News & Views

28 March 2019
Issue Five
Quick Dates
From the Principal
Deputy Principal - Teacher Mentoring & Systems Organisation
Deputy Principal - Staff Development
Deputy Principal - Student Development
Assistant Principal - Student Learning, Data Analysis & Logistics
Focus On Learning
Year 7 Creeds
World Education Program
Hospitality Showcase Dinner
Debating and Public Speaking
Somerset Storyfest
Molly's House visits Mt A
Assistance Requested
Entertainment Memberships
La Cucina
Community Notices
Mount Alvernia College
07 3357 6000
82 Cremorne Road
Kedron, Qld, 4031

Quick Dates

Week 9/10, Term 1

Friday 29 March

Year 12 exams

QCEC filming Learning for Tomorrow's Queensland

Archbishop's Pastoral Visit


Saturday 30 March

CaSSSA Tennis Finals


Monday 1 April

Year 12 exams


Tuesday 2 April

Year 12 exams


Wednesday 3 April

Year 12 exams

CaSSSA AFL, Indoor Cricket, Touch, Volleyball


Thursday 4 April

Year 12 QCS Practice


Friday 5 April

Interschool Cross Country (Teralba Park, Mitchelton)

2.00pm  Easter Liturgy (San Damiano Centre)



From the Principal

Thought for the Week


Perception is key to resilience: Do you conceptualize an event as traumatic, or as a chance to learn and grow?  Maria Konnikova – The New Yorker

Dear Parents and Carers, Staff and Students, and Friends of Mount Alvernia College


There is much written about the concept of resilience, especially in our young people, and for us, in the context of our college, young women.  We know that the young women we educate have brains that are still developing and growing.  While are girls look grown up, there is still much happening.


Resilience was initially a scientific concept defined as:

 “The modulus of resilience is defined as the maximum energy that can be absorbed per unit volume without creating a permanent distortion.  It can be calculated by integrating the stress–strain curve from zero to the elastic limit.”


I have underlined what is the significant sentence and, while it is a scientific concept, you can see why I have used this by way of an explanation.  The last part of the sentence is crucial, especially if you think of something like an elastic band.  We need to know how to stretch ourselves without distortion.


With the changes to the Senior Assessment and Tertiary Entrance processes that began this year, some of our young women and you as their parents are expressing concerns about how the students will cope with external exams, especially the 50% external assessment in Science and Mathematics that will be our experiences in 2020 and beyond.  Many of you - our parents and carers - would not have had the experience of external exams as some of us have had.   I recall my Senior exams at the end of Year 12 when I sat two three-hour exams for each of my six subjects.  I coped, and I am certain that our young women are more resilient that I ever was at this age.  They are willing and able to extend themselves without snapping under the pressure.


These are legitimate concerns, and it is important that, as parents, the discussion happens at home as well as at school with teachers and other educators.


In her article, Ms Butterworth explains the steps that parents and carers can take to support our students to cope with these changes and, as well as reading this article, I urge you to familiarise yourselves with the new system.  The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority has some really excellent articles on its website, and it is essential that, as parents, you understand the new processes fully.  I have included a very important link for you, and I urge you to take the time to look at what the Senior Phase of Education will look like for all our students from 2019.


I am writing this article from Bangkok, where several of the Leadership Team - Ms Butterworth, Mr Crump, and I - are presenting a paper on the College’s Professional Learning Plan.  This is yet another example of how, as leaders, we stretch ourselves to perform outside our comfort zone and so grow into more resilient educators and people.


I am looking forward to my Long Service Leave next term, and wish you all of the blessings of Easter, when we ponder on that most crucial of our Christian beliefs – The Resurrection.


Pax et Bonum

Kerrie Tuite

[email protected]


Deputy Principal - Teacher Mentoring & Systems Organisation

Assessment Task Results

Reports on Student Results in Assessment Tasks are available to students and parents/carers via the Mount Alvernia College Parent Portal (Igloo).   Feedback (results and teacher comments) are available to students and parents/carers soon after the girls have completed a piece of assessment.


