Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends of St Mary’s School,

Last Friday we as a teaching staff, attended the “Gathering Day’ for teachers in Catholic Schools from around the Diocese, held in Gore.The focus of the day was “Our place in the Church of the future in Aotearoa New Zealand”, and all of the workshops and speakers were pitched to address this topic.

As we move into the future we will face a range of new challenges—things that we had not previously thought about. The future is not always a scary place. Rather it is a place that we sometimes fear because of the unknown but also energises and invigorates us because of the human condition of setting ourselves challenges to overcome.

In the Year Eight Religious Education programme we have been studying the Beatitudes and especially the attitudes and actions that they engender. One that our group found really interesting was the attitude of honesty and the action that comes from it is owning your own weakness.

To improve yourself you have to be honest with yourself and own your own weaknesses – face up to them and then hopefully either eliminate or at least limit. To do this of course you must be honest—honest with yourself in the words of Shakespeare “… and above all things to thine own self be true!”

Have a great week

Mike Brosnahan

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