Parents, Students and Friends
Welcome back everyone to another school term. Term Three is the final academic term for our Year 12 students and they will soon commence their HSC Trials. All year groups have now had feedback with all reports for years 7-10 emailed home over the holidays. Parent/Teacher/Student conferences are planned for Tuesday 1st August from 4-7pm in the Marcellin Hall and parents can book appointments on the SOBS website https://sobs.com.au/pt/parent.php. Semester One Awards assemblies will also take place on our hall on the same day. Please note the year groupings. I wish to trial this arrangement and invite any feedback. I am aware that grouping students in these year combinations allows possibilities for parents and relatives to attend one session and for more siblings to be together.
Semester One Award Ceremonies - Tuesday 1st August
Year 8 & 10 - 10:10am (Lesson 2)
Years 7 & 9 - 1.05pm (Lesson 4)
Congratulations to the Student Wellbeing Team for organising a successful “Stessdown Day”. Having students as peer mentors that are trying to encourage other students to look after their mental and emotional health is a very powerful and positive message. Research from Mission Australia indicates mental health is such an important issue across all age groups and experiences of mental illness can have profound impacts on the wellbeing of young people.
The prevalence of probable serious mental illness among young people had continued to increase over the past few years. Mission Australia’s 2016 Report, which is a longitudinal study into the Health and Wellbeing of Youth in Australia mentions, “Schools work hard to provide mental health and wellbeing supports to their students and we already expect a lot of them, but they are the universal access point for young people. More could be done to provide evidence based early intervention and prevention programs with adequate funding and resourcing.” The report also found that young people seek help reluctantly. The problems that concern them most are: depression, coping with stress, body image and school or study problems. Those with higher levels of risk of mental health problems are more likely to seek help from the internet, suggesting that stigma and fear of being judged continue to inhibit help-seeking. Our Student Wellbeing Team are a great example of how we are providing support in this area. Further into this Newsletter is a feature on today’s efforts.
As many parents are aware Griffith City Council are closely monitoring traffic congestion along Macarthur St in the afternoon. Our discussions with them include requests made to parents to delay their arrival until after 3:30 or not block off the Macarthur St when there are no more car spaces within our grounds. Our belief is that parents must take responsibility for any illegal traffic breaches and that Council and the police are within their jurisdiction to enforce the law. You have been warned!
Whilst Griffith ‘s community production of the musical Wicked ended a couple of weeks ago, it must be stated that the talent of Marian Catholic College staff and students went a long way to it being so successful. Congratulations to all of you for giving such a gift in your talents to all of us who attended over the 11 shows.
Here is a list of members within our College who were involved, Staff-Mr Hillam, Mr Segrave, Mr Neville, Mr Martin (MCC Cleaner), Miss Suidgeest, Ms Calabria. Students– Jack Martin, Megan Beecher, Taylah Williams, Anastasia Comarin, Branavan Thevashangar, Harry Laurent, Teneeka Andreazza, Elisabeth Trimboli, Jemma Rovere, Winter Rosengreen, Lauren Salvestro, Ex-students-Jay Zanesco, Simon Cox, Jeremiah Rizzeri, Shalisa Ippoliti, Elena Turunen and Connor Close. There were also a number of parents of students and ex-students in the cast and crew as well!
Peace and Best Wishes