Magdalene Feast Day reminds us of what is wonderful about being part of this Catholic learning community. We have so much for which to be grateful, and a day like last Friday is a terrific reminder of all of those blessings. Mass was celebrated by Father Michael and attended by many parents and guests, including Mr Russell Matheson, our Federal Member of Parliament, and representatives of Catholic Mission, Caritas and our our Parents and Friends. In speaking after Mass, I asked the students to pause and reflect on the things in our life for which we should give thanks. In part, I said:
Each week, our Principal shares his reflections on learning in this Catholic community.
Welcome back to all our students and their families for what will be an exciting term at Magdalene. The first week of term is always an opportunity to reflect on the promises we have made as learners, and for students to build on the good advice they received in their reports and parent interviews. I know of quite a number of students who have used these holidays just passed to close the gaps in their learning that were highlighted at the end of Term II. Such a focus on personal excellence is the key ingredient for success at school.
Last Saturday members of our community were involved in two events, which were reflective of the sense of community and spirit that exist at Magdalene. The first of the events was the Spirit Alive festival at John Therry Catholic High School. This event aimed at showcasing the great work of many ministries in the Wollongong Diocese. Magdalene was represented by Mr Pannell and eight students who presented the outstanding work being done in the area of outreach. There were also a number of visitors from Magdalene on the day. The second event was the fundraising evening for the Madrill family. The school was once again well represented by