I don’t mean to sound ‘Grinch Like’ but I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw retailers setting up for the Christmas Season at the end of September!
Whilst I appreciate that retailers have ‘done it tough’ in the past few years and interest rates are having an effect on regular spending habits, it did seem a little indulgent to be thinking of Christmas so early in the year.
But now, as we edge slowly to the end of our academic year and the weather has settled into true Spring days, thoughts of Christmas are seeming better placed in my psyche. The sight of beautiful Christmas trees covered in brightly covered baubles, traditional family ornaments that are being carefully unpacked in houses across Australia and spectacular outdoor decorations which are popping up in neighbourhoods are all wonderful signs of a festive season enjoyed in the peace and comfort of our lives in our country.
As we approach the busi-ness of the end of the year, and however we spend Christmas, I encourage everyone to pause and find solace in family, friends and work. We know that the true spirit of Christmas cannot be found on a store shelf. It resides within us, in the love we share, the kindness we extend and the gratitude we feel. So, as we navigate the early Christmas decorations and the frenzy of holiday preparations, let it be a reminder to slow down, appreciate the beauty of the season and cherish the moments that truly matter.
Our Celebration of Achievement evening will mark the culmination of the 2023 school year. This special event on our College calendar will be held at Quaycentre, Sydney Olympic Park on 4 December 2023. Parents/carers are very welcome to attend the event arriving at 3.30pm with the ceremony commencing at 4.00pm. This is a compulsory event for all students. If for any reason a student is unable to attend this event, I require a letter of explanation prior to the event. Student attendance will be recorded on the night.
At the start of this week, registrations for our two OLMC private bus services opened for 2024. The bus that travels from the northwest of Parramatta to the College is now full. Students will now go onto a waiting list. Our new second bus travelling from the Greystanes/Merrylands area currently has limited seats available. Details regarding the two buses including registration and/or waitlist are available on our College website.
As we approach the end of the year, I am delighted to report that the Brigid Shelly Northern Wing is complete. The Official Opening will take place mid-November and families who purchased seats in the Brigid Shelly Auditorium as part of ‘Sponsor a Seat’ have been invited to attend. However, due to space restrictions, we have unfortunately been unable to invite all families to this event. There will be plenty of opportunities for families to wander through this beautiful addition to our campus either at the P&F Welcome event at the start of 2024, or at Open Day in March.
Applications have now opened for Scholarships for students starting at OLMC in Year 7 in 2025. Rewarding academic excellence, performing arts and sport, as well as an Alumnae Scholarship, we invite families to apply through our website. Please click here for further information.
On behalf of the whole College community, I would like to express our gratitude to the outgoing P&F Committee for their dedication, inclusivity and hard work during 2023. Their contributions are undoubtedly valuable to our community.
As the new Committee steps in, we need to plan for continuity and ensure the P&F Committee remains effective and responsive to the needs of the College. In 2024, four Committee members will be leaving the College as their daughters complete Year 12 which is an important consideration for the future.
As all families pay a P&F Levy in their fees, I encourage parents to attend P&F Meetings and contribute to discussions on how the levies will be dispersed but also engage in supporting community events at the College.
Best wishes to the 2023 Team and a warm welcome to the incoming Committee for 2024!
2024 P&F Committee Members
|Sheyana La Brooy
Mother Mary of Mercy, Pray for us.