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As we come to the last week of Term 1, we have occasion to consider what we are grateful for. In the Junior School, we have seen the gymnasium open, and students value the opportunities afforded by the STEM and music rooms and the Year 6 classrooms. We are now planning for the official blessing and opening of the Mary Glowrey Centre by Archbishop Patrick O’Regan on 20 May.

In the Senior School, we have welcomed the refreshed pastoral care system and appreciate the dedicated work of Mr Passaniti, Dr Leber, Ms Doyle, Mr Stace, Mr Mullins, Ms Brzezinski, Ms Davey, Ms Prior, Mr Grundy, and Mr Fazzini, and all our Mentor Teachers. There have been some fun activities as we get to know each other. We also acknowledge all the activities led by Danika Tremonte and the Faith and Service team, including the support for people affected by floods and for those in Ukraine, and Project Compassion. Thank you to all involved with co-curricular sport and arts and activities. We have had the athletics carnivals and, just this week, the Senior School Swimming Carnival (full report in next week's newsletter). We are tremendously grateful to people such as Loretta Vozzo, Jane Allen, Ros Schwerdt, Shane O’Brien, Peter Rossi, Michaela Carey, Leah Grainger, Gabby Lodge, Jody Woods, Narelle Honan and many others who juggle in supererogatory ways the challenges brought on by COVID.

We have had to experience many things with COVID and continue to adapt well. We have learnt many good things including how resilient we are as individuals, families, and communities. Every person is shaped by the experiences that come their way. At the end of last week, I attended two funerals. Both were for men who had lived long and good lives. As I listened to the excellent eulogies, I was touched by how their childhoods were shaped. One was an adolescent in Italy during the occupation and conflict of World War Two. The other, a few years younger, was in England during the bombing blitz.

People’s lives are changed by what they experience. We know trauma can crush and maim personalities, but we know people recover and transform. It can also strengthen people’s resilience and commitment. It may set them on a better path because of what they survived. It can shape the way we take on new challenges in the future and enable us to bring even more bountifulness into the lives of others. This was evident as I listened to the eulogies. What defines us is our personal integrity and the quality of our relationships, especially with our families, and how that care grows with each generation. That is what enables us to leave our mark on the world and what we leave for others to build on.

Next week is Holy Week. As we prepare for Easter, let us recall the gospel values that guide us and the faith that inspires us. May we spend some time in prayer and worship to honour our relationship with a God who created us, who died for us, and who continues to love us each moment.

Fr Peter Hosking SJ
Rector

Below: Images from the Senior School Swimming Carnival

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)

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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