|Women Share Inspiring Stories - 10 May 2016|
On Wednesday 4 May, Lourdes Hill College played host to the fourth annual Women’s Forum, presented by Circles of Life. Nearly 500 women (and a few brave men) gathered in Polding Theatre to hear the stories of three inspiring women and to be entertained and engaged by many powerful female voices.
Many members of the audience began with a light supper on Soubirous Place, served by LHC students under the direction of Mrs Donna Shepherd. Entertainment from LHC musicians and drama students was coordinated by Ms Alyce O’Neill and the carnival-like atmosphere set the scene for a great night. Oohs and aahs over the view complemented the music and laughter produced by the students, while many past pupils present marvelled at the improvements that the last few years have brought to their once familiar environment.
After an Acknowledgement of Country from Aunty Joan Hendriks, our Elder in Residence, the Combined Catholic Girls’ School Choir got proceedings under way. Comprising students from Lourdes Hill, Mary MacKillop, All Hallows’, Mt Alvernia and Stuartholme, and under the direction of Ms Cathie Neal from AHS, this cooperative choral ensemble met for the first time for an hour’s rehearsal that afternoon and sang like seasoned professionals. Their message, “You’ve Gotta Dig Deep”, spoke of the power deep in each of us to reach our potential and was ably reflected in their approach to the song.
Kelly Higgins-Devine as MC introduced Diane Ames, Wendy Taylor and Beverley Muckan, each of whom shared her own perspectives on the theme, “Good Women”. The appreciative crowd was also treated to the talents of singer-songwriter, Audra McHugh, and the wit and wisdom of Kathleen Noonan.
It was a tremendous community event that also highlighted the work of many community service organisations. Lourdes Hill College is proud to be part of this important event on the Brisbane calendar.