I hope that Sunday is a wonderful and relaxing day for the many mothers within our community. This day should always be special to our young men (all young men) as well because their mothers play such a significant role in their development. Last Sunday’s gospel message, centred on what is meant by love and why it is so important to us. Jesus’s story was quite clear, love is not something that is to be stored and used when we want or something to be used as a weapon against someone or as a means of controlling...
I hope that Sunday is a wonderful and relaxing day for the many mothers within our community. This day should always be special to our young men (all young men) as well because their mothers play such a significant role in their development. Last Sunday’s gospel message, centred on what is meant by love and why it is so important to us. Jesus’s story was quite clear, love is not something that is to be stored and used when we want or something to be used as a weapon against someone or as a means of controlling someone. Love is always to be unconditional. In other words, there are no conditions that we should place on our love for others. A simple message and concept to understand, but in the frailty of human nature, not one that is easy to practice. In my experience, mothers, above all others, seem to understand this meaning and it shows in their absolute admiration for their children. A mother’s protective and patient manner with her children is true testimony of this no matter what the circumstances. That is not to say that these instincts might not need to be tough love on occasions, but it is always done with a protective and loving purpose. To all our mothers, thank you for what you do for your sons and our community.
Last Wednesday afternoon, we held our inaugural Mother and Son High Tea. The popularity of this event was evident when we sold out within 24 hours of advertising it. We were also very fortunate to have Madonna King as the guest speaker for the event. Many of us will know Madonna from the radio, however she is also a journalist who writes for the Courier Mail and Sydney Morning Herald and has also published several books, including the biographies of notable Australians Ian Frazer, Joe Hockey and Maxine Horne. Madonna is also the Chair of the Queensland Anti-bullying Taskforce. Her insights into the challenges facing young people and the role of strong mothers and women in our lives was quite inspirational. We were very pleased that she could take time from her busy schedule to join us and after hearing her, I am sure that everyone now knows why we asked her to speak. The event was organised by the College Foundation and I would like to recognise the great work of Mrs Stacey Bishop and Mrs Jackie Upton in planning and marketing the event. I would also like to thank Mr Michael Crutcher the College Foundation Chair for his assistance in the planning including arranging for Madonna to speak.
During the event, we also launched our appeal to raise money to replace the Paddy’s Van. This appeal will continue through the year and we are aiming to be able to raise $60K to replace the van and trailer. This appeal and fundraising is being championed by the College Foundation who fund this service program for the College. I would urge all families to give generously so that we can continue to offer this service program to our young men into the future. Any donations over $2 is tax deductable. For any inquiries, please contact Stacey Bishop through the College Office or look at the College Foundation information on our website.
Last week’s musical production of Grease was a great success. The young men and women involved showed real confidence and ability in their performances. I would like to recognise the efforts of Nic Consiglio, Geoff Samuels, Kelly Jensen, Steven Wallace, Jonathan Miers, Trent Sellars, Carmel Moir and Jackie Upton from our staff. Without their commitment, so many young people would not have had the amazing opportunity to perform and do as well as they did over each performance.
Once again, we have had a short week as Monday was a public holiday and Tuesday was our Parent Teacher Interview day. There was a real energy in the Christian Brothers Building across the day on Tuesday with many parents attending the interviews with their sons. It is my hope that everyone found the opportunity to meet to be fruitful and of assistance to their son. Certainly, from a teacher’s perspective, these opportunities to meet are invaluable in our process of feeding back student progress and planning for ways to improve their academic outcomes for the rest of this semester. I would like to thank all teachers for their planning and assistance for each young man during this process.
Yesterday afternoon, we held our Spirit Assembly for the College Cross Country team and Chemical Titration team. We also presented our first trimester sports awards as a part of the Assembly. Our AIC Cross Country Championships are held next Monday. This year, we have the great pleasure of hosting the championships at Curlew Park. Our young men have been very committed and practised hard for this event. We all wish them the very best in their racing on Monday.
The Chemical Titration team has also been practising hard for their upcoming competition. Our College has had a proud tradition of performing well in this competition under the tutorage of Mrs Lorraine O’Sullivan. They have achieved State and National recognition for their results on many occasions.
During the Assembly, I remarked on the fact that we can hold an assembly that recognises the diversity within our College. The Assembly recognised the efforts of young men in the sporting and academic dimensions of the school. Likewise, last Saturday at Curlew Park, our young men in Year 5 sang to their mothers as a part of our Mother’s Day morning tea. Many sang in their jerseys from their games and some were still quite red-faced from coming straight off the field. I really enjoy the fact that the young men feel that it is quite ok and natural to be able to do both things. It is a part of our call for them to become multi-dimensional in their character as they grow. Special thanks again to Mrs Stacey Bishop and Mrs Jackie Upton for organising the morning tea and Mrs Kate Albury for “training” and conducting the whole Year 5 cohort choir. I would also like to thank Daniel Nethery for arranging the game schedules to allow for all young men to be able to sing at the same time. I hope that all our mums enjoyed the performance and morning tea afterwards.
During yesterday’s Assembly address, I also expanded on how our young men can take self-responsibility onto the sporting fields. I spoke to them about the effects of their actions on officials and their team mates and their actions supporting their peers and how poor behaviours as a spectator can have a negative impact on a game and the players. Players who have a sense of self-responsibility accept that their actions on a playing field are a result of how THEY react. There will be occasions when they may be provoked, but they still control how they respond to the provocation. Likewise, I mentioned that referees are always right, even when they are wrong. Referees are human like the rest of us and will, on occasions, make mistakes. However, this is not done deliberately, and if players concentrate on the actions of a referee to always find fault, they will lose concentration of their own game and their ability to bring out the best in their own players as well. Finally, I mentioned that a player who might be dropped from a team or believe that they should be in a higher team need to accept the coach’s decision. Complaining and blaming is not fair to the players in the team that they are moved into. It tells them that they are not as good as the player who was placed into their team, at least in the eyes of that player.
I would like to thank the members of our community who attended the meeting regarding the future direction of our Sports Support group. Whilst, I was a little disappointed in the number of people who attended, we had some very useful conversations and thought for a new contemporary direction for the group. As mentioned previously, the work done in past years has been exceptional. This meeting was an opportunity to look at the what has been achieved and a new vision for what this group can bring to the College to support our young men and the sports program into the future.
We held our second leader’s lunch for the year today. This time it was organised by the Cultural Department. Our young men received great advice about leadership from Mr Michael Jones, the Head of Music at Villanova College.
This weekend we compete against Marist College Ashgrove in Chess, Football and Rugby. All games are at Marist College and I hope to see and catch up with many of our young men and their families supporting our teams.
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