Congratulations to our Year 7 Homeroom Captains who led a wonderful Middle School Assembly on Tuesday. The assembly opened with a very festive and “toe tapping” Ukrainian Folk Song called the “Carol of the Bells” which was performed by the Percussion Ensemble. This was followed by an energetic dance number, “Canned Heat”, performed by the MSM Dance Team. The French and Japanese Clubs captured the audience with some interactive games about how Halloween is celebrated in France and Japan. The Year 8 students produced a video, including a rap number, about strategies to overcome setbacks and make them comebacks! Our 2024 College Captain, Adelaide, also shared a brief address and a video providing some tips on how to handle stress at this time of the year. The assembly was also a wonderful opportunity to congratulate the students who were involved in the Future Problem-Solving competition and I was delighted to present them with their certificates. Congratulations to all students involved in this assembly. I was very proud of the attentive and supportive way that our Year 7, 8 and 9 students engaged as an audience. Thank you to Ms Conway for her overall coordination of the Assembly.
Last week Ms Collier, Ms Simpson and I travelled to Melbourne to attend the Mary Aikenhead Education Ltd Formation Gathering. It is the first time since COVID, that we have had the opportunity to join with our colleagues from our schools (St Vincents’ Potts Point, St Columba’s College, Essendon and Catholic Ladies’ College Eltham) to engage in formation activities. The day was led by well-known theologian, Jim Nickoloff, and we were privileged to hear a presentation by Sr Elizabeth Dodds rsc.

Sadly, over the last couple of weeks two Sisters of Charity who are strongly connected to our MSM community have passed away. Sr Anne Crowley rsc and Sr Patricia Heenan rsc were both proud Alumni of MSM. Both were remarkable women who led lives of dedicated service as Sisters of Charity and exhibited a deep trust in divine providence. We hold the families of Sr Anne and Sr Patricia in our prayers and we especially pray for the communities of Sisters of Charity who are deeply feeling this loss.

In Faith and Love,

Sharon Volp
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.
Enter to WIN!  Make sure you buy your tickets in the MSM Foundation Raffle for your chance to WIN $2500 credit towards tuition fees or $1500 cash prize *. Proceeds are directed to the Light the Way Capital Campaign, assisting the College to light the way for future generations of MSM students through the enhancement of new educational facilities. Tickets are limited so the odds are on your side. 

This week, our Music Captain, Celeste led Music Soiree 4 showcasing the College’s commitment to nurturing musical talent. The evening started with a captivating Percussion Sextet “6Drums4Eights” composed by Ms Townsley.

Middle School students, Freya H and Isabela C,exhibited outstanding ability on flute, Ruby O confidently played violin, and Amy B performed beautifully "For Good" from Wicked.Senior School vocal performances by Lily M "Get Down", Lily W "Idontwannabeyouanymore", Ellen F "A Thousand Miles", and Sophie G "Valentine" captivated the audience. Lily W, Lucy M, and Celeste M performed guitar solos with confidence and Ms Townsley's special violin performance “Laudate Dominum” was truly uplifting.

This celebration of musical talent is testament to the transformative power of music education. Thank you to all our music staff who mentor our students to ensure their continued growth and we are looking forward to celebrating more artistic talent at MusicFest 2, next Thursday evening 9 November.

The Feasts of All Saints and All Souls
November marks a special month of remembrance in the Catholic year, where we give thanks to God for all who have been guiding lights in our lives. November 1 is the Feast of All Saints, where we remember all of the Saints in Heaven – those declared and undeclared – who inspire and challenge us to grow into better people. November 2 is the Feast of All Souls, where we lovingly remember all who have died, and pray for those who we have lost in the last year.

Sometimes people think that Saints are perfect people, flawless superhumans who transcend the chaos and ordinariness of daily life to live perfect lives. This could not be further from the truth. Saints are heroes because they are ordinary; because they, like us, struggle, suffer, bleed and hurt. And while the Church names thousands of official Saints, there are many more who are unnamed, the people who, while not famous and known to many, are inspiring because of their love, generosity, courage and faith. 

