On Sunday 24 September we were pleased to attend the Archbishop’s Awards for Excellence for Senior Students Mass, celebrated at St Francis Xavier Cathedral. Our 2017 College Captains, Renae Albuino and Michaela Matthews are both deserving recipients of this award as they conclude their time in this import role. We have enjoyed their leadership as they both bring energy, hospitality and fun to the school community. As they received their awards, watched on by their parents, I felt a sense of gratitude for their work in leading the College. At the same time I found myself giving thanks for our newly elected captains. We are pleased to announce that the College Captains for 2018 are Izabella Carson and Dominique Pesaturo. We congratulate both girls on this significant appointment and wish them every success as they undertake the important work of leading the student body and representing the College.
A significant part of this week has found me interviewing students for various leadership positions and in doing so I have been simply delighted by each student. I have been inspired by each girl's confidence, passion, energy and love for St Mary of the Cross MacKillop. The College Leadership Team for 2018 will be announced tomorrow afternoon and we will celebrate the new team early next term.
The Catholic Schools Music Festival last week found three MacKillop girls on stage performing with excellence. Congratulations to Year 8 Student Maeve who performed with the String Ensemble, Year 11 Student Sky who sang Pie Jesu and Year 8 student Kiara who co-compered. All three girls presented with grace, poise and charm.
I thank all parents for working in partnership with us as we embrace educating our girls, providing them with the right amount of nurturing balanced with a few challenges along the way. Our work together requires good conversations, trust and patience as we support our girls on their journey through high school and into life as an adult. A book that has come across the desks of those in girls’ education is ‘Being 14: Helping fierce teens become awesome women', by Madonna King. Madonna is a well-known and respected Australian journalist whose book provides an insight into the life of adolescent girls, reflecting on the joys and the challenges. Certainly worth a read these holidays.
I wish all students and their families a safe and relaxing holiday. I look forward to returning in Term 4 – a time for farewells, exams and graduation.