Parent Corner

04 April 2019
Issue Three
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
Fabric, Zips,and Buttons
La Cucina
Mount Alvernia College
07 3357 6000
82 Cremorne Road
Kedron, Qld, 4031

Quick Dates

Week 10, Term 1

Friday 5 April

Interhouse Cross Country Carnival

Week 1, Term 2

Monday 22 April

Easter Monday


Tuesday 23 April

Term 2 commences

QCS Immersion Day

Year 12 excursion (for those not sitting QCS)

1.36pm  Classes conclude

2.30-7.00pm  Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences (San Damiano Centre)

6.30pm  P&FSN meeting (Delamore Room)


Wednesday 24 April

9.25am  Anzac Day Service (San Damiano Centre)

9.30am-12.30pm   Year 10 Art excursion


Thursday 25 April

Anzac Day



Deputy Principal - Student Development

Celebrating Student Success

This year we will be instituting the Principal’s eHonour Board awards.  This is a chance for students to be acknowledged for the great work they do in raising the bar or contributing to community.


We are looking forward to receiving nominations for students to be acknowledged for their excellence in one or more of the categories below:

  • Leadership
  • Academic Achievement
  • Positive and Effective Teamwork
  • Initiative and Problem Solving
  • Cultural and Artistic Excellence
  • Outreach and Service to Community
  • Sporting Achievements


The criteria that need to be achieved for each of the categories are available on pages 8 and 9 of the Student Planner.  Students would need to have achieved in three out of four, or four out of five of the criteria listed to be considered as achieving excellence in the field nominated.


The Principal or Deputy Principal will be responsible for making the final decision with regards to the recipient of the eHonour Board position.  We are hoping to have one recipient each week.  If there is more than one student nominated, the unsuccessful nominees will still be recognised in the college newsletter and on the eHonour Board.


Should your daughter receive the eHonour Board Award for the week, you will be contacted and advised that an article and photo will appear in the college newsletter (If media permission is granted).  Your daughter will also be honoured on the electronic noticeboards the following Monday, and receive a certificate from the Principal noting the reason for the award.


Students can be nominated by teachers, coaches, support staff, and parent volunteers.  There is a nomination template on Moodle that is utilised for this to occur.  Should you wish to nominate a student, please let a Pastoral Guardian know and they will endeavor to make this possible. 


As this is the final Parent Corner for the term, may I wish you and your family Easter blessings.  Nothing expresses our faith like Easter as it is the mystery of the resurrection that brings peace to our life knowing that, even in darkness, there is always light.  Taking the time to remember the reason for the season would be a great way of reflecting on what Jesus’ death and resurrection meant to the world.


Annette Butterworth





Year 7 Pastoral Guardian

Term 1 of Year 7 is almost over, and there is so much success to celebrate among the cohort.  Success can be gauged in countless ways, and it is a very individual measure, based on one’s own goals, abilities and talents, and opportunities.  So, today, I want to highlight the ways success can be measured and to acknowledge student achievements over the last ten weeks.

  1. Establishing clear, challenging, and reasonable goals:
  2. Working in teams: Together, we achieve more and, by combining strengths, a better outcome is often attained.
  3. Making a difference: A truly successful person aspires to leave a lasting and positive legacy for others in their immediate or wider world
  4. Growing personally: In all facets of life - academically, socially, emotionally, spiritually, physically - we are called to grow, to make improvements in ourselves, and to constantly stretch our boundaries.
  5. Enjoying the work we do: Students spend a significant part of their year at school.  Embracing this experience and opportunity with a positive mindset and sharing that with others lays the foundation for success and fulfilment.
  6. Being flexible and resilient: At times, challenges impede our journey, requiring us to call on our determination and adaptability so that the desired goal is achieved.  Also, it is important to understand the iceberg illusion: success comes after a journey of self-discipline, sacrifice, determination, and growth from failure and disappointment.

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So all Year 7s should feel immensely proud for demonstrating at least one of these measures of success over the last term.  More specifically, some individual students have identified their own successes.

Three Year 7 students competed in the Queensland State Secondary School Championships:

  • Chelsea Mayer won 50m backstroke, but was disqualified on a technicality;
  • Airlie Davis came third in 100m backstroke, fourth in 50m butterfly, eighth in 50m freestyle, and second in 4 x 50m freestyle relay.  Airlie will now compete in the Australian National Swimming competition in Melbourne in June.
  • Inde Basche competed in 50 breaststroke 


Harper Wright is travelling to Florida over the holidays to compete in Cheerleading Worlds competition – a goal that was set three years ago.


