Dear Parents and Carers,
We are now over half-way through Term 3 and it has been a very exciting time to be a member of the OLMC community. Really we have been spoiled for choice with the diversity of activities and experiences on offer to the students and so professionally supported by the dedicated staff of the College. Not only is effective learning occurring in each classroom, but also nearly every student is engaging in a co-curricular activity: Sport, Music, Dance, EcOLMC to name a few! These types of activities, and all the others on offer at the College provide the students with opportunities to develop their whole person while they balance their academic programs. It is rewarding to see the pride the students take in their efforts and achievements and to hear them eagerly speak about their debating successes, their netball wins and their dancing achievements.
The OLMC community gathered last Friday evening for a Showcase of the wonderful talents of our Visual Art, TAS and Dance students. The Year 12 HSC Major Works were on show in the Ailsa Mackinnon Community Centre with Dr Geoff Lee MP officially opening the Showcase followed by the TAS and Dance display in the Edith Angel Hall. Congratulations to all involved with the success of this Showcase.
The HSC Music Showcase was on Monday evening this week. Again, the display of talent was outstanding, from instrumentalists to vocalists. It certainly afforded an opportunity to hear a range of classical, Debussy to contemporary-Kings of Leon. Congratulations to the Music Faculty for their professional efforts in supporting the students to deliver such a fine public performance.
Additionally on Monday night, seven Year 11 students and two teachers attended the ABC's Q&A program. From all accounts, the students spoke well and engaged with other students on the panel, as well as Gladys Berejiklian and Kristina Keneally. You can watch the program on ABC Iview.
The Duke of Edinburgh practice Expedition will be held this coming weekend. Sixty-two Year 9 students will be participating. The qualifying Expedition will coincide with the end of the Year 9 Camp in Term 4. Thank you to Ms Llave, Duke of Edinburgh Co-ordinator and the accompanying teachers for giving up their family time to support the girls on the Expedition. Happy hiking!
Our new Student Leaders for 2019/2020 successfully launched their theme at Tuesday's College Assembly. I wanted to share with you their vision for the year ahead so I have included their words spoken to the College community:
In this year of dignity, our vision is one where all Mercy women are seen as humans, with an inherent value and worth. With our perfect 20/20 vision, we envision a community where girls respect others and themselves.
Congratulations to the Student Leaders. With such an aspirational vision, our College community is certain to go from strength to strength.
A reminder that the Founder of Mercy Works PNG, Maryanne Kolkia will be speaking at Mercy Futures next week on Tuesday 3 September. I strongly encourage to you to come along. For further information, please see the poster at the end of this newsletter.
Finally, this Friday the Father Daughter Mass will take place in the Mother Mary Clare Dunphy Chapel at 7.30am. I encourage all fathers, grandfathers and carers to come along to join in the liturgy. It will be an honour to have your presence.
A new Facebook Group has been created for OLMC Parramatta families to use to sell and buy the old-style College Uniform. The purpose is to assist families in this changeover period to the new uniform. This is a "closed" group so only people who are part of this group can see your posts. Please request to join the group in order to participate. The purpose is to buy and sell old-style uniforms only and was set up in response to feedback from parents who indicated they would like to be able to buy second hand uniforms in this changeover period (until 2021).
CLICK HERE to join the group.
Mrs Marie Wood