23 February 2017
Dear Parents, Guardians and Friends of Assumption,
So much has been going on at Assumption in the last few weeks, and I want to acknowledge how wonderful it has been to see so many of you in and around the school. I feel like this is something that has really improved over the past 18 months or so – that we are finding more and more ways to involve parents in the life of the school, and there are more of you taking up the opportunity.
Certainly, we had about 70% of parents and guardians here for the learning mentor interviews (about 30% more than we had on traditional parent-teacher interview evenings) but, even more so, the number of people stopping in to meet teachers, offering their expertise in various areas, visiting classes, assisting with Saturday sport, joining the P&F and helping out at working bees is almost unprecedented. I see a lot of people introducing themselves to others, sharing ideas and laughs, and I hope we can continue to find ways to provide for you in our community. If you have any ideas about how we can expand opportunities for parents to be around and involved, I’d be happy to hear from you.
Wednesday, March 1 marks the beginning of the Church season of Lent. It’s a kind of spiritual boot-camp, a time to examine where and how we can be better people, and to make some changes (difficult changes), in a spirit of improvement. Lent is also the time in schools where we engage in Project Compassion, the fundraising time for Caritas Australia.
Caritas Australia is the international aid and development arm of the Catholic Church, and a major partner of the Australian government in meeting its aid commitments. I have the privilege of sitting on the National Council for Caritas Australia, and see and hear about the various places around the world where the money we raise makes a genuine difference to people’s lives. Each year, our year 11s visit the Caritas office in Timor Leste to see our funds at work. You’ll see more about Caritas in future newsletters. This year the focus is on Caritas’s work in the Philippines, especially with families who make a living scavenging on rubbish dumps, and we invite you to consider making a family donation to support the people of our world in greatest need.
Yes…really! We’re about to begin advertising for enrolments for 2019. Catholic Education Melbourne has asked all Catholic secondary schools to start our enrolment processes one year earlier, to help families better prepare their child for secondary education. As such, we’ll be offering our student places for 2019 this November. Please tell any families you know with a year 5 child, who may be considering ACK, to keep an eye out for our ads. Enrolment packs will be available from our Open Evening on March 16 onwards, with a relatively quick turn-around for documents, enrolment interviews and the like. As always, Mr Bernie Jephson is the person to direct enquiries to.
In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus asks his listeners what possible benefit they get from worrying about the future - and it’s an interesting question. We each have times when our mind races away from us, projecting into the future the worst possible scenarios, and imagining that our lives are going be more difficult, messier and perhaps less loving than we would hope for in our dreams. Jesus reminds us that while there’s plenty to worry about (bad hair day anyone?), the world is unfolding as it should, and we are all, in fact, on the inevitable journey to a life of peace with a God who loves us.
God of peace, when our minds race with worries, gently call us to calm, and let us deeply know that we are good and kind people for whom life is unfolding just as it should. You don’t send us more than we can handle, so let us trust our infinite ability to be hopeful and confident, even when it seems that we shouldn’t. Amen.
Peace and blessings,