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At Siena College, we aim to offer all our students a daily, lived experience of being empowered women and each year, we are so proud of the girls who put themselves forward to serve our community as College Captains.  Four exceptional young women, Adrienne Duray, Laura Griss, Ella Gurry and Bridget Hoy, nominated for the role of 2020 College Captain.  Thanks are extended to Claire Moody for the Pillars program and for working with them in the lead up to the elections.  Their perspectives on leadership have expanded and their responses at interviews and their speeches at assembly were an affirmation of the College, their families, and of their individual gifts and talents.  I thank them for their willingness to serve the Siena community.  In selecting the College Captains, we use preferential voting similar to the Federal and State elections and Year 10 and 11 students and all staff are eligible to vote.  After presenting their speeches at a College assembly, Laura Griss and Adrienne Duray were elected to lead the student body in 2020.  I congratulate each of the candidates for her courage, vision and passion in aspiring to this position of responsibility.

The Charidy Giving Day campaign, Be All You Can Be, held on 15 August was very successful with over $113,000 being raised towards the Equity Scholarship program.  It was testimony once again to the wonderful generosity and spirit of the Siena community.  I thank all who contributed by offering time in the Operations Room or through a donation for what will now become an enduring legacy of a Siena education and have a ripple effect well into the future.

Over this past fortnight, we continued to welcome a stream of visitors to Siena.  Elizabeth Hanney, the newly appointed Siena College Principal for 2020, joined the staff for morning tea followed by a tour of the College and a meeting with the Leadership Team.  I hope you have had a chance to ‘meet’ Elizabeth in the lovely welcome video on our website.  

Eleven students from the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School (MITS) spent a morning with Siena ‘buddies’ making biscuits in the Food Technology kitchen and then in the Learning Centre, exploring virtual reality scenarios and engaging in a range of activities.  It is anticipated that the College will enrol another two MITS students in 2020. Many thanks to Maree Cody, Anne Rice, Lyn Alexander and Anthony George for running activities and working with our visitors. They had a wonderful time with our students and staff.  

The week concluded with our Fathers' Day breakfast hosted by our wonderful Siena Parents’ Association (SPA).  Over three hundred and sixty dads and grandfathers braved a frosty start to the morning to share a delicious breakfast with their daughters.  I wish them all a special Fathers' Day and hope they are made to feel much loved and appreciated. 

The 2019 College Play, The Importance of Being Earnest, opened this week with a cast and crew of very engaged and excited students from every year level in the school.  Much credit is due to the actors and back stage crew and to Maree Cody for her investment in this cocurricular opportunity over many years.  The selected plays have never been trivial and have challenged each successive cast in ways unimagined.  This year’s performance has been highly acclaimed and the students who performed should feel very proud of all they have learned and achieved.  Another group of Year 9 students continued their rehearsals in collaboration with St Kevin’s College for a forthcoming production of Romeo and Juliet.  I am very much looking forward to seeing the production.

I greatly enjoyed an excursion to the St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research, along with Michael Hanrahan and Year 10 Science students.  This visit was made possible via our connection with Susan Alberti AC who is a patron of the Institute and whose philanthropy supports female scientists to continue their research while they take parental leave.  The SVI staff commented that in five years of accompanying such tours, they had never encountered a more engaged and interested group of students. The tour included learning about research in proteins and the use of x-ray crystallography to gain an understanding at the atomic level, drug design and research into osteoporosis.  Two PhD students also shared their academic pathways.

Finally, I extend congratulations to Lily Oliphant who has been selected in the AFL Indigenous Kickstart squad. Lily will return early from the Northern Territory for a football camp in the second week of the holidays.  We wish her well. 

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At Siena College, we aim to offer all our students a daily, lived experience of being empowered women and each year, we are so proud of the girls who put themselves forward to serve our community as College Captains.  Four exceptional young women, Adrienne Duray, Laura Griss, Ella Gurry and Bridget Hoy, nominated for the role of 2020 College Captain.  Thanks are extended to Claire Moody for the Pillars program and for working with them in the lead up to the elections.  Their perspectives on leadership have expanded and their responses at interviews and their speeches at assembly were an affirmation of the College, their families, and of their individual gifts and talents.  I thank them for their willingness to serve the Siena community.  In selecting the College Captains, we use preferential voting similar to the Federal and State elections and Year 10 and 11 students and all staff are eligible to vote.  After presenting their speeches at a College assembly, Laura Griss and Adrienne Duray were elected to lead the student body in 2020.  I congratulate each of the candidates for her courage, vision and passion in aspiring to this position of responsibility.

The Charidy Giving Day campaign, Be All You Can Be, held on 15 August was very successful with over $113,000 being raised towards the Equity Scholarship program.  It was testimony once again to the wonderful generosity and spirit of the Siena community.  I thank all who contributed by offering time in the Operations Room or through a donation for what will now become an enduring legacy of a Siena education and have a ripple effect well into the future.

Over this past fortnight, we continued to welcome a stream of visitors to Siena.  Elizabeth Hanney, the newly appointed Siena College Principal for 2020, joined the staff for morning tea followed by a tour of the College and a meeting with the Leadership Team.  I hope you have had a chance to ‘meet’ Elizabeth in the lovely welcome video on our website.  

Eleven students from the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School (MITS) spent a morning with Siena ‘buddies’ making biscuits in the Food Technology kitchen and then in the Learning Centre, exploring virtual reality scenarios and engaging in a range of activities.  It is anticipated that the College will enrol another two MITS students in 2020. Many thanks to Maree Cody, Anne Rice, Lyn Alexander and Anthony George for running activities and working with our visitors. They had a wonderful time with our students and staff.  

The week concluded with our Fathers' Day breakfast hosted by our wonderful Siena Parents’ Association (SPA).  Over three hundred and sixty dads and grandfathers braved a frosty start to the morning to share a delicious breakfast with their daughters.  I wish them all a special Fathers' Day and hope they are made to feel much loved and appreciated. 

The 2019 College Play, The Importance of Being Earnest, opened this week with a cast and crew of very engaged and excited students from every year level in the school.  Much credit is due to the actors and back stage crew and to Maree Cody for her investment in this cocurricular opportunity over many years.  The selected plays have never been trivial and have challenged each successive cast in ways unimagined.  This year’s performance has been highly acclaimed and the students who performed should feel very proud of all they have learned and achieved.  Another group of Year 9 students continued their rehearsals in collaboration with St Kevin’s College for a forthcoming production of Romeo and Juliet.  I am very much looking forward to seeing the production.

I greatly enjoyed an excursion to the St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research, along with Michael Hanrahan and Year 10 Science students.  This visit was made possible via our connection with Susan Alberti AC who is a patron of the Institute and whose philanthropy supports female scientists to continue their research while they take parental leave.  The SVI staff commented that in five years of accompanying such tours, they had never encountered a more engaged and interested group of students. The tour included learning about research in proteins and the use of x-ray crystallography to gain an understanding at the atomic level, drug design and research into osteoporosis.  Two PhD students also shared their academic pathways.

Finally, I extend congratulations to Lily Oliphant who has been selected in the AFL Indigenous Kickstart squad. Lily will return early from the Northern Territory for a football camp in the second week of the holidays.  We wish her well.