I am so proud of our community! Over the last week we have hosted three incredible celebrations to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of our students in the academic, mission, sporting and cultural fields of life at MSM.

These events require a lot of work behind the scenes and I would like to give a special “shoutout” to three teams of our non-teaching staff:
  • Our amazing and talented IT team led by Mr John Hamilton (Mr Adam Watson, Mr Gabe Couper, Mr Aaron Besch and Ms Kelli Dick) who provided support for all of our events and made our live stream possible last night for MSM Celebrates.
  • Our hardworking Maintenance team (Mr Mark Donaldson, Mr Kevin Gately, Mr Michael Davidson and Mr Ahmed Sultan), who work so efficiently behind the scenes to set up and dismantle equipment after events.
  • Our Marketing, Communications and Development Team  (Ms Danielle Ferris, Ms Terri Brauer, and Mrs Paula Ovenden) who do so many tasks from organising bookings, design and printing of the program and certificates, PowerPoint presentations, organise photography etc.
There are also many school officers who contribute to the organisation of the different events and I appreciate all that they do to support our teachers in our work. Thank you!
MSM Celebrates
Last night was a spectacular celebration! Our evening opened with a procession of our staff and student award recipients into the Sophia Centre accompanied by an uplifting rendition of “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay performed by the String Orchestra, directed by Ms Alice Buckingham. Our Performing Arts students continued to shine with performances throughout the evening. Year 12 Drama students, Keara Burns and Apsen Towers, performed a provocative and powerful excerpt from “Macbeth”.  Phoebe Campbell performed a stunning vocal piece “Everybody Says Don’t” from Anyone Can Whistle. We were also mesmerised by the dance performance, “String of Fate”, choreographed by Emma McLauchlan and performed by Emma McLauchlan and Adeline Shaw. Congratulations and thank you to these students for enhancing the experience of MSM Celebrates by sharing your special talents with us.

Congratulations to our award recipients in all year levels. It was fantastic to see so many students recognised in all different areas of College life. Special congratulations to our Aikenhead Scholars (the student gaining the highest-grade point average in their year level):
Year 7              Lauren G
Year 8              Lyla W
Year 9              Ayla D
Year 10            Emilie M
Year 11            Bridget L.
Congratulations to our Year 12 Gold Medal Recipients:  Eloise B, Elise C, Emily F, Gabrielle G, Holly H, Breeze K, Charlie M, Hannah M and Madeline S.

I would also like to thank Ms Natalie Chadud for sharing her heartfelt thanks to our staff for the wonderful work that they do for the benefit of our students.

I would like to congratulate everyone who was involved in the organisation of MSM Celebrates. There are many, many staff who contributed to the success of the event.  Thank you to everyone involved! I extend my thanks to Ms Ros Collier (Deputy Principal) for her overall coordination of the ceremony. Thank you to Ms Sally Crothers (Dean of Teaching and Learning), Ms Sian Mason (Dean of Student Wellbeing) and Ms Kate Simpson (Dean of Faith and Mission) for their assistance.

Thank you also to the Curriculum Leaders, Pastoral Leaders, Program Leaders and staff (teaching and non-teaching) who were integral to the preparation and running of the event.
Sports Celebration Breakfast
Our third annual Sports Celebration Breakfast was held in the Sophia Centre on Friday 13 October. It has been an extremely successful year in sport with 99 students being awarded Gold Awards and 19 students acknowledged for their Service to Sport (the criteria being representing MSM in swimming, athletics, cross-country, aerobics, or tennis for their six years at the College). There was a wonderful positive vibe in the room with 368 guests in attendance.  

Congratulations to our 2023 Sports Captains, Aspen and Olivia, for their confident presence as they chaired the event. The guest speaker, Lara Dunkley, is the Vice-Captain of the Queensland Firebirds and she delivered a very “grounded” speech that provided some powerful life messages including the importance of resilience, “back yourself, chase your goals and there will be sacrifices”. Lara also spoke of the important role of her parents in her professional life and the support they had given her throughout her career. 

Thank you to Ms Kay Roy (Director of Sport) and Ms Jane Tesch (Sports Assistant) for organising this wonderful event.
Year 12 External Exams
Our Year 12 Students commence their external examinations on Monday. Please continue to hold them in your thoughts and prayers.

