Christmas Hamper Appeal 2016
On Monday we commenced our annual K-12 Christmas Hamper Appeal. We receive the details of 50 families who are experiencing some type of struggle and our small individual efforts bring a wave of collective relief, even if only temporarily.
This year we will again be supporting two Women’s Refuges in Campbelltown (previously known as MARCIA’s). The refuges are now under the management of Vinnies and known as Eden House and Vinchez. We will also support the communities of Emerton and Mount Druitt.
This work of justice encourages our homerooms to work together with a shared goal. It challenges each person in the community to think beyond their own difficulties and puts into practice the ideal that we dignify each human life and contribute to society accordingly.
When purchasing your gift for the hamper, please ensure that they are in the spirit and nature of Christmas (for example, avoid shampoo and ordinary daily items). Suitable gifts for the mother may include items such as hand/body lotion, specially packaged gift soap, candles, scarves, writing materials, decorative containers/jewellery storage, earrings, cards/envelopes, books, CDs, DVDs etc. You may also wish to provide some Christmas decorations for the family as a special gesture. Ensure that the gifts are relevant to the child’s age and gender.
K-12 Hamper drive closes Monday, 28 November at 9am. Thank you in anticipation of what will surely be another successful, generous and spirited display of justice.
Year 9 Peer Leadership Day
In order that all of Year 9 students are trained in Peer Leadership before the Year 10 Big Sister/Little Sister program in 2017, a full day workshop was held last Thursday, 10 November. The program provided our students with fun, interactive exercises that challenge their thinking about what it means to be a Big Sister and to lead others. This mentor program aims to:
- Assist the newest members of the Senior School community (Year 7) with their transition to high school by providing support and encouragement from Year 10 students
- Enable the Year 10 students to exercise and increase their leadership skills and independent thinking through their interaction with Year 7
- Provide a role model and friend for Year 7 Students
- Instill trust and self-confidence in order to make considered decisions
- Above all, make a difference while building a community of Felicity
The themes covered during the day included relationships, group dynamics, awareness of own and others strengths and weaknesses and effective leadership qualities and skills.
The Big Sister/Little Sister program is based on the development of a long-term, supportive, one-to-one friendship between a Year 10 student and a Year 7 student. The Program seeks to enable both students to develop confidence through the shared experience of being understood, supported and respected.
The Big Sister/Little Sister program provides Year 7 students, with a role model and a friend with whom to talk and share the experiences of thriving in a Senior School environment. Through regular encounters, a relationship is developed between the Big Sister and the Little Sister, that is built on trust and common interests, and is supported by homeroom teachers and Year Coordinators. The result is an enriching supportive experience for both the Big Sister and Little Sister.
As we approach the end of 2016 and prepare for the joys of Advent it is beneficial to use a version of the five-step Daily Examen that St. Ignatius practised in your daily prayer.
- Become aware of God’s presence
- Review the day with gratitude
- Pay attention to your emotions
- Choose one feature of the day and pray from it
- Look toward tomorrow
May we find God in all things,
Director of Mission (K-12)