From the Principal
From the Principal
Grandparents and grand-friends came out in force last Friday to spend time with Reception students and staff participating in a range of fun and engaging activities. The children were so excited to welcome their families to the College. We recognise the very important role grandparents and friends play in the growth and development of our students, providing the unconditional love and support that enables them to flourish, and we thank everyone who took the time to be part of this special day.
Our Reception students having a wonderful time with their Grandparents and Grand-Friends
“A good start is of great importance”
Orientation for our midyear Reception intake has started and will continue for the next two Mondays. Catherine McAuley once said, “A good start is of great importance”, and we want each student to feel a strong sense of connection and belonging from their very first days at the College. We are thrilled that 18 students and their families will begin their journey at SAC in Term 3 and we look forward to seeing them make their home here.
Year 10 and 11 students have had a very busy fortnight, undertaking the first round of exams for 2022. Whilst many subjects do not require exams as part of their assessment plan, the skills and confidence to be successful in exam conditions are important to develop in our students. Year 10 students also completed a Work Experience placement this week, and we hope that the insights provided into the world of work will be useful as they navigate their pathways through the final years of schooling. We are grateful to all the families and community contacts who welcome our students into their workplaces – without your generosity, this important aspect of the Personal Learning Plan would simply not be possible.
You may have heard the cheering across Adelaide last Thursday evening when our vocal ensemble, Catch 22, was announced the winner of their division at the Generations in Jazz Festival for 2022. Whilst it was not possible to hold the event live, the students have grown as performers through their preparation for and recording of their pieces. We congratulate Ms Jo Tropeano, Choir Director, and Ms Fiona Turner, Music Coordinator, on supporting the students to achieve this level of excellence. Congratulations also to Ms Stephanie Neale, who directed the Stage Band in another excellent performance. Two students from this band were selected as part of the Super Band, for their performances on trumpet and trombone.
Congratulations To the following students who were selected as part of the Super Band, for their performances on trumpet and trombone.
Congratulations to the Year 4 students who received the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Communion last Wednesday in the St Francis Xavier Cathedral. Thank you to Archbishop Patrick O’Regan DD and Fr Anthoni Adimai SdM who led us in this special celebration.
The theme for Refugee Week this year is Healing, and our students reflected on the questions What message of hope and healing would you like to send to people seeking safety in our community? and How can SAC be a community where all people can heal and find hope?
The Justice and Mercy group then collated student responses to form a display for the foyer. The Sisters of Mercy have a proud history of supporting families with refugee experience here in Adelaide, so it was a pleasure to welcome Nagina Zahra, to our Staff Meeting to share some information about her work educating refugees in Indonesia and Thailand. Nagina and her husband Muzafar helped establish Cisarua Learning, a refugee-led education centre, whilst waiting in Indonesia for their refugee status to be assessed by UNHCR. Nagina is an inspiration to all of us in her commitment to support those who remain in refugee centres and we are proud she is an old scholar and current staff member. If you would like to support Nagina’s work in Cisarua Learning, please follow the link below.
Wishing all our students, staff and families the very best as we begin Semester 2!
Ms Paddy McEvoy