Today, James Merlino, Deputy Premier, Minister for Education and local Member for Monbulk announced that Mater Christi College had been successful in its application for a State Government Capital Grant of $1million, enabling us to upgrade our facilities with the provision of a specialist multi-media Presentation Centre.
It’s fourth term, and our days are markedly different… warmer and lighter thanks to daylight saving time yet also busier and more focused as final assessments loom along with farewell and graduation events. For students in Year 12 classes, the calendar uncompromisingly commands their immediate attention, with performance exams already over for some, and final ‘swotting’ the rule for all.
Celebrating student leadership
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” Keely O’Halloran, Leadership Speech, August, 2017
Over this past week, we have been privileged to celebrate and witness the fervour of young people seeking and expressing leadership aspirations in a variety of ways.
Looking back on Term 3 2017
Welcome to students, parents, visitors, staff, to everyone here today for our Term 3 College Assembly.
I like you, am very aware, there is only one more week of term to go, and what a busy time we have had.
While today, we are here to celebrate the particular and outstanding achievements of some, in terms of school leadership and learning excellence, I would like to offer a great vote of thanks to every student who has ‘participated actively and creatively in the affairs of this community’ over this third term.
It was a capacity audience across all six performances of our first combined musical production, a great achievement indeed for a musical performance shared across two schools – St Joseph’s and Mater Christi College – for the first time.
As the inaugural Mater Christi & St Joseph’s Colleges musical production, Mary Poppins was a great achievement on many fronts, not the least being that it was delightfully entertaining.
It was the coldest of days… but this could not dampen the enthusiasm of students and staff throughout last week’s Mater Day celebrations.
Congratulations to all who supported this event, starting with our Mass celebration – well done to our new Year 7 Choir, followed by many fundraiser stalls – whoever wouldn’t pay for a snack on Krispy Kremes, an icey cone and fairy floss?. Let’s be clear, no animals were harmed by any of these – there were no leftovers!
After a quick but effective cleanup, the Hall became the place, with an audience quivering with excitement (or was it an overload of sugar?) yet systematically encouraged, tantalised and then competently controlled by the Arts Student Leader team.
There are times in the life of College Principal when all is so good… and never more so, than when hearing young voices as at last week’s Senior School Assembly. Not only were their reports carefully crafted about the various fundraising efforts, sporting achievements and holiday activities.
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.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
We have reached the halfway mark, and I trust that we are all looking forward to a rest and some relaxation in the holidays ahead. As always, the term has been busy with students working methodically through scheduled classes, interspersed with excursions, performances, competitions and memorable events.
Discussions are continuing to clarify significant justice issues which remain around the recent Coalition government’s ‘Gonski 2.0’ funding model. Education Minister, Senator Simon Birmingham in his most recent letter to schools states “we believe that every student deserves fair funding support…” and so “the Australian Government’s Quality Schools funding reforms will give every student in every school Commonwealth funding on a genuine needs-basis” (1 June, 2017).
In view of his stated commitment to fair funding, we are disturbed by the apparent disparity in allocations across schools, including significant variation within our own region, which leads us to question the way in which the SES defines any community’s capacity to contribute.