Archive for February, 2018

Celebrating Community

We often talk about and celebrate the wonderful community that we belong to; I had further reason to reflect on our wider community while attending Mater Dei’s St Benedict Feast Day celebrations with four Year 10 students.

Mater Dei is a fellow Good Samaritan school located in the Camden area that was established as a special school in 1957, Mater Dei is an organization that provides early intervention therapy services and education for babies, children and young people with an intellectual disability or developmental delay.

The underpinning philosophy for all that Mater Dei does, is inclusion into the wider community. Inclusion is based on the dignity and uniqueness of each person, self-esteem, respect, equity, independence, interdependence and responsibility. Their motto is ‘Inclusion for All’.

It is great to be a part of the Good Samaritan community and the day allowed our students to interact with the Mater Dei students as equals. All our students commented on what a privilege it had been to be part of their special day. It was hard not to feel immense pride and emotion during the beautiful mass and to witness the Mater Dei students ensure that we were welcomed and part of their day. It truly was a beautiful gift!

Days like these remind us of our community and the hospitality that Benedictine communities extend to welcome the stranger. I hope that we all can welcome the stranger so that the stranger becomes more than a guest but rather part of the community!

Paul Hardwick
Assistant Principal

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Records tumble in Junior Cricket

Congratulations to Jeffrey Badrous (pictured right) who set a Rosebank College record last Thursday in their Junior Cricket match against Holy Spirit Lakemba. Jeffrey scored the highest individual score ever by a Rosebank College student when he smashed 137 not out. Furthermore, he combined with Luca Zappia (pictured left) for an unbeaten 201 run partnership, which also set the record for the highest partnership in the history of cricket at Rosebank College. Well done boys!

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Rosebank Students perform in Carmen the Opera

Congratulations to Year 10 student Vincent Salvato (pictured right) and his younger brother Alfie Salvato ( Year 7) who are performing in the Australian Opera Production of Bizet’s “Carmen”, at the Sydney Opera House throughout February and March.

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Ash Wednesday recognised at Rosebank

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a time of serious rethinking purpose, direction and relationship with God. It is probably easier to say what Lent is not than what it is. Our history has often reduced Lent to something between boot-camp or angst-camp. And guilt has often played a big part, at least in my experience, which probably says more about me than Lent! In any case, the Church’s Lenten liturgical season is really only about one thing and that is me – human being: flawed, imperfect, insecure, doubtful, anxious and seeking happiness just about everywhere except where it is to be found. And where is happiness to be found? Christians don’t have a place, but a name – Jesus. Sounds just about too good to be true, but Christianity has a long history of making outrageous claims. Lent invites me, never coerces me, to sit still and listen; to be still and not speak; to become still and take the deep breath to see the reality of my life; to become stiller and stiller and accept the truth about myself. And if I allow this to happen … I may experience the words of Jesus – “the truth will set you free”. “Free” for what? Freedom to be happy; freedom to be at peace with myself because I am created in the divine image and likeness; freedom to not worry about all those things that stop me from being authentically human … freedom to be the person I was created to be … free to be a beloved daughter and son of the Creating Father … free to let Jesus work wonders in my life.

How do I do this? The tradition teaches us three ways –

prayer: non-electronic, non-iphone, ipad, internet-based technology, but heart to heart with the God who loves me;

fasting: letting go of stuff and things and allowing myself to embrace people and be embraced by them and God;

almsgiving: reminding myself that there are other people on the planet who have needs just like me, and disciplining myself to do something about it.

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