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From the Head of Middle School (Issue 12 2016)

Written on the 18 August 2016

The Feast of the Assumption
On Monday, we celebrated the Feast of the Assumption where according to our faith, Mary the Holy Mother, "having completed her course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory". As Marists, Mary remains central to our daily lives and actions. As educators, our attitudes towards young people find their inspiration in Mary. By relating to young people in a Marial manner, we become the face of Mary to them.  In contemplating Mary in the Scriptures we fill ourselves with her spirit.

Our attitudes towards young people find their inspiration in Mary. By relating to young people in a Marial manner, we become the face of Mary to them. In contemplating Mary in the Scriptures we fill ourselves with her spirit.

Like Mary of Nazareth, who guided Jesus with tenderness and maternal love, we are called by her to bring her love and guidance to those we serve by welcoming others into our lives.

Like Mary of the Cenacle, we approach our work with an unselfish spirit. We seek always to be open to the Holy Spirit, working tirelessly for the communion of all people, encouraging all to go out to the world and tell the Good News.

Like Mary of the Visitation, we go without delay into the "hill country" of the lives of young people, bringing them news of the justice and faithful mercy of God.

Like Mary of the Annunciation, we reflect upon our experiences, listening for God's voice and experiencing God's love for us. We place our trust in God and receive the spiritual energy we need as Mary did.

Like Mary of the Wedding Feast of Cana, we are attentive to the needs around us and "do whatever he tells us." (Extracts taken from "Water from the Rock")

NAPLAN
This week we received the 2016 NAPLAN data and am pleased at the progress we have made. In 9 of the 10 areas (tabled below) we have improved in the minimum number of students meeting the benchmark in comparison to last year. An exceptional result is 100% of students in Year 9 Numeracy achieving the benchmark. We have made significant gains in reading, writing and spelling. Over the term, we will unpack all of the data and see how we can use it to shape our teaching and learning into the future. If your son is in Year 7 or 9 he should receive his individual results on Monday 22nd August.

Year 7
Reading -1
Writing +2
Spelling +3
Grammar & Punctuation +3
Numeracy + 2

Year 9
Reading +3
Writing +3
Spelling +3
Grammar & Punctuation +1
Numeracy + 3

Marist Week
Another terrific effort from our students this week as they continue to support the Marist Solidarity project. In the coming weeks I will publish the total money raised that will contribute to a building fund for a Marist School in India. A special thank you to Brother Mark, who helped us with the launch this week.

Have a great week.

Tim Mullin
Head of the Middle School

 

 

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