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From the Acting Principal

Another busy and productive term has drawn to a close and I am sure everyone in our community is looking forward to a few weeks at a slower pace and some time to reflect.  

Last week we conducted interviews for 2019 College Captains.  Eight students undertook a rigorous process of application, an interview with the Leadership Team and the presentation of their speeches at the College Assembly, to students and staff.  Each student spoke passionately and eloquently and it was wonderful to see such strong role models among our senior students.  We thank all students for their outstanding contributions and warmly congratulate Jade Devlin and Charlotte Lack, our College Captains for 2019.  

Fourteen students and three staff departed earlier this week for the Chinese Culture and Language Trip.  Another nine students and two staff left yesterday for Central Australia as part of the Indigenous Immersion experience with the Catholic Mission group.  We look forward to hearing of their travels on their return in Term 4.

We have had cause to celebrate this week with some wonderful individual and team results:  

  • Zoe Kelly (Year 9), Angelina Rodos (Year 7) and Jasmine Skutela (Year 9) represented the College with distinction at the Mount Alexander Schools Chess Challenge
  • Edie Mitra (Year 8) represented Victoria at the School Sports Australia Diving Championships in Perth, placing fourth in the one metre and three metre Springboard events and achieving a silver medal in the Team Synchro competition 
  • Jemma Rigoni (Year 8) won bronze in the GSV 400m Athletics finals for her age group
  • Our Aerobics team achieved remarkable results at the National AeroSchools Championships on the Gold Coast.  Jessica Higgins (Year 7), Olivia Kershaw (Year 8) and Ella Graham (Year 8), coached by Chelsea Buswell (Year 11), placed first in their division.  All results are published in Sporting News

As we commence Pillar IV of the Butterfly Campaign, Transforming the Convent into the Gateway of the College, we remind families that building works will commence over the holidays.  There will be disruption to access from the beginning of Term 4 with the front carpark and driveway unavailable for student drop off and pick up.  Communication has been sent to families regarding alternate drop off points.  Please click here for further information. 

Mrs Robson-Garth is presently on enrichment leave as part of the retired and current Principals tour of South America.  The tour has included visits to missions in Bolivia, work with Christians for Peace in El Salvador (CRISPAZ) and visits to places of Dominican significance including the Las Casas Institute.  She writes of her experience: 

I have no words to describe this amazing place.  There is a deep sense of spirituality and the most amazing mountains I have ever seen.  We have had some very moving and confronting experiences, meetings with people in El Salvador searching for loved ones who disappeared through Mexico trying to get to the US, visiting a memorial to over 70,000 who were killed in Peru by the Shining Path, including Josephite Nun Irene McCormack and children as young as three.  Yesterday, in contrast to the impressive Spanish architecture of Lima, we visited an area in the outskirts called Canto Grande that people are flooding into. We also met the father of liberation theology, ninety year old Gustavo Gutierrez and visited the place where Archbishop Romero was killed.  

We wish all students, staff and families a safe and relaxing holiday break.  We hold the Year 12 students in our thoughts and prayers as they undertake trial exams during the second week of the holidays and as they prepare for their final VCE examinations. Term 4 commences for students on Monday, 8 October.

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