As we come into the season of Lent we become more intentional and deliberate about the presence of God in our lives, and how we can manifest this knowing more actively in our day to day living. The call to fasting serves as a reminder; each time we think about what it is we are giving up, we are prompted to recall why we undertake this act of sacrifice, and then how this brings us closer to God.
This year the Pope’s Lenten message draws on a theme from Galatians.
“Let us not grow tired of doing good, for in due time we shall reap our harvest, if we do not give up. So then, while we have the opportunity, let us do good to all” (Gal 6:9-10).
Thank you to Renee Fleeton, Head of Faith and Mission, who provided a beautiful Ash Wednesday service for our House Groups, in the absence of being able to mark the start of this Lenten journey gathered as a community.
Ecological Justice asks us to consider our relationship with God through our relationship with Mother Earth. As we commence March, and the season of Lent, Catholic Earthcare Australia has provided some of the important ecological justice dates coming up this month.
High Achievers Assembly
It was a pleasure to welcome back our Year 12, 2021 students and their families to celebrate their great achievements on Friday, 18 February 2022. We also acknowledged the many Year 11 students completing a Unit 3/4 study in 2021 who received the highest scores for their subjects. Our VCE Dux, Therese Hockey, and VCAL High Achiever, Alessia Cremasco, spoke eloquently and passionately about their learning journeys, and I am sure inspired our students to make a commitment to whatever pathway they choose. I spoke to the students about the types of leaders that will be needed into the future.
You will be expected to be leaders – each and everyone one of you. This doesn’t always mean that you have to hold a formal leadership position but that you carry a leadership mindset, and this mindset has many dimensions. In some new research, six Leadership Paradoxes for the Post-Pandemic Era, have been described:
- Strategic Executor
- Humble Hero
- Tech-Savvy Humanist
- Traditioned Innovator
- High-Integrity Politician
- Globally-Minded Localist
It’s impossible to be all things to everyone – I hope that all of you see yourselves in at least some of these mindsets – as young leaders, in a long tradition of women who have gone out and done great things in the world.
The full article describing these mindsets can be found at https://hbr.org/2021/04/6-leadership-paradoxes-for-the-post-pandemic-era.
I was so proud of our community on Tuesday, as we weathered the inclement conditions that “rained” down upon us. All of the students I spoke with were excited to be at the carnival, and the rain was in no way spoiling their fun. We look forward to an equally enjoyable Athletics Carnival in the coming week.
I would like to acknowledge Shellie Murton, Danielle Caccamo, the Health and Physical Education staff, and the myriad other helpers who ensure that events such as these run smoothly and efficiently. Thank you to all of the staff members for their contributions on the day.