It is with immense pleasure and a sense of gratitude that I write my first Link Up article as the proud Principal of St Francis de Sales College. Thank you for the very kind welcome that you have extended to me and all the new staff members of the College. I have felt very blessed to be back in this community, and I am very much looking forward to the possibilities that lay ahead for us all.
I extend my welcome to the staff, students and families that have started with us this year. I am certain that quickly you will recognise the very special place that this College is.
Whilst much has changed in the nearly 10 years since I left St Francis de Sales, most notably the significant investment in capital development; in many ways things are just as I remember them. St Francis de Sales College is an inclusive and authentic Early Learning to Year 12 College, where relationships are valued, staff are committed, families are invested, and the students are an absolute delight to be with!
I take this initial opportunity to thank Gavin McGlaughlin for his tireless efforts in building this faith and learning community over the past 7 years, and we keep him and his family in our thoughts and prayers for the future. I also want to acknowledge the College Leadership Team, and in particular Paul Wadsworth as Acting Principal for the majority of last year for the wonderful work they have done to have this College functioning so well as I have arrived. I am feeling very blessed.
These first few weeks have seen a flurry of activity from the Year 12 Retreat, R-12 College Mass, Ash Wednesday liturgy, R-6 Hearts and Leadership assembly, Years 3-6 Swimming Carnival and the Years 7-12 Sports Day today. All the while classes have been establishing new routines, developing relationships and of course learning more every day. I am so impressed with the way that the staff and students have started this year in such a settled and determined manner. It really does augur well for a fantastic 2024 ahead for our 950 students, along with the 27 new Reception students who will join our community in Term 3. There is something remarkable happening at our College, it is tangible and good, and it really is a pleasure to be leading this flourishing community.
As a result of the wonderful work of the staff, and the support and commitment of the families here at St Francis de Sales College we are currently experiencing unprecedented enrolment demand. As such I strongly encourage all families who are wishing to enrol their children at our College to do so as soon as possible, particularly for a 2025 enrolment, as places are very limited.
Finally, our Lenten journey has begun, and this is the ‘Holy Springtime’; a time to look at those aspects of our lives that we perhaps would like to change and make better. Lent leads us to the most sacred of times in the Catholic calendar, the remarkable story of Jesus’ death and glorious resurrection. I trust that Lent can provide an opportunity for all in our community to renew and perhaps in some ways start afresh.