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From the Principal

'You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God'  Leviticus 19:34.

This week the Church celebrates Migrant and Refugee Week and we are all invited by the message to consider how we can welcome, protect, promote and integrate migrants and refugees with open hearts and minds.  Understanding, tolerance and empathy provide strong foundations for social cohesion in our community.

Students in Year 10 and Year 11 have been invited to attend the Pillars Leadership Course next week, facilitated by Jennifer Levett, Deputy Principal Mission and Identity and Bronwyn Illot, Head of Student Formation and Justice Education .   The two sessions will explore many facets of leadership, with a specific focus on leading within a Dominican context.  The 2018 College Captains and other members of the student representative council (SRC) will share their experiences of leadership with their peers, including the highlights and challenges they have faced and the discoveries they have made about themselves along the way. 

Our congratulations to Mia Kelly, Jessica Higgins and Lauren Edwards who were awarded invitations to the third global round of the prestigious World Scholars Cup.  The goal of this competition is to inspire in young people a love of learning, confidence in new skills and a sense of global citizenship.  Over 1600 competitors from 27 countries participated in Round 2, held at the Melbourne Convention Centre, 16 - 21 August and we congratulate all of our students who have participated and represented our College with such distinction.

My thanks to James Houghton for his organisation of this year's Athletics Carnival and to all staff who so willingly assisted to ensure the day's schedule proceeded so smoothly.  Despite the ever present threat of rain, the energy and enthusiasm of the girls never wavered and Dianella were the overall winners with Waratah taking the honours in the Spirit Award. 

We have over seventy guests registered for the Class of 1978 and 1988 reunion on Saturday, 1 September.  I am looking forward to meeting with this group of alumnae and sharing their memories of their days at Siena.  Past students of the College are so important to our community and we encourage all alumnae to keep in touch via the Alumnae Coordinator, Liz Merrett.

Finally our congratulations and best wishes to Natalie Tricarico (Class of 1994) on her upcoming wedding to George Calombaris.

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