Week 1 Term 1 2017

Dear Parents, Students, Staff and Friends of the Magdalene Community,

Welcome to new families and students who join us at Magdalene Catholic High School for the first time and a big welcome back to families and students who are returning to Magdalene in 2017.

It is a real honour and privilege to be working with Magdalene students, families and staff and, although new to the School, I can’t help but be impressed by the comradery, community spirit and concern which I have witnessed in my first days.

The Year 12 Higher School Certificate results were released in the last week of 2016. The school Dux Elyse Beauchamp achieved an ATAR of 97.4. Four other students received an ATAR above 90. Sophie Vannan also had her Music 1 Viva Voce identified as exemplary. The review of the Higher School Certificate will take place over the coming few weeks. This will allow us to learn from successes while developing strategies for areas of improvement.

The high achievers will be acknowledged at the Opening School Mass and High Achievers Ceremony on Thursday 9 February beginning at 9.30am. I take this opportunity to invite any parents who are able to attend and be part of both celebrations. Congratulations to the following students who achieved an ATAR over 90.

Elyse Beauchamp 97.4 ATAR   Sophie Cornett 97.15 ATAR   Warwick Suters 96.25 ATAR   Teegan White   94.15 ATAR   Damon Koulouris   93.8 ATAR

I also welcome new staff members to the community:

Miss Tammy Boulatsakos - TAS

Miss Tahlia Cupillari - RE/PDHPE

Miss Thuy Dinh - Science

Mrs Robyn Doepel - Laboratory Assistant - Science

Ms Rachel Gavin - Science

Mrs Sue Hampton - Administration

Mr Simon Quinn - HSIE/RE

Mrs Bharti Sharma - Maths

Mrs Alison Shortridge - Learning Support / English

and hope they will have a meaningful time in their employment at Magdalene. I congratulate the following staff on their new appointments for 2017:

Mrs Caroline Said – HSIE Faculty Coordinator

Mr Danny Avalos – TAS Faculty Coordinator  (we wish Ian Gorrie well overseas)

Mr Danny Avalos and Mr Peter Collins – Learning Technologies Coordinators

Mr Peter Collins (assisted by Ms Michelle Flocco) – Youth Ministry

Mr Tim Manns – Year 7 Coordinator

Mrs Ashleigh Durrant – Assistant Stage 4 Coordinator

Mr Matthew Bubb – Assistant Stage 5 Coordinator

Mr Marco Cimino – Assistant Stage 6 Coordinator

and I also thank Ms Sheila Antal who has temporarily stepped in as Acting English Coordinator for the beginning of the term.

2017 is set to be a great year at Magdalene. It was wonderful to witness the joy, occasional nerves but general excitement which students exhibited on their first days of the school year. Our newest Year 12 cohort has returned with much energy and enthusiasm – ready to set themselves up for quality outcomes across 2017. Similarly, there was much energy which students from all other year groups brought to the commencement of the academic year.

For parents and carers of our newest Year 7s, one can imagine there would have been mixed emotions, as while their children are moving on to another milestone in their lives, they are also getting older and they are no longer school children of primary age. 

As I mentioned to Year 7 and their parents/guardians on Tuesday morning we thank parents and carers (from all year groups) for their ongoing support of their children. Without such support we can’t possibly hope to achieve the kinds of things that we wish for students of Magdalene. Indeed, the notion of partnership is a critical one. Through partnership, in which is embedded quality communication, we can have our young people aspire to greatness and become the best people that they can be.

This year ‘high expectations’ will be addressed as a constant reminder and in a number of domains. High expectations in terms of behaviour, uniform, appearance and academic best. High expectations on the sporting field and cultural pursuits, and also in terms of how we treat one another and support those less fortunate than us when it comes to service opportunities.

I am very excited to be here this year and I look forward to seeing a great number of you at the first Parents and Friends meeting on Tuesday 14 February. Our students have many God-given gifts and I know staff and our Leadership Team will be providing numerous opportunities for growth and learning across 2017.



The following two staff members have had new additions to their families during the holidays.

Congratulations to Mrs Amanda Violi and her husband David on the birth of their son Rocco 

and also to 

Mr Duncan Beh and his wife Karen on the birth of their daughter Olivia Charlotte.

I am sure everyone will join with me in wishing Rocco and Olivia Charlotte a blessed and long life.


YEAR 7, 2018 Open Afternoon/Evening 

Wednesday 8 March 2017

Formal information session 

(Including talks by the school Leadership Team)  

6pm - 6.45pm in the CAPA block.

Tour 1:   4.45pm - 5.45pm

Information Session 6pm - 6.45pm

Tour 2:  7pm - 8pm

Enrolment packages will be available at this event and from the School Administration Office from March 9.


Prayer to Begin a School Year

God of wisdom and might, 

we praise you for the wonder of our being

For mind, body and spirit.

Be with our children as they begin a new school year.

Bless them and their teachers and staff.

Give the strength and grace as their bodies grow;

Wisdom and knowledge to their minds as they search for understanding;

And peace and zeal to their hearts.

We ask this through Jesus Christ Our Lord.


God Bless

Mr Matthew McMahon