This newsletter sees us at the end of Term 3 and once again, we are looking back wondering where the time has gone. It has been a very busy term, filled with our building projects and the great achievements by many students and staff alike. Importantly, the Year 12 students completed their Major Works in Drama, Dance, Music and Industrial Technology, Visual Arts, Textiles and Design, English Extension 2 and Society and Culture. All the students and teachers in all areas of the HSC are to be congratulated for their endeavours and marvellous achievements. We also wish our Year 12 students every success in their upcoming Higher School Certificate examinations and we support them as they work over the next few weeks in preparation for their examinations. We know that each one of our students will do their personal best and will be rewarded appropriately for their efforts.
Last Friday we celebrated who we are at Terra Sancta Day and said farewell to the Year 12’s as a whole school through the beauty and spiritual richness of the Mass. As befits the dual nature of our one school, the Mass was once again celebrated at the Schofields Campus with the senior students returning to the place where they commenced their journey six years ago. We have certainly had a tremendous amount of rain over the past few weeks and that impacted upon our planning for Terra Sancta Day and the Year 12 Graduation Mass. At one stage we were planning to celebrate the Mass at Nirimba and when these discussions were explained to Year 12 something quite extraordinary occurred. The Year 12 students were not overly concerned about the Terra Sancta Day events such as the talent quest and rides. What they really wanted was to celebrate Mass at Schofields, where their journey began, with the rest of the student body.
“After speaking to many Year 12 students it has become a common thought that we all want to finish our Terra Sancta journey where it all began. I believe we have not fully appreciated just how much a connection we have to the school, teachers and staff and Terra Sancta traditions until these last coming weeks. We have had such a wonderful time at Terra Sancta over the past six years and we cannot thank all the staff and teachers for all that you do. It cannot go unrecognized. The students appreciate all your hard work.” This desire by the students shows that our motto “The Way passes through this land” is basis for the journey our students take through life her and beyond. As we move into 2015 our motto will continue to be the touchstone of everything we do at the college.