Dear St Michael’s College Community,
Well done to all involved in this morning’s Primary Academic Awards and New Students Welcome assembly. It was a wonderful recognition of Semester 1 successes and a great opportunity to welcome 13 new Reception students and one Year 1 student and their families to St Michael’s College. The new boys would have been very nervous, but did a great job on stage! Thank you to Mr Ashley Morrison for arranging for the live stream of the event (due to restricted numbers attending), and to Miss Talia Geartner-Jones and her talented primary musicians for their performances.
Year 12 Drama Production
I am delighted that the Year 12 Drama class will be presenting their major performance, Masquerade, next week. It goes without saying that they have faced a few more hurdles than usual, though the staff and students have done so with a positivity and determination that they should be proud of. I know we all wish them every success next week. To read more about the production and view a sneak peak please click here.
The Feast of St Mary of The Cross (MacKillop)
This Saturday 8 August, is the Feast of St Mary of the Cross (MacKillop), Australia’s first Saint. As many of you are aware, one of our main community meeting places at the College, the MacKillop Centre, is named in her honour.
Mary MacKillop was born in 1842 in (Fitzroy) Melbourne (Australia). On 8 August 1909 she died, having suffered a disabling stroke in 1902. Inspired by a meeting with Fr Julian Tenison-Woods, Mary MacKillop at the age of 25 took her vows and the religious name, “Mary of the Cross”. In doing so, she founded the congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph. Soon after taking her religious vows, Mary MacKillop began schools. Within 5 years of taking her vows and founding the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, Mary had established over 30 schools in South Australia and over 100 women had joined the Sisters of Saint Joseph.
Mary MacKillop was very conscious of the plight of the poor and needy. She worked with families that lived in isolated areas of Australia. As a result, Mary MacKillop pioneered a new form of religious life in Australia and commenced a “system” of “Josephite” schools that would provide education, especially for the children of the poor. In 1873, Pope Pius IX gave Papal approval for the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph. Even today, many Australians can say that they too have felt the impact of the enormous work started by St Mary of the Cross (MacKillop) having been educated or cared for by the Sisters of Saint Joseph. She was noted for her trust in the providence of God and miracles of healing have been attributed to her. Pope Benedict XVI declared her a Saint on 17 October 2010.