CHARITY AND JUSTICE
Last night over 120 students and staff slept out for LifeLink. It was a very cold night and the experience gave participants a small insight into homelessness, as well as raising money for LifeLink. Students from Years 5 – 12 slept out and students from Years 3 and 4 attended the first part of the evening and participated in a number of activities to raise their awareness of social justice. Dinner for the night was a soup kitchen experience. During the evening students made up toiletry packs to give to organisations which support homeless people – thanks to all members of the community who donated the toiletries. We gathered in The Olive Grove for prayer to commence the evening and it is here by the light of the campfires and candles we came together for our evening liturgy.
This morning we had a College Assembly to reflect on and share the Sleep Out experience.
We reflected on this Sunday’s Gospel and also on how Frederic Ozanam is a role model for us in living out Gospel values. Frederic Ozanam said, ‘Charity is the Samaritan who pours oil on the wounds of the traveller who has been attacked. It is justice’s role to prevent the attack.’ The Sleep Out gives us an opportunity to offer charity; to do a little good by raising money for those in need. More importantly we hope the Sleep Out plants seeds of Social Justice in our young people. As they think of how hard it must be to ‘sleep rough’ every night, hopefully they will ask questions about why people are homeless and what can be done to address this issue. Our College motto is Life to the Full’ and the Sleep Out contributes to our young people having life to the full and also to helping them understanding that each of us has a responsibility to work towards life to the full for all people.
BROTHER PAT KELLY MIDDLE SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP 2019
Congratulations to Bradley Fisher who is the recipient of the 2019 Middle School Scholarship. Bradley is currently a student at Aveley Primary School and will commence Year 7 at Holy Cross College in 2019. We look forward to welcoming Bradley to our Annual Celebration Night to congratulate him on his achievement.
On Wednesday we held a Careers expo which was a great opportunity for our Senior School students to learn more about a variety of post-school opportunities. Thanks to Mrs Susan Wilson for organising this event. Following the expo we held an information session for Year 10 students and their parents as one of the steps in the process of subject selection for Year 11. A highlight of this session was the panel discussion with six current Year 11 and 12 students. These students were inspiring as through their candid reflections they provided insight into their own Senior School pathway. Thanks to Meagan Jones, Riley Boyle, Tadiwanashe Chikwama, Daniel Docker, Mya Ubalde and Caitlyn Scinto for sharirng their wisdom.
We were lucky to have a day of beautiful sunshine for our Middle and Senior Schools Athletics Carnival yesterday. There was a great spirit among students as they competed in a variety of Athletics events. Congratulations to Ozanam who were the winning House. Thanks to Mr James Parsons and the Physical Education Team for their work in preparing for this event and to the grounds staff for their assistance. Thanks to parents who came along to cheer and to the Friends of Holy Cross who organized the sausage sizzle.