Dear St Michael’s College Community,
The St Michael’s College community has been deeply saddened by the passing of our much loved friend and colleague, Jenna Crierie. Jenna passed away peacefully on 8 October 2020, aged 33 years.
Jenna was on the staff at St Michael’s from 2012 to 2018. Her beautiful, humble nature and determined spirit shone through in her life, work and long battle with ovarian cancer, leaving a lasting impact on those lucky enough to know her or her story. Jenna is a genuine example of what ‘touching hearts’ can truly mean.
We keep Alan, Diane, Joe and Mel in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time, as well as Jenna’s extended family, friends and colleagues.
May Jenna Rest in Peace.
Each year, St Michael’s College prepares students from both campuses to receive their Sacraments. On Thursday 15 October, five students from the secondary campus, plus four siblings and cousins received the Sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Communion in the Secondary Campus Chapel in the presence of family and friends. It was a wonderful celebration, presided over by Fr Paul Cashen and Fr Tan and we congratulate Shamus, Megan, Matthew, Jada, Armani, Zyla, Shania, Christopher and Trinity on this special moment in their faith journey.
Our ongoing sacramental program at the Primary Campus this year included 28 students from Years 4 to 6 who have celebrated the sacraments of Reconciliation during class liturgies at the Primary Campus in Term 3, and Confirmation at liturgies held at Sacred Heart Church on Saturday 12 September. The Primary Campus sacramental program for 2020 will conclude with candidates celebrating their First Communion at Masses falling on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 October.
As a Catholic school in the Lasallian tradition, we are very proud to be able to work in partnership with our students, families and parishes to provide this opportunity and we thank all those involved in the planning and preparation.
Governor of South Australia
Our St Michael’s College Year 12 students have been remarkable in this distinctly different year and we offer them our best wishes and unfailing support as they conclude their 13 years of schooling. With Year 12s across the state finalising classes over the next week or so, the Governor of South Australia has released a well timed and heartfelt message, which I have included for our community below.
“Dear Year 12 student,
Congratulations on reaching the last term of your Year 12. This year you have studied hard and completed what you set out to do. As we all know, education is a crucial foundation to help us achieve our goals in life.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made 2020 a very challenging year. It reminds me of my own school experience, which faced its own difficulties. At your age, I was living with my family in Vietnam in the middle of the war. Fear was a big part of everyday life, with fighting and destruction all around us. I lost many relatives, classmates and close friends during this time. Then in my early twenties, I fled my home country as a refugee. This was a long, arduous and dangerous boat journey on the open and treacherous seas. After many weeks, my wife Lan and I arrived in Australia with little more than the clothes on our backs.
We were determined to build a fulfilling life here in Australia. We always tried to work hard and be constantly reminded that we needed to have faith in ourselves. Once we had established a life and a family, we had the urge to give back to the community through various community work. We have been very privileged to have had incredible opportunities to serve our state and our community.
I’m sharing this story with you because I want you to know that, in Australia, many great achievements can be realised with hard work. By undertaking your Year 12 at this challenging time, you have already demonstrated how resilient, dedicated and determined you are. These are important traits that will help you to advance in life.
We are all very proud of you. My wife and I wish you all the best for the future.
Remember, anything is possible!” – His Excellency Hieu Van Le AC, GOVERNOR OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA