In the second week of Advent, we light the second purple candle – representing Peace and Prophets. The gospel invites us to prepare for God during advent so we are ready for the one who comes. The term “Metanoia” describes our spiritual preparation for the great event. Metanoia literally means a change of mind and heart. Our advent preparation can be a time of letting go of our old ideas and preconceptions, cultivating an openness to God and to one another especially our poor.
This week we gathered for the first time this term for a whole College Assembly. The agenda was packed with presentation of awards, acknowledgements and reflections. These included the introduction of our College leaders, over 30 Catechist awards for Year 11 who will now participate in the teaching program with Sutherland Public Primary School and Gymea Public Primary School; Nagle Education Alliance awards; Mathematics awards and Band award presentations from the Sutherland Shire Mayor.
We had the opportunity this week to host a group of visitors from Thailand consisting of 36 Salesian Priests and Religious Principals. They were fascinated with the College's approach to learning and teaching and the confidence of our learners. I would like to thank Mr James Clancy, Mr Wayne Northam, Mrs Jodie Hughes, Mr Declan Donohue and Mr David Di Donato for their work with smaller groups. This opportunity to host such visitors means we can make connections beyond St Patrick's and are an ideal opportunity to reflect on ourselves as a learning community.
Jade Messih for her nomination for consideration for inclusion in InShape 2018, the annual exhibition of a selection of exemplary Major Projects developed by HSC Design and Technology students.
Hailey Blachford, Angus Connolly and Ethan Fuller for their nominations for InTech 2018, the annual exhibition of outstanding Major Projects developed by HSC Industrial Technology students.
Special mention to Ethan Fuller who has now been nominated in TWO subjects – Music and Industrial Technology. This is an outstanding achievement.
David Welch for his nomination for consideration for inclusion in ARTEXPRESS, the annual exhibition of outstanding Major Works in Visual Arts.
Further to the Band concert last week – More than $2000 was raised for the Melanoma Institute by those who attended the concert. Members of the St Patrick’s College musicians and vocalists who performed on the night were wonderful and members of the audience were entertained and inspired by our talented and modest students.
World Youth Day 2019 launched this week at St Patrick's College. World Youth Day will take place in Panama from 22-27 January 2019. There will be a parent information evening held in the College library at 7.00pm on Monday, 20 November 2017 for more information. A representative from Sydney Catholic Schools will be present to answer any questions and provide more information.
For any queries, please contact Mrs Lauren Smith, Youth Ministry Coordinator at the College.