Activities Corner

15 November 2018
Issue 9
Quick Dates
Sport News
Looking for Coaching Staff
United Swimming Club
Interhouse Swimming 2019
Cultural News
Drama Club
Zen Zen Zo Student Scholarship Program
A Very Choral Christmas
Don't Stop the Music
Host Families needed
La Cucina
Community Notices
Mount Alvernia College
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82 Cremorne Road
Kedron, Qld, 4031

Quick Dates

Week 7/8, Term 4


** Week 7 is the last week of Francis and Clare Study for 2018**


Tuesday 20 November

Year 7 Immunisation Day


Friday 23 November

Cheersport Competition – Gold Coast Convention Centre, 2.30pm

Year 11 Exams start


Monday 26 November

Year 7, 2019 Parent Information Evening


Thursday 29 November

Year 7, 2019 Orientation Day

Last day for Year 10 & 11 students

Year 10 Social


Friday 30 November

Years 7-9 Celebration Day

Last day of school year

Sport News

From the Sport Development Leader

There is nothing more satisfying than celebrating success and Term 4 is all about this at Mount Alvernia College.  We have recently held the Sports Awards Night where we were able to share all the success that our girls have had.  An addition this year was to celebrate the girls who are excelling in representative sport.  It was so pleasing to see how many girls are excelling in sport on a regional, state, and national level.

Our Awards Night was attended by Cr Fiona King, Dr Anthony Lynham, and guest speaker Brenden Hall.  It was motivating to hear Brenden’s story and how he has overcome his obstacles to succeed in swimming. I am sure many girls were inspired by this.


I wish to congratulate again the girls who were awarded on the night - well done and keep it up.

As we get closer to the end of Term 4, planning for 2019 sport is underway. We are excited for next year already.  Our CaSSSA competition remains mostly unchanged with sports offered but, as we look to adapt to market trends, there will be some more carnival evenings for pilot sports to see if the interest levels are appropriate.

In the second half of this year the CaSSSA colleges underwent a review process to ensure that sport is able to continue to grow and meet the needs of our students. Mount Alvernia College also conducted an internal review on the future requirements of our own Sport Department.  It has been agreed that a contribution fee will need to be introduced for sport to continue at the level at which it is operating.  This decision was not reached easily, and I do hope that we retain our participation numbers but, looking at the costs involved with transport, facility hire, sport affiliations, and coaching, we do need to introduce this.  There are many schools within the CaSSSA competition that have introduced a contribution fee, and consultation about this has been positive.  As well as the continuation of sport programs, they report better accountability to teams and commitment over the season, and these colleges are still expanding programs and participation. I do hope we experience the support in this area that these colleges have, as sport is such an integral part of learning and health.

Click the links below for further information regarding 2019

With this the last of Activities Corner for 2018, I take this opportunity to thank those who support sport: Shan Caruana is an asset to this department and has really helped with her commitment and support, as well as teachers, staff, parents, and coaches who have helped with teams. Our Sports Captain, Caitlin McManus, and the Sports Committee. All of these people have been a pleasure to work with in 2018; I wish you all a great break and I hope I can see you all in 2019 for another year of sport.


Josh White

Sport Development Leader

Looking for Coaching Staff


United Swimming Club

United Swimming Club Welcomes Families to the 2018/2019 Season


United Swimming is situated at the modern Padua College pool facility, and we run a friendly, family-oriented, yet competitive swim meet at 6.00pm on Fridays during Term 4 2018 and Term 1 2019. The club welcomes all swimmers in the local area, regardless of the school they attend. To learn more about our club or to join, visit, click on the menu Join Now, and follow the prompts.  
United Swimming Club also runs swimming squads and Learn to Swim lessons. Enrolments for these can also be made via this website. For more information, please contact our team: 
Club President: Jared Sehl Email: [email protected]

Head Coach: Kirk Taylor Email: [email protected]

Learn to Swim Instructor: Michelle Berry Email: [email protected]


Pool phone: 3857 9943 during squad training times only.
Jared Sehl
United Swimming Club President


Interhouse Swimming 2019

Click the link below for details of next year's Swimming Carnival


Cultural News

As the school year comes to an end, we reflect on the vast array of cultural offerings, activities and opportunities afforded to the students attending Mt Alvernia College. We have had a very enthusiastic band of young women from across all year levels come together to form the Cultural Committee. I thank the Cultural Captain Bethany Parker and her team for all they have done to increase student participation in this area. I also thank the Arts Captains for their continued leadership and influence:


Drama: Robyn Darley
Visual Art: Sienna van Venetien, Shimea Toomey
Choir: Emily Lihou
FCIP: Erin Twedell, Georgia Spanevello, Lauren Brooke.
I wish these year 12 students all the very best for the future and encourage them to always make the arts and culture a meaningful part of their life.


