most loving Virgin Mary,
never was it heard
that anyone who turned to you for help was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence,
though burdened by my sins,
I run to you for protection for you are my mother.
(a modern day translation of the Memorae)
The traditional words of the Memorare remind us all that we have the heavenly support of Mary for all our prayers: Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
This week we particularly remember the feast day of the Assumption of Mary, also known as Assumption Day. This celebrates the day that the Virgin Mary ascended into Heaven following her death. It is celebrated annually on August 15.
Assumption Day is a chance for Catholics to celebrate the heavenly birthday of the Virgin Mary. As Roman Catholics, we believe in the Assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven; when her earthly life was finished, Mary was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, where the Lord exalts her as Queen of Heaven. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, # 966). Mary’s assumption gives us the assurance and hope of our own resurrection and assumption into heaven on the day of our Last Judgment.
Dear Parents, Students and Friends,
With the HSC Trials drawing to a close, we now turn our attention to the marking of the Practical Projects in Design and Technology, Media, Metals, Music and Drama. Major works need to be at school according to the NESA rules. Language students are examined in the oral section of the HSC later this month and the Society and Culture Personal Interest Projects have also been completed. All Year 12 students are now finishing final units and begin to revise topics for the HSC Examinations that commence early next term.
Whilst on the topic of examinations, and there seems to be a never ending round of them...Year 11 soon start the Preliminary final examinations. I hope all students are preparing as best as they can and that families are supporting them by keeping outside events as low key as possible in order to maximise study time. Students also need to keep their priorities in order to give the best account of themselves. These examinations commence on September 16 and a timetable will be issued for students soon. Year 11 and Year 12 will also have final Support Evenings to help them in their preparation on Thursday 29 August.
The process for moving from one stage to another is well under way, as students in Year 8 will be holding an Information Evening soon and Year 10 have made their selections for their subjects for 2020.
This will be my last newsletter for the term! I am having a combination of Study Leave and Long Service Leave until the end of the term. Whilst overseas, I will be spending time looking at the education system of Finland and also visiting the world headquarters of the Marists at Lyon. In between and at the end I will be travelling about on Long Service Leave, In the meantime, Mrs Lora Segrave will be Acting Principal and Mr Heath Neville joins Mr Herb as Acting Co-Assistant Principals. I congratulate them on their appointments and I am confident that the community will give them any support they require.
Finally, the College welcomes Fr Paul Lu as our college Champlain. Fr Paul has been visiting classes and is quickly setting into his new role at Marian. We wish you well and look forward to knowing you better.
Peace and Best Wishes
Alan Le Brocque