From the Deputy Prinicpal

From the Deputy Principal

The term has ended truly with a celebration of the successes experienced by our students and it is hard to believe that the Term Two holidays are upon us.

The Spirit of Mercy Assembly reflected upon positive relationships and the importance that our loved ones play in our life plus their ability to provide us support and care.  We were reminded of the various Mercy organisations which play a pivotal role in our community and as we move into our ‘Mercy’ term, how we too can support these organisations.  Four of our Aboriginal students led our Welcome to Country and showed true courage and spirit speaking in front of the entire College in language to share a little of where they were from.  The flavour of courage continued as our Training Choir stepped onto the stage for the very first time, which you would never have known as they lifted the Gym roof with their voices and actions; well done.

An important part of the assembly is the presentation of our ‘Spirit of Mercy’ Awards.  The Spirit of Mercy Award recognises students who consistently makes a positive contribution to our school community and always gives his/ her best to live our Mercy values of compassion, justice, respect, hospitality, courage and service.  The recipient of the Spirit of Mercy Award is a student who is recognised as quietly going about being a person who is authentically “mercy”.  They are  always prepared to contribute to working for a “fairer world”.  They face the challenges of learning with resilience and optimism, always seeking excellence.  The recipient walks in the footsteps of our foundress Catherine McAuley; you can imagine how hard it is for teachers to nominate only one student per year level as there are so many deserving students and we are proud of you all.

Of course we couldn’t forget our Principal, Ms Carmen Cox’s address which called us to seek justice and finished with the whole Gym on their feet singing and dancing to ‘Every Move I Make’ and there were ‘waves of Mercy’ everywhere (even the next day at the Athletics Carnival).  We were filled with end of term spirit which we know will lead us into Term 3.

Of course Term 2 is also our reporting term, and all reports have been uploaded and accessed via the College Parent Portal.  Please do spend time over the break if you have not already done so, sharing your child’s report with them, no matter which Year level they are in.  Celebrate the successes and set goals to improve in areas of challenge.  The grades do indicate mid-year academic progress but do not overlook your child’s application to their studies and the skills they are demonstrating in each class (e.g. social, communication, self-management or thinking) as these are what allow a child to attain individual success.

The Parent Teacher Student Interviews were well attended and we thank you for being able to come in and meet with our staff; they love having time to speak with you.  Please do remember that you are able to meet with staff throughout the year to discuss progress or speak via the telephone or email.  It is important that we continue to forge strong partnerships.  Staff are able to be contacted directly should you wish to meet during the term.

The bIBliotech also has become a place of ‘refuge’ for many students and staff as the cold weather has set in.  We have added some ‘winter warmer’ activities which all students have been using such as giant jenga, dominoes, checkers and connect four plus the lego has been topped up with everyone contributing to building a lego architecture set. Our Fiction collection has been expanding rapidly.   Students from all Years have been found throughout the building forming study groups, attending homework club or even being part of the Year 7 Hip Hop group … you never know what you may find.  Next term the bIBliotech will celebrate NAIDOC and Book Week and we look forward to inviting two authors James Foley and AJ Betts to our College, who will be working across the sub-schools.

 

I wish everyone a safe Term break and look forward to working with you in Term 3.

 

Janine Walsh
Deputy Principal