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Fresh start to the school yearPosted in Whole College on Wednesday, 6 February, 2019

From the over-sized shirts of the littlest Kindergarten children, to the wide eyes of our Year 7s starting Secondary School, the first day of the school year was a bundle of nerves and excitement. The sunny weather was reflected in the smiles of Mandurah Catholic College’s newest students who enjoyed their first day on Monday.

In Kindergarten, Mrs Zoe Hayes, new to the College this year, started the day preparing for 29 students to walk through her door and experience MCC for the first time. Her favourite part of a new school year is meeting her new students. So how was it having a full class of three and four-year-olds starting off this school year? “It was quite intense, but good!” Mrs Hayes said. Her favourite part? “Seeing how fresh they are, and then watching them grow over the years.” The children enjoyed a range of different introductory activities including making a painted handprint card, which they presented to their parents upon pick-up. Mother Mrs Julie Boyd, who is a past student of the College, was all smiles and confessed she was really relaxed about her son Hudson starting Kindergarten. “He was so excited to come!” she said. Mrs Boyd praised the College for being so organised and making the process easy for parents. The Fletcher / Turner family was similarly happy, finding the transition from day care to Kindergarten an easy one.

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Photos: Julie and Hudson Boyd, the Fletcher / Turner family, Kindergarten students on their first day.

Across the College, transition programs and strategies were rolled out to ensure the smooth entry of all students to College life. In Secondary School, the practice of a staggered start was again put in place to allow for a gentler start to school. For the 245 Year 7s, the morning began with the students gathering in the gymnasium to be sorted into their Houses and Homeroom for the first time and continued with Year Group assemblies and activities from the Transition Booklet, designed to inform Year 7s on College life. For Year 7 student Declan Lee, the Amazing Race challenge was his favourite part of the first day. “It’s lots of fun!” he said, while making his way through the list of objectives. Koby Vollprecht agreed saying, “It’s my favourite part!” For others, it was the excitement of meeting the peers they will spend the next six years with. Sariah Smith said, “I’m excited for the coming years at MCC, making lots of new friends…” Year 7 Jenna McLean was very positive looking forward, “I know I’ll enjoy the next six years at MCC.”

Outside of the large influx years of Kindergarten and Year 7, the College also had 54 new students start in Primary, and 32 across the Secondary School. These students were also part of the staggered start, allowing them a day of familiarising themselves with the layout of the College and policies and procedures before their classmates joined them on Tuesday. Deputy of Teaching and Learning Mr Paschal McCarthy was thrilled with the start to the year and the success of the transition initiatives.

We wish all our students a fantastic start to the year, and all the best for their time here at MCC.


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Photos: College grounds, Year 7s enjoying meeting their classmates, recess time.