Please let me thank you all for a very successful term. It has been action-packed at pretty much every level, and I know that all staff are very ready for a break. I am positive that students and families are too. School communities only work successfully when parents, children and teachers foster enthusiasm and commitment, and I am sure we have all done that thus far in 2023.
Next week is Holy Week, and all students at the College have been journeying the Stations of the Cross at different times this week. The focus of this passage though is the Last Supper, and what it tells us about Jesus' ministry and the message He left his disciples.
At the Last Supper, Jesus knew that He was going to die very soon, and His death would be excruciating. I sometimes think about what would have gone through His head as he sat down on the floor to eat, or how He resisted a very understandable need to offload to His disciples, who were His closest friends, the fears He undoubtedly felt.
We know that He chose to wash their feet before the meal. This is rich in symbolism, and I think He did this to model for them the humility needed to lead with compassion and love. He only had a very small amount of time left with them, and He needed to give them a message that they would remember.
In the Gospel of John, after the departure of Judas from the Last Supper, Jesus tells his remaining disciples that he will be with them for only a short time, then gives them a New Commandment, stating: "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. Over the next two weeks, with the rushing to holidays and the giving of eggs, please remember the simplicity and beauty of that compelling message.
Please stay safe over the next two weeks. It is a genuine joy to be Principal of Mary MacKillop Catholic College and I look forward to continuing our success next term.
Mr Chris Gabbett