Please follow the process outlined below to check that you are able to access the portal.  If you have difficulty in accessing the Portal, please email us at [email protected].

This Portal (Igloo) will provide you with other information including your daughter's timetable, absences, assessment tasks, co-curricular activities, and school events. 


When you login to the Portal the first screen will look like the one to the right. 



1. Log in to the Portal using the following link.  Enter your username and password as provided in the email this week. 




2.  The section headed My Children links you to information about your children at Mount Alvernia.  Some other information is available, eg QuickLinks to Parent Teacher Conference Bookings and Newsletters and Publications.  As well you have details of contact phone numbers and addresses as we have them.


Under My Children you will see your daughter/s’ Year Level, House, Home Room (Roll) Group and Teacher, and Medical Details on record. 


3. To access your daughter’s report, you click on the  button and will be taken to the screen shown below. 


4. At this screen in the Academic Report and Assessment Tasks sections, you click on the relevant link, eg Assessment Tasks, and this will link to your daughter’s report.  Future reports will appear in this same section.


Other information is available on this screen, including

  • a list of any absences this year;
  • co-curricular activities in which your daughter is involved;  and
  • your daughter’s timetable.

To access results and comments for each Assessment Task, please follow the steps outlined below.




Continuous Reporting of Assessment Tasks

Your daughter’s Igloo Screen will include sections on Academic Reports and Assessment Tasks

You need to access the Assessment Tasks to see her results and comments for that particular task.

Please note the following:

  • Make sure that the date range is set correctly for the year or semester, eg Semester 1 results need a range from 25/01/2019 to 30/06/2019.
  • After you set the date, click on the search icon


When results are available, the More column will have a yellow pencil  icon.  This will link you to your daughter’s results for that task and may include a comment.  Generally the comment will be with the Overall Result for that particular task.

Parent Teacher Student Conferences

Please note that Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences are on Tuesday 23 April from 2.00pm to 7.00pm.

Students attend classes as usual for Periods 1 to 5 and will be dismissed at 1.40pm.  Students who are unable to leave at that time will be supervised at the College until 3.00pm.


All parents and students are welcome to book in for a Conference.  Bookings for conferences are made via Moodle.  When you log in to Igloo, there is a link to Moodle where you can make the bookings. 


I hope you all have a great Easter.

Michael McDonald

Deputy Principal - Staff Development

Developing Staff Capacity for the New Senior System in Queensland

As you would be aware, senior education in Queensland is going through one of the most significant changes to occur in the last twenty years.  At Mount Alvernia, we have been strategically preparing for this change for some time to ensure our staff are well equipped to navigate the new system, that in turn will allow our students to best succeed.


Last year, all teachers of senior subjects were involved in professional learning targeted to their discipline areas, along with the completion of online learning modules to enhance their assessment literacy and delivery of courses.  This year, we have continued with significant whole school approaches that target areas of need for our staff in preparing for this system change. 


Last week, our staff were involved in the first Twilight Professional Learning session for the year.  At this session, staff completed professional learning that gave them a greater understanding of:

  • how assessment items are developed and endorsed in the new system;
  • the importance of understanding ethical scholarship through the completion of the Academic Integrity Course;  and
  • developing strategies to teach for retention.

A key aspect in preparing our young women for the external examination process is to ensure that the learning sticks.  Targeted teaching strategies for retention are proven to maximise student learning and their ability to perform under external examination conditions.  While this has always been an essential practice of effective teaching across the 7–12 secondary schooling story, you will see quite explicit teaching in this regard.


Another significant aspect of the new system is ensuring equity in approaches across senior schooling throughout Queensland.  Our teachers are bound by specific requirements outlined by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) pertaining to ethical scholarship.  This includes how much feedback can be given during the drafting process, what can be scaffolded for students, and how we ensure the work is of the student alone.  Details of this can be found on the QCAA website, and I encourage you and your daughters to become familiar with this site and use to your advantage to assist your progress through the new system.


