Fathers’ Day Breakfast
It was a great privilege to host our students and their fathers and male mentors at our inaugural Fathers’ Day Breakfast on 5 September. There was a wonderful ambience in Gayip-biik as we celebrated the special role that fathers and father figures have in the lives of our young women. The interaction between our girls and their dads and male mentors was something very special to witness. Thanks to all the dads, step-dads, uncles and grandfathers that supported this event.
Thanks to Brigitte McDonald and Donna Kellett for their superb organisation, and to Shane Taylor for the reflective prayer marking the importance of men in the lives of our young women, in the image of God, our creator and father.
Spring Music Concert and Cabaret
What an absolute musical treat the concert was once again this year. The polished and professional performances are a testament to the hours of rehearsals, and to high expectations that our Performing Arts Staff have of their students. Congratulations to our student performers who entertained us with great delight. A special mention to the Year 12 Music students as they prepare for their performance exams. I am sure that based on their performances at the concert they will do well indeed.
Thanks to Madison Foley, Laura Danby and Emma Downing for their organisation of, and contribution to, this wonderful event, and to all of our Instrumental Staff for their work with the students. A special mention to Terry Reade and his backstage crew for their contribution to the seamless transition between items which made for a very polished show.
The Linda Henderson Dance Cabaret was another wonderful night of entertainment as our private dance students showcased their considerable talents and all that they had learnt over the year. The use of movement, space and music were inventively combined for a spectacular show. It was wonderful to witness the connection of past students to support the Cabaret and our students in the precise execution of their dance moves. Well done to Miss Linda for all that she brings to this program.
Another Charity Run is done and dusted for this year. Congratulations to all of our students who participated in this event. Their commitment and endeavour over several months of early morning training, as well as a 4:00am start on the day of the run is to be commended. This opportunity would not be possible if not for the commitment of a few dedicated staff members who each year support this event. Thanks to Camille King for her organisation and to Cherie Beckingham, Nella Cirillo, Ann Hyland, Sofie Scollo and Jacque Wozniak for their support, not only on the day but over the last few months as they trained with the girls.
Leadership Team Immersion
The Leadership Team were privileged to spend the day together on Thursday, 19 September, immersed in visiting sites that are significant for the work of the Sisters of Charity and Mary Aikenhead Ministries here in Melbourne. What we experienced across the course of the day was a commitment to continuing the mission of the Sisters from those who work at the St Vincent’s Hospitals across various areas of health care, with a particular emphasis on ministering to the margins. It was an incredibly moving and special day. Our education ministry contributes significantly to this work as we instil in our students a commitment to living out the values of Mary Aikenhead Ministries.
I will be having some further surgery related to my treatment during the holidays and will not be available in the first two weeks of Term 4. Ms Brigitte McDonald will be available to take any queries that you may have.
I would like to wish all of our students a restful term break. To all our families who are travelling, we wish you happy and safe travels. We look forward to welcoming back all of our students for the commencement of Term 4.