We have being observing the Lenten season through prayer, support of Caritas and Project Compassion, and through our Justice Journey 125. While Holy Week will occur during the term break, we will celebrate the most significant moment our Catholic faith – the resurrection of Christ – in the first week of Term 2. It is an important time for renewal and reaffirmation of faith, and we hope that the announcement of our justice focus will motivate students, staff and families, to further engage in Catholic Social Teaching. Throughout this past term, we have widely consulted with students and staff about justice issues, and now invite all members of community to help us prioritise the issues raised, and select a single issue that the community will support. Parents are welcome to participate in this part of the process through Veritas Online.
Following our very successful 2018 HSC results we were delighted to be advised by ACARA that Santa Sabina is identified as having demonstrated substantially above average gain in reading and numeracy, as measured by NAPLAN. While the teachers do not actively “teach to the test”, our strong and shared focus on literacy and numeracy across the College is certainly evidenced in these results.
Congratulations to the following very successful, dedicated athletes who participated in the last week’s Australian Athletics Championships. Renee Lewis won the Bronze medal in the U18s 3000m; Nicolette Donofrio won the Bronze Medal in the Hurdles, and Alexia Kalamvokis won the Gold Medal in the 2000m Steeplechase.
Completing an intensive assessment period in the last two weeks, Year 12 are headed to Tallong for much needed rest, rejuvenation and reflection.
We wish our students and teachers, travelling either to France for their French language experience, or to Hong Kong, to compete in Netball and Rugby tournaments the very best of luck.
The following prayer for peace was a very fitting part of the Anzac ceremony, and I share it with you here as we begin the school term break.
Almighty God, we ask your blessing for the leaders of all countries that all things may be ordered in wisdom and peace. We pray for the wellbeing of the citizens of all nations. Strengthen and encourage them in their efforts to promote peace and goodwill throughout the world so that we may live in harmony, friendship and peace. Amen.
I take this opportunity to wish all families of our wonderful community a very happy, holy and safe Easter.
Dr Maree Herrett