Our Annual College Athletics Carnival is coming up on Friday. I am looking forward to experiencing my first OLMC Athletics Carnival and seeing the excitement, colour and House spirit. If the Swimming Carnival is indication, the Athletics Carnival will be a spectacle to behold. I am also looking forward to seeing our girls participate in events and admiring the athleticism and speed with which our girls compete.
A reminder if you have not yet RSVP’d for the Women in Leadership Forum, I encourage you to. We are delighted that we will have a high-profile special guest speaker introducing our event! All Mercy Girls from all Year Groups are welcome to attend and this event is open to our broader community including alumnae and the public. Please spread the word! We have two of our wonderful alumnae speaking on the evening. CLICK HERE for more information and to RSVP.
Save the Date: HSC Course Preference Evening – Wednesday 16 June
At OLMC we are very proud of the HSC learning experience we provide. Our girls thrive and achieve their potential and beyond, in a caring and supportive environment. We firmly believe that girls schools produce the best outcomes for girls’ learning and the research supports this. In each newsletter leading up to this event, I will be sharing some research findings that support our position.
- Single gender classes provide a learning environment where the female voice is not marginalised. The personal attributes of the teachers, most notably their encouragement, care and availability, motivate these female students from single gender schools to excel” (Tully & Jacobs, 2010).
- Girls at girls’ schools have “higher aspirations”, “greater motivation” and are “challenged to achieve more than their female peers” at co-educational independent and public schools (Holmgren, 2014).
The HSC Course Preference evening is a compulsory event is for all Year 10 students and their parents. It will be a chance to hear from Leaders of Learning and subject teachers and the courses available, learn about HSC requirements and how the ATAR works.
Time: 4.45pm for a 5pm start. The event will include a light supper.
Venue: Ailsa Mackinnon Community Centre and Janet Woods Building, OLMC Parramatta (Enter via Gate 7).
A timetable detailing all the subject sessions will be emailed to all parents prior to the event.
Thank you to all who attended our Mother Daughter Mass on Monday 10 May. This special liturgy is a chance to give thanks for our Mothers, Grandmothers, Aunts and those women who support us. Thank you to College Chaplain Father Walter and all staff and students who made this lovely celebration possible. A special thank you to the P&F for providing the Afternoon Tea. The Mass is always held close to Mothers' Day in the Month of May, the month dedicated to Mary mother of Jesus. One of our OLMC mothers, Clair-Maree Simpson, gave a heartfelt speech on what it means to be a Mercy Mum. She spoke on the Mercy Values and how they are integral in empowering OLMC girls to be the best they can be. ‘These values are timeless. They are core components of humanity and OLMC, in partnership with us as parents, provide our daughters with the opportunity to demonstrate these values daily. The foundations they have as Mercy women will support them in their various life journeys.’ Thank you to Clair-Maree for sharing your perspective with us at this special event. Many thanks to our Director of Mission, Gabrielle Scanlon for her preparation of our Mass. Please see below and in the Mission section for more images.