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Vol. 6, Ed.35 17th October 2019 

From the Acting Principal

 

We are not created by God to live alone. Living in community is an essential expression of who we are. But Community does not just happen – it is something that men and women must work together to develop.

The great danger in today’s world, pervaded as it is by consumerism, is the desolation and anguish born of a complacent yet covetous heart, the feverish pursuit of frivolous pleasures, and a blunted conscience. Whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor. God’s voice is no longer heard, the quiet joy of his love is no longer felt, and the desire to do good fades.

The Senior School staff reflected on these words from Pope Francis on Monday morning as we prayed a prayer of praise for our community, so wonderfully contributed to by our Parents and Friends Associations. Our prayer was in anticipation of the Senior School Fair run by Mrs Katrina Arkley and her wonderful committee. 

The Fair was a great event and a measure of the strength of our community. 

As you may be aware the nature of our community is always changing. In the last week we have received an invitation from KPMG who have been engaged by the Archbishop of Hobart, Julian Porteous and the Tasmanian Catholic Education Commission (TCEC) to undertake a review of the Catholic Education ‘system’ in southern Tasmania. This review will occur from November 2017 to 30 April 2018.

The College has been encouraged to undertake broad engagement with our community in the framing of a submission to KPMG outlining our thoughts on the best model for Catholic education in Southern Tasmania. The review will address matters such as K-2 and Grade 11 and 12 provision for boys as well as how schools might work together to ensure the health and sustainability of our wonderful Catholic education system.

Therefore it would be greatly appreciated if your family could find time to complete a relevant survey(s) from the list below: 

Current Student         https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6ZZDMNT

Current Parents         https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CJQYCXH

Past Students             https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Z959V7Z

Past Parents               https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CX62MPW

As we commence the process of working with all stakeholders in Catholic education to identify the best model for educating our children, we sincerely thank you for your ongoing support and involvement in this review. 

 

 Please take the time to read the important announcements contained in all sections of this week's Star. 

In the spirit of Blessed Edmund,

Terry Blizzard
Acting Principal

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