It is wonderful to be back in the routine of things here at the College. I hope you are all settling into the routine of a new year too.So many times since teachers returned to work I have been filled with gratitude for the spirit of unity, faith, service and excellence that defines our community. Students have been working consistently in classes from the very first bell, and there is a wonderful feeling of industry in classrooms. That sense of hard work and industry really matters - our students are forming the behaviours they will take to the next stage of their lives.
On Monday, we will open with 985 students across P-12. That is 485 students in Junior and 500 in Senior. Based on the experience of the past two years, we will click over 1000 students by about June. I am so proud of this growth. I am most proud of the fact that so many students new to our College have arrived and bought in to our Mary MacKillop culture. We do have a very kind, nurturing and aspirational student community, and they have set a great example to our newcomers. Thank you.
Maintaining culture is everybody's business. Since I commenced as Principal at Mary MacKillop I have spoken consistently of the potential impact of our growth. When this College was a single form primary school and the idea of a McDonald's across the road and Aldi on the back fence was impossible to fathom, community and culture came easily. As organisations get bigger though, you have to consciously build community and work hard to protect your culture. We are in that space, and I am so happy to see a lot of community members willing to do both.
I hope you have a lovely weekend planned. Thank you as ever for supporting our College.
Mr Chris Gabbett