Dear Holy Cross College Community,
Next term is an extremely important one for our Year 12 students, as they complete their courses and then prepare for their final secondary exams. I will continue to spend time with the students, sharing in their Holy Cross College experiences, confirming their plans for 2022 and completing an Exit Interview Survey.
Thank you to Mrs Sharna Bateman, and all staff involved with next Thursday’s sleep out. Auxiliary Bishop Sproxton will be visiting in the evening. This is such a great initiative, and the College received a ‘Quality Catholic Education’ award for it, last year. I hope the students can relate a little to those who are alone and sleep-in all-weather conditions daily. Thank you to our families for your support and for those who participated from home as well.
Our Psychologist Ms Charisse Hay, will be taking leave for the remainder of 2021, at the end of the term. Charisse has built some wonderful relationships with our families, and she has assisted so many students, in so many ways. Charisse has made a great impact in the College, and we hope that next semester brings much joy for her. Please join me in wishing Charisse well, when if you see her.
Mrs Dana Kenworthy completes her term with us next week. Thank you, Dana, for supporting us, and the work that you have done with the English Department, and most importantly, the students.
Next week is also Miss Brianna Gray’s final week. Brianna has been a wonderful member of the HASS/English Departments during her time here and will be greatly missed. Thank you for your great contribution, Brianna.
It is often said that it ‘It takes a village to raise a child’, which is why Learning Conversations are held so regularly. Thank you to those parents, students and staff who met with their teachers this week.
You will be receiving your child’s report soon. I thank the teachers for their efforts with the gradings and comments. Please see your child’s teacher if you have any concerns. Well done to the students, for the overall progress.
Winter Sports Carnival
Year 5 and 6 students showed great team spirit and enthusiasm for their Winter Sports Carnival. Working in cross year-level teams against 7 other Catholic Schools, our students competed in soccer, football and netball. Multiple games were played with varying abilities which allowed for defeat and triumph throughout the day. Thank you to the parents volunteers and the Senior School students who took on coaching and umpiring roles and the Holy Cross College staff lead by Mrs Marnie Barrett for ensuring the big day of sport went well.
The NAIDOC 2021 theme is ‘Heal Country!’ It calls for all of us to continue to seek greater protections for our lands, our waters, our sacred sites and our cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction.
NAIDOC 2021 invites the nation to embrace First Nations’ cultural knowledge and understanding of Country as part of Australia’s national heritage and equally respect the culture and values of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders as they do the cultures and values of all Australians.
Thank you to Mrs Christina Davini, Mrs Shenika Bennell and the Inter-Relationships team for organising NAIDOC activities next week and continuing to raise both awareness of the past and reconciliation practices. The College Cafe have a special menu showcasing Aboriginal themed foods. Thank you to Mrs Cathie Lewis our Canteen Manager and the Canteen staff.
I wish everyone, an enjoyable final week of Autumn Term.
Ms Julie Hornby