The health and safety of both students and staff is always at the forefront of the decisions that are made during this time. So I remind you once again, that if your daughter is sick with cold or flu like symptoms she must not come to school. She needs to be tested for COVID-19 and not return until a negative result is known or you have a doctor’s certificate stating she does not have COVID.
With the wintery conditions at the moment, it is the season when a number in the community will catch colds, but due to the necessity to be particularly cautious, they must be tested before returning to school. It’s unfortunate that this week we have had to send girls home when it would have been better if they had not come to school that day, for even if it is only a cold, they are still contagious to others.
So please be mindful of others in the community and keep your daughter at home if she is sick.
For the small number of students and staff who have done the right thing and been tested, I thank you for your care of the community. Anyone who has had a test has returned with a negative result.
COMMUNICATION WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY
As you are aware, the College has moved to a new software package called COMPASS. This offers the opportunity for you to have a much closer connection to what is happening here at Mercy. Other forms of communication include the College website and the College’s Facebook page.
Compass is the main source of day-to-day information and important notices are sent through Compass. All notices can be found here and you can check attendance and academic information about your daughter as well. The College Facebook is a public page and is used to highlight the wonderful activities that your daughter/s is involved in.
The Year Group Facebook which the P&F are just beginning to organise, is a space for parents within each Year Group to communicate with each other. It is not a source of official information for parents, for this you need to check Compass.
Over the past couple of weeks the Pastoral Care team have engaged in conversations with parents about how their daughter is coping with being back at school. Many parents have commented about how their daughter comes home cranky and appears unhappy and at times can be difficult. We want you to know this is not unusual given the strange times, the many changes in routine and fear of the unknown. We also want you to know, in 99.9% of cases, the reason for this outburst at home is because your daughter has tried hard and put a lot of energy into being good in class. This pent up emotion, in being good and pleasing the teacher mixed with tiredness means, you who provides your daughter with love will experience the angry side because she knows you provide her with security and you love her.
If your daughter does talk about any fears due to this time, listen to her, acknowledge how she is feeling without jumping in with an action or solution. Most times your daughter just needs a loving ear. If you are concerned then contact us. We are here to support you and your daughter.
The other topic that also arose was the topic of trust. Your daughter needs your trust to be able to move forward and build her confidence. By your daughter building her confidence, which happens slowly, it helps her in learning how to better deal with different situations as they arise. This also means you and your daughter have to work together when it comes to decisions, unfortunately, this is not always easy. I often use the phrase ‘pick your battles’. For you and your daughter to work together you may have to let some things that really are not important slide, a great example is cleaning her room.
We are fortunate to have a vertical Tutor Group system where we can draw upon the recent knowledge of the students in Years 10, 11 and 12 to best support and share ideas with their little sisters in Years 7, 8 and 9.
This year we are focusing on building stronger relationships within the Tutor group. This week on Thursday in Tutor Group we had Big Sister time. In this session your daughter talked about organisation and how to use the diary more effectively. The information your daughter talked about was put together by our Learning Prefect Genevieve O’Brien with the assistance of the Student Leaders.
Please have a conversation with your daughter and ask her the question; what was one action or tip you took away from the conversation on Thursday?
Director of Student Wellbeing
WEBINAR - Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, City of Ryde and Lane Cove Council are partnering to present a free webinar on the 29th June at 7pm on the topic ‘Demystifying Adolescents’
About the Webinar
“Adolescence is the phase of life stretching between childhood and adulthood, where young people seek increasing independence from adult carers and seek to develop a stable identity. The teenage years represent a period of increased vulnerability which now occupies a greater portion of the life course than ever before at a time when unprecedented social forces, including marketing and digital media, have the capacity to affect their health and wellbeing. This webinar is a crash course in the developmental psychology of adolescents - which gives participants the skills, knowledge and strategies to understand and communicate effectively with young people.”
The webinar is FREE to join and open to all parents/guardians etc. Registration is essential via the following link: https://www.ryde.nsw.gov.au/Events/Listing/Demystifying-Adolescents
MERCY GIRLS INSPIRE
Mr Mark Cuttler
STAGE 5 & 6 TEXTILES – some more beautiful fashion silhouettes
During HBL stage 5 & 6 Textiles had some fun exploring their creative skills designing fashion silhouettes using nature and the world around them as inspiration.
YEAR 9 & 10 TEXTILES – cultural weaving and macramé wall hangings
The textile classes have been studying how different cultures from around the world create clothing and artworks. They have been exploring various weaving methods and have constructed some very pleasing and creative art works.
FACEBOOK GROUPS FOR YEAR GROUPS
We are introducing MCC Facebook Groups for parents and carers in each Year Group. We hope these will provide a suitable forum for parents/carers to communicate and build a sense of community. We will forward more details ASAP, to each family regarding joining, rules and volunteers required.
We are looking for volunteers for the Year 11 and 12 groups. If you are interested, I would be very grateful if you could contact me.
Knowing where to start when it comes to guiding your teenager through subject selection, career conversations and options for life after school can be daunting and confusing. Mercy College and the Broken Bay Catholic School Parents Association have engaged Career Expert, Kathryn Taylor, to create a series of brief videos to help parents get started. These short videos are a must watch for parents of children in Years 10, 11 and 12 wondering what's next after school for my child? Click on the images in the attachment below to watch these clips that will help you get started on the journey.
Have more questions? Once you have watched the videos, Kathryn Taylor, will be hosting a Q&A for Mercy parents who may have more questions about guiding their daughter through the pathways process. The Mercy Virtual Careers Q&A for Parents of Years 10, 11 & 12 will be on at 7pm, Thursday 25th June, 2020.