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To start this week, we celebrated mothers at the Junior School liturgy. The Year 3 students spoke movingly about the constancy, love, and sacrifice of their mothers.

At the Senior School Assembly on Monday, Phil Donato, Head of Senior School, outlined the plans for a new art, design, and technology building. Technology and engineering continue to be an expanding curriculum area to meet contemporary needs. We need larger teaching spaces as student numbers increase in Art and Design. The proposal is an impressive architectural design. The concept allows for shared work spaces and links Art and Design with Technology Construction. Visibility through the light-filled rooms that connect with the natural setting is a feature. The perforated screen offers privacy and transparency. The innovative design is supportive of our other buildings and campus footprint - see images below. (Please visit the From the Head of Senior School article to see images of the interior plans). At this assembly, we were also fortunate to have Mr Sam Winston-Smith as a guest. As one of the original 12 enrolments at the College, he was a deep source of information and was delighted to see how the College has prospered and grown over the years.

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Western view

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Southern view

Related to our ongoing desire to strengthen and enhance our work in pastoral care, Rob Passaniti, Director of Student Wellbeing, and Nathan Leber, Coordinator of Pastoral Care at the Senior School, recently attended a meeting of Jesuit and Companion Schools Australia (JACSA) at Xavier College in Hervey Bay to share ideas around student wellbeing. Fr Frank Brennan SJ was one of the key speakers, and gatherings like this are very helpful in enhancing our pastoral care offerings. This week, House groups have been involved with Winter Woollies, which seeks to raise awareness about the plight of homeless people and collecting clothes and toiletries for several agencies we support.

Next week the Junior school will launch the Pedro Arrupe Outreach Program. Classes or Year Levels will work together to decide on a charity or organisation they wish to support. This will allow students to voice and drive the program. Together students and teachers will develop a deeper understanding and connection to a chosen outreach initiative, and hopefully over time, develop good partnerships to support people in need.

On Wednesday, our Fidelis Association, a group of past parents and friends, celebrated mass and had their AGM at which past parent Marie Shaw spoke. Marie shared a little about her country Catholic roots, her education at Loreto College, her work in the law, and her experience as a parent. She reminded us that people's upbringings are different, and many in our world cope with enormous hardship. We learnt about her work with Ice Factor, a program that supports young people to develop a sense of confidence and community through ice hockey. The Fidelis group enjoyed her presentation and also being able to get together again. We thank Monica Klingberg – who was elected President for another year – and her team for their loyal service to our community through Fidelis.

Finally, earlier this week, The Advertiser wrote about consultations by the Campbelltown Council with Saint Ignatius’ College and local residents related to a potential land swap. If this swap occurs, it would see the College provide portions of its land to the Council to enable the Campbelltown Council to enhance the Fifth Creek Walking Trail and, in return, the College would receive a section of road (Manresa Court) bordering the northern boundary of the school. We believe that this land swap would assist with student safety through a redirection of public traffic, whilst enabling neighbours easier access to their homes, particularly at school drop-off and departure times. Importantly, the wider community will benefit from an integrated, continuous environmental walking trail along Fifth Creek, as well as the opportunities for enhancing biodiversity, water collection, and the cultural significance of the waterway. We will keep our community informed of future developments related to this proposal.

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.

“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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