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THE NSW BOARD of Studies was
established in 1990 and serves all
government and non-government
schools from Kindergarten to Year 12.
It sets the curriculum, manages major
examinations and provides educational
resources and information for teachers,
parents, employers and students. With
major examinations fast approaching for
many students in our region, many will
be seeking assistance and advice to help
them prepare. One source which is often
overlooked is the obvious one, the official
website for the Board:
In the study arena, information is gold and
this website certainly provides. Information
is readily available on HSC examination
syllabus 'dot points' to help write
summaries. Students can access practice
questions and past HSC papers and
for those seeking an ATAR for university
entrance, information regarding its
calculation. The new credential, Record
of School Achievement (RoSA), for those
leaving school prior to HSC, is also
explained. On the site there are useful
links to partner websites which would be
particularly helpful for HSIE style subjects.
Current Year 10 students will benefit from
the information about future courses
and their requirements in order to make
informed and practical choices. The
information, however, is not limited to
student use. Parents can also access
information about all aspects of curriculum
and examination processes from
Kindergarten to Year 12. The Frequently
Asked Questions section is extensive and
worth a read with advice on everything from
handwriting to HSC.
So as the extra busy study period
approaches, why not visit this website to
make sure you or your child is on track
Prayer is sitting in the silence until it silences us,
choosing gratitude until we are grateful,
praising God until we ourselves are a constant
act of praise.
Richard Rohr OFM, Radical Grace: Daily Meditations.
Quoted in Living Liturgy edited by Sophy Morely (Diocese of Sale).
Sarah Bachelard is uneasy about
facile consolation from false
experience of a false God.
Experiencing God consists of three
meditations. In the first Bachelard
explores what is true in our
understanding of God. She rejects the
God who is a projection of ourselves to
In Meditation 2, 'Collapsing Stories',
she makes a clear distinction between
a difficult experience and a crisis. They
entail two distinct forms of suffering. A
crisis contains the grief, pain, deprivation
and injustice of the former, but also
involves us in 'the suffering created by
the collapse of meaning, by the loss of
the story we knew and were able to tell
of our lives'. Formerly we relied on this
collapsed story to cope with our difficult
experiences. What happens when the
assurances of the old story are gone?
From 'The Surrender of Friday'
(the 'Good' one) we experience the
interminable, transformative 'Waiting
of Saturday'. The collapse of the Christ
story on the Friday allows the Saturday
to germinate a transformed experience
of God while it feels like nothing is
happening -- as meditation so often feels.
'The Gift of Sunday' comes and we
consent to the dispossession afforded
by the crisis and ground ourselves more
deeply in reality which is 'experienced
as the relief of living in truth.' Bachelard
articulates the communal dimension
resulting from this 'costly pilgrimage
through crisis'. It is a fuller communion
with God and humanity which 'may
become an offering for the healing of
Bachelard is an advocate for the
contemplative practice presented by
Fr John Main in the quest to experience
God. I second her endorsement and
recommend her 'Meditatio' as an
intellectual and affective grounding in
what it is to seek God - and the benefits
of doing so in a time of crisis.
Michael O'Connor is a parishioner at
Wallsend-Shortland. Dr Sarah Bachelard
is an Anglican priest and theologian.
By MARGARET WALKER
By MICHAEL O'CONNOR
Compiled by SR LOUISE GANNON RSJ
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