College Newsletter | Term 1, Week 2 | 9 February 2024

'First Light' - A New Beginning

Mr Matthew Brennan - College Principal (K-12)

Dear members of the St Greg’s family,

Welcome to 2024! A particular welcome to our new families who have joined us for the first-time last week. I trust that your first two weeks have been enjoyable.

This year’s MSA theme, First Light, ties in very closely with our local theme – 2024 a new beginning. We have been through the year of the reset ABC for 2023 and this is the year we start afresh, full of possibilities and with a great sense of optimism and positivity. The vibe throughout the community has been openly recognised and discussed by staff and students alike, and yesterday’s singing practice and today’s liturgy was a beautiful example of that. There is much to be grateful for as a member of this community. A real area as a community this year we will be focussing on is the concept of belonging.

For the senior school, Year 7 began their journey with a new program, titled ‘Life as a Greg’s Man.’ The purpose of the program is to ensure the students start their high school journey equipped with the tools and knowledge to thrive in the Greg’s environment. It involved a three-day workshop at school, before heading to camp at Narrabeen. It has been wonderful to see the new friendships being formed and the increased confidence as they began formal classes yesterday.

Our Kindergarten students have also started very well, after best start meetings last week and half days Monday and Tuesday before full days started on Wednesday. The annual Tissues and Tim Tams Morning Tea Monday was a highlight and all the children left ready to explore. I certainly have enjoyed engaging with them this week.

The College Opening Mass was a wonderful celebration last Friday. Almost 2000 staff, students, guests and families joined in the blessing of the new year. Fr Fergi spoke beautifully about the Marist theme and its importance to us as a community. The Junior School Leaders received their badges and College Captain, Hollins Eastgate, gave an outstanding first speech in the role. The Mass can be viewed via this link.

 

College Opening Mass

I have also included for parents an article written for parents on the importance of keeping our children active and academic success. I encourage you to have a read. Read document here.

It is with great excitement that I look forward to what 2024 will be for this community, a faith-filled, Catholic, Marist community. Let us be curious, not judgmental and continue to strengthen our family spirit, so all members of our community feel they belong.

May Mary Our Good Mother and St Marcellin continue to watch over our community.

 

Mr Matthew Brennan

College Principal K-12

New Staff for 2024

Mr Joel Weekes - Assistant Principal

Dear Members of the St Gregory’s College family,  

Well, we are off and running for 2024 and there is so much to be grateful for with our new year upon us. The students across the K-12 College have started strongly and with them has come energy, life and vibrancy. I must say that the College is empty without them! 

We have a handful of new staff who have blessed us with the opportunity to work with them this year as they take up their post at St Gregory’s College.