Jesus told his followers that we should treat one another the way that we would wish to be treated. It sounds so easy! The theme of our Year 7-10 assembly on Wednesday was kindness; the message being the impact that our words and actions have on others. I am sure we were all affected by the actions that rocked Paris and shocked the western world last weekend. I reminded our students that although what happened there is an extreme example, the little actions of unkind words or gestures that happen can also have a huge effect on those around us. The ripple effect of those words or gestures can spread far and wide. Please keep talking about these messages at home as well. Everything we say and do affects others – let’s make it a positive effect!
It is often in times of disaster and urgency that people look at the world around them with a different focus. It is also a time when people take stock of their spiritual beliefs and the part that faith has played in their lives. This Sunday is the Feast of Christ the King followed by the four Sundays of Advent during which time we prepare for the coming of our Saviour Jesus Christ at Christmas. It is a good time of the year to renew our spiritual foundations and consider the part that faith is playing in our lives currently. As parents, upon enrolment of your children, you ‘signed up for’ the special character non-negotiable aspect of our school. Please support us by reflecting on what this means to you and your family and keep those conversations alive at home. Amongst the commercialism of Christmas a good balance might be time at mass on a Sunday!
As always, there is plenty happening at school inside and outside classrooms. The Year 7 and 8 Swimming Sports were a huge success on Monday and the two weeks of swimming lessons prior certainly contributed to this. Well done to McAuley House for winning the house relay!
A reminder that Year 9 and 10 exams happen this Monday and Tuesday. If you haven’t yet seen the study books out at home, they hopefully will dominate the weekend! These are important exams, contributing to assessment grades and, for Year 10 students, results will influence discussions about subject choices for next year. Ensure that your children take these exams seriously as the study and exam habits gained will also be crucial to success in NCEA.
At this time of year, the Board of Trustees is reviewing the strategic plan in preparation for 2016 planning. We would appreciate your input. Please take the time to read this. It can be found on our College website under Important Information - Charter. Please email any comments or feed forward to email@example.com
Take care of one another and practise some extra kindness this week.