Principal’s Desk – 24 June 2021

I know that as a community we have faced a range of challenges these past weeks.
We returned to lockdown (for a fourth time), tackled remote learning (also for the fourth time) and just as we thought we might have a 'normal' last few weeks of term, an unprecedented storm devastated parts of the hills.

Principal’s Desk – 29 April 2021

It has been wonderful to welcome students and staff back to Term 2 and I am sure we have all noticed the chill in the air. One of the delights of Belgrave is that the seasons take on real meaning with trees bursting with deep Autumn hues against the mountain ash.

Principal’s Desk – 1 April 2021

I have been asked a number of times in the last week or so what the highlight of my first term at Mater Christi has been.  Without a doubt it is the energy of the girls as I walk through the main courtyard , the Learning Commons, or Café Bene.  The joyous buzz of students, happy to be together, is a most welcome sound and I know the girls are making the most of opportunities to get involved and make new friends.

Principal’s Desk – 4 March 2021

As I write this post, I am conscious of the many things that have already occurred in the first month of the 2021 school year. When I last wrote, we had congratulated our high achievers of 2020 and welcomed Year 7 students, some of whom were still a little nervous about what secondary school might hold for them.

Principal’s Desk – 4 February 2021

It is my great pleasure to have been welcomed wholeheartedly to Mater Christi these past few weeks. I have certainly felt the hand of Benedictine hospitality, so in turn I extend the warmest welcome to all new and returning students and their families to our thriving community.

A Christmas Message

“Christmas is the celebration of small things, particular things, barely noticeable things. It is Jesus in a manger—an animal byre—the child who will grow into the voice of God that is heard around the world……….. 

This was a refugee family.

Principal’s Desk – 3 December 2020

After an exciting day spent at Gumbuya World, yesterday’s farewell liturgy, assembly and then Christmas Parade provided such a wonderful final day spent with students at school.  With so many days spent at home on remote learning, having students back physically present has been a total joy.

Principal’s Desk – 13 November 2020

This final fourth term is hurtling along with ending and beginning activities, including the Year 12 Liturgy & Graduation Event,  2021 Year 7 Orientation, VCE and Year 11 exams and final assessments scheduled across other year levels.

Without doubt it has been a school year like no other, where students, teachers, parents and staff have had to tap into new sources of resilience, adaptability and creativity.

Principal’s Desk – 22 October 2020

As we take very tentative steps now out of full lockdown, it’s tempting to focus merely on what might have been and to grieve for the many events not held and normal expectations not reached.  What a year it has been!

And then, the conversation often goes “Bet you wish you’d finished last year?” “What a terrible year to finish on!”

Not so!  I would never have chosen to miss this one.

Principal’s Desk – 17 September 2020

Yay!  We have finally reached the end of Third Term.  With ‘virtual’ fanfare and no reservations, I wish to congratulate our students, their parents, teachers and staff for the hard won levels of resilience and creativity demonstrated over the long wintry weeks of remote classes while in lockdown.