MSPC Newsletter - Term 2 Week 6, 3rd June 2022
During 2021, a group of students were selected to participate in a Catholic Schools Office funded art project. The chosen theme ‘Kaleidoscope’ centred on the transformative potential involved in the art of storytelling. Focused on collaboration and enrichment, students were challenged to expand their understanding of the creative process - drawing inspiration from the narrative, visual, instrumental and dramatic worlds. As well as displaying creativity and teamwork, the students demonstrated great resilience and perseverance as the showcase of their projects was delayed twice and finally shown to an enthusiastic audience on Thursday evening 26th May.
I am very proud of the students’ achievements and of the great leadership and mentoring from Mount St Patrick College staff. Michael Lill and Amanda Starr showed great vision and leadership and were ably supported by Katie Pinkstone, Grace Molloy, Jamie Harvey and Vanessa Bowe. It was truly a project that removed the ceiling for students of what could be achieved.
Working during school hours
It is important that students and parents are aware that it is illegal to be in paid employment during school hours. We have some students who have left early to go to work. This is not acceptable, to the College or the NSW Government. We understand that some businesses are struggling for workers, but they cannot solve this at the expense of a young person's education. If your child is hoping to find an apprenticeship or full time employment, they should liaise with our Careers Advisor, Ms Keeley Serone, in order that they are meeting the legal requirements set out by the NSW government.
Although not in the headlines, COVID-19 continues to cause disruptions, illness and unfortunately in some cases, tragedy in communities across Australia. The College consistently has students and staff away due to COVID-19.
The COVID-19 situation continues to evolve in the education space. Included below is a summary of the current NSW Health Guidelines for Schools:
- Students and staff who are close contacts and have no symptoms can continue to attend school if they follow the guidelines below:
- They must notify the school and their outside of school hours care (OOSHC) provider if they are intending to return under this provision
- They should conduct a daily rapid antigen test (RAT) and return a negative result each morning before attending school for 5 school days
- Secondary school students must wear a mask indoors (except when eating or exercising).
- No student or staff member identified as a close contact will be permitted to participate in overnight excursions, including school camps.
- No apprentices, trainees or students on placement or staff member identified as a close contact will be permitted to attend settings identified as high risk by NSW Health (healthcare, aged care, disability care or correctional facilities).
- Any visitor to a school site who is a close contact is required to advise the school that they are a close contact before they come on site. These visitors should conduct a daily RAT and return a negative result before attending. They must also wear a mask indoors at all times. Schools should consider if the visit can be conducted virtually.
- Packs of RATs are available for all students from Miss McShane.
- Mask wearing is mandatory for staff and high school students returning to school as close contacts for 5 school days. Masks continue to be mandatory on public transport. This applies to students aged 12 years and older when travelling to and from school and during school excursions by public transport or by chartered transport services.
- Students are encouraged to wash their hands regularly with soap and water. Enhanced cleaning measures remain in place at the College.
Sometimes we are intimidated by what we see as the impossible standards that Jesus set, but Pope Francis tells us that “Holiness doesn't mean doing extraordinary things, but doing ordinary things with love and faith”.
Be the Good and God Bless,
Assistant Principal - Mission
YEAR 7/YEAR 8 CATCH UP HPV/BOOSTRIX INJECTIONS
The 2nd HPV Dose and catch-ups will be given next term on Wednesday 27th July.
They will take place in the Gilbey Hall beginning at 9.30am.
NEW CATCH-UP ID, GROUP and SIBLING PHOTOS DATE
The date for these photos is now Thursday 23rd June. They will take place in the Gilbey Hall from 8am until 3.10pm. All students are to be in their full dress uniform for these photos. No Year 12 jerseys or Year 7 - 11 jumpers or jackets will be worn in the photos.
YEAR 7 PARENT/TEACHER/STUDENT INTERVIEWS
Year 7 Reports and details about these interviews will be emailed to parents before the end of this term.
YEAR 8 CAMP
Best wishes to the Year 8 students, and generous staff supervising, who are travelling north for their 3 day, 2-night camp. Take plenty of warm clothes!
HELPING KIDS THRIVE ONLINE
Following are details about a free webinar promoting safe online use.
