I am writing this week’s newsletter from Sydney where I am working with the Sisters of Mercy on the critical role of governance. We have spent valuable time looking at how Catherine McAuley established the congregation and how she stated that it is not enough to just form yourself as a Christian person, it (your Christianity) must be evident in your conduct. As a Catholic school we are then charged with developing a community of young people who can hopefully move out into the world continuing to contribute to society through Christian and charitable works and actions. As we move towards this Sunday, which is Palm Sunday and the start of Holy week, it is an important time to revisit how we live as people within a Christian community and what does that call us to; reconciliation with those who we are in conflict, generosity with our time, talents and resources, care for the earth, and so on. I invite you this week to bring the Christian meaning into conversation with your young people as we build towards Easter and the story of Jesus' death and resurrection.
As I return form Sydney, the Damascus division one girls rowing crew will pass me in the air as they head up to compete in the rowing Nationals over the rest of the week. I wish Maddie Lamb, Millie Hockey, Charlotte Ashley, Erin Gore, Gemma Smith, Coach Simon O’Brien and Head of Rowing, Sharon Waters well as they head to this regatta.
Many of our female rowers completed their season competitively and proudly at the Head of School Girls Regatta on the Barwon on Friday and Saturday. Next Wednesday evening we will conclude the rowing season with a dinner at Ballarat Golf Club. A huge thank you goes to Sharon Waters for her leadership of the program this year and for the organisation of the dinner.
Today, fifteen Year 10 and Year 11 students head off on a trip of a lifetime to Switzerland and France. It is very exciting for all involved. Staff member Min Myers has worked tirelessly in preparation for this trip and I thank her in advance for her efforts. The team will be supported by Andrew Robertson and Sr Marie Davey. Travel safely!
While Mr Robertson was busy preparing for departure, yesterday was Rice House day. While I was personally unable to attend, the feedback was of a fantastic, student focussed assembly. I congratulate the Rice student leaders, Mr Robertson and Ms Phyland on their organisation.
There have been some wonderful learning activities taking place including Year 7 Reflection Days, Year 12 Year Level Mass, Foundation English excursion to see the 27 Storey Tree House, and Year 12 Visual Communication and Drama excursions to see the Top Arts and Acts presentations. There is a lot going on!!
Just a reminder that immunisations take place next Tuesday morning, the 27th for Year 7's. All Year 7 students are to return their immunisation card to the College whether they are being immunised or not.
Next Wednesday is the Lap of the Lake. It is our House distance running or cross country event at Lake Wendouree. We will work a shortened lesson 1-3 and then students are bussed in to the lake. Year 7-8 students run 4 km and Year 9-12 run 6 km. As with all events, students are encouraged to give their best effort. From the Lap of the Lake, the College BAS distance running team is selected for the running season throughout terms 2 and 3.
If you have a child in Year 10 who has work experience next term and the paper work has not been returned to the College, could you please attend to this prior to the end of the term?
Thank you to all those parents who attended the parent information session conducted by Luke McKenna last week. It was great to have such a positive turnout of the parent population. As a follow up or if you were not able to attend, the slides from the event can be found here:
GRIT Parent Session Notes (9253 KB)
In our prayers this week we remember those who are affected by the fires. Many within our community have connections in the South West and we keep the members of those communities in our prayers. We also remember people of Tahtra in NSW who are struggling under similar difficult circumstances.
We pray this week for Natalya Munro (class of 2017) and her family on the passing of her Dad. May the God of consolation be with them in their grief.
Until next week …