Dear Parents, Students, Staff and Friends of the Magdalene Community,
Today we welcomed the Year 7 2017 students to Magdalene as part of their orientation for next year. It was pleasing to see staff and students genuinely engaged with the Year 6 girls and boys and making them feel that they are a part of this special community. The organization by Mrs Forner and the SRC, along with the work of the staff, allowed our new students to experience aspects of the school so they will be very comfortable when they return in 2017. Thank you to all staff and students involved.
Last Friday evening the Year 12 Formal was a wonderful celebration for Year 12 students, their parents and staff. On behalf of all who attended I thank Mrs Foti for her tremendous organization of this annual event. Thank you to the Year 12 Pastoral Team for your attendance and work throughout the year. Year 12 are now enjoying a well deserved break and are looking forward to the next phase of their journey through life. We wish them success and happiness.
Students in Years 8, 9 and 10 have now completed semester examinations and will soon receive feedback on their progress. I would like to urge all students to stay focused in their classes over the next 5 weeks of this term. The ongoing work across all subjects is important, as is the feedback from assessments as improvement can occur. Regular revision, attendance and commitment to excellence are all ingredients for success.
Last week Mrs Foldes and I had the opportunity to visit the Year 11 Retreats and spend some time with our senior students and staff retreat teams. To take time away from school as a year group and engage in a program that will challenge you to stop and think about who you are, your faith, relationships, purpose and role in life, is vital to one’s development and formation. I commend all students for the way they engaged in the retreat and their openness to learning more about who they are as young people and seniors. Sincere thanks to the entire staff retreat team, under the leadership of Mr O’Neill and Ms Flocco, for their work and commitment and to Fr Michael and Father Joe who gave the sacrament of Reconciliation and celebrated Mass.
Thank you to all staff and parents who took time to complete the online survey in regards to the selection of the new Principal for Magdalene. This selection process continues and it is anticipated that an announcement will be made in the coming weeks.
As we celebrate Rememberance Day today I offer the following prayer for your reflection:
Prayer for Deceased Veterans
O God, by whose mercy the faithful departed find rest, look kindly on your departed veterans
who gave their lives in the service of their country.
Grant that through the passion, death, and resurrection of your Son
they may share in the joy of your heavenly kingdom
and rejoice in you with your saints forever.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Mr Michael Mullaly