I would like to sincerely thank our students and staff who were involved in the Ashgrove ANZAC service on ANZAC Day. We were blessed with fine weather and I was so proud of the 120+ members of our community who marched. MSM was well represented in the service. Congratulations to our MSM Singers who combined with the Marist Choir to sing a stunning rendition of “In Flanders Fields” that was incredibly moving. Our College Captains, Emily and Breeze, laid a wreath and Amy, Mission Captain, was involved in reading a section of  “For the Fallen”.
📸: Photos courtesy of Marist College Ashgrove
📽️: Video courtesy of Jane via Instagram
Rosie's Outreach

As the temperatures start to get cooler in the evenings, we appreciate our warm homes and warm beds. This is not the case for many residents of Brisbane. During this term our Year 11 students have the opportunity to contribute to Rosie’s Outreach program and gain an understanding of what life looks like for the homeless. Thank you to Mrs Thompson and the MSM staff who support our students in attending this important outreach.
MusicFest1 - Seasons

Last night’s MusicFest took us on a magical musical journey through the Seasons. Well done to Year 7 student, Matilda for producing the original artwork for the program and to Sinead, our Music Captain, for her fabulous job as compere.

The evening opened with the “booming sounds” of the Percussion Ensemble performing “Forward March Drumline: Thunder Clap (Get Up Offa Dat)” and “Summer Shuffle”. The Concert Band performed two lively numbers “Spring March” and “Santa the Barbarian” which included a collaboration with guest narrators Adelaide and Poppy. The audience “chilled down” to the soothing sounds of the Guitar Ensemble as they performed “Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme” and “Sakura”. The String Orchestra performed a spirited version of “We don’t talk about Bruno” from Encanto and “Winter Solstice”. We were also treated to the vocal delights of Ms Donna Langford as she sang with the Senior Strings to perform “Summertime”. Equally impressive was their second item “Seasons of Love”.

I had to stop myself from singing along with our College Choir as they delighted us with their rendition of “California Dreamin”. It was great to see so many students involved in the Year 7-8 Choir who confidently presented their pieces “Something Told the Wild Geese” and “White Winter Hymnal”.  The MSM Singers performed two polished pieces “Autumn Leaves” and “Snow Flakes”.

The final piece for the evening was a combined item involving the College Choir, Year 7-8 Choir, Percussion Ensemble and Senior Strings “I Love My Love” which also showcased Sinead as the soloist.  

I always walk away from these events marveling at the breadth of talent of our students and staff. Congratulations to all involved on a special evening of entertainment. Thank you to Ms Townsley, Program Leader – Music, Mrs Linda Statham, Director of The Arts, our Co-curricular Music Staff, our College Arts Staff, IT staff, Maintenance Staff and Marketing and Communications Staff for making the evening possible.

Staffing Update

It is with sadness that I announce the resignation of Ms Kate Sargent, Curriculum Leader – Mathematics Years 10 – 12.  Ms Sargent’s final day at MSM will be on Friday 12 May. Ms Sargent has given 20 years of service to our community and she will be greatly missed. We wish her God’s blessing as she embarks on the next stage of her career.

Sabbatical Leave

I am excited to share that I will be taking some sabbatical leave from Monday 29 May – Friday 23 June to attend an Australian Catholic University International Study Tour to Rome. I will be participating in a course “Leading the Catholic School in an Era of Change” where I will be studying with Catholic Educators from Australia and the USA. I look forward to sharing my experiences when I return in Term 3.

In Faith and Love

Sharon Volp

Upcoming Events
The MSM community is invited to the MSM Dance Showcase on Thursday 18 May in the Sophia Centre from 6pm. No bookings required. All welcome!
Bookings close soon for the P&F Fathers’ Golf Day on Friday 26 May. The event is open to all parents, regardless of golfing ability and is a great chance to meet or reconnect with other school parents.