Assistant Principal: Mission
We recently sent some Year 11 and 12 students down to McAuley Catholic College in Grafton to attend the LEAD conference. It was an amazing experience and it was really incredible to see our students making new connections throughout the diocese. We thank the following students very much for attending; Joseph Colnan, Tenika Twomey, Halle McClymont, Zatalia Gumm, Leo Molinari, Grace Kelly, Nathan Pryke, Cooper Shields, Ruby Van Den Driest, Kye Doevendans, Kaleb Boddie, Matilda McTaggart, Jordynne Ricciuti, Emma Loughman, Hallie Nash, Sierra Mudgway-Freeman, Ella Charman, Jayda McDermott and Emma Farrelly.
Here are some of their personal reflections and highlights:
“My highlight of the whole experience was when we partook in an activity where we spoke one on one with a like-minded student who was also attending the conference. We got to share experiences from when we were younger and also talk about our spiritual experiences as well. The main purpose of the activity was to be an active listener for the other student. To show them you are listening to them and that they are being heard and understood. I think I particularly liked this because I felt a sense of connection between a complete stranger that I had just met because of the presence and connection of God that we both had and felt.” Ruby Van Den Driest Year 11
“My personal favourite activity at Lead was mainly just the sessions during break when we had a chance to mingle with the like-minded community of the diocese and heard all different stories about their individual faith. The workshops on the last day were also uplifting as they allowed us to be face to face with others as well as share our goals and ambitions for the future. Overall an amazing experience and which I would highly recommend.” Leo Molinari Year 11
Our students were exceptional. Thanks to Mrs Angela Finkel, Miss Grace Molloy, Emma Wilkinson and Mikayla Greenhalgh for attending with the students. We had fun!!! Thank you also to our Parish Priest Father Peter Wood for attending.
UPCOMING MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES
The Ignite Conference, taking place on Thursday 22nd – Sunday 25th September in Brisbane is a dynamic and contemporary Catholic Conference for adults, teenagers and children. Since it began in 2001, it has grown to become one of the largest Catholic youth events of its kind in Australia. The Ignite experience gets bigger every year and now regularly attracts over 1,500 young
people, ministry leaders, priests, religious and parents from across our nation and beyond.
Permission notes and information have already gone out, but it's not too late to get one. These are due back on Wednesday 8th June! The trip is open to students from Years 7-12. It will be subsidised by the CSO to make it more affordable and accessible. Student participants will be asked to make a co-contribution of $245.00. This will need to be paid through Compass by 10th June.
Further information: igniteconference.com.au
SHINE unites Youth Ministry students in Catholic secondary schools of the Diocese of Lismore. The Youth Ministry program is offered to Year 9 and 10 students, allowing those with a willingness to nurture their faith, an opportunity for Christian fellowship and spiritual formation. With a continued focus on peer-to-peer ministry, the two-day SHINE event combines elements of praise and worship, inspiring keynote speakers, student testimonies, small group discussions, interactive workshops, prayer, Eucharistic Adoration and Mass. Senior Ministry Team members are invited to apply for roles as small group leaders, testimony givers and workshop facilitators. An integral part of the Proclaim Lismore Student Discipleship Continuum, SHINE will again be held at St John Paul College in Coffs Harbour on Thursday 18th – Friday 19th August, with over 600 participants expected. Please join us in praying for its ongoing success.
Youth Ministry students from Mt St Patrick College will receive permission forms from their youth Ministry Class teacher to attend SHINE. It is expected that all students of these classes attend as part of their participation and commitment to these classes.
Thank you to all our students and staff who have shown such enthusiasm and excitement about once again being able to take part in these ministry events after a long hiatus.
Leader of Evangelisation
YEAR 8 ADVENTURE CAMP
Next week our Year 8 students travel to Redland Bay for their Adventure Camp. This camp provides an opportunity for students to challenge themselves and to build rapport with their peers and teachers. It is a terrific experience and traditionally the excursion is enjoyed by both students and staff. Pack plenty of warm clothing as it will be cold!
LEADERSHIP POSITIONS FOR YEAR 11
The move towards our new House structure is gaining momentum. The crests for the four new Houses are being manufactured and each new House, and the associated patron, has an inspirational story for our students. The current Year 11 students, who will be our first leaders under this new structure, will soon be given the opportunity to attend a Leadership Training camp. This camp is specifically for those students who hope to nominate for the leadership positions for their final year of high school, which will commence in Term Four this year.
