Parent Corner

29 August 2019
Issue Seven

A monthly newsletter especially for parents

Quick Dates
Deputy Principal - Student Development
Year 7 Pastoral Guardian
Year 8 Pastoral Guardian
Year 9 Pastoral Guardian
Year 10 Pastoral Guardian
Year 11 Pastoral Guardian
Year 12 Pastoral Guardian
Counsellors' Corner
Literacy Week
Z Club
La Cucina
Mount Alvernia College
07 3357 6000
82 Cremorne Road
Kedron, Qld, 4031

Quick Dates

Week 7/8, Term 3


Friday 30 August

Rugby 7s Tournament (Ballymore)


Tuesday 3 September

QCS Test Day 1

Non-QCS students - First Aid Pro (Southbank TAFE)


Wednesday 4 September

QCS Test Day 2

6.30pm  Queensland Ballet - Romeo and Juliet - Year 10 English (QPAC)


Deputy Principal - Student Development

“If you dare nothing,
then when the day is over,
nothing is all you will have gained.”
Neil Gaiman


This week’s Parent Corner encourages parents and carers to motivate their adolescent to ‘have a go’.  Too often girls will rest on their laurels or be afraid of what their peers may think and then regret the step they didn’t take.


Every time we come to this time of the year, the Year 12 students  will always speak to the younger students about taking chances, giving things a go, being involved, and taking every opportunity they can to be involved in the life of the College.  They repeat the mantra: "Before too long your journey through secondary school will be over and you don’t want to live with regrets."


Sometimes the only way we can reach them is to share story.  Your own personal experiences can be a trigger for your daughter to act.  The words, "I regret …," or, "I wish I had …"  are possible story starters to lead our young people to think about their own decisions.


So why is it important for our young people to take a chance and have a go?


While having a go may evoke feelings of fear of uncertainty, the experience itself will enable our adolescents to learn things about themselves and their abilities, and that of which they are capable.  It is about learning new things and exploring unfamiliar territory.


Each of the Pastoral Guardians this week will make some suggestions for you to consider promoting with your daughter.  The conversation starters in themselves will open an invitation for your daughter to be involved in activities such as the upcoming Cultural Festival.


From my experience, those students who jump in and have a go enjoy some of the happiest journeys through secondary school.  They learn more about who they are through their connection with others and with their abilities.  Whether it be auditioning for the Cultural Festival, trying out for a sporting team, following a cultural pursuit, joining a school committee, or learning new skills through the public speaking or conflict management workshops, your daughter will find out things about herself that she will not discover sitting down and not taking any action.


Enjoy reading the relevant messages from your Pastoral Guardians this week, and let’s inspire our young people to take a leap into the unknown.


Social Media Alert

It has come to our attention that a number of students in Francis School are using the online chat forum Omegle (in addition to a number of other forums).  This is how Omegle describes itself:

Omegle: Talk to strangers!

Omegle (oh·meg·ull) is a great way to meet new friends.  When you use Omegle, we pick someone else at random and let you talk one-on-one.  To help you stay safe, chats are anonymous unless you tell someone who you are (not suggested!), and you can stop a chat at any time.

By using Omegle, you accept the terms at the bottom.  You must be 18+ or 13+ with parental permission.


The concerns are obvious.  Please take a moment to talk to your child about appropriate use of social media and how to stay safe.  We will never be able to stay ahead of all the new avenues for young people to connect, but we can help to ensure that they value face-to-face relationships with known and trusted people over the words of an unknown on a screen.  To do this they must first value who they are and not rely on the unknowns to boost their self-esteem.  We all have a part to play in ensuring this happens.

Annette Butterworth

Year 7 Pastoral Guardian

The idea of thinking in a new way, doing something differently, or trying something new can be a scary thing.  Familiarity brings comfort and safety; unfamiliarity brings uncertainty and fears – most of which actually do not come to be.


As girls enter high school, they frequently hear the message of how important it is to try new opportunities.  In fact, trying new things was one of the most frequently identified points students made in their girls’ Getting to Know You booklets, with regard to coming to high school.  They saw the year of changing schools as a way to increase opportunities and to expand friendships, ways of learning, and cultural and sporting opportunities.  Throughout this year, they have also heard the importance of trying, persisting, and giving their very best in whatever comes their way.


