Ash Wednesday and Lent
On Wednesday we gathered for Ash Wednesday with morning Mass and the distribution of the ashes to all students. Fr Gerry Conlan was the main celebrant with Fr Hughes, Fr McMahon and Fr John David. Lent is a time to focus on the basics of our lives, stripping back the non-essentials and focusing on a personal relationship with God. Your sons would have come home with the mark of the ashes on their foreheads which symbolises the beginning of the Lenten journey. Caritas and Project Compassion is another focus of Lent and student leaders attended the launch of Caritas Project Compassion on Tuesday at Clontarf Aboriginal College.
International Women’s Day
Today is International Women’s Day and we have a very important responsibility in a boys’ school to bring the day to the attention of our students. The theme for this year’s celebration is #BalanceforBetter – a call to action for driving gender balance across the world.
Mazenod’s First Oblate
Fr Gerry Conlan OMI (Class of 79) returned to the College this week and has spent time with staff and students. Fr Gerry ministers in Kenya and through his talks at assembly, homilies at Mass and interactions with staff and students, he has given us a great insight into the work of the Oblates in Kenya. Fr Gerry was a boarder at Mazenod too. We look forward to him returning to the College in a few weeks’ time after a short trip down south.
The thinking person’s sport ‘Chess’ got under way for 2019 with the House Chess competition this week. The competition runs until the end of Term 1 and eventually sees competitors from multiple age groups playing-off for the title of College Chess Champion. House Captains are involved with running the tournament. Good luck to all the boys who will play throughout the term!
Communication and Balance
Parents would have received their login details for the portal this week. In time, the Igloo Portal will be populated with your son’s academic results and pastoral notes. You can also access the Daily Notices and his timetable, as well as email your son’s teachers directly. We aim to communicate well and our staff are very generous with their time. I do ask that you understand that an email sent during the night or way outside normal work patterns will not necessarily be picked up until the next working day. All of us should practice the art of balance and clock-off from our work in order to have personal and family time - this is such an important part of wellbeing. We teach our boys to prioritise family time, recreation and other activities above the use of electronic devices and screen time. The best source of teaching is often modelling the behaviour. Staff will always endeavor to use their judgement when receiving emails.
Year 7 Camp
Finally, a few words from our Year 7 students on their recent camp experience:
“A memorable moment is playing soccer with my mates during free time. I also learn that we need to be respectful of others and it’s really important to listen.” (Nicolas, 7D)
“I really enjoyed it, it was exciting being able to make new friends after coming to a new school.” (Lachlan, 7A)
“It was really good, a great chance to meet people and make new friends.” (Andrew, 7E)
“I really enjoyed all the activities, especially kayaking and the flying fox. It is something all students should experience and is an amazing part of the curriculum. It was great to make new friends.” (Luca, 7C)
“It was lots of fun, especially having access to the beach activities. I loved the flying fox.” (Braden, 7C)
Enjoy your week ahead.
“A father’s communication with his many children...that is one of the most agreeable occupations of my life.” – St Eugene de Mazenod