Dear Parents, Students, Staff and Friends of the Magdalene Community,
Magdalene Impressions, a showcase of Creative Arts and Photography, will be held at the school next Tuesday 29 November from 6.30 - 8.00pm. This is a wonderful celebration of student work and I encourage all students, families and staff to attend this exhibition. Special thanks to Ms Delaney for her organisation of this event and to all staff and students who have contributed in so many ways.
In a recent announcement by Mr Peter Turner Director of Schools, Mr Matthew McMahon has been appointed as Principal of Magdalene from 2017. On behalf of the Magdalene community we congratulate Mr McMahon and wish him success in his role as Principal. Over the next 3 weeks there will be an opportunity for students to meet Mr McMahon.
A reminder that all school fees should be finalised by the end of term. There is still a considerable amount outstanding. Thank you to all parents who have either paid fees or put arrangements in place.
At a recent assembly I was highly impressed with the range of student achievement that was recognised. I encourage all students to continue to achieve personal excellence in all that they do and to ensure they finish positively over the final weeks of 2016.
A message from Bishop Peter Ingham:
“Every year on 25 November, the United Nations (UN) holds the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. An ideal day to highlight this important message this year would be Sunday, 27 November 2016.
I would be grateful if you would please circulate details of this International Day to the parishes in your Diocese so that we as a Church may be prayerfully and practically associated with this event, raising awareness of violence against women in all countries around the world and at all levels of society.
I stand with Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations, who said “Violence against women is perhaps the most shameful human rights violation … It knows no boundaries of geography, culture or wealth. As long as it continues, we cannot claim to be making real progress towards equality, development and peace."
Prevention is possible and essential. Violence against women and girls continues to be a global pandemic and in Australia domestic and family violence occurs across communities, ages, cultures and sexes. As a Church we encourage the empowerment of women who are experiencing abuse or violence to know that it is not their fault and the abuser is responsible. Domestic violence is a crime and the abuser is breaking the law.”
Thank you Lord our God, for the love that you have for us; because we were created in your image as man and woman; so recognising us as different, we seek to complement each other: the man as support for woman and woman as support for man. Thank you, Lord our God for women and their mission in the human community.
We pray for the woman who is a daughter; that she be accepted and loved by her parents, treated with tenderness and kindness.
We pray for the woman who is a sister: that she be respected and defended by her brothers.
We pray for the woman who is a wife: that she be recognised, valued and respected by her husband, so that living both the communion of hearts and of desire they are blessed with children.
We pray for the woman who is a mother: that she experiences in motherhood a flourishing of her identity.
We pray for the women who are good and generous and who have given their lives to give us life.
We pray for the women who are feeling alone, women who do not find meaning in life; for the marginalized and those used as an object of pleasure and consumption; women who have been mistreated, raped and murdered.
We pray Lord for all of us, men and women; that we may know, understand, appreciate and help each other, so that in a relationship, which is friendly and positive, we may collaborate together in the service of family, society and life. AMEN.
Adapted from http://www.buonpastoreint.org/jp-en/good-shepherd-international-justice-and-
Mr Michael Mullaly