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At the start of the week, the College hosted a meeting of JACSA (Jesuit and Companion Schools, Australia) principals and rectors, with the leaders of JEA (Jesuit Education Australia) also attending. This is the first in-person meeting of this group since May last year and, whilst some members were still attending online, for one reason or another, it was great to be able to enjoy each other’s company once again and in addition to our meetings to be able to share a Mass and dinner together on the Sunday.

The JACSA group and JEA are very important to our sense of belonging in our Jesuit network, and much is gained by sharing wisdom and collaborating in creative thinking amongst our schools. One of the issues we discussed was related to how we will go about re-establishing our Immersion Programs in our schools, now that travel horizons are beginning to broaden again. We also discussed how this might affect our Jesuit sporting carnivals and student leaders gatherings and the planning for the Province Education Conference in 2023. Finally, and very importantly, we also spent significant time on exploring our identity as Catholic schools in the Ignatian tradition and how this is reflected in formational experiences for our students.

In an increasingly secular world, we must be clear and intentional about who we are and what we desire to build with our communities.

Other than this meeting, a significant amount of energy and effort this week has been devoted to Intercol. Various activities and sports were held on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights, with more to come tonight before concluding on Saturday. I always enjoy Intercol with our students and families as it is a great community event and, regardless of the result, it is usually exciting and life-giving.

Intercol also marks the end of the winter sporting seasons at the Senior School, and this is also true for many Junior School sports. Our winter seasons this year have been particularly successful for us, with a number of our teams winning their competitions.

Our Open A Mixed Hockey won the SAAS A2 premiership, as did our Open A Boys Basketball. Some of our senior girls aerobics teams competed in the national titles on the Gold Coast on the weekend, with one team winning bronze and another silver. Our Open A Boys Soccer made the SAAS semifinals, which was a great effort backing up from their title last year. In addition, we had six netball teams win their competitions from Senior Cs through to Year 7 Bs, and two badminton teams were also top of their competitions. At the Junior School, our combined boys Australian rules football team were undefeated during their season, as are two netball teams at the time of writing.

Of course, it is not just about who wins what – our sporting co-curricular embraces participation and development along with performance – but it is also important to acknowledge and celebrate achievements when they occur.

Our families would be aware from the survey earlier this year of the co-curricular review being conducted by the College to look for ways to improve and enhance our offerings. This reflection on experience is entirely consistent with Ignatian discernment and our way of proceeding.

I thank all our families for their support of our winter sporting program, and I hope that everyone has enjoyed being a part of ‘Go Iggies’ at some stage or another!

Finally, our families, particularly at the Junior School, would know that this week was Book Week. I understand that the parade on Wednesday at Norwood was a very happy, lively, and colourful event. I know that there is a danger in becoming too focussed on costumes and the like but, at its essence, Book Week is really about the celebration of literature and reading.

In an Ignatian school, we should always promote and rejoice in reading as it broadens horizons, enhances knowledge, and encourages imagination. I hope all our families found some way to enjoy all that Book Week offers.

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:

  • Laurie Chitti (OI 1988), father of Franco (OI 2017) and Alessia (Year 12)

“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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JACSA Leaders

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Open A Mixed Hockey Team

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Open A Boys Basketball Team

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