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ISSUE 18/09

Email: principal@columba.vic.edu.au

6th November 2009

Dear Parents

The Year 12 students of 2009 completed their formal classes on Tuesday, 20 October. The next day was their final day and their final assembly. It became a trip down memory lane, highlighting their years at the College, and was a great tribute to who they have been in the College and what they have achieved as a young group of women. Importantly, the feeling was one of celebration – celebration of who they are as a community and a celebration of the important role that St Columba’s College has played in developing that community. It was a great privilege to share in these memories.

The official farewell continued with the Graduation Mass at St Therese’s on Thursday, 22 October and dinner that night at Ultima in Keilor. The word “Eucharist” means thanksgiving and the Graduation Mass was certainly that – we gave thanks for the contribution of our Year 12 students to the life of St Columba’s and we also gave thanks for the love and support given them by their families, their friends, and their teachers. Ultimately though, we gave thanks to God for the blessings we share and for the love that was so evident amongst the community gathered for the celebrations that night.

Three students received special acclaim at the Graduation Mass. The Sisters of Charity Award for Learning was presented by Ms Julie Swanson, Head of

Learning, to Felicia Quatela. The Sisters of

Award Burke

for Service was presented by






Sister Dillon,

Charity Angela Sports

Coordinator, presented the Pierre de to Molly Monaghan and I presented

Coubertin Award the two College

Captains, Jessica special Principal’s young women for year.

Arthur and Lauren Gerdtz, with a Award. Congratulations to these their wonderful achievements this

Many thanks are extended to all the Year 12 teachers for their dedication, commitment and passion, and for their ability to inspire students to achieve their personal best. Many thanks also to all the Year 12 Home Group Teachers for their professionalism, dedication and commitment to these young women. These Home Group Teachers, Ms Assimina Semertjis, Ms Debra Coyne, Ms Katy Marriner, Mrs Joan Dillon, Mr Seth Seiderman and Mr Andy Brown, have played a pivotal role in ensuring that the pastoral needs of the students have been met through a positive, supportive environment.

Finally, on behalf of the students and their parents. we would like to express our grateful appreciation to Mr Shaun Coates, Ms Kylie Mutsaers and Mr Leo Twomey for all that they are, and have been, to these students during the past year. Their ability to nurture, support and encourage on one hand and to take the tough decisions when necessary has been much appreciated. The students’ respect and admiration for them is very evident and commendable.

May all of the students graduating in 2009 remember that they have made a contribution to the rich history of St Columba’s College and that they will always be “St Columba’s girls”. They will always be welcome here. As they near the completion of their VCE exams, we pray as a school that their future will be what they have hoped for, and that the surprises are rich and varied! May God bless them always.

Both the Hebrew and Christian scriptures invite and demand that we reach out to those that have less. Luke Chapter 12:48… “for everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required”. The charism of the Sisters of Charity is “to bring to each person the love, the tenderness, and concern of Christ for the poor, seeing Christ in everyone we serve”. And our own College mission statement urges us to educate our young women to “change the Church and renew the world”... to make a difference in the lives of others.

With all this in mind, the College will host again this year a Christmas Twilight Market for charitable organisations and local artists to sell their goods. The Christmas Twilight market was inspired by a quote from Sr Stanislaus Kennedy …“give from your substance not from your surplus”. Organizations such as the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, Jesuit Social Services, Marist Youth Ministry, Amnesty International, World Vision, Oxfam, Peter MacCallum Cancer Hospital, World Vision, Aboriginal Catholic Ministry and the Carmelite Ministry in East Timor will be in attendance.

This is an opportunity to buy Christmas gifts that not only delight the receiver, but make a real difference in the lives of real people. Please come along and support these amazing organizations.

Yours sincerely


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