This week started with a very important day on the Catholic Calendar. On Monday we celebrated the Feast of the Assumption of Mary. This Feast is significant because it is a Holy day of Obligation in our Church. Currently, the Holy days of Obligation within our faith include each Sunday, Christmas Day and the Assumption of Mary. In essence this Feast Day is a chance for us to celebrate the heavenly birthday of the Virgin Mary. It has a double objective. Firstly, it marks the happy departure of Mary from this human life. Secondly, it recognizes the assumption of...
This week started with a very important day on the Catholic Calendar. On Monday we celebrated the Feast of the Assumption of Mary. This Feast is significant because it is a Holy day of Obligation in our Church. Currently, the Holy days of Obligation within our faith include each Sunday, Christmas Day and the Assumption of Mary. In essence this Feast Day is a chance for us to celebrate the heavenly birthday of the Virgin Mary. It has a double objective. Firstly, it marks the happy departure of Mary from this human life. Secondly, it recognizes the assumption of her body from earth into Heaven. The fact that this Feast is really only one of two special days outside of each Sunday indicates the place of Mary within our faith. It is also significant to our EREA schools as we were foundered by the Christian Brothers and their order had a special devotion to Mary.
Mary was the mother of Jesus. In everyday terms, the Feast of the Assumption allows us to reflect upon the lives and devotions of our own mothers upon ourselves. Mothers have a very special bond with their children. They carry them in their wombs when the child is at their most vulnerable and it is in their own actions during their pregnancy that protects and nurtures the child. Mothers are also considered to be the nurturers of the family. That is not to say that this is not always done by fathers as well but within our culture it appears to be predominately recognized as mothers. They have an unconditional love for their children and they continue to be very protective of their children throughout their lives after their birth. I know as a child, I still very much keep in contact with my mother and talk to her about matters that are important to me. Mothers also have that wonderful ability to show their disappointment when poor choices have been made by their children but still have that loving way of letting them know that things are still alright. The Feast of the Assumption can also be time for us to reflect and be grateful for the “saintly” actions of our own mothers.
On Tuesday evening, our College held our Open Day for this year. This day is an opportunity for us to show prospective families around our school campus. Whilst it would be fair to say that we have some great facilities within the College, I have always said that it is the people within our community that make it the great school that it is. I could not have been more proud of the staff and student support shown to our many visitors during the evening. The obvious pride and energy shown by all was very much noticed and appreciated by the many visitors. I was constantly told of the wonderful assistance shown to many by our students. We have much to be proud of and grateful for at this College and should never take these things for granted. I would like to thank the many students who were able to attend and assist us and also the families that made adjustments to their busy schedules to accommodate the College. Our teaching staff already has a wonderful reputation for their work and relationships with the student body and this was most evident in their assistance, support and interactions during the evening as well.
Last Sunday, I had the great pleasure of attending the Queensland Catholic Schools Music Festival hosted at Villanova College. I always enjoy watching our young men take the opportunity to perform and show their skills to a wider audience. Last Sunday was no exception. I would particularly like to thank the Music staff for their efforts in preparing the young men for their performances and also for conducting and assisting on Saturday and Sunday.
We are currently interviewing a number of young men in Year 3 who wish to commence at our College in 2018. I always find these interviews to be very energizing. The sheer excitement and energy of the boys together with the conversations with parents about what they want for their young man is a real elixir of hope and drive for me. We will continue these interviews over this week, Saturday and into next week.
We also held the College athletics carnival at Curlew Park last Friday. It was a great day. There was a real sense of fun and enjoyment from all of the staff and students. Our carnivals have always been geared towards an opportunity for students to participate in an enjoyable environment in events that are not as competitive by nature. Once again, this was very successful at achieving this aim.
One of the many great things that our College has to offer is the opportunity for indigenous students from regional areas to attend St Patrick’s. This is possible due to the wonderful support of some families through our homestay program. Currently, we have four young men from Normanton (NQ) ranging from Year 8 through to Year 12. We have developed a relationship with the Normanton community and offer opportunities to students from this area. Secondary schooling in Normanton stops at Year 10 and students are expected to travel away and board if they wish to continue their education. Our homestay offers an alternative to the boarding environment. Last week Luke Royes (Head of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education) hosted an evening for any families that may be considering to offer their home to the program. I would like to thank the current families and students who attended to assist with the information for prospective families and the current families who are considering this program. If you were unable to attend the evening and might be interested, please contact Luke through the College office.
Thank you to the many Year 8 students and parents who attended the subject selection evening. I hope that the evening was an informative and worthwhile assistance to the subject decision making process.
On Monday morning, the funeral for Mrs Christine Crowther was held at Padua. Christine was the mother of Michael (Symonds) who is one of our Year 11 students. Please keep Michael, Mark (husband) and Michael’s four siblings in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time for the family.
Mr. Chris Mayes - College Principal
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