We are fast approaching the end of the Lenten season. Last Sunday was Palm Sunday. This is a significant day in our faith as it signifies Jesus’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Palm Sunday also marks the beginning of Holy Week, which concludes on Easter Sunday. For Christians, Holy Week is an extraordinary week in that Jesus Christ’s entry into the Holy city of Jerusalem was marked with great celebration and excitement. Yet within the space of one week, he was scorned and mocked and crucified by many of these same people. Jesus entered Jerusalem knowing that this...
We are fast approaching the end of the Lenten season. Last Sunday was Palm Sunday. This is a significant day in our faith as it signifies Jesus’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Palm Sunday also marks the beginning of Holy Week, which concludes on Easter Sunday. For Christians, Holy Week is an extraordinary week in that Jesus Christ’s entry into the Holy city of Jerusalem was marked with great celebration and excitement. Yet within the space of one week, he was scorned and mocked and crucified by many of these same people. Jesus entered Jerusalem knowing that this was, in a sense, his death march, as he knew this journey would end in sacrificial death. However, he took on this burden for the good of all mankind. On Good Friday, we mourn the passing of Jesus Christ. This is not so much a ritual to signify his death, but recognition of the way that he died, why he died and what this means to us as fragile beings. Easter is a time of great ritual and celebration for our faith, it is also important that each of our students understand the significance of this time to the Catholic Church and that they are encouraged to attend Church services particularly on Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
We will celebrate Holy Week with a simple liturgy on the last morning of the term. This will be an opportunity to remind our young men of the Catholic Easter story of Jesus’s death on Good Friday and his resulting resurrection on Easter Sunday. The birth, death and resurrection of Christ are the most significant signposts of our Catholic story.
At the beginning of the Lenten season I mentioned that this period was a time for reflection and sacrifice. Next week would be a good time to have the conversation with your son around what he shed or changed over this period and how he feels as a result.
Tomorrow we will also farewell Mr Matthew Hawkins from our College. Matthew arrived at St Patrick’s at the beginning of 2010. In the six years since he started Matthew has achieved many things within this community. Matthew wrote the lyrics to the St Patrick's version of The Call in his first year at the College as a part of the College response to the tragic passing of Elliott Fletcher. Everyone who has heard the student body sing this song in full voice knows what a powerful song it is. Matthew is also a well-known and respected member of the national EREA Dean of Identity network. His work at St Patrick’s within many areas of his portfolio is considered best practice across the country. Matthew leaves the College to take a new role as Head of Campus at the Flexible Learning Centre at Hemmant. Whilst Matthew will be missed at our College, I have no doubt that he will be a great asset to the Flexi Learning network. I am sure that I speak on behalf of the entire College community when I wish Matthew and his wife Julie and their family the very best for the future.
The first term exams have now been completed and I have been impressed by the preparation and efforts of most students across all of the grades. This is also a very busy time for the teaching and support staff to ensure that the tests materials are prepared and marked and reports are completed to the expected timelines.
The final fixtures of the AIC first term sport was held last Saturday. The junior teams competed at Curlew Park and the Bracken Ridge State High School and the older teams competed at Ipswich. I would like to thank all of the students and their families for the participation and support over the first term. I would also particularly like to thank the many staff and volunteer coaches who allowed us to offer so many students the opportunity to play. This Easter break there will be many Football and Rugby camps and clinics and a Rugby tour to New Zealand and a Cross Country tour to Cairns. Mr Ryan Schultz has spent many hours planning the Rugby tour over the past twelve months and I am sure that the tour will offer great experiences to our emerging Rugby players. I would particularly like to thank Ryan, Mr Doug Locke and Mr Pat O’Connor for touring with and training the team.
Tomorrow will be the last day of the term for all of our students. The Shore to Gate (S2G) is always a wonderful way to finish the term. The event is always very well organised by Ms Zoe Morgan and the student participation is a great part of the culture of the College. I would like to thank all of the students and their families for their efforts once again this year in fundraising for this event. I would also remind all parents that the students finish at 12:30pm.
I hope that each family has the opportunity to relax and spend some time together over this Easter break and I look forward to working with the students and families again next term.