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Character is Destiny

The curricular and co-curricular activities at St Catherine’s provide a broad knowledge and skill base for our students to build upon and become proficient in.

School experiences build perseverance to draw upon when faced with challenges, develop interpersonal skills, including collaboration and communication with others and conflict resolution.

The enthusiasm of the our students at St Catherine’s School has been wonderful to witness as they settle into their new routines and launch themselves into their studies and co-curricular activities.

It was wonderful to see the students at our Senior School Assembly on Monday as they congregated for our first Assembly of the year. During my address I spoke to the girls about a recent graduation ceremony I attended for medical students at Monash University. Professor Michelle Leech, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and consultant Physician at Monash Health delivered the Graduation Address. It was one of the most inspiring speeches I have heard in a long time.

As well as her positions at Monash, Professor Leech is on a number of medical panels and is part of the medical teaching staff at the University. Her speech was truly inspirational. Professor Leech explained her modus operandi with the motto ‘Character is Destiny’.

Although it is important for doctors to have a broad and deep knowledge and to have surgical and diagnostic skills, (if I was a patient I would not want my doctor to know only 70% of their work!) what Professor Leech stressed was as important as these things are, character is indispensable.

At St Catherine’s, although we do not describe it in the same way, our approach is similar. The curricular and co-curricular activities at St Catherine’s provide a broad knowledge and skill base for our students to build upon and become proficient in. These experiences build perseverance to draw upon when faced with challenges, develop interpersonal skills, including collaboration and communication with others and conflict resolution.

Year 7 Induction Service

This week our Year 7 students, along with their families and relevant St Catherine’s staff, attended the School’s annual Induction Service at Toorak Uniting Church. Undertaking an Oath to St Catherine’s the girls committed to upholding our School values of Integrity, Curiosity, Perseverance and Empathy. The girls were each presented with a certificate and yellow rose, with their families, School staff, and our School and House Captains supporting them. It was a pleasure to be a part of this wonderful tradition and I thank the students and their families for attending this significant event.

I am sure the evening will serve as a positive reminder to the girls of their value and importance as our youngest members in the Senior School. Thanks must also be extended to all the staff who contributed to organising this event.

Congratulations to our Rowing Crews

I would also like to acknowledge and congratulate our Rowing crews who attended the Presentation Evening on Wednesday 10 February. The Rowing program is sustained by dedicated Rowing coaches, and enthusiastic Rowing participants, and the evening was a culmination of hard work and many early morning sessions to ensure the girls are proficient for peak performance.

 

Mrs Rosemary Ward

Deputy Principal

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