Director of Mission
International Women’s Day – Dr Kakenya Ntaiya
It’s barely 5am in the morning and a young girl rises from the cow hide on the floor that she shares with her family. The sun has not yet woken up with her, so she ventures out by herself to milk the cows and fetch water for the day. She boils tea for her family upon returning to the mud brick structure which she calls home. She dresses for school, walks six miles with no shoes through the Kenyan plains, spends a day learning English, math and science, cleans the school and makes the trip back to her village to cook dinner and clean up for her family. This girl represents the reality of the lives of hundreds of ‘fortunate’ girls in Kenya who receive an education.
Three Year 12 student leaders of our school had the opportunity to meet and listen to Dr Kakenya Ntaiya, a Maasai woman who has set up her own school for girls after gaining her PHD in the US, at a breakfast hosted by Saint Ignatius College in Riverview. At age five, she was engaged to marry a young man from her village, before the age of ten she underwent the horrific process of female circumcision. She wants a far brighter reality for all girls who are at risk of a similar fate. Dr Ntaiya shared her own personal stories with us about her experience setting up the school which aims to protect girls from child marriages and female circumcision. She has a presence which is incomparable to anyone we have ever heard from. She is highly intelligent, empathetic, witty and so well composed in the way that she shares the reality of girls and women in Kenya. All of the schools at the breakfast were equally moved and interested in all that Dr Ntaiya has achieved in her life. She embodies everything that it means to be a woman of virtue, dignity, kindness and endless amounts of courage.
Hearing from Dr Ntaiya was truly a privilege and will be one of the most memorable experiences of my life.
MAY DAY UPDATE
Two weeks ago a note was sent home outlining this year’s plans for May Day, an opportunity for us to raise further funds for Mary Ward International Australia. This promises to be both a truly felicitous and also valuable occasion for us to celebrate as a prayerful and practical community.
In order to enable the girls to raise their house spirits for the day and the ensuing Athletics Carnival, following the May Day liturgy, they will be able to change into some casual house coloured clothing. These clothes should be practical and comfortable, allowing ease of movement for the day’s activities. For this reason girls are asked to choose simple appropriate outfits such as plain house coloured shirts and jeans or leggings with sports shoes. No inappropriate slogans or brief clothing should be worn, and all girls will need to wear covered shoes for safety reasons. Girls will be allowed to travel home in these clothes.
In the meantime we ask that you kindly use the Trybooking website to make your contribution towards the day and our fundraising pursuit as requested in the letter. Thank you in anticipation of your support. I look equally forward to the procession of flowers, one of our May Day celebration highlights, which brings much joy to the residents of James Milson Nursing Home who welcome the colourful delivery every year.
VIRTUE AWARDS – Semester 1, 2017
The following students have received a ‘Virtue Award’ for displaying the virtue of FREEDOM. Each student has been nominated by their peers for:
- Modelling a consistency between words and actions
- Acting according to the values, beliefs and principles of our Catholic ethos
- Being authentic with a capacity for commitment
- Being free to relate honestly and accept difference in others
|Year 7||Year 8||Year 9||Year 10|
|Ava Beretta||Harper Gracie||Cate Carlson||Meg Abbott|
|Lydia Colla||Taylah Honan||Lily Eales||Izabella Rizzo|
|Zoe Davis||Zoe Witts||Imogen Carter||Felicity Kelly|
|Sara Marning||Sophie Bateman||Charlotte Ross||Katherine Burgess|
|Francesca Humphrey||Annabelle Burges||Saige Conners||Grace Webb|
|Mollie Ahrens||Emma Worner||Elysia Lee||Zara Harding|
|Sofia Bisoglio||Lara Nash||Grace Agostino||Gabriella Tan|
|Sophie Blanks||Bella Hickey||Emily Gardner||Isobel Fuller|
|Josephine Alexander||Sarah Munstermann||Prudence Dallen||Georgia Harvey|
|Lily Cameron||Olivia Stowe||Jenna Collins||Georgia Loadsman|
|Charlotte Burgess||Isabella Tooher||Charlotte Tiffin||Mia Anderson|
|Sophie Hill||Rosie Walburn||Ava Benardi||Lucia Cozzi|
|Gemma Chittendon||Madison Howse|
Project Compassion 2017
Raising over $5,000.00 for Caritas, we have once again been reminded of the just minded and generous students, parents and staff. Thank you.
Wishing you each a peace filled and holy Easter break. May you laugh much and enjoy the company of loved ones.
Director of Mission (K-12)