From the Religious Education Coordinator


Shrove Tuesday

Have you ever wondered why people tend to eat pancakes on the day before Ash Wednesday? Shrove Tuesday signals the end of Epiphany and the beginning of Lent, a time of penance and renewal prior to Easter. Its name is derived from the term ‘shrive’, which refers to the ritual of the confession of sins.

At the College, pancakes were distributed at recess time and donations contributed to kick-start Project Compassion.


Ash Wednesday Liturgy

On Wednesday 26 February, the College gathered in the gymnasium to celebrate Ash Wednesday by holding a Liturgy. Ashes were placed on our foreheads as a sign of our desire to repent and turn back to God.

As the Lenten season begins with Ash Wednesday, it also marks the beginning of the annual Caritas Australia Project Compassion Appeal. Donations to Project Compassion allow Caritas Australia, the Catholic Agency for International Aid and Development to work with local communities around the world to alleviate poverty, hunger, oppression and injustice. At the College, we encourage students to put their compassion into action through prayers, fasting and almsgiving. Each class has received a Project Compassion box and students may donate in this way and/or organise a fundraiser within their class or cohort. The theme for this year is “Go Further Together”.


JJAMM Week Sydney

The Social Justice Captains were invited to represent the College at the annual JJAMM Week at Mary MacKillop Place, North Sydney and St Joseph’s Spirituality and Education Centre, Kincumber from 15 to 19 February 2020. This special event is offered to new leaders within Josephite schools throughout Australia. The event focuses on building strong relationships and a vision to develop a shared culture within each College. This experience helps the student leaders to:

  • Identify with the broader Josephite community and the core values of the Josephite tradition
  • Explore the nature of leadership in a Josephite context
  • Assist young people in coming to recognise Mary MacKillop as a role model for living the Gospel
  • Develop their responsibility to represent the legacy of Mary MacKillop and the Sisters of St Joseph

Through this experience both Social Justice Captains, Mia and Julia have gained the confidence to develop leadership skills in a Josephite context. They also visited many places significant in Mary MacKillop’s life and work.

“Through my JJAAMM experience I was provided with a deeper understanding of Mary MacKillop’s vision, developed my leadership skills and made lasting friendships and memories in the process.” - Julia, Social Justice Captain 

“JJAMM was an experience I am so grateful to have been a part of, as I was amongst significant places to Mary MacKillop and this further enhanced my passion for social justice. The combination of prayer, reflection and activities allowed me to grow both personally and as a leader. Overall, I had an amazing time and created lifelong friends who are a continuous reminder of this unforgettable experience” - Mia, Social Justice Captain


With Blessings,


Adriana Sotira
Religious Education Coordinator