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St Mary’s Assembly led by senior students

At the recent St Mary’s Assembly, our student leaders focused on Homelessness Prevention Week. Guest speakers Kirsty Ash and Amelia Gravette from Haven spoke about their experiences as case workers for people who experience homelessness in Bendigo.

Students reported on past and upcoming activities, including the New Caledonia Trip and the upcoming Winter Sleepout and Mercy Day Celebrations.

Past student Melissa Vicario (1994 graduate) gave a fascinating insight into her work as an engineer, currently based in Dubai and working in Iraq. Melissa is a great example of what an amazing career STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics) can offer. Read more at

The assembled staff and students were also treated to a stunning performance from Will Edwards.

The students were also challenged to aspire to the standards of respect and grace shown by the Japanese national soccer team and their fans at the recent World Cup in Russia. When the Japanese team was narrowly defeated in the knockout stage, they were obviously upset, however, it was what they and their fans did next that has earned them widespread admiration the world over. Their fans didn’t leave the stadium, instead they stayed behind and cleaned up all the rubbish left behind by those who’d enjoyed the game. The players also took the time to clean their changerooms and left them spotless. This was a clear example of our Mercy value of Respect and a challenge to us all, to aspire to live our Mercy values.

Congratulations to the following students on their recent achievements and successes, which were acknowledged during St Mary’s Assembly:

  • VCAL Student Volunteers: for their incredible work at both the Scope Eaglehawk and Scope All Stars Balloon Footy events. Students gave up some of their holiday time to help run the events, volunteering as both pushers and scorers.
  • Bailey Samuel: Bailey has just returned from California where he has been representing Australia at the Junior Olympics for in-line hockey. Bailey’s team won a silver medal at the event.
  • Matilda Fitzpatrick: Matilda has spent time in Italy, also representing Australia for in-line hockey.
  • Sam Conforti: Sam was recently named Vic Country’s MVP of the tournament at the Under 16s AFL National Championships. Sam had the honour of captaining the side.
  • Seth Feeney: Seth recently qualified and represented CMC at the School Sport Victoria State Cross Country Championships where he placed 23rd in a strong field of seventy-seven runners.
  • Intermediate Boys Football Team: won the Sandhurst Division Competition
  • Intermediate Netball and Senior Boys Basketball teams: won their Loddon Mallee Regional championships and progress to state-level competition.
  • Bendigo Dance Competitions: We congratulate all senior students who participated during the July holidays.

Mr Ben Fitzpatrick, Deputy Principal – St Mary’s