This Sunday, we celebrated the feast of Pentecost, most graphically presented in this week’s gospel readings, with images of the disciples, hiding away in rooms, dismayed and confused. Jesus has left them. What to do? Then together, they discover and feel the Holy Spirit amongst them, as a powerful energy force inspiring them.
As we recall the many sacrifices made over too many wars by Australians, my prayer this Anzac day is that young people will recognize not only the tragedy that is war, but its inherent futility. May we grow as peaceful people, following Jesus’ teaching not only to love one another, but also to be ready and willing to ‘turn the other cheek’.
Lord make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
And where there is sadness, joy
O divine master grant that I may
not so much seek to be consoled as to console
to be understood as to understand
To be loved as to love
For it is in giving that we receive
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned
And it's in dying that we are born to eternal life
Prayer of St Francis of Assisi
Where do students go for help with important issues?
Support from parents (82.1%) is very significant, only just behind that of friends (87.4%) and the internet (58.8%).
The high attendance and engagement of students and their parents at our recent Progress Meetings confirms this key finding from the recent Mission Australia Youth Survey.
“I have a dream… that enough is enough. And that this should be a gun-free world.”
Familiar? Yet these painful words were from Yolanda Renee King, the 9 year-old granddaughter of Martin Luther King at one of the many rallies of young people marching across America last Saturday to demand greater gun controls.
This long weekend reminds us not only that the end of term is nigh but more significantly that we are halfway through Lent, with Easter only three weeks away. During this time of Lent, we as Christians are encouraged to reflect through prayer, abstinence and giving to others, on Jesus' life, his suffering and sacrifice, his death and resurrection.
Today, James Merlino, Deputy Premier, Minister for Education and local Member for Monbulk announced that Mater Christi College had been successful in its application for a State Government Capital Grant of $1million, enabling us to upgrade our facilities with the provision of a specialist multi-media Presentation Centre.
It’s fourth term, and our days are markedly different… warmer and lighter thanks to daylight saving time yet also busier and more focused as final assessments loom along with farewell and graduation events. For students in Year 12 classes, the calendar uncompromisingly commands their immediate attention, with performance exams already over for some, and final ‘swotting’ the rule for all.
Celebrating student leadership
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” Keely O’Halloran, Leadership Speech, August, 2017
Over this past week, we have been privileged to celebrate and witness the fervour of young people seeking and expressing leadership aspirations in a variety of ways.
Looking back on Term 3 2017
Welcome to students, parents, visitors, staff, to everyone here today for our Term 3 College Assembly.
I like you, am very aware, there is only one more week of term to go, and what a busy time we have had.
While today, we are here to celebrate the particular and outstanding achievements of some, in terms of school leadership and learning excellence, I would like to offer a great vote of thanks to every student who has ‘participated actively and creatively in the affairs of this community’ over this third term.
It was a capacity audience across all six performances of our first combined musical production, a great achievement indeed for a musical performance shared across two schools – St Joseph’s and Mater Christi College – for the first time.
As the inaugural Mater Christi & St Joseph’s Colleges musical production, Mary Poppins was a great achievement on many fronts, not the least being that it was delightfully entertaining.