Friday 15 December 2023

From the Principal

  • ACAN
  • Thank You
  • ACAN
  • Thank You

Dear Parents and Carers,

Ave Maria Community Awards Night

During the last week of term, the College held the Ave Maria Community Awards Night (ACAN). As always, this night was a wonderful celebration of student achievements in a range of pursuits – academic, creative, artistic, sport and social justice, recognising the many ways that young people can excel and reach their own personal best. Students who received awards were recognised for the following characteristics in their chosen area:

  • Personal organisation, self-reliance and resilience
  • Participation, effort and contribution
  • Enthusiasm and passion in a particular area
  • Consistency in effort
  • Creativity and originality
  • Commitment, dedication and perseverance
  • Personal growth
  • Pursuit of excellence

I would like in particular, to acknowledge the following two award recipients who received our most prestigious awards of the night:

The Helene De Chappotin Award which is awarded to a student and is open to all students at the College. The Award acknowledges exceptional commitment to the dimensions of the College Mission Statement. This Award symbolises the motto 'Striving for Truth through Love'. The criteria for this award includes academic effort; participation in faith and social justice activities; displayed leadership qualities; participation in and membership of different groups operating within the College; and a general commitment to and support for the College charism. Congratulations to Jocelyn O’Keefe, a current Year 10 student for being the 2023 recipient of this highly regarded Student Award.

The Francis Staff Service Award which was awarded to Garry Whicker, a long serving and well-respected staff member of the College. Garry was recognised for going above and beyond his normal duties, his work with students in leading the co-curricular area of the College and his readiness to lend a hand when needed. Garry is the ultimate quiet achiever. Garry was acknowledged for the way he builds strong relationships, fostering independence and growth in young people. Garry is committed to providing a range of opportunities that allow our students to explore their talents outside of the classroom. Congratulations Garry!

I am sure that you will join me in congratulating all the Award winners, for which a list has been included at the end of this newsletter.

Thank you

Finally, as the year draws to an end, I would like to thank the entire Ave Maria College Community – students, staff, and parents, for their ongoing support.

I would also like to say special thank you to the following particular staff who will be leaving us at the end of this year – Miss Joanna Hammer, Mrs Suzanne Lake, Mrs Kate De Bolfo, Miss Natalia Sacchetta, Mrs Erika Zanini, Mrs Sonia George, Mrs Anna Murray, Mrs Ana Yarrovi and Mrs Sara Cardina-Sanders. Each of these staff members has committed themselves to wanting the best for students at this College and ensuring they have received the best education possible during their time with us. We thank them sincerely for their commitment and efforts, we wish them all the best in their new endeavours.

Thank you to members of the College Leadership Team – Mr Dane Calleja (Executive Deputy Principal – Learning and Operations), Ms Leonie Rushbrook (Assistant Principal – Students and Engagement), Miss Joanna Hammer (Assistant Principal – Community and Growth Semester One), Mrs Natalie Meddis (Acting Assistant Principal Community and Students Semester Two), Mr Patrick Hogan (Director of Catholic Identity and Mission), Miss Deborah Bradshaw (Director of Learning and Pathways), Mr Allan Thompson (Business Manager), Mr Anthony Kirley (Human Resources and Compliance Manager) and Miss Amy Chapman (EA to the Principal). I thank them all for their commitment, service to the College and agile leadership modelled throughout 2023.

As Christmas approaches it is a time where God comes to us in person when his son Jesus Christ is born. The story of his birth is one of love, joy, kindness, and simplicity. As we celebrate the birth of Jesus who came to show us how to live, let us place our trust in God. Christmas is the greatest gift as Christians that we receive. Christ is the great gift of hope and love that binds us together and who remains with us in all we do, therefore I would like to share the following Christmas blessing with you.

God grant you the light of Christmas, which is faith;

the warmth of Christmas, which is love;

the radiance of Christmas, which is purity;

the righteousness of Christmas, which is justice;

the belief in Christmas, which is truth;

the all of Christmas, which is Christ.

As you prepare for Christmas with your families, may you trust in the truth of God’s love, continuing always to strive for truth through love.

Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Ms Tanya Hutton