“Reconciliation Week will run from 27 May to 3 June and the theme this year is “Be Brave. Make Change” and is a challenge to all Australians -individuals, families, organisations and government- to Be Brave and tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation so that we can Make Change for the benefit of all Australians. It is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore how each of us can contribute to reconciliation in Australia”
The last two weeks have been packed with activity. Last week we held the Annual Athletics Carnival. Congratulations to Carmel House on winning the House Athletics Trophy and to Mercy for winning the House Cheer Trophy. The day was blessed with good weather and the atmosphere was wonderful. It was a joy to see the students once again participating in a whole school event.
The Year 12 Student Leaders also prepared and lead a wonderful Dare2Donate Day on Friday for which they must be commended. Teachers are dared in order to raise money and this year we celebrated the tenth year of Dare2Donate. Aside from lots of fun, some very authentic and amazing costumes and the Mega Dare of 2022, the day raised money for McAuley Community Services for Women who support women and families in crisis. Students engaged in the important work of reaching out to those in need whilst at the same time building community spirit. The success of the event is the way both staff and students share in raising money for something more important than ourselves. Teachers model courage as they dress up in amazing costumes, dance, sing or perform. Congratulations must go to all students and staff for a very successful event.
As you are no doubt aware there has been much reported in the media about teacher and student absences due to illness. I am pleased to say that while OLMC has not been immune we have been able to manage so far. The Leadership Team has developed a plan to monitor and manage an increase in absences should they rise. It is so important that anyone who is ill remains at home and your support is very much appreciated.
You received information about the changes to the Rapid Antigen testing for secondary school students and staff. From Monday 23 May students and staff are no longer required to test twice weekly. Rapid Antigen Test kits will continue to be provided each fortnight until the end of Term 2. These will be sent home with students. Rapid Antigen Testing will continue to be required by students who are household contacts to attend school (five negative tests over a seven-day period) or who have symptoms. House hold contacts are also required to wear a mask at school while indoors. All staff members and students should feel free to wear a mask at school should they choose to do so.
Tonight is the opening night of the M2 Production of Matilda; a joint venture between OLMC and Marcellin College. Congratulations to the cast and crew on what will be a wonderful performance. We wish you all the very best for a very successful and much awaited live performance.