A warm welcome back to all for Term 2. I hope you had enjoyed the time over the Easter break to relax and reenergise in preparation for the exciting Term ahead.
Over the Easter period, I was very fortunate to visit Dublin, the birthplace of the Venerable Catherine McAuley. This opportunity, offered by the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta and North Sydney, afforded me the chance to stay in the House of Mercy, which was Catherine’s home and her place of ministry while she was alive. It was a treasured time and one I will always hold close. I look forward to sharing some of this with the girls and teachers during Chapel time in coming weeks.
I thank all members of the College Leadership Team for their commitment to leading the College whilst I was away and also as we have awaited the arrival of our new Deputy Principal Anthony Blomfield. Anthony begins with us next week and is looking forward to getting to know our community as soon as he can.
Over the last weekend, I moved house! As much as I am enjoying this, it has been a very busy time and a little daunting as I change my environment - a new neighbourhood to explore, new traffic routes to navigate and an overall feeling which comes with learning how my new house works…so many light switches!
It has also been a reminder that change is a part of life and we must learn to be flexible and adapt to new circumstances. Our Mercy Girls are building resilience for changes that come our way to prepare us for life changes (such as moving house). Embracing change is always an opportunity for growth regardless of our age.
In addition to the many activities that are scheduled during Term 2, such as Parent-Teacher Conferences and camps, I would like to highlight a few very important events for our community:
- Mother-Daughter Mass - Monday, 15 May
- College Musical, 'The Little Mermaid, 18, 19 and 20 May
- Women in Leadership Forum and Alumnae Welcome - Wednesday, 24 May. To register, click here.
OLMC Sports Scholarship
OLMC is offering a 2024 one-time Sports Scholarship to a student entering Years 8-12 in 2024. This Scholarship is awarded to a student who has a genuine desire, work ethic and belief that they can maximise their potential and attain sporting excellence. The candidate should demonstrate sporting achievements at an elite level (State or National) and will apply the same dedication to their schoolwork and the OLMC community as an elite sportswoman.
For further information please click here.
At our first formal assembly for this term, we commemorated ANZAC Day and acknowledged the service of men and women to their country in the pursuit of peace. ANZAC Day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli in 1915. It is the day we remember Australians who served and died in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. The spirit of Anzac, with its human qualities of courage, mateship and sacrifice continues to have meaning and relevance for our sense of national identity.
Our Assembly included music, reflections and prayers delivered by students followed by the Last Post. Student leaders read to the assembly, stories of women who have served in the armed forces through nursing and health care and these stories brought to life the human element of courage in the face of conflict. Many thanks to all for the moving ceremony.