Principal’s Desk – 5 September 2017

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.

Principal’s Desk – 23 August 2017

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.

Principal’s Desk – 31 July 2017

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.

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.

Principal’s Desk – 26 June 2017

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.

Funding Matters

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.

Victorian Child Protection Update

Further reforms in Child Protection (Safe) legislation are now in place through the implementation of the new Reportable Conduct Scheme, a new Duty of Care to Prevent Child Abuse and more clarification around Working With Children Check requirements.

As a consequence, we report all allegations of misconduct to the Victorian Commission for Children and Young People, require a Working With Children Check for all people engaged by the College  and ensure always that ‘reasonable precautions’ are taken to prevent physical or sexual abuse of a student by any individual associated with the College.

Principal’s Desk – 7 June 2017

The signs of winter are clearly about – cold and frosty mornings, shorter days……..along with the pace of semester-end assessments and exam schedules! It would be wrong to dismiss these as ‘first world’ issues and yet, as we consider the implications of tragic events unfolding on news media with increasing frequency, for many young people across our world, such routines and expectations would seem utter bliss.

Principal’s Desk – 3 May 2017

It has been a hectic but welcome return to school for me this term, following time spent recently in busy Shanghai meeting families and future members of our International Student Program, then a week in Japan at the International Baccalaureate Conference, coinciding with the glorious cherry blossom season, capped off finally with a short family holiday in Vietnam.

13 Reasons Why… we should talk

Many parents – and teachers - are now aware of the significant interest of our young people in the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why.  If your daughter has not viewed this series (and those younger than 15 ought not be considering it), my guess is that at the very least, she and her friends are talking about it… and so therefore, must we! (more…)