Congratulations to our Year 8 students who took out Gold in the Ethics Olympiad and to our Year 7 students who were awarded the Bronze medal. We commend all Year 11 students who are finishing this week and wish Year 7 to 10 students all the best for their final week next week.
This week students in Years 7 and 8 participated in the Ethics Olympiad – a wonderful event which develops critical thinking skills in students as they respond to ethical prompts. Following a time of preparation students then respond, debate style, with competing students from other schools across Melbourne. We are delighted to announce that overall, our Year 8 students took out Gold and our Year 7 students were awarded the Bronze medal. Congratulations to these students and to Melanie Mackenzie for her wonderful support and mentoring of them. We are also very pleased to acknowledge that all Siena students received individual honourable mentions.
We commend all Year 11 students who are finishing this week. In recent weeks, much has been asked of them – course completion, examinations, including more than half undertaking a Unit 3 and 4 exam, and over this week, Year 12 Headstart. In every aspect of their efforts, they have shown great focus and maturity. In undertaking Headstart this week, these students now leave for their summer break with a clear sense of their chosen studies and essential reading before their return. I was very pleased to attend their end of year liturgy, with its focus on Advent and thanksgiving for the year. We commend all senior students and wish them a safe and restful break.
Next week will see Year 10 students move into their Year 11 program. Year 9 students will continue with final exams and Years 7 and 8 will engage in a wonderful transdisciplinary program entitled ReThink, ReSet, RePurpose, inviting students into a design thinking process regarding ethical consumption of food. I thank Bronwyn Illot and Donna Laughlin for collaborating in the leadership of this great initiative.
After twenty-three years of fine service, Cathy Fulco is entering a period of long service leave followed by retirement. As a highly regarded teacher and colleague, Cathy will be remembered for her warmth and commitment. This photo was taken of Cathy with her Year 7 French class on her final day of teaching. We thank Cathy and wish her every blessing in retirement.
As this is the final newsletter for the year, we extend Christmas blessings to all Siena families.
Follow, where the Spirit of Hope leads you
Listen, as the child of Peace beckons you
Rejoice, as the love of God embraces you
Live now: with Hope, Peace and Love in your hearts
May the blessing of the Creator,
Christ Child and Spirit be with you, forever.
As we prepare for the new Liturgical Year, Advent is the season that precedes and prepares us for Christmas. It is a season of hope and longing, of joyful expectation and of peaceful preparation. Director of Formation, Sr Sheila Flynn OP shares this reflection with us:
Advent emphasises hope and joy, the things we need to add into our lives: more grace, light and goodness.
God became human not so that God might be with us, but that we might be with God – the readings throughout Advent point to this extraordinary reality. The Messiah is not where we expect him to be; the One who is coming will make right, whole and bring peace. Jesus turns the world into a place of all that is plentiful, a great drama of abundance; he keeps on giving, empowering us.
When Christmas arrives it heralds a time to ponder and notice what has begun. We ‘sign on’ for justice, compassion and forgiveness – these are the hallmarks that show we have been attentive in our anticipation.
Energy levels are high and the end of Term 4 is rapidly approaching. Well done to our Year 11 students for engaging so well with the 2022 Headstart program. Our Year 10 Students celebrated their last exam on Friday and are no doubt looking forward to getting away and enjoying a fun break and Christmas period once Headstart concludes. Year 9 students complete their exams on Wednesday, 1 December and we farewell our Year 7 to Year 10 students on Thursday, 2 December. The final assembly and liturgy for 2021 will finish at 1.00pm.
This past week our Year 8 and Year 7 students have had the wonderful opportunity to participate in a cross-curricula program that investigates sustainability and combating the issue of world waste. Using the Design Thinking Process first introduced to students in their Discovery classes in Year 7, students will embark on a week of thinking, collaborating, learning, and questioning:
We have heard from guest speakers from the food rescue service, FareShare, and Siena’s Scientist in Residence, Dr Lorien Parker, and students have been participating in challenge tasks which will help encourage them to transfer learning from school to home as they consider how food is used and disposed of.
Students also enjoyed their Upcycle, Recycle, Repurpose activity during which they explored ways of repurposing materials to create a new product.
We are delighted to be holding the Night of Excellence at the Hawthorn Arts Centre on Wednesday, 8 December. Over the course of the following week, award recipients and their families will receive an invitation to attend this special night as we recognise the hard work and commitment demonstrated by our students.
While we pray and hope that 2022 will be less tumultuous, we can look forward to the new year knowing that we are prepared and ready for almost anything!
Wishing you and your families a heart-warming time together, celebrating the simple joy of being with those we love and care for.
I can hardly believe that our students will complete their academic year next Thursday! It has been wonderful to have them back and hear their ‘happy noise’ around the school yet again.
