COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Best wishes for a restful and refreshing holiday for all-is it long enough, only 8 weeks!
For myself, the last month has been an enjoyable wind-down period at MSB. The farewell liturgy for the
Seniors was inspiring, the music, the symbolism and Roscoe’s song. Thanks to Mr MacCallum,
Mrs Bakker, Nat Hollis, Sr Pam and others who prepared it.
Brother Barry and myself have been encouraged and challenged during our two years at MSB.
There is a considerable challenge in providing the full spectrum of educational levels, from organic
chemistry and physics to 2 X 2 = ?, and the basics of abc.
It is a considerable challenge to cater for this, with two thirds being closer to the two times table when
they arrive. But it is so inspiring when a Year 8 improves his reading age by 4 years during a six month
Great things continue to happen at MSB. It has been a privilege to be part of it.
Br Bill Tynan - Principal
YEAR 12 FORMAL 2014 - REEF HOTAL CASINO - CAIRNS
COWBOYS SCHOOLGIRLS CHALLENGE
Crunching tackles, no-look flick passes, bloodied noses. Normally the sorts of
things we associate with boys throughout footy season. However, our MSB girls
showed both their skills and toughness as they competed in the Cowboys
Schoolgirls Challenge in Townsville. MSB entered two teams (U/14s and U/16s)
who faced tough challenges from schools all over the Northern region. The girls
competed fiercely against well-trained and physically larger opposition.
The U/16s finished the carnival with a record of two wins and two losses. Despite injury, including some ‘friendly-fire’,
the girls were admirable as they played their first three games back-to-back in hot conditions. There were standout
performances in each game, particularly Edith (MSB’s MVP), Taleesha, Joyce and Matilda.
The U/14s had phenomenal results. There first match ended in a 2-all draw, followed by two wins. They were incredibly unlucky not to play-off for first
(missing out on a technicality), with one official noting that our girls were,
“clearly the best team on the day.” From a group of inexperienced players,
Manaeda (MSB’s MVP), Liz and Lyn-Sue showed
consistently high levels of attacking and defensive skills.
2014 has now finished for students and teachers finish at the beginning of December.
Across most of the Mathematics subjects there has been a strong focus in work productivity. This has been a
pleasure to see and hear about. Similarly, hearing how students are challenging the accuracy found on online
mathematics pages and being correct is great for those students’ confidence.
With the Monday afternoon tutoring sessions, there were significant numbers initially. These sessions are
hoped to continue in 2015, where there is to be discussions as to whether some students should attend on a
compulsory basis. In these scenarios, appropriate discussions will be had with family to ensure there is a
balance in the students’ day.
It has been a pleasure to be a part of the Mathematics team for 2014, may the break be restful and rejuvenating
for all. Good luck to the Year 12 class of 2014 and it will be great to see the Year 7-11 students in 2015.
Benjamin Smith - Head of Mathematics
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