Our Year 12 students have just returned from their final school retreat at Norval, Halls Gap. Packed full of team bonding, fun, faith and laughs these wonderful young adults of ours are ready to tackle 2021 and their final year of secondary school
Well, that is the first full week down. I continue to be impressed by the friendly welcome students, staff and the broader Horsham community have provided me. I have only been in the role for one week and already I have been invited to attend functions at most of the Catholic Primary schools within the parish. Horsham and surrounds are well resourced with attractive and historic features.
On Wednesday night I was fortunate enough to travel to Hall’s Gap with Monsignor Murphy to share a meal with the Year 12s while they are on retreat. What struck me with this group of fine young adults was how inclusive they were to me and to other students. There did not appear to be any egos or vanity within the group, and both Monsignor and I agreed on the drive back that country kids have genuine manners and warmth.
On Monday 8th February I am looking forward to meeting the families of our Year 7 parents and the Welcoming Evening at Coughlin Park Community Centre.
As mentioned last week, I am really looking forward to building partnerships with families and the school this year, so with this in mind, I would like a call for volunteers to join our School Advisory Council (SAC) as a parent (care provider) representative. This body meets once a month at 7.00pm on the third Wednesday, to provide advice to the Principal on matters that impact on the school. I am interested in hearing from people who can offer a breadth of knowledge from different occupations and life experiences. Elections will be held if there are an excess of nominations. Please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the word “SAC” in the subject line.
On 15th February the College will celebrate our Opening Mass at Ss Michael and John’s Church at 11.00am with Monsignor Murphy and Fr Jim McKay. All students are expected to attend as we launch the academic year and again, parents and families are always welcome.
Next week the new Year 7 students will have a wonderful opportunity to participate in the Robe Camp for two nights. The Year 7 Camp is probably the most important camp students can attend, as this is where they will make new friendships that will last for their entire time at St Brigid’s and well into their adult life. Some students will be feeling very nervous leading into the camp, however this is will be a chance to begin building resilience and grit that will serve these youngsters well.