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From the Principal

We farewelled our Year 12 students last week with a traditional sequence of celebrations and events that mark the end of their secondary education at Siena College.  During Graduation Eucharist, the final assembly and morning tea, staff and students were able to reflect on this significant rite of passage and recall shared experiences and achievements.  I commend the Class of 2018 on their dignified departure across these final days.  We have been so pleased to see the manner in which they approached their VCE examinations which began this past Wednesday.   We thank these students for their contributions to the life and ongoing story of the College. We sincerely wish them well for the remaining examinations and hope that they always remain connected to both each other and to the College.

I congratulate the The Arts and Technology Faculty for another impressive Visual Arts and Technology Exhibition which showcased some outstanding student work.  The College Open Day on 20 October was also a great success and a wonderful opportunity for the College to showcase its comprehensive academic and cocurricular programs. I thank all students, staff and parents who have facilitated and supported these celebrations of all that our College has to offer.  

November is the month of remembering.  It is the time of the year when we celebrate the feasts of All Saints and All Souls. Our Chapel will be the focus for our prayers across this time and I encourage all community members to visit this beautiful and peaceful space to remember those undertaking exams and those who have gone before us. In the words of Sr Elizabeth Helwig OP, 'We take time to remember all whose lives were stirred and transformed by a faith in what they could not see, those who became bearers of hope, healing, justice and peace for us and for our world.'   All are welcome at our Memorial Mass at 7.00pm on Thursday, 8 November when we gather in our College Chapel to pray for those members of our community who have passed away in the last year.  Just before recess on Friday, 9 November, we will gather beneath the flagpoles to commemorate Remembrance Day and all who have given their lives in service of their country.  We give thanks for the peace we enjoy in Australia and pray for wisdom on the part of all world leaders so that the conflicts that divide peoples can be resolved and that all may live in peace.  

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn;
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning,
We will remember them.

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