Dear Parents, Students, Staff and Friends,
Welcome back to Term 3 to all students, staff and parents as we commence Semester Two of our academic year. I hope students and parents found the recent holiday break to be restful, allowing plenty of time for their families to enjoy their time together.
Our students have settled back into their normal school routine and appear rested and refreshed. Term 3 is a busy term for everyone. I encourage students to engage with the many opportunities available at St Agnes and involve themselves in the life of the school.
Year 12 July Study Sessions and Major Projects
During the July holidays, our Year 12 students participated in Study Sessions, a time provided that enabled them to work on Major Projects for their HSC. I would like to thank the Year 12 teachers who gave their time during their break to work with our students. Learning is a partnership, and the success of this program is testimony, not only to the commitment that was displayed by our senior students, but also to the dedication and professionalism of our teachers. We are so fortunate to have such hardworking staff who go over and above for our students.
Semester One Reports for students were sent to families via Compass towards the end of last term. I was delighted to see that many students have demonstrated impressive academic achievement in a range of areas. Results such as these are achieved through the effort, dedication and commitment by students to their studies. Well done to all students. Student Led Conferences took place in the last week of Term 2 and the first day back this term. These conferences are a great opportunity for students to take responsibility for their learning and provide a time for them to set future learning goals. It is also an opportunity for parents to receive feedback from theYear Mentors about their children.
World Youth Day
During the week Mr Madigan, Mr Harry Sadsad and I interviewed a number of Year 9 and 10 students who were interested in being a St Agnes pilgrim at next Year's World Youth Day in Portugal. Mr Madigan, our Head of Mission has announced our representatives whose names are below. Their commitment to their faith was so lovely to witness.
Our Journey to the Cross, and the unpacking of this significant event for the Catholic Church will be explored throughout the next 12 months through various media communications to our community, as we support our nominated representatives.
World Youth Day was an initiative that was initiated by Saint John Paul II, when he announced the institution of World Youth Day on December 20, 1985, and the first official WYD was held in 1986.The reason for this was because Palm Sunday directly followed the very first World Youth Day, coinciding with the United Nations International Year of the Youth, therefore the Holy Father called the Youth to Rome. World Youth Day is an encounter with God, the Pope and the wider Catholic Church. It is celebrated every three years, however, last year was the exception due to Covid. Next year pilgrims will travel to Lisbon in Portugal. There all pilgrims will gather to form the body of the Church, listen to the word of God and the mission of the Church delivered by the Holy Father, and give witness to their faith and how it can be expressed globally. The Parramatta Diocese will see our pilgrims immerse themselves in their faith beginning in Paris, France , Lisbon, Portugal, and finally Italy - Assisi the birthplace of St Francis and St Clare of Assisi. This will be especially poignant for our community.