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From the Principal

On 15 November, we commemorated the feast of St Albert the Great (Albertus Magnus), after whom our College Library is named.  A renowned theologian, bishop and Doctor of the Church, Albert (ca. 1200 - 1280) was born to a noble German family. Against their wishes he joined the Order of Preachers.  The Dominicans at the time were caught up in the wave of learning sweeping Europe. Albert lectured in several German priories and was director of studies in Cologne. His pupils included Thomas Aquinas. Called “Great” because of his vast knowledge of chemistry, architecture, philosophy, music and mathematics, he helped organize the studies of the Dominican Order. He was also interested in the anatomy of living organisms and is patron saint of students of the natural sciences.  In 2019, the Siena Albertus Magnus Library will be renamed the Albertus Magnus Learning Centre.  We have re-envisioned the role of our Library and look to new and exciting ways to learn and interact in that space, including a new Science, Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) area housing the 3D printers and other new technologies.

This week, we welcomed the next generation of ‘Siena women’, the 2019 Year 7 students.  The Year 7 Transition Day is a highlight of Term 4 for the staff and the student leaders who were gathered at the front of the College to welcome them.  The girls were whisked away to the St Catherine Centre to be welcomed by the College Captains elect, Jade Devlin and Charlotte Lack, and the Heads of Student Wellbeing.  They follow in the footsteps of the many women who have graduated from our College over the past seventy-eight years and inherit a proud tradition.  Over the next six years at Siena, they will learn the stories of Dominicans past and present and they too will write their story in the history of this College.  May they flourish and grow to be the women they are meant to be and may the friendships and learning stand them in good stead throughout their lives.  I look forward to meeting our new parents at the year 7 Information Evening this coming Monday, 19 November.

Year 12 exams continue for some students while others have celebrated as they finished their last VCE examination.  We look forward to celebrating with all our Year 12 students and their families at the Graduation Ball next Thursday evening at Leonda by the Yarra. This will be the last time they will gather as a year level and an opportunity for staff and parents to wish them well as they contemplate new beginnings beyond Siena College.  For students in other year levels, the exams and final assessments have just begun.    

The Convent refurbishment is progressing well and we look forward to reopening the old wooden doors early next year.  The Convent will be open to the community in March to allow everyone an opportunity to visit the new Heritage Centre and Boardroom and see the refurbished reception area.  I thank all who transport students to and from school for your patience during these building works and the restricted access to the grounds and driveway.  

The end of the school year brings with it many opportunities to gather as a community and we look forward to the Academic Awards Night, our 2018 Celebration of Sport and the other rituals and events that mark this season of the year.    


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