Welcome back to Term 2! A very warm welcome to the new students and their families joining Mazenod for the first time this term. I hope your boys settle in well and you quickly feel the connection to the College and the Mazenod community. It is great to have you with us.
We have also welcomed some new staff to the community:
Ms Rachel Mitchell - Year 7 Form teacher, HASS and English
Mrs Yvonne Wilding - Mathematics
(replacing Mr John Donaghy who is on Long Service Leave for Term 2)
Mrs Eloise Scott - Learning Support
Welcome Back Fr Daly OMI
The beginning of term also affords us the opportunity to re-energise key messages with the students and families of Mazenod:
- Compassion and Charity - our annual College Value focus for 2019.
- Personal best in relationships, manners, presentation and commitment to academic work and co-curricular pursuits.
We look forward to working with the boys in these areas over the term.
Although a short teaching week, it has been a busy start to this second term.
Singapore Hockey Tour
The Singapore Hockey tour was a very successful trip taken during the break. As well as the opportunity to play quality opposition teams, the tour deepens a friendship and cultural exchange that is a long-standing relationship with the hockey associations of Singapore. Congratulations to Co-captains, Jonah Powell and Alec Vanzetti for their leadership of the team. Thank you to Mr Justin Pavlinovich (Class of 1989), Mr Chris Mason (Class of 2002) and Mr Ross Websdale for conducting the tour.
125 Years Of Service
On Monday, the staff had a professional learning day and it is important to let parents know what we are focusing on when we have staff days. The celebrations of the Oblate 125th anniversary in Australia was one key presentation to staff. The accompanying video by Fr Christian Fini OMI, Provincial in Australia, outlines the theme of this celebration - ‘Respond with joy to your call to evangelise’. In the coming months leading up to the central celebration in Fremantle, the beginning of the Australian ministry in 1894, we hope to provide more insight into the history and various ministries of the Oblates.
The recent bombings in Sri Lanka touched on a very special connection we have with the communities there. Over the past two years we have developed an immersion trip to Sri Lanka and hosted Fr Dileepa Jayamaha OMI, whose parish and community in Anuradhapura we have supported with the water filter project. The people of Sri Lanka have been in our prayers and the focus of our intentions at Mass this week.
Water Corporation - Waterwise Regcognition
Finance Director, Mr Eric Paini (Class of 81) and I attended the annual Waterwise Recognition Awards on Wednesday. Mazenod was recognised as a Gold Waterwise Business, the only school to receive the award this year. To qualify for the recognition, a business/school must demonstrate a significant and sustained commitment to the use and management of water resources. The careful use of water is just one of the many areas the College has committed to within its sustainability program in the last decade. Renewable energy use, a waste minimisation program, a native garden development, energy efficient lighting and a biomax waste water recycling program are the main pillars of our sustainability drive. Congratulations to Eric and the whole Grounds and Maintenance team who lead the College in this most important commitment to sustainable living! This year’s award is very much a result of their commitment and vision.
Mazenod Celebrates Mother's Day
Mothers, grandmothers, aunts and mother figures are warmly invited to our celebration of Mother’s Day next Thursday, 9 May. Mass will be celebrated in the Chapel at 8:00 am and coffee/tea and a light morning tea following at 8:30 am. Students are encouraged to attend Mass with their guests. Families often have children enrolled across other schools and Mothers’ Day celebrations can sometimes clash, so we have moved our date to Thursday, 9 May. We would love to see you there!
With the Federal election looming the National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) has produced a series of information sheets outlining the value of Catholic education systems in the national context. One publication is included in this week’s newsletter (attached below) and a following publication will be attached with next week’s edition.
House Cross Country
Today we ran the House Cross Country Carnival and it was a great celebration of House spirit and individual personal excellence. Congratulations to all students who participated and gave their best! We all know that a cross-country run in the Hills can be pretty taxing and it was inspiring to see so many boys working hard to get the best results for their House and cheering on others.
Congratulations to Gavin House for being crowned House Cross Country champions for 2019!
The results for the House Cross Country were:
- 1st Place – Gavin
- 2nd Place – Gerard
- 3rd Place – Tempier
- 4th Place – Grandin
- 5th Place – Albini
- 6th Place – Cebula
Follow the link below to see all the results:
Enjoy the week ahead.
“We must move forward….let us be courageous and count upon his (God’s) grace."
- St Eugene