The Year 7s and the Year 12s started their day with a welcoming ceremony, welcoming the Year 7s to the MLMC community and the Year 12s to their final year of schooling. This was followed by a Pastoral Care lesson where students spent time with their peers, homeroom teachers and Year 10 Peer Support Leaders. During this time the Peer Support Leaders helped the Year 7s find and set up their lockers — an exciting part of starting secondary school. They spent the rest of the morning playing ‘get to know you’ games and spending quality time in their homeroom groups.
After recess, the Year 7 homeroom groups moved between four sessions which aimed to connect students with each other and the College. They spent time in the Chapel where they learnt about what it means to be part of the Catholic community of MLMC. They explored the Library, where they were shown how to access the online resources as well as books and were introduced to the welcoming Library staff. They participated in an organisation skills session where they organised their lockers and books so that they could start the year in a positive way. The final session was the scavenger hunt, which the students really enjoyed. They worked in groups to find important buildings and people around the College. The energy was high and you could see the excitement as students were able to leave their classrooms and explore the College grounds.
The next few days saw the beginning of classes, and sharing the College with all students as Year 8-11 students began their school year on Tuesday 2 February. This was a very exciting and new experience for the Year 7s. By now, students have met most of their teachers and have begun to understand what it means to be a secondary school student. The routine of secondary school is beginning to feel normal and we look forward to continuing this great start when they return from next week’s camp.