Prayer of the Aboriginal People
Father of all, you gave us the Dreaming
You have spoken to us through our beliefs
You then made your love clear to us in the person of Jesus
We thank you for your care
You own us
You are our hope
Make us strong as we face the problems of change
We ask you to help the people of Australia to listen to us and respect our culture
Make the knowledge of you grow strong in all people
So that you can be at home in us and we can make a home for everyone in our land.
Prayer composed for the meeting between Pope John Paul II and the Aboriginal people.
NAIDOC Week & NATSSI Mass
Our First Nations People were celebrated, our communities blended with Aboriginal culture as part of National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week. The Binar Futures youth performers played the digeridoo and told stories through dance at our NATSSI Mass on Monday morning. A special College Cafe menu with bush tucker was on offer for all our students and staff. Art, song, games and even a giant Aboriginal flag were some of the activities available. Special thanks go to Shenika Bennell our Aboriginal Education Assistant, Christina Davini our Deputy Principal, Inter-relationships and Cathie Lewis our Canteen Manager for their preparations and planning of NAIDOC Week.
Inter-house Athletics Carnival Yr 7 – 12
I am so proud of how our students care for each other and the positive community spirit that comes out, especially during College House events. The Inter-house Athletics Carnival participation is by choice, students strive to achieve their personal best, others choose to support their friends, students serve as event helpers and everyone enjoyed the enriching environment of a full day in the crisp clear winter weather. Events consisted of javlin, high jump, shot put, long jump, discus, running races and team games. House participation is what earns the winning House shield. Congratulations to Frayne House! Special thanks go to Liam Smith our Learning Area Leader for Health and Physical Education and his team, the Facilities Team lead by Mike Azzopardi all the HCC staff, Friends of Holy Cross who put on another BBQ sausage sizzle and especially the students and their families who joined in on the day.
The annual LifeLink Sleepout was held this past Thursday night with students and staff sleeping rough on campus or participating at home. People experiencing homelessness worry about their safety, the weather, where they are going to sleep, terrible hunger and thirst and can be very lonely…unseen. As part of our Faith pillar with values of justice and service, as Catholics we are called to act and assist in social justice. LifeLink are the Catholic Charities founded by the Archdiocese of Perth. In particular, this year’s LifeLink Sleepout will help Passages Youth Engagement Hub of Northbridge, a teen and young adult homeless engagement hub. The Shopfront Catholic hospitality food service is based in Bentley and feeds those in need offering food, dignity and respect to those who pass through their doors. Students donated food, clothing, personal care-packs to Passages and Shopfront and heard engaging stories from those serving people experiencing homelessness. Thank you to our students, parents, Ben Bull, Deputy Principal of Faith, Daniel Bateman, Learning Area Leader Religious Education and the team of staff who planned and created this social justice immersive experience.
End of Term 2 Assembly
It is important to recognise and applaud the LIFE achievements of our students as they engage, challenge and progress on their learning journey. This past term saw our Holy Cross College community come together again after the COVID restrictions. We returned to our family vertical House Tutor Groups, cross year level LIFE activities and could see the smiles of our friends and colleagues. A huge challenge was the number of families and staff who were personally affected by COVID and I pray that you and your families stay healthy and enjoy the school holidays with some special moments.
Term 3 Upcoming Important Events
Monday 18 July: School reopens for Semester 2, Term 3 all students and staff.
Wednesday 27 July: MyLIFE Careers Expo for all families and the wider community.
Wednesday 11 August to Friday 13 August: Senior School Dramatic Performances 3 Plays in 3 Days
Monday 22 August to Friday 26 August: LIFE Week
Monday 29 August: No School for Staff Catholic Day