Dear Parents/Guardians, Students, Staff and Community 

In recent times, I have been reflecting on our fundamental purpose as a Catholic College in 2021. The College has changed a little since 1996 when I graduated, as has the world! Growing up in this day and age has its challenges, as has any other time, but I wonder whether the challenges are more complex at this time?  

On Tuesday, I spent time watching the documentary, The Minimalist. This was a story of two relatively young men who had life changing episodes where they realized that life can be much simpler if they spent less time pursuing material items that ultimately left them feeling empty and unfulfilled.  

Media sends us differing messages, where we can degrade our own self-worth if we are not careful. Unless we have a strong belief in what is actually important in life, we are susceptible. Our faith and articulation of our values and beliefs, where lived out, can be a saving grace for us.  

At our College, we have a fundamental purpose to bring and share our faith and values with one another. The world needs us to spend more time focusing on our values of respect, responsibility, compassion, justice and hospitality. Personally, I see the opportunities to learn more about myself in this role, through the opportunities provided to me over my professional journey, whilst engaged in schools. What a privilege it is!  

Regionally, we have significantly more young people with social-emotional concerns than other parts of our state. Refer to the following resourceLink  

The role we play togetherworking in partnership with families is significant for all parties. Fostering the growth of healthy young people, providing them with opportunities to develop holistically though variety and engaging experiences, in a unique Catholic context, is ultimately why we are here.  

We are interested in your thoughts. If you would be kind enough to respond to the following questions, you have a chance to win a $30 voucher at a local businessComplete the form via the link:  Feedback Form 

What might you consider to be the things that matter most at this College? 
What do you believe to be our fundamental purpose in one sentence? 

I will leave you with the following prayer from Pope Francis at this time: 

‘Come. Come, Holy Spirit and warm my heart. Come, teach me to pray, teach me to look to the Father, the son, teach me the way the path of faith goes, teach me to love, and above all, teach me to have an attitude of hope.’” 

In partnership 

Mr Gregg Sharman