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Principal’s Message
During my Enrichment Leave I was able to visit two
Benedictine schools in the USA – Woodside Priory in
California and Delbarton in New Jersey. Both schools
have communities of monks attached to them and I was
able to make a short retreat at Delbarton. I was very
interested to find out how these schools ensure that the
Benedictine tradition continues in their schools. Obviously
the presence of the communities of monks gives students
some immediate insight into the Benedictine way of life
lived out in religious communities. At the same time lay
staff in schools also need to model ways of living which are
faithful to the tradition but also accommodate the everyday
responsibilities of people outside their working lives.
In the conversations I had, I realised that the work we
have done at Mount St Benedict College in helping to form
our staff, students and parents in the Good Samaritan
Benedictine tradition, has given the College a good basis to
ensure that the tradition is alive and lived out here. I think
this is obvious in many of the programs and practices that
you will see evident as you read the pages of this edition of
the Buzz. Our community is actively engaged in reaching
out to others – whether that be within our own community,
our extended Good Samaritan community, through the
House Partnerships, through social justice and outreach
programs, immersion trips, and wider outreach in the
community through connections such as the Major Issues
and Theology Beecroft Forum. In this edition you will find a
report on a trip by Mr John Hody, a member of the
MSB Maintenance Team, who recently spent time in
Kiribati assisting the Sisters with some improvements
which will make their lives there a little bit easier.
MSB has always had a strong reputation for sporting
excellence and once again this year we have seen
outstanding performances by individuals and teams. There
was another successful sporting tour to Europe and once
again one of our graduating students will receive the Pierre
de Coubertin Award from the Australian Olympic Committee.
Our academic achievements continue to give us every
reason to be so proud of our girls. A number of our Year 12
students have gained early entry to Macquarie University as
part of their Global Leadership Program and we have just
had news that three Future Problem Solving Teams have
been invited to participate in the Nationals in Melbourne.
I hope you enjoy reading about the wonderful opportunities
our staff and students enjoy, and that you find a true
sense of our Good Samaritan tradition evident in the life
of our College.
Maria Pearson
During Term Two I had the privilege to spend some time on
Enrichment Leave and also enjoying some recreation with my family.
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