9 March 2017
Dear Parents, Guardians and friends of Assumption,
We’ve been so impressed with the way our year 7s have begun their time at Assumption. Times of transition are challenging for us all, and students in this year level seem to have found their place in our school community quite quickly. As the first year 7 group to encounter the new learning mentor groups, they are particularly precious to us. I hear lots of comments from older students about how much they love having daily contact with our newbies, and hear nice feedback from the year 7s that they’re enjoying the opportunity too. This week the year 7s are on camp. As many of you will remember, this is an important time for them to nurture new friendships. We wish them and their teachers a terrific three days away.
In Catholic schools, one of our goals is to see awareness raising of social issues and advocacy for change as equally as important as fundraising. To ensure consistency in this for our students, staff and families, we focus on raising funds for a different cause each term.
In term 1, all our energies go to Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion for international aid and development. In term 2 we support the Vinnies Winter Appeal, in term 3 we turn our attention to Marist Solidarity (buildings for our partner schools in East Timor), and in term 4 we support our local Vinnies in providing Christmas presents and food for families in need. We frequently have requests from other organisations to assist them with fundraising, and try to limit our engagement with these so that we aren’t calling on families too frequently.
Last year we announced that girls would be given the option of wearing long pants in terms 2 and 3. We are pleased to confirm that these blue school pants are now available from our uniform supplier, Academy Uniforms, for $44. These slacks are made in Australia, and are to be worn with the regular black school shoes, with navy socks. Girls are, of course, still very much encouraged to wear the college kilt in winter, but some may prefer pants.
Next term I will be taking study leave. Initially, I will head to France with our year 10 and 11 study tour students, before participating in the Marist School Leaders Pilgrimage to Israel, Rome and Lyon. Then I will study for four weeks in Jerusalem, and attend a meeting in Nairobi on behalf of the Marists of Australia.
In my absence Mr Vaughan Cleary (Deputy Principal - Learning and Teaching) will be acting Principal. He will be ably supported by our staff, and available to you should the need arise. I’ll look forward to seeing you all when I return at the start of third term.
In this Sunday’s Gospel (Matt 17:1-9), Jesus takes some of his friends up to a mountaintop, where they see prophets from their ancient tradition and also hear the voice of God. It’s a strange story that might make us wonder what the disciples were drinking before they climbed that hill…but of course, it’s an analogy about the times we take ourselves away from busy places, and allow ourselves to listen to the inner voice of God, and all the good, wise men and women of history in our hearts. This Lent, as we prepare to celebrate Easter, how are you carving out some quiet time to hear the voice of God in your life? Sometimes we can manage it over a quiet cuppa on our own, but other times we need help and stimulus from other sources. Some online sources that might be of interest to you include Sacred Space and Pray As You Go
Loving God, help us to find our "mountaintops" to hear your word in our daily lives. Let the small moments of calm be times when we can draw on the inspiration of all those who have gone before us. Amen.
Peace and blessings,