From the Principal
A Prayer for Mothers
Catholic Prayers OnlineAll-loving God, we give you thanks and praise for mothers young and old.
We pray for young mothers, who give life and count toes and tend to our every need; May they be blessed with patience and tenderness to care for their families and themselves with great joy.
We pray for our own mothers who have nurtured and cared for us; May they continue to guide us in strong and gentle ways.
We remember mothers who are separated from their children for whatever reason and also because of war, poverty, or conflict; May they feel the loving embrace of our God who wipes every tear away.
We pray for women who are not mothers but still love and shape us with motherly care and compassion.
We remember mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers who are no longer with us but who live forever in our memory and nourish us with their love. Amen
Last Wednesday our Mothers Day Assembly was a blessing. We were so well supported by mothers, grandmothers and important women in the lives of our boys. We were pushed in actually seating our assembly which is one of the best problems you can face!
Our formula for this assembly has been the same for many years. We have a Year 7 student speak, a mother to respond and a musical item.
The Year 7 student was William Solomon. William has a maturity, humour, and oration well beyond his years. His confidence and clarity of speech were astounding. Mrs. Lisa Netting, the mother of Sean and James, responded. Her words were clever, well thought out and incisive on this topic that we hold dear to our hearts.
The Year 12 band, under the guidance of Mr. Herbert, played the old Beatle number Here Comes the Sun. This was done really well with harmonies and exceptional musical support.
Our hospitality supplied morning tea for the mothers.
I know what I have just described is probably too much detail but the assembly really hit the mark for me. Mothers give us life and make such a huge contribution to our lives that trying to articulate and recognise their gift to us is a challenge.
Marist Catholic College North Shore
We have already been busy this term working to realise the vision that is our Kindergarten to Year 12 co-educational college. Our current progress is:
- Mr. Grech has now interviewed a majority of our teaching staff to ascertain their ideas, enthusiasm, and need for professional development.
- Mr. Grech is also chairing four important committees that are working to create our future reality. These are the Catholic Identity and Mission, Teaching and Learning, Wellbeing and Operations and Infrastructure Committees. This is a very big undertaking and we are so lucky to have his leadership in these projects.
- We held our Listening Forum with a group of the 2021 girls and their parents. We had well over a hundred people take part in the conversations. We also plan to invite both the girls and the boys of 2021 to talk with us about their thoughts on being the first co-ed group.
- The architects have presented their plans for the first stage of the work on the College. This is a smaller type of project that will see the construction of new bathrooms for both boys and girls located off O’Mara Plaza. We are seeing this area as a Year 7 and 8 yard. It will receive a new roof and the classrooms around it will be refurbished.
- The Uniform Committee has selected a uniform supply company to produce the new College uniform for the K to 12 students.