Dear Parents and Carers
I am very pleased to welcome everyone back to school for the 2023 academic year! OLMC is a happy school and the energy and smiles on the faces of our students upon their return was a joy to see. Our 212 new Year 7 students, as well as our new students from Years 8-11 to our Mercy community are settling in well and I welcome all new families into our community.
As we begin this new school year, our focus for 2023 is ‘Compassion’. Compassion embodies the values that are at the heart of our Mercy community. At its core, this is about putting aside judgment and being sensitive to the difficulties of others and what they may be experiencing through expressions of kindness and understanding. Above all, compassion calls us to act on these feelings and to strive to make things better for others. We hope to demonstrate compassion as a community this year, through understanding and acceptance of others and through our actions.
Many congratulations to the Class of 2022 for their excellent HSC results. Their hard work and dedication to their studies paid off and we are proud of their extraordinary achievements. We look forward to our HSC Celebration of Achievement Assembly next week where we will acknowledge their success.
This is a time of new beginnings and we are excited for all that the future holds. To start off the year we look forward to our Opening College Mass to be held this Friday in the Ailsa Mackinnon Community Centre. This will be an opportunity for us to come together and celebrate our faith, and to set our intentions for the year ahead.
OLMC is full of so many wonderful opportunities. Students are looking forward to our Co-curricular Fair next week, where they can ‘sign up’ for any co-curricular activity they wish. I encourage every student to be involved in co-curricular activities. As the name suggests, these activities align with classroom lessons to enhance a well-rounded holistic experience…and they are a lot of fun. There are a myriad of opportunities in the spiritual, academic, cultural and sporting dimensions of this community. I encourage our young learners to try activities that they have never attempted before, to meet new people and embrace all that this wonderful community has to offer.
I also encourage parents to come along to the following upcoming gatherings and events as these are opportunities to connect with others. The Year 7 House Welcome Evening on Monday, 13 February will be a great way for parents of our new Year 7 students to meet other parents and staff. Everyone is welcome to attend the P&F Cocktail Party on Friday, 24 February and please save the date for our annual Open Day on Sunday, 5 March which will be held from 9.00am - 3.00pm. Prospective families can register to attend by clicking here.
In mentioning some of our upcoming events, it is clear that there is always something happening. To keep up to date, please follow our social media including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn, and ensure that you read our College Newsletter, which will be distributed via email three times per term.
All Staff of OLMC are primed for a successful and memorable school year. In partnership with our wonderful parents, we are confident that our students will achieve great things.