The leadership positions that will be available are
- Two College Captains
- 3 x Co-Captains per House (All with a specific focus): Academic and Wellbeing
Sport and Community
Mission and Culture
Please encourage your Year 11 child to consider one of these opportunities.
Dear Parents and Students
Wellbeing focus this week is Postivie Emotion and Gratitude and the Character Strength is Appreicaiton of Beauty and Excellence.
Leader of Pastoral Care
This year, Mt St Patrick College were able to send two staff members to the 2022 Inclusion and Disability Conference in Brisbane (Meeanjin). The Conference gave thanks to the Turrbal and Jagera land on which it was held, and championed the theme: If I belong, I succeed. It focused on ways in which educators can ensure that all students access and engage in high-quality education that is inclusive and free from any form of discrimination. It highlighted ways in which to ensure that ALL students “have a sense of belonging, purpose and meaning that enabled them to thrive in their learning environment.”
The two day meeting was an inspirational presentation from our National Leaders, Teachers, Scientists, Researchers and people from a diverse range of cultures, backgrounds, and all those who had experienced adversity and disability themselves and in their own lives. Professor Jioji Ravulo kept us entertained with song and dance, always reminding us of why we do the work we do; because we care about you - our students and families.
Key takeaways and questions from the Conference included:
- A National Statement and Framework for Inclusive education. What is our Why?
- Australian Disability Strategy 2021-2031
- Closing the Gap framework. Authentic community involvement and inclusive discussion of culture and diversity in classrooms
- The importance of consultation and collaboration for effective inclusion for all
- Multi-tiered models in Education, helping all students to achieve their potential through Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
- Success encompasses the whole person. We can do this through providing the tools needed to develop competence in learning wherever, whenever
- That all learning has an emotional base (Plato)
- Assessment design changes - Beyond the cognitive. What do we want our students to be able to know, do and be?
- Key aspects of being a transformative leader in inclusion and diversity
- Anxiety is on the rise across the nation, and can be debilitating. How do we start the conversations?
We hope that we can bring some of this knowledge and experience to you and your family over the year, leading, teaching and transforming education through Inclusion with every student, every day.
Shellae Boss Catherine Cripps
Leader of Inclusion and Diversity Teacher and Intervention Leader
It is Week 6 and Year 8 are in the middle of completing their Term 2 assessments, while Years 9 and 10 are very busy preparing for their assessment block which commences next week. Seniors have been notified of the dates for their Term 2 assessment block.
Assessment dates for Years 9 and 10: Assessment dates for Years 11 and 12:
Year 9: 06/06/22 to 10/06/22 (Week 7) Year 11: 09/06/22 to 17/06/22 (Week 7-8)
Year 10: 06/06/22 to 10/06/22 (Week 7) Year 12: 10/06/22 to 17/06/22 (Week 7-8)
If students require a variation to assessment, they should complete the online Assessment Variation Application Form for each subject. This can be found on the year page of the MSPC Corporate website. Choose the Curriculum pull down menu: https://mspclism.com/
Please note that students have been informed that a family social event or holiday would not be considered a valid reason for an extension or exemption.
Students can access all information regarding their assessments via the Assessment Portal which is found on the MSPC Moodle Site: https://moodle.mursclism.catholic.edu.au/
Students are encouraged to be proactive with their learning and assessment preparation. This is important for building confidence and assessment readiness. Students have been provided with study guides and revision materials by their teachers. If students are unsure of expectations, they should seek advice from their teachers. There are many helpful online resources that can also assist parents to help their child to be organised, confident and assessment ready. Implementing a balanced home study routine can play an important part in this process.
The following table indicates the upcoming assessments for Weeks 7 and 8
Please see below for a summary of the Mount St Patrick Assessment Rules and Procedures.
Assessment Task Rules: Summary
Mt St Patrick College
All Years: Students are to complete ALL Assessment Tasks for each subject. If there is a valid reason e.g. prolonged illness or approved leave, the student may be awarded a mark based on a substitute task or the Curriculum Coordinator may approve an estimated mark being awarded.
