From the Head of Middle School (Issue 2 2017)
Written on the 22 February 2017
Dear Parents and Carers,
With school routines established again for 2017, I extend my thanks to the many parents/carers, teachers, Brothers and community members who participated in our opening Mass, our welcome and Parent/Teacher nights and in our CEA program. I hope that that we have begun to form the foundation for a rich partnership between parents/carers, teachers and the community throughout the year.
Congratulations to all of the boys for their involvement thus far, especially those who have been out on year level camps.
On Thursday I met with many parents/carers and friends of the school who are keen to contribute in some capacity towards forming a Parents and Friends group at the Middle School. I will write in more detail regarding this meeting and future plans in my next newsletter article. I appreciate the time and effort made by those who were able to attend.
Next week marks the beginning of the liturgical season known as Lent. Have you ever been lost in the wilderness? In this case I'm referring to the wilderness metaphorically those times when we may feel alone, abandoned, shamed, disconnected and are in need of healing.
Lent is a time that encourages us to reflect - to do some soul-searching, if you like. As a school community we are encouraging each other to not only focus on the tradition of fasting or giving something up, but to seek a better balance by feasting or taking something up. For example, fasting from loneliness and feasting on hospitality.
Each year level has a particular theme and I would encourage teachers and students to focus on this theme 'through Lenten eyes'. For example, in showing that our students are developing into good young men, how can we assist the most vulnerable in our society? In our responsibility of caring for the environment, how do we express this in our community?
There are many ways we can challenge our students and indeed ourselves to reflect during this time. For me, reflection is more than thinking deeply. It is actioning these thoughts to make a difference.