During this final week of Lent, from Palm Sunday to the Easter celebration of the Resurrection of Christ Jesus, Holy Thursday takes on particular significance for me this year because this liturgical celebration involves Jesus, God made man, washing the feet of his disciples with water, our symbol of baptism.
Our commemoration of this poignant act of service encourages us to 'stay' with Jesus, reflecting on His Agony on the Mount of Olives in the hours prior to his crucifixion, when he asks his disciples 'will you not wait an hour with me?'
As modern-day disciples of Jesus, and mindful of the works of service modelled by Mary MacKillop, we are tasked to be the Good News towards one another, to 'live as children of the light, performing actions good, just and true' Ephesians 5:1-9.
Learning of the three-day lockdown we entered on Monday afternoon, meant our well-planned end-of-term activities had to be cancelled. Several of our Year 11 students had the fortune of being of kind service to our closest neighbours, taking Easter Eggs to the Prep to Year 6 students at St Joseph's Primary school, Nundah. I was proud of their efforts to provide a little ray of sunshine for the school's staff and students before school closing abruptly.
I take this take this opportunity to extend to our MMC community my sincere thanks for the genuine welcome I have experienced and the positive interactions you have afforded to all staff members new to the Mary MacKillop College Community – whether through our Year 7 Information Evening, Opening Mass & Investiture Ceremony, Welcome Breakfast, Parent Engagement Evening, Uniform Shop, emails, phone calls or meetings with you to discuss your daughter's education.
The welcome from students has also been terrific. I have loved speaking with MacKillop Women in classes as they engage in their learning and work with their peers and staff. I have valued opportunities to work with our College Captains and Student Leadership Team at their weekly meetings to discuss plans for fabulous events that have dotted the term: Galentine's Day, Fitzroy Day, International Women's Day, St Joseph's Feast Day and Harmony Week to name a few. I have enjoyed students greeting me with a 'Good morning Mrs Griffiths' or 'Hello Mrs Griffiths' during my travels across the campus. I have appreciated their chats with me in the tuckshop line, listening to them during lunch, discussing wins or losses from Wednesday sport after school, and cheering (albeit Covid-safely) our fantastic Swim Team's efforts. I do not take for granted the many and varied positive interactions.
Our students' manners, commitment to their studies and support of various College events are testament to the values you hold and inculcate in your daughters in partnership with our commitment to nurturing, challenging, educating and empowering MacKillop Women to forge a culture of creativity, excellence, justice and compassion.
In the midst of some uncertainty that still exists during the upcoming weeks, I encourage you to draw on Mary MacKillop's faith and radical trust in God to be your light.
Best wishes to you and your families for a joy-filled Easter celebration and a restful holiday before the start of Term 2.