At the end of Term 3, we turned our attention to the college motto “the way passes through this land” as the Year 12 students came to the end of their journey with us. We celebrated who we are at St John Paul II/Terra Sancta Day and said farewell to these fine young men and women 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.
As they entered the sacred space set aside for Mass they wore their shawls containing the crest and colours of the college. Traditions were also reinforced and strengthened when we took the opportunity at Mass to symbolically hand over the student leadership of the College for this term and next year. The transition of leadership includes the passing on from one year to the next of the school symbols including a crucifix to the incoming Student Leaders, Brodie Chidgey and Andrew Smith.
We are now in Term 4, Week 4 and Year 12 are currently completing their HSC Examinations. While we look back at the past six years of schooling for the Year 12 students we also look forward to rejoicing in their lives beyond St John Paul II as valued members of a wider community. We trust that they will take with them core values of respect, honesty, integrity and above all, faith into their lives from now onwards.
With Year 12 leaving the college we welcomed 200 Year 6 students for their Year 7-2018 Transition Day at the Schofields Campus last Monday. Their Transition Day was a time for them to get to know each other, some of their teachers and the school site to make their first few weeks here next year that much more comfortable for them.
Earlier this term after 13 years at the college we farewelled Mrs Anya Meek who held the LCF-English leadership position. Mrs Meek has moved to a similar role in another Parramatta Diocesan school. We are currently advertising for a replacement. Also at the end of Term 2, Mr Marty Moyer after 42 years in permanent teaching including 17 years at TSC/STJPIICC retired from full time teaching. Fortunately, Mr Moyer is available to complete some casual teaching with us.
I would like to congratulate the Year 7-11 students on the way they have resumed their studies this term and following the uniform and grooming standards. I encourage all students to continue to use every opportunity to improve their learning during the next six weeks.