Year 8 2020
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Year 11 2020
Dear Parents, Friends, Staff and Students of Caroline Chisholm College,
When Ms Murray and I travelled to the birthplace of Jesus, Bethlehem, and visited the Church of the Nativity we had to enter the church through the ‘Humility Door’. This is a door in the stone wall which is about 1.2 metres high. To get through you need to bend low or crouch down. It is a powerful reminder of the need to have an attitude of humility and meekness, especially when approaching Jesus in that special place in the Holy Lands. The act of bowing low to enter the church calls to mind God’s act of sharing in our humanity in the person of Jesus and of our mission, as Christians, to be people of humility and service and to help build the Kingdom of God through our loving actions. Unfortunately, we don’t see too many examples of humble leadership in the world, and this servant style of leadership is not valued as highly as being overtly powerful, arrogant, hostile to the marginalised or self-serving. Currently, the most powerful people in the world are also the rudest and the cruellest, far from the example set by Jesus born in a stable. That is why the election of our student leaders is such an important moment for Caroline Chisholm College each year. These young leaders are recognised by their peers for the way they embody the values at the heart of our Catholic faith and our College charism: faith, courage, tolerance, compassion, dignity and justice. As I said to our Year 11 students when making the announcement, the students always get the election of leaders right. The young women they choose are strong, faith-filled and humble people determined to make a positive difference through their service. For me, it is a privilege to serve alongside them and draw inspiration from their vision and their energy. It gives me great pleasure to introduce the leadership team in this newsletter. Our College Captain for 2020 is Alanah Eisenhuth and our Vice Captains are Claudia Fava and Micquella Grima. The complete senior team and Student Representative Council members for the other year groups are detailed in the next section of the newsletter.
Our Year 12 students have returned to classes having completed their HSC Trials. This period, in the lead up to the final exams in October, should be dedicated to focused and highly disciplined study, practice and preparation. It is a small sacrifice for less than two months to make success in the examinations a priority over socialising, part-time work or sleeping in! Acting on feedback from these exams will make a real difference to students’ results in the HSC, which in turn will increase the choices our students have when they finish school. Our teachers stand ready to provide whatever support the girls need to prepare them for success, but they certainly shouldn’t be working harder than the students. Please contact Mrs Peters, the Year 12 Leader of Learning if you have concerns about your daughter and her commitment to her studies in this critical phase.
Last week we marked Science Week with wonderful, educational and entertaining science activities culminating in our rocket launch competition on Friday. Congratulations to Tamika Gonzales whose rocket flew the highest and furthest. Congratulations also to the winner of the paper plane battle at assembly. (... Oh, that was me!). Thanks and congratulations must go to our Year 12 Learning Committee Co-Chairs, Simone Spisiak and Ellie Loughman, for their superb organisation of Science Week. Excellence in all areas of science prepares our graduates for a future that will more and more depend on scientific thinking to solve remarkable problems. It also gives us a deep appreciation of God’s grandeur in creation. It inspires us to pray:
Oh God of all creation,
you have given us life
and set us in a world that is filled with your glory.
Be with us on this journey of discovery
and gift us with insight and understanding
as we continue to explore the unfolding wonders of your creation.
Give us the wisdom to guide all our work
as we strive to serve the common good.
We ask all of this in Jesus' name, Amen.
Mr Greg Elliott