This week signals the end of the fifth week of Lent. As I have mentioned previously, each of the Gospel readings during lent challenge us to reflect upon our relationship with God. In last Sunday’s reading from John’s Gospel, Jesus was speaking to a crowd in a temple. In his address Jesus said …Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honour.
Once again, we are being challenged about our commitment to our faith. Following Jesus is...
This week signals the end of the fifth week of Lent. As I have mentioned previously, each of the Gospel readings during lent challenge us to reflect upon our relationship with God. In last Sunday’s reading from John’s Gospel, Jesus was speaking to a crowd in a temple. In his address Jesus said …
Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honour.
Once again, we are being challenged about our commitment to our faith. Following Jesus is not meant to be a selective decision: one made whenever it suits our circumstance. To truly follow our faith and Jesus, the commitment is life-long. As mentioned by Jesus “…where I am, there will be my servant also”. We encounter Jesus daily in the many things that we do and say. Our commitment is shown through what actions we take and what words we speak. These are messages that we continually need to remind or young men.
Next Thursday, is our final day of the term and our Shore to Gate walk. Last year, we had to cancel the event due to a large weather event moving into Brisbane. Fingers are crossed for a bright, sunny day next Thursday as this is always a great way to finish the term. We have set each student a target of collecting $40 each from the walk. The money that is collected is used to finance some projects that we have on the College campus and to support our various House Charities. I urge all parents to ensure that their son does all that he can to reach this target before next Thursday.
We are well and truly at the pointy end of this term. All year levels will be starting to undertake their exams. Students in Years 11 & 12 are given time away from school during these days so that they can spend quality time preparing for their exams, as they are more complex than in past years. It is most important that each of them spends this time wisely and is well prepared for the task ahead. During Tuesday’s Assembly, I reminded our young men that we have the biggest control and impact upon our own actions. To often, we can fall into the trap of finding excuses for not meeting expectations. In the context of exams, there are some who look for excuses for why they have not done as well as they should by looking everywhere else but at themselves. Exams are “point in time” assessments that provide feedback to students, families and teachers about what they have retained from their unit of study. The results and feedback from exams is an indication of where the young man is at that point in time. The most important part of this cycle is that the young man acknowledges what the result is telling him and to work out ways, with the assistance of his parents and teacher, to further improve. The unfortunate reality for students who are allowed o constantly find excuses and deflect any personal responsibility is that they will struggle to learn from any mistakes because they rarely think that they make any. Constant use and acceptance of excuses does not assist a young person to develop resilience.
We had the great pleasure of welcoming Lisa Campbell to join us at our whole school Assembly on Tuesday afternoon. Lisa lives locally and was recently named in the Australian Track and Field Commonwealth Games Team. Lisa’s particular discipline is pole vault. During the assembly, Lisa was interviewed by two of our senior students, Daniel Champness and Tyler Isonaga. We heard about her upbringing and journey to getting into the Commonwealth Games team. Interestingly, Lisa was a gymnast originally and did not get into Track and Field until her teenage years. She also spoke of her training regime which usually starts with early mornings. This also had to be balanced with her work schedule as she was not financially supported by the sports body. During her journey, Lisa has also found time to complete her Exercise Science degree at university as well. I hope that the young men heard about how much hard work was required by her to reach her dream. The same message applies to their studies. As they get older and things become more difficult, good results are the outcome of a positive attitude, perseverance, hard work and greater effort. I am sure that I speak on behalf of the entire community when I wish Lisa the very best in her Commonwealth Games experience.
We have finished our interviews with prospective Year 7 students and will spend the next few days reviewing the applications before letters of acceptance are sent to families on the last day of the term.
We finished our Indigenous Cultural Celebration Week last Friday, with a gathering of students from our College and St John Fisher College. Mr Luke Royes facilitated a series of workshops after our St Patrick’s Day Mass and the students finished with a lunch. The concept of an Indigenous Cultural Celebration Week is still in its infancy within our community and we will continue to seek ways to further enhance it each year.
Our First XI Cricket team won the AIC competition for the first time since the competition started in 1998. Their victory over Padua College last Saturday meant that they share the premiership with Marist College Ashgrove. It has been a wonderful effort throughout the season from all the players and their coach, Mr Greg Harris. Well done to one and all!
There are no sporting fixtures this week-end and coaches have been asked to stop any training schedules for next week so that all our students can fully concentrate on their exam preparations.