Our college community regularly forges connections beyond the borders of our campuses. This week, the college built on relationships both longstanding and newly forged.
Combined Schools Mass: The Diocese of Ballarat celebrated Catholic Education Week from 21–27 May. To commemorate this special week, St Joseph’s College hosted five local Catholic primary schools at the annual Combined Schools Mass.
Students from Sacred Heart School Mildura, St Paul’s School Mildura, St Joseph’s School Red Cliffs, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School Merbein, and St Mary’s School Robinvale visited the Mercy campus on Friday 26 May. They joined our Year 7 cohort in the Mercy Stadium for a service led by Fr Matthew Thomas centred on the week’s theme: ‘Let the words you speak always be full of grace’.
In a world filled with an overabundance of words both meaningful and meaningless, speaking with ‘grace’ means acting with integrity and spreading genuine positivity and optimism. Regardless of age, anyone can behave and speak ‘gracefully’ by:
- Telling the truth.
- Recognising that words have power and taking care to use them wisely.
- Making sure that the words we utter reflect Jesus’ love.
- Using words to build up and encourage those around you.
Local Catholic primary schools form an important part of our extended learning community. Hosting their students every year shows these young people – many of them future St Joseph’s College students – that our college is a place that enriches and inspires tomorrow’s leaders to achieve great things. We hope everyone enjoyed their visit as much as we enjoyed welcoming them.
National Reconciliation Week: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Year 8 and the Year 8 leaders attended the MDAS (Mallee District Aboriginal Service) National Reconciliation Day event on 30 May as part of National Reconciliation Week.
Our students met community elders, watched fascinating cultural dance troupes, and participated in a smoking ceremony. Everyone learned about important aspects of reconciliation in action and returned home with newfound knowledge and memories to cherish.
Basketball: On a separate note, our new Enright campus basketball courts have opened this week, just in time to celebrate our Senior Girls Basketball Team’s victory in the local round robin tournament on Monday 29 May. Congratulations to our brilliant young women basketball players. I am sure that we will see displays of amazing skill from them and other students as they pursue their passion for ‘hoops’ on these fantastic new courts.
Mrs Marg Blythman
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