A Very Special Year
Welcome back to the school year for 2022. It has been a delight to welcome the students onsite and to commence with a face to face learning program. There is a feeling of excitement and relief in the air as students connect with their friends and teachers, and settle into the routines that support their academic learning and their wellbeing.
We have commenced the year with a recognition of our 125th Anniversary milestone – a tremendous achievement, and a significant legacy as we reflect upon the generations of women who have been gifted with a Sisters of Charity education. These women have gone out into the world to make a positive difference to the lives of people in their communities.
As part of our professional learning program in January, the staff reflected on the significant people in our tradition who have contributed to our identity and mission: Mother Ursula Bruton, the Foundress of St Columba’s College; St Columba, our namesake; Mary Aikenhead, the foundress of the Sisters of Charity; the Sisters of Charity; generations of lay women and men; and Mary Aikenhead Ministries. We listened to the reflections of three current staff members who were also students at the College in the 1960’s, the 1980’s and the 2000’s, and heard what the College meant to them as students here. As we listened, staff members were tasked with reflecting on the characteristics that have contributed to our identity and mission today. This is what we heard.
We have inherited a tradition of inclusion, courage, fearlessness, innovation, tenacity and service given in faithful and generous love, all in the name of God, active and present in our world. The stories remind us of where we have come from, but also serve as pointers for our future, of hopeful aspiration as we work to honour our forebears, and in our present day, animate the very best parts of our tradition that make us who we are.
The students and staff all received their 125-year commemorative badges after they were blessed as part of the Opening School Assembly on Thursday morning. We encourage our students to wear them with pride.
We look forward to more birthday celebrations to come.
Welcome to New Staff Members
We officially welcome:
- Loretta Joyce – Human Resources Manager
- David Pino – Physics and Science
- Olivia Zouev – Visual Arts
- Adele Trigona – Dance and Drama
- Lance Jilbert – Williams House Leader, Religious Education and English
- Marisa di Milta – Justice Leader, Religious Education and English
- Vivian Ly – Youth Mininster
- Nicola McCaskill – College Receptionist
- Lorraine Lusis – Assistant to the Deputy Principal and Head of Students
- Rachel Rotondo – College Nurse
Welcome Back to:
- Michael Camilleri – Humanities, Senior Business studies, VCAL
- Donna Kellett – Assistant to the Deputy Principal and Head of Students
This year will also mark the end of an era. Ms Debra Randall has served as Personal Assistant to the Principal for the past 18 years, and has offered diligent, exemplary and caring service to the community in that time. Debbie has supported 5 principals in their role here at St Columba’s and has provided outstanding executive level support to all of us. I am very grateful for all that she has provided me over the past 4 years.
Fortunately for the College, Debbie will remain with us taking on the role of Risk and Compliance Officer.
Mrs Josephine Marazita has been appointed as the new Personal Assistant to the Principal.
I am grateful for the generosity with which all staff members share their giftedness with the College community.