We recently celebrated the cultural achievements of our students. We recognise students who have been actively pursuing excellence in the cultural aspects of school life both in their classes and in co curricular activities.


Cultural Festival Champions are:

Francis School – Nicole Paim Cardoso
Clare School – Chelsea O’Bryan
Elizabeth Hayes School - Amy Strachan


Louise Betteridge Award for Literature promotes and celebrates literary excellence. This year’s recipients are:

Francis School – Elizabeth Johnston
Clare School – Sara Petroccitto
Elizabeth Hayes School – Beth Falzon


The People’s Choice Art Awards:

Francis School – Charlotte Robertson Yr 7
Clare School – Megha Soy Yr 10
Elizabeth Hayes School – Maggie Ruffle Yr 12


Dr Lynham Award goes to a student in Year 11 who displays dedication and joy in the production of art works. This award will challenge the student to extend her work beyond the classroom and to provide her further encouragement in the development of her art skills.
The recipient is Maren L’Huillier


The DoBop Award is presented to cast members of the combined colleges musical The Wiz, who exhibited such qualities as discipline, initiative, co-operation, courtesy and flexibility, both on and off stage.

This year the recipients of the DoBop Award are: Loredana Coco and Leah Patchett


FCIP Musician of the Year Awards

We acknowledge and congratulate Sophie Napier winner of the 2018 FCIP Service to Music Award.

Achievement in Music Awards are presented to the following girls for their dedication, commitment and outstanding musicianship to their instrument and the FCIP:  Lauren Brook, Loredana Coco, Mikayla Prentice, Georgia Spanevello, Alana Tweddell, Elesa Vlahogenis, Samantha Salter and Hannah Slade.


The FCIP Past-Students’ Excellence in Music Award is awarded to  Erin Tweddell Yr 12.


Intermediate Musician of the Year – Lucinda Poy and the Senior Musician of the Year – Annalise Prentice


Gwenda Organ Cultural Award is presented to a Francis School student who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the cultural life of the College.  This year’s recipient is Hannah Slade in Yr 8.


The Michelle Landells Cultural Award is presented to a Clare School student who has immersed herself in the cultural life of the College.  The 2018 recipient is Audrey Bennett in Yr 10.


The Cathy O’Malley Award is presented to an Elizabeth Hayes School student in recognition of significant contribution to the cultural life of the College.  Congratulations Amy Strachan in Yr 11.



More than 1000 of the state’s best young musicians will gathered at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in October for the State Honours Ensemble Program (SHEP) – the biggest event in the program’s history. SHEP is now a firmly established aspect of music education in Queensland, bringing together young people from across the state to share their passion for music. We congratulate our students who were nominated to participate in this program:

Olivia Aitken, Jessica De Felicis, Roxana Fuentes, Samantha Maguire, Laila Powell, Lucinda Poy, Amy Strachan, Amy Hart


Arrivederci to our EXCHANGE STUDENTS

At the start of this semester we welcomed two Italian exchange students. Their time with us is soon coming to an end. The families of Holly and Kate in Yr 11 opened their homes and hearts to Chiara and Giulia and we know you have all grown and learnt from this experience. Chiara and Giulia, it has been a privilege for us to have you attend our College and we wish you both the very best on your return home. So from all of us it’s see ya later mates and arrivederci!


From Giulia and Chiara:

“We want to say thanks to all of you and in particular Kate and Holly, who have made our adventure plenty of fun and memories that we will never forget. Thanks to all the teachers, because they helped us a lot during the lessons. And lastly but not least we want to say thank the school, that welcomed us. We are gonna miss this school so much, thanks everyone to have made this short time unforgettable.”



‘Our Extraordinary Women are not only intelligent, talented, and successful in their own right, they are also passionate about what FUEL stands for: developing strong girls, who will become strong women and ultimately, without any fear of overstating it: change the world.’


Secure your place at our exciting Khemistry Company Experience on January 23rd.

(Tickets open to Teen Girls in high school, Years 7-12 in 2019)

Khemistry Company Experience.

If you’re curious about a career in marketing, this event is for you!

Khemistry is an ad agency who prefer to think of themselves as an “add” agency. They create game-changing ideas that solve challenging business problems.

In a Girl Shaped Flames first, we’ve teamed up with the fearless leaders at this top Brisbane agency, specialising in creative, digital and content. Join us as we meet some of the Extraordinary Women creating marketing campaigns for big brands such as The Rolls, Earth & Steam and The Mantra Group.

Ticket includes:

  • Full day company excursion including a tour (9am – 2pm)
  • Q&A with some of the industry’s best marketers
  • Yummy lunch to keep those fires burning!