In addition to the Twilight Professional Learning session, staff have been involved this week in a series of webinars prepared by the QCAA.  These webinars have given our staff a greater understanding of the processes in terms of marking and making judgments in Units 1 and 2 of the new senior courses.  What is pleasing is from these webinars it is clear that Mount Alvernia is on the front foot in preparation and delivery of the new senior system.


As we continue through this Lenten period - a time of change in ourselves - I wish you and your families a safe, happy, and Holy Easter.

Daniel Crump


Deputy Principal - Student Development

Are You and Your Daughter Looking After Yourselves?

It has been a long term and, in the past week, there has been a definite increase in the number of students who have succumbed to illness.  It is often said that the holidays can’t come quickly enough, but are we encouraging ourselves and our daughters to maintain a healthy state of well-being?  This time of the term offers additional stresses such as exams and completion of assignments.  This increase in output can sometimes mean that we spend the holidays recuperating, rather than being able to enjoy the time to put down tools and spend quality time with each other.  


As adults, we are the best people to role model to our girls what it means to look after ourselves.  The tips listed below could equally be utilised by us.  If  we are not looking after our own well-being, then we are certainly not going to influence young people who are more connected to a 'do what I do' mentality rather than a 'do what I say'.


There is nothing new in what is listed here, but perhaps just bringing in one change could start a movement in getting our children and ourselves on a positive track towards building a more resilient and healthy well-being.


What will you replace to include the following Physical and Mental Health Well-being tips?

Current Practice

Have you tried?

Exercise – too much screen time?

  • Participating in regular physical activity, 30–60 minutes each day:
  • Walking the dog
  • Walking for 30 minutes in the morning
  • Walking to the shops instead of driving
  • Joining a sporting team
  • Strengthening your muscles at least three days a week with resistance exercises.


Sleep – interrupted by the ‘ding’ of a message or email?

  • Turning off your computer and electronic equipment before going to bed
  • Putting electronic equipment in another room from 9.00pm to 7.00am each day
  • Charging your phone in another room other than your bedroom
  • Setting your phone to Do Not Disturb before going to bed
  • Going to bed at the same time every night and setting an alarm to wake up at the same time each day
  • Using an alarm clock (your phone will be in another room anyway)
  • Shutting down the screen an hour before going to bed  
  • Not drinking caffeine a couple of hours before bedtime
  • Not pulling an all nighter before an exam
  • Reducing paid working hours to fit into what you need to achieve your goals

Food – resorting to fast food and sugary snacks because it is easier when we are time poor?

  • Drinking water instead of sugary drinks
  • Eating two serves of fruit each day
  • Eating five serves of fresh vegetables each day
  • Snacking on fresh fruit or vegetables, dairy products, or whole grains

There is nothing new in what is listed above, but there will be if just one little change is made to start shifting some of the trends that are part of our lives and those of our children.  One change can become two, and the ripple effect is endless.


The lucky parents who attended Judith Locke’s presentation on Helping Your Child Be Confident and Capable at School on Monday night certainly heard some excellent messages around helping our children to become resilient and strong young women.  If you weren’t able to attend, it is worth reading Judith’s book, The Bonsai Child.  The book provides some practical advice on how to bring desired change.   An alternative is to read Judith’s article in The Sunday Mail each week.  Here is a link to Judith’s article that gives commentary and strategies to stop devices taking over your teenager’s life. Enjoy!

Annette Butterworth

Assistant Principal - Student Learning, Data Analysis & Logistics

Setting Our Girls Up for Success

As is customary, we welcomed back  to our Academic Assembly last week a number of our OP 1-6 students.  It was with pleasure that we were able to congratulate all of the girls but, in particular, we were able to personally acknowledge the six of our 2018 graduates who were able to attend. Unfortunately, as university courses have already commenced, most of the girls who achieved these results were attending university lectures.


It is a testament to the girls that the 2018 group has been our largest group of girls accepted into the University of Queensland (UQ) for a number of years.   Their efforts have paid dividends.  When I contacted the girls, I asked them to consider and to be able to provide some input and ideas around what they are currently studying and where they are hoping this leads them, as well as to provide one piece of advice to our current seniors, and to all girls in general. 


