Our framework guides all we do at Mt A in teaching and learning, and in all aspects of the way we engage with each other and the wider community.
I begin by thanking you for supporting your daughter or daughters in their academic endeavours this semester. It is so important that we are all on the same page, fostering excellence and, at the same time, building resilience in our young women. To thrive in society, we must all be able to learn from our mistakes, pick ourselves up, and live our lives as responsible contributing citizens. It can be the case that we take for granted the outstanding educational opportunities provided at Mt A. We live in such an affluent society and often forget the vast numbers of women around the world who do not have these advantages and, despite not having the type of education our young women are privileged to, still do amazing things. I constantly encourage our girls to make the most of, and take, every opportunity provided to them - be that academic or other. Everything that we do here is grounded in our Catholic and Franciscan values and always designed with the students at the centre.
Our aim to prepare each girl for her very best future.
So to the achievements and successes of Semester 1, 2019.
Congratulations to all students who received awards on Assembly for Academic Excellence, achieving As in the majority of their subjects, and for Academic Effort this semester. It is so important that effort is maintained to ensure that our young women are reaching their potential, then to acknowledge those who have achieved so successfully.
Well done to all girls who grasped the opportunity of Study Groups this semester. The Francis, Clare, and Elizabeth Hayes students who embraced this opportunity will most certainly reap the rewards. They not only demonstrated commitment and dedication to their studies, but have really been able to strengthen the skills of communication, collaboration, and critical thinking as they worked together at those sessions. I encourage all students to participate in this program next semester.
Meeting with the senior students in the Seniors Achieving Excellence Group has continued to be of high value. The conversations in which the girls engage around the table truly demonstrate maturity, drive, and strength. I, again, encourage all seniors who are working towards reaching their potential to come along and be part of this group. Excellence grows excellence.
The Academic Assemblies this year have been a showcase of the breadth and depth of learning that goes on here at the College. We have had students involved in so many academic ventures, both within and outside. It was wonderful to see the Arts being showcased on several occasions; the Humanities Ancient History Dig; the Conrad Challenge; and the various awards our students have received for competitions and Education Perfect - to name just a few.
The MakeHerSpace is up and running. Our students in all year levels are benefiting from this, with specific subjects throughout the College, and in the many extra-curricular activities offered for students to engage with STEM activities. I look forward to seeing this grow as the year (and years) progresses. This is definitely a point of difference for our young women.
The Futures Hub, located in E111 has been an excellent innovation for the students. This space offers our students ongoing support around their learning pathways. It is critical that we meet the needs of all of our students and, whether that be a university or vocational pathway, this area is purposely designed to ensure that the girls have ongoing access to conversation and guidance. Our role should be, as I mentioned at the beginning, to set our girls up for their best futures. It is important that each girl's pathway is the right one for her. I know that the girls are taking advantage of this space and, as Semester 2 comes around, for the Year 12s in particular, this will be a regular destination with QTAC interviews and tertiary choices to make.
Early next semester will see the Subject Selection Evenings for all students who are moving into Years 11, 10, 9, and 8. These meetings will occur in the San Damiano Centre as follows:
- Year 10s into Year 11 and 12 - 2020 - Wednesday 24 July at 7.00pm
- Year 9s into Year 10 – 2020 – Tuesday 30 July at 7.00pm
- Francis School – Year 7 into 8 and Year 8 into 9 – 2020 - Tuesday 6 August at 7.00pm.
Please make a note in your calendar to ensure that both you and your daughter can attend.
I look forward to speaking with you and your daughter at these evenings, as they map out their learning pathways.
Congratulations to all of the students for a great semester of learning. I hope that you and your families enjoy some well-earned down time.