Principal's Update Week 6
Posted: 22-Aug-2018

Our newsletter is coming out a day late as the Leadership team have been working in Halls Gap at one of the Sisters of Mercy facilities on our Strategic Planning processes. Our intention is to ensure that as the College Leadership team we remain on track to fulfil the vision for the College. While we met for the entirety of our time, being surrounded by the Grampians continues to leave you with a feeling of awe at the magnificence of God’s creation. This feeling of awe was echoed in our staff formation day last Friday with Fr Richard Leonard, who brought into focus for us the coherence between science and religion, the mystery of a loving and creative God and the wonder at being people of faith. This week we pray for all who believe, that they continue to nurture their faith as people of God and as the sun begins to appear, we pray a prayer of gratitude for the beauty of creation.

While I have been enjoying the beauty of the setting in Halls Gap, our own setting here in Mt Clear is truly unique and beautiful. Our Sustainability Coordinator, David Neate with Business Manager Paul Jans and Grounds Manager Rob Jans work hard to accentuate the natural bushland of this. The College has a working bee to remove woody weeds on Saturday, Sept 1st and is seeking 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 in the morning, you would be most welcome. More information can be found here.

I commend the VCAL Courageous Conversations evening that will take place next Monday night, 27th August, to Damascus families. Our VCAL students have facilitated an excellent range of speakers for families of the College to support wellbeing and learning. Life is busy, but I encourage you to make the most of this opportunity. Registration for the evening closes Friday August 29. More information and details on how to book can be found here.

Next Tuesday at 6.00pm there will be a VTAC briefing session here at the College for families of Year 12 VCE students. All Year 12 VCE students are encouraged to apply for a University place, and an information session to support families in entering into this process is being offered by the College.

This week is Book Week, and there has been a raft of different opportunities for students and staff through the St Martin’s Resource Centre. As a staff, we have been encouraged to share what we are currently reading with students, and it is enlightening to see the breadth of available literature that educators and support staff are tapping into. Students have been undertaking virtual treasure hunts as part of the activities of the week. We are very lucky to have such a great library facility, here at Damascus College and it has been great to showcase it.

Today, Damascus College has a team of shooters venturing to Noorat to take part in the school's clay target championships. We wish our young shooters well.

Our students continue to excel at the Royal South Street and the Debating Association of Victoria competitions over the past week. I congratulate all participants for their continued efforts. It was also great to see Damascus students strongly represented in the Best and Fairest voting at both the Highlands and Ballarat Junior Football leagues. Congratulations to all participants, particularly those who polled highly.

This Friday our school snow bunnies head off to the annual trip to the snow, and we wish all those attending well for a safe and enjoyable trip. I thank Karen Simpkin in anticipation for her organisation over a twelve month period for this event.

With so many of the Damascus Community involved in the Mt Clear Junior Football and Netball club, I have received a request as to whether we could promote an opportunity for members of this community to support a funding application for a video score board with the State Government. It is a grant process that requires community members to demonstrate online support for the application. Information from the club and about the process can be found by clicking on the following link:-

Mt Clear Scoreboard Project Mt Clear Scoreboard Project (89 KB)

Can I remind families of the Fathers’ Day Mass and Breakfast that will take place here at school on Thursday 30th August from 7.30am. More information regarding bookings can be found here.

This Sunday 26th August is Open Day here in Ballarat. Federation University and Australian Catholic University are opening their doors to showcase the many pathways and study options that are available. More information can be found on their respective websites.

Next Tuesday Damascus will welcome 150 primary students for our annual Maths Games Day – it is always a great event, and we look forward to making mathematics fun for the next generation of learners.

Min Myers has commenced Long Service Leave this week, and Loretta Kaval heads off from Friday. We wish both staff members a well-deserved break.

We extend our prayers to all those who need them.

Until next week….

MATT

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