As we celebrate the end of another term, and congratulate our HSC Class of 2016 for finishing their commitment to classes for the year, I would like to thank the entire College community for their support over the past 10 weeks. This support extends to keeping our Principal, Rod Whelan in our prayers as he continues recuperating from an illness that has kept him at home for the past few weeks. Rod is recovering well and we look forward to his return early next term. Please also keep in our prayers those families who are being affected by floods.
The past 24 hours has seen a number of ceremonies to congratulate and say farewell to our graduating class of 2016. Thursday night was an opportunity for us to celebrate Mass with Bishop Hanna and to recognise the academic, cultural, sporting and achievements of the past 12 months at our annual Awards evening. Today, a series of farewells at Homegroup, House and College settings, allowed us to say goodbye to Year 12 and wish them all the best for the upcoming exams and post school life. Thank you to all involved in these various activities. A special thanks to those families who are finishing their formal association with Kildare after many years of secondary education.
Apart from Year 12, we also say farewell to Ms Mairead Ross, who has accepted a position at Loreto College, Kirribilli. This allows Mairead to move closer to her family who are located in Newcastle and parts of Sydney. We thank Mairead for her contribution to the TAS and Creative Arts departments over the past two years and one term. Her enthusiasm, professionalism and commitment to engaging in contemporary education is greatly appreciated, as is the respect and care that she has for all students. We wish Mairead all the best for her future career path. Mrs Sally Wishart will be taking leave during Term Four. We wish Sally all the best for her well-earned break. We welcome Mr Matt Ward onto our staff as Sally’s replacement.
As well as farewells, the end of Term Four is also a time for the changeover of our student leadership team for 2017. We congratulate all those who were successful in being elected as College, House and Boarding House leaders for next year. We thank greatly those students who took part in the interview and speech process, for their willingness to be part of our student leadership team, knowing full well that only a limited number of official positions were available. We will look at providing opportunities for all students who participated in the election process to play a role in leadership in some way, shape or form over the coming 12 months.