News & Views

19 July 2018
Issue 11
Quick Dates
From the Desk of  the Principal
Deputy Principal Student Development
Deputy Principal Staff Development
FCIP Bursary
Parent Forum
La Cucina
Community Notices
Mount Alvernia College
07 3357 6000
82 Cremorne Road
Kedron, Qld, 4031

Quick Dates

Term 3, Week 1-2

Friday 20 July

Interhouse Athletics Carnival (UQ)

Monday 23 July

8.30am-12.30pm  Year 10 ACU visit

2.00-6.30pm  Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences (classes conclude period 5)

Tuesday 24 July

8.30am-12.30pm  Year 12 ACU visit

2.00pm  Year 8 Dancing - LG1, 2, 7 (Padua)

6.00-7.30pm  Read Like a Girl—with Your Dad (iCentre)

Wednesday 25 July

SEQ Futsal Champion of Champions

11.30am-4.00pm  Year 12 Music excursion

7.00-9.00pm  Year 10 into 11 Senior Subject Selection Evening (San Damiano Centre)

Thursday 26 July

12.50-2.00pm  Futures Expo (San Damiano)





From the Desk of  the Principal

Because of Her ... We Can!!!

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


Welcome to Semester 2.  It is a busy one and I was glad to see the students and staff have arrived back looking refreshed and ready to take on the challenges of the rest of the year.


I have only just come back to school as I was at the Catholic Secondary Principals Australia conference in Cairns.  It was a lovely time to be in the Far North – the weather was delightful – just a bit cool with beautiful sunshine, and the conference programme was an engaging and informative one, with great opportunities for networking with colleagues across Australia.


For the past seventeen years, I have been part of the organisation at both state and national level, and I have learnt much from these connections.


Each national conference has an award for Excellence in Leadership, and this year I was nominated for this prestigious award.  The areas of Catholic Identity and Ethos, Teaching and Learning, Mission and Strategy, Pastoral Care and Well-Being, Communication, Networks and Community and Finance, Facilities and Resources were the criteria on which the award was decided.  There were six other nominees and to my absolute surprise – I was almost speechless which is a surprise to those of you who know me well - I was named the winner for 2018.  I received a $2000 scholarship and a beautiful trophy.

Today we held our NAIDOC Assembly and I was once again rendered speechless when I was presented with a painting done by Mrs Fiona Hornung which depicted the theme – Because of her…We can.                 In Fiona’s words:

“I have depicted and acrylic painting of the six houses that are part of the girls’ schooling journey. Pivotal to this is the inspiration of the head female, who could represent the Principal or other female staff of the College.  The yellow dots emanating from the strong female leader represent the shining light and subsequent wisdom that surrounds this female guide.

The figures within the shields are representative of the female leaders who have strong attributes and leadership qualities to lead, protect, and guide the girls within their education.  The females are depicted in white for purity and the black dots represent the importance of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture within our society.  The pink dots depict the traditional colour of the female.

Floating around these shields are the clusters of girls within the Houses, who are emerging into strong leaders within the school.”

So it’s been a surprising but pleasing week for me, and I am grateful yet again for the wonderful community with which we are blessed.

Pax et bonum


[email protected]

Deputy Principal
Student Development

Student Development

This semester my role will focus mostly on student development.  This means that the energy that has gone into also supporting staff development will be utilised to encompass the Outreach Program in the College that has been vacated by Alison Stone who, as you will be aware, resigned from Mount Alvernia at the end of last term.


The ability to focus entirely on students is exciting.  I see my role as having the capacity to help promote the spiritual, physical, intellectual, social, and emotional wellbeing of all students.  This is a challenge in itself but, as you know, there are many people in the College who will continue to support and foster these areas as well.  I will be blessed with opportunities to listen to students, parents, and staff to consider best strategy to reflect on good practice, in addition to creating the possibilities of nurturing and molding our students to be the best possible version of themselves.


My catchphrase for this term will flow on the bandwagon  of the Be … campaign.  Thanks to the funds acquired through the Parents and Friends Network, we have the outdoor gym area which is to be acknowledged as the Be Healthy area.   A soon-to-be-created space will be the Be Confident area, which will provide a speaker’s podium and seating for students to share their voice via opinions or artistic endeavours as an entertainer. 


