On Tuesday morning it was lovely to see and speak with so many parents (especially our newest Year 7 mums and dads) as they dropped off their daughters for the first day of the 2019 school year.
I would like to commend all girls on how they have welcomed our new students and staff into the College community.
Year 7 Mercy Girls look splendid in the new College summer dress, as do our Year 10 girls in the new senior blouse and skirt. My sincere apologies to those Year 10 girls who are still waiting for their skirt. Our back-ordered stock is currently being held up by customs on the wharf and we are waiting for its release so that we can complete outstanding orders. I thank those families for their patience. It would be remiss of me not to also mention that the Years 8, 9 and 12 girls of course look wonderful in their current summer uniform.
The school year commenced with a College Assembly and I thank the Year 12 Leaders who put together this lovely welcome assembly. The Year 12 theme for the year is “be the unseen hero in 130.” This recognises both the College's 130th anniversary as well as our focus Mercy Value of Service.
Late last year the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta and the College commissioned Victorian artist Gael O’Leary to produce a bronze sculpture of Venerable Catherine McAuley. The sculpture, entitled Come Sit with Me, depicts Catherine McAuley in lay clothes sitting on a bench with her hand outstretched, inviting us to ‘come sit with her’ in prayer and reflection. I have provided you with pictures of the clay moulding that is being created before the bronze casting processes begin. It is a beautiful interpretation of Catherine McAuley and it will be ready for delivery to the College in late November. The bench and sculpture will be placed under the Walnut Tree between the College and the Parramatta Sisters of Mercy Convent, providing the opportunity for all to take a moment with Catherine.
On Friday 18 January I attended the Parramatta City Council Australia Day Awards with our nominee from Year 10, Summer Giddings, and her mother. Summer was nominated by the College for Sportsperson of the Year. It was with great excitement that I announce that Summer won this prestigious award for both her achievements in sport throughout the year and also for her fundraising walk up Mt Kosciusko for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. Congratulations Summer on this wonderful achievement!
Please be aware of the road works that will commence outside the College on Victoria Rd and on O’Connell St from this Friday 1 February. This scope of works is part of the new light rail development. There will be significant changes to traffic flow on O’Connell St and road closures on Victoria Rd. Click here for more information.
“Everybody can be great because everyone can serve… you only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love.” - Dr Martin Luther King Jr
Stephen M Walsh