Matthew 5: 13 – 16
“You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled underfoot.
You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”
The scripture passage above was the Gospel chosen for the Year 12 Valedictory Mass held on Monday 26 October at St Mary’s Cathedral. This message and the quotation below was used to articulate the theme the graduates were farewelled with. Best wishes to the girls as they go out into the world well-armed with strong mercy values. The candles carried from the Cathedral by each student symbolised the passing on of the mercy light and the challenge to let their light shine to the world.
“You not only have a great history to remember and to recount but also a great history still to be accomplished. Look to the future to where the Spirit is sending you to do even greater things” (St. John Paul II).
I congratulate all graduates and wish them all the very best for the future.
The Valedictory celebrations mark not only the end of schooling for the students but the end for many parents of the close connection they hold with the school as a volunteer.
The Parent Network, a special interest group of the Parent Council, has provided the College with great support, building community by extending hospitality to all members of the College Community. Three ladies who have given many hours of service to the College and whose daughters graduated this year are Leonie Nagle, Deb Ferraro and Tryphena Simons. Deb and Tryphena have organised countless coffee mornings, sundowners and other social functions each year since their daughters were in Year 7; a very special thank you to Leonie, Deb and Tryphena.
I would also like to pay tribute to the Parent Network Coordinators and Year Representatives. After a very busy year, the group celebrated the end of their year with a dinner in the Mercy Community Room on Wednesday 21 October. Thank you to the following people for providing hospitality at College events and organising social activities for other parents.
Junior School Coordinators: Colleen Morris & Giselle Brisbane
Middle School Coordinator: Audrey Hebiton
Year 7 Representatives: Tracey Lim & Jackie Kang
Year 8 Representatives: Barbara Petite, Katrina Robinson, Paula Gibbs
Year 9 Representatives: Helen McQuie & Jacinta O’Connor
Senior School Coordinators: Libby Wilkes & Leonie Nagle
Year 10 Representatives: Justine Hutchinson & Ruth Watson
Year 11 Representatives: Michelle Gorringe & Carolyn Sharpe
Year 12 Representatives: Tryphena Simons & Deb Ferraro
Many of these ladies have offered to continue in their roles as coordinator or year representatives but we do welcome further volunteers.
Mrs Helen Chaffer, Deputy Principal, Mission