Judith Weir

Yesterday we celebrated Mercy Day, one of the most significant days in our calendar. Not only do we celebrate the foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, Catherine McAuley, we raise funds to support Mercy Works. In the spirit of our theme this year, ‘And who is my neighbour?’ the students have selected to support the Mercy Works focus on First Nations communities. Catherine McAuley has been quoted as saying ‘Never command anything which you yourself have not practised.’ If we wish to be treated with respect and compassion, we must show that to others. At OLMC we are empowered together to be Mercy people and this privilege means that we are called to think about our neighbours both near and far.

Mercy Day was a wonderful celebration of all that it means to be part of the OLMC community. Mass was a beautiful celebration and the Choir led us so expertly. The stalls, disco, games and food were all fantastic, as was the participation of the students. The Student Leaders are to be commended for all their hard work leading up to and during the day. There are moments in the life of a Principal when you are filled with pride in the community - Mercy Day is one of those moments. It was enriching to see our students engaged wholeheartedly in the day, taking every opportunity to have fun and celebrate our community.

On Wednesday evening we celebrated the skills and talents of our sporting teams with the 2023 Celebration of Sport Evening. Jess Fitzgerald from the Western Bulldogs AFLW team was our special guest. She was inspirational, sharing so many pearls of wisdom that she has learnt about herself through her school and sport journey. Our students have participated in GSV, other organised external sporting competitions and House-based sporting activities in very strong numbers. It was a privilege to be part of the evening recognising the grit, determination, commitment and skill of all who have represented themselves and our school so admirably. Congratulations to all who received an award.

This is our last Newsletter for the term. For our Senior students this is the beginning of the most challenging part of their year. As we go into the break our Year 12 students are beginning their exam preparations and we wish them all the very best. Trial exams will take place at OLMC during the break for all students undertaking a Units 3 and 4 study.

As the wonderful warm weather of Spring is upon us, we wish all at OLMC a wonderful break and a chance to enjoy the sunshine.