From the Principal

Mazenod Mission Day

 

Last week, Mr John Payne (Deputy Principal Senior School) wrote in our Newsletter about Mazenod Mission Day. Yesterday, we celebrated MMD on the Feast of the Assumption. It was a joyous day where our students shone in their dedication to the raising of funds for our Oblate communities in India and Sri Lanka. For our Year 12 students, this marked their final MMD and for our Year 7s their very first encounter with the event. The day commenced with our community Mass in celebration of the Feast of the Assumption. Rector Fr Daly celebrated Mass with Fr Hughes, Fr Sherman, Fr Barry and Fr Santucci. We were so fortunate to have Fr Barry and Fr Santucci with us this week.  Fr Barry is the Provincial of the Anglo-Irish Provence and Fr Santucci is a South African Oblate working in San Antonio within the American Provence. Preaching the homily at Mass and in his presentation to our staff earlier in the week, Fr Santucci reminded our community of the great charism St Eugene gifted us and our opportunity to live an authentic and earthy Mazenodian spirituality for the good of others in the spirit of the Gospel.

 

Thank you to all families and businesses associated with Mazenod College who so generously supported MMD with donations of food and money. The family donation envelopes are a wonderful expression of the support parents provide to the missions and we look forward to having all of them returned shortly.

 

Science Week

 

This week we have also celebrated Science Week at Mazenod. There were many events and opportunities to recognise the importance of science in our lives over the course of the week, starting with a family event on Monday evening with Year 7 students, parents and siblings gazing at our spectacular solar system through the College telescopes and telescopes provided by the Perth Observatory. The evening began with presentations from two old boys involved in the studies of astrophysics, Alessandro Paduano (2015) and Matthew van Eck (2015).

 

Debating

It is the AHISA Debating season and our young men in the Junior division have started their rounds with excellent results against other school teams. Encouraging boys in their public speaking nurtures a confidence to face speaking in public. It is just one of the many ways we support boys to ‘have a go’ outside their comfort zones and learn a lot about their own capabilities. The boys are being well coached and mentored by our fabulous English department staff. Good luck for the remainder of the season!

 

Mid-Term Break - Student Free Days

 

The Term 3 mid-term break occurs at the end of next week (Friday, 23 August and Monday, 26 August). A reminder to all parents that these are pupil-free days and classes will re-commence on Tuesday, 27 August.

 

Enjoy the week ahead.

 

"I have no use for smouldering wicks in [the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate]. I want you to burn, to give heat, to give light." – St. Eugène de Mazenod

 

Andrew Watson

Principal