From the Assistant Principals
Posted: 12-Jun-2019

A Good Debate

Last Friday I was privileged to be the adjudicator of the Grand Final of the Year 8 House Debating Competition. Held during lunchtime, it was pleasing to see 6 Year 8 students take part in a robust debate on ‘banning mobile phones at school’. All speakers articulated their thoughts very clearly and were able to express hearty arguments that supported and challenged the ban. Given that the school will be releasing its new student guidelines on the use of mobile phones next week it was apt that such a vibrant discussion was taking place. I congratulate Xavier House on winning the debate and acknowledge team members Kaitlyn Handreck, Liana Canfield, Karla Gallagher and Ally Clarke and St Martin members Rhyal Williams, Bree Gale and Julia Primerano

I remind students of the opportunities to be involved in the many clubs that are running at lunchtime. These clubs provide a terrific opportunity for students to be involved in a wide range of activities ranging from the Justice Action Group, Drama Club, Robotics Club, Film Club and Green Group.

Yesterday’s St Martin House assembly highlighted the wonderful work that the Justice Action Group are doing in supporting the homeless (click here for more information) and the Green Group spoke of the upcoming planting of 300 trees and recent clean up along Geelong Road. If students require any more information on Lunch Club activities please approach your Teacher Advisor or House leader.

Mr. Andy Robertson – Assistant Principal Student Wellbeing

Plenary Council 2020

Listen To What The Spirit Is Saying…

In October 2020, the Catholic Church in Australia will gather for the first Plenary Council to be held since the second Vatican Council. In 2018, the entire People of God in Australia began preparing for this historic moment by listening to God, by listening to one another’s stories of faith.

More than 222,000 people participated in listening and dialogue encounters and contributed 17,457 submissions during the first stage of preparation for the Australian Plenary Council.

In late 2018, Damascus College Year 11 and 12 students as part of early start were invited to participate in these listening sessions. Their submissions were part of the 222,000. Blaise Mulrooney was one of those. Blaise was contacted by the organising group because her response was representative of the thoughts of many young people. She agreed to allow her name and photograph to be used on the website,

The National Themes for Discernment are inspired by the data and call us toward the future. As we move into this second stage of preparation for the Plenary Council, we continue to seek the wisdom of the Holy Spirit.

The six National Themes for Discernment invite people to reflect, to pray and to consider how God is calling the People of God to be a Christ-centred Church in Australia that is:

• Missionary and Evangelising
• Inclusive, Participatory and Synodal
• Prayerful and Eucharistic
• Humble, Healing and Merciful
• A Joyful, Hope-Filled and Servant Community
• Open to conversion, Renewal and Reform.

Archbishop Costelloe said: “We will take the opportunity to reflect carefully on the National Themes for Discernment and share our reflections and conclusions with the Plenary Council’s Facilitation Team and the Executive Committee, based on our own prayerful discernment and pastoral experience.”

Ms Turvey-Collins said those reflections and conclusions will be supplemented by a period of several months, beginning in August, when people across the country will again be asked to engage locally with the Plenary Council process.

“This discernment process will involve establishing working groups for each National Theme for Discernment. People in faith communities across Australia will also be called to participate locally in their own communal Listening and Discernment encounters,” she said.

“The fruits of what is discerned during this time will shape the agenda for the first session of Plenary Council in October 2020.”

Mr. Tony Haintz - Assistant Principal Catholic School Culture

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