Dear Marist Community,

New Bishop

On Wednesday the Diocese of Sandhurst ordained and installed our new Bishop. It was a privilege to be there with some of our Marist students as we welcomed Most Reverend Shane Mackinlay. Twenty of our students were ushers and guides and they were wonderful ambassadors of our College. Marists were also present in the Music with Mr Matt Pankhurst on trumpet and the beautiful singing of the choir with Connor McGowan, Oscar Skinner, Tim Duka, Emma Clayton, Ethan Harrison, Ruby Skinner, Brigid McGowan, Madelyn Sturt, Ellie French and Educator Miss Sarah Gould and Marist parents Sharyn McGowan and Jovy Duka. The singing was superb and many people commented to me afterwards about the beautiful manners of our guides. Bishop Shane will be the main celebrant at our Graduation Mass next Tuesday night to which all families are invited.

Timor Leste Immersion

2020 will see our third Immersion group travel to Timor Leste. In the final weeks of last term Year 10 students were invited to apply for this experience. The interviews were conducted by Miss Kylie Morrissey and the two staff who will be on the Immersion Ms Lucy Armstrong and Mr Ben Goode. Congratulations to the following students who will form the Immersion group for Timor Leste in 2020:

Al Brasher Gemma Bull Lilli-Rose Gemmill Jemma Gordon
Chelcy Griffin Holly Lockhart Phoenix Pointon Kate Slaven
Lily Symes Owen Towler

The panel had an extremely difficult task and there were many high quality Year 10 students who unfortunately were not selected. We cannot take more than 10 students due the travel conditions in some of the places. There will also be our third Aboriginal Immersion in 2020 and I hope the unsuccessful applicants consider this equally rewarding experience.

Year 5 camp

Congratulations to all of our Year 5 students for their great commitment to their camp this week. We had 42 students and 6 educators visit Ballarat and take in the sights of Sovereign Hill and Ballarat Wildlife Sanctuary. In speaking with the camp managers, Greg and Liz spoke very highly of our students and commented on how well behaved and delightful they were in all interactions. It was very pleasing to hear how they represented our College and that they have also been sent certificates of recognition for their good manners and enthusiastic co-operation. Greg added that these certificates are only presented to 3 schools across the year and they have schools going through 300 out of the 365 days this year.  Thank you to all the staff who attended the camp and provided a safe and enjoyable experience for our young students. Thank you also to Mrs Tricia Corrie for her leadership of the camp experience and thank you to Mrs Carmel Fitt for all her assistance in preparation for this camp.

La Valla spirituality day

This afternoon I had the absolute pleasure to join our La Valla students for the liturgy at the end of their Spirituality Day. Designed and run by the students it was a very moving spiritual experience. The sense of prayer and reverence was a joy to experience. Congratulations to Ms Leonie Wolfe and all the Educators for the planning and running of this special day. It was clear from the liturgy that the day was very significant and quite moving for our young Marists.  The focus for the day was Mary and I share with you one of the reflections from the liturgy, which is as relevant to adults as it is to kids of all ages.

We reflect today on the importance that Mary brought to not only Jesus’ life but to all of our lives. Her deep love ad unbreakable bond she had with Jesus inspires us to follow in her footsteps and live a life committed to supporting, giving and loving one another each and every day.  We pray that we may open our hearts to share our love the same way in which Mary did and place the same faith in Jesus to guide us through our lives.

The Beatitudes

On the Year 12 retreat at the beginning of the year we spent some time focussing on the Beatitudes and Pope Francis’ writings on how we can use these as a guide to living holy lives each day. As our Year 12 students prepare to finish this Gospel reading is certainly worth another look. It will be the Gospel at the Graduation Mass on Tuesday evening. I share it with you here.

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

                                                                                                                                                                                Matthew 5: 1-12


Thank you Year 12 students for living the beatitudes in our community every day.