News & Views

06 June 2019
Issue Nine
Quick Dates
Annual Report 2018
College Captain
Principal's eHonour Board
College Vice Captain
Outreach Captain
Spirit Captain
Assistant Principal - Student Learning, Data Analysis & Logistics
Curriculum Captain
Digital Technology
iCentre
Molly's House
FCIP Winter Series
Athletics
Networking Breakfast
La Cucina
Community Notices
Mount Alvernia College
07 3357 6000
82 Cremorne Road
Kedron, Qld, 4031
AU

Quick Dates

Week 9, Term 2

 

Monday 10 June

7.00-8.30pm  FCIP Winter Series Band Concert (San Damiano Centre)

 

Tuesday 11 June

Period 3  Charity Expo (Undercroft)

2.00pm  Brainstorm Verbal Combat (Year 8)

6.00pm  Youth Theatresports Competition (Dakabin SHS)

 

Wednesday 12 June

Year 8 Camp commences

 

Thursday 13 June

7.00am  MAWN Networking Breakfast

 

 

Annual Report 2018

Attached, for your information, is the Annual Report for Mount Alvernia College for the 2018 year.   This report can also be found on the college website.

Paulette Corkery, Business Manager

 

 

College Captain

As Semester 1 begins to come to an end, many members of the community are busy and stressed.  It has been amazing to see girls around the College supporting one another, and the willingness to help across all areas of college life.

 

A few weeks ago, we had our 2019 Open Day.  From this day a few things were brought to my attention and that of Vice Captain Jessica.  I was very interested to learn that one of the aspects on which parents place significance is the level of balance provided by the College.  I was extremely proud to talk about the community established at the College and voice how well I believe Mt A creates balance and provides opportunity through the extended variety of extra-curricular options, the excellent support provided by teachers, and the welcoming culture across the student body.

 

The last two weeks provide an outstanding example of life at Mount Alvernia, with multiple events and activities underway.  The college choirs and FCIP groups have been busily preparing for the FCIP Winter Series next Monday, 10 June.  Last week, the Cross Country team competed at CaSSSA Cross Country at Limestone Park after months of preparation.  Athletics training has commenced, with an impressive turn-out suggesting a promising season.  Students have stepped up and displayed true Franciscan values through new initiatives.  Year 9 students have established a Mt A Dance club to add to the Arts program, along with other students initiating the organisation of the Ponytail Project to contribute to the Outreach aspect of the College.

 

The current happenings of the College clearly display the variety of opportunity and balance available at Mount Alvernia.  I wish all members of the Mount Alvernia community best wishes in striving for success has they come to the end of Semester 1.

 

Maddy Riddle

Principal's eHonour Board

 

College Vice Captain

We are all Leaders - Big or Small

Hello, and welcome to our second edition of Through Our Eyes, the newsletter from a student’s perspective. 

 

As we head towards the end of a busy Term 2, and with only two terms left of the year, I have been doing a lot of self reflecting.  Through all this reflecting and reminiscing of my time at Mount Alvernia, one thing always stands out, and that is how much I have grown as a person.  This growth and development is something Mt A instils in us right from the beginning; whether this be through sporting opportunities, academics, cultural, or outreach activities.  The most invaluable opportunity for growth that this college provides is leadership.  This year I have been privileged to be the College Vice Captain, and with this position has come many challenges and times where I needed to step outside my comfort zone.  My shy Year 8 self would have never imagined that I could be where I am today, but that all came with being courageous and facing every challenge with positivity.

