A Message from the Principal
May 24 Feast of Mary Help of Christians
The Feast Day of Our Lady Mary Help of Christians has been celebrated in Australia since 1844 but the history to this day, dates back to the start of the 1800’s at a time when Napoleon Bonaparte had gaoled Pius VI (who also died in gaol). And later, when Pope Pius VII was elected he too was gaoled by Bonaparte, who kept him prisoner at Fontainebleau.
The Holy Father vowed to God that if he were restored to the Roman See, he would institute a special feast in honour of Mary.
The military eventually forced Bonaparte to release the Pope and on 24 May, 1814 Pius VII returned in triumph to Rome.
Twelve months later the Pope decreed that the Feast of Our Lady Mary Help of Christians be kept on 24 May.
The infant church in Australia had a special reason for turning to Mary. No priests were sent to the colony in its early days and Mass was not allowed except for one brief year until 1820. It was largely the Rosary in those early days that kept the faith alive.
The Australian Catholic community remained faithful to Mary and Australia was the first nation to choose her under the title, ‘Mary Help of Christians’ as principle Patroness.
Australia also became the first country to have a cathedral dedicated in Our Lady, Mary’s name. St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney was dedicated in her honour by the Irish pioneer priest, Fr John Therry who arrived in Sydney in 1820. (Columban Media)
Loving God, you place deep in our hearts the love of Mary, Help of Christians. Through her prayers grant wisdom to our leaders and integrity to our citizens. Under her protection may Australia be granted harmony, justice and peace. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Dear Parents and Carers,
After 6 weeks of tireless fundraising, our College community raised $ 7527.85 for Caritas via Project Compassion. Each year group had a person from a different region of the world to fundraise for. It was pleasing to see the spirit created from the various fundraising activities. I thank all families who gave so generously. Throughout Lent, our girls were educated using the resources from Caritas Australia on the plight of people who would be helped with our donation.
On Tuesday evening Year 11 and 12 received their first academic reports for 2019 via the parent teacher interview evening. These interviews are a key way that teachers can give advice on future improvement and strategies to achieve such growth. I thank those parents who attended. Our Senior students have a serious workload where study becomes a priority, after reading the reports and speaking with teachers it is now time to set new academic goals, change up routines for study if current ones are not working and seek further help to become more efficient. Our girls have a great deal of support at school to help them through stressful times. Please contact the College if you feel that your daughter needs further guidance to gain her personal best.
Congratulations to the following students on gaining a Principal’s Award due to their outstanding reports.
Oh What a Night! Thank you to the over 200 parents, students, staff and families who attended the P&F Bingo Night last Friday. Due to the hard work of the parent committee and the generous donations which came in, slightly under $5000 was raised. This is an outstanding achievement and will go back into resourcing for the educational needs of your daughters. Aside from the fundraising aspect, it was wonderful to see and hear the laughter in the room and the spirit in which all people in the room helped to create. As a community of families, students and staff, it is not often that we gather for a social occasion. Thank you.