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In a night of glitz and glam, old
scholars and staff of Nazareth Catholic
College last month reunited on the
Flinders Park secondary campus to
celebrate 10 years since the new
school community was officially
It was the young college’s first
major milestone anniversary since its
establishment in 2007, when three
local primary schools and Siena
College amalgamated to form an R-12
co-educational community. Since then
approximately 1460 have graduated
from the college.
Despite achieving excellent
academic results, a key focus for the
college over the past decade has been
social justice and it has nurtured a
vibrant culture of student involvement,
in keeping with its vision of doing all
things ‘in joyful hope’.
The Nazareth Outreach Work (NOW)
program was developed in 2012 and
has involved many senior students
and old scholars travelling to remote
communities, including the Tiwi
people in Bathurst Island and others in
2014 graduate and social justice
member Gabriello White spoke of the
strong impact of the friendships he
made at Nazareth, particularly through
participating in social justice.
“They’ve taught me to respect
people’s opinions and beliefs no
matter how different they are from
mine, to be kind and considerate, to
be grateful for what I have,” he said.
Now studying a double degree in
Law and International Development,
Mr White said the greatest lesson he
learnt from Nazareth was “grabbing
life by the horns, striving for the
highest possible goal no matter how
hard it may seem”.
Chancellor of the Archdiocese of
Adelaide and the first principal of
Nazareth, Heather Carey, described
how Nazareth represents the ethos
of love and mercy within the Church
through its “care for families across
generations, an extended community
of faith, education, dedicated staff for
community building, social justice and
Mrs Carey also reflected on the
college’s focus on Jesus “as a model
of faith and action” in its success,
and said her personal hopes were
that Nazareth continue “to be known
equally as a centre of faith/education/
community, for old scholars to
continue to be successful, connected
(and) motivated by social justice”.
For more information on Nazareth
Outreach Work program, visit
of joyful hope
SCHOOL TIES: 2011 graduates celebrate Nazareth’s 10th annivesary.
Crossword No. 184
1 Italian composer (1583-1643), noted
for keyboard music.
9 Conduct oneself.
10 Famous singer of early 20th Century.
11 Perhaps an Israeli poet or the locale
of a famous wizard.
13 Definite article (Latin languages).
14 Scripture scholar – Donald ...; older.
15 Queensland banksia or ecotype in
which it grows.
17 Equal; up to standard or expectation.
19 Medieval percussion.
21 Focussing organs or devices.
23 Iridium (chem. symb.) .
24 Note of solfege scale; pronoun
25 Inland Angolan city once known as
27 Puzzle; quandary.
29 Early bishop of Byzantium
1 Name designating an early collection
of English keyboard music.
3 Australian furniture designer and
4 Usual name of a Cuban
5 Rowing skills.
6 House construction type
7 Very lengthy period.
8 Sensations; prints;
12 Original family name of
18 Egyptian deity.
20 NSW south coast town.
22 Prophet; clairvoyant.
26 Interjection of disgust or
28 Negative reply.
Solution page 24.
Parents and grandparents supporting children through
adolescence should brace themselves for “inevitable”
conflict, according to an Adelaide school-based
Anne Way, who works at Mercedes College, told
last month’s Cross Road Forum that adults needed
to appreciate the life of an adolescent was “very
different” to what they experienced. Sexting, online
bullying, new drugs, pornography, online gaming/
gambling, the internet and social media were just
some of the issues confronting adolescents today and
were cause of great concern for most parents.
However, regardless of the challenges facing
them, Ms Way said it was important that parents and
grandparents continued to provide “unconditional
love and support” during what could be trying years.
“You must anticipate there will be conflict – there
really is no escape,” she told the gathering.
“Understand their world and share your experience
with them. Accept that your relationship will change
but stay involved in their lives – know with whom
and where they are. Tell them they are great, every
“Remember that parents need patience and
grandparents can apply perspective.”
The forum presentation drew on the nationally
recognised work of clinical psychologist Dr Michael
Carr Gregg and Paul Dillon, an expert on young
people, alcohol and other drugs, as well as Ms Way’s
experience as a school-based psychologist.
In addition, two Mercedes College students, Grace
and Josie, gave an insight into their world, including
how they manage academic pressures, family,
friendships, sport and part-time job commitments,
together with time spent on social media.
Ms Way explained adolescence now covered a
broader age range – from 10 to 25 plus years – and
children were exposed much earlier to more issues
and “older” issues, such as body image and mental
For example, children as young as 11 were
being influenced by what she described as “age
inappropriate” television, such as the Netflix series
13 Reasons Why.
The series, rated MA15+, tells the fictional story of
a teenage girl who suicides, having sent audio tapes
to those she blames for it. It includes brutal rape and
suicide scenes and according to Ms Way presents
a “number of concerns for the mental health of our
children and young people”.
In recent weeks, Catholic, private and public
schools have drawn parents’ attention to the series,
warning them of the dangerous messages portrayed
and the need to talk to their children about the issues
In a column in Mercedes College’s Mercy Vine
newsletter, Ms Way said she was aware that a number
of students, “some far too young” had viewed the
series, many without the knowledge of their parents.
“Should you become aware that your child has
viewed the series, it is important not to shut down
discussion, but according to their developmental
level, critique the series on some key points,” she
Parents needed to stress that suicide was never a
solution, bullying was not to be tolerated, seeking
help was vital, there were options for support and
“life can get better”.
“Parents are also asked to look for signs of a marked
disturbance of sleep or appetite, loss of interest in
usual pursuits, signs of social withdrawal, irritability
or anger, a decline in academic performance, a
pervasive sense of helplessness, hopelessness or
worthlessness which may occur over a three to four
With news that a second season of the series has
been commissioned, Ms Way said it was important
parents addressed these issues and sought help if they
For resources on ways to speak with your
child if they have watched the series go to
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