Dear OLMC Families
It is the final week of Term 2 and, for most students in Years 7 to 10, semester courses will be finishing and new courses will be undertaken from Term 3. The school year continues unchanged despite COVID-19 and continuous learning has become the norm. Some things have changed and some things remain the same! Well done to everyone in our community. We have successfully pivoted and Continuous Learning is progressing well.
Yesterday, we held the Leadership Assembly at the College – an Assembly when the 2019/20 32 Student Leaders traditionally finish their formal leadership roles and the 2020/21 Student Leaders are inducted. It is a longstanding and significant moment that remains unchanged in purpose and yet we proved our versatility and capacity to change in the way it was held. Social distancing measures meant that the Assembly was live-streamed to all Homerooms, enabling all students to witness the rich tradition of Mercy Leadership at the College. It was wonderful to have Sr Mary-Louise Petro, Sr Patricia Bolster and Sr Margaret Jones join us for this important occasion and for our College Chaplain, Father Walter Fogarty to perform the blessing. Thank you to our outgoing leaders who have demonstrated true servant leadership over the past year and all the very best to our new leaders for the year ahead! I am including the challenge I posed to the 2020/2021 Student Leaders when I addressed them at the Assembly:
'Now, I want to challenge you to become more than your vision. How will you give meaning to your vision so that people follow you and everyone understands it; so that they embrace it? How will you hold people with you so that they are included and able to achieve their potential?
You have to be able to articulate your ideas so that they connect to people on a personal level. You have to bind them together so that they become stronger, more confident and more courageous. You have to help people to believe in themselves when they have doubts and you have to celebrate with them when they have successes.'
I know that our OLMC community looks forward to witnessing and benefitting from their leadership in 2020/2021.
On Friday, 19 June, ABC News ran a story featuring current OLMC Year 12 student, Amelie-Aiko Loof.
The story focused on the increase in university applications for 2021 as many students are now unable to take a gap year due to COVID-19. You can also listen to the podcast from ABC's AM program to hear from Amelie - https://bit.ly/2UZ5wGy. Here at the College, we are very proud of Amelie. She provides her perspective in an intelligent and articulate manner - a true Mercy girl.
You can access this story by clicking on the link - https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-19/university-fees-tertiary-education-overhaul-course-costs/12367742
OLMC celebrated Refugee Week this week. As an inclusive community, we are always supportive of everyone at every opportunity. Refugee Week is an annual activity to raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees and celebrate the positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society. A display was set up on the Chapel verandah, ‘Walk a Day in my Shoes’, providing a chance for our students to find out about a refugee family and the struggles they have faced. Forming the basis for our recognition of Refugee Week, Mercy Girls participated in diverse activities during the week including listening to speakers, conducting simulations focusing on refugee processing and sharing stories and recipes. This enabled our students to reflect on creating a clearer understanding between different communities and respecting the dignity of each person and our common humanity.
This is the final newsletter prior to the end of Term – Our Year 12 students will be back on campus for Weeks 1 and 2 of the break, supported by College staff, for two Study Weeks in which they will consolidate their learning. We wish them well as they engage with their preparation for their Trial Higher School Certificate Examinations in Term 3.
As we conclude Term 2, I want to thank you all for your ongoing support. Working in partnership with you is tremendously rewarding. I look forward to continuing in the role of Principal (Acting) while our College Principal, Mr Stephen Walsh, remains on leave.
Enjoy the break with your families. Stay safe and well.