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MUSICAL CLUB PERFORMANCE

After the buzz and excitement of our college musical ‘Mary Poppins Jr’, students involved were keen to keeping working together and creating musical related magic. Thus, the Musical Club was born!

Students at both Primary and Secondary Campuses spent part of Term 3 and 4 preparing five new musical numbers including songs from High School Musical 2, The Greatest Showman, Oliver, Bugsy Malone and Matilda.

These were performed together in Founders Hall at the Primary Campus on Thursday afternoon this week. Students watching the performances were enthusiastic in their applause and praise. Each time students are given an opportunity to perform, they have grown in skill and confidence, and this wonderful group of young people has gone from strength to strength this year, relishing in the fun and friendship that involvement in the arts brings.

Ms Emily Burns, Drama Coordinator – Secondary

THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS

The Advent season that we have entered is preparation for Christmas. I often ask myself what would a Martian landing on Earth think Christmas is about? Is it about flashing lights and decorated trees, or rushing about buying food and presents at a frenetic pace and being stressed about what to buy people, having the right food for family and guests? Is it about having renovations, new furniture and appliances delivered before Christmas? Is it about making sure the children see Father Christmas before the Christmas Day deadline?

No, this is not the true meaning of Christmas! The real Christmas story is the story of God’s becoming a human being in the Person of Jesus Christ. Why did God do such a thing? Because God loves us! Why was Christmas necessary? Because we needed a Savior! Why does God love us so much? Because He is love itself (1 John 4:8). Why do we celebrate Christmas each year? Out of gratitude for what God did for us, we remember His birth by giving each other gifts, worshipping Him, and being especially conscious of the poor and less fortunate.

Thank you to all the families who have supported the Christmas drives at St Michael’s College when thinking about the less fortunate in our community: the Year 8 and 9 Vinnies Christmas drive for the Henley Parish, the Year 9 Adelaide Day Centre Christmas Drive, and the Year 10 Australian Refugee Association Christmas gifts drive.

In this year of St Joseph, we remember the importance of a loyal and guiding presence of a father as well as the importance of Mary the mother of Jesus. May the blessings of the Christmas season be with you and the holidays bring you time to enjoy with the important people in your live.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the St Michael’s College community.

Mr Robert Dempsey, Director of Mission

Adoration of the Shepherds by the Dutch painter Gerard van Honthorst, 1622