Elise Condon – selected in U13 Queensland Hockey Team
Elise Condon

Elise Condon (Year 7) recently competed in the State Hockey Championships held in Bundaberg. Her team, Brisbane 1, was successful in winning the tournament, earning them the title of State Champions. Elise was also selected in the U13 Queensland side that will travel to Hobart in October to contest the National Championships. Congratulations to Elise on this wonderful achievement and we wish her the best for the upcoming tournament.

Lily Weaver – Qld Inter-School Equestrian State Championships
Lily Weaver

Congratulations to Lily Weaver who competed in the Qld Inter-school Equestrian State Championships over the holidays. Lily competed in the 70 cm class and finished a commendable 11th overall in a strong field of accomplished jumpers from across Queensland.

Lily Weaver 2

Andrea Szerszen – Golf Queensland Boys & Girls State Championships

Congratulations to Andrea Szerszen who competed in the Golf Queensland Boys and Girls State Championship in Bargara, making the final two rounds. Andrea also played the Keperra Winter Classic where she qualified to play in the Greg Norman Junior Masters on the Gold Coast in December.

Hannah Downs – finalist in the Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing
Hannah Downs

Congratulations to Hannah Downs, Year 11 Art Student, for being selected as a finalist in the prestigious Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing for her submission “Matthew”.   Only 26 finalists were chosen from 220 exceptionally strong and diverse entries, received Australia-wide.

The 2018 Finalists Exhibition, where you can view Hannah’s work, will be held at the Queensland College of Art Project Gallery from Friday 3 August – Friday 17 August. All are welcome to attend the Opening night on Friday 3 August for the prize-giving ceremony. This is an amazing achievement Hannah!

Da Vinci Decathlon Success

The Mt St Michael’s College Da Vinci Decathlon teams in Years 7, 8, 9, and 10 received their achievement awards this week on our College assembly.

The Da Vinci Decathlon is an academic competition designed to challenge and stimulate the minds of school students, who compete in teams of eight across 10 disciplines: Mathematics, English, Science, Code Breaking, Engineering, Ideation, Creative Producers, Art and Poetry, Cartography and General Knowledge.

The Year 10 team received a 1st placing in the Science section and a 3rd in the Art and Poetry section. The Year 9 team received a 1st placing in both the Engineering and the Ideation sections. The Year 8 team received a 2nd placing in the Mathematics section, whilst our Year 7 team performed creditably overall.

Congratulations to all Da Vinci Decathlon participants and to the large team of teachers who assisted with training sessions.

International QUEST Challenge Champions
Int Quest Challenge
Gabrielle Brown, Emma Dyson and Ella Patterson presented the winning QUEST trophies to Dr Madonna Ahern during our first assembly for Term 3.

The QUEST Challenge is a Gifted and Talented Program where students are immersed in learning workshops and then asked to critically and creatively respond to tasks such as spatially planning a town, filming a short film, inventing a new Olympic game and creating a working board game. The learning and application theme was ‘Shared Understanding of Reality’ with the Humanities section focused on the concept of epistemology, the Maths section focused on vectors, trilateration and GPS, and the Science section focused on applied theories of relativity.

After progressing through the regional rounds and winning the State Finals, they then placed 1st in Maths, 1st in Science and 1st in Humanities in the International Challenge. Congratulations to the QUEST team on their overall first place in this International Challenge and their love of learning.


Guest Speaker – Sr Christine Henry
Downs and West

On Sunday, representatives from the MSM Missions group joined together with local St Vincent de Paul Society Conferences to celebrate the annual Festival Mass at St Peter Chanel Church. After celebrating the Eucharist we were humbled to hear a guest speaker from Communify and Sr Christine Henry, founder of Downs and West Community Support, explain the work they do to help the vulnerable in our society. The Missions girls were truly inspired to continue supporting these groups in any way possible.


Work Experience with Dr Carolyn Brown

Over the last week Maggie Dale (Year 12) has been completing work experience with Dr Carolyn Brown and the Astrophysics Department at the University of Southern Queensland. Maggie was given a research project to complete as well as the task of coordinating a public astronomy night to help promote the department and the university.

Maggie’s research project involved analysing data related to the detection of exoplanets and her work will be used by the department as part of larger research projects. Her public astronomy event is currently scheduled for the 9th July. As a special treat for the end of Maggie’s work experience, Dr Brown set up the telescope with special white light, and hydrogen alpha filters to do some solar observation.

Maggie Dale

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