On Wednesday 4th October, the inaugural Ski and Snowboard Australia Day Conference at Rushcutters Bay in Sydney was held. It is a forum of the who’s who in winter sports that discusses everything snowsports not just Interschools itself (such as event organisation, rules of racing etc), but indeed everything in the development of future ski racers and snowsports athletes – including pathways to the Winter Olympics.
In January 2017 Merici College’s senior modern history teacher Dr Stephen Powell was selected as the ACT teacher representative on a study tour of Israel, to become an expert educator on the history of the Holocaust. The intensive professional development course involved 35 teachers from across Australia who won fully-sponsored scholarships through a nationwide competitive selection process. The course was based in Jerusalem at the International School for Holocaust Studies, at Yad Vashem, the world’s foremost Holocaust museum.
Congratulations Sarah McRae, teacher at Merici College, who was inducted into the Louisiana University, USA, Hall of Fame for Athletics.
Merici College's Fiona Buining (Sustainability/Science Teacher), Bec DeCourcy (Sustainability Officer) and Caitlin Treble (Year 10 Sustainability student) spoke to Genevieve Jacobs, Journalist at ABC Radio, about Merici College being selected as one of Australia's top Innovative Schools for 2017 in 'The Educator' magazine. 'The Educator' received a record number of entries this year so being selected as one of the final 40 nationwide is a fantastic achievement. Our submission provided details of our Sustainability/Healthy Canteen/Kitchen Garden Program.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Phil Coe to the position of Deputy Principal, Development.
Prior to this appointment, Phil has worked as Head of Senior School at Merici College for the past 7 years, was Head of Information Technology at the Grey Coat school in central London for 4 years, a teacher at St Mary Mackillop Catholic College for 2 years and worked for 7 years as a Business Analysis/Computer Programmer at Airservices Australia immediately after completing university.
In the July school break, I was fortunate to present at Korero in Queenstown NZ. Korero is a Maori word for Conversation. This was a Conference like no other, there were no keynote speakers charging significant fees to sell us an idea or product, but rather was a series of workshops presented by Principals for Principals in the Catholic Secondary Schools sector. There were over 100 Principals from New Zealand and Australia in attendance.
Here is our green tip for the week:
How is Merici College going with our recycling?
Here are the stats:
In 2014 we only recycled 24% of our waste. This number has increased every year and now we currently recycle over 50% of our waste!
2014 - 24%
2015 - 31%
2016 - 43%
2017 - 50%
Keep up the good work!
Join the Class of 2007 from Merici College for an evening of memory sharing, old faces and new opportunities to connect! This event is open to all women who attended Merici College who would have graduated from Year 12 in 2007 - it would be great to see all the faces the students grew with and learnt from.
Canberra’s cold temperatures did not favour Merici College Year 10, 11 and 12 students and teachers who rose to the challenge on Thursday 22 June for the annual Student Representative Council (SRC) Vinnies Sleepout.
The group slept outdoors in the New Quad to raise funds for Canberra’s homeless. With the temperature a low of -3 degrees, students and teachers prepared themselves for a cold night out. The aim of the night was to promote awareness within our Merici community of the issue of homelessness and for the students to experience a small part of the reality of homelessness.