Term 1 has been such a busy term full of great opportunities for our students. Our Year 10 students had a wonderful experience in Week 5 on their Challenge Camp to the Coorong. Every year this camp takes our students outside their comfort zones, requiring them to dig deep and show the resilience required to push through what is for many challenging and unfamiliar conditions, exactly the skill sets of course we are looking to develop in our young people. I congratulate them all on the way that they took on the challenge and achieved a wonderful outcome together as a group. As always this was only possible because of the goodwill of staff willing to take themselves away from their loved ones for an extended period, to provide such a great opportunity to our students. Congratulations to all involved!
Since our last Link Up we have entered the Lenten period with our whole school celebration on Ash Wednesday. As a community, we have engaged with the annual Project Compassion Appeal, so focused on the needs of others rather than ourselves. How appropriate for our community, with our focus Heart Value in 2021 of Compassion, for us to be called to support Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion Appeal to “be more”. The 2021 theme was inspired by Saint Oscar Romero who calls us all to “aspire not to have more, but to be more”. Beyond our engagement with Project Compassion, I hope that the remaining Lenten period in the lead up to Easter continues to be a period of reflection and preparation for us all.
Well done to our Senior Student Leaders for their engagement in the Leadership Seminar hosted here at the College in Week 6. Thanks to all involved in the organisation for our Reception to Year 3 students in Week 7 of the Peter Combe Concert. “Spaghetti Bolognaise”, “Mr Clicketty Cane” and many other Peter Combe classics were loved by our Junior Primary students, and took many of the rest of us on a trip down memory lane to a time when our now older children were of a similar age. Congratulations to all our students who have represented the College with such distinction at the Courier Cup Swimming Finals for Years 4 to 7 students, in which we again performed with distinction and came out as overall winners. Congratulations likewise to those students who attended the Catholic Primary Schools Swimming Carnival earlier this week. We look forward to the College being equally well represented by our Year 7 to 12 students attending the Combined Catholic Schools Athletics Carnival at SANTOS Stadium next Monday.
I also wish to acknowledge a couple of incredible individual sporting achievements of our students performing at the elite level. Jacqueline Voltz in Year 11 heads away next week to continue her involvement in elite level in cycling, attending the Under 19 National Track Championship in Queensland. We wish Jacqui every success. Leni Newham in Year 8 will also be heading to Queensland in early April, selected in the National Age Swimming Championships at the Gold Coast. We wish Leni every success as well, and congratulate them both on their selection at these representative levels.
Our thanks to all the families who made it a priority this week to be part of our Year 7-12 Learning Reviews, and to all those who are similarly intending to be with us next week for our Reception - Year 6 discussions. We very much value this opportunity to meet face to face and discuss our core business of your child’s learning.
The College is also looking forward to having our Harmony Day celebrations on Wednesday next week, given the actual day falls this Sunday on March 21, in alignment with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination for Racial Discrimination. Our Lenten period of course concludes very soon as we enter Holy Week in Week 10, where we will gather as a College community to remember the Passion of Jesus Christ, and the important message of Easter: Gods boundless and unconditional love for each and every one of us.
Best wishes to all for a great finish to our Term 1 and may every blessing of Easter be with you as a family in the weeks ahead.