Welcome to semester two, and I hope for parents it is not a case of feeling ‘thank God they are back at school’. Rather, I hope the holidays afforded families good quality family time and that this latest break saw your sons taking the opportunity to make your life a little easier rather than a lot harder. I know that at this stage a few parents might be smiling and thinking that I am a dreamer; and you are probably right I am a dreamer.
As the end of the first semester looms, I would like to thank everyone for their support over the first six months. In particular I would like to thank all of the ATC students on their first semester – as usual they are energetic, they are fun loving and they are, in general, engaged learners.
A little while ago I read an article by Carl Phillips. Carl is the creator of Frictionless Living a webstie focused on helping readers find and live their own version of a simpler life. A part of his motivation for his thoughts, was the realisation that he was accumulating more in his life. More things that didn’t really matter to him or speak to him on a spiritual level and more commitments he wasn’t really passionate about keeping. It felt like something was missing, but he wasn’t sure what that something was.
The news during the week that a Year 9 Marist student suffered a serious accident at an outdoor education camp drew the breath from everyone. The reality of fragility hits hard. We all know that there are risks associated with activities but we never expect the sort of news we heard.
One of our four touchstones that defines us as a Catholic school in the Edmund Rice tradition is Justice and Solidarity. In this touchstone we are called to commit to justice and peace for all, grounded in a spirituality of action and reflection that calls us to stand in solidarity with those who are marginalised and the Earth itself.