Orientation Guide

Your Guide to Mt St Michael's College

A warm welcome to students and parents of Year 7 2021. It is our pleasure to share with you the Mt St Michael’s College 2021 Orientation Guide, to assist new families find important information about the College with ease. 

Our Year 7 Orientation Day looks a little different this year, due to restrictions on the number of people able to visit us. 

In previous years parents would be invited to remain at the College on Orientation Day, to hear directly from our College Leadership Team and educational experts.

This year we are pleased to bring you a series of short videos, explaining what your daughter may expect on Orientation Day, and how Mt St Michael’s College assists her and your family, during this important transition to secondary college.

View our 2021 Orientation Day videos

Welcome from the Sharon Volp, Principal
Click Here

College Mission with Stephen Campion, Deputy Principal Mission 
Click Here

Curriculum Matters with Ros Collier, Deputy Principal Curriculum  
Click Here

Positive Education and Wellbeing with Dr Donna Ahern, Deputy Principal – Students
Click Here

Your daughter’s transition from Primary School with Sissi Lilley, Program Leader - Middle School
Click Here

An introduction to Year 7 with Alison Correia, Pastoral Leader Year 7
Click Here

Term Dates 2021

Term 1

  • Wednesday 27 January – Thursday 1 April

Term 2

  • Tuesday 20 April – Friday 18 June

Term 3

  • Tuesday 13 July – Friday 17 September

Term 4

  • Tuesday 5 October – Friday 19 November (Year 12 students)
  • Tuesday 5 October – Friday 26 November (Years 7-11)
The College Day
  • The College day commences at 8.35am when students move to their homeroom for administration and roll marking.
  • School finishes at 3.05pm.
First Day
  • Arrive at Mt St Michael's College no later than 8.15am.
  • Assemble outside M block. Home Room allocations will be displayed on the Grantuly veranda and M block classrooms. Staff and students will be available to assist with locating homerooms.   
  • Wear your full day uniform including College hat.
  • Bring your Mt St Michael's College tote bag, a water bottle, note pad and pencil case.
  • The Kaf will be open for morning tea and lunch or alternatively bring your own.
  • The Library will be open before and after school.Term time opening hours are 7.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Thursday and 4.00pm on Friday.

Students will be issued with the following items:

  • 2021 Diary
  • 2021 College Calendar
  • Student Timetable
  • Lock for locker
  • Lanyard 
Contacts

Office Hours: 8.00 am – 4.00 pm
Telephone: (07) 3858 4222
Email:  admin@msm.qld.edu.au
Absentee Line:  (07) 3858 4288
Absentee email: studentabsentees@msm.qld.edu.au

Uniform Requirements

The College has a very attractive uniform that our students wear with pride and which clearly indicates that a student is a member of our community. We have an expectation that all students will wear the correct uniform at all times and we ask for parental support in ensuring that this occurs.  

The formal College uniform is worn 5 days a week. All articles of clothing are to be clearly marked with your daughter’s name. The College does not accept any responsibility for lost property.

Uniform Requirements

  • Navy pleated skirt or formal shorts/trousers
  • White blouse with school crest
  • College tie
  • Black laced school shoes
  • Short white school socks
  • Navy pantyhose (Winter option)
  • Navy College jumper
  • Navy College vest (optional)
  • College formal hat (to be worn to and from school and during all breaks)
  • College blazer (compulsory for Year 10, Year 11 and Year 12 students, optional for all other year levels)

Sports Uniform

  • Navy College sports cap
  • College sports shorts with crest
  • College representative polo (to be worn at all inter-school sport events)
  • College house polo (to be worn for PE lessons and house events)
  • College sports socks
  • White low-cut sports shoes
  • College navy fleece tracksuit

The sports uniform is not to be worn to or from school and the formal College uniform is to be worn on College excursions.

School Bags

It is compulsory for all new students to purchase a MSM school bag from the College Uniform Shop. There is a choice of backpack or carry bag.

For term time Uniform Shop open hours, uniform prices and extended January opening hours (once confirmed) please CLICK HERE.

Uniform Shop - Booking details

College uniforms can be purchased from the MSM Uniform Shop, conveniently located on the College grounds in the main courtyard beside the Wellbeing Centre.

