From the Principal
Within the College community, there are a number of different groups or associations who act to promote the College’s interests in one way or another. The best known of these groups is, of course, our Parents and Friends, whose work spans almost every aspect of school life. Their generous support of College events and activities is a great gift to us and does much to enhance the culture of ‘welcome’ that we seek to nurture here.
A less well-known group is our Fidelis Association, which encompasses parents, caregivers, and friends of students who have graduated from the College – Past Parents and Friends, if you like. The term ‘Fidelis’ is Latin and translates as loyal or faithful.
On Tuesday night at the Junior School, the Fidelis Association had their opening Mass and Annual General Meeting.
As the Fidelis Association, they are well named, as it would be difficult to imagine a group that is more loyal to Ignatian ideals than this one. The children of many of them graduated some time ago, but within the Ignatian community they find something – perhaps in our spirituality more than anything else – that motivates them to stay connected to the College. A number of them are now grandparents of children here, and so they have this lens to participate in College life. Over their journey, they have witnessed more change in our College than most, but I found it very affirming and even a bit humbling to share in conversation with them about what the College continues to mean to them.
Our Head of Ignatius Early Years, Mrs Rosemary Allen, was their guest speaker on Tuesday night, and I could see how delighted the Fidelis members were to hear of how our three, four, and five year olds are gently introduced to an Ignatian view of the world.
Above: Tony Rice & John Connelly
Above: L-R Rae Crafter, Margie Davis & Hiep Nguyen
The faith-filled people I encountered on Tuesday night remind me once again that in the here and now, we build on the shoulders of those who have gone before us. The legacy they have left to us is a rich and unique one, and it is a great privilege to try to continue to develop what they have established.
The current Fidelis executive of President, Monica Klingberg; Secretary, Mary Connelly; and Treasurer, Di Campbell will all continue in their roles in the year ahead, and I thank them sincerely for their service.
I enjoyed the company of everyone on Tuesday night very much, and in sharing Mass with them I felt that the endeavour of Saint Ignatius’ College was indeed blessed.
Mr Peter Coffey