Dear Parents, Friends, Staff and Students of Caroline Chisholm College,
Last week we inducted our new College Leaders at our Leaders’ Mass at Padre Pio Church. It was a wonderful occasion where we, with Fr Walter Fogarty, gave thanks and prayed for these young leaders who will take the college forward into 2020. As part of the ceremony, our new College Captain, Alannah Eisenhuth gave her inaugural address. I have asked her if we could share an edited version as this week’s newsletter principal’s message. I think you will agree that Alannah’s words capture so much of what it means to be a courageous and faith-filled person in a complex world. It is what we hope for all our students. Thank you, Alannah, for accepting this important mission of leadership at Caroline Chisholm College.
"Good morning students, teachers, parents and guests. I am humbled to be able to address you today as the college captain of Caroline Chisholm College for 2020. I am very grateful to have been given this opportunity and feel privileged to be able to lead this unique, inspiring and vibrant school community.
Looking into the year ahead with 2020 vision, I am excited by the potential of our new student leaders. Each of the young women who have stood before you today bring different strengths to our team and will inevitably assist in further developing the sisterhood. In particular, I am extremely appreciative of the senior leadership team, especially the two vice captains Claudia Fava and Micquella Grima. I am excited to undergo this journey with you by my side and I have no doubt that the positivity and resilience that each of you demonstrate will help the entirety of the SRC to accomplish our goals.
The idea of the sisterhood has been echoed by every leadership team that I have witnessed since Year 7 and I believe that it is the heart of what it means to be a student at the College. It is truly remarkable to be a part of such a tight knit community that is full of passionate, empowering and inspiring young women. Each of you has your own unique gifts and talents to share that can make a significant contribution to our college. However, the second guessing and sometimes insecure nature of young women means that we may choose not to share these gifts with others.
At each of our communal gatherings we have the chance to sing our school song, and I can imagine that at times not all of you stop to think about the lyrics that you are singing. Considering our theme for next year is tolerance, I would like to bring your attention to one line in particular; “and with the tolerance to value our diversity”. This calls us, as students of the college, to be inspired by our spirituality and unconditionally support the diverse ambitions of not only others, but also ourselves. It is my firm belief that the passions that each of you embody have a transformative nature that can unlock your full potential and encourage you to be your best self. The ability to realise this will equip you with skills that transcend the gates of the College and will ultimately enable you to enter the world as confident young women who have a continuing passion to better yourselves as people. It is my hope that the SRC will build upon this legacy of the sisterhood to enable each of you to allow your passions to become the driving force of your successes.
Once again, I would like to thank you all for this incredible opportunity. I can assure you that I, along with the rest of the SRC, will embrace the example of Caroline Chisholm and her values of faith, courage, tolerance, dignity, justice and compassion, within our leadership to effectively work towards bringing each student closer to the heart of the college. I cannot wait to begin working with the leadership team for 2020 and anticipate all of your unconditional support for the next twelve months. It truly is a privilege to be able to maintain the legacy of the sisterhood and continue to work towards a future of participation, pride and solidarity for the college."
Mr Greg Elliott