Below you will find a link to the College Uniform Shop information page which details trading times and current prices. Parents are asked to note the additional trading hours set for early January 2021 to allow for ease of purchase during what is normally a very busy period.

Payments can be made using cash, cheque, EFTPOS and Credit Card (Visa and Mastercard only). For convenience, parents may opt to establish an account for their daughters to make further uniform purchases during the year. For any queries please contact the Uniform Shop during trading hours on (07) 3366 7576 or msm_uniforms@jeagencies.com.au.

Fitting Times by Appointment

The Uniform Shop will run fitting times by appointment during Term 4 for new families starting in 2021. This individual appointment will allow your daughter/s to be fitted carefully without the busy crowds that occur in January. Each appointment will be 30 minutes (starting on the hour and half hour) which is more than enough time to be fitted for all of your uniform requirements.  

The available times fill up fast so new families are strongly encouraged to book their appointment early by contacting the Uniform Shop on email at msm_uniforms@juniorsenioruniforms.com.au. Please suggest three (3) possible appointment times in order of preference just in case your first option/s are unavailable. Be sure to advise your daughter’s name and a contact mobile number and email address so your appointment can be confirmed.

A reminder email will be sent to you a few days prior to your appointment.

Please visit the Uniform shop page for a full list of appointment times - CLICK HERE.

For term time Uniform Shop open hours, uniform prices and extended January opening hours (once confirmed) please CLICK HERE..

Digital Textbooks and Stationery

Mt St Michael’s College textbooks are online and interactive. Digital textbook lists, and guidelines for ordering online textbooks for the new school year, are published on the College website around mid-November of Term 4. Parents can access and order online texts directly through our contracted supplier which then become available to the student on their first day of the new school year. 

Further information about ordering your stationery and book requirements for Year 7 2021 will be provided in term 4.

Parent Lounge

Parent Lounge is the College’s interactive web-based portal. Parent Lounge allows parents and guardians to view information about their daughter online. This is a secure, password protected site and allows access to information such as: 

  • Student Details
  • Extra-Curricular information
  • Attendance
  • Student Results
  • Student Timetable
  • Current Medical Information
  • Excursion information and approval
  • Online payment facility for College fees

You also have the capability of undertaking online searches for information such as Attendance, Student Results and Comments. Lists of your daughter's teachers’ email addresses are available, either individually or as a group, to facilitate communication with the College. 

This is an exciting development and one which will allow the parents of Mt St Michael’s College students the ability to keep up to date with their daughter's activities. 

Individual access details will be provided to families during the first week of Term 1.

Correspondence, Newsletters and College App

Correspondence from the College will be forwarded to the person listed on the Enrolment Application form as the correspondence address. In the case of separated parents, Academic Reports and School Fees will be forwarded to both parents unless specified in court orders.

The Spirit

The Mt St Michael’s College newsletter ‘The Spirit’ is published fortnightly during term time and is distributed to our parent community via email. Past and current newsletters can be found on the College App and on our website. The Spirit is an important communication tool for the College, and we encourage all parents to read each edition to keep informed about news and events that are directly related to MSM.

To read the latest editions of The Spirit:
CLICK HERE

The College App

The College App is a very important tool for our community and is one of the main communication channels used by the Sports Department for trials, wet day cancellations and practice information. Equally, you will find information from our music and arts departments, including practice information and events.

The App is the 'go to place' to find important links such as Parent Lounge and recent newsletters, and information about P&F and Alumni events. Important news is also sent out via a push alert notification to our App subscribers.

Details on how to download the College App can be found below. It is important to update your College App subscription to ensure you receive the correct notifications for your area(s) of interest in addition to updating your daughter’s year level as she progresses through the College. 

It is also important to update your subscription to ensure that you don’t become overwhelmed with message notifications. To manage your subscriptions, select ‘settings’ (via the ‘cog like’ symbol found at the bottom right of your home screen) and then select ‘subscriptions’ that interest you or relate to your child.

At MSM we are working towards ensuring our App becomes a one-stop shop for all important communications, notices and reminders.