Those who attended were predominantly studying psychology, with paramedics and maths/education as well.  They were undertaking their studies at UQ and QUT, and articulated well-considered advice, encouraging and urging the girls to ensure that they embrace their time at the College and, most importantly, make the most of all on offer during their senior year.   The young women really focused on the value of engaging with their teachers and peers effectively and concentrating on their studies.  A clear message from each of them was that they put in maximum effort and strove to achieve the best that they could – and that they were proud because they had done that!   We thank Sam Salter, Georgia Spanevello, Caitlin McManus, Ashleigh Sehl, Elesa Vahogenis, and Chloe Peoples for speaking with the assembly, and look forward to hearing of their future achievements.


In addition, I received a number of responses via email from those girls who could not attend the assembly. I include excerpts from these, noting that they say a great deal about the way Mt A has helped to shape their approach to learning and life beyond our doors.  Whilst all of these young women have achieved outstanding academic results, it is clear that we have provided a multitude of learning experiences that have assisted them to be ready for the ‘outside world’.  Their responses resoundingly demonstrated their connection with the community that is Mt Alvernia, and how integral this sense of community was to their overall development.



Lisa Warnock - studying Business and IT majoring in Economics and Computer Science – QUT

I have already gained some opportunities from this degree that immediately benefit and lead into my ultimate future goals and career.  For example, I have been offered positions in Brisbane's Economics and Finance Society, am already finding myself signing up for some Hackathons, and I am currently undergoing applications for a semester exchange in Germany and the USA.  Collectively, these lead into my future goals of travel and working in a thriving industry that I am passionate about.

Jessica McErlean -studying Engineering – QUT


At the end of my four-year degree, I hope to be employed as a professional engineer.  I hope to be able to list an internship at an internationally recognised organisation - such as Boeing, BMW, or ARUP - on my resumé.


Ashley Havers -studying Clinical Exercise Physiology – QUT

The only thing I would maybe do differently is using the resources available and asking my teachers more questions because they are really a great help.


Odette Jonelynas – studying Electrical Engineering – Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra

This degree will enable me to graduate with both a degree and a commission in the Army, therefore being a qualified Officer.  Once completing this course, I will then go on to be an Officer in most likely the Engineer Corp in the Army or potentially even the Signals Corp (as I hope to do cryptography as an elective during my honours year).


Tahlia De Felicis - studying Psychology - UQ

To the seniors of 2019 I would say give it everything you’ve got. Put in all the effort into your studies that you can, trying your best is all anyone can ask of you. But also give the entire high school experience you’ve got.  Sign up for committees you are passionate about, attend school events, and participate in everything.  This is the year memories are made and that is something that stays with you forever. 


Abby Thomas – studying Psychology- UQ

After spending five years here, building friendships and relationships with the teachers and the community, it is something that stays with you and is hard to let go of.  Mt A feels like a home; it is comfortable and familiar.


Isabella Bignami – studying Communication (journalism) QUT

[The outside world is] very different to high school; it is very daunting at first.  But you have been/will be given the tools needed to tackle the outside world - that is something I am grateful for.


In addition to these insights and successes, during the past number of weeks, we have noted the success of a number of other alumni.  We have a number of young women involved in STEM areas, and I include two outstanding examples. 


Clare Villalba (class of 2010) and Kirsty van der Vegte (class of 2013) have both been nominated for Women in STEM grants, and I include their projects.  I hope that these examples help to inspire our current young women to continue to strive for their best.  There are so many opportunities that await.


Clare Villalba – Protecting the eyesight of people with Diabetes



Kristy van der Vegte – Designing a mini implant for soft tissue fixation in the wrist




This is proof that the teaching and learning at Mount Alvernia College most certainly prepares our young women for bright futures.  They are capable young women, who not only achieve success, but continue to be guided by the Franciscan values that are central to all we do.


There are many examples, and we acknowledge all of the young women who have flourished under our care.