Trinity Woodward has been selected in the Metropolitan North 13-19 years Hockey team.


I have always enjoyed soccer, so this year I decided to extend my skills by joining the Year 7 futsal team.  I love being part of a team, and learning new skills and strategies for playing. 

Zoe Smith


Early this term I accidentally deleted some of my schoolwork.  Yes, I was upset, but I realised this was an opportunity to use that work as a draft and to improve my final work products.  I bounced back from a setback to achieve a better outcome.

 Natasha Vickers


This year I am feeling more successful about my work because I am taking on feedback from my teachers to improve it.  This has been a goal of mine since coming to high school so that I can really enjoy my learning.     

Neve McIntyre-Pennell

I noticed someone sitting alone on my bus, so I moved to sit with her and now we are great friends.  I made a difference to another person’s day.

Ava Smith

We enjoyed success on Year 7 camp because we stepped out of our comfort zones, and showed resilience by overcoming some of our challenges (swimming in the dam, heights, leaving home and comforts, sharing a cabin with lots of noisy girls).

LG 2 girls


Of course, your daughters all enjoy success in many ways.  Please feel free to share this great news when it occurs so that we can celebrate as a Year 7 cohort.


For next term, I will be Acting Deputy Principal – Student Development.  In my place, Ms Tonia Campbell will be Acting Year 7 Pastoral Guardian.  I know she will enjoy the opportunity to work with you and your daughters.


Conversation Starters

What is your understanding of success?

In what ways have you been successful this term?

In what ways would you like to be more successful next term?

Who could you call upon to support you so you can be more successful in your chosen areas?


I wish you all a very happy and safe Easter holiday.

Jeni Barlow

Year 8 Pastoral Guardian

I’ve come to realise that successful students are disciplined and focused, and they’ve developed winning habits.  What does this mean for our cohort who want to be successful in school and in other arenas such as sport or culture?  Students who perform well are those who are positive, motivated, focused, and hardworking.  The same can be said for those who spend time with people who are positive, motivated, focused, and hard working.


Within our cohort I see many students who are regularly trying to improve themselves.  I feel this is success.  Success can be measured by the number of girls who are involved in the variety of activities this college has on offer.  These girls are positive, motivated, focused, and hardworking.  The side effects gained lead to an inevitable sense of belonging.  This belonging is not just to school but to the friendships gained.  Consequently, this can positively impact on healthy relationships and the memories that are cherished.


I hope you have a successful holiday and a successful next term.  

Happy Easter.


Conversation Starters

Are you positive, motivated, focused, and hardworking?

With whom have you connected to support your success?

How successful are you?

Michael Butterworth

Year 9 Pastoral Guardian

Congratulations, parents, for surviving the first term with your daughters as they have transitioned into Clare School : )


This term we have been clearly sending the message to the girls that we need to raise the bar and strive for success.  Success is, however, at times difficult to define as it means different things to different people.  With this in mind, we certainly need to ensure our girls, particularly those in Clare School, do not put limits on what they believe they can succeed at.  It is this time we need to ensure that our girls do not limit themselves, not allow them to decide that they cannot do something.


This brings to mind a good story - a story about elephants.


A man was passing by some elephants.  He suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front legs.  No chains, no cages.  It was obvious that the elephants could, at any time, break away from the ropes to which they were tied but, for some reason, they did not.  Seeing the elephant trainer nearby. the man asked why these beautiful, magnificent animals just stood there and made no attempt to break away.


“Well”, he said, “when they are very young and much smaller, we use the same size of rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them.  As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away.  They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”  The man was amazed.  These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but, because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.


Like the elephants, we do not want our girls hanging onto beliefs that they cannot do something, simply because they failed at it once before.


Let’s instead embrace the following strategy:

Conversation Starter

Do you know the story of the elephants?

If you are brave, feel free to tuck them into bed while you tell them this story : ) 


Therese Dooley

Year 10 Pastoral Guardian

End of Term – Time to Reflect, Rest, Rejuvenate, and Celebrate Success

As we reach the end of Term 1, it is important for us all to reflect on the last ten weeks and celebrate success that has been achieved - either big or small.  I would recommend that the girls refer to the goals that they set at the start of the term - both academically and personally.  Girls could ask themselves the following questions:

  • Did I achieve my goals?
  • Why or why not?
  • Is there anything that I would change for next term?
  • How am I going to celebrate the success I achieved?
  • With whom will I share this success?


