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From the Principal

From the Principal

Dear St Michael’s College Community,

Thank you to all who attended the Memorial Mass held at the Secondary Campus chapel on Thursday evening, 12 November. The Mass is held each year in memory of deceased Old Scholars and members of the St Michael’s College Community. Whilst it is in many ways a sad occasion, it is also an opportunity to come together and remember the lives of loved ones as a Catholic, Lasallian community and with the support and strength that this offers.

Thank you to all staff involved in the preparation and support of the Mass, as well as our College Leaders elect for their valued participation on the night.

A number of initiatives were held at each campus this week in recognition of NAIDOC week. Some of these included art work, Indigenous morning tea, presentations by Tjimari and acknowledgements through prayers, liturgies, masses and Remembrance Day. Thank you to all involved in the planning and preparation of NAIDOC Week events and supporting St Michael’s College as an inclusive and respectful community.

NAIDOC Week is an event of national importance for all Australians. “It is a week borne from a day of protest and NAIDOC Week each year reminds us of the ongoing aspirations of our communities as they continue the movement towards justice and equality. Importantly, NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians to come together to celebrate not only Indigenous achievement but the history, rich culture, and survival of the oldest continuing living culture on the planet.

While NAIDOC Week each year celebrates and acknowledges our past and our present it also looks with hope towards the future. The 2020 theme of ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’ recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years. We want all Australians to celebrate that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were Australia’s first explorers, first navigators, first engineers, first farmers, first botanists, first scientists, first diplomats, first astronomers and first artists. We invite all Australians to take the time to learn, share and participate in these unique celebrations”. (Naidoc.com.au)

“On 11 November 1918, the guns of the Western Front fell silent after four years of continuous warfare. With their armies retreating and close to collapse, German leaders signed an Armistice, bringing to an end the First World War.  In the four years of the war more than 330,000 Australians had served overseas, and more than 60,000 of them had died. The social effects of these losses cast a long shadow over the postwar decades. Each year on this day Australians observe one minute’s silence at 11am, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts”. (Australian War Memorial)

St Michael’s College recognised Remembrance Day this year on Wednesday 11 November. In firsts for each campus, the Primary staff and students assembled in the plaza fronting the newly developed Innovation Centre and the Secondary observance was led by our recently formed student cadet unit. The cadets added a unique and valuable tone to this year’s event and we look forward to expanding their role in coming years.

Kind regards,

John Foley