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.
The second year of our Staff Dominican Formation Programme has taken place at the Monastery in Glen Osmond this week. Four staff groups attended; middle leaders, new staff, Religious Education Teachers and longer serving staff. The focus for the staff groups who attended was on the history of the Dominicans, and the Four Pillars of Dominican Life; Prayer, Study, Community and Service; lived out through our own giftedness and life situation. Special thanks to our facilitator, Clara Geoghegan, who is the co-director of the Siena Institute. Clara has worked in parishes, dioceses and schools across Australia helping lay Catholics discern their spiritual gifts (Charisms). Clara is passionate about helping lay Catholics live out their vocation in the Church and the world and showing how discerning of charisms helps identify the call that the Holy Spirit had given each individual. Clara also teaches Church History and Spirituality at Catholic Theological College, Melbourne. We have been left understanding more about St Dominic and trusting in the divine providence of the Holy Spirit and the deep love of God.
St Dominic’s Day
We will be celebrating St Dominic’s Feast Day on Thursday 3 August. The day is a vital aspect of your son’s lifelong partnership with Blackfriars as we celebrate our core values and identity. Therefore attendance on the day is compulsory. The day will mirror our Four Pillars of Dominican Life commencing with a whole school Mass at 10:00am. Parents and friends are welcome to attend the Mass.
Intellectual based activities will occur after recess and House based activities from lunchtime until the end of the day. Dismissal will be at 2:30pm. Food will be available for sale at lunchtime.
Primary students are encouraged to bring their lunch on the day. However, there will be food stalls available, where an assortment of food can be purchased for between one and four dollars.
Student dress code will be neat casual. Clothing must be respectful of our school culture and therefore, must not offend in any manner. This includes the exclusion of any motifs, logos or slogans, which are not recognised trademarks of clothing manufacturers. Singlet tops are not permitted, and shirts are to be collared. Footwear is to comply with WHS regulations and therefore must be enclosed.
All physical activities will require a gold coin priced ticket entry, available for purchase on the day at the site of the activity. Tickets will go into the draw for the St Dominic’s Day Raffle.
This year, all money raised from the day will go towards assisting Dominican works of charity. If you, or your business, would like to donate to the day, please contact Angela Honner at firstname.lastname@example.org
I will be on leave for the first half of Assumption Term (Term 3) as my wife, Victoria, and I excitedly welcome the gift of our first child into our family. Mr Matthew Crisanti will be Acting APRIM during my absence.
Blessings and Peace.
Mr David Ruggiero
Assistant Principal: Religious Identity and Mission