Spring Music Concert
What a joy it has been to welcome back those events on our College calendar that bring to life the vibrancy of learning within our school community. The Spring Music Concert, held on 8 September, is one of those events. This showcase of staff and student talent gives witness to the depth of talent, and the commitment to practice, teamwork, and collaboration, that were evident in abundance as we enjoyed the performances from ensembles, choirs, and our talented VCE Music students.
Congratulations to the St Columba’s College music and instrumental staff, and to all of the back-stage crew, for working with our students to present such an engaging and polished performance.
125 Year Gala Dinner
The Gala Dinner was held at Hyatt Place, Essendon Fields, last Friday evening and what a festive celebration of the College it was. With alumnae in attendance from across decades (the oldest graduating in 1953), as well as current families, staff members, past and present Board Directors, members of our Alumnae Committee and colleagues from sister schools, it was a special occasion to acknowledge the impact of this College on generations of women.
Hosted by Lana Wilkinson, alumna, we were entertained by College graduates Wendy Stapleton and her support vocalists, all past students, as well as Georga Byrne, alumna, and her band. Our silent auction raised $2840.00 for the Sisters of Charity Foundation, and we are grateful to all attendees for their generous support, and to our sponsors for the gifts and donations.
I have included an excerpt from my introduction below. I would like to extend my gratitude to our Deputy Principal, Brigitte McDonald and Donna Kellett, her assistant, for their fabulous organisation of a wonderfully enjoyable event.
It’s a privilege to be sharing this evening with you – many of you whose connections with the College are decades and generations deep. Your stories are the ones that bring this community to life. Your stories are the ones that cement this College as the exemplary provider of girls’ education, and the ongoing school of choice for young women in the northern suburbs of Melbourne.
My association is probably one of the shortest – having commenced as the principal in 2018. In that short time, however, the College has had a profound impact on me as a leader, as a committed woman of faith, and as a strident voice for the equal participation of women in society.
On reflection, it occurs to me that this impact has been about the gifts of the Spirit that are thriving within the College community, ones which have been etched into the culture and being of the school through the work of the Sisters and now Mary Aikenhead Ministries, and the generations of teachers and support staff who wanted to be a part of that story.
The works of the Sisters of Charity continue to inspire and are revelatory – these works have been borne out of industry and endeavour, initiative and innovation, hard work in the name of God by women who did not have a place in the hierarchy of their time. To think of the legacy they have left, in their schools and their health services is staggering, especially against the back drop of a patriarchal society. It sets both a challenge and aspiration for those of us connected with the story in how we go about our own personal and professional lives.