From the Headmaster
Dear Parents, Students and Friends
On Sunday this week the Church celebrated the feast of Pentecost.
The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
Now there were God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language?
Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” Acts 2:1-11I see these apostles of Jesus moving from their mourning the death of Jesus a month ago, through the amazing experience of the Resurrection to now being given the grace of God through the Holy Spirit to proclaim the gospel to people in Jerusalem and around the world.
I was very enthused on Sunday listening to Fr Davin Day’s homily on this passage. On Monday morning our staff prayer had this verse as its focus. Tony McDonnell brought this to life with a Taize Chant.
On Sunday the Church of Australia launched the plan to hold a Plenary Council in 2020-21. Plenary Councils don’t happen often. The last in Australia was in 1937 in response at the time to the rise of Communism. This Council is in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The Church leaders are looking for the way forward in bringing the message of Jesus and the Gospels to the Australian People in a time where the Royal Commission has had and will continue to have such an impact.
Last week the Year 12 students undertook their Retreat at The Hermitage in Mittagong. I was so delighted with the leadership of Anthony Munro, in the preparation and facilitation of this experience. The generosity of the teaching staff who came with the boys was uplifting and in turn the response from our senior students was extremely positive. Everybody involved took the time to consider the important relationships in their lives and their relationship with God.