In Faith and Love,

Sharon Volp
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Join us for MusicFest2 “MAGICon Thursday 9 November from 6 - 7:30pm in the Sophia Centre. Be enchanted by our themes - magic, dragons, fairies, and inspired by the Dumbledore quote from Harry Potter, “Ah music! A magic beyond what we do here.” This is a free event open to all members of the MSM community. No booking required.

In the co-curricular areas of service, academics, and the arts, it has been a very active, enjoyable, and successful year. Our most recent Co-curricular Celebration Assembly, led by our new Student Leadership Team, celebrated students' commitment, resiliency, competence, and leadership in these areas. Over 230 students were commended for their enthusiastic and positive support of the activity to which they contribute.

In addition, we congratulated our current co-curricular leaders, who have consistently demonstrated commitment and made significant contributions, and we commissioned the 2024 co-curricular leaders.

Thank you to our staff who continually volunteer and commit their time to the co-curricular program to ensure diverse opportunities are offered for our students.

St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal
As we approach the end of another school year and excitedly anticipate the joy of Christmas, we remember those who live on the margins. Our local St Vincent de Paul Conferences at Ashgrove and The Gap provide material, financial, pastoral and practical support to hundreds of families in our local community. As the cost of living continues to increase, and the rental crisis continues to wreak havoc across our city, both conferences have seen a rapid increase in requests for support.

At MSM, our Missions of St Vincent group has a long and proud tradition of providing support to the conferences at this special time of the year through our annual Christmas Appeal. If you are able to add a few items to your weekly shop, all donations would be gratefully received.

We are asking that year levels focus on particular items:

  • Years 7 & 8: Toiletries – toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, deodorant, soap, moisturisers etc.
  • Years 9 & 10: Non-perishable pantry items – rice, pasta, tinned foods, flour, oil, sugar, tea & coffee, hot chocolate, jams & spreads, cup a soups & noodles etc.
  • Year 11: Non-perishable Christmas Treats – plum puddings, mince pies, Christmas cake, chocolates, cookies, chips, lollies, Christmas crackers & decorations etc.

Donations can be added to the baskets in homerooms. Our appeal will run until Friday 17 November.

Congratulations and well done to our CAN groups and 2024 Student Leaders on running another highly successful ExtravaCANza, our last for 2023. Once again, our Sophia Centre was filled with laugher and joy as our students enjoyed the wonderful options on offer. Alongside the ever popular MSM Sausage Sizzle were Cold Rock and Zooper Dooper Stalls. Our Social Justice Council made wonderful and very popular lolly bags, and our Environment Group created some lovely handmade Christmas themed soaps. Heartfelt thanks to all who have a hand in making these special events possible. Funds raised from this week’s ExtravaCANza will go towards our 2023 Interact fundraising project for Beddown, a local charity that provides pop up accommodation for people experiencing homelessness.

Year 12 External Examinations
Our Year 12 students will commence their external examinations next week and will run for the following three weeks. I urge our Year 12 students undertaking these examinations to continue to put their best foot forward as they complete their final assessment tasks.

I am confident our Year 12 students have been given many revision tips and study techniques that will put them in good stead for success. The work of our teachers in supporting our Year 12 students cannot be underestimated; it is therefore fitting that Australia will celebrate and thank the teaching profession on World Teachers’ Day on Friday 27 October.

Year 11 Unit 3 Summative Assessment
Year 11 students are currently preparing to complete their first piece of Unit 3 summative assessment. All students are strongly encouraged to be revising the content they have covered in class across the term on a regular basis. These assessment instruments represent the first internal assessment tasks that will contribute to their final ATAR calculation, whilst also contributing to their QCE certification, if they are on an ATAR pathway.

Students in Years 7 and 8 should be completing 1 – 1 ½ hours of homework each night. Students in Year 9 should be completing 1 ½ hours – 2 hours each night. Students in Year 10 & 11 should be completing between 2 – 3 hours of homework and study each night. Students should not be panicking the night before an exam or assignment is due if they are maintaining a consistent homework routine. When students do not have set homework, they should be using this time to complete assignment work or revision for any upcoming exams.

As the term progresses, if students fall behind in their studies, generally through illness or misadventure, then they are entitled to apply to modify their assessment deadlines, should there be a valid reason. If your student feels that they may need to negotiate their deadlines, then I strongly encourage them to come and have a conversation with either Ms Larkings for students in Years 7 – 9 or Mrs Kean for students in Years 10 & 11. Ms Larkings and Mrs Kean are in the best position to ascertain whether your daughter will meet the requirements for an adjustment to be made.

