From the Principal
Thank you so much for your support this term. I am aware that your ongoing cooperation during the pandemic is such a positive thing. I am very much looking forward to a future, hopefully not too far away, when we can more easily run excursions, sporting events and parent visits. In the meantime, your patience and understanding is really appreciated.
On Wednesday evening, we had the honour of hosting Bishop Bill Morris at the sacrament of Confirmation. Confirmation is the sacrament that connects us to the first Apostles. It recalls the feast of Pentecost, when, fearful and alone after the execution of Jesus, the Apostles felt the presence of the Holy Spirit. The modern church celebrates it as the final act of initiation into the Catholic Church. The students being confirmed have been preparing along with their parents for what is a really important milestone towards adulthood. Congratulations to these students!
Thank you so much to our year 11 students for engaging so fully in their leadership camp this week. We have been compelled to cancel so many events this year, so to have the chance to visit the group at Camp Cooby on Tuesday was really wonderful. Our goal is to support the students before they enter year 12 to begin to understand the importance of being student leaders in a P-12 College, but also to start to discern the path towards roles like College Captain. The year 11 group have had an incredibly positive impact upon the College this year, and to see their positive spirit and enthusiasm was very pleasing.
I have been talking to a number of parents, staff and students about our future growth. It really is an exciting time to be leading the College. We have just sent the new strategic plan for a final reading. Through it, we have sought to create a process for our College to focus on academic excellence, inclusive and caring approaches to wellbeing, and an intentional path towards forming children who consciously care about their community. You will also see elsewhere in the newsletter a description of the new Middle Leader posts and how they will support our ongoing development.
I hope you all have comfortable and relaxing activities planned for the September holiday. We have all certainly earned a break. Please stay safe - I look forward to seeing you all in term 4.
Mr Chris Gabbett