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“We must teach more by example than by word.”

St Mary of the Cross MacKillop

This week has been punctuated by some very special events at the College. On Thursday evening, two members of staff were celebrated at the Catholic Education SA Awards for their generous service to education. The evening was attended by Archbishop Patrick O’Regan DD; Member of State Parliament, Katrine Hildyard MP; and Dr Neil McGoran, Director of Catholic Education SA. Of the nine prestigious awards, Saint Ignatius’ College staff members received two awards, which speaks volumes for the calibre of the staff at the College.

Mr Jared Centenera, Reception teacher in the Junior School, was awarded the Early Career Teacher (Primary) award. Jared is an outstanding young and beginning educator with a passion for education. He spoke to those assembled about his love for the craft of teaching and his students and gave thanks for the mentors he worked with in his early years of teaching at Saint Ignatius. Mr James Lodge received the award for outstanding work in Education Support. James is the Laboratory Technician in the Senior School and has been at the College for over 20 years. James has been a cheerful and generous member of staff, not only performing his daily work in an exemplary way, but also being an integral part of the success of the College’s Immersion Program taking students to Bathurst Island and Daly River for many years. We congratulate these staff most sincerely and thank them for their dedicated service to the College and the broader education community.

James Lodge and Jared Centenera

James Lodge and Jared Centenera at the Catholic Education SA Awards

Careers has been a central theme at the Senior School this week. Old Ignatians and parents in various professions, as well as the universities and other professionals, came to speak to our students about future career options. The night was abuzz with great conversations. We know that young people today will have more than seven ‘careers’ in their lifetime, not just jobs, so it is important to lay the foundation for good choices to occur. It was great to chat to students and parents as they grapple with these decisions. Thank you to Mrs McDonald and Mrs Zobel for their organisation of the event.

This week members of the community received an invitation to attend a ‘Dreaming Night’ in the Senior School Kranewitter Hall Wednesday 31 May 2023, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm or Junior School Tappeiner Gymnasium Thursday 1 June 2023, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, to contribute to the development of the College’s next Strategic Plan and Master Plan. The College Board has commenced the process and is keen to hear from the community via these evenings about ideas they may have for the College’s development into the future. This is an exciting time for the College, and we hope that parents will take the opportunity to attend one of these evenings. Please RSVP here to reserve places at your preferred venue.

With prayers of peace and hope,

Barbara Watkins

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:

  • Simon Baccanello (OI ’94)
  • Francesco Presutti (father of staff member, Rosanne Vitagliano)

“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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