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Message from the Principal

‘There is one body, but it has many parts. But all its many parts make up one body. It is the same with Christ.  We were all baptized by one Holy Spirit and so we are formed into one body. It didn’t matter whether we were Jews or Gentiles, slaves or free people. We were all given the same Spirit to drink.  So the body is not made up of just one part. It has many parts.’ 1 Corinthians 12:12-27

I extend a warm welcome to the 2018 school year at Siena College.  It was a great joy to experience the buzz of conversation and the warm greetings as students, staff and parents returned from the Christmas break.  It was a special pleasure to welcome the Year 12s for their final year of secondary education and the incoming Year 7s and their families.  We celebrated their place as parts of our ‘One Body’, the Siena Community, at our Opening Mass in St Dominic’s Church.  We will gather there again to wish them well when they graduate in 2023 as empowered young women.

Our College theme, One Body, Many Parts, is based on the Letters of St Paul to the Corinthians. The inspiration for the image on the 2018 theme banner is a sketch of St Catherine of Siena by artist, Henry Flanagan.  It captures her vitality and sense of purpose.  The 2018 theme banner depicts Catherine amongst the stars, her energy and determination as she moves forward. 

We are all invited to ‘be like Catherine’ in our world today.  The image on the banner can be interpreted in so many ways, our place in the universe, our place as members of a global community, our place in Australia, the part we play at Siena College and in our families and House Groups and teams.  As parts of each of these ‘bodies’ we share both privileges and opportunities as well as responsibilities to the whole.  Over the year, we will continue to reflect on the text and the image and explore its meaning for each of us in the different groups we are a part of.

It was lovely to return to refurbished facilities, a new home for Music and the Performing Arts in the West Wing, a new building facade and landscaping, and a more welcoming Undercroft and outdoor seating for the girls.  All are welcome at the Twilight Fair on Wednesday, 28 February to listen to our staff and students make music together, picnic in the grounds, support the stalls and fundraising efforts of the Siena Parents’ Association and tour the refurbished facilities.  

I thank the Siena Parents’ Association (SPA) for hosting the Year 12 breakfast and Year 7 Parents’ evening at the start of the year.  The hard work, energy and commitment of President Carmel Musco and all members of the SPA, continue to generate funds and provide enhanced facilities for the girls.  Thanks to their amazing efforts in 2017, the College received a $30,000 donation, $5,000 of which was used to construct a timber deck at the rear of the school where we will place tables and outdoor umbrellas.  In addition, the Association funded a new $7,000 electronic scoreboard for the gym and the cabinetry for a ‘pop up’ uniform shop in the refurbished undercroft.  Fundraising is a challenging undertaking and the significant contribution from SPA reflects much planning and investment of time by volunteers.

I thank the Alumnae Association for the donation of two Aqua Bubblers located adjacent to the tennis courts outside the gym.  The Alumnae Association also set up the Ursula McKenna Award and a $500 prize which is given annually to a past student in recognition of her achievements in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics.  Dr Clare Fedele was the 2017 recipient for her work in promoting the role of women in these fields of endeavour.  Both SPA and the Alumnae Association contribute much to the strong sense of community at our College and to the education of the young women at Siena.  

It has been a busy start to the year with a transition program and a ‘Dominican Day’ for Year 7s, a leadership day for the SRC, a commemoration of Kevin Rudd’s 2008 ‘Apology to the Stolen Generation’, a launch of debating and public speaking, a range of justice and service projects, our Welcome Eucharist, GSV Sport and a Genazzano Swim Meet, to mention just a few. 

Next week, at the first assembly for the year, we will welcome back and acknowledge the high achievers in the 2017 VCE.  We are proud of their efforts and of the College’s ranking once again in the ‘Top Five’ Victorian Catholic schools in the State and the top 10% of all schools.  I wish you all a productive and enriching year. 

New Chair of the Siena College Board

I am pleased to announce that the Trustees of Dominican Education Australia have appointed Mr Sean McGing as the new Chair of the Siena College Board as of Monday, 12 February 2018.  Sean and Nuala McGing are well known in the Siena community as the parents of three daughters, Aisling (Class of 2010), Fiona (Class of 2011), and Emer who will graduate from Siena College at the end of 2018.   

Sean was a member of the Finance Committee from March 2006 to April 2013, and Chair of this Committee from March 2008 to April 2013.  He joined the Siena College Board in February 2008 and has been the current and inaugural Chair of the Risk Committee since June 2010.  Sean took on the role of Company Secretary of Siena College from February 2013 to September 2016.  

Sue Fabian, Chair of Dominican Education Australia, announced Sean’s appointment, indicating that the DEA Ltd Board is acutely aware of the great responsibility involved in appointing a person to chair such an experienced and professional group as the Siena College Board, and has carefully explored the possibilities.  The Trustees are confident that Sean’s professional and governance experience, his thorough understanding of the College, and his deep commitment to the Dominican Charism and the welfare of the College, its Principal, students, staff and community, will foster a continuation of the excellence in governance which Siena College has enjoyed for so many years. 

I thank Sean on behalf of our community for his valued contribution and commitment to Siena College over the past thirteen years, and into the future.

