Dear Parents, Students, Staff and Friends of the Magdalene Community,
Welcome to new families and students who join us at Magdalene Catholic Collage 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 camaraderie, 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.
Mr Matthew McMahon