Looking back over 2019, I am immensely proud of the achievements of the St Agnes community.
This year, as a school we welcomed Year 11 at the commencement of Term 1 and Year 12 at the commencement of Term 4. The staff is to be applauded for the way in which they have embraced the rewards and challenges of the Stage 6 Curriculum and implemented it with positivity and enthusiasm. I feel privileged to be a part of a school with highly capable and committed teachers and support staff. One of the critical factors of any successful school is the staff. I don’t think there has ever been a time when being a teacher has been more demanding or challenging. To our teachers and support staff, thank you for your energy, passion and enthusiasm. Our teachers are privileged each day to participate in their students’ academic, spiritual and wellbeing journey. They celebrate their students’ achievements whether they be great or small, walk with them when they face difficulties and encourage them to be the best they can be.
This is demonstrated daily, and their commitment can be seen throughout this newsletter, rather than winding down, the staff have continued to work joyously to ensure that the students are provided with wonderful opportunities to grow and experience life to the full right to the last day of term.
I would like to take the opportunity to especially thank all of the staff who are leaving St Agnes this year as their contracts come to an end, teachers: Ms Bojovic, Mr Nosworthy, Ms Woods, Mr Sahota, Ms Pauperis and IT support staff Brayden Hall and Michael Tramonte. I thank them on behalf of the community for the significant contribution they have made, the care they have shown to others, the joy they have brought to all of our lives and the superb effort they have made to make a difference in the lives of our young people.
As a community, we welcome the return of Mr Usman Khan – Leader of Learning Technologies. Mr Khan returns from a secondment to the Parramatta Education Office. We are delighted that he has returned to St Agnes.
At this time of year, we as a school community look forward to celebrating the birth of our Saviour and listen to God’s message as He speaks to us so tenderly and simply through the loving image of the Holy Family. Joseph and Mary’s acceptance of His will, moved by faith, trust and love in God, guided them to that “night of nights”. We pray that God will guide us as we journey through the coming year. May we live with courage, love with compassion and be the voice of Peace on Earth.
I would like to wish all St Agnes parents, carers, students, staff and friends of the school, a very happy and holy Christmas and a safe relaxing holiday break