What are the benefits of trying?

  1. Personal growth – we don’t progress from taking the familiar road.  Plunging into new experiences or ways of thinking forces beneficial change; it encourages problem solving, open-mindedness, and humility.
  2. Opens new possibilities – you might find a love for something you never anticipated, which could well lead you to friendships, interests, careers you had never imagined possible.
  3. Feeling stimulated and interested – boredom comes from not feeling challenged.  Trying something new encourages creative thinking and action.  Having a go and not holding back allows you to tap into to the true essence of life, and its offerings.

Yes, having a go and trying something new takes courage.  It can be scary to think about speaking in or performing in front of others, writing using a different genre, talking to someone outside of our friendship circle, or not to succeed first time.  It is important for us as adults to encourage them to be courageous and to grow.



As Pastoral Guardian of Year 7s, I have been so impressed with the way students have tried new experiences.  This has been evident in: the high attendance rate at sports carnivals where girls have tried new activities; their cheering at the recent CaSSSA Athletics Carnival where they showed other schools what it means to be a proud Mount Alvernian; the twenty girls who have completed the public speaking workshops throughout the year; the girls who have tried news sports and cultural activities; and the eleven girls who have nominated themselves for leadership roles for Francis School in 2020. There are so many ways to be actively involved in life at Mount Alvernia and, in all cases, it’s not about the winning, it is about having a go in order to grow.


“The one who falls and gets up is stronger than the one who never tried.  Do not fear failure but rather fear not trying.” 

Roy T Bennett


If your daughter says she is bored or interested in having a go at something different, perhaps you could mention the following.  These activities are open to all students.

  • Drama Club (Tuesday Break 1)
  • Art X Club (Thursday after school)
  • Choir (Friday after school)
  • Monday Mingles (Monday after school)

So, whenever and wherever possible, encourage your daughter to try something new, for the positive outcomes are endless.  And, when trying something new, try it with an open heart and mind!

Jeni Barlow


Conversation Starters

What is something you would like to try but are afraid to do so?

What is the worst thing about trying?  What is the worst thing about not trying?

How can I help you in having a go?


Year 8 Pastoral Guardian

There are important factors that make someone resilient.  These include a positive attitude, optimism, the ability to regulate emotions, and the ability to see failure as a form of useful feedback.  Having a go and challenging themselves, by taking small or even large steps outside the square, results in a positive gain in someone's own resilience.  This enables them to overcome any fears that are present.


The experience of college life presents challenges through the variety of educational and extracurricular activities.  Some students might be anxious to face challenges such as performing in front of an audience, or being involved in something strenuous such as cross country, even though much dreaming goes into being a famous singer or being a great athlete.  However, they can be reassured that, by taking that little step outside of their comfort zone, considerable positive effects can be evident.  It is proven that it goes a long way to promoting self-confidence and self-esteem, and that the realisation of having a go is self-fulfilling.


At the CaSSA Athletics Carnival, Mt A performed very well, and the great result is due to our girls giving their very best.  More girls having the courage to be involved will ensure future success, by having a go. Additionally, the Cultural Festival at the end of this term will highlight the many talents we have in Year 8, and I would encourage your daughter to give it a go and get involved in the many opportunities for participation - Why not have a go?’

Michael Butterworth


Conversation Starters


Name an activity in which you were afraid to participate but would like to give a try.

How can you overcome your fear of trying this activity?

What steps would you take?

What activity are you doing for Cultural Festival?


Year 9 Pastoral Guardian

The Power of Music

It is three weeks out to Cultural Festival, one of the most highly anticipated events on the Mount Alvernia calendar.  Each House has devoted many hours planning, organising, and now practising their performances that they will present to the College on Cultural day, Thursday 19 September.  While I observe the girls practising it never ceases to amaze me the power of music and the positive impact it has on people.  Music unites, empowers, and ignites passion.


