It is nearly the end of Term 3 and many of the children (and teachers and parents too, I suspect) are getting tired. The children have worked so hard this term and have made so many gains in their learning, not to mention all the busyness of additional school activities including excursions, Gala Day, Catholic Colleges Musical Festival, Japanese visiting students, Dance Cart, St Mary MacKillop Feast day, Catholic Education Week celebrations, assemblies, school and parish Masses, Emmaus visits, Book Week celebrations, Walking Wednesdays, Well-being Week and Father’s Day. It is important that we remain grateful for all these wonderful opportunities that​ our children have on offer. There are many people behind the scenes going the ‘extra mile’ to make all of this happen and we are grateful to them for their time and energy. Gratefulness is an important skills and quality as it helps us to put life into perspective when faced with adversity and challenges. This years’ theme is ‘Reach Out’ and we can do this by thanking those around us and by having a grateful heart. These times, though busy, speak of the sacredness of the ordinary, of the many ways that grace comes into our world. It helps us to ‘Look back a little and see what our good God has done for us’ (Mary MacKillop 1880).

‘Let us thank God we are as we are ‘ Mary Mackillop (1874)