From the Principal – 4 September 2023

hope this communication finds you well.

Summary of Key Points

  • Virtue of the week
  • Thought from Archbishop Lefebvre
  • Student Achievement
  • Fathers Day Stall
  • National Child Protection Week
  • Partnering with Parents Conference 1
  • Community Engagement Session

This week students and staff explore the virtue of Modesty, which is the purity of heart in action, especially in regards to dress and speech.

A thought from Archbishop Lefebvre:

Children and adults have to pray, because it is in prayer that the creature truly finds his fulfilment, his life. Our life ought to be a life of prayer. A soul which does not pray is not corresponding to the reason it was created.

Congratulations to our:

  • College Choir who placed second in the Open Vocal Group and Third Secondary School Choir at the LaTrobe Valley Eisteddfod in Traralgon last Monday.
  • Year 7 and 8 Basketball teams who competed on Friday in the School Sports Victoria Fixture.

We wish our Athletics team all the best as they compete in the Regional Athletics Carnival on Tuesday September 5th and our Secondary students as they compete in the Annual House Drama Competition on the afternoon of Thursday September 7th.

I hope that all the Fathers and Grandfathers had a wonderful Father’s Day yesterday. Thank you for the wonderful contribution you (all) make to the College.

I would like to extend my gratitude to Kate Gomez, Natalia Bustamante, Marian Nimr, Brigitta Van Strijp, Roxanne Pullen for the wonderful Father’s Day Stall that was held last Friday. Furthermore, to all of the members of our broader College community who donated the lovely gifts, we are extremely grateful for your generosity. I took so much joy from listening to the students as they excitedly told me what they had bought for Father’s Day. Furthermore, I was blessed to be visited by one student, who at the end of the day gifted me a piece of Rocky Road.

National Child Protection Week runs from Sunday 3rd until Saturday 9th of September and is a campaign held annually across Australia to raise awareness of child abuse prevention. Sadly, according to the National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) over 35,000 Australian children were proven to have been abused or neglected last year.The focus of the week form our perspective will be to ensure that every child in our College understands that they have the right to be listened to and to have their opinions taken seriously. It’s important that as adults, we take the time to listen to children’s views, and work with them to find the best way to solve problems they may face in their lives. Should you have any concerns about the safety of a child please do not hesitate to contact either Mr David Williams or myself via the College Administration Office.

This Tuesday 5th September, the first Partnering with Parents: Ensuring a Catholic Education and Environment within the Home conference will take place at 7.30pm at Corpus Christi Church. The conferences will be led by Fr Stephens and run for 45 minutes followed by a ‘Chat over Cheese and a Whine over Wine’. There will be two (different) conferences each term and it is expected that all parents/carers attend at least one conference per term. For further information please contact the College.

On Friday 8th September, we will hold our final Community Engagement session for this term in the Multi Purpose Hall Foyer at 2.15pm. There will be a performance by the College Choir and further updates on the College Strategic Intent Statements and Child Safety Program.

A reminder about the upcoming Parents and Friends Dinner Auction. The Dinner Auction will be held on the 18th November at the Pakenham Racecourse. The success of the auction relies greatly on the donations of the College and wider community. Please support this evening by either donating or sourcing an auction item that can be left at the College Administration Desk.

God Bless

Kieran O’Dwyer