Last Friday 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. It was an opportune time to turn our attention to the college motto “the way passes through this land” as it’s during such ceremonies when our Year 12 students are coming to the end of their journey with us that we can celebrate their time with us. 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 college shawls. The continuation of traditions and journeys was also seen in the guard of honour created by the Stage 3 students from our local feeder primary schools.
Traditions are also reinforced and strengthened when we take the opportunity at Mass to symbolically hand over the student leadership of the
College for next term and next year. The transition of leadership includes the passing on from one year to the next of school symbols including a crucifix to the incoming Student Leaders, Johanna Boncato and Mitchell Brooks.
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.