Dear Parents, Students, Staff and Friends of the Magdalene Community,
Today you will receive a letter to the Magdalene Catholic Collage Community from the Director of Schools. The letter will announce that Mr John Lo Cascio has been appointed to the permanent position of Head of Secondary School Improvement with the Catholic Education Office. We congratulate Mr Lo Cascio on this appointment and wish him great success in this important role. There will be opportunities for the school community to officially farewell Mr Lo Cascio later this term. A recruitment process for the new Principal will commence shortly and this will include close consultation with the community.
In the final week of last term the Year 12 Graduation Mass and Awards was a wonderful celebration of the end of a 13 year educational journey for the Year 12 students. On behalf of the entire Magdalene community we congratulate all students on this wonderful achievement. I also wish to acknowledge the teachers who have worked so hard during each student’s journey, developing thinking, creative and knowledgeable young adults. A comprehensive list of award winners appears in this newsletter.
On Thursday 13 October, the HSC written exams commenced. Across NSW 77,000 students will sit for around 350,000 exams in 118 subjects. We wish our Magdalene students every success in their exams. Year 12 will receive results on Thursday 15 December. Students who will complete their HSC this year will receive a highly regarded international credential that has prepared them well for whatever path they choose when they leave school.
On Wednesday the 2017 leaders were involved in the Annual Leadership Induction Ceremony. Thank you to the many parents who attended and our special guest Mr Mike Conway from XVenture. Congratulations to all elected leaders who I am sure will distinguish themselves over 2017.
We welcome back students and staff involved in the recent Europe Excursion. From all reports this was an outstanding success and once again I thank Mrs Said, Mrs Byrnes, Mr Kennedy, and Mrs Phillips for their commitment and organisation that allowed students to experience different cultures and some exceptional learning experiences.
The Year 12, 2017 HSC information evening will be held on Tuesday 18 October from 6.30 – 8.00pm. This is a very important evening for all Year 11 students and their parents.
Term 4 is the busiest time of year for schools. It is a period of change and transition – the HSC exams commence; Year 11 students begin their Year 12 HSC studies; Year 6 students will start orientation for Year 7 and assessment periods take place. In addition to planning for 2017, teachers will be busy writing their end of year reports, and along with students, coordinating and attending performances, speech days and award ceremonies that mark the end of the school year. I encourage all students to focus on their studies throughout the term.
With Year 12 beginning their HSC exams this week I ask that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
A Prayer for Year 12 Students
be with them now,
as they prepare for their HSC exams.
Thank you for the many talents and gifts you have
given them and for the opportunity of education.
Calm their nerves and anxiety, help them
to remember all that they have studied,
to express it clearly and to answer the questions
the very best that they can.
Holy Spirit, sit with them in their exams
- and always.
In Jesus' name
Mr Michael Mullaly