 

I believe that, with or without a badge, regardless of whether you are finishing your high school journey or only just beginning it, everyone is a capable leader in our community.  So what is leadership, you may ask?  Well, by definition leadership "is the action of leading a group of people or an organisation”.  I don’t agree; to me leadership is standing alongside those in the community, with a vision to empower and motivate, achieving a goal to inspire change.  Now this may seem hard for some, but it is easier than you think.  Many believe that leaders are just those who have the badge and the fancy title, or those who stand out in front of a crowd and demand attention, but it is more than that.  I truly believe that the best, most effective leaders can lead in the smallest of ways.  I love walking around the College and observing all the wonderful leaders  we have; those who pick up the litter after lunch breaks, who help and support their friends or peers when they are stressed, who wear the uniform with pride, those who celebrate their achievements on assembly with happiness, and the girls who congratulate their successes, and those who simply say hello or smile.  I could go on forever, but every day there is truly an opportunity for leadership in every single person.  Whether this be from the College Captains, the teachers, or any of the amazing girls at our great college, we all have the opportunity to step outside our comfort zones, raise the bar, and expand our potential to lead in a big or small way.

 

I ask you all to think about a leader who inspires you; it could be anyone from Michelle Obama to someone in our own Mount Alvernia community.  Think about why they inspire you, and how you aspire to be more like them to inspire others.  With this in mind, reflect on your own self; “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.”  We are all leaders, and I can’t wait to see all the wonderful moments of leadership the students of Mt A can achieve.    

Jessica Faulks

 

 

Outreach Captain

To finish off the term, the Outreach Committee is working hard in preparation for two events: the Live Below the Line challenge and recognising National Refugee Week. 

 

The Live Below the Line challenge, in which we will partake for the first time this year, is an initiative that an organisation of the same name initiated in order to create awareness of the harsh realities of poverty across the world.  Poverty affects nearly half the world’s population, including 2.9 million who are Australian.  Poverty affects quality of life regarding access to food, clothing, health, shelter, safety, educational outcomes, and connection to society.  Mount Alvernia students are being encouraged to show their support in addressing issues of poverty by purchasing a yellow ribbon for their hair, and wearing a yellow face paint design next Thursday.  Both of these can be purchased from Outreach Committee members next Thursday at school.

 

In Week 9, we will be acknowledging National Refugee Week.  This week is designed to raise awareness about the plight of refugees and celebrate the positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society.  From a Christian and humanitarian point of view, it is extremely important for us to demand the safety and rights of refugees be protected.  This year, the Refugee Council of Australia has chosen the theme of #WithRefugees.

 

Therefore, to show we believe refugees are entitled to live with dignity and hope, on Tuesday 18 June the Outreach Committee is inviting all students and staff to stand in solidarity on the Oval to show our support for asylum seekers world-wide who face injustice and unfair treatment every day.  We all deserve to feel belonging and acceptance, and to be able to access basic human rights.  By standing in solidarity to embrace refugees in our community, we can be part of a positive change in this world and allow refugees to re-build their lives and thrive.

 

"When history looks back, will it be to see them standing alone, or will it see we were standing #WithRefugees?"

 

These two Outreach opportunities are available to all students in our community.  I have never met stronger, more determined women, who are passionate about creating change and ending inequality, as the girls at Mount Alvernia.  To all of you who have engaged in Outreach activities this year, be assured that you are making a difference to the lives of others.  And, for those of you who want to be involved, come along to our Outreach meetings so that you can work with others to create positive change in our near and far world.

Maya Ballantine

Spirit Captain

“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up!”

John Holmes 

 

In last week’s assembly, we were introduced to Suncorp Bank’s initiative known as Team Girls.  I encourage you to watch the video that was played to introduce this:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=frEw6OYBLmA

 

This video is exactly how I envision school spirit: girls showing support and encouragement to another girl in order for her to grow and experience success.  At Mount Alvernia, every girl deserves to feel this same support.  In a world where negativity and social climbing are promoted through social media - and sometimes even in our relationships – it is easy to see why young people, more than ever, need to stand together and "build a nation of confident girls", who know their worth and don’t let anything stand in the way of reaching their goals. 

 

I feel like the quote above perfectly represents this video.  Instead of tearing her down, everyone in the video lifted each other up.  And what happened?  The girl was able to believe in herself and make that goal.  It is clear through the video that having confidence within yourself has an incredible and lasting impact.  Just imagine how amazing it would be and feel if you supported your peers in the way shown in the video, or if you received as much encouragement as the girl who didn’t get the ball through the hoop?  I cannot stress enough the importance of surrounding yourself with people who provide you with this support and will stand by you, no matter what.  If you surround yourself with people who exclude you, you are adding another negative load on your shoulders that you don’t deserve to carry. Don’t ever think that you don’t deserve to feel supported and encouraged to be the best version of yourself.

