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From the Principal

22.03.18

Jubilee Celebration

Last Saturday, I attended the Eucharistic Celebration for the Sisters of St Joseph who have given many years of service. We would like to draw your attention to Sr Joan Barry, a former Principal of Mary MacKillop College, who celebrated 75 years of service and Sr Margaret Hehir who also worked at the College and visits us regularly. Sr Margaret celebrated 60 years of service.

Bishop Greg O’Kelly was the Celebrant and his homily was a moving tribute to "nine lives, unique and unrepeatable" who "lived into the Josephite way of life inspired to go to the margins".

After the Mass, approximately 300 people arrived at the Sr Margaret Lamb gymnasium to sit with family and friends to catch up and have many cups of tea. I didn’t see many people on their mobiles except to take lots of photos. It was a wonderful gathering and celebration.

 

Athletics Carnival

On Friday 16 March, we held our annual Athletics Carnival, and it was a terrific day. Thankfully, the rain held off to the very last minute.

Our House Captains did a tremendous job in encouraging students and staff to get into the Harry Potter theme. In fact, my graduation gown disappeared from the back of my office door. Someone was very nifty with a sewing machine in making copies to use on the day.

Young people and anxiety

"The greatest peril of misplaced worry is that in keeping us constantly tensed against imagined catastrophe it prevents us from fully living" - Seneca.

Today, there are a lot of pressures on young people. However, just like in the time of the great Roman Philosopher Seneca, sometimes those pressures are not real but imagined. Young people and adults worry about things that might never happen.

There are many resources available to assist young people in dealing with anxiety. Both Headspace and Youth Beyond Blue are excellent websites. The Calm App and Headspace App are also available.

We have School TV on our website under the Pastoral Care banner. School TV gives advice to parents on all sorts of issues regarding mental health and wellbeing. My favourite way of dealing with stress and anxiety is to go for a walk or hit the gym. Exercise makes a big difference and supports a positive attitude to life.

As we move into Holy Week, we pray for each other, embracing the message of Jesus, "I am the way, the truth and the life".

 

Kath McGuigan
Principal