This week we have celebrated the beginning of our school year with our Commencement Mass. It is a wonderful way to start our new school year, we welcomed each of our new students and staff to our Marist Community. My hope is that they each come to love this place and the community of people as much as I do.
2020 is the 148th iteration of St Patrick’s Marist. So yes we are commencing a new year, but really we are simply commencing the next chapter of our story, the story of St Patrick's Marist College, what has been and continues to be an outstanding, hospitable and welcoming community.
I know that we will continue to do our tradition proud together, to live out our rich heritage. We keep the spirit and heart of what it means to be Marist alive always acting with strong minds and gentle hearts.
This year, we continue to deepen our focus on learning using collaborative inquiry across all areas within the College, as Leaders, as teachers and students. On Monday at our Staff Professional Learning Day, we talked about making learning rigorous and thinking visible at surface, deep at transfer levels. How do we as teachers ensure that we are not doing the thinking for students, that we don’t jump to give them answers, break everything down so it is easy? How do we move students from just waiting for the teacher to give us the right responses, the perfect essay? How do we challenge their responses, make them justify them, how do we ensure that they look at multiple perspects and engage in deep debate with each other?
We want student’s brains fully engaged, we want them collaborating on complex problems. We know struggle equals growth, confusion is key, and therefore we need to ensure there is tension in their learning, so that they really learn in ways that allow them to apply that learning to different contexts well beyond the unit of work. We as teachers are in the learning pit, right alongside our students. What a great place to inquire, to collaborate and grow together.
This year our Formation goal is to bring our mission and gospel to life, to put into action things that will help make a difference in the lives of others. We are focusing on the goals of our mission and I am so excited to see how our plan encompasses every year group. We will be working with our SRC representatives and all students to help create and determine those actions.
We continue to work on our new Wellbeing Framework, in building opportunities to connect, empower and grow each member of our community, with a significant focus on the development of our PBS4L (Positive Behaviour Support for Learning), which will replace our current student management policy. This is already in progress, has already involved students and will continue to involve student input and student voice as we move forward.
We will continue to strengthen our new Year 9 leadership structure, widen their opportunities to engage in authentic leadership and we have developed a stronger model for our SRC processes, meetings and feedback to the College Leadership team about things that matter to students.
I said to students today, “The old saying you get out what you put in, is so very true, this year, jump in, have a go, believe the best in people, every day there is something to be thankful for ,so look for something positive each and every day even if some days you need to look a little harder and always try to be the person who makes someone else’s day better.
Ultimately we want you to grow, to be happy, to flourish and to be successful self aware young people who are inspired by the gospel, be disciples of Jesus in whatever you do, and together help us create one new humanity.”
Peer Support: Congratulations to Year 10 who are doing a fantastic job working with our new Year 7, I have been so impressed with their enthusiasm and leadership.
Enrolments 2021: A reminder that enrolments are well underway for 2021. We have already had a significant number of applications and applications close on the 27th March, with first round offers going out on the 6th of April. This year our Open Day will be on the 16th of March. I ask that you share this information with families that may be considering St Patrick’s Marist College for their children.
Uniform: A gentle reminder that the girls socks should be ankle socks not sport socks. This means they should be above the ankle. It makes such a difference to the overall look of the uniform. Thanks for your assistance with this.
Need a Hand?: There are times when things are not going well. Please know that we are always here to assist you. If you are not sure who to talk to, just give the office a call and they can direct you as needed.
Yours in Jesus, Mary and St Marcellin
Mrs Angela Hay