Service Week and Reflection Day
Our Year 10 students had a very successful Service Week last week to finish off their year. Students volunteered throughout the Sydney and surrounding region at a variety of placements. These included the Matthew Talbot Hostel, Our Big Kitchen, The Exodus Foundation, St Gabriel’s and Wairoa Special Schools for students living with disabilities, local primary schools and nursing homes, the St Vincent de Paul Society and the Salvation Army, just to name a few.
They assisted the homeless and disadvantaged and generally helped wherever there was a need. We have received an overwhelming number of wonderful letters from people whose lives were touched by the generosity of spirit and kindness that the students exhibited during their week of service.
We then had a Reflection Day and Mass to finish their experience. Congratulations and thank you to all the Year 11 students who facilitated the Reflection Day, and to Ms Maakrun for her co-ordination of Service Week placements, and all those staff who visited our students throughout the week.
It is great to hear about such wonderful experiences and I know that our Social Justice program will continue to provide unique formation opportunities for all students.
Archbishop’s Student Leaders Gathering
Last Friday, our four College Captains Lachlan Miranda, Asher Thomasyu, Ricky Zanapalis and Jack Anasson attended the Archbishop’s Student Leadership Conference. There were around 30 Catholic and Independent schools present who discussed major issues relevant to youth today.
A liturgy was then held in St Mary’s Cathedral and a special blessing was given to all the leaders. Our students led with distinction and it was a wonderful opportunity for them to network with the other schools’ leaders.