Commissioning and Belling In

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On Monday 26 February, St Mary’s College celebrated the commissioning of Year 11 and 12 students at the Commissioning Mass held in the Cathedral.

His Grace, Archbishop Julian Porteous led the Mass, reflecting on the season of Lent and the importance of servant leaderships.

In her first address to the Senior School, Head Prefect Gabrielle Radic reminded students that:

‘As Presentation people, we are encouraged to act with respect, to be responsible, to foster positive relationships and show resilience. We are called to be empathetic individuals and to help others when we see they need help. In my time as Head Prefect of the College alongside the Year 12s, I wish to build a genuine sisterhood within the College community, a sisterhood founded on compassion.’

The celebrations continued on Wednesday 28 February with our traditional Belling In ceremony, where our newest students and staff were officially welcomed into our College community with a whole-school guard of honour.

Holding hands in pairs, our youngest students in Kinder and our oldest students in Year 12 entered the main College gate, followed by all other students new to St Mary’s from Prep to Year 11, in a procession that weaved around the front lawn while the Convent bell tolled in the background.

The event was marked by many beaming faces, high-fives and rounds of applause from students and staff alike—a testament to the special community we belong to here at St Mary’s College.

View more photos from the Commissioning and Belling In ceremonies on our website photo gallery.

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