Acting Principal’s Message

Welcome back to all families after the student vacation period. I hope that you were able to enjoy some time together over the break, and are feeling refreshed and renewed for our term ahead.

A particularly warm welcome back to students and staff who have returned from the Drama and Visual Arts Immersion Tour to New York and from the HASSE Space Camp in Houston, and to those who travelled to Yarrabah in Far North Queensland to undertake community service. All trips went extremely well and provided a myriad of learning experiences. A more comprehensive report will be available in next week’s newsletter. During the vacation period I attended the World Youth Day Commissioning Mass for the pilgrims from the Broken Bay Diocese. Staff member Patti Taaffe and Year 11 student Louise Vincent were commissioned at the Mass. I ask you to keep Ms Taaffe and Louise in your prayers as they take part in the WYD Pilgrimage following the footsteps of St. Paul in Greece and then move on to World Youth Day in Krakaw, Poland.

Despite the wet conditions, the Athletics Carnival on Wednesday proved to be a huge success. It was a delight to see our students involve themselves so joyfully in the day, whether it be through the challenge of competition or by loudly and passionately cheering for their House. Congratulations to Mornane House who were the overall winners, and to Barry House who were awarded the Spirit Cup.

Tonight, Year 10 students will be celebrating their friendships and dancing the night away at the Dinner Dance, whilst their parents will also have an opportunity to enjoy each other’s company at the Year 10 Parents’ Dinner. I wish Year 10 and their parents a wonderful evening of camaraderie and fun.

While we are currently being blessed with some beautiful, sunny winter days, the bouts of extreme weather which we experienced over these weeks and months has unfortunately caused some delay to the completion of the modular buildings project. The School is working with the builders and architects to ensure that the works are completed as quickly as possible so that our students can start to benefit from having these additional learning spaces.

These last few weeks have highlighted just how much our world needs prayer and hope: the news of what has happened in Nice recently, the events of violence and hatred in the US, the political instability in Turkey, the upheaval in South Sudan and in other places of conflict and war remind me of the Common Prayer of Australian cartoonist Michael Leunig that we only have two options: love and fear. We can choose one, but not both. Let us respond with love and not fear.

 

There are only two feelings.

Love and fear.

There are only two languages.

Love and fear.

There are only two activities.

Love and fear.

There are only two motives,

two procedures, two frameworks,

two results.

Love and fear.

Love and fear.

 

Michael Leunig

 

Ms Marina Ugonotti

Acting Princpal