Loving God, may we follow the example of St Francis and St Clare and be people who bring others together. May we be people of peace and people who bring peace. We make this prayer in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Farewell to the Class of 2020
In the last week of October, the College said farewell to the graduating Class of 2020. We did so a little differently in 2020 to ensure the farewell and celebrations were COVID safe. Celebration week, as it was called, consisted of 5 days of themed dress up, a final Year 12 assembly, Graduation Mass, Graduation Presentation and a celebration afternoon and lunch. The assembly, mass and presentation were live streamed events so that families could be included as part of these celebrations.
As a community we are proud of the achievements of the graduating class of 2020, their various successes in a wide range of pursuits, the manner in which they embraced the challenges encountered, their positive attitude, willingness to give things a go, flexibility, resilience and courage. Their growth throughout their journey at Ave and the manner in which they have risen above the challenges of 2020 due to COVID-19 is to be commended.
As they finish their formal years of education and their time at Ave, we hope that as they leave us, they continue to be brave and courageous young people who go on to live extraordinary lives, making a positive difference to those around them and the world in which they live.
We wish them all the best in their final examinations and future endeavours. And in the words of Anne Frank;
“Everyone has inside of her a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be, how much you can love, what you can accomplish, and what your potential is.”
Year 12 Student Leadership Team 2021
As you may remember in the last newsletter it was my great honour to announce the College Co-Captains for 2021. Since the time of this newsletter the College has finalised the remaining Year 12 Student Leadership appointments. It is with great pleasure that I share this information with you as part of this newsletter publication.
College Captains: Emily McMahon, Mya Mollica and Lilianna Morgan
Franciscan Captains: Amanda Nguyen and Jessica Tanti
Academic Captain: Karen Habashy
Arts Captain: Madeline Langenbacher
Helene House: Alissia Bellistri and Brianna Coyle
Clare House: Louise Garagozlo and Abbey Nagle
Francis House: Elisha Andres and Talia Miatello
Mary House: Leile Baxter and Tess Marazita
Each of these leaders will bring their own talents, aspirations and ideas to the team and their role. We wish them all the best as they take up the very important positions of being students leaders at Ave Maria College.
Blessing of St Clare of Assisi
In concluding I would like to share with you a exert from the final Year 12 Assembly which was read by the Mia Kefenhoerster and Danielle Thompson, Franciscan Captains. This exert includes the blessing of St Clare of Assisi taken from the second letter St Clare wrote to her sister St Agnes.
Strong women of faith, may you go forward with confidence in the gifts of wisdom and knowledge bestowed upon you, and the belief that you can persevere despite the challenges presented to you.
We depart with the blessing of St Clare to guide us as we continue to strive for truth through love.
What you hold, may you always hold.
What you do, may you always do and never abandon.
But with swift pace, light step,
and unswerving feet,
so that even your steps stir up no dust,
go forward securely, joyfully and swiftly,
on the path of prudent happiness,
agreeing with nothing
which would dissuade you from this resolution
or which would place a stumbling block for you on the way,
so that you may offer your vows to the Most High
in the pursuit of that perfection
to which the Spirit of the Lord has called you.
God bless and may we continue to strive for truth through love.