Last week, our Year 8 students participated in their annual Dominican Day held at Holy Cross Centre in Templestowe. The theme of the day was Being Catholic in Contemporary Society, and we explored it through the lens of our 2023 College Theme, Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it. Students have been discussing the concept of a journey and what this means as part of our Catholic Christian tradition during Religious Education classes. They also looked at the meaning of accompaniment through the work of Vinnies.
Gathered as a community of faith at Holy Cross, sessions included a creative response involving labyrinth themed footprints, the unpacking and discussion of the Emmaus story, and an interactive workshop facilitated by members of the Vinnies School Team. The Dominican Day is an integral part of a Siena education and represents our commitment as members of the Dominican family. All Year 9 students will also be participating in their Dominican Day experience next week.
Siena staff members regularly participate in Professional Learning sessions. Head of Justice Education, Bronwyn Ilott led us in this week's session to explore the 2023 National Reconciliation Week theme, Be a Voice for the Generations. Staff members had the opportunity to appreciate visuals, writing, music and professional reading groups, and they also had the opportunity to encounter the work of First Nations writers, including Kirli Saunders OAM, Oodgeroo and Stan Grant. National Reconciliation Week runs from Saturday, 27 May to Saturday, 3 June.