Large events like this do not just happen – it is due to a lot of effort by many members of our community. Thank you to Ros Collier, Deputy Principal, for her overall organisation of our Open Evening.
I would sincerely like to thank our staff and students and members of the P and F who supported the evening – we couldn’t have done it without you! Thank you for giving up your Friday evening to be such wonderful ambassadors for our community.
Some of the feedback that we have received includes:
“I wanted to write and congratulate you on a wonderful Open Evening. My daughter was so excited to see all the amazing opportunities on offer at MSM. All of the students we chatted to were great ambassadors for the school and it was wonderful to meet the teachers. A lot of hard work and thought went into providing engaging activities”.
“We were fortunate enough to have several interactions with staff and all were very welcoming and clearly passionate about their job”.
“We were very impressed with MSM's facilities and particularly with the way the MSM girls presented themselves with pride and confidence when showing us around the school”.
“Our impression of Mt St Michael's is that of a kind and nurturing school. We also saw this in the girls around us, including our lovely tour guide. They were gracious and articulate”.
We look forward to welcoming you at our next big community event the “Spirit of the Arts” Festival on Wednesday 31 August.
In faith and love
Under the Australian Government’s Disability Standards for Education (DSE) 2005, schools are required to consider what adjustments to assessment conditions are reasonable in the context of the eligible student’s circumstances. Adjustments are then provided to minimise, as much as possible, barriers for a student whose disability, impairment, medical condition or other circumstances may affect their ability to read, respond to or participate in assessment.
These barriers fall into three broad categories:
Students may also be eligible for AARA where illness and misadventure (for example a broken limb) or other situations may prevent students from demonstrating their learning, knowledge and skill in assessment.
Ineligibility - Students are not eligible for AARA on the following grounds:
At MSM, all students are required to provide documentation to be considered for AARA. Families have the opportunity of getting a confidential medical report completed, which is available on the College website (under the Resources for Parents link), or health professionals may use a different report format, as long as the report provides:
Ms Sissi Lilley, Program Leader – Middle Years and Ms Jo Howe, Program Leader – Senior Years manage AARA processes in the College and review eligibility every term and medical documentation needs to remain current. For students in the Middle Years, this documentation needs to be provided annually for short-term conditions. For students in the Senior Years, this documentation may need to be provided every six months, depending on the condition and QCAA requirements. It is important to note that AARA does not necessarily transfer from one semester or unit to the next as the overall goal is to build skills and capacity in students so that they are able to complete assessment without AARA wherever possible. If a parent feels that their daughter may be an eligible candidate for AARA, please contact the relevant Program Leader for an initial conversation.
The College Photo Day will now be held over two days to enable a selection of group and team photographs to be taken in addition to the individual and Homeroom photographs. The scheduled dates are Tuesday12 and Wednesday 13 July. Any orders or payments made earlier in the year will roll over.
Year 10 Immunisation
A reminder that Year 10 Immunisations will take place on Thursday 14 July.
It is lovely to see our students wearing their Winter Uniform with pride. A reminder that Sports Uniforms are not to be worn to and from the College. Students are expected to use the College bag or College crested/logo tote as part of their uniform. If students require more space than their tote to carry essential items, they are NOT to carry a different tote or other bag, they will need to be using their College bag.
We have an increasing number of student drivers at the College and I am pleased to report that for the most part they are exercising very safe driving habits. The streets surrounding the College have limited parking and as such, we respectfully request that students avoid parking in Aloomba Road to enable staff to access the parking available in this road. Thank you in advance for your support of our staff in this matter.
The long awaited and rescheduled Year 10 Geography field work took place recently. With an eventual break in the weather, the girls spent the day collecting data relating to their current Sustaining Coastal Communities studies. The suburb of Sandgate (on Brisbane’s northside) is prone to flooding. The question was posed; If there was a massive storm surge (linked to an extreme weather system) occurring at the same time as a king tide, to what extent would the houses in this area flood? Which houses would be safe and unfortunately, which ones would be inundated? How far inland or at what height would the house have to be, in order to be safe? The girls became quantity surveyors for the day, using specialised equipment to measure possible water and land heights. The day was made even more memorable with some delicious fish and chips from the local cafes! Many thanks to the Brisbane Urban Environmental Education Unit for assisting with running the field work day.
Year 11 Chemistry students diligently explored how the volume of a gas depends on the number of moles of that gas. This is not the only relationship, as pressure, volume, number of moles and temperature are all neatly brought together in the Ideal Gas Equation, PV = nRT. Using a small amount of magnesium reacted with Hydrochloric Acid, students were able to quantify both the amount and volume of hydrogen produced. With these two measurements students were able to corroborate that 1 mole of any gas should occupy 22.7L of volume at standard temperature and pressure.
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)