For further information:


Lorella Masci
Learning Area Advisor: The Arts

Drama Club

On Saturday 3 November the Mount Alvernia Drama Club, Mt A Black Box Theatre Co, had a showcase evening for family and friends. This showcase saw the girls present a full production of the play Beauty is a Beast, on which they had been working for the last term and a half under the direction of our Drama Captain, Robyn Darley.


This production was completely student-driven and run and the end product was a testament to the dedication, motivation, and passion of each student involved. Robyn was instrumental in planning, re-writing, casting, and directing the entire process from start to finish, and should be congratulated for her innovation and leadership in the Arts this year. I look forward to what 2019 will bring for the Mt A Black Box Theatre group and Drama Club.

Elise Cohen - Drama Teacher


“Drama Club this semester has been a roller coaster of ups and downs, and learning how to step up when members couldn't commit. From working as an ensemble, to creating our own sets, we were able to produce an amazing production that exceeded everyone's expectations. It was fun and enjoyable and I loved every lunchtime rehearsal, making new friendships with many laughs and giggles.”

(Chelsea O’Bryan, Year 10)

“When Drama Club initially introduced the idea for the performance Beauty is a Beast, every member was excited to audition. I auditioned for multiple roles and was given the split role of the Fairy Godmother (along with my twin sister, Anna). This role included improvisation and focus, skills which Anna and I had gained from previously partaking in Theatresports. After around two terms' worth of almost daily practices with Robyn, our Drama Captain, directing, our cast was ready to perform. We were blessed to have a costume coordinator, lighting manager, and backstage crew (not to mention an amazing and dedicated cast). The day came and thankfully Theatresports and Drama Club had prepared me for this moment. On the night, just as I suspected, we had to improv for most of the play. My favourite highlight of the night was the first scene: when Anna and I introduced the play while fighting over a book and pushing each other onto the stage floor. This whole experience was magical and important for me, as drama is my passion. I highly recommend partaking in Drama Club for either your passion, to gain experiences, or to be creative”.

(Therese DeBellis, Year 10)


Zen Zen Zo
Student Scholarship Program

At the beginning of the school year, Ms Cohen presented multiple drama opportunities to the Years 10, 11, and 12 students interested in the Arts. I decided to nominate myself for a scholarship with the Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre Company. The winner of the scholarship would receive a year’s worth of free Physical Theatre classes with the company. Unsure of how many people were nominating and what the company was looking for, I was very sceptical about my chances of receiving the scholarship.

Nonetheless, a couple of weeks later, I received an email from Lynne Bradley - the founder and director of Zen Zen Zo, congratulating me on my success on receiving the scholarship.

The program runs on eight-week terms with a different focus each term. Term 1 focused on the Suzuki method, which is a highly physical method of acting training. During this training, an actor’s physical and vocal sensibilities are strengthened, which develops highly articulate body capabilities of expressing and communicating power and precision. Term 2 focused on Viewpoints training, which worked to strengthen an actor’s ability to transform physically for the purpose of developing characters. Term 3 focused on the Butoh Method, which is a type of silent theatre displaying extreme visual images, and Term 4 is about composition, where all of the skills from the past three terms are combined for a performance at the end of the year. 

Overall, the experience so far has been unforgettable. The classes are run in a very productive, yet exciting manner. The skills I have learnt are not only beneficial to acting, but also aspects of daily life. The training is very different to anything I have done before; however, I look forward to class every Monday. I would highly recommended this opportunity to anyone who enjoys acting and theatre. I will definitely continue this training next year to further develop my skills.

Ashleigh Hoole (Year 12)

A Very Choral Christmas

"Is there anything more demonstrative of social solidarity than a choir? Many people unite to do something that cannot be done by a single person alone however talented he or she may be” – Zoltan Kodály


Last Friday evening was an early celebration of the festive season with the College Choirs presenting – A Very Choral Christmas. This was an evening of Christmas carols and feature performances from the Performance Chorale, Showcase Chorale, and College Choirs. One of the key highlights from the night was the premiere performance from the combined Franciscan Voices. This newly formed ensemble came about after the successful musical with Padua College. Choristers were requesting more opportunities to connect and perform with the musicians from Padua, and after several afternoon rehearsals the result was impressive. We anticipate this is something that will build momentum in the years to come.

The evening was also an opportunity to recognise excellence. We acknowledged our graduating seniors from the Mount Alvernia Voices Program, along with some special achievement awards. This year we congratulated the following members:

  • Most Improved Chorister 2018:
    • Francis School: Bridget Petersen
    • Clare School: Lucie Hood
    • Elizabeth Hayes School: Chloe McGibbon
  • Most Committed Francis School Chorister 2018:
    • Francis School: Hannah Slade
    • Clare School: Sophie Patterson
    • Elizabeth Hayes School: Grace Moore-O’Regan
  • Most Outstanding Francis School Chorister 2018:
    • Francis School: Nicole Paim-Cardoso
    • Clare School: Chelsea O’Bryan
    • Elizabeth Hayes School: Amy Strachan
  • Outstanding Commitment to Choral Leadership 2018: Emily Lihou

A special thank you must go to the Choral Department Team – Ms Holley, Ms Crawford, Mr Curtis, and Mrs Panetta - for all the work and preparation they put into the performances for the choir throughout the year.


