Welcome back to Term 2.
This coming Sunday is both Good Shepherd Sunday and Mother’s Day. In next Sunday’s readings we see God’s unending love for his children. As I reflect on being a mother, we too, despite the challenges at times, have an unending love for our children. We like Christ are shepherds of our flock, we are the voice that teaches and guides. We comfort, love, inspire, forgive, seek to understand and cherish them with a deep sense and knowledge of God’s love.
We remember our mothers and grandmothers and those who have taken on the role of mother with much thanksgiving and love. We thank them for the many things that they do for us, the joy that they bring to us and for the often quiet way they go about doing things for us to make our lives a little bit easier, placing our needs above theirs. It is a time to celebrate Mary our Good Mother. Mary holds a secure place in the heart of the faithful. She is the greatest of all saints.
Mary serves as an outstanding model of virtue – of faith, hope and love of God and for others. The church reminds us of our need for reverence of Mary, because it was through her that the son of God came into our history and that all devotion to Mary leads us to Christ.
It has been great to have our new temporary demountables in action. They are nothing like the old standard demountable classrooms. The spaces, while a little smaller, replicate the designs of our new spaces. Student feedback has been very positive and in my learning walks it has been very affirming to see every student engaged in their learning. The demolition of A block will begin in the coming weeks. As you may be aware one of our basketball courts has been out of action for two terms. The damage to the surface during the construction of the covered area has taken significant time to resolve. I am very happy to say that this will be resolved shortly.
Last Friday, we celebrated Administrative Professionals Day with our wonderful, dedicated support team, with a very sumptuous morning tea provided by a very appreciative staff. Our Marist College community are so thankful and so blessed to have such an outstanding Administration team.
On Monday staff at the College gathered for our annual formation day that forms part of staff formation each year and our three year formation program. The theme for the day was Awakening: Mission, My School and Me. Staff explored their understanding of the Mission Statement and Strategic Plan of the Diocese and our own Mission statement, what this looks like in action in our community and how we can continue to ignite the faith of our young people and each other. It was a truly joyful experience to see the passion that each of staff here have in bringing our Mission to life.
Over the last week I have taken a deep dive into our attendance data. There is an increasing number of students with emerging rates of attendance (between 80% and 90%). There is a very strong link between academic wellbeing, student’s feeling successful and connected to school and their attendance. Our partnership is a very strong factor in addressing issues with attendance. If you receive an email, letter of phone call regarding attendance could I ask that you ensure that you make contact with the College. Every day counts.
There are lots of things that happen within the College and beyond. During the holiday break, senior students attended additional holiday classes, participated in the Annual Palm Sunday Walk as well as 37 students and 6 staff in the Good Friday Night Walk for Catholic Youth Parramatta that began at 10:30 pm and finished at 6:30 am. On our return to Term 2 we have celebrated Anzac Day, hosted the Junior and Senior MCS Chess Competition, hosted round one of Debating, had our first staff student match, participated in the Annual Year 12 Marist Forum and the Annual Writers Day Festival and of course, we have continued with our weekly Breakfast Club. Our newsletter as well as our Facebook page is a great way of keeping up with the latest news.
A reminder that if at any time you have a concern or complaint please do not hesitate to contact the College immediately so the matter can be quickly resolved. Our full policies can be found on the College website.
Mrs A. Hay