Over the past few weeks, we have been reminded of the amount of racism, prejudice and oppression that is in our world. The Black Lives Matter and Refugee Rights protests that have taken place only highlight the need for us as individuals and as a faith and Josephite community to, through our words and actions, continue to support and stand up for the victimised, oppressed, and marginalised in our world. All people should be regarded as equal and treated with dignity and respect no matter the colour of their skin. We are privileged to be part of a wonderfully inclusive and diverse community. This has been highlighted through the work of the Youth in Action and Social Justice groups in the College who continue to raise awareness within the College of issues of injustice and provide opportunities for us all to take action.

It has been absolutely delightful to have all our students and staff back on site. Although I know that the students are missing the sleep-ins, wearing casual clothes every day and raiding the fridge whenever they like. I also know by the smiles on their faces that they are glad to be back, to be able to connect with their friends and to engage with their teachers face-to-face. Our community, students, staff and parents have done an amazing job working through remote learning this term.

As we prepare for Term 3, I would like to advise you of the following changes. The College Canteen will recommence operating at the beginning of the term and I assure you that all necessary health and safety requirements will be adhered to. Carrying of school books and equipment will now be optional for students, so those that wish to use their lockers may do so. There will no longer be staggered dismissal times at the end of the day, all students will be dismissed at 3.10pm.

It has been a very strange and unusual term for us all. I wish everyone a very restful term break and I look forward to a very productive Term 3.

Kate Dishon - Principal