From the PrincipalFebruary 14, 2020
Welcome to 2020
We welcome back our students and families and extend a special welcome to the many new students who have joined us this year. As I write to you, we have had a full two weeks of activities, Assemblies, Parent Information Evenings, Adventure Days and the list goes on. This is not to mention the curriculum work that students started on Day 1.
- Adrian Martino, Head of Faith and Mission
- John Cumpsty, Curriculum Team Leader for Maths
- Christopher Pietroniro, Health and Physical Education
- Christopher James, English and Humanities
- Kirrily Carroll, Education Assistant, Special Needs Team
- Louren Greyling, Technology and Enterprise Team
- Pia Nidd, Music
- Buffie Corunna, St Brigid’s Girls’ Academy
We welcome back Erin Chiappalone as Curriculum Team Leader for Health and Physical Education.
- And in their new roles we have:
- Katrina Fiolo, Acting Head of Primary (Semester 1)
- Sharlene Willock, Acting Curriculum Team Leader Learning Differences (Semester 1)
- Maxine Brown, Curriculum Team Leader for English
- Anneleise Bianchini, Year Team Leader for Year 8
- Krystall Nolan, Year Team Leader for Year 11
- Cassandra Bull, House Coordinator for Shine
- Beatrice Ferrari joins us for Term 1 as Language Assistant.
2020 Theme – Respect and Service
I hope by now you have all seen your child’s Starfish badge and heard how it is to remind us that this year our theme is Respect and Service.
The foundress of the Mercy Sisters, Catherine McAuley said “We should be shining lamps giving light to all around us.”
For the next three years we will be seriously reflecting on the meaning of these words, our values and how we are developing by living our lives in accordance with the values espoused by Catherine McAuley.
The theme of Respect and Service will be the focus of our College in 2020. Respect means that we think about the uniqueness of each individual and treat others, ourselves and the environment with respect. Service means that we use our gifts in the service of others, especially those in need. Catherine looked to Jesus as her model especially in his love and treatment of the poor. She said ‘it is for God we serve the poor, not for thanks.’
In the Gospel of John, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples as they prepared to celebrate the Passover. Normally only servants washed the feet of people and here we see Jesus, a King, washing the disciples’ feet to teach his friends a lesson. The lesson taught illustrates respect and service to all.
To illustrate, one day a man was walking along a deserted beach at sunset. As he walked he could see a young boy in the distance, as he drew nearer he noticed that the boy kept bending down, picking something up and throwing it into the water. As the man approached even closer, he was able to see that the boy was picking up starfish that had been washed up on the beach and, one at a time, he was throwing them back into the water.
The man asked the boy what he was doing, the boy replied, “I am throwing these washed-up starfish back into the ocean, or else they will die through lack of oxygen.” “But”, said the man, “You can’t possibly save them all, there are thousands on this beach, and this must be happening on hundreds of beaches along the coast. You can’t possibly make a difference.”
The boy looked down, frowning for a moment, then bent down to pick up another starfish, smiling as he threw it back into the sea. He replied, “I made a huge difference to that one!”
This little boy understood the meaning of respect and service. This story leads us to understand that no matter how old we are, we can all show respect and service even in the little things we do each and every day.
As a reminder of our theme this year, we have a new version of our College prayer and we have a starfish badge to remind us to show Respect and Service.
At the conclusion of our Opening Mass which was held on Thursday, 6th February, we congratulated our 2019 Year 12 students who achieved a 90+ ATAR.
Phoebe Thomason 97.45
Ellaby Hansen 96.9
Taylor Throssell 96.45
Amy Myers 95.10
Nicolah Taylor 93.65
Samantha Sankey 93.60
Emily Doncon 93.3
Molly Hall 91.85
Alyssa Carroll 91.4
Brinley Whittington 90.90
Isla Hannan 90.25
We were very pleased with the results of all of our students and we know that most of them have made exciting plans for further study or a gap year.
We also congratulate Alessia Rapattoni (2019) whose Year 12 Media film, ‘Humanity Across Borders’, has been selected for inclusion in this year’s Media Perspectives as one of the top Media productions from the WACE practical exam for 2019. This means that her film will be shown to current Year 12 students as an exemplar.
Parent Forum Welcome
We are privileged at our College to have a dedicated group of parents who run our Parent Forum and who help foster a sense of community amongst our families. All families are invited to attend our Welcome Event on Sunday 23rd February between 4.00p.m. and 6.00p.m. in the grounds of the Mercy Heritage Cottage. A light supper is to be provided and it will be a great opportunity for families to meet each other and to welcome new families. We look forward to seeing you there. Kindly RSVP at www.trybooking.com/BIGOK for catering purposes. All family members are invited.
Ash Wednesday and Lent
Ash Wednesday will mark the beginning of Lent on the 26th February. Our fundraising projects for Term 1 will support Project Compassion. Families are reminded that meat products will not be available from our Café on this day and on Fridays during Lent.
We are excitedly planning for our Swimming Carnivals this Term. Years 7-12 will attend their Carnivals on Tuesday, 18th February. Parents are welcome to attend and cheer for their House! Information regarding the Carnivals was sent home last week.
Return of Forms
Thank you to those parents who returned all the information forms which are a necessary part of the running of our College, and of ensuring that your child’s information is up to date. If you are yet to return your forms, which were due on Wednesday 12th February, we would appreciate you returning them to your child’s Classroom teacher as a matter of priority please.
For your convenience, the 2020 College Calendar for parents is available on our website.