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Message from Principal Vince Bellini - Embracing the True Spirit of Christmas

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government will be upon his shoulder, and his name will be called 'Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.'" – Isaiah 9:6

The Christmas story transcends beyond the glittering lights and beautifully adorned trees. As a Catholic community, Christmas is a time to reflect and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. It is a season of gratitude, offering an opportunity to appreciate the love and support generously given to each of us by one another. In the true spirit of giving, let us extend a helping hand to those in need, embodying the essence of the season and spreading kindness.

In Luke’s Gospel, the Angels appeared to the shepherds, saying, "Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord." This message is an announcement of hope and joy. It heralds the arrival of someone special who will bring salvation and fulfilment. The story encourages an understanding that in times of fear or uncertainty, there can be a source of great joy and comfort.

I would like to express my gratitude to all the incredible staff who are the heartbeat of our College. Thank you for your time, hard work, and shared enthusiasm contributing to the vibrant tapestry defining our school community.

As we bid farewell to Mrs Carter, Mr McKenzie, Ms Nicholson, Ms Hitchcock, Mrs Cowan, Mrs Seroka, Ms Sullivan, and Mrs Bucher we wish them all the very best. I also would like to acknowledge that Mr Wilson will be on leave next year, and I am confident we will still see him around the College during various times of the year.

To all our departing students stepping into the next phase of their journey, remember that you carry Our Lady of Mercy College in your hearts always. To all our students, thank you for your wonderful welcome into this community, and I wish you a fantastic holiday and a restful break.

We had several students participate in the 49th Marist Cricket Carnival. Congratulations to those students who participated in the Marist Cricket Carnival, especially Devon Oelofse and Sheldon Johnson, who were named in the honorary Marist 1st XI team. We also acknowledge Monty Dallywater, the recipient of the Champagnat Award.

Finally, I take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and I look forward to seeing you at the beginning of 2024.

God bless,

Vince Bellini

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