Last Sunday, 15 August, was the Feast of the Assumption; the celebration Mary, the Mother of God’s redemption and assumption into heaven. It is also the Patronal Feast of the Sisters of Charity.
As our world continues to grapple with this terrible pandemic, the Feast of the Assumption can be a source of hope and comfort to us. Mary reminds us to be grateful for God’s blessings as she proclaimed in her prayer The Magnificat.
“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior..the Almighty has done great things for me and holy is God’s Name.” Luke 1:46.
Mary was a courageous, joyous and faith-filled woman. She was the first to understand Jesus, his mission, and his disciples. Mary accepted difficulties and anxiety. She was a woman who understood the signs of her times and responded prophetically. Mary showed her humanity as she stood lovingly at the foot of the cross as she watched her son undertake an agonising death. She was a woman of great capacity to nurture, love and care.
We can take inspiration from Mary in these difficult and uncertain times. We can be grateful for the many blessings that we have in our life, especially our family and friends. Mary can inspire us to open our hearts and minds so that we can embrace challenges as opportunities. As we encounter these challenges, we could ask ourselves “How would Mary handle this?”
Reflection on the last few weeks
The last few weeks have been quite a rollercoaster ride. Firstly, there was the announcement of the snap lockdown and the transition to remote learning. This was followed by the return to school and the new challenge “hybrid learning” as we worked with those students and staff who were in quarantine.
As a community, we have had to respond to change quickly and embrace these challenges. I would like to extend a very sincere “thank you” to our MSM staff. There have been many, many hours of work happening behind the scenes by both teaching and non-teaching staff to continue to deliver highly engaging programs to our students. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed.
To our students – I appreciate that all these changes are unsettling and for many are a source of anxiety. You missed your friends during lockdown and your participation in extra-curricular activities. The wearing of masks at school has been difficult as well. I applaud you for your resilience and thank you for your cooperation. I am very proud of you!
To our parents and caregivers – thank you for the many messages of support that you have provided. It has also been a difficult time for you also, as you juggled the demands of remote learning, the challenges of quarantine and providing stability for your families in a complex, uncertain world.
During the week, the Premier has made several announcements, including the easing of some restrictions that will take place from 4.00 pm this afternoon. For the most current information on our College activities, I refer you to the correspondence that was distributed yesterday afternoon. We are particularly excited to see our extra-curricular program resume in a “COVID-normal” way.
Welcome back to Mr Adam Walker who has returned from his leave last week. Thank you to Mr John McKain (contract teacher) and Ms Katrin King (acting Curriculum Leader – Mathematics) for their fine contributions during Mr Walker’s leave.
Mrs Linda Morris (Library Technician) resigned at the end of Week 1 this term. We welcome Mrs Louise Copeman-Hill to the Library Staff as Library Assistant.
Ms Ruani Dias-Jayasinha has resigned from her teaching position. She will continue with her voice students until the end of this term. We welcome Ms Rebecca Jeffries to the music department.
College Leadership Team Restructure
At the beginning of the year, I engaged an external consultant to review the structure of our College Leadership Team. The current structure has been in place for many years and with our enrolments now reaching our “cap” of 900, it is timely to undertake a review.
The recommendation was to expand our College Leadership Team structure and align it to our current strategic plan. The new structure for 2022 will be Deputy Principal, Dean of Faith and Mission, Dean of Student Wellbeing and Dean of Teaching and Learning. These positions have been advertised and I am currently working through the recruitment process.
In faith and love,