Dear Parents, Students, Staff and Friends of the Magdalene Community,
Magdalene Impressions, held on November 29, was a wonderful showcase of student work in the areas of Visual Arts and Photography. Our congratulations to all students who submitted work and to the team of staff, Ms Delaney, Mrs Eggleton, Ms Tree, Ms Meagher, Ms Cusack, Mr Trimarchi, Mr O’Donnell, Ms Flick and Mrs Cuomo who organized and supported this event.
The recent Sports Assembly acknowledged the many individual, team and house achievements across 2016. Our congratulations to all award winners and special thanks to Mr Kennedy for his organization of this event and the entire sports programme for this year. A highlight of the assembly was the interview by Sheree Farrell of our special guest, Ms Chloe Esposito, 2016 Olympic Gold medalist in the Modern Pentathlon.
As a community we celebrated our end of year Mass on Tuesday 13 December special thanks to Fr Joe, Mr O’Neill, Ms Flocco, Mr O’Donnell, Mr Collins and the many students who took on roles. It was pleasing to see the St Vincent de Paul hampers were presented as they will make a positive impact on the lives of members of the wider community who need support at this time of the year.
Congratulations to the many students who received awards on Presentation Day. These awards are an acknowledgement of the excellent achievement by students across subjects and also in relation to community based aspects of Magdalene. Special thanks to Ms Foldes and Mrs Forner for their leadership and organization of this significant event in the school calendar.
Thank you to parents and students who attended today’s Parent Teacher Student Interview Day. We hope the feedback will continue to support the learning journey.
School Fees 2017
Included in this final newsletter are details of the changes in regards to the billing and payments of school fees. Please read this section carefully.
We would like to announce the Year and Assistant Year Coordinators for 2017.
Year 7 Mr Manns
Year 8 Mr Arzapitian
Year 9 Mr Dowdell
Year 10 Mr Johnson
Year 11 Mrs Foti
Year 12 Mr Sinclair-Kydd
Assistant Year Coordinators Mrs Durrant, Year 7 and 8, Mr Bubb, Year 9 and 10 and Mr Cimino, Year 11 and 12.
Farewell to staff
Ms Hynes for the past 17 years has taught Science and has held a number of roles including Science Coordinator. We wish Ms Hynes every success as she begins her work at Mt Carmel Catholic College Varroville in 2017. Thank you for the positive impact you have made on so many students during your time at Magdalene.
Ms Benny has been at Magdalene for 16.5 years, teaching Visual Art across Year 7-12 and more recently teaching in Learning support. We wish Ms Benny success and happiness as she takes on the role of Learning Support teacher at John Therry Catholic High School in 2017. Thank you for your tireless dedication to the students, staff and parents of the Magdalene community.
Mrs Galvin has worked at Magdalene for 10 years as a Support Staff Officer and has been the face of the school to so many students as they have enrolled at Magdalene. She has also treated and cared for many students and staff as First Aid Officer. Mrs Galvin will be joining the staff at St Francis Edmondson Park in 2017, the newest and only K-12 school in the Diocese of Wollongong. Whilst it will be a challenging role it will be equally exciting as she sees the young people develop over the coming years and we wish her success and happiness. Thank you for the care and many contributions you have made at Magdalene.
Mrs Gai Pastor will be leaving Magdalene after 6 years working in the role as School Counsellor. Her work is of a nature where most people do not see the positive impact she has had on so many students at Magdalene. We thank Mrs Pastor for all that she has given to our community and wish her success in her new role as she moves around the Diocese supporting other counsellors in their work.
Mrs Harris has been at Magdalene for 3 years working in the area of Support Staff Lab Assistant where she has supported the work of the Science Teachers particularly in practical Science lessons. She was an active member of the WHS committee and we thank Mrs Harris for all her contributions and wish her success as she moves across to Oran Park Anglican.
Mrs Colella has worked at Magdalene for 1.5 years in PDHPE , coaching teams and as an Assistant Year 9 & 10 Coordinator. As she prepares to welcome her baby early in 2017 we wish her joy and happiness for this next stage of life and thank her for all that she has given to Magdalene.
Mrs Fernandes has worked fulltime across 2016 and we thank her for the teaching and care of students and wish her success in her teaching role at Mt Carmel Catholic College.
Thank you to Ms Casuscelli as she has worked here full time since Term 2 and we wish her success as she undertakes a Masters of Occupational Therapy in 2017.
To Mr Webb we thank you for your work this term in replacing Mr Mäe and to the many casual teachers who have worked across the year, we thank you for your work and support of our school.
As 2016 draws to a close I thank all staff for their tireless work through out the year and all students for their work and contributions. On behalf of Mr Lo Cascio I thank all parents for your ongoing support.
As I take my leave of this great community I sincerely thank all staff, students and parents for making me feel so welcome and for the opportunity to share your journey in 2016. Magdalene is a special place and I feel privileged to have been part of this community over the past six months. I wish Mr Matthew McMahon success and fulfillment in his role as Principal of Magdalene.
Wishing everyone in the Magdalene community a Holy Christmas, Happy New Year and restful holiday season. My prayers and best wishes will be with you in 2017 and beyond.
Prayer for Families
During this holy season of Christmas,
we ask for your blessing on all families.
Let Mary’s openness to your
wondrous ways be an inspiration
to place all trust in you.
Let Joseph’s courage provide hope
during times of anxiety and
Let Jesus’ life ignite all families with
a spirit of light and love
May the grace that encircled the
Holy Family widen to embrace all
For this we pray.
Mr Michael Mullaly