iServi News | 2 November 2018 | Term 4, Week 4
Servite formally celebrated its 60th anniversary on Friday last week with an event held at the College for all past staff, students, families and friends. The Alexis building was filled with photos and memorabilia from across the past six decades that prompted great conversation and many shared memories amongst those present.
It was terrific to see so many past Servites ‘Reunite’ in celebration of this significant occasion in the life of the school. The Servite story is a rich and illustrious one which has been built over the years through the contribution of many. It was appropriate to pause during the festivities to recognise the outstanding leadership of the Servite Friars. Their dedication and service over many years has ensured that the rich Servite charisms are firmly entrenched into the life of our school. It was wonderful to see our Friars present on the night to re-engage with many of their past students, colleagues and friends.
In addressing those present, Servite Provincial Delegate Fr Peter Porteous, reflected on the history of the Servites and the journey that led them to Tuart Hill and the establishment the school. He also emphasised the importance of continuing the Servite story into further generations.
The event also celebrated the formal launch of our College Alumni and the release of our Servite Community Digital Archives. We invite all Servite College Alumni to connect with us and support us in continuing the wonderful Servite College story that commenced in Tuart Hill in 1958 but with roots connecting it back to Florence Italy in the early 1200s.
Alumni registration details are available HERE
The 60th anniversary evening was a great celebration of community, with many people giving selflessly of their time to ensure the success of the event. Special thanks must go to Servite College staff, in particular to our Marketing and Communications, Administration and Maintenance teams. We also acknowledge the extraordinary efforts of Mr Bruce Wilkins for his work in developing the Archives and to Ms Kirsty Greenland for creating the Friars’ portraits.
The next phase of the College’s Master Plan commenced this week with work beginning on the Auditorium.
The Auditorium space is a key element of our flourishing Performing Arts programme which continues to provide wonderful creative learning and growth opportunities for students. The Auditorium will be completely refreshed with new seating, carpet, acoustic wall and roof panelling, full LED lighting and audio/visual upgrades and a new stage with an integrated dance floor.
The end result will be a state-of-the-art performance space that will allow our Performing Arts programmes to continue to grow. It will provide a modern performance environment that will celebrate the work of our students and allow opportunity for them to continue to explore and develop their talents.
We acknowledge the work of our enthusiastic and dedicated Parents and Friends who have been instrumental in the provision of funds and also the design of the Auditorium. It is pleasing to see many months of planning finally start to take shape with the commencement of the refurbishment.
We look forward to a formal opening of the Auditorium early in Term 1. We will, of course, invite all of our Parents and Friends to the event given their enormous contribution to this exciting project.
Year 11 Students
Today marks the end of regular Year 11 classes for our students and the commencement of the exam and work placement period. These are exciting times for our Year 11 students as they begin to look to next year with the knowledge that they have less than a year remaining before the graduate from Servite.
To recognise this special time, we gathered together today at the St Kieran Parish Church to celebrate Mass together. We wish our students well for their upcoming exams and work placements and reiterate that our teachers are readily available at the school should students wish to access any additional support or assistance.
Mr Jeff Allen