Happy Mothers Day
On Wednesday at 9.00am we are holding our Mothers’ Day Assembly. We are doing this early because next week our Year 12's are heading off on Retreat and we are also mindful of mothers with children at other schools who would like to attend a similar event. The Mothers’ Day Assembly is one of my favourite assemblies of the year.
Our religion is based on the ideal that God is love. I often think that in creation God is giving us a great clue as to the nature of God when God has given us the relationship of a mother as an example of what love and God resemble.
As if to really underpin this example Jesus’ Mother Mary has a most special place in our hearts. Mary in her motherhood is there to support us as we face the inevitable obstacles of life.
Pope Francis recently wrote: In her own life, Mary saw many difficult moments and like a good mother she is close to us, so that we may never lose courage before the adversities of life and might feel her support in facing and overcoming the difficulties of our human and Christian journey.
Reading is important
One of our goals this year is to improve students’ literacy. We have placed it as a significant goal in our Annual Improvement Plan. We have been fortunate to hire Jo Talwar to work with our students in their reading and writing.
Last Friday, Jo Talwar and Tracey Dunne, our Academic Resource Leader, took a team of Year 7 students to the Australian Reading Championships. You may remember that we qualified for this final last term. The boys finished fifth in Australia for reading! Fifth in Australia is amazing!
Please speak to your son each week about what you are reading. Talk to him about books he is reading. Read with him. Get him to read to you. Share a novel he is enjoying. Encourage him to find a book that he enjoys. We will be doing Reading on Tuesdays every week in Tutor group commencing in Week 4.
Future of the school
Sydney Catholic Schools recently released the decisions about the future of the College. These were emailed to all our school community, click here to view. This communication indicated the College would move to becoming a co-educational school and that the first girls are to be enrolled for the commencement of 2021. This week I will be attending three important meetings for the development of these plans. The first meeting is with the priests and principal’s of our Catholic feeder primary schools, the second is the Steering Committee and the third is a committee looking at the mission and identity of the future school. Though it is early days, there is a real excitement about planning the future of our school. Later in the term there will be a Symposium for parents to hear about and to respond to these plans.