I mentioned in last week’s Calling that Ash Wednesday began our Lenten journey, a significant season for our faith and Church. In last Sunday’s Gospel reading, the first week of Lent, we heard the story of Jesus going into the desert alone for 40 days and nights to face Satan and his temptations. This reading can hold true to each of us as well in our own daily lives. Jesus’s journey to desert was one where he chose to wrestle with the powers of evil alone before he returned to proclaim the good news of the Kingdom...
I mentioned in last week’s Calling that Ash Wednesday began our Lenten journey, a significant season for our faith and Church. In last Sunday’s Gospel reading, the first week of Lent, we heard the story of Jesus going into the desert alone for 40 days and nights to face Satan and his temptations. This reading can hold true to each of us as well in our own daily lives. Jesus’s journey to desert was one where he chose to wrestle with the powers of evil alone before he returned to proclaim the good news of the Kingdom to all. Going into the desert is significant. Deserts are, by nature, lonely and wild places. Alone, one can feel isolated, vulnerable, unsafe and afraid. The same feelings can be true when we spend time truly confronting our own temptations and obstacles in life. Very often, they can be so overwhelming that we might feel that we cannot overcome them alone. That is very much the point of this Gospel reading, Jesus confronted the demons through prayer. We are invited to turn to God to help us meet these challenges through prayer and reflection. In our Church, Lent is also very much connected to our baptism story. At our baptism we are invited into a relationship with Christ. This relationship promises us a means of salvation and way of living. We are not alone in meeting our obstacles. The season of Lent is also a season of Joy for the Church because it is also a season of promise. It can be a turning point in our own lives where we reflect upon the obstacles that we face and work to overcome them and in doing so develop deeper relationship with our God. Last week we spoke of looking to what we might need to change or add to make our own life better and fuller. This week we speak of developing a deeper relationship with Christ and our own faith to help us overcome the obstacles and meet these challenges that we have identified.
In my letter forwarded to all parents at the beginning of the year, and at the parent information evenings that we ran in the first two weeks of school, I was very particular about how we communicate within the St Patrick’s College community. I was also very particular about mentioning social media websites, particularly Facebook pages, that are set up externally to our own College communication channels. I am aware that there are many such pages that are set up by parents within different year levels. It is our preference that these pages not be set up as they can cause confusion about what is happening within each year level at school and sometimes give out incorrect information. These pages are also not to have any comments, documents, pictures or logos that might make them appear to be administered by our school. To ensure that our parent body is well informed, we have set up many social media platforms so that parents can access information directly from the school. It is also important for the administrators of such sites to understand their own responsibilities in offering such a platform. I have recently been informed that some of these sites have allowed for names of members of our community to be used without their permission. This is certainly not something that this College would condone, and it is my hope that such practices would cease immediately, and at the very least the administrators of the sites would remove them straight away. It is an unfortunate reality that these sites have caused some angst amongst different school communities and I would hate to see such practices creep into our school. I would urge any members of our community who may have concerns regarding the sites to please contact me or Mrs Jackie Upton.
During this week, our Year 5 and Year 7 students have participated in their school camps. Whilst the weather was not as cooperative as we would have liked, I hope that each young man had an enjoyable camp experience. I would also like to thank the many staff members, from both the teaching and support staff, for giving their time from their own families to allow these opportunities for our students.
During this week, all the College Principals from AIC schools met with staff from the University of Queensland (UQ) regarding the AIC Sport Review. The meeting was held over a full day and the purpose was twofold. Firstly, the UQ staff tabled their final report to the Principals. Secondly, the College Principals worked together and with the UQ staff to develop a mission, philosophy and vision for the AIC sporting competition into the future. This will become a determining factor when considering the recommendations and actions from the report. It is still hoped that new changes will be introduced in 2019.
I would also like to congratulate our Senior B Chess team for winning the B Grade Division of the Brisbane Secondary Schools Chess Championships held at Church of England Grammar School (Churchie) on Tuesday. The team comprised Jack Tobe, Sean Grew-Figuerola, Oliver Howe and Oscar O’Brien. Our Senior A team consisting of Jack Bolton, Ben Peachey, River Brunsmann and Mason Brown also performed admirably in their competition. There were some very impressive results from both teams against strong opposition from EQ, Independent and Catholic schools across Brisbane.
As hard as it is to believe, we are now in the middle week of the term. There should be absolutely no excuses from your son about not getting any homework or for not getting into a routine to complete his homework and study/revision. The exams that they undertake at the end of the term will most likely include knowledge of information and use of skills that they would have been given throughout the term. It will be much easier for them to remember these and utilise the skills if they have been practiced over a longer period of time and in a more consistent manner. At this stage, all students, apart from Year 5, have set target results for the semester. Please ask your son for these targets, if he has not already shown them to you. We need to continually reinforce that the targets can be met, if they are realistic, through persistence and attitude to work and the right amount of effort.