ESSI Money Challenge New School Prize Winner

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MIC is delighted to be a winner in the “New School” category of the 2017 Suncorp ESSI Money Challenge, earning a $500 prize for our school. The ESSI Money Challenge is a financial literacy education game that allows students to practise real life financial transactions and experience consequences in a safe, fun and challenging way.

ESSI stands for Earnings, Saving, Spending, and Investing. Our year 12 students faced tough decision making in the game as they managed their living expenses, used credit cards, applying for jobs, set up savings accounts, took out insurance and bought shares. Numerous financial literacy quizzes popped up throughout the game, earning bonus points, virtual cash, and knowledge.

Our students explored the game as part of their Management Money unit in term 3. Three of our students – Bailey, Aimee and Olivia – became particularly enthusiastic and completed all 26 weeks/rounds of the challenge; doing so mostly in their own out-of-class time. These students built up about $20,000 net worth each by the end of 26 weeks. Not bad! Pity it was only a game : ). Still, the skills all students practiced in this game will put them in good stead for their future.

Contact our Maths Teachers Allison or Kristin for more information about ESSI Money.

MIC Griffins finish season on a high

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Well done to the MIC AFL team , the Griffins, who finished the season with 6 wins and 2 losses – a marked improvement on the last season (0 and 8).

An obvious highlight was the team playing at half time at the ‘Gabba during the Lions and Giants game.

A special thank you to teacher, Charlie Thomson for his guidance and support to the team throughout the seasons! We’re all so proud of each player and can’t wait for the next season.




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Congratulations to Year 11 student Georgia Medder who won 2nd place at the English Speaking Union’s (QLD Branch) Public Speaking Competition on Tuesday the 14th May (Senior Section). The English Speaking Union is an International charitable organisation whose primary aim is to promote international understanding and human achievement through English. Its activities are cultural and educational, and include opportunities for Youth Exchanges, International Speaking Competitions and scholarships. The ESU is a prestigious international organisation with the patron of the ESU being Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II.  Georgia was the clear winner of the prepared section of the competition and also performed extremely well in the impromptu section, where students had only 5 minutes to prepare a 3 minute speech on an unseen topic. Georgia received a cheque and trophy for her efforts and should be commended for her skill and dedication.


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The Elocution hip-hop crew, comprising of Carl Goodwin (Year 11), Jason Kiching (Year 12) and The Educator performed their first gig at Krosswerds, Stafford on June 1st. The boys have been working hard on their upcoming EP and their song “Died in Your Arms” has been selected for use in an anti-bullying campaign and DVD through the organisation, Clear Thinking Queensland.  Clear Thinking assists young people with mental health issues and ensures that they have access to specialist assessment and treatment.

Kiwis Can’t Fly But Can Speak!

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A big congratulations to Year 11 student Georgia Medder who has made it to the finals of the Seniors section of the English Speaking Union 2013 Schools Public Speaking Competition.  Georgia will be competing against students from from five different high schools. Please come and support Georgia at the event:

Date: Tuesday 14 May 2013

Venue: ESU House, 2nd Floor, Unit 6/249 Coronation Drive (corner Park Rd), Milton  Qld  4064

Time: Heats (prepared) – 6.00pm for 6.30pm start to 8.30pm

Impromptu (top 3) – 7.45 to 8.15pm

Winners presentation – 8.20pm to 8.30pm

Art Workshop

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In week three, the art students at MIC were fortunate enough to participate in a sculpture and moulding workshop with artist Frederick Berjot as part of the Flying Arts Program. Students were taught about the history of sculpture as well as contemporary trends in casting and moulding. Frederick discussed and demonstrated various techniques which students could use for their future making tasks. Frederick was impressed with the enthusiasm and positivity of the students who were able to experiment with plaster, bandages and alginate. Some of the pieces created during the workshop were be displayed at an exhibition later in the year.

Thelma Plum in The Weekend Australian

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This article appeared in The Weekend Australian. We’re glad you decided to be a part of the Music Industry College community too Thelma.

THELMA Plum is proud of her Aboriginal roots, something she hopes will be reflected in her songs as she embarks on a music career.

The 17-year-old from Brisbane has made a good start. This month she won Triple J’s National Indigenous Music Awards competition, which entitles her to perform at the annual awards in Darwin next month.

Plum earned further recognition as an indigenous performer when she was nominated this week for most promising new artist in music at the Deadly Awards, to be held in September. All of this Plum has achieved without officially releasing any music and only months after leaving school.

“This is what I want to do with my life,” Plum said yesterday.

The singer’s musical influences are as varied as her family background. Plum’s father is Aboriginal, while her mother is a white Australian. The couple are no longer together and her adopted father is Brazilian.

All of these cultures have influenced Plum’s music, as have artists such as Paul Kelly, Kev Carmody and Marianne Faithfull.

“I look up to Paul Kelly and the way he reflects Australian culture without pushing it on people too much,” said Plum. “That’s something I hope to do too.”

Plum spent Years 11 and 12 of her schooling at Brisbane’s Music Industry College, study that she hopes will equip her for a long-term music career.

“I received a lot of encouragement there and if it wasn’t for that I’d probably be doing something totally different,” she said.

Although she has spent her teenage years in Brisbane, the younger Plum was introduced to music by her grandfather while growing up on her grandparents’ farm in the small town of Delungra in NSW.

And, while she is being recognised as an indigenous artist, she says her music isn’t confined to that culture.

“I do want my indigenous culture to shine through . . . that’s very important to me . . . but sometimes it’s good not to be placed in one box,” she said. “I write more about personal things.”

Some of Plum’s performances can be viewed or listened to online, but her first official release will be an EP later this year.

Before that she has her first trip to Darwin to look forward to. Plum will join established acts such as Troy Cassar-Daley, the Medics and Warren H. Williams on the NIMA bill on August 11.

“It’s going to be very exciting,” Plum said.

Is Thelma Plum Deadly?

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Class of 2012 gradute, Thelma Plum, has been nominated in the Most Promising New Talent category in this year’s Deadly Awards. The purpose of the Deadly Awards is to recognise the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to their community and to Australian society.

The Deadlys showcases the outstanding achievement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and provides identifiable national and local role models to inspire all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and particularly our young people.

If you’d like to vote for Thelma and help her along you can click this link – 2012 DEADLY AWARDS

Un Dia Antes and Sahara Beck to Play Caloundra Music Festival

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MIC students Dylan Coles, Michael Meyer & Nick Zischke, better known as Un Dia Antes (pronounced: Un-Dae-Aunt-Ez) say ‘Hola Amigos!’ as they are announced to play this year’s Caloundra Music Festival. The friendly and spirited three play mind-boggling rhythms which make use of every spot possible on the guitar and beautiful harmonies which accentuate wicked fast melodies on lead guitar. Not only will they be joined by fellow MIC student Sahara Beck they will also get the chance to see the likes of The Living End, John Butler Trio and The Cat Empire up close and personal. The festival is on September 28 – 30.