Parent Engagement Committee
Thank you to the members of the Parent Engagement Committee (PEC) who hosted a sociable gathering for Year 7 families on Tuesday, 21 March at their annual meet and greet event. It was a lovely opportunity for families to meet one another, to informally chat with members of the College Leadership Team, and to hear more about the work of the PEC. They are a small, committed and hard-working group who endeavour on the part of families to build connection to the College community. For more information about upcoming meetings and events you can visit the PEC page on the College website.
Catholic Education Week Mass
It was my pleasure to represent the College community, along with six of our student leaders and Mr Lance Jilbert, at the Catholic Education Week mass on 17 March. It is always an honour to sit amongst other students and educators as we celebrate what Catholic education brings to the life of its communities – more than just great learning, our Catholic schools create communities where the Gospel values are inherent in everything we do. Young people and adults alike are imbued with a spirit of service and commitment to bringing the message of Jesus to life, both while at school, and in whatever endeavours they choose to pursue beyond the school gates. Thanks to Isabell Moschini, Jemma Moschini, Lucia Ragnanese, Daniella Smith, Elizabeth Sumanovic and Estelle Tabet for representing the College with pride.
Coming up to Holy Week
The end of the Term One will see us commemorating the most significant events in our Christian Calendar; the life, passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Easter Triduum enables us to reflect not only on the death and resurrection moments in our own lives, but also on the love that Jesus showed for humankind in his willingness to enter in God’s plan for him, and God’s love for humanity in the promise of the resurrection. The extract below is from renowned theologian Dr Ron Rolheiser, a Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate priest. He reflects on what it means when we say Jesus takes away the sin of the world, a belief we proclaim during each mass when we say: Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
How Jesus Takes Away the Sin of The World
“Jesus takes away the sin of the world away by transforming it, by changing it, by taking it inside of himself and transmuting it. We see examples of this throughout his entire life, although it is most manifest in the love and forgiveness he shows at the time of his death.
In simple language, Jesus took away the sin of the community by taking in hatred and giving back love; by taking in anger and giving out graciousness; by taking in envy and giving back blessing; by taking in bitterness and giving out warmth; by taking in pettiness and giving back compassion; by taking in chaos and giving back peace; and by taking in sin and giving back forgiveness.
This is not an easy thing to do. What comes naturally is to give back in kind: hatred for hatred, anger for anger, coldness for coldness, revenge for hurt. Someone hits us so we hit back.
This dynamic is not just something we are asked to admire in Jesus. The incarnation is meant to be ongoing. We are asked to continue to give flesh to God, to continue to do what Jesus did. Thus, our task too is to help take away the sin of the world.
We do this whenever we take in hatred, anger, envy, pettiness, and bitterness, hold them, transmute them, and eventually give them back as love, graciousness, blessing, compassion, warmth, and forgiveness.”
This is the last IONA for the term. We look back over the term that has been with gratitude: for the learning opportunities; for the commitment and dedication of our staff; for the life-giving relationships we encounter in community; and for joy and delight our young people bring to us every single day. We also look forward in gratitude for the break that lies ahead – may it bring peace, rest, and replenishment.
We will welcome all students back for Term Two on 26 April.