From the Principal - Embrace the Sacred Heart
Today is the Feast Day of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
In old detective, noir films, if there was a need for the director to indicate that a scene was taking place in a Catholic Church, a statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus would be shown. Even if you are not of the Catholic tradition, there is no doubt you will have seen it. A flaming, stylized heart, often with flames coming out of it, pierced by a lance and surrounded by thorns.
The Sacred Heart imagery is itself quite affronting and almost violent - thorns, nails, a lance, a sword - all paint a picture of suffering and pain. The actual theology though is that the Sacred Heart is a symbol of God's boundless love and compassion for all of humanity. A priest once explained it to me as a heart that loves infinitely, but is not loved infinitely in return.
The night before he dies, Jesus calls his disciples “friends” (John 15:13–15). Jesus has already made himself known to his followers as teacher, healer, master, Saviour. Why now, in the fateful moment of the Last Supper, identify himself as a friend?
Because friendship is what we crave as human beings. We need Jesus to say to us “I call you friends” because we are hard-wired for a God who loves us as his intimate companion.
I think the Sacred Heart today should encourage us to look for and celebrate the heart that loves us. It could be a sibling, a spouse, a parent or a friend - but we should look for the sacred and the divine in our relationships today.
We have had careers focus this week and I want to thank the parents and students who have attended these. We had a fantastic attendance at the two sessions on Monday night looking at subject pathways. The year 11 and 12 students who attended USQ on Tuesday took great value from it, and the year 10 students (and parents) who attended the Careers Retreat on Tuesday and Wednesday received really positive and useful messages. A huge thanks to Mrs Stevenson and Mrs Richardson who organised these events.
Dr. Seuss Day
At the other end of the curriculum, I want to thank the teachers, students and parents who attended Dr Seuss Day on Tuesday. It is really fantastic that so many parents want to get into Dr Seuss outfits and celebrate literacy with our year 1 group. It is a real highlight of my year and I was very sorry to miss it. Thank you Mrs Jones, Ms Cowen and Mrs Lever for this.
Thank you so much to the parents who attended the Volunteer Induction on Wednesday. I have been really overwhelmed by the generous offers of support for different College priorities. Please remember that volunteers must complete the volunteer pack before they can support. Please also see the PPF report for the link to the parent volunteers' register.
Please remember that our College musicians and artists are showcased at this vibrant local festival. It would be lovely if College families could attend and see the high-quality work. Many thanks to Mrs Burke, Ms Puhakka and Mr Chivers for their leadership of this.
Finally, thank you all very much for your support this Semester. I hope you all stay safe over the break. If you are getting away, please travel safely!