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YEAR 12 LEAVERS’ MASS
Last Friday we celebrated ‘The End of One Chapter and the Beginning of Another’ for our Year 12 students. The day began with a cooked breakfast, provided by staff members, and concluded with Mass celebrated by Father Pat Woods (Catholic Parish Priest, Elizabeth Parish).

As our Year 12 students prepare for exams and the completion of their school life, we pray they will feel confident and not too stressed about their journey ahead.

Dear God,
Thank you for the gift of education in every form. As
our Year 12s prepare to end their time with us, may
confidence be their foundation, may grace be their guide
and may hope be their compass toward a bright future.
We pray they would have eyes to see the needs of those
around them and a heart to love well. May they face each
day with positivity knowing that no matter what comes
their way, they do not have to face it alone.
Amen.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS ANGEL

No doubt the sight of the Christmas decorations in the shops has sparked the idea of presents, family gatherings and too much food. For some, in our community, however, this has bought about a sense of dread at not being able to provide for their family. It is sometimes easy to forget that as a group we live in circumstances often significantly better than members even of our immediate community.

During this Christmas season, the College will be working to provide aid by donating non-perishable foods in the ‘Operation Christmas Angel’ Hamper Appeal.

This year, all donations will go to St Vincent de Paul, Elizabeth branch, where they divide our generous donations between many families in need within our community to ensure they have a joyous Christmas celebration.

We are offering students the opportunity to wear casual clothes in return for a non-perishable food item. Our ‘Operation Christmas Angel’ Hamper Appeal will conclude at the end of Week 7, Friday 1 December.

As with all casual clothes days, students must not wear any form of clothing that could be deemed offensive or revealing.

We ask all students to be as generous as possible throughout the three weeks of the appeal, by donating any non-perishable food item or purchasing something extra to help with the financial burden of Christmas, next time you go shopping.

Miss Eugenia Stopyra Director of Spirituality 6-12

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THE ORIGINS OF HALLOWEEN

I wonder how many of you had ‘Trick or Treaters’ call at you house on Tuesday night? Or how many of your children went ‘Trick or Treating’? This festival has become more and more popular over recent years, so I thought it might be interesting to look at its origins.

The word “Halloween” is derived from the term ‘All Hallows Eve’ which occurred on 31 October. ‘All Saints Day’ or ‘All Hallows Day’, as it is sometimes known, is the following day, 1 November, when the church celebrates all the saints throughout Christian history.

A few centuries ago, a custom developed where people would go door-to-door requesting small ‘soul’ cakes in exchange for the promise of saying prayers for dead relatives of each house. They went dressed up as angels, demons or saints. The soul cakes were sweet, with a cross marked on top and when eaten they represented a soul being freed to go to heaven. This maybe where the ‘Trick-or-Treat’ tradition came from.

Mrs Jane Bailey Director of Spirituality R-5