Dear OLMC Families
I would like to wish all fathers and father figures in our community a very happy Father’s Day for last Sunday. It was very much a spring day and I hope that the beautiful weather contributed to many a joyous family occasion where you were able to appreciate being together and celebrating family.
Here at the College, we celebrated Father’s Day with a special liturgy during Homeroom.
The role of a father can be such a strong influence on a child and her/his positive and confident approach to life. For a daughter, a father or father figure can be a significant influence on her faith, on her confidence and self-belief, influencing her positive relationship choices and helping her to feel safe and secure. Being present and listening demonstrates to her that she is valued and valuable. Indeed, this is the case for all children, but a girl will also learn so much from her father about respectful relationships between men and women from watching his interaction within the family. Congratulations to all of you amazing fathers who are helping to nurture amazing young Mercy women!
Yesterday, Tuesday 8 September, we also acknowledged the Nativity or birth of the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus. Catholics look to Mary as a woman of selfless love and devotion. A special Hail Mary and other prayers were devoted to this during Homeroom.
The current OLMC Strategic Improvement Plan is finishing in 2020 and the College Leadership Team, together with members of the College Board and staff have commenced the development of the Plan which will commence in 2021. This is an exciting phase for the College as we look towards the future for our students and for our families. We are planning for and imagining our graduates as women who continue to 'expand beyond what they know they can be' and who emerge as influencers who are confident advocates for all. It is wonderful to be able to consider the elements of a dynamic Mercy education that will shape our future women and whose strength of character is marked by Mercy, faith and purpose! I know our collective experience of 2020 has already contributed to this shaping!
You will all be very proud of our Year 12 students who have now completed their Trial Higher School Certificate examinations and are focussing of the feedback from them for further growth. Please keep in your prayers our Year 12 Music students who complete their HSC practical examinations next week. Of note too is that two of our HSC Drama students have been nominated for possible inclusion in OnSTAGE, a selection of performances and individual projects from Higher School Certificate Drama students, for their individual performances: Ellen Durbidge and Angela Younes. Well done to both students for their nomination and thank you to their teachers, Ms Caroline Rowland, Ms Lauren Camilleri, Ms Amy Watson and Mrs Leanne Portelli for their efforts in supporting the students to reach this level of recognition! You are all strong Mercy women!
Another example of a fine young Mercy woman is our College Head Girl Yasmine Alwakal. This news was sent to me by Mr Chris Ostrowski, Public Speaking Coordinator:
'I'm very pleased to announce that Yasmine was placed 10th overall in the recent World Debating and Public Speaking titles held on Zoom. This achievement is simply outstanding. We have had only three other girls reach this level over the years, with the previous best result being in the 40s. Yasmine is also the only Australian in the top 10.'
How proud Yasmine should be and Yasmine’s family too because we all certainly are!
Here at the College, we had already made the decision to move our formal celebrations and acknowledgments for our Year 12 students from the end of Term 3 to a safer date in November, post the final Higher School Certificate examination. This has been communicated to all of Year 12 and their families. Today I received notice from NESA confirming that we have made the correct decision in noting the following:
Year 12 Graduations and Formals
Year 12 students across NSW will be able to celebrate the completion of school with COVID-19 safe graduation ceremonies and formals being allowed to take place during Term 4 from 12 November, after the final HSC exam. Schools across NSW will receive a COVID-19 safety plan guidance for Year 12 graduations and school formals on Friday, 11 September.
The weather is warming up and with two weeks until the end of term, it makes sense to allow the students to make the change to their summer uniforms. Consequently, all students will now be permitted to wear either their full summer uniform or full winter uniform to school (depending on their preference) for the remainder of this term.
Dates to remember:
- Year 11 Examinations – 7 Sep – 17 Sep. Please keep our Year 11 students in your prayers
- OLMC HSC Virtual Showcase will be launched on Monday 21 September – excitement is building!
- Last day of Term 3, 2020 - Friday, 25 September
Take care and stay safe.
Mrs Marie Wood