Be yourself; everyone else is already taken Oscar Wilde
Dear Parents and Carers, Staff and Students, and Friends of Mount Alvernia College
Welcome to the start of the 2019 Academic Year.
On Wednesday, I arrived at school to be greeted by eager Year 7 students and their Big Sister mentors, as well as new students from other year levels, all beautifully dressed in their new uniforms. The students were welcomed by the College Captains, who led the community in greeting our newest young women to the College.
It was wonderful to see so many parents and grandparents here to wish their girls well for the start of a new year. Parents and grandparents are always welcome to any community activity that takes place at Mount Alvernia, and it is my hope that you will feel very much a part of our lives.
Yesterday, the College really came alive when all of the continuing students returned. At the Welcome to 2019 assembly, the College Captains and the Year 12 leaders were commissioned and made their pledge of service to the College. (This group of young women is small – less that 100. You would remember this is the small Prep cohort and has been the smallest year level since they began.) At this assembly I challenged the whole college to, “Be your best self”, in every area of their lives.
On a more mundane but equally important note, I have nominated 2019 as The Year of the Hat. The college hat is compulsory, and its wearing is not optional. However, it is much more concerning to see the rate of skin cancers, especially the deadly melanoma, on the rise in young people. I know of at least four people who have had melanomas removed and one person who succumbed to the cancer. If parents and carers could assist in getting this message across to the girls and present a united front, I would be very grateful.
I am feeling really positive about 2019, and I know that it will be another successful year for us all.