As I reflect on my last seven weeks leading the College, I can honestly say I have thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity, as the (Acting) Principal of Waverley College. There have undoubtedly been many memorable experiences. I’d like to share with you a few of my favourite moments:
I was thrilled to be involved in the amazing variety of community events at Waverley including the ANZAC Day commemorative service, Edmund Rice Day celebration, May Procession, Reconciliation Week Assembly, Mother’s Day Breakfast and Mass. These events gave me valuable opportunities to engage with our entire College community, promote unity and legacy, whilst honouring and celebrating important occasions.
Such intergenerational opportunities foster tradition and connectedness, and celebrate our faith and the achievements of individuals in our College community. Most recently, our assembly dedicated to National Reconciliation Week, where students and staff came together to learn about Indigenous culture, highlighted the importance of inclusivity, understanding, and respect.
These are just a few of the moments that stand out, but every day and every interaction with students, staff, community, alumni and stakeholders was truly significant in its own way. The opportunity to build positive relationships, and lead and support our talented educators and support staff, was a very gratifying experience. I thank everyone for their support.
It has been a busy week in the Cadet Unit, with our CAS Drill Team performing brilliantly at the CAS Drill Competition on Wednesday, 31 May.
Followed by a very special day in the Cadet Calendar as we farewelled our graduating Year 12 Cadets on Sunday. The Annual Passing Out Parade and Awards Ceremony is a wonderful opportunity to bring our parents, carers and community together to celebrate the successes of the year.
Later that evening, Year 12 cadets and their parents/carers joined AAC and College dignitaries and Cadet staff in a formal Military Mess in the Gym. Our stewards transformed the room into an elegant dining space and we were blessed to come together to celebrate our Year 12s’ five years of service to the Cadet Unit.
An emotional time for them, our Year 12 cadets are ready to say goodbye and to embrace the exciting opportunities that lie ahead.