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Principal’s ReportPosted in Principal's Report on Friday, 8 February, 2019

Mandurah Catholic College Community

Welcome to the start of a new academic year. I trust all families had a meaningful Christmas, an enjoyable New Year and a relaxing school vacation.

On Monday and Tuesday, we welcomed new staff, Kindy and Year 7 students for the first time into Mandurah Catholic College; a very exciting and significant moment. At the same time, we welcomed new groups of students from Pre-Primary to Year 12. It was wonderful to see the students settling in and feeling at home in their new school community.

On Wednesday we celebrated our College Opening Mass from Years 1 -12 with Fr Theo, our College Chaplain. I am very grateful for Fr Theo who continues to give generously to our community, and I thank him for his ongoing support.

The Year 12 Ball was held at the Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle on 24 January, before the start of the academic year.  It was a wonderful evening and everyone looked amazing. Thank you to all the contributors for the work that has gone into one of the significant events for Year 12s.

This year we start with our new Strategic Plan. The four Pillars in the plan are based on Growth, Achieving, Contributing and Sustaining. All of my challenges to our students in 2019 will reflect on these Pillars, as will a number of other areas.

All four of these Pillars were picked up with what I said last year regarding the saying: “The Standards we Set are the Standards we Accept.”

In the opening Secondary assemblies held this week, I mentioned three challenges for the year:

  1. Clarity is Kindness

That is, being clear is kind and being unclear is unkind.  Over the years I have learnt the importance of clarity. Most of us avoid clarity because we tell ourselves that we’re being kind, when what we’re doing is being unkind and unfair. Talking about people rather than to them is unkind. Some attribute this to a lack of courage, others to a lack of skill, however mostly because being nice and polite are excuses to avoid having the tough conversation.

So, my challenge for the students is to show up with an open heart and mind so they can listen with the same passion with which we want to be heard.

  1. “Perseverance – Not giving up”

The definition of perseverance is when one is persistent in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. So, what does this look like for students? The first step ties in with what I said earlier, being clear with your goal: it could be to get through Year 12 with a high ATAR or complete Year 7 making new friends and understanding how Secondary School works. Intend to achieve this goal, maintain optimism, live in the present, acknowledge your success, try new experiences, care for your mind, body, emotions and spirit and most importantly visualise yourself living your goal. So my challenge for students this year is persevere with their school work and strive for excellence. I was told quite recently that ‘my greatest challenge is not whether I am strong enough to do what I need to do, but whether I am capable of persevering’.

  1. “Attitude of Gratitude”

An Attitude of Gratitude is a regular habit to express appreciation for all different parts of life, no matter how small. Lewis Howes said, “If you concentrate on what you have, you’ll always have more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you’ll never have enough.”

When we train ourselves to look at life through the lens of gratitude rather than disappointment, we find ourselves happier and more at peace. One of these areas is when we contribute to others, i.e. when we give our time to help others – it is us who gains a rich appreciation of how blessed we are.

The challenge I gave to students is to take the time to recognise all the unique things that make you, YOU! Think of the things you have accomplished (big or small), your talents, and people who you may have helped because you stayed true to yourself. I am very happy to be back this year and see everyone. I do know that MCC is a very welcoming community that allows people to gain a sense of belonging.

I believe the reason for the community allowing people to be themselves comes from our College motto – Seek Truth. What a wonderful motto that enables everyone to authentically be who they truly are so that they feel free to become the best person themselves and those around them.

Thank you to all the staff who do not go on holidays when we go on our Christmas break: The Maintenance staff, Technicians and Administration staff – who put in an enormous amount of work.

Let’s remember that being a Catholic School is what makes us who we are – and activities that deepen and develop our faith and spirituality are important. May we continue to be inspired by the Holy Family in our service of each other. With God’s grace we hope to follow their example and help transform our world. I wish you all a very happy and successful year as we Seek Truth – which means Seeking our relationship with God, which enables us to find who we truly are.

 

“Inspire others to seek their passion”

May God Bless You

 

 

Seek Truth – Strive for Excellence