Revision Techniques
Students in Years 7 – 11 need to ensure that they start to revise the key content covered throughout the term over the next few weeks. Revision allows students to:

  • Check their understanding.
  • Remind themselves of the material covered earlier in the term that they may have forgotten.
  • Reinforce their learning.
  • Identify possible areas that they may need to clarify with their teacher prior to their examination.
There are countless ways of revising. The following recommendations may help your student keep their revision productive:
  1. Create a revision timetable that divides revision time between all subjects that will be tested. It is important to stick with this timetable until all examinations are complete.
  2. Create an optimum learning environment that will encourage focus.
  3. Vary the material that is revised. It needs to vary from the difficult to the more familiar.
  4. Take regular breaks but be strict about following the revision timetable.
  5. Vary the style of revision to keep motivation high. Study individually for some of the time, but also in a group occasionally to generate discussions. Also vary the subject areas covered on any given day.
To make revision meaningful, your student needs to interact with their revision materials. Active revision, as opposed to passive revision, has been shown to be more effective in helping students learn. Here are some examples of active revision strategies:
  • Mind maps can be a great way to identify connections between ideas. Your student can use colours and images on their mind map, which will help to aid memory. They may also find drawing diagrams useful to remember processes or cycles.
  • Flash cards allow your student to practice summarising information and can help identify any gaps in their learning. Students can use them in a variety of different ways:
    • Condense notes about a specific topic on to a card
    • Write a term on one side and a definition on the other
    • Write a question on one side and an answer on the other. 
  • Your student may find that they learn better by listening to information. If this method works, your student could use their phone to record themself reading out key information from their notes. They can then listen back to these recordings at any time, allowing them to utilise their time, especially on the journey to and from school.

I encourage all students to commence their revision soon and wish them every success for their upcoming assessment period.

We congratulate the Seniors of 2023 on completing their senior schooling days at MSM. Demonstrating Love without Limits, and donating A Fiver for the Final Five, our seniors embodied our College values of love, justice, hope and compassion for Wakitikimi. Lasting memories have been created through participating in themed days and activities and living up to the 2023 theme, Add Some Spice to your MSM Life through Movie Monday, Tourist Tuesday, Wacky Wednesday, Throwback Thursday, and Future Friday.  
Our Year 12 French class celebrated six years of learning French at MSM with a delicious dinner at La Belle Vie, a French restaurant in Bardon. This was a momentous occasion for Year 12 language students who have spent many years learning and practicing their language capabilities. For dinner we feasted on a choice of either steak, fish, or gnocchi, and for dessert we had a choice of an apple tart with ice cream or crème brûlée. The atmosphere of the restaurant, the view and great company made for a lovely evening and incredible experience! 
Year 11 Biology students have started their Unit 3 studies on biodiversity and ecosystems. To gain some practical experience at fieldwork techniques classes have been visiting the Convent lawn as an introductory field site. They have used quadrats to measure the distribution and abundance on lichen on the trees, and with the help of some carefully placed plastic flowers, used a transect line and quadrats to survey the pattern of distribution of the “flowers”, and ultimately how the distribution of species can be affected by abiotic factors and human disturbances. The resident white ibis kept a close eye on proceedings, dutifully taste testing the flowers, which provided a discussion opportunity about the large population of ibises in Brisbane in response to human driven food source availability.
Year 9 Japanese students experienced cooking their own Japanese dinner this week. After an entrée of sushi, dumplings and karaage chicken, the girls followed the staff’s lead and cooked a delicious meal of meat and vegetables. Gochisousama deshita!
Drama Club was excited to welcome over 40 of our incoming Year 7 2024 students to this week’s Come & Try activities. It was a delight to see our current and future MSM students participating in the session that was led by MSM Alumni, Bernie Ryan, Gen Ryan and Paris Lindner. We look forward to 2024 and seeing all the incoming students who are currently enjoying our Come and Try co-curricular sessions in Sport and The Arts participate in our vibrant MSM Co-curricular programs.  
Five teams of Year 7 and 8 students competed in Round 2 of the Queensland Association of Mathematics Teachers Years 7/8 Maths Quiz. The competition included estimation, speed questions, problem solving, short answer, and general knowledge questions. We had a tie for first place! The winning teams included MSM Team 4 - Ella (7C), Zara (7D), Alice (7E) and  MSM Team 3 - Amelia (8D), Milla (8F), Emma (7E). They will now wait to see if their score qualifies for the State Final. Well done to all students for training in this extension opportunity. 

