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From the Head of Champagnat Campus (Issue 6 2018)

Written on the 10 May 2018

 

The first two weeks of Term 2 have been rich. Despite the recent cold weather snap and realisation of another holiday period ending, there was much excitement as the girls connected with their friends, teachers and College community again. They settled back into learning quickly, with renewed energy and focus, setting new learning goals for the term ahead.


Mother's Day
In honour of Mary and our Mothers, Marymount held a special Mother's Day assembly on Tuesday. Each class had prepared something special and it was a beautiful expression of gratitude and love. Whilst I was unable to make our Marymount moment, I was able to join with the Senior campus, who celebrated Mass with their mothers, grandmothers and significant women in their lives. It was a graced moment that captured the very essence of motherhood. As we approach Mother's Day this Sunday, I extend my deep admiration to all the mothers and significant women who care for children. You are the deepest expression of love. May you experience great joy this Mother's Day.

Founder's Day
We gather tomorrow to launch an exciting event in the history of Sacred Heart College, our inaugural Founder's Day. The first gathering of our three campuses. We will join together as one College, united by House to celebrate our Marist heritage and the Feast of Marcellin Champagnat. The girls are most excited by the opportunity to connect with the broader Sacred Heart community and their new House family.

Generations in Jazz
On Monday morning, a very excited and perhaps a little weary, group of girls arrived at Marymount to share their Generations in Jazz experience (please see the Music Report).

ANZAC Day
I was very grateful to share a national moment with a number of our students on ANZAC Day at the Dawn Service at Brighton. Our Captains Rose and Aylish, were ambassadors and represented us beautifully. For Rose and Aylish, the morning was a moving service which acknowledged the dignity, bravery and sacrifice of so many. Our Captains shared in a community legacy and they took their responsibility very seriously. They were silent in gratitude and connected deeply. The experience was shared ever so powerfully with the presence of their families.

NAPLAN
Next week learners in Year 7 and 9 will be participating in NAPLAN testing. NAPLAN is simply one tool that can use be used to measure and analyse achievement in Literacy & Numeracy, it is certainly not the be all and end all of student achievement. NAPLAN data can be a useful way to analyse school wide strengths and areas of growth, but is not always the best way to measure the achievement of an individual learner on an individual day. I encourage families who may have learners sitting NAPLAN next week, to reassure them that while NAPLAN can be useful, being a successful learner is as much about the process of learning as it is the final product/assessment.



Kate Kilpatrick
Head of Champagnat Campus
 

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