As the 2022 College year comes to a close, I would like to recognise the dedicated efforts of our teaching staff and farewell members who will be leaving us this year.
We wish all the best to Matthew Morrison and Bora Nam from our Mathematics faculty, Amani Habib from Science, Jenny Lee from the Diverse Learning Centre, Thao Nguyen-Trinh from TAS and Maria Bujnowski from our LOTE Department. We thank them for their time with us, the contributions they have made to OLMC students learning and their dedication to our Mercy Values in all they do.
Kathy Batten has taught at the College for 20 years and will retire from teaching in December. We wish Kathy all the best in her future and to take a well-earned rest after many years of service.
Stephen Dufty commenced as a Visual Arts teacher at OLMC in 1993 and has given over 30 years of service to the College. Stephen became Visual Arts Coordinator in 2000 and from the start of 2020, took on the role of Head of Visual Arts and Design & Technology. As a practicing artist, Stephen is currently building an art studio at his home, and we hope Stephen will have some well-earned rest to purse his artistic talents. We wish him all the very best for his retirement.
We also farewell our Deputy Principal, Marie Wood. Marie joined OLMC in 2016 and during her time with us, she has worked tirelessly to ensure that the school was run smoothly, with clear communication and direction. This was most evident during her role as Acting Principal during 2019 to 2020, as she steered the OLMC community through the first year of COVID-19 lockdowns. Marie will leave a profound legacy of achievements and a positive mark in OLMC history. I take this opportunity to thank her and wish her the best of luck in her future endeavours as she moves from OLMC into the next chapter of her life.
Next Monday evening is the inaugural Celebration of Achievement at the Quay Centre in Sydney Olympic Park. Many hours have been spent preparing for what will be a spectacular night of joy and celebration of student academic achievements for the year.
This event is compulsory for all students and parents are strongly urged to attend. Please email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org should you need to request approved leave for your daughter. All rolls will be taken on the night and records kept for any future reference. If you have not already done so, please register your attendance by clicking here.
In closing, I wish all our students and families the very best of the Liturgical season we are entering. Advent is a time particularly close to my heart, as it reminds me to wait patiently and quietly prepare for Christmas. To reflect on the humbling event which is the birth of our brother, Jesus. In this time, I remember the depth of commitment made to the world by Mother Mary and the dawn of what we value most in our Catholic tradition.
As we all look forward to sharing this time with family, friends and community, may we also take time to participate in Parish worship. May the lessons taught within our Churches and sharing of Eucharistic celebrations prepare us for the coming of Jesus and bless our year ahead.
I look forward to another joyful year with this wonderful OLMC community.
Ms Lucie Farrugia