An Historic Win

Congratulations to Ella Bibby (Year 12) who has again won medals in the National History Challenge. Ella featured in the recent Star Weekly edition. We look forward to seeing where your love of history and research takes you in the future.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Year 8 English

Our year 8 English students recently completed a task for their study of the classic novel, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll.

The girls were asked to complete a creative response to the novel, choosing from a variety of options to showcase their understanding of the key themes and ideas presented.

Some students chose to write an “additional chapter”, or recreate a part of the novel as a scene from a play or film, or write their own version of the story with new characters, in the style of the “nonsense” literature favoured by the original author.

Here is a selection of work from our very talented year 8 students, who certainly showed how creative and innovative they can be in adapting a classic novel!

Click on the following links to read:

The Wonderland Weekly by Mahnoor Talpur

The Mad Hatter's Diary by Miranda Budde

Reversed Worlds by Kiana Hales

Annotated Alice by Anh Nguyen

Rebekah Taylor - English Domain Leader

Fond Farewells

Farewell to these outgoing MSJ Staff members. We will miss you but best of luck in your new ventures.

Terese Corbett

After 31 years of teaching MSJ girls to show their working methods, think logically and believe that they could do Maths, Terese Corbett is turning off her calculator for the last time. She has brought her wicked sense of humour, razor sharp intelligence and unwavering integrity to everything she has done over the years. Terese has led the Maths Faculty too many times to count. She was VCE Co-ordinator back in the days when that meant looking after Year 11 and 12 and she was even Daily Organiser for several years. Countless staff and students have been the beneficiaries of her wise advice, her common-sense approach to everything, her passion for what is right and her courage in following that passion through. Many may also not know but Terese was also a student herself at MSJ. We will miss her steadfast presence through both laughter and tears, but the mark Terese has left on MSJ will endure, especially whenever someone stands up in support of those unable to stand up for themselves. All the best for this next adventure – and thank-you.

Molly Coyne

Molly has supported hundreds of VCE students during her time as both a teacher and VCE Leader at MSJ. Molly’s deep understanding of VCAA policy has meant that our students are supported to achieve their best. In particular, students going through a tough time have still successfully completed their VCE certificate. Molly’s support of Senior teachers has been nothing short of amazing. In the words of Bill Heslop: “You can’t stop progress”.... And because of this Molly is leaving us. As sad as it is for all of us left behind, this is a very exciting time for her. We know that she will be just as loved in her new school and can only imagine the wisdom she will also pass onto her new colleagues. We wish Molly all the best in her new role as House Leader at Caroline Chisholm Catholic College. Your passion for learning and wellbeing will be a great asset to their leadership team. We will also miss your love of fashion, Collingwood, and an endearing inspirational quote! Thank you for all of your hard work and support, we will miss you very much.

Ann Fichera

At the end of this year, MSJ farewells Mrs. Ann Fichera. Ann will be retiring after working at MSJ for 22 years! Ann’s journey with MSJ began when she started Year 7 in 1977. Ann was Deputy School Captain in 1982. In 1998 she returned as a teacher. Ann has had an impact on many students’ lives, mainly as a vocal coach, singing teacher and conductor of MSJ Voices. Her enthusiasm, passion for music, and knowledge and understanding of the voice have always driven Ann’s desire to bring out the best in students. There have been many highlights over the years, including the Mass for the Canonization of Mary Mackillop, Sacred Music Concerts, School Productions, Eisteddfods and MSJ’s Golden Jubilee Mass held at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in 2014. The Cathedral organist stated after the Mass, that he had never heard a girls’ school choir in Melbourne sing as beautifully and professionally as our girls did that day. Praise indeed to a wonderful teacher who has not only passed on so much to her students, but who has always worked with creativity, integrity and sincerity. Thank you so very much for all that you have contributed to the life of MSJ, Ann. We will miss you and your wonderful singing! We all wish you the very best for your retirement.

