'I can, because we are'.
You may have read that in news reports about the State of Origin recently - it is the mantra that the Maroons coach, Billy Slater, encouraged among his players to unite them. Stepping aside from the normal clichés about sport in general and State of Origin in particular, this is such a wonderful, simple and inspirational ideal. In any community that comes together there is a need to find a common purpose that will provide a guide to how to behave.
Clearly, Billy Slater's current record shows he has led in a way that works for his team.
In our context as a Catholic school, our common purpose comes from the importance of dignity and a call to fullness of life. Parents will have just received end of semester reports. No child is alike and no report is alike, and I know that there will be a whole range of different emotions for you in reading these alongside your child. Reports offer an important measurement of grades as a 'place in time'. As a Catholic school we educate the 'whole child' - so always be conscious that your child's education is also about their resilience, their attitude to learning, their relationships with peers and teachers, and the activities outside of the classroom they engage in. We are, at Mary MacKillop, always encouraging these broader things. We do it so all of our students, at any time, can say, 'I can'.
Please do make a point in this newsletter of checking our participation and contribution to the Toowoomba Catholic Schools Office 'Belief in the Arts' Festival. Mrs Jess Burke has created and encouraged a strong culture of participation that has become a culture of excellence. Thanks to her, but also Mr Chivers, Ms Lauverjon, Mrs Duncan, Mrs Puhakka and Ms Chalmers. The standard they are producing is outstanding.
I hope you all have a lovely semester break. Please stay safe and warm.
Mr Chris Gabbett