Principal’s Desk – 25 July 2017

I trust that students and families have enjoyed a restful and enjoyable midyear break, hopefully enhanced by many sunny yet crisp winter days.  Classes have quickly regained momentum, as have rehearsals for next month’s Mary Poppins show.  Tickets are selling quickly via Burrinja’s booking office.  Alongside the production, I encourage parents and friends to enjoy the display of insightful student artworks.

Although still in early days, the transition to MaterShop as the new College debit card has been promising with further improvements to come. Thanks to those parents who took part in Parent PaperWork enabling a first trial run for a more efficient online parent consent process. We have learnt a lot already; however we would welcome any further feedback.

Reports from staff and students who participated in holiday activities – GSE Outreach Ministry and Victorian Youth Parliament – have been positive and as per MCC Facebook posts, we congratulate the girls for demonstrating an active commitment to social justice.  Both groups appreciated the opportunity to network and grow new friendships with like-minded students.  We thank teachers, Ewa Toomey, Patricia Louden and Anne-Louise Sheehan for their support.

Planning for next year’s programs begins formally this term and I encourage parents and students to attend the appropriate Curriculum Information sessions, including also the Tertiary Expo next month.

As students and their parents are considering future learning directions, global educationist Professor Yong Zhao’s research offers guidance. With the rise of automation and artificial intelligence, he suggests that there is a greater need to focus on our human strengths.  Humans are inherently different, self-organising and respond emotionally, socially and intuitively to needs.  Research has indicated that where passion is not activated, then people are more likely to become depressed.  Creativity and passion become therefore key ingredients for future wellbeing.

The success of education might better be summarised as taking each one’s talents, adding lots of effort, then peppering with passion so as to create a fully human person, ready to contribute to God’s kingdom and the common good. He therefore challenges schools to become more ‘personalisable’, to be more open to engaging students in driving their own learning journey, to recognise that there are many possible pathways.

For students, selecting subjects is but one first step along a journey of diverse and possibly unknown future employment options. I trust that we, parents, teachers and students, will dialogue in productive partnership to achieve effective learning experiences that nurture the talents and potential of students.  Let’s work together to share information as we prepare our students for their future.

Mary Fitz-Gerald, Principal