News & Views

13 September 2018
Issue 15
Quick Dates
From the Desk of the Principal
Deputy Principal Student Development
Deputy Principal Staff Development
Assistant Principal Student Learning
Art Show
What Reading Means to Me
La Cucina
Community Notices
Mount Alvernia College
07 3357 6000
82 Cremorne Road
Kedron, Qld, 4031
AU

Quick Dates

Week 9/10, Term 3

 

Thursday 13 September

Francis and Clare Study - Please note that Francis & Clare Study will conclude for Term 3 today, and resume for Term 4 in Week 2 - Tuesday 16 October.

RU OK? Day

 

Friday 14 September

7.00am-8.00am Bootcamp - Mini Games

 

Tuesday 18 September

1.50pm Year 8 Dancing (Padua)

 

Wednesday 19 September

Year 11 Non-QCS students - Brisbane Museum and CBD Excursion

CaSSSA Sport Round 4

 

Thursday 20 September

College Cultural Festival and Feast Day

Last Day Term 3

College Basketball Schools Queensland Competition (Div 2)

7.00pm Mount Alvernia/Padua Year 8 Social 

 

Friday 21 September

PUPIL FREE DAY

From the Desk of the Principal

It was my father who taught me to value myself. He told me that I was uncommonly beautiful and that I was the most precious thing in his life.     Dawn French

 

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


Last Saturday evening I was delighted to be able to join with young women and their dads who were celebrating the special bond that dads and their daughters have. It was a special evening and it was particularly delightful to see the interaction that was taking place between dads and their daughters. Clearly one of our dads thought so. This email arrived on Monday and it is worth sharing.
 

“I just wanted to congratulate and thank you, the P & F committee, your staff and most notably Josh White, for organising the wonderful Father Daughter BBQ which Jemima and I were fortunate enough to attend last night. The night was very well organised and I think every father I spoke to seemed to have thoroughly enjoyed the event. The interactive activities were quite special and I personally enjoyed playing the arcade games with Jemima. The photo booth was also a nice touch as we now have some silly Daddy/Daughter photos from this memorable evening.
Driving home Mima indicated she had so much fun she was keen to attend this event next year and the year after! It was a special night for all the fathers and I look forward very much to attending next year’s Father Daughter BBQ.                                                                                                              
Many Thanks. Guy Boyd”
 

It is always good to get feedback, especially positive comments from our parents.

I was very fortunate when I was growing up to have a special relationship with my grandfather Pop, as well as with my dad. One of my first memories is of standing beside Pop holding onto his leg. In many ways, as I was growing up, I held onto my grandfather who was always on my side especially when things weren’t going so well with my grandmother. Such role models, evident on Saturday evening, made me reflect on just how fortunate I was to have men in my life who challenged, supported and expected me to do well. Thanks to all of our dads who do this for their daughters, especially those we educate at Mount Alvernia College. You are a precious gift to them.

 

Awards just keep flowing in to the College. You might have seen on Facebook that our Landscape Architect, Andrew Neighbour from Lat 29, was awarded the Queensland Ultimate Landscape Statement for La Foresta and the gardens at Mount Alvernia. You can check out Episode 2 of Season 1 of, Australia by Design Landscapes on Channel Ten. It is worth a look at https://tenplay.com.au/channel-ten/australia-by-design-landscapes/season-1/episode-2 or check out the link on the Mount Alvernia College Facebook page.

 

Once again, I am very proud of all that we have achieved in making this college somewhere really special in which to learn and to see our remarkable young women flourish.

Kerrie

[email protected]

 

Deputy Principal
Student Development

Last Thursday evening, the College Leadership Team had the privilege of thanking some of the many people who volunteer to support numerous activities and opportunities for our girls. From those who are part of the Crochet Club on a Tuesday, various sporting coaches and managers, La Cucina helpers, the Parents and Friends Support Network, Alumnae, iCentre support, and  musical helpers, Mount Alvernia is blessed with people who appreciate how important it is to get involved. Getting involved equals being able to provide more experiences for the students of our school.


For parents who are able to offer their time the benefits abound. They meet the friends of their daughters, they meet other parents, they have a feel of how things operate at ground level at Mount Alvernia, and they contribute ideas. Volunteering in a school is a real opportunity to be part of community that benefits not only the adults, but the children in our care. It is chance to contribute to yet another part of your daughter’s journey.


