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Australia Day Honours

Congratulations are extended to Dr Beverley Begg (Siena College Board Chair 2010 to 2017) and Magda Szubanski (Class of 1978) who were recognised in the 2019 Australia Day Honours List.

Dr Beverley Begg OAM

Beverley’s contributions span classroom teaching, research, work at systems level with Catholic Education Melbourne in the areas of pastoral care, student wellbeing and teacher education, as well as significant contributions to school governance and to the Siena College Board and community over seven years.  

Beverley has worked as a teacher and Guide Leader with indigenous students and students with disabilities, as well as in mainstream classrooms.  Her teaching included time as a Science and Biology teacher at Siena College from 1984 to 1996, where she also lead the Duke of Edinburgh Program and was a Year Level Coordinator.  

Beverley’s love of learning, her commitment to the education of young women and her generous investment of time to the role of Board Chair have underpinned the growth and development of the College from many perspectives, resulting in enhanced educational outcomes for students and a flourishing school.

Magda Szubanski AO

Magda Szubanski was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for her work as an actor, comedian and writer and her work campaigning for same-sex marriage. 

After leaving Siena College, Magda Szubanski studied arts at The University of Melbourne and was a key figure in the ground-breaking TV comedy shows The D-Generation and Fast Forward.  Today, Magda is one of Australia’s most popular and accomplished comedians and performers. She is best known for playing Sharon Strzelecki in the classic Australian sitcom, Kath & Kim. Her other roles have included playing Esme Hoggett in the films Babe and Babe: Pig in the City, and being the voice of Miss Viola in the Oscar-winning animated film Happy Feet.

“Whatever I achieved was achieved standing on the shoulders of Sharon Strzelecki," Magda said.




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