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Last Saturday, Pope Francis joined Fr Arturo Sosa SJ, the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, for the celebration of the Eucharist for the 400th anniversary of the canonisation of Saints Ignatius, Francis Xavier, Philip Neri, Teresa of Avila, and Isidore of Madrid. The mass was held in the beautiful Church of the Gesù – the mother church of the Jesuits in Rome. A replay of the mass can be seen HERE.

Pope Francis provided the following words, which may be helpful during Lent:

"So, when we feel bitterness or disappointment, when we feel belittled or misunderstood, let us not wander off into complaints or nostalgia for bygone times. These are temptations that block our progress, that lead us nowhere. Instead, let us take our lives into our hands, starting anew with grace, in fidelity to our calling. Let us accept the gift of seeing each day as a step along the way towards our ultimate goal."

As we approach the fourth Sunday in Lent, many students have embraced this time as an opportunity to reflect on their relationship with God and how they become better people and truly care for others. This week, students gathered in Houses to ‘Walk in Strength’ – ‘Walk with Water’ as an initiative in support of Project Compassion. As they walked around the College grounds carrying buckets filled with water, they were reminded of those people living in poverty who are faced with the challenge of walking many kilometres to find clean water each day. It was a great way to realise how their donations assist Caritas in making a difference to the lives of vulnerable families around the world.

Work has finally begun on the refurbishment of the boys’ change rooms, which has been a priority for some time. As I mentioned in the recent broadcast to all families, these change rooms and toilets will be unavailable for the next term, and temporary facilities to replace them will be located near the Atkinson Oval. Temporary fencing around the boys’ change rooms has been erected, preventing vehicular access through the College but not affecting pedestrian access or access to ovals, weights room, and the like. The building project will also provide extra toilet facilities in the Dennett Centre and external adult toilets, which will be appreciated by visitors at weekend co-curricular activities.

Congratulations to all the students who participated in last Saturday’s Head of the River Regatta at West Lakes. This annual event takes place in many states of Australia, and the winners of the first division boys and girls races are crowned the Head of the River. All crews performed admirably, and we are very grateful for the work of Ms Holly Peters, the Teacher-in-Charge of Rowing; the coaches; and the parents for their endless support over the season. The season was celebrated with a wonderful rowing family dinner at the Marche Club on Saturday night. Imogen Graham will be representing the College and SA by competing at the Australian Rowing Nationals next week, held at Nagambie Lakes in Victoria. Good luck to Imogen as she competes in the Under 21 Women’s Quadruple Scull, Under 19 Women’s Single Scull, Under 19 Women’s Double Scull, and Schoolgirls Single Scull.

Mr Phil Donato
Head of Senior School

Below: Images from the Head of the River

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