Dear Members of our Community of Faith,

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I hope you have all had a great week. It is hard to believe how quickly time is flying by, with only 3 weeks of term left!

 

Next week our Yr.12 students Hannah, Lucy and Sam sit their mid-year exams. Please keep them in your prayers throughout the week.

 

Fathers and Sons Camp

Final call for Father and Son Camp participants. Please email Fiona at office@smmc.nsw.edu.au by tonight if you will be attending. Logistics of the camp will be finalised next week and a note sent out to everyone coming along. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

 

St Joseph’s Feast Day

What a wonderful day we had on Monday celebrating Saint Joseph – a great model of humility and obedience. Thank you to the SRC Representatives for their efforts in providing cupcakes for everyone at Recess. All money raised is being donated to Caritas Australia as part of their Project Compassion fundraising efforts. We also made short work of two large pans of paella for lunch. Thank you to Mr Williams and all his able assistants for providing this great feast. Well done to all the students who entered the St Joseph Feast Day Competition and to Mrs Galvin for creating a great display in the hall to honour this great saint.

 

Swimming News

Congratulations to Lucy Von Marburg, Max Von Marburg, Max Clarke and Matthew Woods who have been selected to represent SMMC at State Level in Sydney. We wish those who choose to go all the very best and thank them for representing our school. Well done also to Xander Saliba who

 

represented our school in swimming in Sydney this week. Photo to come at some stage!

 

Safety Concern

If your child walks or rides to school it is imperative that they cross at the school crossing. They are to walk (not ride) their bikes from the crossing to the school. This is for their own safety and wellbeing. I have mentioned this a number of times at assembly, but some students are still crossing further up the road and coming up the driveway towards the Church. If you could please reiterate with your children the importance of using the crossing that would be appreciated and we’ll monitor it our end. Many thanks!

 

As the season of Lent draws to a close, I thought it worthwhile to once again reflect on this quote from Pope Benedict XVI.

 

“Lent stimulates us to let the Word of God penetrate our life and in this way to know the fundamental truth: who we are, where we come from, where we must go, what path we must take in life…” — Pope Benedict XVI

 

These are certainly big ideas, but as Catholics we are called to reflect on the bigger picture and to see how the hand of God is at play throughout history and in our times. In The Lord of the Rings Frodo wonders why it is him who must take on the responsibility.

 

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

 

We are all playing a role in history. We have a ‘blank page’ on which to write and need to decide what we will do with the time given to us.

 

There will be no newsletter next week, so I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Joyous and Holy Easter with your families. There will be no school on Good Friday or Easter Monday, so enjoy the four day break. Please take the time to read the article on Holy Week contained in this newsletter, which helps us to understand the importance of Holy Week and Easter.

 

Have a terrific weekend!

 

God Bless, Luke Burton (Principal)