Dear Parents, Students and Friends
On Monday this week I helped pack away the Year 12 Visual Art Major Works. I was amazed at the quality of the work and in awe of the talent in our young people. It made me reflect on all of the "project" works of our Year 12 students.
I know that I have mentioned them in previous newsletters but once again,when they are thought about as a complete set, Music, Visual Arts, Drama, Design and Technology, Industrial Technology: Multimedia and Timber and Furniture Technologies, they include a large number of senior students.
Each one of these students have to "put it out there", to show what is happening for them on the inside and "make" something from nothing. If nothing else it takes enormous courage to dare to do this. Each one of them are laying themselves open to public criticism and judgement. Once it is done, they can't take it back. They can't say, "Can I have another go at this?" I am sure that you would agree that this takes a certain type of bravery to allow it to happen.
I think that these HSC projects are ideal expressions of how Marian Catholic College is attempting to live out our Vision Statement. In fact, the actions of each of us within our community at Marian Catholic College should be genuine attempts to live our Vision and Mission statement.
If you think about what all our students are doing each day from Year 7 to 12 we might see that every moment is a growth moment. Learning about who they are becoming, what is really important and how they are to respond. They are asked to "risk" living well.
Here at Marian, we ask everyone to be "Courageous, like Our Mother Mary". Pope Francis says that we are called by Christ to, "Be the best version of ourselves".
So be bold and brave and like our Year 12 students, be prepared to risk, be prepared to fail, be prepared to have others criticise you. Have belief in yourself that no matter what comes of risk, you are living life and living it to the full. It will be worth it. Find within yourself the courage to be the best version of yourself.
Academic and Cultural Anthropologist Margaret Mead said that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world, Shakespeare made it clear that if we desire change (in ourselves), there is no room for doubt:
Our doubts are traitors
And make us lose the good we oft might win
By fearing to attempt.
Finally, Happy Father's day to all our dads!
Peace and Best Wishes