Term 3 is almost halfway through, and students and staff are embracing the energy and excitement of this busy time of year.
Yesterday, our community celebrated the Feast of the Assumption. The Assumption of Mary into heaven, body and soul, serves as a beautiful reminder of her unique role in our faith and the impact she continues to have on our journey.
Mary, often referred to as the ‘Gentle Mother,’ exemplifies qualities of kindness, humility and compassion. Her gentleness signifies the immense strength that lies within a person who embraces life's challenges with grace and fortitude.
Just as Mary's gentle spirit embraced all humanity, regardless of background or status, so too must our students extend our hands and hearts to those in need, fostering a community that stands as a beacon of compassion. Let us remember that our actions, no matter how small, can have a profound impact on others.
May the spirit of Mary guide us on our journey, reminding us that through gentleness, we can touch hearts and bring about positive change in our lives and the world.
Sisters of Mercy Chapter Statement
Recently, the Sisters of Mercy convened their Congregation Chapter that takes place every few years. During each Chapter gathering, a Chapter Statement is crafted. This statement articulates the Sisters commitment to live out the Mercy charism while remaining attuned to the trials of the contemporary world and the evolving landscape of the church. I wanted to share this Chapter Statement with the OLMC community and I invite you to embrace its intentions and actions.
HSC Trials and Year 11 Preliminary Exams
Well done to our Year 12 girls on the completion of their HSC Trial Examinations. As they navigate the next crucial phase of their learning, let us offer our unwavering support and encouragement. We believe in their abilities and look forward to celebrating their achievements at their Graduation events at the end of this term.
Let us not forget the importance of our Year 11 students, who begin their Preliminary Examinations in the next few weeks. Their journey towards the HSC has begun, and we stand by them as they strive for excellence in their studies and personal growth.
2023 Art and Design Showcase
Amidst the bustling schedule, we are delighted to showcase the talents and achievements of our students. The 2023 Art and Design Showcase being held tomorrow evening, Thursday, 17 August, will unveil the creativity and innovation of our aspiring artists. I warmly welcome parents and friends to this event in the Ailsa Mackinnon Community Centre.
The talent and creativity of our girls was on showcase at the CreateWEST exhibition held at the PHIVE building in Parramatta Square last week. OLMC co-hosted the event with other schools, TAFE NSW, Western Sydney University and Parramatta Artists’ Studios to celebrate creativity and the arts in Western Sydney. I would like to congratulate Matthew Esterman, our Director of Innovation and Partnerships who worked closely with our OLMC Art Department, PHIVE and schools including Arthur Phillip High School, Catherine McAuley Westmead and Arden Anglican School.
New Northern Wing of Brigid Shelly Building
I am very excited to provide you with an exciting update on the progress of the new Northern wing of the Brigid Shelly Building. As we draw closer to the finish line, I am pleased to report that the project is on track to be completed by the end of Term 3, with a date for ‘occupancy’ to follow.
The new Northern wing represents a commitment to providing enhanced spaces for learning, growth and community engagement. It's a testament to our dedication to providing the best possible educational environment for our students.
I eagerly look forward to the upcoming official opening, where we will come together as a community to celebrate this milestone. Stay tuned for more details regarding the event and ways you can be part of this joyous occasion.
Let us continue to approach this busy term with enthusiasm, embracing the opportunities for growth, connection and celebration.
And best of luck to the Matildas!
Mary, Mother of Mercy, pray for us.