Welcome back to News and Views for Term 2.
It is with great pleasure that I take on the role of Acting Principal for Term 2. The first week back, although being shortened, has been one of significant highlights.
On Tuesday we had our first Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews for the year. It was wonderful to see so many parents taking advantage of the face-to-face connection with teachers. From my observations and conversations with parents, they were very happy with how their child had begun the school year. Where students were present, the wrap-around effect, that was created by the parents and teachers talking with each other and showing their encouragement and support for the child, can only result in the child becoming aware that we are all here to support her journey through secondary school.
At the Parent/Teacher/Student evening I was also made aware of concerns in obtaining assessment feedback through the Mount Alvernia College Parent Portal (Igloo). The system in place is designed to provide continuous reporting of results and teacher comments after the girls have completed a piece of assessment. For some subject areas, no results or comments have been recorded at this stage.
Please note that there is a specific time period in which teachers are required to enter results and comments. For Francis and Clare Schools, the turnaround period is ten working days, with results in the Elizabeth Hayes Schools being provided within a fifteen working day time frame. This is a new system for teachers, students, and parents, and one that will prove invaluable when you are able to access your daughter’s results throughout the year.
One thing we have learned from the experience for this year is that Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences will need to be placed further into Term 2, so that more evidence of your daughter’s results is available to you. Given that the College has a ‘no surprises’ policy, you should be informed via email or phone if there are any concerns about your daughter’s progress, regardless of the results. If you are concerned about your daughter’s progress to date and were not able to get to Tuesday night’s interviews, please feel free to contact your daughter’s teacher to consider an opportunity to connect.
The second highlight for the week was the opportunity for our college to celebrate and remember the Anzacs. On Wednesday at our dedicated college assembly, we honoured tradition with the playing of The Last Post and Reveille by our music teacher, Amanda Holley, taking a minute’s silence to remember the fallen, recitation of The Ode, laying wreaths, and singing the National Anthem. We were further blessed to have Amanda’s father, Major Alan Holley, give the Anzac Day address. Major Holley paid particular attention to drawing a link between the spirit of the Anzac today and its relevance to his audience of adolescents. While the story of the Anzac is well known to our girls, it becomes extra special when they can see that the story lives on in the preparedness of people to stand up for the land which we call home. I would like to thank Major Holley and our other extinguished guests, the Honourable Dr Anthony Lyhnam, Councillor Fiona Hammond, Year 7 parent David Mortleman (UN Peacekeeping, Western Sahara, 1993-94), and Sr Catherine and the Missionary Franciscan Sisters who were able to be present.
The respect our girls have for honouring ANZAC Day continued through to yesterday’s public holiday. This respect could not have been more evident than in the large number of girls who attended either the Dawn Service or the Student March and Service from 8.00am. The pride in seeing over 80 girls dressed proudly in their hats and blazers and marching or standing to attention was breathtaking. Special mention must be given to the students who attended both services as part of the FCIP ensemble responsible to providing music for the service. Congratulations to all, including those young women who attended other services in their own communities or marched with their relatives or community interest groups. Mount Alvernia is blessed to have you as part of our community.
My final highlight for the week has to be dedicated to our first Principal’s eHonour Board recipient for the year, who is acknowledged in this issue. Elizabeth Stephens in Year 8 (BP6) was nominated by a Mount Alvernia staff member for her work in Outreach and Service within the college community. Elizabeth learned to crochet through the Tuesday Crochet Club and used these skills to make crochet flowers, which were sold to raise money for the Breakfast Club in Redcliffe. The money was used to buy food items and day packs for the homeless. Elizabeth has also contributed to creating the crochet blankets that are made for Delamore residents.
Well done, Elizabeth, for being the first recipient. Elizabeth will receive a certificate and be acknowledged on the College’s Electronic Information Board. She will be he first entry on a future list of well deserving young women who know what it means to be the best they can be and, in so doing, be excellent role models to others.
Peace and good will
As most of you would be aware, Kerrie Tuite has taken leave for Term 2 for a well deserved break. Currently she is out of the country and was teased into sending a photo that I promised would end up in this week’s News and Views. You will see the evidence within this edition, and I challenge you and your daughter/s to locate it. The first student who can identify the country which Kerrie is currently visiting will receive a $10 lunch voucher to use at La Cucina. Please note: Your daughter must be the first person to visit me in person, so no emails please.