It is great to be back in Term 3 with sport in full swing and a little hint of spring in the air. I have noticed the almond blossom on the trees and jonquils for sale in the supermarket. Our new Deputy Principal, Mr de Jager is settling into our College community. Students had the opportunity to interview him at the first Awards Assembly of this term. He was very excited to attend sport last Saturday morning and witness some of our amazing wins! Many of our netballers are assisting with coaching at our local netball carnivals. The girls are eager to help our local primary schools. It has been wonderful to see the girls get back into sports training and see the netball courts filled with students who were eagerly awaiting Term 3 competitions.
Term 3 is very much about looking forward to the next year. Teachers are asked about their intentions for next year and students start the subject selection process, which leads to the construction of the 2021 timetable. I cannot believe we are discussing 2021 although we are all hoping that on a number of fronts 2021 is very different to 2020.
Year 12 students have completed their trial examinations and those students who had four days at home were able to continue with their assignments. The Year 12 students are very much looking forward to JJAMM week and all the activities that it involves. We are delighted that Archbishop Pat O’Regan has accepted our invitation to come to the school on 7 August and celebrate the Mass. This will be an opportunity for the Archbishop to meet staff and students.
My weekend reading included a beautiful article by Christos Tsiolkas (author of the Slap) entitled “In the staggering dislocation of 2020, I think of the many gifts my parents gave me.” The writer is reflecting on the year so far, how it began with the bush fires, and how, now that we are in the midst of new challenges, we navigate the social and economic impact of COVID-19. Christos’s mother is 82 years old and he discusses the challenges of keeping her safe during COVID-19 and how when he was in quarantine after returning from Europe, his mother brought food parcels to him. He ends the essay by saying “So, my response to this year of plague and of fire is to offer you the gifts my parents gave me: now is the time for patience, for compassion, for gratitude. Now is the time for sacrifice.”
In the coming weeks, let us look out for each other and be grateful for the gifts bestowed upon us.