Last week the school photos were taken of each student, class groups and groups of special interest. One aspect of the photos that stood out was the high standards held by our students. As on many occasions, students were complimented for their spirit and respectful cooperation. It was also very obvious that the vast majority of students are proud of their uniform and present in a commendable manner. I thank the students who continue to uphold the highest standards, I also acknowledge parents for ensuring the students are so well presented.
Last week a small number of students were reminded of uniform expectations. I ask parents of those students to support the school in its efforts to uphold our positive reputation which is of benefit to both the individual students and the whole Magdalene community.
Over this term the student body has displayed its support for the wider community, most recently, by involvement in the Saint Vincent de Paul Can Drive, the upcoming Winter Sleep Out and the Mobile Muster. These activities are a reflection of our Catholic School’s commitment to service to others. This commitment is highlighted in our Mission Statement, which concludes with “Through the integration of faith, culture and life experience, we aim to assist each student to be intellectually capable with a love of God, a love of one another, a strong sense of justice and a sense of hope.’ These activities are a practical means by which young people can reach others and live out our Mission by offering a sense of hope. I am impressed by the willingness of students to involve themselves in these activities as they do make a significant difference to the lives of others.
I remind all members of our community that our Annual Magdalene Shines Evening will be conducted on June 16 at Mt Carmel Catholic College Hall. This evening is a way to highlight the significant talent of many Magdalene students . I encourage all who are able, to attend the evening as it is a most entertaining and awe inspiring event.
This week and for the remainder of Term 2, Mr Michael Mulally will be present at Magdalene as part of the transition to Acting Principal. Mr Mulally will have the opportunity to work with staff and students prior to Term 3 and 4. I hope everyone joins with me in welcoming Mr Mulally to Magdalene and look forward to a close association for the remainder of the year.
At the beginning of last week the school conducted our assembly. I congratulate The following students on being acknowledged by their peers.
ClareVella Year 7 Commitment to her learning
Michael FullerYear 8 Constantly trying his best
Travis Clark Year 9 Assisting others in their learning
Annalise SmalleyYear 10 Assisting others in their learning
Jessica GunnerYear 11 Commitment to her learning and assisting others
KaylaCaruanaYear 12 Assisting others
On 27 May the staff were involved in a professional development day with a focus on developing ‘Higher Order Thinking Skills.’ Many students are performing well but have the capacity to perform at a higher level. Often this involves greater insight and a willingness to explore questions in greater depth and detail. The aim of the staff development day was to give teachers the opportunity to explore strategies to take students beyond their present level of achievement. I am sure that these strategies will allow the students to improve their levels of achievement and learning.
Recently I came across this inspiring passage for parents. On many occasions we tell our children what they “should” be doing, however they often notice what we are doing, rather than saying, and certainly take their lead from what we do. As parents we are challenged to do more than “talk the talk”, young people notice what we do (often more than we know) and take these actions to heart even if they do not make this obvious.
When You Thought I Wasn’t Looking
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you hang up my first painting on the refrigerator, and I wanted to paint another one.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you feed a stray cat, and I thought it was good to be kind to animals.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you make my favourite cake for me, and I knew that little things are special things.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I heard you say a prayer, and I believed there is a God I could always talk to.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I felt you kiss me goodnight, and I felt loved.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw that you cared, and I wanted to be everything that I could be.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I LOOKED… and wanted to say thanks for all the things I saw when you thought I wasn’t looking.
Mr John Lo Cascio