Dear Parents, Students, Staff and Friends of the Magdalene Community,
This week the school issued the Interim Reports for all students in Years 7 to 11. These reports are a summary of how each student is progressing in each of their subjects to date. The reports are not as comprehensive as the ‘End of Semester Reports’, however, they are an attempt to give parents and students greater insight into student progress. As students and parents reflect on student progress I ask that students continue to adopt an “I can” attitude. A belief that they are able to attempt and complete tasks at the highest level. This will combat mediocrity and promote excellence. When students state they “can’t” do well it is a means of giving up. Every student has the capacity to achieve with a positive attitude and perseverance.
Should any parent have any concerns about student progress as reflected in the Interim report, they should contact the subject teacher in the first instance. I remind all parents that the relevant teacher is the first point of contact in any situation and generally issues can be resolved at that level. If there are concerns beyond the subject or Pastoral Care teacher level the year group Pastoral Care Coordinator or KLA Coordinator should be contacted.
Over the last two weeks Year 12 students have been involved in their Semester One Examinations. The students have approached the examinations in varying ways, reflecting their confidence in their capacity to perform well. It is important to stress that the examinations are as much a learning exercise as a measurement of progress. I encourage all students to see every experience as a learning exercise and to put into practice what they have learnt from the examinations in order to increase success and improve learning in the future.
I remind parents that the Parents and Friend’s Committee and Parent Consultation Committee will meet on Tuesday, 10 May in the learning Resource Centre. After the business of the Parents and Friend’s Meeting the school’s Catholic Care Counsellor will give a presentation on Teenage Anxiety, which is an issue for many of our students. Teenage anxiety is often complex and quite different from one individual to the next. In nearly all cases there is no clear cut answer to issues. I encourage parents to come to the meeting and be involved in the presentation and ensuing discussion.
As we come to the end of Term One, I remind parents that students will return to school in their summer uniforms. As the weather continues to be warm at the end of April, we have moved the beginning date for the wearing of winter uniform from the start of Term Two to the Monday following Mothers’ Day. Winter uniform is worn from the Monday following Mother’s Day to the Monday following Father’s Day. I ask that all parents check their child’s uniforms before that date as often the individual has outgrown the previous uniform and replacement items need to be purchased.
As we conclude the term we have received news that two of our teachers will be leaving Magdalene early in Term Two once replacement teachers have been employed. Mrs Kaperonis, the Curriculum Coordinator at Magdalene, has been appointed Senior Officer in Curriculum and Assessment at the Board of Studies. This is certainly a recognition of Mrs Kaperonis expertise and skill. Mr Abourizk has decided to leave Magdalene for family reasons. I thank each of these teachers for their contribution to our community and wish them all the best in the future.
As the Church moves beyond the Feast of Easter we have been faced with daily readings, which give insights to the various encounters that the apostles had with Jesus as He re-entered their lives after his death and resurrection. We read about Mary Magdalene having the first encounter, the apostles meeting Jesus on the road to Emmaus and Thomas who refused to believe, until he was able to place his fingers into Christ’s wounds. This is a time for us to recognise the significance of Christ in our lives, a time for us to reflect on where we find Christ in our lives and how we mirror Christ’s teaching in our lives.
Let me be an example to all that I encounter.
By my life, let me be an inspiration.
Not proud and puffed up but gentle and sensitive,
a light to all.
And let that light shine from within me,
so that it is recognised without words,
the very essence of your love and promise to us
so that those who cross my path on life’s highways
will feel your presence living in me
and want this too to be written on their own hearts.
I wish all students a safe and restful holiday and look forward to their return with an enthusiastic and positive approach to their studies.
Mr John Lo Cascio