I hope that our students had a restful break and that families had opportunities to reconnect and enjoy time together. We are looking forward to a busy and productive term ahead.
Senior Pathways Expo
On Tuesday 16 July, we held our Senior Pathways Expo which was very well attended with hundreds of Year 9 and 10 students and their parents and was well supported by the Pathways Team, Domain Leaders and other staff who came along to assist. The feedback from parents and students was very positive. It provided them with important information, about the VCE, VET and VCAL programs the College offers, to assist them to discern the best possible subject selections for their chosen pathways. Representatives from universities and TAFEs were also on hand with valuable information and advice, as were ten of our alumnae who were able to share their educational and career journeys with those present. Many thanks to the parents who came along to support this event.
Mary Aikenhead Ministries Conference
Members of the College’s Leadership Team were fortunate to participate in the Mary Aikenhead Ministries’ (MAM) 10th Anniversary Conference on Monday and Tuesday of this week. The conference was held at the Catholic Leadership Centre and was very well attended by delegates from the education, health, aged care and outreach sectors of MAM. The conference was an opportunity to gather to honour all those who have contributed to the vision and mission of MAM during the last 10 years.
The conference theme was ‘The call for all to a shared and collaborative leadership to respond to the needs of the poor’ in the spirit of Mary Aikenhead. Our heritage and values place service of the poor at the heart of our work and we explored how our ministries demonstrate a preferential option for the poor and what this means in the context of our work.
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.” Luke 4:18-19
Those in attendance were challenged and inspired by excellent presenters including our own Dr Gavin Brown. Delegates also had the opportunity to provide feedback to the Trustees of MAM about the foundational document which has been developed to articulate MAM’s overarching mission, vision, values and guiding principles.
Many thanks to Shane Taylor our Head of Faith and Mission and Debra Randall, Personal Assistant to the Principal, who took such an active part in the preparation and organisation of the conference. Thanks also to Laura Danby and Madison Foley who led the choir and musicians during the welcome and ritual at the commencement of the conference and at the Eucharist of Thanksgiving, which was celebrated by Bishop Mark Edwards. The delegates were entertained by some of our talented students – a trio of Irish dancers. Sincere thanks to Gabrielle Hanley-Leonard, Dominique Hanley-Leonard and Caitlin Hanley-Smith.