From the Head of Senior School
The Christian holy day of Pentecost, or 50 days, was celebrated last Sunday, the eighth Sunday after Easter. It commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ while they were in Jerusalem celebrating the Feast of Weeks. In Christian tradition, this event represents the birth of the Christian Church.
This coming Sunday is known as Trinity Sunday, or the feast of the Most Holy Trinity in our tradition. In the one God, we recognise God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. This feast gives us the opportunity to give thanks for the blessings of the Christmas and Easter seasons.
I saw a Twitter message this week about Septima Poinsette Clark, who was known as the ‘Queen Mother’ or ‘Grandmother’ of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. She was an unsung hero of her time. As a teacher, she was determined to educate those disadvantaged around her, and to develop local leaders to solve community problems. HERE is a link to Septima Clark’s story.
Saint Ignatius calls us to daily leadership in service to others, especially those most in need. One of our College pairs of virtues asks us to be grateful and joyful. This invites us to appreciate our gifts and the gifts of others and of Creation. It helps us to be confident and resilient as we set out in the world. During these times, we are reminded to live with a sense of gratitude for God’s gifts, which lead to contentment, joyfulness, and graciousness.
We are grateful for our students who have responded in service commitments this term. It has been so encouraging to see our students participating in their co-curricular activities in recent weeks.
Please take note of some upcoming events at the Senior School during week 7:
Queen’s Birthday holiday – Monday 8 June
Year 10 meningococcal vaccine – Wednesday 10 June
Senior School Assembly (online) – Friday 12 June
Mr Phil Donato
Head of Senior School