The Rector Major, Fr Angel Fernandez Artime SDB, with the consent of his General Council, has appointed Fr William Matthews SDB as Provincial of the Australia-Pacific Province for the six-year period of 2018-2023. Fr William will take over this important leadership role from Fr Greg Chambers SDB. We wish Father William every blessing for the future as he prepares to lead our Province.

Recently, our Kiribati travellers returned home from their adventures in the Kiribati Islands. I commend the efforts of all involved particularly Mr Dylan Price (Coordinator), Ms Gina Di Stefano, Mr Brian Martin and Mr Tom Murphy.

We have moved into the next stage of the development of our Masterplan ‘Towards 2040 – An Adventure in the Spirit’. Four architectural firms have been shortlisted to tender for the development of the Masterplan.

Year 8 students will return to school with new classroom furniture reflecting 21st century learning approaches. It is opportune to acknowledge the great work of our Grounds and Maintenance Team. Led by our Property Manager, Mr Keith Richards, the team takes great pride in ensuring we have a wonderful environment.

Mary Poppins will be performed in Upwey at the Burrinja Performing Arts Centre from Wednesday 30 August until Saturday 2 September. Information about purchasing tickets will be available very soon.

Term 3 brings with it a number of exciting ACC events and competitions in the areas of drama, debating, public speaking, culinary, basketball and table tennis.

Towards the end of term Ms Amanda Van Den Berg, Ms Lauren Conlon and Ms Vanessa Fiducia finished their time at St Joseph’s College to take on new roles in Catholic education. I acknowledge their service to the College and wish them well in the future. My appreciation is also extended to Mr Oliver Churchyard and Ms Penelope Arvanitakis who completed their respective replacement positions. I thank them for their contribution to our College.

Welcome back to Ms Sarah Harris and Ms Jana Scholes who return from periods of leave.

Any families interested in becoming homestay families as part of our International Student Program are asked to contact my Personal Assistant, Ms Janelle Spring, on 9756 3112.

I trust the term ahead will be a great one.

Ms Cathy Livingston