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From the Head of Champagnat Campus (Issue 3 2018)

Written on the 8 March 2018

The broad array of opportunities provided over the last fortnight for our students, highlight the richness of our Marymount community. It also reinforces and brings to light the talents of our girls and their ongoing commitment to College life.

Sportsmanship at its finest
Sport is in full force as the girls proudly don the double blue. Touch, volleyball, basketball, tennis, badminton and canoeing/kayaking are underway with winter sports still to come! We have experienced significant wins and challenging loses. What has been most impressive is the sportsmanship of our girls. They play hard but clean and team spirit is strong. Players look for the assist, they pounce on loose balls, execute shots with precision and box out for rebounds. Their passion for sport is clear and our girls play each game with true Marymount spirit. I extend my deepest thanks the many parents and old scholars who have taken on a coaching role this year. Your generosity and support of our CEA program is greatly appreciated.

Year 8 Camp
Victor Harbor turned on delightful weather for our Year 8 Camp this week. 119 Year 8's and their teachers ventured their way around the coastal area over three days and two nights. Students had a wonderful time and made many connections along the way. The students' days were filled with aquatic and adventure activities such as boogie boarding, raft making, beach games and mountain bike riding as well as a day of reflection surrounding the key theme Who am I? The nights consisted of shared meals, theatre sports, prayer and an impressive talent show. New friendships were created and lasting memories were made. I congratulate Connie Trimboli and her team of capable teachers for organising and facilitating a very successful camp experience for our Year 8 girls.

Courageous Women
International Women's Day was celebrated today and our Marymount Campus Captains Rose and Aylish gathered the staff at both the Marymount and Middle School campuses. They led our communities in prayer and spoke about our call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. They distributed a stamped biscuit with the hashtag #PressforProgress to raise awareness and motivate our communities to think, act and be gender inclusive. In addition to this initiative, two time Olympian, business owner and Physiotherapist Jess Trengove, was invited in to share her journey with the Year 9 cohort. As part of the Rite Journey Program the girls have been exploring their own story to date and will soon delve into the topic 'brave and courageous women'. Jess's story is just one of a series that will be explored with our RJ girls this year.

Combined Parent Representative Group
Parents gathered from both campuses last week for our first combined Parent Representative Group meeting. We spoke about parent engagement this year and as we move forward into Champagnat campus. Planning for our first social gathering is well underway. An invitation will be created in the coming weeks and distributed to families via Facebook and email. Our next combined Parent Representative Group meeting will take place in Term 2. You are all most welcome to attend.

Amalgamation Parent Forum
I take this opportunity to remind families of our upcoming Amalgamation Parent Forum which will be held next Thursday 15 March in the McAteer Centre at Sacred Heart Senior. Come, join the conversation about Positive Education and hear updates about the Champagnat Project and our building program.

Kate Kilpatrick
Head of Champagnat Campus


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