Parent Corner

21 September 2018
Issue 8
Quick Dates
Deputy Principal Student Development
Year 7 & 8 Pastoral Guardians
Year 9 Pastoral Guardian
Year 10 Pastoral Guardian
Year 11 Pastoral Guardian
Year 12 Pastoral Guardian
Counsellors' Corner
Art Show
Thank You from P&F
La Cucina
Community Notices
Mount Alvernia College
07 3357 6000
82 Cremorne Road
Kedron, Qld, 4031

Quick Dates

Week 10, Term 3

Friday 21 September

Pupil Free Day


SCHOOL RETURNS Monday 8 October

Deputy Principal
Student Development

Capturing the Mt A culture through a lens

Parent Corner this week is all about recognising and celebrating the term through pictures.

It has been a very busy time so there is no better way to get to the end than by looking at some happy snaps.


Each of our budding Pastoral Guardian photographers has been out and about in recent weeks to capture girls doing things beyond the classroom.  For some of our girls this is a real opportunity to celebrate unique gifts that aren’t always present in the day-to-day.  For all girls, the moment to show off talent builds self-efficacy and provides a buffer for the times when they need to have more grit to take on the challenges of learning that may not always come so easily for them.


Have fun exploring Mt A in pictures.  Please remind your daughters to stay safe these holidays so that we can enjoy their wonderful spirit in Term 4.





Annette Butterworth

Year 7 & 8 Pastoral Guardians

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!

This is certainly true for girls in the Francis School, who embraced the spirit of College Feast Day by dressing up, entering competitions, and sharing the joy of being a Mount Alvernian.  Well done, girls!


This morning during our Liturgy celebrating the Stigmata of St Francis of Assisi, Sr Clara (a past Principal of Mount Alvernia) spoke to the girls about the amazing ability of Francis being able to connect to all people and how his message of sharing peace, joy, and love to all people during his lifetime is still relevant today.  It was great to see our Francis School girls living this message throughout the day.


Best wishes for a very safe, relaxing and enjoyable holiday.


Upcoming dates for Year 7

  • Dance program
  • Immunisation Tuesday 20 November











Mick Butterworth and Jeni Barlow

Year 9 Pastoral Guardian

News from Year 9

It was good to see so many Year 9s being involved in Cultural Festival heats and performances - whether a solo or duet performance, a dance, or Home Room presentation.  It was good to see so many girls enthusiastically and confidently ‘having a go’ and dressing up on the day.


I would like to wish you and your family an enjoyable mid-semester break.  This is a chance to relax, revive, and recuperate after a busy term.  I am looking forward to seeing your daughter ready to tackle Term 4 challenges commencing on Monday 8 October -the first day back of classes, as well as the four-day Camp from Tuesday 9 to Friday 12 October.  There are always mixed emotions leading up to camp, but this is a perfect opportunity for girls to be challenged and participate in activities outside their comfort zone.  They will also have the opportunity to work collaboratively with students outside their friendship group, while building resilience in themselves and tolerance of others.  Girls are required to meet at the Picnic Rug by 8.30am with bags packed, full of enthusiasm and positive attitude - ready to board the bus!


Please remind your daughter to go to the Adventure Alternative website for the What to Bring list, which you received via email, to ensure that they are ready for camp.  Both Kenilworth and Woodford campsites do not permit the following items to be bought to camp, so please ensure that your daughter leaves these at home:

  1. electronic devices – mobile phones, mp3, iPod, iPad, laptops etc
  2. make up or jewellery
  3. any junk food
  4. non-aerosol products

Refer to:





Teena Christofis

Year 10 Pastoral Guardian

News from Year 10

Congratulations to all students in Year 10 for their consistent efforts to get involved in new and challenging opportunities, and for taking brave steps toward the final years of their high school experience.  Students in this cohort should also be celebrated for their quiet and caring support of those around them; taking all opportunities to reach out and help others.  Well done, girls! 





Rhiannon Markwell

Year 11 Pastoral Guardian

News from Year 11

As we reach the end of Term 3 and head towards the final term of 2018, we have so much to celebrate. Dr Tuite announced the Student Leadership Team for 2019. The incumbent group is a true representation of the calibre of students at Mount Alvernia College. Those taking up student leadership roles in 2019 as follows:


Madeleine Riddle - College Captain

Jessica Faulks - College Vice Captain

Beth Falzon - Curriculum Captain

Amy Strachan - Cultural Captain

Fiona Hollamby - Liturgy Captain

Maddison Brown - Sport Captain

Leah Patchett - Spirit Captain

Maya Ballantine - Outreach Captain

Dianna Yannakopoulos - Rieti House Captain

Gabrielle Wall - Villa Spada House Captain

Tomika Weygood - Belle Prairie House Captain

Elise Black - Spoleto House Captain

Macy Ferraro - Greccio House Captain

Jorja Guyatt - Perugia House Captain


Today we celebrated the Feast of St Francis of Assisi, with the Liturgy and subsequent Cultural Festival which was a means of encouraging our students to be the best they can be, to share gifts and talents, to work for and with others, ‘to walk in the footsteps’ of St Francis.


We will let the photos tell the story. …….





Bridget Piper

Year 12 Pastoral Guardian

News from Year 12

Term 3 is the most challenging term in Senior years for our Year 12s.  I commend their fortitude, focus, and spirit to the last day.  They have supported one another with true friendship throughout.

On our last day, it is pleasing to see smiling faces and a sense of satisfaction in a job well done by all of the girls in so many ways.  After our Feast Day and Cultural Festival they can enjoy a well deserved holiday to refresh for their final very short term before Graduation in November.  Have a safe and happy holiday with your daughter.

