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YEAR COMMENCES WITH COMBINED CATHOLIC SCHOOLS MASS

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Staff from St Paul's College, joined with their colleagues from St Joseph's Catholic Primary, at a special Mass to mark the beginning of the new school year on Friday 27 January.

Celebrated by the Parish Priest of the Macleay Valley Parish, Fr James Foster, the Mass included a special blessing for the staff.  

The two school Principals, David Johns (St Paul's College), and Guy Campbell (St Joseph's Primary) acted as Ministers of the Eucharist. 

New staff were presented with the book "The History of the Catholic Church in the Macleay Valley". 

SUPPORTING YOUNG PEOPLE ON THEIR SPIRITUAL JOURNEY

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Making Christian life relevant for young people is one of the exciting challenges facing St Paul’s new Leader of Evangelisation, Matthew Mitchell. 

Matthew believes that young people are looking to create meaning as they face a world that is much more complex than ever before.   He said he wants to support them on their spiritual journey as they struggle to find truth amid all the information with which they are constantly bombarded.

Originally from Sydney, Matthew was most recently Leader of Pastoral Care at Ignatius Park College in Townsville.  He said he and his wife and two young sons are looking forward to building their lives in the Macleay where he has strong family connections. 

FAITH GIVES ME PURPOSE

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Seventeen year old Maxwell Winn is prepared for the challenges of his new position as Youth Ministry Officer at St Paul's College, Kempsey.  

Maxwell said that while he is aware of the challenges, he is looking forward to growing his own personal faith and to help students connect with their spirituality during his 12 month appointment.

Having graduated from St Paul's in 2022, Maxwell believes he is in a unique position to help students be proud of who they are and to be comfortable with themselves.

"Faith gives me purpose and helps to strive to be a better person and I want other young people to feel that energy", said Maxwell.

He plans to start a university degree in psychology and business in 2024 and in the future wants to work with young people and people in hospital and correctional facilities who need support.

KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY

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The decision of which job offer to accept was an easy one for new teaching graduate Jasmin Northey.  

Jasmin, who will be teaching Science and Art, undertook her prac teaching at St Paul's and said she knew how great the College was so her decision to accept St Paul's over three Melbourne offers was quick.

"I am very much looking forward to the support and experience I will gain at St Paul's", said Jasmin.

Jasmin is very familiar with the College community as her father, Glen, teaches Computing and Maths at the College. 

Glen said he is very proud "Dad" and delighted Jasmin wanted to work with him at St Paul's.  

ENGLISH HELPS US TO UNDERSTAND OUR WORLD

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St Paul's new teacher of English, Paul Posterino, said that English is such an important subject for young people to embrace.

Paul, who will be teaching students from Years 8, 9 and 10, said that English is the basis of our communication. 

"It opens up all kinds of opportunities to understand the world and to be understood", said Paul.

Originally from Victoria, Paul loves sport, the beach and nature.  

Bringing his family to make a home in the the Macleay is very much the lifestyle he is seeking.  

Paul's son will be starting Year 7 at the College this year.