Loving God, may the feast of Pentecost remind us of the gifts You have given us and use them to build the Ave Maria community. We make this prayer in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Dear Ave Maria College Community,
Welcome to our first newsletter for Term 2.
I invite you to read this edition of our newsletter to hear and see about what is happening around the College, in particular a show case of events recently held:
- yLead Seminar
- Year 7 Camp
- Year 8 Wellbeing Day
- Year 9 Outdoor Adventure Camp
- Year 11 Faith Formation Day
Year 12 VCE and Careers Expo
I would also like to invite families and alumnae to nominate for the School Advisory Council, please see below for more information.
School Advisory Council – Call for Nominations
As you will be aware at end of last year a new company known as Melbourne Archdiocese of Catholic Schools (MACS) was formed to govern Catholic schools in Melbourne. This new and very important change commenced from 1 January 2021. For students, staff and families, Ave Maria College will continue to serve and lead our community in the ways that you are already familiar with. The MACS constitution makes it clear that the College, through the Parish Priest, Principal and School Advisory Council, will have responsibility to collaborate and continue to build up Catholic schools as faith-filled learning communities.
The new School Advisory Council will commence from the start of Semester 2 this year. The Schools Advisory Council will play an important role in supporting the work of the College and Principal by:
Promoting the school’s Catholic ethos and culture.
Articulating and enacting the School’s vision and mission.
Promoting faith formation and development.
Implementing school policies as required
Giving advice to the Principal on issues such as enrolments, school improvement plans and enrolment trends.
Engaging in discussion with the Principal about the annual school budget and other financial matters.
Giving advice to the Principal about the College Master Plan.
Capital resource planning and maintenance support to the Principal.
Therefore, I would like to invite interested families and alumnae to nominate to join the School Advisory Council. There are currently three vacancies - two vacancies for current parents/carers and one vacancy for a member of the College Alumnae. Interested persons are asked to complete an expression of interest via the following link. Once received you will be invited to meet with the College Principal.
Sunday, 10 May 2021 marked the 6th Sunday of Easter which also coincided with Mother’s Day. In Sunday’s Gospel reading taken from John 15:9 – 17 Jesus tells his disciples to ‘love one another as I have loved you.’ Within the family context there are many opportunities to witness love in action. This can include random acts of kindness, being generous towards others or stopping to assist a family member. There are times where we make sacrifices for each other and our families. These can be small, but sometimes these are much greater sacrifices. Each time we stop and put our families first, we are making a choice to serve and love others. There is no greater love or devotion within a family than the love of a mother for her children.
Mother’s Day 2021 was a wonderful opportunity to spend time with our mother’s or significant person and to celebrate their unconditional love and the gift of human life they have given each of us. We are called to cherish this love and to cherish our mothers. This year’s celebration was particularly special given that we were unable to gather in person to celebrate Mother’s Day in 2020. I hope that all our Ave mothers/significant people were able to have a special day with family and friends.
as a mother gives life and nourishment to her children,
so, you give life and care for your Church.
Bless these women, as we celebrate this day in their honour.
May they be strengthened as Christian mothers.
Let the example of their faith and love shine forth.
Grant that we, their sons and daughters, may honour and appreciate them with a spirit of profound respect.
May the example of Mary, mother of Jesus, inspire them to live their vocation as Christian mothers and call their children to faith. Guide and protect them in challenging times and help them to continue to trust in you all the days of their life.
Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Many thanks to the Ave community for your continued support.
God bless and as a community may we continue to strive for truth through love.