Bennies Buzz_MAY 2014_Final - page 3

May 2014
Bennies Buzz
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It is a privilege to have been elected the 2014 Mount St Benedict
Ex- Students Association President. When I was a student
at Mount St Benedict in the 1970s I would not have anticipated
I would be involved in the College all these years later. I recall
one of my main concerns was the representative “zig zag” and
“captain ball” teams. The competition was intense when we
competed against other Good Samaritan Secondary Schools.
Clearly times change! However we did call the College
“Bennies” and the College Crest is essentially the same.
A very exciting initiative by the Association is the introduction of
a College Ring and the Crest is intrinsic to its design. A jeweller
was commissioned to create the Ring and it includes all current
elements: the shield shape, the cross of Christ, the torch of
faith, the word PAX and a path as a symbol of the journey of life.
These were the same elements in the Crest designed by the first
Principal, Sister Christopher Burrows in 1966. The class of 2014
will be the inaugural Year to be offered the opportunity to receive
this unique sterling silver College Ring.
Whilst it is important that the Association acknowledges and
celebrates its links with the past it is critical that we are a
vibrant organisation for the here and now. Beyond Bennies
is one opportunity for current students to mix with and listen
to the stories of former students. The speakers always offer
insight into the joys and challenges of their chosen career and
the journey they have taken since they left Bennies. It will be held
at the School on Tuesday 17th June commencing at 7.15am.
All ex-students are most welcome and further details will be
on
Bennies Connect
. This is our alumni website so if you have
not logged on yet do not delay, you will be amazed.
Finally on behalf of all the Association members I would like to take
this opportunity to thank our former President Melissa Woolnough
and her Committee for their dedicated efforts. It is through their
advocacy that the Association has flourished. Also thank you to
the current Committee for your energy and commitment.
Catherine Bray
(Anderton 1977)
President
Melissa Woolnough
was presented with
a College artwork
at a recent MSBESA
meeting in recognition
of her contribution
to the Ex-Student
Association.
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