 

As we come to the end of Semester 1, I encourage you all to reflect on your relationships at school.  Am I surrounding myself with positive people?  Am I returning this positive influence on my friends?  We are at the pointy end of term with assessment so it is this part of the term especially where we all need that little bit of motivation to get over the finish line.  Even though we are stressed and tired, it’s important to continue to keep building ourselves and others up.

 

Best wishes for the successful completion of Semester 1, especially with regards to assessment.  Finish off the semester well; the holidays aren’t too far away now.  After all, "you got this, we know you do!" 

Leah Patchett

Assistant Principal - Student Learning, Data Analysis & Logistics

As we come to the end of the semester, it is important that all students are focused on their studies, completing assignments by the due date, and preparing for exams.  This is a normal part of being a student; there are always going to be times where the girls will have more to do than at other times.  The end of the semester can be stressful but, having a focus on organisation throughout the semester and term, and staying on top of homework and assignments can see the girls come through this time and be very successful.  I encourage the girls to consider the opportunities of Study Groups and private study that are available almost every afternoon across the College as one way of keeping up to date.  It is important that the girls have a dedicated study space at home - one that is phone-free.  I talk to the girls about turning off notifications on their laptop as well, to ensure fewer distractions.

 

There are so many people here at the College who can assist your daughter to achieve her very best, and I trust that she is accessing the right people as she needs.  The Teaching and Learning Guardians have as their focus the academic success of your daughter; the Pastoral Guardians assist in these aspects as well.  I too am available to talk with the girls at any time and enjoy the academic check-ins I have, particularly with the Year 11s and 12s. 

 

I wish all students the very best in the end-of-semester assessments and look forward to seeing the progress that each student has made in the coming weeks.

 

This week, if you are parent of a student in Years 7 to 10, you will have received an email about your daughter participating in a survey in the coming weeks.  This survey will assist us to gather some relevant information from your daughter around her perceptions of life at Mt A, teaching and learning at Mt A, and her wellbeing.  I encourage all students to participate, as this will allow us to have a more accurate picture of how the girls are feeling and tracking.  This survey is occurring in conjunction with our Arts Department who are also undertaking some Action Research with students to investigate the impact that doing the Arts has on their learning.  Information about the survey is as follows:

Tell Them From Me® (TTFM)

Mount Alvernia College is delighted that, this term, we will participate in the Tell Them From Me (TTFM) Secondary Surveys.

 

In the coming weeks we will be inviting students to provide feedback on their experience of our college using an online platform.  The surveys will assist us with our planning process, both within the classroom and when considering the variety of programs that we offer.  The focus of the student surveys is on student wellbeing, engagement, and effective teaching practices.

 

More than 6300 schools in Australia and around the world have used the suite of Tell Them From Me to survey 5.4 million students.

 

The information provided will be used to maintain our commitment to working together in partnership to further improve student learning and wellbeing at Mount Alvernia.  As we value the role of students at our college, we would greatly appreciate their feedback.

 

Please be assured that the surveys are anonymous, and participating in the survey is entirely voluntary. The surveys are conducted online and will typically take approximately twenty minutes to complete. The student survey will be administered during school hours in a Home Room session between 12 and 26 June.

 

Debra Evans

Curriculum Captain

 

When people imagine a scientist, more often than not it sparks an image of a man in a white lab coat, perhaps holding a test tube.  The same could be said for a policeman, a fireman, or a doctor.  Why is it that we never imagine a woman in these same roles?

 

Earlier this year, SBS Australia revealed that Science and Technology Australia (STA) - a peak technology body - wants to break through these gender stereotypes, encouraging more women to consider science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees through its Superstars of STEM program.  To achieve this, STA has shortlisted 60 Australian female 'superstar' scientists as role models for this program.

