Pace e bene! Welcome to all staff, students, parents, families and to our St Agnes community to the 2020 school year.
During the school holidays on the 21st January, we acknowledged the Feast of St. Agnes. On this day we remember the life of our patron saint, a twelve year old girl who lived in Rome in the 4th century who devoted her whole life to love God above all things. In a time of Christian persecution, her beauty was often abused by men, however, with her purity of heart, she was not easily tempted by riches and empty promises and willingly surrendered her life to preach her love for God.
St Agnes is often represented with a lamb, the symbol of her virgin innocence, and a palm branch, like other martyrs. As a community, may we imitate St Agnes’ love and faithfulness to God, as we live deeply in His Words and stay faithful to his unending love for each one of us.
We began the school year with a liturgy that welcomed our newest members to the St. Agnes community, our Year 7 students. The theme for the Year 7 liturgy was “Let your Light Shine” (Mt 5:13-16), a message that will be a constant theme for 2020 that encourages us to be a person that brings light to other people but also allow the light of Christ’s love to permeate through our faith journey. At the same time, we welcomed back our Year 11 students and the theme for their liturgy was “Take courage! It is I, do not be afraid” (Mt 14:22-33) as they embark on the HSC journey that has its own challenges, but also opens up many joys when doubts and trials are overcome.
On Wednesday, 12th February we formally welcomed our school year with our Opening School Mass, as well as the Blessing and Commissioning of our Portfolio Leaders, new Staff and inaugural School Captains for 2020. There are only a few firsts in life, and this day was definitely one of them. After 57 years of Catholic education, we have become a 7 to 12 high school and this new journey we have embarked on that opens the opportunity for leadership that is mirrored in the servant leadership of Jesus Christ in the footsteps of the Franciscan tradition. We are incredibly proud to witness each day the growth of our School Captains as a positive role model for all students. With the St Agnes community, a very big congratulations to Dillan Goro and Katalina Vave, our inaugural School Captains for 2020. Photos from our Opening School Mass can be found in our social media pages. This is an opportunity for me to thank all staff and students for the reverence, participation and prayerful space you all created at this Mass that sets the tone for our prayer life. And a special thank you to Fr Alan Layt, our parish priest for his continuous support to our Catholic school life, for which these celebrations are possible.
Here is the School Captains Leadership Pledge that holds significant meaning to what makes St Agnes a great place to be, that invites all of us to be leaders in our own way:
School Captains Leadership Pledge
Leadership is hard to define.
Lord, let us be the ones to define it with justice.
Leadership is like a handful of water.
Lord, let us be the people to share it with those who thirst.
Leadership is not about watching and correcting.
Lord, let us remember it is about listening and connecting.
Leadership is not about telling people what to do.
Lord, let us find out what people want and need.
Leadership is less about the love of power and more about the power of love.
Lord, as we continue to undertake the role of leader
let us be affirmed by the servant leadership we witness in your son Jesus.
Let us walk in the path He has set and let those who will, follow.
Let our greatest passion be compassion.
Our greatest strength love.
Our greatest victory the reward of peace.
In leading let us never fail to follow. In loving let us never fail.