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Dear Parents, Students, and Friends
On Monday our staff took part in our Staff Spirituality Day at Mittagong. The program that we undertook was called Holy Today.
The program challenged us to find for ourselves how we can cultivate an inner awareness of the spiritual in a life that is so busy. We were encouraged
to ‘pay attention’ to life and to live in harmony with each other, with the natural world and especially within ourselves. We took the time to consider
the Catholic Sacramental imagination that recognises beauty and opens our eyes to new ways of seeing the world.
The hope is that this will allow us to get in touch with our inner selves to be able to discover a God of love who is revealed in the ordinary events of our lives.
Dare To Be
At our school assembly yesterday Mark Heiss presented the school’s Vision for Learning which is Dare to Be and our learning framework which is that our students are working to be:
- Deep Thinkers
Mr Heiss gave several examples of where once a person could be seen to achieve an outcome it became possible for many more to achieve that outcome. The first example was the four-minute mile: Roger Bannister broke this barrier in 1954, prior to this it was thought to be an impossibility. Since Roger’s achievement, more than a thousand runners have conquered this barrier that had once been considered hopelessly out of reach.
The second example was: female golfers. In 1998 South Korean Se Ri Pak won the LPGA. She was the most successful South Korean Golfer ever.
1998 - 1 female golfer on the LPGA tour from South Korea
2007 - 33 female golfers on the LPGA tour from South Korea
2019 - 58 players are South Korean37 are in the top 100 - that’s every 3rd player are from South Korea!
Mr Heiss’ summary was once you can see it you can be it. It isn’t until we can see the success
that we can believe that we can achieve it. He used this to relate to the school’s improvement in HSC results over recent years. Boys have shown that
it can be done. Good results are more possible now that we have seen boys achieve good results.
Be Challenged, Be Relational, Be Engaged and Be Deep Thinkers.