Mt St Michael's College has a long and successful history of Debating , with past students in both State and National teams.
At the College students are offered the opportunity to take part in the Queensland Debating Union competition, as well as the Junior Round Robin competition for first-time debaters.
We recognise at Mt St Michael's College that there are many advantages to be gained from learning how to debate well.
The first and most obvious is that it can do wonders for a student's self-confidence and team work.
Students are encouraged to hone their speaking skills so that when they have something to say about an issue, they will have the ability to stand up and say it, and say it well - even in front of a strange audience.
While debating is a team exercise, it is very individual in its benefits. It also helps students to be active listeners as well as sharpening their analytical skills.
In short, debating can help a student to be the best she can be. The ability to communicate and be receptive to the communications of others is a wonderful advantage in life.
Debating , in a very tangible way, illustrates how the Mt St Michael's Co-Curricular Program provides our young women with a good start in life.
Simplot Cookery Competition and Functions
As an extension of the practical work undertaken in Yr 11 and 12 Hospitality Practices and Hospitality Studies students are afforded the opportunity to participate in Cookery Competitions and Functions.
The cookery competitions are state-wide competitions that involve teams of students working together, within a time constraint, to produce restaurant quality food.
Les Toques Blanche and Chefs of the Future are two organisations that sponsor these events and as part of their sponsorship provide chef mentoring and excellent prizes for the participants.
Students electing to be part of this Co-Curricular activity must commit to one afternoon practice for six weeks prior to the competition date. The practice sessions take place here at the College and all ingredients are supplied through the Co-Curricular program.
Mt St Michael's has been very successful in these competitions in the past, producing the Gold Medal "Best in Class" winners and numerous Gold, Silver and Bronze medals.
To further extend the competencies gained in Hospitality classes, students take part in Food Production and Food and Beverage Service for various Functions that occur at the College.
These Functions are limited to one major Function per term and could include breakfasts, morning and afternoon teas, lunches, dinners and parent social evenings. Not only do students get to put their classroom theory into practice but they also gain valuable skills and experiences in a context that is reflective of the Hospitality Industry.