From the Head of Middle School (Issue 9 2017)
Written on the 22 June 2017
I am writing this very brief article from The Hermitage in Mittagong, NSW - the home of Marist spirituality and formation. Our Year 7 students had the opportunity to spend time here two weeks ago to deepen their own connection with Marist spirituality, and in particular, the story of Marcellin Champagnat and his mission to make Jesus Christ known and loved.
It has been a great opportunity for me to personally refocus on the real mission of Marist and indeed all Catholic schools. Often we (myself included) get a little bogged down and busy with work, which is necessary in the life of a school but shouldn't become the focus. Our primary goal is and needs to be making Jesus Christ and the Gospel known to those entrusted in our care. We need to be a model of church for our students, a church that is amongst other things truly present to all individuals, genuinely connected to current needs, faithful to Jesus and His teachings, provides a sense of hope to all and acutely aware of the need to love ourselves and each other.
Many of these qualities are nurtured in our Marist charism or characteristics which promotes simplicity, presence, family spirit, a love of hard work and devotion to Mary our Good Mother. The challenge is and will always be to bring this mission or process of evangelisation to our students in a way that connects with them deeply and in a way in which they understand.
As we approach the end of term, I would remind all students of the need to ensure that final assessment tasks are completed and passed in. Now is a great time to have these conversations with your son(s) and I would encourage you to take the time to discuss the contents of his end of semester report, which will be distributed in Week 10.
Friday is the Feast of the Sacred Heart - a special time for our school community and I look forward to the Eucharistic celebration. The many images of Jesus's Sacred Heart remind us of God's love not just for His son but for of all humankind.
Have a great week!