Mt St Michael's College has a long and successful Debating history, with past students in both State and National teams. Students are offered the opportunity to take part in the Queensland Debating Union (QDU) 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. 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.
Students are also 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 an unfamiliar audience. 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.
The Film and Multimedia Club is an extension of curriculum work in Multimedia Studies.
Minecraft Academy is a group of students from years 7-11 who with their love of Minecraft meet weekly and collaborate together to build worlds. The largest ongoing project is the MSM College, containing teachers, students, working lifts and doors. Minecraft Academy also works in a 3D virtual world using VR software. Trying to escape Zombies and Spiders which just seem to creep up on you is the constant challenge in this format.
TOM is a six week challenge that encourages problem-solving skills and team work. The girls work in teams of seven and there are different disciplines for teams to enter including Maths Engineering, Social Sciences, Applied Technology and Language Literature.
The teams are teacher selected (after the girls express interest in participating) as there needs to be students from three different year levels Year 8 - Year 10 in each team. There is no cost to participating in this activity. For further information visit http://www.tom.edu.au/QLD/Default.aspx
Writers' Club is an inspirational group of students from Years 7-12. Staff provide stimulus to help budding writers with ideas for their writing. A normal afternoon involves a quick brain dump to clear peoples' minds, followed by stimulus material, which can range from pictures to songs, or even peoples' shoes as happened one afternoon. Then the writing happens. For more than 30 minutes, the only sound in the room is the scratching of pens and the silent whirring of minds.
Once this is done, sharing and critiquing occurs, where people can share what they’ve created, and be given constructive criticism to improve their writing. It is often amazing to witness what young writers are able to put on to paper in half an hour! Sometimes the room is sent into uncontrollable laughter, other times into complete silence and awe. Writers' Club also has an annual camp and occasional excursions, enabling writers to immerse themselves in a range of experiences.