17 November 2009 Dear Parents/Guardians, The end of the year is rapidly approaching for Year 10 and there are a number of important activities and dates to take note of. We are very much looking forward to celebrating the completion of Year 10, a very significant educational milestone, with you and your daughter. You will understand that there are many procedures to follow and details to organise to ensure a smooth and positive finish for Year 10. We appreciate you taking the time to note these important dates and arrangements and ask for your support in reminding your daughter of her commitments. As students approach the end of the year parents and students are reminded that defacing the school uniform by obtaining signatures or tearing the uniform is strictly against school policy. Should your daughter no longer require her uniform for a younger sibling, or to on sell to another student, she is asked to donate it to the African charity we support. The college year book is the appropriate medium for your daughter to obtain signatures from her friends. All families are warmly invited to attend the Year 10 end of year Formal Mass and Awards ceremony on Thursday December 3rd from 10.00am- 12.00pm with morning tea afterwards. Students will arrive at school at the normal time. After Pastoral Care they will assemble in House areas to prepare for entrance to their Mass and Year 10 Certificates/Awards Ceremony, which will begin at 10.00am. After morning tea, students may collect their college yearbook from the Information Centre, provided their clearance forms have been completed. Students are then permitted to leave the College. As I will discuss with the students, it is our practice that the students attend the ceremony in smart attire which is appropriate for a Formal School Mass and we would appreciate your support in ensuring your daughters are dressed accordingly for this special occasion (ie: no bare shoulders, low cut necklines, tottering high heels or very short skirts.) Parking is available in the Auditorium car park between the school building and the oval and also on the basketball courts. There is overflow car parking in the fenced car park next to the O’Donnell Youth Centre. The ceremony will be in the Auditorium. You are kindly requested to sign the form below and return it to your daughter’s House Co-ordinator by the 27th November to confirm that you are aware of these arrangements and that you will be attending the Mass and Certificates/Awards Ceremony. Please also indicate the number of guests attending to facilitate catering and seating requirements. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your daughter’s House Co-ordinator. I’d like to take this opportunity to give you some early news that will apply to For all returning students in 2010. We are delighted to announce that all Year 11 students in 2010 will be issued with a laptop. This will be provided at no cost to families through a combination of the Federal Government’s Digital Education Revolution funding and Merici College funds as part of our ongoing commitment to enhancing learning through technology. It will be the beginning of a roll out that will see all senior students issued with a laptop by the beginning of 2011. Full details will be provided at the beginning of the year. In the meantime, we look forward to celebrating with you the completion of this important and memorable stage of your daughter’s life. Yours sincerely, Catherine Rey Principal ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Acknowledgment Slip: Year 10 End of Year Arrangements To: (House Co-ordinator) Student: I have received and read the letter concerning the arrangements for the end of year for Year 10 students. I will/will not be attend the Year 10 Mass Certificates/Awards Ceremony on Thursday 3rd December, 10 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. Number of guests attending: Signed: (Parent/Guardian) End of year dates for year 10. Year 10 students are expected to attend classes following the Year 10 exams and through to Thursday 3rd December.- all students can wear non uniform from the commencement of the exam period Monday 30 November to Thursday 3 December: Last week for Year 10. Friday 27 November to Monday 30 November Exams Tuesday 1 December All students are to meet in the auditorium at the beginning of each session Period1 and 2: Students come to the auditorium for Mass Practice Period 3: Checking of provisional Semester 2 grades Periods 4 and 5: Mass Preparation Wednesday 2 December Periods 1and 2: Administration (locker clean out etc) and Mass Set Up Period 3: Mass Rehearsal Periods 4 and 5: Clearance forms will be signed in this period ONLY. All text and library books must be returned by this time. Thursday 3 December Mass and awards ceremony 10.00am-12.00pm (including morning tea) Friday 4 December: No Classes for Year 10 Only students who have not completed assessment or clearance procedures need attend on this day. Tuesday 15 December Reports to be mailed.