17 Aug Nau mai, haere mai, talofa lava, malo e lelei, bula vinaka, kia orana, warm greetings
I was blessed to start the week at the National Principal Association of Catholic Secondary Schools. We were very fortunate to have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of Amoris Laetitia, which is a post-synodal apostolic exhortation by Pope Francis addressing the pastoral care of families. Under the tutelage of Dr Rocio Figueroa Alvear, who is a Lecturer in systematic theology at Good Shepherd College in Auckland, we were able to unpack the key messages in this wonderful document.
Amoris Laetitia translates to the “Joy of Love”. It is a document that covers a wide range of topics related to marriage and family life as well as the contemporary challenges faced by families throughout the world. It encourages both pastors and members of the laity to accompany and care for families and others in situations of particular need. Amoris Laetitia also includes an extended reflection on the meaning of love in the day-to-day reality of family life. It is a visionary document and challenges us all to think about how our family relationships impact on our faith.
On Thursday, we farewelled our junior students who are representing our college at the World Scholar Cup in Melbourne. We wish our students and staff the best of luck as they look to further develop their academic journey. Good luck, men.
A huge congratulations to our 1st XI football team who were crowned minor premieres of the Christchurch 1st XI competition after beating Rangiora High School 17-0 on Wednesday night. Well done to coaches, Mr Richard Washington, Mr Jacob Allen and Mr Blair Scadden, as well as captain, Tom Stewart, and all the players in the squad. A great display of Manawa.
As the majority of winter sporting codes head towards finals and the end of their seasons, I would like to acknowledge the work of our staff and parents in creating the opportunities that our young men receive in the sporting sphere. While we celebrate victory, we primarily see sport as a vehicle to continue developing the character of our young men.
Next week, we will be at the mid way point of term 3. It has been great to see the strong focus of our students in the classroom as they head towards the end of the year and end point assessment.
By Steve Hart