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A Moreton Bay College Fairy Tale

MBC Story3The story of Moreton Bay College has been immortalised in a children’s fairy tale book to capture the characters who have left a lasting legacy.

Co-written by College Archivist Heather Harcourt and international award winning children’s author Michelle Worthington, ‘A Moreton Bay College Fairy Tale’ is a story of perseverance triumphing over hardship, and the power of love.

College Archivist Heather Harcourt wanted to preserve Moreton Bay College's history and make it a magical experience for past and present students.

“I consider a primary part of my job as Archivist is the promotion of our amazing history to current and past members of the community, I really hope this appeals to a wide audience,” she said.

Designed and illustrated by Stobhan Skipworth, the story is a historical fairy tale made all the more special because of characters like Queen Handley.

Queen Handley, who is based on former Deputy Principal Miss Oriel Handley is a real life salt of the earth custodian, whose 42 years working at Moreton Bay College is a testament to her generous spirit.

Without people like Miss Handley, the school wouldn’t be the wondrous kingdom it is today.

Read more: A Moreton Bay College Fairy Tale

Greene-ware Art show turns 10

Moreton Bay College is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Greene-ware Annual Student Art Exhibition this year on Friday August 12, with hundreds from the Wynnum community expected to attend the free event over that weekend

Greene-ware Invitation 2016 draft-1

The name Greene-ware honours MBC’s founding art teacher, Miss Anne Alison Greene and is a play on words to the green-ware pottery stage in which ceramic artists have carefully moulded their clay prior to firing their work.

Read more: Greene-ware Art show turns 10

Miela to take on the world

Logan Thunder's Miela Goodchild will have the chance to test her skills against the best in the world later this year.  Read more

Miela Goodchild Logan News web

Source: Albert and Logan News

International mindedness 

In our rapidly changing world, students need to be provided with the skills to function as successful learners, James Sloman says.

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James Education feature web

Source: Redlands City Bulltein Wednesday 11 May 2016. 

Big Sister

Mr James Sloman and College Captain, Hannah Bates interviewed on Channel 9's Today Extra program talking about the new "Big Sister" initiative. 

To view: https://www.9now.com.au/today/2016/clip-cilbo3flv00260elh0papa2zf

Mr Sloman and Hannah in the studio web

Janet Stewart, Deputy Head of Secondary (Students)
Tuesday 9 February was Safer Internet Day and as part of our wider objective to teach responsible digital citizenship at MBC, we launched Big Sister. Big Sister is an online reporting system developed for MBC by our IT team. This new system was inspired by our collaboration with the eSmart Organisation and the work of Corpus Christi School in Western Australia on whose portal ours is modelled.  All secondary girls can access this resource via Moodle or by entering the address Bigsister.mbc.qld.edu.au into Google.

This online reporting system allows the girls to anonymously report behaviour which they are worried about – and this can be both online interactions and in their social interactions at school. The aim is to establish a culture of help seeking behaviour and encourage the girls to be proactive in managing concerns or problems. Students can access 3 different levels of concern: Is that okay?; Something is wrong; Extremely worrying – Help required. Each level of concern is identified by a pink face icon which expresses the varying emotional responses. When a student clicks on a pink face, they will be offered a range of scenarios and possible responses, this will help guide the decision they make with respect to reporting the concern. If they then elect to put their concerns in an email, it will be sent directly to the Deputy Head of Secondary (Students) who will then choose a course of action in response.

To familiarise girls with this online reporting tool, extended time was provided within the pastoral program to allow Form Teachers and Form Captains to teach the girls how to navigate the reporting tool and discuss some possible concerns. The students have responded to Big Sister very positively with a number of reports being shared in these first few weeks. The range of student concerns being shared is varied but all are taken seriously and have been followed up and acted on. This wonderful online tool has affirmed among the students the importance of communicating concerns to those professionals entrusted with their daily care.

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