The traditional words of the Memorare remind us all that we have the heavenly support of Mary for all our prayers: Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
This week we particularly remember the feast day of the Assumption of Mary, also known as Assumption Day. This celebrates the day that the Virgin Mary ascended into Heaven following her death. It is celebrated annually on August 15.
Assumption Day is a chance for Catholics to celebrate the heavenly birthday of the Virgin Mary. As Roman Catholics, we believe in the Assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven; when her earthly life was finished, Mary was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, where the Lord exalts her as Queen of Heaven. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, # 966). Mary’s assumption gives us the assurance and hope of our own resurrection and assumption into heaven on the day of our Last Judgment. As this is a Holy Day of Obligation, Marian Catholic College community celebrated the Feast Day with Mass at 1pm today. The College will be also providing music and readers for the 9am Sacred Heart Parish Mass this Sunday in the Marcellin Hall.
Dear Parents, Students and Friends
With the HSC Trials drawing to a close, we now turn our attention to the marking of the Practical Projects in Design and Technology, Music, Drama and Visual Arts. I have watched a number of these important major works take shape and they look exciting. Major works need to be at school according to the NESA rules. Italian students are examined in the oral section of the HSC later this month and the Society and Culture Personal Interest Projects have also been completed.
Whilst on the topic of examinations, and there seems to be a never ending round of them...Year 11 soon start the Preliminary final examinations. I hope all students are preparing as best as they can and that families are supporting them by keeping outside events as low key as possible in order to maximise study time. Students also need to keep their priorities in order to give the best account of themselves. These examinations commence on September 11 and a timetable will be issued for students soon. Year 11 and Year 12 will also have final Support Evenings to help them in their preparation.
The process for moving from one stage to another is well under way, as students in Year 8 and Year 10 make their selections for their chosen subjects for 2018. We have been very impressed with the maturity and level of responsibility that students have had in approaching this task. There has been excellent attendance at information evenings and students have asked pertinent questions and sought assistance in making their selections. The first round of selections that the students submit are the basis of the decisions that the College makes about the final possibilities of subjects that we can successfully offer. A second round of final selections should be available before the end of this term.
The 2017 NAPLAN student reports were posted home earlier this week to all families with students in Years 7 and 9. The staff have had a “first look” at the overall summaries and have been pleased to see that the attention given to comprehension strategies has made an impact across both of these cohorts. Broadly speaking there has been a shift upwards towards the higher bands.
Finally, congratulations to the Science Faculty who have organised Science Week, culminating in displays in our hall this evening from 5:30pm.