There is certainly a feeling of spring in the air. The mornings are getting warmer and the days are longer. Each morning when I come to work, I drive down a street filled with beautiful blossom trees. The graceful silhouettes of the trees stand as a testament to the wonders of nature’s artistry. These blossom trees, that are covered with petals that range from the purest white to the softest pinks and vibrant magentas, offer a poignant reminder of the cyclical nature of existence.
Just like the trees, our lives too are marked by cycles of growth, transformation and renewal. The challenges we face – be it academic pursuits, personal growth or the broader journey of life – are not unlike the winters that test the strength of the trees. It is during these times of trial that we build resilience, character and the determination to persevere. And just as spring follows winter, so too do our efforts lead to moments of blooming and flourishing.
It’s easy to be inspired by the fragility and strength of these trees. As they brave the harshness of winter, they emerge even more vibrant and beautiful than before. Similarly, the challenges we overcome only serve to make us stronger and more resilient, adding depth and character to our journey.
As Australia prepares to vote in the constitutional referendum on 14 October, I can’t help but draw a comparison of metaphors for strength and resilience within nature, and that shown by our First Nations People in anticipation of the results of the referendum.
A Voice to Parliament
A Voice to Parliament is a body enshrined in the Constitution that would enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to provide advice to Parliament on policies and projects that impact their lives.
It is the first reform proposed under the Uluru Statement From the Heart, which was addressed to the Australian people in 2017, and invited the nation to work together to create a better future through key reforms.
You can find more information about A Voice to Parliament here.
Father Daughter Mass
Last week we welcomed many fathers and father figures to the College for our annual Father’s Day Mass. There was not a spare seat in the Chapel! Thank you to Father Walter, staff, students and the P&F who contributed to this very special event.
A special mention to Michael Johnson, father to Emily (Year 9), who sang a moving rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone. He spoke about the Mercy Values of justice and compassion alongside his gratitude that all children who come to OLMC are cared for and accepted for the people they are.