Dear Parents, caregivers and students
This will be our last newsletter for the term and I think it is very appropriate that we take the opportunity to reflect upon the upcoming Holy Week and Easter event and how as a Catholic community we are filled with hope for the future and the compassion to care for others in our community.
Being members of the St Joseph’s College Community and the greater Catholic Community of the Toowoomba Diocese, we know and understand that each year our Church celebrates, through liturgy the different points Jesus’ life and the relationship he developed with us. We also know that Easter is the greatest feast in the calendar. In the book “What Catholics Believe,” Hore explains that;
The high point of this annual cycle is the three days when we celebrate the Easter event. This starts on Holy Thursday evening, includes Good Friday and Holy Saturday and concludes on the evening of the Easter Sunday. During that time Western Catholics are invited to take part in one big celebration divided into three parts. We gather to celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday evening, to commemorate Jesus’ suffering and death on Good Friday afternoon and, in our most glad of all liturgical gatherings, to rejoice in his resurrection and to welcome new members into the Church at the Easter Vigil on the evening or during the night of Holy Saturday.
On Easter Sunday, we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead as it represents the fulfilment of our faith. St. Paul wrote that, unless Christ rose from the dead, our faith is in vain (1 Corinthians 15:17). Through his death, Christ saved mankind from bondage and sin, and He destroyed the hold that death has on all of us; but it is His Resurrection that gives us the promise of new life, both in this world and the next.
As a College we have been participating in Lent by supporting Caritas and on Wednesday this week we decided to celebrate the Easter event during our Pastoral Care classes in case of a College closure in the near future. I would like to thank Miss Ford and the Pastoral Care teachers for leading our students through this liturgy.
Given that we will not be able to gather in our Churches over the Easter period may we hope that we can all take the time to reflect on the true meaning of Easter. Let us pray that we all were able to further develop our understanding of the Easter events and our Faith through the opportunity to participate in our Easter liturgy and that we are able to put this understanding into action over the coming weeks.
Assessment and Report Cards
Over the last two weeks students have been busily completing assessment for the term and being provided feedback by the teachers on their assessment pieces. During the final week of the term the staff will be finalising the compiling of report cards prior to them being printed and finally checked. I am looking forward to being able to develop a better picture and understanding of where our student’s strengths and areas for development and improvement lie, whilst undertaking the final check prior to the reports being posted to families.
Finally, I would like to wish everyone best wishes for the break. Please be safe and follow the advice being provided by our health authorities and the governments. I have very much enjoyed my first term as Principal of St Joseph’s College and I do hope that we will be able to welcome the students back on Monday 20th April refreshed and ready to participate fully and give their best in Term 2. However, if this is not the case then we will look forward to working with the students and families in an online capacity until we all make it through this terrible pandemic, and we are able to again welcome the students back to the College.