Judith Weir

It has been another busy fortnight at OLMC. Students and staff have been acknowledged by others for their outstanding work. Their endeavours required courage and compassion for themselves and others. It is with great joy that we celebrate with them.

The Annual Celebration Concert was held on Tuesday evening. Students used our theme, ‘And who is my neighbour?’, as their inspiration and shared with us music from all over the world. Thank you to all the parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents and friends who came to support our young people as they performed musical pieces they have learned and perfected throughout the year. Our Arts Captains Isabella K and Alessia K, along with the Music Captains Abbey P and Lillian M, did a fabulous job hosting and sharing the journey of each performer, linking their musical choices to the country of origin.

Congratulations to the Voice Choir team who placed first and Sarah G (11LMGL) who won the public speaking section of the Frayne Speech Festival. The Frayne Speech Festival is hosted each year by a different Mercy school. It provides a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the skills and talents of students in a variety of different types of public speech performance. This year we travelled to Mount Lilydale Mercy College. To all who represented OLMC, we offer our thanks and congratulations; the students were all excellent ambassadors for the College. It was also announced that in 2024 OLMC will be the host school. We are very much looking forward to welcoming all Mercy schools.

This morning we hosted the annual Parents’ Association Father’s Day Breakfast. It was wonderful to see students share some breakfast and conversation with significant men in their lives. Thank you to the Parents’ Association who each year work tirelessly to provide opportunities for community engagement and also raise money to support the school. We are blessed to have such committed and dedicated parents.

Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews for Year 7-9 will be held next week online. As always, we encourage all families to take the opportunity to meet with teachers to both celebrate the successes of your child and to discuss next steps to support their growth. This is an important opportunity for us to come together as partners in your child’s learning growth and development.

Mercy Day will be celebrated on Thursday 14 September. This is one of the most significant days in our year. It is a time when we pause to acknowledge and celebrate the wonderful legacy that has been gifted to us by the Sisters of Mercy. Student Leaders from all year levels take a role in the preparations, encouraging all to be involved. The day also raises money for the very important work done by Mercy Works, who support communities who are struggling with poverty, poor access to healthcare and other vital services. This year the Student Leaders have chosen to support Mercy Works projects that aim to benefit First Nations people.

Mercy Day is a great day of celebration, fun and food. It is a moment in time when we can appreciate all that it means to belong to the OLMC Mercy Community. I cannot stress enough how important it is for our students to be part of the day.

This Sunday is Father’s Day. We wish the fathers, grandfathers and men who are our significant mentors all the very best for a wonderful day. It is also important to acknowledge and remember with gratitude those who may not be with us this year. We hope you feel special and spoilt.