As I was driving home last night after the Dance Showcase, I found myself reflecting on our 5Cs, our “Vision of the MSM Graduate” and all the activities that I have seen over the last couple of weeks that have provided opportunities for our students to aspire to this vision.
I would like to share some thoughts on the C for “Commitment”. In our vision document it states “Young women of Commitment with the courage to
- Be risk takers
- Aspire to excellence
- Use their special talents to improve their own lives and the lives of others”.
At the Dance Showcase we were reminded of the many, many hours that our students spend in rehearsals, both before and after school. Our dancers aspired to excellence last night and for those of us that were in the audience, that is what we witnessed. I was particularly enthralled by the Performance Ensemble who created an inspirational and at times breathtaking performance “Way Down We Go”. These young women danced with intensity and focus and I was drawn to the display of ultimate trust that they had in each other as they performed their moves. It was also wonderful to see our young dancers who made their debut performances and already had developed presence on the stage. Well done to all the students who shared their special talents with us. Thank you to our dance teachers, Ms Paterson and Miss Humbler, and our Alumni who assist with rehearsals and chorography. Thank you also to the staff who assisted with making the evening such a success, teachers who provided supervision, Mr Watson, Ms Kelly, Ms Bateman and the maintenance team.
Best wishes to our CaSSSA cross country team who will compete in the CaSSSA Cross Country next Friday 27 May. The team will be participating in a final training camp this weekend. This is another example of where our students have shown 110% commitment over the recent months as they aspire to personal excellence to beat their personal bests as they proudly represent our College.
Our Mission life is another extremely important area of our College and where there are many examples of MSM students demonstrating “commitment” and using their talents to improve the lives of others. Our CAN groups are being well supported by staff and students and have been discussing many important issues. I am always impressed by the genuine desire that our students have to make a difference. Our Year 11 students have completed the training so that we can resume our partnership with Rosies. On assembly this week, the Missions of St Vincent launched the St Vincent de Paul Winter appeal. Our Mission Captains also promoted the “Dress like a Farmer Day” and our community responded as checked shirts, assorted farmer’s hats and pigtails appeared to be the most popular fashion items on display on Thursday. Together with proceeds from the Year 12 Charity Ball and the donations collected at the door at the Dance Showcase, our fundraising efforts for Downs and West Community Support, is looking amazing! Thank you MSM for getting behind this important ministry.
Last week students in Years 7 and 9 completed the annual NAPLAN tests online. I would like to congratulate the Year 7 and Year 9 students for their application to the tests throughout the week. I would like to thank the staff who assisted with the preparations for the test, particularly Ms Sissi Lilley (Middle School Program Leader), Mr John Hamilton (Director of IT) and the IT Staff.
This is only a small snapshot of what is happening in our amazing College. I am so proud of our community.
Finally, I would also like to congratulate our Year 11 students on their presentation at their Semi-Formal on Friday 6 May. This event was rescheduled from Term 1, so it was a highly anticipated event that didn’t disappoint. It was a lovely evening. Thank you to Ms Lennon for her organisation and the Year 11 Homeroom Teachers for their support and supervision on the night.