Dear OLMC Families
It is a pleasure to see all of our students and staff return to the College this week. There is a deep sense of achievement in knowing that we have successfully navigated this period of remote learning and great satisfaction in knowing that all of the planning and the preparation beforehand stood us in good stead during this time. Continuous Learning will stay in place for the remainder of the year and this will minimise any further potential disruption to students’ learning should we find ourselves instructed to go to remote learning at any time in the future.
I would like to acknowledge the efforts of the staff at the College who found themselves in self-isolation and managing their own family circumstances while supporting your daughters so well. For the two weeks, we met as a staff at the start of each day over zoom, checking in with each other and preparing for the day ahead. Thank you again to all of you too for your significant support of your daughters and of the College during this time.
Reflecting on this recent remote learning experience with our students really highlights the importance of resilience, perseverance and faith at times of adversity. As a Mercy community, we have certainly drawn on these strengths! The students have also drawn on increasingly important entrepreneurial skills as they continue to develop new ways of thinking and problem solving for themselves and as modelled by you as parents and by staff at the College. We have all had to pivot considerably this year as the pandemic has evolved and we have all done so successfully. We know that this entrepreneurial thinking will be valuable in the future, so employing this in a practical way now will encourage confidence and social and emotional growth for our students. Research shows that when individuals embrace new opportunities with a growth mindset they will have greater success in engaging with the unfamiliar and be more motivated to master a situation in an increasingly complex world.
Clearly our Year 12 students have exhibited all the traits of strong Mercy women this week as they engage in their Trial HSC examinations. Our Year 12 Dance students completed their practical HSC examination on Monday and, from all accounts, performed with tremendous expertise. It is a testament to Year 12's tenacity that everyone arrived undaunted and ready to demonstrate the best of their learning. Congratulations Year 12!
Already a flow has developed around horizontal homerooms and directional wayfinding in the College that is evidence of our community’s ability to adapt and adjust that is so commendable! I do hope that there is as much excited conversation at home around these changes as has been generated here at the College!
I would like to commend to you the P&F occurring next week:
- P&F Meeting – 1 September 2020
To register for the next P&F Meeting to be held via Zoom on Tuesday, 1 September 2020, please see the P&F Notice at the end of this newsletter.
Take care and stay safe.