iServi News | 7 December 2018 | Term 4, Week 9
As the 2018 school year draws to a close, we reflect on what was a significant year in the life of the College. In celebrating our 60th Anniversary, we recognise the important contribution of thousands of people across the decades in continuing our Servite story.
On Monday of this week, we paused to celebrate the year at our annual College Awards Night. Our 60th Anniversary featured prominently over the course of the evening as we considered the journey of our school which commenced with 90 students in 1958 to grow into the flourishing coeducational community we know today.
Awards Night photos are available here
In addition to many families and friends present at the Awards Night, we were also thrilled to welcome Servite Friars Chris Ross and Myles Lynch, Dr Debra Sayce, Executive Director CEWA, Mr Peter Yensch, Deputy Executive Director CEWA, Mr Gerry Doyle Director Finance, Planning and School Resources CEWA in addition to Mr David Michael, Member for Balcatta and the Servite College Council and P&F Executive.
In my address to the community during the evening, I reflected that the Servite story is rich and illustrious, with a core focus on community. I highlighted that Pope Francis says communities are called to “create ‘God-enlightened’ spaces in which to experience the hidden presence of the Lord” and that this experience can happen, just like it did with Jesus and his apostles, through “everyday things” and with “ordinary people”.
At Servite we model the Servants of Mary by looking for God in everyday things and in the people that surround us. We see the God-given talents of those within our community which inspires us to strive towards our vision of supporting each student to become all that they were created to be.
We, therefore, make an unrelenting effort to provide the best possible learning environment for our students and look to the advice of Pope John 23rd when he said that “we are not on earth as museum keepers, but to cultivate a flourishing garden of life and to prepare a glorious future”. As modern-day stewards of the Servite story, we are agile and dynamic. We aim to provide an authentic and contemporary Catholic education for our students that prepares them well for their future world.
This underlying philosophy underpins our future planning for the College which we presented during the Awards Night. I spoke of our exciting plans for the development of building resources, along with our expanded connection to universities to promote alternate learning and post-school pathways, our growing service and spiritual development opportunities via 24/7 Serve and our exciting plan for supporting the wellness of our students through the introduction of our new pastoral curriculum.
It has been a very special year for Servite and we thank the many past and present members of Servite who supported the planned events and connected with the College.
At this time of year, we also acknowledge the wonderful partnership that the College has with families in support of the learning of our students. In working together, we ensure the best possible educational outcomes for our students. As I have mentioned in the past, genuine parent engagement in their child’s education is a key facet to improved student results. We thank our families for their ongoing support of our learning initiatives, programmes and activities this year.
We also acknowledge the work of our dedicated staff in continuing to explore exciting and innovative ways to engage students in learning. We value their contribution to creating a community of care, underpinned by our rich Catholic values. We wish our departing staff all of the very best as they venture on their future journeys.
2019 Fee Schedule
In future planning, a key component for the College is the 2019 financial budget. A detailed budget was recently presented to the Servite College Council which included school fee adjustments for 2019. In setting the fees for the upcoming year, due consideration was given to the financial position of families along with the need to ensure the ongoing growth and financial viability of our College. After careful deliberation, we are pleased to inform our community that the fee increase is limited to 1.95% for 2019.
As our school year draws to a close, we direct our attention to Christmas and the celebration of the birth of Jesus. This special time in the life of the Catholic Church allows us to reflect on the importance of his message of peace and love. If we invite Jesus into our hearts and minds, then we will have a very happy and fulfilling Christmas.
Best wishes and every blessing to all members of our community at this very special time of year. We hope that you have a happy and holy Christmas and a very enjoyable New Year. We look forward to the safe return of all our staff, students and families next year.
Mr Jeff Allen