Debra Evans

Focus On Learning

Elizabeth Hayes School

We are having an interesting year in the Elizabeth Hayes School, navigating the two senior schooling systems simultaneously.  Teachers have been working very hard to prepare our Year 12 students to achieve at their very best in their upcoming exams, whilst planning and implementing the new curriculum and assessment with the Year 11s.


Relieving Stress

The Personal Development program in the Elizabeth Hayes School devotes a significant amount of time to strategies for managing stress.  However, as the Year 12 students have just entered their exam block, I thought it timely to pass along some strategies from Luke McKenna that parents may wish to encourage their daughters to implement at home.  These stress\anxiety busters include:

1. Mindfulness / meditation.  This is 'the best medicine' for stress / anxiety and has a host of well researched benefits. 
Click here for an example that might be helpful to your daughter. 

Students who find this helpful may like to download the Smiling Mind app on their phones, or access guided practice on You Tube.

2. Mapping out priorities, and ensuring students don’t leave things until the last minute, will result in less stressed neural pathways, higher concentration, and better performance.  Students might like to map out their next week in order to manage their effort and energy.  Two important things here - firstly, it is not about being busy (filling up the schedule) - it's about being effective (putting the right things in the schedule).  Secondly, there are some  time destroyers that students may need to avoid at all costs in order to maintain the heavy workload.  Setting a schedule can help us map our most important and most effective tasks.

3. Distributed practice is far better than cramming (massed practice).  Students should ensure that their study notes are completed as early as possible so that they create as many opportunities as possible to revise rather than leaving their study to the night before.  Research shows that repeated exposures to content over an extended time frame significantly improves retention.


Academic IntegrityUnder the new QCE system that the Year 11s are undertaking, the QCAA definitions of both academic integrity and misconduct are very explicit, as are the consequences in engaging in misconduct.  Year 11 students have engaged with the QCAA student course on Academic Integrity and Misconduct during their Year 11 Elizabeth Hayes Skills classes this term.  Sadly, some students, in seeking to help their friends by sharing their work, open themselves up to academic misconduct.  Please feel free to explore the myQCE resources on academic integrity and discuss them with your daughter.


The QCAA recommends the following strategies to avoid misconduct:

  • forward planning — understanding the components of a task and how long each component might take to complete;
  • time management — implementing a plan to achieve the assessment outcome.  Allow for unexpected events such as issues with technology or changes in personal circumstances;
  • note-taking and summarising — synthesising research or gathering information into a new idea or summary;
  • referencing — appropriately acknowledging the ideas, work, or interpretation of others;
  • choosing appropriate examples — selecting appropriate quotes or examples to support an argument or communicate meaning;
  • editing — refining their own work;
  • checking — self-assessing compliance with academic integrity guidelines before submitting responses;  and
  • Turn It In – provides students with an opportunity to check the academic integrity of their work before submission.


Parent Updates

If you have any questions regarding the current Year 12 system or the new QCE in Year 11, please feel free to contact me by phone or email.  The Year 11 student handbook is available on the Year 11 Matters page on Moodle to answer many of your questions.


Finally, a reminder that if your daughter is unwell and unable to meet assessment deadlines or attend exams, it is crucial that she obtains a medical certificate and that these are forwarded to me for distribution to teachers (Year 12) or to complete Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments (AARA) paperwork (Year 11).

 Anita Goldie

Years 11 and 12 Teaching and Learning Guardian


Year 7 Creeds

This term, as part of the Year 7 CORE classwork, our students investigated the values and belief system upon which Mount Alvernia College is based.  They read, discussed, analysed, and synthesised our college's heritage and stories that revolve around the Holy Trinity, St Francis, St Clare, and our founder, Elizabeth Hayes.  There was also a particular emphasis on their understanding of our eight Franciscan values in the context of the belief system of the Catholic Church.


Therefore, after completing a series of activities, students composed their own credal statement for the Mount Alvernia College community.  Once their creed statements were written, Year 7 Core Group 1 created posters which will hang proudly in their classroom.  Please enjoy the selection below.