Years 11 and 12
- Years 11 and 12 should refer to their Senior Handbooks for the MSPC Assessment Policy relating to Stage 6. Years 11 and 12 should also be conversant with the NESA HSC Rules and Procedures Guide. All students entered in an HSC course must read the HSC Rules and Procedures Guide. The weblink can be found on the year page of the Assessment Portal.
Extensions: Only the Curriculum Coordinator can grant extensions for tasks and they must be applied for at least 3 days before the task is due.
Late submissions and cheating
- If a candidate fails to hand in/seriously complete an assessment task by the due date, a zero will be awarded. However, the task must still be completed by the student to fulfil NESA requirements.
- Late submissions of hand-in tasks have 20% of the mark achieved for that task deducted per day late and will receive zero after 3 days. For example, if a student obtained 60% for a task and it was 1 day late they would have their mark reduced by 20% and their mark would be 48%.
- If a task is designated to be handed in at a particular time e.g. 9.00 AM Tuesday, 20% will be deducted after that time e.g. 9.30 AM Tuesday. The same will apply to late arrival for an in-class task.
- If plagiarism, cheating or the gaining of unfair advantage is identified, a zero will be awarded.
What if you are absent for an Assessment Task?
- For Year 7-9 students: a note from the parent is required upon the student’s return.
- For Year 10-12 students: a Medical Practitioner must complete the Mount St Patrick Assessment Variation Illness Application. This can be accessed on the student’s year page on the Assessment Portal. A zero will be awarded if the completed document is not provided. NOTE: A signed statutory declaration will not be accepted.
- These notes need to be submitted to the class teacher before 9 am on the first day of return.
- It is the STUDENT’S responsibility to report to their teacher or the appropriate Leader of Learning, before homeroom, on the FIRST day of their return and arrange a time to complete the task. If they fail to do this, a 20% penalty may be awarded and the task must still be completed.
- During the Years 7-12 exam blocks, a catch-up period will be specified on the examination timetable. However, the student should still report to their teacher with a note and/or Medical Certificate.
- For other tasks, students will have the opportunity to complete the task within a subject set timeframe for example:
Day task was due
Days on which the catch-up can be completed
Tuesday or Wednesday or Thursday
Wednesday or Thursday or Friday
Thursday or Friday
Friday or following Monday
the following Monday or Tuesday
Assessment Tasks Completed on Computers
To minimise issues with computers and printers around the time of the assessment due date, students should:
- save their work frequently as they progress.
- print draft copies as substantial additions are made to the assessment.
- have a backup copy of their assessment on their personal Google ‘My Drive’ and should email drafts of their assessment to themself via their school email periodically.
- Students who complete their assignments on computers at home should ensure:
- assessment is submitted as specified on the Assessment Task Notification.
- that any programs used are compatible with the College system.
Note that computers or printers that are not working will not be accepted as a valid reason for a late submission, or for an extension.
If relying on printing in the Learning or Wellbeing Hub, it is the student's responsibility to check that programs are compatible with the school system.
Hand in Submissions: Requirements
For all hand in assessment tasks, students are required to keep a digital copy of their assessment that
is time and date stamped. For example, the copy could be a PDF copy, scanned copy, or a
photographic copy of the assessment task. The copy must display the date and time the assessment
was completed and should not be altered past the due date and time.
Leader of Curriculum
FROM THE SPORTS DESK
DIOCESAN OPEN BASKETBALL
On Thursday 19th May, the senior boys and girls travelled to Coffs Harbour for the Diocesan Open Basketball Championships.
The boys played a total of four games against Xavier College Skennars Head, St John’s Woodlawn, Newman Technical College Port Macquarie and McAuley College Grafton finishing with a comfortable victory and three narrow defeats. This landed the boys in the semi-final where they were out-muscled by bigger bodies and lost by 12 points. Best players on the day were Ty Lockwood, Ethan Johnston and Angus Lindsay.
Despite being a senior carnival, the boys team was solely made up of Year 9 students which is a true testament to the commitment, dedication and talent of the team members. They represented Mount Saint Patrick College extremely well, and got a great insight into what it takes to be a top-performing team. From this experience the boys are hoping that over their next three years of school, they develop individually and cohesively to be real contenders when they enter their senior years. Well done boys!
