Around the College 

Deputy Principal | Shaun Lancashire

Dear St Mary’s families,

 

When thinking of what to cover in my newsletter article this week, our College calendar that adorns my office wall, reminded me of the full and enriching experiences we offer our students and share with our College community.  

 

On the morning of Friday 7 May we had a wonderful celebration of the Mum’s and women in the lives of our students in the Presentation Campus Hall. A lovely breakfast, guest speaker and College Captain’s contribution meant that all students and women present were treated to a ‘second’ Mother’s day.

 

The following Tuesday, we had the annual Year 7 Mother/Mentor – Child evening in Logue Hall, facilitated by Bill Jennings of ‘Time & Space’. Bill has been running these evenings for more than a decade at the College and once again the evening was a great success.

 

On Friday we participated in the SCSA athletics carnival at Lakeside Stadium. With a relatively small cohort of girls participating, there were successes on the day and another fantastic opportunity to fly the St Mary’s College banner high in the girls’ sporting competition.

 

This week all Year 10 students have been completing exams for most of their subjects. These have been held in Logue Hall, with the notion of ‘exam experience’ discussed and promoted with our Year 10 students. The students have applied themselves really well to the content of each exam they have sat, and have impressed all staff involved with the way they have quickly come to terms with the formalities of exam procedures.

 

Finally, last week, our Year 7 and 9 students were involved in NAPLAN over four days. This assessment is not new to our students, having completed them in earlier years and at primary school. This was evident in the seamless way that they used their laptop computers, followed directions and cooperatively sorted through issues as they arose.

 

Well done to all of our students at all year levels for participating and responding to some of these challenges and opportunities.

 

In the weeks ahead leading up to the Walkathon 2021, the Prefect Team, students and staff are busy preparing for and promoting the event, to ensure we raise as much money as possible for our ongoing commitment of compassion and justice for those who are marginalised. This year our fundraising will be donated to the Fr Bob Maguire Foundation and our continued support of charities for school children in India who so desperately need our help during these COVID times. At the time of publishing this Newsletter our fundraising total is $7933. As a community we can do more to increase this amount, by inviting friends and extended family to support our students by donating.

 

 

 

Deputy Principal | Shaun Lancashire