Dear Parents and Carers
At last week’s College Assembly, I spoke to the community about the importance of persistence in the face of adversity and the character development that would accompany this. Persistence in spite of challenges or opposition is such an important character trait, especially when it is driven by dignity and conviction.
I spoke of the example of the Australian World Number 1, tennis player Ash Barty and the humility with which she approaches successes and losses. She constantly speaks of herself, her family and her team as simply trying to do the best that they can every single day. Before and after any tennis match Ash Barty never minimises her opponent’s skills or exaggerates her own. She just references 'trying to be the best you can be, and that’s all you can ask of yourself.'
Such a positive philosophy aligns perfectly with who we are as a Mercy community. What matters to us is being our best selves every day 'expanding beyond what we know we can be' and affording others the same opportunities for growth. It is about never giving up - persisting - valuing growth and valuing one’s family and the team (the College staff) who support you to be your best. At the Assembly, I encouraged the community to consider what persistence would look and feel like for each of them both inside and outside the classroom? It is a good conversation for us all to have.
On Wednesday, 19 February the Master Plan Information Evening was held at the College. As well as an address from me as Principal and the College Board Chair, Ms Kerrie Walshaw, Mayoh architects were in attendance and were very thorough in outlining the campus changes with the new Master Plan, including the imperative of maintaining the heritage of the Brigid Shelly building. It was an opportunity for all to ask questions about the refurbishment of buildings and the implementation of the Plan. Emphasis was on the vision for the Master Plan, including the provision of a “connected oasis of learning” that will continue to meet the evolving needs of dynamic OLMC learners. The first phase of the Plan will commence in the second half of this year and further timely updates will be provided.
I have to say that last week’s College Twilight Swimming Carnival was a great example of the OLMC community coming together! From the moment the students gathered to board the buses to Homebush, to the conclusion of the Carnival that evening, the enthusiasm and House Spirit was palpable. There was much friendly rivalry because House points towards the Spirit cup were to be won, however, what really stood out, apart from the colourful decorations, was the joy and positivity of everyone - students and staff alike. Thank you to Mr Stuart Guthrie, Sports Coordinator, to the PDHPE staff, to the House Leaders and to all staff who made this event such an enjoyable experience. Thank you also, to the many parents who were able to join us for this evening.
As a faith community, everyone gathered together in the Ailsa Mackinnon Community Centre for our Ash Wednesday Liturgy on 26 February. We were reminded that, as we begin our Lenten journey, it is important to focus not only on the dignity and integrity of our friends and family but also on the people whom we endeavour to help through Project Compassion. Lent is a time for reflection, and traditionally, for the foregoing of a luxury. This allows us to consider the needs of others and to be grateful for the many gifts that we have in our lives. Sometimes, it can be an opportunity to consider how we might help others and show our appreciation of them. As well as fasting and donating to Project Compassion, we might forgo watching our favourite television program, limiting or halting our social media usage or we might commit to completing some chores on a regular basis that would really make a difference to a family member. Just some ideas to consider.
Upcoming events to note:
- 5 March – Year 10 Reflection Day
- 6 March – International Women’s Day – Guest speaker - Dr Erin Mackenzie is a lecturer in science, STEM, and educational psychology in the School of Education at Western Sydney University. She is also a researcher in the Centre for Educational Research, where her studies focus on why girls choose to study STEM subjects (or not), and on how and why teenagers use social media. In this talk, Dr Mackenzie will discuss the possibilities that studying STEM subjects open up for future careers
- 12 & 13 March - Year 7 Camp
- 18 March - Year 9 Reflection Day
A reminder that the Annual College Open Day is this Sunday, 8 March from 10.00am to 2.00pm.
The P&F always show their Mercy hospitality in providing a BBQ for the visiting families. The P&F are calling for parent helpers throughout the day. Please click here to volunteer some of your time at the P&F BBQ.
To return to the beginning:
Ash Barty has been named as the 2020 Young Australian of the Year in the recent Australia Day Awards. Amongst other qualities, she has been recognised for her
“Dynamic tennis game, formidable serve and down-to-earth attitude.”
I would add: “Nevertheless, she persisted.” What a fine role model for us all!
Mrs Marie Wood