On Wednesday, I visited the Year 9 Retreat at Halls Gap and experienced the chilly weather and positive relationships being built on these memorable few days. Students are considering their role in sustaining our natural resources and how this connects to the Gospel message of respect.
On Saturday 19 June, we have two Year 12 students, Grace Camilleri and Toby Thomas, celebrating their initiation into the Catholic Church at the 6:30pm Mass. The College is proud of their commitment and courage to share their faith journey with the school community.
Staff and students have transitioned back to school positively following this most recent lockdown. I thank families and students for their compliance with mask requirements. We are meant to be wearing masks all the time at school, as the social distancing requirements are impractical to monitor. The Chief Health Officer has advised that masks remain a strong barrier against any potential spread of illness, and with the diversity of bugs going around at the moment, the protection is helpful.
Many aspects of school life have returned to normal. It is a busy time for staff and students as they prepare to conclude the semester. All year levels have assessment tasks due. The end of the semester can be a time of challenge within learning communities, as young people grow through submitting work and preparing for tests and exams. Feelings of pressure are not uncommon, and we hope young people recognise that learning to manage their time and implement study routines is all part of the learning experience. If you feel your young person is unduly pressured, please speak with your TA or a member of the Student Wellbeing team regarding strategies for support and growth.
Monday 14 June is a public holiday which means that we only have nine school days left this term.
We are again required to limit the number of visitors to the school site. I ask that parents only attend the office when necessary. If you have a query, please call ahead, and our generous reception team will work with you regarding the necessity to come onsite. If you are required to come onsite for an essential reason (including picking up students), please ensure that you sign in.
Interschool sport has resumed and there are a number of competitions still to come this term. Please ask your child if they are involved.
Due to the recent lockdown, we have decided to send end of semester reports out in the first week of Term 3.