Welcome back to Term 4. I hope all our families and students had an opportunity for some quality family time and rest during the September break.
Recently the Catholic Bishops released Social Justice Statement 2019-2020, “Making it Real: Genuine human encounter in our digital world.” The statement affirms the positive possibilities for encounter and solidarity offered by new digital media, while warning of those elements of our digital world that may be harmful. These include information overload; social isolation; marginalisation of the vulnerable; consumerism and fake news.
Pope Francis is calling us to ‘boldly become citizens of the digital world’ and to ensure it is a place of genuine human encounter. We all have a role in making this new digital world one where hatred and divisions are rejected, and our love of God and neighbour is fostered always.
STUDENT LEADERS – 2020
I am delighted to announce that the following students have been appointed as the Student Leadership Executive Team for 2020.
College Captain Elect: Max McCaul
College Vice Captain Elect: Tadgh O’Neill
Student Council President Elect: Murphy Woodger
YEAR 12, 2019
Our Year 12 students begin the final term of their secondary education. As expected, they are excited, and I suspect a little anxious about the future and leaving the College for the final time in six weeks. Many of the students have already counted how many days of school they have left and will eagerly tell you as they walk pass in the school yard.
It is at these times that the enthusiasm of youth needs to be tempered with the wisdom of age. As we all know if the senior students focus solely on the finishing date, they will miss all the fun and excitement each day will bring this term. We want our senior students to finish their time at the College in the best possible manner. Finishing well means they have maintained high standards in dress, behaviour and especially their studies. This term’s results do count and are extremely important to their exit results so there is no place for complacency during the next six weeks.
BACK TO WORK
It is great to be back at the College and to once again be a part of this vibrant community. I thoroughly enjoyed my time away and the opportunity to study, reflect, relax and have time to pursue some personal interests.
Studying at the London Business School I was one of 35 participants from across the world. Eighteen nationalities were represented in the group. Despite many cultural differences there was a common desire amongst all participants to live a purposeful and good life and to balance the demands of a busy work environment with family demands.
We also welcome back from leave Mrs Mylan Warren and Mr Brian Morrow. Mr Tass Sakellariou, College Psychologist will be returning next week.
AFAS IMMERSION – PHILIPPINES 2019
During the September holidays twenty-four students accompanied by Mr Tony Hindmarsh, Mrs Juanita Jacobs, Mrs Theresa Henry, Ms Amanda Waterson and Fathers Saldie Resolado and Peter Wieneke travelled to the Philippines to support Augustinian communities. Through the generosity of our community these young men and women were able to provide financial support, friendship and physical labour to communities who have very little. Many of the projects undertaken required hard physical labour and our students jumped wholeheartedly into each challenge.
We keep in our prayers and thoughts the Feltoe family on the recent death of Mrs Berenice Feltoe, mother-in-law of Pauline and grandmother of Michael (’09). Berenice passed away on October 4 aged 95 years.
May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace, Amen
We congratulate Mr Kane Corby and his wife Liesel on the recent birth of their second child, Isla born on October 4.
Mr Mark Stower, Principal