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  • Ignatius Park College Newsletter

    368 Ross River Road, Cranbrook Townsville Australia 4814

    E: [email protected] W: www.ipc.qld.edu.au

    P: 07 4796 0222 F: 07 4796 0200

    A Catholic Secondary College in the Edmund Rice Tradition

    Number 7 | 10 March 2016

    The Edmund Rice Community acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land on which the College stands, the Bindal and Wulgurukaba People, and pay our respects to the Elders past, present and future.

    From the Principal

    Dear Parents and Carers

    I recently read an interesting article from Fr Ron Rolheiser, OMI, called A Measure of our Intelligence.

    “There are different ways of being intelligent, of being awake. Not everyone is bright in the same way. Some people are gifted mathematically and philosophically. That’s the intelligence of an Albert Einstein, an Alfred North Whitehead, a Bill Gates. Some others are gifted with emotional intelligence. You see this, for instance, in the great novelists, who possess an emotional grasp of things that the greatest psychologists in the world can only envy.

    Then there is something that might be called practical intelligence. I saw this in some of my high school friends, young men who couldn’t pass enough courses to graduate, but who are wonderfully gifted with life-skills and are the ones the rest of us lean on whenever we need to sort out our plumbing, our automobile woes, our leaking roofs, and the thousand other things that mathematics, philosophy and literature don’t equip us to handle. There is too a certain aesthetic intelligence, that unique brightness of the artist which sometimes combines with the emotional or even the mathematical (especially in the case of music) but is often an intelligence all to itself.

    Finally, there is still another kind of intelligence, moral intelligence. What is this? Sometimes we call it depth or wisdom or character. Whatever its name, moral intelligence is a sensitivity to the deeper contours within life. It is a certain grasp of those things which hold life together as its root and which must be respected so that life doesn’t go sour, unravel, disintegrate and turn against us. Moral intelligence intuits the imperatives innate within the DNA of life itself. It grasps the things we have to do and not just the things we like to do. It lays bare the hard-wiring inside the mystery of life and love.

    Where does it come from? Like other forms of intelligence, it is perhaps mainly a natural endowment, a temperament, a grace given by God as a gift to the world. But, I suspect, in most cases it is also the product of something else, namely, a certain kind of suffering and humiliation. What do I mean by that?

    If we look at our lives and ask ourselves: What has made us deep? What has helped us to understand the deeper things in life? If we are honest, we will have to admit that what made us deep were not our successes or achievements. These brought us glory, but not depth or character. What brought us depth and character are the very things we are often ashamed to talk about, namely, our inferiorities – getting picked last on the school team, being bullied on the playground, some physical inadequacy, our mother’s weight problem, our dad’s alcoholism, an abuse inflicted upon us that we were powerless to stop, a slow-wittedness that perpetually left us out of the inner circle, our failure to achieve what we’d like to in life, a pain about our sexual orientation, an addiction we can’t master and many, many other small and big wounds and bruises that helped shape our souls.

    James Hillman, our generation’s maverick intellectual, speaks eloquently on this. Depth, he suggests, never comes out of our successes, but only out of our inferiorities and failures. And this, he says, gives us character: our scars are like huge stones in a riverbed; they may do nothing but stay still and hold their ground, but the river has to take them into account and alter its flow because of them and it’s precisely this which gives a river (and a face) some character.”

    I would like to congratulate our Middle Leaders: Drew Boniface, Travis Busch, Nathan Clohesy, Kian Dalton, Jack Gallagher-Smith, Anthony Grech, Thomas Harte, Callum James, Bryce Kenyon, Blake McKinley, Ethan Rennie, Nathan Ryland, Patrick Shephard and Harvey Smith (pictured above) on being elected to their leadership role in 2016.

