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Principal’s ReportPosted in Principal's Report on Friday, 8 March, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Little Each Day

When I was growing up, Lent always meant sacrifice. The question being asked was, “What are you giving up for Lent?” These days, Lent is not just about sacrifice, but about developing our hearts to better serve others. Lent 2019 can be about ‘making me a better human being’. Rather than focusing on not eating chocolates every day, I’d rather contribute, by pledging to do one good deed for a stranger each day. What if everyone at Mandurah Catholic College promised to try, for the rest of the days of Lent, to contribute something small each day that will improve the quality of life in the world? Open a door for someone, buy a stranger lunch, pick up litter around the College, think twice about what you are posting on social media, help out Mum and Dad at home or come home from work early to do something with the children. I’m confident that if we each did just one tiny thing a day, we could start to make our world, at least here in our College community, an even better place.

BE THE CHANGE THIS LENT – (from Paula Gooda’s 2013 book Live Love Life Lent: inspired by the famous quote from Gandhi, “Be the change you want to see in the world”), “I encourage all of us in our community to take responsibility for the ills of our world and society and not merely stand and point the finger at others. It is so easy to look around us at our world, our community, our family, and to contemplate the changes we would make to improve them. And the changes we would normally make would be changes to other people.

“The blame game has been going on since the beginning of creation…Taking responsibility does not mean we begin to blame ourselves; there is nothing positive to be gained from that…Taking responsibility means that we acknowledge that we all contribute to society’s ills. Our attitudes, the things we say and do, the way we live our lives – all have a bigger impact than we can imagine.” (Gooda, 2013)

This Lent, let us make a commitment to stop playing the blame game, and to try and be aware of the times that we do play it. Let us make a commitment to have an Attitude of Gratitude throughout this Lenten journey and to allow the changes to take place in us that will bring benefit to our world – a commitment to love and to allow ourselves, in turn, to be loved.

 

Letter to Parents

In relation to the news of Cardinal George Pell’s conviction on sexual abuse charges our Most Reverend Timothy Costelloe SDB Archbishop of Perth, said “Sexual abuse of children and young people is an abhorrent crime wherever, whenever and by whomever it is perpetrated.”  Archbishop Costelloe’s statement can we read by clicking the first link below.

Message from Most Rev Timothy Costelloe SDB Archbishop of Perth

As Cardinal Pell has lodged an appeal against his conviction, we must be respectful of the judicial process and are unable to provide any further comments on the case.

Within the community at large, the care of those impacted by sexual abuse is clearly the most important consideration. While we may never repair the devastation, we can show our love and support for those whose lives have been changed forever. We pray for all those who have been abused and their loved ones.

We provide our students with a strong Gospel message of hope and a desire to seek justice in our world. We are a Christ centred school community where the safety of our students is the highest priority and our ethos and behaviours are based on our Gospel values. We are committed to ensuring a culture of safety for our young people and all members of our community by continually examining our practices and policies.

At a time when some of us may feel challenged by what is taking place in the Church, it is critical to remember that we are people of hope and have the opportunity to use our voice at the Plenary Council which seeks feedback on the future of the Catholic Church in Australia. Please click the second link below for an opportunity for your voice to be heard.

Plenary council: Have your say

If you or your son or daughter wish to seek clarification or support, please do not hesitate to contact the College.

 

 

 

 

Mr Chris Wallace
Principal