Dear Holy Cross College Community
Last Sunday, 23 May, was Pentecost Sunday which marks the end of the Easter season. We acknowledge and celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles. The Feast day of Mary Help of Christians is celebrated at this time each year also. Catholics have always had strong devotion to Mary. In colonial Australia, Catholics prayed to Mary to further develop their faith when there were no priests. The Australian Church is dedicated to Mary under the title “Help of Christians”. Australia was the first nation to have Mary, Help of Christians as its patroness and to observe the feast on a nationally.
WA Day, held on the first Monday in June, is related to the previous ‘Foundation Day’ signifying the day when the First European settlers arrived and formed the Swan River Colony. This historic event caused, and continues to cause, much distress for our Aboriginal people. WA day acknowledges the Aboriginal people, both past and present, as the traditional owners of the land. In Perth we specifically acknowledge the Whadjuk Noongar people. Today we all celebrate WA day for our diversity, culture, natural environments, and achievements. It is a day to share our pride, spirit and recognise what being a Western Australian means to each of us.
I am sad to report that our Administration Assistant, Mrs Sarah Turrell-Knight, will be leaving us. Sarah’s last day is next Thursday. Sarah has assisted so many students and staff members, and always with a smile. She is always so positive, and I know she will be greatly missed. Please join me in wishing Sarah the very best for her future, and for these final days at HCC.
Congratulations to Miss Aoife Hickey, who will take on the role of Learning Innovator Yr 3-6, in Mrs Amy Yates’ absence. Amy will be taking her Maternity leave at the end of August. Congratulations also, to Miss Jesse De Leon, who will take on the role of ‘Faith Coordinator’ for the Junior School.
Congratulations to Buu Nguyen, one of our year Six students, for gaining the ACER Academic scholarship from years 7 to 9. Buu gained a very high score in her test and responded well in her interview. Buu will be presented with her award at the end of year Annual Celebration Evening.
Catholic Education – 200 Years
This week HCC representatives attended the ‘National Mass for the Bicentenary of Catholic Education in Australia’ in the solemnity of Our Lady Help of Christian’s, at St Mary’s Cathedral. Two hundred years ago, Fr John Therry formed a place for education for the youth of Parramatta with 31 students. From that small beginning, the system educates around 777,000 students in approximately 1755 schools nationally.
There was an acknowledgement from our Prime Minister, The Hon Scott Morrison, who stated… “On this anniversary, we remember all who have been part of this heritage, including Fr Therry and Australia’s first saint, Mary of the Cross. We recall on this anniversary, the good days and the bad, the successes and disappointments: joys and sufferings; as well as the faith and community that has enabled Catholic Education to make this significant contribution to our national life.”
Thank you to all our staff, this week, for the organisation and successful, Archaeology Day, Junior Cross Country, Sorry Day Liturgy, ACC Cross County Carnival, Production rehearsals, and the CPSSA Swimming Carnival. Thank you to the Friends of Holy Cross for the BBQ lunch that was provided for the students at the Cross Country Carnival. I must also thank our parents for the positive feedback, that I have been receiving, about the dedication of our Staff and the positive and productive community we have at HCC.
A College Sunset Tour will be held on Wednesday 2 June, at 4pm. Families will observe our contemporary facilities including our new Sports Centre, LIMA. Students and our Senior Leadership Team will be on the tour to personally guide you, giving you details about the LIFE of our Holy Cross College community. Following the College Tour, families are invited to some refreshments, whilst speaking to our College Principal and members of our Senior Leadership Team. Please encourage any friends or extended family, who may be interested in enrolling a student, to attend. Our Kindergarten and Year 7 placements, for 2022, are filling fast. Thank you.
Pupil Free Days
Next Friday 4 June and the following Tuesday 8 June will be pupil free days, as the Staff will be involved in Professional Development. The office will re-open on Wednesday 9 June. Monday 7 June is a public holiday, being WA Day.
I hope your weekend is an enjoyable one.
Ms Julie Hornby