Year 10 parents are invited to join together for Sunset Drinks on Friday 19 May from 5 - 7:30pm. Bookings close Monday 15 May, 3pm.
Have you purchased your tickets in the raffle?
WIN $2500 credit towards tuition fees or $1500 cash prize*. Tickets start from $20 with proceeds directed to the MSM Foundation in support of the College’s Light the Way Capital Campaign. Tickets will be available until Tuesday 13 June with the winner to be drawn on Wednesday 14 June at 10am AEST.
2023 College Leadership Team
School community events provide students, teachers, and parents with opportunities for socialising and fostering a sense of belonging and connection.
Last Friday, the P&F Year 8 and 9 Parents Social Evening was conducted at the Sophia Centre, providing an occasion for parents and college staff to mingle. In addition to fostering a supportive network of friends and acquaintances, events of this nature also provide opportunities to learn from one another's experiences. Thank you to our Pastoral Leaders, Mrs Madonna Kelly (Year 8) and Mrs Devenish-Meares (Year 9), for attending, and to our Development Office and the P&F for coordinating the evening's activities. Parents present enjoyed friendly conversation and delicious paella. We are now looking forward to the P&F Year 10 Parents Social Evening on 19 May.

We also continue to build relationships at other school events, including co-curricular activities, and the recent parent-teacher conferences, and the Year 12 QTAC presentation. Currently, many of our Year 10 students are relishing their social connections at the Marist dancing lessons on Tuesday evenings, supported by members of our Year 10 pastoral team, Ms Olivia Lennon, Ms Nicola Crawford, Mrs Natalie McMaster and Ms Atkins.

Best wishes to all our Year 11 students who are completing their final Unit 1 assessment.

ANZAC Day 2023

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

Lest we forget.

As a College community, we marked ANZAC Day on Wednesday with a powerful liturgy that focused on the wartime contributions of Australian women. Since WW1, more than 70 000 women have served in the Australian Defense Forces, and today, women make up more than 20% of new ADF recruits. However, history has not always told their stories well.

As the horrors of war unfolded around the word, Australian women stepped into new and important roles, and in our liturgy we followed the stories of four remarkable women: the artist, the healer, the leader and the spy; and we paid tribute to the hundreds of thousands of women who kept the home fires burning during times of war.

Among these stories, we reflected on the incredible leadership of Air Vice Marshal Catherine Roberts, one of the highest ranking officers in the Australian Air Force, and Australia’s first Defense Space Commander. When interviewed about who inspired her in her journey to leadership in the Air Force, Air Vice Marshal Roberts told the story of a young WW2 Engineer named Beatrice Shilling. During the Second World War, the British Air Force was grappling with a significant performance issue with its most popular fighter planes. A flaw in the design caused the propellors to fail mid-flight. When her male counterparts failed to find a solution, it was Beatrice who invented a simple special shaped washer and solved the problem. This solution allowed the pilots to have a major tactical advantage, and was a significant contributor to their victory during the Battle of Britain.

Let us pray,
For women like Catherine and Beatrice,
Whose curiosity, ingenuity and persistence make the impossible possible,
Widening skies and opening up new frontiers.
May the women who follow in their footsteps never stop dreaming and designing.
In faith and love we pray,

As we approach the half-way point of the term next week, students need to be continually referencing their assessment calendars to ensure they are adequately preparing for their upcoming assessment. When preparing for assessment your student may take great pride in advising you that they are a multitasker. They may inform you that they are able to text on their mobile phone, check their social media and complete homework or assessment preparation all at the same time. They believe that they are successfully multitasking and getting everything done.

The problem with this scenario is that there is no such thing as multitasking. Multitasking is a myth that has been promoted by society to make people feel productive and efficient.

So, what does this mean if your student tells you that they are multitasking?  Unfortunately, it means that what they are doing isn't really multitasking. Despite appearances, students simply can't talk on the phone, read emails, send an instant message, and watch YouTube videos all at the same time. What they are doing is serial tasking.  Rather than engaging in simultaneous tasks, they are merely shifting from one task to another to another in rapid succession.

Research from the American Psychological Association describes how this kind of multitasking is neither effective nor efficient. These findings have demonstrated that when your student shifts their focus from one task to another, that transition is neither fast nor smooth. Instead, there is a lag time during which their brain must remove itself from the initial task and then move onto the new task. This shift, though it feels instantaneous, takes time.

