Sandpiper: Catholic Diocese of Sandhurst

WWW.SANDPIPER.ORG.AU MARCH 2018 24 NEWS AŌer coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him giŌs of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. – MaƩhew 2:11 By Jenni Kennedy Catholic Education Office Sandhurst KERANG – St Joseph’s was both thrilled and honoured to host the Queen’s Baton Relay on Friday, February 16. The relay aims to engage, excite and inspire Australians in the lead- up to the Commonwealth Games in April, and this was certainly the case in Kerang. To support the relay’s goal of pro- moting fun, activity and inclusion, we were joined by our collaborative partners from St Mary’s, Cohuna and St Patrick’s, Pyramid Hill for a morning of sporting activities, prior to the arrival of the relay convoy. Being a designated school stop allowed students and staff a close- up view of the baton convoy as crew members took a break and set up for the Kerang leg of the relay. The children were certainly taken aback by the amount of peo- ple and vehicles involved! Two of our school leaders proudly introduced former student, Dylen ‘Lenny’ Brown to a crowd of students, staff, families and dig- nitaries who had gathered for the school stop celebration. Lenny had been nominated for her work as a youth leader in the community and was cheered on by a guard of honour as she commenced her leg of the journey. A definite high point was seeing students lining the street, high- fiving the baton carrier and being given a chance to touch the baton as it passed by. As one student simply put it, ‘It was awesome!’ Over the duration of the relay, which goes for 388 days, the baton will be carried for approximately 230,000 kilometres, making the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth games baton relay the longest and most accessible in history. The GC2018 Queen’s Baton will visit all nations and territories of the Commonwealth on its way to the Opening Ceremony on April 4, 2018. – More photos Page 18 Baton relay excites Kerang’s Dylen ‘Lenny’ Brown shows the Commonweath Games baton to students from St Joseph’s, Kerang, St Mary’s, Cohuna and St Patrick’s, Pyramid Hill.