From the Rector
During the week someone sent me a good reminder “Churches are not being closed. Buildings are being closed. You are the Church! You are to remain open.” These are days of great uncertainty that invite us to care for each other in the best way we can. Whilst we have physical distancing requirements, we encourage all to find new ways of forming social connections. We hope people can look after their wellbeing. It is necessary to monitor all health and other advice about home isolation, hygiene, cleaning, physical distancing, etc. Please observe the guidelines about only going out for essential medical, work, shopping, and exercise reasons.
There is good information from Government and Health sites that will keep us up to date with the necessary precautions in terms of physical distancing and the rate of the spread of the pandemic. We ask you to keep in touch with this information but in a way that does not lead to distress or anxiety.
When speaking with others, we encourage messages about staying calm, sticking to the facts, and remaining hopeful. The APS Tip Sheet “for coping with coronavirus anxiety” may be helpful. We encourage you to monitor each other’s wellbeing. The SA Health Fact Sheet “Mental health impacts of coronavirus” may also be useful. Our College counsellors, Year Level Coordinators, and home group teachers will also be good points of contact if you have concerns.
We have worked on our online systems for teaching and learning. We hope the transition to remote learning from home goes smoothly. The guide for students and families will assist parents and students in understanding the routine of a school day. It also outlines whom to contact as various situations arise.
We encourage you to give appropriate Ignatian messaging about kindness, hopefulness, and faithfulness. We do want to keep our community − students, family, and staff − alive in the area of faith and service. With the temporary cancellation of Masses, you may find the Online Prayer and Worship Resources section of the Adelaide Catholic Archdiocese website helpful to keep our Lenten journey and Easter alive. This Spiritual Care Package from Boston College Campus Ministry may also be supportive at this time, along with the fine reflection on “Ignatian tips for coping with coronavirus” by Irish Jesuit Brendan McManus SJ.
We recognise that some of our families are facing challenges currently and encourage you to contact us if you need specific support. Some may need workers for evolving industries and others may need employment. If you have ideas that may help, please contact us and we can try to coordinate with the Advancement Office to promote these through our networks where possible.
We encourage families to access any packages available from the Government, banks and other institutions. We realise that some will need assistance with fees and ask you to contact Rosanne Vitagliano from Finance or myself as your circumstances change. We are working on fee assistance measures to assist families who have been affected by the impact of losing employment or the closure of businesses. Application forms are available from the Finance office and we will assess applications on a case by case basis according to a family's need and our financial capacity.
Thank you for all you do to bring Christ's light and warmth to each other during these times.
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.
For those who have died:
- Leeanne Hawke, former member of staff (Junior School 2000 – 2018)
“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.