While Cultural Festival may only be one day on the Mount Alvernia calendar we should, as parents, guardians, and teachers, embrace the power of music in our everyday lives and use it as a vehicle to connect with teenagers.  Maggie Dent, a well-known author, educator, and parenting and resilience specialist, published an article earlier this year: Does your child have music hiding in their soul?  It focused on children of all ages, including adolescents, and how incorporating music into our everyday lives opens hearts, soothes stressed minds, and can so simply yet powerfully transform the minds and bodies of our teenagers.  Maggie also states that, "the research is very strong about the importance of music on the developing brain and in the development of health self-regulation".  


Everyone has music in their souls and, while we live busy lives, it is one thing we can easily turn to, to evoke positive emotions within us, to build healthy neural pathways to connect us with others, and to bring out joy in our days.


I will leave you with these two ideas:

  1. Play upbeat music in the morning and observe the positive impact it has on your daughter while she gets ready for school.
  2. Play upbeat or calming music just before your daughter starts studying in the evening or on the weekend and observe the power and grace of music has on your daughter’s mood.

Tamara Richardson


Conversation Starters

What song is your house using for Cultural Festival?

Can you show me some moves of your dance?

What song should we play this morning while we get ready?

What is a funny story from camp?

Year 10 Pastoral Guardian

As we head to the busy part of the term with drafts and assignments due or exams just around the corner, it is very important for students to maintain a positive mind set.  Part of doing this requires the girls to keep a healthy balance and consider what is effective use of time.  They must be able to remain focused and set realistic goals if they are to achieve their potential.  As part of a positive mind set, it is also valuable for us all to have a positive work-life balance.  To do this, it is recommended that students ‘have a go’ and try something new, to help us deal with challenging times and maintain a positive outlook on life.  Why not sign up to participate in an extra-curricular activity or join a lunch time activity run at Mt A and challenge yourself to jump out of your comfort zone. 


It is hard to believe that this is the last Parent Corner before the end of Term 3.  Good luck for the last few weeks of the term with assessments, outreach projects, and extra-curricular activities.  Don’t forget to ‘have a go’ at any opportunities that come your way.


Below are some thoughts from Clare School leaders, who have summed up perfectly why it is important for students to ‘have a go’.

Teena Christofis


Conversation Starters

How do you ensure that you are maintaining a healthy work-life balance?

What is an activity or group you can volunteer to be part of or join over the holidays or next term?


Student Perspectives

As a Clare School leader for 2019, this role required me to step outside my comfort zone and to have a go.  Once I was fortunate enough to be selected, the amount of opportunities the role gave me was endless.  Having four different portfolios this year allowed me to open my eyes to the amount of opportunities the College offers, that can appeal to every student's interest.  However, it is not essential to have a badge or a title for the College to gift you opportunities to take advantage of; it starts from the students wanting to grasp these opportunities entirely.  Whether it be sporting, drama/arts, or outreach opportunities, I highly encourage every student to try something new and to have a go!  You never know where it may take you. 

Rhianna Janas


'Having a go' is a phrase that people should take more action on.  Having a go means you are willing to put yourself out there, even if you fail.  This is such an important skill to have, as having a go allows you to grow in several aspects of life.  There are two main outcomes that result from having a go, which are succeeding or failing.  Although succeeding is what everyone strives to achieve, sometimes we are better off failing so we can improve ourselves and reach a whole new level we thought we weren't capable of.  I highly encourage everyone to have a go at something new or out of your comfort zone because you never know what amazing things you will learn or achieve.  This is why 'having a go' is such an integral part of life.  

Molly Browne


One thing I will always admire about the Year 10 cohort is the willingness to have a go at all of the extra-curricular activities and opportunities positioned around the College.  Last term we were all pushed into the wilderness for Year 10 camp; our camp groups were a shock from our current friend groups, yet in every activity every girl was supporting each other.  A challenge for me was the Giants Ladder, yet with the help of my peers I quickly found the courage to conquer it with one of my best friends beside me.  To me, this showed the importance of having a go as well as supporting my friends.  Later on, when someone struggled doing an activity I was quick to cheer on everyone as well and found supporting others to be one of my favourite parts of the camp.  I personally encourage anyone who isn’t involved in school life to involve themselves and have a go – what’s the worst that can happen?

