2020 Term 1 Week 3

2020 Term 1 Week 3

From the Rector

At our chapel service in the Senior School, students in the Social Justice Committee reminded us of the bushfires and the recovery process. They noted that amidst the devastation, we have seen courage and kindness amongst those affected, service personnel, volunteers, and those in the community. It has been inspiring to see how communities have come together in dire circumstances. So many have been hopeful and strong. People are rebuilding homes and businesses. They are recovering psychologically. However, the struggle goes on. The bushfires, coupled with the effects of the coronavirus, will have a significant economic impact.

The Social Justice Committee reminded us as the media hype now dies down, not to forget those affected. As Ignatians there are numerous ways in which we can become involved, such as through our relationships with those dealing with the repercussions of this immense tragedy, and through research and advocacy to care better for habitats. As ‘men and women for others’, we commit to come together in solidarity to help those most in need. We need to commit to continue to provide the right kind of support in the years to come.

At our Senior School Assembly today we acknowledged the outstanding efforts of our 2019 Year 12 students. Dux of the College, Francesca Cehic, was our special guest. So many achieved their personal best, both academically and in other areas. They worked hard to achieve what they did. Nearly a third obtained ATARs in the top 5% of the State. This is a tribute to the students, their teachers, families and others who supported them in their studies. We wish them every blessing in the next aspect of their lives, especially in their academic pathways. We hope their dedication to service makes a positive difference in our world.

The SRC Committee have positioned a Buddy Bench in the Holy Family blue carpet area at the Junior School. It is designed to foster friendship in the playground. If a student feels lonely, they can go to the bench as a signal they need someone to play with. Another child will then go and talk with them and invite them to join in their games. Let’s spread the message of inclusion and kindness!

Above: Marla Apolloni, Joshua Gibbens, Father Hosking, Estelle Turner and Luke Lafratta on the 'Buddy Bench'.

Fr Peter Hosking SJ

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 Home Group Teacher, or Year Coordinator.