“Long, long time ago, I can still remember" a shy girl from a very protective background rolled up for her first year at high school (1968) accompanied by her father who insisted that he needed to check out this place!
Here I am 47 years later, an old scholar and The Chair of The Board for the Governing Council of Mary MacKillop College.
I reminisce with great fondness my time as a student - the experiences I had, the connections I made and the friendships that are enduring. Walking around the campus I remember the breeze way, the gym is where our bike rack and some tennis & basketball courts were. I remember pacing and learning rote as I prepared for exams (that was the popular thing at the time; it was not unusual to see students with notes and books pacing around the yard). I remember having dancing lessons in the hall at St Josephs in Bridge Street. The development of the College over the years is outstanding and the ambience is welcoming. I am proud to have been part of the history and am totally committed to the future.
So what has happened in the intervening years? I am married with one son and two beautiful granddaughters. My home life is rich and full. This stage of life is a gift in some sense there is less demand without children at home. There is a renaissance with the beginning of life in the young grandchildren and the privilege to experience the twilight years accompanying ageing parents.
After my graduation from Mary MacKillop I applied to work with the state government and began a career that spans more than 42 years. I continued my tertiary education, as a mature age student, while working.
My career in the public sector has exposed me to opportunities and experiences that were never on my radar. I have worked in Forestry, Corrections, Health, Vocational Education, and currently in Public Sector Reform. My work has included strategic planning, policy development, organisational change, business effectiveness, customer service and direct face to face delivery of services.
With a very strong thirst for learning, extension, growth and personal development I have sought opportunities to be involved with activities outside my responsibilities with family and work. I have been actively involved with my church community, serving on boards and committees concerned with education, aged care and ecumenism. Whilst my involvement is largely localised and Adelaide based, my work and community involvement have expanded my horizon beyond our shore and I have gained insight into national and international perspectives on issues of economy and social welfare.
It is without a doubt that life experience shapes you. I feel fortunate to have had a strong faith formation, first and foremost through my parents, augmented by my Catholic education in the Josephite tradition. Of recent times I have been involved with the work of SACCS and engaged in the conversations and strategies that shape the future of Catholic education in our state.
I am passionate about education, in particular Catholic education, and the development of the whole person. I have been a beneficiary, as has my son, and now I am blessed to say my grandchildren and extended family are too. I am keen to have an enduring connection with Mary MacKillop College and look forward to the future.
Know more • Do more • Be more.
Chairperson of the Board
(Giuseppina Del Giacco, Class of 1972)