Christian faith is a precious gift from God and we strive to nurture the faith of students and staff, especially through our curriculum, through prayer and the Eucharist, and through serving those in need. The first learning area of our curriculum is Religious Education. In this subject, students are encouraged to reflect on how Christian faith impacts of human life and culture. Our Pastoral Care groups pray each morning and the whole school gathers for prayer each Friday. A staff member makes use of stories and teachings from the Gospels to prepare the Friday prayer. The Catholic celebration of Eucharist is traditionally called “Mass”. It is celebrated in the Chapel Tuesday through to Friday at 8.10am. The liturgy is prepared by members of Pastoral Care groups. On special occasions, such as the beginning of the school year and the celebration of the feast of our patron saint, Maximilian Kolbe, the whole school gathers for Mass. Since Christian faith is seen in action, our students are encouraged to serve others, especially those in need. As in every other aspect of school life, our staff provide leadership and support for our students.
Our Christian faith finds expression in many forms of service both within the school and in the community, whether it be older students generously sharing their knowledge and skills with younger students, or fundraising for various charities, such as Lifelink, the Society of St Vincent de Paul, the Red Cross and the Salvation Army. KolbeCare, our Year 11 community service programme, outreaches to nursing homes, schools catering for students with special needs, community groups catering for the needs of the disabled and organizations set up in the local parishes to provide help to the disabled, the sick and elderly.
Tuesday through to Friday, we celebrate Eucharist in our Chapel at the commencement of the school day. Pastoral Care groups take responsibility for preparing the liturgy. The Mass commences at 8.10 am. Because we represent the school at the Mass and we pray for the students, their families and the College staff and their families, it is important that everyone in our Pastoral Care group attends.
The Eucharist is the centre and summit of the prayer life of the College. As a Catholic College, we strive to live according to this belief. As the year progresses, we will involve members of the College in Eucharist experiences so that they will be able to appreciate more fully the importance of celebrating Eucharist as part of the life of the College.