The College year has begun very well. Students and staff are exuberant and appear grateful to all be on site. We are cautiously optimistic that 2022 will be a year of less interruption to learning and filled with more of the joyous community days we have enjoyed pre COVID.
I appreciate that some of our families are in isolation or partial isolation from time to time. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers as we continue to navigate the ever-changing conditions in which we live and work.
This morning you would have received an email announcing that the Parent Portal is now live. The Portal enables parents to access important College information, pay school fees via credit card, view news and notices, and access information related to their daughter's enrolment. The Portal can be accessed by clicking on the ‘PARENTS’ link at the top of the College website. I encourage parents to visit the portal regularly as it is a great way to stay up to date and connected to the College.
The College today has received the next batch of RAT tests. These will be distributed to students before the end of the week.
The current reported COVID cases at the College are as follows:
- Year 7 - 6 cases
- Year 8 - 6 cases
- Year 9 - 8 cases
- Year 10 - 2 cases
- Year 11 - 1 case
- Year 12 - 3 cases
- Support Staff - 3 cases
- Teaching Staff - 0 cases
To help us to keep ensuring we have a safe and secure environment please we ask your daughter to:
- Be alert and monitor for symptoms.
- Test twice a week using the Rapid Antigen Home Test kit following our recommendation for the RATs be completed on Monday and Thursday morning. The tests are to be done before coming to school and students and staff must have a negative result.
- Continue the safe practice of wearing a mask. All students and staff are required to wear a mask except when they are outdoors, eating and drinking. Students will need to bring their own mask to school.
- Continue to practice good hygiene through hand sanitisation.
If your daughter is not feeling well, please do not send her to school. If she has any COVID symptoms, please organise for her to get a PCR test. These include fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of smell/taste, muscle/joint pains, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, extreme tiredness, unexplained chest pain or conjunctivitis (eye infection).
If your daughter registers a positive RAT in accordance with current NSW Health regulations, you are asked to notify both the College and NSW Health.
HSC Celebration of Achievement
Yesterday it was a privilege to celebrate with the Class of 2021 their wonderful HSC results. We heard from Marta Abicic, College Dux for 2021, and Clarissa Grace Guino and Katrina Coorey who each shared their HSC journey and how OLMC helped them achieve great success. I am so proud of the young women these Mercy Girls are becoming; they are a true credit to our College and our culture of excellence.