Please, Thank You and Sorry
In late December 2018, one of our wonderful teachers, Ms Joanne McLoughlin, got married. The wedding was conducted in her hometown at the magnificent Galway Cathedral in Ireland. During Mass, the Irish Priest spoke of a family values’ homily delivered by Pope Francis to young couples in 2014.
Three words were mentioned as keys to a good family life. Showing good manners by saying ‘please’; expressing gratitude by saying ‘thank you’ and having the good grace and courage to say ‘sorry’. Please and thank you come naturally for many but the capacity to reflect on our own actions and say ‘sorry’ can be more challenging.
Every celebration of the Mass begins with prayer for forgiveness. We pray ‘Lord have Mercy’ and are reminded that ‘God is full of gentleness and forgiveness’. These are beautiful words and a wonderful way for us to conduct our lives both at home and at school.
During last week’s secondary assembly our Year 12 students symbolically welcomed our Year 7s to the college via a ‘spirit tunnel’. Walking through a guard of honour is special and recognises the warmth of the welcome extended to students new to the secondary school. One third of our Year 7 cohort know the school well through their primary school experience but it is still a significant transition for all students as they progress with their schooling. Thank you to our Year 12 students for their welcome to our new secondary students and best wishes to our Year 7 cohort as they begin the next phase of their schooling.