Course Preference Evening Tonight
Tonight we will welcome Year 10 Mercy Girls and their parents to the HSC Course Preference Evening. This is a very important, compulsory event which will provide a chance to hear from Leaders of Learning and subject teachers and the courses available, learn about HSC requirements and how the ATAR works. All parents and students are welcome to visit our HSC excellence online hub to view videos about our Key Learning Areas and view details about our HSC results. CLICK HERE to view the HSC Excellence hub.
At OLMC we are very proud of the HSC learning experience we provide. Our girls thrive and achieve their potential and beyond, in a caring and supportive environment. We firmly believe that girls' schools produce the best outcomes for girls’ learning and the research supports this:
- An all-girl environment can stimulate discussion, dialogue and self-discovery in an atmosphere that “for the most part” is “free from ridicule and the fear of undermining self-image”. (Younger, 2016, September).
- Australian and British researchers have found that girls in single-sex schools are less affected by ‘stereotype threat’ where girls are stereotyped as ‘bad’ at something, including science and mathematics (Booth, Cardona-Sosa and Nolen, 2013).
- An American study of co-ed schools found that “adolescent females may shy away from competition and perform less well in Mathematics in the presence of males” and may, therefore, benefit from single-sex classes in mathematics and science (Hill, 2015).
Changes in Pastoral Care
We welcome the following teachers to temporary roles within Pastoral Care. I am pleased to assure parents that Pastoral Care is paramount at OLMC amongst all staff and I thank the following teachers for taking up these specific roles in caring for all our girls during Semester 2.
- Assistant to the Director of Pastoral Care - Cathy McNulty
- House Leader - Jared Palmer replacing Cathy McNulty In Doyle House
- House Leader - Catriona McKellar replacing Sharlyn Teo in Kavanagh House who will be on Parental Leave
- House Leader - Lauren Camilleri replacing Antonija Mustac in Callaghan House who is on Long Service Leave in Term 3.
As a reminder:
- The Acting Director of Pastoral Care is Ann-Marie Herd
- The House Leader for Mercedes continues to be John Hamey in Term 3 until Christine Romanus returns in Term 4
- The House Leader for Clare continues to be Melinda Chand until the end of the year
- The House Leader for Callan is Danielle McManus
- The House Leader for McAuley is Laura Bell
- The House Leader for Stanley is Rebecca Webb
We also welcome the following teachers to the role of Assistant House Leaders for Terms 3 and 4;
- Brittany Clark
- Joseph Lee
- Rebecca Knox
- James Franklin
Parents, please do not hesitate to be in contact with your House Leader with any questions you might have as we travel the rest of this year together.