I would like to acknowledge and congratulate the members of the Year 10 cohort for many successful achievements that each of them fulfilled this term, including:

  • Achieving their goals;
  • Participating in the Pay It Forward Project during Personal Development class;
  • Raising the bar – both academically and personally;
  • Participating in extra-curricular teams;
  • Making new friends or getting to know other girls in our cohort;
  • Nominating for a house leader position;
  • Enrolling in study groups;  and
  • Being part of the Lord Mayor Student committees


At the end of this page are reflections from two of our Clare School leaders – Rhianna Janas and Sneha Raju, regarding reasons for celebrating success.


With the two-week break so soon, we should all acknowledge that there is definitely an importance for holidays for many reasons.  Girls work so hard during the term - balancing school and extra-curricula activities, part-time jobs, and spending time with family and friends.  During this busy and stressful time, it is inevitable that tired girls run into brick walls from time to time.  An issue that girls may have dealt with a couple of weeks ago may have seemed fairly trivial; however, this week may become the end of the world – and it is important for us to realise this and provide support to deal with these matters. 


So, while is it important for girls to review the past term during the upcoming holiday and maybe set themselves some goals for the next term, it is also important for them to have the opportunity to rest, recharge, and rejuvenate.  This could include more time with their family and friends, taking up a new hobby, spending more time outdoors, and maybe less screen time. 


I would like to congratulate many Year 10 students for their maturity and willingness to stop rumours and stand up for girls who are in the middle of false information being spread around.  I congratulate these girls for reporting this non-Franciscan behaviour and their positive act of kindness.  Over the next two weeks I would recommend that all Year 10 girls reflect on how they personally treat others, why rumours are spread, and the effects of negative social media and text messages.  This might be a good time for girls to also review their friendship lists on social media and evaluate why they use social media in the first place.


I wish you and your family a happy Easter and restful break.  I look forward to welcoming the Year 10 girls back in Term 2, rested and raring to go.

Teena Christofis



Student Reflections

When I think about how, as individuals, we measure and celebrate success, many different examples come to mind. 


Firstly, we must ask ourselves, what is success?  The definition of success differs for everyone but, for me, success is achieving or reaching a goal you have set for yourself.  When we measure success, it is extremely important to compare yourself to yourself and not anyone else.  The moment when you, as an individual, start comparing and setting goals that are not relevant and achievable to you, success is harder to achieve.  Compared to setting relevant goals for only yourself, that success will seem a little closer to reach.  However, when we create these goals, it is important to start small.  When you start small, you achieve success and your hunger for success will continue into bigger and more challenging goals.  It’s important to remember, slow and steady wins the race.


When you achieve a goal - specifically a goal that was challenging - it is important for others to celebrate your achievements and for your success to be acknowledged as a reward for your hard work. However, you should not expect people to congratulate you; you need to remember you are your own greatest critic.  Success does not come easy.  To achieve success, it takes a positive mindset, grit, and perseverance; with these qualities and values anything is possible.

Rhianna Janas



What is success?

Success is the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.


At the beginning of this term, the Year 10 cohort set goals and aimed to achieve them by the end of this term or over a period of time.  These goals ranged from sports achievements to academic achievements, but how do we know we have succeeded?  Some people measure success through an improvement in their grades or the medals they have won.  However, it is important to know that success can be measured through other things, such as the happiness we attain out of doing something or the failures we have to overcome.  John Wooden, one of the most successful basketball coaches of all time, wrote in his book Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court: “Don’t measure yourself by what you’ve accomplished, but rather by what you have accomplished with your abilities”.


How is success celebrated at MTA?

Success is celebrated at Mount Alvernia through many things, such as awards or recognition at assembly.  It is important to celebrate these successes as it motivates and encourages them and other girls to accomplish other goals and ultimately give everything their best.

Sneha Reju

Year 11 Pastoral Guardian

There is a well-researched connection between well-being and academic success.  The more supportive and secure we feel and the more optimistic we are directly connects with our engagement in our personal lives and at school, in both academic and co-curricular life. 


We encourage the girls to really embrace participating in a range of sport, house, outreach, spirit, and cultural opportunities to develop a sense of pride, belonging, and personal success.  These experiences are the memories we take forward to our adult years.  This term we have encouraged the Year 11s, as we do with all of our students, to set achievable goals and aim for the best possible version of themselves.  I really believe in observing and discussing how the year is progressing, noting that our Year 11s have embraced being in Elizabeth Hayes School and are seizing opportunities to lead the way and enjoying being senior role models for the younger students.  They have demonstrated a wonderful energy in their participation at the swimming carnival and house events, and their Big Sister Mentor roles, and I anticipate the cross country carnival will be another wonderful occasion.  There is a definite positivity and 'can do' attitude, especially in relation to their academic effort and success.



