It has been a topsy-turvy week with the shift to remote learning occurring so quickly, and yet again this community has demonstrated its resilience, agility and adaptability. Nevertheless, we were very pleased to welcome everyone back onsite on Thursday. Thank you to all for your understanding and support. I would especially like to acknowledge the teachers who have worked to adapt curriculum and keep students connected and motivated in the online space.
We are working to re-schedule the Opening School Mass and the High Achievers’ Assembly and will alert students and families to these dates once arrangements are made.
It was a pleasure to welcome families to the House Welcomes that took place over the first two weeks of the academic year. I know that our Year 7 students were especially excited to receive their first badge, and to be officially welcomed as a member of their House. I encourage all students to become familiar with the story of their House Patron and to discover the characteristics of that special woman whom they can begin to emulate in their own lives. They are the qualities that make the St Columba’s College community what it is.
Wednesday, 17 February marked the beginning of Lent, and this year the Project Compassion theme is Be More. In an environment where so many more families are struggling financially as a result of the pandemic, the theme encourages all of us to give more of ourselves. According to the traditions of the Sisters of Charity, “Give of your substance, not of your surplus”.
I came across this resource recently that supports us to focus on our impact on the Earth during Lent. Laudato Si’ Lent, promoted by Global Catholic Climate Movement, takes as its theme Lent 2021: A Journey of Hope – Reflect, Repent and Renew. Together. It encourages each of us to take our personal responsibilities, and individual actions and commitments, and join them with others, in an effort to protect and save our planet. This is the link to a very short video introduction – https://youtu.be/N98cxu10ArM.