A Prayer for Ash Wednesday
Gracious God today begins a period of inner reflection and examination.
The days stretch before me and invite me inward to that silent, holy space that holds your Spirit.
This special time beckons me to see my life through Christ’s eyes and the truth and reality of your love incarnate.
Give me the grace to enter the space of these days with anticipation of our meeting.
And, when I open my soul to your presence, let your loving kindness flow over me and seep into the pockets of my heart.
I ask this for the sake of your love.
Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on 22 February, where our school community will come together to receive the Ashes as part of a House liturgy. The Ashes symbolise the dust from which God made us. As the ashes are applied to a person’s forehead, words such as: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” are spoken. Lent is the 40-day period of fasting, penitence, and sorrow, leading up to the feast of Easter, recalling Jesus’ 40-day fast in the wilderness.
Lent offers us all a very special opportunity to grow in our relationship with God and to deepen our commitment to a way of life, rooted in our baptism. In our busy world, Lent provides us with an opportunity to reflect upon our patterns, to pray more deeply, experience sorrow for what we’ve done and failed to do, and to be generous to those in need.
This week we welcomed our 2023 Community and our new staff at our first whole College mass for the year. Thank you to our Deputy – Faith, Ben Bull, our Liturgists – Jackie Holbrook and Drew Griffith, Music Teacher – Kerri Sloper, our LRC Coordinator – Colleen Azzopardi, Grounds staff, assisting staff and our student vocalists and readers for your involvement. Thank you to our College Community for your reverent participation. All praise to Fr Bona, who always connects with others and looks for the joy in all we do. Thank you!!
Friends of Holy Cross (FHS)
We had our first FHS meeting this morning and it was a great success. Thank you so much to our wonderful parents that attended. There was a very positive outlook from our parent body and we are looking forward to the initiatives and support for the 2023 school year. The ‘child minding’ worked well, being in the same room as the parents. Thank you to our EA, Christobel Thaung, for supervising the children. Thank you to Chair, Mrs Eva Gomes-Sebastiao for her organisation and preparation. Most of the Executive positions were filled and will be communicated to you shortly. Thank you!
Secondary House Swimming Carnival
Congratulations to OZANAM! A House very dear to my heart! Well done for becoming the Champion House for Swimming this year. Thank you to all the Ozanam students who participated in as much as they could. Thank you to learning Area Leader – HPE, Liam Smith and the Team, Sports Coordinator – Melissa Carrara, and staff members for the organisation, supervision and participation. Thank you to our parents for your support of the Carnival.
Holy Cross Students Have a Voice
If your child has an idea that will help improve or change our College, please encourage him/her to speak to their Class Teacher, HTG Teacher or Inter-relationships Leader. They will help in organising for your child to present the idea or issue to our Senior Leadership Team.
This avenue is open to all students PP-12. Already, many students have had ideas put into action. E.g., The introduction of Literature as an ATAR course, Leavers Jackets being worn every day, Ninja Warrior fund raising, sustainability strategies, student leadership ideas, student wellbeing initiatives and the organisation of gaming hub.
Students can bring a school friend with them for support if needed, or present with a group of people. They may even have their teacher, or another staff member with them if they wish. Students simply tell us the idea, or have handouts, read from a prepared sheet and/or use a power point presentation or something similar. The SLT are looking forward to hearing more from our students in 2023.
Ms Julie Hornby