A shout out to Nic Appert of Yr 12 who was part of the team up until the final afternoon prior to leaving when he had to make the decision not to travel with the team due to a lingering flu that he just could not shake. He made the selfless decision not to come and in his final year this must have been a hard one to make.
Jake Hetherington (Coach)
The Open Girls Basketball team travelled to Coffs Harbour to play 6 games on Thursday 19th May.
Having both divisions combined, the girls put up a good fight against many of the dominating court movement from Port Maquarie and Coffs Harbour. The girls played extremely well coming away with a few wins over the day.
Some highlights of the day included: Abbey Bevan scoring a whopping 56 points over the 6 games; Sasha Hendrikse and Olivia Glazebrook’s accuracy in shooting. Ari Sampson-Jones made her debut in the Senior Girls team and made significant contributions to the team with her stellar ball work and defence.
Sadly we say goodbye to two of our senior girls as they finish Year 12 this year- Abbey Bevan and Tessa Hendrikse. Abbey has been a part of the Open Girls Basketball team since Year 7 and her strength and determination on the courts will be missed.
Lauren Frankham (Coach)
DIOCESAN CROSS COUNTRY.
The recent rain in Grafton meant that the venue for the Diocesan Cross Country needed to be moved. The new venue was the Clarence River Jockey Club. 35 athletes from Mt St Patrick made the trip down the highway, performed very well and many students made the Lismore team to compete in the next level, the NSWCCC Cross Country Championships in Eastern Creek later this term. (highlighted in yellow in the table)
Congratulations to Sam Hynes who won his age group and is Diocesan Champion.
On an aggregate table our 35 runners placed our College 4th overall, a very good result indeed.
BILL TURNER CUP
MSPC vs Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar
In damp conditions we played our 3rd round of the competition against Lindisfarne at Tweed on Thursday 19th May.
Unfortunately, despite a strong effort the boys went down 3-0 in a game that was much closer than the score line suggests.
After dominating field position for most of the 1st half we were looking good, but a goal for the opposition just before halftime put us on the back foot. The boys gave their all in the second half, but were unable to find the back of the net. Lindisfarne defended very well and managed to snag two late goals.
Flynn Jones was given player of the match for a mighty effort in the midfield and there were many notable performances amongst the team.
I’m really proud of how they boys played throughout the competition, there is a wealth of talent and energy in the squad. Many of the team will still be still eligible to play next year, so we hope that given this year’s experiences the boys will be highly competitive in 2023.
Stewart Grant (Coach)
BILL TURNER TROPHY
MSPC vs Kingscliff
After a forfeit from Wollumbin in Round 1, our girls were keen to get their first game underway. However, due to our fields being far too wet, our “home game” was played at Walter Peate oval in Kingscliff on Friday 21st May.
MSPC started very strong, with lots of possession in the first half. However, by half time, the score board did not indicate this. Kingscliff were lucky with their first goal and then convincingly scored a second goal.
Half time saw MSPC 2 goals down. Captains Sarah Bowers and Imogen Andrews (both in Year 10) had much to say. After a switch in positions (Sarah moving to the forwards rather than defence in the back), the plan was simple. A quick goal was needed in the first 5 minutes, followed by another. True to form, this happened. Girls in mid worked hard to pass the ball to Sarah, who went for goal, missed and then was cleaned up by Imogen. Shortly afterwards, Sarah Bowers scored our second goal.
With the score now locked at 2-2, play continued and the team fought hard. Unfortunately, MSPC did not have the possession that they had in the first half. Kingscliff quickly capitalised on their own possession and were able to score just past the second half. MSPC responded by digging deep and were able to get the ball to the forwards many times, desperately trying to equal the score. It was quite the nail biter. After a few very close shots at goal, the hooter finally sounded. Final score, 3-2.
I have never been more proud of the 14 girls who fielded this team. Commendations to the “fearless” Mya Andrews, Alyssa Templeton and Grace Farrell who worked solidly for the entire game. Thank you also to Sienna Peddle, Phoebe Piticco, Matilda Leeson and Lillian Gibb for joining the team at short notice.
Susan Waters (Coach)
Sophie Forsyth, Isabella Millar (Year 9) and Hannah Millar (Year 10) competed at the Qld State Championships in Artistic Swimming (previously known as synchronised swimming) last weekend.
