Last Sunday was Pentecost Sunday. This celebrates the Christian holy day of Pentecost, which is celebrated fifty days after Easter Sunday. It commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ while they were in Jerusalem celebrating the Feast of Weeks. Pentecost is regarded as the birthday of the Christian church and the start of the Church’s Mission to the world. This is because the Holy Spirit gifted the disciples the ability to speak in different tongues. This allowed them to move outside of their own world into other parts and...
Last Sunday was Pentecost Sunday. This celebrates the Christian holy day of Pentecost, which is celebrated fifty days after Easter Sunday. It commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ while they were in Jerusalem celebrating the Feast of Weeks. Pentecost is regarded as the birthday of the Christian church and the start of the Church’s Mission to the world. This is because the Holy Spirit gifted the disciples the ability to speak in different tongues. This allowed them to move outside of their own world into other parts and spread the good news of Christ.
In a more contemporary way, each of us is Missioned with this role. It is by our own daily words and deeds that we also spread the good news. As a Catholic School in the Edmund Rice Tradition, this is also so very important how we reflect this in our daily actions at school. During yesterday’s assembly, I spoke to our young men about what it truly means to be empathetic and a Band of Brothers. Unfortunately, this term is more of a cliché than reality to some of our young men. Whilst there are still instances of bullying and exclusion, it is difficult to maintain that this is a hallmark of our community. True brothers seek to love and understand each other not find ways to pull each other down. This is especially the case in a Catholic School in the Edmund Rice Tradition that seeks to be authentic through the touchstones of inclusive community, and justice and solidarity, Gospel spirituality and liberating education.
Over the course of the past two days, Mr Peter Chapman (EREA Regional Director – Northern Region) led an appraisal on my performance over my first five-year period as College Principal. He was assisted by Mrs Catherine Thompson (BCE Senior Leader – Learning and Identity) and Mr Chris Leadbetter (College Principal – St Laurence’s College). The process involved the input from many members of our College community including staff, students, parents and College board members. I would like to thank those who were invited to participate in this process as the feedback is invaluable for my professional growth. In the next phase of the process, I will use the feedback to develop a professional plan for the next five years. This is done in consultation with Mr Peter Chapman.
Our College assembly on Tuesday was the last whole-school assembly for the semester. We used this opportunity to farewell Mrs Anne-Maree Bliss and Mr Paul Toohey who will retire at then end of the term. They both received a standing ovation from the staff and students in recognition of their contribution to the St Patrick’s community spanning over many years.
We also farewelled Mrs Tayla Fitzsimon who will take parental leave commencing at the end of the term to have her first child. Also, Mr Pollock will be leaving us. Paul has had a background in indigenous education from his time teaching in the Northern Territory and will be taking up a role in that area with Education Queensland starting next term.
As of next Tuesday, I will also be starting a period of renewal and long service leave that will finish at the end of the third term. While I am away, Mr Frank Torrisi will be the Acting College Principal and Ms Elizabeth Gaber will be Acting Deputy Principal. Mr Adam McPhee will replace Ms Gaber as Acting Dean of Administration and Business Intelligence and Mr Adrian Brown will take over Mr McPhee’s current role as Acting Director – Administration and Staff Development.
Next week, marks the final week of the term for our students. I am sure that over the past week and next week, they will have been involved in assessment activities. These times can also be times of great angst with some young men who may feel overwhelmed or in other cases some may simply procrastinate and get caught out with their preparation. During Tuesday’s assembly, Troy Schultz showed a very short YouTube clip about different ways to deal with these situations. Sometimes, in these situations, our young men simply need to sit with another adult who can assist them to plan out what needs to be done and set down a timeline. This does not need to be a teacher, but anyone with good organisational skills. If the young men can “chunk” their work into different times, stages and priorities, they can then develop a systematic way to meet all the deadlines in a more prepared manner. I would urge all parents to take some time to sit down with your child(ren) and look over their organisational and coping skills with them.
This evening, our Chessmen compete in their final round for the season. The team will travel to Indooroopilly to compete against St Peter’s Lutheran College. On Saturday, our Rugby and Football teams will all travel to St Peter’s to compete as well unless they might be playing a supplementary game against another school. I would like to use this opportunity to thank the many coaches who assisted throughout the term with the various co-curricular activities. Likewise, I would also like to thank the large number of students to also accepted our invitation to play for St Patrick’s in Chess, Rugby and Football and I hope that you enjoy the last round. I will also make particular mention especially of all Year 12 students who will compete in this activity for the last time at school.
As this is my last article before my leave, I wish all members of the community the very best over the forthcoming holidays and hope that each and every young man enjoys a great third term. I have no doubt that Mr Frank Torrisi and the CLT will lead the College with great energy and expertise during this time.
Live Jesus in our Hearts!