Today’s edition of the Newsletter will be the final one for the year and I take this opportunity for 2019 to wish every student, staff, parent and family of Mazenod a joyous and blessed Christmas. I know many parents will have only a small window of opportunity over the break for rest and time with their families, but I hope it is precious time. Our students have been busy up to the end of the term with recent opportunities in Arts @ Christmas, Year 7 Social, Year 7 Sustainability Waste Audit and Year 10 Examinations. They deserve their upcoming rest. We are in the season of Advent and we have begun this beautiful liturgical celebration which draws us towards Christmas. The notion of ‘waiting’ figures strongly in Advent; we await the birth of the Saviour. What an interesting message of patience and focus this presents for us against a backdrop of the more commercial tone of rush and a countdown of shopping days left until Christmas. Father Richard Leonard makes this observation about Advent:
The early Christians knew that there was no point professing faith in Jesus Christ unless our daily behaviour reflects his kingdom. …. If every Christian lived out the Gospel in his or her daily life, the world would be transformed and Christ would come in spectacular fashion.
…I know that the Lord returns to us every time we love, forgive, share, are compassionate, are generous and sacrificial toward one another. It may not be as grand as dancing suns and tidal waves, but the heroic love of a parent for a child, a spouse for their sick partner and the first world sharing with the third world are spectacular enough for me to believe that Jesus' kingdom
comes every day, in every hour, at every moment.
....May the Advent season sustain us in our waiting and give us
courage in our living.’
-R Leonard sj:Liturgy Help November 2015
School TV Special Report: Surviving Christmas
Many people see Christmas as a wonderful time of celebration and an opportunity to spend time with family and friends. However, there are some that view it as a time of stress and hardship. This may be due to a combination of things: financial pressures, relationship issues and, quite often, loneliness, making it a very challenging time.
Often the true meaning of Christmas can be lost due to commercial exploitation, but there are a number of things you can do to create a magical Christmas, without the financial burden. Creating or maintaining traditions can contribute to a sense of comfort and belonging.
Unfortunately for some, there is also an ugly side to Christmas. Support organisations often report an increase in the number of calls from people seeking help due to their inability to cope during this time. If you, or a loved one, is finding that it is all too much, then it is important to reach out to a trusted friend, family member or medical professional.
In this Special Report, parents and care givers will be presented with a number of ideas on how to achieve a stress-free Christmas and where to seek help should they need it. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this Special Report, and as always, we welcome your feedback.
If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the school for further information or seek medical or professional help.
Thank you to the following staff who finish at Mazenod this term after various periods of time with us. We wish them well for the future:
- Mr Andrew Whalley
- Mrs Jo Hennessy
- Ms Renee Vassiliou
- Mr Matt Perrin
- Mrs Yvonne Wilding
- Mrs Eloise Scott
- Mr Jim Hillan
- Farewell to Ms Sara Settelmaier who is taking 12 months leave.
College Life Over Summer
Even though formal learning ends today, there are still many programs our staff and students are involved with in upcoming weeks. The India Immersion, Oblate Cricket Carnival, National Catholic Youth Festival and National Oblate Youth Encounter have a number of boys spread from Perth locations through Melbourne and into India. Best wishes to the students and staff involved and all Mazenod families can keep up-to-date with these happenings through our Facebook and Instagram accounts.
Key Dates for January
- Monday 3 February: First Day Year 7, 12 students and Year 11 Peer Leaders
- Monday 3 February: All Boarders return
- Tuesday 4 February: First Day Year 8-11 students