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It has been a busy few weeks at Siena College with much focus on our Year 12 students who are about to commence their final VCE examinations.  On Tuesday, students and staff farewelled the Year 12s with a breakfast, whole school assembly and House farewells.  It was an honour to share the Graduation Eucharist and supper with students and their families in the evening.  The Class of 2019, led by the College Captains and SRC, have been exemplary throughout the year in the way they have conducted themselves and especially over these final weeks.  I am honoured to be departing the College along with these young women and thank them for including me in their final celebrations.  They and all the students of Siena College, continue to give me hope in the power of education, hope for peace in our world and in the future care of our ecology and environment; hope that education can fulfil its role in creating a better world for generations to come, who will in turn educate communities of their own to also thrive. 

We hold all Year 12 students in our thoughts and prayers as they prepare for and undertake their VCE examinations and look forward to celebrating with them one last time at the Graduation Ball on 21 November.   

On Friday evening we opened our annual Arts and Technology Exhibition.  The quality of the work was outstanding across all year levels and I congratulate the Arts and Technology Faculty for all they have invested in preparing for this wonderful exhibition.  Each year I choose an artwork for a Principal’s Award for Art and Design and this year the choice was very difficult due to the exceptionally high standard on display.  After much deliberation, I chose Rebecca Hwang’s piece ‘Scattered Garden’.  The People’s Choice Award for Art and Design, voted on by visitors to the exhibition, was awarded to Madeleine Lacy for her ‘Suspended’ ballet installation.  

At a recent Dominican Conference, a speaker cautioned that we should be careful what we pay attention to because that becomes our lives.  I have adapted the words of the German philosopher, Goethe who said:  ‘We concentrate a lot on providing food for ourselves..’ and I would add, to technology, work and the demands of everyday life.  ‘The real question is how we pay attention to art and music and literature for the heart and the soul and the mind.  Everyone should hear a little music, read a little poetry and create or view some wonderful art each day.’  May the arts always hold a valued place in the College curriculum and in the lives and day to day existence of all in the Siena community.

On Saturday morning the College hosted a morning tea with past students from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s as they gathered for a reunion.  It was a pleasure to welcome these women to our restored Heritage area of the Convent.  It is through their generosity that we have been able to assemble an extensive collection of artefacts, photographs and uniforms from the past.  These now stimulate much reminiscing as returning students view the displays set up by our Archivists, Maria Ang and Maureen McAuley.  We also welcomed around two hundred and seventy visitors to the College on Saturday for our Open Day, which was a wonderful opportunity to showcase all the College has to offer to future families.

The Music Department’s Cabaret Night was a lovely evening of entertainment and once again, a great showcase of students’ talents and of the work done over the year.   We were treated to group and solo performances, both vocal and instrumental. 

Our Graphic Designer and Marketing Assistant, Amy Stubbs has created new House Banners based on the painted floral emblems on the Convent fountain tiles.  These were the work of ceramic artist, Mary-Lou Pittard who drew and painted the native flowers from which our House names were derived.  Together, Amy and Mary-Lou have given us stunning images of the Waratah, the Cassia blossoms, flowers of the Kurrajong tree and the small, delicate blue Dianella blooms.    

November is the time of year when we celebrate the feasts of All Saints and All Souls.  At this time, we remember those in our community we have lost.  All families are welcome to attend our memorial mass on Thursday, 7 November, commencing at 7.00pm in the Chapel, where we will pray for those in our community who have passed away in the last year.   

 

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It has been a busy few weeks at Siena College with much focus on our Year 12 students who are about to commence their final VCE examinations.  On Tuesday, students and staff farewelled the Year 12s with a breakfast, whole school assembly and House farewells.  It was an honour to share the Graduation Eucharist and supper with students and their families in the evening.  The Class of 2019, led by the College Captains and SRC, have been exemplary throughout the year in the way they have conducted themselves and especially over these final weeks.  I am honoured to be departing the College along with these young women and thank them for including me in their final celebrations.  They and all the students of Siena College, continue to give me hope in the power of education, hope for peace in our world and in the future care of our ecology and environment; hope that education can fulfil its role in creating a better world for generations to come, who will in turn educate communities of their own to also thrive. 

We hold all Year 12 students in our thoughts and prayers as they prepare for and undertake their VCE examinations and look forward to celebrating with them one last time at the Graduation Ball on 21 November.   

On Friday evening we opened our annual Arts and Technology Exhibition.  The quality of the work was outstanding across all year levels and I congratulate the Arts and Technology Faculty for all they have invested in preparing for this wonderful exhibition.  Each year I choose an artwork for a Principal’s Award for Art and Design and this year the choice was very difficult due to the exceptionally high standard on display.  After much deliberation, I chose Rebecca Hwang’s piece ‘Scattered Garden’.  The People’s Choice Award for Art and Design, voted on by visitors to the exhibition, was awarded to Madeleine Lacy for her ‘Suspended’ ballet installation.  

At a recent Dominican Conference, a speaker cautioned that we should be careful what we pay attention to because that becomes our lives.  I have adapted the words of the German philosopher, Goethe who said:  ‘We concentrate a lot on providing food for ourselves..’ and I would add, to technology, work and the demands of everyday life.  ‘The real question is how we pay attention to art and music and literature for the heart and the soul and the mind.  Everyone should hear a little music, read a little poetry and create or view some wonderful art each day.’  May the arts always hold a valued place in the College curriculum and in the lives and day to day existence of all in the Siena community.

On Saturday morning the College hosted a morning tea with past students from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s as they gathered for a reunion.  It was a pleasure to welcome these women to our restored Heritage area of the Convent.  It is through their generosity that we have been able to assemble an extensive collection of artefacts, photographs and uniforms from the past.  These now stimulate much reminiscing as returning students view the displays set up by our Archivists, Maria Ang and Maureen McAuley.  We also welcomed around two hundred and seventy visitors to the College on Saturday for our Open Day, which was a wonderful opportunity to showcase all the College has to offer to future families.

The Music Department’s Cabaret Night was a lovely evening of entertainment and once again, a great showcase of students’ talents and of the work done over the year.   We were treated to group and solo performances, both vocal and instrumental. 

Our Graphic Designer and Marketing Assistant, Amy Stubbs has created new House Banners based on the painted floral emblems on the Convent fountain tiles.  These were the work of ceramic artist, Mary-Lou Pittard who drew and painted the native flowers from which our House names were derived.  Together, Amy and Mary-Lou have given us stunning images of the Waratah, the Cassia blossoms, flowers of the Kurrajong tree and the small, delicate blue Dianella blooms.    

November is the time of year when we celebrate the feasts of All Saints and All Souls.  At this time, we remember those in our community we have lost.  All families are welcome to attend our memorial mass on Thursday, 7 November, commencing at 7.00pm in the Chapel, where we will pray for those in our community who have passed away in the last year.