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From the Assistant Principal – International and Community Partnerships

16 February 2024

Welcome to our Year 7 Students and Families  

It was a delight to welcome over 500 members of our community to the Year 7 Welcome Barbeque. As a College, we are committed to fostering strong connections with families and this event demonstrated the wonderful support and engagement of the parent body and excitement of students commencing their secondary education. 

The evening provided Year 7 families the opportunity to connect with their child’s Pastoral and Learning Mentor and other parents within their child’s class. Thank you very much to all who attended and supported a wonderful community gathering.  

Transnational Education – Engaging Students with the World 

Our students are growing up in an increasingly interconnected world and it is important that we provide opportunities for them to connect with students from other parts of the world.  

One way we do so is through our connections with the College’s VCE schools through China, near Beijing and Shanghai.  

Once again, these students graduated at the end of 2023 from the VCE with excellent results and will shortly begin further study in universities worldwide, including here in Melbourne. We wish them well on their exciting journey ahead. 

Throughout the year, we look forward to welcoming visiting students to the College who will be hosted within our classes. Later this year in September, we eagerly anticipate the return of our students to China on a 14 day educational tour through many of the iconic locations in China including time at our VCE schools near Shanghai.   

2023 High Achievers Recognised  

As a College we strive to provide a diverse range of opportunities for students to achieve excellence in their chosen pursuits. We were pleased to welcome back a group of 2023 graduates to our Commencement Mass and Assembly to celebrate academic excellence. . Thank you to all who returned and to the families that also attended in support of their children.  

Congratulations to the following on their significant achievements:  

College Dux
Raul Sapkota – Biomedicine – University of Melbourne

College Dux Proximus 
Brandon Sapkota – Science – University of Melbourne

  • Anthony Gattellaro – Film & Television (Honours) – Swinburne University of Technology
  • Sean Ng – Paramedicine – Monash University
  • Pasindu Wendakoon Mudiyanselage​ – Science – Monash University
  • Liam Ferran – Science – Monash University
  • Sara Teymornejad – Law – Deakin University
  • Kelly Markey – Engineering (Honours) – RMIT
  • Vanessa Schembri – Education (Secondary) – ACU
  • Lachlan Di Battista – Engineering – Chemical (Honours) – RMIT
  • Ehsona Kunoo – Occupational Therapy – ACU
  • Pranay Kalvala – Pharmacy (Honours) – Monash University
  • Michaela Aquilina – Arts – University of Melbourne
  • Megan Del Mundo – Science – University of Melbourne
  • Cherie Strong – Arts – University of Melbourne
  • Skye Wilson

Congratulations to the students who were presented the VCE Baccalaureate from the VCAA in recognition of their studies in a Language, Mathematics and English in addition to their other studies. 

  • Megan Del Mundo  
  • Fiona Gade 
  • Raul Sapkota  

The assembly provided a special occasion to welcome to the Community new members staff who have settled in well and making a wonderful contribution to our learning community.  

The assembly concluded by commissioning our students leaders for 2024. We congratulate them on their appointment and wish them every success in their leadership positions this year. 

College Captains: Rayan Latu and Annika Silva 

College Vice Captains: Jack Holder and Robert Nave  

Middle School Captains: Josh Bamford and Tamiah Wakefield 

Galway House Captains: Naysa Kumar and Eric Jassal (Middle School), Asheriya Charan and Nadja Probst (Senior School)

Maynooth House Captains: Mia Rapa and Marquis Villegas (Middle School), Susanna Tomelty and Marie Yotoko (Senior School)

Moylough House Captains: Alexis Antiga and Pooja Patel (Middle School), Shirani Singh and Trisha Pandya (Senior School)

Westport House Captains: Puneet Kaur Samra and Izelle Kwek (Middle School), Adi Gurung and A’Lisandro Bradford (Senior School)

Liturgy Captains: Nathan Rodrigues (Middle School) and Beau Moureau (Senior School)

Social Justice Captains: Keisha Joshi (Middle School) and Vritka Mashar (Senior School)

Music Captains: Jaxon Deneys and Claire Glowacki

Tom Bridges
Assistant Principal – International and Community Partnerships