Last Friday evening we hosted our first Open Evening since the pandemic commenced. It was such a delight to welcome so many young families who were curious to learn more about our amazing community.
The variety of activities on offer created a positive buzz in our College grounds throughout the evening as our guests experienced MSM. A quick snapshot of our evening included:
  • Subject displays and activities which showcased our curriculum: Science, Mathematics, Digital Technology, Design Technology, Religious Education, History, Geography, Business, Japanese, French and Physical Education. There was also interest in our Positive Education program, our Careers and VET Pathways and our Community Action Network displays 
  • The Library featured reading activities, curriculum displays and MSM memorabilia 
  • Art exhibition, pop up Theatre Sports and Dance rehearsals
  • Co-curricular music program conducted open rehearsals for the Senior Percussion, Percussion Ensemble, Senior Wind, Concert Band, Guitar Ensemble and String Orchestra. We were also treated to a delightful Choral Concert by the MSM Singers and the Year 7 and 8 Choir 
  • Sport was well represented with activities in the Sophia Centre and Tennis Courts which included social aerobics, netball and tennis 
  • Debating display
  • P and F food stall and Missions of St Vincent Sausage Sizzle
  • Guided tours – 36 formally organised tours through the pre-registering process
  • Two Principal’s Addresses.

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
Sharon Volp

Term 2 Events
College Fees Raffle Closing Soon!
Have you bought your tickets in the College Fees Raffle?  Limited number of tickets are sold so you are in with a very good chance.

Ticket sales close on Tuesday 14 June with our lucky winner drawn on Wednesday 15 June, 10am AEST.

Proceeds are directed to the Sisters of Charity Scholarships.

Click here to purchase your tickets.
Upcoming Term 3 Events
Save The Date
P&F Association Mothers' Lunch

Friday 19 August
Booking information available in Term 3
Save The Date
Spirit Of The Arts Festival

Wednesday 31 August
5 - 8pm
College Leadership Team
As we approach Pentecost Sunday and the gift of the Holy Spirit given to us, we pause to reflect on wisdom and its role in our society. I recently attended a lecture by Jesuit priest Fr Richard Leonard, and he reminded me that the gift given at Pentecost was not tongues of fire, but ears opened to receive God's wisdom and love. Last week, we marked National Sorry Day and this week we have commemorated National Reconciliation Week. 
We reflected on the deep hurts that have been caused to successive generations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians because of our nation's inability to listen respectfully. Policies that silenced First Nations people and saw the removal of children may seem historic, but their impacts are lasting. Even today, First Nations children are 9.8 times more likely to be removed from their families and communities than non Indigenous children. If ever there was a time for listening with Spirit ears, with wisdom, it is now.

I thank our Social Justice Council for organising a beautiful Sorry Day ceremony, where our College flags were lowered to half mast and a Sorry Book was signed. They also created a beautiful mural of footprints along Grantuly verandah for National Reconciliation Week, representing the footsteps home to country and family travelled by survivors of the Stolen Generations.
SVDP Winter Appeal
Our College's St Vincent de Paul Winter appeal is now underway, and all donations are welcome to be placed in homeroom baskets. Each homeroom has been given a particular focus, but Vinnies has especially requested toiletries this year. Thank you for your continued generosity. 
AARA processes @ MSM
Mt St Michael’s College is committed to providing an environment where students are supported and encouraged to achieve their potential. In accordance with legislative requirements, MSM implements Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments (AARA) for students according to the requirements identified by QCAA to minimise barriers for eligible students to demonstrate their learning, knowledge and skill in assessment.

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:

  • permanent
  • temporary
  • intermittent

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:

  • teacher absence or other teacher-related difficulties
  • matters that the student could have avoided including technological difficulties and poor time management
  • matters of the student’s or parent’s/carer’s own choosing (e.g. family holidays, co-curricular commitments)

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:

  • a diagnosis of the disability and/or medical condition
  • a date of diagnosis
  • a date of occurrence or onset of the disability and/or medical condition
  • details of symptoms, treatment or a course of action related to the disability and/or medical condition
  • how the condition affects the student participating in assessment, particularly timed assessment
  • professional recommendations and reasons for the AARA request/s.

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.

Photo Days

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. 

Student Drivers

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.

Around The College
Business Club TEEM BE make a great impression at the BlueShift Competition

TEEM BE, together with Mrs Desailly and parent supporters, attended the BlueShift Competition Finals Day at QUT Garden’s Point. The students presented a persuasive presentation that provided solutions to a real-world business problem. TEEM BE’s solution was presented with research and evaluated with short term costs and long tern finance driven KPIs. The team was commended by the industry business leaders from ADOBE and Compare the Market, a QUT University lecturer and a Post Graduate student judge on their visible teamwork approach, all team member’s ability to present without notes and their knowledge of the case to solve the business problem of customer engagement. The students are proud ambassadors of Mt St Michael’s College and would like to thank everyone who participated in the research activities that was used during the competition time. Congratulations to all the winning teams for 2022 BlueShift; and a big congratulations to TEEM BE on pursuing this learning experience with gratitude and embracing the Year 12 theme of “Take a Chance”.   

