Welcome to my ‘Principal Reflection’ for Term 2. I trust you are all keeping warm and cosy as we head into the cooler winter months.
As we move towards the end of the first semester for 2022, I would like to congratulate all of our students on their application and endeavour so far this year under trying circumstances. When you receive your child’s report via SEQTA, I encourage you to sit down together as a family to reflect on the successes and acknowledge the areas where improvements could be made. It is through constructive feedback and evaluation that we all improve. Early in Term 3, parents/guardians of students in all Year groups will have an opportunity to meet with their child’s teachers to discuss their progress. Please do avail yourself of this opportunity, even if an interview has not been requested by the teacher.
Year 12 Retreat
Our Year 12 students recently attended a three-day Retreat at Nukara Farm. This was one of the last opportunities they had to come together as a group, before they graduate in a few months’ time. The Retreat was a wonderful opportunity for our students to reflect on their time at the College, their relationship with God and their future pathways away from the busyness of school and home. Feedback from our students and staff who attended was very positive. Such events are only possibly because of the commitment of our staff who give up their time to facilitate sessions and stay overnight with our students and I offer my sincere thanks to Mrs Helen Dixon, Director of Catholic Identity and Mission, and Mr Damian Ramos, Deputy Principal – Faith and Life, who organised the Retreat. I also take this opportunity to thank our Heads of House who facilitated sessions and the many other staff who spent a significant amount of time supporting and engaging with our students to make this Retreat so successful.
For (M)Others’ Day
Earlier this term, the College celebrated For (M)Others’ Day. For a number of years, the College has held separate special days to recognise the contribution of fathers (Fathers’ Day Breakfast) and grandparents (Grandparents’ Morning Tea) in the lives of our students, however, no event was held to acknowledge the essential roles that mothers play. Last year, to resolve this concern and recognise the mothers and mother figures in our community, the College invited the mothers of our Year 10 students to a Mass and morning tea at the College. This celebration is now embedded into our College calendar and it was wonderful to see so many mums taking time from their busy schedules to spend the morning with us. My thanks to Mr Damian Ramos, Deputy Principal – Faith and Life, and Mrs Helen Dixon, Director of Catholic Identity and Mission, who were the main organisers of this event. My thanks also to the many staff who were involved and helped to ensure the day was a great success.
Recently, our Year 7 and Year 9 students sat the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN), and some of our Years 10, 11 and 12 students sat the Online Numeracy and Literacy Assessment (OLNA). Whilst it is important for students to try their very best on these assessments, they are not the ‘be all and end all’ of school. These tests are merely a snapshot in time to see how students and the College are progressing in the areas of literacy and numeracy. As a Catholic college we have a holistic approach to a child’s education that focuses on the development of the whole child and not just academics. It is important to remind our students that there is far more to our school than just quantitative testing and assessment. These tests do not measure a person’s value or recognise their many talents, skills and attributes. The NAPLAN and OLNA tests are just one small part of a much bigger picture in the life of the College.
Interhouse Cross Country
Recently, the Interhouse Cross Country event was held in good conditions. For many, distance running can be tough and it requires a committed effort over a sustained period. I could see on the faces of many of our students the physical demands that accompanies any endurance-based activity. What I also saw was determination to not only meet the challenge, but to embrace it. To those students who gave their best, whether they came first or last, I offer my congratulations on your fantastic effort. Such resilience needs continual nurturing. In partnership with our families, the College seeks to continue this growth our students through a mix of challenging and stretching opportunities, together with encouragement in the context of a supportive community. To all staff involved, especially our Sports Coordinator, Mr Joseph Italiano, well done on another fantastic event for our students to enjoy. My congratulations also extends to Kelly House on winning the overall shield.
The results from the Carnival can be found here: Interhouse Cross Country Carnival
During the Term, the College recognised ‘Sorry Day’ with a whole school Assembly. This is an opportunity for all of us to reflect, particularly as it relates to the treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and what we can all do to address and rectify many of the painful experiences of the past. At the Assembly, some of our Aboriginal students spoke about their experiences. I also talked to the students about ‘Sorry Day’ and what I perceive it to mean. I explained that, saying ‘sorry’ for past events does not necessarily mean you have personally done anything wrong, however, we as a nation are attempting to recognising that many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have been mistreated in the past and many continue to experience racism and prejudice today. I explained to the students that, in much the same way as you may say to a friend ‘sorry for your loss’ if someone close to them passes away, we are recognising that something has happened and we empathise with their situation. Quite often when a friend has a sad experience such as someone close to them passing away, we might add, ‘what can I do to help?’ I explained to our students that this is how I perceive ‘Sorry Day’. We are recognising that many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have been wronged, and we as individuals and as a country, are saying ‘sorry this has happened and what can we all do to help?’.
Year 7 2023
Preparations for the 2023 school year are well underway. We are experiencing significant demand for positions next year and are quickly approaching capacity for our Year 7 cohort. I strongly encourage families who would like their child to be a Nagle student in 2023 but have not yet completed an enrolment application to attend to this as a matter of priority. Similarly, if you are aware of families who would like to enrol their child at Nagle next year but have not yet submitted an enrolment application, please ask them to do so as soon as possible. Please note that current enrolment at a Catholic primary school does not automatically guarantee a position at a Catholic secondary school. I appreciate your support in relation to this matter.
Interviews will be held for students in Years 7 to 12 from 3.30pm to 6.00pm on Wednesday 20 July and Tuesday 2 August in our Bishop Justin Bianchini Gymnasium. Information on how to book can be found on our website: www.ncc.wa.edu.au/pto1.html. Should parents/guardians encounter any problems, please contact Ms Jacky Patience by emailing email@example.com
I would like to wish everyone a safe and happy school holidays. Our College Reception will be closed from Monday 4 July to Wednesday 13 July, reopening Thursday 14 July at 9.00am. Term 3 commences for all students on Tuesday 19 July 2022.
Mr Michael Williams