Caroline McLean



World Education Program

Helen Trotter from WEP (World Education Program) was a guest presenter for Year 11s last Thursday. Helen explained the exchange program to Europe, the Americas, and Asia run by this organisation. 

Year 12 student Kate Triennen also spoke with the students about the benefits of doing an exchange program, living with a host family, and attending school in Italy, and her experiences in living abroad for six months in the Alps during Year 10.  Students were given an information card and links to the website and video clips of other exchange students' experiences in this program.


Hospitality Showcase Dinner

Year 12 Hospitality

On Wednesday evening, as part of assessment, the Year 12 Hospitality class held its Showcase Dinner. 


Students from both Mount Alvernia and Padua Colleges worked with Chef Luisa, together with their teachers, Mrs Donna Shepherd and Mrs Rebecca McGuinness, to plan, prepare, and present an alternate drop, three-course meal.  Thank you to parents and staff from both colleges for joining in the celebration.

Rebecca McGuinness


Debating and Public Speaking

Term 1

It has been a busy term for public speaking and debating activities, involving students from all levels except Year 12. 


We currently have only one team registered with the Queensland Debating Union, in the Year 9 competition, but the squad is comprised of six Year 9s and two Year 8s.  Already, due to illness and other commitments, we have had to call upon one Year 8 as a speaker and one as Chairperson, so integration proved to be the right decision!  The team has demonstrated considerable improvement in rebuttal technique, with girls learning a lot from the logic and intensity of the third speaker of the Kedron High team in the last debate!  Finally receiving their badges on Thursday were Ruby Davissen, Cara Dinneen, Jemma Keefe, Hannah Lowe, Nicole Paim Cardoso, and Lucinda Poy in Year 9, along with Rosie Thomas and Hayley Turner from Year 8.


For the first time in recent memory, Mount Alvernia has been represented in the Lions Clubs'  Youth of the Year competition.  Year 10 Samantha Maguire and Year 11 Lillian Banks spoke at the Bunya Club’s dinner function, while Jeeva Ajimon and Hannah Nolan from Year 11 represented the College at the Nundah Club’s afternoon event.   All four girls impressed the judges, and were encouraged to continue taking up such opportunities.


Next term, the College will be represented in Rostrum Club’s Voice of Youth competition by Year 7 student Dominique Van Zyl and Year 10's Sneha Reju, who speak at QUT on the weekend of 27/28 April.

All the girls are to be commended for their initiative, courage, and commitment, and already have enjoyed the benefits  of raising the bar in these ways . Year 7s interested in debating can audition for a spot in the QDU team early next term; registrations will close mid-May.


Many thanks to Miss Laura Mayes, who will support Dominique and Sneha in the lead-up to their speeches at QUT on the first weekend of next term.


Paula Egan

Debating and Public Speaking Coordinator


Somerset Storyfest

Somerset Storyfest

In Week 7 of this term, it was announced that the English Department, under the leadership of Ms Sarah Porchak, was offering an academic extension opportunity for students in Year 9.  Ten budding writers would be selected to attend Somerset Storyfest for a day of writing workshops and author talks.


Application to attend this opportunity involved students writing a persuasive letter convincing staff that they were worthy of a ticket and a day away from classes.


On Thursday morning, our small group met at 7am to head down to the coast for the festival.  Upon arrival at Somerset College, we were amazed by the beautiful grounds and facilities, and we discovered a festival full of event tents, food and book stalls, displays, and activities.


We had the opportunity to attend four events.  The first was a writing workshop by Belinda Murrell.  During our time spent with Belinda, we were immersed into brainstorming for writing stories, creating interesting characters, and developing settings.  We were also provided with many prompts to keep our story plots interesting. 


Next we attended a poetry slam and had the opportunity to hear the works of Solli Raphael, Scott Wings, and Vivi Baker.  All three artists provided entertaining and thought-provoking performances, and it was a wonderful introduction for students into the live spoken word and poetry scene.


