News & Events

Principal Update


Future Direction Parent Forum

The College invites all parents and carers to contribute to our Future Direction by attending a forum on 18 September. We will present the strategic pillars which form the foundation for the direction of the College. We will discuss the proposed strategic aims over the next five years and the associated actions that are planned for the next two years.

Please come along! If you can attend the evening and provide feedback it will ensure that we are on the right track and our aspirations are reflective of the community that we serve.

This will also be an opportunity for parents and carers to view the concept designs for the sporting precinct at Coolock Campus. The Joint Use Agreement with the City of Greater Bendigo is close to being finalised and some of these details will be presented at the Information Evening. There has been a lot of planning that is now moving from concept to reality.

Youth Forum

On Monday morning nine students from Year 11 and Year 10 attended a Youth Forum at the Bendigo Town Hall with students from other secondary schools across Central Victoria. The purpose of the forum was to generate their feedback around some key strategic questions and directions that the City is taking. All of the students were actively involved in preparing a response that was delivered to our Mayor, and St Mary’s past student, Mrs Margaret O’Rourke and the Chief Executive Officer, City of Greater Bendigo, Mr Craig Niemann. Each group prepared a response to the set questions and provided some quality feedback for the City to consider. Congratulations to our students who represented the College and willingly shared their thoughts: Thomas Bennett, Jack Craig, Kate Beekes, Mikaela Toman, Hunter Webster and Emily Collins (Year 10) and Olivia Mitchell, Morgan Whatley and Ruby Turner (Year 11).

Read more about secondary school students contribution to the 2030 vision

Looking Ahead

With the upcoming end of term, warmer weather, the longer days of spring and school holidays, it is important that we support the senior students with their work routine. As they move towards the end of their year, some tend to forget that they finish on Thursday 24 October – the end of Term 4, Week 3. They are definitely nearing the home straight. It is important that students are supported, as a mix of emotions can surface in many forms over the next few months. On 21 November they will look back with relief but, in the meantime, please remember to be the ballast for your son or daughter and if concerned please contact the College and talk to the Year Level Learning Leaders or a member of Leadership.

Also, please make sure you read the Wellbeing article on Sleep in this newsletter.

Have a great week.

Mr Brian Turner, Principal