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Principal’s Message
Our 50th anniversary Jubilee Year this year, has coincided
with the Jubilee Year of Mercy declared by Pope Francis. It
has been a time of reflection and renewal for us, as well as
a time for celebration. We have focussed on the theme of
Jubilee, reaffirming our commitment to our Good Samaritan
Benedictine values. We have given thanks for the generosity
of all those who have helped to build our College into the
dynamic community it is.
To celebrate Eucharist and hear the voices of two thousand
members of our extended community filling St Mary’s
Cathedral with song was the highlight of our year. We were
delighted to be joined by a number of former Principals and
staff and a particular thrill was the presence of Sr Mary Roche
(Sr Hyacinth) who made the journey from Brisbane to be with
us on the day. We were saddened to hear of her death just a
few weeks later, but felt privileged to have been able to share
with her some of her stories from the early days of College life.
The Jubilee Ball in May was a sparkling evening of friendship,
good food, music, storytelling and dancing as former staff,
students and parents came together with current staff and
parents. Our first College Captain, Cathy Ferndale (nee Woods),
shared some insights into life in the early days. One of the
common themes which emerged in speaking with people on
the night was the enduring nature of the friendships forged
over the years by MSB students and staff. It was delightful to be
part of such a joy-filled celebration.
In Term Three the College hosted
Engage and Innovate
, a public
forum for educators, sharing together stories of innovative
practices in schools. With world-renowned keynote speakers,
Julie Temperley and Keren Caple, from the Innovation Unit
sharing practice from various parts of the world, Mount St
Benedict teachers then shared some of our recent innovations,
which have been aimed to enhance the engagement of
students in their learning. Teachers from other schools were
also able to present their practices on the theme of the forum.
Alongside all our special events, normal College life has
continued with many successes in sport, Future Problem
Solving and other co-curricular activities. Within the pages
of this edition of Bennies Buzz you will catch a glimpse of
the many and varied activities which make life at Mount St
Benedict College so rich and rewarding for all of us.
Maria Pearson
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Bennies Buzz
Summer 2016
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