Archbishop Presents Spirit Award to Seton College

On Friday 23 November 2018, Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB enjoyed a wonderful visit to Seton College to present the school with his Spirit Award for 2017.

This award recognises a school’s outstanding support for, and positive participation in, the Archbishop’s annual LifeLink Day for Catholic Schools Initiative. The Archbishop’s Spirit Award is not awarded on the basis of how much money is raised through fundraising. It is presented to the school which comprehensively:

  • Demonstrates active support for my LifeLink Day Initiative.
  • Embraces the goals of LifeLink Day, that is, to learn not only about the Church’s response to people in need within the Archdiocese but also to undertake some form of fundraising in support of the social service agencies funded through LifeLink.
  • Commits to educating students on their responsibility to care for those less fortunate in our community.
  • Promotes an ethos of caring and compassion to students, teachers, parents and the wider community – that we all have a responsibility to show love and compassion, not just on LifeLink Day, but every day.

Two schools were selected as worthy recipients this year – St Mary’s School, Merredin and Seton College, Samson.

Archbishop Timothy was delighted to attend the Seton College’s recent Assembly and personally present his Spirit Award to Dylan D’Amato, Ella Waterman and Janelle Tangaroorang – Head Boy, Head Girl and Ministry Captain for 2019.

The Liturgy for the assembly was prepared by Mr Garry Burgess, Seton’s Campus Minister who also organises the school’s fundraising appeal for LifeLink Day. The Year 11 (2019) Ministry Leaders participated in the Liturgy.

_68A7157In his Address, Archbishop Costelloe’s message for staff and students centred on the importance of supporting those less fortunate than ourselves. He referred to the College’s motto, ‘Seek Christ’, and challenged everyone to see Christ in every person they meet regardless of their circumstances. The Archbishop also acknowledged the effort the College had made in fundraising and supporting charities and thanked the community for showing ‘Catholic Faith in Action’ by embracing LifeLink Day.

As part of the Assembly, Archbishop Costelloe blessed the incoming student Peer Support Leaders as they begin their work with the 2019 Year 7 students. The Archbishop was also called on to draw a raffle that was organised to help raise funds to assist with the education of students at St Emilie School in Ubon, Thailand, where Seton students and staff will visit at the end of the year on a Service Immersion Tour.

Following the assembly, the Archbishop enjoyed a tour of the school and shared morning tea with members of staff, and the students who were involved in the Assembly.

_DSF6030Mr Joseph Hoyne, Principal, Seton College, said “Accepting the Spirit Award for 2017, provides a positive recognition of the good work and commitment from Seton Catholic College community in assisting those in need, and in particular, the Archbishop’s LifeLink Day appeal.

Seton College has shown its commitment through the various activities that students have participated in over the past 4-5 years. We are very proud of the support they have shown to the Breakfast Club at East Hamilton Hill Primary School and St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal as well as their fundraising for Caritas, various House Appeals and support for the College immersion program Thailand visiting a school run by the Sisters of St Joseph of the Apparition.

St Elizabeth Ann Seton in her ministry saw a need to care for those who were marginalised; the Archbishop’s LifeLink Day provides a medium by which students are inspired to follow her example. The College looks forward to continuing its involvement in the Archbishop’s LifeLink Day which supports the various social service agencies in the Archdiocese of Perth.

The visit by Archbishop Costelloe was welcomed by staff and students; he provided through his address a positive message to support those who are not always able to fend for themselves. The College was very privileged to have His Grace visit us; we were gratified to hear his encouragement that what we are trying to achieve as a school, through a practical expression in giving, can support change in our community. It is through this practice that many positive rewards are received” said Mr Hoyne.

Congratulations to everyone at Seton College and we look forward to your participation in LifeLink Day 2019!

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Archbishop Costelloe with students at the morning tea following Assembly

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Joseph Hoyne, Principal, Seton Catholic College with Archbishop Costelloe SDB

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Archbishop Costelloe, Dylan D’Amato (Head Boy 2019), Janelle Tangaroorang (Ministry Captain 2019), Ella Waterman (Head Girl 2019) and Joseph Hoyne (Principal)

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Archbishop Costelloe, Joseph Hoyne (Principal), Joanne Smith (Deputy Principal – Staff and Ministry) and Peter Farrer-Smith (Director of Finance and Operations) visit the College Chapel to check the progress of the Christmas Hamper Appeal for St Vincent de Paul.

Contact

LifeLink — Catholic Caring Agencies

Street Address: Griver House, 249 Adelaide Terrace, PERTH WA 6000
Postal Address: GPO Box K828, PERTH WA 6842
Phone: +61 8 6104 3636
Fax: +61 8 6162 0345
Email: lifelink@perthcatholic.org.au
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