On Friday five Year 10 Mercy students travelled to St Joseph's Church to attend World Day of Prayer. This year the country Slovenia prepared the World Day of Prayer and chose the theme of ‘Come - Everything is Ready’. The prayer service was an insightful experience as it helped us show compassion from the women in the parish when they talked about their hardships and difficulties throughout the lives of the Slovenian women.
On Monday 4 March we were lucky enough to have 7 players from the Gold Coast Suns run a training clinic here at the College. The players guided the students through the fundamentals of the game including kicking, hand passing, bumping and tackling.
The final part of the clinic consisted of a question/answer session with the players. The boys spoke about their personal journey from grass roots club football to being picked up by different AFL Clubs before eventually finding themselves at the Gold Coast Suns.
Not surprisingly the most common comment made throughout the afternoon was “Miss, they are soooooooo tall”.
This week Mercy College staff and students marked the start of the season of Lent with the distribution of ashes during the Ash Wednesday Liturgy of the Word. Lent is a 40 day season of prayer, fasting and giving. Through prayer and reflection we can re-examine our relationships with others and with God. Through fasting and giving, we can examine how we are living our lives and ask how we can make personal sacrifices and be more for others.
Mercy College has developed a Service Learning Program where all students of all year levels will be involved in a model of service to develop their awareness of Catholic Social Teachings, encouraging them to be active citizens in the local and wider community. This model of service aims to nurture justice, hope and compassion and empower our students through the Mercy tradition of service within the wider community.
On Wednesday 6 March, Year 8 students went to St Mary’s before school to read with Year 1 and Year 3 students. All Year 8 students will be rostered on to visit St Mary’s Catholic Primary School to buddy read with the Year 1 & Year 3 students.
The Mercy College Aquatics Carnival was held last Tuesday evening, with the six College Houses all competing to take out the Rubber Ducky, Cheersquad and Overall trophies. With the addition of the Year Level events, all students had multiple opportunities to get in the water and earn points for their House.
Thank you to all of the Mercy College staff who helped to provide a safe, fun and supportive environment for the students. The P&F did a great job providing a BBQ for students, parents and staff on the night, thank you! And finally a thank you to the parents in attendance who helped create a fantastic atmosphere for our students to compete in.
Congratulations to Midas house who were the overall winners.