It is hard to believe it is Week 6 of Term 4! With only a short time remaining and our Year 12 students already graduated, staff and students could think that it is time to ‘switch off’. But there is still so much happening. The last two weeks have been ‘action packed’!
Monday last week saw our day student Transition Day. Year 6 students were able to meet staff and fellow students who will soon be classmates and experience a high school day. Students left the day excited for 2021 and looking forward to the exciting opportunities of secondary schooling.
Tuesday through to Friday saw our first Transition Dorm camp for remote community schools. Eight Year 5 and 6 students from Lockhart River State School came and stayed in our newly appointed ‘Transition Dorm’. This is an initiative by Mount St Bernard College to assist remote schools to prepare their students for boarding school. MSB is committed to initiatives that will support closing the gap in educational outcomes for Indigenous young people. For many young Indigenous students, the only option for secondary schooling is moving to a residential facility and a successful transition to a residential facility will increase the likelihood of Year 12 attainment. Special thanks to Lockhart State School and Transition Support Services that worked with us to make a very successful experience for the students.
Also last week our Year 10 students undertook their Year 10 Expedition program. The expedition program helps nurture resilience, team-work, initiative, problem solving and leadership qualities in students. Students demonstrated these qualities through various activities including kayaking, abseiling, and hiking challenges.
There has been a lot going on in the Arts space recently too. Students participated in the State Honours Ensemble Program run by Griffith University as well as the Atherton Theatre One Act Play Festival. A number of students also participated in a Shakespeare workshop.
Activities like these don’t happen without the efforts of teaching staff. So it was fitting that on Friday 30th October we celebrated World Teacher’s Day. In a challenging year, teachers have continued to show their professionalism and resilience, striving every day to do their best for the students in their care.
Ian Margetts - College Principal
Please visit and explore the centenary website via the web address below. It contains the latest information about special events we are hosting to celebrate MSB’s centenary as well as a variety of pages of interesting history of MSB. https://www.msb.qld.edu.au/centenary