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From the Principal

At the commencement of Term 2, Siena College staff participated in an enriching Staff Faith Development Day as we again welcomed former Master of the Dominican Order and highly regarded theologian, Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP to our College.  Together with staff from Presentation College and Our Lady of Sion, we reaffirmed our sense of commitment to our shared endeavours as Dominican educators and to our Mission of Truth Searching. We thank Fr Radcliffe for another thought provoking and insightful presentation, more details of which can be found in 'Mission Matters'.

Siena College Board and staff gathered this week to acknowledge long service of several staff members.  Board Chair Sean McGing welcomed all present, particularly incoming Board members, Vanessa Barcellona and Neal Murphy.  Maree Cody, Angela Ho, Georgie Plasto, Anita Galli, Danielle Soccio and Maree Hodgson were all thanked for ten years of service to the College, Sandra Siapantis for twenty years and Anne Rice for thirty years.  The contribution all have made to College life cannot be overstated and we thank them for their excellence as educators.  Additionally the Board acknowledged Deputy Principal Wellbeing, Sue Thompson for her dedication and commitment to our students as she commences her final semester at Siena College.

On 21 July, we welcomed members of the local community (many of whom were former students) to explore our Convent and Cloisters at our Convent Open Morning.  Visitors were able to wander through the Chapel, Cloisters and Heritage Centre where our Alumnae team have recreated uniforms from decades past.  Our thanks to SPA who provided a delicious Devonshire morning tea for all present.

Over one hundred and forty prospective students and their families visited the College over two evenings last week as we commenced the enrolment process for Year 7, 2020.  My thanks to all staff who conducted interviews, students who so willingly offered to assist with escorting families to the Thomas Aquinas Centre and to our Head of Admissions, Tracey Lawson, for her coordination. 

We also welcomed back approximately forty alumnae from the Class of 2013 for their Five Year Reunion.  It was wonderful to hear the sounds of chatter as they reminisced and discussed their adventures since graduating from Siena College.

Finally, I must congratulate the entire team behind our combined Siena College and Whitefriars College school musical, A Chorus Line, who will perform their third sold out show this evening. The production is a true testament to the many weekend and holiday rehearsals, hours spent on set construction, costumes and the myriad of other tasks that have all been completed behind the scenes.  All involved should be justly proud of their efforts, our students continue to amaze me every year with their talent and courage.

Please enjoy reading the remainder of this issue, which details a very busy start to Term 3 indeed!

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