In these competitions they are judged individually on their execution of some of the manoeuvres and they also perform artistically in solos, duets or teams. Sophie and Hannah won bronze for their duet which they had trained hard to perfect.
Sophie, Hannah and Bella Millar are currently the only people training locally at TRAC Murwillumbah on a Friday afternoon but their coach, Rachel Presser, from Banora who recently represented Australia at the Tokyo Olympics would love to see new faces! Anyone interested in trying a free session can contact Corina on 0418 486 722.
ATHLETICS CARNIVAL UPDATE
Students wishing to compete in High Jump at our Carnival (and if successful at the Diocesan Carnival) will shortly be asked to nominate for the event. During Week 7 students will be asked to see Mr Gresham and nominate. Once they have nominated for the event, they will be issued a permission note which MUST be signed by a parent and returned to the College by Friday 17th June if they wish to compete. It is mandatory for all athletes wishing to compete in High Jump to have written parental consent which needs to be received prior to the Carnival.
The 1500m event for our Carnival will be conducted on Tuesday 28th June, the day before our Carnival. It will be held at Queens Park from 9 – 11am for all competitors. Students are invited to start self-nominating for this event now. They can do so by seeing Mr Gresham at the staff room at recess or lunch breaks and adding their names to the event sheet. Only students who have nominated will be invited to attend the event.
Any students wishing to compete in the 800m event at our Carnival will need to make their own way to the track on Wednesday 29th June. The 800m event will be marshalled from 8am – 8.20am with the first races underway at 8.30am. While this event is underway, the rest of the College will be boarding buses at Murwillumbah and making their way to the track.
Parents will be sent a google form on Monday 6th June to indicate how your sons or daughters will get to Walter Peate Oval for the Athletics Carnival. If they cannot get straight to the Oval, there will be buses leaving from the College and students can catch the bus to school as normal. Please complete this form by the end of next week, Friday 10th June.
A small but dedicated group of athletes boarded the bus to Bathurst on Monday 30th May. Two girls in our team, Olivia Mason and Fiona Laybutt made the trip the day before in order to attend the NSWCCC Selection trials at the same venue.
By the time the teams arrived in Bathurst we had learnt that Fiona had been successful in gaining selection in the NSWCCC Open Girls Hockey team for 2022. Congratulations Fiona!
At the end of Day 1 of competition the two MSPC teams had played 5 games, scored 23 goals, had only 4 goals scored against them. You will have to wait for the next newsletter to get the final results but the Opens play Trinity College Goulburn at 11.30am on Wednesday and the Junior girls play St Joseph’s Gosford in their Semi Final at 12.15pm.
Open Girls pool games results after Day 1 of competition (We are MSP MUR)
Day 2 results for the Opens team
Quarter Final MSPC 2 defeated Trinty College Goulburn 0
Semi Final MSPC 2 drew Trinity Catholic College Lismore 2 (trinity advance to GF as they finished top of pool )
Play off for third /fourth MSPC 3 defeated Bathurst 1
NSWCCC Bronze Medal – Mt St Patrick College
Junior Girls pool results after day 1 of competition. (we are MSP MUR)
Day 2 results
Semi Final MSPC 6 defeated St Josephs Gosford 0
Grand Final MSPC 0, McAuley College Grafton 2
NSWCCC Medallists MSPC Junior Girls
OPEN BOYS RUGBY LEAGUE
Our Open Boys Rugby League travelled to Xavier College, Skennars Head on Wednesday 1st June to compete in the Catholic Cup Competition. Coming up against a well-drilled St Joseph’s team, our boys were overpowered in their first game. This loss in game 1 meant we had to play immediately, the loser of game 1 of the day Xavier College. Again XCC jumped out to an early lead before some spirited defence repelled repeated sets of six on our line. The game was called when Will Harriss suffered a head knock and an ambulance was needed to be called. We wish Will well in his recovery.
UNITING PRESCHOOL VISIT
On Wednesday 18th May, Year 9 Child Studies students had the opportunity to visit, observe and engage with the young people across the road at the Uniting Care Preschool. During class last term students had been learning about the Growth and Development of Children aged 0-5 years, with a focus on Developmental Milestones and the importance of “Play as Learning”. This term, our focus has been on Food and Nutrition.
