Dear St Michael’s College Community,
End of term
As we come to the end of Term 2, I give thanks for the people who make up the St Michael’s College community. I remain inspired each day by our young people, the staff who work closely with them and the families who support us all in so many ways. A Lasallian school is built on relationships, through which everyone can thrive and flourish when these connections combine with learning, wellbeing and engagement opportunities. Whilst we have seen some recent COVID restrictions put in place, we have been relatively fortunate this year to be able to take up these opportunities, whether they be learning programs, performance, service, sport, or community activities and events.
Friday night’s Dance Showcase and the recent Come Together music event were wonderful celebrations that represent the outstanding commitment, talent and support of staff, students and families and what can be achieved through these partnerships. This is also seen through the co-curricular sport program on a weekly basis and anyone who has been present on a Saturday morning at the College will appreciate the wonderful community spirit that is present.
On Wednesday the Year 12 assembly began as usual with a prayer of gratitude:
Let us remember that we are in the Holy presence of God
Thank you for the amazing world you have made
Help us to care for every aspect of your creation.
Thank you for the wonder of physics, medicine and astronomy.
Help us to engage with each facet of the universe.
Thank you for the pleasure of the creative arts.
Help us to sing, paint, dance and perform with joy.
Thank you for our incredible human bodies.
Help us to move, run, play and compete with passion.
Thank you for family, friendship, community and relationships.
Help us to care, love, protect, support, encourage and forgive one another.
Thank you for our school.
Help us to embrace and value the world, our education and each other.
St John Baptist de La Salle … Pray for Us!
Live Jesus in our hearts … Forever!
You will notice that this prayer begins with “Let us remember that we are in the Holy presence of God” and has special significance to those in a Lasallian community. As Brother Gerard Rummery writes, “It is important to note that the ‘presence of God’ in this prayer is referring not so much to the place but to the people present in this place, the teacher and the young people. It is a particular way of reminding all Lasallian teachers of their ministry of being older brother or sister to the young people because of the presence of God in each one, of the importance of relationship with each one. For the young people, it can be a reminder of a loving God who is not remote from the difficulties of their lives, who ideally, see something of God’s goodness reflected in the words and actions of their teacher”.
I wish all in the St Michael’s community and safe and restful term break.