The Southern Cross : February 2011
At Mass each Sunday the congregation prays before the Sign of Peace that we might be protected from all anxiety as we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. These words speak to me as I contemplate the challenge and privilege of working as an educator in our time. There is much in our world about which we could become anxious. The increasing fragility of our environment is becoming more apparent to many of us as we face up to the global warming of our planet. The threat of terrorism and the global financial crisis provide further examples of worldwide developments that can make us worried about life and the future of the next generation. Floods, bush fires and any number of other disasters have the capacity to make us anxious about the world and our place in it. Those of us who are educators play a unique role in preparing the next generation for the challenges they face as they move forward into adulthood. We work with parents in a privileged way to accompany young people as they discover their world. Each of us is challenged to confront that world in hope and truth. Catholic educators draw from the riches of Catholic faith as we structure the learning experiences and lead our students forward. The joys and hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of our students become our joys and our hopes, our griefs and our anxieties. We offer them a vision of life that transcends the merely material and draws upon profound understandings of human life and its ultimate purpose and destiny. For me, this vision of life and education is expressed anew each Sunday in the prayer that we be protected from all anxiety as we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Our Catholic vision is that we live in a world that is created by a God who is love and every experience we have is an opportunity to trace the contours of that grace and love. It is an exciting time to be an an educator. You don't even have to go inside the school gate to know that much is happening within the education sector at this time. A simple drive past will tell you that all of our schools have building projects that provide brand new learning spaces and opportunities for educating students. Recent developments such as the Australian Curriculum, the New SACE and the MySchool website give rise to high levels of interest in the community and much activity among educators. The creation of multiple pathways for learning and the continuing emergence of new communication technologies provide new opportunities for educating our students more effectively. As I move into the Director's role, I look forward to working with my colleagues in Catholic Education to embrace all that is good and life-giving in the world and to work with intelligence, commitment and hope to face the challenges that come our way. My deepest prayer is that we can be protected from all anxiety as we move forward joyfully and in hope for the fullness of life that is offered to us in Christian faith and expressed daily and richly in our schools. ST PATRICK S TECHNICAL COLLEGE 2-6 Hooke Road Elizabeth West SA 5113 1300 765 384 www.stpatstech.sa.edu.au IT S NOT TOO LATE ... to secure a place at St Patrick s and begin your trade career in 2011. St Patrick's Technical College provides a unique trade focused SACE education for Year 11 & 12 students. Let us assist you in completing school while getting started on a trade career with a school based apprenticeship. For more information call 1300 765 384. Enrol now for 2011 Automotive Building & Construction Commercial Cookery Electrotechnology Hairdressing Metals & Engineering Plumbing Applied Engineering 2011 Education Feature Back to school • Open days • Key dates • Successes Preparing the next generation The Southern Cross February 2011 Page 11 www.adelaide.catholic.org.au More than 48,000 children returned to 103 Catholic schools across the State this month. The daunting task of leading the Catholic education sector in our State lies with newly appointed director, Dr Paul Sharkey, who writes about his hopes and aims for 2011.