Principal's Blog - 16 November 2017

13 Nov 2017

Dear members of the Marcellin College Family,

Last Friday our senior leadership team were afforded the luxury of a day off-campus to discern, collate, collaborate and synthesize the outcomes, findings and recommendations of the many important reviews we have undertaken this year at Marcellin. These have included reviews of Careers, Resource Centre, Individual Needs, Learning Structures and Master Plan.

At our meeting we enjoyed the time and space to discuss things such as priorities in each of the areas reviewed, along with strategic planning with regards to implementation of the recommendations. We were very fortunate to have the time to meet together to discern each of these significant aspects of our College, free from the daily busyness of school life. I am very grateful to the staff of Marcellin who have supported us in this endeavour by covering for us and generously carrying out many of the tasks we would usually perform.

The venue for our day of discernment and strategic planning was the Marist Centre in Templestowe. The centre was the original Provincial House for the Southern Region of the Marist Brother in Australia.

As with any place of residence for Marists there is a chapel where each morning the brothers gather in prayer to reflect on the word of God, pray for each other and ask for God’s blessing for the day ahead. So as we began our day of discernment the members of the leadership team gathered in this sacred space to pray as Marists do. We prayed for each other and we prayed for the Wisdom we would need to make sound and thoughtful decisions for the benefit of the boys of Marcellin.

In the Marist chapel was a lectionary which was opened at the page of the previous days readings. The reading was from the book Wisdom which perfectly captured our needs and thoughts on this day. I truly believe that taking the time to pray as community is a powerful thing. It can help to centre and focus us as well as remind us of who we are as a faith community which can bring great influence to bear over our deliberations. I have reproduced the reading from the Book of Wisdom below as I think it says much about our call as Christian educators to seek out the wonderful gift which is the wisdom of God in all that we do in support of our boys. 

All these delighted me, since Wisdom brings them, though I did not then realise that she was their mother. What I learned diligently, I shall pass on liberally, I shall not conceal how rich she is.
For she is to human beings an inexhaustible treasure, and those who acquire this win God's friendship, commended to him by the gifts of instruction.

May God grant me to speak as he would wish and conceive thoughts worthy of the gifts I have received, since he is both guide to Wisdom and director of sages; for we are in his hand, yes, ourselves and our sayings, and all intellectual and all practical knowledge.

He it was who gave me sure knowledge of what exists, to understand the structure of the world and the action of the elements, the beginning, end and middle of the times, the alternation of the solstices and the succession of the seasons the cycles of the year and the position of the stars, the natures of animals and the instincts of wild beasts, the powers of spirits and human mental processes, the varieties of plants and the medical properties of roots.

And now I understand everything, hidden or visible, for Wisdom, the designer of all things, has instructed me. For within her is a spirit intelligent, holy, unique, manifold, subtle, mobile, incisive, unsullied, lucid, invulnerable, benevolent, shrewd, irresistible, beneficent, friendly to human beings, steadfast, dependable, unperturbed, almighty, all-surveying, penetrating all intelligent, pure and most subtle spirits.

For Wisdom is quicker to move than any motion; she is so pure, she pervades and permeates all things. She is a breath of the power of God, pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty; so nothing impure can find its way into her. For she is a reflection of the eternal light, untarnished mirror of God's active power, and image of his goodness.

Although she is alone, she can do everything; herself unchanging, she renews the world, and, generation after generation, passing into holy souls, she makes them into God's friends and prophets; for God loves only those who dwell with Wisdom.

She is indeed more splendid than the sun, she outshines all the constellations; compared with light, she takes first place, for light must yield to night, but against Wisdom evil cannot prevail.
Wisdom 7: 12 – 30

Mark Murphy