Molly O'Brien


In every aspect of school and life, ‘having a go’ is fundamental.  When you ‘have a go’ you are exposed to new things that are either good or bad.  The most important part is that you learn something new. Sometimes having a go can be scary but, once you ‘have a go’, the sense of accomplishment is worth everything.  But everyone holds back because of one fear - the fear of failure.  Everyone views failure as bad but, to truly succeed in ‘having a go’, we must fail.  Failure is what you learn and grow from, and it is an important part of ‘having a go’.  As Confucius said, “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall".  Therefore, I encourage everyone to ‘have a go’ at something they’re not used to, even if it’s small, and, if they fail, try again until they succeed.

Sneha Reju


Ever since Year 7, I was that student who always put herself out there in every possible way.  I am glad that I’ve done this as I have associated with people that I never thought I would connect to.  While I did have to restrict myself in the older years, I have still maintained many of these friendships as I value them.  Mt A is a diverse college which has provided me and other students with many opportunities to be adventurous and find something new about ourselves.  I am glad that I listened when people told me in the earlier years to "try anything because time flies", as it has helped me to understand who I am. While this message may seem overused, it’s true.  Having a go at something new, or even continuing something you love, is something important that everyone should do, even if it seems daunting at first. Though you may think that nothing interests you, there is something at this college for everyone, whether it be about the sport, community, or other aspects of the College, you just don’t know it yet.

Samantha Maguire


Year 11 Pastoral Guardian

How did you see Year 11s 'Having a Go' This Term?

I would have to acknowledge that one of the most amazing shout-outs this term in our Year 11 cohort in 'having a go' has been the exciting adventure of our Italian Exchange students, Cecilia Aiolfi and Anita Paiardi, who travelled all the way across the world to live for ten weeks in a country where people predominantly do not speak their language,  to live in immersion in an Australian homestay, to attend a school that is very different in curriculum and learning to Italian subjects, to operate every day in another language,  and to experience some of the dreams of experiencing life in Australia.  Our generous homestay families and the Year 11 friends who welcomed our exchange students 'had a go' in learning about another culture, language, and  lifestyle of sixteen-year-olds from Italy and  were sad to farewell our Italian friends.  However, it was a two-way enriched experience, and these are valuable, lifelong friendships that have been created.   Please see their words at the bottom of this page.



I asked the Year 11’s what 'having a go' meant to them:

Sarah Galvin and Bianca Celere having their hair cut for the Ponytail Project  is having a go to do something to make a difference. 

Lauren Holding

Anything to do with public speaking is having a go because you are putting yourself out there and leading and inspiring others.

Sophia Fasone

Mount Alvernia Voices joined with choirs all around Brisbane and performed at QPAC with more than 500 other choristers for Brisbane Sings.   They had to volunteer and give take up the time and perform in a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Mikayla Prentice  

Students nominating for leadership participated in a Public Speaking Program as part of the Raise the Bar Program and delivered their speeches confidently to an audience this week.  Students who stepped out of their comfort zones to nominate, be interviewed, and present their vision to the College for leadership positions are having a go. 

Amy Turner


It seems Year 11s are all about 'having a go' in so many ways.


This Wednesday, 41 Year 11 students attended the RBWH PARTY (Prevent Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma in Youth), and every one of our young women 'had a go' at facing some confronting realities of the choices in life that some people make in a moment that changes their lives and the lives of their families, friends and others forever. 


P.A.R.T.Y. Program Student Reflections

Attending the P.A.R.T.Y. program was an extremely valuable, eye-opening. and worthwhile experience. Through realistic videos, activities, presentations, and interactive simulated clinical scenarios, we learnt what it was really like to be a trauma patient.  We had the opportunity of meeting a number of health professionals, including paramedics, trauma nurses, social workers, speech pathologists, dieticians, physiotherapists, and occupational therapists, who all help severely injured patients every day.  We also had the chance to meet some trauma patients themselves who have been lucky enough to survive, but now suffer significant disabilities.

