Judith Weir

Welcome back and we hope that you all had a great break and a wonderful Easter spent with family and friends. We also hope that it was a time to rest and rejuvenate, ready for all that is ahead. Easter brings with it the hope of the Resurrection. As we embrace our own personal hopes, we are also called to reflect on how we share our hope. We remember those who are struggling to find hope, particularly in the light of recent events in Australia and overseas and pray that they find peace.

Term 2 always presents a busy time for students in the OLMC calendar. The Student Leaders will hold the annual Dare2Donate event. The Athletics Carnival and Senior Production will also happen during the term, adding to the already busy OLMC. Towards the end of the term there will be the Year 7 Camp and Year 12 Retreat, along with the Year 10 Careers Program. Students in Year 10 and 11 will also participate in the exam program and for Year 10s this will be their first exam experience.

The Parents’ Association will hold the annual Mother’s Day event, always so well attended and a fitting celebration of the women in the lives of our students.

Over the first two weeks of this term we are participating in a School Review. This involves a compliance audit to ensure that we are meeting the minimum requirements of the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) and the Child Safe Standards outlined in Ministerial Order 1359. Further, we are also reflecting on our Strategic Directions 2020-2023; our successes and next challenges. The review will lead us into the next phase of the development of our Strategic Directions. As outlined previously, this will involve conversations and discernment with all our stakeholders over the coming months. It is an exciting opportunity to determine the needs of students in the future. We hope that you will be able to join us in some of these conversations.

Next week is the first of two Parent/Student/Teacher Interview Evenings. You will find further information about this in the Newsletter. As partners in the education of your child, these interviews are important opportunities to affirm the successes and plan for addressing any challenge areas with you. It is a chance for us to strengthen our partnership and support each other to help each student grow.