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Principal’s Welcome (Mr Rhett Bowden)

Welcome to O’Loughlin Catholic College and the 2018 school year. Located in the Northern suburbs of Darwin, our College has a proud 30 year history Catholic education. O’Loughlin is a secondary co-educational school that cares passionately for its students and strives for excellence, promotes a rights-based approach to education and focuses on inquiry-based learning to prepare its student cohort for living in the 21st Century.

Dear O’Loughlin Community,

In my 15 years at O’Loughlin I have witnessed and participated in many great events and achievements, but last week I was lucky enough to see one of O’Loughlin’s greatest successes – the Middle School Debating team won the trophy!

I am in awe of this achievement. The three debaters, Amal, Alan and Alannah, were simply magnificent and won the debate against Haileybury with a combination of sophisticated argument and confident rebuttal. It was a sublime performance. Congratulations to all of our O’Loughlin debaters, both Senior and Middle School, and a massive thank you and congratulations goes to the winning coach, Ms Schembri, and our other coaches, Mr Tutty and Ms Orr. These teachers put in many hours at lunch times and after school to ensure that our debaters had the best support. We are all excited about the future of our debating program.

Last weekend, on Friday night and all Saturday, O’Loughlin hosted the Mathematics Teachers Association of the NT’s Annual Conference. It was an excellent event organized by our very own Mr John Bament (President of MTANT) and many O’Loughlin teachers attended. Mr Bament, Ms Isabelle Hoadley and Mrs Debra Hallett also presented at the conference. Mathematics is going from strength to strength because of the passion and commitment of our teachers. Well done.

Our Athletics Carnival is this Friday and I am looking forward to the day. They are always a highlight of the calendar and our students will be ready and rearing to go, no doubt, as they strive to help win the cup for their House. All Parents and Friends are welcome to join us at any time of the day.

A short call out – all our students need HATS. With the weather turning cooler, more students are keen to be active in the sun, which is great BUT they need to wear a hat! Please encourage your child to keep a hat at school and wear it whenever in the sun.  Thanks!

Unfortunately, there is sadness in our community as we mourn the loss of Mrs Kini Tuiono. Kini, the mother of Grace in Year 12, passed away last week. She is in our hearts and we share our love and support with Grace and her family at this time. God Bless you Kini.

All the best.

Rhett Bowden