As we approach the end of Term 3, we start to enter a “transition time” at the College. Our Year 12 students are making the most of their final weeks at MSM. Their focus now moves into the academic space as they prepare for their Mock Exams which commence next week. Our thoughts and prayers are with our Year 12 students during this time.
Our Year 11 students are preparing to transition into their roles as the leaders of the College. The Student Leadership Process formally began at the beginning of the term with their Residential Retreat at Coolum. At Tuesday’s assembly, four outstanding young women, Adelaide, Lily, Mia and Sophie presented their inspiring speeches to the students in Years 7-11 and the staff. All speeches were extremely well received by the audience and I am very proud of all four nominees. Congratulations to Adelaide and Mia who were announced as the 2024 College Captains on Tuesday afternoon.
Last Thursday we welcomed the Year 7 2024 students for their Orientation morning. Students learned of their House allocation and made some new friends, while their parents/caregivers were addressed by members of the College Leadership Team, Mrs Kay Roy (Director of Sport) and Ms Linda Statham (Director of the Arts). Year 7 students, Georgia and Mia, provided insight into life at MSM from their perspective and 2023 College Captains Breeze and Emily shared some of their journey. A special “thank you” to the Year 7-8 Choir who performed so beautifully for our guests. It was a wonderful morning that was well received by the families and we are excited to welcome our newest members of our community.
The Queensland Catholic Schools and Colleges Musical Festival was held at Villanova College on 17-20 August. Preparing to perform in this event involves months of dedication and commitment to rehearsals. I am so proud of our students who participated in the eight sections and congratulate them on their outstanding results.
  • Guitar Ensemble GE1A – Gold
  • College Choir CH1A – Sliver
  • MSM Singers VE1B) – Gold
  • Concert Band CB1B – Gold
  • Year 7-8 Choir CH1B – Silver
  • String Orchestra SO1B - Gold
  • Senior Strings  IE1B  – Gold
  • Percussion Ensemble PE1B – Silver.
Thank you to Ms Townsley and our music staff who work so hard to provide our students with this opportunity. Thank you also to Ms Statham who was present at QCMF, supporting our students.

Our co-curricular music program is a very important part of life at MSM. Research has shown that there are many benefits of music on the brain. These include: boosting creativity, strengthening memory and cognition and reducing stress, anxiety and depression. I know that I always feel uplifted after listening to our students perform.  

I would encourage all members of our community to come along and support our annual Spirit of the Arts Festival on Tuesday evening. This year’s theme is “Vitality” and is a showcase of our co-curricular and curriculum based activities in Visual Arts, Dance, Drama and Music. It is always a wonderful evening. See you there!

In faith and love.

Sharon Volp
It's all happening next Tuesday, 29 August 5-8pm! Awe-inspiring Art installations, Dance routines, Dramatic actions, and Musical Performances complemented by an exciting line-up of food trucks and refreshment vendors. All welcome - free entry.

Can you spare 30 minutes to volunteer on the night? Click Here to nominate a time slot to suit you.
The College, in partnership with the MSM Alumni looks forward to hosing the annual Year 12 Mother-Daughter Garden Party on Friday 6 October commencing at 3:30pm and concluding at 5:00pm. Further event details to come.

MSM College Captains Lead The Chop!

Our 2023 College Captains and Student Leadership Team have been integral in the many initiatives we have enjoyed at MSM this year. The inaugural MSM Chop on Wednesday is a prime example of their servant leadership, determination and influence. Over 40 girls from Year 12 either cut their hair to shoulder length or shaved their heads to donate their hair to cancer patients and raise money for the Wakitikimi Project.

The event was a celebration of all that makes Mt St Michael’s College such a wonderful place, so full of students with love and compassion motivating them to make a positive impact.

An enormous thank you to all involved, especially Breeze and Emily who had a shared goal and made it happen! Thank you for your spirit, compassion and authentic leadership.




To celebrate National Science Week at MSM, students joined our UQ Science Ambassadors to discover the intriguingly stretchy world for slime during lunchtime. 


As part of the Year 12 cohorts fundraising initiative 'The MSM Chop', students were invited to add some spice to their MSM life and wear crazy hairstyles/ribbons with a gold coin donation going to Project Wakitikimi.


Congratulations to Year 12 student, Maddy who was a State Finalist in the Japanese Speech Contest. After winning the Senior Section of the Brisbane Contest, Maddy represented MSM at the state level with confidence and poise.


With much sadness we farewelled French exchange student, Mathilde. French classes, especially Year 11 were very fortunate to have spent time with Mathilde. The Cavanagh family were wonderful hosts and we hope that Mathilde retains a little MSM spice back in Paris.


Year 10 Preparatory Biology students enjoyed an excursion to the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) in Herston, participating in the “A Day in the Life of a Scientist” program. Related to their learning of DNA and genetic inheritance students learned a variety of molecular biology techniques in the QIMR teaching laboratory. They masted the use of micropipettes, benchtop minicentrifuges and vortexes, and practiced loading small volume samples into electrophoresis gels. Their new laboratory skills were then put to the test in the final activity where the electrophoresis gel results assisted in determining genetic relationships within a family using the inheritance of the ‘Alu’ polymorphism. Students were then able to construct an accurate family pedigree based on the gel results and their previously learned knowledge of genetics. This was an introduction to how genetic profiling and bioinformatics could be used to inform health outcomes. Students also learned about the work of the QIMR in cancer, infectious diseases, and mental health research.


