From the PrincipalOctober 25, 2019
The start to the term has been has been a very busy one with a number of farewells and celebrations for our Year 12s as the Class of 2019 graduates prepare for the next exciting chapter in their lives. The Final Boater Throw has been a long standing tradition at the College with parents this year arriving for prime photo position well before the last bell finale to watch their daughters “throw” their beloved boaters one last time.
House Breakfasts and Assembly followed last Friday and the day culminated with a beautiful Graduation Mass concelebrated by three priests, including our very own College Chaplain, Fr Michael McMahon, Parish Priest, Fr Michael Separovic and a visiting priest, Fr Tom Casey from the Eastern States who is a friend of one of our Year 12 families followed by a sumptuous meal with parents and staff in the Graduation Marquee on the College Oval.
On Monday evening, we showcased the achievements of our students at our annual Presentation Night held at the Perth Concert Hall. Keynote Speaker, Sr Joan Buckham, Chair of the College Advisory Council, shared some of the College’s history – made even more meaningful, in this our 90th Anniversary year, as well as some of her own personal recollections. Dr Debra Sayce, Executive Director Catholic Education Western Australia, was also able to join us on the evening and presented medals to our dedicated Year 12 prize winners.
The evening was a culminating moment for our Year 12s who have all been fortunate to experience a Catholic education, an education that is built upon the foundations established by the Venerable Catherine McAuley and the Mercy Sisters. Their contribution has been outstanding and the evening was a fitting acknowledgement of their achievements over this and previous years.
We were delighted to also be able to present, along with a number of academic and special prizes, two prestigious awards – The St Brigid’s Medal for outstanding contributions to the College community and the Principal’s Award, this year renamed the Catherine McAuley Award in honour of our Foundress, the Venerable Catherine McAuley, awarded for meritorious involvement and participation of a student in the life of the College. This year’s recipient was Phoebe Thomasson, well done Phoebe!
Some wonderful music and dance items from our very talented performers added to the evenings programme and it was extremely pleasing to witness the depth of talent amongst our girls.
Now that the celebrations are complete, our ATAR studies girls are studiously preparing or exams and those focusing on other pathways including full time employment, traineeships, organising continuing studies for 2020 and for a few lucky ones, a few months off to decide on future plans.
For students in Year 7-10, taking part in their Interdisciplinary Units this week, it’s been an opportunity to be creative and enjoy the experience of understanding and participating in activities from two or more disciplines and integrating them into new understandings. It has been very pleasing to see them all so motivated, interested and engaged with their learning and I thank the staff for supporting and guiding the week’s programme.
For girls in Year 11, it’s a time of revision as exams approach. I encourage them to ensure they see their teachers if they have any queries, organise their notes efficiently snd effectively and most importantly, follow a schedule that allows for a balance of study and self care.
As we celebrate World Teachers Day, I thank our dedicated staff for their commitment to our girls and boys which for many, goes above and beyond the classroom. I was delighted that this dedication was recognised by our hardworking Parent Forum on Friday with a delicious morning tea to share and thank them on behalf of all the staff for this.