Over 2,000 students, staff, parents and community members gathered as one on the Southern Cross Catholic College (SCCC) oval on Tuesday 23 May to celebrate the College and Australia's Patron, Mary Help of Christians.
The annual College Patron's Day is the one and only day of the year where the four SCCC campuses join together to participate in a whole-college liturgy followed by a day of action, activities and culture.
SCCC Principal, Mr Brett Horton said the day was an important inclusion in the college calendar.
"This event is a celebration of the spirit of Southern Cross Catholic College. "Our uniqueness as a college is based on the fact we have four campuses, however it also makes us special that as four, we are able to come together as one."
The coming together as one supported the 2017 theme common to all Lasallian schools and universities One Call, Many Voices Answer the Call.
Mr Horton said as a P-12 Catholic College in the Lasallian tradition, Southern Cross subscribes to five core Lasallian beliefs: faith, community, learning, justice and respect.
"A celebration of our identity as a P-12 Catholic College in the Lasallian tradition is so very important and we did so in fine style on Patron's Day," he said. "We really were 'many voices' answering the call."
The events following the liturgical celebrations were worthy of a feast day. Prep Year 3 students enjoyed games and activities at Sutton's Beach. There was healthy competition for the Years 4-12 students who took part in the De La Dash fun-run. Years 4-6 then enjoyed an afternoon of Zumba while students from Years 7-12 participated in and cheered support for those in the High Beam talent quest.
Southern Cross Catholic College is proud to celebrate the feast day of the College Patron, Mary Help of Christians, with the unique spirit for which the College is renown.