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Student honoured at Opening MassPosted in Achievements,Secondary on Friday, 8 February, 2019

Year 11 student, Indi McClements was honoured on Wednesday with the presentation of the Fr James Wall Bursary. The bursary was presented following the College Opening Mass, celebrated by Fr Theo, and attended by the Whole College community.

This highly regarded accolade is supported by the Catholic Development Fund (CDF) and is awarded to a Catholic Secondary School student who demonstrates outstanding leadership in a range of areas – including science, the arts, public speaking, sporting activities, community service and social justice activities – and is considered by their community as inclusive, cooperative and committed to making a difference.

Mrs Maureen Tully, Regional Officer for Schools at the Catholic Education Office in Bunbury, presented the award to Indi saying it was an honour to be present. Mrs Tully described Indi as an “…intelligent, honest and capable young woman…A true role model with a key interest in volunteering and helping others.” Mrs Tully highlighted that it was Indi’s respect, commitment and enthusiasm that really made her special and set her apart.

Indi is one of seven students to receive the bursary across the country this year and is only the second MCC student to be awarded this honour. Last year, Head Prefect, Jamie-Anne Madigan was the first recipient in the Bunbury diocese. The bursaries are sponsored by the CDF to assist with school fees and expenses in Years 11 and 12.

During her four years at the College, Indi has shown herself to hold high personal standards for herself and to use her abilities to the full. Indi was a Year 8 Ministry Leader and, last year, was a member of the Year 10 Communications Leadership team.  Indi is a committed student who is passionate about helping others. This has involved piano recitals and time spent at aged care facilities, volunteering for sewing afternoons for her House mission, ‘Wheelchairs for Kids’, and countless hours committed to the Pinjarra Swimming Club mentoring and training younger swimmers and running various fundraisers.  Indi is a leader within her swimming club and the longest serving junior member.  Indi is also a member of the MCC Social Justice Committee that has been very active, not just within our College community but also the wider Mandurah community.  Indi has also been accepted to attend the 2019 College Mission to Flores, Indonesia.

Indi has participated in many College events including Inter-House Swimming, Cross-Country, Athletics and Beach carnivals. She has also represented the College in Inter-School teams for Swimming, Cross-Country and Athletics from 2015 to 2018.

Indi serves the College community and wider communities with respect, commitment and enthusiasm, impressing all with her responsible attitude and her dedication. In her own words, “Leadership has become part of my identity and personality, a source of enjoyment by being myself and being of service”.

College Principal, Mr Chris Wallace was thrilled to see a Mandurah Catholic College student receive the award for the second consecutive year. “It highlights the incredible work being done here at the College,” he said.

The award presentation was attending by Indi’s mother, father and grandparents Tim and Jill McClements, who were similarly thrilled with her achievement. “We’re very proud of our ‘Gorgeous Girl’,” Mrs McCLements said, highlighting Indi’s unassuming nature and love of competition. “She’ll give anything a go.” Her mother, Mrs Janine McClements was thankful commenting, “It’s great that the CDF provides students with the opportunity to apply for such [bursaries].”

Indi was both honoured and humble in her acceptance of the impressive award. “I like doing all these things,” she said. “I do it because I love it! I like meeting new people, competing in mock trials and helping others. This [award] is really the icing on the cake.” A fitting metaphor, considering the bursary was presented to Indi on her birthday. So, how did she plan to commemorate these two special occasions? “I’m booked solid for about a month, so I might have time to celebrate in March!” she said.

With such an unassuming attitude and proclivity to hard work and helping others, we are sure to see more wonderful things from this exceptional young lady in her future years at the College.

Photo: Bursary recipient, Indi McClements with College Principal, Mr Chris Wallace, Maureen Tully (Bunbury Regional Officer, Catholic Education WA), parents Tim and Janine McClements and Fr Theo.


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