Child Studies students were excited to have the opportunity to visit the preschool and to see real world examples of what they had been learning in the classroom. Sharon and her staff were so welcoming and supportive of having the students observe and engage with the young children. From all reports, both students, young people and staff were happy for the opportunity to engage and experience the world of preschools.
Child Studies Teacher
The Kaleidoscope journey reached its final destination
Last Thursday evening, the MSPC community joined to celebrate the unique and collective talents of an incredible group of young people involved in the Kaleidoscope Project. Through the fusion of storytelling, artwork, music, multimedia and dance, the audience took delight in the wonders of the imagination and the transformative power of ideas .
Creative Expression: Narrative and Instrumental
Across 2021 and 2022, 13 students worked closely with picture book author, Zanni Louise and artist, Celia Pennay, to craft a narrative picture book centred on the natural elements of fire, water, air or earth. Then, under the mentorship of artist and musician Matt Ottley, students transformed their creative concept by composing an original musical score. The Showcase was a culmination of this journey, with students presenting both aspects of their projects to the MSPC community.
Student Reflections on the Project :
Mahli Johnson - “With the opportunity to explore individual creativity through the formation of a multi-modal story, via collaboration with great minds, the Kaleidoscope Project was truly an amazing experience”.
Maya Rogers - "Kaleidoscope was a wonderful experience that challenged me to produce some of my best creative work and helped me realise my potential as a writer. I also enjoyed collaborating with other participants and witnessing their own artistic talents. I will remember this project for years to come!"
The poet Samuel Taylor-Coleridge once wrote, “What comes from the heart goes to the heart.” This was certainly the case with the outstanding work created by all of the Kaleidoscope participants and the technical crew who provided the rich and evocative lighting and sound design on the night.
Below is a synopsis of each project:
Kaeko explores the story of a young girl who finds herself travelling back in time to meet her ancestors. The primary element utilised is water which is also a key motif of the narrative. Hannah’s performance was accompanied by Bronson Hockley.
Sarah Bowers and Flynn Jones
An Ocean of Thoughts opens with a young boy, stranded on a raft, desperately trying to reach the city. The story and performance explores social anxiety and the struggles that ensue, including fear and loneliness. Their performance was accompanied by Bronson Hockley.
Maya Rogers and Caitlyn Bice
Grey: a story of self discovery and emotional growth. Through the eyes of a boy named Grey, we see the relationship between the demands of everyday life and the place we go to in order to hide from the world. This story is about finding a balance between the noise and the silence in our lives and accepting that we cannot live without them.
The ‘Catastrophe before the Calamity’ is a visual/auditory music experience, “Only a person is to think of what one can commit, Eva”. No matter how many times Aqua drowns himself, his sins won’t stop crawling on his back. No matter how much Ember stares at himself, he’ll never see a King. No matter how vital the air is, the Evergreen desires more air than now. With original characters and sound-driven scores, you are bound to experience a unique take on the Kaleidoscope initiative.
Caitlyn Moore and Lily Yates
Chicken and Girl explores the themes of loss and friendship via the protagonists, Chicken and Girl. In the duration of the book their friendship is put to the test by relatable, everyday problems that force them to work through their differences. Chicken and Girl are essentially torn apart by a jealous friend. This is also a metaphor for the loss and pain people experience during any natural disaster.
Boy of Sand: A boy travels through a mythological desert with his Uncle as a rite of passage. The world is further created through masterful music, written and performed by Matt Ottley. Bronson Hockley narrated the story.
My Special Place explores a young boy who retreats to his forest sanctuary whenever he feels down. His sanctuary is home to a wide manner of creatures - his friends. Though this time, he cannot seem to feel any better, leading him deeper and further than he has even gone into the forest.
Mahli Johnson and Tashi Masterman
The Mandela Effect says that the single flap of a butterfly’s wings can cause a hurricane on the other side of the world. ‘Butterflies’ is a story of love, passion, and betrayal. A highly emotive love story about a girl who fell in love, let her feelings run wild, and in the end was left alone with nothing but the butterflies in her stomach and the bitter sweet memory of what was.
