From the Principal

Welcome to Week Four of Term Two to everyone in the community. The term continues on positively, with students and staff working away diligently to ensure great teaching and learning is taking place.

The academic pressures are truly with us in Term Two, with our boys needing to work away industriously to ensure they remain on top of things as they complete set work, as well as studying for what I am sure appears to be a never ending list of assessment tasks. At the same time the vibrancy of the extra-curricular is in full swing, with the football and soccer seasons well underway. We have had some early success with the Junior Badminton team winning the ACC Badminton tournament last week. Once again, congratulations to Mr Wang and his team for their hard work.

On Monday we gathered with the Year 9 boys and their parents for breakfast, to celebrate the culmination of ‘The Rite Journey’, a program the boys had undertaken over the first term. The program takes the boys on a journey from childhood to the beginnings of becoming a man. It was a wonderful gathering, one which brought much joy, as I observed the boys interacting with their parents as young men. It was so uplifting to have so many parents in attendance, sharing in their son’s education and development. I would like to thank and congratulate Ms Tara Kimstra and Ms Ashley Simon, and the team of Year 9 Oratory leaders as well as the staff who supported the program. I would also like to thank the parents for their attendance and support of what is a great initiative in the Year 9 program.

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, families will be looking for ways to pay special tribute to their Mums. Each family will celebrate the day in various ways; including cards, flowers, breakfast in bed, a day at the footy, lunch at a fine restaurant, or special gifts. These are just some of the ways families will say thanks to mum, and that is as it should be. However, if a day of pampering is simply a time when families attempt to atone for an entire year of neglect, indifference, misuse, disrespect, and a lack of thoughtfulness and genuine appreciation, then we are not truly valuing the gift of our mothers.

I have the privilege of having three wonderful women in my life who are Mums, and epitomise what I think a Mum should be. My wife, the mother of my children, my Mum and my Mother in Law. They are all women of great faith, and whether it’s by action or word, they selflessly go about nurturing the dignity of the people in their care. These are women who diligently care for their households and extended family. They are people who we go to for comfort and support, and they are the first to celebrate our successes and the first to be there in support when we stumble. They feel our pain and sorrow and thrive in our joy. I don’t think we ever truly appreciate the significance and importance of these wonderful people. They do what they do without fanfare or fuss, they don’t seek attention or accolades, rather they go about their daily tasks of washing, cleaning, cooking, healing, counselling, nurturing, and most of all, loving, making all our lives that little easier and more beautiful. So let us remember not only on the second Sunday of May that in the words of Washington Irving, “A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us when troubles thicken around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavour by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.”

I will always remember that all that I am, or ever hope to be, I owe to my Mother.

Remember, our Mother’s Day Mass and Breakfast will be taking place this Friday at 7:30am, for all mothers and their sons to spend some time together in a show of appreciation and love. I would love to see as many Mums as possible share in this wonderful gathering.

God Bless.

Mr Rob Brennan