We are now well into Term 1 and most of the girls have settled into the patterns of the school year.

You may have seen already some general advertisements for Catholic Schools Week, St Clare’s College advertisements in the print media and on the back of Action buses. We have also begun a number of school visits to our Catholic feeder primary schools this week. When we visit the local primary schools I accompany two Year 7 and two Year 12 students who talk to the current Year 6 students about what St Clare’s has to offer. It is wonderful to see our students speak so confidently and proudly about St Clare’s and its reputation as an outstanding secondary school for girls in Canberra. I pay tribute to the senior students who are simply outstanding role models and mentors to the younger ones. Having Year 7 to Year 12 on the same campus assists greatly in helping the younger students look up to the older students and for them to form a strong, shared connection and lasting friendship.

Our Open Evening and “Try a Day at St Clare’s” are coming up in May. The Open Evening provides a great opportunity for current families and those looking at enrolling their daughter in the future to see the College facilities and to see students working across all areas of the College. Families can walk through the College at their own pace or take a tour of the College led by some of our current students. It is also a great opportunity to talk to staff regarding their specific area of expertise in the College.

The College Swimming Carnival on Friday 9 March was a very colourful and spirited occasion. We were delighted with the excellent student attendance and conduct on the day. Our new students and a number of parents who arrived at the pool in time to hear the House war cries were delighted at the involvement of the girls in their House groups and amazed at the noise levels that the House groups achieved during this part of the day.

Mid-semester Reports for the girls will be available on SEQTA from Tuesday 27 March. These will give an indication of how the girls are achieving in their subjects and courses and if a Parent -Teacher Interview will be required. Parent-Teacher Interviews will be held on Thursday 5 April from 4pm-7pm and on Tuesday 10 April from 4pm-6pm in the College Hall.

On Thursday 29 March at 11.00am-12.00pm there will be a series of Easter liturgies for the students in year groups and parents are most welcome to attend.

Best wishes,
Brad Cooney