From the PrincipalAugust 09, 2019
Welcome back to Term 3.
The College has been a wonderful hive of activity with many fabulous activities taking place in my absence so far this Term. I have just returned from my pilgrimage to Baggot Street, Dublin, where I had a truly moving experience hearing more of Catherine McAuley’s story whilst being in her House of Mercy. I visited many of the important places that she would have been in, and was particularly moved to be in Coolock House where she lived for over 20 years, as companion to Mrs Callaghan, and from where she really started her ministry of helping women and children. Catherine is a model of a strong, compassionate and faith-filled woman whose life is just as relevant and inspiring in today’s times as it was 200 years ago. I feel we are all privileged to be members of our Mercy family and co-workers in her vision”.
In an effort to find out about the school environment and how it can be improved, the College community will participate in a National School Improvement Climate Survey. Feedback from the survey responses, we hope will lead to manageable lines of continual growth and improvement in our College. Last week, our staff and students completed the survey and in the coming weeks, parents will do the same.
A number of our Boarders were invited to be part of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mass celebrated at St Mary’s Cathedral last Sunday by Bishop Don Sproxton. The service included a Smoking Ceremony prior to the beginning of Mass and a procession through the smoke into the Cathedral, a Welcome to Country, a Sprinkling Rite, and the presentation of a Message Stick as part of the Liturgy of the Word. Our girls were ushers, greeting guests, flag bearers and part of the entry procession. They all did an amazing job.
This week, we began the 2020 student leadership process with a number of Year 11s delivering speeches to the College community. Voting has also taken place and shortlisted candidates will appear before an interview panel in the coming weeks before announcements at our Mercy Mass on the last day of Term 3. We wish all the girls well and commend them on putting themselves forward for leadership.
As part of our 90th Anniversary celebrations, we have been preparing enthusiastically for tonight’s Arts Showcase which will feature both current students as well as Old Girls of the college all passionate about the Arts and teaming together to celebrate 90 years of the Arts in the Hills.