Celebrating Excellence – ‘My personal best is always good enough.’
Regularly, we recognise excellence across the academic, sport, arts, service and co-curricular pillars of the College. Earlier in the year, we recognised the high performers in our Year 10 Industry and Enterprise program. Semester 1 Academic Achievement certificates were presented at recent assemblies. Students currently involved in the Catholic Performing Arts Festival are receiving recognition for high performance as their various performances are held. ‘Catching boys at their best’ in a wide array of activities encourages the pursuit of personal excellence. Recently, the High Achievers’ Lunch program celebrated peak academic excellence and 80 students attended the two events across Years 7-12. Mathematics, HaSS and Gifted and Talented awards were also presented at our recent College Assembly. The lens we always ask any of our young men to view their progress through is captured in the statement ‘your personal best is always good enough’. If a student engaged widely in his passions or working through the most challenging aspects of his learning can learn to measure success against this statement, he is pursuing personal excellence.
De Mazenod Family Gathering
Rector Fr Peter Daly (OMI), Mr Damian Wallis (Director of Faith & Mission), Mrs Teresa Bulich (Head of Year 7) and I were most fortunate over the weekend to attend the De Mazenod Family Gathering and Eucharistic celebration of the 125th anniversary of the Oblate mission in Australia and 25th anniversary of St Patrick’s Basilica, Fremantle. The De Mazenod Family comprises the various province ministries of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, covering parishes, schools and social outreach groups across Australia and China. Opened by Provincial, Fr Fini (OMI) and convened by visiting Oblate Fr Santucci (OMI), the delegates ‘connected’ to deepen bonds and understandings of the charism of St Eugene and Mazenodian spirituality; ‘communicated’ the various works of the ministries to each other and explored the ‘continuation’ of the De Mazenod Family for the next 125 years. The main celebrant of the anniversary Mass was Archbishop Costello, with co-celebration by Australian Provincial, Fr Fini, Anglo-Irish Provincial, Fr Barry, Indonesian Provincial Fr Ecko assisted by the Oblates from the St Patrick’s community and the Australian Province. We are blessed to be a part of the wider De Mazenod Family.
I know many parents won’t be able to take a break from work commitments to enjoy this mid-term break with their sons, but I do wish everyone in the community a restful time this weekend and safe travels on the roads. We look forward to seeing the students back at school on Tuesday morning, re-energised and focused to take on the second-half of the term.
Enjoy the week ahead.
“May we really understand who and what we are.” – St Eugene de Mazenod