From the Principal – Issue #6, 2023

Acknowledgement of Country

From the Principal

Ms Paddy McEvoy

Dear Parents/Guardians, Friends & Students of SAC,

The inaugural SAC Colour Run was a resounding success last Monday. Sunny and 24 degrees, it was a perfect day for a walk to the racecourse, and the prospect of running around and getting showered in coloured paint seemed to appeal to students of all ages! Thanks to the many families who came out to encourage the girls on the day and, as always, thanks to the staff whose planning and facilitation make it all possible. Your generous donations mean that we will be contributing over $13,000 to works of mercy, including Catherine House, the Adelaide Day Centre and the Vinnie’s Women’s Crisis Centre. I would like to acknowledge Deputy Principal, Ms Jacqui Mcilroy, who has worked tirelessly for months to bring this new event together with careful attention to detail. It was a wonderful first, and undoubtedly won’t be the last.

💜💛💙💚❤️🧡 SAC’s first ever Colour Run last week was a huge success! 💜💛💙💚❤️🧡
Thanks to the generosity of our community, we have raised $13,370 for Mercy Works initiatives!

Click here to watch a short reel of the day!
🎥 💜💛💙💚❤️🧡 🎥

Hair and makeup artists across Adelaide had a busy afternoon on Friday of Week 9, with our Year 11 and 12 students preparing for the Senior Formal. It was a fabulous night of dancing and photos, and most of all celebrating the friendships that have formed over the years. I don’t think that the dance floor has ever been quite so busy – obviously students enjoyed being able to contribute to the playlist. It was great to see five tables of staff enjoying the evening with the students, and it’s always a pleasure to see the staff up on the dancefloor when the DJ plays an ABBA number!

A group of adventurous students and staff are currently hiking along the Larapinta Trail. This is another first for SAC – when overseas travel was limited due to COVID, our Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator, Alan Brown, began exploring alternative experiences for students undertaking their Gold Dukes. This experience emerged as an excellent option and, as always, was embraced by staff and students. Thanks to everyone who makes it possible for our girls to take on such amazing challenges.

This year we have been able to celebrate the Holy Week liturgy and the Easter Mass together in Term 1. Holy Week marks the final, conflict-ridden days of Jesus’ life, his suffering, yet his trust in the Father’s love. We celebrate that death did not have the last word and that the power of God’s love does. Our sense of awe at the Easter mystery is a reminder of the wonder of God’s love in our lives at every moment. I hope that you and your families experienced that love alive in your homes and hearts at Easter.

The end of Term 1 marks 10 years since I returned to St Aloysius College as Principal. They have, without doubt, been the most professionally and personally rewarding years of my career. To come to work each day alongside staff who are devoted to helping children and young people to flourish through education is an absolute privilege. And to walk alongside families as their daughters grow into young women who are ready to take on the world has been a source of great joy. I am taking Long Service Leave for Term 2, which will provide me with an opportunity to step back and appreciate all the last decade has meant to me. I am grateful to Nick Tattoli, who will be Acting Principal in my absence, and to the rest of the Leadership Team who will ensure that the College continues to run smoothly.

Enjoy the holidays and I look forward to seeing you all again in Term 3.

Ms Paddy McEvoy