Welcome from the Principal
Welcome to our first newsletter of 2021.
Starting school, or transferring to a new one, is one of the most stressful things that we ever do. I can not remember every first day of school – I imagine none of us can. I do remember being filled with vague elements of nervousness and fear, along with real excitement. Even though I look a bit puzzled in this photo from 1984 when I was entering year 4, I seem to have captured some enthusiasm by my first day of secondary school in 1988. By 1992, when I was in year 12, I knew the ropes and was probably less fazed.
How our young people feel on ‘big’ days like this is often influenced by two things; how welcome they feel and how well they are supported. As a P-12 community, we are in a fortunate position in that we can remove a bit of the fear of transition. We still though must be consciously and intentionally welcoming – we must make our new arrivals feel loved. As parents you have a key role to play as well; in the supportive and encouraging way you ‘present’ the school journey. As a team, if we keep working on getting this right, we are establishing incredibly positive building blocks for the future of our College. What a week of events it has been! We had our start of year Mass yesterday followed by the ‘clap-in’ of our new students. It was such a pleasure to see the whole College cheering the new arrivals to our community. Thank you so much to the parents who took time to attend on site and be part of this welcome.
The Commissioning of our College Leaders was also a beautiful event. I consider myself really fortunate to have such a strong bunch of students to assist in the leadership of the College. A particular mention for College Captains Mia Knapman and Raph Badman who have already represented us at some external events and have modelled wonderful leadership thus far.
Thank you so much to those parents who attended the Strategic Plan launch yesterday evening. I am very excited about the direction this enables – and the strength we will have once we formally constitute the Parent Partnership Forum. Thank you so much to those parents who have volunteered for this important role.
At the commencement of our welcome back activities on Thursday, 4 February, we of course began with both prayer and the acknowledgement of the traditional custodians of the land upon which Mary MacKillop sits. I want to apologise to community members who considered that prayer and acknowledgement of country should also have occurred before the welcome back barbecue in the evening. I am very sorry for any offence caused.