Finally, students attended two author sessions.  The first was a discussion of the recently published novel Take Three Girls by Cath Crowley, Simmone Howell, and Fiona Wood.  This discussion centred around the topical issues of social media and female representation in the modern world.  The second session was a chance to meet and interact with author Nikki McWatters, who has written historical fiction exploring the experiences of women being accused of witchcraft.

We left the festival energised for writing and excited to share our experiences.  Student responses to the day include:


Millie Troe:

My favourite part of the Somerset Storyfest was when we went to an interview with Nikki McWatters, an Australian author.  I loved this because it was only a small group and she had some very interesting things to say about her books, Hexenhaus and Liberty. 

Jessica Hynes:

Storyfest has inspired me to pursue the hobby of writing; it has improved my vocabulary and even my ability to organise and plan things in advance.


Eve McColl:

Storyfest made me think about all the different opportunities that we have access to and how lucky we are.  Overall I enjoyed the experience a lot as we came to know each other a little bit more, we laughed a lot (especially at Scott).  I just wanted to say a special thank you to Ms Porchak and Mrs Stower. 


Sophie Mitchell:

Talking with all the authors at Storyfest has inspired me and my writing through giving me techniques and tips, but also assuring me that all writers work differently and I don't have to follow a step-by-step guide, I can be a unique writer with unique stories!

Helen Stower

Program Leader - iCentre


Molly's House visits Mt A

On Friday 15 March Villa Spada 3 played host to the young ones from Molly's House, Kedron.  They arrived with their teacher (Julie)and Mya Coombes, one of Mt A’s 2018 graduates.


The Mt A girls paired up with one of our guests and then proceeded to take a tour of La Foresta, firstly visiting the chickens.  They loved feeding some fruit and leaves and were shown some eggs that had been laid just that morning.

Once they finished with the chickens, Callum, our gardener, showed them how to plant carrot seeds in seedling cups.  Hopefully, with some TLC from Callum, they will be some growth before the next visit.

Finally, they had a short trip through the garden looking at the fantastic variety of fruit and vegetables growing there.


The Mt A girls really enjoyed the experience and were really excited about possibly hosting them again next term.

Terry Donaghue

VS3 Home Room Teacher



Another fortnight, another Careers update!  Read Careers News here.

Melissa Loveday

Careers Program Leader



We have three spots for Rugby 7s which have become available in the New Zealand Multi -Sports Tour. This tour is available to students who will be Years 9 to 12 in 2020.


For more information on how to join your daughter on this tour, please email the Sport Office on [email protected].

Assistance Requested

Donations of Timber

Nearly all of the students at Mount Alvernia College have been active participants in the Design and Technology Department (woodwork, plastics, and metalwork) at some stage during their time at our college.  It is rare that an all girls school gives priority to these subjects, and the subject provides enjoyable hands-on experience in both design and production.  The products that the girls produce are a credit to them, and many girls select the more advanced elective units in Years 9 and 10.  These units involve students designing and producing their own products.  The College staff works hard to provide students with a range of timber materials, both recycled and from offcuts.  We aim to encourage the use of sustainable and recycled timbers.


We are asking for your help.  If you work in an industry or a job that may provide access to useful offcuts or demolished/recycled timbers, we ask that you consider whether those materials might be made available to our students.  You may even have some old timber ‘under the house’.  Hardwoods are of particular interest.  As an example, we have in the past been given access to offcuts from a door and window joinery business, and the timbers have been used very successfully by many girls.

We try to avoid MDF products, and treated pine, or treated hardwood.


If you have the opportunity to assist our department, we can arrange pick up at your convenience.

Please contact our Department Assistant, Gary Horn on [email protected]


Thank you in anticipation.

Anthony Baker

Design & Technology Department Teacher

Entertainment Memberships

Mt A Alumnae is raising funds with Entertainment

The new 2019 | 2020 Entertainment Books are coming soon!


Pre-order yours today - before 30 March - to receive $120 in Early Bird offers.  Plus, any membership purchased online will receive a $50 Cellarmasters and $20 Woolworths online spend and save voucher -  saving you the cost of the membership!  Terms and conditions apply.


