Dear Parents and Carers,
We are in our final week of Term 1 and this is a great time to reflect on the year so far. Our relentless focus on learning continues at O’Connor, a community founded on faith and focused on learning. When reflecting on our work towards creating an authentic Catholic Professional Learning Community, the following three questions are useful
How are we going?
How do we know?
What are we going to do next?
It is important for students to reflect on their work as well, to make connections between what they are learning and where they are heading; to celebrate their achievements and to plan for the next term. When I speak to students, and when carrying out my own reflection, I use the following questions
Where am I going?
Where am I now?
What do I do next to move my learning forward?
This helps us to focus our efforts towards our vision and makes it possible to map a path to attain these goals with achievable steps. Holidays are an important time to stop and reflect, to rejuvenate and to relax. Take some time this holiday to do this, it is important for our wellbeing to take time for ourselves.
The first day of Term 2, Monday 24th April is a professional learning day for staff. On this day we will focus on Wellbeing and Pastoral Academic Care. It will be a day of celebrating the great work we do pastorally and to improve and enhance the structures we have in place to make it even better in building the resilience and wellbeing of our students, staff and our community.
I’d like to congratulate all students for their support of Project Compassion. House Captains have run fundraisers on most Fridays and Lasallian Youth Leaders from Year 11 have run an Easter Egg raffle. The Paupers Banquet organised by Mrs Cheryl Leggatt and the Vinnies group was well supported by both staff and students. Project Compassion funds go to helping people less fortunate both in Australia and overseas.
As we enter the Easter period, we have time to reflect on the sacrifice Jesus made on the Cross and his glorious Resurrection. Take the opportunity to celebrate this Easter time by attending Mass over the Easter period. Our O’Connor Year 12 students will help lead the Cathedral congregation on Good Friday 3pm service and many of our students will be participating in the Easter Masses through reading and serving.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the O’Connor Community, students, staff, parents/carers, for your support in my first term as Principal. It has been a busy but productive term and I thank you for helping to make it a great term. I am so privileged to be part of the O’Connor community, a community founded on faith and focused on learning.
WIshing you a happy and holy Easter.
Mz Regina Menz