Human life by its very nature is fragile, vulnerable and yet incredibly adaptive. Through history we have seen numerous examples of persons who have demonstrated these characteristics and in doing so inspired countless generations. Our context is no different and we find that in our human lives, we experience these realities and see them throughout our social media. What we learn throughout life is this adaptive characteristic, sometimes to hide our vulnerability and fragility. Yet we know in wisdom, that these aspects must all exist in tension with each other. This is so real in the lives of our students, who come to learn daily about who they are, what they would like to be and how to get there. This is the heart of schooling, forming the human person to be fully aware and conscious. This bringing to awareness is framed through our faith that being human fully alive is a real reflection of our living God. In Christ we see what a human person fully alive can be and do. For us as Marists, we look to Mary as our example of responding to Christ – Esto Fidelis – be faithful. For this is at the heart of honouring these natures, by being true to them in our daily lives. As we celebrate the Feast of Assumption, Mary as first disciple exemplifies a sinless heart whose life continues into the Reign of God.
This is exemplified through the eyes of our Year 12 students who continue through their Trial Examinations this week. They have come to these exams vulnerable as their first experience of formal examinations, yet they adapt through the knowledge and understanding they have built within themselves through the process of learning. I commend the Year 12 cohort for their dedication, courage and fortitude through this exam period. I urge them to reflect on their experience and seek to narrow the gaps that they may have found in knowledge, understanding or skills.
Our annual Walkathon is only a week away and I urge our community to continue to support this annual fundraising event. We have over the past five years, built a wonderful sister school for vulnerable young people in Trichy India, so the education may be a pathway to wind back poverty. I ask that you encourage your child to reach out to members of your communities to support our efforts. The Walkathon is on Friday, 23 August and information notes have been provided about the day.
It is never easy to speak in front of a crowd yet a number of our students stepped up to be vulnerable and adapt at our Oratory evening. I thank Mrs Beach and Ms Nelson and many other supporting staff members for leading and organising this event. I would like to also thank all those students who took part, for their preparations and for stepping up. Congratulations to each of our winners for each year group:
|Year 7||Levi Cogger||Ayden Bottos|
|Year 8||Quinn Stephens||Elizabeth Hogan|
|Year 9||Aleksandr Zhigunov||Lauren Chu|
|Year 10||Anthony Khatchigian||Bianca Garth|
|Senior||Janika Fernando||Eve Watson|
We do not have to look too far to see that our world is changing at a rapid pace. This change, as we know, means our children’s future will be vastly different to our own. Our Staff Learning day on Monday, 26th August will allow us as educators to continue to ensure that learning here at St Patrick's Marist continues to build in our young people the experience of success and challenge. We will have a guest presenter with us from NESA to continue the work of building rigour and success in our Year 11 and 12 learning as the HSC itself continues to change. Please be aware that Monday, the 26th of August is a pupil free day.
We also look forward to celebrating the wonderful aspect of human life – our fathers. Our dads also reflect vulnerability and adaptivity and we celebrate with them on Thursday, 29th August with a Father’s Day Liturgy and Breakfast here at the College at 7.30am. We invite all our granddads, dads, and caregivers and their sons and daughters to join us for this event of thanks.
Let us continue to keep in our prayers and thoughts all those who at this time are experiencing fragility and vulnerability, we especially remember Chloe Abou-Hamad of Year 9 who has been diagnosed with a serious illness and is recovering after surgery. I commend our Year 9 Leaders for responding with efforts of support for Chloe and her family at this time.
May Christ who heals the sick
Bring his healing hand upon Chloe
So that peace and recovery may be granted to her
May we all share this peace through our own actions
of love, forgiveness and friendship to one another.
Mary our Good Mother, Pray for us
Mr Jason Scanlon