Dear OLMC Families,
What a rich and rewarding fortnight we have had at the College! It certainly has been filled with a range of activities in which many students and staff have been involved and these myriad opportunities have definitely enhanced our Mercy community.
Women in Leadership Forum 2019
The Women in Leadership Forum was held in the AMCC on 29 May, with more than 220 attendees present to hear and learn from the powerful narratives of the Forum speakers:
Edwina Bartholomew, Journalist and Presenter with the Seven Network
Anabelle Chauncy, CEO and Founding Director of School For Life Foundation
Liz Scully, Chair, NSW Labor Women’s Forum and Chair, Parramatta Women’s Shelter
Belinda Woolford, CEO Ronald McDonald House Charities, Greater Western Sydney
Each speaker shared the stories of her career pathway and the values and beliefs that motivated her choices. Although diverse in their career choices, it was interesting to hear their common themes of service and compassion and the importance each placed on establishing positive relationships with others and being able to make a difference in the lives of others. When asked about the challenge of knowing when to say “yes” to an opportunity, it was clear that each speaker considered it important to take safe risks and then to see where it would lead. Confidence was key to their decision-making! Everyone present agreed that listening to each story was inspiring and there were many provocative questions in the Q&A that followed. The Forum will be held at the same time next year and I commend it to you – bring friends and family along – all are welcome.
College Musical – The Wizard of Oz
In another rewarding opportunity, to celebrate the 130 years Anniversary of OLMC, the College commissioned a production of the musical, The Wizard of Oz. With over 100 cast members and crew, and after 94 hours of rehearsals, the Musical came to life last week on the 4th, 5th and 6th of June. The previous time the College produced a Musical was 2002 and it was the very same production so there was an exciting synergy about seeing it performed once again on the stage! The cast, musicians and the stage and technical crews were so professional that the audience was right in thinking that they were seeing a Broadway production! Capably assisted by the many College staff, The Wizard of Oz was full of colour, great choreography and singing, and memorable tunes. Each performance was filled with energy and everyone involved should be very proud of their efforts. Thank you so much to the many families who supported and attended the Production.
2019/2020 Student Leaders
At this time of the year the College commences it Student Leadership election process and it is my pleasure to announce that the 2019/2020 Head Girl is Josie Connelly and the Assistant Head Girl is Justine Kim.
I know that you will join with me in congratulating them and that they will have the full support of the College community as they both take on these important leadership roles. The voting process continues this week and next for the Student Leaders for 2019/2020 and we look forward to the Leadership Assembly in the final week of this Term at which they will be inducted formally.
Vale Sister Kathleen Dowse rsm
It is with great sadness that the College was informed that on Tuesday 4 June, Sister Kathleen Dowse, quietly and peacefully moved into the eternal embrace of the God of Mercy to whom she had devoted her life for the last 70 years.
Sister Kathleen was a significant figure in the history of the College as both an ex-student and former teacher, and remained vitally interested in the College, and her many ex-students, to the end of her life. There are many ex-students who will remember her with great fondness as a most kind and caring woman.
May she rest in peace.
Mrs Marie Wood
|13-14 June||Year 10 Camp|
|17-21 June||Refugee Week|
|18 June||Year 9 Dance|
|Year 10 Vaccinations|
|19 June||College Open Morning Tour|
|22 June||P&F Function|
|Bring it on! Performance|
|25 June||130 Year Anniversary Concert Series|
|26 June||Year 7 Student-led Conferences|