College Captains

This term, Mia and I have been busy supporting our fellow WAAM members and initiatives around the school. Our own portfolio of Class Captains from Years 7-12, have also been assisting us with the organisation of senior pastoral periods and preparation for Feast Day.

This term, Mia and I were lucky enough to interview Year 7 students interested in becoming Class Captains. Being the first offer of leadership to Year 7 students, these interviews were a great chance for our younger students to gain experience and understanding of the expectations of leaders and how to talk confidently in interviews. We were highly impressed with the eloquence and certainty with which all of them spoke. We found it very difficult to make decisions on who should be appointed. This was an insightful experience for us, as we were able to gain valuable information about the ideas and worries of our younger students.

Mia and I were able to work with our Year 11 Class Captains on the organisation of a Year 11 pastoral period. This session held a large focus on mental and physical health and wellbeing and ways to implement “stress-less” activities in our own daily lives. It gave students a choice of mindfulness activities such as colouring and physical activities such as the video game, ‘Just Dance’. The feedback from the students who participated was positive and the Class Captain’s involved showed great leadership skills.

Lastly, Mia and I organised a full senior pastoral period that involved all Year 10, 11 and 12 students. The session began with a presentation on bullying, to make sure all our students understand the seriousness of this issue. The presentation was paired with an insightful group discussion. Afterwards the Year 10, 11 and 12 students moved onto individual activities. Year 10 students were spoken to by some of our VCE and VCAL students; including: Gemma Srijan, Meg Jones, Madi Hansen, Caitlyn McGraw, Marissa Robotis

By Amy Smedley & Mia Palladino - College Captains


This Term, Elizabeth Bell (Activities Leader), myself and the Junior House Captains were working together to run MSJ’s annual Year 7 Netball competition. It was so great to see the enthusiasm the Year 7 students brought, and the great sportsmanship shown throughout. Congratulations to all teams for their fantastic effort, and especially to Solomon 2 for being crowned Champions.

Coming up, the Wellbeing portfolio has some exciting things planned, some of which include a guest speaker, Steph Kelly. Steph Kelly was MSJ 2016 sports Captain. Steph, since leaving MSJ has accomplished a great deal, such as being a part of the winning Victorian senior Lacrosse team at the recent National Championships.


With Year 8-11 exams over for another semester, we hope that the many students who came to Aced it tutoring experienced success in their exams after assistance from our senior tutors. This program will again run in term 3 and the sign up link is in the daily notices. The Year 12 students experienced a taste of Uni/TAFE life when they attended their Tertiary institution excursions in the last week of term. With subject selection drawing near for the Yr 10 students, they will be involved in a Career’s expo early next term. All students can also sign up for the Maths competitions advertised in the bulletin. Enjoy the break and be ready to get back into your studies next term!


After the success of MMADD Day, the arts portfolio has been focusing on the organisation of MSJ’S Got Talent. This is a competition that is held each year at MSJ, showcasing the many talented students in our community, and providing the opportunity for all kinds of talents, to be presented in front of the entire school. We have already had a large amount of students, and groups, sign up after the first week of the sign up sheet being released, and we are excited to see the other acts that will join the auditions next term. The details of the competition will be further discussed in our meetings next term, allowing for everyone to properly brainstorm over the holidays.

The Arts portfolio has also been planning ideas to create an event that encompasses the other arts, including textiles, and possibly visual arts. The Arts team and I, are really excited to make our last term as leaders the best one yet! Look out for more exciting activities, and events coming next term.


The Ministry portfolio has been working with the Collage Captains, Social Justice and Kincumber house captains to start ograninsgs some fun activites for JAAMM week and Feast Day in term 3.

This term the Ministry and Social Justice team have been working to create the rations challenge. The rations challenge is in support of Refugee and Asylum Seeker week which runs from the 24th - 27th of June. The challenge entails 12 participants (students and teachers) eating rations of just rice, lentils, dried chickpeas, tuna, and kidney beans in almost the same portions that are delivered to refugee and asylum seekers. This difficult challenge will run for a period of two days and one night.

Alongside this challenge, we have issued our rationers incentives for raising a certain amount of money, all of which will go to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. The incentives include foods such as spices, fruits, vegetables and coffee. We officially began fundraising for the week with Club MSJ, and will continue to fundraise for this important cause throughout the rest of the term. Will you support not only the students and teachers involved, but also asylum seekers and refugees?

We have asked our rationers to film their experience of eating similar to what refugee and asylum seekers eat, so that the College can all watch and be apart of this experience. On Tuesday 25 June, we will be measuring out all the food, the rationers will get for the period of time this will run, we ask all students to donate to help reach our incentives. We also have organised and asked all rationers to cook their lunch on Thursday 27 June on the school trangias. All students are invited to come and watch, so come and check it out!

All money raised will go to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

We wish all rationers good luck.