Christmas Concert Practice (during the day)
Christmas Concert (at night) - students are required to meet in the classroom at 6pm. Students will stay in the classroom until it is our turn to be on stage after which all students will go back to the classroom. Don't worry - we won't miss out on the concert. It is being live streamed on the internet so we can watch it as it happens. Students may be collected at the end of the concert (by their parents) from the classroom.
Year 7 Retreat Day
Rite of Passage Liturgy (at night)
Wet 'n' Wild - bus leaves at 8.30am
School finishes at 11.30am
I would like to take this opportunity to share with you some thoughts about the 7 Navy Class of 2013.
At the beginning of this year, I asked the students what legacy they wanted to leave at St. B’s. We discussed what this meant. How their actions and relationships with one another and the wider school community affect that legacy. All through the year we have spoken about being leaders and friends and representatives of this lovely school. They have been given opportunities to prove themselves through their efforts in the classroom, playing on the oval at lunch, interschool sport, the student councillor leadership program, and being a buddy for the Year 1 students and I can say with all sincerity, that the legacy these students will leave with me personally is one of hope and pride. I am immensely proud of each of the students in 7 Navy. It has been an absolute honour to be part of their lives this year. How amazing is my job that I get to help guide the future teachers, doctors, musicians, carpenters, nurses, police, mechanics, politicians, mothers, fathers & community members of this world? It’s incredible!
I’ve watched in amazement as students who started the year so shy, were able to challenge themselves and stand up in front of the school at assemblies, in the church to deliver prayers and most terrifyingly, in front of their peers for English orals. I’ve watched jokesters start to see the serious side of learning and think deeply about the world and its problems and wonders. I’ve seen old friendships falter and new friendships develop. I’ve been so proud of those students who would once throw their hands up in defeat if things got too hard, to now, being optimistic and confident and trying things out. It’s incredible to see the light bulbs start to come on. As Helen Keller said, "Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement, nothing can be done without hope and confidence." You all have these qualities!
Some 7 Navy students excel in their academic work and it’s been privilege to guide their inquiring young minds. It might look easy to others but I have SEEN the effort and determination that you have made in class. That application and determination will take you a long way. Don’t lose it. You have a wonderful gift.
7 Navy is also blessed with many artists (they all know the extent of my artistic talent). I have learnt a lot from these students and this particular type of intelligence is just as important as an ability in Maths and English. These students have shared their ability and skills with other students and have brought amazing pieces of art into our classroom.
Humour is another thing that 7 Navy has a lot of. Albeit, mostly a wicked sense of humour, however it is balanced with a true affection for one another and a respect that has developed from sharing the St. Bernardine’s journey together. And as we come to the end of that journey, I hope that my students know that they have been cared for and respected for the fantastic young men and women they are becoming. I know that we send you off to your next adventure in life with resilience, confidence and an overwhelming sense of belonging to something truly wonderful. Thank you. It has been an absolute pleasure being your teacher.