Principal’s Desk – 7 December 2017

No one will quickly forget the start of our Cocurricular Program this past week, as downpours and rail strikes threatened to spoil the careful plans and high hopes of students and staff alike for a positive conclusion to the 2017 school year.  However and as expected, resilience outscored disappointment and all year level activities proceeded happily and with gusto.

By lunchtime, signs were assured of clear weather as Year 7s stopped for the first lunch break, and all were soon enjoying reliable sunshine as they moved in Core groups around a series of challenge activities by day, and trivia and concerts by night.

The damp departure was soon forgotten by Year 8 students as they worked through a range of visits to iconic city centres such as the Museum, Queen Victoria Markets, The Big Issue Office, Parliament House & the National Gallery, interspersed with exploring city arcades and undertaking the Koorie Heritage River Walk.  Students enjoyed their overnight stay at Christian Youth Centre (CYC) and responded well to the many opportunities to learn and experience new perspectives of cultural Melbourne.

Year 9 students prepared for and celebrated their learning with a DISCOVER Showcase event where they reflected on the diverse learning opportunities viewed through five interdisciplinary experiences: Adventure, Identity, Communication, Expression and Challenge.  Attending parents were not only proud and delighted, but truly amazed at the high quality and volume of research undertaken and completed.

For Year 10s, while also a difficult start, the weather played no part in tempering their future pathways itinerary, with students choosing destinations (such as RACV Club Healesville, Stones Winery, Vic Market, William Angliss, Vic University, Dandenong Courts, Federation University, Police Museum, State Library, Urban Seed, Melbourne City Mission, Melbourne Aquarium), based on interests in hospitality, humanities, sciences, performing arts or sports and nutrition.   Another overnight stay at CYC reduced travel time and provided for groups to relax together.  The girls appreciated these learning opportunities, many confirming next year’s subject selections.

Finally, we congratulate all students and staff involved in the Nationals Basketball competition. Our three teams achieved remarkable success, winning Grand Finals at Senior and Intermediate divisions and a Silver Medal in the Junior division.

Students and staff joined with me at our final Mass and Assembly last week, to offer thanks and best wishes to those staff who are retiring or leaving us for new adventures and experiences.  These are: Amy Raggatt, Paige Whitworth, Nick Redfern, Daniel Lodder, Kelly Sullivan, Trudi Bons, Marjorie Lenette, Patricia Louden, Cathy Michael, Cathy Wu, Phil Skiller, Julie Brown, Jane Lawrence, Anthony Clarke, Mary Clark and Katrina Trost.  We give thanks for their contributions of one or more (and some of many) years to the life and learning of our Mater Christi College community.

May God bless all members of our community as we begin this season of Christmas.  I will provide a final message following the Awards Assembly and including our Year 12 results.

Mary Fitz-Gerald, Principal