Term 3 has been an extremely busy one for the staff and students of the College. Since the last edition of Tidings we have celebrated St Clare’s Day, our second Family Breakfast, Globe Multicultural Festival and Grandparents’ Day and our Year 12’s have sat for the ACT Scaling Test (AST). During the term students have been active in a wide range of reflection days, camps, sports and debating competitions as well as competing in a wide range of cultural and academic events.

The Year 12 tertiary students sat the ACT Scaling Test (AST) early in September and all seemed pleased with their efforts. The AST is the test that all ACT tertiary students sit and their performance influences their school based assessment program to produce their tertiary entrance rank (ATAR). The students have been well prepared for the AST over the past two years and they were well versed in the expectations of the style and presentation of these tests. I sincerely thank our Teaching and Learning Coordinator, Mrs Lisa Summerville and Assistant Principal Mrs Sharyn Quirk for preparing our students to sit the AST.
The Year 12 students gathered together before the tests for breakfast and spent a few moments in prayer, a wonderful time and a privilege to bear witness to the collective support they demonstrated to each other.
On Monday evening we held our annual Science Fair in the College Hall. Our Year 7 students showcased their independent research projects where they utilised an inquiry process to investigate a theme or topic of interest and present their findings to their peer group.
On Wednesday evening I was delighted to attend the ACT Youth Dance Festival where students from the College performed extremely well. Congratulations to the girls involved and thank you to the staff, Mrs Trish Brown, Ms Elle Boller and Ms Kylie Bayada who have been preparing the girls for these performances.
Our multicultural festival, Globe was held on Thursday evening in the College Hall. The event was extremely well attended and testament to our inclusive community coming together to celebrate our diversity. Students performed cultural dances, poetry recitals, shared food and musical items all representing their history and heritage. Our Arts and Culture Captain, Lucy Sugerman expertly bought this together, putting many hours of work into the preparation for this event to ensure its success.
On Friday 21 September our Year 7 students were involved in Grandparents’ Day. Over 200 grandparents, or others who are honorary grandparents, attended the celebration. There were performances from our Year 7 students, the College Chorale and Chamber Ensemble. Following these performances there was a liturgy which included a number of girls speaking about why their grandparents are special to them. The grandparents were then taken on a tour of the College followed by lunch which was organised by our Hospitality students and staff. I wish to extend our thanks to Renee MacDonald and to all the other staff and students who assisted her in preparing for and presenting this very special event.
Thank you to parents, students and staff who have taken the time to complete the School Satisfaction Surveys distributed in August. 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.
Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday
Brad Cooney