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Vol. 6, Ed.15 17th October 2019 

From the Acting Principal

 

Every day we hear of issues such as war, poverty or persecution that affect our brothers and sisters around the world. The problems can seem large, complex and remote, leaving us wondering what we can do about it. In our families and particularly for us in our College we must foster awareness about problems such as intolerance, religious persecution, slavery, war and the plight of refugees to try to make a better world for all.

In a recent assembly at the Senior School we referred to these and other world issues when discussing the theme of the upcoming Mary Rice Day. The theme, inspired by Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, is “Children have the right to relax, play and to join in a wide range of leisure activities.” 

The notion was put to the boys that “if we believe that we are all equal we can do great things”. Our boys need not dwell on the negative as seen regularly in the media, rather be informed and in small ways, overcome inaction and indifference, and work towards peace and dignity for all people. Mary Rice Day is a tangible example of how every little bit can make a difference. After-all this is the essence of an Edmund Rice school, and of course we are all better people when we are informed and when we put the needs of others first, particularly our boys.

As a College we take our inspiration from Jesus who worked with the poor and the marginalised of his time and encouraged us to be people of hope. There are many examples of our boys supporting others and being people of hope in this week's edition of The Star - please enjoy! 

 

In the spirit of Blessed Edmund,

Terry Blizzard
Acting Principal

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