Year 11 Physics and Specialist Maths classes were introduced to STEM in action during their excursion to Gallipoli Barracks. Career pathways for engineering and STEM interests within the ADF were discussed as students were exposed to industry and the stages of development. With advice from an inspiring range of personnel within the Department of Defence, students learnt initial surveying skills and techniques hands-on. Digital CAD and virtual reality systems allowed accurate models to be developed (in combination with architectural drawings) to problem-solve, visualise and evaluate projects. Students then explored the product of this collaboration when they toured through a recently constructed building. Notably, the excursion encouraged and supported women with a passion for STEM and involved the students with the numerous jobs and educational opportunities offered by the ADF. Thank you ADF for having us onsite. 


MSM has been invited to participate in an exciting eDNA research project funded by the Engaging Science Grant for 2023. Lead researchers on the project have requested our help in collecting data in the form of DNA, using eDNA filters. Following the data collection phase, our UQ Science Ambassadors will be sending the DNA samples to UQ for analysis. The data from several schools will be processed and researchers at UQ will share their findings.


Year 12 students of Japanese chose to go back to their favourite restaurant, Bishamon, for their celebratory Senior dinner. A shared hotpot seemed fitting for this group who have been conversing in Japanese, deciphering characters and watching Japanese films together for six years. An entrée of gyoza, sushi and karaage chicken was followed by the skilful student cooking of beef, vegetables and noodles with rice and miso soup. Keiko-san, the owner always makes us feel welcome and we always appreciate the home style feel of her restaurant. It was a very special way to finish the week of final classes. 



The students in Year 9 Drama spent the day with Helen from Dead Puppets Society participating in a workshop incorporating Object Theatre and Puppetry into developing a narrative. They created a paper puppet through which they learned to breathe life, developing a sense of focus and gravity. Working together in small ensembles they created images with their bodies, light and objects to tell stories.


Well done to the MSM students who competed at the Gold Coast Titans QLD All Schools Touch Football Tournament. This was the first time MSM competed in this competition and each of our three teams competed valiantly in their pool games. Congratulations girls! 
WATER POLO 2023/24
The BWPI junior summer season has commenced with MSM fielding six full teams in the 2023/2024 season. We welcomed some of our Year 7, 2024 cohort to their first round game, and officially into the MSM community. They all did an amazing job, and we look forward to a fun and successful season of water polo throughout Term 4 and into Term 1, 2024. 

During the Year 12 External Exams, the College Library will be relocating to K13 and K14. Opening hours will not change, and the library will be open during break times as well as before and after school as usual.
The Library staff have brought over a carefully curated selection of fiction and general interest books as well as magazines for our keen readers. Resources to support your daughter’s current research tasks and assignments will also be available so teachers will continue to book classes into the library.
The Library team have done a wonderful job in transforming the two classrooms into an open and welcoming space, well-suited to both individual study and group work.
If you have any queries, please email library@msm.qld.edu.au
We look forward to welcoming extended family and friends of our Year 12 students to mark this significant occasion. A reminder to all Year 12 families that bookings for this event close on Wednesday 8 November.
Applications for the Non State Schools Transport Assistance Scheme are now open. Are you eligible to apply? Visit the website to find out: https://www.schooltransport.com.au/
2023 P&F Events Schedule

Term 4
P&F AGM & Meeting Monday 6 November 6pm

Why not get involved in 2024?
Our P&F supports the College Leadership Team and our students and provides a vital role in bringing our community together and shaping a positive community culture. If you are interested in becoming involved in 2024, we would love to hear from you.

Nominations for 2024 Committee Roles are NOW OPEN with all positions declared vacant. Visit our website here for more information or to download a nomination form.

We welcome members of our parent community to contact Paula Ovenden, Community Engagement Officer to discuss the roles, responsibilities and time commitment in further detail. Email: povenden@msm.qld.edu.au for a confidential discussion.
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 msmnews@msm.qld.edu.au

For more information please click here
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