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On Friday last week and Monday this week, the Senior School gathered together in its entirety in the Dennett Centre for the first time since the COVID pandemic emerged.

On Friday we celebrated a mass for the Feast of Pentecost, with a powerful and intelligent reflection provided by Mrs Victoria Coxhill, our Aboriginal Education Coordinator. In Reconciliation Week, Pentecost had a special significance, and Victoria’s ability to draw these threads together was particularly effective.

On Monday we had a brief Senior School Assembly, with some Senior Leaders presenting on Blue Week, which focuses on supporting positive mental health initiatives amongst our community. Our Rector, Father Hosking, also spoke, referring to his own personal encounter with Eddie Mabo and his relationship with Sir Gerard Brennan through his son, Fr Frank Brennan SJ. Eddie Mabo changed our nation for good through his determination to see Indigenous peoples’ land rights acknowledged, and Sir Gerard, as a member of the High Court, wrote the lead judgement establishing ‘Native Title’. Father Hosking’s reflection suggested that both knew what they believed in and what they should do. The same applies to all of us.

For many of our students, these two gatherings were the first time they had experienced everyone together, and there was something quite encouraging in that as we continue to move beyond the constraints of COVID.

In a similar fashion, the Junior School had gathered together to celebrate a mass for the Ascension the week before, and there are increasing indications that student life will become more normalised during the remainder of the year.

Our Year 8 students experienced their ‘Igxperience’ camps earlier this term, and our Year 6s spent most of this week at Mylor on their camp.

Winter co-curricular is in full swing, and the Festival of Arts Music Concert for both Junior School and Senior School is on Thursday night next week, 16 June, at Influencers Church.

The signs are indeed improving!

In that same spirit, I’d like to use the last part of my Ignatian piece this week to draw attention to an article written by our Head of Studies and Innovation, Mr Kain Noack, last week. He wrote about the nature of our world and how schools have a vital role in helping to prepare students to thrive and shine their “… light that is in you”. In our Ignatian context, I couldn’t help but think about our exhortation to our students to ‘make the world better because they are in the world’.

I found Kain’s piece really encouraging and affirming of our grand endeavour here at the College and provide a link HERE in case you missed it last week or would like to read it again.

I hope the holiday weekend provides everyone with a chance to rest a little more as we prepare for the last few busy weeks of the term.

Deo Gloria

Mr Peter Coffey

Principal

OREMUS (Let us pray)

We remember all in our College community. May our prayers comfort those suffering at this time. May God’s blessing be a source of support in their sorrow and loss, and bring courage, patience, and hope.

For those who have died:

  • Trevor Mander, grandfather of Nicholas (Year 12) and Max (Year 9)
  • Sister Mary Glowrey LCM

“Ask and you shall receive … knock and the door will be opened unto you.” (Matt 7:7)

If you would like someone to be remembered by the College community in prayer (even anonymously), please provide details to the Rector, class or Mentor Teacher, or House Leader.

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Senior School Assembly this week.

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