The thank you celebration for our volunteers is the first function signalling that the end of year is approaching and that another year in your daughter’s education will soon be at an end. The busyness of Term 4 is characterised by Year 9 Camp, Sports and Academic Awards’ evenings, the annual Art Show, and the graduation of our Year 12s. As we say farewell to one cohort we will also be welcoming the next generation of Year 7s at our Experience High School Days and Orientation Day. 


For the first time in 2019, we will also be celebrating the induction of student leaders for Francis and Clare Schools who come from the current Year 7 and Year 9 cohorts. Students vying for these positions are currently engaging in ensuring they follow the requirements of the Raise the Bar Leadership Program by gathering evidence to support their application for leadership. We have just finished the Public Speaking Workshops for 2018 and it was great to see and hear so many students who have taken on the commitment to go for leadership in 2019. Please continue to encourage your daughters to take up the challenge of leadership as there are great skills to be acquired by being part of the journey.

 

At the Cultural Festival to be held on the last day of this term the 2019 whole-of-college captains will be announced to the community. These students are the first to have experienced many of the requirements of the Raise the Bar Leadership Program. We are excited by the calibre of the young women who will be leading our college in 2019, and know that they will continue to grow their skills when they are mentored by our current College Captains in their final term at Mount Alvernia. The announcement of the 2019 Captains will occur after the Feast Day Liturgy at the start of the day.

 

Please feel free to join us for this special celebration and to continue on to experience the wonderful talent we have at Mount Alvernia.

Annette Butterworth

Deputy Principal
Staff Development

Bravo Bonaventure Awards

Recognising our outstanding staff - St Bonaventure was a leading theologian instrumental in steering the Franciscans on an intellectual course to become one of the most prominent orders in the Catholic Church. He was known for going above and beyond in the pursuit to integrate faith and reason.

 

In the Spirit of St Bonaventure, the Bravo Bonaventure Recognition Awards are designed to recognise Mount Alvernia College employees for going above and beyond in the categories of Excellence in Service, Collaborator, Motivator, and Innovator. This week we acknowledged our Term 3 recipients of these awards at our weekly Staff Meeting:

 

Excellence in Service: Melissah Lester

An individual who creates exceptional experiences in their role in service of others, a trusted advisor. Someone who consistently delivers excellence by going above expectations. Genuinely focused on making the experience memorable and enjoyable.

 

Collaborator:  Gabby Donohue

Always goes above and beyond to make sure the team delivers. Someone who embodies collaboration (listening, questioning, openness, energy), consistently finds ways to bring the best of Mount Alvernia College to our community and builds positive relationships. Always inclusive, considerate and supportive of team members and their priorities.

 

Motivator: Hayley Jones

Genuinely cares about the team and actively supports the work and wellness of team members. Challenges the team to be the best it can be. Provides open and honest feedback and supports the development of the team. Consistently role models excellent leadership skills such as listening, delegation, and vision.

 

Innovator:  Suzanne Walker

Consistently makes brave choices and finds new and different ways to deliver value to our students and staff. Finds innovative ways to engage students to improve student outcomes or innovative ways of developing systems/processes to support the teaching and learning at the College.

 

 

Kerry Jell

Assistant Principal
Student Learning

It is getting towards the time of the year where we begin to consider where to next for our students, and you for your daughters.  Having said this, I do not mean it in the sense of physicality, but rather with respect to the learning that has occurred and the results that your daughters have achieved. This comes with much reflection upon the efforts and commitment they have made to achieve whatever these results have been, and to consider what progress and growth has occurred.  We always encourage our girls to consider their own goals and process their successes and failures but, as parents, we know too that we have a significant role to play in guiding them as they move forward.

 

As a parent myself, I wonder at times what impact I have had on the success of my children (often wondering, if any), but knowing full well that I have had a great impact on their life journeys to date.

We know that our children will make mistakes but, with a strong grounding and guidance provided by parents, they can, and do, achieve success.  Girls often have special bonds with their mothers, and at times it may be thought that ‘Mum’ is the one who does much of the school-related ‘stuff’; however, in this day and age we see our young women’s fathers involved to a great degree, which is wonderful. Dads have such a significant impact on their daughter’s progress and well-being and we work to strengthen that where we can.

