The College Hall was bursting at the seams on Thursday 9 November as we welcomed a very large number of grandparents and family friends to Mount Carmel at our inaugural Kindergarten to Year 8 (usually this was only to Year 6). It was a wonderful occasion and a great opportunity for students to show their musical talents and to show off their classrooms and recently tidied desks and trays!
The prayer service prepared enabled us to give thanks for our grandparents and friends and the concert coordinated by our Primary and Secondary Music Teachers, Ms Dorothy Lincoln and Mr Dave McNamara, was very entertaining and enjoyable.
Thank you to the students, particularly our Year 6 Students, for welcoming our guests so warmly on the day.
October is Catholic World Mission Month. Catholic Mission is the international mission agency of the Catholic Church in Australia. Locally and globally, we answer the call to love God and to love our neighbour, and work to establish the Reign of God through building communities of missionary disciples who share their faith by proclaiming the Word, serving people in need, acting for justice and creation, and adopting child-focused, community-based development programs.
This year the focus is on the country Uganda and the importance of health and education as a path to dignity and opportunity for people in this country. Catholic Mission is working in partnership with Sr Mary Goretti and the Daughters of Mary to provide improved health opportunities for mothers, babies and children of Bujuni and surrounding areas. Reaching out to children is one way we follow Pope Francis’ call for us to be “missionary disciples”.
On Tuesday 31 October, all students from Kinder to Grade 10 participated in a “Crazy Sock Day“ in order to raise funds for Catholic Mission. Students wore crazy socks to school with their uniform and in lieu, donated a gold coin. At lunchtime the Primary Mission Sisters facilitated activities which revolved around crazy socks. Students were given the opportunity to colour in socks and make ambulances to reinforce the need that St Luke’s Health Care Centre in Bujuni needs more medical supplies, especially an ambulance. It was wonderful to see all our students parading the playground with their wonderful colourful socks in an effort to help combat poverty!
With thanks to Tourism NT, 19 students from Years 9 and 10, plus 4 staff, headed off to the Northern Territory early on Saturday 30 September. The Northern Territory is abundant with learning opportunities and encourages students to step out of their comfort zone.
Although the change is scenery has been a highlight, the students have been engaging with the world’s oldest living culture, a 60,000 year old culture that we know so little about. The students are exploring ways that true reconciliation between Australians can happen. One of the days on their trip has included a visit to the Purple House, to which our school donated a couple of years ago, and which provides dialysis for people living in remote communities. Reconciliation was part of the call made by Pope John Paul II on his famous visit to Alice Springs over 30 years ago, and through the Purple House, we want to learn about how we can all work together to bring positive results for all of us.
Of course a trip to the Northern Territory would not be complete without a visit to our country’s most famous sacred site, Uluru. The visit to Uluru gave the staff and students an opportunity to look deeply into their own spiritual understandings. It has served as a place for ritual and connection to creation for thousands of years, and it was certainly a special moment in time for our students.
Continue to enjoy your trip girls – we look forward to hearing more about it on your return.
As is the tradition for the last day of Term Three, all Mount Carmel students were encouraged to dress up in the colours of their footy team for Footy Colours Day, whether that is an AFL, Rugby or Soccer team or even an umpire. It was an especially exciting day for the Richmond supporters among the College!
Congratulations to Carmel House on taking out this year’s House Drama trophy, announced on the evening of Thursday 28 September.
Congratulations as well to Year 10 student Kate Tanner for taking out the Best Actress award.
There was so much talent, teamwork and house spirit on display across all the productions. Well done to all students involved!