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The Final Stretch of 2019

Watch the college principal talk about the last school term of the year VIDEO


With the final school term for 2019 underway, Principal Les Conroy took the time to thank students, parents, staff, and the community for the tremendous efforts put in so far this year.

Principal Conroy also encouraged parents and students to continue their efforts right to the end of the school year.

“As far as the OP is concerned and their (students’) assessment that’s coming up, I would encourage your students, again, to study hard as they continue on, because they can make a difference right up until the last piece of assessment,” Principal Conroy said in the video above.

“It can make a difference between one or two rungs, which could make a difference between, say an OP3 or an OP2, to work hard all the way through the end.”

Further, Principal Conroy provided updates on substantial works set to commence on the school grounds.

Listen to the college principal talk about the last school term of the year PODCAST

Read the college principal talk about the last school term of the year TRANSCRIPT

Hello. My name’s Les Conroy, principal of St. Thomas More College, and welcome to term four. Who can believe this year has gone as quickly as it has?

Over this podcast, I’d like to talk to you about a number of items, but the first one is about the senior. We’re so close to the finish line with our Year 12’s they’re doing a great job. Their heads are down, they’re working hard to achieve their results, and we look forward to them getting the results and their OP’s. My advice to parents is enjoy the ride that’s coming up. It’ll be a wonderful moment for you, as we celebrate the awards night, graduation at the end of the year, the rituals that go with leaving school. So please come along on that last day to watch the students be exited from their last assembly and the ringing of the bell and the exiting of the college. It’s a wonderful moment that just bookcases and closes their final formal school time at STMC. And that’s a wonderful time.

As far as the OP is concerned and their assessment that’s coming up, I would encourage your students, again, to study hard as they continue on, because they can make a difference right up until the last piece of assessment. It can make a difference between one or two rungs, which could make a difference between, say and OP3 or an OP2, to work hard all the way through the end. And just relax and enjoy the end of their schooling with us, as a community.

Two years ago, we started a ritual for year sevens coming into the school, and it’ll probably pan out a lot better when those Year 7’s graduate in 2023 and 2024, because they will have started their schooling year with ringing of the bell, and we think it’s important that students, when they finish these milestones within their lifetime, such as finishing their formal schooling years, that there’s a ritual that closes that for them; something that they can remember. And the bell ringing of the bell tower of Grace, our school bell, is a wonderful way to experience that final step that they’re taking out into the broader community.

In relation to the graduation, we’d like to repeat, again, what we’ve done in previous years. And that’s do a live broadcast to our families, because we know that it’s such an important occasion for graduation, as by the rituals that we have associated with that, that cousins, uncles, aunties, grandparents can jump on live and watch the live streaming. And whilst they may not be physically here with us in the community to celebrate the graduation, we’d certainly like them to participate by being a part of the live view. So that’ll happen again this year, and some more details will come out about that just prior to the graduation, and the graduation mass on the Thursday night. But it’ll be a wonderful occasion, and we hope you can either join us here at the college or on the live view.

The other part is on the building and construction that’s going on in the school. I know the long awaited car park has finally been signed off. We’ve appointed a builder, getting the builders, and they’ll be taking over the site as of the 21st of October, to build the car park extension and the cafe and the new staircase down onto the oval.

Now during that time, there is going to be some interruption to our parking, which is unfortunate. I’m looking at it from perspective short term pain for a long term gain, because it’ll be a wonderful addition to our college. We have put up some alternative parking arrangements during those key times in the school. For example, our graduation, the double basketball courts out the back, we’ll be turning into a temporary car park and we’ll be doing some restrictions for car park to allow parents to park on site up on the service road during those times. So we ask that you work with us and in no time at all, in the seven weeks we have left of the school term and the six weeks of the school holidays, when you come back for 2020 next year, you’ll have a remarkable difference to the way you can exit and enter the college. So we look forward to those new additions.

On the sustainability aspect, if you’ve managed to come to the school site, we’ve put up some signage around the school, which is in alignment with the Laudato si’, the Pope’s encyclical on caring for our common earth. And we’ve now got a family of a curlews. It’s a third generation of curlews that have moved into the school, and we’re very proud of them and we’ve put some signs up to educate and to inform everyone about what they are, how they breed and why they’re such an important addition to our school college. And so that’s a wonderful thing to have at our school. And it talks to the work that we’re doing in our environment to improve the native Bush species of plant life within the school. And that’s encouraging native wildlife to come back to the school. So we’re pretty proud of our family. And so we’d ask that you help care for them. And if you see mum, dad, and the little babies around the school, that you give them some distance to raise their children. That’d be great.

And during term four, there’s a number of things that still continue to happen across the college. In fact, I was just looking at the co-curricular calendar just a few moments ago, and I think there’s over 70 activities that will happen every afternoon across the week, which averages out about 14 activities per day of co-curricular life within the school. So not only what’s going on in the classroom, homework; there’s still plenty of things and opportunities for students to get involved in after school, homework club, the sports clubs, the music, there’s a whole range of different things. And I’d refer you to our website so you can actually go along and have a look at those lists of activities and maybe encourage your son or daughter to try something out towards the end of this term.

There’s a number of people I’d really like to thank for the work that brings us, as a community, that we’re very proud of as a school. Our parents, I’d like to thank you for the support of the teachers, your child, and our school in general. It’s a wonderful, wonderful school to be a part of. And also, the teachers who partner everyday with your child in the classroom to work with them quite diligently and hard and in innovative ways to get your child the results that they’re looking for, to make their future brighter.

My final point, and it’s an interesting one, the podcast that we do from STMC actually has quite a broad and a wide following. In fact, some of our podcasts can receive over 12,000 views. So for those people who are not necessarily connected to our community or considering wanting to connect with our community in regards to enrolments, please, I’d ask you to give serious consideration to us and coming to our open days, our opportunity for next year to enrol and in 2021 is full, and we’re at a waiting list, but we’d certainly encourage any enrolments, inquiries from 2022 and onwards.