Welcome to Term 2. I trust the holiday break was an enjoyable and relaxing time for those who were able to take some time away from work.

The term has begun with a flurry of activity. The ANZAC Commemorative Service held on Friday 4 May was a very meaningful ceremony. The St Clare’s ANZAC Spirit Award was awarded to Year 9 student Sophie Thorp as she displays all the values of the Anzac including mateship, honour, courage, and citizenship. The commemorative address was given by grandparent of Sarah Jackson (Year 10), Major General Peter Phillips. Congratulations and thank you to our Defence Force Transition Mentor, Sarah Huntley, for organising this very special event.

The “Try a Day @ St Clare’s” events held on Tuesday 1 and Tuesday 8 May assisted with the transition from Primary to High School for current Year 6 students. We welcomed over 300 students from many schools and they came with a great deal of enthusiasm as they were excited about experiencing St Clare’s for the day. The teachers planned very practical and meaningful lessons in a variety of areas and the students absolutely loved the opportunities provided. To accommodate such an influx of students on a normal school day requires a great deal of planning and effort and I am very grateful to all the staff for assisting in making the day work so smoothly.

Our Open Evening was held on Wednesday 2 May from 4pm until 7:30pm. There was a large contingent of students willing to act as tour guides and we welcomed a large number of visitors on the evening. Many visitors commented on how impressed they were with the girls and the displays of student work. Once again, the staff were very generous in being available to assist prospective families with questions and insights as to all that occurs at the College.

Our Rugby team have recently returned from Japan where they represented Australia at the prestigious Sanix Rugby Seven’s Global Tournament. The girls were wonderful ambassadors not just for our College but also for Australia and participated with great spirit in all games. Thank you to Natalie Dickie, Kym Darmody and the parents who accompanied the girls on the tour to Japan.

Best wishes

Brad Cooney