From the PrinciPAL
Many of you would remember the tragic deaths of four children in Sydney last February, caused by a drunk driver whose vehicle mounted the footpath where the children were walking. Two other children were injured. The children had all gone out to buy ice cream. In the hours following the tragedy, the mother of three of the children publicly declared that she had forgiven the driver of the vehicle: “I don't hate him. I think in my heart I forgive him . . . I'm not going to hate him, cause that's not who we are and it's not what our religion tells us. I forgive him, but I want it to be fair."
Compare this act of forgiveness with a striking illustration of how bearing a grudge can take its toll. A woman in her eighties related the story of her aunt who, fifty years before, had said something insulting to her, and the woman had never forgiven her. Fifty years later she could recount the event to the precise detail, and she felt all the same bitterness, anger, and resentment welling up within her as when it had originally occurred. By this time, she had become a bitter, crotchety, quarrelsome, unhappy woman who could find no happiness in life.
In this weekend’s Gospel (Matthew 18:21-35), we read the story of the unforgiving debtor who refuses to cancel the debt of a fellow servant even though his own debt had been cancelled by his own master. Can we not forgive twenty dollars' worth of injury, when we have been forgiven ten million, ourselves? If we cannot let go of a grudge, if we have been harbouring resentment, or if we refuse to speak to somebody, we fail to recognise the grace that God bestows on us, and we become consumed by bitterness and resentment.
Let us move over onto this ground, and live on this level.
Have a good week.
CHANGE TO SUMMER UNIFORM
Given that the warmer weather seems to have crept up on us, the students may begin to wear their summer school uniforms as from tomorrow (Wednesday). However, between now and the end of the term will be a transition time during which the students may wear either their summer uniform or their winter uniform. During this transition time, please do not mix and match the two uniforms. The boys’ winter uniform must be worn with long pants, long sleeves and a tie. All students should be wearing the summer uniform from the beginning of Term 4.
LEADERSHIP AT ST PATRICK’S
We have awesome student leaders who love to be involved and to inspire others. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the opportunities to lead have been limited this year. Therefore, our school captains (Olivia and Alex) have been assigned the responsibility of leading the morning assembly and prayer on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and our Leaders of Mission (Ayla and Maci) lead our morning prayer on Fridays.
Over the next couple of weeks our sport captains are working together to plan and prepare a sport lesson for each class. The lessons will be delivered by our house captains during Term 4. We are using the University of Newcastle’s Great Leaders Active Students program as our guide, and we are looking forward to seeing our student leaders motivate others to become active and healthy.
We are truly blessed to have such wonderful role models among our students.