This term has been jam packed with so many wonderful events and opportunities and I thank everyone here at the College for their hard work and commitment, and the many additional hours that our staff have contributed to ensure our students have the best possible experiences here at St Patrick’s Marist.
I congratulate staff and students on their work this term. There is a wonderful positive feeling throughout the school. I most enjoy talking with students about their learning and hearing them able to articulate not only what they are learning about, but why they are learning it! We are currently adding a learning toolbox anchor chart in all of our learning spaces to assist students in developing skills to help them when they find themselves in the learning pit. We will publish this in our first newsletter in Term 2.
Staff at the College are constantly engaged in professional learning and many choose to do additional learning beyond the school day, including weekends and holidays. I thank them for their commitment in continuing to improve their practice and transform our learning. I would like to congratulate Emily Gray and Aimy Papoulias who recently completed a two year Leadership course for Middle Leaders.
Last week we had our first opportunity to walk through the new demountable classrooms that replicate the learning spaces in our new building. Staff are very excited to have the opportunity to teach in learning spaces that support our learning framework and allow for much richer collaboration and opportunities for deeper learning. Our new building has gone to tender and Stage One will commence by the middle of Term 2.
In two weeks, we will mark the most significant time for us as Christians as we remember the events and circumstances of Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection. As we make our final preparations of prayer, fasting and alms giving we purposefully pause, taking time for deep reflection on our own lives and our response to Jesus’ sacrifice. Our long journey to the font will culminate in the three days that make up the Easter Triduum. These three days draw us into the mystery of our salvation. On Easter Sunday we celebrate with joy in what God has done for us in his Son Jesus Christ.
We have had some very sad news recently with the death of one of our parents Mr Barakat (Andrew - Year 8) and a much loved past member of our College Brother Silverius. We ask God to continue to wrap his loving arms around their families and friends during this very difficult time.
Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord,
may perpetual light shine upon them and may they rest in peace.
As we come to the close of the term, I thank you for your ongoing partnership with the College. We work each and every day to create a safe and welcoming environment. I remind you that our College diary has important policies and information as well as our website, including Complaints and Anti Bullying. We welcome your feedback and ideas at any time.
Wishing a very happy and holy Easter
Mrs A. Hay