Sunday marked the beginning of Advent, a time for preparation and reflection. Advent aligns perfectly with the school calendar. We reflect on the year gone by, the challenges, opportunities and achievements and we prepare for what is to come.
We have a great deal to celebrate this year. Our theme for the year was ‘Find happiness in making others happy’, which is attributed to Mary MacKillop in 1899. This was Mary inspiring us all to help others and in that way - we will find true happiness. A life of service to Mary was a meaningful and purposeful life.
The school year has quickly come to a close and we find ourselves giving thanks as we remember a year of learning, discovery, joy and success. MacKillop girls have had many opportunities to involve themselves in a rich school life experience.
By the end of this week the SACE examinations will be over and we will be celebrating the Class of 2018 at the Graduation Dinner. We are so proud of our students. We know that they have worked hard and they deserve some time now for rest and relaxation.
Today, we held our Good News Assembly and it was an hour of stories, inspiration, laughter and celebration. Led by members of the Student Leadership Team, we acknowledged Reading, Mathematics, Poetry, Visual Art and Science. The Sports Captains promoted our Swimming Carnival and Maddie delighted us with a solo performance on the piano.
One of the books that I try to read on a daily basis is Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday. It draws on the wisdom of early philosophers like Marcus Aurelius, Seneca and Plato.
“Philosophy attracts introverts. The study of human nature can make you aware of other people’s faults and can breed contempt for others. So do struggle and difficulty – they isolate us from the world”.
Last week, we enjoyed the good company of students from Rostrevor College as we celebrated the Collage of Migration. This event is indeed a highlight on the school calendar as we delight in hearing the stories of grandparents and parents who migrated to South Australia.