College Theme 2020 – “Believe in the whisperings of God to your own heart”
Our College theme for 2020 is a direct quote from St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, “Believe in the whisperings of God to your own heart”. Mary’s words challenge us, as a College community, to each actively seek out opportunities to listen to God’s whisperings. We need to develop the art of being still, quiet and silent and to free ourselves from the continuous distractions of everyday life. In this manner, we open ourselves up to what may be revealed to us by God in the stillness and quietness of our own hearts. Further, it calls us to develop our own passion for prayer and a willingness to share and speak freely with God, in order to manifest a truly, intimate relationship with God.
Year 12 Reflection Day
On Friday, 14th February, we held the first of our Year 12 Reflection Days. Our Year 12 students reflected on their personal faith journeys and life experiences and how their faith can provide them with the courage, strength and support to take a risk and “Launch into the Deep” so as to move closer to becoming the complete person that God wants them to be. It was an extremely enriching day for all involved culminating in an evening para-liturgy, dinner and then some light-hearted entertainment provided by comedian, Dave O’Neal.
Congratulations – Sister Rita Malavisi
Sister Rita Malavisi, a former Geoghegan student and past staff member of Penola Catholic College was recently nominated for The Volunteer of the Year Award in the National Awards for Excellence in Fundraising, by the Fundraising Institute of Australia. Sr Rita was a volunteer with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Victoria for many years and won the Victorian Volunteer of the Year Award last November. The National winners were announced at the FIA’s National Conference, Gala Awards Dinner in Brisbane on the 27th February and our Sr Rita won! We congratulate Sr Rita, known widely as “the Nun on the Run” for all her wonderful efforts in assisting those within the ASRC. Well done, Sr Rita.
On Saturday, 15th February, our College Captains travelled to Kincumber, NSW for the JAMM Student Leadership Conference. The experience further deepened their understanding of St Mary of the Cross’ MacKillop’s charism, which they are now hoping to manifest through their leadership this year.
Opening College and Ash Wednesday Mass
On Wednesday, 26th February, we had our combined Opening College and Ash Wednesday Mass, with the students from both, the Broadmeadows and Glenroy Campuses coming together to celebrate the Eucharist and the beginning of Lent. Our Mass was co-celebrated by Fr Bernie Lane, who has a long association with our College and our College Chaplain, Fr Tony Cox, who is so passionate in his efforts to give real meaning and relevance to the Eucharist for our students. During Mass, we participated in a beautiful symbolic ritual, where we placed the names of all our Year 7 students and the names of all other new students and staff to our College, into our Sacred Chest, which sits next to the altar at all our College Masses. Containing the names of every member of Penola Catholic College, it symbolises for us that we are all significant, valued and connected members of both, our College community and of our Lord’s holy family and that we are always welcomed at God’s table. It was a beautiful Mass and a wonderful way to formally commence our School year.
Caritas Australia Project Compassion Launch
On Tuesday, 25th February, a group of students attended the Caritas Australia Project Compassion Launch at Catholic Regional College, Caroline Springs. The students were introduced to this year’s theme for Project Compassion, “Go further together” and were commissioned, by Archbishop, Peter Comensoli.
Year 7 -12 Family Welcome Dinner
On Friday, 28th February, we hosted our year 7-12 Family Welcome Dinner. We had a wonderful response to the evening, with approximately 600 people accepting our invitation. It was a great evening, bringing many of our new families together to meet and mingle with each other and staff.
Up-coming event – Year 7 Reflection Days
On the 10th, 11th, 13th, 16th, 17th and 20th March, our Year 7 students (two Homerooms per day) will attend their Reflection Day at The Hope Centre in Glenroy. This year, we are introducing a new theme, “How To Keep The Faith”, which centres around belonging to, the development of and the influences surrounding our faith.