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Lord, send out your Spirit and renew the face of the earth
Psalm 103 (104):1, 24, 29-31, 34


The holy day of Pentecost, celebrated on Sunday, 9 June, commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus while they were in Jerusalem.  The gift of Pentecost is about being freely given what we have not asked for.  May the gifts of the Holy Spirit continue to renew us all. 

It was lovely to welcome back students from past decades to share their career paths and their expertise at the 2019 Careers Showcase.  This was the sixth such event hosted by the Siena Alumnae Association and a much valued opportunity for students to reflect on future directions.  The stories shared on the night were diverse and inspiring with a wide range of professions represented.  Thanks are extended to Rachael Clements, President of the Siena Alumnae Association, Liz Merrett our Alumnae Coordinator, Claire Timmins, Head of Careers, and to all who so generously committed their time to ensure the success of the evening. 

Throughout the school year, our students engage in a variety of assessments.  As the first semester draws to a close, students have participated in online NAPLAN testing, the General Achievement Test (GAT) for all students undertaking Unit 3-4 VCE studies as well as examinations and final assessments in preparation for the mid year reports.  Whilst this can be a source of anxiety for some students, it is an opportunity to showcase their knowledge and apply many of the skills they have learnt over the course of the semester.  Opportunities to engage in formal assessments also assist in developing useful study skills and habits as well as affirming achievements and pointing to ways to improve future learning.    I hope that parents continue to find the online reporting of students’ work and progress helpful and that these mid year assessments offer an opportunity to have encouraging and supportive conversations about learning.

We extend our condolences to staff member Crystal McAlister and her grandmother Marie on the recent passing of Allan McAlister.  Allan was a former President of the Collingwood Football Club and served on the Siena College Finance Committee for several years.  We are grateful to Allan for his service to the Siena community, he was someone who lived his life to the fullest.

It has been a busy and productive semester and soon it will be time for a break and an opportunity to step back from the intensity of the past two terms to a gentler pace of life. I would like to wish all of our Siena College community a safe and enjoyable break for the upcoming holiday period, especially our Year 12s as they prepare for their final months of secondary education.  


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