Thank you to all the families who attended our Mother’s Day Liturgy. It was a very moving and wonderful way to reflect and give thanks for the precious gift of being a mother and of having a mother. Here at the College we give thanks to each of our Mothers, Grandmothers, Aunties and others who play that role, for your wonderful support and love you give to our young people. It does not go unnoticed! I thank Mr Paton for preparing our Liturgy and our P&F team, Chrishani Cogger, Sonja Simpson and Susan Boulous for the exceptional afternoon tea.
Parent partnership and family spirit are very important to us here at our Marist Dundas community. In the coming weeks, we have a number of community events. Next Wednesday week (5th June), we have our Parent Forum on Study Skills at 6.30pm in the Library followed by our P&F meeting at 7.30pm. Our Working Bee is coming up on Saturday the 1st June from 8.00am to 12.00 Noon (letter attached). We have had very strong numbers at these events. It is a great way to connect with other families. We are always seeking new ways to connect with our families and build community. If you have any ideas, please let us know or come along to our P&F evenings where we discuss and share ideas.
The College will be undertaking the Learning Bar School Survey “Tell Them from Me”, during the period of 3rd June to 14th June, where students, teachers and a group of parents will provide feedback on their experience of our school using an online survey. The surveys are an important part of our whole school evaluation and planning process. You may have been invited to complete the “Tell Them From Me” (TTFM) Partners in Learning survey and as we value the role of parents and carers within our school community, we would greatly appreciate your feedback. The information you provide will be used to maintain our commitment to working together in partnership to further improve student learning and wellbeing at St Patrick’s Marist College. Following our survey last year, we engaged in further student focus groups to dig down into the data and as a result, we have made changes to our wellbeing program, introduced a new SRC structure including our Middle School Leaders in Year 9 and committed to the introduction to PBS4L and Positive Education. This week one of our new staff members Ms Heidi McKay began her role as Project Leader for the introduction and implementation of Positive Education. The survey is anonymous and will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. We will also be sending home a letter regarding the student survey (See Attached). A reminder as always, if you have any concerns please contact us here at the College on 8841 7900.
Congratulations to our newly elected Student Leaders in Year 9. They will play a key role in our student leadership group and the development of our student norms for the College. I also congratulate all students who nominated for these positions.
JUNIOR SCHOOL LEADERS - 2019
Junior Captains: Benjamin Goss and Beatrice Harnn
Social Justice Captains: Anthony Azar and Kaitlyn Chiha
Environment Captains: Jacinta BouSerhal and Amy Jahja
Formation Captains: Antonia Al-Yammouni and Mia Boulous
Last Friday turned out to be perfect weather for our annual Athletics Carnival.
Congratulations to all of our students on their involvement during the day. As usual, we closely monitored the weather forecast in the hope that we would be blessed with a sunny day and that is exactly what we had. The morning started very early with a group of students arriving at 6:30 am to assist Mrs Pavlovich in setting up for the day. Our Hospitality students arrived to complete their preparations for the day. They provided a beautiful lunch and ran our café for staff. I thank Ms Tripodi and Ms Kasmer for their organisation and work with the Hospitality students. The day was fast paced and there was lots of action, particularly with our Championship events. I thank all the students for their enthusiasm, participation and cooperation throughout the day. A special thank you to Mrs Pavlovich for her outstanding organisation of the Carnival.
Over the past week, we have been engaged in the NAPLAN testing. There have certainly been some challenges with the online testing, with NESA offering our students the opportunity to resit some of the tests. Regardless of the outcome. NAPLAN is just one set of data that we use to work with our students. Every single day our teachers engage in formative assessment to determine next steps in student’s learning. As always, if you have any concerns about your child’s progress or additional information that would support us in our work, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Mrs A. Hay