As the end of Term 1 quickly draws near, I would like to acknowledge the support received from our parent/carer community over the course of this Term. There have been times where a note of thanks or a smile at drop off from a parent has had a great impact on me personally – it is greatly appreciated.
There is also much to reflect upon in terms of student achievement so far this year. The significance of the transition from one year to the next – moving to the next year level – is often not commented on. However, the positive and confident way that this has taken place in all year levels is commendable. Outside of the classroom, we have seen students excel in sport, such as the ACC and SCSA swimming carnivals held last week, and through contributions to social justice, such as the Term 1 Project Compassion collection. Our Year 12 students have established their identity as leaders of the school. It is not uncommon to see study groups working in the Senior Studies Hub from 7:15am most days. They have brought a new level of organisation to whole school events and have demonstrated that they lead by example. Year 10 students have embraced their role as campus leaders at the Edmund Rice Campus. They meet with Year 7 students as peer mentors and have set a very good tone in the yard for our youngest students to follow. Also, our Year 7 students have proven, despite all of the initial nerves and excitement that goes with commencing secondary school, that they belong at St Mary’s College and are connected to their class, year level, house and school.
EREA child safeguarding standard 10 is titled Policies and Procedures Support Child Safety. This standard is written to ensure that the policies and procedures of the school reflect the Victorian child safe standards adequately and authentically within a local context. Policies and procedures are required to provide clear and concise direction for staff and the wider school community. They must be accessible to all people and aim to strengthen our child safety culture. It also establishes the mechanism for the ongoing review and development of our policies and procedures. Please click on the link to access the full version of EREA child safeguarding standard 10.
Wishing all students and families a very safe, happy and Holy Easter. I look forward to (the upcoming school holidays! ) and the commencement of Term 2 on Wednesday 27 April.
Deputy Principal | Shaun Lancashire