Dear Parents, Students, Staff and Friends of the Magdalene Community,
On Wednesday evening a letter from Mr Peter Turner, Director of Schools Diocese of Wollongong was emailed to all parents. The letter referred to media reports relating to online postings of alleged graphic sexual images and the identification of Catholic schools in the Macarthur area. I ask all parents to take time to speak with your daughters and sons about the responsible use of social media.
On the weekend of 27 and 28 August students from Magdalene have been invited to participate in the annual St Vincent de Paul Door Knock Appeal. In this Year of Mercy this is a wonderful example of the Works of Mercy. The Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy are actions we can perform that extend God’s compassion and mercy to those in need.
The Corporal Works of Mercy are these kind acts by which we help our neighbours with their material and physical needs:
Feed the hungry Clothe the naked Bury the dead
Shelter the homeless Visit the sick and imprisoned Give alms to the poort
The Door Knock Appeal supports the St Vincent de Paul Society in their work amongst the needy in our community so we ask for your support in the coming weeks. Mr Collins is coordinating the appeal with our students.
I offer the Year of Mercy Prayer for your reflection.
Lord Jesus Christ,
you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,
and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.
Show us your face and we will be saved.
Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money;
the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things;
made Peter weep after his betrayal, and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.
Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman:
“If you knew the gift of God!”
You are the visible face of the invisible Father,
of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy:
let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.
You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness
in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error:
let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.
Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing,
so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,
and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor,
proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed,
and restore sight to the blind.
We ask this through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy,
you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.
The Year 9, 2017 Elective evening was held last Monday and I thank the staff, Year 8 students and parents who were involved. The range of electives allow students in their Stage 5 education to make some choices as to the subjects they wish to study over Year 9 and 10. I would encourage students to continue to ask questions of the KLA Coordinators if they still need further information.
At a recent assembly I spoke to our school community about the role each one of us has in stewardship of our learning environment. The care and respect of our school and the resources we use on a daily basis requires all members of our community to be aware that we are stewards/caretakers so that the present and next generation of students will continue to reap the benefits of the Magdalene learning environment. All students were asked to be more aware of the need to keep areas clean and tidy and to also not accept other students deliberately damaging school property. I am pleased to say that there has been a positive response and I congratulate students on meeting this challenge.
Year 12 finished their Trial HSC exams last Monday and are now preparing for feedback that will assist in improving their learning outcomes. It is vital that students are attending each day, wearing correct uniform and focused in every class.
The Year 7 Mathematics day held last Monday was an opportunity for our Year 7 students to experience the practical side of mathematics and to learn how they can apply concepts to everyday situations. They worked through the day very enthusiastically with the support of their teachers and peers. Thank you to Mr Koch and the mathematics staff for your work and organization of the day.
Breakfast with the Bishop was held last Tuesday which involved our Year 12 school leaders having the opportunity to meet with Bishop Peter and Director of Schools, Mr Peter Turner. The purpose of the breakfast was for the Bishop to have informal conversation with Year 12 leaders across our diocesan schools, celebrate their learning journey and to wish them well as they prepare for their exams and life beyond school. Bishop Peter challenged Year 12 students to believe in themselves, be agents of change and to have hope and optimism for the future.
The Diocesan athletics was held last Wednesday with a number of staff and students involved. Our students represented Magdalene with pride and achieved some pleasing results.
A reminder that Friday 26 August is a pupil free day for students. All staff will be involved in an offsite spirituality day.
Mr Michael Mullaly