Activities Corner

09 August 2018
Issue 6
Quick Dates
Cultural News
Cultural Festival
A Designer Life Workshop
Visual Arts
From the Sport Captain
Results and Events
It Takes a Spark STEAM Conference
La Cucina
Community Notices
Mount Alvernia College
07 3357 6000
82 Cremorne Road
Kedron, Qld, 4031

Quick Dates

Week 4/5, Term 3

Friday 10 August

Rugby 7s Tournament (Caloundra Rugby Club)

1.15-3.15pm  Girls Write Now (St John Fisher College)

3.00pm  Athletics Camp commences (Runaway Bay Sports Super Centre)

Sunday 12 August

Athletics Camp concludes

Monday 13 August

8.30am-1.40pm  Year 10 Hospitality Barista Course

Athletics Meet (UQ)

Tuesday 14 August

8.30am-1.40pm  Year 10 Hospitality Barista Course

1.50pm  Year 8 Dancing - LG 3, 4, 5, 6 (Padua)

Wednesday 15 August

RNA Show Holiday

It Takes a Spark Conference

Thursday 16 August

Queensland Catholic Colleges Music Festival commences

8.00-8.30am  Physiotherapy Education Session:  Global Injury Prevention Strategies for Young Women (L004)


Cultural News


From 14 to 17 July, the Intermediate and Senior FCIP ensembles went to Lake Ainsworth for our annual music camp.  It was a great camp; I am positive that, over the four days, students have become closer and all ensembles have improved dramatically.


The string orchestras (from Junior to Senior) will be performing on 12 August in the San Damiano Centre.  This is an opportunity for these FCIP students to perform to an audience before the Queensland Catholic Schools and Colleges Music Festival (QCMF) starts.  All ensembles are now working hard preparing for QCMF (16-19 August).  The FCIP always performs well at competitions, so come and support the ensembles!



Georgia Spanevello
FCIP Captain

Cultural Festival

Theme: Year of Youth - Define Your Generation

We are excited to begin our preparations for the Cultural Festival for 2018.  It’s tradition that we end Term 3 with a celebration of our College Feast Day.  What a great way to acknowledge the feast of the Stigmata of St Francis, which occurs every year on 17 September.  On this day we show our house spirit by participating in a range of cultural activities.


You can see our theme interpreted in our poster design for this year.  This year’s fresh, youthful, and bright design was created by Jessica Fletcher in Year 8.  We congratulate Jessica on her efforts.  Jessica has started the house points tally, placing Perugia House in the lead.  We also congratulate Jessica Pan (Year 8) and Maren L’Huillier (Year 11) for placing second and third respectively.  Thanks to all other students who entered the poster design competition.  All posters will be displayed around the College in the lead-up to the festival.


As usual, our Feast Day and Festival will begin with the Liturgy, followed by the House Battle of the singing of the school song.  We then break away into the Festival Fun and Activity part of the day.  There will be a variety of food stalls on the day as well as a limited menu at La Cucina, so please bring cash with you on the day.  There will be a range of fun activities on offer.  Some activities require signing up as numbers are limited.  There are also fun games going on in different locations that you can join at any time.

Our lunch break ends with the costume parade.  So start thinking about what you can wear to fit in with our theme.  We then gather as a whole school in San Damiano to end the day with a showcase concert. This will include the hotly contested House Battle and the invited performers from our heat days.

We encourage everyone to be brave and put themselves forward as participants in the many competition categories.  It’s safe to sit in the audience, so we ask our students to step over the line of their comfort zone and grow in confidence as they share their skills and talents with the whole college community.  We have many great dancers, singers, actors, and instrumental performers  amongst us, so this is your chance to place yourself in the limelight and have your fifteen seconds of fame.


 Remember, you earn points for your house by entering in as many as you can.  The categories are:

  • VOCAL – sing solo or in a group
  • INSTRUMENTAL – solo or in a group
  • DANCE – ballet, tap, cultural, contemporary, hip hop, anything
  • ACTING OUT – lip sync, poetry, monologue, speech
  • LITERATURE – creative or analytical
  • CAKE DECORATING – solo or group
  • MULTIMEDIA – video, audio, photography, soundscape, songwriting


So, girls, you have a few weeks to think about what costume you will be wearing on the day.  Start looking through your dress-up cupboards, search through op shops, start sewing and gluing your creation.  There’s already rumours about some special characters we can expect to be here in costume on the day.


The excitement is definitely in the air as our Feast Day and Cultural festival approaches.  I encourage you all to get involved and make this the best festival day yet.  And may the best house win!


Lorella Masci

Learning Area Advisor: The Arts

A Designer Life Workshop

FUEL Event

On Sunday 5 August, four of our students studying ITS and Visual Arts took the opportunity to challenge themselves by participating in the Designer Life Workshop, an event run by FUEL: Girl Shaped Flames. 


