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From the Director of Faith and Mission

16 February 2024

We have shone brightly in our faith life of the school already this year, with opportunities for our students and staff to reflect and celebrate our theme ‘Service’ drawn from the Paul’s letter to the Galatians 5:13. 

Before the official start of the school year, all Thomas Carr College staff gathered as members of the St James Parish Community with staff from St James the Apostle, St Clare’s, St Francis of Assisi and St Mother Teresa of Kolkata Primary schools for a Staff Commencement Mass at St James the Apostle Church.  It was wonderful to see staff from all the schools bringing joy to our community in collective worship. The following day, our Student Leaders gathered to be challenged and invigorated by Yellow Arrow, a team of Catholic leaders who support students to live and act the service we are called to do and be. 

The whole College gathered on Tuesday 6 February to celebrate the start of the year, at a mass celebrated by Fr Jude. The College Captains received a blessing and we officially welcomed all new students and staff.  The school joined in collective voice for prayers and songs lead by our College Captains and school choir.  It was wonderful to see our Dux and high achieving students with their families along with the dignitaries, who joined us for the celebration.  It was an uplifting faith filled experience, that is sure to inspire us as the term continues. 

To bring the fortnight to an uplifting spiritual peak, the Year 12’s undertook their three day retreat to Rutherford Park Country Retreat and Amberley House, for three days of spiritual reflection on the theme of ‘Journey’.  The Year 12’s were called to reflect on their life journey so far and the plethora of paths that lay ahead as they move through their final year of compulsory schooling.  We thank all our yr12 students and bless them for entering the retreat spaces with open hearts and minds and pray that it has helped them feel empowered to be the light for the world in all they do into the future. 

Ash Wednesday brought staff and students together in all locations; On campus, retreat and at our Good Samaritan Campus, to reflect on how we have not lived our best lives, and commit to, marked with the Ashes from Palm Sunday, to enter Lent with a new focus on seeking forgiving and being forgiven. Ash Wednesday also launches our Lenten Charity focus, raising awareness and funds for CARITAS. This is the link to the CARITAS fundraising page so you can donate, if you would like to

Alexandra Higham

Director of Faith and Mission