Welcome back! I hope Christmas was a blessed time for you and your families, and that the New Year is full of blessings. The celebrations in school to finish the term were vibrant and uplifting, as we dined in honour of Our Lady during the Immaculate Conception celebrations, held a Carols Service on the last day of term, and of course enjoyed the House Drama competition. Many thanks from the Chaplaincy Team to all students who participated, and of course to the parents who so beautifully decorated our Church. Elsewhere in this newsletter is an account of our beautiful Christmas Eve Mass.
Certainly, by the end of last term, we were ready for the break, and this term promises to be no less full of activity. Indeed, on our first day back, the school celebrated the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, and Year 10 volunteers led the singing, readings and prayers. Another group of Year 10 students volunteered to lead Friday’s Chaplaincy Assembly, pondering the distinct beauty of the Blessed Sacrament.
It’s fitting that we keep Christ at the centre of our lives, both for a sense of priority and for a sense of calm and confidence. Mr Nicholas Walsh led a reflection for our staff inset day last Friday, which was received very well. The topic was the Epiphany, which was celebrated in our Church calendar last Sunday. I’ve taken the story of the Magi’s visit to the Christ child, and offered below some prayers for our school community.