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class teacher to celebrate the effort that has been put in and to set new goals for the new semester. There will also be time to look at some of the work your child has completed in their assessments. Please return your interview slips to your child’s class teacher as soon as you can so that your earliest preferences can be accommodated where possible.
Smile for Sudan
We are so lucky to be living in a country like Australia where we have food to eat, shelter to protect us and clothing to wear. We are able to go to school, learn about the world around us and grow up having hope in the future. However, there are others in the world who are not as lucky.
To show our love and support for the people of Sudan, a cause which Father Sam is very passionate about, we are having a free-dress day and sausage sizzle on Wednesday, 27 June. We are asking all students to donate $3 which covers their free-dress and sausage sizzle.
In a country like Sudan our little contribution can make a MASSIVE difference so we encourage everyone to dig deep for this very worthy cause.
Please send in the slip which was sent home last week by tomorrow if your child is ordering a sausage sizzle lunch. Numbers need to be finalised by this Friday so that orders can be placed.
Primary School Uniform
We appreciate the effort that many families go to to ensure that students are well presented and in the correct uniform, and we thank you for your continued support.
Pride in wearing the College uniform and what it stands for is important to our students and helps connect them to the values we aim to promote. If your child is unable to be in the correct uniform for any reason, please let the class teacher know.
Hair styles in the Primary should also be in line with our uniform policy, as below:
“Hair must be of a natural colour. Hair should be clean, neat and tidy and generally of a conservative style. Students must wear their hair fully tied up, where the length of the hair is beyond the top of the collar (this includes boys and girls). At no time whatsoever, are students permitted to shave their head or part of their head, with a blade less than a ‘number three’ (this includes patterns). Hair products should be used conservatively so as to look neat. All hair accessories such as clips, headbands or scrunchies must be in College colours. A uniform note will be sent home as a reminder if students do not adhere to the Uniform and Personal Presentation Policy.”
Now you can earn House points and save money at the same time! Whenever a deposit is made students can also ‘deposit’ a token from their house. Each house will earn points towards their overall tally depending on which has the most tokens. So remember to bring your bank books along to the Year One area or leave in the class satchel for processing. Every deposit brings you closer to earning some great prizes and going into the draw for the big end of year rewards. Also, our school benefits from every deposit with an incentive from the Commonwealth Bank for participating in the program.
Any students and families are welcome to come along to Eucharistic Adoration and quiet prayer time in the Tabernacle area of the Chapel each Wednesday afternoon from 3pm to 3.30pm. You are welcome for a portion or the whole half hour. Students who are receiving their First Communion are especially invited to come along with a parent and spend some special time with the Blessed Sacrament.
For the first time ever, Mercy College students entered the Robocup Junior competition set in Sacred Heart College Sorrento – and what a day it was!
The Mercy students, (and Mrs Mullaney) were a little bit nervous in the lead up to the day, never having taken part before and not knowing what to expect. However, the day started with a message to all: the aim of the competition is LEARN – SHARE – HAVE FUN.
After a short welcome, all the schools involved were sent off to set themselves up in the ‘pits’ (think car racing) where they would do their tinkering and tweaking and final touches in preparing their robot. This is where the fun really started. Our teams were entered into the ‘On Stage’ section, which is where most novice programmers begin. We had the opportunity to see what other schools were doing, chat to them, share (and borrow) ideas, ask for tips and generally see the lay of the land. We saw some pretty amazing builds which showed the effort that some people put into their robots. It was fascinating. It was a delight to watch our students interact with those from other schools, and to see how generous everybody was in sharing their skills and knowledge, and a real team spirit was felt though out the whole venue.
We also had the opportunity to visit the pits of the other events that were taking place at the same time as the On Stage performance. The ‘Soccer’ and ‘Rescue’ events showed the students what they can aspire to as they travel on their robotic journey. We saw some of the incredibly complex programming that was being done by high school students and I know that some of our team members were itching to have a go too.
After a morning in the pits and a short lunch break, the big event was here and the nerves were starting to set in. Off we went to the theatre feeling a little more prepared than when we first arrived, but still apprehensive. The atmosphere was incredibly supportive for all teams involved no matter their level of expertise. Our teams, The Dragoneers and The Tech Troopers, both performed brilliantly. The judges were impressed with their keeping in time to the music and their dance moves. What a pleasure it was to watch. I think all the students involved came away with lots of ideas for the next time we enter the competition.
I cannot over emphasise how incredibly proud I am of all our students and their achievements, but most of all, their team spirit and their representation of Mercy College. I think the goals of the day LEARN – SHARE – HAVE FUN were all achieved.
A huge thanks to all the students and the parents for your support so far throughout this whole journey, and I look forward to the next competition which is going to be even bigger and better for us.
The Dragoneers: Micah McKenna, Mayaan Pattaparla, Siena Britton and Amira Alnaqueeb The Tech Troopers: Amelia Sallie, Martina Tadros, Livinia Adriansz and Joseph Borg
Mrs Sandra Mullaney | Primary ICT
Year Five Tamala Park Waste Facility Excursion
Year Five Rho enjoyed a great day out last Tuesday with an excursion to Tamala Park Waste Facility. At the facility we were lucky enough to have a tour of the landfill site where we saw how different items were recycled and re-sold in order to reuse them, rather than send them to the landfill. Did you know that the last landfill in the City of Wanneroo will be full in 10 years?
