Principal's Update Week 8
Posted: 05-Sep-2018

This week as we commence the season of Spring, I turned to scripture to reference my reflection. Trusty old “Google” brought up Solomon’s Song of Songs and its beautiful reflection on Spring in the context of the exquisiteness of love and intimacy so seldom associated with sacred scripture.

11 For now the winter has past;
the rain is over and gone.
12 The flowers appear on the earth;
the time of singing has come,
and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. Song of Songs 2:11-12

Let us hope that the rain is not over and gone when so much of Eastern Australia is crying out for it, but the flowers are certainly springing from the earth, most obvious in the great daffodil displays around our region. As the days start to stretch out and the sun begins to shine, take some time to get out and enjoy it. Help our young people to find some time away from their screens amidst the beauty of nature and continue to explore ways for them to find the divine in their everyday routines.

While Spring is a season of new growth, we commence the season tonight of new beginnings for the Year 7 class of 2020. Families with students currently in Grade 5 are encouraged to attend an information evening tonight or October 25th from 6.30 pm. This evenings information session begins at 5 pm in the John Shannon Centre (JSC).

Families should have received re-enrolment information over the past week, if you have not received your re-enrolment information or have any questions, please contact Tracey Williams on 53372236 or t.williams@damascus.vic.edu.au. I would encourage families to please return this information for 2019 by no later than 14th September.

This week students in Years 7 and 8 have received information regarding their social which will take place on Friday 14th September in the John Shannon Centre (JSC). The theme of the evening is “Spooks”, and students are encouraged to dress up in the spirit of Casper the Friendly Ghost!

Yesterday we celebrated Xavier Day where students of Xavier House celebrated their patron – Mother Xavier Flood! It was a great assembly with some outstanding student and staff contributions, and I thank Hannah Keating, Georgia Shillito, Xavier student leaders and TA’s on their preparation for the event.

Thank you to all those Dad’s who made our Father’s Day Mass and Breakfast a priority last Thursday it was great to be able to welcome so many!

On the staff front, Ryan Callaghan who has been a great member of our IT team has accepted a position at Marymount College in Burleigh Heads. Ryan will finish with us on Friday 14th September. He has been a valuable contributor to the Damascus College IT team, supporting staff, students and families generously since April of 2010 and I thank him and wish him well as he seeks new opportunities in a warmer geographical location!!

Congratulations to the Redan girls’ football team, which included many Damascus students on their grand final win on the weekend. Best wishes to Springbank and Buninyong students who will play off in the grand final this weekend in the Central Highlands League and to the other Damascus students who will compete in other grades or competitions over this finals season.

Due to inclement weather, the working bee that was scheduled for last Saturday will run this Saturday, September 8th. The aim is to remove woody weeds from the bushland on our beautiful site and to seek the interest of those members of our community who may be interested in establishing a ‘friends of the bushland” group. There will be a BBQ on the day, so if you can come along for an hour or the morning, you would be most welcome. More information can be found here.

Damascus Day is a significant day in the Damascus College calendar, and I extend an invitation to all families to attend the Damascus Day Mass on Wednesday 19th September commencing at 10.30am. The formal invitation to all families can be found here.

We keep in our prayers Rebecca (Year 10) and Ruby (Year 7) Grandi and family on the recent and sudden loss of a much loved cousin. Our prayers and thoughts are also extended to those in the community who need them at this time.

Until next week …

MATT

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