Choose from the traditional Entertainment™ Book or the NEW Entertainment™ Digital Membership, which puts the value of the Book onto your iPhone or Android smartphone!


Each membership has hundreds of 50% off and two-for-one offers for restaurants, cafés, attractions, hotels, shopping, groceries, and travel, and contains over 2000 offers that you can use whenever you like until 1 June 2020.


PLUS the Mt A Alumnae retains twenty per cent of the price of every Membership sold, which goes towards our fundraising!!


Order now:


Thanks in anticipation of your support.

Marilyn Couch

on behalf of the Alumnae

La Cucina


Friday 29 March

Jen Davissen, Kellie Jilani

Monday 1 April

Rachel Browne, Vicky Ferlito

Tuesday 2 April

Anna Pezzetta

Wednesday 3 April

Anna McNee

Thursday 4 April

Julie Ingle, Tanya McMinn


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.


Holiday Cooking Classes with Chef Luisa


Community Notices

Planning for Success Workshop

Are you teaching someone how to drive?  Want some advice on how best to prepare your learners and keep them safe on the road?

If you’re interested in learning the important first steps in how to teach your learner drivers and ensure they are safe and proficient drivers, book into the next workshop (details provided below) or contact Kerrie Doherty for more information on 0417 737 107.


Planning for Success: Workshop Details (bookings are essential)

Date: Thursday 11 April

Time: 4.00p–6.00pm

Location: Carseldine area – venue and address details provided at time of booking

Bookings: To book, contact Kerrie from the Road Safety Team on 0417 737 107


Volunteers Needed

DECODANCE presents all that is good about the classic Art Deco era – laughter, great music, fine dining, and a shared vision for a better world.


This year's Act for Kids Gala Event DECODANCE is being held in the Plaza Ballroom at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre on 1 June.  To ensure the night is a huge success we need your help.  We are seeking enthusiastic, proactive, confident, well-spoken volunteers to help us raise much needed funds for abused and neglected kids.


Date: Saturday 1 June 2019

Where: The Plaza Ballroom, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Bump In Crew

Start 7.00am for a 7.15am Briefing

Finish 11.00am to 12.00 (depending on progress)

• You will need to be physically fit and capable of lifting up to 20 kilograms, and wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty and closed-in work shoes - sneakers or boots acceptable.

• Volunteers are required to assist with the movement of potted plants and landscape/nursery items from loading dock into event space.

Gala Event Photographers

Start 4:45pm for a 5.00pm Briefing

Finish 10.30pm to 11.30pm

• Ideal role for student photographers looking for experience; shots can be used in your portfolio, with the exception of shots including people, but would have to hand over all rights of image to Act for Kids.

• Must have own DSLR camera and equipment and experience shooting raw photography.

• Types of photographs we will need taken include room setup, media wall, special guests, emcee and guest speakers, band performances, live auction, and much more.

Gala Event Attendant

Start 4:45pm for a 5.00pm Briefing

Finish 10.30pm to 11.30pm (depending on role)

• Lottery ticket sales - to work in teams of two to sell lottery tickets for the chance to win a $10,000 princess-cut white diamond and exclusive design experience with Anthony’s Fine Jewellery.

• Raffle ticket sales - to work in teams of two selling as many raffle tickets as they can during the event.

• Volunteer room attendants/security - to work in the volunteer room for the night.  You will be looking after our volunteers, minding bags and valuables in the room, and scrunching raffle ticket stubs in preparation for the raffle draw.

• Live Auction spotters - direct the attention of the auctioneer to bidders on your tables to ensure their bids are noticed and registered.

• Silent Auction assistance - to answer any questions regarding the silent auction items, facilitating payment, and collection of items at the end of the night.

• Guest assistance - as guests arrive, provide assistance with seating charts, bidding app instructions for silent auction, and directing to facilities, ie toilets, disabled access.

Light food and refreshments will be provided.

You can bring a friend – challenge your work mates to join you – or just come solo; however you can contribute will be greatly appreciated!!


If you are interested in volunteering please select the shift that best suits you.

If you have any questions please contact us at [email protected]



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