As we come to the end of Term 1, I would like to acknowledge the great work of our students and staff. Although it has been a short term, it has been a very productive one. The Student Leadership Team have worked so hard to engage the students in the co- and extra-curricular life of the College. Throughout the Lenten season, they have educated students about what it is to be compassionate, to look beyond themselves and to dig deep to support our Caritas fundraising. Thank you also to the College Faith Team, ably led by Anne Severi, for all their work during this Lenten season.

The second last week of term, we celebrated Harmony Week. Harmony Week is the celebration that recognises our diversity and brings together Australians from all different backgrounds. It is about inclusiveness, respect, and a sense of belonging for everyone. ​Once again, the student leaders were instrumental in organising many activities and events that highlighted the great diversity at MSJ.

Our Year 7 and 9 students were fortunate to attend camps during the last two weeks of term. They had a fabulous experience as they spent time together and challenged themselves in all sorts of ways. I was fortunate to be able to attend both Year 7 camps and I am so pleased at how well the students have transitioned into MSJ. They had a fabulous time together.

Please note that Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences will take place during Week 1 and 2 of next term. Information regarding arrangements for these have been communicated to parents via PAM. Please also be aware that it is a Student-free Day on Friday 26 April.

During these holidays, it is appropriate for us to take time to reflect on what Easter means, to think about the sacrifice that Jesus made for us. The Easter story conveys a great sense of hope and joy, but it also indicates that the early Christian community had a lot of work to do, part of which would involve reaching out to people and places yet unknown. In some ways, this has not changed, we as Christians can, at times, neglect others in our community and not reach out to others. As we celebrate Easter over the holidays, I would ask that students, parents and staff, as they attend Easter services, truly reflect on how Jesus impacts on their lives and how they, as people of compassion, impact on the lives of others.

I wish everyone a restful break and a joyful Easter.

Kate Dishon - Principal