Single tasking or mono tasking, which is focusing only on one task at a time, is a much more effective strategy to use when preparing for upcoming assessment. Single tasking starts with looking for ways to maximise your student’s ability to focus and minimise their potential distractions.

The first step is to find your student a quiet space to work. Your first thought might be their bedroom, but, though quiet, it may offer your student even more distractions when they get tired, bored, or stuck. A study or communal space, if available, is a better option. Help her to get comfortable and organised. She should ideally sit in a chair that is comfortable, but not too comfortable! Her workspace should allow her to focus on completing what is required of her.

Most importantly, have her put away distracting technology. This means no mobile phones; just having them in sight will be a distraction and the pings and vibrations that emanate from them are a significant barrier to focus. Close all irrelevant windows on their laptop, especially those related to social media. Even minimised windows are a temptation and will be a constant distraction. Encourage your student to focus on just one task at a time – this will be of the greatest benefit to them at the end of the term.

Year 11 Exam Block

I would like to wish the Year 11 students all the very best as they commence their Unit 1 exams next Monday. These examinations will give students the opportunity to demonstrate their learning from the past 13 weeks.


Mt St Michael’s College is now working with UNIQ You, a virtual platform that connects female students in Years 9 - 12 with women in industries that females often do not look at for careers. The platform uses 30-minute video calls to connect the students with female advisors, either before school, at lunchtime, or after school. This one-on-one service is at no cost to families.
All students in Year 9 – 12 are encouraged to register to be able to use the platform. Parents need to approve the registration to ensure that their student is able to speak to their preferred advisor/s. To register, please use the following link: https://uniqyou.com.au/student-registration-form/.
Attached is an information sheet about how to book an appointment with an advisor. Should a student wish to speak to someone who specifically identifies as diverse (ATSI, VET, LGBQTIA+), please encourage them to meet with Ms Webb so she can direct them to an appropriate advisor.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Webb on awebb@msm.qld.edu.au

Mt St Michael’s College, a Positive School

Mt St Michael’s College has long been revered for our Positive Education Program. We are fortunate to be able to intentionally support our students to understand, cultivate and nurture their own wellbeing. The PosEd Program is underpinned by the principles of Positive Psychology and our Pastoral Leaders are currently working with staff and students to revisit this foundation. Many parents will recognise this model from workplace wellbeing frameworks and popular psychology literature.

Martin Seligman designed the PERMA model to conceptualise the main factors contributing to wellbeing (Seligman, 2012). Research has found positive associations between the PERMA components and improved health and life satisfaction (Kern et al., 2014).

The PERMA model includes five elements:

P – Positive Emotions
Positive Emotion is much more than happiness. Positive emotions include hope, joy, love, compassion, amusement, and gratitude. Positive emotions are a prime indicator of flourishing (Fredrickson, 2001) and can be cultivated. However, this does not mean we need to repress negative emotions. Instead, we can accept all emotional experiences but expose ourselves to situations where positive emotions arise naturally.

E – Engagement
According to Seligman, engagement is being one with the music (2012). Engagement is similar to the concept of flow. It refers to a loss of self-consciousness and complete absorption in an activity. It is mindfully focusing on the task at hand.

R – Relationships
Relationships encompass all the interactions individuals have with partners, friends, family members, and their community at large. This part of the model refers to feeling supported, loved, and valued by others.

M – Meaning
Meaning is defined as belonging and serving something greater than ourselves. Having a purpose helps individuals focus on what is important in the face of significant challenges or adversity (Seligman, 2012).

A – Accomplishments
A sense of accomplishment results from mastering an endeavour and working towards goals. Achievements contribute to wellbeing because individuals can look at their lives with a sense of pride.
In later years, Seligman added a H for Health to the framework in recognition of the wellbeing benefits of physical activity and healthy living.

I would encourage you to engage in conversations with your daughter regarding the PosEd Program and how they are experiencing PERMAH in their daily lives.
Around the College

Our cross country team was privileged to attend a bonus training session with a visit from Alex from PhysioWorks at Ashgrove. They were reminded about the importance of managing their training loads, injury prevention and early injury intervention.  A timely reminder about the importance of quality sleep, fuelling their bodies adequately with food and being aware of the impact the training has on their mind and bodies in a positive way.  Every student who attended enjoyed the opportunity and valued the reminders as they embark on their short but intense cross country season in preparation for CaSSSA Cup. Thank you to Alex and PhyisoWorks for sharing your knowledge!