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‘There is one body, but it has many parts. But all its many parts make up one body. It is the same with Christ.  We were all baptized by one Holy Spirit and so we are formed into one body. It didn’t matter whether we were Jews or Gentiles, slaves or free people. We were all given the same Spirit to drink.  So the body is not made up of just one part. It has many parts.’ 1 Corinthians 12:12-27

I extend a warm welcome to the 2018 school year at Siena College.  It was a great joy to experience the buzz of conversation and the warm greetings as students, staff and parents returned from the Christmas break.  It was a special pleasure to welcome the Year 12s for their final year of secondary education and the incoming Year 7s and their families.  We celebrated their place as parts of our ‘One Body’, the Siena Community, at our Opening Mass in St Dominic’s Church.  We will gather there again to wish them well when they graduate in 2023 as empowered young women.

Our College theme, One Body, Many Parts, is based on the Letters of St Paul to the Corinthians. The inspiration for the image on the 2018 theme banner is a sketch of St Catherine of Siena by artist, Henry Flanagan.  It captures her vitality and sense of purpose.  The 2018 theme banner depicts Catherine amongst the stars, her energy and determination as she moves forward. 

We are all invited to ‘be like Catherine’ in our world today.  The image on the banner can be interpreted in so many ways, our place in the universe, our place as members of a global community, our place in Australia, the part we play at Siena College and in our families and House Groups and teams.  As parts of each of these ‘bodies’ we share both privileges and opportunities as well as responsibilities to the whole.  Over the year, we will continue to reflect on the text and the image and explore its meaning for each of us in the different groups we are a part of.

It was lovely to return to refurbished facilities, a new home for Music and the Performing Arts in the West Wing, a new building facade and landscaping, and a more welcoming Undercroft and outdoor seating for the girls.  All are welcome at the Twilight Fair on Wednesday, 28 February to listen to our staff and students make music together, picnic in the grounds, support the stalls and fundraising efforts of the Siena Parents’ Association and tour the refurbished facilities.  

I thank the Siena Parents’ Association (SPA) for hosting the Year 12 breakfast and Year 7 Parents’ evening at the start of the year.  The hard work, energy and commitment of President Carmel Musco and all members of the SPA, continue to generate funds and provide enhanced facilities for the girls.  Thanks to their amazing efforts in 2017, the College received a $30,000 donation, $5,000 of which was used to construct a timber deck at the rear of the school where we will place tables and outdoor umbrellas.  In addition, the Association funded a new $7,000 electronic scoreboard for the gym and the cabinetry for a ‘pop up’ uniform shop in the refurbished undercroft.  Fundraising is a challenging undertaking and the significant contribution from SPA reflects much planning and investment of time by volunteers.

I thank the Alumnae Association for the donation of two Aqua Bubblers located adjacent to the tennis courts outside the gym.  The Alumnae Association also set up the Ursula McKenna Award and a $500 prize which is given annually to a past student in recognition of her achievements in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics.  Dr Clare Fedele was the 2017 recipient for her work in promoting the role of women in these fields of endeavour.  Both SPA and the Alumnae Association contribute much to the strong sense of community at our College and to the education of the young women at Siena.  

It has been a busy start to the year with a transition program and a ‘Dominican Day’ for Year 7s, a leadership day for the SRC, a commemoration of Kevin Rudd’s 2008 ‘Apology to the Stolen Generation’, a launch of debating and public speaking, a range of justice and service projects, our Welcome Eucharist, GSV Sport and a Genazzano Swim Meet, to mention just a few. 

Next week, at the first assembly for the year, we will welcome back and acknowledge the high achievers in the 2017 VCE.  We are proud of their efforts and of the College’s ranking once again in the ‘Top Five’ Victorian Catholic schools in the State and the top 10% of all schools.  I wish you all a productive and enriching year. 

New Chair of the Siena College Board

I am pleased to announce that the Trustees of Dominican Education Australia have appointed Mr Sean McGing as the new Chair of the Siena College Board as of Monday, 12 February 2018.  Sean and Nuala McGing are well known in the Siena community as the parents of three daughters, Aisling (Class of 2010), Fiona (Class of 2011), and Emer who will graduate from Siena College at the end of 2018.   

Sean was a member of the Finance Committee from March 2006 to April 2013, and Chair of this Committee from March 2008 to April 2013.  He joined the Siena College Board in February 2008 and has been the current and inaugural Chair of the Risk Committee since June 2010.  Sean took on the role of Company Secretary of Siena College from February 2013 to September 2016.  

Sue Fabian, Chair of Dominican Education Australia, announced Sean’s appointment, indicating that the DEA Ltd Board is acutely aware of the great responsibility involved in appointing a person to chair such an experienced and professional group as the Siena College Board, and has carefully explored the possibilities.  The Trustees are confident that Sean’s professional and governance experience, his thorough understanding of the College, and his deep commitment to the Dominican Charism and the welfare of the College, its Principal, students, staff and community, will foster a continuation of the excellence in governance which Siena College has enjoyed for so many years. 

I thank Sean on behalf of our community for his valued contribution and commitment to Siena College over the past thirteen years, and into the future.