Dear Parents, Students, Staff and Friends of the Magdalene Community,
Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Year 11 Retreats at Tallong and Kiah Ridge Retreat Centres. On attending the events I was incredibly impressed by the sense of community and the willingness of each person to be involved in the retreat. The retreat offered each student the opportunity to explore their lives and relationships with other people and their God. Overwhelmingly, the student response has been that it was a very positive and uplifting experience. As a school we continue to promote the development of the whole person and give students every chance to explore their lives and their faith. The retreats provide a unique opportunity for individuals to take time to focus on areas of their lives they otherwise would not have taken.
I express my thanks and appreciation to the teachers involved in the retreat and thank the students for their very positive approach to the experience.
Last Friday night I had the opportunity to attend the Wollongong Diocesan Sports Awards. These awards are the most prestigious in Catholic Education in the region. The students who were acknowledged have excelled in their sports at an elite level and thoroughly deserve the recognition they received. I take this opportunity to congratulate the following students on being recognised for their achievements in sport.
Sheree Farrell (Swimming), Brittany Rasmussen (Hockey), Matthew Burke (Swimming), Maighan Duck (Tennis), Paige Pirotta (Netball), Jemma Crane (Football), Maddison Smith - Blues Medallion (Softball).
Last Tuesday the school conducted the annual art exhibition Magdalene Impressions. The evening is a showcase of the creations of students in the area of Visual Arts. It was great to see the talent of many students I congratulate the students for their willingness to use their talents and to challenge themselves to reach a level of personal excellence, which was reflected in their work. I also thank our special guest Mrs Kimberly Oates and the Visual Arts Teachers Miss Delaney, Mrs Eggleton and Miss Cusak for creating the opportunity for students and their families.
I remind parents that at the end of each year students are acknowledged for their outstanding performances in areas of school life throughout the year. Our end of Year presentation will take place on Monday 14 December beginning at 10am. Once again the event will be conducted at St Gregory’s College Hall. All parents and carers are warmly invited to attend.
I remind parents that one way to be involved in your children’s school is through the Parents and Friends Association. Information about the Association can be accessed via the school website.
At our last assembly a number of students were acknowledged by their peers for their contribution to learning and/or support of their fellow students’ learning. Congratulations to:
Kaine Harrington Year 7Assisting others with their learning.
Mathew HamshereYear 8Assisting others with their learning.
Jayden McAllisterYear 9Contributing to class discussion and helping others with their learning.
Monika BazdaricYear 10Assisting others in their learning, in particular in Mathematics.
Lauren AllenYear 11Improved learning and assisting others, in particular in English.
Next Sunday (29 November) marks the beginning of Advent. For each of us personally it is a reminder to prepare our minds and hearts for Christ’s birth. In simple terms the Advent season provides the opportunity to reach out to others, and allows us to get caught up in the joy of the coming of Christ. It is a time of reflection about the importance of what family and friends mean to us and how we can respond to the presence of Christ today. We can achieve this by drawing on all of our experiences and resources in an attempt to create a better world for all. How will we do that in our world and our local community? One practical way is through hampers each Pastoral Care Class is contributing towards. These hampers will be donated to less fortunate families over the Christmas period.
During the season of advent it is also essential that we do not lose sight of our relationship with God. It is essential that we reflect on the importance of God in our lives. Our relationship with God can continually be enhanced through regular prayer.
I sense that all is your creation
and everything, and all of us,
are being drawn back toward your loving heart.
Help me to be a person of peace,
to speak about it in an uneasy world,
and to live it among the people
you have put into my life every day.
Light in me a desire to prepare for your coming
to stand in the darkness, waiting, eager and filled with joy.
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Mr John Lo Cascio