The College Farewell of the Year 12 students on Wednesday, 25th September was once again an emotional event with students, staff and families realising that their time at the College is coming to a closure.
The College Farewell Assembly was truly moving for all the graduating students and their families. The speeches by our Year 10 representatives, Dylan Wilson expressed his reflection of Year 12. Dylan clearly articulated the sentiments of the entire College community. It was obvious that Ms Shankar has had a significant impact on the development of these young men. Her heart felt speech and the way the students responded clearly articulated the respect they have for each other. Thank you, Ms Shankar for your compassion, enthusiasm and high expectations as this has helped form these young men into becoming more true gentlemen.
Our College Captain, Benjamin Xiberras was reflective, passionate and sincere in his acknowledgement of the teachers, parents and the Year 12 students. His genuine love of the College, his peers and his family was eloquently expressed and obvious to all whom were present. Benjamin has continued in maintaining the integrity of the position and has been a most honourable and committed leader. Well done.
The recession of the students for the last time from a College assembly is a most memorable occasion with many tears of happiness being shared by not only the parents and family members but by the students themselves. This shows all the community how we touch the hearts of so many in the development of “our sons”.
The Mass and Presentation of Awards evening was a beautiful occasion that was prayerful, liturgically excellent and a great celebration of all that is good at St Dominic’s. I would like to thank Father Gregory who celebrated the Eucharist for us. His words during his homily were encouraging especially as he reminded the students of their role, as gentlemen, within the Church as they move to the next stage of their journey. Thank you also to Mr Hicks who was our acolyte at the altar.
The day was highly emotional for the students, parents and families and of course our dedicated staff. A special thank you to all the parents for always being there for their son’s and for the constant support and loyalty you have provided the College. For many of the families your association with the College ends today. To you I say, thank you. Thank you for allowing us to help educate your son in the true St Dominic spirit. Thank you to everyone who made this day so special for our graduating class and for their families.
A Special thanks to the following staff members for their contribution to our Graduation Day. To Mr Jansz, Mr Levy, Mrs Kingston and the 2020 Student Leaders for their expertly prepared Graduation Breakfast and for the support of the Graduation Mass; to Mr Wilson and Miss Ede for their contribution to the music and for making the day even more memorable. Your duet during the Ceremony of Light was once again amazing; to our talented staff who also played at the assembly; Mr Chapman (drums), Mr Gerlach (guitar), Miss Baluch (flute), Mr B. Hall (choir), Mr Godsell (choir) and Mr Thompson (choir). Mrs Michaleris for her creativity with our invitations and communication; To Mr O’Keefe, Mrs Walsh, Mrs Michaleris and Miss Lister for taking photos for the College to remember the occasion; to Miss Horne for her constant printing of our beautiful booklets; to Mr Keightley, Mr Henderson and Mr Browne for arranging, then re-arranging the Br Warner and for their support of the Caroline Chisholm mass; to Mrs Monteleone for her attention to detail with the presentation of awards; to Mr Hine and the sound crew for an expertly conducted production.
The celebration throughout the day was truly memorable. Special thanks to two significant staff members. Thank you to Mr Culican for his organisation and providing a sense of occasion for both the College Assembly and the College Mass. Your attention to detail is much appreciated. To Mrs Tyrrell, for her organisation of the invitations, certificates, trophies, awards, roses and Graduation Booklet. Your ability to keep all involved on task was appreciated. Thank you.
A day such as this needs a great Master of Ceremony. I would like to thank Mr Walsh (for the Graduation Assembly and the Presentation of Awards) for his professionalism in his presentation. Mr Walsh has the ability to calmly bring all the elements together and do so in such a dignified manner. Thank you for your constant support of the College.
It is through the assistance of all the wonderful staff members and the entire College community that an event such as Graduation Day is able to provide such a fitting conclusion to secondary education for our graduating students. A most dignified farewell to an outstanding group of gentlemen.
After a highly emotionally day I know that we are all looking forward to the HSC examinations. I am quietly confident we will have some outstanding results. Though you are almost there, keep studying and thanks for the memories.
Newest members to the St Dominic’s Alumni
We congratulate Y12, 2019 Graduates for becoming the newest members to the College’s Alumni. Each student was presented with an Alumni pin that connects them to our history and traditions. Forever a Dommies gentlemen.
Dominus Lux Mea
Mr Ronchetti – College Principal