Judith Weir

Welcome back to all OLMC families, students and staff. Welcome to all our Year 7 students, new students in Year 8 to 12 and new staff who have joined us this year. We have had a wonderful start to the year, albeit a very busy one.

On Thursday 1 February, we welcomed the Year 7 and Year 12 students – one year level beginning their journey at OLMC and another looking to how they can make the most of their last year. On Friday 2 February, the school year began in full.

Today we had the privilege of celebrating the outstanding academic performances of the Year 12 Class of 2023. It was a joy to welcome back students and their families and to share, as a community, the success that has come from long hours of hard work and dedication. It was also an opportunity to celebrate the extensive and ongoing support provided to all our students by our dedicated teaching staff. Of course, the support of their families was key for all our students in achieving success. The dedication and commitment to their studies, including meeting challenges along the way, has been exemplary.

We also celebrated and congratulated Ella Campbell and Charlotte Cumming, who have been selected to exhibit their VCE Media print works in Top Designs 2024 at the Melbourne Museum.

Top Designs is an annual exhibition coordinated by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) in partnership with Museums Victoria, showcasing outstanding design works made by VCE and VCE VET students from schools across the state. This year, only 92 works were selected for the exhibition from over 1,000 applications. Selected works exemplify the innovation, skill and creativity that can be achieved within the Victorian Curriculum. Top Designs will run from Saturday 23 March until Sunday 14 July at the Melbourne Museum.

We also acknowledged and congratulated Ruby Mackay, who has been selected to perform a Drama solo, Eliza Emily Donnithorne, at Top Class Drama 2024 at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

Top Class is an annual concert series coordinated by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) showcasing outstanding performances by VCE and VCE VET students from schools across the state. This year, 102 top performing students were invited to audition for Top Class Drama, and only 25 students were selected to perform. Selected performers exemplify the skill and creativity that can be achieved within the VCE Curriculum. Top Class Drama takes place at the Melbourne Recital Centre on Friday 19 April 2024 at 10:00am and 6:00pm, and Monday 22 April at 2:00pm.

This week we also welcomed our Year 7 parents at an Information Night, what we hope is the first of many opportunities to share in our partnership at OLMC. Our Year 10 parents joined us on Thursday evening where the focus was on supporting students as they begin their final years. We look forward to welcoming our Year 8 and 9 families next week. The information nights are designed to help us connect with families and to establish our partnership in supporting our students to flourish. In addition to sharing important information, the nights are also a time to connect with other parents and to meet staff who are key in the lives of your child this year. Thank you to all who joined us for the evenings.

We are looking forward to a wonderful 2024, supporting our students to thrive and building relationships and partnerships for learning.