Lent is a time of grace and encounter. We are invited to encounter God, our neighbour and ourselves more deeply and experience the grace of each. I share the following prayer which speaks of grace and encounter:
May we be open to the ease and comfort of God’s grace.
May we remember the quiet times when something shifted within us, and we grew in grace.
May we remember the moments of kindness when our hearts opened, and we grew in grace.
May we remember when we reached beyond ourselves to help another, and we grew in grace.
May we remember the times of darkness when inspiration arose, and we grew in grace.
May our world be filled with moments of grace.
May we bring grace to life through our daily actions.
May everyone live in grace, joy and peace.
May I embody grace this day.
Congratulations to all staff and students on the fine examples of a community at work over the last fortnight. Senior students have commenced a first cycle of assessment and all other classes are at work having established sound learning routines. I commend students on their embrace of the many opportunities available to them at Siena College. Congratulations to those students who participated in the GSV Triathlon on Sunday, the GSV Swim meet on Monday and all students involved in a highly successful Open Evening on Tuesday evening. Particular thanks to our wonderful musicians and singers, our Tour Leaders and student helpers, along with Student Captains who formed a wonderful panel in the final session of the night. Every student represented all that is great about Siena College; young women exemplifying our pillars of Study and Community in particular.
Last week we were delighted to welcome Dominican sisters Sr Marie Tom and Sr Teresa who shared with students the beauty and the challenges of life in the Solomon Islands. Their community is challenged by access to full education, adequate food and water supply and like so many islands is concerned about rising sea levels and further impacts of climate change. Each year the fundraising efforts of Fiesta on St Catherine’s Day is directed to our partnership with the Solomon Islands community. It was indeed wonderful that the visit of the sisters will enable us to ‘put a face’ to this fundraising and raise greater awareness amongst students.
Sophie Griffin (Class of 2019) has been awarded a Highly Recommended for her intricate artwork, to be exhibited at the upcoming Catholic Education Creative Art Exhibition. Taylor Wilkinson (Year 12) will also have her work exhibited, and we acknowledge Claire Garwoli (Class of 2019) who was invited to be interviewed about her work. Our congratulations to Sophie, Claire and Taylor. The exhibition is open to the public from 9.00am to 3.30pm on Monday, 16 March to Friday, 20 March and from 12.00pm to 4.00 pm on Saturday, 21 March at the Catholic Leadership Centre, 576 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne.