Judith Weir

On Monday we celebrated the Feast Day of the Assumption of Our Lady when according to the Catholic faith, the Holy Mother, "having completed her course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory". As a school that honours Mary, this is a special day; one where we can pause to reflect on the life of a woman who answered God’s call. Mary serves as a wonderful role model for all at OLMC. In answering the call of God, she committed herself not only to being the mother of Jesus but also to be so much more for all of us. She was a leader who helped her people in midst of her own grief. She was courageous and compassionate showing Mercy to others. There are many in our world today who seek her intercession when they are in need.

Once again, we congratulate students for their achievements over the last two weeks. House Arts took place last week and we saw students from all year levels share their talents with us. It was so exciting to have students perform and just as impressive was the applause and support that their peers offered for their performances. Congratulations to the Year 12 Student Leaders for their excellent organisation and commitment.

A number of students from Year 8 and 9 have participated in a variety of competitions and show cases over the last two weeks where they have not only shown their talents but also engaged with some challenging problem solving. Congratulations to all the students for their commitment and courage to participate in activities that challenge. The STEM MAD participants have been successful in making it into the national program that will take place in September.

Next week twenty-five students will travel to Warrnambool to compete in the Frayne Speech Festival. This is a competition for Mercy schools focused on public speaking, debating and voice choir. It has run for many years and is one of the highlights of the Mercy calendar. It will, I hope, be a wonderful opportunity for OLMC students to not only perform but to make connections with students from other Mercy schools from all over Victoria. We wish them all the very best.