A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

On Friday we celebrate the Feast of the Sacred Heart:  in June, 1675: during the Feast of Corpus Christi, while praying before our Lord in the most blessed sacrament of the monstrance,  our Lord revealed his heart to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690) and said: “here is the heart that has so loved men as to spare nothing for them, exhausting and consuming itself in order to prove its love for them; and in return I receive, from most of them, only ingratitude.”

Jesus asked her to have a special feast established in honor of his sacred heart after the feast of Corpus Christi.  Jesus asked his followers to receive holy communion on that day and to make atonement for the sins of the world by an act of reparation. Jesus also asked her to have an image made of his sacred heart and to have it promoted throughout the world with special promises to those souls who would display his image of his sacred heart.

Year 12 Reports

Congratulations to the following Year 12 students who received Principal’s awards for their combined outstanding effort and achievement during Semester 1:

Chloe Allcorn, Indigo Arman, Alyssa Mullen, Ashlee Pasfield, Jessica Semsarian, Bianca Setionago

These students have consistently given their best across 10 units and achieved ranks inside the top 10. They are to be commended on their application to excel across their entire HSC Program. I encourage all Year 12 students to strive towards achieving a Principal’s award during Semester 2 and I look forward to reading the Year 7 – 11 reports and awarding more students for their academic achievements.

A reminder to all Year 7 – 11 parents to make bookings for the upcoming parent, student, teacher interviews on July 4 and 5. Bookings will open shortly. Attending these interviews is a clear sign that parents work in partnership with the College to help every girl reach their potential. At these interviews staff give further feedback on areas where each girl needs to concentrate. Please save these dates as a priority in your calendar.

Debating

Congratulations to our Year 9 Debating team who are the 2018 champions in the Eastern Region Debating Competition. A testament to the strength of our debaters is having 3 teams in the Grand Final. The girls have gone through the debating season with coaches and adjudicators who have given freely of their time to offer such a confidence building experience. I especially thank Mr David Martin for his outstanding leadership of the debaters this year.

 

Student Wellbeing

How often do we have genuine conversations with our girls? How often do we genuinely listen to what is important to teenagers? Do you know what your daughter is using social media for and how she portrays herself on social media? Where is your daughter up to with assessments? How is she feeling about her schoolwork? Friends? Herself? Being a teenage girl is not an easy path to navigate and the more support structures that exist which give girls freedom yet structure, support and choice, being heard whilst knowing what values are important are vital to growth. Research shows that students who focus on positive mental health strategies are far more likely to come to school ready to cope with the normal stress and realities of high school. I encourage all parents to spend time truly listening to your daughter and setting boundaries and making them very clear to her. If you feel that further support is needed, please do not hesitate to contact the College for assistance. With this in mind, I would like to invite all parents to our next P&F Meeting on August 6 at 7pm. On this evening, our College Counsellor will speak about mental health and offer strategies which may be useful at different times during adolescence. As a College community, we must prioritise mental health and focus on positive self talk and action.