To further utilise the Be… terminology, I intend to  refer to the  Be the example catchphrase.  It is a perfect segue from this week’s celebration the 2018 NAIDOC theme: Because of her we can.  I anticipate challenging our young people to consider the women in their lives who have enabled them to be. Furthermore, through the Be the Example campaign I will encourage them to reflect and act on how they too could be an inspiration for others.


I look forward to welcoming your thoughts on additional ways in which we can promote the all-round development of our young people to be productive and courageous participants in their world.  Feel free to email me with your ideas but[email protected]

Annette Butterworth

Deputy Principal
Staff Development

Staff News

Staff Learning Conference: New Horizons

At the end of last semester, staff participated in our annual Staff Learning Conference.  This year the theme was New Horizons, and the conference focused on understanding and engaging our learners within the current educational landscape.  The opportunity for our staff to collaborate and learn from, and with, one another was extremely powerful, and it allowed us to continue to question our practice as educators to ensure we are meeting the diverse and changing needs of the learners under our care.

Understanding our learners is crucial to developing effective engagement in learning.  We were fortunate to have social researcher and media commentator Claire Madden as our keynote speaker.    She is the author of Hello Gen Z: Engaging the Generation of Post-Millennials, and interprets social trends and implications of generational change.  She provided a platform for us to explore the ways in which we engage the millennials in our classrooms and how we navigate the challenges and rapid change present within society.

In addition, we had the opportunity to explore the role of the Catholic school within an evolving contemporary context.  In an increasingly secular world it is important we are conscious of what it means to be a Catholic school in this setting, and how this is reflected through our practice.              Simon Mahaffey, from Brisbane Catholic Education, led staff through an analysis of the Exploring the Enhancing Catholic Schools Identity Project that was conducted through the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies of KU Leuven – Catholic University of Leuven - at our college in 2017.


Finally, with the new senior school system on the horizon in Queensland, teachers had the opportunity to connect and collaborate to ensure they are prepared for this change.  This will ensure Mount Alvernia continues to be well-placed as we move into this new system.


Welcome to New Staff

Over the break we have had some staff movement and have welcomed to our community the following staff:

  • Mr Ben White (English & Humanities);
  • Ms Kim Crawford (Music); replacing Ms Brown while she is on maternity leave for twelve months;
  • Ms Lisa Kelly-Crawford (SEAC), replacing Mrs Roscoe while she is on leave for the term; and,
  • Ms Chloe Hutchins, replacing Ms Callendar while she is on leave for a couple of weeks.

In addition, we have had some changes in roles noted below:

  • Assistant Principal: Religious Education and Liturgy – Mrs Denise Shaw
  • Learning Area Advisor: English (Years 10–12) and Languages – Mrs Kerry Jell
  • Learning Area Advisor: English (Years 7–9) – Mrs Kate Pacey
  • House Guardian: Belle Prairie – Ms Alison Ward

Spotlight on Staff

We are blessed to have dedicated and passionate educators at our college.  Recently the work of our iCentre, under the leadership of Mrs Helen Stower, was promoted through a published article with the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia.  This article highlighted the successful collaboration between our iCentre, St Rita’s, and Riverbend Books.  This initiative has been recognised as transformative, and we are fortunate to have leaders like Mrs Stower who provide these outstanding learning opportunities for our community.

You can check out the article here.

Daniel Crump

FCIP Bursary

The Allan and Joan Napier Family Music Bursary

With a view to encouraging instrumental music and supporting FCIP families, in 2018 the Allan and Joan Napier Family Music Bursary will offer two places covering the cost of instrumental tuition fees for a period of two years.   One bursary will be offered to a boy or girl in Year 8 (covering Years 8 and 9) and another for a boy or girl in Year 11 (covering Years 11 and 12) at Padua or Mount Alvernia College.

Details and the application form can be found on the Music page of the Mt A website.   Closing date for applications is Monday 13 August.




Another fortnight, another Careers update! 

See Careers News for information on the following:

 Parent and Teacher Webinar Opportunity

Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Apprenticeship Resources on the myfuture Website

Brisbane City Council (BCC) Trade Apprenticeships

Don’t Know What Types of Apprenticeships are Available?

Career Exploration

The Rural Experience Program: Experience a Rural Career

Using Career Ladders to Develop your Career Ideas List

Videos about Jobs


Australian Jobs 2018 Now Available

Myth Busted: Vocational Education and Training is Outdated

Surveying and Geospatial Science

What are Transferable Skills?

