We are now well into the Church’s season of Lent where we are continually reminded that this is a time for almsgiving, prayer and fasting. Almsgiving, it needs to be noted, is not just the giving of money and goods but also, the giving of oneself and one’s time. As I walk through the College classrooms, playground and library and see our students studying, talking, laughing, working on group projects, eating together in the playground – I have to smile and thank God for each child He has placed in our school. In this the year proclaimed by Pope Francis as the Year of St. Joseph, honouring the 150th anniversary of the declaration that St. Joseph is the Patron of the Universal Church it is so exciting to see how God is using these lives to show us His mercy in action through almsgiving. Since the start of the year, our Year 12 students have shared their time, gifts and talents with our incoming Year 7 students to ensure that their transition into high school is both smooth and anxiety-free. Each morning in our Joey’s Way time our students have been working together to come together as a group and a house to provide a warm and caring environment for the students to be in each day. We are indeed blessed with the generosity of our students in giving of themselves to others. May God bless them and keep this Spirit within them, well beyond their time here at St Joseph’s College.
Let everything we do in this season of Lent
come from you
be inspired by you.
Let us be aware of
the many ways you reach out to help us
and let us stand in awe of the power
that you use in such loving ways.
Help us to use your love as a way
to persevere in our Lenten intentions.
St Joseph – Pray for us.
Edmund Rice – Pray for us.
Live Jesus in our Hearts – Forever.
Striving for our personal best!
Each week we continue to be provided with numerous examples of students and staff who are striving to do their personal best in all areas of College life. Along with the service activities that the students participate in at school, each weekend we have students and staff attending and participating in Mass celebrations by taking on roles as altar servers, doing readings, singing in the choir and assisting with the IT. Striving to develop their faith and their relationships with God.
Students are excelling in cultural activities like the preparation for the musical, ‘Jazz under the Stars’ and the activities our students have been involved in during drama, art, music classes and instrumental and vocal lessons. In the sporting area we have more and more students participating in interschool sporting competitions and gaining representation in Darling Downs teams.
This only leaves the academic life of the College and from my observations of staff working long hours and giving up their lunch breaks and assisting with afternoon tutoring to assist students, it is clearly evident that they are giving their personal best. In regard to the students we have quickly come to the pointy end of the term in regard to exam and assessment submission time. With this in mind it is appropriate as both a College and a parent to keep reminding the students to strive to do their personal best so as to develop an academic culture of excellence at the College. If you have any concerns regarding the teaching and learning been carried out in classrooms or the current assessment items that students are completing, please contact the appropriate teacher/s at the College.
Best wishes for the week.