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Welcome back! I hope that the term ahead is a happy and constructive one for all in our community.

I’m especially delighted to commence the term with Barbara Watkins joining us. Barbara will spend time this term transitioning to the role of principal and getting to know a bit about our community. I am sure that everyone will make her feel particularly welcome.

As the term begins, all at the Junior School will appreciate that the transportables on the quadrangle have been removed. This is a great play area for our students, and I know our handball players will be very pleased to have it back!

The transportables were initially in place for the construction of the Mary Glowrey Centre but they then remained for another period of time, which enabled the College to swap the locations of art and OSHC, as well as relocate our counsellors and some other operations.

Our ‘new’ art room in the north-west corner of the Holy Family Building is a bright, large teaching area, and our ‘new’ OSHC facility in the refurbished Perrott House is a great dedicated space for our students in OSHC and vacation care.

This project was not as large or as obvious as the Mary Glowrey construction, but it is very important nonetheless, and it does have a significant impact on daily life at the Junior School.

Some of the transportables haven’t moved very far though, as they have been relocated to the Senior School to facilitate the construction of our new art and technology building. Our current art centre, built in the 1980s, has served us well, but it is now too small for our purposes, and this is a good reminder of the need to be strategic in our planning of any developments going forward.

We hope to commence the project in late November and, whilst there will be some short-term ‘pain’ (relocations, noise, traffic, and so on – as there always is), we believe that the long-term gains of this undertaking are very exciting indeed.

During the vacation break, at the senior campus the refurbishment of the boys change rooms was completed, as was the work on the practice cricket nets. All of these projects, at both Norwood and Athelstone, hopefully provide evidence of our desire to continually improve our offerings for the students in our care.

With only a handful of school days remaining for our Year 12 students, I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank our senior year for all that they have given to our community during their time with us and to wish them happiness and success as they approach their graduation from the College. They have been good for us, and we hope and pray that we have been good for them.

Deo Gloria

Mr Peter Coffey

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 the sick:

  • Norm Tanti

For those who have died:

  • Fr James (Jim) Mulroney SSC (OI ’65)
  • Wayne David Collins (OI ’63)
  • Charles MacKay (OI ’61)

“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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A note from Barbara Watkins Principal 2023