From the Headmaster
Dear Parents, Students and Friends,Yesterday the Church celebrated the life of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop. Mary MacKillop died on 8 August 1909 at the Josephite convent in North Sydney. MacKillop is one of our six College Houses.
Mary MacKillop founded the Josephite Order of teaching order of nuns. In her life the Josephites began schools across Australia. Their aim was to educate the poor. These schools were well ahead of schools of the time and they had their own curriculum. It was in fact the first Australian Curriculum.
Mary MacKillop walked and lived in North Sydney. She would have trodden the same paths we walk everyday to school. In her life she was excommunicated from the Church and she battled with the established Church and yet, never gave up her faith. Eventually the Church withdrew their excommunication of her.
Mary had many sayings, but probably best known for ‘never see a need without doing something about it.’ This should be a constant reminder to us all to look for opportunities to help others. Following Mary’s example we probably don’t have to look too far to find someone in need.
Three of our Year 10 boys were at Street Level Café last Friday evening. This is a simple project run by the Salvation Army to support the poor in Sydney. Our boys gave hospitality to some of these locals and they appreciated the boys’ efforts.
Our school has many examples of times and situations over many years where boys, support staff and teachers have connected with people on the edge of society. Through Solidarity boys have taken the opportunities to connect with others and build relationships with the poor of society.