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Term 3 Week 6: From the Principal

28 Aug 2018

Book Week is a big week in the life of any college community. The preparation, thought, innovation and commitment by our students, with support from their parents, was first class this year. Mr Bristow our Head of Primary compared our “Book Week Parade to the AFL Grand Final” at our Marian Campus Assembly. The real highlight of these festivities is the opportunity it provides our students to express themselves; and what better way than through reading. The greatest gift a child can receive is that of reading. The adage you learn to read, you read to learn is a great attribute to acquire. Our hope is that this week will inspire both students and adults alike to grab a book and take time to read.

The excitement of book week exemplifies the plethora of opportunities that our students have been afforded in our community this term. They include, but are not limited to : Science Week; Primary STEM Festival; launch of the IDEAS Lab at Marian; Year 11 REMAR immersion in Mullewa; Year 11 Leadership Program; Codo Dojo; Catholic Performing Arts; Angelico Exhibition; and the ongoing Homework Club. This is over and above the opportunities that happen period by period, year group by year group. The intent of these activities is to create the space for success. We measure success by our preparation, participation and the impact of our efforts. Our students are remarkable in their openness to learn new things and commitment to get involved. Our Vision for Learning – Shine through Discovery – Let your Light Shine challenges our community to take these opportunities and see the fruits of their labour. It animates students and staff to collaborate, work together, develop relationships and build a culture of innovation and creativity.

Angelico

Congratulations to Grace Hasler Year 12 for her recent award at the Catholic Education Western Australia Angelico Art Exhibition Awards. Her sculpture, “Survival”, was accordingly given one of the major awards, the Caritas Australia Art Award. The criteria for this Award is for artwork which most reflects the Caritas Focus for 2018 (Human Dignity, Preferential Option for the Poor, Solidarity, Subsidiarity and Stewardship of the Earth’s Resources). I was so pleased to have been present for the presentation and to listen to Grace’s family speak of her amazing commitment to producing the artwork.

We also had a number of students, both Primary and Secondary, exhibit artwork at the Exhibition and I congratulate and thank them for their effort and commitment to their art works.