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8th July
Atherton Show Local Holiday

17th July
Carins Show - Local Holiday
Mareeba & Cairns

20th July

Boarders travel to school

21st July
All classes commence Term 3

30th July
Parent Teacher Interviews 4 - 6pm
MSB Convent Courtyard

3rd - 7th August
Year 9 Expedition Walsh River

4th August
Year 6 Orientation 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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Women’s Football has really grown in popularity in recent times, with MSB girls playing with the Malanda Team who travelled to Townsville recently, winning all their games. Congratulations girls.

MSB Women's Football

Students had a valuable day on Wednesday 24th June—with Year 11 and 12 students participating in a Pathways Day. Students looked at Resumes, Job search skills and Interview processes, considered their work readiness and discussed this with providers such as Skills 360, and looked at employer expectations and workplace responsibilities. The Year 10 students had the opportunity to experience subject tasters for senior, with students working in rotations with senior teachers. This information will be invaluable as they look at their senior Subject Selection early in Term 3.

Year 10 students – we will be continuing to discuss SET Plans and Subject selection early in Term 3, so that planning for 2016 can get under way. Please make sure you discuss your future aspirations with your Parents and Carers over the coming break, including your experience of subject tasters. Interview information will be disseminated early next term.

Parent/Teacher/Student conferencing is to be held on Thursday 30th July. Interviews are to be held from 4pm until 6pm including refreshments. I will be available during this time to discuss QTAC information for interested year 12 students and Parents/Carers. I will disseminate the QTAC information to all students early in Term 3, so that discussions and investigations into a variety of options can begin. If you have any queries, please feel free to contact me through the MSB office. - Janine Conolly, Assistant Principal - Curriculum

Year 9 Digital Tech students have been learning Computer Programming this term. Pupils have been using KODU software to create their own games; this included designing their own concepts and environments for a game, creating characters and objects that needed to be programmed for user control and creating a scoring element.
Photo right : Janae and Marcus test Rion's game to help find any improvements

Some pupils went on to add sound and multiple levels to enhance the user experience. Pupils have really enjoyed this creative, problem solving unit and have displayed fabulous team work when helping each other test and improve their work.

Kodu is a great piece of free software that introduces pupils to the concept of computer programming and control. If you would like to try it at home, visit

In Week 8, we were very lucky to have a visit from acclaimed performance poet David Stavanger. David ran three poetry writing workshops and encouraged Year 8, 9 and 10 students to discover their inner poets. Even initially reluctant students were inspired to use similes and metaphors to express their identity. With David giving students a few words to start each line, imaginations ran riot...  see the newsletter for some examples of students' poems.

David Stavanger

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