I returned to work on Monday after being on leave for seven weeks. I had a wonderful time travelling in Atlantic Canada. While I was in St Johns in Newfoundland I visited the site where Sr Ursula Frayne, along with two other Sisters of Mercy, established a Mercy Convent in 1842. Ursula Frayne remained in Newfoundland until 1843 before returning to Ireland. She arrived in Fremantle in 1846 to establish the first Convent school in Western Australia, the Convent of the Holy Cross.
Thanks to Mr Peter Collins for taking on the role of Acting Principal during my leave and to Mrs Kylie Day and Mrs Vanja Basell for taking on the role of Vice Principal; to Miss Aoife Hickey, Ms Kelly Bond and Mrs Hayley Shephard for taking on taking on the roles of Assistant Deputy Principal and Mr Mark Potts who was the acting Ozanam House Coordinator.
The College was an array of colour on Thursday with many students and staff dressed up for Book Week. Activities included the lunchtime parade and the evening family night. Thanks to Friends of Holy Cross who did an amazing job in decorating San Salvador for Book Week and for organising a very successful family night.
CEWA LEAD AWARD
Holy Cross College received a Merit Award in the CEWA LEAD Awards for Excellence. The Awards recognise the work of schools in four categories – Learning, Engagement, Accountability and Discipleship. Holy Cross College received a Merit Award in the Learning Category for the Year 9 LIFE Week City Project. During LIFE Week the city becomes the classroom for the students as they engage with a big question. Students spend the week in Melbourne and Canberra or in Perth city. Thanks to Miss Karen Taylor, Year 9 Innovator, for her work in organising the City Project and in preparing the submission for the LEAD Awards.
CATHOLIC PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL
During August a significant number of students from Holy Cross College are involved in the Catholic Performing Arts Festival. They participate in drama, dance and musical performances. I was delighted to see the Junior and Middle and Senior Schools liturgical dance presentations on Tuesday. Thanks to Mr Chris McRae for his work in coordinating the College involvement in the Catholic Performing Arts Festival and to Miss Georgina Pratt for her work with the dance students across the College. Thanks to all other staff, including the music tutors, who support the performing arts events.
Ms Mandy Connor