From the Principal – 29 August 2023

I hope this communication finds you well.

Summary of Key Points

  • Virtue of the week
  • Thought from Archbishop Lefebvre
  • Student Achievement
  • Granite Cafe Partnership
  • Late Arrivals
  • Woodwork club
  • Upcoming events


This week the students and staff will explore the virtue of Moderation whereby we pay attention to balance in one’s life.

A thought from Archbishop Lefebvre:

Don’t we have a tendency not to give God the place He actually holds in our lives, and so not to seek the end that God wills to give us, that is, our own happiness? We know that our final end is going to be eternal happiness or eternal sadness. We can’t just vanish. We cannot fall back into nothingness. It is not possible. Once God has created us and given us a soul, it’s for eternity. Our soul is immortal. So what do we intend to do with it? Do we really have a desire to seek its happiness?

Congratulations to:

  • Madeleine Hovens and Brianna Robinson who competed in the State Final for the Alliance Française Poetry Competition yesterday.
  • Jake Hanney on the launch of his latest album End of the Road.


Our College Choir continued to build on the impressive performances in their previous two Eisteddfods placing second in the Open Vocal Group and Third Secondary School Choir at the LaTrobe Valley Eisteddfod in Traralgon. Some of the feedback that the Choir received included:

“A lot to commend”

“A nice balance was achieved between all of the individual voice parts. The Latin was used effectively”

“The song moved along with energy and conviction”

We wish our Year 7 and 8 Basketball teams all the best as they compete in their respective School Sport Victoria Basketball fixtures on Friday.

Over the past few weeks, the College has been working with Granite Cafe here in Tynong to establish a lunch order program for the students. Across term four, we will trial the initiative each Wednesday to understand its feasibility. Lunch orders will be placed via the College App in order to ensure convenience for both parents and the Cafe. You will receive more information regarding the initiative in the coming weeks.

If your child has arrived late, both you and your child are expected to report to the Student Services Office. There you will be asked to sign your child in via our electronic sign in/out system. A late pass will be issued to your child, which they will present to the teacher of the class they are going to. Students are not permitted to sign themselves in unless an agreement has been coordinated with the Principal. The late arrival notification does not indicate approval in any way of the student’s lateness.

The College is investigating its ability to provide an after-school woodwork program during Term 4. This would run in the same way the netball and fencing programs do. We are currently looking for members of the community who possess the knowledge, skills and experience to volunteer as tutors for this program. If you share a passion for woodwork and would be interested in helping to guide our students through such a program please contact the College and speak with Mr John Smyth.

This Friday 1st September, students will be able to purchase a gift when the Parents and Friends hold their annual Father’s Day Stall. The Mother’s Day stall was a great success earlier in the year. The stall will be held in the Multi Purpose Hall Foyer.

Friday 8th September, we will hold our final Community Engagement session for this term in the Multi Purpose Hall Foyer at 2.15pm. There will be a performance by the College Choir and further updates on the College Strategic Intent Statements and Child Safety Program.

A reminder about the upcoming Parents and Friends Dinner Auction. The Dinner Auction will be held on the 18th of November at the Pakenham Racecourse. The success of the auction relies greatly on the donations of the College and wider community. Please support this evening by either donating or sourcing an auction item that can be left at the College Administration Desk.

God Bless,

Mr Kieran O’Dwyer