There is something all too familiar today as I write this in the midst of Lockdown 4. These are again troubling times that require a united approach, informed by the best information available. We continue to receive advice from the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria who are being advised by the Victorian Chief Health Officer and any developments will be communicated immediately to our community. While this is no longer new to us, it is still less than ideal for schools and families.
I would like to commend our staff who have entered into engaging our students in their learning in the remote setting, many living this with their own families. Their calm and professional demeanour has been wonderful. We also have reason to be proud of the way our students have moved into this form of learning. We know the impact the remote model had on the learning of some students last year and we pray it will soon be over. Moving into remote learning once again highlights community divide and the capacity for some families and young people to cope. I am aware that for many families this is a very challenging period indeed.
In recent weeks I had the privilege to attend the national Edmund Rice Education Australia Principals Conference. This gathering encouraged us to “look out the window at the quay”, the call made to Edmund Rice when he was questioning the purpose of his life, challenging him to look at what is around him, and do something about it. As we look out the window at the quay at this time, we are reminded that our mission is the formation of the hearts and minds of the young people in our care. Challenging times such as these remind us as parents and educators to use a language that speaks to the heart of our young people, to build in them resilience and a genuine sense of hope for the future.
In Matthew’s Gospel Jesus assures us:
'Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them'.
Jesus doesn’t stipulate where or how we gather: it could be on our phones, on Teams or via email. So in this time when we are not gathered in the usual way, let’s take Jesus’ assurance into our hearts: his abiding presence with us in our community.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, online rehearsals have gone well. Limited with what they can do but wonderful resilience. Where there’s a way...!
We say good luck to the intermediate ACC football and soccer teams as they qualified for the semi-finals, and also to the girls in the SCSA cross country competition, hoping that within the constraints of COVID restrictions the competitions will go ahead in a rescheduled format.
Congratulations to Zayne Galea and Jackson Daley who kicked 10 goals each in school football games recently.
My thanks to Mr Kaufman who has commenced the documenting of the St Mary’s College girls’ athletics records. No doubt some records to be broken in future!
Principal | Terry Blizzard