A group of 62 young women from Years 7-12 from throughout Brisbane participated in this jam-packed day for girls with a particular passion for visual design.  The event brought together ten extraordinary women designers from fields such as: Film Making, Architecture, Advertising, Jewellery, Interior Design, and Photography.  The girls had an opportunity to ask these women their burning questions about working in these creative fields.  Students then practised their skills of communication and collaboration as they designed and pitched their products to their audience, giving them a taste of authentic design experiences.

Congratulations to these students who stepped out of their comfort zone to mix with other young women they didn’t know: Alyce Robben (Year 8), Emily Fox and Cleo Hamilton (Year 11), and Sienna van Venetien (Year 12).  Read Sienna's report on the next page.


Visual Arts

From the Visual Art Captain

Hi, everyone!  Since the last time we were able to write for the newsletter, a couple of exciting things have happened regarding the visual arts.


Firstly, I’d like to talk about the second initiative task I got to work on this week, where I drew up a large mandala design on a canvas and had the girls colour it.  The whole experience was to raise awareness for mental health, anxiety, and stress in particular, as it has been proven that colouring repetitive patterns is great to clear and set the mind at ease.  I believe mental health is a critically important aspect of everyone’s lives, especially teens at school, so, I thought that it would be an immersive connection and relaxing activity for the girls.  At the end, we had an - almost - completed colouring; some of the girls even commented that each of the circles were representative of different seasons (Summer - top left, Autumn - top right, Winter - bottom left, and Spring - bottom right).  It was great to watch the development of artistic teamwork, coordination, and colour choice.

Secondly, I’d like to talk about the amazing arts and design workshop (FUEL - Girl Shaped Flames) that I had the privilege to attend (with three other Mount A girls) on Sunday.  I was lucky enough to receive a scholarship for the opportunity to meet eight incredibly talented and skilful women.  The event focuses on women within the creative industries and allows attendees to have live Q-and-A sessions and two immersive workshops.  As a student in Year 12, I am in the process of planning the next stage of my education journey and, as someone who loves and is passionate about a variety of areas within the creative industries, this event was really inspiring.  It allowed me to see how a job in the creative industries can let someone showcase and use their artistic skill, whilst still being able to make a living out of it.  The ladies had so much wisdom to bestow upon us and were incredibly helpful.  The event is specifically designed for girls in Years 7 to 12, and brings out the best in every girl.  It is incredibly empowering so I would heavily recommend it to any girl who is genuinely interested in the creative industries and how she can pursue it as a financially supportive career.



Year 7 Debating

Our youngest debaters have had an unusual start to the Queensland Debating Union season.


Their first debate was meant to occur on 23 June; however, their opposition requested a postponement. This is nothing unusual, except that the postponed date has been scheduled two weeks after their second round debate.  So girls have been preparing two cases simultaneously as the third round takes place only one week after the postponed first debate!


To confuse things further, last Thursday our team, officials, and parent supporters turned up in the evening at the venue only to find they had a phantom opposition – the team listed in the draw against us in fact did not exist!  However, the adjudicator, a university student, not only awarded the debate to Mt A as a forfeit, but took the role of the first and second speakers for the negative, thereby allowing our girls to present their material and rebut an opposing case about lowering the voting age.  This was an amazing opportunity for our debaters to hear high standard material and tackle elaborated rebuttal.

The adjudicator was unqualified in her praise of the girls’ performance.  Congratulations to speakers Grace Riley, Orla Lynch, and Hayley Turner (l to r in photo), and thanks to Rosie Thomas and Jess Chripczuk Morales who acted as timekeeper and chairperson respectively.


Rosie and Jess, along with Grace, front up next Thursday to negate the idea that cars should be banned from the CBD.  The following week, another combination of our squad will negate the proposition that books are better than movies.  Stay tuned for results.


From the Sport Development Leader

Time flies when you’re having fun and, with the calendar already in Week 4, it has certainly flown by.  Judging by the participation numbers we are getting, our students must also be having fun.   With Trimester 2 sports now complete and the trials happening for Trimester 3 sport, the number of girls who have signed up is fantastic.  The general attitude and banter at the trials has been great.  It is good to see the students recognise that sport is not only fun, but a great way to meet friends, stay fit, and reduce stress.


We have been chatting about celebrating success, and I am pleased to report that many of our teams are doing well, along with Individuals in their chosen sports.  Both Open Netball and Soccer teams are competing very well in in their pathway towards State Championship positions.   We also took home three premierships in the Trimester 2 sports and many runner-up and minor placings.  The real winner has been the participation numbers though.  We have many more teams in each sport meaning more students are active each week.


We are making progress with the launch of the United Swimming Club, with the finer details being discussed, and a joint swim camp in early January 2019 being planned.  I think this venture will be a big opportunity for students and families alike to explore aquatic fitness in a fun, inclusive environment. Stay tuned for more on this soon.


It is also time to start looking at the end of the year and nominations for sporting awards.  If your daughter has represented Queensland or better outside of school, we would love to recognise this. Please let the Sport Office know so we can celebrate with them in Term 4.


