Dear Families and Community of Blackfriars Priory School,
Blessings for Christmas 2017
May we remember the coming of the Christ Child this Christmas.
In our School and in our lives, we are challenged to bring about the kingdom He proclaimed.
May you and your families be richly blessed at this holy time.
May the holidays provide a time for rest, recovery, fun, joy and reflection.
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
Blackfriars Priory School celebrated St Dominic’s Day on Thursday 3 August, although the official date to celebrate the feast of St Dominic in the Church calendar is Tuesday, 8 August. The reason for our change of date was a clash with the feast day of our first Australian Saint, St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, also celebrated on Tuesday 8 August.
Image: This week our students enjoyed a performance by Mr Phil Geia as part of NAIDOC Week celebrations.
Dear and Caregivers,
Last Saturday evening Archbishop Wilson celebrated Mass for the installation of Fr Karl Emerick OP as Parish Priest of the parish of North Adelaide-Prospect. Fr Karl’s installation as Parish Priest continues the tradition of the presence of the Dominican Friars in the parish of North Adelaide-Prospect and maintains a strong parish connection with Blackfriars Priory School. The occasion was a joyous one with members of Fr Karl’s family from Queensland attending the ceremony. We wish Fr Karl every blessing as he begins this important role of continuing the spiritual journey in the life of faith of the North Adelaide-Prospect Catholic community. Fr Karl will continue in his role as Chair of the Blackfriars Priory School Finance Committee and a member of the Blackfriars Priory School Board.
The 2017 theme for NAIDOC week is ‘Our Languages Matter’. “The theme aims to emphasise the unique and essential role that indigenous languages play in cultural identity, liking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song.” (http://www.naidoc.org.au/2017-national-naidoc-theme)
Blackfriars Priory School celebrated NAIDOC week with a special focus during pastoral care lessons and morning prayer. On Thursday, students attended an indigenous performance from Mr Phil Geia of Palm Island which is located off the east coast, north of Townsville. Mr Geia shared his ATSI ‘Island Dreaming’ culture and music presentation for NAIDOC week.
The purpose of the week was to focus on the process of genuine reconciliation with our indigenous people, built on a deeper understanding and appreciation of their unique culture and the principles of Catholic social teaching.
End of Term 2
Friday is the final week of Term 2 and it is the end of a very busy week with Year 10 students on Industry Week and Year 11 and 12 students sitting end of Semester-Mid Year Examinations. The term has been a very productive time of learning for students and participation in a wide range of co-curricular activities. I congratulate students on their enthusiasm, effort, positive behaviour, cooperation and quality of performance in making this term a very memorable and successful one.
Monday 24 July is a professional learning day for staff. Therefore, the first day of school for all students is Tuesday 25 July 2017. OSHC facilities are available for those families if required.
I wish all students and staff a safe and refreshing holiday break.
Mr Simon Cobiac
Image: Old Scholars and Army Reservists, Timothy Tedmanson and Brandon Nguyen, (Pictured with Mrs Mirasgentis) returned to Blackfriars Priory School to talk about Defence Force careers.
It has been an extremely busy Semester and I wish both staff and students a well-deserved break. When we review the semester, everyone should be proud of their achievements whether it is in the classroom, on the sporting field, on stage, in service to our community or in achieving our own personal and professional goals. The numerous highlights this semester reflect the diversity of curriculum and co-curricular opportunities and are a reflection on the people who make up our wonderful community. The staff as a whole are committed and are the reason this term has been such a success. I am blessed to be working with such a wonderful and dynamic team.
For our Year 12 students the semester break should be a time when they have a break from the routine of attending school, but I encourage them to maintain their regular study routine during the holidays in preparation for assessment tasks and final year exams. The feedback from their mid-year examinations should inform their revision program to improve their knowledge, understanding and application of skills and concepts.
Reports will be distributed to students on Friday 7 July 2017 and we encourage families to discuss the report with their child and invite them to share their own reflection on their academic performance; their own attitudes and behaviours. The School reports will provide parents or guardians with information regarding their child’s progress in all subject areas, their attitude and conduct in class. It is an opportunity to invite your child to discuss and reflect on their academic performance and how they are progressing socially and emotionally during the school year.
Image: Recently the whole school gathered to celebrate Mass for the Solemnity of St Peter and St Paul.
Staff Formation Program
Stopping to re-evaluate if our connectedness is giving us life is imperative. Despite our different expressions of giftedness, if we are firmly rooted in the Holy Spirit, our lives will be of God, and our fruit will last. As we come to the end of another term, it is important for us to stop and examine the balance of the Four Pillars in our life.
Some Ideas to Combat the Stress and Anxiety of Life
I am unsure of whether it is simply that winter seems to be colder than usual, and it is nearing the end of term, but there seems to be an epidemic of stress and depressive symptoms in the school community at the moment. Boys are stressed, parents are stressed and teachers are stressed. No doubt the holidays will help, but there are also some very simple remedies to stress that we overlook – sometimes we are more comfortable talking about our stress levels and anxiety rather than taking positive actions to remedy the situation.
So, what is it that is going to contribute to making us feel more at peace, more able to cope and to rid ourselves of that constant state of hypersensitivity that often results from feelings of stress and anxiety? There is nothing new in the following list, but we all need to be reminded from time to time of what we should be doing.