The beginning of Term 4, although being a new start to a new term, also carries with it a sense that the end of the year is upon us and that 2023 will soon be over. Before looking ahead, let me take a moment to look back over some of the highlights of the last few weeks of Term 3. Without a doubt Mercy Day, with our whole school Mass and celebration, was a huge success with funds being raised to support the work of McAuley For Women and Children. The food stalls, disco and games added much to the fun of the day and the Performing Arts Concert in the afternoon displayed great talent. A big shout-out to our Year 8 performers who impressed us all.

OLMC hosted a ‘High Tea in Heidelberg’ on Sunday 27 August as another fundraiser to support the work of McAuley For Women and Children. Twenty-two Year 8 student volunteers did a wonderful job serving, socialising and cleaning up and for this we are very grateful. Volunteering is such an important part of our school community and the wider community and all of these students commented on how positive they felt contributing in this way.

Many Year 8s were involved in the National Aerobics Competition during the holidays and enjoyed wonderful success. Similar success was achieved on the sporting field with great participation rates amongst the year level. Please ask your daughter about the lunchtime Mat Ball Competition and you will be sure to hear how competitive the students were and how much fun they had.

Like every other term, the focus for students in Term 4 is on learning and socialisation; setting high expectations regarding learning and behaviour and making the most of the many opportunities OLMC offers. Working with you as parents and guardians is key to supporting the growth of your child and so, in this spirit, I ask that you keep in touch with what your child is learning and check that they are completing their work set for home and revision. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please email or phone the relevant teacher.

On another note, we do our best to teach safe and responsible use of technology at school and need this to continue at home. Please be vigilant and set boundaries if you feel this is needed, particularly around access to and use of social media platforms in the evening. If you need any support with this, please contact me.

All students are now able to wear their Summer uniform. Please ensure that the length of your daughter’s dress is appropriate and ‘hits the knee’. This will entail some hemlines being lengthened. Furthermore, fake eyelashes and nails which were holiday indulgences are not suitable for school and need to be removed.

Maureen Fogarty
Year 8 Level Coordinator