Dei to Dei

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

As we come to the end of our first school term for 2017, I acknowledged at assembly this morning those who have contributed to making a very busy term such a success. When reflecting on the calendar for the past term it is evident that apart from day to day classes, many students and staff have engaged in a wide variety of co-curricular activity over the past 10 weeks.

At assembly we prayed and reflected on the true meaning of Easter and the importance of focusing on this rather than the peripheral distractions such as holidays and Easter eggs that can sometimes direct our attention away from the real reason why we celebrate Easter. I encourage families to become involved in the various opportunities to celebrate Easter in their parishes and remind those from Christian faith traditions of the fasting and abstinence from meat expectations that apply on Good Friday.

Thank you to our P&F and to those families and staff who supported the P&F Family Night last Friday. It was an opportunity to meet some new faces, catch up with familiar faces and to also meet our new Principal, Mrs Annette Morey. Thank you also to those parents who attended the parent/teacher/student interviews on Wednesday – I hope you found the exchange of information to be useful in monitoring your child’s progress.

Please note that from today onwards there is a new form to complete for families requesting an extended leave from school (ie either an Approved or Non-Approved absence during term time). The form is still available on the link within the College website under Community/Parent Information/Absentee and Explanation of Absence, or alternatively copies are available from Student Services. Essentially the only change is the requirement for parents seeking an Approved absence to provide supporting documentation as outlined on the form.

At the end of this term we farewell a small number of students who are pursuing traineeships etc and other post-school options, as well as some who are moving to other schools here and interstate. We wish these students every success into the future. We also farewell Mr Chris Reimers who joined Mater Dei College as Head of Humanities and Social Sciences in 2002 and who retires from teaching today after a long and distinguished career in numerous Catholic schools, the Catholic Education Office and also the equivalent of what is now known as SCSA – our state-wide curriculum authority. Mrs Linda Caporn also concludes her time as Uniform Shop Manager after the first week of next term and Mrs Karen Cooper (Lab Technician) has decided not to return from leave. We thank our departing staff for their service to the College and wish them well in their future endeavours.

As per the College calendar on our website, classes resume on Wednesday 26th April and students are expected to be in full winter uniform. Please attend to uniform requirements over the school vacation – uniform shop opening hours are listed in this newsletter, including those for the last Friday of holidays.

I wish all families a Happy and Holy Easter, a safe and restful vacation period and look forward to welcoming students and staff back for the start of Term 2.

Regards and God Bless,

John Aldous

Acting Principal