 

Meet Dr Onisha Patel, a structural biologist at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI) in Melbourne.  Dr Patel studies how proteins function inside the human body and uses that information to design potential new treatments for cancer.  Dr Patel was born in Ahmedabad in the western Indian state of Gujarat, and moved to Australia in 1998 in search of better opportunities.

Outside her profession, Dr Patel is equally passionate about using art as a medium to promote science communication and education amongst students.

 

Please go to this link:

https://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/hindi/en/article/2019/01/02/three-indian-origin-women-scientists-among-australias-60-superstars-stem to find out more about Australia's superstar women in STEM.

 

The Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews, says the launch of the new group of ambassadors will go a long way in promoting gender equity in STEM: “Increasing the public visibility of women role models is key to changing cultural attitudes and inspiring more young women and girls to study, work and champion gender equity in STEM”.

 

Mount Alvernia itself has created its own strong identity in the area of STEM, through extra-curricular activities such as Robotics Club, the Brain Bee Challenge, science competitions, and STEM as a subject.  I believe it is extremely important for girls to participate in any STEM opportunities presented to them, whether it be to fuel a passion, orfor enjoyment, excitement, or curiosity.  We all have the potential to be superstar women, which is why next semester I will be introducing the first Phenomenal Females initiative.  Each fortnight I will be sharing the story of a 'Superstar in STEM' to encourage exactly what Karen Andrews stated - championing gender equity in STEM.

 

On the note of student potential, a few weeks ago we celebrated the Academic Excellence and Academic Effort Awards for students across all year levels.  I’d like to congratulate these girls again for their hard work and continued dedication to their studies; keep it up!  The Year 11s also completed their first intra-semester exam block for the new ATAR system.  These girls have done a fantastic job adapting to the new system; the effort, enthusiasm, and team work they have demonstrated is an inspiration for all younger students.

 

We’re nearing the end of term, and I’m sure we’re all ready for a three-week holiday!  However, end-of-semester exams are almost upon us, so keep up the motivation and drive a little while longer in preparation for a well-deserved rest!

Beth Falzon

Digital Technology

Digital Technology, Design 3D Printing and Makerspace
 

Half of Year 8 and the Year 11 Design students had a presentation from Steph Piper, who is in charge of the makerspace at the University of Southern Queensland.

 

Steph came into our IT class and showed us the process of 3D printing, what is required to 3D print, and what programs she used.  Steph passed around examples of her work, such as a jacket she made for an interview, and bunnies made out of plastic that contained multiple different types of wood, including coconut husk and timber.  Overall Steph's presentation was very interesting and very informative.

Ella Jamieson

Steph Piper's presentation was very informational and gave many ideas for the Year 11 Design students.  Steph enthusiastically informed us all about her endeavours and accomplishments regarding the projects she has done with 3D printing.  It was very impressive hearing her story, from building her own 3D printer to designing something as big as a shoe or as helpful as a hand cast for medical purposes.  Additionally, she introduced many different concepts and materials that can be used, such as a program that is able to scan an object and automatically print it, as well as different plastics that can be used.

Chloe Catane

iCentre

We have some great articles on the iCentre website this week; a summary of these is below.  Go to the website to read the full articles.

 

Molly's House

From Molly's House

Wow, it was a busy excursion day today with Mount A being first on our list!  Our mission today was to see the chicken labels we made and our carrots that we planted from our very  first time there!!  Lady surprised Grandma, and Bella got a special surprise when big cousin Emily showed up with her home room to  take us on an adventure through the garden and  up the ramp!  We played the piano and looked out over the beautiful garden.

 

Another great morning building and creating  more positive relationships within our community!!

 

 

FCIP Winter Series

 

Athletics

 

Networking Breakfast

Tickets are available from the College website.  We hope to see you there!

La Cucina

Roster

Friday 7 June

Leisa Voysey, Kellie Jillani

Monday 10 June

Rachel Browne, Emma Reid

Tuesday 11 June

 

Wednesday 12 June

Renay Green, Julie Wilson

 

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 Kim at College Reception, ph 3357 6000.

 

Community Notices

 

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