to Navy=6 year. Commitment to music groups is the only way to achieve long term growth and achievement, both for the students individually, but also for the groups, and the overall program.  

From day to day, week to week, year to year, this might mean some or all of the following: Weekly rehearsals – ALL YEAR, Getting up early when you want to sleep in, especially on the last day of term, planning your academic workload so you can manage to attend your rehearsals each week, coming in during exam block, just for your music rehearsals, occasionally missing out on lunch or morning tea with friends, balancing commitment to ongoing weekly music rehearsals and other extra-curricular activities when time slots are often clashing, occasionally being unable to sign-up for a fun activity, because it clashes with the music group you have already committed to, finding time for lessons and personal practice, being patient and supportive of younger members, as you yourself become more advanced and proficient, sometimes playing music already played in the past to allow new members to learn the repertoire and at this time of year for instrumentalists, removing your fake nails after the formal in time for your next rehearsal or performance!

Well done to our Year 12 students who will wear their Navy Badge with pride.
Year 8 Theme Launch

Our Year 8 students enthusiastically launched their 2022 theme in the Sophia Centre. This was expertly led by the hard-working Year 8 Semester 1 Homeroom Captains who created a series of role-plays exploring how we can strengthen a sense of unity and community amongst the Year 8 cohort.  

Below is an extract delivered by Olivia Mineo at the launch to the Year 8s: 

The Year 8 Universe has already experienced much upheaval and distress this year. From learning remotely at home, COVID restrictions that have forced us to be physically apart to unexpected floods, it is vital that we stick together and support each other during these unexpected times. The idea behind United as One relates to how as a community, we are stronger together and with the encouragement from our friends, peers and teachers, we can overcome each challenge we face. There is a lot that we cannot control but we can control our reaction to these challenges and realise that we need to increase our sense of empathy and compassion towards each other in moving forward. 

The infinity sign represents the never-ending bond of the Year 8 community and signifies our Year 8 Sister of Charity values of compassion, hope and love.  

The infinity sign is the strongest and most powerful symbol because it is always in motion and can never be broken. Just like the Year 8 Cohort.  It is no co-incidence that the infinity sign is also a sideways figure of 8.  

The theme celebrates the Year 8 community and focuses on coming together as a unified cohort. Inspired by the need to be empathetic and compassionate, we are encouraging Year 8 students to reach out and be strong pillars of support and love for each other. 

We commend all those Year 8 students who submitted an entry as part of our 2022 theme competition. A special acknowledgment must be extended to Jasmine Ewings, Ruby O’Donoghue and Annette Taylor whose ideas both in the logo design and phrase, helped create this inspiring theme. 
STEM - Students Create LED Lightsabers for Star Wars Day

On Wednesday, to celebrate Star Wars Day, students from all year levels made a LED Lightsaber. Students learned about using copper tape to make a simple circuit, how to make a switch, and that LEDs are efficient, but need to be connected in a particular direction. At the end, students had a Lightsaber that allowed them to take on the Dark Side. Thanks to Ms Martin, Dr Spanevello and our UQ Science Ambassadors for organising and helping on the day. May the Force be with you.
Round 3 of the Queensland Debating Union is off to a strong start for our Year 9 and 11 teams. Our teams witnessed their hard work paying off when they all won their debates. Our students should be congratulated on their manner as well as their ability to create comprehensive and articulate responses. Keep up the hard work debaters, you are making MSM very proud!
Team 9.1
Team 9.2
Team 11.1
Guard of Honour for MSM Year 7 Students

At Assembly this week our Year 12 students had the chance to do a beloved tradition within the MSM community, the Guard of Honour for our Year 7 students. Our Year 7 students had big smiles on their faces as the passed our proud Senior cohort. 

Dance Performance Ensemble

MSM Dance Performance Ensemble was challenged with a fabulous Latin inspired jazz routine choreographed by Brittany Boucher. Students enjoyed developing their Latin flair in this all-day intensive workshop that enhanced their technical and expressive ability. The group looks forward to performing this routine at the MSM Dance Showcase on Thursday 19 May in the Sophia Centre, as well as Eisteddfods later in the year. Wonderful work Performance Ensemble!
Dance Showcase

The annual MSM Dance Showcase will be a fantastic evening of entertainment showcasing the talents of our hardworking curriculum and co-curricular dance students. Please come along to support your friends and family - all are welcome! All proceeds from the evening will support the Downs & West Community Appeal this term.
MSM College Community Groups
Please keep up-to-date with changes to meeting formats.
 P&F Meetings: Please check the Mt St Michael's College App for meeting update notifications.
Alumni Meetings: Please visit the MSM Alumni Association Facebook page for updates.
Parents and Friends Association

Next Meeting - Monday 9 May, 6pm
Please click here for information on 2022 meeting dates and to find out more about the MSM Parents and Friends Association.

