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Leadership

18.05.22

Greetings!

By the time you are reading this, we will only be a few days away from voting in the Federal Election. Whether you are the ultimate election tipster in the SuperVoter election tipping competition hoping to take home the coveted Golden Sausage trophy or someone who just votes because they have to, it is important to remember that we are lucky to live in a country where we have the opportunity to ‘have a vote’ and the party we elect is not likely to be led by someone who will lead us into war or create unliveable chaos.

Education is an important topic at every election. You are being asked to consider how your vote will benefit the whole community. It is essential that everybody who cares about Catholic schools understands the key issues. A number of resources to help you make this decision are available at www.cesa.catholic.edu.au/federalelection.

The National Catholic Education Commission has released a federal election report card (please click here for more information) which assesses the Coalition, Labor and Greens' responses to the priorities of:

  • Genuine school choice through fair funding and ensuring affordable contributions from families
  • Enabling faith-based education through religious protections
  • Improving capital funding
  • Support for delivering national priorities such as quality teaching, early childhood education, mental health and wellbeing programs and Closing the Gap initiatives for Aboriginal and Torres Islander students

The report card shows the Liberal-National Coalition, and the Australian Labor Party are on par in addressing our priorities, particularly on school choice.

We are fortunate that both major parties continue to support genuine school choice in Australian education and are committed to families who choose a Catholic education for their children.

You might find some time over the next few days to pray the following prayer;

A Prayer for the Election

God of this land and of every people,
who shape all things according to your own design
and write your law in every human heart:
we thank you for this country we call home,
from the First Nations people to others born here
and those you have gathered from across the earth.

We pray for the citizens of our land in this troubled time,
that we may be committed to justice,
to the dignity of each human life,
and to solidarity with all Australians and with the world.

Guide all who seek election to serve the nation;
may the Holy Spirit inspire them to pursue a better politics
that is wise and courageous and governs for the good of all.
May all of us see and hear you in the most vulnerable,
that we may respond to the cry of the earth
and the cry of the poor,
that we may respond to you. 
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Thankyou…

  • To our dedicated Parent Network, who planned for and facilitated the Mother’s Day Stall. It was so nice to have you back on site and offering our students the opportunity to purchase a gift (or two) for their Mum, Grandma, Nan, Significant Woman.
  • To our Class Parent Reps, who are doing their best to develop community in these difficult times. Your efforts are greatly appreciated and hopefully will become easier in the next few weeks.

Our Year 6 students have been on camp on Monday and Tuesday of this week. While this was not a residential camp this year, once again, we have been creative in our thinking and were still able to offer our senior students the opportunity to engage in a team building, personally challenging two days at Mylor. Thank you to the Year 6 teachers – Mark Roberts, Louise Gellard and Olivia Kropinski for being brave enough to make this possible.

I have saved the best news until last! As of this Friday, 20th May, we can resume whole school gatherings. Our 9am Friday weekly Assemblies and Masses will resume, and parents, grandparents and caregivers are welcome to join us! Please remember to wear a mask. For families who are new to our community; we gather in the Community Centre (Hall) as a whole school every Friday morning at 9:00am for either a Mass or Assembly. Classes are rostered on to prepare and lead or host these. They usually last between 45 – 60 minutes. Rose Valenti has included the list of dates and host classes in her section of the newsletter.

Welcome back!

Susanne Harding

Deputy Principal