Over the past few weeks there have been several wonderful events at the College, all of which contribute to the great school spirit that is so evident within our community.

Our first Science Fair showcased the independent research projects of our Year 7 students. Students used the inquiry process to investigate a topic or theme of interest and present their findings to their peers and to Mrs Gai Brodtmann, Member for Canberra.

On Friday 11 August the Youth Ministry team facilitated a retreat on the theme of “Sisterhood”. The event was prayerful and there was opportunity for reconciliation and reflection. The girls prayed the Sisterhood Prayer together: Lord, Draw us close to your heart. Help us to come without fear to receive your abounding love. We thank you for the life you offer, for the grace only Jesus can give. Help us realise there is no detail of our life too tiny for your concern. Deeply work in us and be our steady guide as we walk with you each day. May your light shine through us to reveal your mercy. Lord, we come to you and receive peace for our hearts, strength for our daily duties and joy for the sacrifice we offer. In you we place our trust.

Following the retreat thirty-nine students from Years 7-12 participated in the Vinnie’s School Sleep Out in the College Gymnasium. The students and staff raised funds and awareness about youth homelessness in the ACT.

The Year 12 tertiary students sat the ACT Scaling Test (AST) earlier this week and all seem pleased with their efforts. The AST is the test that all ACT tertiary students sit and their performance influences their school based assessments to produce their tertiary entrance rank (ATAR). The students have been well prepared for the AST over recent months and they were well versed in the expectations of style and presentation of these tests. They cannot study specifically for the content however they spent a good deal of time in preparing for the skills necessary to effectively complete the tests. The students do not receive a ‘report’ on their achievements in the AST.

The Year 12 students gathered together before the tests on Tuesday and Wednesday for breakfast and listened to final instructions and spent a few moments in prayer in preparation for the tests. It was a wonderful moment and a privilege to bear witness to the collective support they demonstrated to each other.

Congratulations to Year 12 student, Alycia Bencic, who won the ACT Vocational Student of the Year category at the recent ACT Training Excellence Awards. This is a prestigious event and to be selected as the ACT Vocational Student of the Year amongst the many hundreds of students who undertake a VET course in the ACT is a major achievement. Alycia will now attend the Australian Training Awards held in November. We wish Alycia all the very best in her endeavours.

Thank you to parents, students and staff who have taken the time to complete the School Satisfaction Surveys that were distributed recently. The response rate has been outstanding and I look forward to analysing the feedback and data gathered in order to continue our school improvement journey.