Tillie Weinert

The main lesson I took away from this experience was that the only person responsible for making choices that will increase my risk of injury is me.  I believe everyone needs to experience a day like this to fully come to terms with the effects of risk taking behaviours.  As confronting and daunting as parts of the program were, I walked away immensely moved by the experience.  I commend the P.A.R.T.Y. program for its profound effort in making positive change, to preventative behaviours which could possibly save a life.

Imagine a world where we didn't normalise these incidents; a world where we don’t glorify risk taking behaviours and ignore the consequences.  Imagine a world where we all understood.  And so I say thank you to the P.A.R.T.Y. program, for making an impact and a difference.  

Lauren Holding

The P.A.R.T.Y. program was a real eye-opening and confronting experience for me, as you always hear that accidents can happen but never realise that they can happen to you.  The program taught me that you only have one chance at life so do not waste it by participating in harmful activities. 


The organisers and medical presenters reiterated to our young women how valuable they are as young people for our future.  Our participants will be sharing their valuable reflections, experiences, and messages with the Year 11 cohort in our next Year level meeting.  Thank you to the parents and carers who nominated their daughters to participate in this extremely worthwhile life-changing program.


I look forward to hearing from students and parents about other wonderful examples of how your daughters are really out there 'having a go'.

Karen Farrow

Conversation Starters

Tell me about the good choices you have made recently.

If your daughter was on the P.A.R.T.Y. Program: Share with me what you have taken away from this experience.

How do you maintain positivity in the face of obstacles?

In what ways are you or could you be out there 'having a go'?


From Our Italian Exchange Students

Cecilia and Anita addressed Assembly last week before their return to Italy.


Buongiorno a tutti, I am Cecilia Aiolfi and she is Anita Paiardi.


We are the exchange students from Italy and this is our last week here, so we would like to talk about our experience. 


Cecilia:   I come from Piacenza, a small town in the north of Italy.  The city was founded by Romans as a military colony and in 1095 the declaration of the first crusade took place.  Today the city is well known for the production of good salami. 


Anita:  I am from Brescia; it’s a city founded by the Romans and it’s known for its ten-days-battle against the Austrian army in 1849 that earned it the name The Lioness of Italy.  It’s got a lot of ancient buildings among which the ruins of a Roman temple.


We decided to come here to improve our English and to experience a different culture.  During these ten weeks we have tried Australian food, Australian school, we have lived a totally Australian life, and we have found some differences between our lifestyle and yours.  First off you have lunch at eleven and dinner at six, while we usually have lunch at one and dinner at eight.  Another thing is that here most of you have a job, we don’t because we spend a lot more time studying.  In fact school in Italy is very different from here.  For instance, we don’t have to wear uniforms, we don’t have lockers, we don’t have a different classroom for every subject, and therefore we have the same classmates all day every day for our five years of high school …   But the greatest differences are the subjects that we study and the method that we use to do so. 


We have twelve subjects: Italian, Maths, English, History, Philosophy, Art, Science, Physics, PE, Religion, Latin, and Ancient Greek, but some of them can change from school to school; for example, Cecilia studies Ancient Greek, I study the difficult Maths.  So now you’re probably wondering: why would you study subjects like History, Philosophy and Latin?  They are useless.  Okay, so I won’t lie.  That’s a good question.  I have been wondering this for a long time.  Everyone has moments where they just stop and think: “Wait, why am I doing this?”  Because, by investigating the past, we can fully understand the present and try to build a brilliant future without making the same mistakes. 


We have to study a lot at home: we study like four hours a day every day and most days even more.  I think that the way we study is interesting.  While the teacher is explaining the lesson we usually take notes (with a pen … because we don’t have computers), then at home we read the notes and the corresponding pages on the book (usually 30-40 pages), we underline the most important things and the main concepts, and after that we repeat, as if we had to explain the lesson to someone else.  Exams are weird.  They can be either written or oral.  Most of the time written exams are scheduled but not the oral ones.  Teachers usually don’t tell students when they will be tested.  Oral exams are a constant threat.  So, yes, it’s hard, but we think it’s worth it.  We have to be prepared every time for every subject but, in the end, if you study well, you remember all the stuff you studied and then boom!  You’re a cultured person. 


