This is an exciting time at St Agnes with the celebration this week of the completion of schooling for Year 12, their formal was thankfully able to go ahead. We are also finalising the Year 7 2021 Orientation Day, which is next Thursday, 26 November. Although both of these events have to be adjusted to meet NSW Health guidelines, it is wonderful to be able to welcome the future cohort of St Agnes Catholic High School as we farewell our graduands. We wish our Year 12 students every success as they enter the next phase of their lives.
NAIDOC week was a wonderful celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and showcased our history, culture and achievements. On Friday, we introduced the Junior Aboriginal Executive Consultative Group committee and I congratulate them on their appointment to this significant group.
A Student Representative Council will be introduced in 2021. This is an initiative of our School Captains and will provide students with an avenue for recommendations and contributing to the growing community of St Agnes. The SRC will work alongside Portfolio Leaders and the Captains. As the school grows, I am delighted that the student body has actively sought ways to ensure increased student voice and leadership opportunities for all years. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our student leaders for 2020, while this has been a year like no other, they have worked tremendously to reimagine events and feasts ensuring that the faith and community events that are the hallmark of St Agnes thrived.
On a very positive note, the Inquiry Hub and Performance Space are expected to be commissioned very soon. These areas will bring much needed classroom and additional recreational areas.
December 3 is the Feast Day of St Francis Xavier. We pray:
You have sent us to proclaim the Gospel to all nations, and have promised to always remain with us.
Look upon this family gathered on the feast day of St. Francis Xavier.
Pour out the abundance of your Spirit upon each one of our brothers and sisters
especially on those who are called to ponder upon the journey made
and to plan what has still to be done, so that we may offer a more authentic service to mission.
Grant that we may ever be faithful to the Gospel and to give an answer
to the hopes which the world places before your church today.
Stay with us, Lord, when we gather around the table of your Bread and your Word,
and when we walk the paths of the world side by side with our brothers and sisters.
Grant that we all find ourselves in heaven, our homeland, after having been members of the same family on earth.