From the Principal
It is difficult right now to turn on any media and not be greeted by stories about Queen Elizabeth II.
What a giant of the twentieth century and beyond! Regardless of any perspective about the monarchy and its relevance, it is hard to not be overwhelmed by her life. A journey characterised by dignity, service, humility and an adherence to real, lived Christian faith. Many of the borderline cliche comments about her are probably true - we will likely never see a Head of State like her.
I had the good fortune last Tuesday to lead a Formation Day for the Diocese of Toowoomba Secondary School Principals Association (DOTSSPA), focussing on the life and witness of Dorothy Day. She was another inspirational woman of the twentieth century. At times of political division and appalling need she never lost sight of the importance of seeing Christ in the person beside you and supporting them - even when that became almost impossible. One of her most famous quotes was a challenge to all in society to feel different and to be the change that would make a difference, 'The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each one of us?'. I am often surprised by how little is known of her ministry by even life-long Catholics.
Thank you very much for the way that you have supported our mission this term. Term 3 is famously hard graft for teachers and students. Year 12 students and teachers are gearing up for external exams and tread their way to the mocks. In other areas of the College the momentum of the start of the year has well and truly dampened and we have to keep our energy buzzing in the colder weather and shorter days. The September holidays always come at just the right time!
This term though, so much has occurred to be proud of. The Arts in the Park was again a resounding success, even with a postponement and a relocation. That, combined with Wakakirri, tells us that we are generating a huge footprint with our Arts endeavours. These successes are a real tribute to the energy and focus of Mrs Burke, and the hard work of Mr Chivers, Ms Lauverjon and Mrs Puhakka. We have also had Futsal success, a fantastic run in the local Rugby Union competition, and increased engagement with inter school Chess too. You will also have seen the advertisements for our 2022 musical, Madagascar. There has been a huge amount of work accomplished here by students, Mrs Duncan, Ms Lauverjon and Ms Chalmers. I think it is going to be a tremendous success.
The other good news we have received this term is about our 2022 NAPLAN. Schools do not get many opportunities to benchmark their success, so we look quite hard at NAPLAN patterns to make sure that our teaching is up to standard. I am very proud of our raw scores as they indicate a fantastic picture of good core learning. Huge congratulations to students and their teachers who have supported this.
I hope you all have a wonderful, safe and restful mid-semester break. I know that many year 12 students will take part in the Toowoomba Diocese External Examination Preparation Program which Mary MacKillop supports as one of the inaugural and participant Colleges. Aside from that, I hope you all get some down time, can turn off screens, and be with each other.
Mr Chris Gabbett