I interviewed some Year 11 students about how successful they feel and why:

We feel success because in Year 11 we are supported by staff.

Emily Wilderbeek

There are so many opportunities offered to us in Year 11.

Larissa Ney

In Year 11, teachers understand the needs of the students and we begin a different relationship with teachers.

Molly Lambert

Many girls agreed that they are more proactive in communicating with teachers, are more independent and organised, and are beginning to accept responsibility for their academic success.  I interviewed teachers about their perception of how the cohort was travelling, and Ms Amie Clark commented that Year 11s have shown great commitment to new subjects and the new curriculum and seek support to assist their continued development to be their best selves.


It is rewarding as a Pastoral Guardian to watch the Year 11s grow personally and in their academic sphere, even since the beginning of the year.


This term at our year level meetings, to acknowledge success and commitment, I introduced our senior Inspiring Young Women awards so girls in the cohort can celebrate the achievements of their peers.  Our first Inspiring Young Woman is Emily Wilderbeek, who has been fundraising for her incredible outreach ventures with her family to support the Lotus Children's Centre in Mongolia.  Emily presented a video to the Year 11s about her Mongolia experience and this was very well received by her cohort.  Ella Dawes also received a commendation for her involvement in this outreach project.


I look forward to hearing from the Year 11s about other inspiring young women in our cohort who are demonstrating success.  Success builds confidence and confidence builds success.


I wish you many blessings over Easter and look forward to reconnecting to your daughters as they embark on the challenges and rewards of Term 2.


Karen Farrow

Year 12 Pastoral Guardian

While you will be trying to help your daughter do as well as she can, it is important to remember that Year 12 should be an exercise in independence - a chance for your daughter to take control of her studies.  This is what makes it so rewarding.  The best thing you can do for her is to be supportive. Discuss with her how she would like you to support her to achieve rather than stepping in when things get tough.  Most importantly, make some time to reflect on the term that has been, and consider what has been successful and what areas may need improvement.  Remember the Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences on 23 April (bookings via Moodle) - this will be an invaluable opportunity to talk honestly with your daughter’s teachers, and a chance for the College to work together in partnership with you to support your daughter’s academic success and happiness.

Student Well-being

Encourage your daughter to eat properly, get enough sleep, and continue playing sport, and emphasise the importance of study breaks.  Unfortunately, stress can be a major part of this year for your daughter - and you - so try to keep the house as calm as possible.  It’s helpful if all family members are aware of the challenges Year 12 brings, and also support the child going through it.  Often you might find that irrational behaviour can be a cry for help, so support rather than punishment is a good idea. Unfortunately, during stressful times, some teenagers can suffer more than their parents realise.  Watch for changes in behaviour, mood swings, and weight loss or gain.  If you do become worried, speak to someone at school and your daughter.  Don’t ignore it; contact the College ([email protected]). However hard it is for you, try to keep the communication channels open at all times.


Tips to support your daughter in Term 2:

  • Discuss your daughter’s goals - career goals (Careers Counsellor – Miss Melissa Loveday).
  • Discuss organisation strategies and academic achievement (Teaching and Learning Guardian - Mrs Anita Goldie).
  • Help her set some boundaries - socially.
  • Time your daughter during practice exams. 
  • Be there when she needs a break. 
  • Don't forget the essentials: food, sleep, and encouragement.


Wishing you and your family a safe and happy holiday.  May the day that God was resurrected bring you joy and love.  Happy Easter, and I look forward to seeing you again in Term 2.


Many blessings

Bridget Piper


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 enrol your daughter on  this tour, please email the Sport Office on [email protected].

Fabric, Zips,and Buttons

Donations Required Please

Fabric, zips, and buttons would be gratefully appreciated for use in the Home Economics department to assist students in completing a sustainable item for a charity next term.  Please drop at the College Office or alternatively students can bring to Mrs Popplewell at the staff room.


Thank you!



 An invitation is extended to this year's reunion for the '9' groups: 1959, 1969, 1979, 1989, 1999, and 2009.  If you were a part of these cohorts at any time (eg: as Juniors in 1957, 1967, 1977, 1987, etc), you are more than welcome to attend.


We are creating a collection of photographs from these eras, but are in short supply for 1959, 1969, and 1979.  If you have personal photos, we would love for you to email copies so that we can use and add to the school's archive collections - [email protected]


Tickets can be purchased from:


We hope to see you in May.


La Cucina


Tuesday 23 April

Caterina Gugliucciello

Wednesday 24 April

Christie Chung, Lilly Boccalatte

Friday 26 April

Angela Bodman, Kellie Jilani


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.


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