Tuesday, 20 September 2016

The theme for Catholic Education week is "Walking Forward Together" and we have adopted something like it for our theme this year. 

You will see this throughout the year and we will refer to it often.  
But whatever theme we choose we will always look to our school motto of Fiat Lux - Let there be light. Not just any light, but the light of Christ.
So our theme of WALKING TOGETHER In The Light calls us to walk with each other in faith.
But what does it mean to walk together…

Image result for friends walking togetherWell,  Psychologists tell us that as human beings we crave contact with others.  That it is part of what drives us in this life.  The need to be in contact with others. And that if we don’t have it, something just doesn’t seem right.  We need interpersonal relationships. 
An interpersonal relationship is a strong, deep, or close association or acquaintance between two or more people that may range in duration from brief to enduring. This association may be based on inference, love, solidarity, regular business interactions, or some other type of social commitment. That’s the official definition.  
But the simple one is...
We want to belong.  

Whether it’s to our family at home, to a club, a team, a group of friends, the band or a school community, we want to be a part of something.  And that is what our theme calls us to this year.  

WALKING TOGETHER In The Light.  It means journeying with the people around us in this crazy life.  It means listening and truly hearing someone when they are in need, showing compassion to others, supporting people when they are struggling with the difficult things that life throws at us like loss and tragedy.  
It means celebrating the gifts and talents that we all have and seeing each one as valuable, laughing and sharing your lunch with your friends. 
It means treating your teachers with respect 
and it means seeing the good in each of your students. 

It means walking in support of cancer research by walking in the Terry Fox walk.  It means supporting Suicide prevention week.  It means giving money to the missions or buying gifts for those who have nothing at Christmas.
But what sets us apart is that we don’t think that walking together is just a nice thing to do, we believe as people of faith that we are called to do these things.  That God has called each one of us to walk that walk. Together.  In the light of Christ.

They say that “One step at a time is good walking.”

So here is to a new school year of good walking!

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Starting New

Well, September is upon us again and we are back to school, flowing through the hallways, riding the bus and doing homework. It is much like last year and the year before and the year before...
It's easy to get caught up in thinking that this will again be the "same-old, same-old" as always.  

It's easy to see how we can be swept up in the mediocre moving tide of 'whatever'. Our school-life, work-life, family-life and faith-life can all just becomes... 'whatever'.

But it's a NEW YEAR!! A "brand-spankin-new" opportunity to make a change, take a new direction, commit to a plan or even make a plan!!!!  Find your gift, discover your dream, and work like crazy to get it!  

Living with the regret of a 'whatever'-life is easily solved. 
You've got to invest your time and energy!! 
You've got to invest YOURSELF!!
You've got to be 'all in', as they say, and use your God-given gifts and talents to do it.  Do not look back on your life and regret that you merely floated along being carried by the current.

The only whatever we should be content to live with is...

  • when someone says you can't do it ....  'whatever'
  • you're not strong enough ....  'whatever'
  • you aren't worthy ....  'whatever'
New year, New plan, New choices, No Regrets