This Sunday, November 20, sees the end of the Pope’s Jubilee Year of Mercy. As part of our closing prayer at our College Assembly earlier today, we were asked to reflect on 3 simple questions:
How have I been challenged in this year of Mercy?
Where can I show mercy in the years to come?
How would a merciful world be different?
There are obviously a multitude of answers that could be extracted from an audience in excess of 700, and there is no pass or fail associated with any response to the questions. The past year has certainly raised an awareness within our own faith community of the need to stop and reflect on the role that our interpretation of Mercy plays in our daily lives. If nothing else, as we enter the Christmas season, it hopefully provides us with an opportunity to make a positive contribution to those in our families and communities who find this time of the year challenging and to look deeper into the manner in which we relate to those closest to us.
Other parts of our Assembly today saw us recognise some outstanding group, team and individual achievements. These included:
- the Steve Elkington Cup winning golf team, who have won back to back Combined Wagga Wagga High School Championships
- donations to Kurrajong-Waratah and Intereach from Benedicta Day fundraising late last term
- victorious Year 7 & 8 Boys and Girls Touch teams who both won NSW All-Schools titles (the first time in the event’s history that this has been achieved by a non-selective sports high school)
- Wagga Wagga Conservatorium of Music Scholarships being awarded to Harry Mangelsdorf, Sam McCrae and Caitlyn Davis for 2017, and
- Amelia Preuss being selected as 1 of only 100 national representatives for the National Constitutional Convention in March next year.
These particular presentations are symptomatic of much of what occurs on a daily basis, both within and beyond the classroom. Again, congratulations to all those who received recognition today, and many thanks to their peers, families and teachers who have supported each of them in their endeavours.
As we commence the last 4 or so weeks of the year, it is certainly not a time of wind-down. Reports and grades are being written and finalised as we print. Key Learning Areas, Houses and individual staff members have completed plans for 2017, all with a focus on improving student learning outcomes. We will be finishing the last week of our most recent 4 week Coaching Trial in Homegroup, which from anecdotal evidence has been very successful. Staff and students will be surveyed at the completion of this second trial to help implement a permanent Coaching strategy for 2017. Year 12 2017 will be undertaking their first round of HSC assessment tasks and participating in their annual Retreat at Warrambui. Significant Capital Works will be occurring over the break to improve staffrooms, classrooms and areas within the Boarding School.
As a culmination to the year, our final Mass will be held on December 13 at 12.30pm, with our Awards evening commencing later that evening. The last day of school for all students this year is Tuesday December 13. Thanks to all members of our community for what has been a successful term to date and in anticipation for a positive end to another successful term.