Dear Parents, Students, Staff and Friends of the Magdalene Community,
Last Friday we received news that the “Carrington Through Our Eyes” project had received a national award from Meaningful Ageing Australia. The Quality in Pastoral and Spiritual Practice Awards celebrate organisations who can demonstrate a sustained and effective program or project that meets the spiritual needs of older people. Congratulations to all staff and students who have been involved in this project since 2011. Particular thanks to Mrs Shareen Borg who has been a driving force in this worthwhile project. Further details appear in this newsletter.
The HSC continues whilst some students have now completed their exams and are enjoying a well earned rest. The HSC concludes on Friday 4 November which coincides with the Year 12 formal. On behalf of the Magdalene community we hope Year 12 students, parents and staff have a wonderful celebration at the Campbelltown Catholic Club.
Students in Year 8, 9 and 10 will begin exams next week and we wish them success in these assessments. I encourage each student to do their personal best and to make sure they have prepared well by taking on additional study.
The consultation for the new Principal for Magdalene has commenced with all staff and parents having access to a survey that requires a response to a number of key questions. I encourage all staff and parents to take time to complete the survey as it will provide valuable data for the interview panel to consider when they recommend the successful applicant to the Director of Schools.
The Parents and Friends held their Annual General Meeting as part of the Term 4 meeting this week. I would like to congratulate David Cornett (President), Cathy McDonald (Secretary) and Steve Grabowski (Treasurer) on their election to positions for 2017. I would also like to thank them for their work across 2016 as they held the same positions and then stood again for re-election. The commitment to these roles is deeply appreciated by the Magdalene community.
On Monday of this week the school conducted our assembly. I congratulate the following students on being acknowledged by their peers.
Year 7Amy Summers - Assisting others in learning.
Year 8Jaylen Berroa - Improvement to his learning and contribution to class discussion.
Year 9Josh Mangiapane - Improvement in his learning .
Year 10 Spencer Crimmins - Commitment to learning and assisting others.
Year 11 Jesse Meca - Improvement in assessment.
I offer the following reflection “Different Gifts” from Corinthians that offers an insight into the wonderful gifts that are within each of us:
There are many different gifts,
but always the same Spirit;
there are many different ways of serving,
but always the same Lord.
There are many different forms of activity,
but in everybody it is the same God who is at work in them all.
The particular manifestation of the Spirit
granted to each one
is to be used for the general good.
To one is given from the spirit, the gift of wisdom,
to another the gift of knowledge,
to another faith;
and to another the gifts of healing,
through this one Spirit;
to another the working of miracles;
to another, prophecy…..
But at work in all of these is one and the same Spirit,
distributing them at will to each other.
1 Corinthians 12: 4-11 (adapted)
Mr Michael Mullaly