Our Japan Club captains helped us celebrate Children's Day. In Japan, Japanese parents pray for strength and courage for their children and fly karp shaped kites to celebrate. Our MSM Japan Club celebrated with a Pocky and Mystery Bag Stall. All the profits went towards our MSM Mission fundraising. 


In 2023, there were 19 Year 12 recipients of the coveted “Navy” Co-Curricular Commitment tie badge, recognising their weekly commitment to rehearsals and performances for the whole six years they have been at the College. Co-curricular Music Students proudly wear all six of these coloured badges on their ties. These 6-year navy commitment badges recognise the important role that senior students play in assisting the development of the younger members of the music program. From day to day, week to week, year to year, this might mean some or all of the following:

  • Weekly rehearsals – ALL YEAR
  • Getting up early when you want to sleep in, especially on the last day of term
  • Planning your academic workload so you can manage to attend your rehearsals each week
  • Coming in during exam block, just for your music rehearsals
  • Occasionally missing out on lunch or morning tea with friends
  • Balancing commitment to ongoing weekly music rehearsals and as other extra-curricular activities when time slots are often clashing
  • Occasionally being unable to sign-up for a fun activity, because is clashes with the music group you have already committed to
  • Finding time for lessons and personal practice
  • Being patient and supportive of younger members, as you yourself become more advanced and proficient
  • Sometimes playing music already played in the past to allow new members to learn the repertoire
  • For instrumentalists, removing your fake nails after the formal in time for your next rehearsal or performance!

 Commitment: “It’s the little choices every day that lead us to the final results we are striving for.”


Our Year 8 Homeroom Captains,  Sofia and Harper (8A), Imogen F and Elise (8B), Siana and Imogen L (8C), Elizabeth and Daisy (8D), Eliza and Tilly (8E), and Paige and Gabby (8F), launched the 2023 Year 8 Theme. Together we stand hand in hand which demonstrates the cohort’s commitment to work as a united community and proudly share their core values of love, justice, hope, and compassion.

Together we stand, hand in hand theme logo was designed by Mary, Genevieve and Rose. 

We kicked of Term 2 Social Sports & CaSSSA Round 1 last week. Among all the sports on offer, MSM students are enjoying hockey, touch football, martial arts and athletics development.
Some lucky members of MSM Staff were treated to ‘Gourmet Picnic Baskets’ produced by our Year 11 Hospitality Students. The baskets were produced as part of the student’s first practical assessment and included a gourmet sandwich, a fresh salad, a savoury pastry and a sweet treat. Complimented with a tropical drink, the end results were not only professionally produced, but delicious! 

Congratulations to Year 10 student, Emily who is currently competing in the Bergen Open Meet in Norway. On Thursday, she placed 1st in the 1 Metre – Junior Elite 15 Years. For the first time, Emily had the national anthem played for her which was an amazing experience. Well done Emily!
MSM College Community Groups
 P&F Meetings: Please check the Mt St Michael's College Facebook page and App for meeting update notifications.
Alumni Meetings: Please visit the MSM Alumni Association Facebook page for updates.
2023 P&F Events Schedule

Term 2
P&F Meeting Monday 8 May 6pm
P&F Year 10 Parents Social Evening Friday 19 May
P&F Golf Day Friday 26 May
P&F Meeting Monday 5 June 6pm
Term 3
P&F Meeting Monday 7 August 6pm
P&F Mothers Lunch
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)
Non State Schools Transport Assistance Scheme

Applications for the Semester 1 Non State Schools Transport Assistance Scheme (NSSTAS) will open on 1 May and close on 31 May.

Find out if you're eligible
The Non State Schools Transport Assistance Scheme provides financial assistance for families transporting students to non-state schools in Queensland. To find out more about eligibility requirements click here: https://www.schooltransport.com.au/ 
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
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.
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