It is exciting to be back at school for the final term of 2023. The year is certainly flying by, and I hope all our students had a relaxing break and have recommenced their learning with great enthusiasm.
During the break, I took some time to recharge and reflect on the term just passed. It is always a mixed-feeling event to graduate our Year 12 Students each September. Teachers feel this most intently, as they recall their time in classes with these young people, who it seems ‘in the blink of an eye’ become ready to leave the comfort of school life and take on their next steps. We, of course, wish our girls well as they travel through the HSC exam process. Their spirits are so far uplifted and they have felt a sense of accomplishment with every exam they tick off.
Recently we received some wonderful results from the recent testing we undertook in the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). This study, conducted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), compared our Year 9, 2022 cohort against national and international averages in the subjects of Mathematics, English and Science. Looking at statistics from countries such as the USA, UK, Germany, Italy, Greece, Canada, France, Japan and Finland, OLMC performed incredibly well as shown in the table below:
I congratulate our dedicated staff for supporting students to achieve these fabulous results.
It was wonderful to celebrate World Teachers Day last week at the College. Our staff came together for morning tea, generously provided by the P&F. I am proud to work with all our staff and acknowledge everything they do to make the College a place of growth and excellence. Their passion for education goes beyond the classroom, which in turn creates a supportive and nurturing environment for all.
Over the course of Term 4, our incoming 2024 students and their families will be warmly welcomed to our community with an information evening and orientation events. I understand it is often with great apprehension that many of our new Mercy Girls, walk through the Mercy gates for the first time, however, my experience informs me that it does not take very long for most to become settled as part of the rich fabric of our College’s culture. I look forward to meeting our new students and I have no doubt that they will develop firm bonds of friendship during their time at OLMC.
During Week 1 of this term, we welcomed into our community a team of four experienced reviewers from the ACER organisation. ACER is the Australian Council of Educational Research and a respected and renowned educational body. The comprehensive review took place across four days during which time they interviewed most staff and a number of Board Members, parents and students. They are now preparing a report for us which will outline commendations and recommendations which will in part form the basis for the next Strategic Plan for the College. Early indications in the draft report presented to me and the College Leadership Team last week, show that our greatest strengths are in progressing learning across the College with a desire to embrace educational changes which are on the horizon. I look forward to sharing more of their findings with you in weeks to come.