From the PrincipalOctober 30, 2020
It’s hard to believe that already we find ourselves in Week 3 of Term 4. Time is certainly flying as our girls and boys find themselves on the homeward stretch to end another successful and very busy year.
Term 3 concluded with Mercy Mass and the announcement of our 2021 student leaders. Later in the day, our fundraising for Mercy Works included a variety of student run stalls amidst an atmosphere of getting ready for the holiday break. I’m delighted that almost $ 5000 was raised for very much needed Mercy Work projects. The Colour Run at the end of what was a magnificent day of community and camaraderie gave the campus more than a little splash of colour!
After planning in readiness for Term 4, staff headed into the holidays with a wellness afternoon. A number of activities including walking, healthy cooking, meditation, tennis, and craft allowed for some welcome downtime.
We began Term 4 with a wonderful array of valedictory events for our graduating 2020 cohort as they prepared for the next exciting chapter in their lives. It was certainly a week of celebration with House Breakfasts, morning tea with the staff, the final boater throw and assembly and then culminating with Mass, a sumptuous graduation dinner and prize giving ceremony at Optus Stadium, the Class of 2020 was certainly farewelled in style.
The Year 12s also presented the College with the Class of 2020 Gift to the School. The gift – an honour board displaying the staff recipients of the Companion of Catherine Award . On behalf of the group, Head Girls Genevieve and Sarah shared their thanks at having had the privilege of being taught and nurtured by some amazing staff during their years at the College, and saw the Honour Board as a wonderful way to acknowledge the many staff who model Catherine McAuley and the Mercy Values.
In addition to the valedictory events, we have honoured our athletes at the annual Sportspersons Night. The evening recognised the many achievements in 2020 across the campus of many talented young people. Former champion hurdler, Lyn Foreman OAM, who competed for Western Australia and Australia from 1979 to 1982, was the guest speaker. She was the national 400m hurdles champion three times between 1979 and 1981. Lyn shared a little about her spirting journey and gave all the students some invaluable tips.
Girls Academy Award winners were announced recently at a presentation afternoon which also included two wonderfully motivational guest speakers – local Noongar Elder, Elizabeth Hayden and Miss NAIDOC WA, Katelyn Stack.
The Year 7-11 Prizegiving Evening, held on campus and in a somewhat modified format to comply with Phase 4 Covid-19 restrictions, saw over 70 students receive awards for academic distinction. We applaud each and every student’s achievement in a year of challenging interruptions to learning which our girls and boys handled brilliantly.
Last week’s Interdisciplinary Unit of study saw our timetable amended somewhat to allow the Year 7-10 girls to integrate knowledge and skills from two or more learning areas and create new understandings. Whilst visiting various groups around the campus, the energy, enthusiasm, questioning and challenging thought processes visible were very encouraging indeed.
This week has been super busy too, with a fabulous turnout for our campus tour on Wednesday. It’s wonderful that so many new families are interested in finding out more about the St Brigid’s Experience and how their children can be a part of it . Following the tour, we hosted a visit by WA opposition Leader, Liza Harvey, Donna Faragher, MLC and Liam Staltari, liberal member for Kalamunda. The group toured the college campus spending time chatting with both staff and students. The busyness across the campus has also been evident in the Primary School, with our Year 5s learning about elections from the friendly staff at the Australian Electoral Office in readiness for voting for Year 6 leadership positions and the Year 3 mini-exhibition on Australia’s Nearest Neighbours.
We are all very much looking forward to Grandparent’s Day on Friday November 6th when we will have an assorted array of activities, including the very popular Book Fair, a photobooth, art and craft activities and some interesting robotics and science displays that our girls and boys can share with he’s every special people in their lives.
As always, I thank everyone for their marvelous contributions to making the start of another term at SBC so seamless.