On Tuesday 11 August the Merici College school community celebrated the academic achievements of students in Semester 1, 2020 with over 300 students receiving awards that highlight their effort and joy of learning.
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we were unable to hold our Academic Awards ceremonies as normal this semester and conducted the ceremonies via live stream through our Merici College YouTube channel.
Mrs Wholley welcomed all parents and carers who joined us live and spoke to the community about the road to academic excellence which is not always smooth, straight and easy.
“For most students, the road is uphill, winds around corners and requires hard work. Just like our experiences this year. The ladies who are receiving awards today for their academic achievement and effort deserve this recognition and praise. Many of them have had to make sacrifices to achieve their personal best:
Over many years now I have read the Graduation pages, posts and articles written about students who have achieved outstanding results at the end of Year 12. I have kept these to find out what it is that these students did, that kept them on the road to achieving their best possible result.
Here are a few hints:
- Work efficiently – (don’t procrastinate).
- Read all your assessment questions and rubrics carefully.
- Revise work in class at home everyday (on top of homework) - this way you don't have to cram hard the night before a test or exam
- Go to your teachers and/or other students if you don't understand and need to seek clarification
- Maintain a healthy balance between school, study, relaxation and sleep.
- Set small goals - complete a set of exercises or read a chapter of a book, before checking your phone or watching the next episode of your favourite show or having a delicious treat.
I believe being at a Catholic school means to not only to learn, but to live in, an environment that is embedded in the love of God and the teachings of Jesus Christ.
As a Merici student you can be proud of being a member of this community. It is a place where we are accepted for our individual selves and we are constantly shown respect and challenged to reach our potential. 2020 has proven to us all that we are resilient, courageous, and confident.
Everyone's road to academic excellence is different. When we support each other, that is when we really thrive.
Congratulations to the recipients today. Celebrate your success.
And to all our families watching at home or at work, thank you for your partnership with the teachers and staff at Merici. We miss your presence today and look forward to when we can all celebrate with one another in person. Stay safe and healthy.“
Mrs Wholley also announced the scholarship recipients from the current Year 10 student group who are our scholarship recipients for Year 11 and 12 over the next two years as they embark on their Senior Secondary studies in 2021 and 2022.
- Maddison Wilson – Pentony Mathematics Scholarship
- Elizabeth Ween – Melissa Van Poppel Scholarship
- Hycenth Meani - St Ursula Scholarship
- Niamh Blake, Saanvi Bajaj, Sally Williams, Serena Farrington, Georgia Tonkin - Board Scholarships to cover part tuition
- Colette Paterson, Freya Spring - Full Board Scholarships
- Hanah Rudd - VET Scholarship
We congratulate all our students for their achievements and hard work and wish them well throughout Semester 2.
Full image gallery here
Session 1 Balgo, Brescia, Ningil https://youtu.be/HO-6dYakChY
Session 2 Penola, Seiwa, Tullow https://youtu.be/MwnLf9p0DYc