Dear families, staff and students
Term 4 has certainly been exceptionally busy! We began with the Higher School Certificate examinations and I congratulate Year 12 on their mature and dedicated approach throughout this time. We have also held yearly examinations for Years 9 and 10 while Years 7 and 8 are completing their last assessment tasks this term. Last week we acknowledged the wonderful achievements of the Year 11 students and marked the end of the Preliminary course with our Awards Ceremony.
This week at the assembly for Years 7, 9 and 11 we inducted the new student leaders for 2019/2020 into their roles. These students will be representing and leading the student body and have already begun to implement social justice opportunities for this term. We are incredibly lucky to have such a wonderful student community. Our new student leaders are:
Year 12 College Leaders
Year 11 College Leaders
I am very excited to announce that the College is now accepting enrolment applications for Year 7 2021, however, the enrolment application process will be a little different. Our aim is to streamline the process by taking applications earlier and finalising offers earlier therefore the first difference is that next year the College will not hold enrolment interviews. We have also changed the timing for all aspects of the process and so the important dates to remember are:
Applications open Term 4 2019
Open Evening 19 February 2020
First Round Enrolment Offers 6 April 2020
First round acceptances returned by parents 1 May 2020
Second Round Enrolment Offers 7 May 2020
Second round acceptances returned by parents 14 May 2020
Please note that Gilroy Catholic College supports the Enrolment Policy of Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta and, as such, where places are limited, enrolment priority will be given to:
Catholic children who live in the local parish and surrounding parishes; and
Children of families who actively participate in the life of the school and local parish community
Further information regarding CEDP enrolment policy can be found on the website at: https://www.parra.catholic.edu.au/en/Our%20Schools/Enrolment.
The other difference this year is that families will be required to submit a Parish Priest reference form as part of the application package. This decision aligns with the procedures for most of our neighbouring Catholic secondary schools and was made in consultation with our local Parish Priests. Please ensure that application packages contain all required information prior to submission to the College. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the College.
Term 4 always signifies the movement towards Advent and the Christmas season. This is a time of hope and reflection for all Catholics. It is a time when we reflect on our faith and actions. It is at this time of year that the school community collects items for those less privileged and we gain a clear picture of the gratitude that should be in our hearts. It can also be a time of difficulty for some people and so, as a community, we reach out to those in need. I leave you with a prayer from Saint Teresa of Avila (1515 – 1582) that reminds us of the importance of understanding that each of us is the face of Christ on earth.
Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
Compassion on this world,
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,
Yours are the eyes, you are his body.
Christ has no body now but yours.