Dear Parents, Students and Friends
Last Sunday September 10, was Child Protection Sunday. This year our theme was“ See Me, Hear Me”. The question is how do we, at Marian Catholic College, play our part in listening to young people to ensure they are kept safe? This year the National Committee for Professional Standards have commissioned a video and brochure through the Australian Catholic University reflecting on research around what children think about their safety.
In the first reading for Child Protection Sunday the Prophet Ezekiel speaks of “being a sentry to the House of Israel’. As already stated within our Catholic Communities there is horror, anger and sorrow over the abuse of children. As Pope Francis outlined before leading the crowds in the Angelus prayer in March last year it is important to “Listen: this is the key word. Do not forget, listen to the hurt, sick and marginalized, or among families” As a sentry, each of us plays a part in listening to what the children have to say, making sure that every child is safe and protected from abuse and harm.
At Marian, we are fortunate to have policies and procedures in place to ensure that abuse and harm of those in our care are protected and all staff are provided each year with mandatory training in Child Protection Guidelines.
The Year 12 Farewell Assembly takes place next Wednesday at 10am in the Marcellin Hall. Everyone is most welcome to attend and there will be light refreshments available afterwards. I ask that you continue to keep the group in your prayers as they complete their last few days as students and they finalise preparations for the HSC examinations in October and November.
During the ceremony the 2018 College Captains are announced. All our student leaders for next year have been selected and a full list will be made available at the start of Term 4, when their work commences.
Vale Mr Evan Davis
Everyone at Marian, as well as the broader community of Griffith were saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Mr Evan Davis. Evan taught at Griffith High from 1975 until he joined Catholic High as it was then known in 1990. Evan had been a teacher here until his retirement from full time work in 2011. Since then, he has here most weeks filling the very important role of a relief teacher . Nothing was too much trouble for Evan. He was always obliging and giving and it was often remarked that he had a gift in handling difficult students with his patient and caring manner. The College formed a guard of honour outside the school as he was driven to St Alban's Cathedral last Monday.
We continue to keep Evan, his wife Kerrie, daughter and staff member Lisa a as well as the extended family in our prayers.
Peace and Best Wishes
Alan Le Brocque