As we begin this new term, and we look ahead on our College calendar to how the term will unfold, it is unsurprisingly busy! However, you have to expect that in a large school with so many wonderful opportunities that are provided to our young people in their learning space. Schools are dynamic places of engagement in a 21st century learning environment. We only have to take a glimpse at evening news services, newspaper articles, government reports, and what may pop up on the net, to realise that the landscape of schools today are wide and varied. Professionals and experts in many fields will often comment on the state of education or offer new, informative, and invigorating insights into the latest research and data. These matters require and demand our active attention. We need to keep ourselves informed as educators and as families as the key stakeholders of the young people we are investing our time and energies into for their future.
It can be easy at times to lose sight of the important things when inundated with a myriad of things that do require our attention. Our lives are busy! We are seemingly connected to our world 24/7 as technology allows us to navigate even our family spaces in ways that we may not have imagined decades ago.
Taking 'time out' can seem like a luxury for many people. Yet, it is important, as we know for our wellbeing- physically, emotionally and spiritually. And, it is the latter point that is vital in our space in the life of the college.
As we head into this term, we would have just concluded the last of our Year 10 retreat days, which focused on our young people reflecting on the relationship with themselves and with their faith. Conducted by the Youth Mission Team (YMT Australia), our young people were asked to stop and think about what is important to them in terms of themselvesir and their spirituality.
The Year 8 retreat program is about to commence with a day’s reflection at the Don Bosco Youth Centre in Brunswick. Each individual Year 8 class spends time focusing on qualities and values that can be embodied in building greater connections with important people in their lives. Sharing ideas, teamwork, reflecting on how we relate to others is the encounter in this space.
Some of our staff would have attended a retreat at Lysterfield as part of the colleges’ ongoing commitment to the faith formation of staff, over this past weekend. This weekend intensive program covers a variety of topics, allowing staff the opportunity to actively engage in lengthy discussions and lectures related to the Catholic faith. The retreat also aims to provide staff with quiet reflection time.
This Friday (27 July) the entire staff will attend a staff faith day with three other Catholic colleges at Thomas Carr College, Tarneit. The keynote speaker for the day, Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP, will take staff through a series of discussions on contemporary faith matters.
Taking 'time out' to reflect, contemplate, share and discuss matters of faith and spirituality is vitally important in the life of the college. It is what we do as a faith community. Providing opportunities for all members of our community to connect with that other dimension in their lives despite the busyness of our day-to-day routines is important for our wellbeing.
Next week on Saturday evening (Saturday 28 July) at 5:30pm, the college will join Our Lady of Mt Carmel and St Anne’s Primary Schools for a Mass of thanksgiving for the contribution of Catholic education to the Sunbury parish. This Mass will take place at St Anne’s Catholic Church, Riddell Rd Sunbury. All families are warmly invited to attend.
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