    Yours sincerely

    Michael Conn | PRINCIPAL

  • P 2 | Redefining the Education of Young Men

    Identity & Mission

    Easter Liturgy – Stations of the Cross As we reach the high point of our Church year at Easter, we are emphasising our prayerful preparations as a College community by having a whole school Easter Liturgy. This will occur on Wednesday 23 March at 11am in the Edmund Rice Hall. All College community members are most welcome. Our Easter Liturgy will be followed by a day celebrating the legacy of Edmund Rice. Our Liturgy will focus upon the Stations of the Cross this year. Our Year 10 Drama classes will be helping us with our staging the Stations of the Cross as a shadow box. The commentary or prayers shall be read by senior students as part of our prayerful devotion. Our musicians and choir will be supporting us with a Taize chant that will feature significantly during the Stations of the Cross (See LINK). “Jesus, remember me, when you come into your Kingdom” are the translated words attributed to one of the criminals crucified beside Jesus. How are we beside Jesus at this stage of Lent in our prayers? For those who would like to know more about the truly wonderful ecumenical Taize community in France, I include their website here for your consideration. (See LINK)

    Tuesday Morning Mass – A Lenten Devotion This week’s number is 10…. 10 souls were able to gather for Mass on Tuesday morning at 8am. How many will there be next week? Weekday Mass will usually take 15 minutes. All students, staff, parents and Old Boys are welcome…. and there will still be time to call into the Toast Room!

    Asking Our Community to Pray As of next week, we shall include a section in our Newsletter for our prayer intentions. All College community members are welcome to request prayers for anyone. Prayer can be requested for those in need and those unwell as well as those celebrating life events (weddings, children etc). If you wish, we can include first name only or both names with a simple reason. Please contact me at the College, or my colleague [email protected]

    Coloured Clothes Day – Friday 11 March All boys are welcome to participate in a Coloured Clothes Day and are asked to provide a gold coin which will be presented to Caritas Australia for their Project Compassion appeal. Some wonderful projects are supported by Caritas, our Catholic Developmental Non-government agency. Follow this LINK to Caritas Australia which provides information regarding the various projects that they are currently undertaking.

    Live Jesus in Our Hearts, Forever

    Frank Clarke | Deputy Principal – Identity & Mission

    Tomorrow is Coloured Clothes Day! Gold coin donations are going to Caritas.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3Dr6tVReXsioM www.taize.fr http://www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion

  • P 3 | Redefining the Education of Young Men

    College Staff

    Dallas Brown Teacher/Teacher Aide

    Carmel Cannon Teacher

    Nadine Burnett Learning Support Teacher

    Paul Bruce Teacher

    Sally Conn Teacher

    Jerome Collier Teacher

    Steve Colman Outdoor Education

    Greg Christ Teacher

    David Elliot Teacher

    Brett Deneen Teacher

    Debra Crespan Learning Support Aide

    Geoff Brown Property Manager

  • P 4 | Redefining the Education of Young Men

    Curriculum Vocational Education & Training Last week I had the pleasure of supervising Jacob Pegoraro for work placement. He assisted myself and the Kitchen Assistants in food preparation and cleaning, but the thing that made Jacob really shine as an example of ‘practice, patience and effort’ paying off, was his mastery of the coffee machine. ‘Pego’s Coffee Shop’ was born! Staff were invited to sample coffee made by Jacob, throughout the week. After a hesitant start, Jacob soon got into a steady rhythm churning out coffees and hot chocolates. Along the way, Jacob’s confidence in his ability increased and he began to exchange banter with his customers. I would like to thank all the staff who supported Jacob’s learning, it created a “real world” experience in a familiar environment. Jacob thoroughly enjoyed his week.

    Jude Squire| Teacher in Charge of Hospitality

    Get them interested in new things. Many new words that students probably don’t know are related to specific fields or topics, so please encourage your son to explore different areas that they don’t know anything about. They will learn lots of new words and, even better, they’ll gain knowledge on a topic previously unknown to them. Challenge him to find out five new facts about something that both of you know little about. Then, he can explain this new knowledge over the dinner table.

    When we are put into a position where we have to explain something or communicate ideas, we’re forced to use new words in order to be clear and help other people understand. This is an invaluable skill. Also, ask your son to start writing about something that they are passionate about and try to use new words in context. This might be something their coach has said or music teacher described. They hear new words every day but rarely