Detention day a giant success

Jacinta CantatoreHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Our Lady Of Mercy College students Amberley Milne and Emily Behrend lead visiting school principals Carol Bell, Lisa Fogliani and Karen Prendegast on a tour of the college.
Camera IconOur Lady Of Mercy College students Amberley Milne and Emily Behrend lead visiting school principals Carol Bell, Lisa Fogliani and Karen Prendegast on a tour of the college. Credit: Marieke Blower

The collective noun for a group of school principals is called a detention, and it was well and truly a detention of principals that visited Our Lady of Mercy College.

More than 30 principals from around WA gathered at the school for the annual meeting of the Catholic Secondary Principals Association.

To greet such a large crowd of top educators required a whole-school effort and, according to college principal Rob Crothers, the students and staff did not disappoint.

“Our maintenance team had the college grounds looking amazing, students greeted and welcomed the principals who were treated to coffee made by our student baristas and jazz music performed by our talented musicians,” he said.

Student leaders also led the Welcome to Country and prayer, as well as sharing personal perspectives of the college ethos.

The detention of school principals visiting Our Lady of Mercy College in Australind.
Camera IconThe detention of school principals visiting Our Lady of Mercy College in Australind.

Mr Crothers said the way the students had so positively represented their school had been noted by the visiting educators.

“The principals said that the pride of the students in their school was so obvious to see,” he said.

“Naturally, I was very happy and proud to receive this feedback, but most importantly, I felt a deep appreciation for all the work that our staff have done in creating such a strong and vibrant culture in such a short space of time.

“I am fortunate to be able to work with students who are so cooperative and generous in giving of their time and to work with such a cooperative staff who are willing to pitch in and lend a hand.”

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