Acting Principal's Update - Week 8
Posted: 04-Sep-2019

This week we commence the season of spring;
11 For now the winter has past;
the rain is over and gone.
12 The flowers appear on the earth;
the time of singing has come,
and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. Song of Songs 2:11-12

As the days start to stretch out and the sun begins to shine, take some time to get out and enjoy it. Help our young people to find some time away from their screens amidst the beauty of nature and continue to explore ways for them to find the divine in their everyday routines.

While spring is a season of new growth, we commence the season tonight of new beginnings for the Year 7 class of 2021. Families with students currently in Grade 5 are encouraged to attend the Information Evening tonight at 5:00pm, or the 22nd October from 6:30pm. Both events will be held in the John Shannon Centre. Click here to register for either event.

On Thursday 12th September there will be an opportunity for current and prospective families to visit the College for an Open Morning, from 9.00am to 10.30am. Families can tour the College and see classes in action. Registrations can be made here.

We are excited to announce that the College will embark on the next stage of the Master Plan in conjunction with Law Architects, with the construction of a new Examination Centre and Gathering Space, to be located on the convent site opposite the Mercy Administration Wing.

This building is a strategic addition to the existing College facilities in order to support 21st-century learning and to enhance curriculum delivery and student learning outcomes.

Designed for College and community use, this new two-storey state of the art building will fill the need for a purpose-built event and exam space on campus. It has been designed to be sympathetic to our bush environment and is in keeping with the current architecture on the Damascus campus.

The College will fund the construction of the project from existing reserves. This exciting project will be a 12-month build expected to commence in October 2019.

This innovative building incorporates a significant event and exam space with adjoining commercial kitchen, Uniform Shop and the College Archives Centre.

We invite you to view the architect’s drawings and video provided at https://www.damascus.vic.edu.au/news-and-events-gathering-space

During the period of construction, there will be changes to traffic management which will affect all members of our community. A plan and map for the modified parking will be made available in the coming weeks, but it would be reasonable to assume that this will come into play at the start of Term 4.

Some parking surrounding the building site will be unavailable during construction so a temporary car park will be made available above the Sustainable Racing Team (formerly EBT) shed which will be accessed via Jones Avenue. Current traffic that flows past the Mercy Administration wing and exits back onto Geelong Road will exit via Jones Avenue for the period of construction. Where possible, we ask that student drop off and pick up occur at the John Shannon Centre, and we thank everyone for their patience while building is underway. Further updates on parking arrangements will be made available through the newsletter over the next few weeks.

Families should have received re-enrolment information over the past week in the mail, if you have not received your re-enrolment information or have any questions please contact the administration office. I encourage families to please return the re-enrolment information for 2020 by no later than Friday 13th September.

This week students in Year 7 and Year 8 have received information regarding their social event which will take place on Friday 13th September in the John Shannon Centre. The theme of the evening is a ‘Beach Party’, and students are encouraged to dress up in their appropriate beach attire.

Yesterday we celebrated Rice Day where students of Rice House celebrated their patron – Blessed Edmund Rice! It was a great assembly with some outstanding student and staff contributions, and I thank David Myers, Kirsten Phyland, Rice student leaders and TA’s on their preparation for the event.

Thank you to all the Dad’s and special people who made our Father’s Day Mass and Breakfast a priority last Thursday, it was great to be able to welcome so many, celebrating Mass and gathering together!

This week we keep in our thoughts and prayers Maree Lawlor (staff) and family on the passing of her brother-in-law, who is also the husband of past staff member Camille Milne. May he rest in peace.

Chris

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