Welcome to Term 4! Once again it is the time of year when we find that a number of Year 12 students have already completed their HSC exams while others are still studying hard and working to their full potential in the exams. Last Term we celebrated their achievements at their formal Graduation. We hold great hopes for their futures and the futures of all the students who pass through the grounds of this school.
As well as the Year 12 cohort, all of our students have worked extremely hard in their studies and in building the Terra Sancta community this year. This hard work and dedication was epitomised when Edrian Acosta of Year 11 was acknowledged for his efforts at the recent Bishop’s Awards for Excellence.
Each year the award seeks to recognise some of our outstanding young men and women who witness their Catholic faith and achieve well in their academic, sporting, creative, vocational and community endeavours. The student recipient should be a model for their peers and a source of inspiration and encouragement within their school communities, particularly in the expression of the Catholic life of our schools.
Edrian’s certificate of acknowledgement reads:
“This student is an active member of the college community. He has been involved in a number of school activities. This student has represented the school in sporting activities such as MCS basketball, swimming and tennis. He has also been a member of the chess club. This student has also given his time generously as an SRC member and serving others as part of Vinnies Van. Another great achievement is this student has completed, while undertaking his HSC, a university unit in Cell Biology at University of Western Sydney. This student is always immaculately presented and always takes pride in the school. “
These comments are not only reflective of Edrian’s commitment to excellence and the school community but also the commitment of many of his school colleagues. We are sure that the vast majority of our students are just like Edrian and we expect similar efforts even from our new students who commence their journey with us next Monday, October 27, when we hold our Year 6 into Year 7 Transition Day at the Schofields Campus. We have in excess of 200 eager and willing students enrolling in Year 7 for next year and this is an exciting prospect for the school to have such a great influx of new students. Their Transition Day will be a time for them to get to know each other, some of their teachers and the school site in order to make their first few weeks here next year that much more comfortable for them. We look forward to meeting our new students!
Finally, we take this opportunity to update you on the progress of the building projects at Schofields. The Year 7 building now has a roof and so the internal works are proceeding well and should not be hindered by any inclement weather. As such we still hope that the building will be completed before the end of the year, ready for classes at the start of 2015. The Year 8 block is also proceeding rapidly and we hope to take possession in next week. The staff room and administration block are also on target to be completed close the expected date. These building works will help to enhance the great teaching and learning that is already occurring and showcase the college as a centre of excellence.