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26th July - 1st August
Catholic Education Week

30th July

Parent Teacher Interviews 4 - 6pm
MSB Convent Courtyard

30th & 31st July
District Athletics Atherton SHS

31st July
Indigenous Art Fair Excursion

3rd - 7th August
Year 9 Expedition Walsh River

4th August
Year 6 Orientation Day

7th August

Author Sherryl Clark visit

20th August
Feast of St Bernard

21st August
MSB Naidoc Day




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Mount St Bernard College offers a quality, Catholic secondary education for young people, male and female, in Years 7 through 12.  At MSB we are proud of our Mercy traditions, while remaining responsive to the contemporary needs of students who seek a faith-based education that will stand them in good stead for the future. Catholic Education Office Cairns

Our College is a culturally diverse community which provides a holistic education that nurtures the academic, spiritual, emotional, physical, cultural and social development of individual students in a caring, safe and supportive environment. At MSB we recognise the individuality of every one of our students. We seek to help each student become the best person they can be, by providing quality learning and teaching and making available a rich tapestry of sporting,artistic and other co-curricular activities, to help them discover and develop their personal giftedness.

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Catholic Education Week will be celebrated across Queensland from 26 July - 1 August this year. The annual celebration of Catholic Education 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’s celebrations is: Engaging Minds. Igniting Hearts. Serving Others. Catholic education strives to make a difference in the lives of those in our schools and in the wider community by challenging young people to live out the message of Jesus and to reach their full potential. During the week, the college will participate in a selection of activities as part of Catholic Education Week. A short prayer service will be held in the chapel on Monday morning; student leaders will attend masses in Cairns and Dimbulah as part of celebrations across the diocese. There are 299 Catholic schools in Queensland that educate around 147,000 students and employ almost 18,000 teachers and staff, and most will celebrate Catholic Education Week in some way.

National Standards for Residential CollegesNATIONAL STANDARDS FOR RESIDENTIAL COLLEGES
During the recent holiday Mr Finch and I travelled to Adelaide for the Boarding Australia Conference. It gave us a great opportunity to meet with other residential managers, swap ideas and gain new insights. The main focus of this year’s conference was the introduction of the new National Standards for Residential Colleges. At present this will be a voluntary process. It is expected that in the not too distant future, this framework will become compulsory for accreditation right across Australia. MSB is already operating to a very high standard with many state of the art facilities. Covering all areas of residential life from Student Wellbeing, to Staff Training and Finances ,this framework will allow us the opportunity to reflect carefully on our current practices and give us a direction for the future. Very exciting!

The school has been undergoing some significant works programs during the break. The roads and carparks have been resurfaced, Bernard’s boys’ extension is almost complete and work will commence on our new Transition House next month. This is a significant new development and will enable us to employ a full time Transition Coordinator to run this program. More details will be provided in future newsletters. This role will be advertised nationally from the weekend of 25th/26th July.

Congratulations to all the aspiring young artists from MSB that participated in the Cairns Show. In the Indigenous Art Section, Alexis came 1st place for her mask, (right), Collis 2nd for his NAIDOC poster (left), and Ursula received a Highly Commended award for her painting. (centre). In the Visual Art section, Ronin Spartalis received 3rd place for his dog drawing. Excellent effort.

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We are excited to be taking part in the Woolworths Earn & Learn program again this year. You can help our school by collecting Woolworths Earn & Learn Points. Just collect Woolworths Earn & Learn Points when you shop at Woolworths between Monday 15 July and Tuesday 8 September 2015. We will redeem these for awesome educational resources for our school. For more information go to: If you have any questions, please ask for Chris Weedon at the MSB Library. Phone 4096 1444


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