Magdalene Catholic High School
Newsletter Vol 19 Term: 4 Week 7 - 24 November 2017
It makes me very proud that Magdalene is able to provide opportunities to work closely with the community and community members. Last week an initiative designed by Magdalene Learning Support Officer, Shareen Borg was an absolute joy to witness and a fantastic chance, not just for Carrington residents to be involved, but for our staff and students to assist others.
I have written previously about the wonderful Carrington Project in which a number of our Year 11 students have been involved attending Carrington and befriending residents, learning about their lives and then sharing their learnings back after a term of meetings. On this occasion we were able to invite a number of residents to Magdalene and for us to take a turn histing them. Unsurprisingly, the results were fabulous.
Not only were the residents, ranging from 81 to 99, able to visit the school but they took part in lessons and got to meet many of our students across Years 7-11. Carrington even supplied the residents with a “Carrington School Uniform” to really get into the spirit of returning to school.
It was sheer delight seeing students making genuine connections with the new ‘slightly older’ students and to have them recognise the wonderful chances we have to make a difference (albeit small) in another’s life. It was also great to know that ‘our Carrington students’ were very well behaved on the day!
More details can be found in the following two local newspaper articles:
DIOCESAN LIGHTING THE WAY FAITH AND LEARNING AWARDS
This year Catholic Education Wollongong introduced a new awards evening to recognise excellence among students and staff in the Diocese.
Eight students in High Schools from across the Macarthur and the Illawarra received a Bishop’s Excellence Award. Our own Bailey Whitley was the recipient of one of these awards. In his citation Bailey’s involvement, broad contribution (in terms of liturgical and social justice aspects), academic prowess, and his strong moral compass were all mentioned. Indeed, he was a very worthy recipient and we wish him all the very best in his immediate future and beyond.
Later in the evening staff awards were presented at the Cube in Campbelltown. The CEO regarded these new awards as: “a fresh and meaningful approach to the way the outstanding achievements and career milestones of our committed and dedicated staff, in schools and in the Catholic Education Office, are celebrated.”
Two of our staff, Maria Cuomo and Jen Foldes received Service Awards (for over 35 and over 25 years respectively) and also Shareen Borg was justifiably nominated for a significant ‘Contribution to the community award’. Shareen came up against a very strong field and was unfortunately just ‘pipped at the post’ to receive this award. Nevertheless, she is a fabulous representative of the School, and so selfless in giving back to others; thank you Shareen!
During the night Brian Croke, a long-standing servant of Catholic Education, was also recognised with a special Director’s Achievement Award.
Often negative things reported in the media about Catholic Schools and Catholic Education can dominate. However, to hear of student and staff achievements and how ‘making the world a better place’ is genuinely being actioned (rather than just being rhetoric) makes me feel very privileged to be associated with the students of Magdalene and the staff who have found in their lives a vocation to support students and those around them.
The School Prayer
Jesus, you chose Mary Magdalene
to be the first witness to your resurrection.
Help us to be filled with the power of your Spirit.
May we become witnesses
to your love and healing,
both within and beyond this community.
Pray for us.
Mr Matthew McMahon
BACK TO SCHOOL FOR CARRINGTON RESIDENTS
On Wednesday the 15th of November Magdalene had the pleasure of hosting 8 Carrington residents for a Back to School experience, where they were buddied with some eager Year 10 students. These students took the residents to a technology, music, and practical science lesson, and were treated to a lunch prepared by Year 8 students. Whilst the residents enjoyed their unique day, the students showed enthusiasm and respect for a generation that has so much to give.
I would like to recognise:
and Photographer Lucy Taylor
These students should be proud of the way they epitomised the Catholic values that Magdalene so passionately represents: patience, kindness, and a respect and understanding of others which is well beyond their years.
Mrs Shareen Borg
CDF SPORTS AWARDS MAJOR AWARD WINNERS
2017 Para Athlete of the Year
Luke Small – Magdalene Catholic High, Narellan at the CDF (Diocesan) Sports awards evening on 17 November 2017. Held at St Mary's' Star of the Sea College.
We wish Mia's team every success in their competition and look forward to hearing their results upon Mia's return.
CONGRATULATIONS AND GOOD LUCK
We have a large number of school uniform pieces in LOST PROPERTY. Parents can you please ask your child/children to check the lost property for any lost clothing, drink bottles or glasses. The lost property is located in the front office.
Thank you for your assistance.
Final Family Mass - St Anthony's
The FINAL FAMILY MASS for 2017 will be at St Anthony’s Church, Tahmoor, on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25TH at 6-00PM.
All Families with children in both Primary and Secondary Schools are invited to share in this glorious CELEBRATION OF THE EUCHARIST as we say “THANK YOU TO OUR GOD “ for all the BLESSINGS that have been given to us during the year, and for all the support as we faced our difficulties.
Refreshments as usual after mass.