These past few weeks of Term 2 have certainly been eventful and joyful for the students.

Our annual Athletics Carnival was held on Tuesday 10 May at Box Hill Athletics Track. This is such a significant event in our calendar as it provides students with the opportunity to form new relationships and step outside their comfort zones by participating in the wide range of events on offer. The ‘give it a go’ attitude that was displayed by all students was impressive, particularly by the students who had never participated in athletic events such as high jump and triple jump. This event continues to build a strong sense of belonging to our House system and gives students the opportunity to participate in College events.

Last week we also had our much loved and long-standing event, Dare 2 Donate which raises money for McAuley Community Services for Women. McAuley Community Services for Women helps women and children suffering from domestic violence and homelessness with their main goal “that women and children will be safe, supported and empowered to achieve their highest potential: all home safely”. This year we held the 10th Anniversary of Dare 2 Donate! It is an event where students dare their teachers to dress up or perform other dares in a bid to raise money, whilst having a bit of fun. The Student Leadership Team organised a fundraising initiative, Casual Clothes Wednesday, in the leadup and we were overwhelmed by the generosity from our students.

On Friday 13 May, the school gathered in the Nalleijerring Centre for the parade of dares which included Harry and Lizzo at Coachella, an audition tape for next season's Survivor, Carl from Up, the Masked Singer, Kris Jenner, Maleficent, a flash mob performance and much more. We are grateful for our wonderful staff who were willing to challenge themselves to help us raise money for such an important cause. This year we set a target of $4000, and whilst money is still being counted, we are proud to say that we have exceeded this target. Thank you to all students and families who contributed. Dare 2 Donate is definitely a highlight of the OLMC calendar and it was so wonderful to come together and have fun as a community.

Student Reflections

The 2022 House Athletics Carnival…what an amazing day! It was great to see many OLMC girls participating in heaps of activities and giving everything a go, as well as many supporting and cheering on others in their events! The cheering really kept the spirits up creating a positive environment and stronger sense of community here at OLMC. Over the past few years we have faced obstacles such as COVID, however, we are so grateful the annual Athletics Carnival could go ahead this year. We both loved seeing everyone in their red, yellow, blue and green, especially the Year 12s in their costumes! The weather was perfect and we could not have asked for a better day! We are very thankful for Mr Robertson and Ms McCullagh huge efforts to make the day run smoothly, and also a big thank you to all the staff that helped out on the day. Georgia A. and Annabel G. (Sport Captains)
The annual Athletics Carnival proved to be an amazing day filled with joy and courage. It was great to see many people stepping out of their comfort zones, being courageous and trying something new. From the Year 7s and 8s at the morning stalls getting glammed up in yellow, to the Year 12s on the track dressed in some very creative costumes, it all contributed to the sense of belonging that was felt throughout the day. The House Cheering throughout the day, with the help of our wonderful Karaoke Captains, brought great joy to us as the Mercy Captains, as it showed how willing our House was to get involved, even if it wasn’t on the track. Furthermore, seeing runners being cheered and clapped on by their peers as they ran past really demonstrated the House spirit we have been building in preparation for this day. We are very proud of our amazing Mercinians and we couldn’t have asked for a more fabulous day! Sophie M. and Ava C. (Mercy House Captains)
The 2022 House Athletics Carnival was a day filled with excitement, joy and appreciation (especially for the perfect weather!) We were all so excited for this day to go ahead and everyone to be back together as a school community. The Year 12 parade was definitely a highlight marking our last Athletics Carnival ever! The participation and cheering from the Carmelities was amazing and we are so grateful everyone was willing to get on the track/field and get involved. We were ecstatic after finding out we would be taking home the 2022 Athletics Trophy (a rare occasion for Carmel) and were so proud of everyone for helping us achieve this. A big thank you to Mr Roberston and Ms McCullagh for organising the event and all the staff on the day for ensuring it ran smoothly. Chloe T. and Mollie L. (Carmel House Captains)
The 2022 House Athletics Carnival was so much fun! It was a great opportunity for everyone to get involved in heaps of different activities. The day was filled with laughter and some friendly competition. The House spirit was amazing and we are so excited that we won the Cheer Trophy!! We are so proud of all the McAuley members that got involved and gave it a go. It was an amazing day overall and we are so grateful to all the people who organised it and kept the day going! It was a fantastic day! Georgia S. and Julia C. (McAuley House Captains)
The House Athletics Carnival was an amazing opportunity for the students to get out of the classroom, enjoy the sunshine and get involved in House activities. Whether people were running 100ms, jumping over the high jump bar or cheering for their House, it was an amazing celebration of sports in our OLMC Community. Congratulations to all the Loreto students who participated, cheered or brought home a ribbon to add to the collection - we are so proud of you all and are over the moon about placing second overall! Thank you again to Mr Robertson, Ms McCullagh, Georgia, Bel and everyone else who was involved in the day, it was a huge success! Alessia M. and Tahlia S. (Loreto House Captains)

We can’t wait to see what the rest of this term brings for OLMC students. Almost halfway through the term everyone!

Carla De Vuono and Jasmin Burns
2022 Communications Captains