13th September 2018

Founders’ Day 2018

On Wednesday 8 August the College celebrated Founder’s Day, a day that we remember and acknowledge the lives of all of our Founders and Patrons, these inspirational people that not only worked tirelessly for change in the world, they also help to guide the lives of all of us.

We commenced the day with a College Mass that was of especially importance as it marked 60 years of Nagle College in Bairnsdale. In 1958 in Francis St Bairnsdale, the first Nagle College School was built, which was located on what is now the Kmart building site. It was a double storey building with few classes but with a strong influence of the Presentations Sisters, the order that was started by Nano Nagle. The Presentation Order eventually left Bairnsdale and the school had lay Principals and also for a number of years was run by the Salesian Order that was commenced by Don Bosco. During the Mass, the 60 Years was reflected on by the College Community with a PowerPoint Presentation.

The Mass commenced with a new school song created by the students in Liturgical Music in the years 2017-18. It reflected the elements of Nano Nagle, Don Bosco and the ethos of the 7 Houses.

The Mass was celebrated by Father Anthony Phillips and con-celebrated by Fr Michael Willemsen. The Youth Ministry Experience Students received their badges at the Mass; these students have been active in the liturgies throughout the year so it was good to see them formally acknowledged. The College Community as a social justice innovative had been collecting food items to give to St Vincent de Paul and this was part of the Offertory procession. Our celebration isn’t just about us but also about giving to others. We, like our patrons and founders, are called to live lives of truth and action.

Students  went on to participate in House activities and tree planting activities for the next two sessions and this was followed by the Year 12 students organising a ‘Battle of the Minds’ Tournament for the last session of the day. It had many activities in which to involve the audience. The day truly celebrated the Nagle Spirit!