Dear Parents and friends of the St Agnes community,
The year is slipping by and I welcome everyone to Term 4. This is a term that many look forward for the events and occasions that mark the end of a school year and the celebrations of the Birth of Our Lord, Jesus Christ. While COVID has meant that we have had to reimagine much of what we have always done, with the easing of some restrictions and creative planning, the special events that we traditionally enjoy in Term 4 will continue, albeit in a COVID safe way.
While there is always an excitement this term about the year concluding, it is important to remember that there are still 7 weeks of learning. I am very proud of the learning culture at St Agnes, and am really happy to advise that we have been able to re-open Homework Club for students seeking extra help.
The HSC examinations are in full swing. It was humbling to join our students as they began the HSC. They have taken full advantage of the opportunity to complete their secondary education at St Agnes, where they walked in the gate 6 years ago as young people excited by the opportunities of High School, and now walk through as confident young adults, firm in faith and eager to make a difference. Please continue to keep our inaugural graduands in your prayers as they continue to navigate this period and shape their life journey.
I congratulate Mr Kemmis on his appointment as Acting Assistant Principal for Term 4 while Mr Wolffe is on leave. I do hope that he finds the role rewarding and I am grateful for the depth of capacity and experience of our staff that support both Mr Kemmis and myself in our shared ministry of leading this faith rich learning community.
All Saints' Day (November 1) is a solemn holy day of the Catholic Church. The day is dedicated to the saints of the Church, that is, all those who have attained heaven. We look to the saints for inspiration and as models for our own lives:
Prayer for All Saints Day
We give you thanks, O God, for all the saints who ever worshiped you
Whether in brush arbors or cathedrals,
Weathered wooden churches or crumbling cement meeting houses
Where your name was lifted and adored.
We give you thanks, O God, for hands lifted in praise:
Manicured hands and hands stained with grease or soil,
Strong hands and those gnarled with age
Used as wave offerings across the land.
We thank you, God, for hardworking saints;
Whether hard-hatted or steel-booted,
Head ragged or aproned,
Blue-collared or three-piece-suited
They left their mark on the earth for you, for us, for our children to come.
Thank you, God, for the tremendous sacrifices made by those who have gone before us.
Bless the memories of your saints, God.
May we learn how to walk wisely from their examples of faith, dedication, worship, and love.