Dear parents, friends, staff and students,
In this week’s Gospel (Luke 12:32 – 48), Jesus makes the statement;
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will also be”.
He continues to explain how the foolish servants are not prepared when the groom arrives back at the feast and how the master will be angry. The message is simply for us to understand that what we value most in life will be what we put our energy into. The story of the servants adds the complication that we do not know when we will be called to eternal life. If we put our efforts into accumulating material things, we may never reap the returns on this effort. It is far better to keep the things that are important in our hearts as this treasure cannot be taken and will remain with us. Our best treasure can be the love of those around us and is supported and built by investing in these relationships.
Earlier this week, Mr Cloran and I attended the biennial Marist Schools Australia (MSA) conference. The conference brings together leaders from schools across Australia and provides the opportunity to consider how we provide meaningful spiritual, academic and wellbeing experiences for our students. This conference was attended by the MSA National and regional directors and the provincial of the Marist Brothers in Australia. We were reminded of our goals to provide quality education in the Marist tradition with the main purpose to ‘make Jesus known and loved’. Whilst each school will have its own context, it was energising to know that we are a part of a large family that shares common values.
On Wednesday evening, our Year 10 students completed their 2023 subject selection interviews. These are the last stage in advising students which subjects they will be most suited for when entering Year 11. Thank you to the staff who gave up their evening to meet with students and parents and a special thank you to Ms Kripal and Ms Miller on organising and coordinating these meetings.
Last week, I sent a letter to all parents outlining some proposals for the start of 2023. Thank you to the over 170 parents who took the time to give their opinion. The results were clear in each area and there were valuable comments made in the final question. The results were:
A number of comments raised issues around the changes in start and finishing times that may need to be further explored before this can occur. Some also made suggestions that have already been implemented (ie, we introduced girl’s sport shorts and fleece lined tracksuits around 18 months ago). Based on these results and the comments, I will now discuss with Rainier, the feasibility of introducing the uniform changes at the start of 2023 and will report back to parents regarding this.
Please be aware that our next P&F meeting is scheduled for Tuesday August 16 - Week 5. As always, all parents are welcome.
Ite in Veritate
Mr Steve Lo Cascio