Scientia cum Religione is the College’s official publication, which brings together and showcases College news and events of students, ex-students and the wider St Vincent’s College community.

Scientia cum Religione Semester 1 2021

Welcome to the first edition of Scientia cum Religione for 2021. It is a delight to be able to present to you a publication that is not about COVID. Indeed as you peruse this edition, I hope you can get a glimpse of the life and energy that returned to the campus in the early months of this year. The Year 7 and

Year 12 students have enjoyed their retreats / camp experiences; the production is in full rehearsal; Saturday Sport has returned and we were even able to gather together as a full school community for Eucharist (the cover photo). Compared to where we were this time last year we have so many reasons to be grateful and optimistic.

I want to use this opportunity to acknowledge that our College Community has addressed the issues raised in February by the petition for earlier and more comprehensive education on sexual consent. This public discussion that was generated by the petition has been accompanied by many private conversations with current and past students of the College. I want to thank each of those women for sharing their story with me, for their courage, for their determination to be part of the cultural change that will ensure all Australians are guaranteed with the safety and dignity each is warranted. Within the current student body strong leadership has emerged and the College is committed to continuing to work with these young women and subsequent cohorts of students to ensure every young woman at St Vincent’s College is well aware of the human, legal and moral imperatives and implications of respectful relationships.

This issue has triggered for many women long suppressed trauma and anguish. There are many community agencies able to respond but RESPECT 1800 737 732 is recommended as the first point of contact.

St Vincent’s College always had the mandate to be a community where young women learn to respect themselves and all other women. There are times when we have obviously not done enough and earlier enough. From this point of humility we now move forward to listen and respond.

Mrs Anne Fry

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