Lastly, I wish the Athletics team well in the upcoming Interschool Athletics Carnival.  We celebrated team members at today's Asssemby, and we are excited to compete on 20 August.


Josh White

Physiotherapy Education Session - 16 August


From the Sport Captain

Mt A Girls are Definitely an Active Group

We’ve had a lot of girls getting out of their comfort zone and signing up for Trimester 3 CASSSA sports such as Netball, Basketball, and Touch.


The interhouse athletics carnival was a great day, and it was awesome to see Belle Prairie take home the trophy.


We have a strong team of 90 girls selected for the CASSSA athletics competition which is coming up on 20 August.  We are lucky to have some awesome individual strengths, through all age groups.  Make the most of the remaining training sessions before the carnival so that we are all as competitive as possible.


I’m looking forward to spending time with a great group of around 30 athletes at the Athletics Camp this weekend.  The weekend is going to be packed with strength, technical, and endurance activities.  Go hard this term, girls; show the true Mt A spirit in all that you do.

Caitlin McManus



Results and Events

Trimester 2 Results


Open Soccer team: 1st place Premiership Pennant

Senior Soccer team: 2nd place Runner-up Pennant


Open Netball Team: 3rd place

Senior A Netball: 1st Place Premiership Pennant

Senior C Netball: 2nd Place Runner-up Pennant

Inter C Netball: 1st Place Premiership Pennant

Inter D Netball: 2nd Place Runner-up Pennant


Junior Hockey: 2nd Place Runner-up Pennant

Other Competitions

QISSN Netball, Townsville July 2018: 7th Position

Vicki Wilson Cup Netball: 41-13 Win vs Genesis Christian College

Vicki Wilson Cup Netball: 48-11 Win vs North Lakes College

UHLSport Soccer: 2-0 Win vs St Ursula's College, Toowoomba


Upcoming Events


Friday 10 to Sunday 12 August

Athletics Camp

Monday 13 August

Vicki Wilson Cup Netball vs St Margaret's School

UQ Athletics Meet

Monday 20 August

CaSSSA Athletics

Wednesday 29 August

Round 1 CaSSSA Trimester 3 Sport (Basketball, Touch, and Netball)

Date to be advised

UHLSport Soccer Quarterfinal vs Ipswich Girls Grammar

Friday 31 August

Rugby 7s UQ Meet

Friday 21 to Sunday 23 September

CBSQ Basketball

Term 4

Mount Alvernia Tennis Championships

Futsal Trials (Intermediate and Senior)


Saskia Hind - Interschool Equestrian State Team

Sincere congratulations to Saskia Hind on her appointment as the State Eventing Vice Captain for 2018.

Saskia’s responsibility will be to assist the State Team Captain and Vice-Captain and also her direct discipline manager.  She will, with the Eventing Captain, be guiding the sixteen secondary riders over the Eventing team’s three days of national competition at the Werribee Equestrian Centre in Victoria.

The 85-strong Queensland team will take three to four days to travel down and get settled in to the centre prior to four very full days of competitions against riders from all the Australian states and, for the first time, an invited team from New Zealand.


We wish Saskia every success in her own competition and also as a team leader.

Ava Paddison - Karate National Championships

Ava Paddison in Year 7 has taken a bronze medal home at the Australian Karate Federation National Championships. 

Ava trains four hours per week with coach Jon Rawlings at the Kenseikan Karate Dojo.  Ava is also a developing triathlete and handy in swim,bike, and run.  Congratulations, Ava; keep up the good work.

It Takes a Spark
STEAM Conference

Mt A Hosts the It Takes a Spark Conference


Mount Alvernia College is a leader in professional learning, and next Wednesday (the Show Holiday), we will host the It Takes a Spark STEAM conference for girls and teachers of girls.  This will be an immersive day of innovative and interactive STEAM workshops, where students and teachers can come together in learning skills of Creativity, Innovation, Problem Solving, Critical Thinking and Courage.  Featuring Sue Keay, CEO of the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision, and Khushi Shelat, Chief Ambassador at #ChangeMakeHer, as keynote speakers, it is sure to be an amazing experience.

If you are interested in your daughter attending, contact Linda Clark or me.  Further details can be found here:

Daniel Crump

Deputy Principal - Staff Development

La Cucina


Monday 13 August

Kate Wilson, Emma Reid

Tuesday 14 August

Anne-Marie Sams, Debra Dotto


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.


The great of work of volunteers is very much appreciated.  Please contact Cathy at Reception if you would like to offer some time (ph 3357 6000).

Community Notices

The Brook Run - 12 August


Brothers Touch Football


Aspley Little Athletics


Grange Thistle Football Club - 19 August


Activities Corner
Brook Run.pdf
2018 season 2 touch flyer.pdf
Little Athletics.pdf
GTFC round 18.pdf
Global Injury Prevention Strategies for Young Women.jpg