Welcome back to all of our college families for the 2019 school year. The new school year brings with it a sense of excitement, energy (despite the hot and humid weather), a buzz surrounding catching up with people we may not have seen for almost two months, the sharing of stories, meeting and greeting new faces, and hopefully the joy and optimism for whatever we encounter as the year progressively unfolds. Yet as I spoke last week to several new members who have joined our college community in 2019, I am aware that there may also be a bit of nervousness, whenever we encounter new beginnings. Unfamiliar faces, new routines, new things to remember, the feeling of hitting the ground running, and even a bit if tiredness can become part of a new narrative.
As we commence, we can look ahead at calendars and see the wonderful array of events that have been planned and booked and see the busyness of the year that lies ahead. This can bring more buzz and anticipation, but this may caution us somewhat as we may encounter a feeling of being slightly overwhelmed by schedules, conflicting dates, constraints on time and so forth. These are the moments when we need to take a few breaths!
Our faith life can be no different here. We can be animated by the festive season, and the richness of the liturgical celebrations that we may have experienced with the wonderful proclamation of the birth of Christ, but perhaps this will all too soon be tempered with the coming of the liturgical season of Lent. Looking ahead, our calendar sees Ash Wednesday only a few weeks away on Wednesday 6 March. The shift in liturgical seasons starkly reminds us that time can march on quickly. We are now invited to encounter Christ in the narrative of our Sunday Gospel readings as he commences his ministry in his adult years, gathers his disciples, goes out to the people, faces hostile opposition in numerous areas, and all the while preparing a path for our redemption and salvation. We are invited to be drawn deeply into this narrative in order to enter into a relationship with Christ that is on the one hand universal yet profoundly personal.
We pray together as a College for the prosperity of all members of our college community for 2019. We pray for comfort and compassion in difficult times, we pray for joy in the times that we will celebrate, and we pray that Christs presence with us will continue to remind us that we are a community of faith, hope and love.
In 2019 I am very fortunate to be able to work with a wonderful team: Ms Bridget Harding, our Religious Education Learning Area Leader; Fr Joe Binh Dinh, the College Rector; Fr John Papworth, the Vice Rector; and Sr Rochelle Lamb, our Pastoral Assistant. Together with our College Faith and Justice Captains, Alex Dyer (Yr 12) and Nikita Daicos (Yr 11), we look forward to reporting on and animating the faith life of the College in 2019.
Read an update from Acting Principal, Mrs Angela Romano
An update from our Principal, Mr Mark Brockhus, as we prepare to commence the 2019 school year.
Cricket great, Darren Lehmann, visited last week as part of our Ashes Oval Redevelopment Project and our Father's Day Breakfast