Dear parents, friends, staff and students,
This weekend’s Gospel (Luke 6: 27-38) contains one phrase that gives us a simple guide to how we might live a good life. In this passage, Jesus says: “Treat others as you would like them to treat you”. Much of what we talk about in the Catholic tradition is based in developing deep and meaningful relationships with those around us. As we would probably recognise, this directive doesn’t refer only to those who we like or with whom we are friends. The gospel goes on to specifically refer to treating those we may not like with the utmost care and compassion. The ‘others’ that are spoken of in this gospel, are those people that we have difficulty in treating well and may even be someone we do not know. Our decision to treat others well involves a deliberate thought and a conscious act. If we focus ourselves on those around us, we can always be conscious of how we treat them.
Today we held the first of our two College Opening Masses. This year, we are observing COVID safe practices by splitting the student body in half and running two Opening Masses. The first was with Years 8, 9 and 11 and was a way to begin our year with the most important ceremony in the Catholic community. This Eucharistic celebration is fundamental to what we do in making Mount Carmel a Christ-centred community. I reminded the students that this joining together and becoming one in the Body of Christ can be taken with us throughout the year. The second Opening Mass will be held in two weeks and will include the badging of our Year 10 and 12 Leaders.
On Thursday this week, we were finally able to invite some of our parents from last year back onsite to celebrate and congratulate the HSC high achievers from 2021. This was quite momentous since we have been blocked from having parents onsite in any major way for around 12 months. Whilst it would have been special to invite all the students back, health requirements are not quite there. This was a lovely reminder of the resilience and ability of these students to overcome adversity. As I spoke to the students, I asked them and our Year 11 and 12, audience to consider a quote I had read some 40+ years ago. The quote was on the dressing shed of a grand final winning team and in part it said: “If you think you are defeated, you already are”. This statement was a reflection of the attitudes and efforts of these high achievers. No matter what they encountered last year, they were not prepared to think like they were defeated. I congratulated them on behalf of the College and encouraged them to continue their resilient approach into the future.
Our P&F Annual General Meeting was scheduled for week 5, however we needed to move it as a result of changes to the Catholic Education Office calendars which resulted in clashes. Please be advised that the P&F AGM will now be held on Tuesday March 8 (week 6). This meeting will thank the outgoing P&F executive and elect the executive for 2022 and will then be followed by the first general meeting for 2022. I encourage parents to attend this meeting and to become involved in the Parents and Friends Association. The meeting will be onsite and begin at 7pm in Room I3 (the front of the College at the top of the turning circle).
We are currently still planning for our Year 7, 2023 information evening on February 28. At this stage, we plan to hold this in the College Hall and provide a formal presentation and displays. Enrolment packages will also be distributed on this evening. As we become aware of the restrictions or requirements closer to this date, we will notify the community of exact details.
Ite in Veritate
Mr Steve Lo Cascio