On Friday 3rd August, St Eugene College hosted it’s annual ‘Vinnies Sleepout’. Over 60 students from years 7-12 participated in an amazing evening of awareness raising, reflection and fun. To attend, each student raised funds for St Vincent de Paul’s Winter Appeal, while our staff donated home made soup, cardboard to sleep on and winter woollies for Vinnies. We raised $1,612.20, plus a small mountain of jumpers, coats and blankets for Vinnies to give people a helping hand at this time of year.
This event was a great way to finish off Catholic Education Week – for which the theme was “Discovering new horizons”! This theme came from Pope Francis at World Youth Day 2016, where he called young people and the Church to ‘open new horizons for spreading joy’:
“Jesus is not the Lord of comfort, security and ease. Following Jesus demands a good dose of courage, a readiness to trade in the sofa for a pair of walking shoes and to set out on new and uncharted paths. To blaze trails that open up new horizons capable of spreading joy, born of God’s love and wells up in your hearts with every act of mercy.” - Pope Francis
Our Year 12 student leaders strapped on their boots by working with Alison Whitten (Campus Minister) and Emily Cramb (St Vincent de Paul Youth Engagement Officer) to make the evening as engaging and eye-opening as possible, reminding students: ‘This is me… but it could have been you’. All students embraced the experience of feeling hungry, cold and uncomfortable – sleeping on cardboard boxes on the floor of the Hall. They left Saturday morning with greater empathy, gratitude and desire to strap on their boots and discover new horizons for spreading joy!
YEAR 12 MEETINGS - Tuesday 28th August
Parents and Year 12 students are invited to take up the opportunity to meet with Erin Wedge (AP Senior Years) and Patricia Lawlor (Guidance Counsellor) for Post Year 12 opportunities. These discussions will take place throughout the day, Tuesday 28th August from 8:30am – 7pm.
Students and Parents are to book in through the PTO on the College website. Information will be sent home via email. These interviews will be 30 minutes in duration and will allow conversations around post year 12 pathways and QTAC applications.
RELAY FOR LIFE
The Year 12 students are undertaking the Redcliffe Relay for Life this year on the 13th October. The students have set a goal of $2000 to raise as a team for the Queensland Cancer Council. If you would like to join us on the day please join the team or you can sponsor us via the link below.
Our page is http://fundraising.cancer.org.au/site/TR/RelayforLife/CCQLD?team_id=61440&pg=team&fr_id=5361 where it has all the options for you to consider. You will also find more information about the event and where the funds actually go.
QCMF - THURSDAY 16TH TO SUNDAY 19TH AUGUST
Close to 200 of the College’s wonderful musicians will be on show at the annual Queensland Catholic Schools & Colleges Music Festival (QCMF) to be held at Villanova College from next Thursday to Saturday. Ten of the College’s ensembles will be performing for parents, friends and members of the public at the largest gathering of Catholic Education musicians in Queensland.
QCMF has been running since 1991 and in 2017, 99 Catholic Schools and Colleges were represented, by 530 music ensembles and 13,479 student performances. St Eugene College is proud to have been a regularly participating school since 2008. The aim of this festival is to be positive and non-competitive, while still providing recognition to outstanding performances. Every performing ensemble is adjudicated by encouraging music performance experts, sourced locally and from interstate. The full performance schedules have been emailed to the parents of the students involved. Here is a quick overview of our involvement over the 3 days: