Last Sunday was Pentecost Sunday. Pentecost is derived from the Greek word meaning fifty. Traditionally, Pentecost Sunday is the fiftieth day after Easter. In the previous week’s Gospel, we learned of the Ascension of Jesus Christ.The significance of the Ascension was that Jesus moved from a physical presence on earth to a spiritual presence. Pentecost Sunday signifies the decent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles and other followers when they were in Jerusalem celebrating the week of Feasts. At the Ascension, Jesus told the apostles to go out and spread the good news. In the following...
Last Sunday was Pentecost Sunday. Pentecost is derived from the Greek word meaning fifty. Traditionally, Pentecost Sunday is the fiftieth day after Easter. In the previous week’s Gospel, we learned of the Ascension of Jesus Christ.The significance of the Ascension was that Jesus moved from a physical presence on earth to a spiritual presence. Pentecost Sunday signifies the decent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles and other followers when they were in Jerusalem celebrating the week of Feasts. At the Ascension, Jesus told the apostles to go out and spread the good news. In the following days of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit spread the word of tongues. The Holy Spirit spoke to the apostles and followers in many different languages and they understood them. This symbolizes their ability to move around the many regions of the known world and spread the Good News to all because of the gift given to them. Thousands of years later, this Good News is still being spread by the many followers of Jesus and is the heart to what we do as a Catholic school. To many Christians, Pentecost Sunday is seen as the birth of the Church as it empowered the apostles and followers to go forth and keep Jesus Christ’s name alive by spreading his Good News. As mentioned in my article last week, we do this today through our own words and actions.
During the week, we heard about the accident involving a Year 9 student from Marist College, Ashgrove whilst he was on a school camp.We have been asked by the family and Marist community to keep this young man in our thoughts and prayers. Let us all pray that he makes a full recovery from this accident.
Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) is seeking information from families across the country about why parents have chosen our schools for their son(s) and what good things we have to offer as well as the challenges for families. This is being done through a short survey. Mrs Jackie Upton will send out a communication regarding the survey next Monday. The survey will be open for two weeks. The information gathered will be used by EREA in looking to their future directions and we will receive our own specific school data as well. Likewise, this will be useful information for us.
Last Saturday, we hosted Marist College Ashgrove in our annual Back to Shorncliffe fixture. The original purpose of this day was to invite and honour the past “College Old Boys” to return and support their old alma mater. It also gives us an opportunity to show appreciation to the giants whose shoulders we stand upon. More recently, we have expanded the day into an opportunity, also, to show thanks to our Year 12 students who play their final home game at Curlew Park. We also host the Year 12 parents in a morning tea to also thank them for all their support over the many years. Consequently, the day has been transformed a little more to be a day of celebration and community as well.
I thought that last week’s celebration of the day was outstanding. Our young men were wonderful hosts to our visitors and the spirit and comradery on and off the field was evident for all to see. It was also an opportunity for some of our young men to not only demonstrate their sporting abilities, but also their musical talents as well. For the first time, we asked SANDBAG to have a presence. This is a local community organization that does some amazing work with very little government assistance and we have been making greater connections with them to offer our support wherever possible. I would particularly like to thank Mrs Jackie Upton and Mr Frank Torrisi for their hard work in planning the day and Mr Darren Wells and the property team for their preparation of the grounds and Jonathan Miers for all the assistance with IT requirements for the sports and music.
I would also like to pass on my thanks to Mr David Row. David was an original member of the College Sports Support Group and has been awarded the Certa Bonum award twice during his time with the College. He has been the canteen convenor at Curlew and the school sports venues for many years, even after his sons have finished at the College. Last Saturday was his last Back to Shorncliffe Day and this Saturday will be his last day at Curlew in the role of Canteen convenor. If you are at Curlew on Saturday and get a chance, please take a little time to thank David for all that he has done for the great venue over his many years of service.
Over last Sunday, Monday and Tuesday many our Year 12 students participated in voluntary KAIROS retreat. There were four separate retreats held at the same time. This is a very large commitment by us to deliver such a program. It involved significant logistical planning and organizing as well as commitment from many staff members. Our staff include teaching and support staff members. I would like to publicly thank them for all that they did on the retreat and I hope that the experience was a positive one for the young men who could attend.
Unfortunately, we have had to cancel next Friday night’s Arts Café. This was done because we did not have enough people registered to attend the evening. I certainly understand that this might be the case given the many things that happen within family life. I would like to thank the creative and performing arts teachers for their work in preparation for the night. However, the performances and works will not be lost, they will be shown and delivered at other school events across the remainder of the year.
This Saturday is also National Sorry Day. We will have a sort presentation before the First XV Rugby game and the players will wear socks in the indigenous colours for this fixture. This day is an important part of contemporary Australian history and I believe that it is important that each of our young men understand its significance and meaning. If real reconciliation is ever going to be reached in our country, it will be their generations that will achieve it.
This week, we host St Edmund’s College Ipswich in our chess, football and rugby fixtures. Whilst most of our teams will be at Curlew, some of our Year 7 and 8 teams will travel to Ipswich for their fixtures.