Newsletter 6

Dear Parents
As we approach the conclusion of the third term I am, once again, amazed at the number and quality of activities and performances on display at Holy Family College. This includes the skilful sporting activities lead by our Sports Department, the exceptional debating, choral verse, and drama, the impressive music performances and academic achievements. I am constantly in awe of the resilience, talent and ability of our learners. Results, impressive as they may be, however, are not all that we strive for at Holy Family College. In order to clarify our values and approach, I wish to share with you some points which I mentioned to our parents and at our recent AGM. All of us as teachers and parents – want our children to be inspired, to be challenged, to be active participants in their own learning and it is all about nurturing individuality. According to sculptor, Michaelangelo, “Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” When asked about his inspiration in sculpturing a statue of an angel, he said: “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” In the same way, our task is to recognise the abilities and gifts in each learner, and to nurture these in a unique way, in order for our children to realise their full potential. For some, this involves excellence in sport, academics or various performances. For others, it may simply be to develop self-confidence, good people skills, or to understand themselves as a spiritual individual better. As stated in the Bible, in 1 Peter 4:10 ‘God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.’ QUID RETRIBUAM.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Baxter, our Deputy Head of the high school, for the 9 months of blessed service that she has rendered to the entire school family, especially in the Accounting department and Management team. Also welcome to Ms Pillay, our Consumer studies educator, may you have many wonderful years sharing your life and catering skills with us.

Furthermore parents I encourage partnership and collaboration with businesses and various stakeholders to further our vision of developing our schools technology and IT. I am calling on organisations to be able to collaborate and share knowledge and expertise and volunteer to teach our learners in different fields, musical instruments, arts and craft, photography, volunteer to read with our children or even join the PTA – we have started the Friends of Holy Family – please visit our website or come and speak to the teachers.
Finally, I will be in ROME from the 25th September 2018, to represent Africa at a conference for the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life, together with 40 other delegates selected from throughout the world. I am excited and will be taking special messages to the Pope, from our children. As we approach the holidays, I wish all our families a happy, safe and blessed spring break, as we look forward to term 4 and the last stretch to the final exam. HAPPY HERITAGE MONTH everyone and in the words of Nelson Mandela “Our daily deeds as ordinary South Africans must produce an actual South African reality that will reinforce humanity’s belief in justice, strengthen its confidence in the nobility of the human soul, and sustain all our hopes for a glorious life for all.

Ursula Collings – Principal