Dear Parents, Students, Staff and Friends of the Magdalene Community,
This week Catholic Schools Week was celebrated across the state. The theme for 2016 is ‘I Belong. You Belong. We Belong.’ It is an opportunity for each of us to recognise the fact that each member of our community whether students, staff, parents or friends forms an important part of our total community. Each person in our community is part of the total community and it is the responsibility of each one of us to reach out to others and include others in some way. The theme also aligns with the Catholic Church’s strong focus on supporting refugees and asylum seekers and the need for a compassionate global community.
During this Catholic School’s week it is good to reflect on our Catholic school. We are proud of the wonderful teaching and learning that takes place in our classrooms everyday, as well as the contribution our school has made to our local community, the Australian community, in particular the more vulnerable and disadvantaged members of our wider community.
Over Catholic School’s week there are always a number of activities, which highlight strengths. For us, at Magdalene, the school will showcase many positive aspects of school life, which will be celebrated at our Open Afternoon next Monday. This afternoon highlights the activities of our community but also allows our students to speak about their pride in their Catholic school. All parents and students are invited to attend.
Recently one of the students at Magdalene was involved in an accident in front of the school. The student suffered some significant injuries and was taken to hospital. Thankfully he will recover from his injuries. I wish to stress once again the importance of all people exercising caution around the school. All people whether pedestrian or driver need to be aware of the fact that there are always others in the area and caution will ensure safety. In the interests of the whole community I ask everyone to be mindful of the importance of caution at all times.
Congratulations to Alexandra Willis and Annicka Ciol of Year 11. Alexandra and Annicka have been chosen to be involved in Youth Parliament as Magdalene’s representatives. Youth Parliament is a 6-month program for students in Years 10-12, which aims to engage a diverse array of young people from across NSW in youth advocacy, active community leadership and personal development. Youth Parliament is an apolitical program whereby young people can speak up on issues they are passionate about and be given the opportunity to create and debate solutions at NSW Parliament House in front of current Members of Parliament and industry leaders. Alexandra and Annicka will be wonderful ambassadors for Magdalene. The program does involve some sponsorship so the students are able to be involved. If anyone would like to support the students in this venture please contact the school office.
Congratulations to Caitlin Fitzgerald our 2015 school captain. Catlain received the Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship at Western Sydney University. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of leadership and community service following quite an exhaustive process of written application and interview. The scholarship also contains financial support for Caitlin in her studies. I am sure our community will join with me in acknowledging this wonderful achievement.
As we celebrate Catholic Schools Week I encourage everyone to pray the following Catholic School’s Week prayer:
Lord Jesus you came among us
the Father’s endless love and mercy.
Our Catholic schools
continue to give witness
to your compassion and wisdom,
seeking always to ensure
that we are all welcome
no matter who we are.
May our Catholic schools continue to be places
and sources of hope and enthusiasm
for our young people and their families
May the work of our Catholic schools always
be guided by the inspiration of your Spirit.
Mr John Lo Cascio