Last Sunday, we celebrated Pentecost Sunday. It is an important day within our faith because it is also considered to be the birthday of the Church. Pentecost Sunday marks the end of the Easter season and is a commemoration and celebration of the receiving of the Holy Spirit by the early church. Jesus showed himself to the disciples after his death on the cross and his resurrection, giving them convincing proof that he was alive. After Jesus’ ascension to heaven, the disciples returned to Jerusalem and joined together in prayer. On the Day of Pentecost, the sound of a...
Last Sunday, we celebrated Pentecost Sunday. It is an important day within our faith because it is also considered to be the birthday of the Church. Pentecost Sunday marks the end of the Easter season and is a commemoration and celebration of the receiving of the Holy Spirit by the early church. Jesus showed himself to the disciples after his death on the cross and his resurrection, giving them convincing proof that he was alive. After Jesus’ ascension to heaven, the disciples returned to Jerusalem and joined together in prayer. On the Day of Pentecost, the sound of a violent wind filled the house and tongues of fire came to rest on each of them and all were filled with the Holy Spirit. They were given the power (miracle) of communication, they were able to speak to people of different languages and cultures and all could understand them. After the coming of the Holy Spirit, the disciples left to tell the world of the Great News of God’s Kingdom. This was the beginning of the Church as we know it. Today, in many Christian churches, Pentecost Sunday is celebrated to recognise the gift of the Holy Spirit, realising that God’s very life, breath and energy live in believers. The celebration of Pentecost Sunday reminds us of the reality that we all have the unifying Spirit that was poured out upon the first-century Church. It is a reminder that we are all baptized by one Spirit into one body; and that the Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead also lives within each of us. We are also free to spread the Good News of the Gospels and live a full life centred on the values shown to us through the Gospel and the example of Jesus Christ.
It is with mixed feelings that I advise the community that Ms Zoe Morgan will be leaving us at the end of this term. Zoe has accepted an appointment as the Dean of Communication at St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace commencing at the beginning of next term. Zoe has been a member of the College staff since 2004 and has served as a classroom teacher, middle leader and member of the College Leadership Team. Her contributions to this community have been enormous and her time and efforts over these years have been very much appreciated by the staff, students, parent body and other stakeholders associated with the College. I am sure that all members of the community will agree that whilst it will be sad to farewell Zoe, it is an excellent opportunity for her and we all wish her the very best in her future endeavours.
Over the next two weeks, we will advertise for a Dean of Administration and Business Intelligence and also a non-teaching role of Communications and Marketing Manager. The positions will be appointed as soon as possible and be ready to start at the beginning of next term.
On Tuesday I attended a seminar on Child Protection facilitated by the Queensland Catholic Education Commission (QCEC). One does not need to look any further than the current Royal Commission on Child Abuse to understand that student protection is an integral part of contemporary schooling. The child protection contact personnel at St Patrick’s College are Mr Frank Torrisi, Mr Darren Kearney, Mrs Janet Garside, Mrs Emily Rotta, Mr John Zappala and me. Please ensure that your son(s) knows that each of these people are available to them if they have any concerns or fears regarding matters of inappropriate behaviour of other students or adults. I would also urge all parents to be vigilant in regard to each young man’s use of social media and gaming software and be aware of the contacts that they make through these channels. Any concerns or suspicions should be reported to the police or or a child protection contact at the College.
On Tuesday evening, many parents attended the Parent Education Evening. The workshop was facilitated by Ms Devina Donovan and was centred around student mental wellbeing. Devina is a psychologist who has often presented at our Parent Education Evenings. Personally, I found her presentation to be very informative. I was particularly interested in the many coping mechanisms that she presented. I hope that all of the attendees also found the evening to be worthwhile and informative.
Our College Foundation ran their annual Business Breakfast this morning. The guest speaker was Mr Simon Jackman. Simon is a past student of the College who currently works as a political analyst and commentator with Radio National and ABC Television. He has also spent many years in this field abroad, particularly in the United States of America. The function also gave me a chance to thank the Foundation for all of the work that they have done to date in assisting the College through student bursaries, building assistance and support for our service programs. The audience was littered with current politicians, past students and families, current students and staff and members of the Shorncliffe and Sandgate business communities. I was also presented a cheque from BLK to assist with our student bursary program. BLK have committed to a three year bursary. We are most grateful for their assistance and contributions.