Business returns to normal this week with Mr Muscat back from long service leave. I would like to thank those staff, students and parents who offered me support over the past five weeks. I would also like to thank Ms McManus who ably filled the role of Assistant Principal during that time.
The Delany community
Multicultural Day will be upon us by the time we publish our next newsletter. Let me explain the day for those who have not previously attended.
Multicultural Day was borne from a student suggestion in 2016. It began with the idea of having students share food from the various and many cultures from our community, and our first day was fairly low-key. Fast forward to 2019 and we are aiming to continue the celebration of cultural foods, but also have student performances, a jumping castle and activities, face painting, competitions… and more food!
The day will commence at 2pm with students from Delany and Holy Trinity Primary joining together to be welcomed to Country by Aboriginal representatives. They will begin with a smoking ceremony which is used as a cleansing ritual, and then continue with a dance performance and story telling.
The event doubles as a fundraising event for our Delany Foundation. This Patrician foundation was formed to raise money for schools in the Pacific Islands, Africa and India.
I will acknowledge the tremendous work that the Year 12 student leaders have already done towards the organisation and success of Multicultural Day. They are arranging sponsors to donate items and gift vouchers for competitions and raffles that will run as we approach the day. A special thanks to Mrs Melissa Smith who has donated a signed Bulldogs jersey - I’m personally very excited by this item!!
You are very welcome to attend! Come along and participate in one of the biggest days on the Delany calendar.
The academic community
The middle of Term 2 is a busy, busy time for all staff and students with a host of assessment tasks under way. Students in Years 7 - 10 no longer have an “exam week”. Assessment of student learning has moved away from these high stakes tasks and, instead, is conducted on a continuous basis. The assessment of a student’s grade for each reported learning outcomes is comprised of classroom observation and participation, tasks that run throughout the term, project work that is submitted, and in some cases, an exam. An exam, however, is part of the grade rather than the one and only point of reference.
Years 11 and 12 work somewhat differently. We know that the HSC examinations are a big deal and act as the key reference point for graduating students. However, I remind parents and students that the HSC exams make up only 50% of the final result. In other words, school-based assessment tasks are very important… so keep working with diligence and dedication.
The Patrician community
On Tuesday 4 June, Br Aengus Kavanagh attended the College. Br Aengus has held various positions within the Patrician Brothers’ community including Australian and international leader. He is, however, ever a humble man, and his visit this week was to share the Patrician spirit with those staff who are teaching at Delany for their first year. Although I’ve heard this presentation every year, I value the time because it reminds me of the legacy of the Patrician Brothers and the gentle way in which they go about their work. Br Aengus told us the following: because there are few Brothers or Sisters at schools today, each one of us is now a Brother and Sister who continues the work of Patricians each day. I am thankful to be working in this Patrician community.
I am writing this article on a rainy, windy and cold day. I am at work. No doubt every parent who is employed is also at work today (unless you’re sick). Unfortunately, there are too many students absent today because of the weather conditions, and this is a great shame and a poor habit to develop. Students NEED to be at school every possible day, and I ask all parents to encourage and enforce the expectation that attendance - at school just like in employment - is not an opt-in/opt-out decision.
Parents of Year 10 students
During Term 2 we begin with Year 10 students the discussion about study in Year 11. They will receive a booklet that describes the various courses they can choose for their program of study next year and, ultimately, the HSC courses. We purposely begin early because it’s important that students make informed decisions. It’s also important that parents have a clear understanding of study options after Year 10.
There will be a parent and student information evening on Wednesday 26 June (6pm - 7pm). It is expected that every student who intends to proceed to Year 11, with one parent or guardian, attend this evening. Please mark it in your diary.
St Patrick, pray for us.
Mr Anthony Blomfield