After a quick recess we went to the Education Centre which housed lots of recycled art made from odds and ends that would otherwise have ended up in the landfill. The students participated in a rubbish hunt, they saw the worm farms and were able to create some music with the recycled instruments rescued from the landfill. Overall, we learnt a lot about the recycling process and how we can play our part in reducing, reusing and recycling. Thank you to Mr Haynes and Mrs Adriansz for their help on the day.
Ms Annie Mitchell | Primary Teacher
Mercy College Winter Lightning Carnival
Absolutely beautiful sunshine welcomed the Year Five and Six students at the recent NIPSSA Winter Carnival. With Mercy College submitting teams in three sports, we were looking forward to a wonderful day of sun, sport, team mates and challenging competition. Our footballers took on all before them, winning two out of the six games and only just falling short in two other games. It was terrific to see Mercy College submit such a competitive team when football has never been the preferred sport at this school. A brilliant performance on the day was by big ruckman, Lachlan Pleitner, who constantly tried to burst through packs and push the ball forward. Lachlan was ably supported with good performances by Ty Mennell, James Bloomfield, Hayden Browne, Torae Indich-Sandy and Austin Moyle.
Our netballers were entered into divisions one and two and worked together with more confidence as the day moved along. Our ‘A’ team won all games before dropping the last against St Luke’s Catholic Primary. The girls were simply awesome all day as they displayed a fast paced game style which had the other schools struggling to keep up. Lara Koios, Olivia Pocsidio, Ashley Scott and Vivian Nguyen were very impressive, whilst Sienna Maltese and Chanelle Westerburger finished off a lot of the good work. In the ‘B’ division competition, the girls were stunned early before realising they were actually supposed to be playing netball! From then on, they didn’t hold back and stormed home to take out all games for the rest of the day. Emma Ee and Keira Miniter were unstoppable, continuously running and linking up play, whilst Kenzie Smith, Ava Greene and Valentina Squadrito were brilliant in defence.
The boys and girls soccer teams also showed off their skills, both with a successful win/loss ratio by the end of the day. Whilst the boys dropped only two of their eight games, it was their spirit and camaraderie which shone out on the day. Playing a man down, they remained positive and showed support for each other at all times. Jamie Bilaloski was terrific all day, leading and directing his charges with confidence. He was assisted superbly by John Ni and Alex Bulgaru, with Jason Nguyen courageous in front of goals. Behind the scenes, there was some last minute reshuffling to get a girls team out onto the park, but finally we were able to field a team and what a team they were! The girls took on every school in the competition without losing a game and in some cases we nearly had to call the ‘mercy’ rule as they belted goal after goal to finish the day undefeated and undisputed champions.A big reason for their success was the dominant display of Amia Hoareau who consistently turned defence into attack. Her speed and stamina proved a massive headache for other schools. With Amia in control up the field, Amelia Sallie, Annabella Petkovski and Shayla Dunkley had her back in defence.
It was a very successful day all round, not only judged by the performance and results, but by the teamwork, leadership and appreciation of each other which were constantly on display by the Mercy teams. A big thank you to our coaches on the day, Mrs Gullotto, Mr Sirolli, Mr Keenan, Daniel and Jasmine.
Mr Leigh Willison | Primary Physical Education
Augustine Defend Cross Country Title
The sun was out for the rescheduled Interhouse Cross Country Championship, held on the primary oval. With children preparing all term for the short and long course events, it was a brilliant sight to see the display of healthy children giving it their all to win house points and take up the challenge of what can be a gruelling sport. With our juniors always treating the large parent crowd to an hilarious display of single speed long distance running, it was Flynn who took the early lead for the shield.
Whilst our Year One boys, filled with pre race adrenaline, mistakingly ran the race in reverse, you couldn’t help but notice how excited they were to be involved in the carnival. The Year Two races, both vying for interschool representation, saw Daniel Scott and Savanna Glavovic narrowly hold out Nixon Howard and Alyssa Pleitner respectively.
The Year Three race promised the world and didn’t fail to deliver with five girls hitting the line together. It was Sharon Tshongo who edged ahead of Catherine Nguyen and Tahlia Maltese, whilst Yonas Haile, Dylan Westerburger and Mahir Pindolia finished on the podium in the boys race. The Year Fours stepped up to the longer distance this year and the increase took its toll on runners with many place changes throughout the race. In the end it was Madeleine Howard taking the gold medal ahead of Bella Hall and Alanna Huke, whilst Hudson Moyle, Seth Gray and Tyler Nederpelt topped the boys.
The Year Five events were exciting to watch as our girls, interschool champions over the last two years, didn’t hold back. Aleah Meyer held on to win with the fast finishing Shayla Dunkley snatching second and Alysha Mowtschan stealing third just meters before the finish. The boys event saw Ty Mennell stride out with a lead all the way to victory, finishing ahead of Joseph Bechelli and James Bloomfield.
The Year Six races looked to be a race for second in the girls event, with Sienna Maltese making it a clean sweep of victories over four years, and the heart-pumping, gritty run of Ashley Scott and speedy Amia Hoareau rounded out the podium yet again. The boys’ event was exciting to watch as newcomer Ethan Harders pushed the pace early and was never challenged, storming home to win in fine style. Alex Bulgaru and Austin Moyle again rounded out the podium in their final year of primary school cross country.
In the end, it was Augustine who smashed their way to another carnival victory, just edging out O’Dea by a very narrow margin. Well done to all who finished!
Mr Leigh Willison | Primary Physical Education
Congratulations to the following students who have received a Merit Award this week. We are very proud of your achievements and the ways you show the Mercy values of friendship, kindness and consideration for others. Keep up the good work and striving to achieve your goals. It is wonderful to recognise the big effort you have shown. Well done!