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Secondary School News

We finished Term Two with the Interhouse Athletics Carnival, and the girls participating in events or cheering enthusiastically for their House. It was also great to see the number of parents who came to watch the event – thank you for supporting the girls. We started Term Three with an assembly featuring a number of carnival related items including awarding Champion Girl and Runner–Up medals, the winning House announcement which saw Watson break their drought and finish in first place and Rielly as the Spirit Bear House winners for their well-rehearsed dance performance by all House members. The girls have now received a letter inviting them to participate in the ACC Squad training sessions, and the final team will be announced later on in the Term. Thank you to the staff who will be running these sessions either before school, during lunchtime or after school. If your daughter has received an invitation to the training sessions, thank you for dropping her off at school early in the morning and picking her up late in the afternoons.

The Year 10 and 11s attended a Subject Selection Information Evening in Week One where the Curriculum Team Leaders had the opportunity to promote their Learning Areas. The young ladies are now talking with relevant staff regarding the subject grid lines and looking at the variety of pathways. We wish them and their parents all of the best through this sometimes trying stage in their daughter’s life. As I say to a lot of the girls, there are many ways these days for them to enter University.

During Week One, Year 7 Representatives for Semester Two were announced. On the last day of Term Two, the young ladies prepared a speech and presented it to their peers. Not an easy task by any means.

I have asked some students what they thought of their report, and I was shocked at the number of girls who informed me that they had not seen it. I told them that they need to see it, so they know where they need to improve. A friendly reminder to parents that we offer free tutoring at the College. Monday lunchtime and after school for Mathematics, one-hour Homework club every Tuesday afternoon and English club on Tuesday at lunchtime as well as OLNA classes to assist those who need that little extra support. These are only a few of the free tutoring sessions that we offer at the College.

This week, the current Year 11 students who have nominated themselves for a College Leadership in 2020 presented their speeches to the students in Years 7-11, and then the students completed the ballot paper. We wish them all the best of luck and thank the WA Electoral Commission for running the ballot papers and counting the votes. The top 5 candidates will have an interview with the relevant staff, and the announcements will be at the Mercy Mass on the last day of Term Three.

The Middle School WAFC Cup starts in Week Four, and Ms Caine has had a large number of girls sign up for the competition. The girls train Friday lunchtimes and play Thursday afternoons. The games will be played at Mazenod College Oval, Aveley Secondary, and Chisholm Catholic College oval.  So if you are in the vicinity, stop by and watch the talent we have at the College.

The Year 10s have started their dance lessons on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. The lessons are preparing the girls and boys from Mazenod for their semi-formal dance social in Week 6. It is compulsory for the girls to attend the dance lessons and to wear their winter uniform. The girls must be collected by 5pm at the end of the lessons.

We celebrated NAIDOC Week with a variety of activities from an assembly for Years 1 – 12, where Old Girl, Angel Hayward spoke to the students about her life journey. The students who went to Ringer Soak presented a PowerPoint about their adventures at Birlirr Ngawiyiwu and its surrounding community. Our Aboriginal students performed a dance and two of the girls, accompanied by Mr Brain, sang Natives of the Land and Sea. We had special guests come to the College ranging from singers, an AFL player, an artist and a dancer as well as eating kangaroo stew and damper. The students enjoyed the activities that were organised for the week.

As a friendly reminder:  Students who have sport or dance for periods 2 or 3 can wear their sports uniform to school. However, they need to bring their full winter uniform to change into at the end of their sport or dance lesson. However, only if they have a double lesson that day can they remain in their sports uniform. If you have questions regarding this, I ask that you get in contact with the relevant Year Team Leader or myself.

 

Kind regards

Fiona Hepi
Head of Secondary