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From the Principal

A warm welcome to Term 4.   

I was privileged to attend a Dominican Conference in Invercarghill in New Zealand in the last week of the holidays.  It was a great opportunity to reconnect with Dominicans from Australia, New Zealand and the Solomon Islands and to reflect on our shared Mission and values.  Sr Laurie Brink OP, scripture scholar and teacher from the USA, spoke about ‘Journeying with Jesus and Dominic, Lessons from a Master Teacher and a Master Preacher’.  We were inspired by the wisdom of Brendan Spillane, former Principal, Consultant and Coach who delivered two keynote addresses on ‘Creating Connection in Disconnected Times’, and on ‘Building Relationship through Direct and Skilful Conversation’. 

Brendan Spillane highlighted the number 29,200, which is the number of days in an eighty year lifespan.  He issued a challenge to live each day mindfully and be careful about what you pay attention to because that becomes your life.

While in New Zealand, I took some time to visit Milford Sound and Queenstown on the South Island.  The scenery was breathtaking, snow capped mountains, lakes and signs of Spring at every turn.  It was a wonderful opportunity to reenergise and be inspired for the term ahead.

Far from the common misconception that schools begin to ‘wind down’, Term 4 often seems to be the busiest time of the year as we prepare to farewell the ‘Class of 2019’ and welcome the next intake of Year 7s.  Much planning is invested in staffing and timetabling for the year ahead and we are focused on our Year 12 students as they prepare for their VCE examinations and their final weeks at Siena College.    We continue to celebrate their learning and contribution.  Final drama and music performances were held last term and this week there was a wonderful Cabaret Night featuring small ensembles and soloists from all year levels.  On October 18 and 19, the College’s Art and Design Exhibition will be another opportunity to showcase the creativity and talent of staff and students.  It will coincide with our Open Day and reunions for past students from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.  We look forward to welcoming visitors, alumnae and families from the past, the present and those soon to join the Siena community.   

I was privileged to join the Year 12s at their final year level liturgy.  We reflected on their time at the College and our 2019 theme of ‘Called by Name’.  Like fingerprints, each of them has been called to some special service and to share her unique gifts.  May they always have a sense that they are loved by God, may they always have friends and family who love them and others who they can love.   May they find a place for prayer in their lives so that they discover the God within and the God who is with them always.  We wish them well and thank them for the part they have played in the rich tapestry of life at Siena College over the last six years.

As I too look ahead to my final term as Principal, I was very honoured to be given a ‘Class of 2019’ hoodie and wore it proudly to the College Athletics Carnival.  It was good to be able to reschedule this day after having to cancel it earlier in the year due to bad weather.  The Athletics Carnival is a much enjoyed community event on the College calendar and there would have been some very disappointed Year 12s if they had missed out on the being able to participate in their final year.  

Congratulations are extended to the Year 9 students who performed in the St Kevin’s/Siena production of Romeo and Juliet last term.  They delivered convincing performances of characters from a different time and place and so very obviously enjoyed the collaboration. 

In conclusion, I share some feedback from a very concerned member of the public who was stopped at a level crossing last week.  He had been stationary for about twenty seconds when a tram pulled up and around twenty to thirty Siena students disembarked and ran across the train tracks between the boom gates as the train approached. The gentleman and his wife then called in to the College to let us know what they had witnessed.  If your daughter uses public transport, please talk with her about the extreme danger of such behaviour around level crossings. 

May this final term unfold well for all of us

Photo gallery:
Views of South Island, New Zealand
Dominican Conference delegates from Siena and St Dominic's Primary School
A Maori welcome

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A warm welcome to Term 4.   

I was privileged to attend a Dominican Conference in Invercarghill in New Zealand in the last week of the holidays.  It was a great opportunity to reconnect with Dominicans from Australia, New Zealand and the Solomon Islands and to reflect on our shared Mission and values.  Sr Laurie Brink OP, scripture scholar and teacher from the USA, spoke about ‘Journeying with Jesus and Dominic, Lessons from a Master Teacher and a Master Preacher’.  We were inspired by the wisdom of Brendan Spillane, former Principal, Consultant and Coach who delivered two keynote addresses on ‘Creating Connection in Disconnected Times’, and on ‘Building Relationship through Direct and Skilful Conversation’. 

Brendan Spillane highlighted the number 29,200, which is the number of days in an eighty year lifespan.  He issued a challenge to live each day mindfully and be careful about what you pay attention to because that becomes your life.

While in New Zealand, I took some time to visit Milford Sound and Queenstown on the South Island.  The scenery was breathtaking, snow capped mountains, lakes and signs of Spring at every turn.  It was a wonderful opportunity to reenergise and be inspired for the term ahead.

Far from the common misconception that schools begin to ‘wind down’, Term 4 often seems to be the busiest time of the year as we prepare to farewell the ‘Class of 2019’ and welcome the next intake of Year 7s.  Much planning is invested in staffing and timetabling for the year ahead and we are focused on our Year 12 students as they prepare for their VCE examinations and their final weeks at Siena College.    We continue to celebrate their learning and contribution.  Final drama and music performances were held last term and this week there was a wonderful Cabaret Night featuring small ensembles and soloists from all year levels.  On October 18 and 19, the College’s Art and Design Exhibition will be another opportunity to showcase the creativity and talent of staff and students.  It will coincide with our Open Day and reunions for past students from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.  We look forward to welcoming visitors, alumnae and families from the past, the present and those soon to join the Siena community.   

I was privileged to join the Year 12s at their final year level liturgy.  We reflected on their time at the College and our 2019 theme of ‘Called by Name’.  Like fingerprints, each of them has been called to some special service and to share her unique gifts.  May they always have a sense that they are loved by God, may they always have friends and family who love them and others who they can love.   May they find a place for prayer in their lives so that they discover the God within and the God who is with them always.  We wish them well and thank them for the part they have played in the rich tapestry of life at Siena College over the last six years.

As I too look ahead to my final term as Principal, I was very honoured to be given a ‘Class of 2019’ hoodie and wore it proudly to the College Athletics Carnival.  It was good to be able to reschedule this day after having to cancel it earlier in the year due to bad weather.  The Athletics Carnival is a much enjoyed community event on the College calendar and there would have been some very disappointed Year 12s if they had missed out on the being able to participate in their final year.  

Congratulations are extended to the Year 9 students who performed in the St Kevin’s/Siena production of Romeo and Juliet last term.  They delivered convincing performances of characters from a different time and place and so very obviously enjoyed the collaboration. 

In conclusion, I share some feedback from a very concerned member of the public who was stopped at a level crossing last week.  He had been stationary for about twenty seconds when a tram pulled up and around twenty to thirty Siena students disembarked and ran across the train tracks between the boom gates as the train approached. The gentleman and his wife then called in to the College to let us know what they had witnessed.  If your daughter uses public transport, please talk with her about the extreme danger of such behaviour around level crossings. 

May this final term unfold well for all of us

Photo gallery:
Views of South Island, New Zealand
Dominican Conference delegates from Siena and St Dominic's Primary School
A Maori welcome