To download the MSM App for iPhone, please CLICK HERE
To download the MSM App for Android, please CLICK HERE

Wellbeing Newsletter

The Pastoral Leaders Wellbeing Newsletter is distributed to all parents around Week 3 of each term and towards the end of term, with the exception of Term 4 where only one edition is published. Each Pastoral Leader provides valuable information for parents which delivers an overview of happenings in the year level they support. In addition, our College Psychologists provide relevant advice and support to our parent community as well as ensuring each child at MSM has all the necessary care in place.

Mobile Phone Use

Mobile phones (and smart watches) are permitted on College campus before and after school only but must be placed in lockers at 8.30am prior to Home Room. Mobile phones (and smart watches) must not be taken to classes or carried around in pockets/bags. The only exception is teacher direction for mobile phones to be brought to class for educational purposes.

The College Café - The Kaf and Flexischools

The Kaf, the College café, operates on a daily basis during the academic year for breakfast, morning tea and lunch. 

The provision of contemporary food and drinks that are fresh and of high quality for our students, staff and guests is at the core of the operation. Café volunteers are always welcome and The Kaf staff would love to meet you. Volunteering is not only a positive method of assisting but also a great way to meet new friends and catch up with school happenings. 

For the current Kaf menu please click here.

Flexischools

To minimise the amount of cash that is brought to school the College has introduced a Student Debit Account System for use in The Kaf. The flexischools account allows students to use their school ID card as a debit card to make purchase at The Kaf. Through the flexischools account parents can view purchases, set spending limits and top up the balance.

Online orders can be placed for morning tea and lunch up to 8.30am on the morning required. 

Set Up Your Account

Setting up an account for either Online Ordering or Card Payments is done online and only takes a minute. Each card can only be registered to one account. Simply go to www.flexischools.com.au and click “Register Now”. You will be sent an email with further instructions on how to complete the registration. Once registered, you can start placing orders immediately, or can activate the card payments by entering your student’s card number that matches your daughter’s “Alternate ID”. This number is not printed on the card but can be found in Parent Lounge under ‘Student Details’ then scroll down to ‘General Details’ option and the card number will appear in the field noted as ‘Alternate ID’. If you have more than one daughter enrolled you need to change the student selection from the drop down option to the right of your screen. Then select ‘General Details’ and the card number will be listed under the field ‘Alternate ID’ for each student.

The system operates via a pre-paid account, so you can easily budget for your spending throughout the term. There are a variety of payment options supported, including Visa, Mastercard (credit and debit), Bank Transfer and Payclick. Some top-up methods have fees or restrictions – please check online for details. Payments using bank transfers may take up to three days for the balance to reach the account.

What does it cost?

There is no cost for setting up your account and no monthly account fee. If you have any questions, FlexiSchools provide a great help desk on 1300 361 769, or you can contact them via their website.

Lost ID cards

If a ID card becomes lost or misplaced, please call Flexischools on 1300 361 769 as soon as possible to place a hold on the account.

Replacement ID cards can be purchased via the MSM IT Support office for $8 each.

Photograph, Social Media and Video Permission Form

At certain times throughout the year, our students may have the opportunity to be photographed or filmed for our school publications, such as the school newsletter, website, social media or to promote the College in newspapers and other media.

Mt St Michael’s College may also wish to use student photographs/videos in print and online promotion, marketing, media and educational materials. For privacy purposes, we need to ensure that we have your full permission to use your daughter’s photograph/video for the above purposes. Please CLICK HERE to download and complete the permission form. Please upload and submit your completed form HERE

Fees

Fees are charged each term and are payable within 14 days of the date of issue. Strict adherence to payment is expected and extensions will only be granted in exceptional circumstances. Retreats and levies will be charged through term accounts. Payments may be made by Credit Card, Cheque or Direct Debit.

Leave from College

Students are expected to attend school every day during Term time. For your future information, please note the College policy in relation to student absences, school work and assessments due to vacations.

Attendance at school is crucial for your daughter’s development. Please keep this in mind when organising family holidays. If for any reason your daughter is required to be absent from school for a period of time, other than medical or dental appointments, our policy states that you write to the Principal requesting leave for your daughter prior to arrangements being made. When requesting leave, please include your daughter’s full name, year level and home room in the letter.

