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From the Principal and Head of Marymount (Issue 7 2017)

Written on the 25 May 2017

Dear members of the Sacred Heart College community,

Year 6 & 7 meetings at SHC Middle
In recent weeks, Marymount families with learners in Years 6 and 7 received an invitation from Sacred Heart Middle School to attend an enrolment meeting on Wednesday 14 June as part of the transition process within the amalgamation. This invitation was extended to allow Marymount families to connect with staff and provide a forum for questions individual families may have. 

One of the motivations behind these meetings has been the positive feedback in recent years from Marymount families regarding the Year 9 into Year 10 meetings at Sacred Heart Senior that commenced in 2015. These meetings initiate the transition process by way of conversation and familiarisation. Sacred Heart is a large College and has utilised these meetings to 'welcome' families from Marymount and to 'touch base' about the learning needs and dreams of each student entering the Senior School.

As enrolment from Marymount to SHC will automatically transfer at the end of 2017, these meetings are not compulsory and are not formal enrolment interviews. We remind families that it is not a requirement to attend a meeting, but an invitation to connect should you have questions or queries. These conversations will also assist the preparation for the Parent Forum detailed adjacent.

All documentation and records currently held at Marymount will transfer with the girls in 2019 when they begin at Mitchell Park. The request for NAPLAN, School Reports and other documentation pertaining to learning will help form a conversation but it is not essential that these are taken to meetings.

Enrolment Interviews for learners, both male and female, commencing at Sacred Heart in 2019 will also be occurring on the 14th June. Leaders from both Marymount and Sacred Heart Middle will be involved in the various interviews being conducted this is one of the many ways our colleges are "coming together" as we head towards amalgamation.

Parent Forum - Tuesday 6 June
The next Parent Forum regarding the amalgamation is 7pm on Tuesday 6 June at Sacred Heart College Middle School. This will be an exciting opportunity to see some of the building plans for the new campus and you will hear about some of the "next steps" being taken as we journey to 2019.  We warmly encourage families to attend; we value the feedback you provide!

Joint College Board/Council and Leadership Meetings
Last term we commenced joint leadership team meetings across Sacred Heart Senior, Sacred Heart Middle and Marymount. Marymount is now represented on the Sacred Heart College Executive by the both of us. This week we have yet another poignant moment in time as the Marymount Board and Sacred Heart Council meet to discuss their hopes and concerns in regard to the amalgamation. These discussions will further enhance the amalgamation process and will better engage the generous and capable members of our community who volunteer their time and expertise to serve on such important entities.

In the meantime, our focus continues to be the girls' holistic, Catholic education both on a daily basis and with an eye on the future.

Shana Bennett
Head of School, Marymount
Steve Byrne



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