Our founding sisters travelled from Ireland to establish a community in Australia nearly two centuries ago, and they brought with them a uniquely Celtic spirituality which remains with us today. The Celts believed in Thin Places: that there are places where one can walk in two worlds simultaneously – this world and the next. Our world and the eternal world are fused together, and in some times and places that fusion is so strong that the two worlds become one. On the evening before the Feast of All Souls, villagers in Ireland traditionally believed that their loved ones would return to visit with the living. Each year, the villagers would lovingly prepare their homes, sweeping their floors, lighting a good fire in the hearth, placing a bowl of water on the kitchen table, and setting a place at the table for each relative who had died. They would light candles in the window, and before going to bed, would unlock their front doors to allow their loved ones to enter. The care that was shown in preparing their homes reflected the deep love that they felt for their precious friends and relatives. This love stretched beyond this world and touched Heaven. For the villagers, this was an important way to demonstrate that those we love would always have a place in their homes and in their hearts.

We pray for all Saints, whether they be known to many or a few, and call upon them to guide us on our journeys.

Loving God,
We are surrounded by a cloud of faithful witnesses who have gone before us:
Those who have healed where we might have hurt,
Those who have spoken out where we might have remained silent,
Those who have loved when we might have looked away.
Help us to walk in their footsteps,
Learning courage from their sacrifice,
Gaining strength from their faithfulness,
Treading paths of loving obedience,
Leaving footprints for others to walk in.

In faith and love, we pray


Finishing the Year Well
We are well and truly over the hump and working towards a great finish to the 2023 school year. Our Year 12 students are nearing the end of their external examinations and preparation for their graduation is reaching fever pitch, as our staff and students work to make their final day at MSM a memorable one.
A few reminders to support our students to enjoy the rest of Term 4:

  • Formal uniform must be worn to and from the College
  • Mobile phones must be kept in lockers during the school day and can only be accessed during breaks for essential messages from home or work
  • Tote bags are not a replacement for the College bag, they may be used in addition but not instead of
  • Earrings should be plain gold or silver. Hoops should be no larger than a 5 cent piece in diameter. One pair worn in the earlobe
  • Mobile phones are not to be used at the Kaf, this will be strictly enforced from the start of 2024
  • Make-up is not permitted. Our students are all naturally beautiful and are so much more than their exterior!

Please ensure your daughters get plenty of rest during their assessment period with a good balance of study and downtime.

Year 12 External Examinations
This week our Year 12 students have completed their External Examinations in Mathematical Methods, Digital Solutions, Music, Visual Art, Modern History and Chemistry.  As the External Examinations will run for another week and a half, 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 have been very impressed by the studious approach our Year 12 students have adopted, along with the resilience they have demonstrated throughout the external examination period thus far.

Year 11 Unit 3 Examination Block
With Unit 3 exam blocking commencing on Monday 13 November, all Year 11 students are strongly encouraged to be revising the content they have covered in class across the term on a regular basis to ensure that they can demonstrate their knowledge to the best of their ability. These summative assessment instruments represent the first internal assessment tasks in Unit 3 that will contribute to their final ATAR calculation, whilst also contributing to their QCE certification.

I wish all students the very best for their upcoming assessment. I am sure that their studious efforts will allow them to demonstrate what they know and can do.

Subject Confirmations for 2024
Families have all been sent subject confirmation information for the 2024 school year. If your student has any questions about their allocated subjects or needs to request a change, they are encouraged to contact me as soon as possible. Booklist information was also contained in this information letter but can also be accessed on the College website, under the ‘Resources for Parents’ link.



Japanese students enjoyed the romantic drama, “And yet, you are so sweet” at the Palace Barracks. This highly entertaining film was part of the annual Japanese Film Festival. We followed the “fake crush” storyline of Maaya and Chigira and were elated when true love prevailed.


Year 7 students visited St Finbarr’s church to complement their classroom learning about liturgical objects, symbols, seasons and colours. Students demonstrated great respect for this sacred space and enjoyed exploring the church to investigate cultural and historical influences on expressions of faith at St Finbarr’s. We very much appreciate Jubilee Parish’s accommodation of this valuable learning experience. 


