Principal's Update Week 3
Posted: 31-Jul-2019

It was lovely to see families coming through last night for Teacher Advisor interviews and to see such positive conversations taking place around young people’s futures. These conversations will continue tonight and all day tomorrow as the interviews progress this week. The College needs families to engage with these conversations about young people’s current learning experience to support the planning for their future learning. A whole raft of resources to support this process are available on the College website under “Life at Damascus” – “Learning and Teaching” – “Pathways” and then choose what year your student will be in for 2020. Students will make their subject selections during lesson four, next Tuesday, 6th August. Please continue to talk with your TA or the Careers Coordinator if there are any concerns.

Saturday night was the final performance of “Around the World in 80 Days.” The cast and crew have worked tirelessly to bring this show together, and they have been supported by an incredibly generous team of adults. Andrew Seeary with the support of Nicole Burness are the cornerstone of Damascus Drama, and I thank them on behalf of the entire community for their commitment. They are supported by a team of others, and I thank and acknowledge Taneka Gardiner, Rob James, Maddie and Craig Butterworth, Jim Brown, Maria Russell, Vikki Rowe, Jeff Simpson, Anne Griffin, Tom Lopes, Sarah-Jo Seeary and Beth Carroll. There was fantastic support from the Damascus community for the show, and people’s joy was genuine as they left the Valda Ward Auditorium following each performance. The real stars of the show, however, were the young Damascus performers, and I congratulate them on their commitment and skill and thank them for bringing to life such a great production! Well done!!

Fr Adrian McInerney will be con-celebrating the 9.00am parish Mass next Sunday, the 4th August at St Alipius’ Church ahead of his Golden Jubilee of Ordination which occurs on Friday the 9th August 2019. The College congratulates Fr Adrian on this milestone, and we thank you for your many years of leadership and friendship in the College! God bless you, Fr Adrian.

Our Green group went out into the community tree planting for National Tree Day last Friday, and I thank David Neate, Sustainability Coordinator, for facilitating that opportunity. Damascus will host a tree planting day here on the 10th August where we hope to plant 150 trees and shrubs, details to come!

There were sad farewells to our seven student visitors from Angers in France early on Saturday morning. I thank Learning Area Leader-Languages, Alysoun Smalley for facilitating a really exciting program for their visit. I also reiterate my appreciation of the Damascus families who opened their homes to our international visitors and made them feel so welcome – thank you!

Our EBT team head to Dimboola this Sunday for a six-hour race. It will be a long day with a very early start, but we wish this committed team and our generous staff Alan Strange and Rachel Beardall well for a very exciting day!

There are a range of other activities taking place this week including the Australian Mathematics competition on Friday, the Year 9 Footy Codes excursion to the Marvel Stadium also on Friday, several public speaking and debating opportunities for students over the week, Year 8 Justice and Eucharist excursions, the Australian Problem Solving Maths Olympiad today, Year 11 Visual Communication excursion to a printer on Tuesday. Year 11’s will engage with the story of Carmen Maher as told by her Dad to help equip them for the responsibility of driving as they move into adulthood next Tuesday. Next Wednesday afternoon August 7th, students from Damascus will be competing in the BAS Cross Country event which will take place at BHS next Wednesday August 7 from 1:40pm. We wish the athletes well in their competition.

We welcome back from leave staff members Ashleigh Brown, Barb Perry, Neale Thompson and Pauline Troy. We welcome pre-service teacher Katherine Scott who is with us for the next five weeks.

We keep Aleceia Smith staff in our prayers on the loss of her grandfather this week. In the week where Jesus teaches through the Gospel about the importance of prayer we extend our prayers to all those who need it and keep the words of the Our Father, close to our hearts.

Until next week ….

MATT 

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