COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK
This week students throughout Queensland Catholic schools and colleges took time out of regular routine to celebrate Catholic Education Week. This annual event is held to promote the special ethos of Catholic schools and to highlight the great things that take place in Catholic schools every day. The theme for this year is: Come, live life in all its fullness. This inspirational call is based on the Gospel of John (10:10), challenging those who answer it to “live fully”. Reflecting this Gospel call, our school, like all Catholic schools, endeavours to provide learning experiences through which every young person has the opportunity to reach their full human potential - spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, socially, culturally and physically - and know what it means to engage in all that life has to offer. As part of Monday morning’s college assembly students and staff planted a tree as part of a “living life to the full” ceremony.
Over the school holiday break, our students’ artwork was exhibited at the Foyer Gallery, Atherton. In conjunction with the NAIDOC, posters and artwork by Indigenous students from Mount St Bernard College were selected to showcase the unique talent of the region.
THE APPEARANCE OF MSB
The appearance of MSB continues to change and improve we hope. Classroom renovations are complete, and we are using rooms now numbered Mercy 11 to Mercy 19 upstairs, as well as the new sewing room. The painters finished their 3 months work across the whole school, leaving a much improved appearance. The 2 new buses are in use, a 21 seater and another 13 seater. Work has started on the extra 10 beds for Bernard’s (boys) dorm, to be completed by December. It seems we are assured of funding, over $1M, for another 14 beds to be built next year. If we able to continue to use St Mary’s campus (Woodleigh), we will have beds for 94 girls and 80 boys from 2016. The plan is for about 220 students next year, perhaps eventually growing to 250 by 2017.
We hope to finalise enrolments for 2015 by the end of term 3. Year 10 is nearly full and there are still vacancies for 4 or 5 more in each of years 9, 11 and 12. There are still 25 boarding spaces available across Year 7 & 8.
YEAR 12 RELIGION & ETHICS PEACE STUDIES
Some would say that peace can only be built using methods which themselves are non-violent. Such a movement as ‘positive peace’ involves social justice as well as non-violent conflict resolution. Although great advances in science and technology have been made, the world is still unable to resolve differences by peaceful means and continues to be plagued by war and social conflicts. Countries and cultures of the world are increasingly interconnected. During their lives, students will encounter a critical need to help themselves and others to work through their differences, bridge diverse perspectives, and resolve their conflicts efficiently. This term’s Peace Studies unit is concerned with practical questions of how to realise peace and justice in the world.
To begin, our Year 12 students have considered what is means to be an active member of a peaceable community, concentrating on our MSB community. Concepts of tolerance, acceptance and respect were discussed as was their role as leaders and role models in our school. As a gesture of respect, togetherness and pride in the peaceable community of MSB, the Year 12 students have constructed peace doves and attached a personal message of encouragement and support to each dove. These doves were then gifted by each Year 12 student to each Year 8 and Year 9 student in the spirit of peace. It is hoped that the doves serve as a reminder to our junior students that each day, whether the sun is shining brightly or the clouds are rolling in, they are in a supportive, respectful and peaceable community and always have someone close by that cares about them.
MSB ATHLETICS CARNIVAL 2014
Congratulations Flynn!! ‘Flynn’ were the champion house for the MSB’s 2014 athletics carnival. The 2014 carnival was conducted over two days at the end of term 2. The first day saw athletes challenged as they competed in the vast majority of track and field disciplines. The final rotation of field events were completed on the last day of term 2.
Congratulations to all who participated over the two days; the spirit and determination showed by many students certainly did not go unnoticed. A special congratulation’s to the Age Champions and to those students who were selected to represent the school at the District athletics carnival being held yesterday and today at Malanda State High School. Well done to all participants, and good luck to those students competing in the next levels of competitions.
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