From Director of Junior School, Anthony Banboukjian
Prayer for the Week
Mary, Help of Christians
On Wednesday 24 May, we celebrated the feast of the Virgin Mary under the title of Help of Christians, patron of Australia.
The church in Australia had a special reason for turning to Mary. No priests were sent to the colony in its early days and Mass was not allowed, except for one brief year, until 1820. It was largely the Rosary in those early days that kept the faith alive.
The Australian Catholic community remained faithful to Mary and Australia was the first nation to choose her under the title, ‘Mary Help of Christians’ as principle Patroness.
Let us pray for all Australians.
Mary, Help of Christians, you listen with a Mother’s love
to all who look for your guidance. I ask you to keep all those I love
in your tender care. Give me the strength to face up to life’s difficulties
and protect me from all spiritual and bodily harm.
Grant me an abundance of love so that I too, may be a help to others,
sharing with them in their times of need,
and caring for them in their moments of distress.
Let us now pray the Hail Mary together
Mary, Help of Christians: Pray for Us
Blessed Edmund Rice: Pray for Us
Live Jesus in Our Hearts: Forever
Best of Luck
This week sees Nicky Anderson – 6 White, Nate Smith – 5 Red and Jackson Macauley – 6 Green head off to Parkes to compete for the CIS team at the PSSA AFL Championships. We wish these boys the best of luck and hope they enjoy the experience.
Congratulations to Aidan Mahoney, Darcy Standfield, Jesse Lucantonio, Keyaan Abrahams and Nathaniel Phipps who have been successful in being selected as part of the IPSHA nominations for the CIS Touch Football Trial – a great effort and goodluck.
Year 6 Canberra Excursion
This week – Tuesday May 23 to Thursday May 25 – will see all of Year Six head off to Canberra for their annual excursion as part of our HSIE unit on government.
During this tour they will participate in a variety of educational programmes focused on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy.
The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit their National Capital as part of their civics and citizenship education. To assist you in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government is contributing funding under the Parliament and Civics and Education Rebate (PACER) programme toward the travel expenses incurred.
Activities undertaken as part of the educational tour include the tour of Parliament House, visit to the War Memorial and a session at the Electoral Education Centre. We would like to thank the Australian Government for their support of this program.
We hope that the excursion will be a rewarding experience for all students.
Special thanks to Mr Meadley for the tireless effort he has put in to ensure the boys have a great three days in our nation’s capital.
Notice from the Director of Mission
First Reconciliation 2017 for St Agnes Matraville and St Andrews Malabar.
Information Meeting Wednesday 31st May in Parish Hall at Malabar. Children in Yr 2 at St Agnes and St Andrews Primary and Year 3 and upwards in other schools are eligible.
Children need to receive this sacrament this year if they are to receive First Holy Communion next year. Preferably no children at this meeting.
Early notice for everyone involved – Wakakirri is being held on Monday August 7 at NIDA so get ready for another great performance (more information will be sent home early next term).
New Times for Prep Football teams this weekend against Riverview
- Prep 1 @ 8.00am
- Prep 2 @ 8.45am
- Prep 3 @ 9.30am
Venue still the same – SIC 2B (Senior School) parking available near the Gartlan Centre
Please note there are no games scheduled for the June long weekend (June 10) as per the College calendar.
ICAS Science Test
A reminder for the boys who have chosen to sit the ICAS Science test that it will be held on Tuesday May 30 commencing at 8.00am sharp in the Junior School library.
If anyone has photos from Saturday sport or any other Waverley College event that they would like to share with the rest of the College community could I ask you to send them in via email, on a CD or memory stick to the Junior School office.