From the Principal – Issue #1, 2024
Acknowledgement of Country
From the Principal
Dear Parents/Guardians, Friends & Students of SAC,
Welcome to the 2024 school year. I would like to extend a special welcome to the many new students and families who have joined us at St Aloysius College this year. We hope that in these first few days and weeks, you will experience the warmth of Mercy hospitality that quickly enables our students and their families to feel a sense of connection and belonging.
The Liturgy Committee has chosen our focus for this year’s liturgies and masses to be Called to Peace. At our first staff day last week, the whole staff reflected on this theme in the light of the challenges our world is facing, with so many children’s lives being ravaged by war. Now, more than ever, we are called to bring peace to our communities, in our homes and in our school.
The Class of 2023 has achieved excellent results and, in this newsletter, you will find a summary of the results presented by Deputy Principal (Teaching and Learning), Jacqui Jury. Every student successfully completed the SACE. Special congratulations to Dux of the College, Isabelle, who achieved an ATAR of 99.4. Isabelle attended SAC from Reception to Year 12, so there are many teachers who are thrilled with Isabelle’s results, having played a part in her learning journey. More detail on the outstanding results from the Class of 2023 can be found in the pages of this newsletter. We look forward to celebrating with the graduates and their families at the Dux Assembly, which will be held on Tuesday 13 February.
WELCOME TO NEW AND RETURNING STAFF
We are pleased to welcome:
- Chelsea Connelly (AFL Trainee)
- Rita Caprioli (PE Assistant)
- India Bament-Sitkowski (First Nations Support Officer)
- Anjelica Grillett (Learning Support Officer)
- Meg McDonald (Marketing & SACOSA Intern)
- Elena Koulianos (English Teacher)
- Pip Smitheram (Mathematics, Science and RE Teacher)
- Belinda Monaghan (Science Teacher)
- Jacob Dickson (PE Teacher)
- Nagina Zahra (English and EAL/D Teacher)
- Amy Klar (English, Humanities and RE Teacher)
- Lily Foster-Richardson (Art and Humanities Teacher)
- Laura Kelly (English and Humanities Teacher)
- Mel White (PE Teacher)
The focal point of holiday works this year was “The Village”. This group of temporary classrooms has been constructed in the Redden Undercroft to enable us to move forward with renovating learning spaces and building a new Primary School, as communicated through the College Master Plan. We are grateful to Details Studio and Inca Constructions who have worked tirelessly throughout the holiday period to complete this project.
In addition, work has begun on the Mitchell Courtyard redevelopment to incorporate an Acknowledgment of Country. The Reconciliation Action Plan Committee, especially First Nations Student Support worker Maja Tongerie, has been central to this project, working closely with architect Peter Moeck. We are very excited to see their vision become a reality for the start of Term 2.
This Newsletter enables us to share with our community the huge variety of activities taking place in the College each week. Thank you for taking the time to read this, and we hope that you will enjoy finding familiar faces and places included in newsletters throughout the year.
We hope that students, staff and families experience a peaceful and fulfilling year in 2024.
Ms Paddy McEvoy