It has been an incredibly sad time for our community with the tragic loss of Year 11 student Keira Healy, who took her own life. Keira was a young woman of gentle compassion and humour, a highly capable student who showed immense artistic gifts and talents. As a community, we grieve the loss of Keira and our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

We pray for the citizens of Ukraine as they endure the invasion of their country by Russian troops. It is heartbreaking to watch on the news reports the loss of life, not only of military personnel but also civilians. As a community, we pray that leaders across the world are able to find a peaceful solution to this tragic situation.

On 12 March, we once again hosted an incredibly successful International Women’s Day Breakfast. It was an absolute delight to have three guest speakers on the morning, two of whom are former MSJ students. The first speaker, Tahlia Kotiau, is the Hobson Bay Young Citizen of the Year 2022 for her work spearheading a number of initiatives to provide support to students experiencing disadvantage. Tahlia spoke with passion and honesty about her challenges and struggles as a student and in finding the right pathway for her life. Her story was truly inspiring. Two young entrepreneurs, Kiara Clemente (MSJ Alumnae - Class of 2017) and her friend Emily Genoese, also presented and spoke about the online business, “Gifts for Her” that they created as a side ‘hustle’ to their day job during Covid lockdowns. They were passionate about their venture and spoke about the inspirational women in their lives that have supported them to be courageous and follow their dream.

It has been delightful having students on site for the whole of Term 1 but it has not been without challenges. As a number of staff have tested positive or have been identified as a close contact, we have needed to employ replacement teachers on a daily basis. I thank you and the students for your understanding of this situation as we have endeavoured to run a normal Term 1 program, including sporting events, excursions and camps. It has also been difficult for the large number of students who have also been required to isolate throughout the term. I hope everyone is well and have been well supported throughout the term.

There are no formal classes scheduled for next week as each year level is involved in alternative activities for the week. The week’s activities have been designed to support the College’s formal learning, wellbeing and faith programs and it is a compulsory week for all students. Thank you to all staff and students who have worked so hard this term, they certainly deserve a relaxing break over the holidays.

As we head into Holy Week, we reflect on the importance of Easter and the death and resurrection of Jesus which brings us hope and love.

May the glory and the promise of this joyous time of year bring peace and happiness to you and those you hold most dear.

And may Christ, Our Risen Saviour, always be there by your side to bless you most abundantly and be your loving guide.

I wish everyone a joyful and peaceful Easter.

Kate Dishon - Principal