Yesterday our girls participated in the online Father Daughter Liturgy. It was a lovely Liturgy that gave us the chance to reflect on the wonderful role that our Dads play in our lives. Below is an extract of the message that I delivered as part of that Liturgy.
The media tells us instant gratification, power, money, cars, success and image are signs of successful manhood, but in our all-girls school that espouses values of Mercy, we need to be clear about what manhood really is.
Surely at the core of manhood, is love. Love which is in harmony with the love your daughter will receive from all those who surround her. Love shown through the just and discerning decisions you make, love which is compassionate and merciful. Our world, more than ever, is crying for men who are strong in principle, determined and resilient, courageous for the sake of their families, even in times when courage is waning; men gentle in responding to the needs of others and fathers patient when their children challenge them.
I wish all our Mercy dads a wonderful Fathers' Day, albeit different in this lockdown year and thank you for entrusting your daughter's education to us.
Message from 2020 Head Girl
Return to face-to-face learning in Term 4
In last week’s communications, I outlined that OLMC will be releasing our return to school plan, to suit the needs of our community. As indicated by the NSW Premier – at this stage, the earliest possible return date for any students is October 25 which is Week 5 of Term 4. As has been the case throughout this period, we will be reviewing the advice of several education bodies to ensure our plan best serves the needs of our girls. I expect to be able to release this before the end of Term 3. I will also be sharing our plan for any events and activities for the remainder of the 2021 school year.
Communications and Engagement Survey
I would like to thank the very many parents who have completed the Communications and Engagement Survey. We have had a wonderful response and the data obtained will help us fulfill Pillar 5 of our Strategic Vision which is ‘Community engagement’. The results support what we have known to be true - that OLMC parents and carers are totally engaged with their daughters’ academic success and wellbeing in authentic and positive ways.
The survey will close this evening so there is some time to complete it if you haven’t yet had the chance. CLICK HERE to complete the survey.
A reminder if you haven’t already claimed your creative kids vouchers from the NSW Government, this period of lockdown may be a great opportunity as they can be used for some online activities too. Parents can apply for a voucher with a value of up to $100 per calendar year for each student aged 4.5 to 18 years old enrolled in school. The voucher may be used with a registered activity provider for registration, participation and tuition costs for creative arts, speech, drama, dance, digital design, coding, and music lessons and activities. CLICK HERE for more details.
Share your Photos
Thank you to all who shared their Wellbeing Wednesday photos; you can view some of these below here. I now invite you to share photos in the theme of Spring which is just around the corner. The Visual Art Department is running a Student Photography Competition and successful entries will be included in our first Virtual Gallery experience. Here is the CANVAS LINK. The theme of Spring is open to your interpretation. Talk with your friends and family - get them involved! Entries for this competition close on Friday 17 September.