With all these differences you can imagine our surprise when we came in this school.  At first it is an amazing building with a pool, a big gym, a canteen, and lots of big rooms.  In Italy we are lucky if our school doesn’t fall apart on our heads!  We were also really impressed by the friendly atmosphere that there is in the classrooms and in the school in general.  Here you can feel teachers and staff care about the students and their well being.  For example, in Italy we don’t have things like the spirituality day that can help us to be more confident with ourselves and our classmates.  Furthermore the school here doesn’t care only about your studies, but gives you the chance to enjoy lots of different extra activities that help you to develop you not only as a student, but also as a person with your individual interests and values.  At this point we can say that it has been an extraordinary experience that allowed us to grow as a person and to appreciate the world from another point of view.

Now we would like to thank the school and the Principal who has allowed us to be here.  We want to thank all the teachers and the staff who had so much patience to be able to tolerate us.  We want to give a special thank you to all the girls who welcomed us, helped us, and made this experience absolutely unforgettable.


And we want to thank Eliana Ranalli and Millie Troe for hosting us and welcoming us as part of the family. 

Year 12 Pastoral Guardian

Success is an attitude you carry about yourself and throughout life.

Be Positive - treat your thoughts as tools.

Next week Year 12s attend QCS Test days on Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 September.  I would like to encourage the girls to ensure they are well rested before each of the tests, and that they have had a good breakfast to fuel their brain.  The students have been working diligently all year at preparing themselves to ‘jump through the hoops’ that such a test requires.  They have learnt the skills to be able to respond with confidence to all four test papers.


Walk with Confidence – embrace positive body language.

Next Thursday is the Celebration of Learning Breakfast.  This celebration commemorates the learning pathways of students at the College, and embodies the true spirit of St Francis, St Clare, and Elizabeth Hayes in acknowledging all Year 12 students who have embraced the values of simplicity, respect, compassion, joy, love, service, peace, and trust—simple values of the College.


Motivation – stay motivated and positive.

Congratulations to Laphini Wynne who successfully completed the Japanese Language Proficiency Test administered by the Government of Japan.  There are five levels of proficiency, with N5 being the lowest and N1 the highest.  Remarkably, Laphini has been studying independently for the N4 qualification over the past twelve months.  The amount of effort that she has put into her studies cannot be understated, and cheers are certainly in order.  Furthermore, in recognising Laphini’s amazing feat, recognition should also be given to our passionate Japanese teacher, Ms Victoria Uhr, who has been a valuable mentor to Laphini in her Japanese studies.  Undoubtedly, Ms Uhr’s ability to complement the JLPT with the secondary curricula has forged this outstanding result.


Enjoy Humour – increases the morale of you and others.

Our whole community will come together in prayer to celebrate the College Feast Day – The Feast of the Stigmata of St Francis, Thursday 17 September.  It is a special day for us to reflect on where we obtained our name, and on the story of St Francis.  This will be an opportunity for students to showcase the myriad of talents at our Cultural Festival.  For our Year 12s it is the last whole school occasion together, to relax and have fun!  Parents are welcome to experience the showcase with your daughters.


Practise Gratitude – it increases your happiness.

Year 12 students who have been selected will join with senior students from Marist College Ashgrove at Sony Camp, on Saturday 21 September,  to provide respite for families and carers of children with disabilities.  The tradition of supporting this Sony Foundation Children’s Holiday Camp is a very significant part of our Outreach program and brings rewards to the student companions and the children in their care.  The Sony Camp allows our senior students to use their talents in the service of others in true Franciscan spirit.  Congratulations to the 2019 Sony Camp team: Maya Ballantine, Madeleine Riddle, Maddison Brown, Brooke Edwards, Madison Edwards, Emily Fox, Carla Galvin, Fiona Hollamby, Laura Kelly, Chloe McGibbon, Olivia Rawstron, Evie Rhodes, Amy Strachan, Kate Trienen, Tomika Weygood, Erin Wills, Leah Patchett, Jodie Usher, Jessica Faulks, and Madeleine Leonard.