On Spirit and Unity as a cohort

All Year 12s for fantastic spirit and participation at Athletics

For perseverance and skill  in Mt A/Padua matches

On  being fun loving, spirited, delightful young women who are leaders

On supportive friendships, embracing learning, new challenges and skills


And for service....

Tahlia De Felicis volunteered her time to assist Geebung Special School with our bi-annual major fundraising event.

The night was a huge success and it was made possible with the help of volunteers.


To the wonderful Year 12s who have volunteered for the Sony Camp in the holidays for their gentleness, compassion, and service to outreach.


Mater Education - VETIS Dual Certificate Program Graduation

On Tuesday 18 September, five of our Year 12 students graduated from the Mater Education Program with both a Certificate II in Health Support Services and a Certificate III in Health Services Assistance.  The girls have been studying every Tuesday at the Mater Hospital in the Mater Education simulation labs, as well as completing their online theory components.  The course started in October of last year, with significant online assessments followed by one day per week in Semester 1 of this year. The course culminated with a week-long work placement in one of the Mater Hospital wards, that the girls reported was a highlight of the course.


The successful Mount Alvernia Students included:

Mia Cross
Saskia Hind
Jordan Horswill
Caitlin Gordon
Caitlin McDonald


We congratulate these girls on an excellent achievement and wish them every success in their future studies.

Good luck

to Sara-Jane Mowbray who is competing in the State Championships

in Hacking and Dressage on Sunday





Karen Farrow

Counsellors' Corner

Dear Parents

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself; it is such a privilege to be working with a group of such lovely young women.  I hope they have taken away something useful from these sessions as I always learn so much more about strength and resilience from the young people with whom I work.


The school term has again drawn to a close, and the girls are about to begin a well-earned break.  It has been a busy term, with our Peer Support girls highlighting mental health and wellbeing through their support and awareness campaigns.  This term we saw the girls celebrate Wear it Purple Day, where they made themselves available to celebrate diversity through welcoming everyone with purple face painting, and selling cupcakes which truly looked too pretty to eat!  They were also very passionate about RUOK? Day which again highlighted the importance of checking in on our friends and family, as we go about our busy lives.


As parents, we are one of the closest supports our girls have to ensure they are on the right track.  For those times we feel we want to check in on our daughters, and are not sure how to do this, the following tips might help you get started:

  • Ask how your daughter feels on a scale of 1 -10 (1 = pretty awful and 10 = smiles all round).  If they answer 4 or lower it might be a good idea to seek advice either from either Tania or me, or your GP
  • Ask this question regularly to keep an eye out for trends
  • Allow your daughter to speak uninterrupted and with no  distractions
  • Acknowledge her feelings, ie “That must have been hard”, “sounds exciting”
  • Give physical cues that you are listening, ie nodding, face your daughter, and maintain eye contact
  • reinforce that you are happy to talk at a later time if needed

With holidays just around the corner, this may be a lovely time to relax with our families and check in on how things are going.  Parenting expert, psychologist, and author Dr Justin Coulsen (father of six girls!) has a simple tip for checking in with our families.  Holidays may be a good time to hold a light and fun family meeting to check in on any concerns family members might have (make sure you have some fun, enticing treats might help!)


I am often surprised in this digital age by the number of young people who have said to me, if there was one thing they would like to be different in their family, it would be playing board games together.  Holidays might be a good time to dust off the Monopoly – a great way of connecting and talking about concerns in a non-threatening way.


Have a lovely break if you are fortunate enough to be having time off, otherwise enjoy one fewer thing you have to do for the next two weeks (no morning routines or homework!) Enjoy the precious times you have with your children. 


If you have any concerns about how your daughter is coping with any of the things discussed in today’s article, please do not hesitate to contact Tania Henry or Liz Marlay on [email protected] or on 3357 6000.





Liz Marlay

Art Show

Friday 19 October 6-8pm


Thank You from P&F

Father Daughter Dinner 2018

Wow, what a great time we had at the 2018 Mount Alvernia College Father Daughter night.  From the feedback we have received so far, our fathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, and young ladies loved everything about the event – especially the photo booth, games, and of course the Karaoke Dukebox. 


A big thank you to the Parents and Friends Support Network – Matthew Nolan, Jackie Blackshaw, Joanne Galvin, and Karen Downes for organising this event.


A huge thank you also to our volunteers; we couldn’t do this without out you – Damian Galvin, Mary-Anne Smith, Renay and Jeremy Green, and Jack Green.  Your set-up, cooking, and clean-up skills are amazing.


To our wonderful college staff – Kerrie, Annette, Camilla, Cam (and the awesome facilities team), Bill, and our brilliant MC, Josh, thank you for giving your time and talents; it is very much appreciated.


This year the P&FSN chose to support as many local, small businesses as possible and we would like to thank the following organisations:

If you would like to share your event feedback, please email us at [email protected]

La Cucina


Monday 8 October

Christina Knight, Trisha Kerrin


Tuesday 9 October

Melissa De Bonis, Caterina Gugliucciello, Margaret Hutchins


Wednesday 10 October

Tracey Cognetta, Lilly Boccalatte


Thursday 11 October

Jo Holmes, Kathy Leddy


Friday 12 October

Anna Pezzetta


Open from 7.15-9.30am & 10.30am-3.00pm (3.15pm Wednesday).   Staff, parents, and friends are very welcome to drop in for coffee—$3.50; $3 in own cup.


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

Community Notices

Padua College Race Day 2018


Tickets are limited and may be purchased via

All tickets purchased will be available for collection from Padua College Office

Padua College Old Boys' Mass - Thursday 11 October


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