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Mid Year Examination and Assessment Period

The glorious colours of autumn have disappeared and winter has well and truly arrived.   This time of year brings with it exams, assessment tasks, reports and, very soon, the end of another term.  This can be a stressful time for students, however our Heads of Wellbeing, House Group teachers and College counsellors are all excellent resources for those who may be feeling overwhelmed.  Hopefully our girls will grasp the opportunity to reflect on their learning thus far, organise their study materials and demonstrate the knowledge and skills refined over the past semester.   Term 2 has already provided a steady stream of inspirational moments of student learning and achievement in and beyond the classrooms across the College. St Catherine's Day Mass and House Fiesta, Autumn Music Concert, Mount Gambier Generations in Jazz, GSV Winter Sport, Reconciliation Week activities, Siena in the City presentation evening and reflections from Kopanang have all been highlights.

Reconciliation Week

As part of our commitment to Reconciliation Week, two of our FIRE Carriers created a wall for individuals to pledge their support to 'act to close the gap' and to not  'keep history a mystery'.  It was wonderful to see so many students enthusiastically sign their names and continue this important awareness and conversation around reconciliation.   


Convent refurbishment

A Siena College Convent Redevelopment Town Planning Application was lodged this week.  These plans for the refurbishment of the Convent will create a new front entrance through the original wooden doors of our beautiful Italianate building that was completed in 1939, the year before Siena Convent School opened its gates to the first group of fifteen students.  The Convent with its cloisters, Chapel and beautiful blue dome, is the most treasured part of our College where we honour all the Dominican Sisters who lived or worked at Siena College, past Prioresses and Principals, past Board Chairs and our alumnae.   We have worked with Williams Ross Architects to design a new College Reception and front entrance.  The intention is to honour and retain as much of the original building and its features as possible while creating new spaces to house the Principal and Deputy Principal Mission and Identity, a new Board Room on the first floor and a heritage room that can be used to host small gatherings.  We are so grateful to the many donors who have supported this project and look forward to its completion before the end of the year.

Please enjoy reading the newsletter and the comprehensive overview it gives of the many activities that contribute to our vibrant College life.

Gaynor Robson-Garth


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