Planning for 2022 classes is almost complete and next year we will be making a change to the current Middle House Groups to provide greater opportunities for new friendships and connections. We are hoping that this will provide students at each year level with an opportunity to get to know more of their peers and create positive connections, especially after the disruptions of the last two years.
We bid farewell to our Year 11 students today as they complete their Headstart program, and wish our Year 7 to 10 students all the best for their final days of school next week. We wish all our students and families a joy filled Christmas and holiday as we continue to reconnect with family and friends after another disrupted year.
Wishing you all a blessed Christmas and a safe and happy 2022.
Stay connected and, as always, be kind.
Year 9 Art students have recently completed a Mythical Creatures Silk Embroidery project. This entailed watching a favourite mythical movie (e.g. Harry Potter) to gain inspiration and then designing a unique mythical creature. Students learned various embroidery stitches and designed colour-ways and stitching. Some fantastic work was created as can be seen here.
Year 8 students have recently completed an Isometric City task. Students were given the opportunity to choose a theme - such as medieval, futuristic, haunted house, ancient museum - and create an isometric illustration of a city based on that theme.
Please join us for the 2021 Celebration of Sport webinar on Thursday, 2 December commencing at 6.30pm. This evening will celebrate the achievements of our students in their respective sports, despite another disrupted year.
The webinar will also include our 2021 and 2022 Sports Captains interviewing St Kilda AFLW players, Hannah Priest and Tarni White, as well as a recording of our Aerobics teams in action!
To register for the Zoom webinar please click here.
The majority of our remote Indigenous students reside at the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School (MITS) Boarding House in Richmond. This week, Siena staff were treated to a tour of this wonderful facility where we enjoyed afternoon tea with MITS staff and students, and staff from other partner schools.
The Boarding House staff do amazing work with our students at this ‘home away from home’ and it was pleasing to see the students so comfortable in this environment.
Shortly our students will return home for the holiday break (and to the wet season in the Northern Territory). We commend all our MITS students (including our Year 10 students not pictured) on their resilience through the past two years. Each period of holiday travel home has required two weeks of mandatory quarantine before they actually arrive, resulting in extended periods of online learning.
Pictured below are current Year 8 and 9 students and staff, along with two new students who will join us in 2022.
Many thanks to all parents and students for their support and feedback with Siena Career News this year. It has once again been a tough year to get through, particularly without “in person” Open Days and other Career related activities that are usually provided by the various Institutions to help students research courses and find out more about life outside of school.
Luckily in this week’s Siena Career News we see that the universities are starting to advertise campus tours again and I would strongly recommend students grab a friend or two and book themselves in to take advantage of these initiatives while the opportunity is there.
As many of you would be aware, there is a shortage of employees in the hospitality and retail sectors at the moment and many employers have been contacting the Siena Careers Office to advertise casual and part time positions. Students in Years 9 to 12 are advised to keep an eye on any emails from me regarding positions available if they are keen to pick up a job for the holidays and beyond.
Items in this week's Siena Career News include:
Head of Careers
The Siena Parents' Association (SPA) is excited to host their inaugural Christmas Car Boot Sale which will be held in the Siena College car park on Saturday, 4 December 2021 from 9.00am.
To book a car spot to sell items on the day CLICK HERE - bookings open to all!
For all visitors/shoppers, admission is free and we look forward to seeing you there 🎄
Learn more below:
The SPA Second Hand Uniform shop will be open to Siena families on the following dates. No bookings are required but all visitors must provide proof of vaccination/medical exemption at check-in.
The SPA Uniform Shop urgently requires stock of both summer and winter uniform if you have items you wish to sell/donate. The following items are most needed:
Items to be sold/donated can be dropped off at Main College Reception. Please remember that all items must be freshly laundered and pressed (blazers, winter pants and winter skirts must be dry cleaned, with dry cleaning tags still attached) and a consignment note must accompany goods for sale.
Click here to learn more about the SPA Second Hand Uniform Shop on the College website.
Siena College has partnered with Kenshi Candles to raise funds for the Kopanang Community Trust.
Founded by Melbourne teenager, Liam Foldi, Kenshi Candles is a social enterprise which donates over half their profit to fund charities and worthy causes that make a real difference in the world. Kenshi Candles are hand-poured in Melbourne with the full process, from pouring to packaging, completed in-house with help from members of the Chin refugee community. Learn more about Kenshi Candles here.
Candles are 380g (60 hours burn time), triple-scented, double-wicked and made from natural soy wax. Available scents are:
Each candle purchased through Siena College will fund simple food needs for a small family for a day, or over-the-counter medication for sickness alleviation through the Kopanang Community Trust.