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Edition 9, 12 June 2015
Fr Chris Middleton SJ

The violence displayed at the recent protest on the steps of the Richmond Town Hall demonstrates the care that needs to be taken in the way we speak and think about the nature of Islam and issues of culture, immigration and terrorism that can be associated with this great religious tradition. An anti-Islamic group, the United Patriot Front and anti-racist protesters were embroiled in an ugly confrontation as police tried to keep the two groups apart. Islam is a major force in the political and cultural, as well as religious, arenas and so it is important that we have an understanding of it as global power.

Dr Chris Hayes

Dear Parents and Guardians,

One of my favourite contemporary spiritual writers is Joan Chittister. I recently read a piece that seemed quite apt for this time of year. She wrote:

Winter is a lesson about the fine art of loss and growth. Its lesson is clear: there is only one way out of struggle and that is by going into the darkness, waiting for the light and being open to new growth.

  • The Eldon Hogan Performing Arts Centre (EHPAC) was transformed into the Indian jungle last week, filled with the sights and sounds of the musical, Jungle Book.  

  • On Friday 19 June we will gather as an Early Years to give praise and honour to the Patron Saint of the Early Years, St Aloysius Gonzaga SJ, fondly called St Louis. 

  • I hope you enjoyed the long weekend. Last Friday was Report Writing Day. Teachers spent their day productively marking assessments and writing reports


  • Music is considered important in the development of listening and concentration skills and has been found to improve language development, comprehension, creativity, memory, spatial awareness, communication and higher order thinking skills.

  • The Dean of Operations and Middle Years has a responsibility for the administration of the campus (Kindergarten – Year 8).

  • On Wednesday 3 June, five Year 4 boys represented Kostka Hall at the A.P.S. Cross Country Trials. Congratulations to Charlie Doquile, Max Phillips, Arty Griffin, Gui Macedo and Josh Augustinus for representing Kostka Hall so capably.