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MSM Alumni Inc

Next Meeting & AGM - Monday 23 May, 6pm
Please click here for information on 2022 meeting dates and to find out more about the 
MSM Alumni Association.

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P&F Association
P&F Association Fathers' Golf Day
Register to play! Bookings close 20 May
Friday 27 May - Noon Tee Off (Arrive by 11:30am)
Ashgrove Golf Club

The MSM P&F Association extends an invitation to the MSM Fathers' Golf Day on Friday 27 May. Join fellow MSM dads for 18 holes of golf at Ashgrove Golf Course followed by a relaxed dinner at The Gap Tavern. The game will be "four ball best ball" so you don't have to be a pro.

Click here to book your tickets
2022 Term Dates

Term 1
Monday 31 January – Friday 1 April

Term 2
Wednesday 20 April – Friday 17 June

Term 3
Tuesday 12 July – Friday 16 September

Term 4
Tuesday 4 October – Friday 18 November (Year 12)
Tuesday 4 October – Friday 25 November (Years 7-11)

Non State Schools Transport Assistance Scheme

The Non State Schools Transport Assistance Scheme provides financial assistance for families transporting students to non-state schools in Queensland. To find out more about eligibility requirements click here

Students with Disability
The Non State Schools Transport Assistance Scheme provides financial assistance for families transporting students to non-state schools in Queensland. To find out more about eligibility requirements for Students with Disability click here
Help Support the MSM Environment Group

Support the MSM Environment Group by donating your eligible containers! Bring your containers to school or use our scheme ID when returning to your local depot. Your donations will go towards funding our current and future environmental initiatives.

Mt St Michael's College scheme ID: C10333591
menCONNECT is a local Catholic ministry of men whose goals are to connect with each other and to connect with God. It is aimed to bring men together, to renew their faith in God and to encourage them in their roles as husbands, fathers, brothers etc.

Gentlemen, we are delighted to advise that Br Damien Price will be the speaker at the half-day Gathering on 14 May this year. The topic will cover three elements, Know yourself (life is a journey to know yourself), Grow yourself (our ego often hinders our growth) and Brotherhood (we are called to be outward looking). 

Damien is a much sought-after speaker and we are privileged to have a man of such quality to lead us.

The morning starts at 7am with the traditional cooked breakfast and coffee and concludes at 1pm.

The location of the Gathering is the Saint Peter Chanel School (library room), 41 Chaprowe Rd, The Gap. The cost is $20 and please RSVP Mike on 0459 992 228 for catering purposes.
Now available on the College APP!
Mt St Michael’s College is pleased to bring to you the MSM Business Directory. Accessed through our website and APP, this online portal, profiles businesses and provides opportunities to connect with the wider MSM community to promote your services, sales and special offers. 

Many business owners profiled in the MSM Business Directory are long-term friends of the College. They include current and past parents, local businesses and alumni who, together show a commitment to Mt St Michael’s College and support for MSM events, fundraisers and initiatives. 

If you would like to be included in the online MSM Business Directory, simply email

For more information please click here
Slow down!

The Brisbane City Council, in coordination with The Gap Ward Office, recently erected an additional 40 km/h school zone limit and traffic signs facing incoming traffic along Elimatta Drive and Aloomba Road following a request from Mt St Michael’s College to investigate the traffic management in the school vicinity. A safety project endorsed by Mt St Michael’s College’s Work Health and Safety (WHS) Committee.
Parents are reminded, for the safety of everyone, to DROP students off in the LOADING ZONE area outside the Ionian Centre and avoid areas marked with yellow lines which is against road safety rules. This is dangerous as it blocks other driver’s visibility and obstructs cars from moving around.
Onsite parking in the College grounds; Grantuly, undercover in the Ionian Centre and within the campus near the Sophia Centre is only permitted for staff. In consideration of our neighbours, please refrain from parking across driveways, adhere to the 40 km speed limit and be considerate of those living around the College when dropping and picking up students. Please do not drop off or pick up students within the College grounds.

In consideration for our neighbours, where possible please avoid leaving your motor running, especially when parked outside a home.
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