The Southern Cross : November 2013
November 2013 Page 19 www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross schools | The new Opposition Leader Bill Shorten tweeted 'CBC students are smart, inquisitive and engaged' after he spent almost two hours visiting Christian Brothers College on September 26. Mr Shorten, aspiring to be leader of the ALP at the time, held a lengthy discussion with Year 12 student leaders on issues including: family, social justice, communication and the National Broadband Network, employment and university placement. Mr Shorten was interested in the college's demographic which includes 1361 students across 3 campuses from 8 months old and from 42 nationalities, 17 faith traditions and 104 postcodes across Adelaide. He visited the new Adelaide City Electro Technology Trade Training Centre and newly expanded Technical Studies Centre. The college invited Mr Shorten to visit again and view the new Junior Campus which is attracting national and international acclaim for its design and function. STUDENTS' HEARTS IN ART: (L-R) St Monica's Parish School Year 3 students Harvey Steele, Sienna Battistella and Art Gallery of South Australia co-curator and "Heartland" exhibition co-curator Lisa Slade opening a student replica of the "Heartland" exhibition at the Walkerville school recently. The Year 3 class visited the exhibition at the Art Gallery last term. The exhibition focused on works of art depicting a special memory, time or place in the hearts of South Australian artists. The Year 3 class later recreated their very own artworks of memories with the loving help of supportive parents and teachers. Ms Slade was a special guest at the students' exhibition opening. This year was no exception to the ongoing tradition at Nazareth Catholic College of recognising its revered patrons of St Catherine, St Mary MacKillop, Catherine McAuley, Oscar Romero and St Dominic. "NAZ day is about rejoicing in the gifts of our community and in particular our unique gift of faith," said Jon Cenko, Assistant Principal Religious Identity and Mission. "We recall the inspiration of our patrons who, during their lifetime committed themselves to the call of Jesus of Nazareth," said Mr Cenko The themes of faith, justice, commitment, learning and prayer were a highlight of the one- day celebration held at the college recently. "In the past we have had five separate days celebrating our patrons," said Mr Cenko. "This year and in the future, we have chosen to bring our community together with one symbolic day of recognition and celebration." Part of the celebrations included a play by Year 6 and 7 students who brought the patrons to life on the stage, giving students greater insight into the mission of each Saint and their significance to the college today. The NAZ day celebrations also included a Walkathon, which raised $10,000 for the Nazareth Outreach Work, as well as new equipment and resources to improve the college learning environment. The students walked or ran up to 7.5km around the local area. A pilgrimage to England and Scotland has unleashed an interest in the history of western Christianity amongst a group of young pilgrims from St Columba College (a joint initiative of the Anglican and Catholic churches). The pilgrimage, which followed the footsteps of the college patron St Columba, has prompted the pilgrims to establish a youth group that meets fortnightly for a shared meal, prayer and bible study. The Iona Pilgrimage has been so successful the college is currently planning to take another group of students in 2014. Students visited Westminster Abbey, Canterbury Cathedral and York Minster, as well as the Lindisfarne Gospels exhibition and the Durham Cathedral. They then travelled to the small island of Iona, located off the west coast of Scotland. St Columba arrived in Iona in 563 from his native Ireland where he established a monastery and brought Christianity to the native Pict peoples of northern Scotland. "In following in his footsteps our students came to a greater understanding of how each of us has a role to play in spreading Christ's message and how we can never underestimate the impact we may have in the lives of others," said the college's executive principal Madeleine Brennan. "St Columba could never have imagined, that his story would so resonate with a group of young Australians that they would journey across the world to visit the site of his Christian mission. "In travelling together, praying daily and visiting sites sacred in the history of western Christianity our pilgrims had a life changing spiritual journey that they brought back to our wider college community." Ms Brennan said the new youth group was open to all senior students and had been enthusiastically embraced by the college community. TRADE SHOW: CBC students Taylor Riley and Aaron Billows using soldering irons to solder an electronic moisture tester at the Electro- Trade Training Centre are watched by Opposition Leader Bill Shorten. School politics Students embrace spiritual pilgrimage Patrons honoured By Joshua Sweaney INSPIRED: St Columba pilgrims, from left: Christopher Kent, Jasmin Woll, Emily Boaden, Emily Kirby, Alec McClymont, Isabella Pellicone, Daniella Costa and Mateusz Kowalski. Andrew Radford, Jadzia Pudney, Dana Griffths and Tiyarna Stone also participated in the pilgrimage.