What a busy start to the year it has been for the St Vinnies Committee! Our fundraising efforts are already in full swing with the annual St Valentine’s Day fundraiser painting our school a sea of red last Thursday. We sold over 300 heart-shaped lollipops and 100 single red roses for the St Vincent de Paul Society.
Thank you to our wonderful Committee Chair, Mikaela Penny, and the rest of the committee on such an excellent effort. A special thank you to justice@mercy for helping out with the sorting of the roses and lollipops – we really appreciated the help! Ash Wednesday took place this week, so we are now turning our attention to Project Compassion. Please support this great cause if you are able. Furthermore, for the first time, St Vinnies will have a stall at the school Aquatics Carnival in Week 5 selling chips, lollies and soft drinks.
Almost all of our Year 10 students have completed their inductions to serve on the Brekky Van. Underneath the supervision of staff, students have started cooking and serving breakfast on Wednesday and Friday mornings from the St Vincent de Paul building in Juliet Street. They are engaging in conversations with others and learning about the positive impact that they can have on those whose life experiences vary greatly from their own.
The Market Garden has grown into a jungle over the holiday break. Year 7s from Triton have started cleaning up the garden by removing the weeds. We have some new corn coming through and some wonderful veggies that are almost ready to harvest. Once the garden is tidied up, we will have new space to plant more produce. They are enjoying getting their hands dirty.
At our Opening Mass on Wednesday 10 February, we presented senior badges and ties to all our Year 10 students, with our College Leaders also receiving their specialised Leadership badges. I would like to express our thanks to Fr Don White and Fr Jayanthi Maddala, who led us in celebration for the start of another year.
I would like to congratulate our singers and musicians who led us in worship so beautifully. Thanks also to Mrs Jeanette Refalo and all staff who helped organise this celebration.