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This week Victoria Coxhill, the Aboriginal Education Coordinator across the College, has worked with students and staff to encourage our participation in Reconciliation Week.

Uncle Ivan Tiwu Copley will speak with our students about Aboriginal culture and spirituality. Uncle Ivan’s father’s side comes from the Peramangk Nation of the Mt Lofty Ranges and his mother’s side were Kaurna of the Adelaide plains. Some classes will learn about the indigenous symbols around the College and others about the Uluru Statement of the Heart and a First Nations Voice. Uncle Ivan will help us make damper and cook fish. On Saturday, he will welcome us to Kaurna Country before the boys First XVIII match, and there will be food available next to the Bourke Oval from 10:30am.

I was fortunate to attend some of the Year 8 wellbeing activities this week, which included spending time at She-Oak Run, Goolwa, where students were able to grow their sense of belonging through cooperative and challenging activities (photos below). They also participated in a Day of Reflection at school, which involved looking back over the year so far and looking forward to what is to come, learning about the Catholic liturgy, hearing about service with St Vincent de Paul, and understanding more about the Year 8 hero of faith, Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop.

The official blessing and opening of the Mary Glowrey Centre occurred last Friday at the Junior School. Mary Glowrey is indeed an inspiring woman of faith, and we were delighted to have members of her family present at this celebration. Uncle Neville, who designed the artwork in the entrance, began proceedings with a Welcome to Kaurna Country. It was a wonderful occasion, with guests including the Archbishop of Adelaide, Patrick O’Regan; Bishop Greg O’Kelly; Professor Denis Ralph, Chair of SACCS; Dr Neil McGoran, Director of CESA; Fr Paul Mullins representing the Provincial Fr Quyen Vu; and Sean Keenihan, Chair of our College Board. We acknowledged the work of the architect, Nic Salvati, and Badge Constructions. We are so grateful for the vision and stewardship over several years of Peter Lyall and the Property and Building Committee, Brendan Devine and the Finance and Audit Committee, and indeed, so many others. The Tappeiner Gymnasium, Miguel Pro Auditorium, STEM spaces, music facilities, Year 6 classrooms, sports office, and kitchen are wonderful resources now and into the future.

As the colder weather approaches, it is encouraging that our students have been collecting items for the Winter Woollies campaign and assisting the weekly Soup Group as part of the Ignatian Service Program.

The Premier has announced that mask wearing in schools will be relaxed from Monday, 30 May. Please continue to take care of yourselves, particularly as our health experts warn us of the severity of influenza this year along with maintaining vigilance regarding CoViD infection. I note Australia now has over seven million people who have been affected by CoViD, with 6.6 million of those cases occurring this year, and over eight thousand deaths, with nearly six thousand of those in 2022. Australia is now in the top quarter of countries in terms of CoViD infections but thanks largely to our high vaccination rates and good testing protocols, we remain in the lower third of countries' deaths due to CoViD. Please continue to look after others by your good behaviours.

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 the sick:

  • Damien Weir (Old Ignatian 1980 who is in palliative care)

For those who have died:

  • Mrs Nora Kelly (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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