From the Head of Junior School
Class 6 Red led this week’s liturgy on the importance of prayer, remembering that it is not a performance but an encounter. God’s greatness meets our frailty. Prayer introduces us to a number of riches. Jesuit priest Richard Leonard SJ suggests in his book Why Bother Praying? that prayer is the act of making space for God to love us, for us to hear that and then, through faith, to have the courage to return the compliment. It changes lives.
There are many ways to God aside from prayer, and our Ignatian spirituality teaches us that we can find God in all things. Fr Peter Knott SJ describes how a deeper appreciation of music, art, and poetry can also awaken us to the mystery of God’s presence in the world around us. Each week, our students practise a form of prayer Ignatius called the Examen, recognised by University of Pennsylvania as developing positive mindset, in which participants explore traces of God in their own lives.
In fostering digitally aware citizens, Richard Rowland from FYI Drug and Health Education has run a number of sessions for students in Years 3 to 6 around online safety. Children have learnt how they can remain safe using digital platforms, what information can be gathered using location services, images, and videos, and what they can do in order to prevent cyber bullying.
Above: 5 Blue students Ariana Iona, Charlotte Brooks and James Karapetis learn about online safety.
Further to this, we look forward to welcoming parents of Year 3 students and new families across Years 4 to 6 to one of our parent iPad sessions next week. It is important that we share our understanding of your child’s use of digital technology between the home and school and set your children up for success. Please remember to RSVP, as places are limited. We hope to see you there.
Mr Nic Boys
Head of Junior School