Remembering Sr Mary-Anne

A Message from Sr Jillian Havey, Principal

I would like to express the deep gratitude of the Dominican Sisters for your love and messages of sympathy and care.  We have been able to share with you our united sorrow in Sr. Mary Anne’s sudden departing.  Monday’s celebration of her life at St. Laurence’s Church, surrounded as we were by her family, and by so many students, parents and staff of the College past and present will live in my memory always.  Sr. Mary Anne had three families; her own birth family in whom she rejoiced all her life; her family of Dominican Sisters among whom she generously lived out her God given religious vocation since she was 17-18 years old, and a third family.

You belong to her 3rd family, an extraordinary and diverse group of students, staff and parents from schools in Adelaide across 60 years.  For the last 30 years of her ministry we at St. Dominic’s Priory College have been the community which has been part her daily life and the recipients of her selfless desire and power to contribute.  Here too she was a student in her own school days.

Your memories of Sr. Mary Anne, expressed in words and symbols are in the Chapel, together with so many floral tributes.  They lift our hearts and remind us of you, dear Mary Anne, and of the truth that it is the humble who, “will inherit the earth”.  There is one consistent message from all who knew her, whether that was 50 years ago or as recently as 2017.  We all agree that she was a person with whom we were privileged to share our lives, so profoundly kind, so attentively generous to the needs of everyone around her and, as one of the tributes reads, so able to, “spot the good in everyone”.  She was truly a witness to Christ in our midst.

This Bulletin is dedicated to her memory.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Memorial Book

A Memorial Book sits in our College Chapel, and members in our community are invited to place a message which will be forwarded to the Dominican Sisters and the Holland Family. The Chapel is open until Friday, and again on Monday, and you are welcome to stop by.

Students have also formed Flower Wall to create a vibrant garden of thoughts, prayers and messages to remember Sr Mary Anne and her gentle soul. Some of these paper flower tributes appear inside this week’s Bulletin.

Also inside this week’s Bulletin:

Things to be glad about…

  • We commend nine students who were awarded Certificates of Writing Excellence in the Children’s Literary Board’s Annual Awards for Poetry.  Read the prize-winning entries in the May edition of ‘Oz Kids in Print‘, online here.

  • Our Year 4-7 Athletes achieved outstanding results at the SACPSSA Athletics Carnival; the girls presented with the Flavio Zandona Shield for finishing first overall and our U/10s and U/11s named as Overall Age Champions.  Congratulations, girls!

  • Year 9 Advanced Maths students participated in the Science and Engineering Challenge at UniSA, and also benefited from a visit from Julia Piotto, Old Scholar of St Dominic’s Priory College, whose STEM-based career gave the girls valuable insight into the unexpected occupations that involve mathematics, and educational pathways required to get there.

  • As part of their research on Antarctica, the Year 2 Class visited the Mawson Gallery

  • The St. Dominic’s Priory College Cancer Council Biggest Morning Tea raised $1,000 on Monday.  Raffle Tickets and Lucky Squares are still available to purchase ($2) from the Primary Office if you would like to go into the running for some great prizes and support this worthy cause.  We will acknowledge our sponsors and announce winners in next week’s Bulletin.

  • Our Year 12 Student Leaders met their counterparts of the three other Dominican Colleges in Adelaide, at a special gathering hosted by St. Mary’s College.  The students were able to share what student leadership in their school looks like and give examples on how each leader works with their community in an attempt to bring alive the Dominican ethos.

Dates and Notices

  • There is an important reminder to parents about keeping contact details up to date.

  • The SDPC Old Scholars’ Association fundraising screening of Hidden Figures will take place at the Regal Theatre (275 Kensington Road) this Sunday June 25.  The $25 ticket includes a glass of champagne and Afternoon Tea prior to the screening.  Tickets are available from the College Office until 4pm Friday.  See inside today’s Bulletin for more information.

  • The Parents & Friends Chocolate Drive will be starting in Week 10.  We ask families to read the notice inside today’s Bulletin and, if applicable, return the enclosed reply slip no later than this Friday.

  • There are still plenty of tickets available for next week’s production of Annie.  Get your tickets at the door on the night or online here.  For the best seats, come along on Opening Night!

  • The Parents & Friends Quiz Night will be on Friday August 18.  Put this date in your diary now!


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