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There's Something About Mary - 27 June 2017

Our second term of 2017 at Lourdes Hill College has drawn to a close with much to celebrate.

On Monday evening, members of our community gathered in Polding Theatre for the Lourdes Hill Foundation Inaugural Sr Mary McDonald Leadership Oration – and what an event it was! Our guest speaker, Ms Pam Betts, spoke of the importance of integrity in leadership – whether it be in schools, the Church, the media or a household. Pam reminded us all that Sr Mary McDonald, after whom the event is named, is the perfect example of a leader with integrity, as she has shown in her many years of professional and religious life. As Pam said, “To steal from Hollywood, ‘There’s something about Mary’.” Indeed, there is!

The event was opened with a prayer and stunning musical performance, led by past pupil and musician, Steph Unger, and supported by students from various Brisbane Catholic schools, including our own. It was a joy to watch and listen as we were reminded of the great talent that has, and continues to come out of, our Catholic schools.

Following the Oration, Mr Clarke officially launched the Foundation’s Annual Appeal, which aims to support the upcoming refurbishment of Duhig Hall, in commemoration of its 100th anniversary in December 2018. If you would like more information on the Annual Appeal, please visit the Lourdes Hill Foundation website or contact our Development Coordinator, Mrs Jane Milne, at or on 3399 0431.

The rest of our final week of term was filled with plenty of fun and excitement as well as reflection, with our Interhouse Athletics Carnival on Tuesday, Feedback Day on Wednesday and the Mass for St Benedict on Thursday.

There has been a great sense of happiness and togetherness this week, as our girls – your girls – enter a much-deserved break following another successful semester at Lourdes Hill.

I wish you all a happy and safe holiday.

Robyn Anderson



Onstage at the Oration: Mr John Clarke emcees the Inaugural Sr Mary McDonald Leadership Oration, with Guest of Honour, Sr Mary McDonald, Principal, Ms Robyn Anderson and Guest Speaker, Ms Pam Betts.