Notre Dame College Theme for 2021

Hearing the Cry of the Earth

Many staff and a lot of our senior students, including the school leaders, expressed a desire to keep the College Theme of 2020 running for another year.

Our Catholic Identity Team and the Leadership Executive discussed this idea and we decided that given the popularity of the 2020 theme and the way that the college community embraced it during a year of mostly remote learning, that it would be good to keep it going with one small adjustment.

Change from ‘Hear the Cry the Earth’ to ‘Hearing the Cry of the Earth’.

Two main motivators have driven our discussions;

  1. We had not been given much of an opportunity to unpack the theme with our community in 2020.
  2. Approaches by staff wanting to keep the theme for another year and surprisingly at our interviews for potential College Captains in 2021, a few of these students brought it up. They want to keep it because it's “so engaging and relevant to them”.

To separate the two years from each other we decided to change one word only.

‘Hearing’, is more of an action word, whereas ‘hear’ can be contemplative.

With the interruptions to the 2020 academic year, and the state the earth is in, we still have such an opportunity to unpack this theme. It also reiterates how important and relevant it is to focus our energy on preserving our earth, for us today and the generation of tomorrow.

'Hearing' provides a statement of action, which indicates to the College Community that the theme hasn't been overlooked, but rather, re-considered and carefully expanded as we move forward with a pro-active attitude. In addition to the environmental focus, there is also an opportunity to consider the emotional and psychological cry of the global population. Now more than ever the authenticity of connection, support and worthiness of others has become a life source - with a focus on our environment from a habitable perspective, but also on the condition of being human, hearing the cry of the entire spiritual being - human and Mother Nature intertwined as one. – (From the Catholic Identity Team)

“Because all creatures are connected, each must be cherished with love and respect, for all of us as living creatures are dependent on one another.” (Laudato si - paragraph 42)

“Another world is not only possible, She is on Her way.

On a quiet day, I can hear Her breathing”. Quote by Arundhati Roy

This quote offers not only hope but a positive mindset that real beneficial change is imminent. (Steve Bognar CITeam)

“All of us can cooperate as instruments of God for the care of creation, each according to his or her own culture, experience, involvements and talents.” (Laudato si - paragraph 14)