We look forward to continued success for our choirs in 2019.


Daniel Crump

Director of Choirs

Singing exercises your heart, lungs, and releases endorphins, making you feel good!

Don't Stop the Music

The ABC has commenced a two-year campaign sharing the importance of music education for Australian children through the documentary – Don’t Stop the Music. This significant documentary highlights the substantial and positive impact music has on students, families, and more broadly communities. Music not only plays a role in the cultural literacy of our society, but also contributes to the development of the brain and the whole person. The documentary highlights why music and music education need to play a core role in any holistic approach to education.


Dr Anita Collins’s research focuses on neuroscience and music education, and she has found music has the greatest impact on language development and executive function - more than any other activity. Given that this is the case, there is a concerted push to ensure music education is part of the national agenda with as many Australian children gaining access to an effective music education program as possible. It is a combination of both the music and the synapse connections made in the brain that garner results.

We are blessed at Mount Alvernia that music is an important part of our curriculum offerings. St Francis was a “music and mountains” man, and we value music as a key part of our holistic approach to education. Our classroom music program is centred on the evidence-based Kodaly methodology and our educators are national and international experts in this field. Our choral and instrumental programs are some of the finest in the state and provide opportunity for our young women to develop their musical skills in a variety of contexts. We believe music is vital!

So why study music? The below seems to sum it up well:


Music is a Science; it is exact, specific, and it demands exact acoustics. A conductor’s full score is a chart, a graph which indicates frequencies, intensities, volume changes, melody, and harmony all at once and with the most exact control of time.


Music is Mathematical; it is rhythmically-based, sub-dividing time into fractions which must be done instantaneously, not worked out on paper.


Music is a Foreign Language; most of the terms are in Latin, German, or French; and the notation is certainly not English. It is a highly developed kind of written script that uses symbols to represent ideas and communicate meaning.


Music is History; Music usually reflects the environment and social history of its place of origin.

Music is physical education; it requires fantastic coordination of fingers, hands, arms, lip, cheek, and facial muscles, in addition to extraordinary control of the diaphragmatic, back, stomach, and chest muscles, which respond instantly to the sound the ear hears and the mind interprets.


Music is all these things but most of all…


It allows a human being to take all these dry, technically difficult techniques and use them to create emotion. That is one thing science cannot duplicate: humanism, feeling, emotion.


This is why there is Music

  • Not because we expect you to major in music.
  • Not because we expect you to play or sing all your life.
  • Not so you can relax.
  • But…

                So you will be human.

                                So you will recognise beauty.

                                           So you will be sensitive.

                                                       So you will have something to cling to.

                                                                So you will have more love, more compassion, more gentles, more good.

                                                                              In short – more life.


Of what value will it be to make a prosperous living unless you know how to live?


Further information about Don’t Stop the Music can be found here:

Host Families needed

Looking for host families for Japanese students

Could you be a host sister?


Mino – loves volleyball, cooking, movies, and taking photos

Reimi – loves soccer, dancing, kendama, and K-pop

Anna – loves volleyball, singing, and music


The girls will be attending Mount Alvernia first term 2019

ARRIVAL DATE: 28 January 2019                    DEPARTURE DATE: 31 March 2019


If you are interested, please contact Shannon Krueger from AIIU

on 0411 083 626 or [email protected]


AIIU will pay a small stipend to cover the costs of looking after the students.

La Cucina


Friday 16 November

Kristin Purvis


Monday 19 November

Jacqueline McLindon, Debra Dotto


Tuesday 20 November

Julie Ingle, Margaret Hutchins


Wednesday 21 November

Renay Green, Julie Wilson


Thursday 22 November

Natalie Mills


Friday 23 November

Carla Di Fabio


Open daily 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 Cathy at College Reception, ph 3357 6000.

Community Notices

Santa Paws - Pet Photos with Santa


Kedron Veterinary Clinic, Sunday 25 November 8am-3pm

77 Leckie Road, Kedron

Bookings are essential - call today 3857 1785

Free Back to School Health Checks for Kids


Activities Corner
Trimester One Sport Information.pdf
Sport Fee Introduction 2019.pdf
Trimester One Sport Information.pdf
Interhouse Swimming 2019.pdf
Swim Camp 2019 (4).pdf
Swim Camp 2019.pdf
United Swim Camp 2019 - Entry form.pdf