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On Sunday we will celebrate Father’s Day. The relationship of a father with his child shapes identity and confidence. Being consistently present, taking time to listen, being attentive to feelings, and engaging in activities together develop a child’s self-esteem and wellbeing. The affection and support of a parent help a child grow well. Any relationship can be fraught at times, but it is worth seeking integrity and honesty. Parents teach us so much about generosity and clarity of heart. While friendships and sporting and business partnerships come and go, a father-child relationship remains. Father’s Day is, after all else, an occasion to be grateful for what our parents have given us, and for parents to be grateful for the gift of their children.

We had House gatherings this week for parents/caregivers and students in Xavier and Regis Houses. Next week Campion and Kostka will have their House gatherings. These provide an opportunity for families to meet key staff among their House Leaders and Mentor Teachers, to connect with other parents, and to learn more about the College ethos. Dr Leber spoke with gratitude about the way students, staff, and families are embracing our renewed pastoral care model.

The Food for Fort social awareness initiative in the Senior School was facilitated by Regis in recent weeks. This involved students learning more about Adelaide’s marginalised and vulnerable and collecting non-perishable food items to support Moore Street and Vinnies. In the coming weeks, students will support Jesuit Mission in their One Foot Raised initiative among the Jesuit and Companion Schools in Australia. One Foot Raised is an allusion to us walking with Ignatius the Pilgrim. This is an opportunity for us “to hear the cry of the poor, the excluded, and those whose dignity has not been respected … and to walk with them in seeking justice and reconciliation.” We walk because of our solidarity and because we are grateful that Jesuit Mission supports so many in our world who walk so far each day to get to their school. Our students will commit to walk a set distance and raise funds for Jesuit Mission using an online platform.

Here are the links if you wish to support this initiative:

School Page: https://fundraise.jesuitmission.org.au/fundraisers/sicaadelaide
Campion Page: https://fundraise.jesuitmission.org.au/fundraisers/sicacampion
Xavier Page: https://fundraise.jesuitmission.org.au/fundraisers/sicaxavier
Kostka Page: https://fundraise.jesuitmission.org.au/fundraisers/sicakostka
Regis Page: https://fundraise.jesuitmission.org.au/fundraisers/sicaregis

We recently enjoyed the friendly competition in our Intercol activities with Mercedes College. The College performed well in the soccer, netball, Aussie rules, basketball, table tennis, hockey, cross-country, chess, and debating events. We won 14 shields to 7. Having won just 2 of the first 13 carnivals, we have managed to win 4 of the past 5. Students and staff paid special tribute to Peter Coffey’s last carnival in their acknowledgements during presentations.

Fr Peter Hosking SJ
Rector

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:

  • John Raimondo, past parent

“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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