Reflection and more
Dear Parents, Students and FriendsReflection
We are in the last fortnight of the Church season of Lent. The readings at Mass are building towards the Crucifiction of Jesus on Good Friday and then the moment of the Resurrection on Easter Sunday. Next Sunday, Palm Sunday, is remembering Jesus entering Jerusalem and the long reading of the Passion of Jesus.
Fr Andy Bullen SJ, Parish Priest of the Our Lady of the Way Parish North Sydney, says: Through the Cross, Jesus enters into the worst that human beings can inflict so that he can be with us in our sufferings - so a gospel of “solidarity”, to use a potent word in recent history.
I have used below the Opening Prayer for the Marist Schools Australia Principals’ Conference last week in Brisbane:
Today Lord, I choose life.I choose your love and the challenge to live it and share it.
I choose hope, even in moments of darkness.
I choose faith, accepting you as Lord and God.
I choose to let go of some part of my burdens,
day by day handing them over to you.
I choose to take hold of your strength and
power ever more deeply in my life.
May this truly be for me a time of new life,
of change, challenge and growth.
May I come to Easter with a heart open to dying with you
and rising to your new life, day by day.
Combined Concert Night
Last Tuesday evening MCNS hosted a visit from the USA Fort Collins High School Band Orchestra and Choir. It featured 215 music students: a 70 piece band, a 70 piece orchestra, and a 50 piece choir. On the night the Fort Collins musicians joined with our own MCNS 50 piece band to play a concert overture written by our Rod Herbert for Marist in 2007.
The sound on the night was amazing. Our students had to learn a number of complex pieces and had been practicing on Sunday afternoons since last year. It was wonderful to see our students working with the Fort Collins students. Such a great learning experience. We are grateful to Rod Herbert for his inspiration in hosting the night. Rod coordinated the supply of instruments, the catering for the crowd and the concert itself.
CSDA Public Speaking Grand Final at Marist
Again this year MCNS hosted the grand final of the CSDA Public Speaking Competition. Two of our speakers, Ryan Mirabelli (Yr 12) and Taras Myronov (Yr 7) got through to this stage of the competition, which began with approximately 700 speakers from Catholic Schools in Sydney.
The level of the speeches is always strong in this competition. The adjudicators for the senior division said that this senior grand final was a level above previous years. I would have to agree that each of the speakers did a wonderful job.
We are grateful to Janette Durand for coordinating the Marist Team and the CSDA Grand Final. Peter Sherringham oversaw the supply of the hospitality for our guests. Under the supervision of Rochelle Eggins, the Hospitality students did a great job with supper.