Commencement Assembly

24 February 2016 | General Interest

On Wednesday February 24 the College community gathered for the official Commencement Assembly at which the Bronze Sculpture Portrait of Thomas Carr was officially unveiled and the book Shining in the West, the story of Thomas Carr College (1997 – 2016) and its Patron Archbishop Thomas Carr (1839-1917), was launched.

At the unveiling of the Thomas Carr sculpture, Ms Meleisa Judge, the artist that completed the sculpture, spoke of her work and the Archbishop.

“Accounts of Thomas Carr’s life focus on his career as a Bishop and Archbishop, on his work in education, establishing schools and churches. When he was appointed as Archbishop of Melbourne in 1887 he entered a community that was divided along political lines and also still struggling for its identity as a new country. Throughout all of this Thomas Carr maintained a strong role as a communicator, unafraid of controversy but always prudent, able, conciliatory, and amiable with a genius for friendship.

There is a reason why the sculpture shows him walking so strongly. When Thomas Carr came out to Victoria he took it upon himself to visit every area of his Archdiocese - a huge amount of travel for the times, in creaky carriages on rough dirt roads, yet again reflecting his active commitment to connecting the Catholic community, and to creating a personal relationship with his people.”

The Commencement Assembly also provided the opportunity to officially launch Shining in the West, the story of Thomas Carr College (1997 – 2016) and its Patron Archbishop Thomas Carr (1839-1917) authored by College Chaplain, Mr Larry Burn. In launching this history book College Principal Dr Andrew Watson spoke glowingly of the publication.

”Shining in the West tells the story of the establishment of Thomas Carr College from the early beginnings of a concept of a new secondary school for the west of Melbourne through the first day when Paul d’Astoli commenced as Foundation Principal along with 72 Year 7 students and 10 foundation staff to the beginning of our twentieth year with 1200 students and 163 staff.

The history of the College beautiful captures the dedication and commitment of many people who were instrumental in the establishment and development of the College over the past 20 years. Larry has used the time period of the three principals of to reflect upon the progress, achievements, moments of joy and moments of sadness that face a school community.”

Statute of Thomas Carr

(Left to right) College Principal Dr Andrew Watson, Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen and Sculptor Ms Meleisa Judge

(Left to Right) College Principal Dr Andrew Watson, Author Mr Larry Burn and Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen