The school farewelled Ms Beverly Smith on Friday, 14th August in a small morning tea held at the school. Ms Smith has retired after 45 years at the school starting in 1975!!
Beverly Smith has devoted much of her life to the education of girls at Catherine McAuley. She is an inspirational teacher, mentor, a valued colleague and true Mercy woman in every sense of the word. In her time at McAuley Bev has been Sports Coordinator and Clare House Patron. She introduced the sport of Vigaro into the MCCS sports competition and encouraged students to play this new sport. Five of these students went on to represent NSW and two went on to represent Australia!
Ms Brincat, PDHPE Coordinator, spoke at the farewell, “Her enthusiasm encouraged many students to take part in sport and get involved. She fostered a love of physical activity in her students not with the intention of producing Olympic athletics but to enrich their lives and gain confidence to accept new challenges”.
Many of the memories spoken about at the farewell seemed to be associated not only with sport but also animals! Whether it was giving up a lunch to feed a fox, removing the volleyball net each afternoon after once a cockatoo had become entangled in it, finding homes amongst the staff for stray kittens, etc.
Ms Dae, PDHPE Teacher, spoke on behalf of the whole McAuley Community when she said, “We wish you all the very best in your retirement. Your memory will always live in the fabric of this school and you will forever be part of the circle of mercy”.
When Ms Smith’s retirement was announced on the Catherine McAuley Alumni Facebook Page it was inundated with messages reflecting the Mercy values that Bev displayed in her time teaching at McAuley. A few examples: