Loving God, may we use winter as a time to slow down and go to ‘our inner room’ – and so be able to better see the work that you are doing in our lives and in the world. In Jesus’ name . Amen
In a very busy last fortnight, we have welcomed many visitors to Ave Maria College. This edition offers some highlights of recent events such as National Reconciliation Week, Special Persons’ Mass, two Open Mornings and this week, a special visit by the Minister for Education, James Merlino and Member for Niddrie, Ben Carroll.
Our thanks to Sr Heather Weedon who addressed students in Years 7 – 10 in year level gatherings with the focus on National Reconciliation Week. Sr Heather provided students with an important historical overview of the history along with the themes for Reconciliation Week, those being Truth, Walking Together and Courage. Students were invited into an awareness of truth as experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. They were challenged to discuss how all Australians might better walk together with mutual dignity and respect and finally, they were asked to consider how they might be courageous in their own response to solidarity and reconciliation. We thank Sr Heather for her wonderful contribution to Reconciliation Week, 2019.
Commencing Tuesday, 11 June 2019, I will be taking three weeks Long Service Leave and one week Enrichment Leave, returning Friday, 19 July 2019. My husband and I are celebrating 30 years of marriage and will travel to Europe over this time. In my absence, Michelle Robertson will be Acting Principal and Jessica Hall will be Acting Deputy Principal, both of whom have my full confidence that all will be well in my absence! A number of staff are taking short blocks of Long Service Leave attached to the forthcoming holidays and details of replacement staff will be made known to students as appropriate. I extend thanks and appreciation to all members of our community for a very positive Semester One and trust that everyone enjoys a break over the coming weeks.