This week we farewell Mr Scanlon our Assistant Principal Innovation, Teaching and Learning. He leaves us after 7 years of service to the College and the wider Marist community. While this is a sad moment for us, we congratulate Mr Scanlon on his new appointment. Mr Scanlon is a passionate committed educator. He has been relentless in that commitment, firstly in his role as Director of Mission, a true and authentic leader of Catholic Mission and Identity. He continued to develop and lead the Catholic life and culture within our school, always giving witness to our distinctive educational, moral and social purpose, including the leadership of retreats and formation opportunities for our community.
An outstanding Religious Education teacher, Mr Scanlon has always built great rapport and positive relationship with his students. Interested in developing the whole person, with a deep belief in the goodness and potential of each person.
Under his leadership of teaching and learning, we have developed our Vision for Learning, which has created the narrative for next steps. He has been instrumental in ensuring quality learning opportunities for all students and staff and at the same time ensuring excellence not only in teaching and learning, but in all that we are and all that we do.
Mr Scanlon is a person who cares deeply about our community. He always puts students at the centre of his decisions and actions. He has led and lived by example with modesty, simplicity and humility.
We ask Mary or Good Mother to watch over him as he begins this new journey. We thank Mr Scanlon and wish him all the very best for the future.
Last week we celebrated the Feast of All Saints and All Souls day. The Feast of All Saints is a holy day of the Church honouring all saints, known and unknown. While we have information about many saints, and we honour them on specific days, there are many unknown or unsung saints, who may have been forgotten, or never been specifically honoured. On All Saints Day, we celebrate these saints, and ask for their prayers and intercessions. In celebrating all Souls day we are thinking of everyone within our community who have lost a loved one. To those whom have passed we send them our love, we know they are at peace and we remember with gratitude the joy that they brought to our lives.
We are coming to the end of the HSC period. I know each of our students have worked hard and have been well prepared for each exam. I congratulate them on their efforts and thank each of their teachers on your behalf for their efforts in working with each student to give the best possible chance of success.
Last Monday our new leaders for 2019 gathered for the day to reflect on what it means to be a student leader at St Patrick’s Marist College and to work together to formulate their plans for 2020. The evening concluded with a dinner with parents, this was a wonderful way to come together in community. Our senior leaders identified four key focus areas for their leadership Faith, Wellbeing, the Environment and Social Justice. I look forward to seeing the ideas and goals of this group come to fruition in the coming year and their work with the student body and our Year 9 Leadership Team. I thank Mr Moussa for leading the day and Mr Paton, Mr Bonora, Mrs Pavlovich and Mrs Dunston for their contributions.
As you would be aware, we have begun taking enrolments for 2021. The closing date for enrolments is the 27th March, 2020. It is important for current families with Year 5 students (2019) to have enrolments in by this date. This year we have 100 students on a waiting list for 2020.
If you are aware that your child/children will not be returning in 2020, we would appreciate you letting us know as soon as possible. We have students on waiting lists anxious to secure a position for 2020.
Mrs Angela Hay