What Digital Skills Will You Need in the Future

Financial Assistance and Scholarships

Bond University Scholarships

Redkite and Coles Education Support Grants – the Dare to Dream Scholarships

GAP Year Program News

AFS Intercultural Programs Australia

Lattitude Global Volunteering

Southern Cross Cultural Exchange

World Education Program Student Exchange


Bond University Indigenous Scholarships

Griffith University – Gumurrii Student Support Unit for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

Indigenous STEM Experience Day

Interstate and International

2018 World University Rankings

Loan Options for International Students in  the USA

Labour Market Information

Ten High-Paying Jobs for which you Won’t Need a Degree

Careers in Automotive

How do you Become a Qualified Psychologist in Australia?

Private Provider Updates

Australian College of Applied Psychology

Flight Attendant Career Session

Flight Centre Travel Academy

NIDA 2019 Applications

NIDA Term 3 Classes in Brisbane

Queensland School of Film and Television (QSFT) Direct It Workshop

QTAC & Tertiary Entry

Special Consideration through QTAC

New Tertiary Admissions Terminology

TAFE Pathways to University Study

The 2018 Year 12 Guide


Bond University

     Pathway Programs

Central Queensland University

     B Agriculture

Griffith University

     Open Day

     2019 Bachelor of Music

James Cook University

     Applying for Health Science/Veterinary Courses

Queensland University of Technology

     B Education - Refreshed Course and New Double Degrees

     Double Degrees Boost Graduate Employment Outcomes

     Entry to QUT from 2021

     Gain Assumed Knowledge/Prerequisite Subjects over Summer

     How to Prepare for your Portfolio, Audition, or Interview for Creative Industries Courses

      International Students Attending TSXPO and QUT Open Day

     Know a Student Who Loves Gaming?  eSports at QUT

     Making Decisions: An Online Resource   

     New Opportunities in Creative Industries

     Learn from the Best: Grads Return for Open Day

University of Melbourne

     Access Melbourne

     Open Day

     Meet Melbourne in Brisbane and on the Sunshine Coast

University of Queensland

     Pathways to Medicine

     Engineering and Computing Careers Evening

     Enhanced Studies Program

     Open Days

University of the Sunshine Coast

     Early Offer Guarantee



Parent Forum

Parents & Friends Support Network

Parent Forum - Helping Your Teen Become Confident and Capable

Mount Alvernia College P&FSN is excited to announce that clinical psychologist Dr Judith Locke is offering a two-hour parenting session (plus fifteen minutes of question time) to parents of students at our college.  Judith uses latest research and clinical experience to show positive and effective strategies parents can use to help their teens become more confident and capable at school and beyond.

The Session

  • assists parents to help their teen experience happy, fulfilling years at school, and build their resilience and confidence in a range of areas;
  • gives parents strategies they can use to improve their relationships with their teens through what can be tricky adolescent years;
  • teaches parents how to encourage their teens to be responsible, contributing members of the family;  and
  • helps parents assist their teens to start to become ready for the demands of the young adult years (particularly if they’ll remain under your roof!)

About Dr Judith Locke

Dr Judith Locke, the founder of Confident and Capable, is a clinical psychologist and former school counsellor, teacher, and workplace trainer.  Judith is the author of The Bonsai Child,  a best-selling book for parent which details modern parenting changes and practical strategies to help children develop confidence and resilience.

Judith trains throughout Australia and internationally on topics related to parenting, education, and personal wellbeing.  She also provides psychological commentary on current issues to local and national media, including television and radio.

Judith believes providing useful information to parents early on will ensure a long-term positive impact on children and families and assist students to achieve their potential.

Feedback from Judith's Previous Sessions

       "I loved this workshop ... it told me the things I wasn't doing right."

     "Very enjoyable and informative


The session will be delivered on Thursday 2 August, 7.00pm in the San Damiano Centre.  Tickets are $10 per head, and can be purchased here.

Please note this is a parents-only session and your children should not attend.


La Cucina

Roster - Term 3

Monday 23 July

Emma Reid, Kate Wilson

Tuesday 24 July

Janine Hennessey, Julie Ingle

Wednesday 25 July

Gianna Di Virgilio, Michelle Leonard

Thursday 26 July

Amanda Russell, Liz Feltrin


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.



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