It is important to note, request for leave from the Principal is only for extended periods of absence, and not for short periods of absence such as medical appointments or sport representation. 

Please refer to the Administration section of the student diary for further information regarding student absences.  

Transport

If your daughter will be using public transport services it may be beneficial to take your daughter on a practice run during the holidays so that she is aware of the schedule and requirements.

Bus information on services can be obtained through TRANSLINK on 131 230 or Internet www.translink.com.au. Detailed information on bus routes and timetables is available through Ward Offices and Municipal Libraries.

Sport

A Message from Kay Roy, Director of Sport

Mt St Michael’s College provides an all inclusive, safe environment for girls of all skills and ability across a wide range of sporting options.  We want girls to become life long participants of sport and our aim is to provide the opportunity for them to represent Mt St Michael’s College against other Catholic Secondary Schoolgirls’ Sports Association (CaSSSA) Schools in a competitive environment.

We also believe it is vitally important for girls to be able to participate in physical activity without the pressure of competition, therefore we are constantly sourcing new opportunities for social and non-competitive involvement in a wide range of physically active programs.  

We firmly believe sport is for every girl and strive to achieve high participation and enjoyment for all students across all programs on offer at Mt St Michael’s College.  Our goal is to offer relevant pathways for all levels of physical activity, ranging from students competing in sports at elite levels and students trying a new sport for the first time.

We encourage our students to “run like a girl, throw like a girl and kick like girl” and be proud of what they can achieve by having a go! We promote girls that are committed, hardworking and strong individuals who will continue to enjoy the active lifestyle during their time at Mt St Michael’s College and long after they have graduated!

To read more about Sport at Mt St Michael’s College please CLICK HERE.

The Arts

The Co- Curricular activities in the Arts cater for students of all ages and are a great way to make friends, socialise in a school environment with girls of all different year levels , explore and practice your Art form, develop your confidence and be involved in college life. 

Mt St Michael's College offers many exciting opportunities in the Arts for students of Year 7. 

  • Drama Club and Theatre Sports
  • Art for the Heart and Urban Sketchers
  • Dance Technique, Middle School Dance Ensemble* and Liturgy Dancers*
  • College Choir, Year 7-8 Choir, MSM Singers*, Middle School Vocal Ensemble*, String Ensemble, String Orchestra*, Senior Strings*, String Quartet*, Concert Band, 
  • Guitar Ensemble, Wind Ensemble*, Brass Ensemble*, Percussion Ensemble
  • Private Voice and Instrumental Lessons, Theory of Music group lessons.

(* denotes activities for which there is an audition.)

How will my daughter know how to join the activities and when they are on?

All communication about co-curricular activities will be made with your daughter on her email (after she gets her computer). We encourage all communication to be with the student so that she can start to develop the commitment and organisation required to be involved. 

In Week 1 a timetable will be posted on the APP and sent to all students, so they know which days the activities are on for 2021. Teachers in charge of the activities will talk to all the Year 7 students about the activities in this first week.


At the end of Week 1 an email will be sent to students to ask them for an expression of interest to be involved in the activities. This is usually in the form of a link to a google form. From there we will email all the details of the activity to the students and they can share that information with you. Instructions will be clearly given for the student to do this. 

For more information about the Arts related activities offered in the college, please CLICK HERE.

For all music information, please email music@msm.qld.edu.au.

Music

Choirs, Ensembles and Private Lessons

Expressions of Interest are pre-submitted via THIS FORM.

Enrolments-proper will be through Parent Lounge in 2021.

Music Camp 2021

MSM Music Camp 2021 is held at the end of Week 2 and provides a musical kick-start to the year of music making, and concludes with a short concert on the Sunday. It is an opportunity for enjoyment, education and community building amongst the music students, teachers and parents of the College.

Information about Music Camp
Music camp information for 2021 is distributed in Term 4 2020 to current Co-curricular Music students and to incoming 2021 Year 7 students. Acceptance and payment of $185 for Music Camp 2021 will be required before the end of 2020 to confirm numbers.

Please email music@msm.qld.edu.au with any queries about Music Camp.