The Year 7, 10 and 12 students arrive back for the year today. The remainder of the student body does so on Monday. We do have our largest ever Year 7 intake and overall student numbers. Parent word of mouth is always the most influential factor in school choice. Our commitment is to ensure that they too have an opportunity to understand what it means to be a part of the Carmelite family. This should be more so in what they experience rather than in what they hear.
This is a year of change and growth for the College. A number of staff take up new leadership roles and these are listed below for your reference. We also begin the phase-in of the new uniform which has been developed through student and staff consultation. A re-visioning of our Middle Years (7-9) will also occur through a formal committee. In addition to those initiatives the finalisation of our Master Plan will take place with a view to the first major building project occurring in 2016.
There has been a great deal of activity over the summer break in preparation for the new school year. Two additional classrooms have been built to accommodate our growth in numbers. We have also remodelled the student services area, doubled the size of the decking area of the canteen (with specific seating to follow), created new locker bay areas, re-painted significant sections and re-landscaped areas of the College.
Our Opening of the School Year Mass is at 10 a.m. on Thursday 5 February at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne. Parents are very welcome to attend. There will also be a formal induction of our new student leadership group and a recognition of our high achieving 2014 VCE students on that morning.
I look forward to seeing the boys return and listening to their tales of how they spent the summer. Schools are essentially soulless without the students as they give it character, life and purpose. I also look forward to meeting parents, both recent and new, at the numerous school gatherings over the year to come.
May the Lord bless our year.
Almae In Fide Parentis