Week 5 Term 1 2016

Dear Parents, Students, Staff and Friends of the Magdalene Community,

On Friday 12 February the school conducted the Annual Swimming Carnival at the Swimming Centre at Bradbury. The day was a bright sunny occasion, which matched the enthusiasm and approach of the students. The willingness of the students to support each other and the commitment of competitors was certainly commendable. I congratulate all involved.  On Wednesday the winning team Wilson was announced at our assembly. This result is a credit not only to the competitors but those who supported them through well wishes and cheering. Well done Wilson.

On Monday 15 February and Tuesday 16 February Year 7 were given an overview of expectations, strategies and support available in the use of their iPads. The day proved to be most fruitful with presentations by the police, representatives from the Catholic Education Office and Magdalene staff.  Presentations covered topics such as: Online safety and cyber bullying (Police talk), Managing the device, school expectations and Apps, Google Drive, Calendar (organisational skills and time management), Library (Oliver, reading, literacy, borrowing books and setting up Overdrive), Pages/Docs (how to use, create, share and submit documents), Google Classroom, Video (creating, editing, Youtube, Zaption). The overview is essential for Year 7 as they continue to use their iPads as a valuable learning resource. It is essential that every student uses their iPad or computer in the proper and most efficient manner. If unsure how to do this they should approach their teachers or Mr Avalos for support.

Last Monday evening the school conducted the Year 10, 2016 Information Evening. The purpose of the evening was to give some insight into expectations of Year 10, The Record of School Achievement (ROSA) and provide an opportunity to meet the Year 10 Pastoral Care Teachers. A number of matters were discussed on the night but I would really like to emphasise one here. At times it is possible to become focussed on the HSC and lose sight of the educational journey. I wish to emphasise that the HSC or any other credential is the result of a continual journey from Year 7 to Year 12 or for that matter Kindergarten to life beyond school. Each year needs to be viewed as an important part of the journey and contributing to the final result. I encourage all students to recognise the importance of making the most out of each experience in each year so as to add to their experience of success and to also enhance their life’s journey.

Last Wednesday the school had the opportunity to welcome parents of Year 7 students to the school. It is always gratifying to welcome new and returning parents to the school and Wednesday evening was no exception. As I said to the parents on Wednesday the journey through school is one filled with great successes and many challenges. I reminded all parents that they are not alone on that journey. As a school our partnership is an important one and as a school we want to travel that journey with parents. I ask all parents to ensure that communication is ongoing with the school so that the partnership supporting the journey of your sons and daughters can be enhanced. 

Congratulations to Mrs Duke and Mrs Agland who have become new mums recently. Mrs Duke and her husband David welcomed little Henry David Rogerson Duke into the world, he was born in November 2015. Mrs Agland and her husband Russell welcomed Sophie Jane Agland into the world on Saturday 20 February. Both families are doing very well. I am sure everyone will, join with me in wishing both babies a blessed and long life.

Congratulations to the following students who were acknowledged at our recent assembly for their contribution to learning either individually or as part of the community.

Year 7  - Jack Haines - Assisting others with their learning.

Year 8 - Mitchell Phipps - Assisting in other students learning.

Year 9 - Justin Vella - Always trying and doing his best

Year 10 - Tom Wales - Assisted in learning and always kind and willing to help.

Year 11 - Chloe Mortimer - Contributing to class discussion

Year 12 - Alexandra Nagle - Improved learning and contributing to class discussion.

This week we continue on our Lenten journey. As stated in our last newsletter this year’s Caritas theme is ‘Learning more, creating change.’ This can certainly be done through education. Pope Francis proclaimed that “Education is an act of hope”. This year Project Compassion celebrates the power of  learning and the many ways in which Caritas Australia is working with local partners around the world to provide vital learning and renewed hope to children, women and men most vulnerable to extreme poverty and injustice. Each of us has an obligation to help others and Lent (Project Compassion) continues to provide an opportunity to support others in many ways and in this instance in their education. Let us keep the poor and needy very much in our thoughts and prayers.

Prayer for the poor and needy

Lord God, 

You came to give honour to the least, those forgotten, overlooked and misjudged.

You came to give first place to the last, those left behind, misunderstood and undervalued.

You came to give a warm welcome to the lost, those who are orphaned, abandoned and destitute. 

Help us to be your ears to listen to their cries.

Help us to be your voice speaking out love and acceptance.

Help us to be your feet walking beside those in need.

Help us to be your hands to clothe, feed and shelter them. 

You came for the least, the lost and last of this world. 

Lord, hear our prayer.


(a contemporary prayer for the poor and vulnerable from


God Bless 


Mr John Lo Cascio