From the Principal
Today is the The Feast of St Joseph.
St Joseph does not utter a word in the Gospels. He is a silent figure, and we are left to fill in a lot of gaps about him. He was a tekton, or carpenter/builder, and we are told he passed that vocation onto Jesus. We can assume that he was a man of trust and faith, as he married Mary knowing she was with child and that the child was not his. He is depicted as a protector and a guide, locating a safe place for the nativity and joining Mary in the search when Jesus was lost in the temple.
Spanish mystic St Teresa of Avila said this of him, “To other saints it seems that God has granted to help us in this or that need, while I have experienced that the glorious St. Joseph extends his patronage on all.”
Pope Francis has a special affection for Joseph. During an apostolic visit to the Philippines in 2015, the pope explained why he kept an image of the saint on his desk. “I would also like to tell you something very personal,” he said. “I have great love for St. Joseph, because he is a man of silence and strength.” As a school inspired by the witness of the Sisters of St Joseph, we really should aspire to those attributes. For our young men in particular, it is so important that we model - all of the time - resilience, tolerance and a constant and authentic respect for women.
We see the spirit of support and care in so many of the activities our students are involved in. Our year 12 Praxis students in particular set a wonderful example - but another that is really compelling is the whole senior College effort in the World's Greatest Shave. Mini Vinnies are about to get active again as well which will provide another avenue of solidarity and service. It is a wonderful advertisement for the caring nature of our College - one that aspires to the example of trust, faith, protection and charity.
I want to thank you very much for the way you as parents and a wider community are supporting the College right now. In particular, thank you so much for the parents who engaged so fully with the Renewal Survey.
Mr Chris Gabbett