Posted by Martin Callanan
on 9 March 2020
Recently, the St James College community gathered in the Brother Joseph Gabel Hall to celebrate the Investiture of the 2020 College Captains and House Leaders.
The college choir led us in the singing of "Ready The Way" as the 2020 College Captains, Lewis Desmond and Joshua Dudley, led their fellow Leaders on to the stage where they commenced the Acknowledgment of Country and Candle Lighting ceremonies.
In what was a memorable occasion, the leadership badges were blessed by Brother Michael McCabe fsc, and Brother Joe Gabel fsc. The badges were then presented to the College Leaders by six of our new Year 7 students.
In his address, College Principal Mr Stephen Pooley provided a dynamic and contemporary context for our 2020 college theme , "Great Things Are Possible". In their speeches as College Captains, Joshua warmly welcomed all new students, staff and families to our St James College community and encouraged us all to be involved in the wide range of activities the College has to offer. As we celebrate our 50th Jubilee this year, Lewis took us on a historical journey of these fifty years, and, ss we look forward to amalgamation in 2021, he reinforced in us, the wonderful spirit of St James College and the significance of being a "Jimmy's Boy".
The Acaedemic Achievements of our students in 2019 were also recognised as part of this celebration.
In keeping with the long held tradition at St James College, more than 20 former students were welcomed back to our community. Their outstanding 2019 VCE results were acknowledged and we celebrated their aspirations for future endeavours.
Guests who joined us for the occasion included the families of these young men who were being recognised. Staff and students from our three other Melbourne Lasallian schools, St Bede's Mentone, De La Salle Malvern and St John's Dandenong along with students from Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College in Bentleigh, also joined us for this occasion.
Following the singing of the 'Hymn To The Founder' our visitors and guests adjourned to the VPAC building where a morning tea was enjoyed by all.