May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise, and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.
St Therese of Lisieux(1873-97); born in France; a Carmelite sister; also known as “The Little Flower of Jesus”.
Dear Parents, Students and Friends
It was very encouraging to see so many parents and students attend two events held during the week. I am aware that all of us lead busy lives and that we are often stretched to fit in all the demands that life asks of us. So to see so many in attendance indicates that a successful education is at the forefront of family and student aspirations. Some were even at both!
Both Years 7 and 9 received laptop computers. Year 7 parents also were introduced to most of the staff who teach this year group. The pleasing aspect for me was the ease with which students, their parents and staff chatted about events at the school. There was a happy “buzz” around the room and it was clear that a positive start has been made to the school year by our newest members of the community. My thanks also to the Year 10 Peer Support Leaders who helped in serving the light refreshments during the night.
The other event took place at the Year 9 Laptop rollout where Assistant Principal Christie Scoble used the opportunity to explain the Minimum Literacy and Numeracy Standard and the link to Year 9 NAPLAN testing. Ms Scoble has included more details in this newsletter.
My congratulations go to the Student Leadership Team for raising $2235 for their charities on Valentine’s Day. The team did an amazing job in making the day fun for all. There have been photos uploaded the College Facebook as well as in this newsletter.
Students (and staff) are also to be congratulated on the involvement and support of the 2017 Swimming Carnival. Held under trying conditions but thankfully indoors to avoid direct sunlight, Marian school spirit was high throughout. Age and House Champions will be presented at Assembly next week. There were a number of records broken on the day!
Last Thursday at our Opening Mass Marian Catholic College was welcomed into Marist Schools Australia. I mentioned this in the previous newsletter. Like a number of Catholic schools around Australia, Marian has a dual Charism in that the school was administered by the Marist Brothers and the Mercy Sisters. Since 2006 it has been under the administration of the Catholic Schools Office, Diocese of Wagga Wagga. Being reconnected with the Marists in a formal manner enables the staff and students to have access to some wonderful faith formation opportunities as well as student sport and cultural events. The College is also maintaining links with the Mercy Sisters and our desire is to have the benefits of both orders to support our faith and learning community.
Best wishes to the staff and students attending the CAT (Canberra Amateur Theatre) Awards in Dubbo on their nominations for the 2016 College Musical—GREASE!
Car Park and Drop-Off/Pick Up area All drop/off and parking is either through the new Macarthur St entrance or along Hickey Crescent. No students should be crossing Wakaden St,. Students have been briefed about about these requirements. The school day finishes at 3:25pm and parents should come after then to avoid queuing into Macarthur St causing traffic disruptions.
Peace and Best Wishes
Alan Le Brocque