Finally, I encourage your daughters to ‘have a go’ at remaining positive, walking with confidence, maintaining motivation, enjoying humour, and practising gratitude.  As a team, let’s ensure that all the Year12s experience the last few months at Mount Alvernia College by making positive memories!

Bridget Piper

Counsellors' Corner

Healthy Mind Platter for Optimal Well-being

The stress of the end-of-term assessment is beginning to raise its head again and, right on cue, the stress levels within the college have gone into overdrive.   This is the normal stage of the term when assessment needs to be completed and submitted.   This can trigger distress in those who have left things to the last minute, or who are highly motivated to achieve well, or anything in between. 


Just like the dieticians' Healthy Diet Pyramid, which guides us toward optimal physical health, we should also be aware of the components which contribute to optimal mental health.  Following good healthy mind and body practices can help us manage our stress levels.  Dr Dan Siegel, Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute, and Clinical Professor, developed the Healthy Mind Platter in response to the decline in mental health in our populations.


If you have any concerns with your daughter’s well-being, please do not hesitate to contact Ellie Keane or Liz Marlay at or on 3357 6000.

Ellie Keane and Liz Marlay

Literacy Week

This week we celebrate Literacy Week at Mount Alvernia College.  Like Book Week celebrated in many primary schools, Literacy Week invites students into the world of literature through displays, events, and promotions.  Additionally, Literacy Week draws attention to the privilege of education and the ability to read and write.  We highlight the opportunities available to those who are literate, and raise awareness about the issues of illiteracy still facing many nationally and internationally.  In particular, we raise money and awareness toward improving Indigenous literacy in Australia.  Alarmingly, research also suggests that the incidence of aliteracy has risen among young Australians since 2010.  Aliteracy is where young people have learned independent reading skills, but they choose not to read (Merga, 2019, p.23).  Literacy Week celebrations are one of the ways we aim to instill a foundation and love of reading in the Mount Alvernia College students.



This year, the iCentre is decked out in a Peter Pan theme.  We have some amazing displays, including the Lost Boy’s hideout, Pan and the Darling children flying out of Wendy’s bedroom window across the London night sky, a giant map of Neverland, and Tiger Lily’s Indian Camp.  We have hosted a Literacy Week party for staff and students, a full-day creative writing workshop for students in Years 8 and 9, and will hold a pizza party for the winners of the Principal’s Reading Challenge.


The Principal’s Reading Challenge is an inter-house competition.  The idea is to have books and reading happening throughout the college, and beyond the library and the English classroom.  This is the first year of the Challenge and we have been delighted with the enthusiasm for this initiative across the college.  The winning Home Room is treated with a pizza party on Friday of Literacy Week at the conclusion of the Challenge.  Our inaugural winner of the Principal’s Reading Challenge is Ms Porchak’s Home Room - Perugia 1 - who read a combined total of 253.4 hours in the five weeks of the Challenge.


Helen Stower

Program Leader, iCentre

Z Club


This week, we had our very last meeting with Mrs Goldie, who unfortunately is leaving us.  She has been a great support to every one of us in Z Club.  All of us at Mt Alvernia College wish her luck and happiness at her new job. 

On behalf of the club we would like to thank her for everything she has done, from starting the club to ensuring the meetings ran well and organising the birthing kits.  Without Mrs. Goldie, none of this would have been possible.  We will miss her and we hope to see her back when we are putting the birthing kits together. 

Aimi Clemons and Claire Reid (Year 12)






Melissa Loveday

Program Leader - Careers

La Cucina


Friday 30 August

Leisa Voysey, Kellie Jilani

Monday 2 September

Rachel Browne, Emma Reid

Tuesday 3 September


Wednesday 4 September

Renay Green

Thursday 5 September

Julie Ingle


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Please direct any enquiries to Kim at College Reception, ph 3357 6000.

Parent Corner
Anita, Dr Kerrie Tuite, Cecilia, Ms Annalisa Dichiara