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School terms follow a special rhythm with periods of intense activity and then time to step back and reenergise.  I hope that the extended mid-term break for students provided an opportunity to relax, spend time with friends and family and to reflect on the semester that has passed.  Our Year 12s are now more than halfway through the academic year and we look forward to supporting them through the weeks ahead as they complete their secondary education.  

Staff spent the final week of Term 2 working in teams on review and planning of curriculum, deepening our understanding of the Dominican history and tradition of our College and our commitment to social justice, and on the growing tasks and responsibilities associated with compliance and reporting.  

It was good to commence the term with the ramp leading to the Convent garden finally completed.  We now have a fully functional lift in the refurbished Convent and enhanced disability access.  The glass doors to the Convent entrance are to be installed shortly after delays with their manufacture.  Thanks to Sr Sheila Flynn’s creativity and artist’s eye, we have beautiful new iconography and symbols around the school to inspire us and remind us of our Dominican tradition.  

Plans for the Agora garden at the rear of the College have been finalised and we hope to have this landscaping project completed in readiness for the start of the 2020 school year.  We are grateful to the donors who supported this pillar of our philanthropic campaign and look forward to much needed recreational ‘green space’ for the girls next year.  The area will include seating for students, trees and a half basketball court and hoop as well as terraced steps leading down from the Science block.  This project is the final stage of the current Master Plan.  A brief has been prepared for prospective architectural companies to assist in the preparation of submissions for the next Master Plan.  It is an exciting time as we look ahead to consulting with stakeholders and envisioning how the College might grow and evolve in the next ten years.  

It was lovely to meet with our visitors from France this week.  They all reported wonderful experiences with their host families during the holidays.  I thank all the Siena families who have welcomed these young women into their homes.  It is wonderful to have this opportunity to learn more about their culture and to share their insights into Australia.  We also began the term with the largest ever group of Year 10 students participating in ‘Building Bridges’, the interfaith, intercultural dialogue program that Siena is a part of.  The first gathering of students took place this week at Xavier College and Siena will host the next gathering of over a hundred and twenty students, before visits in subsequent sessions to the participating Jewish and Islamic schools.  Our girls reported how much they enjoyed the opportunity to engage with students from other faith traditions.

At this time of year, our focus shifts to subject selection and information sessions for parents and students to assist them in discerning preferred pathways and areas of interest and capability.   I wish all members of our community a productive and enjoyable term.

 

 

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School terms follow a special rhythm with periods of intense activity and then time to step back and reenergise.  I hope that the extended mid-term break for students provided an opportunity to relax, spend time with friends and family and to reflect on the semester that has passed.  Our Year 12s are now more than halfway through the academic year and we look forward to supporting them through the weeks ahead as they complete their secondary education.  

Staff spent the final week of Term 2 working in teams on review and planning of curriculum, deepening our understanding of the Dominican history and tradition of our College and our commitment to social justice, and on the growing tasks and responsibilities associated with compliance and reporting.  

It was good to commence the term with the ramp leading to the Convent garden finally completed.  We now have a fully functional lift in the refurbished Convent and enhanced disability access.  The glass doors to the Convent entrance are to be installed shortly after delays with their manufacture.  Thanks to Sr Sheila Flynn’s creativity and artist’s eye, we have beautiful new iconography and symbols around the school to inspire us and remind us of our Dominican tradition.  

Plans for the Agora garden at the rear of the College have been finalised and we hope to have this landscaping project completed in readiness for the start of the 2020 school year.  We are grateful to the donors who supported this pillar of our philanthropic campaign and look forward to much needed recreational ‘green space’ for the girls next year.  The area will include seating for students, trees and a half basketball court and hoop as well as terraced steps leading down from the Science block.  This project is the final stage of the current Master Plan.  A brief has been prepared for prospective architectural companies to assist in the preparation of submissions for the next Master Plan.  It is an exciting time as we look ahead to consulting with stakeholders and envisioning how the College might grow and evolve in the next ten years.  

It was lovely to meet with our visitors from France this week.  They all reported wonderful experiences with their host families during the holidays.  I thank all the Siena families who have welcomed these young women into their homes.  It is wonderful to have this opportunity to learn more about their culture and to share their insights into Australia.  We also began the term with the largest ever group of Year 10 students participating in ‘Building Bridges’, the interfaith, intercultural dialogue program that Siena is a part of.  The first gathering of students took place this week at Xavier College and Siena will host the next gathering of over a hundred and twenty students, before visits in subsequent sessions to the participating Jewish and Islamic schools.  Our girls reported how much they enjoyed the opportunity to engage with students from other faith traditions.

At this time of year, our focus shifts to subject selection and information sessions for parents and students to assist them in discerning preferred pathways and areas of interest and capability.   I wish all members of our community a productive and enjoyable term.