Challenges for the Church
The last three weeks have been significant in the Church’s year with the important feasts of Pentecost, Trinity Sunday and Corpus Christi in successive weeks. On Pentecost Sunday, Archbishop Costelloe provided details of a Plenary Council for 2020. The Council is a formal gathering of Australian Bishops in order to chart a course for the Church into the future.
For many at John XXIII College, the experience of Church is through the school. However, we are all encouraged to engage in the discussion and discernment leading to the Plenary Council.
The question we are being asked to consider and discuss is: What do you think God is asking of us at this time?
For more information refer to the website and to subscribe for updates please visit: www.plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au.
It is a busy time of year with our senior students involved with examinations and other year levels completing important assessments. However, our involvement in co-curricular activities is ongoing with active participation in faith and mission activities alongside music, drama, magis and sporting opportunities.
Last week our cross-country runners were rewarded for their hard training and team spirit through a second placement in the ACC Cross-Country event. With 67 schools competing this is a very meritorious result. Our girls were outright winners and our boys also finished in the top echelon of schools.
We have been really pleased with the level of participation and contribution by our students to John XXIII College sport. Great benefits come from participating in team sport and it provides an important balance in a young person’s life.
There is great joy in competing and it is also important to recognise and acknowledge success when it occurs. Some recent highlights include:
- Rowing numbers have more than doubled to 130 participants.
- Over 30 teams playing in weekend netball for the John XXIII College Netball Club.
- 'A' division participation in ACC swimming and athletics with nine ACC Swimming All Star award winners.
- Ex Olympian, Shawn Reghage, providing expert basketball coaching for our Northern Associated Schools (NAS).
- 14 of our 38 Term 1 NAS teams played off for first place in Term 1.
- A revamped weights’ room with the emphasis on functional exercises.
Well done to all our dedicated and committed students and many thanks to our staff and parents for their important role in guiding our young athletes.