Mt St Michael's Year 9 students, joined 500 students from across the Brisbane area to attend Altitude Day 2022 – Unlocking Your Potential. Run by yLead, the students had the opportunity to network with peers, examine their goals, decide on the leader they want to be and explore the 5 Keys to help them unlock their potential.  Below is a reflection from one of our students who participated in the day: 

ALTITUDE day to me was a day where we could come together with other representatives our age from different schools and discuss ideas of how we aspire to be leaders of the future and what changes we want to see to make the world the utopia we see in our aspirations. We were able to listen to guest speakers Ben Pettingill, Cody Schaeffer and Gugu Bhebhe about their life journeys, their goals, their challenges and “confetti moments”. Listening to each of these speakers I was inspired and motivated to have ideas about how the world could be a better place and what further steps I can take to make my dream a reality. The day of course wasn’t just listening to guest speakers and interacting with other people our age but it was also being able to step out of our comfort zones. Whether that was speaking to the whole group, volunteering to take a chance and seize the moment by assisting the speakers by going in front of the entire room or reaching out to people you didn’t know and asking them about their opinions in the future. This is why I valued ALTITUDE Day, because it didn’t just make me learn about other people, it made me learn about myself. It helped me embrace my talents and work on my weaknesses and I saw it as the perfect opportunity to seize the moment in 2022! (Max – Year 9) 
Year 10 Marist Dancing Night of Nights

The Year 10 Marist Dancing program concluded with a dance at Brisbane City Hall. It was a fantastic night and the students enjoyed putting into practice all of the dances they have learnt throughout the program. Well done, Year 10!
Year 11 Biology
Year 11 Biology have been studying plant structures and functions and have used their microscope skills to visualise the stomatal pores on the upper and lower surface of a variety of leaves. Open stomata enable plants to exchange gases with their surrounding environment, and also help to draw water from the roots to the leaves; however, when a plant is under water stress, stomata can close to prevent further water loss. Using clear nail polish spread on the surfaces of leaves students counted the number of stomata on the upper and lower surfaces, and then calculated the stomata density per mm squared of leaf area to make comparisons between plant species. This helped them to consider adaptations of plants from different environments with respect to balancing water conservation with gas exchange requirements. Great work, Year 11 Biology!
Year 10 Geography Excursion

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

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.

Cross Country Camp
We saw our MSM Cross Country team rise beyond all expectation at our Cross Country Camp. This camp was designed to challenge students physically and mentally, and allow them to work together as a team. All of that, in torrential rain for most of the weekend, saw this extraordinary group of young students rise to the challenge in the most inspiring way. The grit, resilience and strength of character every single one of these committed students displayed to stand tall and conquer the massive challenge was truly impressive. We are MSM PROUD and are beyond excited to be MSM LOUD as you tackle your next challenge.  
History Club
Members of History Club explored some of history’s most famous and bizarre photographs, discussing how photography has allowed us to capture moments that otherwise would have been lost to time.
Japan Club
Our manga lovers took up the challenge to draw Deku from the popular manga “My Hero Academia” in Japan Club. What amazing results! 
Gymnastics Champion
Congratulations to MSM Year 10 student, Zoe who competed at the Australian Gymnastics Championships winning a gold medal and scoring the highest score awarded and a new personal best in the final of the Vault.  Zoe’s Level 10 QLD Women's team also finished 2nd overall and were awarded a silver medal. Well done, Zoe on your success at these national championships.
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 6 June, 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 - Monday 20 June, 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
MSM Open Evening
Thank you to our P&F Executive who contributed to our 2022 Open Evening. 

The P&F Association thanks members of the MSM community who volunteered and supported their snacks stall throughout the evening.

The Executive look forward to being out in force at the next College event. 
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)

Term 2 Appeal - Downs & West Community Support

Help support the Downs & West Community Support Appeal - Click here to make a donation.
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
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
A Message from DWCS - Winter Shopping

Cold weather is coming and we have the answer to keeping warn on those windy, cold days - Downs & West Community Support charity stall!  Yes, we are back again on Tuesday 28th June to Friday 1st July at Brookside with a variety of beautiful, handcrafted winter woollies including items for sale for children and babies. Our crotched rugs are amazing. 
All proceeds go to supporting individuals, farming families and their communities in Southern Queensland struggling through the impact of drought, flood, fires and COVID19.

The stall will be at the Brookside Shopping Centre, Mitchelton and will be located outside Terry White Chemist and T.K.Max from 9am to around 4.30pm except on Friday 25th when we close at 1.30pm. For any further information please see Sr Christine Henry on 0414324682.
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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