When Ambrose Treacy established the first permanent Christian Brothers community in Australia in 1868, I doubt he had any appreciation of the legacy he would leave behind. A passionate educator, Treacy worked tirelessly in difficult circumstances, with limited money, to build schools across the country. His aim was to ensure that young Catholics, many the children of parents with limited means, had access to a good education.
Welcome everyone to Term 3. This term is one of our biggest in terms of science, with National Science Week occurring in Week 5. There’s also lots of opportunities to do some hands-on activities and experiments around the school, so make sure to keep your eyes and ears out so you don’t miss a chance to explore the wonderful world of science.
‘I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.’ Albert Einstein.
As parents we encourage our children to try many different activities such as sport and music. As they learn the skills needed for each activity, we are there to provide support and offer encouragement when it becomes challenging. When it becomes difficult, we hope that they don’t give up, instead they make a commitment to overcome the challenge through patience, persistence and practice. Success happens when they overcome each challenge and they feel a sense of accomplishment.
The holidays are time for rest and renewal, but they are also time for reflection. At times, I am guilty of being a ‘horizon’ person. My greatest strength is that I see what must be done. My greatest weakness is that I have my eyes ever on the horizon, and often don’t acknowledge what has been accomplished. As we get ready to mark a significant milestone in the College’s history – the operationalisation of a 4-12 school, I note much has been accomplished in a very short space of time.