The OGA Mother Daughter High Tea is an annual event that my daughter Sarah (Year 9) asks me eagerly whether we are booked into. We both look forward to it. This year, Sarah passed her enthusiasm onto her sisters Kate (Year 7) and Megan (Year 5) who were ‘new recruits’ to this event.

This is always an exceptionally well organised event. Thank you to the polite and hospitable Year 10 girls who served, Jacqui Daniels and Danielle Cattalini, and everyone who worked ‘behind the scenes’ and who kept the surprises coming throughout the event.

Why was the Old Girl’s High Tea so delightful this year?

We love catching up with other Old Girls because of the real sense of belonging to something together and sharing in each other’s lives for a moment, through our SMC experiences. For my girls, I see the delight in the chance to talk to different friends from school.

The guest speaker Genevieve Sumich (Class of 1985) was so refreshing and honest and a real highlight of the event. Genevieve and Russell Sumich have seven children. I remember the wonderfully intellectual and rebellious side of Genevieve at school. Listening to Genevieve’s heartfelt words about how her faith was the foundation of her motherhood, parenting and raising children to be adults of character was truly inspirational. We will remember from Genevieve that being a mother is more important than any other vocation and that ‘love is a doing word.’

This year the High Tea was full of other surprises too. There was the movie of our daughters responding to the question, “What do you love about your mother?” It was so emotional and beautiful to hear their individual messages to us. Each daughter presented a letter of gratitude and love to their mum and it felt like time stopped while we quietly read them. We also had a chance to share with our daughters on selected topics in the ‘pick-a-slip’ activity where smiles and laughter abounded. A raffle to raise money for charity in memory of Linda Bulloch (former Head of Boarding) and Laura Gray (Class of 2013) enabled us to experience the warmth of giving. Finally the photo booth gave us treasured memories of the event … now displayed on our fridge!

And so, when I asked my girls about something they remembered and enjoyed about the OGA Mother Daughter High Tea, here’s what they said:

“I especially loved to listen to Genevieve. She reminded me about the importance of family and how we can choose to be the good characters we want to be.” (Sarah, Year 9)

“I liked the pick-a-slip activity because it was fun, we laughed, and we also laughed with others on our table when we shared our memories.” (Kate, Year 7)

“The food at the High Tea was awesome. Everything is teeny tiny! I especially loved the teeny tiny cup cakes.” (Megan, Year 5).

OGA of SMC, we thank you!

Angela Scott (Alvaro, Class of 1985), Sarah, Kate and Megan Scott


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