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Principal’s Message

Neil Alweyn (Principal)

Like many others around the country and in New Zealand, yesterday my family and I took a moment to celebrate everything that is encapsulated in ANZAC Day. It is essential for us to reflect on the profound significance of this day in our nation’s history as it serves as a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by our brave servicemen and women in times of conflict and peace around the world.

ANZAC Day holds a special place at Kolbe – we have many serving and retired Defence Force families who are constantly juggling a life of supporting their family as well as defending our nation. ANZAC day is not just a day of remembrance, but it is an opportunity to pay tribute to the countless individuals who have answered the call of duty, demonstrating unwavering courage and commitment to defending the values we hold dear.

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” This sentiment encapsulates the essence of the ANZAC spirit, which is grounded in the selfless acts of individuals who put the needs of others above their own. These are values that are so important to us at Kolbe, and we are extremely lucky to be able to have our ANZACs and their families as examples we can look to for inspiration.  

As a Catholic school community, we are called to emulate the virtues of service, courage  and selflessness exemplified by the ANZACs. In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus teaches us, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark). These words remind us of the fundamental importance of being of service to others, following the example set by Christ himself.

It is fitting at this point to also congratulate our Kolbe Defence School Mentor, Robin Delamont. Like the ANZACs, Robin’s selflessness, and drive to serve is a gift to our community. Her support of our Defence Force families at Kolbe has for many years provided the love and care needed for students whose families might be away serving for long periods of time. On Monday, I was lucky enough to be at the Rockingham Rotary Awards, where Robin was nominated for, and then subsequently won, the Educator of the Year award in the great Rockingham community. This is a wonderful acknowledgement of a true Kolbe person, and I am sure you will join me in congratulating Robin.

Finally, may the courage, faith and excellence of our ANZACs continue to inspire us during our time at Kolbe. May we always pay tribute to their memory by striving to live lives of purpose and meaning, dedicated to serving others and building a more just and compassionate society.

God Bless

Neil Alweyn

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