Japan Club participants crafted soot sprites - small black balls of soot that wander around empty houses, leaving behind dirt and dust. They are the magical creatures that appear in Studio Ghibli films, “My Neighbor Totoro” and “Spirited Away".


Stewart House students recently celebrated with a cake and spirit activities. Stewart House was named after Alexander Stewart. In 1928, the Sisters of Charity purchased the Stewart family house to commence what is now Mt St Michael’s College.


The countdown has begun for our 2023 Year 12 cohort. With less than 100 days left of their MSM student experience, they are making sure to create amazing memories each day.


The Year 12 Hospitality students put together a fantastic High Tea event for their final assessment on Wednesday 23 August. The girls' hard work paid off as they managed to create a wonderful experience that was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone who attended. The high-quality food and the overall elegance of the event contributed to its high-class atmosphere. This assessment provided the students with a valuable opportunity to showcase their skills and creativity in the field of hospitality.


On Thursday at lunchtime, the College Academic Captains, Lucy and Elise organised the annual Student vs Teacher Debate! This year the topic was around Lanschool which sparked the interest of many, leading to great support from the student body. The staff team, Mr Koning, Mr Cooper, and Ms Conway delivered passionate speeches based on experience and expertise in the education field. They were challenged fiercely by the student team, consisting of Emily D (Debating Captain), Emily F and Amy, who delivered well-researched and well-written arguments that led them to victory. It was an event enjoyed by all which has hopefully sparked interest for the 2024 Debating season!


The Sophia Centre was a buzz with our MSM family supporting our Term 3 ExtravaCANza! With the traditional sausage sizzle, bake stall and lollie stall, this ExtravaCANza also had Lob-a-Choc and a MSM Chop Photo Booth! The excitement was electric with all proceeds going to our 2023 MSM Charity, Project Wakatikimi.


The MSM Library was transformed into a beautiful garden during Book Week to reflect this year’s theme, “Read, Grow, Inspire.”
We kicked off the week with a Book Cover Puzzle competition. Six teams competed fiercely to reassemble the cut-up covers of some of the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) short-listed and winning books during second break. Each member of the winning team came away with a Book Week themed prize pack and certificate.

On Tuesday, a Bookshop popped up on the Grantuly veranda just in time for students to find a book for MSM READS which ran on Wednesday during extended homeroom time. Every student who borrowed out a book was given a free entry in our “Guess the number of lollipops in the jar” competition. Congratulations to Maggie from 7A who correctly guessed that there were exactly 100 lollipops! Our Library Instagram competition asked students to correctly name one of this year’s award-winning books and Luella from 8C took away a $10 KAF voucher for being the first to do so.

Wednesday was also Australian School Library Day, and MSM donned their most flowery finery, as we raised funds for project WAKATIKIMI. At morning tea, the MSM Staff gathered to share a delicious Book Week cake and during lunchtime a small but dedicated group of students gathered in the library to make paper origami flowers. We also thank the Staff and Middle School homeroom classes who wrote down the title of a book that has inspired them, and all these responses will be collated into a new display for the M Block noticeboard.

Book Week finished with the announcement of our Bookmark competition winners. Students were invited to create their own “Read, Grow, Inspire” bookmark. We received many beautiful hand drawn and computer generated entries and after much deliberation decided to award four $10 KAF vouchers to the following students: Ava-May 7E , Eva 7B, Julia 9C and Abegail 10A.

Thanks especially to the wonderful Library team who put in an enormous effort to create such engaging displays, activities, and competitions for our MSM community. You really do inspire us to read and grow and we look forward to celebrating Book Week with a new theme in 2024.




On Monday afternoon Marist hosted our MSM team to a volleyball clash – their aim to even the score after their big loss to MSM in netball during Term 2. Our girls fought hard but Marist got the better of us on the volleyball court to win the game 2 sets to 1. Our cheer squad was loud and proud and the energy in the Marist hall was electric.  A fun time was had by all and we are very grateful to Marist for hosting this game. Overall we end 2023 in a series draw 1-1.


Yoga at MSM is an opportunity provided to students as part of our social sport program during Term 3. It is a relaxing and mindful way to participate in physical activity and run by our very own “Colonel” here at MSM. The girls always enjoy this experience in a safe and comfortable environment with their friends during Term 3.

Congratulations to Year 12 student Shelby who will make her debut season as Middle Blocker for the Dragons Volleyball in the Queensland Pirates Super League Squad. Best of luck Shelby!
Meeting Updates are posted on the P&F Facebook Page and MSM Alumni Facebook Pages.
2023 P&F Events Schedule
Term 3
P&F Mothers Lunch Friday 25 August 12pm
P&F Meeting Monday 4 September 6pm
Term 4
P&F AGM & Meeting Monday 6 November 6pm

2023 Term Dates

Term 2
Monday 17 April – Friday 16 June 
Term 3
Monday 10 July – Friday 15 September 
Term 4
Tuesday 3 October – Friday 24 November (Years 7-11)

Click here to view the 2024 term dates.
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
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.
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
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