Term 2 has once again cast a spotlight on the complex, diverse and relational nature of education. As every organisation, community and family in Victoria has been called upon to adapt to restrictions once again, we have been reminded of the individual strengths and collective efforts of all. In this final newsletter for the term, I commend once again the students and staff of Siena College. The staff of Siena have, without exception, demonstrated the depth of their professionalism, commitment and skill, always, but particularly in recent weeks. As course completion and revision has taken place, it has been quite inspiring to also see great tenacity amongst students. At a recent assembly with Year 12 students, they were reminded of this important time of ‘going the distance’ in a spirit of determination, self belief and positivity. We wish all students undertaking semester exams over the course of this week all the very best. This assessment period is intended to provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate their learning, experience the rigour and routine of formal, timed assessments and to affirm their growth over the course of the semester. For staff it provides feedback regarding student progress which in turn informs their ongoing teaching and learning practice. We wish all families a safe and relaxing term break; and for students, hopefully some good winter reading!
At the end of this term, Michael Hanrahan, Director of Strategy and Risk and distinguished teacher, will conclude his time at Siena College. This brings to a close eleven years of outstanding service and exceptional collaboration with staff, students and families. Michael has been a friend and mentor, a servant leader, a quick witted, humble and intelligent colleague who will be sorely missed. As Director of Strategy and Risk, Michael has supported the work of two Board Committees, Risk and Policy, and in doing so has been instrumental in shaping this critical work. Through Michael’s work with these Committees, with the Board and the College Leadership Team, Siena College is firmly and widely recognised as a College of best practice in the areas of risk, policy and strategic innovation. We are indebted to Michael for this over many years. More recently, Michael’s strengths and expertise have been instrumental to our navigation of the operational aspects of the pandemic in what it means for all staff and students to remain safe and well onsite. Michael looks forward now to a period of long service leave, time with his wife Ansalie to explore new horizons and no doubt, a good rest!
Do not walk behind me, I may not lead. Do not walk in front of me, I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend. (Albert Camus)
Michael, thank you for walking with us as our friend. Go well.