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From the Principal

08.02.18

A warm welcome to all of our new students and their families and a welcome back to our students in other year levels. The College is now buzzing with excitement with the prospect of new routines, subjects and teachers.

Our Pastoral Care Coordinator Offices are now complete and I thank the many people who worked hard over the summer break to complete the renovations. We are looking forward to showing off our new offices on Open Day.

Our Theme for the year is a direct quote of Mary MacKillop.

Find happiness in making others happy. 1899.

Mary found her happiness in making others happy. Jesus had the same approach. It does mean living with imperfection – in ourselves and others. (From the “Little Brown Book”).

Many people throughout the ages have found this to be true and a Time Magazine article in 2017 entitled “The secret of happiness is helping others” stated,

And so we learn early: It is better to give than to receive. The venerable aphorism is drummed into our heads from our first slice of a shared birthday cake. But is there a deeper truth behind the truism?

The resounding answer is yes. Scientific research provides compelling data to support the anecdotal evidence that giving is a powerful pathway to personal growth and lasting happiness. Through MRI technology, we now know that giving activates the same parts of the brain that are stimulated by food. Experiments show evidence that altruism is hardwired in the brain—and it’s pleasurable. Helping others may just be the secret to living a life that is not only happier but also healthier, wealthier, more productive, and meaningful.

I look forward to the many ways we will fulfil this saying and celebrating our many achievements throughout the year.

We welcomed back Mrs Angelina Ranaldo and Mrs Michelle Attwood who have been on leave.

We welcomed to our school community Mrs Sarah Morris who is our new Year 11 Pastoral Care Coordinator and Ms Martina O’ Connell who is in the role of Religious Education Coordinator while Mrs Adriana Sotira is on leave.

We were delighted to find out in the holidays that Ms Claire McLennan gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. Ms McLennan is looking forward to introducing baby Finn to our school community.

At our first school assembly of the year, I talked to the girls about the power of routines and that most successful people have morning and evening routines that when applied consistently set them up for success.

Getting your uniform ready the night before. Books packed. Getting to bed at a reasonable time. Keeping the mobile phone out of the bedroom, charged in another room and on flight mode so that you don’t hear that constant pinging through the night.

Many of us watched the Australia Day Awards. I was pleased to see that many awards were given to people in the Mathematics and Science areas.

Professor Michelle Simmons was the 2018 Australian of the Year and was honoured for her work in Quantum Physics. Michelle encouraged everyone and particularly young women by saying,

“Don’t live your life according to what other people think. Go out there and do what you really want to do.”

I look forward with anticipation to all that the year will bring.

Kath McGuigan
Principal