Celebration of 30 years of Educational Excellence of St. Paul's International College

31 May 2016

Repercussion of 30 years, the school so named at present as St Paul's International College was a pretty huge expanse of grass and sport's ground apart from a century old chapel linked to the living area so filled with cobwebs and dust. Great courage had our Sisters and no easy work for them at the conversion of such a place into a proper living area. Awaiting one to two years they did before the school could actually begin. It was named "Aurora College". A few years later, the school was remaned as: St. Paul's International College - a name alongside with a number of schools so built in the name of our Congregation - St. Paul. "Aurora College" is a part of history in term of the school.

SPIC 30 years academic excellencyThirty years gently glide by; today, we come to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of our school - St. Paul's International College. For the past, we keep well in our memory and for the future, we look ahead to the kindness of our God, whilst we do the best we can at present. 

It is the 31st of May, 2016 - a date to start the celebration for our 30 years of academic excellence, a date to give thankgs to God; a date to thank all who have put their hearts and heads in the building of success in this school. Prior to this big day, all preparations were done, through kindness of everybody especially our young Sisters. The celebration began with holy Mass. And to be able to accommodate at least 400 peoples - visitors, parents, staff and students, Mass was celebrated in the school hall. The Most Reverend Bishop Peter Ingham very kindly officiated the Holy Mass. Con-celebrationg Mass with him were Fr. Clement Hill, the first Parish Priest in Moss Vale our Sisters met, Fr. Damian, the present Parish Priest of Moss Vale, Fr. Jean, Parish Priest of Bowral our neighbour town, Fr. Terry Herbert from Chevalier College in Bowral and a Vietnamese priest who is a close friend of all our young Vietnamese Sisters. SPIC 30 years academic excellencyThe school hall had been beautifully decorated. Before the Eucharistic Sacrifice started, Mr. Andrew Laing, the Head of School - Teaching and Learning began his "welcome speech". Visitors, parents and friends of both students and staff were welcomed. Sisters, apart from those working in the school included Sr. Renee Sam from Taiwan, three Sisters from Hong Kong, and Sisters from Brisbane and Melbourne. A group of about twenty people who are the staff of St. Paul's Hospital in Taiwan came together with Sr. Renee Sam. Amidst the three Sisters from Hong Kong was Sr. Catherine Wong who had been working in the school for twenty odd years before she returned to her home-town Hong Kong. Mass began amidst singing and ceremonial music. Most Rev. Bishop Peter Ingham gave his homily, thanking God with us for the success of the school and as he said, let today's ceremonial number "30" be multiplied by 10 and 10 and 10 in the future, for the good of the school. The choir for the Mass sang beutifully. Thanks to Mrs. T. Rheinerger! As Mass ended, guests of honour, the Sisters and friends of the Sisters left the Hall, walking towards the Students-Dining Hall where beautiful lunch was served. Special credits must be given to the School Hospitality Department.

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Then Friday, was the great "Games Day". High cheers from all!!! Vast stretch of ground behind St. Joseph's Dormitory for Boys and in front of St. Mary's Dormitory for the Girls, over-looked by St. Paul's Dormitory for the junior students was the extensive ground for the occasion. Two Primary Schools were invited to join our "fun" day. There were - Mittagong Catholic Primary School and our Parish St. Paul's Primary School. How they enjoyed the day with us!!! Some of them queued up with our students for the "Kara OK" singings. Everybody clapped!! Then came three girls (certainly our SPIC students) dressed up as beautiful Chinese ladies a few centuries ago swayed in with their music instruments - the "Ko Ching" the "Pipa" and the "Er-hu". They played their instruments. How our ears were charmed! Be assured they deserved rounds of applause. Not too far away was a ring for make-belief "boxing". Could you believe the boxers were a pair of junior school-girls! They looked serious, and of course loud laughter's rose as one fell. There was also the high "sliding" spot. Sr. angelina cast away her usual serious face, took the "slide" down with Mr. Laing, the Head of Teaching and Learning and Mrs Trish Rheinberger. Meanwhile, away from this spot, boy students kept up playing with their ball. All-in-all, "Games Day" proved a day of Great Fun. 

SPIC 30 years academic excellencyThe next was another day proved "Great". It was a day as forecast to be down with heavy rain-pours and frightful gales. However, God blessed us with pretty good weather. We all enjoyed the cruise around the Sydney Harbour. The rain delayed the cruise a little, still we all enjoyed the sail tremendously. On the boat, we had very good time to chat and we had beautiful morning tea. The boat sailed around the Sydney harbour. We had sight of two abandoned warships as we believed to be. A bit of mounting up of the waves did not shake us with fear. Neither did some rocking of the boat put down our interest in the cruise. All was interesting, particularly to the group of friends from Taiwan. After this, we all headed on to the Chinese restaurant for a wonderful lunch. It was a first class meal for all of us. In the midst of this lovely luncheon, we thanked Sr. Angelina for all we enjoyed. A number of us were honoured for dedication and good commitments to the school. Flowers were presented and certificates of honour given. As the meal ended, all parted with joyful hearts. Thus we conclude our celebration for these successful thirty years. And we look forward to another thirty years to come. As Bishop Peter Ingham says - let there be 10 and 10 and 10 of these "30" years to come.

Sr. Catherine Wong SPC

 

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