By Mike Campbell | Posted: Tuesday August 6, 2019
It is a week now since we farewelled Ana QimaQima in such sad circumstances. She remains very much a part of 8OCB 2019, 7WLF 2018 and Pompallier house as well as various sports teams and of course the breakfast club. We continue to offer our prayers for Ana and her family.
Next Thursday is Kavanagh Day – August 15 and the feast of Our Lady, The Assumption. This celebration recognises the day the Mary was assumed into heaven, body and soul, after her earthly work was done. This will be Kavanagh Day number 31 and a day of festivities and reverence is assured. The children will receive more detail early next week and we look forward to a rollicking celebration.
Tomorrow (Friday 9th) we are holding a long-planned Mufti Day to support the Nano Nagle Trust. This trust assists families that may not otherwise be able, to access a Catholic education. Two mufti days in consecutive weeks is unusual but we felt last Friday’s initiative from the students to assist Ana’s family was impossible to ignore.
The College Open Day was held last Sunday and the turnout of prospective students was extremely strong indeed. Unfazed by the Arctic temperatures our visitors were treated to a diverse and lively range of displays, activities and entertainment. We are pleased with the early bunch of enrolments we have received and hope you will support us in encouraging families you may know to join us here.
I was fortunate to attend a concert to raise money for mental health earlier this week. The Cosmic Jive Quartet played a set of David Bowie songs and former student Liam (The Don) Donnelly (Y13, 2013) was tickling the ivories. It is always uplifting seeing our alumni excel and the fact that other former students and staff were on hand was very nice.
The Bishop’s Shield is on this weekend in Invercargill. A group of our finest will head south on Friday afternoon with Mrs Kerr-Bell and Miss Henderson. This is the annual cultural gathering of the four colleges in the diocese. The students will participate in competitive debating, oratory, drama and scripture reading. We wish them well and look forward to their report next week.