Last night, we completed the farewell for our Year 12 students with a wonderful Graduation ceremony that included the students, their parents and staff. This graduation is not only a time to thank the students and give them graduation certificates but as importantly, it is a more intimate event where the CLT, on behalf of the St Patrick’s community, also have the opportunity to thank the parents of the graduands. In a number of cases, this has been their last year associated with the College and the association has spread over a vast number of years. Whilst the students...
Last night, we completed the farewell for our Year 12 students with a wonderful Graduation ceremony that included the students, their parents and staff. This graduation is not only a time to thank the students and give them graduation certificates but as importantly, it is a more intimate event where the CLT, on behalf of the St Patrick’s community, also have the opportunity to thank the parents of the graduands. In a number of cases, this has been their last year associated with the College and the association has spread over a vast number of years. Whilst the students are at the core of what we do here, it is the partnership between the parents and staff that ensure that the students have the best possible opportunities. I would once again like to publically thank the departing parents and thank each of you for your contribution and support to the College over your time of association with us. It has been very much appreciated and valued by the whole community.
During last night’s ceremony I also took the opportunity to thank and farewell Fr Antoni who will be leaving us at the end of this year. Whilst only having been with us for a short period of time, he has had a large impact on our community. Unfortunately (for us,) Fr Anthoni has been appointed onto the Franciscan Leadership Team and will be stationed in New Zealand next year. This appointment is obviously testament to Fr Anthoni’s abilities and whilst we will dearly miss him, I am sure that the news is warmly welcomed by the Franciscan order. I am sure that everyone would join with me in wishing him the very best in his new role.
Last Sunday marked the start of Year C in the Church calendar. This means that most Gospel readings during this Church year will come from Luke in his Gospel he portrays and emphasises Jesus' profound interest in people and relationships. He was compassionate to the poor, the sick, the hurting and the sinful. He loved and embraced everyone. Luke's Gospel gives special emphasis to prayer, miracles and angels as well and women are given an important place in Luke's writings. In last Sunday’s reading we heard of the building and destruction of the temple. He speaks of betrayal, persecution and followers being put to death for being faithful to God. The message from the reading was that there will be times when we may feel “persecuted” for our beliefs and actions but it is our perseverance to our faith that will save us. There are certainly times when our Catholic faith and values are considered counter-cultural to the secular messages of our communities. My interpretation of Luke’s message is that it is our perseverance to these values and our faith that makes us the people that we are and forms the relationships that we make with others.
This afternoon, our Year 9 students and their mentors will meet after school to celebrate the conclusion of their Rite Journey Program. This afternoon’s event is The Return and Homecoming. This program is unique to our Year 9 cohort and relies not only on the expertise of the teaching staff involved but also on the assistance and time of many fathers and other male mentors in the young men’s lives. I would particularly like to thank our teachers for their delivery of the program this year and especially to Mr Brian Polich for his organisation, planning and facilitation of the course and the events. I am sure that it will be a very meaningful and enjoyable conclusion to the Program.
Next week marks a busy time for all of our students as they will undertake their final exams for the year. At this point in time, we would expect each young man to be well prepared for his tests and allocating some quality time to study and revision. I certainly would encourage all parents to ensure that this is the case. This is also particularly important to the young men in the lower grades, as they need to become aware that there are occasions in their school life where they have to temporarily put aside some things they enjoy to prioritise another aspect of their life. If they can be taught to be well-organised and prepare well throughout the term, this imposition at the end of the term will be a lot less demanding.
Next week will be a relatively quiet week in regard to events around the College and I look forward to meeting with many of our Years 5 and 6 parents at their final liturgies.
Also a reminder to all families that we will finish at 3:00pm next Friday afternoon.