Our Graduation Celebrations on Monday evening were a fitting tribute and farewell to the class of 2019. Families have been delighted with the way we were able to acknowledge the formal end to their daughters’ schooling. The Eucharist was once again beautifully celebrated by Fr John Hannon, and wonderfully conceived by Mr Shane Taylor, whose talent for liturgy continues to bless our community. It was a pleasure to welcome approximately 1000 guests to the Graduation Mass. Our ability to host this on site added a very special touch to Graduation – families have remarked that it felt like “home” being able to attend the graduation mass at the College. I would like to thank Mrs Brigitte McDonald and Mrs Claire Thompson for their oversight of planning, and Mrs Sam Monk, Mrs Mara Luciani and the Administration Team for the extraordinary work in organising, setting up and executing the graduation dinner at Hyatt Place, with many small elements of thoughtfulness adding a very special touch to the dinner. This part of the evening can simply be described as joyful! Students celebrating with each other, their families and staff members, the relationships that have marked their six years at St Columba’s College. We wish them well on the next steps of their journeys.
Art Exhibition and STEM Showcase
Congratulations to Ms Sandra Boicos and the Visual Arts staff, Ms Hilary Breman, Ms Michelle Grant, Mr Scott Wiseman, Mr Seth Seiderman and Ms Emma Ferguson, for their organisation of the Art Exhibition and official opening on Thursday evening. It is an exhibition that highlights the talent of both our students and staff. In particular, I have been impressed by the thinking that emerges as part of the design process, and our students’ capacity to reflect on the world around them and the narrative they have to share about that, expressed through their art pieces. Great art work is truly evocative and invites us in to reflect on our own experiences and understanding, and to connect with what is in our own hearts. Many of our students’ pieces have done just that.
Our inaugural STEM showcase highlighted the cross-curricula nature of STEM and its impact across all areas of life and learning. Thanks to Ms Melissa D’Amico for her vision and initiative in bringing this to life, and to all of the staff who have embraced STEM or dipped their toes into the STEM waters to continue to extend and expand the horizon of our students’ learning.
The Parents’ Association has long been a supporter of this event and I would like to acknowledge Ms Nicole Purcell and her team of volunteers who hosted the sausage sizzle on the evening.