Year 11 French students attended a traditional breakfast at Le Coin bistro in Red Hill. They enjoyed the spread of delicious pastries provided by the chefs. Croissants, pain au raisin and pain au chocolat were instantly recognisable and quickly devoured. Pain perdu au sirop d’érable was popular among the students - consisting of a brioche French toast, whipped mascarpone, seasonal berries and mouth-watering milk chocolate.

We extended our heartfelt thanks to our wonderful Mt St Michael’s College teachers – and all Queensland Teachers - on World Teachers’ Day! As evident in our Year 7 video compilation to their MSM teachers, your words and actions inspire our young people as you share your love and passions with them. Thank you to our P&F Association and Jonty Bush MP for providing cake to celebrate.


Our MSM Alumni are our greatest pride! MSM Year 11 students enjoyed hearing from accomplished MSM Alumni, Aleisha Mackenzie (Class of 1995) and Katerini Manolatos (Class of 1996) during their Career Information Session. Aleisha is the Director and Founder of Construct Law Group. She has been recognised by her peers and industry bodies for her contribution to the legal and construction industry through several awards. Aliesha is passionate about diversity and inclusion and mentoring young women and provided Year 11 students with great advice for achieving your career goals. 

Katerini, is a Registered Music Therapist, Neurologic Music Therapist, Vocalist and Vocal Coach. She has tertiary qualifications in Classical Voice and Opera and Music Therapy. Her focus has been intertwining her skills and passion for the voice in vocal and speech skills acquisition and rehabilitation. Katerini even took our Year 11 students through a vocal exercise as an icebreaker.  

We thank Aleisha and Katerini for their insightful presentations.


Congratulations to our Middle School Future Problem-Solving team (Lani, Keira, Ivy and Jasmine) who competed in the Middle School Global Issues Problem Solving Division at the National Finals held at Brisbane Grammar School. Over the course of the finals weekend the students used the six-step problem-solving process to respond to a future scenario based on the topic : “Throw away society”.  Later the students used their creative skills to deliver a 3-minute Action Plan Presentation to sell to the audience their recommended action that should be taken to solve the underlying problem. We are so very proud of the students and their dedication to the program. 



About twenty Christmas enthusiasts from the MSM Music department accepted the invitation to perform in the Marist College Ashgrove Christmas Concert at the Draney Theatre. This was a lovely social occasion for the MSM students to work with the boys at Marist at this fun event and broaden their perspectives. Due to the weather preventing the originally planned outdoor concert venue, the concert was a marvel of internal streaming and live performances and was well attended.  It was very cute to see the students from MSM hugging their sometime reluctant younger brothers and performing together. Thank you to Mr Andrew Butt, Head of Music at Marist for facilitating this get-together


WATER POLO 2023/24
Congratulations to our Junior and Senior Water Polo teams who competed in the 2023 WPQ All Schools Water polo tournament last weekend.
During Term 4 our Year 7 cohort for 2024 have joined us to get a taste of Sport at MSM. They have excitedly committed to trying aerobics, netball, soccer, tennis, swimming, and some have even joined an MSM water polo team for the 2023/2024 season. Over 50 girls joined us for the first ‘Come and Try’ netball session at MSM. We are so happy to have our newest community members join us and we look forward to welcoming them into the student population officially in 2024. 
Earlier this year, Year 10 student Ava was the recipient of the Kieran Brown Memorial Flying Scholarship through Flightscope Aviation and has been spending her Saturdays working towards achieving her Pilot License. 
Recently Ava passed her pre-solo exam and flew solo (no instructor) for the first time. Her instructor commended Ava on this achievement as generally most students undertake their first solo flight after completing approximately 20 hours of flying, however Ava has undertaken her first solo after just 14 hours of flight time. 
There is a heavy theory component to these flying lessons and Ava’s instructor has been impressed by not only Ava’s ability to handle an aircraft and calmly and effectively respond to training engine failures, but also her dedication to her study and arriving for each lesson well prepared and informed on the topics to be explored each lesson. Well done, Ava!

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

2023 P&F Events Schedule

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

Is 2024 the year for you to get involved?
Join us for the P&F Association's AGM on Monday next week (6 November) to hear about opportunities to get involved in 2024.

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.

For more information contact Paula Ovenden, Community Engagement Officer -
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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