 

In exploring this area, when it comes to learning and achievement, we should consider what impact the relationship with her father may have on a young woman’s academic and vocational path— how this relationship influences her academic performance and, as a consequence, her career success and financial well-being. Linda Nielsen (2014), who has undertaken much research around the impact of fathers on daughters’ academic success, states that “As you might guess, daughters whose fathers have been actively engaged throughout childhood in promoting their academic or athletic achievements and encouraging their self-reliance and assertiveness are more likely to graduate from university and to enter the higher paying, more demanding jobs traditionally held by males. Even college and professional female athletes often credit their fathers for helping them to become tenacious, self-disciplined, ambitious, and successful.”  These are all strong values that will place our young women in good stead for their futures.  Nielsen provides some useful research and readings around this subject, and reinforces the role that a father can play in their daughter’s success.  I have included some information here that you may wish to read further.

Linda Nielsen is a professor of educational and adolescent psychology at Wake Forest University and the author of Father-Daughter Relationships: Contemporary Research & Issues (2013) and Between Fathers & Daughters: Enriching and Rebuilding Your Adult Relationship (2012).

 

On a final note for Term 3 – a special shout out to our Seniors of 2018 and more

For the OP pathway girls, the QCS Test is over, and congratulations to all.  Remember, however, that, whilst this test is an important aspect of your Year 12 experience, it’s not the be-all and end-all. Your individual scores don’t have a direct impact on your final OP. Whilst I am sure everyone tried their best in the exams, try not to stress over the results of the whole grade which, ultimately, you can’t control.  Focus on simply doing the very best that you can do in your own studies now and you should be successful.  Remember, it is about putting in effort and maintaining your individual results – to the best of your ability.

For our seniors who are on a vocational pathway, continue to put your best efforts into your studies, and you too will attain the best possible results - for you.  Your TAFE qualifications, and any other qualifications that you have gained or are gaining, will position you well for your future.  Good luck as you progress through the remainder of Year 12.

And so the message for all of our young women from Years 7-11, maintain your commitment and dedication. The end of the year is not that far away, and it is important to remember that you do not get this time back. Enjoy it but, importantly, make the very most of all of it. We are all blessed to be here at Mt A in such a supportive community.

Debra Evans

Art Show

College Art Show - Friday 19 October

The annual Mount Alvernia College Art Show will be held on Friday 19 October from 6.00-8.00pm on the ground floor of the Laverna building, where student artworks from 2018 will be displayed and celebrated at a gala event.  Works completed in both first and second semester, by art students in all year levels, will be on show. We also look forward to seeing all art students and families supporting this event.

We would also like to request your help in any of these two ways:

  • provide one (non-perishable) item suitable to complement the contents of a gourmet hamper that will be raffled on the night. Please send it to school with your daughter no later than Tuesday 16 October. Students can either bring the item to Student Services on Level 1, or give to the Art teacher. Suitable items for a gourmet hamper could be: fresh coffee, specialty teas, chocolates, jams, biscuits, water crackers, relishes, new tea towels, pretty napkins, designer coffee mugs, gift cards, and vouchers. ***Please do not send any alcohol for the hamper***
  • assist with the set-up of the display on any of the days prior to the Art Show or assist on the night. Please let us know by email if you can help. [email protected]

Ms Lorella Masci

Learning Area Advisor: The Arts

What Reading Means to Me


Mandy White, iCentre Volunteer

What book/s are you currently reading?

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

 

How many hours a week would you spend reading?

Not enough.  Children and life take priority these days.

 

What is your preferred mode of reading?

Actual books; I don’t like reading digital copies

 

What is a book that has had a powerful influence on you?

To Kill a Mockingbird

 

What is one book that you constantly recommend others should read?

I have a few.  As above, and Pride and Prejudice, Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, Girl on a Train, and Wild Swans by Jung Chang

 

Do you have a favourite author?

No

 

In one sentence can you sum up what books mean to you?

An escape, a journey!

 

Helen Stower, Program Leader - iCentre

What book/s are you currently reading?

The Confidence Code for Girls by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman

 

How many hours a week would you spend reading?

Between six to ten

 

What is your preferred mode of reading?

I read both paper and eBooks.

 

What is a book that has had a powerful influence on you?

A Monster Calls - a novel by Patrick Ness

 

What is one book that you constantly recommend others should read?

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

 

Do you have a favourite author?

Kate DiCamillo, Tim Winton, Sofie Laguna

 

In one sentence can you sum up what books mean to you?

Family and friends first; reading second.

La Cucina

Roster

Friday 14 September

Kristin Purvis

 

Monday 17 September

 

Tuesday 18 September

 

Wednesday 19 September

 

Thursday 20 September

 

Friday 21 September

PUPIL FREE DAY

 

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 Cathy at College Reception, ph 3357 6000.

 

 

Community Notices

Padua College Old Boys' Mass - Thursday 11 October

 

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