O Jesus, Divine Master, I thank and bless Your most merciful Heart for having given us Mary most holy as our Mother, Teacher and Queen. From the cross You placed us all in her hands. You gave her a great heart, much wisdom and immense power. May all mankind know her, pray to her! May all permit themselves to be led by her to You, the Savior of mankind! I placed myself in her hands, as You placed Yourself. With this Mother I want to live now, in the hour of my death, and for all eternity.
Dear Parents, Students and Friends
Congratulations to all our award recipients who were acknowledged at the Yrs 7-10 Semester One Awards Ceremonies and thank you at all family members who were been able to join us. Your ongoing support of Marian Catholic College is very much appreciated and it encourages everyone here to give our best, students and staff alike.
The College continues to maintain high standards in learning and teaching. This is a matter of pride for not just the staff whom I thank for their desire to be top level teacher professionals but also to the students who value their learning and understand their contribution to the daily learning environment in every lesson.
I often walk through classrooms with parents seeking to enrol their children at Marian and I can confidently take that walk at any time of the day, on any day of the week, and see engaged, focused learning, quality teaching and strong, respectful interpersonal relationships amongst students and between teachers and students.
It is clear to me that as a learning community, it is understood that we have a responsibility to each other, to support each other, to be the best that we can. I urge all of you to continue to value what we do with continued pride and a desire to want more, not only for yourself but for others around you.
This all adds up to the rewards that have been acknowledged in this week’s ceremonies. I examined the overall semester results for Years 7-10 with the corresponding grades last year and they compare favourably. There is also a very similar comparison with Semester 2 results last year. This further highlights that our standards are consistent. This consistency builds learning confidence and with learning confidence, hope, optimism and ultimately personal and group success will be attained.
Finally, please remember students that you are never defined by these results. Those worthy award recipients should justifiably enjoy the moment and I extend my personal congratulations to you. Everyone in our College community should also remember that it is how you rise and go forward to your next challenge that shapes who you are becoming just as much, if not more so than the success witnessed by these results.
This week I have been attending the biennial conferences of Marist Schools Australia (MSA) and the Australian Mercy Secondary Schools Association (AMSSA). Each Religious Orders have a long connection with Marian Catholic College and as such our school has a dual Charism. Both take Mary (Marian CC) as their lens on how to respond to the challenges of life. Both see Mary as a woman of courage who accepted the announcement from the Angel Gabriel, “Hail Mary, Full of Grace…the Lord is with you…”. The Gospel of Luke tells quite a bit about Mary and the challenges of being the Mother of God. She is told of the terrible fate that awaits her son by Simeon, she is clearly distressed when his is lost for three days when the Holy Family made a visit it the Temple. Mary witness her son being ridiculed, tortured and crucified. Yet through all this and more she never loses faith in His work in fulfilling God’s promise. If nothing else she is a very brave lady. A model of conscious, active faith.
For us, our message might be that as God is with us, never lose hope, never give up, take on the challenges of life. Our Vision Statement urges us…” Embracing Mary’s courageous acceptance, we fulfil Christ’s promise of The Way, The Truth and The Life”. There is greater glory possible with faith like that of our Mother Mary.