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The school year has started with much excitement and anticipation. A new year brings new opportunities for learning and growth. Each year is a new year, with the capacity to build a world of love and goodness. We are all here to support each other and to work together to create a positive and inclusive place of growth. Let us remember the importance of hard work and perseverance. It is through dedication and effort that we achieve our goals and reach our full potential. Let us strive for excellence in all that we do, and not be afraid to take risks and try new things.

Thank you for the way parents and students have engaged in activities so far, including conversations with teachers and mentors about learning goals and personal plans for the year ahead. In the coming weeks, Senior School families will attend House gatherings as a way of getting to know each other and the College better, and in the Junior School, there will be opportunities for parents to attend sessions to learn more about the language of friendship, digital learning, and Maths pathways.

We are part of a grand endeavour. A friend and teacher reflected poetically on beginning this new school year.

Still, mercifully, I know I’m more than ready when my thoughts turn to the real heart of the new school year’s matter: fresh students and adventures we’ll be setting out on as we encounter stories old and new, and engage with those who’ve written out their hearts and minds to help us plumb the treasure-laden depths of all our graced, life-teeming world invites, and what we humans are, and can become.

Much happens in a community over the holidays, covering the gamut of experiences from births to deaths. One death that impacted us was the death of much-loved staff member Damien Ward on Christmas Eve. Damien had various health challenges over the years and retired at the end of last year. He had a long association with the College, graduating in the Class of 1982, and was part of a large, broader family who attended the College. Damien began teaching at Saint Ignatius’ College in 1997 before teaching for some years in Alice Springs. He returned to the College in 2006 and was a deeply respected teacher and mentor. Please remember his family and friends in your prayers.

Fr Peter Hosking SJ

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.

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

Vale Ward Damien
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From the Head of Co-curricular