The Senior School has had a busy fortnight! Pastoral Leaders have enjoyed hearing about the Year 10 and 11 Reflection Days. These two days are so important in building connections within a year level, complementing the work we do in our Wellbeing Program.

Over the next two weeks, we will hear from the Year 11 students who have nominated themselves as a potential Student Leader in 2024. We congratulate them on taking a risk, challenging themselves, and wish them all the best for the speeches and interviews.

This week our Year 10s heard from Sonya Karras from ‘A Whole New World’. Sonya is a long-time visitor to the school and has talent for addressing young people. She delivered a strong message of ways to be safe when out with friends, including sharing some personal experiences, delivering some statistics and evidence and most importantly, practical strategies for our students to use to keep themselves and their friends safe.

Our Year 11s heard from Jordyn Allen. Jordyn is an AFLW player for the Collingwood Magpies and focused on the themes of motivation, setting goals and overcoming challenges. We thank Jordyn for her engagement and sharing her story. There was a big queue at the end of her presentation for some one-on-one chats and Jordyn was so accommodating.

Our Year 12s were briefed this week by our amazing Careers Coordinator, Melinda Williams, on the VTAC application process. If you ask any Year 12, they can tell you exactly how many days there are until their final year of schooling ends! We know that the coming weeks bring many mixed emotions for them. Some are thrilled by the thought of never having to sit another SAC, others are experiencing the pressure of making choices in their post-school pathways, and many are coming to terms with the idea of not seeing their friends every day in the routine of school. All of these emotions and experiences are valid. However, we encourage our students and families to make use of the wellbeing supports on offer here at OLMC. Please reach out to the Pastoral Leader, House Coordinator or one of our Counselling Team if you have any questions.

Kathryn Williams, Deb Daly, Hayley Gamble Curran and Felicia Taine
Senior House Coordinators