Noel Kennedy

Over the 10 years of service at the College, Noel Kennedy left an indelible mark on the physical transformation of the College and the hearts and minds of those who worked with him. Noel was known for his quirky sense of humour that often included dodgy dad jokes. As a Business Manager, Noel was the master of excel spreadsheets and applied accuracy, integrity, and thoroughness to the College finances. Noel was always approachable, and his open-door policy made us all feel welcome and valued. He is very community minded and served on the board of non profit organisations and was always interested in our families and our own lives. On behalf of the College administration team, we wish Noel the very best in his future at Salesian College. We will miss your smiling face, rotation of colourful ties and vegemite/peanut butter sandwiches each day. We are forever grateful for your expertise, guidance, and support throughout your time at MSJ.

Fady Milik

Fady Milik began teaching VET Multimedia and Media at MSJ in 2009. His technical knowledge and expertise in Information Technology and Theology has been an invaluable asset for students and teachers alike to tap into over the years. If he wasn’t able to solve a technical problem on the spot, he would always go off and come back with the best possible solution. Over his eleven years at the College, Fady has been versatile in his teaching practice, teaching a range of subjects including Mathematics, Religion, Digital Technology and Multimedia as well as RE Art. Fady begins a new chapter next year, as he and his family are relocating to Ipswich, Queensland. On behalf of the entire College community we thank Fady for his contribution and dedication over the past decade and wish him all the best in his new teaching role.

A Tribute to Sue

Year 12 students Shaima'a Hossain and Reese Stanley were deeply impacted by the passing of Sue Sofarnos earlier this year. These students were luckily enough to work closely with Sue throughout their time at MSJ as both keen athletes, and in 2020 they were fortunate enough to have Sue mentor them in their Year 12 VCAL Project.In memory, Shaima'a and Reese painted a tribute on the front of the sports store room to recognise some of Sue's achievements over the years. We are MSJ.


New uniforms can now be purchased during normal retail hours from the new Deer Park store:

Academy Uniforms

10/85 Mt Derrimut Road, Deer Park.T: 8385 9111
Open Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm and Saturday 9am - 12pm.


1. Simply go to


3. Choose MSJ and enter password Altona. Orders can be sent to the School or your home address.



Secondhand uniforms can be purchased or sold by visiting the Sustainable School Shop


The College uses Campion Books as our supplier of textbooks, digital resources and stationery. Campion supply a range of compulsory and optional text books, digital resources and stationery items. You will need to create a user account to order.


Years 7-1016 December 2020

Years 11 & 12

26 October 2020

Books can be delivered to your home.

Click HERE to access Campion Education Booklists for Years 7 - 12


Mount St. Joseph Girls’ College has worked with CompNow to make available an online portal to purchase student laptops.

The portal will offer laptops and accessories that have been selected by Mount St. Joseph Girls’ College to ensure they are capable, equal or exceed our defined minimum system requirements and will meet the educational needs of the College. Laptops that are available on the portal will be competitively priced.

These documents outline the benefits and options of using this system, the laptops that will be on offer, as well as step-by-step instructions on how to purchase.




Mount St. Joseph Girls' College recommends the Calculator King as they provide a student discount. Please only purchase calculators as specified for your year level.


Model: TI-30XB $28.50

YEARS 9 -10

Model: TI-Nspire CX II CAS $219.00


1. Go to the Calculator King website.

2. Click on 'Buy Your School Calculator Here'.

3. Enter school code: MOST

4. Calculators specific to Mount St. Joseph Girls' College year levels will appear.

Click HERE to access the Calculator King website


Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) Course
Hobsons Bay UP will be delivering a FREE accredited Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) Course as part of the 2021 January Holiday Program!

The FREE 4-hour Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) short course will be held on Friday, 15 January 2021, for young people aged 16 and over that have a connection to Hobsons Bay.

    The program's purpose is to enhance young people’s employability, by helping them gain a required certification within the hospitality industry.

    Registrations are essential.

    Date and Time: Friday, 15 January 2021 from 10:30am to 2:30pm
    Location: TBC* (Online or Face to Face – see details on website or Facebook)
    Registration (Website): RSA Course Registration – Hobsons Bay Website
    RSA Facebook Event & Information: RSA Course (

    If you have any questions, please contact Tyson Garlik -