Dear Parents, Students, Staff and Friends of the Magdalene Community,
Welcome back to Term 3 which will certainly require a high level of engagement from all members of the Magdalene Community. Thank you for the welcome that I have received from staff, students and parents in my role as Acting Principal.
In the final week of last term Parent/Teacher/Student interviews were conducted and I encourage all students to now focus on this feedback and set goals for ongoing improvement. Thank you to all staff who participated in this important process. Year 12 students are preparing for the Trial HSC exams, which begin in Week 3, and I ask everyone to keep them in your thoughts and prayers. Throughout this term the school will continue to work on differentiation and assessment which should lead to further improvement in student learning.
On a sad note on Sunday 3 July, Mrs Tracey Dakin, mother of Rebekah (11W), passed away after a long battle with illness. A number of staff, students and parents were able to attend her funeral in the first week of the holidays. I ask that all members of the Magdalene community keep Mrs Dakin, Rebekah and her family in your prayers during this very sad time.
This week has been filled with many activities that have involved all members of the Magdalene community. Monday’s athletics carnival started the week and it was pleasing to see the level of participation by all students. Congratulations to all athletes who achieved their personal best and to Mr Hewitt, staff and House Captains for their organization of the day.
On Tuesday we welcomed 17 Year 4, 5 and 6 students along with 5 staff from St Patrick’s Primary School Brewarrina. Over the next three days they participated in a range of activities organized by Mrs Franciscus, staff and Magdalene students. These activities included a welcome BBQ, student workshops, visits to Austinmer Beach and Taronga Park Zoo and a farewell assembly hosted by our student leaders. This immersion opportunity was greatly appreciated by the Brewarrina students and staff . I commend Mrs Franciscus, staff and participating students for their wonderful work and generosity of time and spirit. This is another example of the Magdalene community reaching out to support other Catholic communities.
Magdalene Feast Day was celebrated today which saw our community come together to celebrate a special Mass for the feast day of Mary Magdalene followed by a school fair which raised money for the Care Fund that supports families within the school community who have members suffering from illness. Special thanks to Fr Michael Williams, invited guests, Mr Steven O’Neill, Mrs Ivana Forner, members of the P & F and the staff, students and parents who supported the day. It was also an opportunity for the Magdalene community to farewell and thank Mr Alan McManus (Foundation Principal of Magdalene Catholic High School and Head of School Improvement Secondary CEO) as he retires from many years of service to Catholic Education Wollongong.
The Magdalene Feast Day was a significant celebration and I believe the school prayer captures our mission as a Catholic community
Jesus, you chose Mary Magdalene to be the first witness to your resurrection.
Help us to be filled with the power of your spirit.
May we become witnesses to your love and healing,
both within and beyond this community.
Pray for us.
Enrolments for 2017 continue to be processed and I ask that all acceptances are finalized by Friday 29 July.
A special welcome to Ms Mareena Drezina as she replaces Mrs Lena Foti who is on long service leave. Mrs Simone Dowdell will be Acting Year 12 Coordinator.
A reminder that the next P & F meeting will be held on Tuesday 2 August beginning at 7pm. Apart from the normal business there will be a presentation on Numeracy by Curriculum Coordinator Mrs Peiti Haines. All parents are most welcome.
I look forward to working with all members of this special community over the next two terms.
Mr Michael Mullaly