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In the coming weeks, we will participate in House debating and House chess finals, the Jesuit Mission One Foot Raised, Musical Memories Theatre Arts performance, Hair with Heart, Year 10 Day of Reflection, Year 9 Respect Day, the JS Aerobics, JS swimming carnival, Bells of La Storta, the announcement of Senior Leaders, Kairos, Jarrumwani Immersion to Daly River, and the JS Drama Ye-Ha! It is impressive how students, staff, and families engage in these activities.

At a staff meeting this week, one of our teachers shared beautifully:

Generally, we manage our stress and anxiety, but some days are just not easy days. There are days when you have 10 students who need to see you about an assignment, and 50 Year 7 assignments to mark, and you still have to be there for a student who isn’t okay and needs someone to talk with. There are times when we are exhausted by the different directions in which we are pulled, when we feel our best is not good enough, and when the sky feels like it’s falling down around us. What helps us to get through are the little things − spending time and sharing with a favourite colleague, or when a friend gets you a coffee, just because. Or when a student has that breakthrough moment, or does something funny in the classroom, or tells you that they love your subject, or that you make them feel safe. Or when you witness students being so kind to each other. As people who work in a school, we are generous with our time for others, and often give without counting the cost. Sometimes we need to remind our self to stop, to take time to rest, to be present, and enjoy the little things. We need to be compassionate to our self, to ask for help, to do things we love and be with the people we love. Dear God, please shine your light on the little things in life so that we may see them when we are in the dark. Help us to recognise when we need to show ourselves kindness and remind us that our best is good enough. Amen.

It was a poignant reminder of how our efforts can leave us exhausted. Most tasks involve a plan, engagement, and reflection for improvement. If we do what we do with a sense of purpose, good connection with others in what we do, and reflect on what happens with gratitude, then we will feel more satisfied and fulfilled. If we do things with a limited sense of mission or strategy, without companions or support, and fail to appreciate the opportunity and gift that come our way, we may become lonely and resentful.

As we move to the final weeks of Term 3, hopefully we will take some time to consider what we learnt and how we grew as a result of our participation in so many activities in addition to our core work in learning and teaching, and pastoral care. Inter alia, these include Intercol, aerobics, Public Speaking state and national finals, the Da Vinci Decathlon, athletics carnivals, cross-country, boys KO netball, Aussie rules knockouts, soccer championship, hockey cups, basketball finals, VEX robotics, Brain Bee, Tournament of Minds, Maths challenge, Write a book in a day, Language Week, careers events, STEM enrichment, Band and Orchestra concert, Pride and Prejudice,

Cabaret, Senior years legal studies excursion, Year 8 medieval experience, Year 10 dancing and social, artist-in-residence, handball competition, Blue Round, Wear it Purple Day, RUOK? activities, Food for FORT, Year 12 Day of Reflection, Year 11 Day of Reflection, Uncle Ivan’s visits, House Masses, House Performances, Patronal Feast, Assumption Mass, Book Week, Year 5 camp, Year 4 Zoo Snooze, Year 3 science excursion, SAPSASA Athletics, Jesuit Mission Fete, Year 3 Sacraments and Day of Reflection, Pedro Arrupe Outreach - Year 5 Walk a Mile, JS Father’s Day liturgy and morning tea, IEY Father’s Come and Play with me coffee mornings, swimming competition, JS RoboCup, JS Pyjama Day, and so much more.

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:

  • Peter Rowe (Class of 1957)

“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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