Welcome back to Term 3
I hope that both our students and staff had the opportunity to relax, refresh and renew ready for another term.
During Week 1 we held our Semester One Awards, it was great to see so many family and friends here to support our students and celebrate their hard work, success and growth. I would like to thank Mr Scanlon for his leadership and organisation of the ceremony. There is so much work and planning by staff that goes into making this event so successful. We thank Ms Andrews for her work and preparations with the wonderful musical performances, we have such talented students. Thanks to Mrs Lyons and the Tech Team for their work in ensuring sound and visual with the various year presentations. To our Leaders of Learning: Mr Hornby; Mrs Padden; Mr Quigley; Mr Berner; Mr Bonora and Mr Belcher and to Mrs Pavlovich, Mrs O’Neill, Madam Dunston and Ms Graham for their help with the presentations of the Year groups and Sports Awards. A big thank you to Mrs Le Mottee who prepared and collated all the awards.
My message to our young people. At St Patrick’s Marist College we aim high, strongly driven by our core values, where the dignity and love of work in pursuit of excellence reflects our enduring belief in hard work and that every learner deserves a year's growth for a year's input of teaching and more importantly every student is capable of extraordinary things. “STRIVE FOR EXCELLENCE” in whatever you pursue. We each need to find something that inspires and motivates us, that drives us, that helps us to find success in some way. As Learners and people, you have unique gifts. Everyone is deserving of something better and bigger. I encourage you to find what or who inspires you to think big and to think bold.We only get better on purpose and with purpose.
Last Thursday, we held our annual Creative and Performing Arts Year 12 Exhibition, I know those in attendance will support me in saying that it was a wonderful evening, with a lot of positive energy and excitement from the students and visitors. The teachers have spent many many hours before and after school, in their planning periods and holidays working with students. There are some very high quality major projects across all areas.
Congratulations to all of the Year 12 Teachers (Ms Andrews, Ms Robinson, Ms Lyons and Ms Greenlees) you should be immensely proud of your students and what you have achieved and to Ms Donnelly and Ms Andrews for your leadership and support. We also thank Ms Tripodi and the Hospitality students for their assistance.
This week we had some very sad and upsetting news. One of our wonderful Year 9 students Chloe Abou-Hamad (Year 9) has been diagnosed with a serious illness. What struck me was the family spirit, love and support that has been evident over the last couple of days as our community has become aware. It has been wonderful to see the generosity of people who have contributed to Chloe’s Gofundme page. We as a community will look at ongoing ways to support Chloe and her family. At times like this both young people and adults can need some additional support. We are here if needed and our school counsellors Helen Holubinskyj and Kathyrn Rogers are available. Our prayers and thoughts are with Chloe, her mum Julianna, her family and friends during this very challenging and confusing time.
I will be on leave from the 7th August until the 20th September. Mr Jason Scanlon will be Acting Principal and Ms Katherine Maish will be acting Assistant Principal Innovation, Teaching and Learning.
Mrs Angela Hay