Welcome to Term 2! As I write this newsletter, it seems that the winter weather may finally be here.
We welcome two new staff members this term: Alicia Fitton, who is replacing Miescha Archibald while she is on maternity leave, and Paul Bartley, who is replacing Sharon Howson while she takes some leave this term.
Some of our teachers recently attended the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Conference in Adelaide. The conference was officially opened by Senator Penny Wong on Saturday 5 May and has been well attended by girls’ schools from Adelaide and interstate. Highly regarded speakers and researchers presented on a range of topics pertaining to the social and emotional wellbeing of girls. Sadly, the statistics of domestic violence, sexual assault, the prevalence of pornography and the portrayal of women in print and online media presents many challenges to educators and parents. Once we have had a chance to catch our breath and reflect on what we have learned from the Conference, we hope to organise information nights to support parents in having these conversations with their daughters.
We were very sad to hear of the death of Archbishop Leonard Faulkner, who passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Sunday 6 May. The last time I saw the Archbishop Faulkner was at Penola in March 2016 when we took a number of students to commemorate the Peace Park.
Many of you will have fond memories of the Archbishop. One of mine is the day the Archbishop confirmed my son. At the time, my daughter, who was under five, brought a kookaburra glove puppet to the event. As the Archbishop processed in with all the robes and trappings of his office, my daughter cheekily held up the kookaburra towards him. He gently squeezed the nose of the kookaburra, paused and smiled. I will never forget that moment. We are grateful for his outstanding service. He was a gentle and faith-filled man who will be missed by many people.
May he rest in peace.