Dear Parents and Carers
This certainly is an ever-changing world at present with the challenges of COVID-19 and one which we are learning to navigate together as best we can. Here at the College, our focus is on maintaining a calm and productive approach to all that we do as we care for each other’s wellbeing. All around us some people in the community are responding with fear and individualism and we can see that this is not a dignified way to relate to each other. It is causing unnecessary shortages in the supermarkets and unnecessary friction between people. When we only think of ourselves no-one thinks of us. Yet if we look closely we can see goodness exhibited by many people too and it is important to focus on this goodness at OLMC. As a Mercy community we care about each other, we respect each other and we place ourselves at the service of others.
As a Mercy community we are preparing as best we can to respond to the challenges of a COVID-19 world as I have communicated with you this week on Monday, 16 March. On Friday, 20 March this week we will enact the OLMC Student Online Study Day when students in Years 7-12 will stay at home and study remotely. As advised, it is a Staff Development Day and we will be testing our online learning delivery should the College receive instructions from health and educational authorities to close the school. We remain open for learning and all students should be in attendance unless unwell. Absences without a medical exemption will be recorded as unexplained.
As a result of COVID-19, we have had to cancel many internal school events for the remainder of Term One.
|Tuesday, 24 March||Alumnae Award Assembly|
|Tuesday, 24 March||Year 7, 2022 Enrolment Information Evening|
|Wednesday, 25 March||Rostrum Voice of Youth|
|Monday, 30 March||Scuba Diving Information Evening|
|Tuesday, 31 March||Design the Future Workshop|
|Wednesday, 1 April||Year 12 Leadership Afternoon Tea|
|Thursday, 2 April||River City Voices|
|Friday, 3 April||CAPA Senior Students Theatre Excursion 'No Pay No Way'|
|Monday, 6 April||HSC Success Evening|
International Women’s Day, 8 March, coincided with our 2020 College Open Day this year. The theme for 2020 is “An equal world is an enabled world.” International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. IWD is about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action. Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day. We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women's achievements.
International Women’s Day suggests that:
“We are all parts of a whole. Our individual actions, conversations, behaviours and mindsets can have an impact on our larger society. Collectively, we can make change happen. Collectively, we can each help to create a gender-equal world. We can all choose to be #EachforEqual.”
At a local level, we can all remain sensible and level-headed during these challenging times.
We were very fortunate to welcome prospective families to OLMC on Open Day. When I spoke to these families I welcomed them to the 2020 OLMC Open Day – a day when we open our doors, our hearts and our minds to showcase our best selves as a Mercy community. I wish to acknowledge and thank all of our students and staff who volunteered their service so willingly to welcome our visitors who were able to see live examples of our values in action - through the curriculum and co-curricular activities, through Mission initiatives and tours of the College spaces. Thank you also to the generous P&F who provided the tasty BBQ on the day. It truly was a wonderful day and not one bit dampened by the intermittent rain!
From student and staff reports it is clear that the recent Year 7 Camp was a great success. The varied activities involved team building, leadership, initiative and responsibility, all of which are invaluable life skills for any individual. Please watch out for future stories about the Camp. If your daughter is in Year 7, I am sure that she returned full of excitement with plenty to talk about with these positive experiences. Such experiences help to shape who your daughter is becoming, adding to her independence and resilience.
As Principal, I will continue to communicate with you regularly regarding updates and advice and instructions concerning the Coronavirus. The College is vigilant in managing safe hygiene practices and social distancing. Our priority remains everyone’s safety, health and wellbeing- social and emotional. This means that we will never respond from fear but from facts and with the collective welfare at the forefront. I will be acting on all advice and instructions provided by Health and educational authorities.
Please also, take care of yourselves.
Mrs Marie Wood