Recently, Pope Francis delivered his Lenten address. In Pope Francis’ address he makes three key points; the other person is a gift, sin blinds us and the Word is gift. Lent is the special time for renewing our encounter with Christ, living in his word, in the sacraments and in our neighbour.
Dear Brothers and Sister
Lent is a new beginning, a path leading to the certain goal of Easter, Christ’s victory over death. This season urgently calls us to conversion. Christians are asked to return to God “with all their hearts” (Joel 2:12), to refuse to settle for mediocrity and to grow in friendship with the Lord. Jesus is the faithful friend who never abandons us. Even when we sin, he patiently awaits our return; by that patient expectation, he shows us his readiness to forgive (cf. Homily, 8 January 2016).
Lent is a favourable season for deepening our spiritual life through the means of sanctification offered us by the Church: fasting, prayer and almsgiving. At the basis of everything is the word of God, which during this season we are invited to hear and ponder more deeply.
As the spread of the Coronavirus continues, we are planning our College Management Plan for all possibilities. As indicated in the latest correspondence sent home, we need to prepare for the possibility of students being sent home and prevented from attending classes for a period of time. I encourage families to put in place their own plans to deal with this possibility.
The College has increased all measures to combat the spread of germs. There are ample supplies of soap, paper towel and hand sanitiser in the toilets and located around the College grounds. Most walls in the College have posters about washing your hands and general hygiene.
In the interest of community health, it is prudent for any student who is showing signs of a cold or flu-like symptoms to be at home rather than attending classes. With the present situation I would strongly urge parents to see medical advice in these situations.
It is inevitable that we will start to see more cases of staff and students (or family members) being tested for COVID-19. Testing is managed and initiated by health authorities. There are a number of possible scenarios:
- Students or staff may have been in close contact with symptomatic family members who are undergoing testing. If the student or staff member has been attending school, they will be asked to self-isolate until testing is undertaken and test results are known. If the student or staff member has no relevant symptoms, there would normally not be further action at the College level until the test results are known. They would self-isolate for a period in accordance with health advice.
- If the above scenario occurs BUT the student or staff member is also symptomatic, the same steps will apply to immediate self-isolation. The nature of any action at the
College level in that case would be determined in consultation with health authorities and based on the circumstances of the case.
Please keep the College informed of any family situations that may be emerging at this time.
I will keep our community informed as to the status of community events at the College. Each event is undergoing a risk management review to determine the suitability of holding such an event where a large number of people are gathering. Fortunately, the College does not have any tours to other countries in the immediate future.
As I enter another week of my Lenten journey, guide me to the path that leads to you. Fill my heart with gratitude, patience, strength, and peace as I strive to become the-best-version-of-myself, honestly admitting my shortcomings and sins.
As I renew my resolve each day to become a better person, let me hear your voice in the deepest reaches of my heart. Give me rest in you.
Help me to accept others, showing them your great love instead of casting judgment.
Stay with me through the busy days this week and remind me that when I need comfort, solitude, wisdom, or guidance, I can always turn to you.
Help me develop discipline and generosity through fasting and almsgiving and come closer to you through prayer this Lent.
In your name I pray
Mr Mark Stower, Principal