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Whilst all weeks are busy during the term, in one way or another, this past week has particularly been so. I am also conscious of the fact that as we conclude the school week, the College is celebrating the Blessing and Official Opening of the Mary Glowrey Centre at the Junior School on Friday night.

Archbishop Patrick O’Regan will preside at the blessing, along with Bishop O’Kelly SJ; our Rector, Father Hosking SJ; and Father Tanaya SJ; and parish priest from Norwood, Father Jenkins SJ, will assist. Happily, Father Mullins SJ is also returning in his role as Socius, representing the Provincial, Fr Quyen Vu SJ. The Chair of SACCS (South Australian Commission for Catholic Schools), Professor Denis Ralph; Director of CESA, Dr Neil McGoran; and College Board Chair, Mr Sean Keenihan, along with other invited guests, will be present too.

We are very honoured to have so many significant leaders in Catholic education and friends of the College attending, and I am very much looking forward to the opening, which I am sure will be a wonderful occasion in the history of the Junior School.

The busy nature of most of this week, though, was mainly centred on the Senior School.

On Monday afternoon and evening, we conducted the second of our online subject conversations with parents and caregivers of students in Years 7 to 11. As we continue to develop and move to our continuous reporting to families through SEQTA, we are also evolving how we approach this type of communication. Quite deliberately, parent/teacher interviews have been replaced with subject conversations, and the focus of these is to try to address gaps or challenges in students’ learning. Of course, parents and caregivers are free to contact subject teachers of their children at any time, should they wish to, and should not wait until a particular week or night to do so.

Our old year level evenings – which were sometimes likened to ‘speed dating’ with a bell going every 8 to 10 minutes to tell people to move – served us well for the times, but online capacity and more targeted conversations supporting a holistic approach to feedback will serve us far more effectively in the future.

On Tuesday night, the College Foundation Board held their AGM, and I thank Mrs Susan Dodson and her board members for their ongoing work in raising funds for bursaries and College capital developments. Susan will continue in her role as chair, and her generosity and commitment to the Foundation are a great blessing for our community. I take this opportunity to thank all the ongoing board members and outgoing members David Prescott and Michael Ryan for their service.

Foundation AGM

At the College Foundation Board AGM L-R: Father Peter Hosking SJ, Susan Dodson (Chair of Foundation), Stella Waugh (Board Member)

The next night was our annual Careers Market in the Dennett Centre, and this is one of my favourite occasions every year. Old Ignatians, parents and caregivers, and friends of the College give freely of their time to share their knowledge with our students about possible career paths. Tertiary institutions and other training providers also attend and present a smorgasbord of options to our students. Some of our presenters have been supporting this market for nearly fifteen years, and as a community event it is outstanding. Once again, it is the generosity within our community that I find so affirming.

I thank Mrs Lisa McDonald, our Vocational Services Coordinator, and her team for their great work in bringing all the moving parts together on Wednesday night.

During the week, our new Board Chair, Mr Sean Keenihan, spoke to Senior School staff, and his message about the work of the board and how it provides leadership for the College was most effective. Sean will have the opportunity to speak with Junior School staff next week. His heartfelt thanks to staff for their work in challenging COVID times were most appreciated.

We also had a visit from staff at Xavier College in Melbourne, a Senior School tour morning for prospective families, and the commencement of all winter co-curricular activities, and these were just some of the things that were specific to week 3.

I would like to think that every week at the College is full of life and purpose and contributes positively to the formation of our students. We do this in partnership with many others, and this week was an excellent reminder of this.

Deo Gloria

Mr Peter Coffey
Principal

OREMUS (Let us pray)

We remember all in our College community. May our prayers comfort those suffering at this time. May God’s blessing be a source of support in their sorrow and loss, and bring courage, patience, and hope.

For those who have died:

  • Joe (Giuseppe) Romeo - Father of Old Ignatians Nicole (2007) and Nathan (2005)

“Ask and you shall receive … knock and the door will be opened unto you.” (Matt 7:7)

If you would like someone to be remembered by the College community in prayer (even anonymously), please provide details to the Rector, class or Mentor Teacher, or House Leader.

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