We enjoyed a special Feast Day Mass on Wednesday, celebrating the Feast Day of Saint Peter, after whom our college is named. It was fitting that Fr Aidan Cunningham, who served on our staff for many years, celebrated this mass for us. With Blessed Antonio Rosmini’s Feast Day tomorrow, July 1st, having a Rosminian presence with us this week reminded us of our founders. This, along with three days of our 49th Eisteddfod, has created a wonderful week of celebration and tradition. Eisteddfod, over time, has had small changes to its make-up – this year we incorporated a very successful wearable arts category –however, the format is the same as what it has been for many years. We look forward to adding the 2017 winners to the shields that carry the names of our 1969 winners. Traditions such as we have seen this week provide real strength to our foundations. The Best of the Rest Concert will be held in the Hall from 1.30pm this afternoon. Please feel free to pop along and watch.
Open Night was held with great success last Thursday evening. Thank you to all those current and prospective parents that came to visit. We nearly doubled the number of families that attended last year and it made for a very busy and positive evening. As you will have read in recent newsletters, it is important that students looking to enroll for open places (non-preference) do so by next Friday. We do not have enough places for current demand and timeliness is of the essence. Please pass this message onto anyone who may be in this position. If parents are looking to have children take part in the sacraments prior to enrolment, I draw your attention to the Sacramental Programme advertised later in this newsletter.
Next week continues our arts and culture theme in the college. Make sure you have your tickets for the Film Festival on Monday night and also the Eisteddfod Final Night Concert on Thursday (tickets go on sale on Monday once performers are confirmed). The standard of both is very high and I guarantee you will be impressed!
We were very, very sad to hear that past pupil, Morgan Fraser (Year 13, 2012) lost his life on Mount Taranaki this week. Morgan was McAuley House Captain and played in our 1st XV and Hockey 1st XI among other contributions, while also living out our school values during his time with us. He is very fondly remembered and we continue to pray for Morgan’s extended family that they will be comforted at this time.
Eternal rest, grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.