Creative Expression: Dance - Through the Elements
The Kaleidoscope Project also extended to the creative world of dance. The Kaleidoscope dance troupe closed the evening with a powerful performance which explored the four elements of water, air, fire and earth. The dancers, Elsie Biles, Sophie Haywood, Zatalia Gumm, Sarah Bowers, Olivia Bagnall, Kaulana O'Farrell-Carter and Elissa Hawkins are to be congratulated of their beautiful and moving choreography, which was co-constructed with the help of ex-student and YMO Georgia Baker. The girls set themselves a mammoth task of choreographing a ten minute piece. Thanks also to our current YMOs Emma Wilkinson and Mikayla Greenhalgh who helped with the finishing touches to the dance and also performed with the girls on the night.
Michael Lill and Amanda Starr
ST VINNIES FUNDRAISER - MSPC PANCAKE STALL
A huge thank you to all of the staff and students who supported the MSPC St Vinnies Pancake Stall. Whilst we were not able to have the stall on Shrove Tuesday in Term 1, we instead served up on Tuesday 24th May which coincided with The Feast of Mary Help of Christians of the Southern Cross.
MSPC St Vinnies students were run off their feet serving a very long line of people at recess. In fact, all pancakes sold out very quickly, leaving no stock to be sold at lunchtime. Unfortunately, we were so flat out, nobody remembered to take a photo (sorry about that).
A big thank you to Mrs Carroll-Bennett for organising her Food Tech students to cook all of the pancakes in class the day before. Also, thank you to Mrs Wilcox in the Canteen for ordering the pancake mix and allowing us to use the Canteen's freezer.
The good news is that MSPC staff and students raised over $300 for St Vinnies.
Well done everyone!
Susan Waters and MSPC St Vinnies Students
CO-ORDINATOR'S, PRINCIPAL'S AND COLLEGE AWARDS
Lisieux Co-ordinator’s Awards
Year 7: Safira Doman, Stone Foster, Dylan Harman, Sonny John
Year 8: Samantha Crowley, Dougall Hughes, Mitchell Johnston
Year 10: Hannah Millar, Elise Devery
Year 11: Tabitha Stratton
Lisieux Principal's Awards
Year 8: Dougall Hughes
Year 10: Elise Devery
Loreto Co-ordinator’s Awards
Year 7: Hayden Charman, Raphael Connor, Ethan Fitzsimmons, Evie Ginn, Oliver Marks, Xavier Albertini, Abe Kirk, Evie Nolan, Lachlan Thomas
Year 8: Callum Johnston, Maddison White, Hugh Robinson, Minnow Glynn, Clancy Greenbury, Charli Riviere, Eden Petrie, Sachin Smith
Year 9: Jaxon Thomas, Ari Sampson-Jones, Ava Every, Murray Burnett, Alexander Dowling, Rachael Devoy
Year 10: Miller Akehurst, Monique McDougall, Cailey Baker, Jack McClymont, Zayne Chisholm
Year 11: Bodhi Brambleby, Logan Priest, Finn Byrnes, Grace Kelly, Noah Ashley
Year 12: Darcy Greenbury
Loreto Principal’s Awards
Year 8: Maddison White, Minnow Glynn, Clancy Greenbury, Sachin Smith
Year 9: Alexander Dowling, Rachael Devoy
Year 10: Cailey Baker, Jack McClymont
Year 11: Logan Priest, Finn Byrnes
Loreto College Awards
Year 8: Sachin Smith
Year 10: Jack McClymont
Lucan Co-ordinator’s Awards
Year 7: Lachlan Adams, Lulu Lackey, Zane Godbee
Year 8: Jack Thornton, Milana Mutton, Kate Pryke
Year 9: Jaxon McAuliffe, Lily Jones, Jesse Barrett
Nagle Co-ordinator’s Awards
Year 7: Lucas Everest, Maximus Karlos, Xavier Gee, Samuel Howitt, Tayah Killey, Amali Hunt, Noah Hunt
Year 8: Cooper Leeson, Sofia Dourado, Tyler Seaton
Year 9: Isabelle Biersteker, Grace O’Connor
Nagle Principal’s Awards
Year 8: Sofia Dourado
Year 9: Isabelle Biersteker
Nagle College Awards
Year 9: Isabelle Biersteker