Principal’s Desk – 26 March 2020

March 26th, 2020



Despite the uncertainty around us all, our final week of term ended on a high. After lots of planning beforehand, teachers were delighted with the positive feedback from so many students and their parents following our first day of online lessons. While there is still much to learn, we are more confident and ready to provide remote learning experiences if and when needed.

Some form of remote learning may lie ahead, and with this in mind, let me share an idea for families offered by Principal colleague, Kate Fogarty (Assumption College, Kilmore): Isolation Schooling is like the Big Trip round Australia.

Meanwhile we enter our holiday break with new restrictions on socialising, and so it remains more important than ever that we, parents, students and teachers take the opportunity to have a rest, albeit through an enforced break from the regular holiday activities. I hope that some of the alternative ideas sent out to students are useful and enjoyable.

And from yesterday’s staff reflection:

“No matter how small or insignificant and helpless we feel, we all have something important to offer. As teachers, (and parents) now, more than ever, we are literally keeping the fabric of society together…... I hope that we are all able to reflect over this Easter, on the important role we can all play and remember the renewal and rebirth that will follow this incredibly difficult time.” (Fiona Bennett, MCC Teacher)

While details for Term 2 remain uncertain, be assured that teachers and staff will be ‘on deck’, ready to offer support and advice, as always informed by health and education authorities. Both Julie Feeney, Deputy Principal and I are contactable throughout the break, and essential information will be provided via Updates on the College website.

In a recent publication, Joan Chittister, osb reminds us “It is the times that we live in that are our call to courage” (The Time is Now). May God bless us all in these uncertain times, and may we find new expressions of courage and strength especially as we support others both within our confined community and individuals in need.

Mary Fitz-Gerald