Dear Parents, Students, Staff and Friends of the Magdalene Community,
Year 12 Trial HSC exams began this week with students focusing on ensuring that they perform to the best of their ability. The feedback from these exams will be essential as it will pave the way for improvement in preparation for the HSC exams at the beginning of Term 4. We wish each student success as they continue these important assessments. Please keep our Year 12 in your ongoing prayers.
The Year 12, 2017 leadership application process for our Year 11 students began this week. All students have the opportunity to apply for leadership positions but they must undertake a formal process which involves an application, interview and presentation.
Hospital Heroes Day last Friday saw many students and staff dressing up as their favourite hero. The purpose of this day was to raise money for the Westmead Children’s Hospital. Thank you to Mr Peter Collins for the organization of this day and staff and students as the school raised $2000.
The Parents and Friends meeting was held on Tuesday night. Thank you to all parents who attended despite the inclement weather.
Best wishes to staff and students who will undertake the Duke of Edinburgh hikes over the coming weeks. This is an outstanding program that will develop skills which will assist them throughout life. I am very impressed with the numbers of students involved and the dedication of staff.
Transition visits for Year 5 feeder school students began this week with St Clare’s Narellan and St Paul’s Camden visiting our school to experience aspects of education and life at Magdalene. The work of staff and students who participated in these days is greatly appreciated. The Year 5 students enjoyed their day and were warmly welcomed by our students and staff. St Anthony’s Picton will visit later this term.
As the term moves forward I ask all students to maintain your academic focus in all classes and to continue to develop study skills at home to support your learning.
Over the past weeks we have been reminded how fragile our world is due to many tragic events which have affected so many communities. We offer this prayer for peace for your reflection.
Prayer for Peace
God, you are the source of life and peace.
Praised be your name forever.
We know it is you who turn our minds to thoughts of peace.
Hear our prayer in time of war.
Your power changes hearts.
No matter what religion we follow,
May we profoundly affirm that we are followers of ONE GOD;
May we live like brothers and sisters in this world;
May enemies begin to speak to one another;
Those estranged join hands in friendship;
And every nation seek the way of PEACE together.
May each of us be witnesses to the truths by the way we live.
Give each of us an understanding that puts an end to strife,
May we forgive others and empower us to live by your commandment of Love.
Mr Michael Mullaly