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From the Head of Champagnat Campus (Issue 2 2018)

Written on the 22 February 2018


A Holy Moment to Celebrate a New Year and Leadership Group
We gathered on Tuesday to celebrate our Opening Mass and commission our student leaders. It was a significant Holy moment, shared with the extended Marymount community. We read a Gospel about Hope which we thought was important. It connected to our theme of 'hope and a future'. The occasion was filled with the presence of sacredness and the subtle voice of God speaking through our girls, to our community. It was a blessed moment indeed. I thank Monsignor Dempsey for presiding over the Eucharist for us. He is a powerful presence for good in our Parish and a great friend of the College. Following Mass, we entered into our leadership commissioning ceremony. Here we saw in our girls' courage, determination and a sense of purpose. They stood proudly before our community to accept this responsibility with a powerful hope and a deep commitment that they can do something good. The Marymount Leadership Group accepted a badge as a sign of their service and care for this community. They are a powerful group of young women and we wish them every success as they grow in their leadership this year. 

Earlier this week I wrote to families to advise that Hamish McDonald will be taking leave for 2018. He has been appointed as Assistant Principal (Visual and Performing Arts, Design and Technology) at Roma Mitchell Secondary College. Furthermore, I announced that Julie Thomas has resigned from Marymount. Whist we are sad to see them go, we wish both Hamish and Julie every success in their new roles.

I am delighted to inform families that we have appointed Jenni Stam as our Music Coordinator and Middle School Teacher. Jenni is an experienced Music Teacher and leader who has worked in both regional and metropolitan schools, most recently at OLSH in Enfield. She has a passion for Jazz and is experienced in coordinating Liturgical music, ensembles and vocal groups. Previous leadership roles include Head of Music, MNSEC Coordinator, Cabaret Coordinator as well as Year 8 and 9 Pastoral Care Coordinator. In 2011, Jenni was the recipient of the Early Career Teacher Award by the Australia Society of Music Education. We welcome Jenni to the Marymount community.

Amalgamation Parent Forum
Planning is well underway for Champagnat Campus in 2019 and I invite all parents, caregivers and community members to join us for the next Parent Forum, to be held on Thursday 15 March at 7.00pm. Topics will include, Positive Education, parent engagement, student timetables and leadership structures. Further information about the forum will be emailed to families in the coming days.

Rite Journey Calling Ceremony
Tomorrow our Year 9 girls and their families will gather at Brighton Beach for the 'Calling Ceremony' as we officially launch the Rite Journey Program at Marymount Campus. It will be an early morning for the girls and their families, but an important ritual filled with deep love and affection. This important rite of passage will support our girls as they leave behind 'childlike behaviours' and begin the transition into adulthood. Our girls will return tomorrow with a different energy and a sense of purpose. I extend my heartfelt thanks to our Year 9 Leader of Learning & Wellbeing, Shauna Jenkinson and the Rite Journey teachers for their work in preparing students for the Calling and to our families for their support of this program and ritual.


Kate Kilpatrick
Head of Champagnat Campus


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