Advent and more
Dear Parents, Students and Friends,
Last Sunday was the first Sunday of Advent. This is the start of the season of waiting. We are in Church terms waiting for the child Jesus. The Gospel of Mark in its very direct way says the words: Be constantly on the watch! Stay awake! You do not know when the appointed time will come.
Rather than looking at these words as speaking of death coming I like to think they are an encouragement to live life as we should and not to wait. Living a good life. Working to help others.
Last Wednesday afternoon our first ever Newman class displayed some of their work. Carolyn O’Brien, our Director of Diverse Learning, has led the introduction of this gifted education program at our College. Next year we will have a Newman Gifted class in both Years 7 and 8.
On Friday evening we came together to celebrate the end of the year with the P&F Christmas Drinks. I appreciate the work of Fiona Lucas and Illya Shackell who organised the gathering. This was the last event for our outgoing president Ray Djani.
Ray has been a tireless supporter of the College. He has been well supported by Veronica Rios as Secretary, Sue Kenny as Vice President and June McFadyen as Treasurer. Ray announce the handover of another great donation to the College of $36,000 which will cover the cost of the remaining air conditioning. The whole College will be covered by air conditioning as a result of the efforts of the P&F.
Tonight we will have our P&F AGM at 6.30pm. This is an important group in our community. We are keen to see you and hope you will be able to assist in developing our Marist Community.
We begin our last fortnight of the school year and it will be a busy one. Year 10 will go on the Australian Catholic Youth Festival. This is a big experience from Thursday at the Homebush Arena through to Saturday at the Domain. Our boys will join approximately 12,000 young people from around Australia.
Students from Years 7-9 will compete in Champagnat Gold at Balmoral. This is a uniquely MCNS experience.