Throughout 2018, the St Vincent’s College Community will celebrate its 160th Anniversary. Since 1858, a school has operated on the Potts Point site overlooking the Harbour Bridge and city. How different that vista is now compared to the early days of the College when sailing ships moored in Woolloomooloo Bay! Now the bay is home to the Australian Navy and the city skyline looms tall and illuminated. This is but one of the dramatic differences that can be illustrated in the 160 years since Foundation. The “different times” created from the profound changes in the Church Society and family; the political economy, technological changes, changes in demographics and democracy and the major advancement of women in every sphere of life have all impacted on St Vincent’s College. Yet despite all the changes that the last 160 years have created, St Vincent’s has stood confident and sure of itself.
The strength of its foundation based on the gospel of Jesus and the lived witness to that gospel by the Sisters and their associates, and now the stewardship of Mary Aikenhead Ministries have allowed the “same spirit” to be present.
The College Commencement Mass held at St Mary’s Cathedral on 9 February was a joyful celebration. This was the launch of a year of celebration which will feature a garden party, Alumni Dinner, Gala Event for Parents and a “birthday party” on 1 May for the students.
The Community of St Vincent’s will continue to “celebrate, remember and believe” in the mission of the College which is still as relevant today as when the College was opened on 1 May 1858.