News & Events

Principal’s Update

Beginning Term 2 with a Staff Spirituality Day followed by campus-based assemblies and Anzac Commemorations has set the tone for this term, one where we will continue to make opportunities to gather and reconnect as a community following the challenges of the past two years.

It is a short term and there are many events and co-curricular activities to look forward to in addition to classroom learning and excursions. Students will be representing our College every week in a wide range of sports and the upcoming performance evenings will showcase the senior drama and music students.

The weather was kind for Monday’s Athletics Carnival, our first House Cup event, and it was a great day of friendly competition for all Coolock students and St Mary’s students trialling to compete in the School Sport Victoria competition.

Tuesday’s Careers Night was a resounding success, with our community gathering for the first widely accessible careers event in three years. Students proactively engaged with the many tertiary institutions and businesses in attendance and we thank them for supporting our students’ aspirations for their future pathways.

This week we have welcomed Grade 6 students from all of the Catholic primary schools and various government schools each day for the ‘Discover CMC’ sessions. They showed a wonderful sense of excitement and anticipation (and some trepidation) for starting high school next year. We look forward to getting to know them better through our transition program, so that they can make a confident start to Year 7 in 2023.

The information session for parents and carers of children with additional learning needs starting Year 7 next year was well attended and we have received very positive feedback from families about the learning diversity and student support presentation from Mrs Sarah Cody, Mrs Shann Anderson and the Transition Team.

An important reminder to current families that have a child commencing Year 7 in 2023 – the online Enrolment Form must be completed and lodged by next Tuesday 10 May. If you need support or have questions, please contact the College Registrar, Mrs Audra Petri, on 5445 9100 or email

Years 9 and 10 students attended the Be Wise presentation on Tuesday with the Pat Cronin Foundation. The session addressed social violence and presented a proactive view to encourage students to be part of the solution. We understand that discussions regarding violence or fatalities can be triggering for some students. If students or parents would like to discuss further any elements related to this session, please contact their Year Level Leader or Student Advocate.

We strongly encourage parents and carers to attend the forum with renowned presenter Sonya Karras on Monday 16 May (7pm, Marian Theatre, St Mary’s). This is an opportunity for parents and carers to become informed about current topics, including partying safely, vaping/e-cigarettes.

Thank you to all involved in these events. Their success is due to the hard work of so many staff, with the support of our student and parent community.

Kind regards,

Brian Turner, Principal