The 2021 College Opening Assembly was held on Wednesday, 10 February. Excited to have returned to school after the week of delay caused by the COVID-19 lockdown, students gathered on the undercover basketball courts.
They were welcomed by Vice-Principal, Mr De Lima and Principal, Mr Crothers, who introduced the students to the Mercy Educational Value of Courage. The Value of Courage will be the focus Value of 2021.
It will be integrated across the curriculum and provide reflection experiences for our students during activities such as pastoral periods, ceremonies, liturgies and prayer.
Quinn Kenyon, Year 12, read the College Prayer for Courage;
From the First letter of Paul to the Corinthians:
“Keep alert, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong.”
Thank-you Lord, for giving us the gift of courage.
We take comfort from knowing that You are our Helper
And that we do not need to be afraid.
Your Word has the power to give us strength:
To face the demands of living as Christians
To counter the injustices that exist in our world
To conduct our work tirelessly
To endure in the face of hardship and adversity.
We pray that whenever we encounter challenges in our lives
We will find courage and strength by trusting in You.
In the words of venerable Catherine McAuley:
“Speak as your mind directs and always act with courage.”
Our Lady of Mercy pray for us.
Following the prayer, Mr Crothers welcomed new students, special guests and introduced the new staff to the College Community.
The College Captains, Daniel Godwin and Mikela Faries were invited onto the stage to sign the Working in Partnership Agreement on behalf of all students.
Mr Grebe and Mr Harris introduced the 2021 Year 12 Council of Student Leaders and the College House Leaders.
Director of Learning, Mrs Natasha Hart presented the Marian Award to Matthew Botica, for achieving the College's top ATAR score for 2020. Certificates were also presented to ex-students Jayden Cosenza, Joel Cronin, Conor Tilbrook and Maddison Stewart, who achieved an ATAR of 90 and above in 2020.
Thank you to all parents who attended the Assembly. A very special thank you to Matthew, Jayden, Joel, Conor and Maddison. We wish you all the best for the years ahead!