As the Academic year draws to an end various farewells and end of year celebrations are underway.

On Friday 10 November the Year 12 Breakfast and Farewell Assembly was a memorable celebration of the achievements of the girls in this year group. The speech of the 2017 College Captain, Megan Phipps and the 2018 College Captain, Lydia Milosavljevic in addition to the class of 2017 breaking into a beautiful and spontaneous rendition of the Hymn to St Clare contributed to the wonderful atmosphere on the day. There were touches of humour as well as some tears as the girls farewelled the College that has been an important part of their lives for up to six years. Staff and students formed a guard of honour for our Year 12 students, spilling out onto the College oval to say farewell and meet with friends and family members. The final Year 12 Mass and Awards will take place on Friday 1 December at the College with the Year 12 Graduation Dinner to follow at Parliament House on Saturday 2 December.

Our Year 10 students participated in the College Preparation Day on Wednesday 22 November. Students were given an opportunity to learn about goal setting, forming study groups and positive study habits in addition to information about preparing for assessment in Years 11 and 12. The day concluded with our Year 10’s reflecting on their journey in Years 7-10 and looking forward to what lies ahead in 2018. I wish to thank Kym Darmody (Year 10 Coordinator) for her planning and facilitation of the College Preparation Day.

Students in Years 11 and 12 have been sitting Semester Tests for their subjects over the past two weeks. The Year 9 and 10 students begin testing from 24 November -30 November. We hope the girls understand that these tests are primarily designed to teach them how to approach revision and identify areas where further consolidation may be necessary.

Semester Two, Academic Reports will be available on SEQTA from 15 December. I encourage parents to access the reports for their daughters and to engage in constructive conversation regarding your daughter’s progress for this year. Our Year 10 students will be able to access their Year 10 Certificate and VET qualifications (where relevant) from the College Reception on Thursday 7 December.

Our Years 7-11 Mass and Awards Ceremony will take place on the last day of Term 4, Friday 8 December. Mass will be celebrated in the College Gymnasium by Father John Woods from 9.30am and the awards will take place at 11am.  Refreshments will be available in between Mass and the Awards Ceremony. The ceremony will conclude at approximately 12.45pm. Students are able to leave school at this time with permission from parents/carers.

I thank all the parents who have been involved in any of the numerous school activities throughout the year including supporting sport and various cultural events, being a committee member and assisting on interview panels. We are very grateful for the generosity of so many parents who have contributed in a positive way to the work of the College.

We say goodbye at the end of this year to a number of staff and families who have had a long and close association with the College. We wish to extend our thanks to all of these people and wish them every success and happiness in the future.

Best Wishes
Brad Cooney