Cultural News


As the school year comes to an end, we reflect on the vast array of cultural offerings, activities and opportunities afforded to the students attending Mt Alvernia College. We have had a very enthusiastic band of young women from across all year levels come together to form the Cultural Committee. I thank the Cultural Captain Bethany Parker and her team for all they have done to increase student participation in this area. I also thank the Arts Captains for their continued leadership and influence:


Drama: Robyn Darley

Visual Art: Sienna van Venetien, Shimea Toomey

Choir: Emily Lihou

FCIP: Erin Twedell, Georgia Spanevello, Lauren Brooke.

I wish these year 12 students all the very best for the future and encourage them to always make the arts and culture a meaningful part of their life.



We recently celebrated the cultural achievements of our students. We recognise students who have been actively pursuing excellence in the cultural aspects of school life both in their classes and in co curricular activities.


Cultural Festival Champions are:

Francis School – Nicole Paim Cardoso

Clare School – Chelsea O’Bryan

Elizabeth Hayes School - Amy Strachan


Louise Betteridge Award for Literature promotes and celebrates literary excellence. This year’s recipients are:

Francis School – Elizabeth Johnston

Clare School – Sara Petroccitto

Elizabeth Hayes School – Beth Falzon


The People’s Choice Art Awards:

Francis School – Charlotte Robertson Yr 7

Clare School – Megha Soy Yr 10

Elizabeth Hayes School – Maggie Ruffle Yr 12


Dr Lynham Award goes to a student in Year 11 who displays dedication and joy in the production of art works. This award will challenge the student to extend her work beyond the classroom and to provide her further encouragement in the development of her art skills.

The recipient is Maren L’Huillier


The DoBop Award is presented to cast members of the combined colleges musical The Wiz, who exhibited such qualities as discipline, initiative, co-operation, courtesy and flexibility, both on and off stage.

This year the recipients of the DoBop Award are: Loredana Coco and Leah Patchett


FCIP Musician of the Year Awards

We acknowledge and congratulate Sophie Napier winner of the 2018 FCIP Service to Music Award.

Achievement in Music Awards are presented to the following girls for their dedication, commitment and outstanding musicianship to their instrument and the FCIP:  Lauren Brook, Loredana Coco, Mikayla Prentice, Georgia Spanevello, Alana Tweddell, Elesa Vlahogenis, Samantha Salter and Hannah Slade.


The FCIP Past-Students’ Excellence in Music Award is awarded to  Erin Tweddell Yr 12.


Intermediate Musician of the Year – Lucinda Poy and the Senior Musician of the Year – Annalise Prentice


Gwenda Organ Cultural Award is presented to a Francis School student who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the cultural life of the College.  This year’s recipient is Hannah Slade in Yr 8.


The Michelle Landells Cultural Award is presented to a Clare School student who has immersed herself in the cultural life of the College.  The 2018 recipient is Audrey Bennett in Yr 10.


The Cathy O’Malley Award is presented to an Elizabeth Hayes School student in recognition of significant contribution to the cultural life of the College.  Congratulations Amy Strachan in Yr 11.



More than 1000 of the state’s best young musicians will gathered at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in October for the State Honours Ensemble Program (SHEP) – the biggest event in the program’s history. SHEP is now a firmly established aspect of music education in Queensland, bringing together young people from across the state to share their passion for music. We congratulate our students who were nominated to participate in this program:

Olivia Aitken, Jessica De Felicis, Roxana Fuentes, Samantha Maguire, Laila Powell, Lucinda Poy, Amy Strachan, Amy Hart


Arrivederci to our EXCHANGE STUDENTS

At the start of this semester we welcomed two Italian exchange students. Their time with us is soon coming to an end. The families of Holly and Kate in Yr 11 opened their homes and hearts to Chiara and Giulia and we know you have all grown and learnt from this experience. Chiara and Giulia, it has been a privilege for us to have you attend our College and we wish you both the very best on your return home. So from all of us it’s see ya later mates and arrivederci!


From Giulia and Chiara:

“We want to say thanks to all of you and in particular Kate and Holly, who have made our adventure plenty of fun and memories that we will never forget. Thanks to all the teachers, because they helped us a lot during the lessons. And lastly but not least we want to say thank the school, that welcomed us. We are gonna miss this school so much, thanks everyone to have made this short time unforgettable.”




‘Our Extraordinary Women are not only intelligent, talented, and successful in their own right, they are also passionate about what FUEL stands for: developing strong girls, who will become strong women and ultimately, without any fear of overstating it: change the world.’


Secure your place at our exciting Khemistry Company Experience on January 23rd.

(Tickets open to Teen Girls in high school, Years 7-12 in 2019)

Khemistry Company Experience.

If you’re curious about a career in marketing, this event is for you!

Khemistry is an ad agency who prefer to think of themselves as an “add” agency. They create game-changing ideas that solve challenging business problems.

In a Girl Shaped Flames first, we’ve teamed up with the fearless leaders at this top Brisbane agency, specialising in creative, digital and content. Join us as we meet some of the Extraordinary Women creating marketing campaigns for big brands such as The Rolls, Earth & Steam and The Mantra Group.

Ticket includes:

  • Full day company excursion including a tour (9am – 2pm)
  • Q&A with some of the industry’s best marketers
  • Yummy lunch to keep those fires burning!

For further information:


Lorella Masci

Learning Area Advisor: The Arts