Special Character Reflection

By Georgia and Ravija | Posted: Wednesday March 22, 2023

Kia Ora Everyone, It has been awhile!

Welcome back to Week 6 of the Newsletter

Last week, on Thursday and Friday, the Year 13 students went on Retreat. We spent time together as a community and made new friendships whilst learning to let go of past mistakes, just as Jesus has taught us to forgive so that we may be forgiven, “If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you”  (Matthew 6:14).

On Retreat we found a calm space to sit with God in Prayer and be focused on the present moment with each other, and enjoying that moment. This time together helped each of us become closer as a year group and taught us that we will strive to be the best we can, setting a benchmark for the following years of Year 13’s at our remarkable school.

On Monday through to Wednesday, the Year 7’s also had camp. Two year 7 classes went on Monday to Tuesday and the next two classes arrived at the Marae on Tuesday and left on Wednesday. During these two days the students and teachers were taught about the wonderful lives of the Māori ancestors in the area of Karitane. The students also got to create new friendships and experience a whole load of new things, such as Kī o Rahi, a game similar to rippa rugby, however it has it's own twists and turns. At night they had a small liturgy in which all the students shared what/who they were thankful for in their lives, this created a space in which all students and teachers could spend time with God and thank him for all his blessings.

As we journey through the season of Lent we draw closer to God through our spiritual exercises of fasting, praying and almsgiving, let's unite as a school and encourage each other.

We keep in prayer the people in the North Island who were affected by the flooding, and also the people of Turkey and Syria who have suffered great losses due to the earthquake. We ask God to provide them with comfort and help.

A reading from the Prophet Isaiah (41:10)

Do not fear: I am with you; do not be anxious: I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.

The word of the Lord.

We pray for the community of Trinity Catholic College.
May we grow in Respect for ourselves, each other and our world.
May respect lead to Service to those in need.
Through service may we bring about Justice and, in
justice may we reflect and share the Truth of the Gospels.
This we pray in the spirit of Catherine McAuley, Edmund Rice and St Dominic
With Mary as our guide
Hei ākonga mā te Karaiti

Have a great rest of the week!

Arohanui, Ravija and Georgia